Kyle Busch Holds off Kyle Larson, Wins NASCAR at Bristol 2018

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 15:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, racees during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 15, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Kyle Busch survived the rain to earn a first-place finish at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

The race began Sunday but was postponed after 204 laps due to poor weather. When the drivers returned to the track Monday, it was the No. 18 car that ended up ahead of the field after passing Kyle Larson with five laps remaining.

It's the second straight win for Busch in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after winning at Texas Motor Speedway last week.


Final Results

1. Kyle Busch (18)

2. Kyle Larson (42)

3. Jimmie Johnson (48)

4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17)

5. Alex Bowman (88)

6. Aric Almirola (10)

7. Kevin Harvick (4)

8. Clint Bowyer (14)

9. Joey Logano (22)

10. Ryan Newman (31)

Full results available at NASCAR.com.


Larson appeared to be in control while leading 200 of the 500 laps, but Busch stormed from behind and passed the leader after making slight contact:


The pass for the win by @KyleBusch on @KyleLarsonRacin! https://t.co/iB3JOq9vr4

Busch held on for his seventh career victory at Bristol, continuing an incredible run as Jeff Gluck noted:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Kyle Busch’s last six races, in order: Second, second, third, second, first, first.

He started on the pole and led 117 laps in the eventual win.

The race began Sunday in less-than-ideal conditions, with three different stoppages due to rain before eventually ending for the day. Brad Keselowski was the Stage 1 winner, but Larson was the leader when the action was called after 204 laps, leading 74 total before the break.

The competitors returned a day later and Larson held the lead at the start, but once again Keselowski pushed his way to the front behind a little bit of contact:


Take another look at how @keselowski got into the lead! https://t.co/VTcvjdBIQC

This was enough to earn the victory in Stage 2 as he added more playoff points.

Larson and Busch battled for control as the race continued, but the drama came after a caution with under 30 laps remaining when Keselowski blew a tire:


Bristol bites Brad. https://t.co/qINQWgg7jz

Only 11 cars were on the lead lap at the time of restart with 22 laps remaining.

While Larson once again appeared to be ready for his first win of the year, he couldn't stay ahead of Busch at the time of the 500th lap.

The drivers will now have a quick turnaround before the next race as the Toyota Owners 400 is scheduled for Saturday at Richmond Raceway.


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