Busch captures his eighth win at Bristol

by SM Staff On Sun, Apr. 07, 2019

Photo by Christian Gardner, Speedwaymedia.com

Kyle Busch continued his hot streak at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 500 on Sunday. Busch captured his eighth win at the track and his 54th career Monster Energy Cup Series win.

Although Busch won the race, he did not dominate the race. Busch was spun out by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the second lap of the race. A late caution flag with 22 laps remaining and the right decision by the crew to stay out, gave him the lead for his third victory of the season and the eighth top-10 finish in 2019.

“It’s pretty awesome to be able to snooker those guys, get our win today here at Bristol,” Busch said. “I love this place.

“It was fun to battle (with) the brother there at the end. I know we didn’t quite get the side-by-side racing it out; I saw him looking at the top. I’m like, ‘I better go.’ I got up there, was able to make some ground.”

This win also continues Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Team Penske drivers dominating this season. Busch and teammate Denny Hamlin have combined to win five races for JGR while Keselowski and teammate Logano have won the other three.

Busch held off brother Kurt Busch in the final laps. Older brother Kurt, wanted the win but he finished second and posted his 19th top-10 finish in 37 races at Bristol.

“I really wanted to beat him. I was going to wreck him. I wanted to stay close enough so that when we took the white I was going to just drive straight into [turn 3 and 4]. He’s already won, I figured he could give a little love to his brother,” Kurt Busch said.

Kyle Busch leads the series point standings by 27 points over Hamlin.

Joey Logano finished third, Ryan Blaney fourth and Hamlin finished fifth.

Blaney led three times for 158 laps (the most laps) and captured his fourth top-five finish in the last five races.

“I need to get better as the track rubbers out. Joey (Logano) is really good at it. I thought he had the best car. The track rubbers in and I just need to do something different there,” Blaney said.

Brad Keselowski finished 18th after being black flagged for not being in the right starting position when the race restarted with 14 laps to go. Keselowski was running second behind teammate Logano when the final caution came out on lap 479. NASCAR officials ruled that Keselowski lined up incorrectly and issued a pass-thru penalty.

“Nobody could figure out the lineup. There wasn’t enough communication and it was just a tough deal.” Keselowski said.

Monster Energy Cup Series Race Number 8
Race Results for the 59th Annual Food City 500 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN – 0.533 – Mile Concrete
Total Race Length – 500 Laps – 266.5 Miles

FinStrNoDriverTeamLapsS1PosS2PosPtsStatus
11718Kyle BuschSkittles Toyota5006551Running
2271Kurt BuschMonster Energy Chevrolet5000640Running
3722Joey LoganoAutotrader Ford5004151Running
4312Ryan BlaneyPPG Ford5007246Running
5511Denny HamlinFedEx Freight Toyota5000032Running
6921Paul MenardMenards/Sylvania Ford5008034Running
7814Clint BowyerHaas Automation Ford5002842Running
82041Daniel SuarezHaas Automation Ford50001030Running
9116Ryan NewmanWyndham Rewards Ford5000336Running
101048Jimmie JohnsonAlly Chevrolet5005033Running
1119Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet50010027Running
122195Matt DiBenedettoLFR Pro League Toyota5000025Running
13134Kevin HarvickHunt Brothers Pizza Ford5000024Running
14153Austin DillonSymbicort Chevrolet5000925Running
152413Ty DillonGEICO Chevrolet5001032Running
16224William ByronAxalta Chevrolet5000021Running
172319Martin Truex Jr.Auto Owners Insurance Toyota4999022Running
18122Brad KeselowskiDiscount Tire Ford4993434Running
191642Kyle LarsonCredit One Bank Chevrolet4990018Running
202843Bubba WallaceBlue-Emu Chevrolet4990017Running
212238David RaganMDS Transport Ford4980016Running
222537Chris BuescherBush’s Beans Chevrolet4980719Running
231488Alex BowmanNationwide Chevrolet4970014Running
24420Erik JonesCRAFTSMAN Racing for a Miracle Toyota4970013Running
253047Ryan Preece #Kroger Chevrolet4960012Running
26310Landon CassillStarCom Fiber Chevrolet4950011Running
272936Matt Tifft #Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford4940010Running
281834Michael McDowellLove’s Travel Stops Ford493009Running
293715Ross Chastain(i)Rim Riderz Chevrolet491000Running
30268Daniel Hemric #Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet490007Running
313452Bayley Currey #Belmont Classic Cars Chevrolet488000Running
323677Quin HouffFALCI Adaptve Motorsports Chevrolet476005Running
331917Ricky Stenhouse Jr.SunnyD Ford395004Running
343232Corey LaJoieDUDE Wipes Ford308003Accident
353566* Timmy Hill(i)Toyota239000Suspension
363351Gray Gaulding(i)Jacob Companies Ford142000Engine
37610Aric AlmirolaSHAZAM!/Smithfield Ford3001Accident
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