Kyle Busch prevails over older brother Kurt in the Cup Series battle at Bristol Motor Speedway
How the Food City 500, the eighth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, played out Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway:
WINNER: In a battle of the Busch brothers in the closing laps, Kyle Busch got the measure of his older brother Kurt to score his third win of the season. Kyle Busch overcame contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the second lap of the race to win for the eighth time at Bristol, most among active drivers.
Busch, who became the first driver since Terry Labonte in 1992 to start a season with eight consecutive top-10 finishes, took a chance on a caution with less than 20 laps to go to remain on the race track while a number of other leaders hit pit road for fresh tires.
Busch's gamble paid off with a win in the spring race at the iconic short track for the second straight year.
Kyle Busch celebrates winning Sunday's Food City 500, his eighth Cup Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway, most among active drivers. (Photo: Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports)
"We're crazy. We just do what we to do to try to win," Busch said. "It was pretty awesome to be able to snooker those guys to get our win today at Bristol. I love this place. It was fun to battle it out with my brother there at the end.
"This Camry wasn't the best today, but we made the most out of not having the best and got what we needed to at the end."
RETWEET TO CONGRATULATE KYLE BUSCH ON HIS WIN AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY! pic.twitter.com/35vbOz7rFC
With the win, Kyle Busch tied Lee Petty for 10th on the all-time list with 54 career Cup Series victories.
Kurt Busch, who came into Bristol with six Cup wins at the track, was seeking his first of the 2019 season and his first with new team Chip Ganassi Racing. He said he really wanted to take down his brother.
"That one was tough, I really wanted to beat him," Kurt Busch said. "I was going to wreck him. I was wanting to stay close enough so that when we took we took the white (flag), I was just going to drive straight in to (turns) 3 and 4. I mean he's already won, I figured he could give a little love to his brother. No, of course not.
"I wanted that one bad. I feel like him right now — all mad because I didn't win."
Joey Logano finished third, followed by Penske teammate Ryan Blaney and last week's winner Denny Hamlin. Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10.
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