Not even a multi-car wreck could stop Kyle Busch’s current hot streak.
The No. 18 Toyota Camry driver was collected in a pileup on Lap 2 of the Food City 500 at Bristol, which resulted in some minor damage to the rear of his vehicle. ‘Rowdy’ beat the odds to come back through the field, however, eventually holding off his older brother Kurt Busch in the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to take his 54th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win.
A late-race restart proved to be the ultimate decider Sunday. With less than 25 laps remaining, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of Kyle Larson made contact with the outside wall, bringing out the yellow flag. The Team Penske cars, running 1-2 and looking just as strong as they always have so far this season, led a pack of cars to pit road for fresh tires while the two Busch brothers elected to stay out on old rubber.
The No. 18 and the No. 1 cars then led the field to green, quickly pulling away from Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Suarez and Wood Brothers’ Racing’s Paul Menard, who restarted 2nd and 3rd, and engaging in an exciting battle for the win. The younger Busch eventually came out on top, but it wasn’t for Kurt’s lack of trying. Post-race, he said he was ready to wreck his younger brother for the win – he just couldn’t get close enough to his rear bumper to pull off a bump and run.
“That one was tough,” the Chevy told NASCAR.com. “I really wanted to beat him. I was going to wreck him. I was wanting to stay close enough so that when we took the white (flag) I was going to just drive straight into 3 and 4. I mean he’s already won (at Bristol). I figured he could give a little love to his brother.”
“I wanted that one bad. I feel like him right now,” he joked. “I’m all mad because I didn’t win.”
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