NASCAR: Kyle Busch defeated his brother for Cup Series win at Bristol
Kyle Busch has won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the eighth race of the season in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry, this is his third Cup Series win of the season and 54th in a career, increasing the total number of his NASCAR victories to 204.
Kyle Busch led for 71 of 500 laps at Bristol’s 0.533-mile track, defeating his brother Kurt in the #1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro by 0.722 seconds on the finish line. It’s the second time the Busch brothers have finished 1-2. The first such a race was in 2015 at Sonoma Raceway.
Joey Logano, who led for 146 laps in the #22 Team Penske Ford Mustang, finished the race in the third place, ahead of teammate Ryan Blaney in the #12 Ford. Blaney was the man who led for most of the laps (158) during the race. Denny Hamlin (#11 JGR Toyota) rounded the top 5.
The race began nasty for Kyle Busch because he was involved in the crash on the opening lap. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed into the back of his Toyota and sent him for a spin down the straightaway. After the repairs were made on his car, Busch was slowly progressing through the field, taking the lead for the first time on lap 418. He stayed out during a caution period with 22 laps remaining, defending his lead on the restart and taking his eighth victory at Bristol’s short track.