NASCAR: Two wins for Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas at Bristol
Kyle Busch’s winning streak of four NASCAR wins in a row was stopped at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend but the trophies stayed in the team, because Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyotas won both Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series races at Bristol’s short track. On Saturday Erik Jones won the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 and the day after Carl Edwards scored his first season’s victory in the Food City 500 race.
Video: Food City 500 recap
Edwards led 276 of 500 laps
Carl Edwards won Sunday’s Food City 500 in dominating way, starting from pole and leading 276 of 500 laps. He crossed the finish line 0.766sec ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kurth Busch finished third, with rookie Chase Elliott behind him scoring the career-best fourth place. Trevor Bayne finished fifth and also scored his best result after never forgetted Daytona 500 victory in 2011.
Lots of driver had troubles during the race, Kyle Busch was among them. He blew two right front tires, hit the wall twice and retired from the race in 38th place. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin suffered similar issues with right fronts and finished 36th and 20th, respectively.
Kevin Harvick finished seventh and remained in the lead of the Sprint Cup standings. Edwards posted his seventh top 10 in eight races and climbed to second in the classification, just one point behind Harvick.
Jones stopped Kyle Busch and earned Dash 4 Cash bonus
Erik Jones was the hero of Saturday’s Xfinity Series event. In the series’ new Dash 4 Cash format featuring two heat races and a main event, Jones won the 200-lap race and earned the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. As we mentione, he also stopped Kyle Busch’s winning streak.
Busch was close to his fifth consecutive national series win but Jones was faster after the final restart with three laps to go, when both Joe Gibbs Racing drivers passed over Kyle Larson, and he won with 0.418 sec advantage over Busch. Jones started the race from pole but for much of the race the leaders were Larson (94 laps) and Busch (43 laps). Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier completed the top 5, ahead of third JGR driver Daniel Suarez.