Battle At Bristol Comes Down To The Busch Brothers

Younger Brother Kyle Edges Older Brother Kurt

Scott Stiller
April 08, 2019 - 9:00 am
Kyle Busch In Victory Lane After Winning The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race At Bristol Motor Speedway

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Bristol, TN (93.7 The Fan) - Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch brought sibling rivalry to a new level as the pair battled for the win in the waning laps of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kyle proved victorious, picking up the 54th win of his Cup series career by .722-seconds over older brother Kurt in the No. 1 Monster Energy Chip Ganassi Racing Camaro.

“He gave it one hell of a fight,” said Kyle Busch.  “I think he was trying really hard.  I saw him get crossed up in my mirror a couple of times off of two.  I think he got in the fence.  It gave me that extra gap to bring it home.”

The final run to the checkered flag was set-up when Kurt’s teammate Kyle Larson hit the wall with fewer than 25-laps remaining.  Leaders Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski opted to hit pit road for new tires along with several frontrunners during the caution period, but the Busch brothers along with Paul Menard and Daniel Suarez elected to stay-out to take advantage of track position and restarted 1-2 to fight it out to the finish.

“I was going to wreck him,” said Kurt Busch.  “I was wanting to stay close enough so that when we took the white (flag) I was just going to drive straight into 3 and 4.  He’s already won, I figured he could give a little love to his brother.  This Monster Energy Camaro is fast, we just need to fine tune it a little bit.”

Logano rallied to finish third followed by his Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney in fourth.  Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5.

The race featured 21-lead changes by 9-drivers and was slowed by 11-caution flags for 77-laps and the average speed was 90.527 MPH.

The win leaves Kyle Busch atop the Championship standings.  Hamlin sits in second place followed by Logano, Kevin Harvick and Keselowski.  Ryan Blaney sits in sixth place followed by Kurt Busch in seventh.  The top 16 in points qualify for the 10-race NASCAR playoffs.

The next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is the Toyota Owners 400, Saturday April 13th at Richmond Raceway.

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