Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Nationwide race at Bristol…once more: Busch now has sixteen NASCAR wins at the Tennessee track

Busch now has sixteen NASCAR wins at the Tennessee track

By: Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Services on March 15, 2014

Busch now has 16 NASCAR wins at Bristol.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race at Bristol on Saturday, and act that amazed no person.

Kyle Larson had a plan in mind for the finish. But Kyle Busch has it all figured out at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch became the 1st driver in history to submit 16 victories at a single track in NASCAR’;s 3 nationwide touring series, pulling away from the field soon after the final restart with 9 laps remaining, to win Saturday’;s Drive to Quit Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes.

Busch, a 5-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner at Bristol, won for the sixth time in his final 8 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts on the .533-mile track.

Larson, who battled side-by-side with Busch in the final laps of final year’s Nationwide race at Bristol, took second location from Kevin Harvick with 6 laps remaining but had no shot at catching Busch.

“I was not going to be as nice as I was last year,” explained Larson envisioning a replay of his 2013 battle to the wire at Bristol in which he came up .023 seconds short.

But strategies to thwart Busch in no way materialized. Larson slipped up the track, also substantial, and Busch pulled away to win by 1.441 seconds.

“It isn’;t going to matter if they’;re cheering or booing,” stated Busch, who has 7 victories and 16 top-10 finishes in 20 job Nationwide starts at Bristol. “Hopefully we can sweep the weekend.”

Larson, who started out on the pole, was the only driver apart from Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth to lead a lap. Busch led the last 91 on his way to his celebratory burnout.

“When I got as well higher in (turns) one and 2 and Kevin (Harvick) received to my within, I knew that was it for the race,” explained Larson, who has best-10 finishes in every single of his 3 Nationwide begins at Bristol. “I knew I had to hold on for second.”

Busch remains challenging-pressed to come up with a definitive reason for his accomplishment at Bristol.

“My very first time here in 2004 was a test with my Hendrick (Motorsports) Nationwide guys,” he recalled. “My throttle hung going into Flip one and I killed the auto.

“(Since then) I’;ve kind of figured it out, commenced running up front, foremost laps, winning races. Why that all is, I will not know. I just enjoy coming to banked race tracks. Bristol reminds me a bit of a single of my preferred tracks where I ran late models, Winchester (Speedway) in Indiana.”

Busch had his hands total with Kenseth for much of Saturday’;s race. Kenseth, driving his initial Nationwide Series race at Bristol since 2009, led 178 of the 1st 209 laps but finished fifth behind Ryan Blaney.

“Kenseth was lightning quickly a lot of the day and I was possessing a challenging time catching him,” Busch explained. “The most significant issue was that the track transformed so a lot from practice. It was entirely various — not even near. Adam (Stevens, Busch’;s crew chief) created some really very good calls on the pit box making an attempt to free of charge me up.”

Kenseth’;s struggles came in targeted traffic and striving to make up ground when restarting on the bottom.

“We had a great car, early, and in the whole race but just sort of received picked in targeted traffic,” Kenseth stated. “As soon as (Busch) received the lead, it was hard to beat him.”

Rounding out the leading 10 had been Ty Dillon (the highest-finishing rookie), Brendan Gaughan, Trevor Bayne, Chase Elliott and Regan Smith, who continues to lead the series factors standings, 1 level ahead of Bayne.

Cole Conley, producing his Nationwide debut for Richard Childress Racing, manufactured a strong showing, operating in the leading 15 all afternoon and finishing 11th.

NASCAR Nationwide Final results

1. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 300 laps, 136.6 rating, points.

2. (one) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 300, 116.7, .

3. (6) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 300, 118.8, .

4. (5) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 300, 109.9, .

5. (3) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 300, 141.3, .

6. (9) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 300, 98.2, 38.

7. (twenty) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 300, 97.4, 37.

8. (14) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 300, 89.9, 36.

9. (15) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 300, 101.9, 35.

10. (6) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 300, 101.5, 34.

eleven. (12) Cale Conley, Chevrolet, 300, 87.one, .

twelve. (26) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 300, 81.1, 32.

13. (8) James Buescher, Toyota, 299, 85.5, 31.

14. (4) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 299, 90.8, 30.

15. (11) Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 298, 66.6, 29.

sixteen. (13) Chris Buescher, Ford, 298, 72.7, 28.

17. (18) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 297, 80.5, 27.

18. (30) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 297, 70.2, 26.

19. (34) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 297, 67.9, .

20. (19) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 296, 62.8, .

21. (25) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 296, 63.7, .

22. (22) Will Kimmel, Toyota, 294, 57, 22.

23. (37) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 294, 52.9, 21.

24. (29) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 294, 52.7, twenty.

25. (28) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 294, 60.7, 19.

26. (10) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 293, 68.9, 18.

27. (35) Eric McClure, Toyota, 290, 38.8, 17.

28. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 290, 40.8, 16.

29. (38) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 285, 36.9, 15.

thirty. (23) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 270, 47.1, .

31. (21) Ryan Reed, Ford, accident, 258, 66.one, 13.

32. (17) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 249, 35.3, twelve.

33. (39) Ruben Garcia Jr., Toyota, accident, 214, 33.one, eleven.

34. (33) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, engine, 152, 40.8, 10.

35. (27) Kelly Admiraal, Toyota, engine, 148, 49.9, 9.

36. (31) Tanner Berryhill, Dodge, engine, 144, 36.4, 8.

37. (40) Matt Carter, Toyota, brakes, 18, 32.5, .

38. (32) Carl Prolonged, Dodge, electrical, 11, 32.5, 6.

39. (sixteen) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, electrical, 6, 30.3, 5.

40. (24) Blake Koch, Toyota, vibration, 5, 28.one, 4.

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