Kyle Busch continues mastery of World’s Fastest Half-mile!

Photo Credit: David Scearce

Kyle Busch lead 156 laps en route to his victory in Saturday’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This was Busch’s his fifth win and 14th top ten finish in 18 starts at the speedway.

Busch battled Kevin Harvick for the lead over a 35 lap period. On many occasions the two were side by side and sometimes three wide with lapped traffic. Rookie Kyle Larson caught the duo and began showing some muscle until a caution flew on lap 265 when Jason White hit the wall. Harvick then pitted for tires saying the car was bad on the bottom.

On the restart Busch led with Larson following close behind waiting for the right opportunity to make his move. Larson got beside Busch several times but could not clear him. On the final lap, Larson pushes hard got along side Busch and made a charge to to the line coming up just a half car length short!

Points contender Elliott Sadler who came into this weekend in a three way tie with pole sitter, Justin Allgaier and teammate Brian Scott for second in the standings, fell out with fuel problems on lap 85. Sadler stayed positive saying, “..there is still a lot of racing left to do.” Sadler finished 36th. Allgaier led 62 laps en route to an eighth place finish. Scott ran solid all day and wound up tenth.

Rookie, Hal Martin’s day ended when he suffered major damage on lap 158. Martin slid up in front of Brad Teague but did not have him cleared. He expressed his displeasure with Teague with a clapping gesture as Teague drove by under caution. Reed Sorenson and Austin Dillon were also involved. Dillon managed a respectable 11th place finish with Sorenson ending up 18th.

Brad Keselowski, who led 26 laps, made contact with Regan Smith while battling for the lead on lap 189. Tire smoke could be seen coming from Keselowski’s car after the contact. On lap 194, the left front tire blew and that sent Harvick and Busch scrambling to avoid contact with him. Keselowski finished 15th.

Keselowski’s Penske teammate and series points leader Sam Hornish, did not lead any laps today but stayed in the top 5 all day. Hornish wound up fourth and retained the points lead by 22 points over Justin Allgaier.

Unofficial Race Results
Grit Chips 300, Bristol Motor Speedway

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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 13 54 Kyle Busch(i) Toyota 0
2 12 32 Kyle Larson # Chevrolet 42
3 14 20 Brian Vickers Toyota 41
4 3 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 40
5 7 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Chevrolet 0
6 4 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 38
7 11 16 Chris Buescher Ford 37
8 1 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 37
9 16 77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 35
10 8 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 34
11 2 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 33
12 10 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 33
13 9 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 31
14 15 99 Alex Bowman # Toyota 30
15 6 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Ford 0
16 18 60 Travis Pastrana Ford 28
17 34 25 John Wes Townley(i) Toyota 0
18 17 43 Reed Sorenson Ford 26
19 26 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 25
20 29 15 Scott Riggs(i) Ford 0
21 24 14 Eric McClure Toyota 23
22 27 5 Brad Sweet Chevrolet 22
23 33 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 21
24 20 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 20
25 39 24 Blake Koch Toyota 19
26 31 92 Dexter Stacey # Ford 18
27 37 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 17
28 36 74 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 16
29 38 70 Brad Teague Toyota 15
30 35 0 Jason White Toyota 14
31 25 44 Hal Martin # Toyota 13
32 30 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Ford 12
33 22 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 11
34 19 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. # Chevrolet 10
35 32 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 9
36 5 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 8
37 28 10 Jeff Green Toyota 7
38 21 42 JJ Yeley(i) Chevrolet 0
39 23 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 5
40 40 27 Michael McDowell(i) Toyota 0