Kyle Busch looking to sweep Bristol's summer weekend for second time
- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 21, 2017,
Aug 21, 2017, 2:31
Kyle Busch went into this year's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race looking like the man to beat since he breezed to Truck Series and XFINITY Series victories earlier this week. This race was no different. He wound up second to Kyle Busch, his soon-to-be teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing. The No. 18 team led the final lap, after battling side-by-side with with the No. 42 auto for the final 10 laps. Kenseth, a two-time Daytona 500 victor and former Cup champion, makes a lot of money.
Busch and Larson battled back and forth for the lead in the closing laps of the opening stage, with Busch taking the lead on the last lap of the stage.
"I still get chills walking into it, but it's also a place where you know you are going to spend 500 laps racing around cars, bouncing off each other and bouncing off the walls", said AJ Allmendinger.
"Now it's up to Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and myself to figure it all out and make it happen", Busch said. He will start on the outside of Row 3 next to Matt Kenseth. "It's Kyle Busch. He won all three races here this weekend".
Busch's triumph was his third of the weekend, the second time the 32-year-old has done so in his career. When it comes down to the last 100, 150, it's time to go. While Jones again jumped to the lead, this time Kyle Busch had a better restart and pulled up on the back of Jones auto.
Busch is credited with "discovering" Jones after he lost to the then- teenager in a 2012 Super Late Model Race. That all I had. We qualified on the pole and ran second, so I wish we would've had a little bit more. The auto might not have been ideal, but I'm never flawless.
"I think I can find my rhythm faster up top than most", Larson said.
"Adam Stevens and these guys they never quit working on it".
This deals really special and you know we want to keep it going, but obviously the countdown is on, Busch said. In the end, Kyle would lead 156 laps, and earn 20 Playoff points. Overall this season, Larson has three wins and has accumulated 18 playoff points, second in the series only to Martin Truex Jr. His sixth Cup win on the.533-mile track was the 40th of his career in NASCAR's top division. The No. 77 auto paced the field for 260 laps, 106 more than his previous career-high in any NASCAR race. He's now finished in the top 10 in four consecutive races and six of the past eight.
"It is what it is", Jones said. "We had our ups and downs and led a lot of laps and didn't have quite enough at the end".
"We did nearly everything we needed to do". It's a bummer. It's a great weekend for us.