BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch got his 16th career victory at Bristol Motor Speedway — more than any other NASCAR driver at any other track — by holding off Kyle Larson after a late restart in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.
Busch has won three consecutive Nationwide Series races at Bristol since last March, when he and Larson also went 1-2 to the finish.
Of his 16 NASCAR national-series victories at Bristol, five are in the top-level Sprint Cup Series, seven are in the second-tier Nationwide and four are in the Truck Series.
“I definitely like coming to Bristol, I always have,” said Busch, who made his first trip to the 0.533-mile bullring in 2004 testing with Hendrick Motorsports.
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“I’ve definitely gone through some trials with the Cup cars. First couple times here was a rough go-around for me. Sort of got it figured out, was able to start leading laps, start winning races and that’s been the biggest thing. Why that is? I don’t know. I just enjoy coming to banked tracks. It takes guts to go fast.”
Busch has 65 career Nationwide Series victories.
On Saturday, he and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth combined to lead 298 of the 300 laps in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300.
But Kenseth was mired in lapped traffic once Busch got out front.
“There were seven or eight (cars) that were really struggling today, so you caught them a lot,” Kenseth said. “Every 25 laps, it seemed you would catch the same group.”
Kevin Harvick finished third.
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