Kyle Busch Wins Weather Delayed Food City 500 in Bristol

Kyle Busch is the king of the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. In Monday’s weather delayed Food City 500, Busch stayed in the hunt all day and took his No. 18 Toyota back to victory lane on the .533-mile concrete oval. Busch, started on the pole for Sunday’s race, but he quickly fell back after just 16 laps. He wouldn’t even get the lead back until we resumed racing nearly 24 hours later.

See, rain and cooler temps were forecasted on Sunday in the Tennessee mountains. Despite morning rain, NASCAR got the track dried and still decided to try it out. They only got 45 laps run until it started raining again. But, due to the smaller track, it’s easier to get dried in a shorter amount of time. We’d go back racing shortly after, but saw another break on Lap 119. 

Between the two red flags for moisture, they totaled 31-minutes, 54-seconds in stoppage time. We’d get back to racing again, but by Lap 202, rain had returned and stopped the action for the day. We were 46 laps shy of the end of the second stage, which would have made the race official.

So, on Monday, we battled mother nature again. It didn’t know what to do. NASCAR battled rain, sleet, snow and even a combination of all. Nevertheless, they won out, which made Busch happy.

He passed Kyle Larson for the lead with six laps-to-go and never looked back in winning for the 45th time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action. Seven of those wins have come at Bristol.

Now, Busch heads to Richmond with six straight top three finishes to his credit.

Larson, he felt defeated. He led a race-high 200 of the 500 laps but fell short in the end. Last year, Larson led 202 laps but was speeding on pit road late in the race and finished sixth. In the August race, Larson led 70 more laps only to wind up ninth. He led 55 of the final 62 laps on Monday, but wasn’t enough for his No. 42 Chevrolet to beat Busch.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver even battled back from being spun by Ryan Newman on Lap 323. While it was his third top five finish in the last six races on the season, he’s not happy to come home runner-up to Busch again.

Jimmie Johnson earned his best finish of the season with a third place run in his No. 48 Chevrolet. It was just Johnson’s second top 10 of the year and first top five in the last 14 races. His last was at Dover in last year’s playoffs. In fact, Johnson has just two top five results in his last 29 starts. But, at Bristol, Johnson has been strong. Today was his fifth top five and sixth top 10 finish in his last eight Bristol starts.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came home fourth in his No. 17 Ford. He was as high as second with less than 20 to go, but he faded for his first top 10 finish of the season and fifth top six at Birstol in his last nine starts.

Alex Bowman earned his best career finish with a fifth place run in his No. 88 Chevrolet.

The race was wild with several big named drivers taken out of contention early. Ryan Blaney led 100 of the first 119 laps but crashed out on Sunday while leading due to a crash with lapped cars.

Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski all had problems too and faded to finishes outside of the top 10.

The series will remain on short tracks with a race next weekend in Richmond. It will be the first race under the lights of the year too.

Food City 500 Results

  1. 18 KyBusch
  2. 42 Larson
  3. 48 Johnson
  4. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  5. 88 Bowman
  6. 10 Almirola
  7.  4 Harvick
  8. 14 Bowyer
  9. 22 Logano
  10. 31 Newman
  11. 19 Suarez
  12. 38 Ragan
  13. 21 Menard -1
  14. 11 Hamlin -1
  15.  3 A Dillon -1
  16. 43 Wallace Jr. R -1
  17. 47 Allmendinger -1
  18. 24 Byron R -2
  19.  1 McMurray -2
  20. 00 Cassill -2
  21. 32 DiBenedetto -3
  22. 41 KuBusch -4
  23.  2 Keselowski -5
  24.  6 Bayne -5
  25. 72 LaJoie -6
  26. 20 Jones -6
  27. 96 Kennington R -18
  28. 13 T Dillon -25
  29.  9 Elliott -27
  30. 78 Truex Jr. OUT
  31. 23 Gaulding OUT
  32. 55 Sorenson OUT
  33. 66 Finchum R OUT
  34. 95 Kahne OUT
  35. 12 Blaney OUT
  36. 37 Buescher OUT
  37. 51 Rhodes R OUT
  38. 34 McDowell OUT
  39. 15 Chastain R OUT

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