Larson Leads 202 Laps En Route To Food City 300 Sweep At Bristol

Kyle Busch looked like he was going to be the driver to beat in Friday night’s Food City 300 at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. Busch, a 21 time NASCAR winner on the .533-mile Tennessee oval and defending race winner in the NASCAR XFINITY Series competition in this very race, started on the pole and led the opening 69 laps. But, on Lap 69, Busch developed a flat tire as his No. 18 Toyota slammed the Turn 4 SAFER barrier.

He’d finish a disappointing 36th in his final start in the series this season. 

That allowed Kyle Larson to take over the top spot and lead 202 of the 310 laps on Friday en route to his fourth victory of the 2018 season and 12th of his XFINITY Series career. Larson, inherited the lead on Lap 70 and would dominate in sweeping every stage of the race in his No. 42 Chevrolet. It was Larson’s first win at Bristol and fourth win in his last five starts on the year.

Christopher Bell finished 0.434-second behind his friend Larson for second in his No. 20 Toyota. It was Bell’s best career Bristol finish and his fifth top three finish over the last seven races on the year.

Justin Allgaier brought his No. 7 Chevrolet home third for his fourth straight top three finish on the season and 10th consecutive top 10 finish as well.

Cole Custer was fourth in his No. 00 Ford for his sixth straight top 10 run and 11th in the last 12 races while Joey Logano rounded out the top five in his No. 22 Ford.

Larson, appeared to have checked out in the end before Daniel Hemric brought out the eighth and final yellow with two laps-to-go in regulation. That set up an overtime restart in which Larson got a good enough jump to pull away for the win.

The series returns to action next weekend in Road America for the Johnsonville 180 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Food City 300 Results

  1. 42 Larson
  2. 20 Bell R
  3.  7 Allgaier
  4. 00 Custer
  5. 22 Logano
  6.  1 Sadler
  7.  5 Annett
  8. 23 Elliott
  9.  9 Reddick R
  10.  2 Tifft
  11. 39 Sieg
  12.  4 Chastain -1
  13. 51 Clements -2
  14. 12 Cindric R -2
  15.  3 Dillon -3
  16.  0 Smithley -5
  17. 16 Reed -6
  18. 35 Gase -6
  19. 15 McLeod -6
  20. 78 Avila -6
  21. 52 Starr -7
  22. 11 Truex -8
  23. 36 Labbe R -9
  24. 21 Hemric -10
  25. 76 Boyd R -11
  26. 38 Green -12
  27. 55 Currey -22
  28. 90 Williams -32
  29. 19 Jones -50
  30. 40 Finchum R OUT
  31. 74 Leicht OUT
  32. 01 Miller R OUT
  33. 66 Long OUT
  34. 60 Briscoe OUT
  35. 45 Bilicki R OUT
  36. 18 Busch OUT
  37.  8 Black Jr. OUT
  38. 13 Hill OUT
  39. 89 Shepherd OUT
  40. 93 Yeley OUT

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