Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch won his record-setting 16th event at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, taking the checkered flag in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Nationwide Series race. Busch became the first driver in history to win 16 races at a single track in NASCAR’s three top-tier series with his seventh Nationwide Series win at the 0.533-mile track; he also has five Cup Series victories and four in the Camping World Truck Series.
Busch, driving the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry, led four times for 120 laps, second to JGR teammate Matt Kenseth, who led three times for 178 laps in the No. 20 GameStop/TitanFall Toyota; Kenseth finished fifth. Busch took the lead for the final time on a restart with nine laps remaining. Elliott Sadler finished 17th, three laps down to the leaders, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota.
"Kenseth was lightning fast much of the day and I was having a hard time catching him," said Busch following the race. "The biggest thing was that the track changed so much from practice. It was entirely different - not even close. Adam (Stevens, Busch's crew chief) made some really good calls on the pit box trying to free me up."
"We had a good car, early, and in the whole race but just kind of got picked in traffic," said Kenseth. "Once (Busch) got the lead, it was hard to beat him."
Pole sitter Kyle Larson got past Kevin Harvick with seven laps to go to finish second; Harvick held on for third, followed by Ryan Blaney. Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Trevor Bayne, Chase Elliott and Regan Smith finished in spots six through 10, respectively.
The Nationwide Series gets back on track next Saturday, March 22nd, at Auto Club Speedway. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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