Kurt Busch Wins At Bristol to Clinch a Playoff Spot
Ending a winless streak that had reached 58 races, Kurt Busch finally took the checkered flag by winning Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It's his sixth career victory at the half mile track, but first win since last year's Daytona 500.
Busch took the lead on a restart on Lap 478 when he beat teammate Clint Bowyer thru Turns 1 and 2 and held off a charge by Kyle Larson who had fresher tires. It's the 30th career victory for Kurt Busch and guarantees him a spot in the playoffs.
Even though he came in second, Larson also is guaranteed a playoff spot on points with two races left. Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski also clinched.
Following Busch and Larson, Chase Elliott ran third followed by Joey Logano and Erik Jones.
One of the most amazing stories from Saturday night was Kyle Busch's rally from the back of the field to the Top 5. He was continuing to gain on the frontrunners when he was involved in a 3-car wreck with 19 laps to go and it knocked him out of any chance to win.
Earlier Kyle Busch knocked Martin Truex, Jr out of the race when he clipped him from behind sending Truex into a spin and a crash. Truex was running second at the time but ended up 30th.
No racing next weekend. The final two races before the playoffs are at Darlington Raceway, Sunday, September 2nd and at the Brickyard in Indianapolis on Sunday, September 9th.