NASCAR: Kurt Busch steals win, spotlight at Bristol

Monday, August 20, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Kyle on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short track victory.

Busch won for the first time this season — first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500 — but it was his sixth victory on the 0.533-mile bullring he once dominated. Busch once won three consecutive times on the Tennessee track and was considered the best in the business on the concrete oval.

The victory was the 30th of Kurt Busch's career and he and Kyle Busch became the only brothers in Cup history with 30 wins each.

The ninth driver to win this season, Kurt Busch earned a spot in the 16-driver playoff field.

"It's all about winning," he said. "I wasn't worried about not making the playoffs, so we could kind of treat these races coming up as free-foralls, and we're just going to keep going after it."

Although they have yet to win a Cup race this season, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski scored enough points to clinch berths in the playoffs. There are two races remaining before the playoffs begin.

The Cup Series is off next weekend and races again Sept. 2 in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Denny Hamlin won last year's race.

Larson capitalized on Kyle Busch's early exit to win the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol, his first victory ever at the track he calls his favorite.

The race went into overtime after Daniel Hemric spun with two laps remaining. Larson held off a challenge from Justin Allgaier on the restart.

Allgaier ended up in third place, behind Christopher Bell.

On Thursday, Johnny Sauter took the lead when John Hunter Nemechek slowed because of late fuel pump issues, then held off Stewart Friesen at Bristol for his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season.