Busch cap­tures sec­ond straight

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SCOREBOARD -

BRIS­TOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch stood on the hood of his No. 18 Toy­ota shak­ing his fists as the snow be­gan fall­ing around him. It was that kind of a long week­end at Bris­tol Mo­tor Speed­way.

Busch won the rain­de­layed race at the half-mile track on a cold, dark Mon­day for his sec­ond straight Cup Se­ries vic­tory. He also won last week­end at Texas.

Busch passed Kyle Lar­son with five laps re­main­ing fol­low­ing a restart with 22 laps left.

It was Busch’s 45th ca­reer Cup win and marks the fifth time that he has won backto-back races. It also was Busch’s sev­enth win at Bris­tol.

A frus­trated Lar­son fin­ished sec­ond while Jim­mie John­son was third, earn­ing his first top-five fin­ish of the sea­son. Ricky Sten­house Jr. was fourth and Alex Bow­man fin­ished fifth.

Lar­son led 200 of the 500 laps but had to hold off Busch and Sten­house af­ter the last restart. He did for a while, but Busch passed him and be­gan to pull away.

Brad Ke­selowski won the first two stages and ap­peared to be the car to beat. How­ever, the No. 2 Ford strug­gled on a long green­flag run late in the race and fell two laps be­hind af­ter ra­dio­ing in that some­thing broke in his sus­pen­sion. Ke­selowski hit the wall with 30 laps left, bring­ing out the fi­nal cau­tion.

Lar­son was lead­ing when the race was post­poned Sun­day with 296 laps re­main­ing af­ter be­ing de­layed sev­eral times be­cause of rain.

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