Busch passes Lar­son to win rain-de­layed race at Bris­tol

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - BySteveReed

the way and scooted by.

Lar­son made a late charge but couldn’t catch him. BRIS­TOL, TENN. » Kyle Busch “When it comes down to was all smiles and Kyle Lar­crunch time you gotta go,” son was all scowls. Busch said.

Busch passed Lar­son with Asked if Ke­selowski had five laps re­main­ing at Bris­tol moved up on his list of fa­vorMo­tor Speed­way on Mon­day ites, Busch laughed and said, to win his sec­ond straight “That’s push­ing it too far.” Cup Se­ries race, cul­mi­nat“I kind felt bad for him, ing a rain-de­layed week­end maybe that much,” Busch when tem­per­a­tures dipped said, pinch­ing his thumb into the high 30s. and in­dex fin­ger close to

Busch cel­e­brated by gether. “But it cer­tainly thrust­ing his arms in the helped our cause. So it was air and with a tra­di­tional much ap­pre­ci­ated, let’s go bow to the crowd on top of with that.” his No. 18 Toy­ota while the Lar­son was lead­ing when snow be­gan fall­ing — a fit­the race was post­poned Sunt­ing end to a long weath­er­day with 296 laps re­main­ing stalled week­end. af­ter be­ing de­layed sev­eral

Busch said af­ter the race times be­cause of rain. The that he didn’t have the best race also was de­layed Mon­car, but “we had the best car day for about 35 min­utes, but right at the end.” the cars fi­nally got back on

The loss left Lar­son, who the track af­ter the rain and led a race-high 200 laps, exsleet sub­sided. tremely frus­trated. Lar­son said he wasn’t sure

“I feel like ev­ery time why his car got loose late I race here I al­most get a in the race, which al­lowed win,” Lar­son said of his secBusch to get by him. ond-place fin­ish. “I’ve been “I just re­ally didn’t have beat by Kyle (Busch) about any grip,” Lar­son said. “I ev­ery time I race here, too, thought it would tighten up so that gets frus­trat­ing af­ter for me and I could get go­ing, a while.” but it never re­ally did and I

It was Busch’s 45th ca­reer was just re­ally loose. I hate Cup Se­ries win, mov­ing him that I didn’t win. It’s an­other ahead of Bill El­liott into sole one at Bris­tol.” pos­ses­sion of 16th place. As for Busch, he has an

It also was his sev­enth other Bris­tol sword to add to win at Bris­tol, while Lar­son his col­lec­tion, al­though he’s has yet to win at the halfnot quite sure what he’s gomile track. ing to dowith­all of those un

Coin­ci­den­tally, Busch won usual tro­phies. with the aid of long­time “It’s a cool prob­lem to neme­sis Brad Ke­selowski, have,” he said. who wrecked with 30 laps JOHN­SON’S TOP FIVE: left, bring­ing out the cauJim­mie John­son was pleased tion flag. with earn­ing his first top

Lar­son ap­peared to have five fin­ish of the sea­son, and the car to beat on Mon­day, hoped to quiet some of his run­ning well ahead of the crit­ics. pack on long green flag runs. “We have it rolling in the But af­ter Busch took on tires right di­rec­tion,” John­son dur­ing the yel­low flag stop, said. he knew he was back in the Ricky Sten­house Jr. was race with 22 laps to go. He fi­fourth and Alex Bow­man nally caught Lar­son with five fin­ished fifth. laps left, bumped him out of KE­SELOWSKI’SDAY: Ke- selowski won the first two stages and ini­tially ap­peared to be the car to beat. How­ever, the No. 2Ford­strug­gled on a long green flag 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.

WALLACEGETSALEAD: Dar­rell “Bubba” Wal­lace now knows that it is like to run up front in a Cup Se­ries race. Wal­lace passed Busch with 126 laps re­main­ing to lead a Cup race for the first time in his young ca­reer. It didn’t last long, though, as Busch blew by him a short time later.

WHO’S HOT: Daniel Suarez raced with a frac­tured thumb he suf­fered last week at Texas and fin­ished in 11th place. Now that de­serves a thumbs-up.

WHO’S NOT: Mar­tin Truex Jr. con­tin­ues to have a dif­fi­cult time fol­low­ing up a tremen­dous cham­pi­onship sea­son in 2017. He was in a wreck on Sun­day and raced Mon­day­with­out a hood, say­ing his goal was to “stay out of the way” of the other driv­ers. He fin­ished 30th.

WADE PAYNE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Food City pres­i­dent and CEO, Steve Smith, left, holds the tro­phy with race win­ner Kyle Busch af­ter a NASCAR Cup Se­ries auto race, Mon­day in Bris­tol, Tenn.

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