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Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race at Bristol - again

By Jenna Fryer, AP Auto Racing Writer
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Kyle Busch (54) leads Matt Kenseth (20) during Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. / Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
BRISTOL, TN Kyle Busch got his 16th career win at Bristol Motor Speedway more than any other NASCAR driver at any other track by holding off Kyle Larson after a late restart in Saturday's Nationwide Series race.

Busch has now won three consecutive Nationwide Series races at Bristol since last March, when he and Larson also went 1-2 to the finish.

Of his 16 national wins at Bristol, five are in the Sprint Cup Series, seven are Nationwide and four are in the Truck Series.

"I definitely like coming to Bristol, I always have," said Busch, who made his first trip to the .533-mile bullring in 2004 testing with Hendrick Motorsports.

"I've definitely gone through some trials with the Cup cars. First couple times here was a rough go-around for me. Sort of got it figured out, was able to start leading laps, start winning races and that's been the biggest things. Why that is? I don't know. I just enjoy coming to racing. To the banked tracks. It takes guts to go fast."

Busch now has 65 career Nationwide Series wins.

On Saturday, he and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth combined to lead 298 of the 300 laps.

But Kenseth was mired in lapped traffic once Busch got out front.

"There were seven or eight (cars) that were really struggling today, so you caught them a lot," Kenseth said. "Every 25 laps it seemed you would catch the same group. It was tough to get through there. Once he got the lead, it was hard to beat him."

Kevin Harvick was second on the restart with nine laps to go, but pole sitter Larson got by him with seven laps remaining to try to challenge Busch for the victory. He didn't get much of a chance and settled for second.

"I just tried to run hard and I know (Larson) was running the top, he loves the top," Busch said. "I knew he was going to be up there. I tried to perfect that a little bit earlier in the race, but it seemed like anybody who was behind me on the restart would be able to jump the two guys that were on the bottom."

Harvick was third and Ryan Blaney was fourth.

Kenseth was fifth after leading a race-high 178 laps.

Busch led four times for 120 laps.

"Kenseth, he was really fast," Busch said. "He was lightning fast there much of the day and I was having a hard time catching him. I was just able to bide my time through traffic a little bit better than he did and he got stuck and I passed him."

Dawsonville, GA's Chase Elliott was fifth on the final restart, but struggled when the green flag flew, eventually coming home in ninth. Ryan Sieg of Tucker, GA finished in 20th.

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(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 300 laps, 136.7 rating, 0 points.
2. (1) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 300, 116.7, 0.
3. (6) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 300, 118.8, 0.
4. (5) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 300, 109.9, 0.
5. (3) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 300, 141.3, 0.
6. (9) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 300, 98.2, 38.
7. (20) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 300, 97.4, 37.
8. (14) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 300, 89.9, 36.
9. (15) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 300, 101.9, 35.
10. (7) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 300, 101.5, 34.
11. (12) Cale Conley, Chevrolet, 300, 87.1, 0.
12. (26) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 300, 81.1, 32.
13. (8) James Buescher, Toyota, 299, 85.5, 31.
14. (4) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 299, 90.8, 30.
15. (11) Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 298, 66.6, 29.
16. (13) Chris Buescher, Ford, 298, 72.7, 28.
17. (18) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 297, 80.5, 27.
18. (30) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 297, 70.2, 26.
19. (34) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 297, 67.9, 0.
20. (19) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 296, 62.8, 0.
21. (25) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 296, 63.7, 0.
22. (22) Will Kimmel, Toyota, 294, 57, 22.
23. (37) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 294, 52.9, 21.
24. (29) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 294, 52.7, 20.
25. (28) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 294, 60.7, 19.
26. (10) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 293, 68.9, 18.
27. (35) Eric McClure, Toyota, 290, 38.8, 17.
28. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 290, 40.8, 16.
29. (38) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 285, 36.9, 15.
30. (23) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 270, 47.1, 0.
31. (21) Ryan Reed, Ford, accident, 258, 66.1, 13.
32. (17) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 249, 35.3, 12.
33. (39) Ruben Garcia, Jr., Toyota, accident, 214, 33.1, 11.
34. (33) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, engine, 152, 40.8, 10.
35. (27) Kelly Admiraal, Toyota, engine, 148, 49.9, 9.
36. (31) Tanner Berryhill, Dodge, engine, 144, 36.4, 8.
37. (40) Matt Carter, Toyota, brakes, 18, 32.5, 0.
38. (32) Carl Long, Dodge, electrical, 11, 32.5, 6.
39. (16) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, electrical, 6, 30.3, 5.
40. (24) Blake Koch, Toyota, vibration, 5, 28.1, 4.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 87.165 mph.
Time of Race: 1 hour, 50 minutes, 4 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 1.441 seconds.
Caution Flags: 7 for 47 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K.Larson 1-2; K.Busch 3-29; M.Kenseth 30-96; K.Busch 97; M.Kenseth 98-137; K.Busch 138; M.Kenseth 139-209; K.Busch 210-300.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): M.Kenseth, 3 times for 178 laps; K.Busch, 4 times for 120 laps; K.Larson, 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: 1. R.Smith, 151; 2. T.Bayne, 150; 3. T.Dillon, 143; 4. C.Elliott, 138; 5. E.Sadler, 135; 6. B.Gaughan, 131; 7. B.Scott, 127; 8. J.Buescher, 117; 9. D.Kwasniewski, 116; 10. L.Cassill, 105.
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