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NASCAR Bristol: Kyle Busch inherits win after Briscoe and Reddick clash

Kyle Busch inherited his first NASCAR Cup win of the season after leaders Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick clashed on the final on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Watch: Kyle Busch steals Bristol win as Reddick, Briscoe clash on final lap

Entering the final turn of the final of 250 laps, Briscoe made contact with Reddick as the pair were fighting over the lead sending both cars spinning out of control allowing Busch to pounce.

Reddick was able to straighten out his #8 Chevrolet and continue but not before Busch – who was running far back in third – nipped him at the chequered flag by 0.330 seconds to steal the victory.

The win ends a 25-race winless streak by Busch, who now owns nine total Cup wins at the 0.533-mile track. Busch is also tied seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty’s streak of 18 straight seasons with at least one victory.

“We got one. Doesn’t matter how you get them. It’s all about getting them,” said Busch, who was greeted by a cascade of boos from the Bristol crowd. “I mean, man, I feel like Dale Earnhardt Sr. right now. This is awesome. I didn’t do anything.

“It’s just a testament to our team, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota … and it being fast, fast enough to stay in contention, fast enough to see those guys. I don’t know why we couldn’t fire off after it rained, both times. It just would not fire. Took it about 20 laps to get going.

“Overall, just really pumped to be back. Real pumped to get a win. This one means a lot. I can win on any surface here at Bristol. Bring it on, baby.”

Joey Logano, who won the inaugural Bristol Dirt Race last season, finished third, Kyle Larson was fourth while Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five.

Completing the top 10 were Alex Bowman, Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon. Briscoe ended up 22nd after his clash with Reddick.

“I was running Tyler down and tried throwing a slider and didn’t expect him to drive in there on me and I got loose. I was spinning either way,” Briscoe said. “I feel terrible. I didn’t want to wreck him.”

NASCAR Bristol Dirt race results

Cla Driver Laps Gap
1 United States Kyle Busch 250  
2 United States Tyler Reddick 250 0.330
3 United States Joey Logano 250 4.004
4 United States Kyle Larson 250 4.186
5 United States Ryan Blaney 250 4.849
6 United States Alex Bowman 250 6.434
7 United States Christopher Bell 250 6.556
8 United States Chase Elliott 250 6.786
9 United States Michael McDowell 250 7.852
10 United States Ty Dillon 250 8.311
11 United States Brad Keselowski 250 8.490
12 Mexico Daniel Suarez 250 8.519
13 United States Cole Custer 250 10.198
14 United States Justin Haley 250 10.607
15 United States Chris Buescher 250 10.780
16 United States Austin Cindric 250 11.430
17 United States Todd Gilliland 250 11.567
18 United States William Byron 250 11.573
19 United States Corey Lajoie 250 12.476
20 United States Harrison Burton 250 13.536
21 United States Martin Truex Jr. 250 13.794
22 United States Chase Briscoe 250 13.993
23 United States Aric Almirola 250 14.999
24 United States Erik Jones 250 15.078
25 United States Josh Williams 250 15.351
26 United States Cody Ware 250 18.797
27 United States Noah Gragson 248 2 Laps
28 United States Bubba Wallace 245 5 Laps
29 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 240 10 Laps
30 United States J.J. Yeley 221 29 Laps
31 United States Austin Dillon 211 39 Laps
32 United States Kurt Busch 211 39 Laps
33 United States Ross Chastain 150 100 Laps
34 United States Kevin Harvick 100 150 Laps
35 United States Denny Hamlin 91 159 Laps
36 United States Justin Allgaier 74 176 Laps

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