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Busch gets another weekend sweep at Bristol



Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch remained unbeatable at Bristol Motor Speedway with an impressive victory in Sunday's Jeff Byrd 500.

Busch had to fend off Carl Edwards, the pole sitter, and Jimmie Johnson during the final 30 laps to win his fifth consecutive NASCAR race at Bristol. He won Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Bristol, leading 268 of 300 laps in that event.

"This was a lot harder today, that's for sure," said Busch, who held a broom in his hands after he climbed out of his car in Bristol's victory lane. "Carl kept me honest there. I was making a couple of mistakes, but nothing we couldn't rebound from."

Last August, Busch won the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series at Bristol. He became the first driver to win all three of NASCAR's national touring series races on the same weekend.

Busch led 153 laps, but a lightning fast pit stop from his No.18 Joe Gibbs Racing team with less than 100 laps to go was the key to his fifth Sprint Cup victory at this half-mile, high-banked track.

"Our guys on that last pit stop won this race, coming out of the pits first," he said.

Busch has now recorded 90 wins combined in Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series competition. This was his 20th Cup victory.

Edwards nipped Busch to the line to take the lead with 27 laps remaining, but Busch reclaimed it for good on the following lap. Busch finished almost one second ahead of Edwards, who won two weeks ago at Las Vegas.

"I thought we would be better matched with him," said Edwards, whose second- place finish put him only one point behind leader Kurt Busch. "I thought I would be able to race with him harder for the last 15 or 20 laps. But he took off, and I was a little loose off. I just couldn't get back to him to race."

Last month at Phoenix, Busch bumped into Edwards and sent him into the wall early in that race. Edwards finished 28th there and was furious with Busch until both drivers discussed the incident the following week in Las Vegas.

"I told him after Phoenix I still owe him one, but I'll save it up," Edwards jokingly said.

Johnson led the most laps with 164, but wound up finishing third. Johnson, who won at Bristol for the first time one year ago, gave up the lead to Busch during the final round of stops under caution, as he came out of the pits fourth.

"It was certainly a solid performance for us, but I felt like coming off pit road in fourth with only 40, 50 to go, the guys I was racing with, I knew it was going to be tough to get back to the front," Johnson said.

Matt Kenseth finished fourth, while Paul Menard took the fifth spot.

The 500-lap race featured 10 cautions, but only one for a multi-car wreck. An incident involving eight drivers occurred on lap 437 when Kevin Harvick bumped into Kasey Kahne and spun around. Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer, Juan Pablo Montoya and Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne were among those caught up in the accident.

Harvick rebounded for a sixth-place finish.

Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Kahne and Ryan Newman completed the top-10.

03/20 18:05:56 ET


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