MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tennessee
Monday, April 16, 2018
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 – Skittles Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “I was breathing hard there those last 20 laps, whatever it was. That was a heck of a run right there with the 42 (Kyle Larson) – chasing him down, being able to get to him, being able to get by him and then trying to hold him off with some lap traffic ahead of us. I can’t say enough about this Skittles Toyota Camry. Adam Stevens (Crew chief) and my guys, they continue to impress and do an amazing job for me and give me great race cars week in and week out. We knew we were going to have a great long run car. We just had to get there and had to get some long runs. Actually the 42 was better than us right there before that last caution came out, so I don’t know what happen to ours, but we just got really, really bad tire vibrations and just wasn’t able to run as hard as we wanted, but we got it. Came in, got them four tires put on it and man we were fast there at the end. We chased those guys back down.”
-- Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch won the 58th annual Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon. For Busch, it was his 45th win in 470 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) starts and his second straight victory. It is the fourth straight year and fifth time in the last six that he has won two or more races in the same season.
Today’s victory marked Busch’s sixth straight finish in the top-3. In addition, it was his seventh win in 26 starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, his most career victories at any track.
Kyle Larson was second and Jimmie Johnson was third today.
Brad Keselowski won both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of today’s race.
Bubba Wallace (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 13 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch has finished in the top-10 six times and the top-5 on three occasions. This includes a win in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 when he captured the MENCS championship.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Ryan Preece won the 36th annual Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was his second victory in 43 career NXS starts.
Justin Allgaier (2nd) posted his fourth top-5 finish and fifth top-10 in seven races this year.
Daniel Hemric (3rd) accounted for his third top-5 finish and fifth top-10 in seven races this year.
With wins to their credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick and Ryan Preece have clinched a spot in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
The Truck Series was off this weekend. They will return to action on Saturday, March 24 with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
With wins this year, Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.