NASCAR Food City Dirt Race: Kyle Busch steals victory at Bristol

It was quite an eventful day at the circuit on Sunday and FOX has you covered at Bristol Motor Speedway Kyle Bush‘s come-from-behind win in the revised Food City Dirt Race.

In a wild finish, Busch snuck past for victory after leaders Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe spun.

It was the Cup series‘ 12th Easter race (first since 1989) and NASCAR’s second time on a dirt track. The race was run on tarmac (1961-92) and concrete (1993-2020) before moving to a dirt layout last year.

Here are the top moments from Tennessee:

Follow the leader

Briscoe fought his way to the front of the field and was leading after lap 1.

First caution

Briscoe was leading after 14 laps when the first yellow flag was waved to bring all drivers into the pit lane.

NASCAR required every car to pit for the grille and windshield to be cleaned to ensure no driver had a competitive advantage as the cars began to cake with dirt and mud.

Trouble in Paradise

Briscoe led the first 36 laps before issuing the second caution of the day as Kyle Larson, one of the dirt track aces in the race, moved up to first place on lap 51.

Stage 1: Check

Larson retained the lead and took first place after the opening stretch, followed by Ty Dillon, Christopher Bell, Austin Dillon, Busch, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, Reddick, Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounding out the top 10.

Justin Allgaier was out after hitting the wall on the final lap of stage one as his car was too damaged to continue.

New leader

Daniel Suárez pulled away from the rest of the field in stage two, followed by Ross Chastain.

Bumpy ride

Reddick made an attempt to pass his competitors but was caught in the middle of a Team Penske sandwich.

Big Impact

The yellow flag came out when several cars – Kevin Harvick, Noah Gragson, Corey Lajoie and Bowman, who had just re-entered the track after spinning a few laps ago – collided on the track.

Harvick was out of the race after significant damage prevented him from continuing.

Meanwhile, unrelated to the pile-up, engine problems forced Denny Hamlin to an early exit.

Suárez and Chastain continued to hold the top two spots after 103 laps of the race.

Another bites the dust

Brad Keselowski ran into trouble with 36 laps to go in Stage 2 and brought out the fourth valid cause warning of Stage 2 after the only caution in Stage 1.

The first five to be cautioned were Suárez, Bell, Larson, Chastain and Busch.

mess in the dirt

The yellow flag was shown again on lap 126 due to debris on the backstretch. Then LaJoie went into the wall on the restart after the seventh caution. Harrison Burton and Bubba Wallace also made contact, but all three cars escaped.

Meanwhile, Briscoe took the lead and took first place after stage two – his first stage win of his career.

It was a big moment for Briscoe after suffering a puncture earlier in the race.

Bell, Suárez, Chase Elliott, Busch, Larson, Logano, Michael McDowell, Blaney and Reddick completed the top 10 after stage two as rain hit the Bristol area.

red flag

The cars were all sent to the pit lane and covered, and the drivers abandoned their cars at the second stage break due to rain.

Immediately afterwards, there was confusion as to who would be the leader if the race were to be abandoned prematurely due to weather.

Back in action!

The action continued after the rain cleared the Bristol area with Busch leading the way.

Stage 3 is running

With 100 laps to go after the rain delay, Reddick quickly took the lead from Busch.

Caution everywhere

Stenhouse Jr. issued the first warning after the long delay on lap 162. Elliott, Cody Ware, Suárez and Martin Truex Jr. were also involved and all touched but got lost.

Elsewhere, Erik Jones went into the wall, Chastain retired with an engine problem and Todd Gilliland caused another yellow flag – the 12th caution of the race – after losing his rear end with 70 laps to go.

Then Dillon’s #3 car had an engine failure and lost power late in the race, ending his and Kurt Busch’s day early when the two cars collided.

Red flag out again

The Reg flag was re-released, this time due to too much icing on the track, but drivers were told to stay in their cars along the pit lane.

Reddick was leading at the second red flag followed by Kyle Busch, Logano, Briscoe and Blaney rounding out the top five.

Back on course

Reddick had a great restart and retained the lead while Briscoe and Kyle Busch finished side-by-side in second place.

neck and neck

Just 0.467 seconds separated Reddick and Briscoe for first place with eight laps to go.

Sneaky Win!

But it was Kyle Busch who clinched the win after Reddick and Briscoe tangled and spun on the final lap.

Behind Kyle Busch, Reddick was second, Logano third, Larson fourth and Blaney fifth.

Briscoe stopped by to apologize live to Reddick for the crash.


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