Kyle Busch beats Bristol, conjures negativity from fans

It was a beautiful day for a race in Bristol, Tennessee. Though the forecast for Sunday looked bleak, Saturday’s didn’t, presenting the perfect setting for some NASCAR Nationwide Series racing.

Kyle Larson won the pole, beating out last year’s winner Kyle Busch. The two battled for the victory that race, and the sting of defeat still felt painful. With Busch starting second, the two brought the field to green, ready to duke it out yet again.

The entire race saw the same three people out front: Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Kevin Harvick. Kenseth assumed the lead when the No. 54 car couldn’t handle lapped traffic. Harvick’s presence was sly yet undeniable.

Laps diminished, and Larson resurged, bringing NNS regular Ryan Blaney with him. The two fought with the big dogs, not going down without a fight. With multiple cautions, causes ranging from debris to spins, it was a challenge weaving through lapped traffic and three-wide situations.

It came down to the wire, but Busch prevailed, winning yet again at Bristol. That brings him to 16 wins at the track, seven of those being in the NNS series.

Point Standings after the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300

1. Regan Smith (–)
2. Trevor Bayne (-1)
3. Ty Dillon (-8)
4. Chase Elliott (-13)
5. Elliott Sadler (-16)
6. Brendan Gaughan (-20)
7. Brian Scott (-28)
8. James Buescher (-34)
9. Dylan Kwasniewski (-35)
10. Landon Cassill (-46)
11. Mike Bliss (-52)
12. Chris Buescher (-59)

FAN REACTION: Nothing upsets certain fans more than seeing Busch win. Ratings were ‘D-,’ ‘F,’ and even ‘Zzzzzzz-,’ which I didn’t even know was an option. When asked, one fan pointed out that it isn’t much fun to watch a race where you “already know who’s going to win.” Most of the time, I would agree, but not now.

It’s Bristol Motor Speedway. ‘Unpredictable’ is its middle name. Whenever I watch short track racing, there’s a pit that forms in my stomach; you never know what’s going to happen. What if a lapped car had cut Busch off earlier in the race and put him in the wall? Would people be happy then? The track is known for its fickle nature, and that is a reason in itself to tune in.

Teams pack up and head to Auto Club Speedway next Saturday, chipping away at Regan Smith’s points lead and itching for a win. The race broadcast begins at 4:30 ET on ESPN.


3 thoughts on “Kyle Busch beats Bristol, conjures negativity from fans”

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  2. if you poled the other competitors i feel they would rather have them there than not. its saying to the other owners, crews, and drivers that they are not as good as Kyle Busch and others and that would be an insult . would you make Jimmie Johnson ineligible for the season championship .that would mean Kyle bush, dale jr. harvick, Hamlin, biffle newman mark martin and many decide to stay home they don’t want to try and beat the back markers they want to beat the best .not to mention saying to rcr, Penske ,jgr,rfr,mwr and others were going to give you guys a chance were not going to let the 48 win the title this year . .and if you have every bolted yourself into one of these cars there nothing better than saying I almost beat kyle bush or dale Earnhardt in the old days .look at kyle Larson hes getting some good leasons watching what kyle bush does and how he beats him to prepare his selve to big kyle in the cup deal .and he will one day im sorry theres not a black and white deal here

  3. I think NASCAR is missing the boat on building up the brand of these young drivers with so many cup guys in the field. Used to hear it puts fans in the seats but there wasn’t much of a crowd Sat. Cup drivers are running their nationwide cars out of the flagship cup garages with a lot of tech. At their hands. I think when you have Chase Elliot and Dillion running out of those shops that should be the making of lots of runs up front battling for wins not 9th and 5th place. I use these two just as example, but think of how that could get marketed if these young drivers were winning 5 or 6 races a piece. No driver will come out and complain about cup guys, it would haunt them forever. I get the argument about they need to beat the cup guys, I just think it would be easier to promote young winning drivers and then wonder if they could compete against the big boys when they make their splash in cup. I remember the hype with Jr and Kenseth coming to cup and Jr was so strong people couldn’t wait to see him run against the Gordon and Jarrets. Yes I know Mark Martin was running a heavy Busch schedule back then but just trying to make my opinion. I just do not get impressed with cup guys winning on Sat. Then become just another driver on Sunday facing equal equipment and technology.

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