NASCAR: Busch Holds Off Larson to Win in Bristol
After 300 laps of intense Bristol racing, just a nose separated Kyle Larson from collecting his first Nationwide Series victory.
It was Kyle Busch just edging the rookie out of the win by .023 seconds, after Larson spent the better part of the last 30 laps chasing him for the win.
The second place finish is the first career top five for the Turner Scott Motorsports rookie. Finishing third was Brian Vickers, followed by last week's winner Sam Hornish, Jr. in fourth.
"I didn’t want to move [Busch] or anything like that, I wanted to try to outrace him," Larson said after the race. "I get a little more respect that way, and it definitely made for a better finish, I think."
"He's got a lot of talent," Busch said of rookie runner up Larson. "Obviously he's already made a name for himself and he's got a lot going for him. I'm 27 and I feel like I'm getting old."
Busch barely outrunning the soon to be 21 year old Larson comes on the heels of Rowdy signing 16 year old Erik Jones to a Camping World Truck Series deal. Jones is set to drive five races for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Kevin Harvick, who pit from second place under the lap -- caution, battled his way up to fifth but was unable to make up anymore time.
For the second week in a row Regan Smith collects a top ten, finishing sixth in Bristol. Chris Buescher and Justin Allgaier tangled late, finishing seventh and eighth, and Parker Kligerman and Brian Scott round out the top ten.
Hornish, Jr. leaves Bristol with a 22 point lead over Justin Allgaier as the Nationwide Series heads into the Auto Club Speedway.
Coverage of next Saturday's Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway begins at 5 pm Eastern time on ESPN.
Thanks to NASCAR on ESPN, NASCAR.com, Racing Reference, Huffington Post, FOXSports.com and ESPN.com for the information, quotes and statistics used in this piece.