The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) completed the Food City 500 today at Bristol Motor Speedway


Results (with starting pos.)

P1           (17) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota

P2           (27) Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Details of the Day


  • Today was Busch’s third top-five finish of the season, it was his first runner-up finish at Bristol, a track where he was won six times
  • Busch battled for the win in the closing laps with his brother Kyle Busch. He was the biggest mover of the race having gained 25 positions from 27th to runner-up finish
  • The caution flag was shown 11 times for a total of 77 laps
  • The lead changed 21 times among nine drivers


Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – “It was tough battling our No. 1 Chevy against my brother (Kyle Busch). The Monster Energy team is doing a good job, but that one was tough. I really wanted to beat him (Kyle Busch). I was going to wreck him. I was wanting to stay close enough so that when we took the white, I was just going to drive straight into (turns) three and four; I mean he’s already won. I figured he could give a little love to his brother, but no. I wanted that one bad. I feel like him right now. I’m like ugh, I’m mad because I didn’t win. “We’re struggling on qualifying and we struggle on taking-off on restarts. I just can’t get the right rear to grip until it gets heat in it. It’s hard to be patient when you’re running for the win on old tires. I’m happy that we were in position to do it, this group of guys. We’re not quite ready to win yet, but that was close. With three laps to go, the car just stepped out in turn one and I wasn’t close enough after that. Thanks to (crew chief) Matt McCall and everybody at Ganassi. This No. 1 Monster Chevy is fast. We’ve just got to fine-tune it all.”

MENCS teams will head to Richmond Raceway next week for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday, Apr. 13. FOX, MRN affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 will have live coverage beginning at 7:30pm ET.