Bristol, Tenn. ( Associated Press) – Kyle Busch returned to the record books by stealing the win at the dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway.
If he were someone else, that’s what he would say, right?
Bush won his first race of the season on Sunday night as Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe Spoon Racing raced past the leaders. Bush tied Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s NASCAR record for victories in 18 consecutive years.
But his tune in Bristol was much different than it was six weeks earlier when Alex Bowman won in Las Vegas and an irritable Bush complained that Bowman was “the same (disrespectful) guy who comes back in every (devoid) victory that He ever (without) wins. Gets.”
When it was Bush’s turn to win, he had no problem collecting the checkered flag.
“We have one, you know?” Bush said. “It doesn’t matter how you get them, it’s all about getting them.”
Later, he admitted that he did “back in one” but said it felt good.
Reddick, chasing the first cup win of his career, led 99 laps out of 250, and controlled the race from the final restart with 24 laps remaining. Lapped traffic gave Brisco a shot and Brisco made his move in the third turn as he tried to slide inside Radic.
The move backfired and both cars spiraled out of control and Bush, who was running in third place, ran smoothly for his first win.
Bush won the Cup for the ninth time in Bristol – the first time in two dirt races – and was blown away by a smattering of fans who waited for two rain delays, which saw the first race on Easter Sunday since 1989 be delayed by nearly four hours. pushed up.
“I mean, man, I feel like Dale Earnhardt Sr. right now. It’s awesome. I didn’t do anything,” Bush said of the 1999 race in which to nudge Earnhardt out of his way to victory. Terry Labonte was incensed for the bump.
Reddick finished second and blamed himself for not holding off Brisco. Brisco moved to 22nd place two turns away from the win and immediately found Reddick apologizing on the pit road.
“I was going to hang out, I guess, either way,” Brisco said. “I’m sorry. I just wanted to tell you. I’m sorry. I wish you won.”
Reddick was understanding and admitted that he should have been more defensive.
“I don’t think I did everything right. Brisco was able to drive me back there,” said Redick. “I should have done a little better, I don’t know, I shouldn’t have let him get so close. He ran me back down. Worked really hard to make this happen.
“I mean, you’re running on dirt, going to go to the last corner. It’s everything that as a driver you expect to fight in his position. Make it really exciting for the fans. Gave it. I should have done a better job and backed away so that he was not in range to try to do that trick.”
Rain stopped the race for the second time before the race turned green with 30 laps remaining.
“It’s disgusting,” Bush, who was running second on the track because of the rain, said of the conditions.
From inside his cockpit, Reddick knew his job was over if he had to win.
“One of the best in stock car racing, Kyle Busch, he’s definitely going to earn me this,” said Reddick from inside his Chevrolet.
But Brisco overtook Busch when the rain finally stopped and Brisco ruined Reddick’s winning streak.
The race was NASCAR’s second attempt at running a cup race on dirt and it turned into a wet and muddy mystery when rain halted racing and most drivers seemed clueless about the rules.
Bristol dumps more than 2,300 truckloads of Tennessee red clay onto its beloved concrete 0.533-mile bullring to help NASCAR add variety to the schedule at a time when the stock car series is experimenting with radical changes. Fox Sports then convinced NASCAR to take the prime-time television slot on Easter Sunday, the first time since NASCAR’s 1949 founding that the Cup Series had deliberately chosen the date.
NASCAR has held the last 10 Cup races on Easter Sunday in its history, but all due to season-related rescheduling. This purposeful event was designed to dominate the television audience gathered together as a family, the way the NFL and NBA do on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
What new spectators saw was confusion mid-race as few drivers understood the rules during the first stoppage. Some drivers pitched – possibly because their teams knew that scoring had been halted under a red flag and would not resume until the race was green.
Bush was among the many drivers who did not make potholes – probably because he assumed he would lead in the running sequence. So it was Bush who put his car in front when NASCAR halted all activity, but Briscoe, who had lined up, scored as the leader.
Denny Hamlin, who had already dropped out of the race, was watching on Fox Sports and saw what he claimed was a rules clarification that lasted more than a minute.
“Whats wrong with this picture,” Hamlin wrote on Twitter. “As a fan sitting on my ass watching right now, it’s hard to take this seriously.”
Carson Hosever, runner-up in Saturday Night’s Truck Series race, posted a meme Upon being informed NASCAR was making rules as it went along. In fact, NASCAR was clear in its pre-race rules video that scoring would stop at the end of the stage and would not resume until the race was green again.
Up and down the pothole road indicated that some had a clear understanding of the procedures, which was different from all other Cup races in Bristol. NASCAR held a mandatory pre-race driver meeting before the pandemic to discuss the rules; It has since been replaced by a video.
The race resumed – with Brisco as leader – with the entire third stage still remaining.
Dale Jr. for fox booth
NASCAR Hall of Famer and NBC Sports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be in the rotating guest at the Fox Sports booth at Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday.
Earnhardt will be joined by Mike Joy and Clint Boyer on Sunday. He holds a record six wins in Talladega and is a 15-time winner of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award.
“Calling the race from Talladega is an incredibly fun experience,” Earnhardt said in a statement released by Fox Sports. “You absolutely have to be on your toes at all times. It doesn’t take long for all hell to break loose.”
Fox Sports and NBC Sports split NASCAR’s 38-race schedule. Any network had no explanation for Earnhardt to share the following week. Fox Sports has used a different guest analyst all season as a replacement for Jeff Gordon, who this season returned to a competition role at Hendricks Motorsports and left the network with a two-person booth.
NASCAR races next Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, where Brad Keselowski is defending that race winner and Bubba Wallace earned his first career win in October.
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