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Kyle Busch wins on Bristol dirt course after wild ending

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Apr 17, 2022; Bristol, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during a red flag at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Course. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

In a wild finish in NASCAR’s only Cup Series dirt event, Kyle Busch came from third to first off the final turn at Bristol Motor Speedway to win the Food City Dirt Race Sunday night in Bristol, Tenn.

Chase Briscoe ran down leader Tyler Reddick in a 24-lap shootout at the end, then Briscoe slid into Reddick and wrecked both cars, which slid down onto the Turn 4 apron.

Running third, Busch moved his Toyota by Reddick — who led a race-high 99 laps — to win for the first time in 2022.

The victory snapped a 25-race losing streak by Busch, an eight-time winner on Bristol’s concrete surface. It marked his 18th straight season with a Cup win.

Reddick, who finished second, held the point until rain brought the cars to pit road after the 13th caution with 28 laps to go.

Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

In NASCAR’s first race on Easter Sunday since 1989, the first caution flew on Lap 13 when NASCAR gave the teams the option to bring their cars to pit road to clean their grilles after many of them developed a serious accumulation of clay.

On the race’s third caution on Lap 74, Justin Allgaier’s Chevrolet struck the wall just as Larson won the first segment — the reigning Cup champion’s first stage-win this season.

With rain beginning to fall over the east Tennessee track dubbed the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” Briscoe and Daniel Suarez fought for the lead on Lap 140, with Briscoe edging ahead.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver beat Christopher Bell to the stripe to win the second stage, but a red-flag delay began on Lap 151 as rain muddied the track.

Following the red-flag break, Briscoe and Bell fell back after one-third of the field stayed out for track position instead of pitting as the duo did.

–Field Level Media