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Kentucky NASCAR: Kurt Busch defeats his brother Kyle to win his first victory in 19 – NASCAR



Chip Ganassi Racing's Busch, Kurt Busch, won his first victory of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Cup season, defeating his brother Kyle Busch during a thrilling extra time in Kentucky.

Penske's Joey Logano appeared to be on the winning road after defeating second-tier winner Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) to take the lead for the first time in the race. 20 of the remaining 267 laps.

But a rear tire rash right on Darrell Wallace Junior's Chevrolet with five laps left a last restart and put the race in overtime.

Logano was joined in first place for the final recovery by Kyle Busch. Both drivers had two new tires on their last stations, but the winner of the first stage, Kurt Busch – starting outside the second row – had opted for four.

With a tire advantage, he bypassed the Logano Ford and embarked on a battle with his brother Kyle.

Both drivers spent most of the last lap side by side. Contact was established, causing the right rear tire to rub on Kurt Busch's Chevrolet.

But Kyle was unable to restrain his brother. Kurt dominated the outside of turn 4 and won a drag race to win the race and secure his place in the playoffs.

The victory came a week after the rain-cut Daytona run, during which Kurt Busch was misled by what turned out to be a red flag ending the race for lightning, called a trick after giving way head to head.

Erik Jones had briefly triumphed for Kentucky in a three-way match against Busch after a good start in the final round before finishing behind JGR teammate Kyle Busch in third.

Kyle Larson climbed the ladder throughout the final stage to finish fourth, despite the start of the race in 19th place and his anonymity in the first two stages.

Denny Hamlin, from JGR, recovered from a pitlane shortage for an uncontrolled tire in a stage two to finish fifth, helped by a timely free pass at the end of the stage to return in the main round.

Clint Bowyer finished sixth, despite a recovery after being surprised by a puncture at the back right of Chase Elliott that triggered a caution in the middle of the first phase.

SHR's Bowyer was one of the few riders to make the opposition prior to the incident and lost an important position on the track.

But he finally managed to get back to the front of the pack – by choosing not to pit-stop at the end of the stages – taking the lead in the first trade in the last leg before falling back because of a fast end of race.

William Byron had gone ahead with a similar strategy to that of Bowyer. The Hendrick Motorsports driver gave up the race after being seen inflicting a penalty for resuming the start while he was in first place with Bowyer, and took 18th place.

Result

PosDriverTeamCar
1Kurt BuschChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
2Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
3Erik JonesJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
4Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet
5Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
6Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFord
7Joey LoganoPenske TeamFord
8Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas RacingFord
9Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway RacingFord
tenChris BuescherJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
11Paul MénardWood Brothers RacingFord
12Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway RacingFord
13Ryan BlaneyPenske TeamFord
14Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas RacingFord
15Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
16Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family RacingToyota
17Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
18William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
19Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
20Brad KeselowskiPenske TeamFord
21Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
22Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFord
23Darrell Wallace Jr.Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet
24Daniel HemricRichard Childress RacingChevrolet
25Michael McDowellMotor sports ranked firstFord
26Ty DillonGermain RacingChevrolet
27Matt TifftMotor sports ranked firstFord
28Corey LaJoieGo FAS RacingFord
29David RaganMotor sports ranked firstFord
30Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
31Ross ChastainPremium MotorsportsChevrolet
32Landon CassillStarCom RacingChevrolet
33Bayley CurreyPetty Ware RacingFord
34Quin HouffSpire MotorsportsChevrolet
35Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevrolet
36B.J. McLeodRick Ware RacingChevrolet

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