BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Larsons first chance to get a big victory in NASCAR ended with him claiming a controversial win. With a shot at grabbing his first Nationwide Series win Saturday, he wasnt going to make that same mistake again.
Especially not against Kyle Busch.
Larson stalked Busch over the closing laps around Bristol Motor Speedway waiting to make a move. It came as they closed in on the finish line, and Larson made a last-gasp push on the high side that fell just short as Busch held on for his second win of the season.
But in chasing the win the right way, the 20-year-old Larson cleaned up some of the criticism that had followed him from Daytona last month after spinning C.E. Falk III on the final lap of the Battle at the Beach late model race.
You certainly want to try to win races the right way, Busch said. He played it smart today. That was good on his end. I think a lot of people have been looking at him to try to see if hes going to be to a wrecker or a checker. Today he didnt get the checkers, but thats how you get them. You drive into the corner, or drive into the back of me, Im going to be here for a while, and if he keeps coming up through the ranks, hes not going to have fun dealing with me every week.
It was Buschs fifth career Nationwide victory at Bristol, tying him with Kevin Harvick for the most in the series. Busch has a series-record 53 wins, and two in the last four weeks after going winless last season.
Brian Vickers was third and was followed by series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. and Harvick.