BRISTOL — Kyle Busch continued his record-setting week at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night.
Starting from the pole, Busch led 228 laps in the Food City 250 for his sixth career Nationwide Series win at the high-banked short track. It broke a tie with Kevin Harvick for the most Nationwide wins at the facility.
He also extended his overall track record to 15 wins, and his all-time Nationwide Series record to 60 wins. He even took time to aggravate the fans who booed his latest accomplishment.
“I just had a great car. It’s cool when you start up front and lead a lot of laps,” Busch said. “It was a great effort by this team. I just want to thank the fans, whether they’re cheering or booing. They can boo me tomorrow night too when I take the triple-header.”
Improving to 6-for-6 when his No. 54 Toyota has started on the pole this season, Busch built a six-second lead over the first 100 laps and was never passed on the track all night. Busch lost the lead just once to Kyle Larson during a round of pit stops, but just 22 laps later, he raced back by and never looked back.
Busch’s ninth victory in 17 Nationwide starts this season sets him up for a weekend sweep of Truck Series, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races, a feat he also accomplished in August 2010.
“It’s going to be tough tomorrow,” he said. “You save the best and hardest for last.”
Busch’s victory broke a four-race winning streak for runner-up Brad Keselowski, who finished .831 second behind. It also ended a streak of three straight wins for the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford which Keselowski was driving.
“We just didn’t quite have enough speed to get by Kyle,” Keselowski said. “We had four in a row and tried to go for five, but we just weren’t good enough. I got close to him, but not close enough.”
Chevrolet drivers Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
Dillon was second to Busch in the early going, but lost five positions during a round of pit stops.
“We had a little trouble on pit road tonight, but we overcame that,” Dillon said. “Our car was so fast tonight. I would have liked to have seen what we could have done if we got a late caution.”
The strong finish moved Dillon within six points of Sam Hornish Jr. in the series championship standings.
Knoxville driver Trevor Bayne started eighth and stayed among the leaders all evening. His No. 6 Ford finished sixth ahead of Ty Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott, all in Chevrolets. Elliott Sadler in a Toyota finished 10th, one lap down to the race winner.
Johnson City driver Brad Teague finished 32nd, nine laps down, in his Toyota.