Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Photo by Ned Jilton II.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch brought his broom back to Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, reaffirming his dominance at the half-mile oval by winning his fifth consecutive NASCAR event at the track.
Busch held off an aggressive charge from Carl Edwards on the final restart and pulled away in the final laps to capture the Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City. It was Busch’s first Sprint Cup win in 2011 and the 20th of his career.
“It’s cool to have the race titled after Jeff Byrd,” Busch said. “To win the Jeff Byrd 500 is special to me and the Joe Gibbs Racing team. We’re pumped.
“Thanks to Food City for giving up their name to put Jeff’s name on there.”
Edwards settled for second after holding off Jimmie Johnson, who finished third. Matt Kenseth and Paul Menard rounded out the top five.
On the final restart of the race, which came with 36 laps remaining, Edwards was able to stick with Busch and offer one final challenge.
Edwards got the bumper of his No. 99 Ford up against the back of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota going into turn one, the same move he used to get past Busch on his way to a win at BMS in August 2008.