Kyle Busch offered some advice to his brother from victory lane after Kurt told him what the plan was
With just a few laps remaining, the caution flag dropped at Bristol Motor Speedway. Team Penske had dominated to that point.
Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney all hit the pit lane. Team Penske was dominating the top-5, they just pulled off the race track for four new tires.
Kyle Busch pretended that he was heading to the pit lane as well. But, it was a fake. Busch turned back into the race track just before the commitment line.
On the restart, Keselowski found himself 3 wide coming to the green. That’s a violation. Keselowski was forced back to the pit lane under green.
Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch found themselves at the front of the field. The brothers battled for another race win at the coliseum.
Kurt Busch got into the wall, Kyle Busch opened the gap and he took the win. But, had Kurt not gotten into the wall, it might have turned out different.
2nd place at Bristol
“Kyle’s won here now 8 times, I’ve got six. A lot of times, you gotta stay out on old tires and just do battle,” Kurt Busch told NBC after the race.
“I was smiling ear to ear and thought it was ours. I just couldn’t lean on the right rear tire as hard as I wanted to on the restarts.”
“My plan was to let him go and get the the high side quicker than him, reel him in. It just didn’t time out right.”
“I overstepped the cars limits in turn one with like 3 to go.”
“Otherwise, I was going to wreck him in turns 3-4 coming to take the checkered. I was going to flat out wreck him.”
“That puts us in the playoffs. He’s already won this year. I’m with a new team. He’d get over it,” Kurt Busch concluded.
Bristol Motor Speedway Winner
This was not news to Kyle Busch when he entered the media center. In fact, Kurt Busch walked up to his brother Kyle in victory lane and told him what his plan was.
“He told me in victory lane.”
Kyle Busch explained what he told his brother Kurt after getting the message, “I told him, ‘You can’t tell people that you’re going to wreck them before you do it because when the roles are reversed, that person’s gonna wreck you. Because you already told them that you were going to wreck them.’ “
“So, I guess if I’m ever running 2nd to Kurt, I’m gonna wreck him!”
“I don’t know, I’m glad it didn’t turn out that way and he couldn’t get to me. I certainly wouldn’t want to be in that situation.”
Kyle Busch continued, “I think he was trying really hard. I seen him get crossed up in my mirror a couple times off of [turn] 2. I think he got in the fence once or twice.”
“That just gave me that little bit of an extra gap that I needed to bring it home.”
The win on Sunday makes it’s four wins in a row for the Busch brother at Bristol Motor Speedway.
As for the past, these two have wrecked each other on the race track. After years of racing together, it’s going to happen. But, the two didn’t talk for months when it happened the last time. It took a call from grandma to sit them down and get them talking to each other again.