MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tennessee
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 – Skittles Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “It’s pretty cool to have the opportunity to go out there and win these races. When you win these races, the numbers will just continue to add up. The addition of that, getting to Lee Petty, I mean, you’re starting to get into some really heavy company that’s at the top 10 of the all-time wins list of our series and our sport. I feel as though I’ve just done my fair share and have been with some amazing people over the years that have gotten me to this number thus far. We’ll just keep going.”
– Kyle Busch
- Kyle Busch won the 59th annual Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon. For Busch, it was his 54th win in 506 career MENCS starts this season, tying him with Lee Petty for the tenth-most wins in series history.
- The win marked Busch’s series-leading third victory this season and his third win in the last four MENCS races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was also Busch’s eighth career MENCS win at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most of any active driver.
- Kurt Busch finished second and reigning champion Joey Logano came in third. It was Busch’s sixth top-10 in the last seven races. For Logano, it was his third consecutive top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
- Through eight races this season, Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Logano are joined by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Busch and Denny Hamlin as the only drivers to have won a race.
- With wins to their credit this season, Busch, Logano, Keselowski and Hamlin are the only drivers to have clinched a spot in the 2019 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
- Christopher Bell won the 37th annual Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was his tenth career NXS win in 48 starts and his second this season.
- Reigning series champion Tyler Reddick finished second while Cole Custer came in third. For Reddick, it was his series-leading fifth top-5 and sixth top-10 finish this season. For Custer, who started on the pole, it was his fourth consecutive top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
- Justin Allgaier led the most laps (138) and won Stages 1 and 2.
- With wins to their credit this season, Custer, Bell and Michael Annett are the only drivers to have clinched a spot in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES
- The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series was off this past weekend and will return to action on Friday, May 3 at Dover International Speedway.
- With his victory in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Austin Hill is the only driver to have secured a spot in the NGOTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.