Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

See Kyle Busch celebrate NASCAR race win with a gladiator sword

See Kyle Busch celebrate NASCAR race win with a gladiator sword

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to the Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday (and Monday) for the second short track event of the year.

Instead, Larson got a significant challenge from Stenhouse on the restart and the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racer almost took the lead.

As for Busch, he has another Bristol sword to add to his collection, although he's not quite sure what he's going to do with all of those unusual trophies.

Larson was the leader when the race resumed with 46 laps remaining in the second stage.

It is Busch's 45th career Cup win and marks the fifth time in his career that he has won back-to-back races; he won last week at Texas. "I've been beat by Kyle about every time I race here, too, so that gets frustrating after a while".

Kyle Busch: He battled for the lead with Larson, Keselowski, Bubba Wallace and a handful of others at various points Monday, and although his vehicle may not have been best, he was.

Stenhouse hung on to come home in fourth. Busch maintained the lead after pit stops and the race restarted with 171 laps remaining. I wish it would have stayed green.

"I enjoy working with my guys an terrible lot, and I just feel like we're clicking on all eight cylinders right now", Busch said.

Larson appeared to have the auto to beat on Monday, running well ahead of the pack on long green flag runs. "All in all a great weekend, hopefully this will kick start the rest of our season". Ford drivers Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano took the next four positions, followed by Ryan Newman in 10th in a Chevrolet.

The No. 43 vehicle piloted by Bubba Wallace donned the famous STP paint scheme designed by the driver for the second time this season.

"The results stink right now", said Bayne.

Bubba Wallace now knows what it is like to run up front in a Cup Series race. The seven-time NASCAR champion saw his career-long winless streak reach 31 races but earned his first top five of the season and first since Dover in October. Something has happened every weekend to hurt out result.

Racing action moves up Interstate 81 and then onto I-64 for the trip into Richmond for the Toyota Owners 400, scheduled to run under the lights on Saturday night beginning at 7:00 PM at Richmond Raceway.

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