BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch barely held off a challenge from young Kyle Larson to win Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
In the final 50 laps Larson clearly had the fastest car, using the high side of the track to get big runs out of the corners. He charged up to third and was right behind leader Busch and second-place Kevin Harvick with 48 laps to go.
The three ran nose-to-tail until a caution flag with 35 laps left when Jason White hit the wall in turn two after suffering a flat tire. Harvick opted to pit for four fresh tires under caution, moving Larson up to second behind Busch.
Busch quickly grabbed the lead with 27 laps left with Larson falling in behind. Larson chased Busch for the next 19 laps, looking below Busch for the lead unsuccessfully with eight laps left. Larson tried again with five laps to go, but once again fell in behind Busch.
Larson made one last attempt to get by Busch on the last lap. Entering turn four a pair of lapped cars blocked the way of the leaders. Busch opted to go low, opening the top line for Larson. Larson gave it his best shot, getting alongside Busch as they came to the checkered flag. Unfortunately, Larson came up .023-second short.
The finish was the second-closest finish at Bristol in series history.