NASCAR: Kurt Busch wins at Sparta

SPARTA — It was a duel of the Busch brothers on the final lap of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway under the lights.

Older brother, Kurt in the No. 1 Monster Energy car was able to beat his younger brother Kyle in the No. 18 M&Ms.

“What an amazing finish. There was something about our team meeting today,” Kurt said.

Behind the Busch cars, Erik Jones came in third. Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin were fourth and fifth.

Daniel Suarez won the pole and started out strong as he led the first 47 laps. He would fall back and cross the finish line eighth.

The race went overtime which resulted in two extra laps than the scheduled 267 due to Bubba Wallace causing a caution with five laps left. Joey Logano was leading at the time but fell into the field after the restart. He finished seventh.

“I felt good where we were speed-wise when the caution came out,” crew chief Matt McCall said.

Kurt won Stage 1 and Kyle won Stage 2 so everyone had a feeling that it would come down to the racing duo at the end.

It was about as close as the brothers crossed the line. Kyle finished 0.076 seconds behind his older brother.

“What a battle with my little brother. Trying to play the chess game at 180 miles per hour,” Kurt said.

This was also Chevys first win at Kentucky Speedway.

“We put on one hell of a show,” Kurt said.

The Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next weekend, returning to a Sunday schedule. The green flag is set to drop at 3 p.m.

Zachery Combest can be reached at 270-505-1754 or zcombest@thenewsenterprise.com.

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