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MECS: Kurt Busch outduels brother, grabs first win of 2019

(MRN) Kurt Busch got by his brother, Kyle, on the final lap in overtime to win Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Busch scored his first win of the season and gave Chip Ganassi Racing victory number one of the season as well.

“That was epic,” Busch said of the thrilling battle for the win. “I was hopeful that we would get a shot, just one more restart. We got that yellow and with my little brother, it’s the best guy in the world to go race against.”

The younger Busch brother could only settle for second place.

“Kurt got on my door off of 2 there and got a run down the backstretch and I didn’t have enough of a room going into 3 there,” Kyle said. “He just had too much momentum coming off of 4. We just didn’t make good enough adjustments to win the race.”

Erik Jones, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher completed the first 10 finishers.

Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch won the first two stages.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday afternoon.

Fin Str Car Driver Make Laps Pts Status Laps Led
1 4 1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 269 54 Running 41
2 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 269 53 Running 72
3 21 20 Erik Jones Toyota 269 43 Running 1
4 19 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 269 38 Running 0
5 18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 269 39 Running 5
6 7 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 269 37 Running 40
7 11 22 Joey Logano Ford 269 46 Running 19
8 1 41 Daniel Suarez Ford 269 29 Running 52
9 35 6 Ryan Newman Ford 269 28 Running 15
10 25 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 269 27 Running 0

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings

After Race 19: Kentucky

Rank Driver Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points -Leader -Next Stage Wins Playoff Points
1 Joey Logano 2 9 13 2 746 0 0 7 17
2 Kyle Busch 4 11 16 0 735 -11 11 6 26
3 Kevin Harvick 0 5 11 3 645 -101 90 4 4
4 Brad Keselowski 3 7 9 0 630 -116 15 4 19
5 Denny Hamlin 2 7 11 0 627 -119 3 3 13
6 Martin Truex Jr. 4 8 11 0 618 -128 9 2 22
7 Kurt Busch 1 5 11 0 618 -128 0 1 6
8 Chase Elliott 1 6 7 2 607 -139 11 2 7
9 Alex Bowman 1 4 6 0 554 -192 53 0 5
10 Aric Almirola 0 1 10 1 542 -204 12 0 0
11 Ryan Blaney 0 5 7 1 535 -211 7 2 2
12 William Byron 0 1 6 3 517 -229 18 1 1
13 Kyle Larson 0 3 7 1 511 -235 6 3 3
14 Clint Bowyer 0 5 9 0 481 -265 30 0 0
15 Jimmie Johnson 0 3 8 1 481 -265 0 0 0
16 Erik Jones 0 5 9 0 473 -273 8 0 0

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