Family is family but racing is racing and Kurt Busch left no doubt what he would have done to eventual race winner and younger brother Kyle Busch if given the chance in the final few laps of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“That one was tough,” Kurt Busch told FS1’s Jamie Little after the race on pit road. “I really wanted to beat him. I was going to wreck him. I was wanting to stay close enough so that when we took the white (flag) I was going to just drive straight into 3 and 4. I mean he’s already won. I figured he could give a little love to his brother.”
“I wanted that one bad. I feel like him right now. I’m all mad because I didn’t win.”
Kyle was able to take a playful jab back at Kurt in the media center after Kurt paid a visit to Victory Lane to congratulate Kyle … and to tell him he was planning on wrecking him if he had the chance.
“I told him you can’t tell people you’re going to wreck them before you do it because when the roles are reversed, that person is going to wreck you because you already told them that you were going to wreck them,” Kyle said sarcastically.
The Busch brothers were 1-2 as both stayed out under caution while the lead twosome of Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski pitted prior to coming to what was the final restart with 15 to go. The brothers stayed 1-2 through to the finish. Kurt’s runner-up finish stands as his third top five and sixth top 10 of the season. The runner-up is also the third straight for Chip Ganassi Racing at the 0.533-mile track.
The 1-2 finish among the Busch brothers is the second such finish for the duo. The previous and only other time it occurred was in 2015 at Sonoma when Kyle Busch scored his first victory after breaking his leg at Daytona four months earlier.
The Busch brothers have 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins between them at Bristol as Kyle has eight and Kurt has six. They have also combined to win the last four races at Bristol.