Kurt Busch wins brotherly battle in Kentucky

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Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, holds off brother Kyle (No. 18) at the line to grab his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season at Kentucky Speedway.

NASCAR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series took on Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY, this past weekend.

It was a two-lap dash to the finish in overtime between brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch, going toe-to-toe to the checkered, but it was elder brother Kurt who came out victorious on Saturday night in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) event at Kentucky.

The win marked Kurt’s first of the season and first at the 1.5-mile track, in addition to Chevrolet scoring its first triumph at the venue.

The margin of victory between Kurt and runner-up Kyle, after the two exchanged paint coming out of Turn 4, was .076 seconds.

Erik Jones placed 3rd, followed by Kurt’s teammate Kyle Larson in 4th and Denny Hamlin in 5th.

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

The Busch brothers, along with Hamlin, Logano, Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., and Chase Elliott have clinched spots in the MENCS Playoffs with wins this season.

MENCS will compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. (CDT). NBCSN will televise the event. PRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

Cole Custer soared to his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) win of the season on Friday night at Kentucky. He led a race-high 88 laps of the 200-lap event enroute to his first victory at the 1.5-mile venue.

Custer crossed the line 1.651 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Christopher Bell, who led 72 laps and won the first two stages.

Tyler Reddick went home 3rd, with Michael Annett 4th, and Chase Briscoe 5th.

With wins this season, Custer, Bell, Reddick, and Annett have secured spots in the NXS Playoffs.

NXS will also be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, July 20 at 3 p.m. (CDT). NBCSN will televise the race, while PRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

At 18 years-old, Tyler Ankrum earned his first career victory in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday night at Kentucky. Ankrum, who led a race-high 40 laps of the 150-lap event, took the lead on the next-to-last lap when leader Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel.

The margin of victory was 7.373 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Friesen.

Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, and Dylan Lupton rounded out the top 5. Moffitt wound up 7th.

Pole winner Grant Enfinger was a front-runner early in the race, but a late incident in Stage 2 with Brandon Jones eliminated both drivers from the event. Enfinger wound up 24th but remains in the point standings lead (winless this season) by 34 points over Friesen.

With wins this season, Ankrum, Moffitt, Chastain, Austin Hill, and Johnny Sauter are locked in Gander Trucks season-ending playoffs.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be back in action at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 27 at noon (CDT).

NASCAR action returns to Talladega Superspeedway, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, for its doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend, October 11-13. The Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will kick off the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12. The weekend’s anchor event, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13. For tickets, or more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223)