Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Kyle Busch breaks record with 16th Bristol win

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch got his 16th career NASCAR win at Bristol Motor Speedway — more than any driver ever at any track — by holding off Kyle Larson after a late restart in Saturday's Nationwide series race.

Busch has three straight series wins at Bristol since March 2013, when he and Larson also were 1-2.

Busch has five Sprint Cup wins at Bristol, seven in Nationwide series and four in trucks.

Richard Petty won 15 times at both North Wilkesboro and Martinsville, all in what is now Sprint Cup.

"I definitely like coming to Bristol, I always have," said Busch, whose first trip to the 0.533-mile bullring was in 2004. "First couple times here was a rough go-around for me. (Since then) I've sort of figured it out, started running up front, leading laps, winning races. I just enjoy coming to banked racetracks."

Busch earned his 65th Nationwide victory, extending his series record.

In the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300, he and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth combined to lead 298 of 300 laps. But Kenseth got mired in lapped traffic and Busch held on to beat Larson by 1.441 seconds.

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton earned the pole in a Mercedes for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a rainy qualifying session in Melbourne. Four-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel will line up 12th in a Red Bull as new teammate Daniel Ricciardo qualified second. The race was overnight.

Motorcycles: Triumph's Danny Eslick led 44 of 57 laps to win the AMA Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway by 10.975 seconds.

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