It is Busch’s second consecutive win of the year and his seventh victory at Bristol. He also won last August’s race at the track.
Busch led 117 of 500 laps from the pole while Larson led a race-high 200.
His win comes more than 24 hours after the race started and was delayed multiple times for rain, including overnight. The race finally went back to green at 1:43 p.m. ET Monday afternoon.
“Tell you what, you just got to stay focused for the entirety of it and try to keep going,” Busch to Fox. “We knew it (the car) was going to be good in the long runs. We weren’t quite as good as the 42 (Larson) on that long run before that last caution came out. I actually thought I had a tire going down. We were able to get some tires on it and go give it everything we had.”
The final run to the finish was set up by a caution with 31 laps to go when Brad Keselowski lost a left-front tire and got into the wall while running two laps down. The green flag waved with 22 laps to go.
“As soon as we restarted there I was extremely loose,” Larson told Fox. “The 17 (Stenhouse) got to my side and I just didn’t have any grip. I thought it would tighten up for me and I could get going, but it never really did. … Hate that I didn’t win. Another one at Bristol. Feel like every time I race here I almost get a win. It’s a fun race.”
STAGE 1 WINNER: Brad Keselowski
STAGE 2 WINNER: Brad Keselowski
WHO HAD GOOD DAY: Jimmie Johnson managed to earn his first top five in 14 starts … Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun on Lap 61 and had an uncontrolled tire penalty on Lap 130 and managed to earn his first top five and top 10 of the season … Alex Bowman earned the first top five of his Cup career … Aric Almirola placed sixth for his best finish of the year.
WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Nine cars were involved in a wreck to bring out the caution on Lap 5, including Chase Elliott, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Suarez, AJ Allmendinger, Ross Chastain and Michael McDowell. McDowell and Chastain were eliminated from the race … Allmendinger brought out the caution on Lap 18 for a single-car spin. He finished 17th … Ryan Blaney was leading when he was eliminated in a five-car wreck eight laps from the end of Stage 1. He finished 35th … Trevor Bayne brought out the caution on Lap 155 when he spun into the wall. He finished 24th … After his late-race caution, Brad Keselowski finished 23rd.
NOTABLE: Darrell Wallace Jr. led six laps, marking the first laps led of his Cup career. He finished 16th … Kyle Busch earned Joe Gibbs Racing its 150th Cup win … Kyle Busch hasn’t finished worse than third in the last six races … Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has one unsecured lug nut.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’ve been beat by Kyle (Busch) about every time we race here. That gets frustrating after a while.” – Kyle Larson to Fox after finishing second.
WHAT’S NEXT: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway at 6:30 p.m. ET on April 21 on Fox.