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SportThe Kyles have it: Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson at Bristol

21:31  04 april  2019
21:31  04 april  2019 Source:   nascar.com

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The Kyles have it: Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson at Bristol© Brian Lawdermilk Getty Images

Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway lately seems to come down to the Kyles.

Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson.

Busch has two wins in his last three races at the 0.533-mile track … and Larson has been nipping at his heels, finishing second in the last two.

In all, the two drivers have finished 1-2 eight times in their careers in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series according to Racing Insights — with four of those 1-2 finishes coming at Bristol.

A look at every Kyle 1-2 finish:

Series Date Track Winner Second
Xfinity 3/16/13 Bristol Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
Xfinity 3/15/14 Bristol Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
Cup 3/23/14 Auto Club Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
Xfinity 8/21/15 Bristol Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
Xfinity 2/27/16 Atlanta Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
Cup 9/24/17 New Hampshire Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
Cup 4/15/18 Bristol Kyle Busch Kyle Larson
Cup 7/1/18 Chicago Kyle Busch Kyle Larson

You might notice a bit of a pattern — Busch has won every race where he and Larson have finished 1-2.

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But Larson’s recent track record at Bristol shows that he might be on the verge of overturning his second-run status.

According to Racing Insights, Larson has led 489 laps in the last four races — more than any other driver. He is also the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every stage in each of the last four races.

Date Start Finish Stage 1 finish Stage 2 finish Laps led
4/24/17 1 6 1 7 202
8/19/17 2 9 3 6 70
4/15/18 6 2 5 5 200
8/18/18 1 2 6 3 17
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