Busch Leads NASCAR Fields Into Battle At Bristol

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Kyle Busch (18) will drive in all three NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. (NASCAR photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are all taking to the high banks of “The Last Great Coliseum” at Bristol Motor Speedway this week.

With more than full fields in all three NASCAR national series this week, drivers will be sent home in every series, making qualifying a big priority for some.

Also of note, Kyle Busch will be competing in all three NASCAR national series races this week at Bristol, as he attempts to replicate his historic weekend three-peat from the 2010 season on the Bristol high banks.

Below are a look at the highlights from each of the three entry lists.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: After his third win of the season, Kyle Larson and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol. Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of the Bass Pro Shops/ NRA Night Race.

With only three races remaining before the playoffs, Joey Logano (-98) and Clint Bowyer (-31) look to regain critical points following Michigan as they and others fight for their playoff lives. Chase Elliott (+62), Jamie McMurray (+52) and Matt Kenseth (+31) barely hold on to slim leads above the cutoff line.

Five non-chartered cars — the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 (J.J. Yeley), Rick Ware Racing No. 51, Premium Motorsports No. 55 (Derrike Cope), Carl Long’s No. 66 and BK Racing No. 83 (Corey LaJoie) — will be fighting for four spots in Saturday night’s starting field.

The Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol is Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC, PRN, SiriusXM).

Cup Entry List

NASCAR XFINITY Series: After a wild standalone race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last Saturday, the NASCAR XFINITY Series rejoins the Cup series at Bristol for their only non-road course race in the month of August, the Food City 300.

Defending race winner Austin Dillon (No. 2), Ty Dillon (No. 3), Reed Sorenson (No. 15), Kyle Busch (No. 18), Daniel Suarez (No. 20), Joey Logano (No. 22), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88) and Aric Almirola (No. 98) are the Cup regulars in the XFINITY field this weekend.

The Food City 300 from Bristol Motor Speedway is Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM).

NXS Entry List

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Following Darrell Wallace Jr.’s stirring victory in Michigan last Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on Wednesday night for the second and final time this season, with the running of the UNOH 200.

Christopher Bell looks to continue his winning ways, while John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and others look to stop the regular season points leader in his tracks.

Kyle Busch will make his final Truck Series start of the season in the No. 46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota, while young Harrison Burton fills the seat of the No. 51 Toyota at Kyle Busch Motorsports for the week.

Of note, USAC Silver Crown champion Chris Windom (No. 36) and late model veteran Landon Huffman (No. 63) will drive for MB Motorsports this week, while Jesse Little returns in his family-owned No. 97 Toyota and Brandon Jones fills the seat of the MDM Motorsports No. 99 Chevrolet once again.

The UNOH 200 from the Bristol Motor Speedway is Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).

NCWTS Entry List

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