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Busch Wins Nashville; Spares Trophy Guitar

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 3 2010

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag to win the Camping World Trucks Series race at Nashville. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Larry Woody | Senior Writer

Gladeville, Tenn. – Kyle Busch climbed from his truck, grabbed the trademark trophy Gipson guitar, and held it aloft.

The crowd held its breath.

And nothing happened.

After a Nationwide Series victory at Nashville Superspeedway last year Busch smashed the guitar to bits in a “rock-star-style” celebration that caused a ruckus and riled NASCAR artist Sam Bass who hand-paints the guitars.

After winning the Nashville 200 truck race Friday night, Busch collected another guitar but this time it remained intact.

“If he’d broke it they’d have had to take me out of here in a cop car,” said Bass after the Victory Lane celebration.

“I gave the guitar to Sam and told him he could smash it over my truck,” quipped Busch.

Busch said his latest trophy is special because it is the first he has won as a truck team owner-driver.

“I plan to build a nice trophy case for it,” he said. “This was a cool win.”

Busch dominated the race from start to finish, starting on the pole and leading three times for 131 laps of the 150-lap race. Runner-up Kevin Harvick mustered a late charge, but presented no serious challenge.

“I had trouble on the restarts and I got too far back to catch up with the time I had left,” said Harvick, who had won the last four Camping World Series truck races he had entered.

Ron Hornaday finished third and Timothy Peters retained the series points lead with a fourth-place finish.

Busch will try for a Superspeedway sweep in today’s Nashville 300 Nationwide race, the second half of the track’s 10th anniversary doubleheader.

“Our Nationwide chances look a little slim,” said Busch, the defending series champion who is running a limited schedule this season. He was 7th-quickest in yesterday’s practice.

Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, 1-2 in the Nationwide standings, rate among the favorites in today’s 3 p.m. race. Qualifying is at 11:05 a.m.

Last night’s victory was Busch’s 17th in the truck series, and he made it look easy.

“The truck was fast from the get-go,” he said. “Getting this first win for my team is a big deal. A lot of blood, sweat and tears were put into this. I’m very proud of the way everybody worked over the winter … it’s very cool to get this first [owner’s] win.”

Harvick said he wasn’t surprised at the quick success of Busch as an owner-driver.

“He was going to win in his truck – it was just a matter of time,” he said.

Hornaday said nobody had anything for Busch.

“He had the dominant truck,” Hornaday said. “He could go anywhere he wanted to.”

Meanwhile, Hornaday could never get his truck up to speed.

“We tried something (before the race) and it didn’t work,” he said. “But third is a good day for us, and we’ll take it.”

– Larry Woody can be reached at lwoody@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 3 2010
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