Busch Gets A Wednesday Win
Kyle Busch survived a crash-filled Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway and won the O’Reilly 200 on Wednesday night.
He took the white flag to make the race official just as a crash behind him brought out the yellow.
Good thing, too. Busch said afterward that his truck was running out of fuel.
“It ran out on the second-to-last restart and then it ran out again on the last restart coming right there to the line,” Busch said. “I didn’t know if I got the white flag or not. Man, that was close.”
The victory was the third of the season in the series in just eight starts for Busch, who won the pole earlier in the day but had to start from the rear of the field after changing an engine after qualifying.
“It worried me a little bit just having to start back there and try to come through traffic really unsure,” Busch said. “Some guys, they qualify and do their race adjustments and go for the start of the race and sometimes you can get it too loose and you never know what can happen in front of you. This is Bristol, anyway. It turned out everything was all right.
“We got up through there. We were passing guys one at a time, just kind of biding our time getting our way up there. I think we were as high as maybe 12th or 14th when we decided to pit on lap 30 or 31, whatever it was. It was a bummer deal that we didn’t get to start from the pole and kind of lead the laps and play our strategy out a little bit, but it was still cool coming from the back I guess. I wish there was an award for it or maybe a bonus for sitting on the pole, then starting in the back and coming up through there and winning. That’s just me.”
The finish gave him three straight victories at the Bristol .533-mile track.
The race featured 12 cautions, a red-flag stoppage with two laps to go and had a green-white-checkered finish.
Aric Almirola finished second.
Ron Hornaday Jr. was third and Mike Skinner was fourth.
Point leader Todd Bodine finished fifth.
Last year, Busch won the truck and Cup races at Bristol. This year he has a chance to win all three. Asked if he could do it, he said, “I don’t see why not.”No Comment