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Busch Doesn’t Miss A Beat In Nashville

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, April 22 2011

Kyle Busch kept the guitar/trophy he won in Nashville Friday night in one piece this time. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Erik J. Perel)

Kyle Busch dominated and won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. He led all but 10 laps.

The only time Busch’s victory was threatened was late in the race when he was passed by Ron Hornaday Jr. on a restart with nine laps to go.

Busch appeared to be ready to re-take the lead a couple of laps later when another caution came out.

On the restart after that, Busch blew past Hornaday and walked away with the victory.

Busch, the pole-winner, won the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 by beating Nelson Piquet Jr. to the checkered flag by 20 car lengths.

It might have been boring I guess, for about the first 140 laps or so but Ron came up there and made things interesting,” Busch said. “He’s hell of a wheelman, that old man still gets after it, I’ll tell you that.  He definitely gave us a whirl win there – I pulled the same move on him that he pulled on me.

Kyle Busch had a big old Friday night in Nashville. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Erik J. Perel)

You just drive it off into turn three and slide up the race track in front of the guy, so I said, ‘Sure, I’ll do the same thing.’  I got a run on the top and (he) went up to the wall just like I did and I went to the bottom and I said we’re either both going to wreck or we’re both going to make it out of here.  We made it happen.”

Timonthy Peters finished third and Hornaday was fourth.

“Kyle had the dominant truck all day, and he had clean air,” Hornaday said. “I had to wear my stuff out trying to stay with him. That restart, that’s the only opportunity I had to run with him. I just gave a show for the fans. That’s all I could do.”

With spent tires, Hornaday was also passed for position by rookie Piquet Jr. and Peters.

“I drove it too hard and wore the tires off,” Hornaday said.

Hornaday was fourth, followed by James Buescher, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, David Starr, Craig Goess and Parker Kligerman.

The victory was the second in four races for Busch in the series. It was his fourth top-five finish.

Busch goes for the Nashville sweep in Saturday’s Nashville 300 Nationwide Series race.

Johnny Sauter maintained his points lead after the race. He is three ahead of Peters, who jumped past Crafton into second place.

Crafton is third, one point behind Peters.

Hornaday is fourth, one point behind Crafton and Cole Whitt, who finished 12th, is fifth.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, April 22 2011
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