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Kyle Busch’s Late Move Is A Winner At Bristol

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, August 22 2013

Kyle Busch crosses the finish line with a sideways Timothy Peters right behind on Wednesday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)


Kyle Busch took advantage of a late caution to charge to his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night.

Busch passed Ryan Blaney for the lead on the 195th of 200 laps around the .533-mile track. From there Busch had to hold off Timothy Peters. Busch and Peters came out of Turn 4 side-by-side. Just as they were about to hit the finish line, Peters’ truck wobbled and wrecked, but he was still able to slide to a second-place finish.

Busch’s margin of victory was 0.05 seconds.

“I knew I had it; I just had the momentum,” said Busch. “Timothy just tried to throw the Hail Mary there I guess and wrecked a pretty good race truck. I hated it for him in doing that.”

Blaney finished third in a Ford with Johnny Sauter and Chase Elliott fourth and fifth. Elliott earlier became the series youngest pole winner at age 17 and led the race’s first 62 laps before giving way to Peters.

Ty Dillon, James Buescher, Ron Hornaday Jr., Brad Keselowski and Matt Crafton took sixth through 10th.

Crafton retained his championship lead of 47 points over Buescher, the 2012 series champion.

To get the victory, Busch had to come back from a penalty on pit road. Luckily, he had enough time to work his way back up through traffic and back into contention.

“I had to just settle in and try to persevere through all that,” Busch said. “I hated that I ruined my guys good pit stop – they gave me a good pit stop and then I sped. That was my fault, but we worked through it and we were able to work our way back up to 10th, but we were the last truck on the lead lap. We had to gamble, just throw something at it and come in and pit and try to get our way through traffic. It worked out just because of that restart. We were eighth on the top and then we came out of that second — how do you do that in one corner? A couple guys stumbled I guess and gave us the opportunity there. God’s grace was with us tonight and we appreciate that of course. Hopefully, we can see some more of that Friday night and Saturday night.”

Peters, who led all 204 laps in winning the race a year ago, appeared to have the race won after dispatching Elliott and holding off a mid-race challenge from Blaney. Blaney, who started second, ran down Peters in lapped traffic and attempted an outside pass – which the leader blocked, causing Blaney’s truck to lose momentum and fall back to third.

Blaney and owner Keselowski were just over two seconds back – and not gaining ground – when Jeff Agnew crashed on the track’s frontstretch.

Blaney, Keselowski, Busch and most of the other lead lap trucks pitted for fuel and tires. Peters did not and his Toyota lost power when the race restarted, handing the lead to Blaney. So did Crafton’s Toyota, which caused Keselowski to spin and trigger another quick yellow flag.

That brought Busch back into contention although Peters was able to make an interesting finish of it.

“I wouldn’t have done nothing differently,” he said of staying on track when his rivals pitted. “On the restart, it stumbled with the fuel. I didn’t’ know we were that close (to running out).”

Busch celebrated his victory by doing his burnout while sitting half out of his truck.

“I did it last week or a couple weeks ago at Watkins Glen,” he said, “getting out of the car while I was doing the burnout. Everybody says, ‘How are you going to top that?’ I come up with something and you might as well start outside the truck. I screwed up the first time – I stalled it, but I think I made up for it. Hopefully, the fans have some fun with that and you never know what I might be able to do next.”

The victory gives Busch a shot at sweeping Bristol, something he has done in the past.

Asked if a sweep is possible again for him this weekend, he said, “Prospects for a sweep – it’s so dependent on a lot of different circumstances, but I don’t see why not. If I can get my cars to do what I need them to do in my Nationwide car and my Cup car then it should be a lot better. We tried to find that tonight and we just never really could. Fortunately we did win though, but I know what I’m looking for. Sometimes I find it and sometimes I don’t. It’s all about me trying to communicate with the crew chief to get it done. To win three, you first must win one.”

Bristol NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – UNOH 200

Bristol Motor Speedway

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

1. (10) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200, $30460.

2. (4) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 200, $27925.

3. (2) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 200, $21795.

4. (21) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 200, $14320.

5. (1) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200, $12870.

6. (3) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $11395.

7. (8) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 200, $12245.

8. (15) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 200, $11195.

9. (7) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 200, $8895.

10. (6) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 200, $12370.

11. (34) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 200, $11045.

12. (18) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 200, $10895.

13. (11) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 200, $10845.

14. (9) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 199, $10795.

15. (12) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 199, $11795.

16. (13) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 199, $10645.

17. (25) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 199, $8340.

18. (16) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 199, $10520.

19. (23) Jake Crum, Toyota, 199, $10470.

20. (19) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 199, $8795.

21. (5) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 199, $10370.

22. (27) Matt McCall, Chevrolet, 198, $8095.

23. (31) David Starr, Toyota, 198, $10320.

24. (17) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 198, $8045.

25. (35) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, 198, $10395.

26. (29) Ken Schrader(i), Toyota, 197, $7945.

27. (26) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 195, $7920.

28. (14) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 194, $8895.

29. (32) Bryan Silas, Ford, 194, $8845.

30. (22) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 186, $8320.

31. (24) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, Accident, 176, $7385.

32. (20) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Oil Leak, 166, $7320.

33. (33) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Brakes, 55, $7295.

34. (28) Clay Greenfield, RAM, Ignition, 45, $7270.

35. (30) Nate Montieth, Toyota, Handling, 24, $7245.

36. (36) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Brakes, 20, $7209.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 85.394 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 14 Mins, 54 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.050 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 32 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: C. Elliott 1-62; T. Peters 63-71; C. Elliott 72; T. Peters 73-188; R. Blaney # 189-192; K. Busch(i) 193; R. Blaney # 194; K. Busch(i) 195-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): T. Peters 2 times for 125 laps; C. Elliott 2 times for 63 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 7 laps; R. Blaney # 2 times for 5 laps.

Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton – 498; J. Buescher – 449; J. Burton # – 445; T. Dillon – 440; T. Peters – 426; M. Paludo – 422; R. Blaney # – 421; B. Gaughan – 418; J. Sauter – 409; J. Coulter – 399.

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, August 22 2013
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