BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch simply refused to lose during Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch overcame several setbacks during the UNOH 200 – including slapping the wall on lap one, a pit road penalty and nose damage from racing in the middle of the pack – to beat Timothy Peters in a photo finish to score his fourth Truck Series victory at the historic half-mile oval.
The man to beat appeared to be Peters, who took the lead from polesitter Chase Elliott on lap 63 when Elliott got bogged down in lapped traffic. Busch, meanwhile, was penalized for speeding on pit road under caution on lap 72 and had to restart at the rear of the field.
Peters looked to have the race well in hand, at least until Jeff Agnew crashed on the front stretch with 27 laps left to bring out the fourth caution flag. The caution period saved Busch, who was on the verge of going a lap down.
During the caution period nine of 12 lead lap cars came down pit road for fresh tires, leaving only Peters, Matt Crafton and German Quiroga on the track. Quiroga stalled before the restart, making the first two rows for the restart Peters, Crafton, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney.
When the green flag waved Crafton stalled on the inside lane, causing Keselowski to spin out of third place. Peters also didn’t get going on the restart, allowing Blaney to blow by him to take the lead before the caution flag waved for Keselowski.
Somehow, through all of the mayhem during that restart, Busch had managed to make his way to second. Ty Dillon, Peters, Elliott and Johnny Sauter followed.