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Kyle Busch makes quick work of Bristol truck field

by Pete McCole
Thursday, August 19, 2010


Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Race View/Tundra Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning his third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway
John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR
Kyle Busch didn’t make it easy on himself in his quest to win his third straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, but he still found a way to win, taking the checkered flag in the O’Reilly 200.

Busch went from worst to first after starting at the tail end of the field and then rolled the dice on a short pit stop, stretching his fuel to lead the final 116 laps - including three laps of overtime - to post his third 19th career truck series victory and his third consecutive win at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

Aric Almirola was second, followed by Ron Hornaday, Jr., Mike Skinner and Justin Lofton.

Busch needed just 91 laps - a little less than half the race distance - to slice his way to the lead, then had to sweat it out through a red flag and a final green-white-checkered finish to secure his third victory of the season in just his eighth start.

“It was a really good night. Being in victory lane at Bristol is pretty cool,” said Busch. “We had the right pit strategy. Fortunately, Eric (Phillips, crew chief) made a nice call to pit when we did.

“We saved fuel for the rest of the day. I wasn’t 100 percent aggressive on saving fuel, but I was 92 percent and we were able to prevail and get up front. 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. I think we led the most laps and ultimately get to victory lane.”

As if to show just how close their gamble was, Busch ran out of fuel just after taking the checkered flag

Busch won the pole for the 200-lap event but ended up starting at the tail end of the field after the team elected to change engines.

Starting at the rear of the field might seem like a daunting challenge to some - and at a track like Bristol, seemingly impossible – but to Busch it was just another day at the office.

“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,” said Busch. “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.”

With Busch moving to the rear of the field, Elliott Sadler led the opening 17 laps after moving up to the inside of the front row for the start.

In typical Bristol fashion, the yellow flags flew early and often, with a record-setting 13 caution periods for 71 laps.

Following the third caution for Jason White’s blown motor on lap 30, Busch made his first – and final – pit stop of the night, and barely 35 laps later was rubbing bumpers with Mike Skinner for the lead.

When Skinner pitted during the eighth caution flag on lap 90, Busch inherited the top spot with 110 laps to go and checked out on the field, moving out to nearly a full straightaway lead.

With only a handful of lap remaining, Busch seemed to have the race in the bag before the yellow flag waved again for a six-truck pileup in turn four that took out David Starr and Ken Schrader and set up a three-lap shootout for the victory.

Running and on fumes and with his engine already sputtering, Busch sweated it out through a short red flag and then got a good jump over Almirola on the final restart to put him in position for the win.

With the white flag in the air, last lap crash brought out a record 13th caution flag, but it came out too late to stop Busch, who crossed the stripe ahead of the caution flag allowing him to coast to the finish.

Almirola’s runner up spot allowed him to gain a little ground on Todd Bodine in the series points standings, now trailing the 2006 series champion by 211 points.

Bodine came home sixth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Timothy Peters and Brazilian driver Miguel Paludo, who scored a top-10 finish in his first Truck Series start. Matt Crafton rounded out the top ten.


1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NASCAR.COM RaceView / Toyota Tundra 195/10 206 Running
2 19 51 Aric Almirola Toyota Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 170/0 206 Running
3 5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Tide / Kroger 165/0 206 Running
4 8 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide Batteries 165/5 206 Running
5 15 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota 155/0 206 Running
6 14 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Valvoline 150/0 206 Running
7 6 129 Brad Keselowski Dodge Ruby Tuesday / Miller Lite 146/0 206 Running
8 7 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Wiss Metal Cutting Tools 147/5 206 Running
9 23 177 Miguel Paludo Toyota Stemco / Duroline 138/0 206 Running
10 18 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 134/0 206 Running
11 4 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet In Country Television / Curb Records 130/0 206 Running
12 36 192 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet / BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors 127/0 206 Running
13 31 47 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet Direct Auto Insurance / Lilly Trucking 124/0 206 Running
14 21 9 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 121/0 206 Running
15 30 46 John King Ford Team Gill Racing 118/0 204 Running
16 33 6 Clay Greenfield Chevrolet M3 -- Matthews Mobile Media 115/0 204 Running
17 11 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Remington Arms / Tracker 112/0 204 Running
18 29 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet / James Carter Attorney 109/0 204 Running
19 22 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 106/0 203 Running
20 28 00 Carl Long Chevrolet Koma Unwind Chillaxation Drink PE 203 Running
21 26 85 Brent Raymer Ford Ford. Drive one. 100/0 201 Running
22 25 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 97/0 200 Running
23 12 81 David Starr Toyota Chasco Constructors 94/0 198 Accident
24 16 52 Ken Schrader Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts PE 198 Accident
25 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 88/0 197 Running
26 3 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet GT Vodka 90/5 190 Accident
27 35 01 Jerick Johnson Chevrolet Koma Unwind Chillaxation Drink 82/0 135 Engine
28 32 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford / 79/0 102 Running
29 20 187 Chris Jones Chevrolet Copy Wizard 76/0 95 Transmission
30 10 07 Donny Lia Toyota SS Green Light Racing 73/0 91 Accident
31 13 21 Jake Crum Chevrolet Honey Do Service 70/0 90 Fuel Pump
32 27 48 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet 67/0 90 Engine
33 2 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Volunteer Chevrolet / Wolfpack Rentals 64/0 84 Accident
34 9 60 Stacy Compton Chevrolet SafeAuto Insurance Company 61/0 59 Engine
35 24 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet S&W Towing 58/0 34 Rear Gear
36 17 23 Jason White Dodge / Outdoor Channel Outfitters 55/0 28 Engine
* Denotes Rookie

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