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08/21/08
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Toyota & Kyle Busch grabs another win  Kyle Busch continued his NASCAR dominance Wednesday night, winning the O’Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his third Craftsman Truck Series win of the season and his 17th overall in 2008 in NASCAR’s top three series.

The scheduled 200-lap race was extended three laps after Erik Darnell spun off of Turn 2 on Lap 199 to bring out the last of a record 12 cautions and set up a green-white-checker finish. Busch’s No. 51 Toyota struggled with vapor locking under previous restarts, but his final and most important restart on Lap 201 was flawless and he easily beat Todd Bodine.

“The last restart, it did it coming to the white (flag). Fortunately we were able to get it there,” Busch said of the vapor locking issues. His ninth series win was the first on a short track bettering a pair of fifths.

Busch led 145 laps and now has won in all three series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and NCTS – at the .533-mile track. Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle previously captured Bristol's national series "hat trick."

Johnny Benson, who was trying to become the first driver to win four consecutive truck races, finished fourth behind polesitter Scott Speed. Rick Crawford was fifth.

T.J. Bell, Mike Skinner, Dennis Setzer, David Stremme and Ted Musgrave rounded out the top 10.

Two-time and reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson made his truck debut and led for a bit before ending the night in the garage. During a caution, Johnson stayed out and inherited the lead on Lap 42. He led 29 laps before Busch, with fresher tires, drove by on the inside of Johnson’s Randy Moss Motorsports Chevrolet to reclaim the lead.

Johnson’s night ended on Lap 102 when he lost control of his truck, spinning in the middle of the track. Jeff Green, with nowhere to go, slammed Johnson’s parked Chevrolet. Johnson finished 34th.

The night also had a red flag that stopped the race for 10 minutes, 30 seconds. On Lap 177, Shelby Howard and Bryan Silas got together in Turn 2, blocking the track. Kevin Harvick Inc. teammates Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr. were collected when Sprague got into the rear of Hornaday as both cars tried to avoid the accident.

Hornaday remained second in the points standings behind Benson, but his 24th-place finish dropped him from 45 points back to 119 with nine races left in the season.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR LAPS STATUS
1 3 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / NOS Energy Drink 203 Running
2 4 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 203 Running
3 1 22 Scott Speed * Toyota Red Bull 203 Running
4 2 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Exide Batteries 203 Running
5 24 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / Power Stroke Diesel 203 Running
6 10 7 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Heathcliff's Cat Litter "Home 4 the Holidays.org" 203 Running
7 14 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra 203 Running
8 8 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Tahoe Smokeless 203 Running
9 30 15 David Stremme Toyota Ergon Hyprene 203 Running
10 28 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 203 Running
11 31 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 203 Running
12 15 71 Donny Lia * Chevrolet NationRides.com 203 Running
13 16 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 203 Running
14 12 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet American Commercial Lines 203 Running
15 23 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 203 Running
16 34 21 Jon Wood Ford The Barnhill Group 203 Running
17 26 07 Sean Murphy Chevrolet ASI Limited 203 Running
18 21 08 Jason White Dodge Gunbroker.com 202 Running
19 22 16 Brian Scott * Chevrolet Albertson's 200 Running
20 36 187 Chris Jones Chevrolet Copy Wizard 199 Running
21 29 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 198 Running
22 5 9 Justin Marks * Toyota Crocs 189 Running
23 17 60 Terry Cook Toyota wyler.com 186 Running
24 6 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 183 Running
25 25 104 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Tow Truck in a Box / SMS Equipment / Komatsu 180 Running
26 13 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet FarmPaint.com 176 Running
27 32 40 Jeff Green Chevrolet Key Motorsports 169 Running
28 35 148 Bryan Silas Chevrolet RockinghamSpeedway.com 165 Running
29 20 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing 141 Running
30 7 117 Timothy Peters Dodge Dickey's Barbeque Pit 123 Running
31 19 4 Stacy Compton Dodge CGJohnsonCity.com 123 Running
32 11 6 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 107 Running
33 27 52 Ken Schrader Toyota Federated Auto Parts 106 Running
34 9 81 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 101 Running
35 18 09 John Wes Townley Ford Zaxby's 78 Running
36 33 41 Tayler Malsam Dodge ThunderBoats.org 53 Running

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