Thunderous Finish Leaves Busch Victorious at Bristol

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The reasons why fans adore the Bristol Motor Speedway were on display during the truck race Wednesday Night. Classic Bristol showed up to put on quite the wild show. Action was evident throughout the race and a photo finish was the perfect conclusion to the night. Kyle Busch edged out Timothy Peters in an ending that would fit the term “checkers or wreckers” perfectly.

Youngster Chase Elliot had the field under his rule early in the race and he led for the first 62 laps. At that point, it was Timothy Peters’ time to shine under the lights. Peters would have this race by his hold for much of the remainder of the event, but late restarts spelled trouble for the winner of this race last season.

You wouldn’t be able to find Kyle Busch up front for a majority of the race and a speeding penalty he received after a lap 70 caution made sure that was the case. It took him until the final restart, but he eventually worked his way back to his favorite spot at Bristol, the front.

A caution with 23 laps to go had many of the lead lap trucks pitting, but two did not. Those two were Timothy Peters and Matt Crafton. Well, the restart made them pay the price for staying out. Crafton’s fuel didn’t pick up in his truck, causing a back up behind him which sent Brad Keselowski spinning on the frontstretch, bringing out the caution. Peters faced similar issues later on the restart lap, but they didn’t hurt him nearly as bad as they hurt Crafton.

Once the final restart proceeded, Ryan Blaney was battling the guy who came out of nowhere for the lead. That guy was Kyle Busch and he claimed the top spot for the first time of the night with 6 laps remaining. That was the last lead change of the night, but the action around the lead sure didn’t go away once Rowdy took the top spot.

Peters quickly closed in on Busch following the restart and by the time the white flag came, he was there. Busch had the preferred line going into the final turn for the last time, but Peters was right on his side. They touched coming to the line, but it was Busch crossing it first while Peters got loose and spun down the inside of the track. He nailed the inside wall, but he’ll still go home with a second place finish.

Bristol’s keys still belong to Kyle Busch and this race proved that. He’ll be looking for his second Bristol sweep this weekend when he starts the Nationwide and Cup races. He did it in 2010 and could do it once again this year. Watch out for Rowdy as he attempts to make more magic happen in Bristol this weekend.

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Kyle Busch 51 Toyota

200

10

8

0

0

0

2 Timothy Peters 17 Toyota

200

4

124

42

0

0

3 Ryan Blaney 29 Ford

200

2

5

41

0

0

4 Johnny Sauter 98 Toyota

200

21

0

40

0

0

5 Chase Elliott 94 Chevrolet

200

1

63

39

0

0

6 Ty Dillon 3 Chevrolet

200

3

0

38

0

0

7 James Buescher 31 Chevrolet

200

8

0

37

0

0

8 Ron Hornaday Jr. 9 Chevrolet

200

15

0

36

0

0

9 Brad Keselowski 19 Ford

200

7

0

0

0

0

10 Matt Crafton 88 Toyota

200

6

0

34

0

0

11 Joey Coulter 18 Toyota

200

34

0

33

0

0

12 Jeb Burton 4 Chevrolet

200

18

0

32

0

0

13 Miguel Paludo 32 Chevrolet

200

11

0

31

0

0

14 Justin Lofton 6 Chevrolet

199

9

0

30

0

0

15 Max Gresham 8 Chevrolet

199

12

0

29

0

0

16 Brendan Gaughan 62 Chevrolet

199

13

0

28

0

0

17 Caleb Holman 75 Chevrolet

199

25

0

27

0

0

18 Dakoda Armstrong 60 Chevrolet

199

16

0

26

0

0

19 Jake Crum 07 Toyota

199

23

0

25

0

0

20 Benjamin Kennedy 96 Chevrolet

199

19

0

24

0

0

21 German Quiroga Jr. 77 Toyota

199

5

0

23

0

0

22 Matt McCall 92 Chevrolet

198

27

0

22

0

0

23 David Starr 81 Toyota

198

31

0

21

0

0

24 Tyler Young 02 Chevrolet

198

17

0

20

0

0

25 Brennan Newberry 24 Chevrolet

198

35

0

19

0

0

26 Ken Schrader 52 Toyota

197

29

0

0

0

0

27 Brandon Jones 33 Chevrolet

195

26

0

17

0

0

28 Darrell Wallace Jr. 54 Toyota

194

14

0

16

0

0

29 Bryan Silas 99 Ford

194

32

0

15

0

0

30 John Wes Townley 7 Toyota

186

22

0

14

0

0

31 Jeff Agnew 27 Chevrolet

176

24

0

13

0

0

32 Ryan Sieg 39 Chevrolet

166

20

0

12

0

0

33 Norm Benning 57 Chevrolet

55

33

0

11

0

0

34 Clay Greenfield 68 Dodge

45

28

0

10

0

0

35 Nate Monteith 45 Toyota

24

30

0

9

0

0

36 Chris Jones 93 Chevrolet

20

36

0

8

0

0

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