Despite Penalty, Kyle Busch Wins Bristol Truck Race
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, even though he had to face a penalty for speeding on pit road. It was the third win this season for Busch in only 15 races. The 2015 Cup Series champion has now combined for eight victories throughout the three-major series in 2017 and will look to sweep the track with victories on Friday and Saturday nights in the Xfinity and Monster Cup series races.
Busch was only slowed by the penalty. He was penalized for speeding on pit road at the beginning of the final stage but worked to climb his way back to the lead with 33 laps to go and never looked back. Upon taking the lead, he immediately extended it by multiple tenths of a second each lap.
“I knew once we got that penalty that I had to go somewhere other than where everyone else was,” Busch said about charging to front on the outside. “It took about 15 laps for it to come in and then it started going fast.”
Busch then easily held off Matt Crafton in a green-white-checker finish for his third Truck victory of the season and 49th overall. Busch also has 39 Cup victories and 90 Xfinity wins. He raced to his fifth Truck victory at the track and 18th overall Bristol win
The caution flag flew with less than five laps to go, sending the race to overtime. No worries for Busch, who easily zoomed ahead of playoff contender Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemecheck for the victory.
Busch dominated Stages 1 and 2, winning both after starting from the pole position. As for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars, Noah Gragson and Crafton came in second behind Busch in the first two stages. Both Gragson and Crafton were the main beneficiaries, considering Busch is ineligible to receive playoff points due to his full-time Cup Series status.
Points leader Christopher Bell finished seventh. Crafton finished second and championship contender Johnny Sauter wound up sixth.
Bubba Wallace, who won last week, did not participate in the race Wednesday night. Wallace's win at Michigan became encumbered after his truck failed post-race inspection. Defending Bristol winner Ben Kennedy also did not race.
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