For the second-year in a row, Timothy Peters dominated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, but unlike in last year’s race, he wasn’t the winner this time around. Instead, that honor when to Kyle Busch. Peters slid across the start/finish line and under the checkered flag sideways to finish second after a hard-fought, late-race battle with Busch for the win. Ryan Blaney finished third.
“Timothy just threw the Hail Mary, I guess,” Busch said.
Despite the win, Busch’s race wasn’t without its hiccups. After starting from the 10th spot, Busch hit the wall on lap one. But he was still able to get himself up into the top-three by the time a caution came out on lap 70. He got off pit road second to Peters but was nabbed speeding on pit road and, as a result, had to restart 25th.
“I hated I did that to my guys,” Busch said.
Peters, meanwhile, took the lead from pole sitter Chase Elliott on lap 64 of the 200-lap race and dominated much of the remainder of the event. For much of his time up front, Peters had to contend with Blaney. The two were battling hard for the lead with just over 50 laps to go, when Peters’ truck went up the race track, forcing Blaney up into the marbles. That wound up sliding Blaney up into the wall.
“(Peters) drove me all the way into the fence,” Blaney said after the race. “Don’t like that too much.”
Peters’ time in the lead ended on a restart that followed a caution with 23 laps to go. A handful of drivers, including Peters and Matt Crafton, suffered a fuel pickup issue on the restart, causing their trucks to sputter when the race returned to green. As a result, Blaney took the lead while his boss and teammate, Brad Keselowski, spun trying to miss Crafton’s stalled truck.
The bunched up restart that resulted in Keselowski’s spin brought out another caution. Blaney restarted with the lead, and by that time, Busch had made his way back up to second. As soon as the green flag waved again, a three-truck battle was waged for the lead among Blaney, Peters sand Busch. Busch won out, with Peters moving into second and Blaney in third.
“I was racing Ryan Blaney at first, and I thought I could clear him faster than that,” Busch said.
Johnny Sauter drove through the field multiple times after problems on pit road to finish fourth, and Elliott rounded out the top-five.
“We came from the back, had some trouble in the pits, then came from the back again,” Sauter said.
Finishing sixth through 10th were Ty Dillon, James Buescher, Ron Hornaday, Keselowski and Crafton.
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