Thrice is right for Kyle Busch at Bristol Motor Speedway
On a rare Wednesday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced at the track known as the Bull Ring; Bristol Motor Speedway.
Drivers respect this track like no other. They know whether it is a win or 35th place finish, you can be caught up in someone else’s mistakes.
Pole sitter Kyle Busch was forced to the rear after replacing a broken valve cap. He would quickly work his way into top 25.
Caution waved on lap 13 after Brad Keselowski got loose and spun out while battling Ron Hornaday for third.
Keselowski saved the truck but would be forced to pit road after flat spotting his tires. The caution waved for debris in which was a break for Keselowski who would have been at least three laps down.
He would lose at least two laps on pit road while making repairs. The field took the green with Elliott Sadler leading the way. Sadler though had trouble getting it through fourth gear and quickly lost the lead to Timothy Peters.
On lap 23, Donny Lia, Jake Crum and Austin Dillon who had not had the best day at BMS. The three made contact with Dillon suffering the most damage.
Peters would lead the field to green with James Buescher in second. Jason White was looking to just finish the race but that would be for nothing. White would suffer his third consecutive engine failure and bring out the caution on lap 28.
Some cars hit pit road including Busch and Crafton. This could have made this a one stop race for some of these guys.
On lap 36 Busch made contact with Jennifer Jo Cobb and sent her spinning. She did not have any contact but did make a pit stop.
The leaders who did not pit in the prior caution hit pit road for tires and some fuel. Some drivers stayed out including Mike Skinner.
Caution waved again when Dennis Setzer gets loose in the middle of the pack. This sent cars spinning and brought out another caution on lap 43.
With these quick cautions Keselowski was able to get both his laps back and was back in the hunt.
Caution waved on lap 53 for defending series champion Ron Hornaday who spun and missed hitting the wall.
Caution waved on lap 63 when Brent Rymer spun. Hornaday would get the lucky dog and would have to battle his way back.
Caution waved on lap 85 when Cobb spun out and collected Buescher in her spin. Both suffered a lot of damage and both went to the garage.
Skinner would finally make his first pit stop of the night giving up the race lead. Busch would take over the lead while Skinner would be deep in traffic.
Caution waved on lap 129 for John King who spun just after getting lapped by Busch. Busch had lapped up to the 16th position. This would allow Peters to restart right next to Busch.
With 36 laps to go Sadler and Peters battling for second made contact; Peters hit the wall hard with a lot of damage.
Caution waved and Peters was forced to hit pit road and his stellar run was over.
Salder on the restart would start second but the damage to his truck affected the handling and he quickly dropped out of second.
All of sudden Matt Crafton was in second and was charging for the lead.
Caution waved for Sadler who hit the wall after he loses a tire.
With two laps to go David Starr, Ken Schrader, Ricky Carmichael and Denis Setzer were involved in a multi car wreck. The race was red flag and suddenly fuel was a worry as leaders like Busch and Crafton were already pushing the edge on fuel.
On the restart Busch was able to pull away even though he was on the edge. The race ended under caution when Max Papis spun. Busch had already took the white flag and would take the checkered for the third race in a row at BMS.
The rest of the top 10 were Almirola, Hornaday, Skinner, Todd Bodine, Justin Lofton, Keselowski, Peters, Miguel Paldo and Crafton.
Next week the series heads to Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night at 7:30/ET on SPEED.