Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kyle Busch Motorsports Earns First Victory with Driver-Owner Behind the Wheel

179654 LEBANON, Tenn. — Kyle Busch delivered a smashing performance Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

He just didn't deliver a smashing celebration.

Busch, who started from the pole position, led 131 of the 150 laps around the 1.33-mile concrete oval and cruised to a victory by 0.426 seconds over Kevin Harvick.

The victory was the first in the Camping World Truck Series and first NASCAR national touring series victory for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Busch turned his Late Model team into a truck team after the 2009 season, and it took only four truck races for Busch to find victory lane in his own equipment.

179646 "It's a big deal," Busch said. "It's always nice to win anytime you're in anybody's stuff. But especially in your own, it seems to sit a lot better within yourself. This is a big deal that we've taken on this year and (my fiancée) Samantha being a part of that, too.

"There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears this winter put into this deal. … I'm very proud of everybody and the way they've worked so hard this year."

A change in teams also included a change in celebrations for Busch, who smashed the Gibson guitar that serves as Nashville's trophy last June after winning a Nationwide Series race. The act—which Busch said wasn't meant as a sign of disrespect to the track nor artist Sam Bass, who painted the guitar—created a stir for a driver who already battles his share of controversy.

This time, Busch just held the guitar over his head as he celebrated his 17th victory in 72 career starts in the series. It was the first time Busch had raced a truck at Nashville and the first time he won in a truck owned by someone other than Billy Ballew.

"I gave the guitar to Sam and told Sam if he wanted to do any damage to my truck, he could have at it," Busch said. "But he didn't. It's all good."

Following Busch and Harvick across the finish line were Ron Hornaday, Harvick's teammate, then Timothy Peters and Todd Bodine. In a race that had only two cautions, only eight drivers finished on the lead lap, with Matt Crafton in sixth, Mike Skinner in seventh and Aric Almirola in eighth.

"It's good that (Busch) won," Harvick said. "Obviously they put a lot of effort into it. He's going to win, whether it's his truck or Billy Ballew's truck. … It was just a matter of time before they won."

Peters leads the points by 82 over Almirola and 93 over Bodine.

The truck series has a month off before racing May 2 at Kansas Speedway.

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Ron Hornaday Jr.
  4. Timothy Peters
  5. Todd Bodine
  6. Matt Crafton
  7. Mike Skinner
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Stacy Compton
  10. Rick Crawford
  11. Johnny Sauter
  12. Steve Wallace
  13. James Buescher
  14. Austin Dillon
  15. Ricky Carmichael
  16. David Starr
  17. Tayler Malsam
  18. Brad Keselowski
  19. Jason White
  20. Justin Lofton
  21. Mario Goddelin
  22. Donny Lia
  23. Dillon Oliver
  24. Chris Eggleston
  25. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  26. Dennis Setzer
  27. Ryan Seig
  28. Chris Fontaine
  29. Willie Allen
  30. Brian Johnson Jr.
  31. Norm Benning
  32. Brett Butler
  33. Tim Bainey Jr.
  34. Brent Raymer
  35. Shane Seig
  36. GR Smith


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