For the second year in a row, Timothy Peters dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Spreedway, but in this year's event, Wednesday night's UNOH 200, it was Kyle Busch who wound up in victory lane. Peters, last year's winner, finished second. Racing Busch hard for the lead on the final lap, Peters wound up crossing the start/finish line under the checkered flag sideways.
“Timothy just threw the Hail Mary, I guess,” Busch said.
Ryan Blaney finished third, and Johnny Sauter overcame multiple issues on pit road to finish fourth.
“We came from the back, had some trouble in the pits, then came from the back again,” Sauter said.
Pole sitter Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five.
Despite winning, Wednesday night's race was perfect for Busch and his No. 51 team. Busch started the race 10th, hit the wall on the first lap, and then restarted the race 25th after a lap 70 caution because he was caught speeding on pit road.
“I hated I did that to my guys,” Busch said.
Peters dominated the race after taking the lead from Elliott on lap 64. For much of that time, he had to fight off a hard-charging Blaney. With just over 50 laps to go in the 200-lap race, Peters truck slid high, forcing Blaney into the marbles and then into the wall.
“(Peters) drove me all the way into the fence,” Blaney said after the race. “Don’t like that too much.”
Peters led until a yellow flag with 23 laps remaining. When the race returned to green, his truck, along with the No. 88 truck of Matt Crafton sputtered on the restart because of a fuel issue pickup. Blaney was able to take advantage of the situation and move into the lead.
Meanwhile, the slow trucks of Peters and Crafton caused several trucks in the field to bunch up and Brad Keselowski wound up spinning. Another caution immediately came out. Blaney and Busch restarted on the front row. When the race, again, returned to green, Busch, Blaney and Peters waged a three-truck battle for the lead. Busch won out, with Peters in second and Blaney third.
“I was racing Ryan Blaney at first, and I thought I could clear him faster than that,” Busch said.
Finishing sixth through 10th were Ty Dillon, James Buescher, Ron Hornaday, Keselowski and Crafton. Click here to see complete finishing order.