Kyle Busch held off a hard charging Timothy Peters to win the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night. Peters made a late surge and caught Busch in turn two and was on the inside of Busch coming to the line but Busch had the momentum on the high side and edged in front of Peters. Peters tried to make contact with Busch but spun his truck out at the start-finish line and slammed the inside wall.
It's Busch's 33rd career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and the third of the 2013 season. Busch said he wasn't worried.
"I had the outside lane. I had the momentum, I knew I had him," Busch said in victory lane.
Peters destroyed his truck for a second place finish. Finishing third was Ryan Blaney with Johnny Sauter coming home fourth and Chase Elliott coming home fifth. Ty Dillon finished in the sixth position, seventh was James Buescher with Ron Hornaday Jr coming home eighth, ninth was Brad Keselowski and Matt Crafton finished tenth.
The UNOH 200 at Bristol started with 17-year-old Chase Elliott leading the field to green for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career and as the series youngest pole winner. Elliott chose the high lane with Ryan Blaney underneath as the field took the green flag.
Elliott pulled away early but the races' first caution flag flew when Nate Montieth spun coming off of turn two. Montieth didn't hit anything and he would continue. He finished 35th after pulling off due to handling issues after 24 laps.
On the lap eight restart Elliott was still leading and began to pull away from the field. Timothy Peters ran second to Elliott as the two began to put an assault on the field.
Elliott led by three truck lengths on lap 19 and kept the lead on lap 44. Fifteen laps later Elliott would run into a group of lapped trucks and Peters would trim his lead. It wasn't long before Peters was on Elliott's bumper and on lap 64 Peters would pass Elliott for the races' first lead change. Five laps later though the races' second caution of the evening flew when Brandon Jones spun on the backstretch. Jones was making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in a Turner-Scott Motorsports Chevrolet. He finished 27th five laps down.
The first round of pit stops occurred with just on hiccup. Kyle Busch sped on pit road after coming out of the pits in second. Busch found himself in the 25th position on the lap 77 restart. Peters led and began to pull away from the field but four laps later John Wes Townley hit the wall hard, damaging both ends of his Zaxby's Toyota Tundra. Townley would fall several laps down but would continue and finished in the 30th position.
On the lap 90 restart it was again Peters in the lead as he seemed to have the strongest truck of the night. He began to pull away from second place driver Brad Keselowski. He would lead by over three truck lengths on lap 97. On lap 98 Darrell Wallace Jr would experience problems and would come down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop. Wallace had electrical problems but would continue and finish in the 28th position six laps down.
Meanwhile Peters led through the halfway point of the 200 lap event. On lap 102 Ryan Blaney would pass teammate and truck owner Brad Keselowski for the second position. Blaney would then try and chip away at the .75 second lead of Timothy Peters. On lap 128 Blaney began to close in and by lap 137 Blaney was right on the back bumper of Peters. Blaney went way high on the track and Peters tried to close the door and push Blaney's truck into the wall. Blaney would bounce his Ford F-150 off the wall and lose the second position to Keselowski. Blaney would continue in the third position.
Peters would not have to worry about Keselowski, as his truck was much better than Keselowski's truck. By lap 157 Peters had a two second lead and looked like he may have the race in hand in the closing stages. He had caught Kyle Busch who was battling for 11th trying to him a lap down. Everything changed on lap 175 when Jeff Agnew spun and hit the front stretch wall to cause the races' fourth caution.
Strategy then came into play as it was about 100 laps since the last time the leaders hit pit road. Leader Timothy Peters decided to stay out as did Matt Crafton and German Quiroga. Challengers Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch would all come down pit road. Some trucks would take two tires others would take four and the race restarted with Peters on the high side and Crafton on the low side.
German Quiroga ran out of gas before the restart and had to come down pit road. He finished one lap down in 21st. Peters and Crafton led the field to green with Brad Keselowski in third and Ryan Blaney in the fourth position.
When the race restarted on lap 183 Matt Crafton's truck would not regain speed as the fuel pickup issue began to sputter Crafton's Toyota. In the melee Brad Keselowski would be sent spinning into the inside wall. Peters, meanwhile, had a similar issue to Crafton and lost the lead to Blaney on the backstretch. The race would get the yellow flag for the fifth time since Keselowski could not get his truck out of the way.
The race would restart on lap 193 with Blaney in the lead. Blaney was side by side with Kyle Busch, who restarted in the low lane. Busch ran Blaney hard and Blaney's truck tightened up and caused him to back out of the gas, giving Busch the lead. Peters would get second from Blaney on the mishap and would try and track down Busch.
Busch had the lead and Peters made a move low with two laps to go. They were side by side for the entire last lap, ending with Busch crossing the start finish line and Peters in the inside wall.
Other notables in the field included, Jeb Burton in 12th and Brendan Gaughan in 16th. Ben Kennedy finished in 20th in his Truck Series debut driving for Turner-Scott Motorsports. Ken Schrader was 26th.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings look like this with just nine races to go in the season. Matt Crafton is still the points leader over defending champion James Buescher by 49 points. Third in the standings is Jeb Burton 53 points behind and Ty Dillon is fourth 58 points back. Fifth in the standings 72 points behind is Timothy Peters. Sixth in the standings is Miguel Paludo with Ryan Blaney seventh, Brendan Gaughan eighth, Johnny Sauter ninth and Joey Coulter tenth.
The next race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is the Chevy Silverado 250 on September 1st at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the series first trip to the road course.
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