BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Truck Series race Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for his record 14th overall victory on the high-banked, 0.533-mile oval.
The Sprint Cup driver took fresh tires with 16 laps to go, passed Ryan Blaney for the lead with six laps left and held off Timothy Peters in a race to the finish that ended with Peters crashing on the frontstretch.
"He wrecked a pretty good race truck and I hate it for him," Busch said. "But, we had a pretty good race truck. We got behind with a penalty on pit road, but we just stuck in there and persevered to get back to the front."
Busch broke a tie with Darrell Waltrip for the NASCAR track victory record. Busch has four victories at the track in the Truck Series, five in Sprint Cup and five in the Nationwide Series.
The victory was his third in eight Truck starts this season and pushed his career total to 33.
Busch started 10th in the No. 51 Toyota and worked his way up to second early in the race. He was given a penalty for speeding on pit road on lap 85 and fell back to 26th. He was 12th, nearly a lap down with 20 laps to go before the caution came out for a wreck by Jeff Agnew.
Busch charged to second on the second-to-last restart, and then passed Blaney on the inside for the lead on Lap 194. Peters raced to the inside of Busch with two laps to go and the two remained side-by-side to the finish. Busch inched ahead at the line as Peters' No. 17 Toyota spun out of control and slammed the inside wall.
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