Busch survives overtime finish for UNOH 200 victory
By Matt Courson
August 17, 2017
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Kyle Busch started the race weekend at Bristol just the way he wanted to with a win in Wednesday night’s rain-delayed UNOH 200.
Busch led the most laps and recovered from a mid-race speeding penalty on lap 116 to capture his 49th career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
STAGE ONE (LAPS 1-55)
Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led all 55 laps in the first stage.
The first yellow flag of the evening fell on lap 23. The No. 50 truck driven by Josh Reaume slapped the Turn 4 wall.
The race resumed, and on lap 33, Stewart Friesen bumped T.J. Bell out of the groove, and Bell brought out the second yellow flag of the evening.
Kyle Busch went on to win the first stage.
STAGE TWO (LAPS 56-110)
Cindric did not hold the lead for long until Matt Crafton bumped him out of the lead.
Crafton led the next 40 laps, but Kyle Busch passed Crafton with six laps remaining in stage two.
Busch went on to win the second stage.
STAGE THREE (LAPS 111-203)
Kyle Busch won the race off pit road after pit stops, but was issued a speeding penalty.
Matt Crafton restarted first, and led the opening 50 laps in the third stage.
Kyle Busch bounced back from the speeding penalty and worked his way up through the entire field and passed Crafton for the lead on lap 167.
Justin Haley and Austin Wayne Self made contact in Turn 2, sending Self into the outside wall.
Kyle Busch and Matt Crafton started out front for the overtime finish, with Busch getting the advantage.
Busch led the final 37 laps en route to his fifth career win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Truck Series.
This is Busch’s 18th win at Bristol among NASCAR’s top-three series.
Busch has reached victory lane 49 times in the Camping World Truck Series.
Kyle Busch led the most laps in the UNOH 200 (109).
Busch will now seek victory in Friday’s Food City 300 and in Saturday’s Bass Pro NRA Night Race to complete the weekend sweep.
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