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Busch dominates, wins after late scare

April 25, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

Leads 140 of 150 laps at Nashville, needs final restart to push past Hornaday

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch had to work a little harder than he expected, but he still scored a dominant victory in the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 on Friday night at Nashville Superspeedway.

Ron Hornaday Jr. made things interesting, passing Busch shortly after a restart with eight laps remaining. After another caution, though, Busch returned the favor, slipping under Hornaday in Turn 3 with two laps to go to complete a pole/victory sweep for the second year in a row at Nashville.


Race Results
2. Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet
3. Timothy Peters Toyota
4. Ron Hornaday Chevrolet
5. James Buescher Chevrolet

* Final Laps: Busch makes the winning pass

"I felt like we had a dominant truck," Busch said. "There with about 10 to go, the race really got started and got really interesting."

Busch led to the green on a restart with nine laps to go, but Hornaday made a bold, sneaky move to get the top spot.

"Hornaday got a good restart and put enough drag on my spoiler that he kind of slowed me down on the frontstretch and stayed alongside me," Busch said. "I cleared him through [Turns] 1 and 2 and pulled up in front of him, but he had a little bit of momentum on me and pulled back to my inside down the backstretch and made a bold move driving it so far into the corner."

Hornaday's truck slid a little through Turn 3, and he and Busch moved up the track, with Hornaday grabbing the lead.

The yellow waved again, giving Busch a chance to turn the tables.

"There on the last restart, I did the same thing," Busch said. "Luckily we had that opportunity and got back to him and was able to win the thing. It would've really been a shame if we weren't able to win this thing."

In the process, Busch led his 20,000th lap across the Cup, Nationwide and Truck series. In two Camping World Truck Series races at Nashville, Busch has two wins, two poles and 271 of 300 laps led. The victory was Busch's second of the season and 26th in the series. He is fourth on the all-time list, two wins behind Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague, who are tied for second. Hornaday is first with 47 victories.

"Kyle had the dominant truck all day, and he had clean air," Hornaday said. "I had to wear my stuff out trying to stay with him. That restart, that's the only opportunity I had to run with him. I just gave a show for the fans. That's all I could do."

With shot tires, Hornaday was also passed for position by rookie Nelson Piquet Jr. and Timothy Peters, who finished second and third, respectively.

"I drove it too hard and wore the tires off," Hornaday said.


• Kyle Busch posted his 26th career win in his 89th race, and second victory in four races this season (only repeat winner in 2011).
• Kyle Busch joins Johnny Benson as the only other repeat winner at Nashville.
• Kyle Busch posted his seventh series win from the pole.
• Kyle Busch's 140 laps led are the most by a driver at Nashville; he passed Mike Skinner for the most laps led at Nashville (271) in just two starts.
• Kyle Busch Motorsports scored its 10th career win and third of 2011 (Kyle Busch 2, Kasey Kahne 1).
• Toyota scored its 84th career win, tying Ford (Chevrolet has the most); Toyota has won four of the five races in 2011 and leads all makes with six victories at Nashville.
• Nelson Piquet Jr. (second) posted his career-best finish in his 10th start.
• Timothy Peters (third) has finished in the top four in the past four Nashville races; it's his best finish of the season.
• Ron Hornaday (fourth) has top-four finishes in the past four races this season.
• James Buescher (fifth) has top-10 finishes in three of his four starts this season; it matches his best finish of the season.
• Johnny Sauter (seventh) leads the point standings by three over Timothy Peters.
• Craig Goess (ninth) scored his career-best finish in his seventh start.
• Parker Kligerman (10th) posted his second career top-10 finish in his sixth start.
• Austin Dillon (11th) recovered from a spin on Lap 107 while running fifth.
• Todd Bodine (19th) has only one top-10 finish in the first five races of the season; was second in points after five races in 2010 and is currently seventh.

Hornaday was fourth, followed by James Buescher, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, David Starr, Craig Goess and Parker Kligerman.