Kyle Busch wins Nashville Trucks race

Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch raced to his second NASCAR Trucks

Series victory of the season, passing Ron Hornaday Jr. on a late

restart and easily holding off Nelson Piquet Jr. on Friday night at

Nashville Superspeedway.

Busch, also the Nashville winner last spring, led 140 of 150

laps on the 1.333-mile concrete oval. He also won the Trucks race

in Phoenix in February and has 26 series victories in 89 starts. In

addition to Busch’s two victories, Kasey Kahne won the March race

at Darlington in Busch’s No. 18 Toyota.

”I felt like had a winning truck, a dominant truck, actually,”

Busch said. ”It would have been a shame not to win here

today.”

Hornaday slipped in front of Busch in Turn 3 with nine laps to

go. A caution for Max Papis’ spin allowed Hornaday to stay in the

lead for the restart with three laps to go. Hornaday opened a lead

off the restart, but Busch rebounded quickly and nosed past the

52-year-old Hornaday before they completed a lap.

”It might have been boring, I guess, for about the first 140

laps or so, but Ron came up there and made things interesting,”

Busch said. ”He’s hell of a wheelman, that old man still gets

after it. I’ll tell you that. He definitely gave us a whirl wind

there.”

Timothy Peters was third, followed by Hornaday, James Buescher,

Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, David Starr, Craig Goess and Parker

Kligerman.

Piquet, a former Formula One driver who is a rookie on the

Trucks circuit, was fourth on the restart, but charged on the final

lap to finish second.

”I knew I had better tires than Timothy,” Piquet said. ”I

knew that every time I was throwing my truck to the outside, it was

really gripping. I still don’t understand why, so I risked it those

two last laps. I risked going to the outside and it worked.”

Busch started from the pole for the second straight year en

route to his third Nashville victory, including his controversial

Nationwide Series win when he smashed the trophy Gibson Guitar in

Victory Lane.

He will attempt to pull off a double Saturday in the Nationwide

race.

”I like Nashville,” Busch said. ”It’s a fun place for me and

neat racetrack, a fun racetrack.”