Busch dazzled at Bristol
This week’s column has to go back to last Wednesday, Aug. 16, for the UNOH Camping World Truck series night race at Bristol, Tennessee.
Kyle Busch was the story of the night. Even a pit road penalty couldn’t stop him from taking all stages and the win in his KBM Tundra. He put on a clinic, passing trucks high and low and beating the veteran Matt Crafton for the win. John Hunter Nemechek finished third. Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top five.
Kyle swept the weekend at Bristol back in 2010 and looked very strong. Friday evening the Xfinity cars also ran the Food City 300 at this high-banked half mile track. Kyle once again was so much better he overcame another pit road penalty and still swept the stages to take the win in his JGR Camry over Daniel Suarez. Daniel gets stronger each time he races at these tracks. Elliott Sadler finished third. Ty Dillon grabbed a solid fourth-place finish. Justin Allgaier finished fifth.
Then Saturday night the Bass Pro Shops/NRA 500 was run for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. Erik Jones captured the pole and appeared to be poised to be Kyle’s spoiler for the sweep. Kyle won the first stage; however, pit strategy came into play and Matt Kenseth captured stage two. Kyle raced his way back to the front and took the win and the Bristol sweep. Jones drove a great race, finishing second. Denny Hamlin finished third. Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five. There was great racing, two- and three-wide on this tough old track and the crowd was really good for today’s standards.
The cup series has this weekend off as teams prepare for the Lady in Black. The Bojangles Southern 500 Rolls off Sept. 3 at the historic Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
The Camping World truck series moves north of the border to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park road course for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 in Ontario, Canada, on Sunday afternoon also. The Xfinity teams will run the VFW/Sport Clips Haircuts 200 on Saturday in Darlington. Should be a great weekend!
Last Friday night the Elkins Raceway hosted double points and season championship night. There was a great crowd on hand and they saw some great racing.
The Mini-Mods kicked off the evening and A Group saw Chandi Currence grab another victory over Luke Hyre. Dalton Goode finished third. Brayden Beachler and Ryan Hare rounded out the top five.
B Group saw another two-car race with Noah Whited taking the win over George Casto III. The 15 Jenkins Ford Super Late Models took to the track and “Flyin’ Ryan” Montgomery pulled out to a large lead. Paul Wilmoth Jr was on the move and he was able to get around Ryan for the win. Jared Hawkins finished third. Tim Senic finished fourth and Shawn Hitt finished fifth.
The Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds were next up. There were 14 of these super competitive cars on hand. Shawn Jett took the win over Daniel Hill. Mike Murphy ran a strong third. Jamie McCloud finished fourth. It was great to see Jesse Wisecarver back, finishing fifth. Jesse had suffered serious injuries from a four-wheeler accident a while back.
The WV Pools Street Stocks had 13 cars in the pits and Jim Bendeshaw took the win over Anthony Arbogast. Jason Ammons finished third. J.P. Tallman and Josh Rovello rounded out the top five.
The Budweiser FasTrack Crate Late Models had 20 cars there. Henry Hornsby III made his trip count with a win. Tyler Bare finished second and Kyle Lukon finished third. Local racers Billy Beachler and D.J. Miller rounded out the top five.
This Saturday night will be the last scheduled race of the season and it should be another great show.
I apologize to my sponsors and fans of the old Mud Bus but it decided it would have a sick transmission last week.
I’m going to try my best to be there for this last race of 2017.
Track management stated that weather and other factors will decide if we have a fall special in September.
So grab a chair load up the neighbors and let’s pack the house for this final race of the year Saturday.
Remember, at the end of the straightaway there’s Another Left Turn