BRISTOL, Tenn. — Timothy Peters went for the win, willing to sacrifice a good points day in Wednesday night’s NASCAR Truck Series race.
He failed at the first but still got the second.
Peters wrecked as he raced side-by-side with leader Kyle Busch coming to the checkered flag and Busch went on to win the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Peters still crossed the finish line second as his truck was sliding into the inside wall.
Since Busch, a Sprint Cup Series regular, doesn’t earn points in Truck, Peters still came away with the most.
“It was just great racing here in Bristol. It was the last lap and coming to the checkered (flag), I knew I had it because I had the momentum,” said Busch, who earned his 33rdseries victory.
“Timothy was just trying to throw a Hail Mary there, I guess, and wrecked a pretty good race truck. I hate that for him,” Busch said.
Winning in the Truck series is not uncommon for Busch, although the circumstances Wednesday night were unique. He hit the wall early and was penalized for speeding on pit road, which sent him to the rear of the field on a restart.
Busch also won without leading anywhere close to the most laps. Peters led 125 of the 200. Busch led seven.
“There at the end I got a good run off of (Turn) 4. I got into Kyle and when I hit him, I went across (the track), but I was going for it,” Peters said.
“I wanted to beat him because it doesn’t do anything but help my resume if I do.”
Ryan Blaney finished third, Johnny Sauter was fourth and Chase Elliott fifth. Points leader Matt Crafton finished 10th and holds a 49-point advantage over James Buescher.
Blaney actually led the way on the final restart on Lap 193, but Busch got around him with six laps to go.
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