GLADEVILLE -- There was no post-race guitar demolition Saturday night as Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, capping off a dominating performance from the pole position.
Back in June of 2009, Busch smashed a similar Sam Bass-designed Gibson Les Paul trophy guitar after winning his first NASCAR race at the Wilson County facility.
“It feels pretty awesome. This is so cool to win in your own stuff and to have these guys behind me that worked so hard. We’ve been working some long hours in the shop just getting this truck ready,” said the driver of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota. “It’s a special night for us,” said Busch. “It’s the first win of hopefully many.”
The win marked the first for Busch as a driver/owner in the first season for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The race was also the fastest in Nashville’s 10-year history with an average speed of 136.459 mph.
Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammates Kevin Harvick, No. 2 Charter Communications Chevrolet, and Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet, finished in the second and third spot.
Said Harvick on Busch, "It's good that (Busch) won. Obviously they put a lot of effort into it. He's going to win, whether it's his truck or Billy Ballew's truck. … It was just a matter of time before they won."
Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point leader Timothy Peters retained the points lead with a fourth-place finish and now has an 82-point cushion over second place Aric Almirola who finished the race in eighth. Todd Bodine, currently third in the point standings, rounded out the top-five.
In final practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Reed Sorenson turned the fastest lap of the evening session with a lap of 158.157 mph. Sorenson, who scored his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville in 2005, will look to set the fastest lap again on Saturday during qualifying, set to begin at 11:05 a.m.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series is on track on Saturday, April 3 with the 300-mile race scheduled to take the green flag at 3 p.m.
Seats are still available and there’s still time to purchase the ALL ACCESS pass available for the Saturday race. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-866-RACE-TIX or visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com.
Race tickets and the ALL ACCESS pass can also be purchased at the track by visiting the ticket office.