Busch Wins Three-Wide Finish
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Kyle Busch’s late drive toward the finish line netted a victory in the Mountain Dew 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, in the process tying the NASCAR record for closest margin of victory.
Busch pushed Aric Almirola toward the checkered off Turn 4 and through the tri-oval before ducking low as they approached the finish line. Almirola feinted inside to block and Busch turned hard left, keeping his foot on the floor.
Busch’s Toyota slid slightly, its’ left wheels crossing the yellow out-of-bounds line as he nipped Almirola by a miniscule .002 seconds.
That nanosecond tied Ricky Craven’s Cup triumph over Kyle’s brother Kurt at Darlington in 2003 for the closest finish in any of NASCAR’s top three series since the introduction of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.
Busch earned his sixth victory in just 13 starts this season, and it was the 22nd of his career in the series.
It was a wild final eight laps on Saturday.
A caution for Norm Benning’s stalled truck came on lap 86, and on the restart, Busch flew past leader Chris Fontaine, only to be passed moments later by Almirola, who had help from Johnny Sauter on the outside.
It might have run from there, but series point leader Todd Bodine’s Valvoline Toyota got turned by Grant Enfinger on lap 91, three laps short of the final distance. Bodine spun, and the incident grew from there.
By the time the trucks came to rest, polesitter Ron Hornaday’s machine had slid through the tri-oval on his roof, and the restart was delayed by a massive cleanup. Bodine saw his point lead diminish to 216 points over Almirola with just three races left in the season.
On the restart, Busch pushed Almirola to the final stretch and snatched victory at the line.
Almirola was second, followed by Sauter, Matt Crafton and Ricky Carmichael.