Kyle Busch once again found himself king of the proverbial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series mountain on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, beating the field when he was just a few laps from being lapped and having his chances ended.
Points leader Matt Crafton kept his equipment intact and will presumably maintain his massive lead in the standings. Meanwhile, his main competition Timothy Peters seemed to have the race in hand, only to lose it at the end.
The late race leader almost put Busch a lap down, only to later encounter an unfortunate caution in the form of a Jeff Agnew spin. As a result, Peters, Crafton and German Quiroga (who at the time were the top-three in the race) had fuel pickup issues, stacking up the field on a late restart.
Brad Keselowski was collected in the ensuing melee, letting the eventual winner Busch back into the mix. Although it was an enjoyable Bristol race on a Wednesday night, Busch’s win does play spoiler. It would have been much better to see someone like Ryan Blaney or pole-sitter Chase Elliot take a midweek short track victory.
Another thing worth mentioning is the attendance was certainly down compared to other Bristol truck races in the past. The track was almost spectacularly empty, especially considering the breath of fresh air the race at Eldora Speedway injected into the series, whose Championship hunt is nearly stagnant at this point.
It also dealt a major blow to the hopes that midweek racing will eventually make a return. It will be interesting to see how the ratings on the brand new Fox Sports One will end up, but I don’t personally predict a rise in the ratings despite another quality broadcast from what used to be the Speed team.
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