Busch Hangs On To Win Caution-Filled O'Reilly 200 At BMS
Kyle Busch survived a wild O’Reilly 200, and a record 13 cautions, to claim his third consecutive truck series win at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night.
After an engine issue following qualifying, Busch, who had qualified on the pole, was forced to start the race from the back of the pack. Busch pitted early in the event and saved fuel, even while charging through the field.
“I wish there was an award for qualifying on the pole, then starting in the back and coming back through the field," he said.
“It ran out of fuel on the second to last and last restart,” he continued. “We were sputtering and the fuel light was blinking red. I told (crew chief) Eric (Phillips), ‘we’re going to run out.’ But luckily I had enough of a gap to get back to the white flag, and when the caution flew, I shut the engine off and coasted around.”
When asked if he thought he could sweep the O’Reilly 200, Food City 250 and IRWIN Tools Night Race this weekend, his answer was matter of fact.
“I was close last year, and got wrecked in the Nationwide race, so I don’t see why not. I love racing here and Bristol is so much fun.
“I want to thank the fans for coming out. Being in victory lane in Bristol is cool and to break in the new media center is pretty cool too. I hope to break it in all weekend. “
The race was extended past its 200-lap scheduled distance due to a late caution which involved David Starr, Ken Schrader and several other trucks. After the green-white-checkered restart, contact between Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon triggered another multi-truck accident.
Following the checkered flag, Dillon expressed his displeasure by, first, running in to Crafton’s truck, then by finding Crafton in the infield after the two got out of their trucks.
“They were upset,” said Crafton. “I understand. I was on the lead lap and trying to get lined up. The last thing I wanted to do was wreck him. I was trying to race for position, and got into him a little harder than I meant to.”
The O’Reilly 200 and UNOH Perfect Storm 150 doubleheader provided the perfect opening act for an amazing week of racing action at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”
Qualifying for the Food City 250 is Friday at 4:10 p.m., while the starting grid for the IRWIN Tools Night Race will be set at 5:40 p.m. The Food City 250 gets under way at 8 p.m. and the IRWIN Tools Night Race begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
IRWIN Tools Night Race tickets are available for $109.
A two-race package for the Food City 250 and the IRWIN Tools Night Race starts at $126.
Tickets for the Food City 250 start at $45.
To purchase tickets, please contact the BMS ticket office at its toll free number 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL (274-7865). Tickets also are available at www.bristoltix.com