There was great music, great food and NASCAR racing in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend, as the Camping World Truck Series were under the lights. One driver was looking to make history but everyone was trying to win the most coveted trophies in NASCAR: the Sam Bass custom guitar.
Check out the winners and losers of the Nashville 200.
For the first time for his organization he won the pole. He quickly pulled away from the field and was setting a blistering pace. Before we hit lap 50 Busch was setting a torrid pace early. On the second run of the race Busch began struggling with the handling of the race car, which cost him the lead.
He got the lead back taking advantage of traffic. He also locked up leading the most laps on Friday night. His only challengers were Kevin Harvick who finished second and Timothy Peters. Busch’s truck was the best car out there and he brought his truck home to victory lane.
No Busch did not have a repeat performance of last year's win, he took home the trophy in one piece. Congrats to Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports on your first win.
Peters was leading the standings coming into the race and was proving that he was going to be a factor every week. Friday night was no different for them. After starting on the outside pole Peters was running in the top five and after the first round of pit stops under caution he quickly moved forward on the restart.
Peters ran in the top five all night long but lost ground under the only green flag stops of the night. He wasn’t able to make it back to the lead but it was another top five finish for Peters in fourth.
Peters does not have sponsorship even though he is running up front and contending for wins. If you were looking for a guy to watch this season, Peters is that guy.
Not the start Brett Butler was looking for on Friday. He cut a tire early in the race and found himself the first car one lap down. Butler suffered injuries when the fiberglass exploded. He suffered cuts on his face and in his eyes. He hit pit road multiple times and found himself over 10 laps down.
A very tough night he struggled with radio issues, multiple pit stops and the injuries to his face. Give him credit he finished the race even with all the discomfort he was in. He finished 33rd.
Some wondered why he did not get out of the car sooner, but he had a sponsor for the entire race and really wanted to finish.
After getting wrecked last week at Martinsville, Johnny Sauter was looking to just get a solid finish. After qualifying, Sauter was forced to the rear after an unapproved adjustment. With the pace that was being set by Busch after their first pit stop, Sauter found himself one lap down.
The team was really struggling with traffic even though they had a good truck. This was not the run they were hoping for on Friday night.
Not what Sauter was looking for tonight. He was never able to find a rhythm starting in the back. He was running just outside the top 10 in 11th, but they had no opportunities to get their lap back. He finished 11th.
You can always expect a great show when the Camping World Truck Series hits the track. Friday night was no different. The trucks tonight got really spread out which with just 16 laps to go there was only nine trucks on the lead lap.
It seemed that lap down cars were really affecting the leaders trying to make passes. It affected battles for the lead and all the way back. Overall it was a pretty good show.
The next race is May 2 at Kansas Speedway at 12:30 ET on Speed.