In a night of classic short track racing, Winston Cup veteran Michael Waltrip claimed his first Busch win season at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway.
Waltrip, driving for his own team started forth for the event ran well all night, cycling through pit stops to find himself second to Ron Hornaday.
In typical Bristol fashion the Kentucky native used a patented "bump and run" to knock Hornaday off the point with thirty-four laps remaining claiming his second victory at the half mile track.
"Its just so much fun to win here at Bristol. The first one I won here was ten years ago after Allen (Kulwicki) died, we did a Polish victory lap for him then, and ten years later were back."
Finishing behind Waltrip were Ron Hornaday, Ted Musgrave, Shane Hmeil, and Kevin Harvick.
Hornaday took the bump in stride, "I knew he was going to move me over, he was a little bit faster on fresher tires. We could have roughed him up, but that aint racing,"
Musgrave, who was substituting for Jimmy Spencer in a Tommy Baldwin owned machine clearly enjoyed his return to the series." We had so much fun, I will just have to retire from Busch racing this year", joked Musgrave, who along with Kevin Harvick, and Johnny Sauter completed a Bristol triple, also racing in the Truck and Cup series
Kevin Harvick, who started on the outside pole appeared to be the one to beat early on, as he passed Jason Keller on the first lap to dominant the first quarter of the race, fell off after pit stops, and eventually rallied to finish in the top five.
In a rough night for the points leaders, Scott Riggs struggled all night falling back on the first laps with acceleration problems, compounded by a miscue on pit road, appeared to give an early Christmas gift to David Green, who was in the top ten and moving until he became involved in a late race incident, regulating him back to seventeenth, the first car a lap down.
"We just never give up. We are focused on what we need to do", said Riggs, who at one point was back in thirtieth place, worked his way to finish ninth and extend his points lead to twenty-six.
In typical Bristol fashion, tempers flared as through thirteen caution flags, the bumping an beating got the better of several drivers, culminating in an on track confrontation between Joey Clanton and Jamie McMurray. Clanton found the turn four wall with a little encouragement from Wimmer. In what can not be described a symbol of affection, Clanton appeared poised to give McMurray his helmet, when McMurray veered on to the track apron a appeared to make a run at the driver.
Clanton vowed payback, but he may have to wait in line, the list of drivers who pointed fingers in the Friday night event is probably somewhere around forty-two of the forty three car field.
Leaving Tennessee the series moves on to Darlington for the Winn Dixie 200