Synchronized spin sends Busch home without win Wednesday night at Bristol
Bristol, Tenn.,(August 24, 2007)-Kyle Busch in the No. 51 Flanders Beef Patties Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado looked to have the dominant truck at the end of the O'Reilly 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night. But a synchronized spin on lap 181 of the 200 lap race with Travis Kvapil kept them both from Victory Lane sending Busch home in the 15th place position.
Busch, who flew in late on Tuesday afternoon after the NEXTEL Cup race that was a multi-day rainout at the Michigan International Speedway, hopped in the No. 51 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the open test. Busch struggled with grip on the tracks new surface. Kenny Wallace substituted for Busch until he could make it from Michigan and had the same troubles on the track. Wednesday mornings practice session didn't seem to improve the truck, but by qualifying, the team led by Richie Wauters made the right changes with Busch posting a time of 15.959 seconds at a speed of 120.233 mph placing him in the ninth place on the starting grid for the 16th race of the 2007 NCTS season.
Busch took to the track for the start of the race optimistic about the trucks capabilities, but by the second of ten caution periods, Busch wanted to pit to see if he could find grip in the corners. Busch took on four tires and used wedge adjustments hoping to better side bite on the truck. Busch restarted in the 13th place position on lap 45 and quickly advanced through the field having picked up three spots in ten laps. Busch continued to inch his way forward and at the next caution on lap 71, he had advanced the Flanders Beef Patties Silverado to the sixth position. Again Busch came down pit road for four more tires and wedge hoping to help the truck in the center and exit of the corners.
Busch restarted in the sixth position once again advancing through the field making his way to the fourth position where he was running times as fast or faster then the leaders. Another caution shortly ensued with one of the leaders pitting advancing Busch to the second place position for the restart where he held the spot while trying to take over the lead. On the restart Busch was on the outside then inside of Kvapil running door to door for the point position. Entering the corner in turn four, Busch got loose under Kvapil sending them into a spin and ending both teams' chances of a victory.
Busch had to pit for four tires after the incident restarting in the 23rd position on the track but Busch's determination kept him up on the wheel picking up seven spots by the time the caution flag flew for the last time on lap 190. The race was red flagged for clean up on the track and when the race restarted on lap 195, Busch was able to advance one more spot bringing home the Flanders Beef Patties Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in the 15th place position.
First, I hate it for Travis (Kvapil)," Busch said. "Second, I hate it for his team since they are running for a championship, and thirdly, I hate it for these guys on this Billy Ballew Motorsports team. We struggled in practice but were great in the race. I never thought we were going to have that good of a race truck and to race with those guys up front. I was pretty proud of our effort. I was racing hard. I got close to getting to his outside and he drifted up and I went to the bottom and I just got loose. I hadn't gotten loose down there all day and I finally did just trying to get by him and took the away the win from him and us and gave one to Johnny (Benson)."