BUSCH: Waltrip wins at Bristol

Michael Waltrip put the fender to Ron Hornaday to earn his first Busch victory this season, and the 10th of his career. "I am just so thankful for a smooth night, said Waltrip. "I had a great car.its just so fun to win at Bristol." Waltrip was...

Michael Waltrip put the fender to Ron Hornaday to earn his first Busch victory this season, and the 10th of his career.

"I am just so thankful for a smooth night, said Waltrip. "I had a great car.its just so fun to win at Bristol."

Waltrip was the leader of the event at the restart on lap 201, when the No. 99 Chevy began to experience shifter problems. Hornaday got around Waltrip until he was booted buy Waltrip on lap 216. Waltrip led the last 35 laps.

"We tested here," said Waltrip. "I told the guys I thought we were right (on the set-up) and here we are in victory lane."

Ron Hornaday had to settle for second.

"We pitted a little early," said Hornaday. "Got out of synch with everyone else and we stayed out. They made an awesome adjustment on this car, we didn't have it adjusted enough for Mikey (Waltrip), I think I could have roughed him up, but that ain't racing."

Musgrave, making his first Busch start since Memphis in October of 2000, earned his first ever series top-five, finishing third.

"We had a real good car," said Musgrave. "I think it was faster than Michael's but track position is real important."

Musgrave was sitting in for Jimmy Spencer, who was suspended for one race for punching Kurt Busch in the face after a Winston Cup event at Michigan last weekend.

Shane Hmiel and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Harvick led a race-high l09 of 250 laps; but was shuffled back after tire issues once again this weekend foiled Harvick. Harvick fell backwards, after he believed he had a tire going down and pitted. Earlier this week, Harvick wrecked coming to the white flag on the final lap of the Craftsman Truck series race while leading after having tire go down.

"We just had the tires to low I think and got up into the debris and the thing really started pushing," said Harvick. "I thought we had a flat tire.at the start of the race we were able to work the tires in a little bit but at the end it just got away from us. Good night for us to come back and finish fifth."

Troubles for the championship contenders, as leader Scott Riggs experienced carburetor problems, bad pit stops and lived through two wrecks; including one while taking the checkered flag to finish ninth.

"I don't know, all kinds of stuff," said Riggs of what happened on his last minute crash. "All kinds of things were going on, the 4 car was putting down grease or transmission fluid, and they were beating and banging on each other. Typical Bristol, ain't it?"

David Green, who came into Bristol just two points behind Riggs, lost ground tonight. He was involved in a wreck with Matt Kenseth at lap 217. Green finished 17th.

The wreck with Green was the second and final incident for Kenseth. Previously he spun on lap 202, but the accident with Green tore up the No. 17 Ford. Not racing for points in this series, Kenseth parked it and finished 25th.

Riggs remains ahead in series standings, by 28 points over David Green. Ron Hornaday moves up one spot to third, while Jason Keller slips a rung to fourth. Brian Vickers rounds out the championship top five.

Wrecks, as per usual at Bristol, were the story of the night, with 13 for 73 laps.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Jason Keller , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Shane Hmiel , Brian Vickers