A late race caution secured Martin Truex, Jr.'s second career Busch win. Truex was being pushed by car owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. when a late race caution forced NASCAR to end the race under yellow. "What a crazy race," said Truex. "You never...
A late race caution secured Martin Truex, Jr.'s second career Busch win. Truex was being pushed by car owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. when a late race caution forced NASCAR to end the race under yellow.
"What a crazy race," said Truex. "You never knew where you were going to be from one lap from the next. I was just in the right place at the right time."
Truex was leading with six laps to go, when Clint Bowyer, who was running 5th, was tapped from behind and turned by Bobby Hamilton, Jr. The incident brought out the 6th caution of the day, and froze the field.
Earnhardt stayed with the back bumper of Truex pushing him to victory, and had no intention of pulling out and attempting to pass his protégé.
"I didn't know what to do," said Earnhardt. "I am proud of the team; this is a great company effort. It's a great deal, a great day for everybody.
"I'm really happy for Martin; he did what he had to do. I told him if he put himself in a bad situation I wasn't going to bail him out."
Truex, the rookie sensation, who met Earnhardt on the Internet when the two used to race online racing simulations against each other, is the only Busch series regular this season to go to victory lane.
"That was so cool him (Earnhardt) pushing me," Truex added. "He could have bumped me out of the way and passed me, but he didn't. He's a class act."
Ron Hornaday was third.
"These guys are unbelievable," Hornaday said. "I complained about it all day being loose, and they kept tightening the thing up.I don't know what would have happened with two more laps, with Kyle (Busch) pushing me we had a great package. I almost got around Jr."
"It was a little scary out there driving."
Kyle Busch rebounded from early overheating problems on the No. 5 Chevy to garner a fourth place result.
"We were lucky we rebounded from that overheating problem," said Busch. "We kept the peddle down and started passing cars."
Jason Leffler scored his first top-five finish of the season winning fifth place.
"The car was really fast," said Leffler. "We had great stops. We made some adjustments and got better. The end was crazy, we were lucky we were able to get back into the top five.
"That was really fun; I am looking forward to Daytona"
After a long period of green flag racing, the "big one" came at lap 100 involving ten cars. As the pack motored through turn 4 three wide, Mike Wallace was attempting to pass the lapped vehicle of Jimmy Kitchens. There was a misstep with the pass as Wallace got into the back bumper of Kasey Kahne.
Kasey Kahne's car spun through the infield grass before coming to rest against the infield pit wall. As Kahne and Wallace began to wreck, the field bunch turning several cars, also involved in the melee were Johnny Benson, Mike Wallace, Tim Fedewa, Mike Bliss, David Keith, Paul Menard, Jimmy Kitchens, Mike Harmon and Ashton Lewis, Jr.