For Michael Waltrip, running fifth, was the luckiest spot to be in during the final laps of the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. With two laps to go, front runners Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch were involved in a bumping and banging campaign...
For Michael Waltrip, running fifth, was the luckiest spot to be in during the final laps of the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. With two laps to go, front runners Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch were involved in a bumping and banging campaign for the top spot. In the end, Bowyer nipped Busch one too many times, turning him in front of the top four cars.
As Busch spun, so did Bowyer collecting the cars of Robby Gordon and Johnny Benson. Michael Waltrip motored by the melee, inheriting the lead as NASCAR froze the field at the moment of caution.
"We were lucky for sure," said Waltrip.
Waltrip wins his 11th career Busch event, but not without some controversy. Johnny Sauter, the fifth car behind the lead four, was passed by Waltrip just as the wreck began. Sauter felt that he was in the lead, and should have won the event. NASCAR ruled the pass legal and let's the victory stand for the No. 99 Chevy team.
"He got involved in the crash and did not maintain a reasonable speed," Waltrip said. "So I'm sure it's easy for Johnny to complain he should've won. But he just doesn't know the rules."
Second place finisher Johnny Sauter called NASCAR's field freezing rule to the carpet, "I was leading. We should have won this race."
"I'm just going to bite my tongue. I don't need to get in anymore trouble." Sauter is already on probation for using foul language during a radio interview.
Kasey Kahne, such a break-out star in the Cup series, earns only his second top ten of the season in Busch with third.
"It's a great finish for us," said Kahne. "We were good all day, just fell off at the end."
Clint Bowyer managed to collect the No. 21 Chevy after the spin, and finish fourth.
"It was an awesome run it bounced me back from last week," said Bowyer, who is sharing the No. 21 with Kevin Harvick this season. "We didn't need that last caution. The car wasn't the best on a short run. Didn't mean to cause any hard feelings, as hard as I'm concerned it was hard racing."
Robby Gordon completes the top five.
"I don't know what happened," stated Gordon. "As soon as he (Busch) got loose it was a synchronized spin of four cars, it was a good day all-in- all."
Waltrip, who planned on only running a limited Busch schedule this season, might want to reconsider. The win catapults him into the championship lead, three points over David Green.
Kyle Busch (-56), Robby Gordon (-61) and Martin Truex, Jr. (-65) round out the top five in series standings.