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Busch holds off Hornaday Jr. for Nashville truck win



Lebanon, TN (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch is now 2-0 in Camping World Truck Series racing at Nashville Superspeedway.

Despite leading 140 of 150 laps, Busch, the pole sitter, had to overcome a challenge from Ron Hornaday Jr. during the final laps to win Friday's Bully Hill Vineyards 200.

After a restart with nine laps remaining, Hornaday nudged Busch up the track and took over the lead. Busch attempted to reclaim the top spot on the following lap, but Hornaday remained in front when the final caution came for an incident involving Max Papis and Brad Sweet.

Busch struggled to get up to speed on the last restart, but he quickly bounced back and passed Hornaday for the lead with less than three laps to go.

"It was a good show," Busch said. "It might have been boring for the first 140 laps, but Hornaday came up there and made things interesting."

Last year, Busch started on the pole and won in his first Nashville truck race. He led 131 laps in that event.

Busch claimed his second truck victory of the season and the 26th of his career.

The 200-mile race at Nashville also marked another career milestone for the 25-year-old Busch. On lap 114, he led his 20,000th lap combined in all three of NASCAR's national touring series.

Nelson Piquet Jr. finished a career-best second.

"I think this is just the beginning of our season; we're just going to get better and better," Piquet said.

Timothy Peters took the third position, while Hornaday faded during the final two laps to finish fourth.

"I blew it; I ended up giving that one away," Hornaday said.

James Buescher crossed the line fifth, followed by Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and David Starr.

Craig Goess and Parker Kligerman completed the top-10.

Defending series champion Todd Bodine, who won at Nashville last August, suffered damage to his front end when he hit the back of Miguel Paludo on pit road during an early-race round of green-flag stops. Paludo lost control and spun around while entering onto pit road.

Bodine wound up finishing 19th.

Sauter remained the points leader. Sauter holds a three-point advantage over Peters.

Crafton is four points behind, while Hornaday is one marker behind Crafton.

04/22 23:32:48 ET


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