Busch collects second Trucks win

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. --- Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch raced to his second NASCAR Trucks Series victory of the season, passing Ron Hornaday Jr. on a late restart and easily holding off Nelson Piquet Jr. on Friday night at Nashville Superspeedway.


Busch, also the Nashville winner last spring, led 140 of 150 laps on the 1.333-mile concrete oval. He also won the Trucks race in Phoenix in February and has 26 series victories in 89 starts. In addition to Busch's two victories, Kasey Kahne won the March race at Darlington in Busch's No. 18 Toyota.

"I felt like had a winning truck, a dominant truck, actually," Busch said. "It would have been a shame not to win here today."

Hornaday slipped in front of Busch in Turn 3 with nine laps to go. A caution for Max Papis' spin allowed Hornaday to stay in the lead for the restart with three laps to go. Hornaday opened a lead off the restart, but Busch rebounded quickly and nosed past the 52-year-old Hornaday before they completed a lap.

"It might have been boring, I guess, for about the first 140 laps or so, but Ron came up there and made things interesting," Busch said. "He's hell of a wheelman, that old man still gets after it. I'll tell you that. He definitely gave us a whirl wind there."

Timothy Peters was third, followed by Hornaday, James Buescher, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, David Starr, Craig Goess and Parker Kligerman.

LENDING A HAND: The employees and customers of the Lowe's store demolished by a tornado in Sanford, N.C., are going to get some help replacing their lost vehicles.

All 100 or so people in the store survived when a tornado did significant damage to the store last Saturday, but all of the approximately 70 vehicles in the store's parking lot were destroyed. Most belonged to employees.

Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson -- who is sponsored by Lowe's, along with his team owner, Rick Hendrick -- have agreed to provide those who lost their vehicle a $1,000 credit toward a down payment on a new or used car, or maintenance and/or repairs on a current or future car from participating Hendrick dealerships.

"Really, this was an easy decision. After seeing the pictures and hearing what had happened, I don't know how you couldn't or wouldn't want to help," Johnson said Friday. "We took some time to find out what the most pressing need was for everyone who was at the store.

"When we heard that these people had lost their cars and for some it was their only means of transportation, it was just a matter of figuring out how to make this work.

"Fortunately, we have a few friends who could help in that department."

Lowe's has already announced plans to rebuild the store. It's expected to reopen to customers during the fall.

"We are just so grateful for the help from the entire community," said Julie Yenichek, a spokesperson with Lowe's headquarters in Mooresville, N.C.

"For Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Automotive Group to step up and help fill this critical need is just unbelievable."


Wed, 08/23/2017 - 01:54