BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Truck Series race Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for his record 14th overall victory on the high-banked 0.533-mile oval.
The Sprint Cup driver took fresh tires with 16 laps to go, passed Ryan Blaney for the lead with six laps left and held off Timothy Peters in a race to the finish that ended with Peters crashing on the frontstretch.
Busch broke a tie with Darrell Waltrip for the NASCAR track victory record. Busch has four victories at the track in the Truck Series, five in Sprint Cup and five in the Nationwide Series.
The victory was his third in eight Truck starts this season and pushed his career total to 33.
OPTIONS ABOUND: Tony Stewart’s season-ending broken leg, the terminations of Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya and the surprising season by Kurt Busch has created a lot of roster scenarios for the 2014 season.
There are driver openings at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet and possible fourth entries at Richard Childress Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing are three of the premium rides open for next year. And if Busch moves to another team, Furniture Row Racing will need a driver.
Sources said Busch has been offered a job at Stewart-Haas, which means the team is willing to expand to four cars. Newman could wind up with the best of what’s left over between Childress and Ganassi, while Mark Martin, AJ Allmendinger and Montoya all are in play.
Montoya, the 1999 CART IndyCar Series champion, said he could go back to open wheel racing if he can’t find a job with a competitive NASCAR team. Michael Andretti said he’s already offered him a job in the IndyCar Series.
Some jobs already have been filled. Brian Vickers is signed to drive the No. 55 Toyota at Michael Waltrip Racing and Kevin Harvick will move into Newman’s old ride at Stewart-Haas.
Stewart’s broken leg will keep him off the track for the rest of the season, and that created some immediate opportunities. Vickers now will drive Martin’s No. 55 for Waltrip after Martin agreed to fill in for Stewart.
FORD SEEKS CHANGES: Drivers and race teams from the Ford family are asking NASCAR for some changes in the rule book to help them keep pace with Chevrolet and Toyota.
Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Joey Logano and David Ragan each have a single victory for Ford this year. Chevrolet and Toyota drivers have combined to win the other 19 races.
“We just need to find that last little bit, that last little adjustment, so we can race with these guys,” Edwards said.