Rain Delay and Overtime Finish Mark CWTS Race

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header in Thunder Valley with the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

EM_Bristol_Motor_Speedway_(3848659011)By Eddie Maloney from North Las Vegas, USA – Bristol Motor Speedway, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31880076

Two thirds of the filed in tonight’s race have only one start or no starts on the half mile track of Bristol Motor Speedway.

After three round of qualifying, setting a new track record of 14.82 Kyle Busch put his number 46 truck on the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag. It is the 18th Camping World Truck Series pole for Kyle Busch.

The starting lineup for the UNOH 200:
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Johnny Sauter
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Cody Coughlin
Ben Rhodes
Jesse Little
Kaz Grala
Justin Haley
Harrison Burton
John Hunter Nemechek
Chase Briscoe
Parker Kligerman
Ryan Truex
Austin Cindric
Regan Smith
Stewart Friesen
Landon Huffman
Austin Hill
Clay Greenfield
Joe Nemechek
J. J. Yeley
T. J. Bell
Austin Wayne Self
Wendell Chavous
Josh Reaume
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Norm Benning
Jordan Anderson

The start of the race was delayed due to rain and lightning in the area. A concrete track, it will not take long to get the surface dried once the rain ends.

Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 90 laps.

After a delay of nearly two hours, the track is dry and the drivers prepare to go racing.

The drivers are making extended parade laps while NASCAR gets pit road dried. A short half mile track, Bristol has pit roads along both the front and back stretches.

At 10:45 Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front of the field for the lead.

Five laps into the race and Kyle Busch has already pulled out to a lead of nearly a second over team mates Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell. Norm Benning is one lap down with Joe Nemechek off the track.

Ten laps into the race and there are 28 trucks on the lead lap with Kyle Busch out in front by over a second on Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell.

Lap 15 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a two second lead on team mates Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell.

Lap 20 Kyle Busch leads by over three seconds with 26 trucks on the lead lap. Norm Benning and Joe Nemechek are off the track.

Josh Reume hits the wall with a possible flat tire bringing out the first caution flag of the race.

A few drivers come down pit road for service once pit road opens, but most of the drivers stay out on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 and holds on to his lead of the race. Busch has led every lap so far.

Lap 32 the second caution lag comes out when T.J. Bell spins out.

Taking the outside lane, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 and continues to hold on to the lead of the race.

In only one lap, Busch has a lead of over two tenths on Noah Gragson.

Ten laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Busch is leading by half a second with 26 trucks on the lead lap and two drivers off the track.

Lap 49, Kyle Busch has inceased his lead to a second over Noah Gragson; Matt Crafton is in third. Norm Benning and Joe Nemechek are out of the race.

Kyle Busch wins stage one by a second and a half.

Kyle_Busch-2By Pam J. – originally posted to Flickr as Kyle Busch, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4176304

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Noah Gragson
Matt Crafton
Christopher Bell
Grant Enfinger
Brandon Jones
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Justin Haley
Parker Kligerman

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe lead the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 65 but Matt Crafton jumps out for the lead of the race. Kyle Busch is back in forth place.

Lap 73 Matt Crafton has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric with Christopher Bell in third and Kyle Busch in fourth.

Lap 80 Matt Crafton has increased his lead to over a second on Austin Cindric. Kyle Busch has gotten around Christopher Bell to take over third place.

Lap 85 Matt Crafton has a lead of nearly three seconds with Austin Cindric and Kyle Busch battling it out for second.

Lap 92 Matt Crafton has a lead of over two second on Kyle Busch who has gotten around Austin Cindric to take over second place.

Lap 98 Kyle Busch has closed to withing half a second on leader Matt Crafton.

There are 21 trucks on the lead lap. Jordan Anderson and Jennifer Jo Cobb are off the track.

Lap 104 Kyle Busch challenges Matt Crafton for the lead and passes Crafton to retake the lead of the race.

Stewart Friesen takes his truck to the garage.

Lap 107 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Matt Crafton.

Kyle Busch wins stage two.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Matt Crafton
Austin Cindric
Ben Rhodes
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Johnny Sauter
Justin Haley
Grant Enfinger
John Hunter Nemechek

Kaz Grala is on put road with the hood up after bringing a smoking truck down pit road.

Leader Kyle Busch leads the parade of trucks on pit road for service.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Matt Crafton right behind him.

Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road and Noah Gragson was charged with having his crew members come over the pit wall too soon.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 120 and takes over the lead of the race. Kyle Busch restarted the race in 17th place.

Lap 128 Matt Crafton has a one second lead on Ben Rhodes with Kyle Busch in 15th place and 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Kaz Grala is out of the race.

Lap 136 Matt Crafton continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch up to eleventh place.

Johnny Sauter nad Ben Rhodes battle it out for second place.

Lap 139 Kyle Busch is up to ninth place. Matt Crafton has a lead of over a second on Johnny Sauter.

Lap 148 Matt Crafton’s lead is down to less than half a second with Kyle Busch in fifth place.

Lap 155 Kyle Busch has moved up to third place less than two seconds behind leader Matt Crafton. There are 19 trucks on the lead lap and five trucks out of the race.

Lap 161 Matt Crafton’s lead is down to less than half a second over Johnny Sauter with Kyle Busch in third less than a second behind.

Lap 165 Kyle Busch passes Johnny Sauter for second pace.

One lap later Busch passes Matt Crafton for the lead and pulls away.

Lap 269 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Matt Crafton.

There are 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 173 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Matt Crafton.

Lap 178 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Matt Grafton with only 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 185 Kyle Busch holds on to his second and a half lead on Matt Crafton.

Ten to go and Kyle Busch leads by over a second on Matt Crafton with 13 trucks on the lead lap.

With only six laps to go the caution flag comes out when Justin Haley and Austin Wayne Self get together right in front of leader Kyle Busch as they drivers battles to stay on the lead lap.

There are only eleven trucks on the lead lap.

In the first overtime restart for the season, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag and gets out in front of Matt Crafton for the lead as drivers fight for position behind them.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch gets Bristol win number five in the trucks and number 18 overall as he sweeps the three stages. This was CWTS career win number 49 for Busch.

Kyle_Busch_April_19,_2010_(cropped)By Raniel Diaz – http://www.flickr.com/photos/ranieldiaz/4537844171/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31752009

The unofficial results of the UNOH 200:
Kyle Busch
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter
Christopher Bell
Parker Kligerman
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Chase Briscoe
Jesse Little
Regan Smith
Noah Gragson
Ryan Truex
Cody Coughlin
Harrison Burton
J.J. Yeley
Landon Huffman
T.J. Bell
Austin Hill
Wendell Chavous
Austin Wayne Self
Josh Reume
Clay Greenfield
Jordan Anderson
Kaz Grala
Stewart Friesen
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Norm Benning
Joe Nemechek


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