Kyle Busch trucks to victory
A penalty with just over 50 laps to go didn’t keep Kyle Busch out of victory lane Friday night.
Busch was penalized when his gas can was still attached to his truck after he pulled out of his pit box under caution. Busch restarted at the rear of the field but was seventh on a restart with just over 30 to go.
He was second when the green waved with 14 to go after another caution. Busch took the lead from Miguel Paludo less than a lap after the restart and just before a pair of wrecks brought out the yellow again.
Busch pulled away after the restart and finished just over a half-second ahead of Brendan Gaughan, driving for Richard Childress Racing. Max Gresham was third, Matt Crafton fourth and Ty Dillon fifth.
Brennan Newberry, racing out of a shop in Kernersville, narrowly dodged a late wreck and finished 18th.
High Point’s Ryan Blaney got as high as third, that on a restart at 75-lap mark. But, shortly after the green waved, he made an unscheduled pit stop to tighten a loose wheel and fell three laps behind.
Later, his truck suffered minor damage while squeezing between the wall and Newbery’s teammate, Ron Hornaday Jr., who shot up the track in turn 3 when a tire went flat.
After Blaney got clear, Jack Crum plowed into rear back of Hornaday’s truck.
Carl Edwards paid tribute to Dick Trickle by putting Trickle’s name over the door of the No. 99 Ford where Edwards’ name normally would be.
Trickle, a Wisconsin native who was one of the best short track racers before moving to Cup in his late 40s, died on Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Several of my crew guys are from Wisconsin. My crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, worked with Dick. One guy grew up a mile from Dick Trickle and said we had to do something,” Edwards said. “I don’t know if I’m worthy of having his name on my car. I remember the first time I met him.. I was 16 and it was about 100 degrees. I was going to melt. He was out in the middle of the infield in a black driving suit and smoking a cigarette and had a cup of coffee, the whole deal. He was the toughest guy I ever saw.”
Trickle won hundreds of races in his heyday. He mentored Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki when they were coming up through the ranks in the Midwest.
“He raced us really hard on the track but off the track, he was free with his parts and advice, and he gave freely,” Martin said of racing Trickle in the American Speed Association. “He was a really, really good dude. I’m confused and broken-hearted about what happened.”
Matt Kenseth, who grew up watching Trickle race, said he talked with Trickle at a short-track race last summer in Wisconsin.
“He had a unique way of looking at things,” Kenseth said. “He had a ton of common sense and he was really smart and had a really funny way of putting things. He went on a hour about my move (from Roush-Fenway to Joe Gibbs) and what he thought was great about it and some other things that made me feel good. Ninety percent of the stuff he told me through the years turned out to be right.”