DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch used a perfectly timed pass to edge Timothy Peters in the final few feet to win the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Peters was leading coming out of the final turn and did all he could to block Busch, even nearly forcing him into the wall. But Busch didn’t blink and drove by Peters just before the finish line.
It was Busch’s 36th Truck Series victory and first at Daytona.
Well, it sounds awesome, said Busch, admitting he would rather be a Daytona 500 winner. This has been eluding me. I finally got one.
Busch gave Toyota its eighth consecutive Truck Series win at Daytona. It also was the automaker’s fourth victory in four races during Speedweeks.
Johnny Sauter was third, followed by Ryan Truex, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ryan Blaney. Defending series champion Matt Crafton was 13th.
This one will be remembered for the finish, which was the series’ closest in 15 years at Daytona. It was the eighth-closest margin in series history.
I thought I was going to throw it out there and see what happens, Busch said.
Busch thought he waited too long to make his move.
You never want to be the bridesmaid, especially when you’ve been to Victory Lane here before, said Peters, who won the 2010 opener. Second place at Daytona isn’t too bad. Kyle timed it right. I went up and tried to block it.
NATIONWIDE: Dylan Kwasniewski led a Turner Scott Motorsports sweep of the top three spots in qualifying for the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The 18-year-old rookie will make his series debut Today starting from the pole. He topped the speed chart with a lap at 192.078 mph to grab the top starting spot in the rain-shortened qualifying session.
Kyle Larson qualified second with a lap at 192.074 and Danica Patrick was third.
The qualifying session was the first for NASCAR’s new multicar, knockout-style format. All cars were on track for the opening 25-minute segment, but it was interrupted twice by rain. The fastest 24 cars were scheduled to advance to a second, 10-minute round, but it was rained out.