Perhaps the biggest news out of Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway is that the Sam Bass guitar made it out of victory lane alive.
In a high-water or low-water mark (depending on your perspective) of last season, Nashville race winner Kyle Busch, in a moment of grand theater, smashed the guitar that is presented to each speedway winner. He used a bit more discretion in winning Friday night, lifting the guitar over his head in victory lane.
On the non-musical Truck front, however, Busch also remains spotlighted. He and fellow Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick seem to be turning the Truck series into their private playground.
Harvick has won two of the season’s first four races, and his trucks have positions 1, 9 and 10 in the owner standings. Additionally, Harvick’s “factory” builds and sells trucks to much of the field.
In the driver standings, Harvick sits in fourth (behind leader Timothy Peters), despite the fact that he has missed one of the four races.
Busch, who now has 17 career wins in the Truck series, and Harvick finished one-two at Nashville, and Ron Hornaday Jr., Harvick’s teammate, was third. Busch is third in the owner standings.
Busch, who also has missed one of the first four Truck events, is 10th in driver points. His Friday night win was the first for his new team, Kyle Busch Motorsports. He led 131 of the 150 laps.
Clearly, these two guys have placed their stamps solidly on NASCAR’s No. 3 series.
Busch has built a strong foundation to begin challenging Harvick in the ownership ranks.
“You really never know how many races it will take until you get your win or your first win in the series being an owner,” Busch said. “When I got in my truck at Daytona, I was like, ‘Man, this is almost weird,’ but it was a really, really cool feeling rolling out of pit road onto the race track at Daytona. Atlanta was really cool to qualify second and of course to run second to Harvick. He had a really strong truck there.”
Truck drivers have several weeks off before the fifth race of the season May 2 at Kansas Speedway.
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEEDtv.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.