Kyle Busch edges Timothy Peters at the finish line Friday night. (Terry Renna / Associated Press)
Daytona Beach, Fla. — Kyle Busch made a little history at a pretty big track.
Busch used a perfectly timed pass to win the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night, becoming the first driver to win an ARCA race, a truck race, a Nationwide Series race and a Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch edged Timothy Peters in the final few feet to provide one of the closest finishes in series history.
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, acknowledging he would rather be a Daytona 500 winner. “This has been eluding me. I finally got one.”
Busch also gave Toyota its eighth consecutive Truck Series win at Daytona. It was the automaker’s fourth victory in four races during Speedweeks. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have the other three.
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 its 15-year history 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.
Peters and Busch both figured the leader would be a sitting duck in the final lap. Still, they both wondered how it would play out: Busch thought he waited too long to make his move, and Peters questioned letting Busch create enough space to make a big run.
“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.”
Petty OK with race against Patrick
A possible showdown between Danica Patrick and Richard Petty has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, was on "Fox and Friends" Friday and told the news channel that he would be all in for a possible race between himself and Patrick.
"I'm 76 years old, OK?" Petty said, according to USA Today. "It's been 25 years since I've been in a race car. But I'll take that challenge."
The challenge was issued by Patrick's teammate and team owner Tony Stewart, who was upset with the legendary driver for comments he made about Patrick's chances of ever winning on the NASCAR circuit.
"I think that (a race) would pretty much settle it once and for all, and maybe get him to shut up a little bit, too," Stewart told Performance Racing Network during an event outside Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday. "I will supply the cars. If he wants to race her, I'll make sure they have exactly the same setup in the car and give him the chance. He can drive one of my 14 cars. I don't care."
After qualifying third for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Patrick was asked to respond to the news of Petty's acceptance of a race.
"At the end of the day, the most important thing is my team owner believes in me," she said before ending her media session.