Busch Wins Crash-Filled Truck Race
CONCORD, N.C. – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ N.C. Education Lottery 200 on Friday night was Kyle Busch’s to win.
He made sure no one else got a chance.
Busch controlled the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and won from the pole. A slew of challengers including Timothy Peters, Austin Dillon and Matt Crafton gave pursuit throughout the event.
No one, however, could wrestle command of the race from Busch, who sped to his 38th career Truck Series victory.
The win was the third in as many Truck Series starts for Busch this season.
“I can’t say enough about all the guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports and (Toyota Racing Development),” Busch said. “It was a fun race for us. We certainly had a dominant piece. We were just really strong.”
Crafton, the series points leader, finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters.
Johnny Sauter, Dillon, Ben Kennedy, German Quiroga and Justin Lofton rounded out the top 10.
Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, is still seeking his first Truck Series win.
“I just enjoy racing these trucks,” he said. “They’re a whole different animal.”
Busch pulled away at the start of the race and built up a two-second lead in the early going. He led the first 87 laps before pit strategy put Joe Nemechek in front with 47 laps to go.
Busch assumed the lead on the ensuing restart just before a three-truck crash eliminated his teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr. Wallace drove his truck back to pit lane, but climbed out and was carried to the infield care center. Wallace was treated and released after a short visit.
“I’m good, thank the good Lord,” Wallace said. “We’d had a rough night at Kansas, so two rough weeks in a row.”
The race was marred by a handful of crashes, one of which – with less than 35 laps to go – eliminated contender Ryan Blaney.
“It was really unfortunate,” Blaney said. “We had a good (truck).”
Ron Hornaday, who had battled Busch early in the race, crashed on the restart that followed Blaney’s accident.
Busch controlled the final stages to collect the victory. He led 130 of 134 laps. Busch’s crew chief, Eric Phillips, logged his record 30th career win in the process.