Kyle Busch Cruises In Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. – Kyle Busch remained undefeated in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway, capturing the UNOH 225 for his fifth victory in as many starts this year.
Busch was on cruise control much of the night, leading a race-high 91 laps during the 150-lap event. The only time Busch had to fight his way to the front was midway through the race. On lap 76 John Wes Townley crashed in turn four, bringing out the caution flag.
During the caution period Busch was one of several drivers to pit, dropping Busch to eighth for the restart while Brad Keselowski inherited the lead after not pitting. The field returned to racing on lap 82 and it only took Busch 13 laps to catch and pass Keselowski for the race lead.
On lap 98 Jeb Burton spun and hit the wall in turn four, bringing out another caution flag. The entire field pitted, with Busch opting to take fuel only and keep the lead. The green flag waved on lap 103 and Busch quickly checked out, building a near four second lead over Ryan Blaney in second.
It looked like the race was going to go green to the checkered flag, but with 12 laps left the caution flag waved for the final time for the slow truck of Caleb Holman. During the restart with eight laps left Wallace got a huge jump from third on the inside and was able to drive under Busch and challenge for the lead.
The challenge lasted until the field made it to turn three, with Busch clearing Wallace to take command of the field once again. He then pulled away from Wallace, eventually beating his younger teammate to the checkered flag by 1.845 seconds.
The victory continues a dominant stretch for Kyle Busch Motorsports, which has won nine of the last 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races dating back to 2013. Thursday was also the first time KBM entries have swept the first two positions.
“This Dollar General Tundra was awesome. I can’t thank Toyota, TRD, everyone there enough,” said Busch after notching his 40th career Truck Series victory. “It is pretty cool to be nine of 12 for KBM here in the last 12 races including last year and to have Erik (Jones) and Bubba (Darrell Wallace Jr.) running really, really well. Proud to see the first KBM one-two. That is really cool for me as an owner.”
Trouble struck after the race for Busch however as the No. 51 Toyota’s front end was found to be too low in post-race inspection. NASCAR will issue any penalties resulting from that discovery early next week.
Wallace, who won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 14, said he knew he probably wasn’t going to beat Busch during the final restart.
“He knew what he was doing,” Wallace said. “He is so cool to work with. He’s hard to beat, he’s so good, but I wouldn’t want to be with anybody else than Kyle Busch Motorsports.”
Blaney finished third, followed by Timothy Peters and Keselowski. Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter and Ben Kennedy completed the top 10.