Kyle Busch kicks off Dover weekend with Truck Series win

Darrell Wallace Jr. dominated the first half of the Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday night, but Kyle Busch was in the lead after a cycle of green-flag pit stops completed around lap 145. Busch went on to lead 50 laps in the final stages of the 200-lap race, en route to the win. It was his 32nd-career win in the series.

“This Toyota Tundra was awesome today,” Busch said.

After losing the lead, Wallace drifted back through the field and wound up 10th. Meanwhile, Matt Crafton finised second and Ryan Blaney was third.

During the green-flag cycle of stops, Busch hit pit road early, getting service on lap 117. After the early stop, he wound up with the lead after the cycle completed. Busch then lost the lead to Crafton, who got off pit road first during a caution on lap 160. Crafton, though, surrendered the lead back to Busch a few laps later, and Busch was able to remain up front for the remainder of the race.

“It (the win) wasn’t going to happen following him, so I had to do something,” Busch said.

Chase Elliott finished fourth, despite two pit road speeding penalties. He was caught speeding during a lap 45 caution and, as a result, wound up in the back for the restart. He then worked his way back up to third by the time the field cycled through green-flag stops around lap 125. But he was caught speeding again. And, again, he worked his way back toward the front to finish fourth.

“I guess it was fun,” Elliott said. “We had a really fast truck. We’re capable. We’ve just got to put ourselves in the right position, and I have to have a mistake-free race.”

Finishing fifth through 10th were Brendan Gaughan, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Jeb Burton and Wallace.

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