Kyle Busch led 104 of 167 laps in the SFP 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City, Kan., on Friday night en route to his 37th-career series win. After starting from the pole, he became the first pole sitter to win a truck race since August 2012. It was Busch’s first win at Kansas.
“I’m a winner at Kansas,” Busch said after the race. “Can’t say enough about everyone from KBM, everybody there — the chassis shop, the body guys, everybody there in the fab shop. They do such a great job for me, whether it’s Late Models or whether it’s trucks.”
The win was the 29th for crew chief Eric Phillips, making him the all-time winningest crew chief in Camping World Truck Series competition.
“Congratulations to Eric for most wins,” Busch said in victory lane.
Matt Crafton, the highest finisher among series championship-eligible drivers, took second and the championship points lead. Joey Logano, who led 41 laps, finished third. Austin Dillon was fourth, and Tayler Malsam rounded out the top-five.
Busch dominated the race, while the Brad Keselowski Racing duo of Logano and Ryan Blaney were his primary source of competition for much of the event. Both BKR trucks were running ahead of Busch shortly after a lap-77 caution, but Blaney was another casualty of a caution and collected the truck of Johnny Sauter before it was all said and done on lap 85.
Logano was caught off the lead lap by an ill-fated yellow flag just after making a green-flag pit stop on lap 122. He took the wave around to get back on the lead lap, but restarted 11th. Dillon, meanwhile, restarted with the lead after taking only two tires. Busch was second.
Busch temporarily lost second to Crafton on the restart, but got the position back with 26 laps to go. Five laps later, he got by Dillon for the lead.
The yellow flag waved nine times throughout the race — twice in the first 10 laps. All three Red Horse Racing drivers — Timothy Peters, Bryan Ickler and German Quiroga — were caution casualties in the first 10-laps, with other drivers, including Ron Hornaday, got caught up in multiple cautions.
There rest of the top-10 at the finish were as follows: Jeb Burton in sixth, Quiroga seventh, Hornaday eighth, Joe Nemechek ninth and Mason Mingus in 10th.
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