Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance in the Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday, leading 150 laps of the 200 that made up the race on his way to claiming his fourth win of the season in four races entered.
“I can’t say enough about everyone on this Kyle Busch Motorsports team,” Busch said in victory lane.
Ryan Blaney finished second after passing Johnny Sauter for the position with 16 laps to go. Sauter wound up third.
“Pretty solid afternoon for us,” Blaney said. “We made our way to the front there in the beginning and we had a loose will with about 50 to go. Luckily we caught it.”
Busch started on the pole after qualifying was cancelled and the starting grid set by truck owner points. He led until the yellow flag waved for Brennan Newberry on lap 75 as Busch was making his way down pit road. With the caution flag displayed, Busch drove down pit road without stopping to keep himself on the lead lap and headed back down pit road for service with the other lead lap trucks under the yellow.
“I’d been loose in traffic, even leading, just coming up on lapped trucks and everything,” Busch said. “I basically came down pit road there when we were coming in for our stop and I said, ‘Hey, now that I’m going to be further back in traffic, make sure you tighten me up some, just to put some extra wedge in and put some extra track bar to it.’”
Busch restarted eighth while Matt Crafton assumed the lead. Busch quickly got up to third when the race went back to green. He retook the lead from Crafton with just under 80 laps to go.
Crafton was the only other driver to lead a significant number of laps, 46, and ran second to Busch for most of the race until he hit the wall on lap 157, ending his night.
“I just blew a right front (tire),” Crafton said. “It’s a shame, because I thought we might’ve been able to run with him there at the end.”
Brandon Jones stayed out during the caution for Crafton’s accident to restart the race in the lead, but as soon as the race restarted, Busch and Sauter both got by him to assume the top-two spots in the running order.
Sauter ran second to Busch until Blaney moved into second. Jones lost another position in the late laps, but remained in the top-five to finish fourth.
Joey Coulter finished fifth. Finishing sixth through 10th were John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Kennedy, Tyler Reddick, German Quiroga and Timothy Peters. With his 10th-place finish, Peters took the series championship points lead from Crafton, who finished 23rd.
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