Kyle Busch Completes the Quadfecta With NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Win At Daytonaby Hunter Thomas February 22, 2014 0 comments
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch edged Timothy Peters in the closest finish in series history at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night in the NexEra Energy Resources 250.
Starting from the pole, Ben Kennedy led the first 52 laps until a mishap on pit road underneath the second caution sent him deep inside the top-10. Kyle Busch and his crew capitalized on the moment and inherited the lead after winning the race off pit road.
The “Big One” came on lap 75 when the field entered turns one and two. Parker Kligerman and Ross Chastain were racing hard on the outside line when Kligerman’s truck got sideways, causing a chain reaction that involved 17 trucks. Jeb Burton benefitted the most from the mayhem. After narrowly escaping, he was able to bring his truck home in the 7th position.
After track crew cleaned the track, the race only saw one other caution, and that was on lap 87 when Travis Kvapil dropped fluid while going down the backstretch.
The last 10 laps of the event were absolutely incredible as the remaining drivers side drafted and shuffled for position to set their selves up for an all-out, last lap effort. Coming to get the checkered flag, Timothy Peters appeared to have gotten too far ahead of the pack, and Kyle Busch was able to use the momentum to get alongside on the high side. Peters went to block, but Busch was able to seal the deal by only .016 seconds to capture his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at the speedway.
“You know, all circumstances played out in our favor and it just sort of worked,” Busch said. “But coming out of four, I looked up in the mirror and tried to see where the 98 was, see if he was close enough to push me or close enough to just go three wide on the both of us, and it didn’t seem like he was. So kind of threw a Hail Mary out there and seen if my truck was faster than the 17, if it would pull up on it a little bit on the straightaway, then I’d duck out and see if I couldn’t make up any ground, at least break the plane of his rear bumper start pulling him backwards with a side draft.
With the win, Busch became the first driver to win at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The victory also marked Toyota’s eighth consecutive win at Daytona.
“Luckily it happened, it worked, the timing was good, we made it to the start/finish line first,” Busch said. “ Just elated. Really a special moment for this team, for myself. Biggest win for KBM, I believe.”
Timothy Peters leads Johnny Sauter by two points in the driver’s championship points standings. Next up on the schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 29.