Kyle Busch Dominates To Win The North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Kyle Busch Dominates To Win The North Carolina Education Lottery 200

by May 17, 2014 0 comments

CONCORD, NC – For the second weekend in a row, Kyle Busch visited Victory Lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after winning Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch has won all of the Series’ races this season except for at Martinsville Speedway when Matt Crafton went to Victory Lane. That being said, Toyota has six consecutive wins that now matches their longest streak in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. You’d have to go all the way back to November 1 of last season when a Toyota wasn’t sitting in Victory Lane.

Once again, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kept the fans on their feet as there was plenty of action throughout the night. The event saw nine cautions that included tempers and some of the series’ premier names.

Ron Hornaday Jr. who sat third in the points standings heading into this weekend’s race had a night that he’d like to forget. The caution flew on lap 74 when Hornaday Jr. slid up into Timothy Peters who was second in points heading into this weekend. Hornaday Jr.’s truck spun all the way through turn four and amazingly, he kept the truck off the wall and no one made any significant contact as the field scattered to avoid him.

Darrell Wallace Jr. who was ninth in the standings heading into the weekend was caught up in an accident on lap 94 when he was racing with Scott Riggs and Tayler Malsam coming out of turn two. Malsam hit the inside wall extremely hard, while Riggs and Wallace Jr. went into the outside wall. Wallace Jr. dropped one spot to 10th in the points after the crash.

“Scary moment,” Darrell Wallace Jr. said. “We had some troubles there late to the middle of the race — the gauges were flipping on and off and the motor was skipping so we figured it was a dead battery. We tried to ride it out and it was starting to lose some volts. We decided to come in there and Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) was iffy about losing that much track position and I’m like, ‘Well, there’s no real reason in waiting late in the race and have it happen and lose all that stuff we’ve gained.’ I made the call to come in and change it and now we’re here. That weight is on my shoulders now, but it’s a racing deal.

“I knew we had to go on the restarts and I got on the outside of the 32 (Tayler Malsam) and I don’t know what else happened from there. The next thing I know I just saw I don’t know who it was come up in front of me and I’m in the fence and then the next thing you know I lose oxygen and now I’m here in the infield care center. But we’re all good.”

The caution flew once again on lap 106 when John Wes Townley got into the side of Ryan Blaney going through the tri-oval. Blaney’s truck hit the grass on the frontstretch and shot up into the air. As Blaney slid up the track, Brian Ickler was collected. Blaney was sixth in the points heading into the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 but fell back to ninth after the accident.

“Well, his point — I think he’s a little upset,” John Wes Townley referring to Ryan Blaney.  “The thing about it is it’s racing. Unfortunately, I would have gave him the line if I knew he was there.  I heard inside and unfortunately it was just too late for me to do anything about it. So, I hate that.”

The night got even worse for Hornaday Jr. when he and his teammate, Ben Kennedy made contact entering turn three to bring out the caution on lap 115. Hornaday’s truck spun all the way down to the apron, only to slide all the way back up the track and into the windshield of Mason Mingus. Jake Crum also had nowhere to go and sustained heavy damage. Hornaday Jr. fell back to fifth in the points after Friday night’s accidents.

Kyle Busch went on to lead 130 of the s134 scheduled laps Friday night. The win marked his sixth victory in only nine starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was also his 38th victory in 118 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“My guys worked really, really hard over the winter time building some really good chassis and some really good trucks,” Kyle Busch said. “It just all comes together here. It makes my job look easy, but it’s these guys behind me that do all the hard work so I appreciate them and what all they do.

“We’ve got the whole KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) team up in the grandstands tonight — of course many of them here that work on the deal.  This Hiring Our Heroes Toyota Care Tundra was awesome tonight — just on rails. It was in Kansas, it was here and I think we’ve got something for these guys here. We’ll see how it goes with Erik Jones coming up and getting him in the seat.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off to Dover International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, May 30. The race will be on Fox Sports 1 at 5:30 p.m.


North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Top-10 Results:

1.) #51 Kyle Busch

2.) #88 Matt Crafton

3.) #19 Brad Keselowski

4.) #5 John Wes Townley

5.) #17 Timothy Peters

6.) #98 Johnny Sauter

7.) #20 Austin Dillon

8.) #31 Ben Kennedy

9.) #77 German Quiroga

10.) #9 Justin Lofton


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Driver Points:

1.) Matt Crafton

2.) Timothy Peters -11

3.) German Quiroga -18

4.) Johnny Sauter -19

5.) Ron Hornaday Jr. -25

6.) Ben Kennedy -30

7.) John Wes Townley -35

8.) Jeb Burton -35

9.) Ryan Blaney -39

10.) Darrell Wallace Jr. -54

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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