Kyle Busch Four-For-Four After Lucas Oil 200 Win At Dover

Kyle Busch Four-For-Four After Lucas Oil 200 Win At Dover

by May 30, 2014 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. – After taking the checkered flag in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday afternoon, Kyle Busch recorded his fourth victory in only four starts during the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Toyota Tundra drivers have won all five series events this year. In fact, the last race a Toyota didn’t reach Victory Lane in the series was all the way back in November of last year when Ty Dillon won at Texas Motor Speedway. Friday’s race marked Kyle Busch’s 112th win in a Toyota. While driving a Toyota, he has amassed 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories, 54 wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and now 33 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“I can’t say enough about everyone on this Kyle Busch Motorsports team, everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports chassis — they are building us some awesome chassis — they’re fast,” Kyle Busch said. “I just want to say thanks to Toyota and the Toyota cares that we had the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award with us this week. I know the submissions are over, but it’s a great award at the end of the year that goes to the people that help the kids in their community the most. We appreciate people being able to do that and reminds us a lot of the Kyle Busch Foundation. Can’t say enough about Camping World and the fans and hey, my little buddy. It’s Erik Jones’ birthday today, so happy 18th birthday today to Erik Jones. He’s in five of the next six I think so everybody can get rid of Kyle Busch.”

The Lucas Oil 200 saw six lead changes among four drivers. Kyle Busch started on the pole and led 150 laps, most of any driver on Friday. Matt Crafton led 46 laps, and while running in the second position on lap 158, a tire went down sending him hard into the outside wall in turn two. Crafton hit the wall so hard that the right side of his truck was completely flattened. His ThorSport Racing teammate, Jeb Burton had a series of tire issues throughout the afternoon, as well.

“Just something in the right front went down and didn’t give me any warning,” Matt Crafton said. “I said a couple laps before that I picked up a small vibration, but a lot of times you pick up rubber and you don’t know what it is and all of a sudden it was, ‘Boom’ and it was done.
“It’s a shame because the first run we were good, the second run when we were leading we got off a little bit and made another adjustment right there and we were trying to figure out if the mess with the air of the blowers to try to get it to come to me. We tried to free it up a little bit and freed it up a little too much. I figured as the race went on, by the end of this deal we would have been alright, but it’s a shame.”

The last caution of the day flew on lap 173 when German Quiroga and Gray Gaulding got together entering turn three. As a result of the contact, Gaulding’s truck slid up the track and collected Ben Rhodes. All three trucks were running inside the top-10 at the time of the accident.

Rhodes and Gaulding are members of the NASCAR Next program. They’ll compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Saturday night.

Ryan Blaney made his way around Johnny Sauter for the second position with 16 laps to go, but he just didn’t have enough time to catch Kyle Busch.

Due to Matt Crafton’s tire issue and Timothy Peter’s 10th place finish, Peters has now taken over the point lead.

One of the most notable headlines coming from the afternoon’s action was the success that all of the younger drivers had. Brandon Jones finished fourth, and John Hunter Nemecheck who usually competes in the Allison Legacy Series finished sixth after starting seventh. NASCAR Next driver, Ben Kennedy finished seventh. and Tyler Reddick finished eighth. Tyler Young had a solid 17th place finish.

Next on the schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Tuck Series is the WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 6. The race will be live on Fox Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Lucas Oil 200 Top-10 Results:
1.) #51 Kyle Busch
2.) #29 Ryan Blaney
3.) #98 Johnny Sauter
4.) #33 Brandon Jones
5.) #21 Joey Coulter
6.) #8 John Hunter Nemecheck
7.) #31 Ben Kennedy
8.) #19 Tyler Reddick
9.) #77 German Quiroga
10.) #17 Timothy Peters

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Driver Point Standings:
1.) #17 Timothy Peters
2.) #88 Matt Crafton -1
3.) #98 Johnny Sauter -1
4.) #77 German Quiroga -6
5.) #30 Ron Hornaday Jr. -15
6.) #31 Ben Kennedy -16
7.) #29 Ryan Blaney -19
8.) #5 John Wes Townley -26
9.) #13 Jeb Burton -32
10.) #21 Joey Coulter -43

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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