Lucas Oil 200 Preview: KBM Team to Beat

Lucas Oil 200 Preview: KBM Team to Beat

by May 30, 2014 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. — If there’s one team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage that is being spoken of as the favorites to win the Lucas Oil 200 it has to be Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Is there any true surprise regarding that? Both of KBM’s drivers – Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kyle Busch himself – both dominated last year’s lone Dover trip for the trucks, combining to lead 169 of 200 laps and going to victory lane with Busch. Busch is also the winner of the 2005 and 2011 Truck races at Dover while Wallace is the 2011 winner at the track in the K&N Pro Series East. While Busch will be in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra to earn points towards the Owners’ Championship, Wallace is looking forward to gaining some more points for the Drivers’ Championship at a track that he states is one of his favorites on the calendar.

“I’ve had Dover circled on the calendar for a while and I can’t wait to get back there with my team this season,” Wallace said. “Dover is one of my favorite tracks and I’m going there looking for my fifth pole after starting from the top spot in the last four races I’ve run there. Last year we qualified on the pole and led a lot of laps before having issues. We still had a strong finish, but I want another ‘Miles the Monster’ trophy to add to my collection. We’ve had a few bad weeks this season, but I certainly think we can get things turned around and move back up in the points starting with this week at Dover.”

Going off of his past history at Dover, Joey Coulter (GMS Racing) may be on track for a strong finish tonight with there being a real possibility of him earning his first top-10 (or even top-five)  of the season. In three career races at the track, Coulter has finished in the top-10 twice with a best finish of sixth coming in 2011. Coulter possess an average finish of 8.3 at the track, making him have the lowest average out of all active drivers with more than two starts at the track.

Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racng) may have what it takes to provide a strong challenge against Kyle Busch Motorsports tonight. Blaney’s lone start at Dover in the Truck Series came last year where he finished third after running in the top-five for the majority of the night. Blaney is currently 39 points out of the points lead and views Dover as

“Dover is one of my favorite racetracks,” Blaney said. “We qualified fourth there last year and ran top-five all day and ended up third. It’s very hard to pass at Dover so hopefully we’ll get a good qualifying effort and just stay up front all day. It’s a long race and a lot of things can happen and the track changes a lot. Judging from the tire test and how we ran last year I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve had really fast trucks all year. We just need to start getting good finishes here and start getting that points lead back.”

Though Blaney is more than one race out of the championship lead, for anyone to wrestle the points lead away from Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) tonight will be up against one tall order. Toyota have flat-out dominated Dover International Speedway in recent years in the Truck Series, taking the last six races at the track dating all the way back to 2008. The Toyotas have also been running strong throughout this entire weekend, sweeping the top-five spots in yesterday’s shortened first practice session and taking eight of the top-10 positions in today’s second practice.

Who will win the Lucas Oil 200? Find out by tuning in to FOX Sports 1 at 4:30 p.m ET or by tuning your radio to your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate or to SiriuxXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90.

Can’t watch or listen to coverage of the race? For live updates of the Lucas Oil 200, follow @TheFourthTurn, @HunterThomas08, and @KPokrefky on Twitter.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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