William Byron Wins Fourth Race of Season at Kentuckyby Kyle Pokrefky July 8, 2016 0 comments
William Byron went to victory lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the fourth time of the season on Thursday night in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver of the No. 9 Liberty University Toyota was the dominant driver of the night, leading 70 laps with his Toyota Tundra spending the final 68 laps of the race in the lead.
Already a virtual lock into the Chase, the 18-year-old Byron fully solidified his status as a Chase driver on Thursday as his win fully locked him into this year’s post-season.
“It was a great win for us,” Byron said. “We came in to the weekend a little bit conservative because of the new surface and we wanted to make sure we had trucks left for the summer stretch here. We kind of tip-toed our way through practice and got the truck pretty strong at the end of practice. Really the race came down to strategy and making the right calls…
“All of the guys at KBM did a great job, I had a fast Liberty University Tundra again. It’s great to get that Chase spot, I guess, make sure we got that. It’s exciting and I can’t wait for the Chase.”
With the win on Thursday, Kyle Busch Motorsports became the winningest team in Camping World Truck Series history with Thursday marking its 51st win in the series.
Crossing the finish line behind the No. 9 Toyota in the top-10 were John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Tyler Reddick.
Other notable finishers were Daniel Suarez in 11th, Ben Rhodes in 13th, Jordan Anderson in 17th, Kyle Busch in 30th and Brett Moffitt in 31st.
Moffitt, who was making his NASCAR return on Thursday, brought out the first caution of the night on Lap 27 when the engine expired in his Red Horse Racing Toyota.
Debris in Turn 1 brought out the second caution on Lap 40 while a two-truck accident between Austin Wayne Self and Rico Abreu brought out the third caution of the night on Lap 47.
Another two-truck accident between Busch and Spencer Gallagher brought out the fourth caution of the night on Lap 58 while the expiration of the caution clock served as the final caution on Lap 105.
The Camping World Truck Series will return to action in two weeks at Eldora Speedway with the Aspen Dental 150.
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