Kyle Busch continued his dominance of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition on Friday evening at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, leading 150 laps of the 250-lap Lucas Oil 200 en route to his fourth win in four series starts this season.
“I can’t say enough about everyone on this Kyle Busch Motorsports team,” Busch said in victory lane.
Ryan Blaney finished second, and Johnny Sauter was third.
“Pretty solid afternoon for us,” Blaney said. “We made our way to the front there in the beginning and we had a loose will with about 50 to go. Luckily we caught it.”
Busch started on the pole as a result of qualifying being cancelled and the starting grid being set by truck owner points and led the way until he was caught on pit road by the yellow flag on lap 75. Instead of stopping in his pit box, Busch drove all the way down pit road and back onto the race track to avoid going a lap down. He then returned to pit road with the other lead laps trucks for service. As a result, he restarted the race eighth, while Matt Crafton assumed the lead.
“I’d been loose in traffic, even leading, just coming up on lapped trucks and everything,” Busch said. “I basically came down pit road there when we were coming in for our stop and I said, ‘Hey, now that I’m going to be further back in traffic, make sure you tighten me up some, just to put some extra wedge in and put some extra track bar to it.'”
As Crafton led the way, Busch worked his way up to third in the running order right after the restart. He got stuck in that position for awhile before finally moving back into the lead with just under 80 laps remaining.
Crafton was the only other driver to lead a significant number of laps, 46, and ran second to Busch for much of the race. But on lap 157, while running second, Crafton hit the wall and his truck sustained enough damage to retire him from the race. He wound up 23rd, and as a result, lost his points lead to Timothy Peters, who finished 10th. After the Dover race, Peters left Dover with a one-point lead over Crafton.
“I just blew a right front (tire),” Crafton said. “It’s a shame, because I thought we might’ve been able to run with him there at the end.”
Brandon Jones used the pit strategy of staying out during the lap-157 caution to gain track position and restart with the lead, but when the race returned to green, Busch and Johnny Sauter quickly got by him to take first and second. Jones was able to stay near the front, though, and wound up finishing fourth.
Busch led the rest of the way, and Sauter ran second until Blaney was able to take the spot with 16 laps remaining.
Joey Coulter finished fifth, John Hunter Nemechek was sixth, Ben Kennedy seventh, Tyler Reddick eighth, and German Quiroga ninth.