Busch Gets Rowdy At Lowes

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CONCORD, N.C. - "Rowdy" Busch was riding high Friday night.

Kyle Busch used a little inspiration from a character in "Days of Thunder" to win Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Driving a truck carrying the No. 51, the same number used by Rowdy Burns in the infamous Tom Cruise racing movie, Busch dominated the field to score his second straight victory in the event.

"Rowdy Busch in Victory Lane tonight," Busch yelled in Victory Lane. "It's the month of May, it's my birthday month and it's Charlotte, I love it."

His Billy Ballew Motorsports machine finished 3.154-seconds ahead of runnerup Terry Cook for his fourth career Craftsman Truck Series win.

Busch was forced to start a back-up truck in the race after crashing his primary machine in qualifying. He came from the 20th starting position to take the checkered flag.

Busch took the lead on lap 88 and led the rest of the way to average 124.845 mph for the win.

"Tonight the truck just seemed like it was on rails," Busch said. "There wasn't much you couldn't do with it tonight."

Todd Bodine, Ted Musgrave and Ron Hornaday rounded out the Top 5.

"It's kind of deja vu," said runnerup Cook, who scored his third Top 10 of the season and first Top 5. "We debuted a new truck last year and run second to Kyle Busch. This year we debuted a new truck and we ran second to Kyle Busch. So Kyle's obviously got something figured out here."

David Reutimann, Dennis Setzer, Matt Crafton, Aric Almirola and Erik Darnell completed the first ten finishers.

Almirola was the top rookie of the race for the second time this season. Fellow freshman competitor Darnell completed the first ten.

In all, twenty trucks finished the 200 mile race on the lead lap. Erin Crocker, who set a series record by becoming the first female driver to start a truck race from the front row when she qualified second, finished 18th.

The Craftsman Truck Series heads to Ohio's Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 27th.

Race Center

SFP 250

@ Kansas Speedway
Friday, May 09, 2014
Radio Start:
MRN, 7 p.m. (ET)
TV Start:
FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. (ET)

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