Busch Trucks to Daytona Win
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on February 21, 2014 | 10:45 P.M. EST
Kyle Busch becomes the first driver to win in the ARCA Racing Series and all three NASCAR national series at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch took his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Daytona International Speedway in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.
Busch was able to work around Timothy Peters in a tightly packed group of trucks on the final lap in a mad dash to the finish line to take the checkered flag.
“It feels great to be a Daytona winner,” said Busch in Victory Lane. “This has been eluding me. I’m glad I finally got one.”
It was Busch’s 36th career Truck Series win which ranks him second on the all-time list.
Busch became the first driver to win in ARCA, Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series at Daytona.
“I completed the quadfecta,” said Busch.
He now sets his sights on winning Saturday’s Nationwide Series race and Sunday’s Daytona 500.
"You've gotta win the first one to win the trifecta,” said Busch.
The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Toyota at Daytona dating back to 2007. Busch’s margin of victory was 0.016 - the eighth closest in NCWTS history.
But Busch addressed the issue some fans have with him running and winning in the Truck Series.
“I guess I’m stealing candy from a baby,” quipped Busch, who said he’d continue to race in the series "until the rules are changed or everyone else grows up."
Busch’s crew chief Eric Phillips tied Rick Ren for the all-time series victory lead at 28.
Peters, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Truex and Ron Hornaday rounded out the top five.
“Oh so close,” said Peters. “I'm kind of kicking myself a little bit. I feel like I got out in the front a little too far. But you can't back up too fast because you know that you'll get run over or lose what you feel like you can gain.”
But Peters remained optimistic despite coming up short of winning.
“The last time I was a bridesmaid here we contended for a Truck Series championship,” said Peters. “P2 at Daytona leading driver points is not a bad start.”
Sauter scored his second top five Daytona finish coming in his last two series starts.
“Yeah, you know, it's funny because in practice nobody was really drafting so we really didn't know what to expect,” said Sauter. “I kept saying that to my guys, don’t worry about legging back, posting a big time, nobody's really getting in a pack.
“I never would have believed the race was like it was tonight. Track position was everything. We'd get double file. The only truck I saw all night long that could make hay was the 17. In hindsight, maybe I should have jumped up in front of him, made him push me to the front.”
Ryan Blaney, Jeb Burton, Joe Nemechek, Johnny Weller III and German Quiroga completed the first ten finishers.
Ben Kennedy, who started from the pole after qualifying was rained out, led 52 laps but was shuffled back to a 15th place finish after some trouble on a mid-race pit stop.
The race was clean for the first half of the 100-lap contest but that didn’t last. A multi-truck crash broke out with 44 laps to go after Ross Chastain made contact with Parker Kligerman who launched into the right rear of Mason Mingus. Mingus was sent hard into the wall in a head-on impact and the incident triggered a huge wreck that involved 17 trucks before it was over.
"There really wasn't anywhere for us to go," Mingus said. "Unfortunately, we destroyed a really good truck."
Sean Corr, Ryan Sieg, Darrell Wallace Jr., John King, Brian Ickler, John Wes Townley, Brennan Newberry, Tyler Young, Chris Fontaine, Tyler Reddick, Ben Kennedy, Joey Coulter and Chris Cockrun all were swept up in the melee.
The Camping World Truck Series now heads to Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 29.