Busch Dominates at Charlotte
May 16, 2014 | 10:51 P.M. EST
Busch has won in his last four starts. (Photo: Getty Images)
CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch continued his dominance Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, winning for the sixth time in nine starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch has won in his last four Truck starts at the track. He led 130 of the race’s 134 laps.
The victory also gives Busch a perfect mark for the season. He’s won all three of the Truck races he’s started. Going back to last season’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch has won each of his last four starts in the series.
“The truck felt really good out there,’’ Busch said. “A little loose at the start but (crew chief) Eric (Phillips) and the boys made some good calls, good adjustments on pit stops. Great pit stops. Feel like things are really clicking for us at KBM on the (No.) 51 side.’’
Busch’s victory also gives Toyota six consecutive wins, matching its longest streak in the Truck series.
Busch said he plans to drive in the next Truck race in two weeks at Dover and put Erik Jones in the Truck at Texas.
By running at the front nearly the whole race, Busch avoided numerous wrecks Friday. Among those in accidents were Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ron Hornaday Jr. NASCAR ordered Jake Crum to meet with series officials after the race for his contact that wrecked Ryan Ellis.
Matt Crafton remains the points leader after finishing second. Crafton holds an 11-point lead on Timothy Peters, who finished fifth. Brad Keselowski placed third with John Wes Townley finishing a career-high fourth.
Ryan Blaney greeted Townley on pit road after the race but it wasn’t to congratulate him. Blaney was upset about the contact they had on the frontstretch that forced Blaney to the infield grass and back up the track where he crashed into Brian Ickler.
“I’d like to know what he was thinking,’’ Blaney said of Townley. “Racing with that guy is a nightmare.’’
Townley had a different version of the incident.
“I heard inside but it was so late, there’s nothing I could do about it,’’ Townley said. “He was already there, and I was already there. I would have given him the line if I knew he was there.’’
Said Ickler: “It looked like (Townley) got into (Blaney).’’
Finishing sixth through 10th were: Johnny Sauter, Austin Dillon, rookie Ben Kennedy, German Quiroga and Justin Lofton. Quiroga is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the season’s first four races.