Kyle Busch Remains Perfect
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on May 30, 2014 | 7:50 P.M. EST
Busch led 150 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and 39th of his career. (Photo: Getty Images)
DOVER Del. - Kyle Busch remained perfect in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition in 2014 when he claimed his fourth win in as many races in Friday's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Busch started from the pole and led 150 laps on his way to career series win number 39. He was in front three times including the final 38 laps to the checkered flag.
Busch now has 133 victories across the top three national divisions of NASCAR.
I can’t say enough about everyone on this Kyle Busch Motorsports team, everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports chassis -- they are building us some awesome chassis -- they're fast,” said Busch.
The only race Busch has not won this season was Martinsville where he wasn’t entered. His series winning streak actually reached five on Friday dating back to last year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This year Busch has scored victories at Daytona, Kansas, Charlotte and Dover.
“It’s Erik Jones’ birthday today, so happy 18th birthday today to Erik Jones,” Busch laughed about his KBM teammate. “He’s in five of the next six I think so everybody can get rid of Kyle Busch.”
Busch did have a hurdle to deal with when he fell to eighth after coming to pit road just when caution was displayed. But it didn’t take him long to move back to the front of the field and into the lead even though he said driving in traffic was a challenge.
"Yeah, a little bit," said Busch. "These things are certainly a lit bit more aero-sensitive than, I think, last year's trucks."
Ryan Blaney, Johnny Sauter, Brandon Jones and Joey Coulter rounded out the top five.
“We had a good truck just not enough for the 51,” said Blaney, who piloted the Brad Keselowski-owned truck to the runner-up finish. “Kind of wish we ran here a second race this year because I do like racing at Dover.”
John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Kennedy, Tyler Reddick, German Quiroga and Timothy Peters completed the first ten finishers.
There were only seven trucks on the lead lap.
One of the few trucks capable of giving Busch even a slight challenge belonged to defending series champion Matt Crafton. However disaster struck the ThorSport Racing driver with 44 laps to go when he crashed hard into the wall while running second.
“Something in the right front went down, didn’t give me any warning,” Crafton said. “All of a sudden, boom, it was done. It’s a shame.”
It was the first time Crafton has not finished a series race in 47 starts.
Peters leads Crafton and Sauter by one point in the series standings.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night for the WinStar World Casino and Resort 400.