Busch Still Perfect, But Fails Inspection
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on June 26, 2014 | 11:45 P.M. EST
Busch celebrates in Victory Lane for the 40th time in the Truck Series. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
SPARTA, Ky. - Kyle Busch remained perfect in 2014 by taking his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the year, but his truck failed post-race inspection.
Busch outran his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. to the checkered flag in Thursday night's UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway to score his 40th career series win. It was his sixth straight victory dating back to Homestead at the end of last season and Busch’s last four wins have come from the pole.
“It was a great night," Busch said. "I can’t say enough about everyone here at KBM. Bubba fought his butt off there at the end to finish second you know, but can’t say enough about the fans and everyone here tonight.”
The UNOH 225 was Busch's first race since winning at Dover International Speedway at the end of May. Erik Jones has raced the No. 51 in three races this season, including the previous two.
Busch had to battle Wallace for the top spot after a late race restart with eight laps to go but was able to get by and set sail for the checkered flag.
The win also pushed Toyota's record-winning streak to 10.
Busch's truck was low in the front in post-race inspection and NASCAR will address it next week. Earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Chase Elliott's team was handed a P2 penalty for the car exceeding minimum front height, resulting in his crew chief being placed on probation.
Wallace, who won the series’ last race two weeks ago at Gateway Motorsports Park, was forced to settle for second behind his boss.
"It’s been a lot of fun getting back into a rhythm coming off of Texas and St. Louis and then to finish here second," Wallace said. "I try to make the most of it and it was a cool site with KBM one-two, Toyota one-two and 10th win in a row for Toyota."
Busch now sets his sights on completing the Kentucky triple with wins in Friday night’s Nationwide Series race and Saturday’s Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race.
"My Nationwide car wasn’t great yesterday, but we made whole sale changes to it and got it a lot better here for this practice tonight that happened before the Truck race," Busch said. "My chances are there and I hope it comes true. We’ll see how that Monster Energy Camry is tomorrow night.”
Ryan Blaney, Timothy Peters and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
Keselowski's finish came after starting at the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments along with a penalty on lap 100 for removing equipment (wedge wrench) from his assigned pit area.
"We didn’t really have anything for the '51,'" Keselowski said. “But it was a decent day and we weren't where we wanted to be in qualifying by a long ways and recovered from that and got close there at the end."
Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday, Johnny Sauter and Ben Kennedy completed the first 10 finishers.
Sauter leads teammate and defending series champion Crafton by eight points in the series standings.
“I don’t know what it was where we missed it," Crafton said. "We never gave up - we changed more stuff on this truck tonight than ever before. We made it better at the end, but we weren’t even close. It was a hard fought night."
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 11.