Kyle Busch took the lead from Matt Crafton on lap 168 to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday evening. It's Busch's 32nd career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and the second of the season for Busch.
Busch passed Crafton after Crafton got ahead of Busch on a restart on lap 163. Crafton had a great day and finished second. Finishing third was Ryan Blaney who ran in the top five all day long and had a solid day. Chase Elliott finished fourth after speeding off of pit road twice. Finishing in the fifth position was Brendan Gaughan with Timothy Peters finishing sixth and Johnny Sauter coming home seventh. Eighth was Joey Coulter with Jeb Burton coming home ninth and Darrell Wallace Jr tenth.
Wallace sat on the pole, as the youngest pole winner in series history, for the 200 mile event and led the races' first 118 laps. He led the field to green when the race began with Chase Elliott on the outside of the front row. Early in the going on lap two the first caution of the day flew when Max Gresham, Timothy Peters, John Wes Townley and Jeff Agnew crashed coming off of turn two. Peters and Townley had minimal damage and stayed on the lead lap and Gresham and Agnew would continue but laps down after repairs. Gresham would finish 28th. Agnew finished 23rd.
The race restarted on lap eight and Wallace began his early assault on the field. On lap 30 Ty Dillon began to experience problems. Dillon's truck slowed and he brought it behind the wall. Dillon finished 31st. On lap 44, Norm Benning caused the races' second caution of the day when he spun off of turn two. Benning didn't hit anything and would continue and finish 29th. On that round of pit stops Chase Elliott beat Darrell Wallace Jr out of the pits and it looked like Elliott would lead the field to green. However, Elliott sped off of pit road and would have to go to the rear of the field for the restart.
On the lap 51 restart Matt Crafton and Darrell Wallace Jr were side by side for a lap then Wallace pulled out in front. He was leading when the races' third caution of the day flew when C.J. Faison crashed off of turn four on lap 64. Faison was making his Camping World Truck Series debut and finished 30th.
The race restarted on lap 69 and again Wallace pulled away from the pack. On lap 89 Wallace had a 1.5 second lead. On lap 100 Wallace had a lead of one second as Kyle Busch passed Matt Crafton for second. Busch chopped the lead to a half of a second by lap 110. On lap 119 green flag pit stops began with Wallace coming down first. After green flag pit stops cycled through, Chase Elliott found himself in the lead. Elliott pitted on the lap 64 caution and had good strategy and a fast truck to get him out front. Elliott would pit on lap 134. Elliott looked to be in good shape for a top three finish when he sped off pit road again, this time under green. Elliott had to do a pass through penalty and the time lost put him a lap down.
Kyle Busch passed Darrell Wallace Jr under the green flag pit stops and found himself in the lead on lap 136. Busch led by 1.4 seconds on lap 146. Busch was stretching his lead on lap 159 when debris caused the races' fourth caution of the day. The field came down for pit stops and Matt Crafton's team got him out first for the restart. Several drivers, including Chase Elliott would take the wave around on that caution to get back on the lead lap.
On lap 163 Crafton pulled away from Busch on the restart and it looked like he was going to pull away. Busch, however, began to chop down the lead and passed Crafton on lap 168. Busch then pulled away. He led by .8 seconds on lap 175. He was leading and stretching his lead on lap 180 when debris caused the races' fifth caution. Positions ninth on back decided to pit including Darrell Wallace Jr and Chase Elliott.
The race restarted on lap 184 and Busch pulled away from the field. On lap 191, Busch was leading when the races' sixth and final caution of the day flew when Tim George Jr blew a tire and hit the wall in turn three. The caution provided one last time for second place driver Matt Crafton to try and pass Busch for the lead but Busch was too strong and pulled away to victory.
Other notables in the field included Ron Hornaday Jr in 12th, James Buescher in 15th, Ross Chastain in 16th, Miguel Paludo in 18th and Todd Bodine in 19th.
Matt Crafton leads the points after Dover by 30 over rookie Jeb Burton. Third in the standings is Brendan Gaughan, who is 35 points back and Johnny Sauter is fourth in the standings 43 points behind. Fifth in the standings is Ryan Blaney, who is 44 points behind. Sixth in the standings is James Buescher, seventh is Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr is eighth, Miguel Pauldo is ninth and Dakoda Armstrong rounds out the top ten.
The next race on the Camping World Truck Series schedule is the WinStar World Casino 400k at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7th.
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