It was a dominate performance for Kyle Busch in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was Busch's 38th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and the third of his 2014 season. Dating back to the season finale in 2013 Busch has not won the last four Truck Series races he has been in. Busch led 130 of the races' 134 laps and had the fastest truck all night.
Busch beat runner-up driver Matt Crafton by over three seconds. Finishing in the third position was Brad Keselowski with John Wes Townley coming home a career best fourth and Timothy Peters finished fifth. Finishing in the sixth position was Johnny Sauter with Austin Dillon coming home seventh, Ben Kennedy eighth, German Quiroga finished ninth and rounding out the top ten was Justin Lofton.
The race started with Kyle Busch and Matt Crafton on the front row and Busch would get out to a big lead early and really never look back. The race was slowed nine times for caution flags including one on the final lap when Jeb Burton, German Quiroga and Norm Benning collided and Burton spun and crashed into the infield grass where his radiator was ripped off his truck. Burton finished 15th. Busch had already taken the white flag prior to the caution flag and went on to victory under the yellow.
Busch led early and often and his pit crew was just as good all night long. There really wasn't a threat for Busch all night long. However, several different drivers experienced problems due to accidents, including Ryan Blaney, Ron Hornaday Jr, Darrell Wallace Jr and Ryan Ellis.
Ryan Blaney's accident occurred on lap 105 when he and Brian Ickler crashed hard. Blaney was below John Wes Townley in the dog leg on the front stretch and Townely ran Blaney into the grass where the front end was ripped off his Ford. Blaney then shot up the track and ickler had nowhere to go and slammed Blaney's truck and the outside wall hard. Both drivers were okay and took a ride to the infield care center immediately.
Darrell Wallace Jr crashed on lap 92 when he and Scott Riggs made contact and collected Tayler Malsam. Wallace appeared to be woozy after the accident but later said in an interview with Fox Sports1 that he was fine and would get ready for the series' next race at Dover International Speedway.
Ron Hornaday Jr brought out the eighth caution when he tried to pull low but was not clear of Ben Kennedy. Hornaday spun up the track and right into the path of Mason Mingus and Jake Crum who made heavy contact.
Notables in the finishing order were Ron Hornaday Jr in 19th, Ryan Blaney in 22nd and Darrell Wallace Jr in 26th.
Defending truck series champion Matt Crafton is on top of the points standings as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads into Dover International Speedway for the running of the Lucas Oil 200. Timothy Peters is second in the points 11 back with German Quiroga third in the standings 18 points behind. Nineteen points behind fourth in the standings is Johnny Sauter with veteran Ron Hornaday Jr fifth in the standings 25 points behind. Sixth in the standings is Ben Kennedy with John Wes Townley in seventh. Jeb Burton is eighth in the standings with Ryan Blaney ninth and Darrell Wallace Jr is tenth.Tags: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch, Matt Crafton, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NC Education Lottery 200