Kyle Busch dominated the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway leading 150 of the races’ 200 laps en route to his 39th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. It’s Busch’s fourth victory this season in four attempts. Dating back to 2013 he has now won five straight. Busch beat runner-up Ryan Blaney by 2.12 seconds.
Busch set a torrid pace, lapping all but seven trucks. Johnny Sauter finished in the third position with Brandon Jones fourth and Joey Coulter fifth. John Hunter Nemechek finished sixth with Ben Kennedy coming home seventh. Tyler Reddick finished in the eighth spot with German Quiroga coming home ninth and Timothy Peters finished tenth.
Busch was awarded the pole for the race today due to qualifying being canceled because of rain at Dover on Friday. It looked like he was shot out of a cannon early on. Lap seven though saw the races’ first caution flag when Mason Mingus, Bryan Silas and Gray Gaulding spun. Mingus had the most significant damage and finished 26th.
When the race restarted on lap 12 it was Busch again out in front. Busch wouldn’t see much of a challenge all day under green. Justin Jennings crashed on lap 18 causing the races’ second caution on lap 18. He would continue and finish 19th.
The race restarted on lap 22 but two laps later Bryan Silas spun in turn four causing the races’ third caution flag. Silas would continue and would later be forced to retire from the event due to a blown engine. He finished 25th.
The race restarted on lap 28 and saw 48 consecutive laps of green flag racing. Kyle Busch was out in front for most of them. Matt Crafton passed Busch for the lead on lap 74 when Busch pitted to start a round of green flag stops but Brennan Newberry crashed hard causing the races’ fourth caution flag and Busch's crew sent him back on the track before servicing the truck to keep him on the lead lap. German Quiroga's team did not do that and he lost a lap even thoguh he was running third before pitting.
Crafton was still in front when the race went under a green flag condition again after getting off pit road first under the caution pit stops. Kyle Busch came off pit road in eighth. Crafton led early but Kyle Busch was charging and on lap 121 Busch went back out in front for the remainder of the run. The run ended when on lap 135 Cole Custer’s car ran out of gas on the backstretch bringing out the races’ fifth caution flag. Custer would continue and finish 14th.
The race restarted once again with Busch in front on lap 140. Busch’s best competition of the day crashed out on lap 158 when Matt Crafton crashed hard bringing out the races’ sixth caution flag when something broke in his right front. The defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion was done for the race and finished in the 23rdposition and his streak of not having a did not finish ended at 47 races.
It was clear sailing from that point forward for Kyle Busch. He would see one more hiccup in his mission to dominate the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. That hiccup would come on lap 173 when the races’ seventh and final caution flag flew when German Quiroga got loose and took out Gray Gaulding and Ben Rhodes. Gaulding and Rhodes were done for the day and they finished in 21stand 22ndpositions, respectedly. Qurioga had cosmetic damage but would continue
Busch dodged one more restart when the race began on lap 181. Busch led the final 19 laps en route to a dominate performance.
Finishing in the 11thspot was Ron Hornaday Jr, John Wes Townley 12th, and Darrell Wallace Jr coming home 14th. Jeb Burton finished 18th after he crashed hard during practice earlier on Saturday.
The points after the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway which was race five of 22 have Timothy Peters in front with a one point lead over both Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. German Quiroga is fourth and only six points back as it is very tight at the top. Ron Hornaday Jr is in the fifth position. Sixth in the points is Ben Kennedy with Ryan Blaney seventh. Eighth in the standings is John Wes Townley with Jeb Burton and Joey Coulter rounding out the top ten.
The next race on the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series schedule is the WinStar World Casino 400k at the Texas Motor Speedway on June 6th.
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