Kyle Busch is First Cup Driver to Win Camping World East/West Race
Kyle Busch has done it again, scoring another first in his career with his win at Iowa Speeedway in the Long John Silver's 200. Busch is the first ever Cup level driver to claim the victory in the East/West series combination event.
The race started late, plagued by some rain showers in the area. Busch, who had set a new track record in his qualifying run, led the field off from the pole position.
Veteran Steve Park was forced to the rear of the field due to missing driver introductions. Jonathan Gomez had to also fall back due to unapproved adjustments to his car.
As Busch surged out to lead the first lap, young Brett Moffitt, Andy Santerre's protege, had some kind of problem during the race start. He fell back in the pack and had to slowly work his way back to the front of hte field.
The race was relatively caution free, especially for this level of developmental series. Jonathan Smith had a spin early in the race. On lap 72, three cars, including Hernandez, Kann, and Holmes, spun and collected each other in the process.
On lap 116, Patison and Delaney got into each other and on lap 177, Ryan Truex, Martin's younger brother, scraped the wall.
But other than a few times during pit stops, it was the all Rowdy Busch show at the Iowa Speedway. He led the majority of the race, most of the time in a very commanding fashion.
After Busch took the checkered flag, Brian Ickler, the defending race winner, came in second. Outside pole sitter David Mayhew came in third.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry and grandson of Dale Earnhardt, had a great race and came in fourth. Paulie Harraka, a diversity driver from New Jersey, rounded out the top five.
The following are the top ten finishers in the East/West classic:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Brian Ickler
3. David Mayhew
4. Jeffrey Earnhardt
5. Paulie Harraka
6. Brett Moffitt
7. Brett Thompson
8. Jesus Hernandez
9. Jason Bowles
10. Johnny Borneman
As Kyle Busch bowed in Victory Lane yet again, there must have been only one thing going through his mind. No doubt, it was that most pressing question with this single minded, focused driver; that of wondering just when and where his next race would be.
Source: NASCAR.com. Photo Credit: Denny Strimple, North Fork Photo
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