Kyle Busch took the checkered flag in a wild night of racing at the Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Truck Series SPF 250.
Busch had a comfortable margin of victory, and was followed by second-place Matt Crafton and third-place Joey Logano.
Although he would've preferred the win, it was a productive night for Crafton—he claimed the points lead. Meanwhile, Busch's crew chief Eric Phillips grabbed a bit of history with the win, which KyleBuschMotorsports tweeted:
Have a look at the finishing order, and then we'll recap the action:
|7||German Quiroga Jr.||77||Toyota|
|8||Ron Hornaday Jr.||30||Chevrolet|
|11||John Wes Townley||5||Toyota|
|15||Darrell Wallace Jr.||54||Toyota|
|25||Jimmy Weller III||07||Chevrolet|
This was the first time this race has been run under the lights. NASCAR caught the moment:
Busch started on the pole and crossed the finish line first. In between, it was nothing short of chaos.
It was just the first time around the track of this 167-lap race when the evening found its first wreck and caution.
This was a sloppy race with lots of wrecks and mistakes all over the place. USA Today's Nate Ryan touches on an obvious source for all of this:
Observation: Maybe tonight's race is another example why having 1 race in a nearly 3-month span might be a less-than-stellar idea. #nascar— Nate Ryan (@nateryan) May 10, 2014
This was the first time the trucks were in action since Martinsville on March 29. It certainly showed. Frontstretch.com's Summer Bedgood passed along a thought from the German Quiroga Jr. team that sums up the craziness of this night:
77: "We don't need to race anybody. We just need to earn our points and get out of here." #NASCAR— Summer Bedgood (@SummerBedgood) May 10, 2014
Quiroga finished in seventh and was one of just 11 to finish the race on the lead lap.
Despite the craziness of this race, these guys had clean racing for the closing stretch, which worked out well for Busch. He seized the lead after racing Crafton hard on the final restart, and no one could catch him.
As NASCAR Trucks tweets, Busch's accomplishments in the series are mounting:
The win will help erase some demons for Busch at a track that has given him fits over the course of his career. As weekly contributor to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Lee Spencer tweets, Busch wasn't sure how to find victory lane:
As for Crafton taking the points lead, it was a rough night for Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter, who entered this race tied for the series lead in points.
Peters had to go behind the wall to get some work done. He was able to finish the race, but was way off the pace.
Meanwhile, Sauter was caught in a wreck and couldn't finish the race. This allowed Crafton, the defending series champion, to open up an eight-point lead on both Sauter and Peters.
It felt like it would be a matter of time until Crafton took the series lead, anyway, and he is in a prime position to extend his lead. The schedule is heating up now for these guys; this was the first of three races this month.
The next series stop comes on May 16 with the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.