Much like he did in the previous race at Kansas, Kyle Busch dominated the field in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on Friday night for his third win of the season in the Camping World Truck Series.
Fox Sports: NASCAR notes the final result for the team owner:
Not only was it two consecutive wins for Busch, but it also marked two straight races where he started from the pole and captured the checkered flag. The Sprint Cup competitor and driver-owner in the truck series, Busch captured his sixth win at Charlotte in the lower NASCAR circuit.
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Though Busch led essentially from the white to checkered flags in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, the rest of the field didn't get so lucky.
Running up near the front for much of the race, veteran Ron Hornaday Jr. spun out and caused a caution on Lap 74. Hornaday somehow found his way to the infield without taking another truck with him, as Bob Pockrass of Sporting News notes:
Amazed no one hit Hornaday as he spun. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 17, 2014
Hornaday would ultimately find himself out of the race later on after getting caught up in a wreck with just 20 laps remaining. Following Hornaday's spin, one of Busch's teammates who had been running near the front was collected in a wreck.
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace was having electrical issues and decided to change his battery during a caution. Wallace then fell behind to the 20th position and got tied up in a wreck with Tayler Malsam on the restart, as Fox Sports: NASCAR and KBM note:
Multi truck wreck on restart. Darrell involved and has lots of damage. Kyle back out front— KyleBuschMotorsports (@KBMteam) May 17, 2014
Wallace appeared injured coming out of the car, but the report was good as he was tended to by medical personnel, via Pockrass:
MRN says Bubba Wallace sitting up on a stretcher and Alex Hayden reports Wallace had the wind knocked on him.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 17, 2014
Following Wallace and Malsam tying up, another caution would come out shortly after. Ryan Blaney was edged down into the infield and flew back up into Brian Ickler, taking both trucks out of the race with severe damage.
John Wes Townley ran down into Blaney, which got him a little upset in the pits, per Pockrass:
Blaney tells MRN: "I'd like to know what he was thinking. ... It really sucks ... Racing with that guy is a nightmare." #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 17, 2014
Ryan Blaney: "Sh*t happens." #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 17, 2014
Blaney talked with Townley, who remained in truck. pic.twitter.com/smzeuzQ3un— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 17, 2014
Yeah, that was on live TV.
The accident was reminiscent of a wreck in the Sprint Cup series at Texas, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. notes:
That run through the grass is all too familiar. 😕#truckrace— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) May 17, 2014
As Busch controlled the race, another driver looked to continue his points lead.
Matt Crafton cruised throughout the race and closed in on the white flag in second place to claim the runner-up spot and retain the lead. Crafton spoke about his expectations for the rest of the season, per David Caraviello of NASCAR.com:
Truck points leader Matt Crafton sounds ready to defend his title. "I feel very, very confident in what we have for the rest of the season."— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) May 10, 2014
One driver who made a huge jump throughout the race was Austin Dillon. The 2011 truck series champion started from the back of the pack and navigated his way near the front with relative ease.
Near the midway point, Dillon was already in the top 10, per Pockrass:
60 laps down, 74 to go in truck race: KyBusch Hornaday Keselowski DWallaceJr Townley Blaney Peters ADillon Crafton Ickler. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 17, 2014
The great run came just shortly after Dillon finished eighth in the Sprint Showdown, falling short of qualifying for the All-Star Race on Saturday night. Dillon would ultimately finish in seventh, earning his second top-10 of the season.
As Busch, Dillon and Brad Keselowski competed midway through the race for the lead, another Sprint Cup driver commented on the excitement:
Trucks look fun as hell most times.— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) May 17, 2014
Earnhardt then jokingly responded to a fan question that he might give the trucks a try:
The truck series will now have to wait another two weeks before getting back on the track. After racing in consecutive weeks, the next race will be held at Dover International Speedway in the Lucas 200 on May 30.
With Crafton still at the top of the standings, he will look to continue his streak of great performances. As for the rest of the field, every driver will look to catch the experienced racer in points and Busch for a win.
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