Kyle Busch dominated the Lucas Oil 200 and took home first place in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Dover.
The veteran was in control for the majority of the race, leading for a total of 150 of the 200 laps. As NASCAR notes, this continued an impressive stretch for the driver:
Ryan Blaney finished in second place after leading for one lap in the race, while Johnny Sauter had a strong finish to end in third.
Here is a look at the top 10 from the competitive race:
|6||8||John Hunter Nemechek||11.108|
|8||19||Tyler Reddick||1 Lap|
|9||77||German Quiroga Jr.||1 Lap|
|10||17||Timothy Peters||2 Laps|
For a complete look at the results, go to NASCAR.com.
These results created a jumble at the top of the Truck Series standings:
|4||77||German Quiroga Jr.||179|
|5||30||Ron Hornaday Jr.||170|
|8||5||John Wes Townley||159|
Of course, the race itself was an exciting one from start to finish.
Busch started the event in the pole position and held onto the lead for the first 73 laps until a pit stop allowed Matt Crafton to take over. This was right before a hard hit into the wall by Brennan Newberry, which forced an extended caution:
Caution 4: Accident on fronstretch involving Newberry. Laps 76-81 for 6 laps. Race total 19 caution laps. Sieg was beneficiary. #NASCAR— NASCAR Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) May 30, 2014
Crafton was able to keep the lead on the restart, which he held through the halfway mark at the Monster Mile:
He battled with Blaney for the majority of the middle of the race, with Busch also remaining in contention. This was until Busch really started showing what makes him such a good driver.
The driver's wife, Samantha, pointed out some impressive passing on display shortly after the halfway point:
With a lot of 3 wide moves Kyle goes from 8th to 3rd in two laps. 116 laps left— Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) May 30, 2014
After Crafton held the lead for 46 total laps, Busch was once again able to take over the lead, as noted by Fox Sports:
While it seemed like there would be a one-on-one battle between these two drivers for the remainder of the race, fans were robbed of a great finish when Crafton crashed on Lap 157. As Jeff Gluck of USA Today points out, this was a huge deal going forward:
MRN says Matt Crafton was "seemingly the only one who could stay on the same straightaway as Kyle Busch." He just crashed.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) May 30, 2014
As you can tell from this image from Motor Racing Network, though, it's clear that Crafton should be happy just to come out of the situation unharmed:
Busch held onto the lead for the remainder of the race, and he was able to win the Lucas Oil 200.
This is just the start of a busy weekend for Rowdy, who intends to compete in the Nationwide Series Saturday and in the Sprint Cup Series Sunday. The latest win is the eighth of his career at Dover, and he will hope to see 10 by Sunday.
Busch discussed his love for the track before the race with Jared Turner of Fox Sports:
It's definitely a fast racetrack. It's a fun racetrack, too. It makes it interesting when you get to traffic, when you have to pass guys, when you're kind of falling down into the hole and jumping back up out of the hole to the straightaways. It's a good place to race.
It's a competitive racetrack and, when the rubber gets laid down, it definitely changes the whole atmosphere and the whole way you run around that place.
If he can race as well as he did Friday night, there is no question he will be a top contender in both upcoming competitions this weekend.
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