Another week, another Kyle Busch victory. In fact, Busch took two out of three wins at Dover over the weekend but failed to win the most important race—Sunday's Sprint Cup race.
As for the Camping World Truck Series, Rowdy paced the field yet again with 150 laps led out of a possible 200 to take the checkered flag. He took the win after qualifying on the pole and drove his Toyota truck to Victory Lane for the fourth straight truck race he's entered.
Outside of Busch, one of the biggest storylines was Matt Crafton relinquishing the points lead after an accident and a 23rd-place result. Timothy Peters took over the points lead following his fourth top-10 by just one point over Crafton.
With the Truck Series now heading in the opposite direction of the Sprint Cup to Texas, here's a look at the race information, standings and preview for the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400.
WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 Information
Where: Texas Motor Speedway
When: Friday, June 6, 9 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|4||German Quiroga Jr.||179||0||0||5|
|5||Ron Hornaday Jr.||170||0||1||3|
|8||John Wes Townley||159||0||1||1|
After seeing Busch dominate for the last several races in the Truck Series, many of the top names in the circuit will finally be able to compete without the Sprint Cup driver. Busch and most other drivers from NASCAR's premier series will be in Pocono for Sunday's race and aren't scheduled to start in Texas.
That leaves the field wide open for several of the points leaders like Crafton and Peters in the sixth race of the season.
Crafton, who led 46 laps at Dover, ended his day with an accident and finished just 156 laps in the race. The 37-year-old driver spoke about the accident that ended his streak of 47 races without a DNF, per Kristen Boghosian of NASCAR.com:
I just blew a right front (tire). I don’t know exactly what happened. It's a shame because, like I said, I think we over-addressed it a little bit on that last run. We got tight at the end of the second-to-last run, so we just freed it up a little bit so we thought we’d have something for them maybe at the end of the run. They kept tightening it up and tightening it up as we went on.
It’s a shame because, like I said, I thought we might have been able to run with (Busch) there at the end.
More importantly, Crafton lost his points lead to Peters by just one point. Heading to Texas, Peters is hoping to pull away from both Crafton and Johnny Sauter, as ThorSport Racing points out:
Who will win in Texas?
Along with the three leaders once again looking for a win without Busch on the track, one driver to watch is a racer who has failed to secure a top-five finish all season.
German Quiroga Jr. might not be one of the more popular drivers this season—or even have a visit to Victory Lane—but he has been consistent throughout. Quiroga is the only racer on the circuit with a top-10 in every event this year.
David Caraviello of NASCAR.com notes the driver's superior season, as he notched yet another great finish at Dover:
Another top-10 finish today for German Quiroga, who is quietly having one of the more impressive seasons in NASCAR so far this year.— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) May 31, 2014
Tack on the fact that the Mexican driver posted his first top-five finish in CWTS last season at Texas, and he looks like a strong contender. With a third-place result in 2013 in the race, Quiroga might be on the cusp of his first win in the Truck Series Friday night.
As the points standings narrow and every driver outside of Crafton looks for his or her first win with Busch off the track, Friday's race will be one of the most hotly contested of the season.
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