In the first race of a packed week at Kentucky, Kyle Busch yet again dominated the field to collect his fifth victory in the Camping World Truck Series in just five starts on Thursday night.
Fox Sports: NASCAR provides a look at the Sprint Cup regular's win in the UNOH 225:
Busch is one of two drivers, with Brad Keselowski being the other, driving in all three events including the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races. Keselowski led 22 laps on Thursday night but dropped to fifth at the end of the night.
As for Busch, NASCAR notes what the future might hold for him:
It has already been a successful season for the elite driver, winning in every series this year. Busch has been perfect in the CWTS but is also essentially locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the premier series with a victory and six top-10 results.
Early on in the year, Busch spoke about exactly what he wanted for the season in all three series, per Eric Johnson of NASCAR.com:
My goals for 2014 … obviously you want to win championships whether we win championships in Sprint Cup, Nationwide or the Camping World Truck Series. That's our goal. To win all three, that would be awesome. To win just the Cup one, obviously that would be awesome in itself, but that's what we are out to do—win a lot of races and championships.
So far, so good. Not only does Busch have five wins in the truck series, but he's also captured a checkered flag in the Sprint Cup Series and has three victories in Nationwide.
Oh, then there's his team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, in the CWTS. While Busch isn't contending for a points championship, Darrell Wallace Jr. won in his last start and finished just behind his car owner at Kentucky.
Alan Cavanna of NASCAR.com points out the outstanding last two races for the young driver:
With the UNOH 225 officially in the rear-view mirror, here's a look at the results and current standings for the Camping World Truck Series. Full results can be found on NASCAR.com.
|UNOH 225 Results|
|2||Darrell Wallace Jr.||34|
|8||Ron Hornaday Jr.||0|
|2014 CWTS Standings|
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|5||Ron Hornaday Jr||284||0||2||6|
|6||German Quiroga Jr||272||0||1||6|
|8||Darrell Wallace Jr.||261||1||3||4|
|9||John Wes Townley||257||0||2||3|
Early in the race, the order looked much like the finish. Both Busch and Wallace were jockeying for position, with each driver contending for the win.
With the 20-year-old Wallace finally overtaking his boss, NASCAR notes the special moment:
Wallace obviously would not be able to hold off his owner, but it was good competition for both drivers as the veteran was overtaken shortly by the young gun. With the second-place finish, Wallace now looks like a true contender in the points race after a slow start to the season.
The race didn't go so well for other inexperienced drivers, though, as John Wes Townley hit the wall multiple times. Due to the issues, the 24-year-old would finish 21st and three laps down at Kentucky.
Fox Sports: NASCAR and Jeff Gluck of USA Today note the rough ride for Townley:
Speaking of rough rides, a member of Keselowski's pit crew was taken for one as well. Shortly after making an adjustment to the No. 19 truck, the crewman was left hanging on for dear life and took a tumble.
Following the race at Kentucky, the truck series now heads to Iowa Speedway. After a one-week break, the event will take place on June 11 as Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton look to continue their tight points race.
In seven starts at the track, Crafton has never finished outside of the top 10 and won the race in 2011. After a sixth-place result in Kentucky, look for Crafton to contend for yet another victory in two weeks to either close the gap or overtake Sauter in the standings.
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