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2014 Dover: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 31, 2014 - 07:03 AM
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2014 Dover: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview


Date: May 30, 2014
Event: Lucas Oil 200 (Race 5 of 22)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile concrete-oval)
Start/Finish: 1st / 1st (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Winner: Kyle Busch of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)

 

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Kyle Busch remained perfect on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season with a dominant win in Friday's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway Friday. Busch started from the pole and led a race-high 150 laps en route to his fourth Truck Series victory in as many starts this season, his fourth at the "Monster Mile" and his fifth consecutive series victory dating back to last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

"I can't say enough about everyone on this Kyle Busch Motorsports team, everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports chassis - they are building us some awesome chassis - they're fast," Busch said. "I just want to say thanks to Toyota and ToyotaCare that we had the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award with us this week. I know the submissions are over, but it's a great award at the end of the year that goes to the people that help the kids in their community the most. We appreciate people being able to do that and reminds us a lot of the Kyle Busch Foundation. Can't say enough about Camping World and the fans and hey, my little buddy. It's Erik Jones' birthday today, so happy 18th birthday today to Erik Jones. He's in five of the next six so everybody can get rid of Kyle Busch."

When rain washed away Thursday's two practice sessions, NASCAR elected to give teams a one-hour practice session in place of qualifying on Friday and the field was set by 2014 Owner's points, per the rule book. Busch and his No 51 Betty Jane Humanitarian Award/ToyotaCare Tundra started the race from the pole and remained out front for the first 73 laps. On lap 74, crew chief Eric Phillips summoned his driver to pit road, but an untimely caution flew and KBM's owner-driver had to return to the track before making his stop to avoid going laps down.

Busch returned to the track scored in the 12th position, but thanks to a fast four-tire stop by the over-the-wall crew, was scored in the eighth spot for the lap-81 restart. Two laps later, the talented wheelman had maneuvered his way into the third spot. Just past the halfway mark, he advanced into the runner-up position and on lap 121 retook the lead.

The No. 51 Tundra remained out front until the field was slowed for the sixth time on lap 158. Busch brought his truck back down pit road for his final four-tire and fuel stop. Rookie Brandon Jones and his team elected not to pit, leaving KBM's owner-driver scored second for the ensuing restart on lap 163. By the time the field got back to the start-finish line, the Las Vegas native was back at the front of the field.

Once out front, Busch proceeded to open a one-second lead when the seventh and final caution flew on lap 173. He held serve on the lap-180 restart and cruised to his seventh victory across NASCAR's top three divisions this season.

Busch collected his 39th career Truck Series victory in 119 starts and his 133rd career win across NASCAR's top three divisions. Ryan Blaney finished 2.123 seconds behind Busch in the runner-up position. Johnny Sauter, Brandon Jones and Joey Coulter rounded out the top-five finishers. Busch's KBM teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr., had a flat tire early in the race and finished five laps down in the 16th position.

The fifth race of the 2014 season featured seven cautions for a total of 38 laps. There were six lead changes among four drivers. The No. 51 team maintained the lead in the Owner's point standings with its fourth victory of the season and currently sits 32 points ahead of the No. 88 team.

Erik Jones returns to the No. 51 Hiring Our Heroes/ToyotaCare Tundra when the Truck Series resumes action at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth Friday, June 6. Live coverage of the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 on Fox Sports 1 begins with the Truck Series Setup Show at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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