Kyle Busch dominated Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway, starting from the pole and leading a race-high 104 laps en route to a three-second victory over defending series champion Matt Crafton.
“Kansas? I'm a winner at Kansas?” asked an incredulous Busch in Victory Lane, after finally conquering a track that has yielded an average finish of 23rd and four DNFs in Busch’s Sprint Cup Series starts.
The race was caution-plagued, with nine cautions for a total of 46 laps. It featured 15 lead changes among six different drivers, and the win was Busch’s 37th in 117 career Truck starts, raising his lifetime winning percentage to a hefty 32%. He has now won his last three Truck Series races, after scoring in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway and the 2013 finale at Homestead Miami Speedway. He has also visited Victory Lane in seven of his last 11 Truck starts.
|Point leader Peters (L) crashed early.|
Busch’s crew chief, Eric Phillips, claimed his 29th career Truck Series victory, making him the winningest crew chief in the history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Point leader Timothy Peters was involved in a first-lap crash and finished nine laps down in 14th place, forfeiting the championship lead to Crafton by eight points.
Matt Crafton, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Taylor Malsam completed the Top-5, with Malsam equalling his career-best finish in his first start of the year for Turner Scott Motorsports. Jeb Burton, German Quiroga, Ron Hornaday Jr., Joe Nemechek and rookie Mason Mingus completed the Top-10.