Busch Gets Fifth Truck Win Of Season
Kyle Busch won the UNOH Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night.
Finising second was Parker Kligerman.
Third was Brendan Gaughan.
It was Busch’s fifth win of the season in eight starts and 29th of his career. It came in a race he had to start from the rear of the field because he had missed the mandatory pre-race drivers meeting.
Polesitter and and point leader Johnny Sauter had the lead heading into the final round of green-flag pit stops with just over 20 laps to go. But during his stop, his car broke when the jack was dropped.
When the pitting cycled through, Busch had the lead.
Austin Dillon was second and closing on Busch with 17 laps to go when the hood of his truck tore loose and covered the windshield.
A caution came out with 10 laps to go.
On the restart, Busch lined up next to Joey Coulter on the front row. Busch had a great restart and had a couple-car lead when another wreck brought out another caution.
On the green/white/checker restart Busch again restarted well and from there held off Kligerman to get the win.
Busch said had it not been for the late restarts, he would not have won.
“We had a really good start, and on restarts the truck was really good, too. I know that if I didn’t spin the tires (on the last restart) that I would have a shot at winning the race.
“Those guys were just anxious. They’re youngsters. They want to win and they want to try to figure out how to win against the best, and that’s who they are going up against.
“It was a hard one; that’s for sure. It didn’t come easy. There were a lot of trucks out there that were really fast tonight.”
Kligerman’s runner-up finish was his second straight.
“We battled the conditions all night. Just as the temperatures kept dropping, the rubber that the Cup cars laid down really messed up the track from when we had practiced and because of that, the groove was constantly moving around. The first half of the race, we ran on the bottom, and the second half, we ran at the top. Then, we kept switching back and forth during the last 10 laps,” he said.One Comment