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Kyle Busch Wins Truck Series Opener

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Kyle Busch started the Daytona 500 weekend with a victory in a truck. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Tom Copeland)

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Kyle Busch finally made his way to Victory Lane in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.

Busch edged Timothy Peters at the line by a race-record .016 seconds in the NASCAR  truck series race.

With the win, he becomes the first driver to win in four different series at the “World Center of Racing”. His win also extends Toyota’s dominance in the 100-lap, 250-mile race, giving them their eighth-straight victory.

“This is the first win for the new truck so it’s pretty exciting to see Toyota back in victory lane again here in Daytona, but also for KBM,” Busch said. “This now makes it to where I’ve won four. I’ve won the ARCA race here. I’ve won the Truck race here. I’ve won the Nationwide and Cup – that’s the one (Truck Series) that was eluding me. I was trying to get a Truck win here and finally got one.”

Busch, who led four times for 25 laps, was in second place on the last lap, the spot where he exactly wanted to be. Exiting Turn 4, Busch made a run at Peters on the outside lane and they drag raced to the checkered flag for a photo finish.

“I didn’t know that I had enough to get it done,” Busch said. “Timothy (Peters) was really fast — he could make that outside lane go. He got up to the lead there and then pulled down in front of me and the outside was still trying to get going with the 32 (Ryan Truex), but Timothy was so fast leading the top that he could get to the lead and then he was so fast leading the bottom that he could pretty much keep those guys at bay behind us.

“Coming out of (Turn) 4 I just thought, ‘Hey, I’m by myself and the 98 (Johnny Sauter) is far enough back and I think if my truck is faster than his truck then I think I can suck up on him a little bit, pull out and then see if I couldn’t get alongside of him enough to pull him back with the side draft.’ Kind of do like an old school sling shot. It didn’t really look like one, it just kind of looked like a slow motion sling shot at real speed, but it happened and got alongside of him and drug him back — and then him and the 98 had to get nose-to-tail and we already had the momentum.”

Said Peters of the finish: “He had a good run on me coming off of (Turn 4). He’s Kyle Busch. I should have done a better job of backing up to him because I knew I had a strong truck. That’s the thing that stings; I got too far out.”

NASCAR Truck Series results

Daytona Beach, Florida

Friday, February 21, 2014

1. (7) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 100, $70870.

2. (18) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 100, $52260.

3. (9) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 100, $37226.

4. (14) Ryan Truex(i), Chevrolet, 100, $27700.

5. (2) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 100, $23050.

6. (3) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 100, $18925.

7. (11) Jeb Burton, Toyota, 100, $17625.

8. (13) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 100, $14375.

9. (30) Jimmy Weller III, Chevrolet, 100, $15625.

10. (23) German Quiroga, Toyota, 100, $15900.

11. (12) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 100, $14525.

12. (10) Tyler Reddick #, Ford, 100, $15350.

13. (4) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 100, $15250.

14. (6) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 100, $11875.

15. (1) Ben Kennedy #, Chevrolet, 100, $14650.

16. (32) Justin Jennings, Chevrolet, 100, $11775.

17. (25) Bryan Silas, Chevrolet, 100, $13720.

18. (34) Ryan Ellis(i), Chevrolet, 100, $11350.

19. (27) Chris Fontaine, Toyota, 100, $11250.

20. (36) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 100, $14025.

21. (35) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 98, $11050.

22. (28) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 95, $10950.

23. (19) John King, Chevrolet, 87, $13075.

24. (33) Michael Disdier, Chevrolet, 83, $12950.

25. (26) Brennan Newberry, Chevrolet, 81, $13000.

26. (16) Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, Accident, 76, $12750.

27. (29) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, Accident, 74, $10350.

28. (22) Mason Mingus #, Toyota, Accident, 73, $11250.

29. (15) Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, Accident, 73, $10150.

30. (8) Ross Chastain, Ford, Accident, 73, $10550.

31. (20) Sean Corr, Ford, Accident, 73, $10000.

32. (5) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, Accident, 73, $10950.

33. (21) Brian Ickler, Toyota, Accident, 73, $9900.

34. (17) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, Accident, 73, $9845.

35. (24) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, Accident, 73, $9790.

36. (31) Jason White(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 45, $9703.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 142.631 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 45 Mins, 10 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.016 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 19 laps.

Lead Changes: 8 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Kennedy # 1-52; K. Busch(i) 53-57; T. Peters 58-59; K. Busch(i) 60-62; T. Peters 63-76; T. Kvapil 77-79; K. Busch(i) 80-95; T. Peters 96-99; K. Busch(i) 100;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): B. Kennedy # 1 time for 52 laps; K. Busch(i) 4 times for 25 laps; T. Peters 3 times for 20 laps; T. Kvapil 1 time for 3 laps.

Top 10 in Points: T. Peters – 43; J. Sauter – 41; R. Hornaday Jr. – 39; R. Blaney – 38; J. Burton – 37; J. Weller Iii – 35; G. Quiroga – 34; R. Sieg – 33; T. Reddick # – 32; M. Crafton – 31.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, February 22 2014
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  • NASCAR Nutered Fords says:

    So sad that only four Fords were even in this race. No Dodges. Seems this series has also turned into a Chevy and Toyota show as well.