Busch becomes first repeat truck winner at Dover|
Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch began his NASCAR triple-header
weekend at Dover International Speedway with a win in Friday's Lucas Oil 200
Camping World Truck Series race.
Despite a dominating performance with 128 of 200 laps led, Busch had to hold
off 19-year-old Cole Whitt during a three-lap shootout to the finish to become
the first driver to win multiple truck races at Dover.
Whitt, a rookie in trucks this year, grabbed the lead from Busch after a
restart with 40 laps remaining. But Busch reclaimed the top position after the
second-to-last restart with 17 laps to go.
An incident involving Parker Kligerman set up the final three-lap sprint.
Whitt made a valiant effort to snag the lead from Busch, but the race ended
under caution after Timothy Peters and Nelson Piquet Jr. crashed on the final
Busch claimed his third truck win of the season and the 27th of his career.
"Cole Whitt did a really nice job," Busch said. "This race was the first one
that he really contended for that I've been in, and he did a great job. I
snookered him on the second-to-last restart, and I got him a little bit there.
On that last restart, he was right there with me."
Whitt was very pleased with his runner-up finish.
"I'm just happy with my second-place run," Whitt said. "Running second to Kyle
was a good points day for us. It's almost like winning the race."
Prior to this year's race, there had been 11 different winners in as many
truck events at Dover. Busch won here for the first time in 2005.
Busch is also competing in Saturday's 200-mile Nationwide Series race and
Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series event at Dover.
The 200-mile truck race at Dover marked the first time Busch and Kevin Harvick
competed together since their altercation in last Saturday night's Sprint Cup
race at Darlington Raceway. Earlier this week, NASCAR fined Busch and Harvick
$25,000 each and placed both of them on probation until June 15 for their
Harvick led the first 17 laps before Busch got around him to take over the top
position. During a round of pit stops late in the race, Harvick was penalized
for speeding on pit road and fell to the tail end of the lead lap. He
rebounded with a fifth-place finish.
"It was just me trying to get too much there on pit road," Harvick said. "We
just kind of battled back there and got a top-five out of it."
Matt Crafton finished third, while Austin Dillon took the fourth spot.
Joey Coulter, Brendan Gaughan, James Buescher, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Justin
Marks, the pole sitter, completed the top-10.
Crafton moved into the points lead. He holds a five-point advantage over
Johnny Sauter, who was also penalized for speeding on pit road late in the
event and wound up finishing 11th.
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