Busch dominant in crash-filled truck race at Charlotte

 

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Concord, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Busch won a Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a record-extending sixth time by putting on a dominating performance in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

Busch started on the pole and led all but four of the 134 laps. This 200-mile race featured several multi-truck accidents, including five within the last 50 laps. The race ended under caution when Jeb Burton and German Quiroga crashed on the final lap.

Joe Nemechek was the only other driver to lead in this race. Nemechek inherited the top spot in the late going when he opted not to pit during a round of stops under caution. Busch quickly passed him for the position after the restart and was untouchable from there.

"This thing was stout under the hood today, and it showed in qualifying and in the race," Busch said. "It was a fun race for us. We certainly had a dominant beast. We were just really, really strong, especially on the long runs. It just seemed like guys would fall off.

"I beat them a little bit here or there, but it seemed like in traffic, I didn't lose as much as the other guys in traffic."

Busch claimed his 38th career truck victory. He has won all three races that he has competed in this season -- the Feb. 21 season-opener at Daytona, last week's event at Kansas and now Charlotte. Busch also won the 2013 season- finale at Homestead.

Toyota has now won six consecutive races, dating back to November, which matches its longest streak in the Truck Series.

Matt Crafton, the defending series champion and current points leader, placed second. Busch and Crafton also finished in that same order last week at Kansas.

"I'm gonna have to whoop him in some way," Crafton jokingly said after finishing second to Busch for the second straight race. "I'm getting tired of it, without a doubt."

Crafton increased his points lead to 11 over Timothy Peters, who finished fifth. Brad Keselowski, making his first truck start this season, was third, and John Wes Townley took the fourth spot.

Johnny Sauter, Austin Dillon, rookie Ben Kennedy, Quiroga and Justin Lofton completed the top-10.

There were nine cautions for 47 laps. Eight of them were for accidents.

Keselowski's teammate, Ryan Blaney, was involved in a wreck with Townley and Brian Ickler on lap 105.

Townley made contact with Blaney, sending him into the infield grass on the frontstretch. Blaney then shot up the track and slammed hard into the wall, collecting Ickler in the process.

Blaney was upset with Townley.

"Not really sure what he was thinking there," Blaney said. "[Expletive] happens."

Following a restart on lap 93, Scott Riggs bumped into Darrell Wallace Jr. and put Wallace into the wall. Tayler Malsam was involved in the incident as well.

Wallace had the wind knocked out of him during the crash. When he had returned to pit road and exited his heavily-damaged truck, Wallace was somewhat wobbly and nearly fell over while climbing over the pit-road wall. He was taken to the track's infield medical care center, where he was later released.

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