Busch wins sixth straight race in Truck Series

 

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Sparta, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Busch's winning streak in the Camping World Truck Series continued on Thursday night after he put on a dominating performance in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

Busch, the driver/owner of the No. 51 Toyota and a regular in the Sprint Cup Series, claimed the pole position earlier in the day and then led 91 of 150 laps around this 1.5-mile racetrack for his sixth consecutive win in his last six starts in the series. His streak began with a victory in the 2013 season- finale at Homestead and then has scored five wins in five starts this season -- Daytona, Kansas, Charlotte, Dover and Kentucky.

"Tonight was great, and it's just a great opportunity to drive good equipment and good stuff," Busch said. "I'm really proud that my name is on the door, but I'm mostly proud of [crew chief] Eric Phillips and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports, with all of their hard work and dedication. They've built really good trucks, and they've done a great job for me."

Busch led the first lap, but his teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr., passed him for the position on the second lap. Wallace ran in front for 34 circuits before Busch reclaimed it.

During a caution just past the halfway point in this 150-lap race, Busch pitted for a four-tire change while Brad Keselowski and several others stayed on the track. Keselowski, who is also a Sprint Cup regular, led until lap 96 when Busch pulled ahead of him. He held the top spot for the remaining 55 laps.

The final caution for debris set up an eight-lap shootout to the finish. Wallace challenged Busch for the lead following the restart, but Busch pulled away and crossed the finish line 1.8 seconds ahead of Wallace. It was the first time KBM finished 1-2 in a truck race.

"I'm proud to see the first KBM 1-2. That's really cool for me as an owner and [wife] Samantha," Busch added.

Busch has now posted 40 victories in 120 career truck starts, giving him a winning a percentage of 33 percent. It's the second time he's won a race in the series at Kentucky. His first victory here came in 2011.

Wallace won the most recent truck race on June 14 at Gateway Motorsports Park. KBM has six victories in eight truck races this season and nine over the last 12 events.

"He's so cool to work with," Wallace said of Busch, his teammate and truck owner. "He's hard to beat, and he's so good. I wouldn't want to be with anyone other than Kyle Busch Motorsports."

Busch's win at Kentucky gave Toyota its 10th victory in a row, a streak dating back to Erik Jones' win at Phoenix in November 2013. Jones drove the No. 51 truck for KBM in that race. It's the longest active winning streak by any manufacturer in the series.

Ryan Blaney finished third, while Timothy Peters was fourth and Keselowski fifth. Keselowski bounced back from a pit-road mishap late in the race when he had a wrench still attached to his truck after leaving his stall, forcing him to pit again and dropping him to 13th in the running order.

Matt Crafton, the defending series champion, placed sixth, followed by Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, the current points leader, and rookie Ben Kennedy.

Sauter holds an eight-point advantage over second-place and ThorSport Racing teammate Crafton. Peters is 11 points behind, while Blaney trails by 12 and Hornaday 13.

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