Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/driver Kyle Busch, in the No. 51 Hiring Our Heroes ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra, led 130 of 134 laps on his way to victory lane in the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night, his sixth Camping World Truck Series win at the 1.5-mile track. Busch qualified on the pole for the event. KBM driver Darrell Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 Toyota Time Sales Event Tundra, fought battery issues near the midway point of the race before being involved in a scary wreck that left him 26th.
"This Hiring Our Heroes ToyotaCare Tundra was awesome tonight - just on rails," said Busch, who has three wins in three races this season. "It was in Kansas, it was here and I think we've got something for these guys here. I just can't say enough about all these guys - everyone at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development), Monster Energy, ADP Careers and Joe Gibbs Racing engines - this thing was stout under the hood today. It showed in qualifying and it showed in the race. I appreciate Camping World again having them coming back and sponsoring this series pretty good for the long term. Of course the fans, good turnout here in Charlotte. It was a fun race for us. We've got the whole KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) team up in the grandstands tonight - of course many of them here that work on the deal."
Wallace Jr., who had moved into the top five from his 11th starting position early in the race, came to pit road under the caution on Lap 85 to change the battery in his Tundra, putting him back on the track in 20th position. One lap after the restart, Wallace Jr. made contact with a competitor, sending him into the wall; Wallace limped the truck to pit road, but things got scary for the young driver upon exit as he collapsed into a crew member. Wallace Jr. was taken to the infield care center and released later, saying that the impact knocked the wind out of him.
“Scary moment. We had some troubles late to the middle of the race - the gauges were flipping on and off and the motor was skipping, so we figured it was a dead battery,” said Wallace Jr. “We tried to ride it out and it was starting to lose some volts. We decided to come in and Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) was iffy about losing that much track position and I’m like, ‘Well, there’s no real reason in waiting late in the race and have it happen and lose all that stuff we’ve gained.’ I made the call to come in and change it and now we’re here. That weight is on my shoulders now, but it’s a racing deal. I knew we had to go on the restarts and I got on the outside of the 32 (Tayler Malsam) and I don’t know what else happened from there. The next thing I know, I just saw, I don’t know who it was, come up in front of me and I’m in the fence and then the next thing you know I lose oxygen and now I’m here in the infield care center. But we’re all good. Big thanks to Toyota, Coke - unfortunate night and we were trying to put on a good show for the fans here in Charlotte at home and we’ll go get them at the next race.”
The Truck Series gets back on track Friday, May 30th at Dover International Raceway, with Busch and Wallace Jr. back behind the wheels of their Tundras. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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