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2014 NextEra Energy Resources 250: Busch takes Truck opener

It was this close at the finish line between Kyle Busch (51) and Timothy Peters (17)
It was this close at the finish line between Kyle Busch (51) and Timothy Peters (17)
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Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/driver Kyle Busch, driving the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra, finally completed the “quad-fecta” at Daytona International Speedway Friday night, winning the Camping World Truck Series season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250. It was Busch’s first Truck Series win at Daytona, which made him the first driver to win in four different series – ARCA, Cup, Nationwide and Trucks – at the track.

"All in all, can't say enough about everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), this whole team," said Busch, who had three previous runner-up finishes in Trucks at Daytona. "Everyone from ToyotaCare and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) - building this truck and helping us and doing all the research and development with us. 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. 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 started seventh, beat fellow Toyota driver Timothy Peters to the finish line by just 0.016 seconds, nudged along by another Toyota driver, Johnny Sauter, who finished third.

"I didn't know that I had enough to get it done," said Busch. "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) four 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."

Darrell Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra, had a disappointing start to his sophomore season, finishing 26th after being involved in “the big one.” Wallace Jr., who started 16th, got involved in the multi-car wreck on Lap 74 while running in 11th place; repairs were attempted, but the damage was just too extensive.

The Camping World Truck Series returns to the track on Saturday, March 29th at historic Martinsville Speedway – Wallace Jr. will race the No. 54, while Erik Jones takes the wheel of the No. 51. Keep up with the action at

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