Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/driver Kyle Busch won his fifth Camping World Truck Series race in five starts this season on Thursday night, taking the checkered flag in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. KBM driver Darrell Wallace Jr. couldn’t keep up with his boss, but crossed the finished line behind “Rowdy” in second-place.
Busch and Wallace Jr. started side-by-side on the front row, with Busch taking the pole in afternoon qualifying. Busch, in the No. 51 Dollar General Toyota Tundra, led a race-high 91 laps, while Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 Made in America Tundra, led 34 of the 150 laps. This was KBM’s first one-two finish in Truck Series competition.
"It was a great night - I can't say enough about everyone here at Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and everyone at Dollar General, Toyota, TRD, JGR engines, M&M's, Monster Energy, ButlerBuilt Seats and all the other people that make it happen for us," said Busch on the KBM website. "It's pretty cool to win nine of the last 12 races at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and having Erik (Jones) and Bubba (Darrell Wallace Jr.) running really, really well. Proud to see the first KBM one-two finish - that's really cool for me too as an owner and for Samantha (Busch, wife)."
“He (Kyle Busch) knew what he was doing,” said Wallace Jr. “He’s hard to beat and he’s so good, but I wouldn’t want to be with anyone else - Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is so strong. The engines were it on the restart - the engines have been stout all year so a shout out to everyone at the engine shop back at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing). It’s been a lot of fun getting back into a rhythm coming off of Texas and St. Louis and then to finish here second. I try to make the most of it and it was a cool site with KBM one-two, Toyota one-two and 10th win in a row for Toyota. He’s just good. Huge shout out to Toyota Care and this Made in America Toyota Tundra was fast tonight. I told Toyota that we’re going to have to run Made in America from here on out because it’s been good to us.”
Busch’s No. 51 did fail post-race inspection for being too low – the issue will be addressed by NASCAR sometime next week.
Ryan Blaney finished third behind KBM, followed by Timothy Peters and Brad Keselowski. Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter and Ben Kennedy rounded out the top 10.
The Camping World Truck Series gets back on track on Friday, July 11th at Iowa Speedway. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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