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Kyle Busch dominates truck race at Charlotte

Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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Kyle Busch dominated the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, leading all but four of the 134 laps that made up the race en route to his sixth series win at Charlotte. Joe Nemechek was the only other lap leader, leading four laps during a yellow flag after staying out while everyone else pitted.

"This Hiring Our Heroes Toyota Care Toyota Tundra was awesome tonight," Busch said. "I just can't say enough about all these guys. I just can't say enough about all these guys -- everyone at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports, everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development), Monster Energy and Joe Gibbs Racing engines -- this thing was stout under the hood today. It showed in qualifying, and it showed in the race."

The win gave Busch three victories in the four races of Truck Series competition, so far, this year. The one other 2014 race winner, Matt Crafton, finished second at Charlotte. Brad Keselowski was third.

"We started the night off -- we were definitely off -- really tight," Crafton said. "The place didn't free up quite as much as it usually does from what I've seen. We just kept making small adjustments -- small adjustments to make it better. We made it quite a bit better for the short run. I could run with Kyle. I ran about five back from him for five, six, seven laps; then I got tight just like I was all night. I think if we had one more adjustment, I don't think he would have been able to drive away from us like he did at the end right there."

The race was attrition filled, with nine cautions, seven of those coming in the second half of the race. The race ended under yellow when Jeb Burton and German Quiroga made contact on the final lap as they tried to get through lapped traffic.

A couple of the late-race cautions resulted in trucks getting airborne. Ryan Blaney got air after being crowed off the track by John Wes Townley on lap 104. On the next caution, at lap 114, Ron Hornaday's truck was lifted off the ground from behind.

Townley was able to continue on to a fourth-place finish, a career best, while Timothy Peters finished fifth. Johnny Sauter was sixth, Austin Dillon seventh, Ben Kennedy eighth, Quiroga ninth and Justin Lofton rounded out the top-10. Other lap leader, Nemechek, finished just outside the top-10 in 11th.

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