Kyle Busch dominated the UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Thursday night. He started on the pole and led 91 laps of the 150 that made up the race distance on his way to his fifth win in five series starts this season. He also took first and second as a truck owner, with employee and teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. starting second and finishing second to the boss.
"It was a great night," Busch said. "I can't say enough about everyone here at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and everyone at Dollar General, Toyota, TRD, JGR Engines and all those people that make it happen for us. It's been pretty awesome to race this year in the Camping World Truck Seris and been really competitive this year."
Most of the laps not led by Busch were led by Wallace. After Busch started on the pole, Wallace took the lead on lap two and ran up front until Busch retook the position on lap 36. Soon after, the field cycled through pit stops, and Busch and Wallace were, once again, first and second after the cycle completed.
Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski, who started the race in the back because of unapproved adjustments moved his way into the top-five by the halfway point of the race. He then stayed out during a caution on lap 76 to assume the race lead. With varying pit strategies, Busch restarted the race eighth on four tires.
When the race returned to green, Busch quickly got up to third and then to second just a few laps later. After several more laps, he was able to retake the lead from Keselowski and pulled away to lead the remainder of the race.
Keselowski was able to remain in the top-three, despite being on older tires, but he lost the positions gained when he left pit road with a wrench still on his truck during a lap 99 caution, resulting in a pit road penalty.
Busch continued on up front, this time with Ryan Blaney in second. Keselowski worked his way back toward the front, and with just under 30 laps to go was in the fourth position. He gave up that position, though, to head down pit road for tires when the yellow flag waved for the sixth and final time with 11 laps remaining.
After the final restart, Busch and Wallace were first and second. Wallace was able to stay with Busch to battle for the lead, at first, but then Busch eventually pulled away.
"He knew what he was doing," Wallace said of Busch. "He's hard to beat, and he's so good, but I wouldn't want to be with anyone else. Kyle Busch Motorsports is so strong."
Blaney finished third, Timothy Peters was fourth, and Keselowski made his way back up to fifth by the end. Finishing sixth through 10th were Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday, Johnny Sauter and Ben Kennedy.
"We were okay," Keselowski said. "We were probably a second or third-place truck. We didn't have anything for the No. 51 (Busch)."