Busch Scores Solid Second at O'Reilly Raceway Park KBM Driver-Owner Moves to Second in Truck Series Owner's Championship Kyle Busch started second and finished second in Friday night's AAA Insurance 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at...
Busch Scores Solid Second at O'Reilly Raceway Park
KBM Driver-Owner Moves to Second in Truck Series Owner's Championship
Kyle Busch started second and finished second in Friday night's AAA Insurance 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind. It was an odd race for the Las Vegas native, as he stayed in the top-five for the entire 200-lap distance, but failed to lead a lap around the .686-mile oval.
"We were alright," said Busch, who scored his fifth top-10 finish in seven Truck Series starts this season. "The guys made awesome calls and did a great job to get the thing way better and turn it into a second-place truck, and that's what we were. I can't thank the guys enough. They did a great job. All of the guys at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) Chassis, Triad engines -- I can't thank Toyota, M&M's, Flexco and Toyota of Warsaw (Ind.) enough for giving us the opportunity to come out here."
Throughout the last quarter of the race, Busch tried to chase down eventual winner Ron Hornaday Jr., but didn't have enough to take the lead.
"We knew earlier in practice today that we didn't have enough for the '33' (Hornaday), but man, when you're that close and you're fighting that hard for it you wish you could be there and banging a couple doors with him, but we just couldn't get there in the finals laps," Busch said. "We just didn't have enough grip in the truck. I burned the right-front and the right-rear off it trying to keep up with him, so we just didn't have anything left."
Throughout the day, temperatures in central Indiana reached into the high 90s, and the hot and muggy conditions were still very much present throughout the night of racing.
"It is a hot night -- that's for sure," Busch said. "We made it through the evening pretty well and thought we had a shot to win there and battle with Hornaday a little bit. Wish we had a little bit more for him because I gave it all I had. I burned both fronts and both rears off that thing so there was nothing left of her."
Hornaday beat Busch to the line by 2.095 seconds to win the AAA Insurance 200 and score his 46th career Camping World Truck Series victory, his first of the season and his fourth at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
Matt Crafton, Johnny Sautuer and James Buescher took spots three through five. The rest of the top-10 consisted of Austin Dillion, Todd Bodine, Brad Sweet, David Starr and Timothy Peters.
The race featured five caution periods for 29 laps, with seven drivers failing to finish.
While Busch is not running the full Camping World Truck Series schedule, the No. 18 Toyota is competing for the owner's title and moved up one spot to second in the standings, just eight points behind the No. 30 truck of Germain Racing.
The next event on the Camping World Truck Series schedule is the inaugural Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.