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Kyle Busch Takes Silverado to Victory Lane at Charlotte Becomes Youngest Winner in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series History CONCORD, NC - Kyle Busch became the youngest driver in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history to take a trip to victory lane.

Kyle Busch Takes Silverado to Victory Lane at Charlotte
Becomes Youngest Winner in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series History

CONCORD, NC - Kyle Busch became the youngest driver in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history to take a trip to victory lane. Driving the No. 15 ditech.com Silverado fielded by Billy Ballew Motorsports, the 20 year-old Las Vegas, NV native led 77 of the 136-lap race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, race seven of the 25-race 2005 NCTS schedule.

Busch, who started third, took the lead in his Silverado on lap five and held the point until lap 60 when pit stops shuffled the order. He regained the top spot on lap 115 and held off a green-white-checkered charge by Terry Cook (Ford) and Ted Musgrave (Dodge) to capture his first-ever NCTS win.

Tony Stewart, driving the No. 47 Chevrolet Tork® All Star Silverado, qualified 19th but had to drop to 36th on the grid for an engine change. By lap 20, the 2002 NASCAR Cup Series champion had passed 26 trucks to ride in 10th place. Unfortunately, the problem that had plagued the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports team during Thursday's two practice sessions returned and worsened as the laps wore on. Stewart retired from the race on lap 65.

Dennis Setzer rallied from the 18th starting position and an ill-handling truck to bring the No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports No. 46 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado to the checkered flag in seventh position.

Three-time series champion Jack Sprague qualified the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado in 11th position. The Xpress Motorsports driver was utilizing a conservative early-race strategy to be in position to make a charge as the race wound down when a lap-36 three-truck incident sent him to the garage for repairs. The Chris Showalter led crew repaired substantial rear suspension damage sending Sprague back on track 25 laps down to the leader. He finished a disappointing 27th position.

Ron Hornaday in the Kevin Harvick, Inc. owned No. GM Goodwrench Silverado started 10th and finished 11th. The two-time NCTS champion fought handling problems from the drop of the green flag but great pit work kept Hornaday in competition and a solid finish.

David Starr and the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado had a strong top-five run going when two trucks collided on lap 79, leaving Starr no where to go when the track became blocked. Starr and the Dave McCarty led team managed to make repairs on pit road that netted them a 19th place finish.

The next race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is June 3, 2005 at the Dover International Speedway. The MBNA 200 on the track known as the 'Monster Mile' will be broadcast live on Speed Channel beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Live radio coverage will be provided by MRN and XM Satellite radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tony Stewart , David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook , Kyle Busch