Busch Rallies Back from Brush with Wall to Win Truck Race at Charlotte Z-Line Designs Driver Leads Four Times for Race-High 69 Laps En Route to Second Win of 2010 Kyle Busch overcame the weather and a brush with the wall to win Friday night's...
Busch Rallies Back from Brush with Wall to Win Truck Race at Charlotte
Z-Line Designs Driver Leads Four Times for Race-High 69 Laps En Route to Second Win of 2010
Kyle Busch overcame the weather and a brush with the wall to win Friday night's rain-delayed North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race was pushed back nearly three hours due to wet weather and finished after 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Busch, driver-owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Tundra, also had to overcome a brush with the turn two wall on lap 41 after dominating much of the first part of the 134-lap event, which he started from the pole.
"This team did a great job in preparing a great truck to come out here with," said Busch, who won his first Truck Series race with KBM in March at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. "Unfortunately, I tried to screw it up. I guess the driver owes the owner a little bit of money tonight. That won't go over well tomorrow. Can't thank Z-Line Designs enough -- Jim Sexton (president and CEO of Z-Line Designs), Monica (Sexton, wife) and all those guys that have came on board to help us out. Maybe this means something, so if you want to buy some furniture, now is the time to get some. I'm sure there are plenty of Memorial Day sales going on. Of course, Toyota, NOS Energy Drink, Marquis Jets, Gillette, the fans and Camping World for our series and NASCAR. It was fun tonight. We made it interesting, I guess -- not wanting to do it, but did it anyway."
The brush with the wall caused slight damage to the right front of the truck, including part of the splitter. However, Busch never gave up and maintained a position in the top-10 while crew chief Eric Phillips and the Z-Line Designs team plotted their strategy for fixing the damage. A caution flag on lap 80 allowed them to pit on lap 84, whereupon the crew took their time assessing and fixing the damage, returning Busch to the track in ninth-place.
"They did an awesome job," Phillips said. "He (Busch) got in the fence there and knocked the splitter down. They took a little extra time on that pit stop to get it fixed, but they did a really good job for what they had to work with and got Kyle to where he could run up front at the end. They've done a tremendous job all year, and despite the fact that none of them had really ever worked together until this year, they just get better and better every week when we go to the racetrack."
Busch was able to methodically work his way to the front and finally took the lead for good on lap 120 and never looked back en route to his 18th career Camping World Truck Series victory, his second victory this year and his third win at Charlotte. Busch now has a total of 70 win across NASCAR's top three divisions (Sprint Cup -- 18, Nationwide -- 34 and Camping World Truck -- 18).
"They're a great bunch of guys and I can't thank Eric (Phillips) enough and Rick Ren (competition director) and those guys. They did a phenomenal job for me," Busch said. "They gave me a great racetruck. We unload and we're strong and we made some minor changes to it to try to work on it somewhat and we were able to prevail here tonight."
Busch's KBM teammate, Tayler Malsam, driver of the No. 56 Toyota Tundra, finished 13th. Malsam qualified 17th and held his own among the top-10 for much of the race. However, his Toyota became too tight on exit following the final pit stop of the night at lap 84. In the closing laps, Malsam's truck was good on the short runs, but after a couple of laps he would fall back in the running order. Malsam's 13th-place finish ties his best result of the season.
"It wasn't the run we were hoping for. We had much higher hopes coming in here," Malsam said. "I'm glad we finished. We haven't been able to do that in a long time. We just have some stuff we have to work on in the shop. We have to get our trucks right, and I know we can do it."
Todd Bodine finished .228 of a second behind Busch in the runner-up spot, while Ron Hornaday Jr., James Buescher and Elliott Sadler took spots three through five. The rest of the top-10 consisted of Mike Skinner, Aric Almirola, Jason White, David Starr and Timothy Peters.
The race featured seven caution periods for 35 laps, with 11 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. With his victory, Busch extended the No. 18 team's point lead to 49 points over the No. 30 entry of Germain Racing.
Malsam is competing in all 25 races. With his third top-15 finish of the season, Malsam climbed two spots in the driver championship standings and is 11th overall, 270 points behind series leader Todd Bodine.
The next event on the Camping World Truck Series schedule is the June 4 WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.