Busch Comes Up Empty After Dominating Day At Dover Driver-Owner Finishes 16th After Running Out of Fuel; Teammate Malsam Finishes 20th Kyle Busch dominated Friday's Dover 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover (Del.) ...
Busch Comes Up Empty After Dominating Day At Dover
Driver-Owner Finishes 16th After Running Out of Fuel; Teammate Malsam Finishes 20th
Kyle Busch dominated Friday's Dover 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, but ran out of fuel before the final restart and finished a disappointing 16th. The driver-owner of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra led four times for a race-high 172 laps.
Busch was leading on lap 194, but a caution came out when Johnny Sauter crashed in turn four forcing a restart on lap 197. While he restarted first, Busch's truck experienced fuel pick-up problems and fell to third before getting to the backstretch when another caution came out for fluid on the track. Just prior to the final restart, which was the first and only attempt at a green-white-checkered finish on lap 202, Busch radioed his crew that he was out of fuel and pulled the No. 18 Toyota into the garage.
"We ran out of gas," said Busch's crew chief, Eric Phillips. "We don't know why for sure yet. When we get back we'll take the cell apart and try to figure out what happened. Either they didn't get a full one on the last stop or there's something wrong with the pickup and the fuel cell. It's a brand new truck, so my guys could've missed something, but I doubt it. The truck had been awesome since we got here. We just kind of cruised all day just waiting to get to the end. Kyle did a great job and he's awesome at this place. It's a pleasure to work with him. I think we dropped the ball for him tonight."
Busch's KBM teammate, Tayler Malsam, driver of the No. 56 Employees Community Fund Toyota Tundra, finished 20th after being involved in an accident on lap 21 with James Buescher and Stacy Compton. He rallied back into the top-15 and remained there until lap 178 when he brushed the wall in turn two and was forced to pit for repairs. He lost four laps and finished 20th.
"I apologized to the guys over the radio and after the race because I felt bad," Malsam said. "We came back from the early incident, and my truck was definitely getting better."
Aric Almirola won the Dover 200 to score his first career Camping World Truck Series victory.
Buescher finished .898 of a second behind Almirola, while Justin Lofton, Ricky Carmichael and Todd Bodine took spots three through five. The rest of the top-10 consisted of David Starr, Matt Crafton, Mike Skinner, Ryan Sieg and Johnny Benson.
The race featured 10 caution periods for 42 laps, with 16 drivers failing to finish the 204-lap race, which was extended four laps past the scheduled distance due to a green-white-checkered 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, despite the disappointing finish, took the top spot after round 6 of 25. Brian Ickler is driving the events in which Busch does not compete. The No. 18 holds a two-point lead over No. 51 truck of Billy Ballew Motorsports.
Malsam is competing in all 25 races and is 13th in points, 246 markers behind series leader Aric Almirola.
The next event on the Camping World Truck Series schedule is the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by SPEED beginning with its pre-race show at 7:30 p.m.