Kyle Busch rallies to win the Charlotte 200 race

Rowdy's winning numbers: 1, 5, 31 and 113 in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After experiencing engine issues twice in practice and a pit road infraction while leading just past the halfway mark of Friday night's N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch wondered out loud over the radio what was going to happen next.

What happened next was a rally from the 19th position on a lap-87 restart that ended with his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of 2013, his track-record fifth series win at Charlotte, 31st of his career and his 113th NASCAR National Series victory.

Race winner Kyle Busch
Race winner Kyle Busch

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"Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and these guys gave me a great ToyotaCare Tundra and it was really awesome," said Busch, who led three times for a race-high 80 laps. "I have to say thanks to JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) engines and Mark Cronquist (engine builder) and those guys. They gave these guys a heart attack -- they have been working too hard these last couple weeks.

ToyotaCare -- can't say enough about them. We appreciate their support and you get complimentary service on any new Toyota you buy. Flexco, Monster Energy, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) of course -- we couldn't do it without all those guys.

The fans -- we appreciate them coming on out and supporting us here tonight and watching on TV. Of course Camping World for the series, it's fun to race here and we don't ever make anything too easy."

Busch started the race from the fourth spot and by lap 4 had maneuvered his way into the top spot. KBM's owner-driver remained at the front of the field when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 17. Crew chief Rudy Fugle ordered up a two-tire and fuel stop and after the service was completed, the No. 51 team returned their driver to the track in the runner-up position for the lap-23 restart.

The ToyotaCare Tundra made its way back to the front of the field on lap 33 and remained in the top spot until the fifth caution of the race occurred on lap 83. With just 10 laps on the most recent set of tires, Fugle summoned his driver to pit road for a fuel-only stop.

As Busch's Tundra went squealing out of his pit box, the gas can got stuck and the fuel handler was unable to retrieve it before the truck exited the pit stall boundary. Per NASCAR rules, the team was ordered to come back down pit road to serve a penalty and then take the ensuing restart from the tail end of the field.

With having to serve the penalty, the No. 51 team elected to put on four fresh Goodyear tires. When the race went back green on lap 87, Busch was scored in the 19th position. Six laps later he had worked his way back inside the top 10 and by lap 109 returned to the top five. He was scored in the second position when the race was slowed for the seventh time for a two-truck accident on lap 116.

The race resumed on lap 120 and just one lap later the Las Vegas native worked his way past Miguel Paludo to regain the lead. Busch held serve on one more restart and then cruised to his eighth NASCAR National Series victory of 2013.

Busch's victory was his 25th Truck Series win behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra and the first career victory as a crew chief for Fugle. Gaughan finished 0.468 seconds behind Busch in the runner-up position and Max Gresham finished third.

Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five finishers in the fifth race of the season. KBM drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Joey Coulter finished 27th and 32nd, respectively, after both were involved in separate accidents.

There were eight caution periods for 40 laps. Five different drivers led, exchanging the lead seven times. Nine drivers failed to finish the 134-lap race.

With its fourth top-10 finish of 2013, the No. 51 ToyotaCare Racing team improved eight positions to third in the Owner's championship standings. Busch will be back behind the wheel for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway Friday, May 31.


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Joey Coulter , Miguel Paludo , Max Gresham , Kyle Busch , Ty Dillon , Darrell Wallace Jr.
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , Toyota Racing
Article type Race report
Tags bush, charlotte, nascar-truck, toyota, tundra