Late Race Comeback Leaves Kyle Busch in Victory Lane at Charlotte

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It may have taken awhile, but Kyle Busch is back on top of the Camping World Truck Series. He has been absent from victory lane since New Hampshire in 2011 and this win broke his seven race losing streak in the series. Busch started out running well in the race, but then a pit road mistake left him at the back of the field during the latter part of the event. He battled back to the front after a few wild restarts and was able to secure the victory. This race had action from the drop of the green-flag and it proved why the Truck races are usually the best events of the weekend.

Rookie Jeb Burton started on the pole for the third time this season, but he couldn’t hold onto the lead for long and Ty Dillon passed him on lap 1. It didn’t take long for Busch to make it to the lead and he passed Dillon for the top spot on lap 4. Brendan Gaughan had a strong truck all night and he was able to grab the lead on lap 24. After a caution for Caleb Holman on lap 26, Busch got a chance to regain the lead after the restart and he was back in the top spot by lap 34.

A yellow-flag with 52 laps to go for a couple of spinning trucks allowed the drivers to make a pit stop, but the dominant truck of the night received a penalty following his stop. Busch had removed the gas can from his pit box and that put him at the tail end of the field with only 50 laps remaining in the race. Miguel Paludo capitalized on Busch’s penalty and he became the new man out front for much of the final 50 laps.

The fifth caution of the night came out for a scary wreck involving Ron Hornaday Jr. and Jake Crum. Hornaday Jr. had a problem with his truck and he started to slide up the hill in turn 3. While trucks tried to avoid him, Jake Crum couldn’t and he plowed into the back of Hornaday Jr. Crum’s front-end was destroyed and Hornaday Jr. had a fair amount of damage. That wreck wouldn’t be the last one in the closing laps and some payback was issued during the seventh caution of the night.

On a restart, Johnny Sauter got into James Buescher causing Buescher to lose a lot of ground. Once Buescher regained his lost ground, he found himself on the rear bumper of Sauter. Buescher nudged Sauter in turn 3 and Sauter spun up the track and made contact with the outside wall. Sauter came into the race second in the standings and now, he wasn’t going to leave that way.

Kyle Busch had made a miraculous comeback from his penalty and with 14 laps to go, he regained the top spot. A truck out of his stable driven by Bubba Wallace was also up front with him until an incident ended Wallace’s night. Just as the a caution came out for a spin in turn 2, Brad Keselowski and Wallace made contact which sent Wallace’s truck spinning into the inside wall on the backstretch. The contact with the wall was sufficient enough to end his night. Now, Kyle Busch was KBM’s only hope to bring home a win in their backyard.

He did not fail at that mission and after the final restart; he stretched out his lead and cruised to the finish line. This win didn’t look possible with about 50 laps to go, but you can never count Busch out. He’s been striving to get back to victory lane in his own truck for over a year now, and he accomplished that goal with this win. Anytime he wins a race its special, but it’s even more special to win a race in KBM’s backyard. A celebration is already underway for Busch after he once again showed how much talent he has by taking home another win. Busch hopes to duplicate his performance tomorrow night and take home the million dollar prize in the Sprint All-Star Race.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Kyle Busch 51 Toyota

134

4

82

0

0

0

2 Brendan Gaughan 62 Chevrolet

134

23

13

42

0

0

3 Max Gresham 8 Chevrolet

134

21

3

41

0

0

4 Matt Crafton 88 Toyota

134

14

0

40

0

0

5 Ty Dillon 3 Chevrolet

134

2

3

39

0

0

6 James Buescher 31 Chevrolet

134

12

0

38

0

0

7 Miguel Paludo 32 Chevrolet

134

5

33

37

0

0

8 John Wes Townley 7 Toyota

134

18

0

36

0

0

9 Ross Chastain 19 Ford

134

7

0

35

0

0

10 Justin Lofton 6 Chevrolet

134

6

0

34

0

0

11 Scott Riggs 92 Chevrolet

134

24

0

0

0

0

12 Dakoda Armstrong 60 Chevrolet

134

8

0

32

0

0

13 Jeb Burton 4 Chevrolet

134

1

0

31

0

0

14 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford

134

19

0

0

0

0

15 Ryan Sieg 39 Chevrolet

134

20

0

29

0

0

16 Tim George Jr. 5 Chevrolet

134

11

0

28

0

0

17 Todd Bodine 13 Toyota

134

32

0

27

0

0

18 Brennan Newberry 24 Chevrolet

134

15

0

26

0

0

19 Blake Koch 28 Chevrolet

133

35

0

0

0

0

20 Danny Efland 50 Chevrolet

133

34

0

0

0

0

21 Jeff Agnew 27 Chevrolet

133

28

0

23

0

0

22 Chris Cockrum 07 Chevrolet

133

33

0

22

0

0

23 David Starr 81 Toyota

132

30

0

21

0

0

24 Mike Harmon 84 Chevrolet

132

36

0

0

0

0

25 Ryan Blaney 29 Ford

131

9

0

19

0

0

26 Timothy Peters 17 Toyota

122

3

0

18

0

0

27 Darrell Wallace Jr. 54 Toyota

121

13

0

17

0

0

28 Johnny Sauter 98 Toyota

115

16

0

16

0

0

29 Tyler Young 02 Chevrolet

104

26

0

15

0

0

30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 9 Chevrolet

104

22

0

14

0

0

31 Jake Crum 01 Chevrolet

93

25

0

0

0

0

32 Joey Coulter 18 Toyota

90

17

0

12

0

0

33 Caleb Holman 75 Chevrolet

20

27

0

11

0

0

34 Bryan Silas 99 Ford

13

31

0

10

0

0

35 German Quiroga Jr. 77 Toyota

9

10

0

9

0

0

36 Chris Jones 93 Chevrolet

4

29

0

8

0

0

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