Busch Wins N.C. Education Lottery 200 in Dominating Fashion
Kyle Busch lead 130 of 134 laps in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 to earn his record sixth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch beat reigning series champion Matt Crafton by 0.201 seconds. Brad Keselowski, John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters rounded out the top five.
With the win, the 29-year-old driver of the No. 51 Hiring Our Heroes/Toyota Care Toyota recorded his second North Carolina Education Lottery 200 win from the pole.
"Things went really well for us. We obviously unloaded here off the truck and were really fast," Busch said. "We sat on the pole there in qualifying thanks to the unique qualifying format - a little cat and mouse game going on there."
When Busch, who has won 32 percent of his truck series starts, was asked what challenge remains, his answer was simple.
"I want to win. I want trophies," he said. "These guys here (pointing to his team), they don't want to see their equipment suck. When I've got a good truck, why would I want to finish second?"
Despite a second-place finish, Crafton said he wasn't happy with the outcome.
"It's real frustrating to finish second to him two weeks in a row. It just sucks," Crafton said. "Whatever they've got figured out, they've got it right right now."
With a championship title in each of NASCAR's two highest series, Keselowski has had success in his career but has yet to win a Camping World Truck Series race. Keselowski says a win in the series has been just out of his grasp.
"We're close. Every time I get in I feel like we run second or third, if I don't screw it up," he said. "We can't seem to ever get over the hurdle which is tough...We're making progress and I can see that. We ran well all night but we need a little more to be able to keep up with the 51."
Keselowski will compete with Team Penske in the No. 2 Ford in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The last time he raced at Charlotte was the night he left with his only Cup race of the 2013 season.