After snapping what he called a seven race mini-winless streak in the Camping World Truck Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, Kyle Busch has now won two in a row, three for the season, after taking the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway Friday afternoon.
For Busch it was his 32nd visit to the winner’s circle in 108 career starts and the 20th for his Kyle Busch Motor Sports in the Camping World Truck Series. He is the only one who has ever swept all three races at the Delaware track and he is going to give it another shot running in the Nationwide Series on Saturday and of course Sunday’s Sprint Cup.
Following a late race caution, Busch pulled away from the field in a four-lap shootout to best Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughn for second through fifth, respectively.
Busch pulled off a double of sorts, winning with his own No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck and earlier in the day Darrell Wallace, who was piloting the No. 54 KBM entry, not only won the pole but became the youngest to win it. He is just 19 and he sped around the Monster Mile in 22.986 seconds, a speed of 156.617 mph.
“The [truck] was awesome,” he said in the winner’s circle. “There were a lot of adjustments that had to happen today to make it keep up with the race track, it definitely got free the more we went there, but all in all I can’t say enough. This is a building thing for Kyle Busch Motorsports.”
Busch also made a point to give his driver and teammate Darrell Wallace props for a marvelous day from the pole to where he finished. “Darrell got back to third (he would finish tenth, his third career top-10 in just six starts). What a talent,” he said. “What a great job he did this weekend. I’m really proud of him.”
Notes: Kyle Busch said he hopes to give his wife, Samantha, a present tomorrow with a win in the Nationwide race because it will be her birthday ….. Ty Dillon was credited with making it through 23 laps as his No. 3 RCR engine blew up and was finished for the afternoon. He started third in the NCWTS Standings entering the race.
Arresting Development: Drivers Mike Harmon (No. 84) and Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 10) qualified 31st and 32nd, respectively. They have been embroiled in a very public war of words and accusations recently including the disappearance of a hauler from Cobb’s shop in Mooresville, NC.
Harmon was arrested on May 15 in Lincoln County in connection with the stolen hauler and later released, but had his cell phone confiscated. Harmon went on Twitter and said he is indeed involved in litigation with Cobb.
Earlier this week two cars and five trucks were confiscated from a Catawba County storage shed and at his Mooresville shop. The Rowan District Attorney Office and Deputies are confering to see if charges are to be brought against Harmon for the second time in a month because investigators believe the vehicles belong to Cobb.
Cobb would finish 27th while Harmon left the race after just 18 laps in 32nd place.