Friday, May 31, 2013

Kyle Busch pulls “Days of Thunder” move to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover

Credit: Beth Bence Reinke for Skirts and Scuffs

Kyle Busch has had a lot of bad luck at Dover in the past, but today he took home a Miles the Monster trophy. This marks his 32nd win in 108 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and his second truck victory in two weeks.

Busch said the track was slick and his truck was loose, especially in dirty air.

“I started fifth so I was behind some of those trucks early. I was just kind of fiddle frickin’ around where to go and the biggest thing that was challenging for me was how loose it was following those guys. These guys made some nice adjustments for me to keep us on top of the race track and up front.”

After a late restart, Matt Crafton had the lead off pit road, but Busch passed him a few laps later and held the lead through the final two cautions. Busch joked about the pass.

“I did an old ‘Days of Thunder’ move getting into turn three. I looked low and he blocked low and then I just went high and drove around the outside. It was fun racing Matt (Crafton.)”

Crafton finished second with Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan rounding out the top five.

Caution report:

#1 Contact between the No. 8 of Max Gresham and the No. 17 of Timothy Peters.
#2 No. 57 Norm Benning spun on backstretch. No contact with wall or competitors.
#3 No. 07 of CJ Faison got loose just off Turn 4, hit the rear end into outside wall, slid down frontstretch and impacted the inside wall.
#4 Debris in Turn 3.
#5 Debris on frontstretch.
#6 Tim George Jr. cut a tire on the backstretch.

Race notes:

~ Darrell Wallace Jr. won the pole, led 119 laps and brought home a 10th place finish.

~ After a wreck with Peters on Lap 2, Gresham took his truck to the garage. Peters went on to finish 6th.

~ Ty Dillon’s day ended early when his engine blew.

~ Chase Elliott was penalized for speeding on pit road, not once, but twice. But with 10 to go, Elliott was back in the top 10 and finished 4th.


For complete finishing order, click here.

For NCWTS points standings, click here.
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Beth Bence Reinke is a columnist, support editor & media rep for Skirts and Scuffs. Her column, “Faith on the Frontstretch,” explores the role of faith in motorsports. Beth is also the author of Race Fans’ Devotions to Go, a devotional book geared toward female NASCAR fans. Follow her on Twitter at @bbreinke or reach her at bbreinke@skirtsandScuffs.com

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