It’s a Knockout Win for Kyle Busch at the Monster Mile

Kyle Busch has a little Monster refreshment after defeating another monster, May 30, 2014
Credit: Beth Bence Reinke for Skirts and Scuffs   
Kyle Busch’s sponsor may be Monster Energy, but the driver himself is a beast on the track. Fans are wondering, “Can anyone can beat Kyle Busch in the truck series?” Not this week -- again.

Busch’s win in the Lucas Oil 200 is his third in a row and his fourth victory in the series this season. This is the fourth Miles the Monster trophy Busch will take home.

“Being here at Dover, you know, we’ve got four of these little rascals, so we’re starting a family, I guess you’d say,” Busch said.

The race got ugly early with multiple cautions for wrecks. Only seven laps in, a three-car accident involved the trucks of Mason Mingus, Gray Gaulding and Bryan Silas. Soon afterwards, Justin Jennings spun in the No. 63 and Bryan Silas got sideways again, this time in Turn 3. A final wreck with less than 30 to go took out Ben Rhodes and caused Gaulding’s truck to limp down pit road for repairs.

Brennan Newberry’s No. 9 hit the wall. The 24-year-old from Bakersfield, CA had been running in top 10, but the crash ended his day.

Things looked a little iffy for Busch at that point because he'd entered pit road under green, then had to make a pass-through when Newberry wrecked. Matt Crafton took over the lead and Busch restarted seventh, but in typical Rowdy fashion, he barreled forward, at one point gaining five spots in three laps.

Undoubtedly the most disappointed driver of the day was Crafton. After running in the top two spots most of the race, Crafton blew a tire and hit the backstretch wall unbelievably hard, crunching the right side of the vehicle. Fortunately, he was unhurt.

“Matt was really good today,” Busch said. “It’s a shame that he had his troubles there and got knocked out of the race. It looked like a really, really hard hit … just from the tire marks and the paint on the wall. Those are certainly hits that you never want to see guys go through.”

Busch earned his eighth career perfect driver rating in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the event.

Complete unofficial results:
Pos.        Car No.        Driver                               Sponsor
1 51    Kyle Busch Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award   
2 29    Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Performance Products   
3 98    Johnny Sauter Nextant / Curb Records    
4 33    Brandon Jones Exide   
5 21    Joey Coulter Allegiant    
6 8    John Hunter Nemechek Hard Rock Energy    
7 31    Ben Kennedy Click It or Ticket    
8 19    Tyler Reddick Reese Towpower    
9 77    German Quiroga NET10 Wireless    
10 17    Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing    
11 30    Ron Hornaday, Jr. Rheem    
12 5    John Wes Townley Zaxby's    
13 92    Scott Riggs BTS Tire / Goodyear Fleet HQ /Wynn's 
14 0    Cole Custer Haas Automation    
15 50    T.J. Bell America's Linemen   
16 54    Darrell Wallace, Jr. ToyotaCare    
17 2    Tyler Young Randco / Young's Building Systems    
18 13    Jeb Burton Estes  
19 63    Justin Jennings Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool 
20 10    Jennifer Jo Cobb   
21 20    Gray Gaulding Gemini Southern / Krispy Kreme   
22 32    Ben Rhodes Alpha Energy Solutions   
23 88    Matt Crafton Rip It Energy Fuel / Menards   
24 39    Ryan Sieg Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts    
25 99    Bryan Silas Bell Trucks America Inc.   
26 35    Mason Mingus Call 811    
27 9    Brennan Newberry Qore-24   
28 57    Norm Benning Norm Benning
29 7    Jake Crum Thunder Exhaust    
30 8    Jimmy Weller III Geneva Liberty Steel / Integrated Metal Prod.   
31 56    Raymond Terczak, Jr. Raymond Terczak, Jr.
32 42    Charles Lewandoski Randco / Young's Building Systems  
33 40    Todd Peck    
34 0    Ryan Ellis Grimes Irrigation & Construction   
35 36    Blake Koch Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool   

It’s a Knockout Win for Kyle Busch at the Monster Mile It’s a Knockout Win for Kyle Busch at the Monster Mile Reviewed by Beth Reinke on Friday, May 30, 2014 Rating: 5