Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trackin' Trucks: Kyle Busch dominates at Charlotte

Kyle Busch earned his seventh CWTS win at Charlotte.
Credit: Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs


by Courtney Horn

Kyle Busch dominated the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning back-to-back wins in the Camping World Truck Series.

“It was certainly interesting from my seat,” Busch said, “We had a really fast Cessna Tundra tonight, Bono and the guys did a great job. Really appreciate everybody at KBM being a cohesive unit, working together, and building speed at the racetrack together.”

Busch swept every stage of Friday night’s event to earn his seventh victory in 11 starts at the track, a feature no other driver has done in the series.

Busch’s teammate Christopher Bell overcame early trouble in Stage 1 for a third-place finish. Bell made contact with the wall and cut a tire in the beginning laps, he went a lap down during the incident.

“I think we had a flat right rear – or left rear when we fired off." explained Bell. "It was really really loose the first couple laps and then finally went down off of (turn) four there. All these guys on this SiriusXM Tundra did a great job of getting me back out there."

Johnny Sauter extended his points lead over Bell with a second-place finish.

Ryan Truex overcame a late-race penalty to finish fourth at Charlotte. Truex started at the back of the field after an uncontrolled tire left his pit stall. The finish was Truex’s first top-five finish this season and third in his Camping World Truck Series career.

Kaz Grala had an eventful night at the 1.5-mile track as he was involved in multiple wrecks throughout the race. Grala took it to the garage after suffering heavy damage to his Outlaw Fasteners Chevrolet when he got into the wall on Lap 69. He finished 30th.

A Look Ahead

The CWTS is off until June 2nd when they head to Dover International Speedway. Last year at the Monster Mile, Matt Crafton led 76 laps before taking the checkers ahead over Daniel Suarez.

Who will take the checkers this year? Find out June 2nd at 5:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

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