As motor racing victories come, they don't look much easier than the rout Kyle Busch enjoyed in the F.W. Webb 175 NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon on Saturday afternoon.
Busch started from pole position after beating arch rival Kevin Harvick to pole position by 0.097s earlier in the day, and then converted that to the race lead at the green flag - and stayed in front for the first 130 of the 175 laps of the race on the one-mile oval track. Not even two cautions for debris (on laps 62 and 71) could dislodge him.
Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon settled early into second position, and used the opportunity presented to him by the cautions closing up the field to make a spirited attempt to pass the #18 on the inside, but Busch had it well covered and went back to pulling out a safe margin over such trifling inconveniences.
Dillon did get to lead briefly on lap 131 when Busch headed to pit lane for tyres and fuel, but with no further cautions to help them claw back Busch's now-6s lead over the rest of the field there was little anyone could do to stop the inevitable victory.
Busch went into cruise mode in the last 30 laps and had to deal with traffic, allowing Dillon to mount a late charge and cut the lead back to under 4s, but it was all academic - this one was decided almost before the race got underway, such was the #18's superiority on the Magic Mile. Only six cars finished on the lead lap by the time Kyle was done.
"We didn't have to make too many changes, just got the feel to where I liked it," said Busch of his preparations ahead of the race. "I felt really good with it. To be able to qualify first and be able to run and set sail on our own agenda really meant a lot.
"Certainly there were some times getting back in lapped traffic, trying to lap them, hurt us a little bit, kind of slowed us down an awful lot," he admitted. "But once we could get clear of them, we could run really fast lap times again."
It's Busch's sixth win in 14 starts in 2011, and the 30th Truck Series victory of his career. He won here in the same race last year too - but that time led a mere 156 of 175 laps of the race.
But Dillon's strong second place - coming a week after he claimed victory at Chicagoland Speedway - means that he takes the lead in the Camping World Truck Series championship with 661pts over James Buescher (659pts after finishing seventh at Loudon), Johnny Sauter (654pts after finishing fifth), Timothy Peters (636pts after a ninth place) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (614pts, fourth today.)