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It couldn't really have gone any better for Kyle Busch Motorsports or its eponymous driver-owner under the floodlights at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night, as his team started and finished the UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in formation, locking out the top two positions in the process.
Kyle Busch himself had earlier clinched his 15th Truck pole position by 0.047s over his team mate Darrell Wallace Jr., and he went on to lead for 91 of the 150 laps of the race before clinching his 40th in a total of 120 series starts, the lead over Wallace up to 1.844s by the time the chequered flag dropped.
"Tonight was great," said Busch, who extends a perfect winning record in the five Truck races he's entered so far in 2014. "Seeing Darrell come home second tonight was pretty great, especially him getting back in traffic, like we both were and being able to methodically work his way back up to second.
"Qualifying one-two and finishing one-two, I think I was more pumped for having a one-two finish, than winning, honestly," he said. "I told Darrell 'Thank you' in Victory Lane - just appreciate the way he drove tonight and fought hard.
"It's a great opportunity to drive good equipment and good stuff, and I'm really proud that my name is on the door," he added, crediting the team and his crew chief for the victory. "I'm most proud of Eric Phillips and all the guys, everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports for all their hard work and dedication and everything they've done to build really good trucks, they've done a great job for me.
Despite Busch starting from pole position it had been Wallace who had made the early running, taking point on the first lap and holding it through two early cautions for debris (lap 2) and a spin by Bryan Silas (lap 8) up until he got caught in traffic in lap 26 that saw him cede the lead back to his team leader. The KBM duo led a pair of Red Horse Racing drivers (German Quiroga and Timothy Peters) and a brace of ThorSport Racing trucks (Jeb Burton and Johnny Sauter) heading into the first green flag pit stop of the evening.
After a brief debris caution on lap 60, Busch and Wallace resumed their reign at the front, but a new yellow for a solo accident for John Wes Townley hitting the wall in turn 4 saw a new round of stops under caution that dropped Busch to eighth and Wallace to tenth. Brad Keselowski and Max Gresham stayed out to assume the lead at the restart, with Blaney and Quiroga winning the race off pit road to take the green flag in third and fourth.
There was a sense of inevitability about Busch's inexorable rise and return to the front, and sure enough on lap 95 he retook the lead from Keselowski just before a new caution for Burton hitting the wall in turn 3. Keselowski's campaign was dented by a drive-thru penalty after the team accidentally left a wedge wrench in the car when it drove away, and there was also a drive-thru for another potential threat to the KBM hegemony when Austin Dillon was penalised for speeding on pit lane.
Keselowski and Dillon both made quick recoveries (they went on to finish the race in fifth and seventh place respectively) but by now there was no shifting Busch from the top spot. He led for the final 55 laps of the race which included a brief yellow for fluid on the backstretch on lap 140 that packed the field back together in time for a final sprint finish but which made precisely no impact on Busch's control at the front with Wallace now back up to second place and flying in formation with his boss to the finish line.
"He's hard to beat and he's so good," said Wallace, insistent that he hadn't just sat back and allowed Busch to claim his sixth consecutive Truck victory. "I wouldn't want to be with anyone else; Kyle Busch Motorsports is so strong!
"It's been a lot of fun getting back into a rhythm coming off of Texas and St Louis and then to finish here second," added Wallace, who claimed his second Truck win in the last outing at Gateway. "I try to make the most of it and it was a cool sight with KBM one-two, Toyota one-two and 10th win in a row for Toyota."
In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, Johnny Sauter remains in front with his lead now slightly reduced to just eight points in hand over Matt Crafton in second place. Timothy Peters and Ryan Truex advance one position apiece to third and fourth place respectively ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. In the owners standings, the KBM #51 extends its lead to 23 points over Sauter's #98 truck.
However, there was a sting in the otherwise perfect night for Busch when the #51 measured too low in the front during post-race inspection, which likely means that there will be penalties levied when NASCAR reviews the race early next week. Earlier this year the #9 entry driven by Chase Elliott was penalised ten points and its crew chief put on probation for the rest of the 2014 season for a similar breach.
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