With a #51 Toyota truck that absolutely dominated the competition on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway, pole-sitter Kyle Busch streaked to a 9.023-second victory over Todd Bodine, last week's winner at Daytona, in the San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
In claiming his tenth win in the series and his second in two starts at the two-mile California track, Busch led three times for 95 of the 100 laps and led all but two of the 92 green-flag circuits.
After a gas-and-go under green on lap 91 – thanks to new pit rules that prohibit truck series teams from taking both fuel and tyres on the same stop – Busch quickly overtook Colin Braun, who tried to stretch his fuel mileage but ran out of gas and rolled onto pit road with three laps remaining. Braun finished 20th.
Chad McCumbee came home third, followed by David Starr and T.J. Bell. Ron Hornaday Jr, Matt Crafton, Ricky Carmichael, Timothy Peters and Max Papis completed the top ten in the series' second event of the season.
"This thing was just flawless," Busch said of his #51 Toyota, which was serviced through a co-operative effort with James Finch's Nationwide Series crew. "The guys did flawless. They worked so well and made this truck drive so well...
"It's really a lot of fun to come out here and win two years in a row, and hopefully we can do some more."
Busch is the only driver doing triple duty at Auto Club Speedway. He also was scheduled to compete in Saturday evening's Nationwide race, as well as the Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
Though still unsponsored, Bodine had an excellent truck, too, but his #30 Toyota was no match for Busch's ride.
"It's a little disappointing to have a Tundra that's that good and finish second," Bodine said. "That tells you how good Kyle was. Once the tires got heated up – got a little slick – we were just a little tight through the centre of the corner. I couldn't quite hold it wide open."
Busch's win was also Doug George's first as a crew chief, and the Nevada native leads Bodine by five points in the series standings after two races. Crafton is third, 77 points behind Busch.
Gabi Dicarlo finished 19th on her truck series debut.by Reid Spencer/Sporting News