Kyle Busch started of the race weekend in Kentucky as he does most race weekends – by winning. Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Series Truck race at Kentucky Speedway by taking the checkered flag of the UNOH 225. It was his race to lose as he started from the pole position en route to winning his fifth truck race this season in five series starts.
It’s the sixth consecutive truck race win for Busch dating back to the last race at Homestead in the 2013 season. The downside of the evening was that issues were found with Busch's truck during post race inspection.
Busch started from the pole in his No. 51 Dollar General Tundra for the Thursday night race and stayed out front for much of the race while swapping the lead with teammate, and employee, driver Bubba (Darrell) Wallace Jr. Wallace is the driver of the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) No. 54 Made In America Toyota Tundra and placed second behind Busch. Busch said the 1-2 finish was important as an owner for both he and his wife Samantha.
"It was a great night -- I can't say enough about everyone here at Kyle Busch Motorsports and everyone at Dollar General, Toyota, TRD, JGR engines, M&M's, Monster Energy, ButlerBuilt Seats and all the other people that make it happen for us," said Busch. "It's pretty cool to win nine of the last 12 races at KBM and having Erik and Bubba running really, really well. Proud to see the first KBM one-two finish -- that's really cool for me too as an owner and for Samantha."
Busch was referring to KBM driver Erik Jones who drives the No. 51 truck when Busch is not jumping into the seat. Jones will return to the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra when the Truck Series hits Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 11 for the American Ethanol 200.
While the race was dominated by Kyle Busch and teammate Bubba Wallace Jr there was plenty of excitement on the track and in the pits. John Wes Townley, driving his back-up truck, brought out the caution a couple of times as his ill handling truck found the outside wall during the early running of the race. Despite the incidents, Townley managed a solid finish only two laps down. Action in the pits was exciting as well as one of the crew members for Brad Keselowski was dragged along for several yards as the wrench he was adjusting the right rear with stuck as Keselowski drove off.
On the heels of the impressive win post-race inspections Busch’s truck indicated that the front of the Tundra measured too low. The measurements and truck will be inspected further by NASCAR at the Research and Development center later in the week. In 2014 the Sprint Cup Series were lifted but the ride-height rules still remain in place for both the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
Kentucky Speedway is known for its rough asphalt surface and bumpy ride so every team in all of the series that race there constantly search for ways to keep a vehicle close to the track. During the course of the race on Thursday night sparks could be seen flying from under many of the trucks. While this is a common night racing sight when racing in the turns, it’s somewhat uncommon to see the trucks dragging the surface of the track on the straight-a-ways.
In a similar event earlier in the 2014 Truck Series season, the No. 9 truck, driven by Chase Elliott – son of Bill Elliott, measured too low during post-race inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Later in the week NASCAR determined that there was a violation. NASCAR placed Greg Ives, the No. 9 Crew Chief, on probation for the remainder of the year. Eric Phillips is currently the crew chief for Busch and the No. 51 team of Kyle Busch Motorsports.