SPARTA, Ky. Kyle Busch hasn’t lost a Truck race this season and neither has Toyota.
Busch held off Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. to win Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, leaving him a perfect 5-for-5 in the series this season.
And even in the other four races, a Toyota driver has won.
Toyota drivers have now won a NASCAR-record 10 consecutive Truck races dating back to Erik Jones’ victory at Phoenix last November.
“It was a great night for all the people who make this happen. I’ve been really competitive in the series year and it’s a testament to the series and the competition that it has,” said Busch, who earned his 40th career win.
Wallace, who won the series’ most recent race at St. Louis, lined up alongside his boss on the final restart with eight of 150 laps remaining.
Wallace stayed close to Busch for a while but eventually Busch pulled away for a comfortable victory.
“He got a really good run on me going into Turn 1. I probably didn’t give him a whole lot of room, but we were racing for the win,” Busch said.
Wallace said he wanted to win but losing to his boss, who is also a Sprint Cup Series driver, he could still learn a thing or two.
“The truck wasn’t that great on the restarts. I had to do what I had to do,” Wallace said. “Kyle didn’t really put it on my door but he did down in (Turns) 3 and 4 to keep me behind him.
“That’s just experience and we’ll learn from it.”
Ryan Blaney finished third, Timothy Peters was fourth and Brad Keselowski was fifth.
Johnny Sauter, who finished ninth, leads the series standings and holds an eight-point advantage over his ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton.
Blaney tried to make up ground on Busch and Wallace but found it difficult to keep pace.
“They’ve been very fast all year – that team. I felt like we could have gotten second but (Wallace) made it three-wide on that (last) restart and we were so equal that whoever was in front was going to beat the other,” Blaney said.
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