The best way to avoid a race filled with multi-car wrecks is to not be around them.
That’s what Kyle Busch does best.
Busch led 104 of the 167 laps and cruised to victory in Friday night’s SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway, his second NASCAR Truck series win of the season and the 37th of his career.
The race was marred by nine cautions, that included several multi-car wrecks. In fact, only 11 trucks were running at the finish and two of those were involved in accidents during the race.
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“In a race like that of attrition, it was great having a fast truck like that,” said Busch. “Our track was really good on the long run. I knew if it would stay green for a while, we would be pretty good.”
The race ended with a 35-lap green-flag run which helped Busch build a sizable lead and hold off Matt Crafton and Joey Logano, who finished second and third, respectively.
Logano led 41 laps and appeared to have one of the trucks that could contend with Busch but late in the race Logano was caught a lap down by a caution after making a green-flag pit stop.
Logano took a wave around and returned to the lead lap but without the benefit of a caution, he couldn’t close the distance with Crafton and Busch.
“We were really good in traffic; we just didn’t have a lot of straightaway speed,” Logano said. “Once they got strung out, I couldn’t get a draft off of them to catch back up.
“I was really relying on having a draft to be able keep up with them on the straightaways because then I could beat them through the corners.”
Austin Dillon was fourth and Tayler Malsam was fifth.
Crafton moved into the series points lead and holds an eight-point lead over Timothy Peters entering next weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We were a little scared to make many changes. We made one adjustment during the race that made us quite a bit better, but I was afraid to go too far,” Crafton said.