There aren’t many tracks where Kyle Busch is unfamiliar with Victory Lane. Kansas Speedway was one of them.
Busch has never found much success there, but after a race marred by several multi-truck wrecks, Busch finally left Kansas a winner.
Busch held off Matt Crafton on a final 35-lap green-flag run to win Friday night’s SFP 250 – his first NASCAR win at Kansas and second Truck series victory of the season.
“This isn’t really my forte. I didn’t even know how to get Victory Lane,” Busch said immediately after the race. “I’m a winner at Kansas.”
Busch sounded both appreciative and stunned with his win, the 37th of his career.
“I can’t say enough about everybody on this team. All these guys – they work really, really hard to do such a good job,” Busch said. “They built me a great piece. I really appreciate that.”
Busch led 104 of the 167 laps. Staying out front kept him away from the slew of wrecks, which left 11 trucks on the lead lap at the finish.
“My truck was really good on the long runs. I was good on the short runs, too, if I could just get away and go,” he said. “But everybody was all over me all the time side-drafting and everything – making it real difficult for me to get away.
“That’s the fun part about Truck racing. That’s just what the product is and what it’s all about and hopefully it was a good show for the fans.”
Joey Logano finished third, Austin Dillon was fourth and Tayler Malsam was fifth. Crafton took over the series points lead and holds an eight-point advantage over Timothy Peters.
Busch’s victory was also the 29th in series competition for his crew chief, Eric Phillips, which makes him the all-time leader.
“We all hold the steering wheel and there are 43 of us and we all hold it differently and make different decisions. It would be quite lame to watch if we all did the same thing and had the same ideas and personas,” Keselowski said.
“I would say in most cases I probably wouldn’t have done that but in that case I felt like it was the proper thing to do with having the potential to race (Jamie McMurray) and get back in sequence.
“I wasn’t ready to give up. I don’t feel like my team gave up on me and it is my job to not give up on them.”
Keselowski spun out while racing up front on Lap 137, which triggered a 14-car wreck.