Kyle Busch did what he always seems to do these days – win.
Also, it’s safe to say Brad Keselowski and Matt Crafton won’t be hanging out together anytime soon.
Busch conserved enough fuel to survive three green-white-checkered restarts and take the Mountains 150 race in the Camping World Truck Series.
Crafton, the series leader entering this race, got into a wreck with former Sprint Cup champion Keselowski early. Crafton took offense in Keselowski’s driving, calling him an “idiot” while his truck was in the garage.
“I have no interest in wrecking somebody on purpose. That’s not what happened,” Keselowski responded.
This was Busch’s 43rd career Truck series victory in 126 races. It was his first start this season in the Truck series after he recovered from leg injuries at Daytona Beach, Fla.
“We went a lap farther than I thought we could go. So he must have done a great job conserving gas,” said crew chief Jerry Baxter.
“Things are going right right now,” said Busch. “I don’t know what it is, but I think we have a good shot (Sunday)” in the Sprint Cup race.
Kevin Harvick finished second and Tyler Reddick was third, followed by Cameron Hayley and Austin Dillon.
Reddick took over as series points leader.
Busch’s crew was concerned he’d run out of gas before reaching the finish line. Busch’s experience came in handy, as he kept shutting off his engine during caution flags to maximize fuel mileage. He even had enough extra gas to do a post-race “burnout” in Victory Lane.
Three who mattered
Kyle Busch: The momentum of having won four the last five Cup races carried over into Saturday’s Truck series race.
Brad Keselowski: It didn’t look like his wreck with Crafton was intentional.
Matt Crafton: After the wreck, he didn’t get back out on the track until 12 laps remained.
▪ This wasn’t the first time Keselowski has been criticized for overly aggressive driving. Jeff Gordon expressed frustration with him two years ago after the spring Talladega race.
▪ Wendell Chavous got loose late, hitting the wall with six laps left to force a caution.
▪ Harvick was working with a Truck series crew he mostly didn’t know before the weekend.
They said it
“That’s your Cup champion – he’s an idiot right there.” – Crafton, venting his frustration with Keselowski.
Tweet from Saturday’s race:
Careers for Veterans 200
Where: Michigan International Speedway
When: Aug. 15, 1 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports 1