After going seven races without a win in his last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearances, Kyle Busch went back to his winning ways in the series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch captured his first Trucks-Series win of the season at Charlotte after dominating most of the race and making a comeback from behind after a pit road penalty. Friday night’s Trucks win ended Busch’s winless drought in the series that dates back to his last win at New Hampshire on Sept. 24, 2011. The win at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on Friday was Busch’s 31st of 107 starts and fifth win at Charlotte.
Brendan Gaughan finished in second, right behind Busch. Max Gresham, Matt Crafton, Ty Dillon, James Buescher, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Ross Cahstain and Justin Lofton closed out the top 10.
The night looked like it was going to be a great night of racing for Darrell Wallace Jr. who was on his way to possibly end the night with a top 10 finish until he had contact with current Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski.
Johnny Sauter was the driver who needed to have a great night after getting penalized from NASCAR following the race at Kansas didn’t seem to have anything going for him at Charlotte. After starting the race without his crew chief, who will be gone for the next four races, kept having trouble throughout the night and his night came to an end after contact with Buescher. Sauter was trying to recover from the 25-point deduction from Kansas penalties ended up falling to sixth in the point standings.
The Truck Series first race back after a month of hiatus certainly got things back to business, but it was also a race with plenty of cautions and wrecks. The race for the trucks championship continues to intensify week after week giving NASCAR some great racing regardless of who may be in the field.