Kyle Busch dominates, survives chaos

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Kyle Busch celebrates his victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Pocono Raceway Saturday.

By Justin Melillo
Staff Reporter
August 2, 2015





LONG POND, Pa.—Another race, another Kyle Busch victory.

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Kyle Busch celebrates his win in the Camping World Truck Series with a burnout at Pocono Raceway.

He’s won four of the last five Sprint Cup races, two XFINITY races, and now he’s undefeated in the Camping World Truck Series, winning in his first start this season at Pocono Raceway.


Busch led 53 of the extended 69 lap event, taking the lead from his teammate Erik Jones on a restart at lap nine. After green flag stops, Busch regained the lead on lap 39, and continued his pace towards victory lane. Jones would close the gap to almost seven tenths before a second caution flag flew on lap 50 for debris.

On the following restart, Jones stayed close, not able to gain or lose any ground to his boss. A third yellow flag flew for an intense incident involving Wendell Chavous and Ray Black Jr. on lap 56, and that would lead to the first Green-White-Checkered restart of the day.


Once again the field would take the green flag, only this time, Busch didn’t get the big advantage that he had been used to getting. Into turn one, the battle for the lead was four wide. It didn’t last, as Austin Dillon got into Jones out of the corner, dashing his hopes of victory. Jones would wind up finishing 10th.


After two more Green-White-Checker restarts, Kyle Busch took off toward victory lane, holding off the likes of Kevin Harvick, who finished 2nd, and new points leader Tyler Reddick, who ended up 3rd.


Busch became the first driver in 2015 to win a race in all three of the top NASCAR National Series, and did so for the 10th season in his career. 

“Anytime I get in a vehicle, I want to get to victory lane,” Busch said post-race.


Busch’s win in the Pocono Mountains 150 is Toyota’s first victory at Pocono in the Camping World Truck Series.




Both Harvick and Reddick pitted with 10 laps to go for fresh tires. The amount of cautions and carnage brought them back to the front, but even with the fresh rubber, could not catch the dominant driver of the No. 51 Dollar General Toyota. Regardless, Reddick’s 3rd place effort was enough to put him first in the standings over Matt Crafton by 11 points.


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Erik Jones leads the field to the green flag in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150.

Matt Crafton found trouble early, and ended up 28th after contact with Brad Keselowski’s No. 29 Ford. Crafton was not happy with Keselowski, hinting that Brad had joined this race to help gain points for his team driver, Tyler Reddick, by wrecking the No. 88 Toyota. Keselowski would later refute the comments.


The drivers of the Camping World Truck Series will be back in action at Michigan two weeks from now for the Careers for Veterans 200.

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