CONCORD, N.C. – Kyle Busch overcame a pit road penalty to score his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in nearly two years Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch came down pit road as the leader during a caution flag with 51 laps to go, but after completing his stop he left his pit box with equipment still attached to his Truck. The resulting penalty sent him to the tail end of the lead lap.
Methodically Busch worked his way through the pack, slicing his way around slower cars and surviving multiple caution flags. During a restart with 26 laps left Busch managed to make his way to second behind leader Miguel Paludo.
With 20 laps left Johnny Sauter crashed in turns three and four, allowing Busch to close the gap on Paludo. During the restart with 14 laps left Busch was able to pull ahead of Paludo to retake the lead.
The final caution flag of the night waved with 13 laps to go when Justin Lofton spun in turn two. At the same time Darrell Wallace Jr. made contact with Brad Keselowski down the backstretch, sending Wallace into the inside wall on the backstretch.
On the restart Busch was able to clear the rest of the field, holding off a charge from Brendan Gaughan in the final laps to score his first series triumph since Sept. 24, 2011.
“Our truck was really, really fast,” Busch said. “Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and these guys did a great job. They worked awful hard.”
Gaughan admitted that he was happy, yet frustrated with his second-place finish.
“I’m mad as hell right now,” Gaughan said with a smile on his face. “That’s why Kyle Busch is smart. He took the air off of me with like three laps to go and just sent me far enough back. Our Chevrolet was faster tonight. We probably had the fastest truck on the track.”
Max Gresham finished a career-best third in his No. 8 Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet. Matt Crafton was fourth ahead of Ty Dillon in fifth.