Trucks: Kyle Busch smokes 'em late at Texas

Trucks: Kyle Busch smokes 'em late at Texas

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Trucks: Kyle Busch smokes 'em late at Texas

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Kyle Busch used a strong late race restart to get by German Quiroga Jr. and win the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway in a green-white-checkered finish.

Quiroga held the lead on the restart at lap 151, but Busch was able to get by him on the outside to take the lead and then hold when a caution came out after he came to the white flag for Quiroga hitting the wall on the frontstretch.

The win was Busch’s seventh in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season. This was also his third career win at Texas in the Truck Series.

Johnny Sauter’s spin on the frontstretch on lap 146 brought out a late caution and set up the thrilling finish.

Jeb Burton, Timothy Peters, Tyler Reddick and Matt Crafton finished second through fifth in the race. ThorSport Racing teammates Burton and Sauter exchanged words after the race. Reddick had scored his second 21 Means 21 Pole of the season for this race and the fourth-place finish matched his career-best result.

It was not the best of nights to be chasing defending series champion Crafton in the standings.

Darrell Wallace Jr., a three-time winner in 2014, saw his engine blow up while he was in second place on lap 106. He led 51 laps on the night and had looked to be making a dent in the point standings. A red flag came out to clean up oil from Wallace Jr.’s motor. Wallace Jr. would finish the night in 26th place.

Meanwhile, it looked like Ryan Blaney saw his title hopes drop a bit when under a caution on lap 79, he pitted from fourth place to change a battery. He restarted in 17th on lap 82. However, he rebounded for a ninth-place finish.

Crafton, who also won at the 1.5-mile track in June, leaves Texas with a 23-point lead over Blaney as he looks to become the series’ first back-to-back champion.

Toyota locked up its seventh manufacturer championship thanks to Busch’s win. The Japanese automaker has won 16 of 20 races this season.

Next weekend will be the second to last race of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The Lucas Oil 150 will be at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Nov. 7 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Erik Jones is the defending race winner.