Posted By: David Morgan – Follow at @damorgan86
October 31, 2014
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series usually puts on the best races of the weekend and Friday night’s running of the Winstar World Casino and Resort 350k was no different. After two late race cautions stacked the field up for the final set of restarts, Kyle Busch was able to outduel the rest of the field on a green-white-checkered finish to take home the victory.
“It’s pretty awesome to be in victory lane. I feel really, really bad for Bubba Wallace. He was doing everything right tonight. He was really, really fast. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and those guys did a great job getting that thing fast like our Toyota Care Tundra was. It’s a shame to see the motor let go. Can’t say enough about everyone from Toyota, Toyota Care, TRD — this is a manufacturer’s championship here tonight, winning it for Toyota. Everyone at KBM — all these guys, the pit crew guys, Eric Phillips (crew chief) and of course the body guys, they don’t get enough love. The finish-fab guys as well and of course KBM chassis. That’s chassis 21 and they keep rocking them out and they’re fast every single week, so we appreciate that,” Busch said after the win.
In total, Busch would lead five times for 80 laps en route to his seventh Truck Series win in 2014. With the win, Busch secured the Truck Series Manufacturer’s Championship for Toyota. The win is also the 12th of the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Following Busch to the line was Jeb Burton, Timothy Peters, Tyler Reddick, Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter, Max Gresham, Joe Nemecheck, Ryan Blaney, and Cameron Hayley to round out the top-10
German Quiroga stayed out on the next to last caution and was holding off Busch with his older tires, but when the final caution flag flew, it was all Busch as he was able to drive away with the win.
Quiroga would fall back on the final restart and then would be spun as he battled for position back in the pack and he would wind up finishing the night in 17th.
Though it looked like it would be a battle between the Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates, Kyle Busch and Darrell Wallace, Jr. as the two swapped the lead back and forth throughout the first half of the race, it was not to be as Wallace would suffer a blown engine on lap 107 and he would finish the night in 26th. The poor finish practically ended any hope that Wallace had at winning the championship. He entered the night ranked third in points, just 22 points out of the points lead, but now sits 44 points back, a virtual impossibility to make up in two races.