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Kyle Busch The Victor At Texas

NASCAR Truck Series
Saturday, November 07, 2009

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In Victory Lane following the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Toyota
Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR
If Kyle Busch enters a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, odds are better than 50-50 he'll win -- at least where the 2009 season is concerned.

Busch led the final 50 laps of Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway and won his fifth straight race in as many starts in the series.

The victory was Busch's seventh in 13 starts this season, the 16th of his career and his first at the 1.5-mile track. Matt Crafton ran second, .995 seconds behind Busch at the finish. Ron Hornaday Jr. came home third and left Texas with a 197-point lead over second-place Crafton in the series standings.

Hornaday can wrap up the series championship with finishes of 22nd or better in the final two events.

Todd Bodine ran fourth and Colin Braun fifth.

"It's an accomplishment to beat the 33 bunch (Hornaday) here, that's for sure," Busch said. "And we got it done today. I really hate to see the 88 (Crafton) finish second to me. I wish he could get a win."

Crafton acknowledged it would be difficult to pick up the second victory of his career and his first of the year as long as Busch keeps entering races.

"I'm going to lock him in his motor home and take him out of the equation," Crafton joked.

Busch passed Hornaday for the lead on Lap 98 after bumping Hornaday's No. 33 Chevrolet on the backstretch. As Busch pulled away, Hornaday told crew chief Rick Ren to tell the No. 51 team that Talladega (where bump-drafting is commonplace) was last week.

By Lap 114, Crafton had passed Hornaday for the second position, as Hornaday fought a loose handling condition in his race truck. Crafton gradually closed on Busch, but the driver of the No. 51 Tundra maintained a lead of close to one second over his pursuer for the final 30 laps, as Crafton tried to save fuel in his No. 88 Chevrolet.

Busch, who has won the last three NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Texas, will try for the second leg of a possible weekend triple in the O'Reilly Challenge race on Saturday. He'll start sixth. On Sunday, Busch starts fifth in the Dickies 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

"It would be pretty awesome to get 'em all three done here at Texas," Busch said. "I've wanted to win a truck race here for a long time, so this is pretty cool, and as soon as I get a Cup win here, another one will get knocked off the list."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 12 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 195/10 147 Running
2 1 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet McGuire-Nicho-las / Menards 175/5 147 Running
3 4 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet VFW 170/5 147 Running
4 2 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart / Purple Heart Cars.org 165/5 147 Running
5 19 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-Way Frght/ TrueLTL.com 155/0 147 Running
6 6 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rio Grand / Curb Records 150/0 147 Running
7 15 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 146/0 147 Running
8 13 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide Batteries 142/0 147 Running
9 16 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry 138/0 147 Running
10 8 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 134/0 147 Running
11 11 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker Racing 130/0 147 Running
12 9 4 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet Monster Energy 127/0 147 Running
13 20 231 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 124/0 147 Running
14 7 15 Aric Almirola Toyota AKawareness.com / Graceway Pharmaceuticals 126/5 146 Running
15 23 139 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 118/0 146 Running
16 14 129 Mikey Kile Chevrolet Greased Lightning 115/0 146 Running
17 10 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 112/0 146 Running
18 29 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota One Eighty 109/0 146 Running
19 24 117 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com / Red Horse Racing 106/0 146 Running
20 3 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Valvoline Fuel Proof / Tiwi 108/5 145 Running
21 26 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet MyTireMonkey.com / James Carter Attorney 100/0 145 Running
22 18 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 97/0 145 Running
23 17 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 94/0 144 Running
24 25 25 Terry Cook Toyota Cajun Industries / Harris Trucking 91/0 143 Running
25 28 136 Tim Andrews Ford Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool 88/0 143 Running
26 32 85 Brent Raymer * Ford EMI 85/0 66 Handling
27 36 187 Chris Jones * Chevrolet Copy Wizard 82/0 60 Ignition
28 22 41 Marc Mitchell Dodge Mike Berg Trucking 84/5 49 Transmission
29 34 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 76/0 49 Fuel Pump
30 35 148 Bryan Silas Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Polar Bear 150 73/0 40 Drive Shaft
31 33 47 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet FT-11 Multi-Purpose Degreaser 70/0 24 Clutch
32 31 273 Ben Stancill Chevrolet County Building Centers 67/0 16 Accident
33 27 293 Shane Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 64/0 11 Overheating
34 21 08 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet Tiwi / Valvoline 61/0 6 Electrical
35 5 98 David Gilliland Chevrolet Menards 58/0 4 Rear End
36 30 121 Nick Tucker Dodge GunBroker Racing 55/0 2 Electrical

* Denotes Rookie

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