Checkers For Kyle Busch, Heartbreak For Ben Rhodes

Kyle Busch in Victory Lane at Kansas
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Kyle Busch didn't do a celebratory burnout when he won Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

He didn't do his customary bow after notching his 47th victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Heartbreak for Ben Rhodes, who was leading by more than a second when his engine expired with eight laps left, provided the stroke of serendipity that launched Busch into Victory Lane.

And Busch knew it.

"That's one of the worst ones to swallow right there, for sure," Busch said of Rhodes' misfortune. "I didn't do a burnout or nothing like that. I just got the checkered flag for our group of guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports.

"Ben Rhodes had that race won. That one was his. I tried everything I could to try to chase him back down. I just didn't have enough speed in our Tundra tonight-it was fast, but his was a little bit faster than ours."

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"] Busch won for the second time at Kansas, having also triumphed in his most recent previous start at the speedway in 2014.

Three laps after a restart on Lap 139 of 167, Rhodes won a sustained side-by-side battle against Busch and pulled ahead. Rhodes stretched the advantage to as much as 1.4 seconds before a piece of debris shot through the grille of his No. 27 Toyota and torpedoed the engine.

Rhodes, who was driving a chassis built by Kyle Busch's Rowdy Manufacturing with a body made by KBM, took his truck to the garage and retired in 23rd place.

"We ran with the best tonight," a chagrined Rhodes said after the race. "Our Safelite Tundra had speed all night long. We did everything right, but Ben Rhodes has a curse on his back or something, because something always goes wrong.

"A piece of debris went through the grille into the radiator and blew up the motor… It's just crazy that something always goes wrong with our (ThorSport) team. We do everything right-we just can't pull one off. We've been trying for years and years."

Rhodes, of course, is only 20 years old and has just 31 career starts in the Truck Series.

Johnny Sauter ran second and retained the series lead by two points over polesitter Christopher Bell, who was trapped a lap down after pitting on Lap 123 when the 10th caution of the race on Lap 127 interrupted the pit sequence.

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag at Kansas
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Busch had just left pit road when the yellow flag flew. The caution kept him on the lead lap, and he cycled back into the lead when the rest of the contenders came to pit road on Lap 128.

But Busch lost the top spot to Rhodes after the 11th caution for Matt Crafton's spin through the infield grass, and Rhodes pulled away while Busch and third-place finisher John Hunter Nemechek were battling for second place.

Bell came home fourth, followed by Chase Briscoe and Brett Moffitt.

RACE RESULTS

Pos. # Driver Make Start Laps Led Status Points Playoff Points
1 51 Kyle Busch Toyota 10 167 91 Running 0 0
2 21 Johnny Sauter Chevy 3 167 0 Running 49 0
3 8 John Hunter Nemechek Chevy 14 167 0 Running 45 0
4 4 Christopher Bell Toyota 1 167 37 Running 51 0
5 29 Chase Briscoe Ford 11 167 0 Running 42 0
6 16 Ryan Truex Toyota 5 167 0 Running 38 0
7 7 Brett Moffitt Toyota 7 167 0 Running 34 0
8 33 Kaz Grala Chevy 6 167 0 Running 29 0
9 24 Justin Haley Chevy 12 167 0 Running 28 0
10 19 Austin Cindric Ford 16 167 0 Running 27 0
11 98 Grant Enfinger Toyota 15 167 14 Running 33 0
12 92 Regan Smith Ford 18 167 0 Running 25 0
13 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 9 167 0 Running 24 0
14 02 Tyler Young Chevy 19 167 0 Running 23 0
15 45 Austin Wayne Self Chevy 21 166 0 Running 22 0
16 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 2 166 0 Running 28 0
17 44 Matt Mills Chevy 25 165 0 Running 20 0
18 66 Ross Chastain Chevy 20 164 0 Running 0 0
19 1 Jordan Anderson Chevy 24 163 0 Running 18 0
20 12 Spencer Boyd Chevy 30 163 0 Running 17 0
21 63 Kevin Donahue Chevy 23 163 0 Running 16 0
22 50 Cody Ware Chevy 32 162 0 Running 15 0
23 27 Ben Rhodes Toyota 8 160 25 Engine 26 0
24 6 Norm Benning Chevy 27 160 0 Running 13 0
25 99 Travis Miller Chevy 17 109 0 Vibration 12 0
26 13 Cody Coughlin Toyota 13 84 0 Transmission 11 0
27 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevy 28 82 0 Brakes 10 0
28 18 Noah Gragson Toyota 4 68 0 Clutch 9 0
29 83 Todd Peck Chevy 31 29 0 Brakes 8 0
30 36 Camden Murphy Chevy 26 27 0 Electrical 7 0
31 49 Wendell Chavous Chevy 29 21 0 Accident 6 0
32 52 Stewart Friesen Chevy 22 16 0 Accident 5 0

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