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Kyle Busch Dominates, Tallies Sixth Truck Texas Win

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch obliged the Texas Motor Speedway faithful with his win in Friday night’s 250. (Photo: Dylan Nadwodny | The Podium Finish)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Busch continues to add to his impressive NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series record after Friday night’s 250 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch, in his penultimate start of the Truck season schedule, looked like the pied piper in his No. 7 Realtree Chevrolet Silverado. Starting from the fourth position, the Las Vegas native bided his time while polesitter Nick Sanchez led the opening 16 laps.

Then, Christian Eckes got past Sanchez to enjoy the number one position for the next 21 laps. With three laps left in Stage 1, a methodical, calculative Busch took the lead from Eckes and showcased his truck’s power and dominant abilities, taking the stage win over Eckes, Sanchez, Zane Smith and Stewart Friesen.

If the field thought it had a chance in Stage 2, Busch quickly erased such thoughts, taking the victory by 2.862 seconds over Corey Heim with Sanchez, Eckes and Taylor Gray rounding out the top five. In fact, Busch led wire-to-wire in this portion of the race.

A trio of crashes set the stage for an exciting setup to the finish, even if Busch had the class of the field. A Lap 132 caution for Layne Riggs in Turn 2, followed by a Lap 147 multi-truck crash in Turn 2 involving Kris Wright, Mason Massey and Friesen bunched up the contenders.

Namely, Eckes had the opportunity to snooker Busch on Lap 150, darting past the two-time Cup champion for the lead with 16 laps separating him from another win. However, a Turn 3 crash involving Dean Thompson, Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton set up an 11-lap dash to the finish.

In Busch’s 174th career Truck start, he had a determined Heim ready to pounce and use some aerodynamic maneuvers for the lead and win. Despite a determined drive by Heim, it was a pitched but futile scrap against the driver with a winning percentage of 37.9.

Heim made it a bit interesting in the final two laps before he ran out of time and opportunities. On this occasion, Busch bested Heim to the stripe by 0.112 seconds.

Following the patented checkered flag bow and salute, Busch sang his praises to his Spire Motorsports team on his second win of his Truck season campaign.

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch bowed before the Friday night faithful attending the 250 at Texas. (Photo: Dylan Nadwodny | The Podium Finish)

“Great team. Everybody here at Spire, appreciate Brian Pattie and everybody that was able to work so hard to prepare us a really fast Realtree Silverado,” Busch said to FOX NASCAR’s Amanda Busick. “Thanks to Team Chevy, thanks to Realtree, their first NASCAR win, Mr. Jordan is at home. I know Tyler’s here, so exciting to have those guys with us.

“Gonna go celebrate in Victory Lane and carry these bright colors there. I told them that I wanted to do it for them, so I’m glad we could.”

When Busch was told that Michael Waltrip thought it was one of the coolest wins by the 38-year-old racer in his Truck series career, he politely but quickly spurned such thoughts.

“No, no, there’s cooler,” he said. “But they definitely kept me honest, I’ll give them that. So, I remember back in, man, I wanna say it was 2005 or 2006, maybe 2007, something like that at Atlanta, where I had to come from 15th with two to go. So, that one was a little bit more exciting. That was a lot of fun, but crazy all in the same breath.”

Despite Friday night’s race not having quite the same dramatics as Busch’s Atlanta triumph, Heim gave it all he had to make the veteran racer sweat in the final laps. Much like last year’s Truck race at Pocono, Heim tried to size up Busch for the win.

“It just seemed like a big track position game at the end there,” Heim said. “Of course, you can get really big runs down the straightaways, but once you got to the corners it is really hard to stay behind somebody and keep momentum.

“I just was doing all I could there – trying to take him three-wide on the next-to-last restart and then got the caution. I was just trying to build a run on him, but he is just too good. He does a really good job.”

In the grand scheme of things, Heim netted another stellar result seventh consecutive top 10 finish in as many races.

“I’m really happy with our run tonight in our Safelite Tundra,” he said. “We got stage points and finished second. I feel like we were probably a fifth-place truck, and I admittedly struggle here a little bit at this race track, so to finish second here is a good day for us and we will build on it to get better.”

Ultimately, it was a good, clean battle of aerodynamic gamesmanship between Busch and Heim with the former commending his former teammate on his efforts in the final two laps.

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch kept Corey Heim at bay despite the latter’s valiant efforts in Friday night’s 250 at Texas. (Photo: Dylan Nadwodny | The Podium Finish)

“Corey kept us honest right there,” Busch said. “He started to find that top over there to get some momentum over there. I tried it with three (laps) to go and I chattered really bad. So, my front just wasn’t working over there. But I needed more laps on my tires to be able to get up there to make that work. But he made it.

“Got to my rear bumper getting into (Turn) 3, and I just kinda was like, ‘I didn’t know which way to go.’ So I ran the middle and then darted [the] bottom and then he slipped up top. So, I guess we had enough of a gap after that.”

Stage 1 Top 10 Results
  1. Kyle Busch (i)
  2. Christian Eckes
  3. Nick Sanchez
  4. Zane Smith (i)
  5. Stewart Friesen
  6. Daniel Dye
  7. Layne Riggs (R)
  8. Grant Enfinger
  9. Corey Heim
  10. Taylor Gray
Stage 2 Top 10 Results
  1. Kyle Busch (i)
  2. Nick Sanchez
  3. Christian Eckes
  4. Corey Heim
  5. Taylor Gray
  6. Layne Riggs (R)
  7. Zane Smith (i)
  8. Daniel Dye
  9. Grant Enfinger
  10. Johnny Sauter 250 at Texas Motor Speedway Race Results
Finish Start Truck No. Driver Sponsor/Make Status
1 4 7 Kyle Busch (i) Realtree Chevrolet Running
2 14 11 Corey Heim Safelite Toyota Running
3 1 2 Nick Sanchez Gainbridge Chevrolet Running
4 2 19 Christian Eckes Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet Running
5 12 91 Zane Smith (i) Chevrolet Running
6 6 43 Daniel Dye Champion Container Chevrolet Running
7 9 17 Taylor Gray JBL Toyota Running
8 34 15 Tanner Gray Operation 300 Toyota Running
9 25 75 Stefan Parsons Trophy Tractor Chevrolet Running
10 11 98 Ty Majeski Road Ranger Ford Running
11 21 33 Lawless Alan AUTOChargit Mobile Ford Running
12 10 71 Rajah Caruth Chevrolet Running
13 3 52 Stewart Friesen Chili’s Toyota Running
14 8 41 Bayley Currey AutoVentive/Precision Chevrolet Running
15 22 88 Matt Crafton Great Lakes Flooring/Menards Toyota Running
16 17 5 Dean Thompson McKee Utility Toyota Running
17 18 45 Johnny Sauter Karl Chevrolet Chevrolet Running
18 16 66 Conner Jones (R) TSPORT Ford Running
19 13 13 Jake Garcia Quanta Services Ford Running
20 29 02 Mason Massey RANDCO Chevrolet Running
21 30 56 Timmy Hill Coble Enterprises/UNITS Toyota Running
22 27 32 Bret Holmes Precision Garage Door Chevrolet Running
23 24 25 Ty Dillon Rackley Roofing Chevrolet Running
24 19 99 Ben Rhodes Kubota Ford Running
25 15 77 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet Running
26 20 42 Matt Mills J.F. Electric/Utilitra Chevrolet Running
27 28 76 Spencer Boyd Tohatsu America Chevrolet Running
28 32 22 Keith McGee More Core Ford Running
29 5 9 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Accident
30 26 1 Kris Wright America’s Auto Auction/Esmark Toyota Accident
31 7 38 Layne Riggs (R) Infinity Communications Group Ford Accident
32 23 46 Thad Moffitt (R) Safety-Kleen Chevrolet Accident
33 31 20 Memphis Villareal Laredo Trailer Supply Chevrolet Accident
34 33 18 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Chevrolet Accident

Rob Tiongson is a 30-something motorsports journalist who enjoys sports like baseball, basketball, football, soccer, track and field and hockey. A Boston native turned Austinite, racing was the first sport that caught his eyes. From interviews to retrospective articles, if it's about anything with an engine and four wheels, it'll be here on TPF, by him or by one of his talented columnists who have a passion for racing. Currently seeking a sports writing, public relations, or sports marketing career, particularly in motorsports. He enjoys editing and writing articles and features, as well as photography. Moreover, he enjoys time with his family and friends, traveling, cooking, working out and being a fun uncle or "funcle" to his nephew, niece and cat. Tiongson, a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, pursues his Master of Arts in Digital Journalism at St. Bonaventure University. Indeed, while Tiongson is proud to be from Massachusetts, he's an everywhere kind of man residing in Texas.

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