By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
Distributed by The Sports Xchange
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- As a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Busch has been a disaster at Kansas Speedway. As a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, he is a winner.
Busch led a race-best 104 laps at the 1.5-mile tri-oval to win Friday night's SFP 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
The victory was the second of the season in a truck for Busch. It was his 37th in the series and it came by 3.021 seconds over second-place Matt Crafton.
And it helped ease the pain of horrible luck in the Sprint Cup Series that has resulted in four DNFs and an average finish of 23rd through the years at Kansas.
"Kansas? I'm a winner at Kansas?" Busch said in mock shock in Victory Lane.
Yes, it is true.
Thanks, he said, to a terrific Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra and an Eric Phillips-led team that were flawless -- his driver rating of 150 for the race was perfect -- all night long.
"Just real proud of Eric and all my guys," Busch said of Phillips, who by winning his 79th race as a truck series crew chief became the series' winningest crew chief. "It was really good once we unloaded and we just made some slight changes to it, playing around with some things trying to make it better in practice."
Busch said his crew and truck kept him up front and out of harm's way in a race that was marred by caution after caution.
"Last year, we got caught up in the attrition," Busch said. "Certainly a better night for us and having a fast truck and being up front helped."
Crafton finished second a year after winning at Kansas. Joey Logano, Busch's former Sprint Cup teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, took third.
Crafton said despite his second-place finish that he had nothing for Busch.
"He had a very, very fast truck," Crafton said.
"We were just a little bit scared -- we wanted to make a maybe a track bar change -- but we were tight center-off all night. We made one adjustment and made it quite a bit better. But then I got a little bit free and tight off, but I was afraid to make any more adjustments to help my off because I knew it was going to hurt my entry."
Austin Dillon was fourth and Tayler Malsam fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 were Jeb Burton, German Quiroga, Ron Hornaday Jr., Joe Nemechek and Mason Mingus.
Busch started the race from the pole. Alongside him was 20-year-old Ryan Blaney.
The race was not even a lap old when a big wreck occurred. Involved was points leader Timothy Peters, who had to take his truck to the garage as a result. When he came out, he was seven laps off the pace.
It started when Hornaday was clipped from behind by Brennan Newberry. Hornaday spun and behind him the trucks of Peters, German Guiroga and Spencer Gallagher were caught up.
Seven laps later, separate wrecks in two different locations brought out another caution. Involved in one wreck was Brian Ickler. In the other was Todd Shafer.
On Lap 16, Logan moved to the lead on the low side of Busch as they went door-to-door down the frontstretch.
Three laps later, back to the front went Busch. He sat at there until Lap 33 when Shafer spun to bring out the third caution of the night. The field pitted under the caution. Busch, who took two tires, was first out of the pits was P1 when the race restarted on Lap 38.