Busch wins NCWTS race at Talladega

Kyle Busch won Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Mountain Dew 250 race at Talladega Superspeedway with help from his Billy Ballew Racing teammate Aric Almirola.

Busch and Almirola went to the outside and created their own two-car freight train in the closing laps. They passed then leader Todd Bodine on the final lap, giving the Ballew Racing its first ever one-two finish.

“That just happened – unbelievable. I owe everything to Aric Almirola today. Sticking with me from that last pit stop to the end, I told him if he just stayed with me they wouldn’t be able to beat the 15 (Almirola) and 51 (Busch). Awesome job to Aric, he can take my half of the pay after today. I don’t get paid anything. I don’t know what Billy Ballew will work out with him.” said Busch.


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“Everybody at Billy Ballew Motorsports did a great job and worked really hard. We had two awesome speedway trucks and it showed today. There were not very many people that could hang with us (Kyle Busch) when we got together and we proved that a couple times throughout the race. We tried not to show our cards too much in the beginning. It paid off and it was a one-two finish for Billy Ballew. I just wanted to be one bad.” Almirola said.

“Congratulations to Billy Ballew in his 300th start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and he got a one-two finish so that’s pretty awesome for him.” Almirola added.

Busch led 10 of 98 laps. With this win Toyota to clinches its fourth consecutive NCWTS manufacturer’s title (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).

Almirola finished second, Todd Bodine third, Terry Cook fourth and David Starr finished fifth, giving Toyota the top-five sweep for the first time since April 2006.

“We made the right move. We had a great truck and made the right move at the end and got the lead. We just didn’t have a teammate. Kyle (Busch) had his teammate right behind him. I could have blocked him coming to the checkers, but I didn’t want to be like Carl Edwards and end up in the catch fence.” Bodine said.

Ron Hornaday, Jr. was caught up in the “Big One” on lap 91. Drivers Max Papis, Brian Scott, Rick Crawford, Timothy Peters and Chad McCumbee were also involved when Johnny Sauter and Mike Skinner got together.

Despite a 17th place finish, Ron Hornaday maintains a 202 point lead over in Matt Crafton in the series standings with three races remaining. Crafton finished 10th and Skinner finished 19th.

“It all happened on the outside and they all came down and I was just in the middle of it. It was a shame. We caved the grill in on the back of the No. 9 truck; I didn’t know where he was going, that kind of ruined out day.” said Hornaday.

The series heads to Texas Motor Speedway next week (Friday, November 6).
 

Unofficial Race Results

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 10 51 Kyle Busch  Toyota 190 5 98 Running
2 5 15 Aric Almirola  Toyota 175 5 98 Running
3 6 30 Todd Bodine  Toyota 170 5 98 Running
4 2 25 Terry Cook  Toyota 165 5 98 Running
5 14 24 David Starr  Toyota 155 0 98 Running
6 20 212 Mario Gosselin  Chevrolet 150 0 98 Running
7 9 60 Stacy Compton  Toyota 146 0 98 Running
8 22 8 Dennis Setzer  Chevrolet 142 0 98 Running
9 30 153 Justin Hobgood  Chevrolet 138 0 98 Running
10 7 88 Matt Crafton  Chevrolet 134 0 98 Running
11 23 117 Timothy Peters  Toyota 135 5 98 Running
12 1 6 Colin Braun  Ford 137 10 98 Running
13 27 8 Chrissy Wallace  Chevrolet 124 0 98 Running
14 17 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet 124 0 98 Running
15 19 10 James Buescher * Ford 118 0 98 Running
16 25 129 J.R. Fitzpatrick * Chevrolet 115 0 98 Running
17 13 33 Ron Hornaday  Chevrolet 112 0 96 Running
18 29 157 Norm Benning  Chevrolet 109 0 96 Running
19 11 5 Mike Skinner  Toyota 111 0 96 Running
20 15 4 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet 103 0 93 Accident
21 16 14 Rick Crawford  Ford 100 0 90 Accident
22 3 9 Max Papis  Toyota 97 0 90 Accident
23 18 16 Brian Scott  Toyota 99 5 90 Accident
24 12 7 Chad McCumbee  Chevrolet 91 0 90 Accident
25 31 102 Steve Park  Chevrolet 88 0 76 Engine
26 32 28 Andy Lally  Chevrolet 82 0 64 P.Steering
27 8 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota 85 0 69 Accident
28 33 148 Mike Wallace  Chevrolet 84 5 61 Accident
29 21 11 T.J. Bell  Toyota 76 0 44 Vibration
30 24 41 Chris Jones * Dodge 78 5 41 Clutch
31 26 176 Ryan Hackett * Ford 70 0 41 Rear End
32 4 23 Jason White  Dodge 67 0 29 Engine
33 34 121 Sean Murphy  Dodge 64 0 20 Brakes
34 35 47 Brandon Knupp  Chevrolet 61 0 18 Over Heating
35 28 171 Robert Richardson Jr.  Chevrolet 58 0 13 Engine
36 36 250 Jennifer Jo Cobb  Dodge 0 0 1 Engine

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