The Kyle Busch Show: Kyle Busch Wins The Lucas Oil 150

The past three years at Phoenix International Raceway, Kevin Harvick Incorporated (KHI) has won with Kyle Busch second. Going into this year, Busch said no more as he brought a brand new truck, set to take down KHI.

“Big thanks to the guys in the chassis shop,” crew chief Eric Phillips said afterwards. “They put their heads together on building a brand new truck – its not like anything in the shop.”

On lap 43, Busch came down pit road second to KHI driver Clint Bowyer, though with a quick stop from his pit crew, Busch gained the lead and never looked back as he led the final 50 laps on his way to victory. The win gave Busch his 25th Camping World Truck Series victory and 50th top five in 87 starts.


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“It’s pretty amazing and its been that way for a long time,” Busch said in victory lane. “I’ve had a lot of awesome people stand behind me all the way. Man, I was scared there near the end thinking Clint was going to walk the dog there but Eric’s made some awesome changes on these trucks.”

The Kyle Busch-KHI one-two finish show kept going as it was Bowyer who finished second.

“I knew once he beat us out of the pits,” Bowyer said. “You know, in clean air, once you drive off and leave them you’re a tenth better than the field. Its like when we won in the Fall. I knew in practice that he’d be the one to beat.”

In the last 50 laps, Bowyer had multiple chances to get Busch on the restart, but he could never get that run.

“One time I’d spin the tires; the next time I’d hit the REV limiter,” Bowyer said. “These things hit the REV limiter quicker than the Cup cars do.”

His teammate Ron Hornaday finished third while Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five. Rookie Cole Whitt finished sixth for his first truck series top 10, followed by Matt Crafton, Justin Johnson, Joey Coulter and Jason White.

The first 43 laps went green, though the final 100 laps saw eight cautions as multiple trucks found themselves in trouble.

With his seventh place finish, Matt Crafton takes over the points lead by one point over Clay Rogers. Clay Rogers, who was the points leader coming into the weekend, finished 16th.

Unofficial Race results

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 0 0 150 Running
2 1 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 0 0 150 Running
3 4 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 41 0 150 Running
4 8 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 40 0 150 Running
5 2 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 39 0 150 Running
6 9 60 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 38 0 150 Running
7 6 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 37 0 150 Running
8 14 51 Justin Johnson* Toyota 36 0 150 Running
9 10 22 Joey Coulter * Chevrolet 35 0 150 Running
10 17 23 Jason White Chevrolet 34 0 150 Running
11 21 32 Brad Sweet Chevrolet 33 0 150 Running
12 11 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 32 0 150 Running
13 22 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. * Chevrolet 31 0 150 Running
14 7 30 Todd Bodine Toyota 30 0 150 Running
15 18 9 Max Papis Toyota 29 0 150 Running
16 13 92 Clay Rogers Chevrolet 28 0 150 Running
17 12 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 27 0 149 Running
18 27 66 Justin Marks Chevrolet 26 0 148 Running
19 29 1 Jeffrey Earnhardt * Chevrolet 25 0 148 Running
20 25 20 Johanna Long * Toyota 24 0 148 Running
21 23 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 23 0 148 Running
22 30 93 Shane Sieg Chevrolet 22 0 148 Running
23 31 46 Craig Goess * Toyota 21 0 148 Running
24 36 45 Mike Skinner Toyota 20 0 148 Running
25 28 7 Miguel Paludo * Toyota 19 0 147 Running
26 19 15 Dusty Davis* Toyota 18 0 145 Running
27 35 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 17 0 145 Running
28 16 244 Greg Pursley Chevrolet 16 0 144 Running
29 5 119 David Mayhew Chevrolet 15 0 143 F. Pump
30 24 77 Justin Lofton Toyota 14 0 139 Running
31 26 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 13 0 132 Accident
32 20 29 Parker Kligerman * Dodge 12 0 132 Accident
33 34 10 Chase Mattioli * Ford 11 0 128 Running
34 15 81 David Starr Toyota 10 0 112 Accident
35 32 7 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 9 0 104 Accident
36 33 5 Travis Kvapil Toyota 8 0 99 Accident

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