After a two hour rain delay at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series took the green flag on Friday night led by Kyle Busch.
The field finally took the green at around 11:00pm eastern. It was a very late start after a very long day for all the drivers and crews at CMS.
Busch quickly pulled away from the field but the first caution of the day came when Austin Dillon who started in the top 10 quickly dropped back in the field.
For a handful of laps Dillon was trying to feel out the car until something broke and Dillon hit the wall hard.
The team went to the garage and Dillon acknowledged that lug nuts were loose on the truck and that’s why they were so loose.
This is interesting news because during the pre-race show SPEED reported that when Busch’s team rolled the truck onto pit road, 11 lug nuts were loose on three of the tires. The crew member responsible was adamant that post qualifying they were all tight.
For Dillon he admitted that it was a mistake internally but the question still remained was someone trying to sabotage Busch?
You wouldn’t have known it as Busch was able to pull away from the field in a very strong truck.
The second caution of the race brought all the teams to pit road, but many took mixed pit strategy from no tires to four tires nobody was on the same cycle.
Busch was running fourth on the restart but took back the lead from Sadler after the two battled back and forth for a few laps.
When Busch scrubbed the wall he lost a couple positions to Sadler and Brad Keselowski who was making a rare CWTS appearance.
Busch then regained the lead when Sadler had to pit under green before the rest of the leaders. They didn't get enough fuel in on the stop.
That triggered other teams to start hitting pit road for their second stops.
In a scary moment Brent Raymer truck burst into flames just past the start finish line. Raymer got out of the truck and was taken to the infield care center. That caution was right in the middle of green flag pit stops.
Drivers like Matt Crafton were right in the middle of their stop when the caution waved others like Keselowski had not pitted yet.
Those drivers who already pitted or were in the middle of their stop would take the wave around but would have to work their way through the field.
Busch had an extended stay on pit road that had him starting ninth with 50 laps to go. Ryan Seig hit the wall hard and brought out the caution.
With 20 laps to go it was Busch, Hornaday and Todd Bodine lined up. Busch took the lead on the restart and pulled away from the field, when caution waved with 14 laps to go.
Donny Lia who was having a solid run got loose and spun hard into the inside wall.
Now Hornaday was starting second to Busch. Once again Busch pulled away from the field but Bodine passed Hornaday for second.
With seven laps to go Terry Jones engine expired setting up a two lap sprint for the win with Busch and Bodine.
Busch had another strong restart and was able to pull away from Bodine. He went on to his second win this season and his third win in the last week in NASCAR’s top touring series.
The rest of the top 10 were Bodine, Hornaday, James Buescher, Sadler, Mike Skinner, Aric Almirola, Jason White, David Starr and Timothy Peters.
The series heads to Texas Motor Speedway on June 4th at 8:30ET on SPEED.