NASCAR drivers who don't show up for drivers' meetings or the pre-race driver introductions are penalized by being forced to start at the back of the field. If they want to penalize Kyle Busch, they'll have to think of something else, because he won Thursday night's UNOH 225 Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway anyway.
It was Busch's fifth win of the season and the 29th of his career.
Busch won in a green-white-checkered finish set up by a late caution. Parker Kligerman ran second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Todd Bodine and Jason White.
"On the [last] restart, when Jason White was on my inside, I figured if I could just get another good restart where I didn't spin my tires, I'd be all right," Busch said. "Those guys spun their tires every time, and it kind of worked for us. It's hard to not be the leader in those positions and not spin your tires. I know how they feel."
Busch won the first leg of a potential weekend triple. He will race in Friday's Feed the Children 300 Nationwide Series event and Saturday's Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race before traveling to Wisconsin for a Super Late Model event at Slinger Speedway on Sunday.
Moments after a restart on lap 76, four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. felt his No. 33 Chevrolet break loose as he raced on the inside of the No. 60 Chevrolet of Cole Whitt. Both trucks slammed into the outside wall, and Jack Smith's Ford plowed into Hornaday's Chevy, knocking Hornaday back across the track, collecting the trucks of Josh Richards and John King in the process.
Busch led the field to a restart on lap 83 with Johnny Sauter beside him. After that, things got crazy. Sauter passed Busch for the lead on lap 103 but fell out of the race when he broke his rear axle during a pit stop on lap 124.
Nelson Piquet Jr. overshot his pit stall on lap 120 during that same round of green-flag stops and fell five seconds off the lead. When the cycle was completed, Busch had a two-truck-length lead over Austin Dillon, but as Dillon was closing in, the hood of his No. 3 Chevrolet came unpinned and covered the windshield, obstructing his vision.
Busch led until caution flew on lap 142 for Charles Vest's spin. On the subsequent restart on lap 146, Busch began to pull away, but a multi-car wreck involving Piquet, Miguel Paludo, Steve Arpin, Tim Peters and Ryan Sieg slowed the race for the seventh time and sent the event to overtime.
Pos Driver Team/Car Laps Status
1 Kyle Busch Dollar General Toyota 152 Running
2 Parker Kligerman Penske Truck Rental Dodge 152 Running
3 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota 152 Running
4 Todd Bodine Georgia Boot Toyota 152 Running
5 Jason White GunBroker.com Chevrolet 152 Running
6 Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet 152 Running
7 Joey Coulter Richard Childress/Rip-It Chevrolet 152 Running
8 David Starr Akzo Nobel/ASI Limited/Zachry Toyota 152 Running
9 James Buescher Exide/Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy 152 Running
10 Travis Kvapil International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota 152 Running
11 Max Papis GEICO Toyota 152 Running
12 Steve Arpin Mike's Hard Lemonade Chevrolet 152 Running
13 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet 151 Running
14 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops / NRA Chevrolet 151 Running
15 Justin Lofton CollegeComplete.com Toyota 150 Running
16 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 150 Running
17 Clay Rogers fleetHQ.com/BTS Tire & Wheel Chevy 149 Running
18 Jack Smith Seal Wrap Ford 147 Running
19 Ryan Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet 147 Running
20 Charles Vest CollegeComplete.com Ford 147 Running
21 Miguel Paludo Stemco / Duroline Toyota 146 Accident
22 Nelson Piquet Jr. Bozzano / Jontex Chevrolet 146 Accident
23 Johnny Chapman Wear Your Gear/www.Bobber.info Chevy 146 Running
24 Johnny Sauter SafeAuto/Curb Records/Carrier Chevy 125 Transmission
25 Shane Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet 125 Ignition
26 Cole Whitt Red Bull / Fuel Doctor Chevrolet 98 Running
27 Ron Hornaday Wisk Laundry Detergent Chevrolet 75 Accident
28 John King Edward Jones Investments Toyota 74 Accident
29 Josh Richards Joy Mining Machinery Toyota 74 Rear End
30 Jennifer Jo Cobb TenForJen.com Ford 66 Accident
31 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 41 Fuel Pump
32 Matt Crafton Tarkett / Menards Chevrolet 18 Engine
33 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises/Stingray Chevy 10 Electrical
34 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevrolet 9 Transmission
35 Justin Marks GoPro Chevrolet 6 Accident
36 Johanna Long Panhandle Grading and Paving Toyota 5 Accident