Kyle Busch romps to 5th truck win of season

Published 10:29 am Friday, July 8, 2011

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kyle Busch picked up his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on Thursday night, roaring from the back row to win the 225-mile race at Kentucky Speedway.

The NASCAR star was ordered to the rear of the field at the start of the race for missing driver introductions, but had little trouble picking his way through traffic. He held off Parker Kligerman during a green-white-checkered finish to win by 0.302 seconds.

Brendan Gaughan was third, followed by Todd Bodine and Jason White.

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The win was Busch’s 29th in the series and No. 98 for his NASCAR career, putting him third all-time. He has 21 Sprint Cup victories and 48 in the Nationwide Series. The 26-year-old celebrated by doing a lengthy burnout before grabbing the checkered flag.

Points leader Johnny Sauter was in contention for long stretches of the 150-lap race but went to the garage with less than 25 laps remaining after his truck broke its rear axle. He finished 24th but managed to extend his lead to 23 points over Cole Whitt as several of the series regulars ran into trouble on the bumpy, quirky 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Whitt began the night 20 points behind Sauter but was caught up when Ron Hornaday Jr., who started the evening third in points, got loose coming out of Turn 4 and collected Whitt, Josh Richards and John King.