Date: July 28, 2018
Event: Gander Outdoors 150 (Race 14 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Location: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. (2.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: Three Segments; 15 laps/15 laps/30 laps
Start/Finish: 1st / 1st (running, completed 60 of 60 laps)
Starting from the pole in his No. 51 Cessna Tundra, Kyle Busch led 43 of 60 laps in the Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway to take the checkered flag and earn not only his second NCWTS win this season, but his 51st career win in the series to tie the all-time win record set by Ron Hornaday Jr.
Stage One Recap:
- Busch started the day by capturing his 21st career-pole in the NCWTS.
- He took the lead from teammate Todd Gilliland on lap two and held it until pitting for four tires on lap 12 ahead of the stage break.
- Busch was 19th when Stage One ended, but since he stayed out while most of the field pitted, he once again assumed the lead after pit stops were complete.
Stage Two Recap:
- Busch led for nine laps before pitting for four tires toward the end of the second stage on lap 27.
- He gained track position at the end of Stage Two when he stayed out and several trucks pitted.
Stage Three Recap:
- Busch was third when the final 30-lap stage began, but he did not stay there for long. He passed Dalton Sargent for the lead on lap 37 and never looked back.
- Having pulled away from the field, he crossed the finish line with a 1.5-second margin of victory over his KBM teammate Erik Jones.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Cessna Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
How special is it to tie the Truck Series victory record with your 51st-career win?
“It’s awesome. I can’t say enough about everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports and everybody that’s gotten these win totals to where they’re at, you know? Racing with Billy Ballew and racing KBM stuff, back in the heyday with – I don’t think I won a race with Morgan-Dollar, but I ran with those guys, you know? It’s certainly a true testament to all the hard work and everybody, all the dedication and perseverance everybody has at Kyle Busch Motorsports to get me such a fast Cessna Beechcraft Tundra here. The guys at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) do an awesome job for us. Thanks to Toyota, Incredible Bank, Black Clover, DVX Eyewear and Rowdy Manufacturing. It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of great people and I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Gander Outdoors 150 Recap:
- Busch won race followed by Erik Jones who was a substitute driver for KBM’s Noah Gragson who was ill, Dalton Sargent, Stewart Friesen and Justin Haley rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured two cautions for a total of eight laps. There were nine lead changes among six drivers. Busch led 43 laps while KBM’s Todd Gilliland led seven and Erik Jones led one.
How Busch’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 7th
- Erik Jones, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 2nd
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 team remains third in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings, 42 points out of first.
Spencer Davis will be behind the wheel of the No. 51 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra when racing action resumes in two weeks on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Live coverage of the race begins at 1 p.m. ET on FS1.