From MRN Radio, by Pete Pistone
William Byron gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its record breaking 51st NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win when he took the checkered flag in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
Byron held off John Hunter Nemechek and Daniel Hemric to win for the fourth time in only 11 career series starts.
“It just keeps going, man,” said the 18-year-old Byron. “I’ve got a great team behind me.”
Byron led twice for 70 laps, including the final 69.
“This team is so good and I can’t thank Kyle Busch enough for the opportunity,” Byron said. “That was a battle at the end and I just knew that I had enough to hold off those other guys if I didn’t make any mistakes.”
Nemechek had moved around Hemric for the second spot with only a handful of laps remaining but couldn’t get by Byron for the top spot and the win.
“I had some momentum there coming off of two but couldn’t make it stick to get by him,” Nemechek said.
The average age of the top three finishers Thursday night was 20.6.
Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.
Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Tyler Reddick completed the first 10 finishers.
The race was the first held on the newly repaved and reconfigured Kentucky track. Although there were concerns of a single groove only being available, the race featured several two and three wide battles for position including the lead.
While Byron was celebrating in Victory Lane, it wasn’t a great night otherwise for team owner Kyle Busch. He was involved in an earlier race crash that ended his night when he spun racing side-by-side with Spencer Gallagher and made heavy contact with the outside wall.
“It was self-inflicted, I guess,” Busch said. “Got back in traffic and I don’t know. Going down the back stretch I thought I had enough room on the inside, but I know who I crashed with. That doesn’t surprise me, now I know how John Wes Townley feels. It’s just a shame. Brand new truck and really good piece – destroyed.”
Gallagher and Wes Townley crashed while racing together two weeks ago at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Wednesday, July 20 at Eldora Speedway.