Tales of Kyle Busch’s dominance in the Camping World Truck Series have not been mythical exaggerations. If anything, the tales proved themselves once more as Busch collected the overtime victory at Kansas Speedway Saturday evening.
The win is Busch’s second in the truck series this season (Mar. 20 at Atlanta). The win is additionally Busch’s third in the circuit at Kansas and his first since May 12, 2017.
No driver jumped out of the gates as quick as Sheldon Creed did at the start of the race at Kansas Speedway Saturday evening. In a span of less than two laps, Creed, who started eighth, weaved through traffic and vaulted all the way up to second behind John Hunter Nemechek. Creed, however, continued to speed ahead with momentum and shot ahead Nemechek on lap 12 for the first lead change of the race.
Although Nemechek briefly reclaimed the lead, Creed’s speed up top, coupled with Nemechek briefly sliding through the turn, handed the lead right back. A truck race would not be a truck race, however, without Busch making his presence known. After shooting ahead of his teammate in Nemechek after the slide, Busch rocketed ahead of Creed on lap 26 and promptly held on to win stage one.
At this juncture, it became three-driver battle: Busch, Creed and Nemechek. Not just because of their placement coming out of pit road, but in the back-and-forth action between them at the start of the second stage, too.
Upon the start of stage two, Busch’s truck dominance continued to prove itself. Not long after Creed took the lead on lap 38, Busch reclaimed it less than two laps later. The three-driver bout continued through the latter end of the stage, with Busch hold strong ahead of Nemechek and Creed to pick up his second stage win of the race.
Nemechek led Busch and Creed at the start of the final stage. As Nemechek and Creed went side-by-side through turns three and four after the restart, Busch utilized the bottom line to vault to the lead before a Carson Hocevar spin brough out the first non-stage caution of the race.
The lap 74 restart saw the driving trio split up, as four-wide action and a surging Zane Smith spread the field apart. Creed, with his speed on the high line, found himself back up top on lap 75. Once the trio found themselves again and continued their back-and-forth battle as green flag pit stops got underway, it was Busch who retook the lead. Nemechek followed in second, while Creed, who slammed into the wall and collected a flat, was forced to pit a second time. After the field went through their respective pit stops, Busch held strong over Nemechek until a caution with seven to go packed the field together for overtime.
A caution through the first overtime meant Ross Chastain held the lead at the start of the second overtime. A combination of opponent tire rubs, in addition to taking the high line, netted Busch the win.
Chastain finished second. It is his best truck finish at Kansas since he won at the track on May 10, 2019.
Nemechek finished fifth. It is his fifth finish inside the top five this season.
After being forced to go to pit road after hitting the wall, Creed finished 32nd. It is Creed’s worst truck finish in 60 career races in the circuit.
The truck series will head back east and race in less than a week’s time on May 7 at Darlington Speedway. Coverage for the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST on FS1.