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Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Neither an early race spin nor a loose truck could stop Kyle Busch from winning the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Truck Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second year in a row.
Busch slid sideways but did not hit anything when he was running in the fourth spot on lap 52. He then dealt with a loose truck before saving his best at the end. Busch passed fellow Sprint Cup Series regular Clint Bowyer with seven laps remaining and then held off Bowyer at the finish by 0.32 seconds for his fourth truck win, including victories in the last three races.
"We didn't have the truck to beat tonight; the No.2 [Bowyer] did," said Busch, who has won four truck races in seven starts at Charlotte. "It's weird how things work out."
Busch claimed his 28th career truck win, which placed him into a tie with Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague for second most all-time wins in the series. Four- time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. holds the record with 47 victories.
He also collected his 97th win combined in all three of NASCAR's national touring series. That moved him into a tie with Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip for third on the all-time national series wins list.
"If a Cup guy is going to win, it might as well be me," Busch added.
Earlier in the day, Busch won the pole position for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. He has yet to win a Sprint Cup Series event at this track.
Bowyer attempted to reclaim the lead in the closing laps but made slight contact with the wall, ending his chances for the win. He led the most laps with 54.
"I was just too loose all day long," Bowyer said. "I knew in practice we were going to have our hands full. It's unfortunate. You can drive so big there. But [Busch] got by me. I tried to get the lead back but got into the wall."
Rookie Cole Whitt finished third, followed by James Buescher and Hornaday.
Johnny Sauter, Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Justin Marks and Brad Sweet completed the top-10.
Kimi Raikkonen had an impressive run in his NASCAR debut. Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One world champion, rebounded from two encounters with the wall to finish 15th, driving an entry for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He started 31st.
Whitt moved into the points lead, holding only a one-point advantage over Sauter. The 19-year-old becomes the first rookie and youngest driver to lead in the series standings. Hornaday is just three points out of the top spot.
"Our team has been really consistent this year," Whitt said.
Whitt finished second to Busch last week at Dover.
Matt Crafton dropped from first to fourth in the rankings after he crashed in the late-stages and wound up finishing 26th.
The 200-mile race at Charlotte featured a track-record-tying 10 cautions.
Tempers also flared at the conclusion when Hornaday and Sauter had a brief verbal exchange on pit road.
05/20 23:39:07 ET
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