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Byron Wins Truck Race At Kentucky Speedway


William Byron only needed 5 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to get his first win. It would appear he’s got the process completely mastered at this point. Byron held off a charging John Hunter Nemechek to win Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 225 at Kentucky Speedway, his 4th win of the season.

Nemechek took 4 tires during the final round of pit stops while most of the front runners took 2. He moved up quickly but had an extended battle with Daniel Hemric trying to take over second in the final laps and ran out of time in his pursuit of Byron‘s Toyota.

Pole winner Daniel Suarez dominated the first third of the race, leading 61 of the first 62 laps. But Suarez was penalized for speeding on pit road during a round of caution flag pit stops. Suarez came back to salvage an 11th place finish.

2 time Kentucky truck race winner Kyle Busch had his night brought to a premature end on lap 55 when contact from the truck of Spencer Gallagher sent Busch backwards and into the turn 3 wall. Afterwards, Busch sounded empathetic towards John Wes Townley, seemingly implying that the crash was similar to the one that Townley had recently. Townley crashed near the end of the race at Gateway after contact from Gallagher.

Byron was happy to do what he could to lift his team owner’s spirits. The win was the 51st truck victory for Kyle Busch Motorsports, surpassing Roush Fenway Racing for the all time lead in wins in the series. Making the feat even more impressive is the fact that Roush has been involved in the series since its inception in 1995 while KBM didn’t field its first truck team until 2010.

Third place went to Daniel Hemric, fourth was Christopher Bell, and fifth position was Johnny Sauter. Cameron Hayley was sixth, seventh was Brandon Jones, with Matt Crafton eighth. Rounding out the top ten was Timothy Peters in ninth and the tenth place finisher was Tyler Reddick.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track on July 20th at Eldora, its fourth visit to the dirt track in Rossburg, OH.