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DAVIDSON: NASCAR Truck Series at Kansas – Another win for Kyle Busch

Kansas City, KS, May 1/21 (by John Davidson); Kyle Busch carved the 61st notch on his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race belt, winning the Wise Power 200 at Kansas Speedway. Busch led the race for 59 laps on six occasions, including taking both stages and then sweeping into the lead after a second overtime restart to take the race win.

Sheldon Creed went from eighth on the grid to second after the first lap of the Wise Power 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas, driving away from second place starter Kyle Busch and chasing John Hunter Nemechek. Creed got the lead after twelve laps, when Nemechek tried a high line in the first turn that almost put the No. 4 truck into the wall.

Kyle Busch took the lead to win the first stage, then dominated the second stage as well, leading Nemechek to the line for KBM to sweep both stages.

At the restart for the final stage, Creed and Nemechek were battling side by side for the lead, allowing Kyle Busch to sweep low and back into the lead.

Only a few laps into the stage, Carson Hocevar got inside of Christian Eckes and nearly spun, with NASCAR throwing a yellow flag, apparently anticipating more drama than resulted.

The restart had Busch fade back several rows, after a four-wide move that put him in the middle of about the third row from his front row position. Zane Smith led briefly, then Sheldon Creed moved to the front until green flag pit stops started to cycle through. A near spin by Tyler Ankrum as he got tapped by rookie Kris Wright nearly caused a caution, then Sheldon Creed had a low right front that had him slide into the wall but no caution resulted.

With just seven laps left, Jennifer Jo Cobb's truck stalled at a garage entrance on pit road, bringing out a late caution with a few trucks calling in the pits for tires that had cooled off. No team had sticker tires left. Nemechek was the top truck that stopped, joined by Austin Hill and Johnny Sauter. Bret Holmes' truck coasted to a halt on the apron to extend the caution and put the race into an overtime finish.

Kyle Busch picked the outside lane on the restart, flanked by Ross Chastain, with Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith and Stewart Friesen the top five runners.

Ben Rhodes zoomed to the outside, Chastain moved ahead of Busch but Stewart Friesen spun in traffic to put the race under caution again with a second overtime restart attempt. Derek Kraus was the only other racer involved as Friesen spun to the inside of the track and Kraus had no way to avoid contact.

Chastain and Smith headed the estart and Austin Hill moved inside of Chastain but Kyle Busch powered around the high line into an unchallenged lead to take the win, his 61st in the truck series and the fifth straight win for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the series.

"No restarts actually went our way tonight," Busch reported. "I was shocked. We definitely missed something, just being able to come up through the gears and get going. It would not go. It's just slow. Those guys would just swarm us."

Racing runs in the Busch family, with tonight's winner adding: "Brexton races tomorrow, so he better bring home a win like I brought home a win. Hopefully he can do it, hopefully we can do it. I just want to say hi to my family back home."

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