HUNTERSVILLE – Kyle Busch, when he’s climbed into a truck to race recently, has a perfect record.
He has six victories in his past six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The latest was a win in the UNOH 225 on June 26 at Kentucky Speedway . It was part of an impressive triple-duty weekend, which also included second place in the Sprint Cup race and third in the Nationwide series.
Busch, 29, has accumulated 135 wins in all three national series and holds the record for highest winning percentage in the truck series at 33 percent with 40 wins in 120 starts. His 135 victories rank second in history for most wins across all three NASCAR national series.
Busch’s six-race streak snaps his personal record of five straight victories in a truck, which he accomplished in 2009.
"It’s a great opportunity to drive good equipment and good stuff, and I’m really proud that my name is on the door,” Busch said. “I’m most proud of Eric Phillips (crew chief) and all the guys, everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports for all their hard work and dedication and everything they’ve done to build really good trucks. They’ve done a great job for me. Seeing (teammate) Darrell (Wallace Jr.) come home second was pretty great, especially him getting back in traffic, like we both were and being able to methodically work his way back up to second.”
Gordon leads points race
MOORESVILLE – Jeff Gordon remains the Sprint Cup series points leader ahead of Jimmie Johnson by 24 points (618 to 594). Mooresville resident Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third (24 points behind), followed by Brad Keselowski (- 58) and Matt Kenseth (- 63).
Next up for the Sprint Cup Series is the Coke Zero 400 July 5 from Daytona International Speedway. Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is the defending champion of the event.
Postseason awards dates set
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will air on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. Dec. 5 from Las Vegas. MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the awards show live.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will be broadcast via tape delay at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 on FOX Sports 1. This is the first year the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series awards will be held at Trump National Doral Miami.
We rank Herald Weekly-area drivers in the racing world:
1. Kyle Busch – Drove three races last week in Kentucky and finished first, second and third. He’s a contender. He’s durable. He’s versatile.
2. Ryan Blaney – Finished third in the truck race and fifth in the Nationwide Series race last week. A very productive weekend.
3. Matt Kenseth – Ran fourth in the Sprint Cup Series race, which isn’t a surprise because he’s been a top 10-racer most weeks this season.
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. – Had a second-place finish in the truck series race last week and is emerging as a young star.
5. Paul Menard – Finished fourth in the Nationwide Series race last week, his third straight top-5 result. He’s climbing the driver points standings.