Perfection personified: Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Kentucky, now 5-for-5 in 2014

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Nobody’s perfect – except Kyle Busch.

Busch has started five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this year and after Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, he has also won all five of those starts.

Busch won from the pole, leading 91 laps to win the sixth race overall for Kyle Busch Motorsports on the Truck series this season (teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. won the other one, two weeks ago at Gateway Motorsports Park in suburban St. Louis.

Busch has now won 40 NCWTS races in 120 starts, and Thursday’s win actually makes it six triumphs in a row, dating back to the 2013 season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He’s also led nearly 70 percent of the laps in the five races he’s been in this year.

Wallace started and finished second, the first time a Kyle Busch Motorsports has started on the front row and finished together.

“I’m proud to see the first KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) one-two, that’s really cool for me as an owner and (wife) Samantha,” Busch said.

Busch had a nearly four-second lead before the caution flag fell with 12 laps left when Caleb Holman lost power, perhaps for running out of fuel.

On the ensuing restart, Wallace tried to challenge his boss for the first few laps before Busch pulled away and never looked back.

“He knew what he was doing,” Wallace said when asked if he thought he had a chance to beat Busch. “He’s so cool to work with, he’s hard to beat, he’s so good but I wouldn’t want to be with anybody else.”

Ryan Blaney had a strong run and finished third, followed by Timothy Peters and Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski.

“Kyle, that whole team, that whole program has been real good all year, they’ve shown it,” Blaney said. “We’re right there, we’re real close to them, we just need that little bit more speed, myself and Brad (teammate Keselowski) both.

“At the end of the day, we’re not happy with a third and we’re not happy to see that same truck in victory lane. We want to beat them and that’ll prove that we’ve really gone to the next step as a whole team.”

Sixth through 10th were Mat Crafton, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter and Ben Kennedy.

Sauter retained his lead in the NCWTS points standings, eight points ahead of Matt Crafton, who remains in second place.

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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, points

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

POINTS: Standings after Rolex 24 at Daytona l Michelin Endurance Cup standings l Daytona endurance points

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.