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NCWTS: William Byron “Super Kid” Gives KBM 51st Series Win


“Super Kid”, William Byron, won Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.  The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver led a race-high 70 of 150 laps, and with the win, Kyle Busch Motorsports now has 51 victories, the most in Truck Series history.

William Byron didn’t have the fastest truck at the end of Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

But Byron had the most important ingredient in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the newly repaved and reconfigured 1.5-mile track. Byron held the top spot for all 42 laps after the final restart of the event on lap 108 of 150.

It was no cakewalk. Byron had to stave off assaults from both runner-up John Hunter Nemechek and third-place finisher Daniel Hemric, who dogged the race winner – and each other – for the entire closing green-flag run.

At the end, after surviving a last-ditch effort from Nemechek, Byron’s No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota crossed the finish line .190 seconds ahead of Nemechek’s family-owned No. 8 Chevrolet. Hemric was .291 seconds behind the winner at the finish.

This is “Super Kid’s” fourth win in the ten CWTS races so far this season.

John Hunter Nemechek had a late-race run on Byron, however, came up short to the leader, finishing in second place.

Daniel Hemric, who was on Byron’s bumper pressing the No. 9 Toyota for the lead in the 30 laps, slipped to third as Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter completed the top five on the leaderboard.

Daniel Suarez, who was the polesitter for Thursday’s race, led for 59 laps but incurred a pit road penalty which sent him back to the back of the pack, finished 11th.

KBM team owner and driver Kyle Busch was knocked out of contention on lap 58 when Spencer Gallagher got loose and ran the No. 18 driver into the wall. Busch finished 30th and Gallagher went on to log a 16th-place finish.

Check out the unofficial results of the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

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About Leon Hammack

Leon Hammack is a retired airline pilot and avid race fan. Leon is a contributing writer and photographer for all three of NASCAR's touring series, as well as sprint car and midget racing. A native of Fresno, CA now wintering in Yuma, AZ., additionally, he spends the summer months near Coos Bay, OR. You may contact Leon on Twitter @captainblowdri

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