DOVER, Del. (AP) – Kyle Busch got a huge break and won his second straight NASCAR Craftsman Truck series race after an error on pit road took dominant Ron Hornaday out of contention Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Busch, who also won the truck race two weeks ago at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, was making just his second start this season.

“I was never that strong at Dover, so that’s why I wanted to run here,” he said. “It was like “Days of Thunder’ with going to the outside in turns three and four.”

Series leader Ted Musgrave finished 17th and holds a 20-point lead over Ricky Craven.

The leader averaged 96.735 mph in a race slowed a record 11 times by 49 laps of caution. There were six lead changes among five drivers.

Finishing third was Terry Cook in a Ford. Fourth was Hornaday in a Chevy, followed by the Reutimann’s Toyota.

Timothy Peters, Craven, polesitter David Starr, Matt Crafton and Mike Skinner completed the top 10.

Hornaday led all but 13 of the first 112 laps and 134 of 200 overall. But he was forced to pit a second time after a caution because of a missing lugnut with 50 laps to go in the MBNA 200.

The 20-year-old Busch broke in with six races in 2001. But he was banned the next season, when NASCAR mandated that drivers in its touring series had to be at least 18.

Busch became Rookie of the Year in 2004 in the Busch series. He now is a full-time racer in the elite Nextel Cup division, where older brother Kurt was the champion last year, and both will compete Sunday in the MBNA 400.

The younger Busch finished 36th earlier in the day in the Busch series event, but said he was none the worse for the wear.

“I ran 400 miles today with the Busch and truck races, and I’m ready to go 400 more tomorrow,” he said.

Busch took the lead from David Reutimann when the green flag waved with 19 laps remaining, and his Chevrolet held off that of Tony Stewart, another moonlighting Nextel Cup driver. The margin of victory was 0.745 seconds.

The green came out for the final time with five laps remaining, but Stewart was unable to make a major run at Busch.

“We just couldn’t get that track position we needed at the end,” Stewart said.

Only 13 of 36 trucks were on the lead lap at the end.


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