Kyle Busch wins the NASCAR Truck Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 62nd series victory. The DoorDash 250 raced on Saturday afternoon.
Holding off Zane Smith in a frantic two-lap push to the finish at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, Kyle Busch earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the year; extending his record career total to 62 series victories and a streak of ten consecutive years with at least one series win.
Kyle Busch Wins the NASCAR Truck Series Race at Sonoma
Busch led a race-best 45 of the 75 laps in the DoorDash 250 at the 1.99-mile road course in California wine country but ultimately had to beat the young driver Smith, who leads the series with three wins in 2022.
As the Camping World Truck Series’ all-time winningest driver, Busch has indeed prevailed under any number of race circumstances, and that all came in handy Saturday afternoon. There were five leaders and ten lead changes; a nearly 13-minute red flag in the closing laps and all the pit strategy you would expect in one of NASCAR’s premier road course events.
Ross Chastain certainly kept Busch and Smith honest until late in the event when an off-course adventure negated any chance for him to pull off any final-lap heroics for the lead. There were five NASCAR Cup Series drivers entered Saturday in the first Truck Series race at Sonoma since 1998.
“Just continuing to work on the truck and make it better,” Busch said of his team’s race-long work on the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota that has now won three times on the season, including last week with driver Corey Heim.
“This Tundra TRD Pro was awesome today and really proud to drive it. We had a struggle at Charlotte a couple weeks ago but today was really good.”
Zane Smith Finishes Second
Smith, who methodically worked his way forward later in the race, finished only 1.176-seconds behind Busch and conceded his team had to work hard on the truck at every pit stop – ultimately finding the right adjustments to contend at the end.
“Man, I hate finishing second, especially to him,” Smith said, offering a smile and adding, “That last lap was the fastest lap of the race for me. I just wish I was a little closer so I would have had a shot at him.”
The Best of the Rest
Ty Majeski, who won the opening stage, finished third, followed by Chastain and Busch’s teammate Chandler Smith.
Daniel Suarez – who replaced the injured driver Carson Hocevar early in the race, brought the pole-winning No. 42 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet home in sixth place. It was an amazing run for Suarez and the team, considering the truck lost two laps on pit road with the driver change on lap 11.
“It was busy man, very busy,” Suarez said, conceding he was disappointed to lose two laps instead of just one on the driver change.
“I was hoping for long runs so I could make up some ground,” he continued. “But I think we did a very good job and very thankful we were able to get some stage points and finish in the top-six. That was a pretty decent day. I wish we could have won, the truck was capable of winning the race.”
Parker Kligerman, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Ankrum, and Matt DiBenedetto rounded out the top ten.
The top four-ranked drivers in the series are now separated by only 14 points with reigning series champion Ben Rhodes, the Stage 2 winner, challenging Busch up front before a tire problem forced him to pit.
Rhodes earned a series-best eighth stage win and holds onto the championship lead by a mere five points over Chandler Smith.
The Camping World Truck Series moves to Knoxville, Iowa next Saturday for the Clean Harbors 150 at the famed Knoxville Raceway (9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Austin Hill won the race at Knoxville in 2021.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Inaugural DoorDash 250
Saturday, June 11, 2022
1. (3) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 75.
2. (13) Zane Smith, Ford, 75.
3. (4) Ty Majeski, Toyota, 75.
4. (2) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 75.
5. (14) Chandler Smith, Toyota, 75.
6. (1) Carson Hocevar, Chevrolet, 75.
7. (11) Parker Kligerman, Chevrolet, 75.
8. (7) John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 75.
9. (5) Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 75.
10. (12) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, 75.
11. (8) Grant Enfinger, Chevrolet, 75.
12. (23) Harrison Burton(i), Ford, 75.
13. (27) Tanner Gray, Ford, 75.
14. (20) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 75.
15. (25) Chase Purdy, Toyota, 75.
16. (28) Jack Wood #, Chevrolet, 75.
17. (16) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 75.
18. (17) Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 75.
19. (22) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, 75.
20. (31) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 75.
21. (29) Blaine Perkins #, Chevrolet, 75.
22. (32) Brad Perez, Toyota, 75.
23. (36) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 75.
24. (33) Dean Thompson #, Chevrolet, 75.
25. (19) Lawless Alan #, Chevrolet, 75.
26. (30) Kris Wright, Chevrolet, 75.
27. (15) Derek Kraus, Chevrolet, 74.
28. (21) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 73.
29. (6) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 71.
30. (26) Josh Bilicki(i), Toyota, Accident, 70.
31. (10) Stewart Friesen, Toyota, Accident, 70.
32. (9) Hailie Deegan, Ford, Accident, 66.
33. (34) Jade Buford(i), Toyota, Transmission, 61.
34. (24) Matt Crafton, Toyota, Transmission, 54.
35. (18) Christian Eckes, Toyota, Accident, 26.
36. (35) Stefan Parsons(i), Toyota, Oil Cooler, 9.
The Door Dash 250 Stats
Average Speed of Race Winner: 68.612 mph.
Time of Race: Two Hrs, Ten Mins, 31 Secs. The Margin of Victory: 1.176 Seconds.
Caution Flags: Six for 17 laps.
Lead Changes: Ten among five drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. Hocevar 0;R. Chastain(i) 1-16;K. Busch(i) 17;T. Majeski 18-21;G. Enfinger 22;R. Chastain(i) 23-25;K. Busch(i) 26-43;B. Rhodes 44-46;K. Busch(i) 47-61;B. Rhodes 62-64;K. Busch(i) 65-75.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch(i) four times for 45 laps; Ross Chastain(i) two times for 19 laps; Ben Rhodes two times for six laps; Ty Majeski one time for four laps; Grant Enfinger one time for one lap.
Stage 1 Top Ten: 66,16,4,23,75,25,19,38,20,1
Stage 2 Top Ten: 99,18,61,02,42,20,56,40,1,62