Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Daniel Suarez finished second to Tyler Reddick Friday afternoon in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway, his best finish to date in the Camping World Truck Series in his first-ever start at the one-mile track. Suarez’s KBM teammate Erik Jones, also making his Dover debut, finished third, while Justin Boston got caught up in an early-race accident, finishing a disappointing 25th.
Suarez, who qualified fifth in the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra, raced in the top 10 for much of the race. The key call of the race came during the final caution, when crew chief Jerry Baxter brought Suarez in for a four-tire change plus fuel and a track bar adjustment. Suarez restarted third and powered around Jones, who took only two tires on the same stop; lapped traffic prevented the young driver from getting closer to Reddick at the end of the race, settling into the runner-up spot.
“My ARRIS Toyota Tundra was strong,” said Suarez post-race. “I felt like it was strong enough to finish in victory lane, but something that was very important here was traffic. I feel like it was difficult to pass in traffic. It would just depend where you caught traffic. I felt like we were a little bit back because of traffic. Somewhere between the 19 (Tyler Reddick) and myself there was traffic. I have to thank everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports for the great truck, for the great performance.”
Jones qualified second in the No. 4 Special Olympics World Games Tundra and led 50 laps in the last half of the race, but for the third straight Truck Series race saw the win slip through his hands.
“We just couldn’t finish it out,” said Jones. “It just got tough working through the lapped traffic and I had to use up a lot of tire and didn’t quite have enough left. We had a good Special Olympics World Games Tundra and we fought hard all day. We came pretty close – we’ll win one soon and keep getting better every week. It was a good points day and we’ll just keep moving along.”
Boston, in the No. 54 ROK Mobile Tundra, qualified eighth and moved up as high as sixth before getting caught up in a Lap 66 accident that ended his day.
“It definitely was an unfortunate day for us here,” said Boston. “This is my home track and we had a really fast ROK Mobile Tundra. To be honest I’m really upset. There are a couple guys who run you really close in this series and don’t give you an inch of room. When you’re that early in the race, you have to give guys some room and that’s what happened. I ran out of room on the apron and came up on the track and hit the No. 33 (Brandon Jones) and ended our day. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll go get them in Texas. We have fast trucks and we’re moving in the right direction, it’s just a shame we didn’t get to run all the laps today.”
Daniel Hemric and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five at the “Monster Mile.”
The Truck Series is back on track next Friday night, June 5th at Texas Motor Speedway, sharing the weekend stage with the Verizon IndyCar Series. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.