Kyle Busch took his 62nd career truck win at the Sonoma Circuit

Kyle Busch beat Zane Smith in a frantic two-lap push to the finish at Sonoma Raceway to claim his first win in this year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, extending his career record to 62 streak wins and 10 consecutive years with one series win over the least.

Busch led 45 best races out of 75 laps in the DoorDash 250 on the 1.99-mile road course in California Wine, but ultimately had to beat young driver Smith, who leads the series with three wins in 2022.

As the all-time winner of the Camping World Truck Series, Busch has excelled in any number of race conditions and it all came in handy on Saturday afternoon. There were five leaders and 10 major changes; A roughly 13-minute red flag in the closing laps and all the pit strategy you’d expect in one of NASCAR’s first road track events.

Ross Chastain kept Bush and Smith honest until late in the event when an off-track adventure slowed him down any chance of any last-lap championships for the lead. There were five NASCAR Cup Series drivers in on Saturday in the first Sonoma Truck Series race since 1998.

“Just keep working on the truck and making it better,” Bosch said of his team’s work over the race on the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, which has now won three times in the season, including last week with driver Corey Heim.

“The Tundra TRD Pro was fantastic today and really proud to drive it. We had a struggle in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago but today it was really good.”

Smith, who methodically worked his way forward later in the race, finished just 1.176 seconds behind Bosch and acknowledged that his team had to work hard on the truck at every stop – and eventually found the right adjustments to compete in the end.

“Man, I hate finishing second, especially for him,” Smith said, smiling, 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 picked it up.”

Ty Majeske, who won the opening stage, finished third, followed by Chastain and Bosch’s teammate Chandler Smith.

Daniel Suarez—who replaced injured driver Carson Hocevar at the start of the race—came in 46th for the Chevrolet Motorsport daughter in 42nd. It was a great run for Suarez and the team, considering the truck lost two laps on a pit road with a change of driver on a lap 11.

“He’s been a busy guy, very busy,” Suarez said, admitting he was disappointed to miss two laps instead of just one when changing the driver.

“I was hoping for long distances so I could build some ground,” he continued. “But I think we did a very good job and thank you very much because we were able to get some stage points and finish in the top six. It was a very decent day. I wish we had won, the truck was able to win the race.”

Parker Kligerman, John Hunter Nimichick, Tyler Ankrum and Matt DeBendetto made the top ten.

The top four drivers in the series are now separated by just 14 points with series champ Ben Rhodes, stage two winner, who challenged Bosch for the lead before a tire problem forced him to stop.

Rhodes took the best stage win of the series and held onto the lead by just five points from Chandler Smith.

The Camping Truck World Series is moving to Knoxville, Iowa, next Saturday for the Clean Harbors 150 at the popular Knoxville Raceway (9 PM ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Austin Hill won the race in Knoxville in 2021.

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