LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch started from the pole and dominated Saturday’s Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in which only six trucks finished on the lead lap.
Busch, who led 165 of 175 laps, crossed the finish line 3.816 seconds ahead of runner-up Austin Dillon to post his sixth win in 14 starts this season and the 30th victory of his career. Kevin Harvick finished third, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr. and Johnny Sauter.
Busch led the first 130 laps and didn’t surrender the top spot until he came to pit road for tires and fuel on lap 131. That handed the lead to Dillon, who didn’t pit until lap 135.
By the time pit stops cycled through, Busch had opened his advantage over Dillon to nearly six seconds. Harvick was running third at that point, more than 12 seconds back.
Though Dillon closed the gap over the final 30 laps, Busch was able to cruise to the win, breaking a string of five straight Chevrolet victories in the series.
“I wish we could have come out a little closer to him off pit road,” Dillon said. “I lost a little time getting onto pit road, and that hurt us. But we came out leading the points with six (races) to go. We’ll focus on that, and we’re happy with this finish.”
Matt Crafton, James Buescher, Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters and Miguel Paludo were the remaining top-10 finishers.
Top 10 leaders after 18 of 24:
1. A. Dillon-661