Kyle Busch Dominates In Las Vegas To Capture 57th Series Victoryby Hunter Thomas February 22, 2020 0 comments
LAS VEGAS – Kyle Busch dominated the Strat 200 on Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway en route to winning his 57th NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race.
Busch started the in the third position in the No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra, but he quickly raced his way to the lead. The Las Vegas native won all three stages and led a race high of 108 laps.
“This Cessna Tundra was awesome,” Busch said. “It had really good long run speed. The guys did a fantastic job. It’s the first win for Danny Stockman with KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), so that’s cool to have him on board. For us to have good stuff with Rowdy manufacturing. All my guys, they just worked their butts off.”
Busch has now been undefeated in the series going on two seasons. He won all five races that he competed in last year, and now the 34-year-old has kicked off his 2020 series effort with another victory.
“We certainly work really, really hard. It wasn’t like we unloaded and knew we had a great piece and that we were going to go out there and dominate like that,” Busch said. “We work for it, these guys do. All the preparation at the shop comes a long way with Danny (Stockman, crew chief), with Rudy (Fugle, No. 18 crew chief), with Mike Hillman Jr. (No. 4 crew chief). It’s just been really cool to get the equipment going that we have now. Obviously the talent that we have now. Our groups of guys, the core of them have been together now for a long time.”
Polesitter, Johnny Sauter followed up his seventh-place finish at Daytona with a runner-up effort in Las Vegas. Austin Hill, Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top-five. Zane Smith finished sixth, followed by Todd Gilliland, Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Sheldon Creed.
There were five cautions throughout the night. The only multi-truck accident occurred on lap 91, when Raphael Lessard got loose underneath Grant Enfinger exiting Turn 2. Lessard slid up the track and made contact with Enfinger, and both trucks hit the outside wall.
Sauter currently leads the series standings by one point over hill.
The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will visit Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 14 for the Georgia 200. Live coverage of the third race of the season will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN).
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