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Kyle Busch goes 5-for-5 in NASCAR Trucks with Charlotte win

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Kyle Busch goes 5-for-5 in NASCAR Trucks with Charlotte win
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May 18, 2019, 2:44 AM

It was a perfect ending to a perfect abbreviated season for Kyle Busch in the Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series.

Race Winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Race Winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Race Winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Race Winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Race Winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Race Winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna

Busch passed Ben Rhodes with 39 of 134 laps remaining and held off Brennan Poole in a three-lap shootout at the finish to win Friday night’s N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch, a regular in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is only allowed five starts a year in Trucks and he completed his 2019 schedule with a victory in each one. He also won at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Martinsville and Texas.

"I wish I could do more," Busch said in Victory Lane. "I can't say enough about everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports and Rowdy Manufacturing. This Tundra was awesome tonight - it was flying and it was fast.

"We worked on it a lot in practice. We were a little off when we unloaded and we tried to make it better and better and better. We made improvements. That's what's good about me driving and Rudy (Fugle) crew chiefing - these guys do a great job working on it and we just keep getting better.

"Happy Birthday to (his son) Brexton - he'll be four tomorrow. It's awesome to have him here tonight and we'll celebrate."

The win was the 56th of his career (he is the all-time series leader) and the eighth at Charlotte.

Stewart Friesen ended up third, Rhodes was fourth and Matt Crafton completed the top-five.

On Lap 78, a multi-truck accident involving Gus Dean, Korbin Forrister and Angela Ruch put the race under caution. Only a handful of lead-lap cars elected to pit.

 

The race returned to green with 52 laps remaining and Busch in the lead, followed by Crafton and Friesen.

On Lap 85, a caution was displayed for debris on the track. Most of the lead-lap trucks elected to pit with Todd Gilliland the first off pit road, thanks to taking just fuel-only.

The race restarted with 44 laps to go and Ross Chastain in the lead – one of several who elected to stay out.

On Lap 91, Johnny Sauter powered to the lead after a 3-wide battle for the lead and one lap later, Rhodes got around Sauter to take the lead.

Busch ran down and passed Rhodes on the outside off Turn 2 with 39 laps remaining to reclaim the top spot.

With 15 laps remaining, Busch’s lead over Rhodes neared 5 seconds.

With seven laps to go, debris from Brett Moffitt’s truck brought out a caution. Most lead-lap cars stayed out and Busch still held the lead when the race restarted with three laps remaining.

Stage 2

Once Busch returned to the lead, he had little trouble out front and easily held off Chastain to win Stage 2.

“We worked really hard today to make this truck faster,” Busch said during the stage break. “We sought some balance, and we worked on it, made some good changes and now we’re haulin' here under the lights.”

Grant Enfinger finished third, Crafton was fourth and Moffitt completed the top-five.

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, Crafton elected not to pit and remained in the lead when the race restarted on Lap 36.

Enfinger powered to the lead on the restart and Chastain then got around Enfinger to take the top spot on Lap 38.

Busch ran down Chastain on Lap 40 to retake the lead.

With 15 laps remaining in Stage 2, Busch maintained a 1.2-second lead over Chastain with Enfinger running in third.

Busch’s lead over Chastain ballooned to more than 2-seconds with 10 laps to go in the second stage.

Stage 1

Crafton passed Gilliland in Turn 3 on the final lap to take the Stage 1 victory.

Gilliland had led the way when the race restarted with two of 30 laps remaining in the stage but couldn’t hold off Crafton’s advance.

Enfinger was third, Rhodes fourth and Chastain completed the top-five.

Rhodes grabbed the lead on the start thanks to a 3-wide move only to see Gilliland grab it back on Lap 2.

On Lap 5, Busch got around Gilliland and took the lead for the first time.

Ten laps into the first stage, Busch had moved out to almost a 2-second lead on Gilliland with Rhodes running in third.

With 15 laps remaining in the stage, Busch’s lead over Gilliland had blossomed to more than 3 seconds.

On Lap 19, Busch reported a “subtle vibration” in his No. 51 Toyota but his speed was not affected.

Natalie Decker hit the wall on Lap 24 to bring out the first caution of the race. Crafton was the first off pit road but Gilliland elected not to pit and took over the lead when the race restarted with two laps remaining.

Both Spencer Boyd and Austin Wayne Self started the race from the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments to their trucks following qualifying.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Laps Led
1 51 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 134   102
2 30 United States Brennan Poole  Toyota 134 1.115  
3 52 United States Stewart Friesen  Chevrolet 134 1.177  
4 99 United States Ben Rhodes  Ford 134 1.782 6
5 88 United States Matt Crafton  Ford 134 1.836 7
6 16 United States Austin Hill  Toyota 134 2.290 1
7 4 United States Todd Gilliland  Toyota 134 2.622 7
8 15 Anthony Alfredo  Toyota 134 2.656  
9 98 United States Grant Enfinger  Ford 134 3.052 2
10 45 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 134 3.086 7
11 18 United States Harrison Burton  Toyota 134 3.277  
12 2 United States Sheldon Creed  Chevrolet 134 4.428  
13 02 Tyler Dippel  Chevrolet 134 5.094  
14 97 Jesse Little  Ford 134 5.187  
15 3 United States Jordan Anderson  Chevrolet 134 5.338  
16 56 United States Timmy Hill  Chevrolet 134 7.019  
17 13 United States Johnny Sauter  Ford 134 8.755 1
18 42 Chad Finley  Chevrolet 134 9.210  
19 24 United States Brett Moffitt  Chevrolet 133 1 lap  
20 04 Cory Roper  Ford 133 1 lap  
21 22 United States Austin Wayne Self  Chevrolet 133 1 lap  
22 20 United States Spencer Boyd  Chevrolet 133 1 lap  
23 44 United States Angela Ruch  Chevrolet 132 2 laps  
24 49 Stefan Parsons  Chevrolet 132 2 laps 1
25 7 United States Korbin Forrister  Toyota 129 5 laps  
26 12 Gus Dean  Chevrolet 123 11 laps  
27 17 Tyler Ankrum  Toyota 111 23 laps  
28 33 United States Josh Reaume  Toyota 98 36 laps  
29 9 Codie Rohrbaugh  Chevrolet 72 62 laps  
30 8 United States Camden Murphy  Chevrolet 40 94 laps  
31 54 United States Natalie Decker  Toyota 32 102 laps  
32 87 United States Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet 19 115 laps  

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Series NASCAR Truck
Event Charlotte
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Kyle Busch Motorsports
Author Jim Utter