Saturday, March 3, 2018

Trackin' Trucks: Kyle Busch wins at Las Vegas

Kyle Busch celebrates with a burnout at Las Vegas
Credit: Brian Lawdermilk

by Courtney Horn

Kyle Busch earned a historic victory Friday night during the Stratosphere 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch held off a charging Brett Moffitt and Johnny Sauter in the final laps to claim his 50th Camping World Truck Series victory.

Busch now has a win in every series at LVMS as well as a win at every active track on the CWTS schedule.

“It means a lot,” Busch said. “We’ve had some great runs in the races that we’ve had at Kyle Busch Motorsports. We’ve raced and won all across the country, but I’ve just never been able to get back to Las Vegas to run a race.

“This one’s pretty cool to be able to win in my hometown and finish my list of Truck Series facilities that I’ve raced at and I’ve won at. I couldn’t be prouder to do it with this Cessna Beechcraft Toyota Tundra – just a phenomenal race truck.”

Busch led the final 15 laps of the race after Moffitt made contact with the No. 20 of Michel Disdier, who was not on the lead lap. Moffitt faded several positions, but rebounded to finish in the third position.

Justin Haley made contact with Myatt Snider that resulted in the GMS Racing driver spinning on Lap 72. Haley finished 28th, while Snider earned a top-15 finish.

Two-time champion Matt Crafton finished 29th after brake problems sent him behind the wall shortly after Stage 1. It’s his first DNF of the season.

Stewart Friesen earned a top-5 finish after leading 31 laps and earning the Stage 2 victory, the second stage win of the Canadian’s career.

A Look Ahead

The Camping World Truck Series have the next two weeks off before heading to Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Johnny Sauter holds a 39 point lead over Moffitt and Grant Enfinger, who sits 40 points back. Sauter finished second a year ago to teammate Chase Elliott.

Crafton dropped seven places in the standings, from second to ninth. He is 64 points back along with Snider.

Don’t miss the CWTS on March 24th at 2 p.m ET on Fox Sports 1.


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