Trackin’ Trucks: Kyle Busch Wins at Charlotte

Credit: Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs

Kyle Busch earned his 56th Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch led 102 of 134 laps during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. He pulled away from Brennan Poole on a restart after the seventh and final caution for Brett Moffitt to win his eighth at the 1.5-mile track.

“This Tundra was awesome tonight,” Busch said. “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,” he added. “These guys do a great job working on it, and we just keep getting better.”

Meanwhile, Poole finished second after dealing with a broken sway bar for majority of the race. The finish was his first top 5 of the series, where he has made 10 starts.

“We just ran second to Kyle Busch tonight with a broken sway bar. I’m pretty proud of the effort.” Poole said, “I know we’ve got a lot more chances like this coming up in our future to get this Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane. But I’m excited tonight, and I think I may even go get myself a beer when I get home.”

Stewart Friesen finished third, followed by Ben Rhodes and pole sitter Matt Crafton.

Only two cautions were for accidents other than debris, the first for Natalie Decker on Lap 24 and Korbin Forrister and Gus Dean brought out the fifth caution on Lap 78 after making contact in Turn 2. They finished 25th and 26th, respectively.

A Look Ahead 

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7th.

Grant Enfinger is the series points leader by 15 points over Friesen and 33 over Moffitt.

Harrison Burton is on the outside looking in with eight races to go before the start of the playoffs. He sits ninth, one point behind Austin Hill in eighth place and 79 points behind Enfinger.

Last year Johnny Sauter earned his fourth victory of the season at Texas. Can he earn his second of 2019?

Find out in three weeks on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 9 p.m/ET on Fox Sports 1.

Trackin’ Trucks: Kyle Busch Wins at Charlotte Trackin’ Trucks: Kyle Busch Wins at Charlotte Reviewed by Courtney Horn on Saturday, May 18, 2019 Rating: 5

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