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Kyle Busch wins Charlotte Truck race for second straight victory

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CONCORD, N.C. – Kyle Busch swept all three stages and ran away with the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 for his second Camping World Truck Series win in a row.

Busch led 90 of 134 laps on the way to his seventh Truck win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In both his wins this year, Busch has swept all three stages.

Busch held off the field on a three-lap shootout following a late caution.

It’s Busch’s 48th career Truck win.

Busch was followed by Johnny Sauter, Christopher Bell, Ryan Truex and Timothy Peters.

Bell, the pole-sitter, competed for the win after he lost a tire on Lap 4 and went a lap down.

“I struggle on restarts, I don’t know why,” Bell told Fox Sports 1. “It seemed like one time I would spin the tires and the next time I wouldn’t spin the tires. Overall bummed that I finished third with a second-place car.”

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STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Buch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Busch

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Ryan Truex finished fourth after a pit penalty for the third top-five finish of his career … Johnny Sauter’s second-place finish is his best result at Charlotte in nine starts. It’s his second top-three finish in a row here. … Parker Kligerman finished 10th for his first top 10 since the April 2016 Martinsville race. Pit strategy allowed him to lead six laps in Stage 2.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Austin Cindric, who graduated from high school Friday morning, spun on Lap 32 to cause the second caution. He finished 19th … Kaz Grala was the cause of two cautions, getting involved in a wreck with Brandon Jones on Lap 60 and single-truck accident on Lap 69. He finished 30th. … John Hunter Nemechek and Brett Moffitt got into each other on Lap 78. Nemechek pitted after pit road had been closed and was penalized. He finished 22nd, two laps down  … Regan Smith wrecked with 33 to go after being turned on the frontstretch and hitting the wall on the driver’s side. He finished 29th.

NOTABLE: The No. 24 of Justin Haley failed height measurements in post-race inspection. Any penalties will come later in the week … With his win, Busch is three shy of Ron Hornaday Jr.‘s series record of 51 … Sauter is winless but has finished in the top three in four straight races.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “The record is just a number I guess. I remember when I passed Mark Martin on the Xfinity side and that was a lot of fun and pretty interesting. Look forward to hopefully passing Ron on the Truck side and be able to set that a little bit higher. Maybe one day when I’m all said and done on the Cup stuff, maybe I’ll run my retirement tour in the Truck Series, win the championship and get the trifecta.” – Kyle Busch on getting closer to Ron Hornaday Jr.’s Truck win record.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway at 5:30 p.m. ET on June 2 on Fox Sports 1.

Noah Gragson paces final Truck practice

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Noah Gragson was spectacular and fast in the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After posing the session’s fastest lap at 181.941 mph, he spun off Turn 4 with about three minutes left. He did not hit anything.

Rookie Austin Cindric, who will graduate from high school Friday morning, ranked second on the speed chart with a lap of 181.610 mph. He was followed by Johnny Sauter (180.717), NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman (180.228) and Christopher Bell (180.078).

Gragson’s spin was the only incident in the 55-minute session.

The series races Friday night.

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Kyle Busch wins Kansas Truck race after Ben Rhodes’ engine falters

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Leader Ben Rhodes suffered an engine problem with eight laps left, allowing Kyle Busch to go on to win Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

The 20-year-old Rhodes, seeking his first career series win, drove his truck to the garage. After exiting it, he slammed the roof with both hands and walked away.

“We did everything right, but Ben Rhodes has a curse on his back because or something because goes always goes wrong,” he told Fox Sports 1. “It’s just tough.

“It’s just crazy that something always go wrong with our team. We do everything right, we just can never pull one off.”

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Rhodes, who finished 23rd, said a piece of debris went through the radiator and ruined his chances for the win.

Busch collected his 47th career Truck series win and first this season. He won both stages in the 167-lap race.

“Ben Rhodes had that race won,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “I was trying everything I could to try to chase him back down but I just didn’t have enough speed.”

Johnny Sauter finished second. John Hunter Nemechek placed third and was followed by Christopher Bell and Chase Briscoe.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Busch

HOW DID KYLE BUSCH WIN: He got lucky. Even he admitted that Ben Rhodes was going to win had it not been for the engine issues.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Christopher Bell rallied from 16th to fourth in the final 40 laps. He ran near the front until making his final pit stop under green only to see the yellow come out shortly afterward, trapping him a lap down. He got the wave around and was last among cars on the lead lap. … Johnny Sauter finished second. The points leader has finished third, second and second in the past three races.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ben Rhodes had a great race but a horrible finish when debris damaged his radiator and forced him from the lead to the garage in the final 10 laps. … Matt Crafton spun late while running fifth. He couldn’t recover and finished 16th.

NOTABLE: Four of the top-10 finishers are teenagers: John Hunter Nemechek (third), Kaz Grala (eighth), Justin Haley (ninth) and Austin Cindric (10th).

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: We’ve been trying for years and years. If I don’t make it in this game, it won’t be from lack of effort but bad luck. Let that be known,” Ben Rhodes to Fox Sports 1 about losing the lead in the final laps because debris damaged his radiator.

NEXT: The series races May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Harvick, Keselowski part of Xfinity, Truck ‘Test Fest’ at Charlotte on Tuesday

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With NASCAR’s two-week stint at Charlotte Motor Speedway looming next month, the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will have an all-day “Test Fest” next Tuesday at the 1.5-mile track.

Fans will be able to attend the test, which goes from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET.

Cup drivers Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney (Team Penske) and Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) will be among the drivers participating in the Xfinity portion of test, which goes from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Either Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones will be among the four drivers who test for Joe Gibbs Racing. Truck driver Christopher Bell will be one of the four.

The Truck Series will run from 3 – 9 p.m. ET

Frontstretch grandstands will be open to the public. Speedway Club members, season ticket holders, race ticket holders and fans who purchase Cup tickets on Tuesday can watch the test from the infield pit suites and will receive guided garage tours.

Fans will also be able to participate in “Spin to Win” games that reward participants with free parking, concession bucks (good for food and drinks on race weekends), camping discounts or half-price adult tickets to the Hisense 4K TV 300 on May 27.

Here’s all the drivers and teams participating in the test.

Xfinity Series
Chip Ganassi Racing: Tyler Reddick, Brennan Poole

Stewart-Haas Racing: Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer

JGL Racing: Dakoda Armstrong

GMS Racing: Spencer Gallagher, Ben Kennedy

JR Motorsports: Elliott Sadler, Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, William Byron

Richard Childress Racing: Brandon Jones, Brendan Gaughan, Daniel Hemric

Joe Gibbs Racing: Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones

Brandonbilt Motorsports: Brandon Brown

Biagi DenBeste Racing: Casey Mears

Roush Fenway Racing: Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Reed

Kaulig Racing: Blake Koch

Team Penske: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney

Camping World Truck Series
Hattori Racing: Ryan Truex

Kyle Busch Motorsports: Christopher Bell, Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider

GMS Racing: Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley, Kaz Grala, Spencer Gallagher

Brad Keselowski Racing: Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe

ThorSport Racing: Cody Coughlin, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger

Red Horse Racing: Brett Moffitt, Timothy Peters

NEMCO Motorsports: John Hunter Nemechek

AM Racing: Austin Wayne Self

Brandonbilt Motorsports: Brandon Brown

MDM Motorsports: Brandon Jones

Young’s Motorsports: Austin Hill

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Chase Elliott scores Truck victory at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chase Elliott held off GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter late to win Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Sauter finished second and was followed by Christopher Bell, rookie Noah Gragson and Ty Dillon.

Bell led with 17 laps left but made contact with Austin Cindric, who was trying to stay on the lead lap. The contact allowed Elliott and Sauter to get by.

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Asked what he might want to tell Cindric, Bell said: “It’s 20 laps to go in the race, you’re going a lap down. If it’s not your day, it’s not your day. I don’t expect him to just wave me by. I do expect him to continue to run the line he was running, and the chicane down the front straightaway was not the line he had been running.”

On the restart with 12 laps to go, Elliott blocked Sauter and stayed ahead the rest of the way to earn his second career Truck series win – his other Truck win came in 2013 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“He’s doing what he’s got to do to win the race,” Sauter said of Elliott’s block late. “I’d do the same thing.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Chase Elliott

STAGE 2 WINNER: Johnny Sauter

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: After finishing 26th and 14th in the first two races of the season, Noah Gragson finished a career-high fourth. … Brett Moffitt started 15th and finished sixth, scoring his first top 10 of the season. … Ross Chastain recovered from a punctured tire early and a spin to finish seventh.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: John Hunter Nemechek‘s truck lost power and caused a caution on Lap 119. He later returned several laps down and finished 28th. … Austin Cindric finished 21st and the contact with Christopher Bell, who was leading at the time, will be what some will recall most about Cindric’s race after Bell failed to win.

NOTABLE: Chase Elliott is the sixth different winner in the last six Truck races at Martinsville. Previous winners: Darrell Wallace Jr., Joey Logano, Matt Crafton, Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Johnny (Sauter) and I raced really hard here in the fall, and I think that was a little different ballgame than what you had today. I think you can get a little more aggressive in today’s race and not have as quite as big an outcome if something were to go wrong” – race winner Chase Elliott.

NEXT: The series is off until racing May 12 at Kansas Speedway.

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