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Johnny Sauter remains Truck points leader after Charlotte

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Johnny Sauter extended his points lead after his runner-up finish in Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sauter entered the Camping World Truck Series race with a two-point lead on Christopher Bell. Sauter ended the night 15 points ahead of Bell. Matt Crafton is third in the season standings, 51 points behind Sauter.

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Results of Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte

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Kyle Busch scored his 48th career Camping World Truck Series victory Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch led 90 of 134 laps.

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

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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.

Christopher Bell wins pole for Charlotte Truck race, third of season

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CONCORD, N.C. – Christopher Bell will start from his third Camping World Truck Series pole of the year Friday night.

Bell earned the pole for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 after posting a speed of 180.892 mph around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

He also earned the pole at Atlanta and Kansas. Bell went on to win the Atlanta race.

Filling out the top five is rookie Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter, Kyle Busch and Ben Rhodes.

Friday night’s race is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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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.

Click here for the Truck final practice results