Kyle Busch scored his 48th career Camping World Truck Series victory Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch led 90 of 134 laps.
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.
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.”
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 won the pole for tonight’s Toyota Tundra 250 with a lap of 177.848 mph. It is his second career series pole.
Todd Peck crashed in the opening round.
This is the first series race since April 1. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 8:49 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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.
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.
Stewart-Haas Racing: Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer
JGL Racing: Dakoda Armstrong
Joe Gibbs Racing: Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones
Brandonbilt Motorsports: Brandon Brown
Biagi DenBeste Racing: Casey Mears
Kaulig Racing: Blake Koch
Team Penske: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney
Camping World Truck Series
Hattori Racing: Ryan Truex
NEMCO Motorsports: John Hunter Nemechek
AM Racing: Austin Wayne Self
Brandonbilt Motorsports: Brandon Brown
MDM Motorsports: Brandon Jones
Young’s Motorsports: Austin Hill
The Xfinity Series kicks off its 2017 season Saturday at Daytona International Speedway with the Powershares QQQ 300.
There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list. A full field is 40 cars.
Two cars do not have drivers attach to them yet.
Last year’s race was won by Chase Elliott in a narrow finish over Joey Logano, who led the most laps. Almirola won the July Xfinity race at Daytona after he was judged to be ahead of Justin Allgaier when the caution came out on the last lap.
The Camping World Truck Series begins its 2017 campaign with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night.
There are 39 trucks on the initial entry list. A full field is 32 trucks.
There are no NASCAR Cup Series drivers entered. Spencer Gallagher, now a full-time Xfinity driver, is entered along with Joe Nemechek. The father of John Hunter Nemechek hasn’t made a Truck start since June 2015 at Texas Motor Speedway.