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Kyle Busch wins sixth consecutive Truck race

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CONCORD, N.C. – Kyle Busch scored his sixth consecutive Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory, winning Friday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch also won six in a row from the end of the 2013 season to the early part of the 2014 season.

Friday was Busch’s final Truck race of the season. Drivers who have competed in more than five full-time Cup seasons and score Cup points are limited to five Truck races in a season.

“Wish I could do more,” Busch said on Fox Sports 1 after winning.

Busch had to overcome a late caution when Brett Moffitt lost a tire with less than 10 laps left. That led to a restart with three laps to go. Busch held off the field and pulled away to score his 56th career series win and eighth at Charlotte.

Brennan Poole placed second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton. Friesen went from 10th to third in the final three laps.

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Busch had won his past five starts entering Friday night. He won at Pocono in his final start in 2018 and won his first four starts of this season, winning at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Martinsville and Texas.

Stage 1 winner: Matt Crafton

Stage 2 winner: Kyle Busch

Who had a good race: Ben Rhodes followed his runner-up finish last weekend at Kansas with a top-five finish. … Matt Crafton scored his sixth consecutive top 10.

Who had a bad race: Natalie Decker crashed before the end of stage 1. She finished 31st in the 32-truck field.

Next: The Truck Series races June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway, the first race in the Triple Truck Challenge where the race winner earns a $50,000 bonus.

Matt Crafton wins pole for tonight’s Truck race at Charlotte

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CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Crafton won the pole for the second consecutive week in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

Crafton earned the pole for Friday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap of 179.134 mph. Stewart Friesen joins him on the front row after a lap of 178.926 mph. Todd Gilliland (178.595 mph) starts third. He’s followed by Harrison Burton (178.430) and Ben Rhodes (178.283).

Kyle Busch, who is seeking to win his fifth race of the season, starts eighth after a lap of 177.723 mph. Busch and all other drivers with more than five full-time Cup seasons and scoring Cup points are limited to five Truck races a year.

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The green flag for tonight’s race is scheduled to wave at 8:46 p.m. ET.

Matt Crafton wins Truck Series pole at Kansas Speedway

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Matt Crafton won the pole for Friday night’s Gander Outdoors Trucks Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Crafton claimed his 14th career pole with a speed of 177.288 mph. It’s his first pole since August 2017 at Michigan.

The top five is completed by Tyler Ankrum, Harrison Burton, Brett Moffitt and Todd Gilliland.

The top 10 is rounded out by Ross Chastain, Austin Hill, Gus Dean, Sheldon Creed and Stewart Friesen.

Jennifer Jo Cobb spun and backed into the Turn 4 wall during her qualifying run.

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Truck practice report from Kansas Speedway

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Stewart Friesen was the fastest in the final practice session for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Friday at Kansas Speedway.

Friesen (177.154 mph) was followed by Brett Moffitt (177.125), Sheldon Creed (176.327), Matt Crafton (176.177) and Grant Enfinger (175.959).

Creed scraped the wall early in the session and had minor damage. Brandon Jones ran the most laps at 50. He was 12th on the speed chart.

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Truck qualifying will be at 5:05 p.m. ET and the race will be at 8:30 p.m. ET.

FIRST PRACTICE

Stewart Friesen posted the fastest lap in the first of two practice sessions Friday for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Kansas Speedway.

Friesen (177.585 mph) was followed by Brett Moffitt (177.515), Matt Crafton (177.416), Sheldon Creed (176.922) and Harrison Burton (176.534).

Twenty-three drivers practiced. Creed ran the most laps at 43. Grant Enfinger had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 173.137 mph. Creed was next at 172.494 mph.

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Final Truck practice is scheduled from 11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET.

Trucks: Johnny Sauter holds off Brett Moffitt to win third straight at Dover

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In a classic battle, Johnny Sauter held off Brett Moffitt to win Friday’s JEGS 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.

It was Sauter’s third straight win at the 1-mile, all-concrete oval, his 24th career Truck victory and his first win of 2019 since returning to ThorSport Racing after losing his former ride with GMS Racing in early January. Sauter was replaced by Moffitt at GMS. Both drivers won six races apiece last season, but Moffitt won the Truck Series championship.

“When you get kicked to the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove,” Sauter told FoxSports 1. “I can’t thank (ThorSport owners) Duke and Rhonda Thorson enough.

“A couple months ago, I didn’t know if I would be racing. To get three in a row is extra special. … I was highly motivated. This is so special. It ranks right up there as one of the best wins of my career.”

Moffitt started from the pole, won Stage 1 and led a race-high 82 laps in the 200-lap event.

But Sauter, who started alongside Moffitt on the front row, powered to the lead – including winning Stage 2 – and methodically pulled away in the final 20 laps. Even a late caution with 10 laps – and the resulting restart with five laps to go – didn’t keep Sauter, who led a total of 43 laps in the race, from taking the checkered flag.

Sauter also closed in on points leader Grant Enfinger with the win. Sauter moved up from fourth to second place, and is just four points now behind Enfinger.

Third through 10th place were: Harrison Burton, Enfinger, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Austin Hill, Derek Kraus, Tyler Ankrum and Ross Chastain.

Click here for full race results.

Click here for updated point standings.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brett Moffitt (first stage win of season)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Johnny Sauter (second stage win of season)

WHAT’S NEXT: Digital Ally 250, Friday May 10, 8:30 p.m. ET, Kansas Speedway.

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