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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.

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.

Brett Moffitt takes pole for today’s Truck race at Dover

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Defending Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt captured the pole for today’s JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 161.413 mph.

It was Moffitt’s first pole of the season, but also his fifth top-five starting spot in the season’s first six races. 

Moffitt’s speed was 1.5 mph faster than Johnny Sauter (159.922 mph), who will also start on the front row. 

Qualifying third through fifth were Sheldon Creed (159.865 mph), Stewart Friesen (159.659 mph) and Matt Crafton (159.567 mph).

Sixth through 10th were Grant Enfinger (159.468 mph), Raphael Lessard (159.158), Brennan Poole (158.849), Harrison Burton (158.828) and Tyler Ankrum (158.807).

A total of 31 trucks qualified. A 32nd truck, driven by Ryan Sieg, did not record a qualifying time and will start from the back of the field for this afternoon’s race.

The JEGS 200 will take the green flag later this afternoon at 5 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Click here for qualifying results and row-by-row lineup.

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Friesen tops Kyle Busch to take pole for Martinsville truck race

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Stewart Friesen outdueled Kyle Busch to gain the pole for this afternoon’s TruNorth Global 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Friesen covered the 0.526-mile, paper clip-shaped oval with a speed at 96.465 mph. It’s the third career pole in the Truck Series for the Canadian driver.

“Our Chevy was fast, we made a couple small air pressure adjustments and a little bit of track bar there for the last round, and it held up,” Friesen told FS1. “They pay the money at the end of the race, though. That’s what we’re concerned about now.”

Friesen will be seeking his first career Truck Series win in today’s race.

Busch was second fastest at 96.366 mph.

“Overnight, we made a ton of changes,” Busch told FS1. “Hopefully, we can get this Tundra to where we want it to be and where it’ll be good on the long runs. Long runs are going to be important.

“It’s going to be all about track position and staying out front and seeing what we can get. It was a top-five truck yesterday. Hopefully, it’ll be a top-three truck now.”

Busch, who earned his 200th career NASCAR victory last Sunday at Fontana, California, will be making his 10th career start in a truck at Martinsville. He has one win (March 2016), five top fives and six top-10 finishes at the track.

Todd Gilliland (96.249 mph) was third fastest, followed by Sheldon Creed (96.200), Brett Moffitt (96.180) and Matt Crafton (96.132).

The rest of the top 12 qualifiers were: Raphael Lessard (96.083), Johnny Sauter (96.015), Austin Hill (95.550), Ross Chastain (95.468), Derek Kraus (95.266) and Austin Dillon (95.165).

Click here for the full qualifying results.

Today’s 250-lap/131-mile race will take the green flag shortly after 2 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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