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Kyle Busch is defending winner of the Las Vegas Truck race. Photo: Getty Images

Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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The race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicks off today with one Cup practice and qualifying, two Xfinity practices and both qualifying and the Stratosphere 200 Truck Series race under the lights.

Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the Truck race.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times Eastern)

11 a.m. – Truck garage open

Noon – 9:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

1 – 11:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – First Cup practice (Fox Sports 1)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (FS1)

5:10 p.m. – Truck qualifying (single vehicle, two rounds) (FS1)

6:35 – 7:25 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

7:25 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

7:40 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

8:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

9 p.m. – Stratosphere 200 Truck race (134 laps, 201 miles) (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Kyle Busch wins Truck Series race at Las Vegas

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Kyle Busch fended off charges from Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt in an 11-lap sprint to win Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch’s win is his 50th in the Truck Series but the first at his home track. It came in his second Truck Series start at LVMS, his first there since 2001.

“It was really, really fast. I just felt like we were struggling in the long run,” Busch told FS1. “I was hoping somebody would get behind me, so we could just get away and duke it out, but that was kind of too short a run there in order to do that.”

Moffitt, who won last week at Atlanta, was leading with 26 to go when he made contact with Michel Disdier‘s lapped truck that occupied much in the track’s low lane, allowing Busch to take the lead. After pit stops, Busch kept the lead.

Disdier then spun to bring out the caution with 16 to go.

Busch is competing in all three NASCAR races this weekend at LVMS.

The top five was Busch, Sauter, Moffitt, Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Noah Gragson led a 1-2-3 finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen scored the second stage win of his career.

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Stewart Friesen finished fifth after leading 31 laps in Stage 2, a career-best outside of Eldora Speedway (where he led 93 laps in 2017). … Brett Moffitt’s third-place finish is the first time Hattori Racing Enterprises had placed in the top three in consecutive races. …  In his first Truck race since 2016, Justin Marks finished 11th after spinning on Lap 15.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: John Hunter Nemechek finished 21st after losing his right-front tire on a Lap 21 restart sequence. … After pitting following the first stage break, Matt Crafton wen to the garage for a brake problem. He finished 29th. … Justin Haley wrecked with 63 laps to go after getting loose between two trucks and then making contact with Myatt Snider. He finished 28th.

NOTABLE: Johnny Sauter has finished in the top three in the last eight races. … Kyle Busch is one win away from tying Ron Hornaday Jr. for most career wins in the Truck Series.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “These lapped trucks are out here trying to make a living too. I get it, but holy moly.” – Kyle Busch on how lapped traffic affected the race’s outcome.

WHAT’S NEXT: Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 24 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1.