Kyle Busch Wins Again In Vegas Truck Series Race

Kyle Busch wins again at Las Vegas
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Holding off a hard-charging Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffit in the closing laps of a thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch claimed a milestone victory at his home track and kept alive the possibility of a three-race sweep at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch crossed the finish line .437 seconds ahead of Sauter, who outdueled Moffit for the runner-up position. Last week's winner at Atlanta, Moffitt held the lead until contact of his No. 16 Toyota with the lapped truck of Michel Disdier gave Busch the opportunity to charge to the outside and pass for the top spot.

Busch maintained the lead the rest of the way, except for two laps under caution for Disdier's spin off Turn 4 on Lap 119. Busch won for the first time this season, the first time in a truck at Las Vegas and the 50th time in his career, leaving him one win short of the record held by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.

Busch has now won at LVMS in each of NASCAR's top three touring series, and he has won a Truck Series race at every active track at which he has competed.

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag at Las Vegas
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"It means a lot," said Busch, who will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday. "We've had some great runs in the races that we've had at Kyle Busch Motorsports. We've raced and won all across the country, but I've just never been able to get back to Las Vegas to run a race.

"This one's pretty cool to be able to win in my hometown and finish my list of Truck Series facilities that I've raced at and I've won at. I couldn't be prouder to do it with this Cessna Beechcraft Toyota Tundra – just a phenomenal race truck."

Failure to launch on the restarts cost Sauter a chance to battle for the victory after the final restart on Lap 124 of 134.

"Tonight I was frustrated when I got out of the truck because of the restarts," Sauter said. "My best one was the last one, so that was good."

Just not quite good enough for the driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, who felt he could have caught the race winner given five or six more laps.

Johnny Sauter finished second, but still held onto the Truck Series points lead
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Sauter, however, was no more frustrated than Moffitt, whose issue wasn't with Disdier. Moffitt was seething because the lapped truck of Myatt Snider raced him tenaciously after coming off pit road with fresh tires in the late stages of the race.

"When the 13 (Snider) pulled out from the pits a couple laps down and side drafted us for the lead, and it allowed Kyle to close in, I tried to go to the bottom of a lapped car (Disdier) and he turned down into us.

"It's just frustrating, because when you're out of the race, you shouldn't get in the way of the leaders… It's just a bittersweet race."

Sauter added to his series lead, outpacing second-place Moffitt by 39 points. Fourth-place finisher Grant Enfinger is 40 points behind in third, one ahead of Noah Gragson, who ran 12th on Friday night.

Stewart Friesen led 31 laps – second only to Busch's 55 – and placed fifth. Gragson and Friesen won the first and second stages of the race, respectively.

RACE RESULTS

Pos. Start # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Status Points
1 1 51 Kyle Busch(i) Cessna Toyota 134 55 Running 0
2 3 21 Johnny Sauter Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet 134 0 Running 42
3 6 16 Brett Moffitt AISIN Group Toyota 134 27 Running 43
4 8 98 Grant Enfinger Curb Records Ford 134 4 Running 35
5 2 52 Stewart Friesen We Build America Chevrolet 134 31 Running 49
6 18 25 Dalton Sargeant # Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet 134 3 Running 31
7 15 41 Ben Rhodes Alpha Energy Solutions Ford 134 0 Running 42
8 14 2 Cody Coughlin Jeg's.com Chevrolet 134 0 Running 31
9 17 45 Justin Fontaine ProMatic Automation Chevrolet 134 2 Running 28
10 13 2 Austin Hill United Rentals Chevrolet 134 0 Running 27
11 7 54 Justin Marks(i) Crosley Brands/Tropicana Toyota 134 0 Running 26
12 5 18 Noah Gragson Safelite Toyota 134 12 Running 40
13 4 4 Spencer Davis JBL/SiriusXM Toyota 134 0 Running 34
14 20 49 Wendell Chavous SobrietyNation.org Chevrolet 134 0 Running 23
15 10 13 Myatt Snider # Liberty Tax Ford 133 0 Running 37
16 19 22 Austin Self Don't Mess With Texas Chevrolet 133 0 Running 21
17 16 3 Jordan Anderson Bommarito.com/Lucas Oil Chevrolet 133 0 Running 20
18 24 15 Robby Lyons Sunwest Construction Chevrolet 133 0 Running 19
19 22 20 Michel Disdier Richard Orlinski Chevrolet 132 0 Running 18
20 23 83 Bayley Currey Baja Chevrolet 132 0 Running 17
21 9 8 John H. Nemechek(i) NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet 130 0 Running 0
22 26 74 Mike Harmon(i) Atlanta Havoc Chevrolet 127 0 Running 15
23 31 50 BJ McLeod(i) Motorsports Safety Group Chevrolet 123 0 Running 0
24 27 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Think Realty Chevrolet 123 0 Running 13
25 25 33 Josh Reaume Gnarly Jerky Toyota 119 0 Engine 12
26 30 6 Norm Benning Zmongo/H&H Transport Chevrolet 118 0 Parked 11
27 28 1 Tommy Regan Chevrolet 112 0 Running 10
28 11 24 Justin Haley Fraternal Order Of Eagles Chevrolet 75 0 Accident 13
29 12 88 Matt Crafton Black Label Bacon/Menards Ford 40 0 Brakes 9
30 32 0 Mike Senica Betty Lou's/P3Power Products Chevrolet 28 0 Electrical 7
31 21 87 Joe Nemechek Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet 23 0 Vibration 6
32 29 63 Scott Stenzel Chevrolet 5 0 Electrical 5

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