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Kyle Busch takes dominant Truck win at Las Vegas

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Kyle Busch takes dominant Truck win at Las Vegas
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Mar 2, 2019, 3:53 AM

Kyle Busch completed a sweep in the NASCAR Truck Series race for the second consecutive week.

Race winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Race winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Race winner Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna
Brett Moffitt, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado and Jerry Baxter
Brett Moffitt, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado

Busch won the first two stages and was able to hold off a spirited challenge from Brett Moffitt to win Friday night’s Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, sweeping the stage wins and the race victory for the second straight week.

Busch, who is running in all three races this weekend, picked up his 53rd career win in Trucks, the most of any driver. He led 111 of the 134 laps in the race.

“We were just tight. We fought it in practice a little bit and we worked on it an awful lot to make it better,” Busch said in Victory Lane. “The Tundra was really, really fast. We worked on it all night. Every pit stop, we worked on it.

“It’s cool to win here in my hometown of Las Vegas, starting off a triple weekend. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”

Busch is running in all three races this weekend.

“I think the hardest one may be the second one, but I don’t know,” he said. “We obviously had a really fast truck tonight. We worked really hard to get it there. We didn’t start great in practice but overall, I’m proud to be in Victory Lane.”

Moffitt actually got to Busch’s rear bumper with about 15 laps remaining in the race but lost the handling on the front of his truck and lost considerable ground.

“I got to back of Kyle and I just got loose,” Moffitt said.

Matt Crafton finished third, Stewart Friesen was fourth and Harrison Burton completed the top-five.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Reed and Ross Chastain, who rallied to 10th after stalling his truck on his final pit stop.

With 30 laps remaining, several drivers headed down pit road to begin a round of green-flag pit stops.

Once the cycle was completed with 18 laps to go, Busch emerged with a small lead over Moffitt. They were followed by Crafton, Friesen and Burton.

With five laps remaining, Busch had opened up a more than two-second lead over Moffitt.

Stage 2

Busch passed Friesen with six laps remaining to take the Stage 2 win.

Friesen finished second, Chastain was third, Gilliland was fourth and Ben Rhodes completed the top-five.

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, Friesen was the first off pit road and led the way when the race went green on Lap 38.

Moffitt had a prolonged pit stop as his air hose got caught under his right-rear tire. He restarted in 23rd.

With 20 laps remaining in the second stage, Friesen held a small lead over Gilliland. They were followed by Busch and Rhodes.

Busch had made his way to second and was chasing Friesen down for the lead with 10 laps to go in the stage.

On Lap 55, Busch went to the inside and got around Friesen to retake the lead.

Stage 1

Kyle Busch led every lap on his way to the Stage 1 victory.

Moffitt ended up second, Austin Hill third, Burton fourth and Chastain completed the top-five.

Busch, who started on the pole, grabbed an early lead at the green-flag.

On Lap 6, Creed got loose and made contact with Reed to trigger a wreck that also collected Chastain, Cory Roper, Rhodes and Crafton.

The race returned to green on Lap 11 with Busch still in the lead, followed by Moffitt and Burton.

With 15 laps remaining in the first stage, Busch maintained a small advantage over Moffitt and Burton and Hill battling for third.

Busch extended his lead to more than a second with five laps to go in the first stage. Hill was third and Burton fourth.

Grant Enfinger had to start the race from the rear of the field after his team changed engines during practice on Thursday.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Laps Led
1 51 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 134   111
2 24 United States Brett Moffitt  Chevrolet 134 1.211  
3 88 United States Matt Crafton  Ford 134 3.595  
4 52 United States Stewart Friesen  Chevrolet 134 6.311 20
5 18 United States Harrison Burton  Toyota 134 9.626  
6 2 United States Sheldon Creed  Chevrolet 134 11.634  
7 4 United States Todd Gilliland  Toyota 134 17.812  
8 13 United States Johnny Sauter  Ford 134 23.096  
9 17 United States Ryan Reed  Toyota 134 23.646  
10 45 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 133 1 lap 1
11 98 United States Grant Enfinger  Ford 133 1 lap 2
12 44 United States Timothy Peters  Chevrolet 133 1 lap  
13 54 United States Natalie Decker  Toyota 133 1 lap  
14 7 United States Korbin Forrister  Chevrolet 132 2 laps  
15 22 United States Austin Wayne Self  Chevrolet 132 2 laps  
16 8 United States Angela Ruch  Chevrolet 132 2 laps  
17 02 Tyler Dippel  Chevrolet 132 2 laps  
18 15 Anthony Alfredo  Toyota 132 2 laps  
19 97 Jesse Little  Ford 132 2 laps  
20 30 United States Brennan Poole  Toyota 131 3 laps  
21 3 United States Jordan Anderson  Chevrolet 130 4 laps  
22 12 Gus Dean  Chevrolet 130 4 laps  
23 33 United States Josh Reaume  Toyota 129 5 laps  
24 04 Cory Roper  Ford 127 7 laps  
25 99 United States Ben Rhodes  Ford 125 9 laps 1
26 34 United States Jesse Iwuji  Chevrolet 124 10 laps  
27 10 United States Jennifer Jo Cobb  Chevrolet 123 11 laps  
28 6 United States Norm Benning  Chevrolet 121 13 laps  
29 20 United States Spencer Boyd  Chevrolet 108 25 laps  
30 16 United States Austin Hill  Toyota 82 51 laps  
31 1 Stefan Parsons  Chevrolet 67 66 laps  
32 63 Scott Stenzel  Chevrolet 34 99 laps  
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Series NASCAR Truck
Event Las Vegas
Author Jim Utter