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NASCAR Truck: Kyle Busch ‘bounty’ still in play at Charlotte

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 21: Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Cessna Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

The Kyle Busch “bounty” issued by Kevin Harvick and Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World, the parent company of NASCAR Truck Series title sponsor Gander RV & Outdoors, to NASCAR Cup Series regulars able to beat Busch in a Truck Series race still is in play as the Truck Series returns to action Tuesday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. As a result of a postponement of NASCAR racing because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Truck Series hasn’t raced in over three months.

Prior to the break, Cup Series driver Harvick offered $50,000 to the first Cup Series driver to beat Busch in a Truck Series race. Lemonis, then, jumped on board to add another $50,000 for a total “bounty” of $100,000. According to Harvick, though, under the current climate, the $100,000, if awarded, will go to a coronavirus-related charity in the winning driver’s name instead of to the winning driver.

“The bounty is still on for tonight’s @NASCAR_Trucks race,” Harvick (@KevinHarvick) tweeted. “However, in the current environment, the $50,000 donation will be made in the name of the Cup driver who is eligible and beats @KyleBusch to a COVID-19 relief effort of their choice.”

Lemonis replied to Harvick’s tweet in agreement.

The “bounty” offer was made after Busch won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his only Truck Series race of the season, so far. That win was Busch’s seventh-consecutive Truck win in the races he entered, dating back to 2018. 

Cup Series drivers Chase Elliott, Brennan Poole and John Hunter Nemechek will contend for the $100,000 prize at Charlotte. A qualifying draw puts Busch 16th, Elliott 26th, Poole 32nd and Nemechek 38th on the 40-truck starting grid for the Charlotte race. Busch has eight Truck Series wins at CMS, including last year’s race.

Poole already was committed to running several Truck Series races before Harvick’s initial announcement, and other Cup Series drivers, including Elliott, Kyle Larson and Erik Jones announced plans to enter Truck Series races after Harvick and Lemonis’ prize offers. Larson isn’t competing in NASCAR for the time being, as he remains under indefinite suspension and was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing because of his use of a racial slur during a live stream of an iRacing event.

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