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NASCAR Truck: Kyle Busch wins at home

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 02: Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Cessna Toyota, celebrates win Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Stratosphere 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)


Kyle Busch claimed his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at his hometown track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night when he took the checkered flag in the Stratosphere 200. It was his 50th-career win in the series.

“It means a lot,” Busch said of winning at his home track. “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 the 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 Cesna Beechcraft Toyota Tundra – just phenomenal race truck. Everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports and the guys at Rowdy Manufacturing have done such a great job for us. Being able to get Incredible Bank with us in victory lane too and Interstate Batteries – of course Toyota and TRD.”

For the second-consecutive week, Busch led the most laps in a Truck Series race. Friday night in his hometown, he led 55 of 134 laps. Other drivers leading significant laps included Brett Moffitt with 27 laps led and Stewart Friesen, who led 31 laps.

Moffitt finished third in Las Vegas after overcoming contact with the lapped truck of Myatt Snider late in the race and, then, stalling his truck on pit road during a green-flag pit stop in the final 25 laps of the race. Snider was three laps, having already made a pit stop in the cycle of green-flag pit stops that began a few laps earlier and, then, being penalized for an uncontrolled tire on that stop.

“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 (Michel Disdier), and he turned down into us,” Moffitt said.

Friesen finished fifth. Other top-five finishers were Johnny Sauter in second and Grant Enfinger in fourth.

“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.”

Despite Busch leading the most laps and running up front multiple times throughout the race after starting the pole, Busch’s teammate Noah Gragson and Friesen were the winners of the first two 30-lap stages of the race, with Gragson claiming the first stage and Friesen the second.

After winning the opening stage, Gragson wound up 12th at the finish.

“We won that first stage and it’s just frustrating,” Gragson said. “We need more speed in our Safelight Switch Toyota Tundra. Was just tough on those restarts. Need to get better myself. Thankful for the opportunity, and I wish I could have done it for my hometown crowd. We need to work on our restarts, and I can see how these guys work the air and whatnot. Need to keep working hard and pushing forward. We’re going to Martinsville next, which is where I got my first career win, so I’m looking forward to it.”

The yellow flag waved five times throughout the 134-lap race. Aside from the two cautions to divide the race into its three stages, the yellow waved on lap 15 for Justin Marks, on lap 72 for a Justin Haley incident and on lap 119 for a Michel Disdier spin.

Other drivers finishing in the top-10 included Dalton Sargeant in sixth, Ben Rhodes in seventh, Cody Coughlin eighth, Justin Fontaine in ninth and Austin Hill in 10th.

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