The Nascar Gander Outdoor Truck Series started with a familiar sight this weekend as Kyle Busch lead the field of 32 trucks to the green flag. The premier series regular went into this race with 52 truck wins already to his name, and he is obviously not done competing in the lower divisions of NASCAR. Whether this is “fair” or not is up for debate, but with or without Kyle Busch, Friday nights are for the Trucks!
The drivers came out of the gate running hard for the first seven laps before a spinning Sheldon Creed Chevrolet would bring out the first caution of the night. Several trucks collected damage as well including veteran driver Matt Crafton. The drivers would go back at it for the remaining laps of the 30 lap stage one, but now one had anything for Kyle Busch as he took the first green and white checkered flag.
Under the caution Busch would take four tires and find himself in eighth for the start of stage two. Stewart Friesen would lead the field to green with Ben Rhodes quickly challenging for the lead. The two would battle as the whole field behind them fought for every inch of track space.
Friesen would hold the lead for the majority of stage two, but eventually we saw the inevitable as Busch passed and drove away for the stage two win.
The start of stage three was the most exciting of the night as trucks went four wide throughout the field again battling for every inch of the track. Busch would eventually pull away from the pack unchallenged.
With 25 laps to go green flag pit stops began as drivers pulled off the track, most taking two tires and fuel. Busch would wait for the other leaders to make their stops before taking two tires and fuel from his crew. As the field cycled through the stops Brett Moffitt was within a second of Busch and gaining.
For several laps Moffitt was closing in and even found himself on the bumper of Bush’s Toyota before a small slip found him a few tenths back before navigating through lapped traffic put him too far back to battle Busch.
Busch would go on to win his 53rd NGOTS race.
The Trucks are back on track for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville on March 23rd at 2:00PM ET.