The Nascar Gander Outdoor Truck Series returned to action today with a short track brawl at the iconic Martinsviller Speedway.
Stewart Freisen started on the pole, but it was Kyle Busch who would soon take the lead and drive away from the field.
The first stage of 70 laps would end eight laps early with a caution. Oil and debris on track would not allow NASCAR to open pit road or have a late stage restart. Busch would win the stage with only 15 cars on the lead lap.
Busch would find himself leading for the majority of the 70 lap stage two when another cation flew with 23 to go. Friesen found himself in the lead on the restart, but with ten to go he was overtaken by Ross Chastain who would go on to win the stage.
The racing was exciting throughout the field with cars side by side through the corners and the outside lane even had a chance as rubber was laid down by the trucks. The bumpers were used as impatient driver pushed their way to the front and the laps wound down.
With exciting racing throughout the field the lead for the race was not exciting and I say that with an odd sort of content. There was however an exciting battle for the race in the earlier laps of stage three when Busch was able to take the lead form Chastain.
After a few corners back and forth it was Busch out front and then he pulled away never to be seen again. Even with two cautions in the last 40 laps there was not a challenge to be seen.
Kyle Busch went on to win his 54th NASCAR truck race.
The trucks will be back at it next Saturday night, March 29th, at 9PM ET for the Longhorn 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Originally from central New York, I was first introduced to NASCAR through my uncle. I quickly developed an interest in the sport that has only grown over the last 20 years. I have a bachelors degree in agriculture business from SUNY Cobleskill, and currently manage the marketing efforts for a produce importer. In 2017 I thru-hiked the Appalachian trail, and since have been focused on pursuing my passions in life such as motorsports.