Kyle Busch Claims the Clock and Win No. 54 at Martinsville Speedway

Kyle Busch Claims the Clock and Win No. 54 at Martinsville Speedway NK Photography Photo
Kyle Busch continued his dominating march with NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win number 54 and NASCAR national series win number 201 at Martinsville Speedway. The 33-year-old led a total of 174 of 250 laps after starting the race in the second position in the No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra. In three NGOTS starts in 2019, Busch has earned three victories.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • In three rounds of group qualifying at the .526-mile oval, Busch posted the second-fastest lap and started the race on the front row.
  • Within 8 laps, Busch had made his way into the lead and he maintained that position at the front through the end of the first stage.
  • Busch earned the stage win, and crew chief Rudy Fugle brought him to pit road following the stage for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
 Stage Two Recap:
  • Busch began the second stage in the second position, but soon took the lead.
  • He reported that his Toyota Tundra needed to stay in the race track more, and under caution on lap 117, Fugle called him to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
  • The stop cost him track position and the owner-driver spent the remainder of the second stage in the third position.
 Stage Three Recap:
  • The driver of the No. 51 Cessna Tundra started the third stage in the third position.
  • Busch and Fugle opted to conserve tires and ride in the third position until about 70 laps to go when Busch began to move toward the front. After a short battle with the No. 45, Busch retook the point position, which he maintained through multiple late race cautions and a last lap yellow flag that ended the race.
  • In his 148th series start, Busch earned his 54th career victory and third of the season in three starts.

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