Statistically speaking, Kyle Busch had a perfect night at Kansas Speedway on Friday, scoring both stage wins in the Wise Power 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, leading the most laps and taking his series record 61st trophy.
But the veteran had to earn that cheerful finish, rallying from a starting position in fourth in the final overtime restart to take the lead in a three-wide battle. He eventually led the last two laps to take the checkered 0.665 seconds over Ross Chastain. It was Busch’s second win of the season. He won or finished second of his four Truck Series races this season.
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Despite the dominance of Busch’s # 51 Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports, he was on the radio with his team during the last race warning, fearing that there had been some kind of technical glitch with his truck. But down the green, he maneuvered around the trucks ahead of Chastain and Austin Hill, pulling away on the last lap.
Busch’s victory marks the fifth in a row this season for his Kyle Busch Motorsports. His 59 laps lead were the most significant of the night. This is Busch’s third victory in his last four starts at Kansas.
“No reboots actually happened tonight, I was shocked we definitely missed something just to be able to step up and start,” said the Las Vegas native who turns 37 on Sunday.
“It just wouldn’t do. These guys would just invade us. I think we saw him one of the restart with the 4 trucks (Nemechek) too he got run over. So overall great job from KBM and Toyota, TRD, this Cessna Beechcraft Tundra was awesome. “
Hill was third, behind Busch and Chastain. Christian Eckes and Busch’s teammate John Hunter Nemechek completed the top five. Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith, Raphael Lessard, Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes completed the top 10.
Series rookie Hailie Deegan was career 13th and climbed to eighth place, before taking on herself just before the final restart.
As with Busch, at one point Hill was worried about his truck’s performance – he pitched twice on the first break, but he steadily moved up the field. Last year’s regular season champion, Hill hasn’t won since September 2020 and the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway is statistically his best track.
“I thought I had done everything right on that reboot, threw him on the apron and saw Chastain come up to block whoever was coming outside and get next to him and from there, it was a drag race, I was wide open. green-white checkered pattern, ”said Hill, adding,“ Good finish, finishing third with everything we had. I want to win so badly, so really frustrating at the moment.
With fifth place, Nemechek – winner of two races in 2021 – maintains a 33-point lead over compatriot Ben Rhodes, winner of two races, in the championship standings. And that was good enough to earn Nemechek Kyle Busch Motorsports # 4 team a $ 50,000 “road crew” mid-season bonus from the Camping World series sponsor.
The next race in the series, the LiftKits4Less.com 200 at Darlington (SC) Raceway will take place Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Notes: The race winner Toyota No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports by Kyle Busch has passed the NASCAR post-race inspection.