Kyle Busch is no stranger to success at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The winningest driver in series history added to that record on Saturday with a win in the TruNorth Global 250. It was Busch’s 54th win of his Truck Series career, including 3-for-3 in 2019. He’s also now won 201 times in NASCAR.
Busch said that, after claiming the first 75-lap stage victory, it was a matter of staying patient during the middle portion of the race and allowing his team’s tire strategy to play out.
“It was a case of being patient. Obviously with trying to go 150 laps to the end of the race on one set of tires is a long way to go, so we just kind of wanted to bide our time and take it easy, make sure we didn’t push too hard,” Busch said. “We didn’t need to go up there and get any stage points or anything like that so the opportunity for us to just kind of ride was given to us.”
Kyle Busch during the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series TruNorth Global 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 23, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia.
Once Busch re-took the lead in the final stage, it was just a matter of surviving a loose condition and some late-race restarts on the way to his second Truck Series victory at Martinsville Speedway.
“We just kept trying to make it turn the center better. That’s where it’s at, at Martinsville. You’ve got to be able to turn the center without getting too lose in and too loose off,” Busch said. “There during the race, a couple of times when I was underneath some guys I’d get loose. I saw other guys getting loose in the same kind of aspect. We were able to get by them and get through them and have enough tire there at the end to hold them off.”
Busch led four times for 174 laps en route to the victory.
Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, Ross Chastain and Stewart Friesen followed Busch home to round out the top-five finishers in the TruNorth Global 250.
Rhodes, has two top five finishes in four starts this season while Moffitt has three straight top five finishes heading to next weekend’s race in Texas.
For Chastain, he’s scored four top 10 finishes in four tries to start the 2019 season off with and is truly making a name for this team.
As for the famous grandfather clock trophy, Busch said it was crew chief Rudy Fugle’s to keep.
“Yes, he can have the clock,” Busch said of Fugle. “This is his (Fugle’s) first win here at Martinsville. I’ve won here with two other crew chiefs I think so it’s pretty cool to get Rudy his first win at Martinsville.”
TruNorth Global 250 Results
22 Wallace Jr.
18 Burton R
4 Gilliland R
2 Creed R
17 Ankrum R
11 Davis -1
56 Hill -1
92 Theriault -2
02 Dippel R -2
44 Wilson -3
7 Forrister -4
3 Anderson -4
20 Boyd R -6
1 Kvapil -10
30 Poole R -11
33 Sasnett -12
04 Roper -25
12 Dean R OUT