LAS VEGAS, NV – Kyle Busch dominated Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. One week after becoming the series’ all-time wins leader, Busch took his No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports to victory lane. He led 111 of 134 laps run on Friday evening.
On Saturday, Busch dominated again.
Busch, took his No. 18 Toyota to victory lane in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 in leading 98 of 213 laps in dominating fashion. Now, he will go for the weekend sweep for the third time of his career. The previous two though came at Bristol in the August night race. This one, would be special in that Vegas is where Busch was born.
Saturday’s win though didn’t come easy. He had to pit on Lap 14 for a loose wheel and fell a lap down. He didn’t get his lap back until taking the wave around on the Lap 45 stage break. Due to taking the wave around though, he didn’t get to pit. But, he got lucky when Austin Cindric and Zane Smith crashed with one another on Lap 58. That allowed Busch to be able to pit for new tires and get back on sequence with everyone else.
By the end of the second stage, Busch returned to the top five. On Lap 112, he inherited the lead again.
Busch, was well in control in the end, but he still wasn’t the best car. Christopher Bell was charging hard and caught him for the lead with 19 laps-to-go in regulation. Bell though, got into the wall in Turn 3 allowing Busch to get the lead back. He’d be challenged hard in the end, but no one could get by allowing him to win for the second time of his career in the XFINITY Series at Las Vegas and the 197th time of his NASCAR career – 93 of which coming in NXS competition.
John Hunter Nemechek brought his No. 23 Chevrolet home runner-up while Noah Gragson, Austin Dillon and Michael Annett rounded out the top five.
Bell, was caught up in a crash with Tyler Reddick on the first lap on the first overtime period. Reddick, had a great run on Busch but lost control of his No. 9 Chevrolet while running underneath him. His Richard Childress Racing car got into Bell who was running the high line which in turn collected Cindric and Smith again.
On the final restart, Nemechek gave Busch a run, but Busch’s car was just too good to get by.