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Kyle Busch gets a hard-fought milestone victory at his home track

March 2, 2018

By Reid Spencer

Stephen Furst Myracenews Photo

 LAS VEGAS – Holding off a hard-charging Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffit in the closing laps of a thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch claimed a milestone victory at his home track and kept alive the possibility of a three-race sweep at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 Busch crossed the finish line .437 seconds ahead of Sauter, who outdueled Moffit for the runner-up position. Last week’s winner at Atlanta, Moffitt held the lead until contact of his No. 16 Toyota with the lapped truck of Michel Disdier gave Busch the opportunity to charge to the outside and pass for the top spot.

 Busch maintained the lead the rest of the way, except for two laps under caution for Disdier’s spin off Turn 4 on Lap 119. Busch won for the first time this season, the first time in a truck at Las Vegas and the 50th time in his career, leaving him one win short of the record held by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.

 Busch has now won at LVMS in each of NASCAR’s top three touring series, and he has won a Truck Series race at every active track at which he has competed.

 “It means a lot,” said Busch, who will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday. “We’ve had some great runs in the races that we’ve had at Kyle Busch Motorsports. We’ve raced and won all across the country, but I’ve just never been able to get back to Las Vegas to run a race.

 “This one’s pretty cool to be able to win in my hometown and finish my list of Truck Series facilities that I’ve raced at and I’ve won at. I couldn’t be prouder to do it with this Cessna Beechcraft Toyota Tundra – just a phenomenal race truck.”

 Failure to launch on the restarts cost Sauter a chance to battle for the victory after the final restart on Lap 124 of 134.

 “Tonight I was frustrated when I got out of the truck because of the restarts,” Sauter said. “My best one was the last one, so that was good.”

 Just not quite good enough for the driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, who felt he could have caught the race winner given five or six more laps.

 Sauter, however, was no more frustrated than Moffitt, whose issue wasn’t with Disdier. Moffitt was seething because the lapped truck of Myatt Snider raced him tenaciously after coming off pit road with fresh tires in the late stages of the race.

 “When the 13 (Snider) pulled out from the pits a couple laps down and side drafted us for the lead, and it allowed Kyle to close in, I tried to go to the bottom of a lapped car (Disdier) and he turned down into us.

 “It’s just frustrating, because when you’re out of the race, you shouldn’t get in the way of the leaders… It’s just a bittersweet race.”

 Sauter added to his series lead, outpacing second-place Moffitt by 39 points. Fourth-place finisher Grant Enfinger is 40 points behind in third, one ahead of Noah Gragson, who ran 12th on Friday night.

 Stewart Friesen led 31 laps—second only to Busch’s 55—and placed fifth. Gragson and Friesen won the first and second stages of the race, respectively.

 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Stratosphere 200

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, Nevada

Friday, March 2, 2018

 

               1. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 134.

               2. (3) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 134.

               3. (6) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 134.

               4. (8) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 134.

               5. (2) Stewart Friesen, Chevrolet, 134.

               6. (18) Dalton Sargeant #, Chevrolet, 134.

               7. (15) Ben Rhodes, Ford, 134.

               8. (14) Cody Coughlin, Chevrolet, 134.

               9. (17) Justin Fontaine, Chevrolet, 134.

               10. (13) Austin Hill, Chevrolet, 134.

               11. (7) Justin Marks(i), Toyota, 134.

               12. (5) Noah Gragson, Toyota, 134.

               13. (4) Spencer Davis, Toyota, 134.

               14. (20) Wendell Chavous, Chevrolet, 134.

               15. (10) Myatt Snider #, Ford, 133.

               16. (19) Austin Self, Chevrolet, 133.

               17. (16) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 133.

               18. (24) Robby Lyons, Chevrolet, 133.

               19. (22) Michel Disdier, Chevrolet, 132.

               20. (23) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 132.

               21. (9) John H. Nemechek(i), Chevrolet, 130.

               22. (26) Mike Harmon(i), Chevrolet, 127.

               23. (31) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 123.

               24. (27) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 123.

               25. (25) Josh Reaume, Toyota, Engine, 119.

               26. (30) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Parked, 118.

               27. (28) Tommy Regan, Chevrolet, 112.

               28. (11) Justin Haley, Chevrolet, Accident, 75.

               29. (12) Matt Crafton, Ford, Brakes, 40.

               30. (32) Mike Senica, Chevrolet, Electrical, 28.

               31. (21) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Vibration, 23.

               32. (29) Scott Stenzel, Chevrolet, Electrical, 5.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  122.665 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 38 Mins, 19 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.437 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes:  14 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Busch(i) 1-15; S. Friesen 16-20; N. Gragson 21-32; G. Enfinger 33-35; K. Busch(i) 36-39; G. Enfinger 40; K. Busch(i) 41-42; S. Friesen 43-68; B. Moffitt 69-70; K. Busch(i) 71-83; B. Moffitt 84-108; K. Busch(i) 109-114; D. Sargeant # 115-117; J. Fontaine 118-119; K. Busch(i) 120-134.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Busch(i) 6 times for 55 laps; S. Friesen 2 times for 31 laps; B. Moffitt 2 times for 27 laps; N. Gragson 1 time for 12 laps; G. Enfinger 2 times for 4 laps; D. Sargeant # 1 time for 3 laps; J. Fontaine 1 time for 2 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 18,4,51,52,13,41,21,16,2,88

Stage #2 Top Ten: 52,13,51,41,16,18,24,21,98,4

Martin Truex Jr. Wins the Kobalt 400 At The Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 12 2017: NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Martin Truex Jr (78) celebrates in victory lane after winning the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

What started as a kind of ho hum afternoon with the #78 Furniture Row Toyota  of Martin Truex Jr. dominating most of the 3 race stages, but in the 3rd stage Brad Keselowski in the#2 Miller Lite Ford looked to be headed for an easy win.

The #2 and the #78 brought the field to the green. Proving clean air and starting position is going to be key today the front row jumped out to the early lead.

Today’s race was run in 3 stages, 80 laps, 80 laps and the final stage  102 laps.

1st caution of the day was brought out by the #83 Corey LaJoie on lap 19 when he blew a tire  and ended up against the inside wall.

March 12 2017: NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Martin Truex Jr (78) during the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Martin Truex’s pit crew got the #78 out ahead of Brad Keselowski but quickly on the restart the #2 powered to the outside in turn 3 and back to the lead. Those 2 battled for the top sot for several laps until Brad settled into the lead and began to pull away. Green flag laps clicked away a furious pace.

 

20 laps left in stage  #1 and only 28 cars remained on the lead lap with most of the field spread around the track in single file.

March 12 2017: NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Kevin Harvick (4) during the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

With 10 laps to go in the 1st stage the #4 Mobile 1 Annual protection Ford of Kevin Harvick brought out the 2nd cation of the day when out of nowhere his right font tire blew putting him into the front stretch wall a ton. The #22 and #1 stayed out while all others pitted, not a good move as they dropped like a stone at the restart. Martin Truex got back to the lead late in the stage to take the Stage #1  win.

At the drop of the green of stage #42 Kyle  Larsen led the field to green from the low lane but by the time the field got down to turn 3 the #78 of Martin Truex had powered around the top and resumed the lead of the race.

Martin Truex took of and kept building that lead at the half way mark he was almost 3 seconds ahead of the #2 of Brad Keselowski. The green stayed out until  9 laps to go in the stage when the #55 Chevrolet of Derrike Cope who spun in turn 2.

Again only 2 cars stayed out trying to stay up front to start the upcoming final stage. The # 48 Kobalt Chevrolet and the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford . The plan did not work and the both dropped to 10th and 18th respectively.

At the end of the the next 80 laps and stage 2 #78 Martin Truex took his second win of the day.

The third and final stage was 102 laps and would  take the race to completion.  24 cars restarted on the lead lap in Stage 2 winner #78 Martin Truex Jr. jumped out to another lead. Martin Truex Jr. dominated the stage until with 23 laps to go the #2 of Brad Keselowski made a pass for the lead in turn .

Stage 3 was a long green flag affair until the #10 Aspen Dental Ford of Danica Patrick blew up in a big way in turns one and two with 16 laps to go. Teams now  had the chance to change tires for one last run to the green.

On these pit stops #48 Jimmie Johnson had loose or missing lug nuts and had to return to the pits to tighten them or risk a major penalty after the race. That pit error dropped Jimmie all the way back to the 16th spot on the restart and 11th in the final run down.

Then it all changed, #2 Brad Keselowski was leading the third stage and running away with the race,  #78 was trailing but not catching him until the #2 slowed. Trailing by 20 car lengths Martin started to catch Brad and catch him quickly. Tuns out it was something major was going wrong in the #2 Miller Lite Ford, he was now holding on for dear life.  Brad knew he was in big trouble and was only going about 3/4 speed, he said it was hard to turn and he lost his brakes on that last lap, Brad finished 5th.

Martin Truex Jr. passed the struggling #2  and went on to today’s sweep with his first career win at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

March 12th 2017 Kobalt 400 winner Martin Truex Jr. (78) post race press conference at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

After the race Martin spoke stage racing , about how awful he was at Daytona but since then its gone pretty well.   Toward the end of the race the inside track bar adjustment broke in the car and he could not adjust anymore. When Bad drove by him he thought the day was over and he had relegated himself to a second finish. He said I got a little bit lucky with Brad having an issue and getting the win. He felt he has been on the other side of those things plenty of times, so it definitely  felt good to take advantage of somebody’s else’s issue for once and go to victory lane.

Kobalt 400 Top 10

  1. #78 Martin Truex
  2. #42 Kyle Larsen
  3. #24 Chase Elliot
  4. # 22 Joey Logano
  5. #2 Brad Keselowski
  6. #11 Denny Hamlin
  7. #21 Ryan Blaney
  8. #1 Jamie McMurray
  9. #20 Matt Kenseth
  10. #14 Clint Boyer

 

Race Notes:

This was Martin Truex’s  8th win in 408 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup starts. He is the first driver to sweep both stages and the victory and get max points.

March 12 2017: NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Kyle Busch (18) climbs from a smoke filled racecar after the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Post race activity was big today, the #22 of Joey Logano and the #18 of Kyle Busch were racing hard to the finish when Joey got loose and slid up in to Kyle. Kyle then spun off of the turn down onto pit lane and ended up stalled on pit road. Upon exiting his car Kyle started the march back down pit road to find Joey and express his displeasure. What ensued was a  free for all with Kyle on the ground wrestling with several members of the #22 pits crew on top of him with Joey looking on.

Kyle was seen walking back to the infield care center with blood on his face and forehead. Kyle was treated and released from the center

Kevin Harvick was not happy after his tire blow out. He said  he had a vibration for 4 or 5 laps and was trying to ride it out but he didn’t make it, blowing the right front. Kevin was not pleased with the medical response saying “It took them forever to get to the car”

The tale of two relatives, fan favorite #88 Dale Earnhardt J. was pitted next to his Nephew the #33 Jeffrey Earnhardt. Dale ran in the top 15 all day although he finished 16th  while Jeffery had a tough day finishing  6 laps down

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s pit is right below us and his  crew was scouring over the first set tires that came off the car. Word came later that he had a chunk missing out of one of those tires and the caution came at a great time for him.

The #41 of Kurt Busch had a rough day battling electrical issues and finished in 30th place 4 laps down.

The team car to race winner #77 Erik Jones in the 5Hour Energy car with his 15th place finish was the highest finishing rookie in the race.

After 2 wins Ford wins to start the season Toyota returned  to victory lane.

All cars post race inspection, the #78, #42 and #24 are being taken back to the R & D center.

Notes: Today’s grand marshal was Legendary rocker John Fogerty who was attending his first race. John just finished up a run at the Winn Hotel just last night and was.

A yearly visitor to the race weekend was Larry the Cable Guy here in support of the wounded Warriors Project. Larry does tireless work in support of the charity.

We watched the race teams put a substance today on pit lane to try and get better traction on pit exit, the Fox broadcast team later  reported they were putting down coke to get that traction.

 

 

Joey Logano Dominates Stage Three to Win Boyd Gaming 300

March 11 2017: Joey Logano celebrates in victory lane after winning the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Thomas Wolf wrote a famous novel “You Can’t Go Home Again” but jumping to the lead at the green home town driver Kyle Busch was out to prove that it is not true. Unfortunately after looking strong in the first segment never he led again finishing in 7th place in the final run down.

40 Xfinity drivers were brought to green for the Boyd Gaming 300 by the #18 NOS Energy Drink Rowdy Toyota of Kyle Busch and  the #22 Discount Tire Ford of Brad Keselowski at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch jumped out to to an early lead over the field, looking strong early. Only 5 laps in brought out the first caution as the # 97 VRom Brands Chevrolet slowed on the track after

March 11 2017: Kyle Busch (18) leads the field through turn 2 during stage 1 of the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

scraping the wall.

On returning to green on lap 9 Kyle jumped back out to the lead and continued to lead the field. As the laps wore on it became the Kyle and Kyle show. Kyle Larsen caught up to Kyle Busch and in traffic and at one point passed the # 18 NON Energy drink but did not hold it as they weaved their way through traffic.

At 45 laps and at the completion of stage one Kyle Busch leads all of the laps and the stage win. Top 10 #1  Kyle Busch, #42 Kyle Larson, #12 Joey Logano, #22Brad Keselowski #7 Justin Allgaier, #20 Daniel Suarez, #19 Matt Tiff, #6 Darrell Wallace Jr., #3 Ty Dillon and #16 Ryan Reed. Matt Tiff was the highest finishing Xfinity series regular.

Pit stops changed the top 3 as #42 Kyle Larson and the # 12 of Joey Logano came out ahead of Kyle Busch.

March 11 2017: Kyle Larson (42) and Joey Logano (12) lead to field on a restart late in stage 2 of the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
March 11 2017: Ryan Reed (16) makes it 3-wide at the start-finish line during during the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Stage 2 started pretty much like stage one but now with the #42 Kyle Larson jumping out to the early lead. Kyle Busch was not as strong in stage 2 being passed by Joey Logano in the#12  REV Ford for the second spot.

#22 Brad Keselowski took stage 2 followed by Kyle Busch.  While up front there was mostly single file racing there was 2 and 3 wide racing through the middle of the pack.

The 3rd and final stage started with the #12 REV Ford of Joey Logano and the #20 Interstate Batteries Ford and last years Xfinity Champion bringing them to green. Joey Logano built a big lead until a scheduled pit stop took him out of the top spot for 2 laps.

Once the pit stops cycled out Joey resumed his spot at the head of the pack. Lots of green flag racing dominated the first 2/3 of stage 3 until a debris caution, the 6th of the day  with 39 laps to go helped #22 Brad Keselowski  who had an unscheduled for an issue with a loose wheel.  Brad was off sequence and it moved him closer to the lead group.

#07 Ray Black spun to bring out the 7th caution followed by a 8th caution with 19 laps to go caused by a spinning #14 Superior Essex Toyota of JJ Yeley who was having a good day but now will be at the back of the lead lap car. As always seems to happens cautions breed cautions and a 9th and final caution for spinning rookie Matt Tiff in the #19 Surface Sunscreen Toyota bunched up the field to create a restart with 4 to go.

No matter how many restarts late Joey Logano would still pull away on the restarts and took the win in the Boyd Gaming 300. Second  place finisher #42 Kyle Larson said that Joey had a big advantage on the restarts and could not keep up with him. He was not sure if it was gearing or power but he did not have the power to pass him.

Race Notes:

Joey Logano said he did think it would be a small help for Sundays race by being in today’s Xfinity race.  Joey also believes that the relationship with his spotter helped him today, they have worked together for about 4 years.  The win by Joey was his 28th victory in 160 Xfinity  starts.

Xfinity regular Justin Allgaier Chevrolet in the #7 Brandt Professional Agriculture ran strong all day after starting in the 13th starting position. Justin came home with a great 4th place finish.

6th place finisher Darrell Wallace Jr. was under the weather all day but still battled to a good finish.

Elliot Sadler in the #1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet with his 8th place finish maintains his Xfinity Series point lead.

The #22 Discount Tire Ford of  Brad Keselowski had to make an unscheduled pit stop for  a lose wheel in the 3rd stage which cost him a lap and a shot at the win Brad came back to finish 10th.

Cole Custer in the #00  was the highest finishing rookie with a 11th place finish. Cole started in the 20th position.

Las Vegas native #62 Brendon Gaughan in the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet had a tough day, first pulling behind the wall for a new carburetor then spinning to bring out the 4th caution. In the last stage he slipped high and then brushed the wall.

A full post race tear down will take place for the top 2 cars plus one random car.

There were 10 pit road infraction penalties today, only 3 were for speeding.

The Xfinity Series moves onto Phoenix for the DC Solar 200 March 18th

Top 10 finisher of the Boyd Gaming 300

  1. #12 Joey Logano
  2. 42 Kyle Larson
  3. #20 Daniel Suarez
  4. #7 Justin Allgaier
  5. #2 Austin Dillon
  6. #6 Bubba Wallace Jr.
  7. #18 Kyle Busch
  8. #1 Elliot Sadler
  9. #16 Ryan Reed
  10. #22 Brad Keselowski