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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

Darrell Wallace Jr Wins LTi Printing 200 at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 12: Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #99 Maestro’s Classic Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, Mich.— For the final 11 laps of today’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. protected his leading position. He blocked high and low and middle, and when he briefly lost the lead, he quickly surged his No. 99 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet back ahead. Every move he made in today’s LTi Printing 200 to earn a trip to Victory Lane turned out to be the right one. 

Actually getting to Victory Lane, that was another story. 

After laying down a massive burnout to raucous applause from the MIS crowd, Wallace stopped his truck on the apron—he seemed unsure where to go. A NASCAR official pointed forward and to the right. Wallace followed those directions. 

“It’s been so long since I’ve been in Victory Lane,” Wallace said. “I try to hold a positive mindset over it, and everybody in my family knows it eats at me every day.” 

It was Wallace’s first race in a truck since the last race of the 2014 season; he won that race, too. It was his sixth win in a truck and first at Michigan.  

BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 12: Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #99 Maestro’s Classic Chevrolet, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

After he parked his truck in Victory Lane, it appeared that every member of his team stuck their head in to say congratulations. His girlfriend, Amanda Carter, leaned in and kissed him. This was her first visit with him to a NASCAR Victory Lane. Still shaking a few minutes later, she said, “This is so incredible. It is so awesome.” 

It certainly was that for Wallace, whose roller coaster career appeared stalled this season. Wallace, who opened 2017 as NASCAR’s only full-time African American driver, lost his NASCAR XFINITY Series ride with Roush Fenway Racing earlier this year due to a lack of sponsorship. He debuted in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for four races as a replacement for the injured Aric Almirola. But since then, nothing. His deal with MDM Motorsports was announced just this week. 

Wallace entered the race confident his truck was fast. He struggled early on, including a penalty on lap 53 when his pit crew went over the wall too soon. But he worked his way toward the front. He appeared content to stay in third behind Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell as the laps wound down. He and spotter Freddie Kraft sketched out a plan—Wallace would wait for those two to get side-by-side so he could pass them both at once. 

“You’re going probably 10 miles an hour faster than they are,” Kraft said. “As soon as they do that, you have the momentum.” 

BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 12: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Wallace preferred to wait for the pass until there were only a handful of laps left. But when Cindric and Bell got side-by-side with 11 to go, Kraft keyed his radio and said, “Here’s your chance.” 

“I closed my eyes, turned left, and heard clear,” said Wallace when discussing the heroic three-wide move to give truck owner Mike Millner his first series victory.  

As cool as it was to see nobody in front of him, Wallace figured it wouldn’t last. He thought other drivers would do to him what he had just done to Cindric and Bell. But the drivers behind him spent most of the time racing each other instead of trying to pass him. And when they did devote their attention to getting by Wallace, he darted and dived and kept them behind. 

Christopher Bell finished second behind Wallace by 0.176 seconds. Bell’s teammate Kyle Busch finished third followed by Ryan Truex (fourth) and Austin Cindric (fifth).

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStarOnlineGaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway

 

Halmar Friesen Racing will make their Texas Motor Speedway debut Friday evening in the WinStarOnlineGaming.com 400. This is driver / co-owner Stewart Friesen’s first trip to the “Lone Star State” and his fourth visit to a 1.5 mile track this year.
Friesen has a career average start of 22nd and average finish of 24th at 1.5 mile tracks on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit.
Stew says…
“We have had a rough start to the year but I am hoping our luck will turn around this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.”
Event Info
Date: June 9, 2017
Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Track Length: 1.5 Mile Quad-Oval
Race Distance: 167 Laps / 250.5 Miles
Tune In: 8:00 p.m. EST on FS1, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
  • The Silver Lining
 
Rick Sweeten Images 2017
After getting caught up in a wreck at Dover International Speedway last Friday night, Friesen made the 40 mile trip south to Georgetown Speedway to run in the Deron Rust Memorial Modified Feature.
Starting 13th, Friesen quickly made his way to the front. After battling with the leader during the final 20 laps, Friesen took home the checkered flag.
This was Friesen’s third career win at       Georgetown Speedway.
About Halmar Friesen Racing
HFR is a partnership between owner Chris Larsen and owner/driver Stewart Friesen.
Chris has served as President of Halmar International for 21 years, leading the work on some of the nation’s largest construction projects. His combined passion for business and racing launched Halmar Racing in 2014, and in 2017 debuted Halmar Friesen Racing.
Stewart is known throughout North America for his many visits to victory lane in multiple motorsports series, and will look to continue that success in 2017 as a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. HFR will run the entire 23 race schedule in 2017 with support from Tommy Baldwin Racing, Earnhardt Childress Racing, and GMS Racing.