Kyle Busch’s perfect season in NASCAR’s Gander Outdoor Truck Series continued Friday night in the Vankor 350.
Busch, who is running all three races at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, held off a late charge by Stewart Friesen to win his fourth race in four starts in the series in a crash-filled race at the track.
Busch, driving the No. 51 Toyota, has now won eight times in 13 NASCAR starts over the three series. It’s the 55th career win for Busch in the series and his 202nd NASCAR win. He’s won his last five starts in the series dating back to 2018.
It wasn’t an easy win for Busch.
“The 52 [Friesen] was really fast and right there on our tailgate the whole finish of that race until about the last five laps,” Busch said. “I don’t know if he got heated up or what back there. He put up a good fight and about got to me a couple of times there and fortunately I was able to hold out.”
Busch and Friesen, who was vying for his first win in the series, pulled away from the rest of the field on the final restart with 25 laps to go. Friesen, who finished second at TMS last spring, now has five second-place finishes after finishing 1.29 seconds behind Busch.
“We just got too tight,” said Friesen, who started ninth. “They tried to free me up but I just fought dirty air. The outside came in a little bit; if someone was bad enough you could roll them. I thought I had him [Busch] once there but he just took the air off our spoiler and got us loose. That’s how you race these things.”
Busch led 97 of the 147 laps but was challenged by Friesen, pole sitter Grant Enfinger and Brett Moffitt throughout the night. Enfinger had a truck to beat early but was hurt by a pit-road penalty. Busch thought Moffitt may have been his toughest competition but his chance of winning ended after he made contact with Ben Rhodes and ended up finishing four laps back. Moffitt showed his strength early as he led 25 of the first 35 laps and he led 33 total
Johnny Sauter finished third and Enfinger fourth.
The race was slow starting as there were four cautions in the first 30 laps. The race was also red flagged after Anthony Alfredo’s truck caught on fire after his crash. There were a total of nine cautions and only 15 drivers finished on the lead lap.