Less than a week after his record-tying 200th career victory at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Busch found himself back in Victory Lane in Saturday’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, marking his 201st career win.
An incident with Tyler Dippel and Spencer Davis brought out the caution with eight laps to go, and set up a quick race to the finish with leader Busch and second-place driver Ben Rhodes. When the green flag waved with three laps remaining, Busch darted his No. 51 Toyota ahead of Rhodes’ No. 99 Ford, stretching his lead in the remaining turns. A spin from Reid Wilson on the final lap brought out the caution and froze the field, crowning Busch the winner.
Rhodes held on for the runner-up finish, while Brett Moffitt finished third in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Fourth-place finisher Ross Chastain led the second-most laps behind Busch, his No. 45 Chevrolet at the front of the field twice for a total of 53 laps. He also picked up his first Trucks stage win with a Stage 2 victory (Busch won Stage 1).
Pole-sitter Stewart Friesen’s No. 52 Chevrolet completed the top five.
Johnny Sauter experienced an up-and-down day, his No. 13 Ford getting a flat tire in the final stage. He climbed back into the top 10 in the waning laps and finished ninth.
Gus Dean’s day in Virginia ended in early flames, after the No. 12 Chevrolet’s engine expired at Lap 62, sending his truck to the garage and signaling the first caution of the afternoon. He was scored last, in 32nd.
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