Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR, Truck Sequence (Photograph by Chris Graythen/Getty Photographs)
For the primary time in over two years, Kyle Busch completed behind NASCAR Truck Sequence drivers in a Truck Sequence race, ending his streak of high two finishes.
Kyle Busch Motorsports staff proprietor Kyle Busch entered final week’s NASCAR Truck Sequence race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on a seven-race successful streak that dated again to July of 2018 when he received at Pocono Raceway.
Busch dominated and received all 5 of his begins within the 2019 season earlier than dominating and successful his first begin of the 2020 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Then Kevin Harvick and Marcus Lemonis teamed as much as put a $100,000 bounty on Busch for any full-time Cup Sequence driver who might come to the Truck Sequence and beat the all-time winningest Truck driver.
Chase Elliott took them up on it, and within the first bounty race, which happened 95 days after Busch’s win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway because of the coronavirus pandemic, he held off Busch to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He donated that cash to a few totally different charities, together with one which was began by Kyle and his spouse Samantha.
The second place end was Busch’s 11th consecutive high two end however his first runner-up end since Could of 2018 on the similar observe.
In Could of 2018 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Busch was defeated by full-time Truck Sequence driver Johnny Sauter. Getting into at the moment’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, this was nonetheless the newest race to characteristic Busch ending behind a Truck Sequence driver in any capability.
Now after greater than two years, that streak is over as properly.
As he did in every of his first 11 Truck Sequence begins on the four-turn, 1.54-mile (2.478-kilometer) oval in Hampton, Georgia, Busch began within the high seven and drove his strategy to the lead this afternoon.
However late contact with the wall left him one lap off the lead lap, and he was solely capable of end in 22nd place.
In the meantime, after a late warning flag interval attributable to an Elliott spin, it was full-time driver Grant Enfinger who handed fellow full-time driver Austin Hill for the victory, marking the primary victory for a Truck Sequence driver in a race that featured Busch since Sauter’s win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The final time Busch completed a Truck Sequence race outdoors of the highest two was additionally at Atlanta Motor Speedway again in February of 2018 when he completed in 21st place. This was additionally his most up-to-date end off the lead lap.
He has nonetheless led laps in every of his final 9 begins, nevertheless. The final time he failed to steer any laps in a race was when Sauter beat him.
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Busch is scheduled to make two extra Truck Sequence begins this season, one at Homestead-Miami Speedway subsequent Saturday, June 13 and one other one at Kansas Speedway on Friday, July 24.