Hot upstart prospect Kyle Busch recorded his 50th truck series win Friday night at his home track in Las Vegas. The win didn’t come easy as Las Vegas turned into the best truck race this side of Michigan.
Thanks to the new NASCAR NT1 Illmor spec engine the field was more level than ever. The 1.5-mile track in the desert raced more like Daytona or Talladega than what fans have come to expect out of cookie cutter tracks. Instead of being bored with Kyle Busch running away from the field like well, Kyle Busch. Fans were treated to a close race that was even further amplified by a late restart.
In recent years Michigan has been a great truck race. Thanks to the draft and the multiple lines it has produced some exciting finishes. Las Vegas turned into that Friday night.
Last weeks winner Brett Moffitt definitely had the strongest truck at the end of the race. Unfortunately for him, French driver, Michel Disdier didn’t get even a small percentage of Jean Girard’s talent and cost Moffitt the race. Disdier failed to hold his line late in the race as Moffitt and Busch went to lap him. Because of that Disdier came down on Moffitt forcing him to lift and make contact while Kyle scurried by on the outside like a Saturday morning cartoon character running from the authorities for his 184th NASCAR win.
Tough break for Brett Moffitt … pic.twitter.com/vNmyWvsjqY
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 3, 2018
It happened again to Moffit but this time it was the #6 truck taking him all the way to the wall. Lap trucks deserve to be on track but they need to be aware of the leaders around them. NASCAR requires spotters and spotters have to possess working eyes. Unfortunately for Moffit, there was a legion of Stevie Wonders on the roof.
For a 1.5-mile truck race, this was certainly the best we’ve seen in a long time. Was it a bit artificial? Sure, the race was that close because of the engine package and the ability to hold the throttle wide open in the turns. It was wildly entertaining though. At one point Johnny Sauter got passed for second and the outside line drafted around him like it was a plate track.
Speaking of Sauter he did manage to complain after the race because of course, he did. Sauter can’t get going on restarts, everyone else can but not Sauter so that’s a problem. He’s the Chase Elliott of the truck series in terms of being hard on himself.
Shoutout to Stewart Friesen who finished 5th but led 31 laps and went head to head with Kyle Busch. If he wasn’t 34 Friesen probably could have a decent NASCAR career if he wanted to move up the ladder. The #52 will be in victory lane at some point this season at a track not named Eldora.
Donny Osmond was at the truck race Friday night as well. That’s all I’ve got on Donny Osmond because I have no clue who he is or desire to Wikipedia him.
The trucks are now off until the end of the month when the series travels to Martinsville.
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