No bounty this time, however NASCAR’s Kyle Busch wins in protection of the Las Vegas Truck Collection
The last time on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course there were 10 yellow flags and three hours of overtime before a winner was determined in the NASCAR Truck Series race.
Friday’s Bucked Up 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is unlikely to be as dramatic, although there are still many storylines leading up to the third truck stop of the 2021 season.
Here are three to look out for:
1. Kyle is back
It’s not that easy for Kyle Busch to replenish his overall win (59) in the Truck Series under NASCAR rules, which limits his participation, and his Cup Series rivals pay any bounty that can beat him (like Kevin Harvick does did last year). That doesn’t stop the Las Vegas-born son from taking his fourth straight win on his hometown track this spring.
“I really enjoy taking part in the truck series with my own equipment, and as long as I’m allowed to race and my name is on the door, I’ll run as many as possible,” said the two champions of the Time Cup Series said about his plan to continue driving.
If he wins again on Friday, it will be his fourth crew chief in just as many years. He will work with Marty Lindley for this year’s run.
-Kyle Busch wins the Las Vegas Trucks Race
-Kevin Harvick puts on $ 50,000 bounty
-NASCAR gives Tracks 1-year contracts? #NASCAR # Strat200 #KyleBusch #KevinHarvick #Tracks #ChaseBriscoe
– Daniel Kriete (@ DanielKriete4), February 25, 2020
2. Rhodes to victory?
ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes is aiming for his third straight win to kick off the 2021 season. But he may also have an eye on reigning serial champion Sheldon Creed after the two last tangled on the Daytona Road Course while battling for the lead.
“I’ll remember that later when we go hard again,” said Creed, who drives for GMS Racing and Las Vegas businessman Maury Gallagher.
Rhodes, whose first truck win came in 2017 at LVMS, responded over several run-ins with Creed: “I’ll choose my words here for Sheldon carefully because I don’t know exactly what he meant because the guy tried to run me … off the racetrack. ”
Ben Rhodes’ pass for the lead didn’t go well with Sheldon Creed.
Creed: “I’ll remember this down the street.”
Rhodes: I don’t know what his problem is, but he can get over it. pic.twitter.com/7BPz5iBMh2
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 20, 2021
3. Daly double
After making his Truck Series debut at LVMS in 2020 without a single training lap, the regular Indianapolis 500 Conor Daly will be back for one more lap.
“I’m so excited to be racing @NASCAR_Trucks Friday night!” The seven-time Indy 500 starter wrote on Twitter on Monday. “I have some great teammates @NieceMotorsport that I’ll fucking pester for more tips and tricks.”
Daly, who finished 18th in his Truck Series christening, will drive the # 44 Chevrolet Silverado sponsored by Fatheadz Eyewear and Elliotts Custom Trailers & Carts.
I’m so excited about @NASCAR_Truck’s races on Friday night! I have some great teammates @NieceMotorsport that I’ll fucking pester for more tips and tricks. I just have to do better than last time and not be on fire when I cross the line! ???? @Fatheadz @ElliottsTrailer pic.twitter.com/x6BKVgF9EO
– Conor Daly (@ ConorDaly22) March 1, 2021
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