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RESULTS

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Kyle Busch

51 |

4

Running

167

72

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0

2

Christian Eckes

18 |

7

Running

167

52

45

0

3

Matt Crafton

88 |

15

Running

167

2

46

0

4

Stewart Friesen

52 |

18

Running

167

0

33

0

5

Brett Moffitt

23 |

8

Running

167

7

48

1

6

Tyler Ankrum

26 |

9

Running

167

0

47

0

7

Justin Haley

24 |

13

Running

167

0

0

0

8

Grant Enfinger

98 |

2

Running

167

0

31

0

9

Ben Rhodes

99 |

10

Running

167

1

42

0

10

Ross Chastain

42 |

24

Running

166

0

0

0

11

Derek Kraus

19 |

17

Running

166

0

30

0

12

Raphael Lessard

4 |

16

Running

166

0

25

0

13

Ryan Truex

40 |

14

Running

166

0

27

0

14

Austin Wayne Self

22 |

26

Running

165

0

23

0

15

Ty Majeski

45 |

11

Running

165

0

22

0

16

Sheldon Creed

2 |

1

Running

164

7

21

0

17

Cory Roper

04 |

30

Running

164

0

20

0

18

Timmy Hill

56 |

22

Running

164

0

19

0

19

Zane Smith

21 |

6

Running

164

26

33

0

20

Clay Greenfield

68 |

33

Running

163

0

17

0

21

Spencer Davis

11 |

19

Running

162

0

16

0

22

Codie Rohrbaugh

9 |

32

Running

161

0

15

0

23

Angela Ruch

00 |

23

Running

160

0

14

0

24

Spencer Boyd

20 |

27

Running

156

0

13

0

25

Akinori Ogata

33 |

25

Running

155

0

12

0

26

Timothy Viens

49 |

34

Running

154

0

11

0

27

Todd Gilliland

38 |

5

Accident

152

0

14

0

28

Jordan Anderson

3 |

28

Running

152

0

9

0

29

Jennifer Jo Cobb

10 |

35

Electrical

121

0

8

0

30

Austin Hill

16 |

3

Engine

107

0

7

0

31

Brennan Poole

30 |

29

Accident

91

0

0

0

32

Tate Fogleman

02 |

31

Accident

79

0

5

0

33

Johnny Sauter

13 |

21

Engine

62

0

5

0

34

Norm Benning

6 |

36

Handling

46

0

5

0

35

Natalie Decker

44 |

12

Engine

45

0

5

0

36

Tanner Gray

15 |

20

Transmission

43

0

5

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    #1

    LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    51|

  • #2 | 0.777

    Christian Eckes

    #2

    0.777

    Christian Eckes

    18|

  • #3 | 1.498

    Matt Crafton

    #3

    1.498

    Matt Crafton

    88|

Kyle Busch edges rookie Eckes for Gander Trucks victory at Texas

Kyle Busch held off 19-year old rookie Christian Eckes by .777-seconds to earn the victory in the Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

It was master and protégé showing the way with Eckes still scoring a career-best second-place finish in the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. The two – running first and second – held a 12-second advantage on the field during much of the final stage of the race.

They exchanged the lead for a lap following a restart with 10 laps remaining, but ultimately Busch was able to get around his young driver with eight laps left and hold off the field to earn his 59th series win — third of 2020. It was nearly a perfect competitive day as Busch was scored the winner initially in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race earlier Saturday at Texas. But his car was disqualified following technical inspection.

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The two drivers — Busch (72 laps) and Eckes (52) combined to lead 124 of the race‘s 167 laps.

Reigning series champion Matt Crafton finished third followed by Stewart Friesen, who earned his best finish of the season. Another former series champion Brett Moffitt finished fifth — his second top five of the year.

Tyler Ankrum, Justin Haley, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes and Ross Chastain rounded out the top 10. Both Haley and Chastain also finished top-10 in the Xfinity Series race earlier in the day.

Busch joked on the FS1 telecast that he shouldn‘t celebrate until after his No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota truck finished inspection but he was clearly pleased to earn the win and to see his own young driver challenge him so well.

“What can you say about Christian [Eckes], he‘s getting better each and every week, every time out getting that chemistry more and more with [his crew chief] Rudy Fugle and those guys,” Busch said. “So real proud.

“But wanted to make sure we went out on a win.”

Eckes was simultaneously happy and frustrated to come so close to his first career win.

“We battled hard and it was really fun to go toe-to-toe with the best and just got to get a little better to beat him,” Eckes said. “I thought our truck was good enough to beat him I‘ve just got to improve a few things. I‘m really proud of my team.”

With 40 to go, Eckes held a .631-second advantage on Busch and the two were more than nine seconds ahead of the rest of the field before a series of green flag pit stops.

Busch nearly steered into the wrong pit box initially on his green flag stop — seeing the No. 18 sign, which is Busch‘s NASCAR Cup Series number — before catching himself and motoring on to the right box. His advantage on track, however, was enough to put him back out front by three seconds as the pit stop sequence completed with 32 laps remaining.

A caution came out with 15 laps remaining after contact with Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes while racing hard inside the top 10. Gilliland‘s No. 38 Ford suffered the worst damage and retired. Rhodes’ team made quick repairs in the pits and he returned to finish ninth.

It was an unusually tough day for several of the Texas track‘s best, including former series champion Johnny Sauter, whose five previous wins in Fort Worth are most among active drivers. His No. 13 Ford had to retire only 62 laps into the race, hurting his place in the points standings, dropping him from 10th to 12th with only four races remaining before the Playoffs begin. The top 10 drivers in the driver standings vie for the title.

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship leader Austin Hill finished outside the top-10 for the first time this season. The driver of the No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota made a pair of extended pit stops before eventually retiring on Lap 107, in 30th place.

The DNF delivered a hit in Hill‘s championship points lead, however. The young Georgia-native‘s championship advantage dropped from 46 points ahead of Sheldon Creed before the race to only 22 points over Rhodes after the Texas checkered flag.