Kyle Busch Motorsports Tag

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service In a wild two-lap shootout that ended prematurely with a multicar wreck near the entrance to Turn 3, 19-year-old Canadian Raphael Lessard earned his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory in Saturday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Lessard had nosed ahead of runner-up Trevor Bayne while Stewart Friesen’s Chevrolet spun into the outside backstretch wall on the final lap, causing the caution that froze the field. The yellow made a winner of Lessard, but what was euphoria for one KyleRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service A 17-year-old stole the thunder from the Playoff drivers at Thunder Valley. Driving in a part-time role for GMS Racing, Sam Mayer beat GMS teammate and 2018 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt to the finish line by 4.413 seconds to win Thursday night’s UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol Motor Speedway. Moffitt led 117 of the 200 laps at the .533-mile concrete short track, but, with superior tires for the final run, Mayer passed him for theRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service For Matt Crafton, the victory couldn’t have been sweeter. The 44-year-old reigning NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion held off a determined charge from 19-year-old Christian Eckes and held on to win Saturday’s E.P.T. 200 at Kansas Speedway. In the second leg of NASCAR’s first Truck Series weekend doubleheader, Crafton broke a 67-race drought dating back to his 2017 victory on the Eldora Speedway’s half-mile dirt track. Crafton took the lead moments after a restart on Lap 113 of 134 and heldRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Kyle Busch held off 19-year old rookie Christian Eckes by .777-seconds to earn the victory in the Vankor 250 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 exchangedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The worst feeling in the world for a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series rookie is being in front with victory in sight, only for problems snatching it away. That was the case for Christian Eckes, who crashed out while leading during the closing stages of Sunday’s Pocono Organics 150 at Pocono Raceway. Already dealing with sinus problems and later a blown left ear drum, the 19-year-old rookie had the race in control with only his temporary Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Brandon Jones hot onRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service It almost appeared that Kyle Busch having to start last – and going a lap down – in Saturday night’s Baptist Health 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was akin to the NASCAR Gander & RV Outdoors Truck Series all-time winningest driver giving everyone a head-start. But even that challenge wasn’t enough to keep Busch from victory. He added to his record series win total – extending that mark of excellence to 58 trophies, taking the checkered flag 2.847-seconds ahead of Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, ChaseRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer New team, new number and a whole new outlook for Todd Gilliland, who’s now in his third season in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Along with it, gone are the much publicized turmoil Todd had at Kyle Busch Motorsports and hello to a familiar entity as he’s driving the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford F-150. “It was a real cool off season with how everything came together,” Todd on joining FRM. “For me, it’s my first time driving for Front Row Motorsports,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Halmar Friesen Racing had its best season in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series to date after Stewart Friesen scored his first two wins at Eldora and Phoenix and made the Championship 4 this season. They’re now taking a wise gamble of leaving the Chevrolet Silverado and alliance with GMS Racing in favor of the Toyota Tundra with support from the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) next season, hoping it can translate into more wins and capturing the series title. “We were all very impressedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Two promising talents will be given the shot of a lifetime by competing full-time in the 2020 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports. KBM announced Thursday that Canadian driver Raphael Lessard will replace Todd Gilliland in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra while ARCA Menards Series champion Christian Eckes will pilot the No. 18 Tundra as current driver Harrison Burton will move up to the Xfinity Series. Eckes has shown blistering speed in Trucks, scoring three top-10 finishes. However, Eckes has definitely shined duringRead More