Noah Gragson was the favorite entering Friday night’s Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, and boy, did he deliver. Gragson led 128 out of the race’s 167 laps, winning both stages. The win is Gragson’s second career Truck Series win, and his first of the season. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Stewart Friesen.
Gragson schooled the field despite strong challenges from Ben Rhodes, who had a mechanical problem, followed by a too many men over the wall penalty, which put him several laps down and out of contention. Another contender with issues was Brett Moffitt, who battled within the top three a couple of times. Moffitt had to pit and change a battery, putting him a few laps down.
Stewart Friesen, though, had a strong run and finished well. He had his issues as well, breaking a shifter under caution and losing the lead. Friesen stayed near the front the rest of the night, but wasn’t able to finish the job, despite being faster than Gragson at times. Like Friesen, Kyle Busch spent all night up front, but wasn’t fast enough to grab the victory. The two collided battling late in the race, sending Busch into the grass. Somehow, Busch saved his truck and finished second. After the race, however, Busch wasn’t accept Friesen’s apology for the move.
The final green-flag run lasted almost 60 laps, meaning some drivers attempted to make it to the end on fuel, including Myatt Snider and teammates Darrell Wallace Jr. and Austin Hill. All three ran out with under eight laps to go, handing the lead to Gragson, who finished the race off.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be back on track on Friday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m. eastern time for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.