It wasn’t an easy ride, but Busch held off a fierce challenge from Stewart Friesen and hung onto win Friday night’s Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch can run one more Truck race this season under NASCAR rules, that’ll be the May event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“The No. 2 4 (Brett Moffitt) was who I was very worried about and then something happened to him and then (Stewart Friesen) was really fast and about our tailgate the whole finish of the race until about the last five laps,” Busch said.
“I don’t know if he just got warmed or exactly what back there. He put up a fantastic struggle and approximately got for me a few times there and fortunately I was able to carry out and keep up this truck front. We just lacked a small amount of entire rate to night and we did not have what we wanted.
“Those guys were able to keep up with us just far too much throughout the evening . You know, it’s really a better race which way once they’re ready to keep up. Meaning we will need to goto work and work harder so as to get ourselves faster.”
Johnny Sauter ended up , Grant Enfinger was Matt Crafton completed the top five.
On Lap 99, Moffitt moved to the exterior of Busch in Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead for the very first time at the race.
Korbin Forrister wrecked off Turn 2 on Lap 103 to bring out a warning. All the lead-lap cars elected to pit with Busch the primary truck off pit road. After the race restarted on Lap 110, Busch was followed by Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum and also Ross Chastain.
Codie Rohrbaugh wrecked off Turn 2 on Lap 117 that brought out yet another warning. On the restart with 25 laps remaining, Busch was out front followed closely by Friesen, Moffitt, Crafton and Enfinger.
Together with 20 laps to go, Friesen moved into second behind Busch as Moffitt dropped off the pace after suffering damage in the run in with Rhodes.
Together with 10 to proceed, Friesen remained within striking distance of Busch together with Sauter getting to third.
Rhodes was Chastain was and Friesen had made up his way to fifth.
After the break between two 2 and 1, Enfinger was the first off pit road but had to restart the race against the rear of the field for having a crew member across the wall too soon on his pit stop.
On 49, Anthony Alfredo wrecked off Turn 2 and fire his truck. Alfredo quickly got out of the vehicle and was unhurt. A red flag was displayed by NASCAR to clean the trail of debris.
When the race returned to green on Lap 57, Busch remained in the lead followed by Crafton and Chastain.
Using 10 to go in the stage, Busch maintained a small lead over Crafton using Rhodes moving up to third party.
Daytona winner Austin Hill was forced to pit under green to take care of an overheating engine.
After shooting the lead with four laps remaining, Enfinger just edged Rhodes to bring in the Period 1 victory — his first stage win of the summer season.
Enfinger, that started on the pole, led the initial two laps before turning the lead on to Moffitt.
On Lap 3, Todd Gilliland spun and hit the frontstretch wall to draw out the first warning.
On Lap 1 2, Harrison Burton got loose off Turn 2 and endorsed to the outside wall that brought out yet another warning.
The race returned to green on Lap 18 with Moffitt still in the guide followed closely by Busch and Creed.
Angel A Ruch got into Gus Dean on Lap 19 to trigger yet another wreck and warning. Dean was in a position to push and visit pit road for repairs. The race returned to green on Lap 25 with Moffitt still in the guide followed closely by Busch and Rhodes.
Dean spun into the frontstretch grass with 10 laps remaining while the race again returned to warning. Busch, Crafton and also Chastain were one of people that elected to pit under the maintenance. The race returned to green with four laps remaining before decision of the stage and Moffitt still at the guide.
Enfinger quickly got around Moffitt over the resume to get the lead for the first time.
Friesen and also Josh Reaume had to begin the race against the rear of the field — Friesen to get an engine modification also Reaume for unapproved adjustments.