KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Kyle Busch picked up right where he left off in the Truck Series at Kansas Speedway.
Only three years had passed.
Busch hopped into the No. 51 Toyota of his own Kyle Busch Motorsports and roared to the front early Friday night, winning the first two stages before taking advantage of leader Ben Rhodes’s engine trouble in the closing laps to take the checkered flag.
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It was Busch’s fifth victory in his last 10 starts in the series going back to 2015, and came after a victory at Kansas in May 2014 – the last time he drove a truck at the venue.
Busch will try to defend his Cup Series win at Kansas on Saturday night.
Rhodes, who crashed jockeying for the lead on the final lap a year ago, opened a big lead on Busch during the final stage when the Cup Series regular ran into lapped traffic. But when a puff of white smoke came out of his truck with seven laps left, Rhodes had to pull down pit lane.
Johnny Sauter avoided trouble all night to finish second.