As the Monster Energy Cup Series prepares for a weekend of All Star racing, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series takes on the mile and a half track of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The drivers are set to run the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with Matt Crafton putting his number 88 truck on the pole for the second week in a row.
Thirty six teams brought trucks to the track for 32 starting spots.
One and two of the race are only 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.
Starting from the eighth spot, Truck Series wins leader Kyle Busch makes his final Gander Outdoors Truck Series start of the season and is looking to extend his winning streak to six in a row.
Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers make it three wide on the wave of the flag.
Ben Rhodes leads lap one as the drivers act like it is the last lap instead of the first.
Todd Gilliland leads lap two with Kyle Busch only a quarter of a second behind in second.
Natalie Decker gets into the wall and has to come down pit road for repairs, but the track stays green.
Lap five, Kyle Busch passes Todd Gilliland to take the lead.
Lap 13, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of three seconds on Todd Gilliland.
Lap 20, Kyle Busch has increased his lead of over four seconds.
Lap 21, Kyle Busch’s lead is now over five seconds on Todd Gilliland.
The caution flag comes out on lap 23 when Natalie Decker hits the wall for the second time.
After Kyle Busch was blocked in his pit box and took a little longer getting off of pit road. Todd Gilliland will bring the field to the green flag with Kyle Busch back in seventh.
With only two laps remaining in stage one, Todd Gilliland brings the field to the green flag and after a brief lead by Ben Rhodes, Gilliland takes the lead.
Matt Crafton passes Gilliland briefly before winning stage one for his first stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 37 and edges out Grant Enfinger for the lead before Enfinger gets out in front to take over the top spot.
Lap 39, Ross Chastain gets out in front for the lead.
Lap 41, Kyle Busch gets around Ross Chastain to retake the lead of the race.
Lap 50, Kyle Busch has a lead of two seconds over Ross Chastain.
Five laps remain in stage two, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Ross Chastain.
Kyle Busch wins stage two for his seventh stage win in the Truck Series this season.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67
and holds on to his lead as he begins to pull away.
The drivers are getting three wide across the track as they jockey for position in the field.
The caution flag comes out on lap 72 when Cody Rohrbaugh gets into the wall.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 77 and holds on to his lead as the drivers get three wide behind him.
The caution flag comes out with 57 laps to go when Gus Dean and Korbin Forrister both have damaged trucks.
The drivers are in the window for making it to the end of the race, but Kyle Busch stays out on the track as most of the field comes down pit road.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 52 laps to go and holds on to his lead.
Fifty to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Be Rhodes as the caution flag comes out for debris on the track.
Stefan Parsons is rim riding and has brushed his truck against the wall.
Taking fuel only, Todd Gilliland wins the stage off of pit road with Kyle Busch being the first truck out with four tires. But there are some drivers who did not come down pit road.
Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with 44 laps remaining in the race and holds on to this lead briefly before Tyler Ankrum and then Austin Hill battle for the lead with the three driver swapping the lead back and forth before Johnny Sauter comes from the outside and takes the lead.
Forty two to go and Ben Rhodes takes the lead.
One lap later, Johnny Sauter takes the lead before Ben Rhodes takes the lead.
Stewart Friesen his the wall but the track stays green.
Forty to go, Kyle Busch challenges Ben Rhodes for the lead.
Kyle Busch passes Ben Rhodes to take the lead with 39 laps remaining in the race.
With 35 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second.
With 29 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Ben Rhodes.
Twenty five to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Ben Rhodes.
Twenty to go, Kyle Busch is driving the wheels off of it with a lead of over three and a half seconds on Ben Rhodes.
With 18 to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a five second lead on Ben Rhodes.
With only 13 laps to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly six seconds on Ben Rhodes.
Ten to go, Kyle Busch is “driving it like he stole it” and has a lead of nearly six seconds on Ben Rhodes.
The caution flag comes out with only eight laps remaining in the race after the tire from Brett Moffitt’s truck comes off on the track.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only three laps remaining in the race but it is Ben Rhodes who jumps out in front first before Kyle Busch retakes the lead.
Kyle Busch takes the white flag.
Kyle Busch wins the race for career truck series win number 56 and win number eight in the trucks at Charlotte. Kyle Busch has swept all five of his truck series starts this season.
North Carolina Education Lottery 200 results:
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