Results, standings after Truck race at Charlotte

Ruben Hill
May 29, 2020

After now suspended driver Kyle Larson tweeted numerous cherry emojis after Busch won the Las Vegas truck race in February, Kevin Harvick took it as a shot at Busch for winning in NASCAR's lower series.

Chase Elliott held off Kyle Busch to not only win in his first Truck Series start in more than three years, but also earned a $100,000 "bounty" from Kevin Harvick and Gander RV & Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis.

Kyle Busch's winning streak in the NASCAR Truck Series has come to an end, which means the $100,000 bounty placed on the victor who defeated Busch is about to get paid out to the COVID-19 relief efforts.

The win comes six days after Busch wrecked Elliott in a Cup Series race at Darlington and two days after Elliott's costly decision to pit late in the Coca-Cola 600, opened the door for Brad Keselowski to steal an nearly certain win from him had the race stayed green. He did Busch's customary post-win bow when he grabbed the checkered flag.

"It was a spur-of-the-moment thing".

Elliott said after the race that was a playful jab and not a "dig". So had to fix it with a makeshift piece and then it was way too high and we tried to fix it (again) and it just never was right.

"Hopefully nobody gets their feelings hurt over it", Elliott chuckled.

He said he wanted to run in Charlotte only to beat Busch.

Nothing irks Busch more than losing a race he thinks he should win. Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole were the three full-time Cup drivers eligible to collect the bounty. "He is good at anything he does", Elliott said.

The race was one of the first sporting events since the outbreak of COVID-19 and there was no crowd in attendance and Busch even sported an App State themed mask following the race.

Busch, who will start Tuesday night's Truck Series race less than 24 hours after winning Monday night's Xfinity Series race, has eight wins in 13 Truck Series starts at Charlotte.

Busch started 16th and quickly made a move to sixth place before splitter issues forced him to pit and dropped him back to 33rd place. But the 210-race victor in the three best NASCAR series quickly returned to the race with a strong second stage and took the lead on lap 69.

Elliott got out of his auto and showed Busch a middle finger in displeasure after the crash and Busch had a post-race chat with Elliott's crew chief Alan Gustafson.

But when Busch faced 34 laps to go, he dropped him to 23rd and was never able to regain the lead. Brett Moffitt finished fourth and Sheldon Creed was fifth to give GMS Racing four trucks in the top-five. Busch got within about a quarter second of Elliott with 10 laps to go but couldn't get any closer as the laps ticked down as he searched for a little bit more speed to get past Elliott. "I was glad I had a chance to race him for the win. It doesn't make up for Sunday, but it was fun".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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