NASCAR drivers ready for 2018 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kyle Busch won his hometown race Friday night for his second straight NASCAR Truck Series victory.

A week after winning at Atlanta last week to break a tie with Ron Hornaday Jr. for the series victory lead, Busch dominated at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 53rd career win. He also won his home event last year.

"It's cool to win here in your home town, being in Las Vegas, starting off a triple weekend," Busch said. "Hopefully, we can keep it going."

Busch swept the opening two stages and had a big lead with 20 laps to go when he went for a pit stop. Brett Moffitt gained some ground down the stretch, getting within a half-second, but couldn't take the lead. Busch led 111 of 134 laps after starting from the pole

"We obviously had a really fast truck tonight," Busch said. "We worked really hard on this thing to get it there, we didn't start great in practice but overall proud to be in victory lane."

Defending series champion Moffitt finished second — 1.211 seconds back — for his second top-five finish of the season.

"We had to use our stuff up getting back to the front — another pit road mistake," Moffitt said. "I had one chance to get to (Busch's) bumper. I knew it was going to be a make-or-break move. Unfortunately, it was 'break.'"

Matt Crafton was third, followed by Stewart Friesen and Harrison Burton in a Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Grant Enfinger, the points leader entering the race, finished 11th.

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