Four Takeaways from the Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway

It was an action packed race for the truckers last Friday night.

While we saw a familiar name in victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway, there was also a news announcement regarding a former veteran returning to the series where he had a lot of success before moving up through the ranks.

Here are this week’s four takeaways.

  1. Another Win For Kyle Busch – This shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone when fans checked the finishing results for the NASCAR Gander Truck Series race Friday night. Kyle Busch won his fourth consecutive race of the 2019 Truck Series and led 97 of 147 laps, 65 percent of the race. There could be some joy found even if race fans are tired of seeing Busch winning all the time. He is not scheduled to compete at Dover and Kansas, and his final truck race of the season is at Charlotte which follows the Kansas race in May. Still, it’s an impressive feat winning four in a row, one that is rarely seen in today’s sport and era.
  2. Action Packed Race/Month Off – When you look at the box score from Friday night’s race, you will see that there were a lot of cautions. In fact, there were nine cautions for 47 laps which equaled to 32 percent. With the number of cautions taking place and a red flag that lasted for about 15 minutes, the total time of the race lasted two hours and three minutes. After just having a few weeks off before Texas, the truckers will have to endure another off time but this time, it will be a month off before they return to action at Dover in May.
  3. Sour Night For Kyle Busch Motorsports Drivers – While boss man Kyle Busch wound up in victory lane, it wasn’t quite the same for Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton who needed good finishes. The first came with Burton who wrecked in Turn 2 and was out of the race early on Lap 12. Burton spent the rest of the night learning and spending time with Kyle Busch’s team. Todd Gilliland’s moment came eight laps earlier, as he was involved in an accident on Lap 4. Gilliland, who has been racing with a lot of pressure as of late, never could rebound and finished 14th. Not the night both KBM drivers needed.
  4. Greg Biffle Back In The Truck Series – Yes, that Greg Biffle, who has had quite the career in the Truck Series winning 16 career races and winning the 2000 championship. Biffle even set the record for most wins in a season with nine in 1999, a record that has never been broken. It was announced on Thursday afternoon, that the former series champion will return in a one-off ride with Kyle Busch Motorsports at Texas in June, driving the No. 51. Biffle practiced the truck Thursday afternoon for Busch.

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