Friday evening, Kyle Busch will run his fifth race on his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In his past four attempts, the truck owner/driver has won three and finished inside the top 10 in each one of them. However, there is more to Busch’s dominance in the truck series at Vegas than wins and top-10’s. Let’s take a deeper look at some stout numbers from Busch’s runs at Las Vegas and milestones he can accomplish Friday.
There are two milestones Busch can achieve in his first truck series attempt of 2021.
First, he is just 26 laps shy of passing three-time truck champion Jack Sprague for most laps led at Las Vegas in the truck series. In 548 laps tallied at Vegas, Busch has led 273 of them, which is just shy of 50%. In comparison, Sprague has led 298 of 1,388 laps logged (21%) and Ron Hornaday Jr. led 282 of 2,021 laps (14%). On Friday, Busch will have the opportunity to surpass both drivers for laps led in nearly 1/3 of the time it took Sprague and just around 1/4 it took Hornaday Jr.
Busch is also the only driver at Vegas to lead over 100 laps before logging 1,000 laps and win on the 1.5-mile oval. Mike Bliss, Bubba Wallace and Ross Chastain all accomplished this feat, but have yet to earn a truck victory at Las Vegas.
Busch is also attempting to become the first driver to reach 60 wins in the truck series, increasing his lead on the all-time win list. Hornaday Jr. is second on the all-time list with 51 wins, while Mike Skinner and Sprague are marred back in third with 28 wins each. If Busch wins Friday, he will reach 60 wins in just 156 truck starts — a whopping 38% winning clip. Sprague’s winning percentage is 9%, while Hornaday Jr. sits at 14%.
Friday will serve as Busch’s toughest challenge yet as he starts 29th. In his last four starts, he’s started no further than third in the field and won two poles. In his last three Vegas truck starts, Busch has spent every lap inside the top 15 except for two in 2018. His average position in those races: 2.0(2018), 1.4(2019) and 1.3(2020).
It’s safe to say that Busch should be the favorite to win Friday evening’s truck series race. The biggest question will be how fast he can get from 29th to the lead and score a milestone 60th truck win.
Coverage for the Bucked Up 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway begins at 9:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1.