LAS VEGAS, NV — The NFL had their own bounty gate a few years ago, NASCAR is trying to start one in good fun. On Friday night, Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Truck Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in leading 108 of the 134 laps run in the Strat 200.
The win was Busch’s third straight in the spring race on the 1.5-mile track to go along with his seventh consecutive Truck win overall. In fact, he won all five of his Truck appearances last year and the final one that he was allowed to race in 2018 too. Furthermore, he’s now won nine of his last 11 Truck Series starts and also has scored 11 top two finishes in his last 12 tries.
Overall, Busch has won a series record 57 times in Truck competition. As usual, people got to talking again, complaining about Busch dominating the lower series. So much so, the NASCAR drivers heard you and Kevin Harvick, a former Truck Series owner at that, offered a $50k bounty for a Cup driver to enter one of the four remaining races that Busch is entered in and to beat him.
That incentive doubled though shortly after, as Marcus Lemonis offered to add $50k himself to make the pot up to $100k for a Cup driver to beat Busch head-to-head in any of the four remaining races.
Harvick, later set the ground rules
- Full time Cup driver
- Can’t purposely crash Busch
- Everything has to be fair and square as it would be in any other race
- Friendly Fun
Busch, was told of the incentive but isn’t a fan of it. He thinks it just sets him up to be purposely crashed which could end up causing harm on him. Which I mean, he’s not wrong.
Harvick, countered in saying that if no one beats Busch, he will donate his portion of the $100k to the Bundle of Joy Fund, which is a foundation for IVF Awareness.
Busch and his wife Samantha have been open on their IVF journey in trying to conceive a second child.
Busch’s four remaining truck races are at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 14, Homestead-Miami Speedway a week later on March 20, the Texas Motor Speedway a week after that on March 27 and Kansas Speedway on May 30.
The last Truck Series race that Busch entered and didn’t win came on May 18, 2018 when Johnny Sauter beat him at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Beating Busch is going to be tough when he hasn’t finished worse than third since 2017.