Chase Elliott ends Kyle Busch's Truck Series winning streak, earns $100K bounty

Tanya Simon
May 29, 2020

About two hours away from App State's campus on Monday, Kyle Busch claimed a first place victory at the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

It was Elliott's first truck win since Martinsville in 2017 and snapped a seven-race Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win streak for Busch, who charged through the field multiple times to narrowly miss getting to Victory Lane.

He immediately chose to post a bounty for any Cup Series driver who could beat Busch in a truck this year. That donation was matched by Marcus Lemonis, who sponsors the series. In the late stages of the Cup Series race on May 20, Busch misjudged a gap between Elliott and Harvick, resulting in Busch clipping the rear end of Elliott's vehicle.

Harvick challenged any full-time Cup driver to defeat Busch in one of his four remaining Truck races this year.

"He is good at anything he does", Elliott said of Busch. "Just having fun. It was about beating him, and it was fun, and we did it, so why not?"

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

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. Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole were the three full-time Cup drivers eligible to collect the reward. (Busch won all five Truck races he entered last season.) But the coronavirus pandemic shut down live sports in March and paused all things racing- and bounty-related.

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But he could never chase down Elliott on a long green flag stretch to close the race.

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.

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 26: Chase Elliott, driver of the # 24 iRacing Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. But the victor of 210 races across NASCAR's three top series quickly moved back into contention with a strong second stage and took the lead on lap 69.

Elliott was furious as he climbed out of his race vehicle and gave Busch the middle finger as he drove by.

When Busch pitted with 34 laps to go, it dropped him back to 23rd, and he never regained the lead. Busch said the problem involved some front travel limiters that prevent the divider from crashing to the ground. "He is good at anything he does", Elliott said. Kevin Harvick, among others, was ready to see Busch race in the Truck Series against stiffer competition. "For us to go head to head for the win and it felt good to come out on top".

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