Think about being so good at one thing that any person pays $50,000 to see you fail. Kyle Busch can clarify the way it feels.
Busch in February earned his 57th profession NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Collection win, a clean victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It additionally meant Busch had gained every of the previous seven Truck Collection races he had entered whereas competing full time within the Cup Collection. Kevin Harvick, amongst others, was able to see Busch race within the Truck Collection towards stiffer competitors.
What’s the Kyle Busch bounty?
On Feb. 22, Harvick introduced that he would put up a bounty of $50,000 for any full-time Cup Collection driver who competes in a Truck Collection race and finishes forward of Busch. Shortly after, Gander RV & Outdoor CEO Marcus Lemonis introduced that he would match Harvick’s bounty for a complete of $100,000 to anyone who may beat Busch. If no one may do it, the cash would go to the Bundle of Pleasure Fund, the group based by Kyle and Samantha Busch.
Kyle Busch’s 2020 schedule initially introduced 4 alternatives for a Cup driver to enter a Truck race and beat him, as NASCAR’s guidelines restrict the variety of Truck and Xfinity Collection races full-time Cup drivers can enter. (Busch gained all 5 Truck races he entered final season.) However the coronavirus pandemic shut down dwell sports activities in March and paused all issues racing- and bounty-related.
So Tuesday evening’s North Carolina Training Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks not solely the return of NASCAR’s Truck Collection. It is also the primary probability for a Cup driver to beat Busch in a truck race, as Chase Elliott will compete within the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet. John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole are a pair extra Cup Collection regulars within the Truck Collection area Tuesday evening.
Busch, who was not initially scheduled to run a Truck Collection race at Charlotte, will drive his No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.
And sure, that is good timing contemplating what occurred six days in the past, when Busch unintentionally wrecked Elliott within the closing laps of a Cup race at Darlington to destroy the latter’s probabilities of successful.
Under is a refresher on the Busch bounty guidelines, that are being modified given the circumstances of COVID-19.
Kyle Busch bounty guidelines
- Should end forward of Busch in Truck race (would not must win)
- Have to be a full-time Cup Collection driver
- Busch cannot wreck
- If any person beats Busch, the bounty ends
Kevin Harvick’s ideas on drivers speaking him up on the Truck Collection bounty of Kyle Busch, speaking to Larson concerning the tweet that sparked all of it and whether or not he ought to have required the motive force to win and never simply end forward of Busch: pic.twitter.com/FpQakVUorx
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 29, 2020
Harvick on Tuesday introduced that his bounty was nonetheless in place, however the cash won’t go to the motive force who beats Busch. It as an alternative might be donated to a coronavirus aid charity of the motive force’s alternative. Lemonis will deal with his bounty the identical approach.
It is unclear whether or not the provide from Halmar Worldwide, which put a separate $50,000 bounty on Busch for any full-time Truck Collection driver who beats him, remains to be on the desk.
This has my full help, and is way extra necessary proper now. I’m excited to recover from there and run, our @iRacing truck turned out nice 👍🏼 https://t.co/nsLRlUuiRQ
— Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) Might 26, 2020
Busch will begin Tuesday evening’s race 16th, and Elliott will begin 26th. Elliott has not competed in a Truck Collection race since 2017, however he earned a victory in a single (Martinsville) of the 2 Truck Collection races he entered that 12 months. Elliott has two profession Truck Collection wins in 12 begins, with the opposite coming at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013.
Busch, who will begin Tuesday evening’s Truck Collection race lower than 24 hours after successful Monday evening’s Xfinity Collection race, has eight wins in 13 Truck Collection begins at Charlotte.
Tuesday evening’s race is scheduled to start out at eight p.m. ET on FS1.