Kyle Busch on the Front Row: Starting Line-up for Kansas NASCAR Truck Series 2021 Race

Published 04/29/2021, 10:24 AM EDT
Feb 19, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver John Hunter Nemechek (4) leads Sheldon Creed (2) and Ben Rhodes (99) during the Brake Best Select 159 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR Truck Series will race at the Kansas Speedway. In the buildup to the weekend, the sport revealed the grid for the coming race. It will be a great start to the race weekend for Kyle Busch Motorsports with John Hunter Nemechek on the pole. To make matters even better, teammate Kyle Busch will be sitting alongside him on the front row.

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The Toyotas ran riot as Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter and Chandler Smith make it an all-Toyota top five. Todd Gilliland in the Ford managed to break the Toyota domination for a bit. However, he is ahead of another Toyota with Austin Hill behind the wheel. Hill will share the fourth row with Sheldon Creed in the first of the Chevrolets.

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Zane Smith will start ninth ahead of Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar, and Matt Crafton. Tyler Ankrum and Derek Kraus will make up row 7 ahead of Raphael Lessard and Austin Wayne Self. Christian Eckes will start in the 17th ahead of Tanner Gray and Spencer Davis, while Hailie Deegan will round out the top 20.

How does everyone else line up behind Nemechek and Kyle Busch?

Danny Bohn and Timothy Peters will start in 21st and 22nd places, with Chase Purdy and Kris Wright behind them. Next on the grid are Timmy Hill and Brett Moffitt, ahead of Spencer Boyd and Dawson Cram. Rounding out the top 30 will be a disappointed Grant Enfinger and Chase Briscoe.

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ATLANTA – MARCH 06: Kyle Busch (L), driver of the #18 Toyota Tundra Toyota, talks with Rick Ren (R), KBM director of competition, on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series E-Z-GO 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 6, 2010 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Behind them will be Ryan Truex and Bret Holmes in 31st and 32nd. Row 17 will comprise of Ryan Reed and Ross Chastain, ahead of Tate Fogleman and Jordan Anderson. Finally, Norm Benning, Jesse Iwuji, and Jennifer Jo Cobb will bring up the rear. Admittedly, Cobb is all alone on the final row, as there is no driver confirmed in the #34 car alongside her.

On a different note, Kyle Busch will be eager to pick up where he left off. In all his Truck Series starts, Busch has always finished in the Top 2. Now, he will be hoping to repeat that feat at the Kansas Speedway.

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