Kevin Harvick has placed a bounty on Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Truck Series.
Busch has now won his last seven starts, a division record that spans three seasons and a provision that limits NASCAR Cup Series regulars to five appearances per year. That means he won in all five appearances in 2019, his last start of 2018 and now his first start of 2020.
It appears that Busch’s triumph on Friday night in The Strat 200 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was one too many for Harvick, who woke up on Saturday morning willing to pay someone to snap the streak.
He has challenged the Cup Series roster to enter one of the remaining four Truck Series events on Busch’s schedule in 2020 and is offering a $50,000 payout to the first driver to win against ‘Rowdy.’
That amount was then matched by businessman, television personality and philanthropist Marcus Lemonis, the sponsor of the Truck Series via his Gander Outdoors and RV brand.
The provision that limits Cup Series regulars to five starts in both the Xfinity Series and Truck Series is often referred to as the ‘Kyle Busch Rule.’
The four remaining Truck Series races on the schedule for Busch are at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 14, Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 20, Texas Motor Speedway on March 27, and Kansas Speedway on May 30.
In addition to his 56 Cup victories, Busch also has 96 in the Xfinity Series and 57 in the Truck Series. He has pledged to retire from Xfinity Series competition upon reaching 100 wins but will continue to race in Trucks for as long as he owns his team.
Busch has threatened to close Kyle Busch Motorsports if NASCAR prevents him from racing his own equipment in the third-tier division.
Harvick had no shortage of interested parties after he tweeted his offer on Saturday. Denny Hamlin, Corey LaJoie, Austin Dillon and Landon Cassill have all expressed interest in chasing the bounty.
Hamlin, the three-time and reigning Daytona 500 winner, had hoped to beat Busch at his home race at Richmond Raceway.
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