Kyle Busch wins at Kansas in NASCAR Trucks

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It’s not a Sprint Cup win, but after his well-documented problems at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch will gladly take a Camping World Truck Series victory there.

Busch took the lead with 21 laps to go and pulled away in the closing circuits to win a caution-marred SFP 250 for the Trucks tonight at Kansas.

Nine caution periods gave a disjointed feel to the evening, but Busch remained dominant and led 104 laps en route to his second Truck win of the season in as many starts.

After a wreck for Bryan Silas with 42 laps to go, Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon took the lead out of pit road under caution with a two-tire stop while Busch was second out after a four-tire stop.

But while Dillon held the point for some time after the restart, Busch slowly reeled him in and managed to make the race-winning pass on him in the tri-oval.

Dillon ultimately finished fourth behind winner Busch, runner-up Matt Crafton, and yet another Cup driver in Joey Logano, who had fallen back after making a green flag pit stop just three laps before the Silas incident took place. Tayler Malsam completed the Top 5.

Busch’s 37th Truck win marks the first time in 32 CWTS races that the pole sitter won the race. It also gave crew chief Eric Phillips his 29th career Truck win, making him the all-time wins leader among crew chiefs in the CWTS.

“Kansas! I’m a winner at Kansas,” Busch exclaimed with a touch of surprise in Victory Lane to Fox Sports. “I can’t say enough about everyone at [Kyle Busch Motorsports]. Everybody there, man, chassis shop, body guys, everybody there in the fab shop – they do such a great job for me whether it’s late models or whether its Trucks.

“They’re a lot of fun to work with and they’re a great group.”

Crafton’s runner-up enabled him to take the CWTS points lead by eight over Timothy Peters, who sustained damage in a Lap 1 incident that forced him to go to the garage for a time. He would come back to finish 14th, nine laps down.

The Callaway Corvette GT3 is coming to America, in PWC

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Pirelli World Challenge has been in need of some good news from a car count standpoint early into this offseason, and receives it Monday with confirmation Callaway Competition will bring its GT3-spec homologated Corvette C7 GT3-R Stateside next season.

The withdrawal of the factory Cadillac Racing program after PWC’s season finale in Sonoma in September has opened the door for the factory-blessed Corvette C7 GT3-R to run in North America, because Cadillac’s ATS-V.R has been the lone GT3-spec car under the General Motors awning for the last three seasons, while the Callaway Corvette has raced only internationally.

Reeves Callaway has been on site at the tail end of the PWC season to survey the opportunity and now a deal has been struck for a factory effort to run next year, before the Callaway Corvette program becomes a customer effort in 2019. This follows the same timeline as Acura did with its new NSX GT3 this year to run it as a factory program in 2017 before shifting to customer efforts in 2018.

“Joining the Pirelli World Challenge has been a long term objective for Callaway Competition,” Callaway said in a release. “Now the field is a roll-call of the most capable sports cars from every country. To do well here, you must beat the best in the world. What better way to showcase our iconic American car?

“For 2018, we will run a Callaway factory team to give us the best chance of continuing the championship record the Corvette has achieved in international competition. For 2019, we will not race against our customers, but provide high-quality support to them in the tradition of other manufacturer customer racing support programs.”

“For several years fans have asked when they would see the Callaway Corvette GT3 run in the Pirelli World Challenge,” added Greg Gill, President and CEO of Pirelli World Challenge. “The wait is over and we are very pleased to announce the arrival of the Callaway Corvette GT3 for the 2018 season.”

The Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R will be unveiled and both full season drivers announced at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis on December 7 at the Pirelli World Challenge booth. Following the unveiling event, the car will be on display for the remainder of the trade show. Details of the presentation will be announced in the coming weeks.

Callaway’s confirmation comes amidst the likely drawdown of potentially nine or 10 cars that raced in PWC’s GT and GTA ranks either all season or most of it in 2017, among at least five manufacturers. That’s not to say those losses can’t be recouped elsewhere on the grid, over the next several months before the St. Petersburg season opener in March.

PWC will hold its annual state of the series and competitor meeting to finalize the next year’s plans at the PRI show as well.