NASCAR Truck bounty: The stakes just got higher for Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Redemption for Chase Elliott could come before Wednesday night's Cup Series race. The No. 9 driver will face off against Kyle Busch in a Truck event Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A monetary incentive will accompany personal pride for the race winner, according to Kevin Harvick, who announced Tuesday that the bounty for any full-time Cup Series driver to beat Busch in a Truck race is still in place for Tuesday's race.

"The bounty is still on for tonight's @NASCAR -- Trucks race," Harvick tweeted Tuesday morning with an update on the terms.

"However, in the current environment, the $50,000 donation will be made in the name of the cup driver who is eligible and beats @KyleBusch to a covid-19 relief effort of their choice," Harvick's tweet continued.

In February, Harvick announced a $50,000 payout for any full-time Cup driver who could beat Busch in a Truck Series race in response to a Twitter comment made by former Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson.

After Busch won the lower series Truck race in Las Vegas in February, Larson tweeted three cherry emojis to insinuate Busch was cherry-picking easily winnable races in lower divisions. Former Xfinity team owner Harvick sympathized with Busch, who will represent his Kyle Busch Motorsports team in Tuesday's race.


Gander RV & Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis said he would match Harvick's amount, bringing the pot to $100,000. On Tuesday, Lemonis said his contribution to the prize pool stands. Gander RV & Outdoors sponsors the Truck series.

Tuesday's event in Charlotte will be Busch's sixth race in 10 days. The No. 19 driver has competed in all of NASCAR's return events at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch finished 26th and second, respectively, in last week's Cup Series races at Darlington, before finishing second in the Xfinity race at the same track.

Last Wednesday, just before the Cup race was called due to inclement weather, Busch tapped Elliott, causing Elliott's car to spin out from second place and ruin his chances of a top finish. Busch said he did not intentionally wreck Elliott. Elliott said that he accepted the apology, but that he did not regret raising his middle finger to Busch passing by.


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