NASCAR Martinsville Auto Racing

Kyle Busch passes pole-sitter Stewart Friesen for the lead during the NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. It was Busch’s 54th career win in the Truck Series and his fourth victory at the Martinsville track.

MARTINSVILLE — There appears to be nothing to stop Kyle Busch, who won Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 for his 54th career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory, and his fourth grandfather clock at Martinsville Speedway.

It’s No. 201 overall.

There were few times Busch’s victory Saturday was in doubt. After starting seconds behind Stewart Friesen, he led 62 of the 70 laps and won the opening stage.

“We had a pretty good truck. Everything we did to it yesterday and trying to improve on it, make it better for today was certainly beneficial,” Busch said. “The guys worked really hard on some good changes, some smart changes, especially overnight getting us ready to go for the track conditions today. Overall a good day.”

On lap 119, Daniel Sasnett spun in turn 3, bringing out the caution. Busch pitted, while Friesen and Ross Chastain stayed out. Busch was the first off of pit road, but lost four spots, restarting fifth.

Chastain led for 53 laps, including on lap 140 when the second stage ended.

Busch got back in the lead on lap 185, and held it the rest of the way.

“When guys were racing hard and trying to get that second stage, … we just kind of bided our time and waited and made moves when we needed to,” Busch said.

Saturday was Busch’s second Truck Series victory at Martinsville Speedway. It’s also his third win in three Truck races so far this season.

Chastain finished fourth on Saturday, his second best finish in the Truck Series this season. He’s yet to finished in the top-five in either the Xfinity or Cup Series this year.

Friesen, the pole winner, led 19 laps, but fell behind after Stage 2, finishing fifth.

Besides the second stage of the Trucks race, the only other contest Busch lost on Saturday was the STP 500 pole qualifying.

Joey Logano led a Ford sweep when he turned a lap at 97.830 mph to earn the top starting spot.

Busch, who switched over to his Cup car after the Trucks race, will start 14th.

Logano’s pole-winning run came roughly 90 minutes after Team Penske teammate Will Power won the pole for the IndyCar race in Austin, Texas.

Logano, who won at Martinsville last fall in a critical victory for his Cup Series title, will start Sunday from the pole for the fifth time in the last nine races.

“You just have to be so precise, and you’re pushing yourself so hard down into the corners, and a mistake has such a big penalty when you get loose,” Logano said. “And you’re right on the edge of these tires, and if you go over that edge a little bit, it’s the difference between qualifying first or eighth or ninth because the field is so close.

“It’s awesome to get another pole here at Martinsville, and hopefully we can top it off with another win.”

Aric Almirola qualified second for Stewart-Haas Racing, Penske driver Brad Keselowski was third and Kevin Harvick was fourth as Ford drivers took the top four qualifying positions.

Five-time Martinsville winner Denny Hamlin qualified fifth in a Toyota for Sunday’s race at the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit. William Byron was sixth and the highest-qualifying Chevrolet driver.

Clint Bowyer, winner of the spring race at Martinsville last year, qualified 11th and was disappointed after pacing Saturday morning’s practice session.

“That was not very good. We need to be better,” he said. “I’m not very good at qualifying here.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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