The $100k NASCAR Truck Series bounty on Kyle Busch is now for a good cause

The $100k NASCAR Truck Series bounty on Kyle Busch is now for a good cause

So much has happened in the NASCAR world in the last few months that it's easy to forget about the $100,000 bounty on Kyle Busch waiting to be claimed by another Cup Series driver.

But it's very much still a thing, and Kevin Harvick, who started all this, slightly changed the terms of the bounty Tuesday for the better with the money now going to COVID-19 relief efforts.

If you do need a reminder about what this is all about, here it is: Back in February after Busch won his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race of 2020 — he extended his winning streak in the series to seven races dating back to the 2018 season — Harvick put a bounty on him. Initially, he put up a $50,000 prize to any full-time Cup Series driver who beats Busch in the Truck Series, and Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Gander Outdoors, said he'd match it for a $100,000 bounty.

The 10-week hiatus from racing this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic impacted Busch's schedule. But with NASCAR back, so is the reigning Cup Series champion's presence in the Truck Series.

In the middle of seven races in 11 days across NASCAR's three national series, Busch, who previously called the bounty a "huge compliment," will compete in Tuesday's Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's also the series' first race since February because of the shutdown.

There are a handful of other Cup drivers entered in this race and chasing the bounty, including Chase Elliott, who had a run-in with Busch at Darlington Raceway last week and later a touching, unexpected moment with him at the Charlotte track after the Coca-Cola 600 earlier this week.

Elliott has been on board with the bounty challenge since the beginning, and Tuesday, he expressed his support for Harvick's late adjustment to the rules, saying that his half of the bounty will be donated in the winning driver's name to COVID-19 relief efforts. And Lemonis likes the idea too.

Now, NASCAR is trying to keep the competition as fair as possible. So because of Busch's experience racing at the top in the Cup Series, he's limited to just five Truck Series (as well as Xfinity Series) races a season.

So with his first Truck race this season in February and after Tuesday's race at Charlotte, Busch will have only be eligible for three more this season.

Originally, his Truck races were supposed to be at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway, but only events at the first two tracks have been rescheduled at this point. After Tuesday, the Truck Series will compete at Atlanta on June 6 and Homestead on June 13.


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