Kevin Harvick’s bounty on Kyle Busch sparks variety of driver reactions

Published On February 23, 2020 | By John Haverlin | News, Top Posts

Unlike many NASCAR fans, Kevin Harvick likes to watch Kyle Busch compete in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. He doesn’t view it merely as a way for Busch to pick on the lower competition, but a business opportunity.

Busch runs five Truck races per year because his sponsors want him in it, and won Friday night in Las Vegas. He wouldn’t be able to operate Kyle Busch Motorsports without running the events himself. So his participation is how he can afford to employ everyone within the organization.

And since Harvick believes Busch’s presence increases viewership of the series, he decided to make something “fun” out of it.

Then Marcus Lemonis, the Gander Outdoors CEO, tweeted that he would match Harvick’s $50,000 bounty.

Suddenly, many drivers wanted to know if they were eligible. Harvick stated that it has to be a full-time Cup racer, though.

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Busch himself didn’t seem flattered by the offer. He’s afraid someone might wreck him for the win, which would put an “asterisk on it.”

Busch’s wife Samantha has an idea as well. She suggested that if no one can beat him, the money must be donated to the couple’s Bundle of Joy Fund, which races awareness and support about infertility.

Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin has expressed a legitimate interest.

Busch wondered what his reward would be if no one beats him. Harvick tweeted back, “Good ole pat on the back and some great exposure for your sponsors!”

Photo: Sean Gardner / Getty Images

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— a Long Island, New York native, is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied communication and journalism. He is a former Pit Notes reporter at ISM Raceway, where he covered NASCAR and INDYCAR throughout his collegiate career. Since 2016, he has covered American auto racing’s various forms, including NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck, K&N, Whelen Modified, IndyCar, Mazda Road to Indy, USAC, Modified Touring Series, World of Outlaws, ARCA and ACT Tour. During his downtime, he likes to play his Les Paul guitar, hit the golf course and watch the New York Mets.

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