Kyle Busch Wins The UNOH 200 At Bristol

Kyle Busch

Not even a NASCAR overtime could stop Kyle Busch from rallying back from a speeding penalty at the end of Stage 2 to win Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch, forced to the back of the field under penalty to start the final stage, put on a clinic on a Lap 119 restart and utilized the high line to roar through the field and find himself back in the top-10 by Lap 136.

Nearly 30 laps later, Busch found himself on the tails of leaders Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton. Taking second from Sauter on Lap 163, Busch moved back into the lead four laps later slicing and dicing through lap traffic.

When Austin Wayne Self and Justin Haley tangled with five laps, the final restart left the field one more attempt to swipe the lead away from Busch.

The now five-time Bristol Truck Series winner, however, would have none of it pulling away from Crafton at the Lap 201 restart and cruised to his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the year and 49th of his career.

“I knew once I got that penalty that I had to go somewhere, other than where everyone else was,” said Busch. “I just started grooming the top and it took about 15 laps for it to come in and then it started going, it was pretty fast.”

“I can’t say enough about all these guys on this Banfield Pet Hospital Tundra, it was awesome. It was awesome when we unloaded. We made some fine-tune adjustments to it. She was really good all-day long.”

Looking like a superhero with his comeback, Busch, who isn’t expected to compete in anymore Camping World Truck Series races this season, said he learned enough from the penalty that could give him a potential advantage towards earning a second triple-weekend sweep at Bristol. The first came in August 2010.

“It was a lot of fun to come through the field like that, it kinda gave me some ideas about the rest of the week,” added Busch. “Probably showed a bunch of stuff too. That’s what it’s all about. This is the start of the triple, hopefully we can get it.”

While many welcomed the event’s final caution, Crafton didn’t want to see the yellow flag, as he was sure he was catching Busch as the final laps counted away.

“I searched the top, searched the bottom, and went back to the old faithful bottom,” said Crafton. “One thing I’ve done, I’ve finished second to Kyle way too many times here. All in all, it was a very good truck and we have nothing to hang our heads about.

“We were running him down there at the end. I didn’t want to see that yellow because we were running him down, we were so good on old tires. And then that restart, when you are starting on the outside you’re going ‘oh man this could be really really bad’ and he has that grip to take off on the bottom and I was sitting up there spinning the tires.”

Busch led the field to green after nearly a two-hour rain delay and dominated the first stage leading all 55 laps.

The Brad Keselowski Racing trucks of Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric pitted on Lap 27 and restarted 1-2 for the Lap 64 restart, but Matt Crafton used the bump and run on Cindric and took control a lap after the beginning of Stage 2 and led until Busch caught Crafton in lap traffic and re-inherited the lead at Lap 105 and sailed away to the Stage 2 win.

Busch led the field off pit road but was busted by NASCAR for speeding in section 4 handing the lead back to Crafton for the start of Stage 3 and the eventual comeback for Busch.

Check out the unofficial results of the UNOH 200 at Bristol.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Kyle Busch Grabs A Top Five Finish In The LTi Printing 200

Date:                            August 12, 2017

Event:                           Lti Printing 200 (Race 13 of 23)

Series:                          NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Location:                     Michigan International Speedway (two-mile oval)

Format:                       Three Stages; 30 laps/30 laps/40 laps

Start/Finish:                10th/3rd (Running, completed 100 of 100 laps)

Winner:                       Darrell Wallace Jr. of MDM Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Owner-driver Kyle Busch led a race-high 47 laps in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Michigan International Speedway before ultimately scoring a third-place finish in his last race behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the 2017 season.

Stage One Recap:

  • Busch took the green to start the race from the 10th position. By Lap 2, he had already cracked into the top five, looking to make it to the front of the field. After the first caution flag flew, Bush restarted the race third and on Lap 15 he made the pass for the lead. Throughout the stage the owner-driver had no complaints about his No. 51 Textron Off-Road Toyota Tundra. When the caution waved to end the stage, Busch was still leading the field.

Stage Two Recap:

  • After a four-tire stop on pit road, Busch started Stage Two once again leading the field to green. He continued to be happy with the way his Tundra was handling and led every lap of Stage Two.

Stage Three Recap:

  • Busch started Stage Three by making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires before restarting behind trucks that only took gas, in the eighth position. As Busch restarted, he got caught up in an incident that cut his left-front tire down. After a trip to pit road to change the tire and assess the damage, he restarted in the 14th position with less than 30 laps to go. Busch used the rest of the stage to race his way back to the front of the pack. The last lap proved to be exciting as Busch raced hard for the win, but ultimately finished third, behind teammate Christopher Bell.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Textron Off Road Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:

What happened early in the race when you had your tire cut down?

“I have no idea what happened – there was an idiot up there that doesn’t know how to drive and that’s probably what caused it. It was unfortunate for our truck, we had a really, really fast Textron Off Road Tundra and was hopefully being able to keep our track position there and race those guys, but it was hard to make any moves and try to pass and go for the win by yourself, you always had to have help, you always had to have somebody behind you or momentum behind you to push the guy out front. Any time you got to the guy that was out front, he could just side draft you so hard that it really messed up your momentum. It kind of scrambled things there at the end, but I was trying to help the 4 (Christopher Bell) as much as I could to get him up there and he made a bold move into one and couldn’t quite get him cleared and almost got sucked around and then off of two we got cleaned up again and get up there one more time and just got the door shut on him in three. Overall, just a good day, but frustrating in the same breath.”

What happened to force you back in the field?

“Fast trucks just keep getting wrecked and we keep getting stuck back in traffic and had a hard time coming up through. Just needed more laps I guess, these races aren’t very long.”

 

LTI Printing 200 Recap:

  • Darrell Wallace Jr. won his first race of the season followed by KBM’s Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, Ryan Truex and Austin Cindric rounded out the top-five finishers

  • The race featured five cautions for a total of 24 laps. There were seven lead changes among seven drivers.

How Busch’s KBM Teammates Fared:

 

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished seventh

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished second

NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:

 

The No. 51 Toyota Racing team is now fifth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.

Next Race:

 

Harrison Burton will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Wednesday, August 16, at Bristol Motor Speedway.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Bubba Has A “One Off “And Parks It At Michigan!

Darrell Wallace, Jr.
For the final 11 laps of today’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. protected his leading position. He blocked high and low and middle, and when he briefly lost the lead, he quickly surged his No. 99 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet back ahead. Every move he made in today’s LTi Printing 200 to earn a trip to Victory Lane turned out to be the right one.

Actually getting to Victory Lane, that was another story.

After laying down a massive burnout to raucous applause from the MIS crowd, Wallace stopped his truck on the apron—he seemed unsure where to go. A NASCAR official pointed forward and to the right. Wallace followed those directions.

“It’s been so long since I’ve been in Victory Lane,” Wallace said. “I try to hold a positive mindset over it, and everybody in my family knows it eats at me every day.”

It was Wallace’s first race in a truck since the last race of the 2014 season; he won that race, too. It was his sixth win in a truck and first at Michigan.

After he parked his truck in Victory Lane, it appeared that every member of his team stuck their head in to say congratulations. His girlfriend, Amanda Carter, leaned in and kissed him. This was her first visit with him to a NASCAR Victory Lane. Still shaking a few minutes later, she said, “This is so incredible. It is so awesome.”

It certainly was that for Wallace, whose roller coaster career appeared stalled this season. Wallace, who opened 2017 as NASCAR’s only full-time African American driver, lost his NASCAR XFINITY Series ride with Roush Fenway Racing earlier this year due to a lack of sponsorship. He debuted in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for four races as a replacement for the injured Aric Almirola. But since then, nothing. His deal with MDM Motorsports was announced just this week.

Wallace entered the race confident his truck was fast. He struggled early on, including a penalty on lap 53 when his pit crew went over the wall too soon. But he worked his way toward the front. He appeared content to stay in third behind Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell as the laps wound down. He and spotter Freddie Kraft sketched out a plan—Wallace would wait for those two to get side-by-side so he could pass them both at once.

“You’re going probably 10 miles an hour faster than they are,” Kraft said. “As soon as they do that, you have the momentum.”

Wallace preferred to wait for the pass until there were only a handful of laps left. But when Cindric and Bell got side-by-side with 11 to go, Kraft keyed his radio and said, “Here’s your chance.”

“I closed my eyes, turned left, and heard clear,” said Wallace when discussing the heroic three-wide move to give truck owner Mike Millner his first series victory.

As cool as it was to see nobody in front of him, Wallace figured it wouldn’t last. He thought other drivers would do to him what he had just done to Cindric and Bell. But the drivers behind him spent most of the time racing each other instead of trying to pass him. And when they did devote their attention to getting by Wallace, he darted and dived and kept them behind.

Check out the unofficial results of the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Promising Overton’s 150 Ends Early For “The Shrub”

Kyle Busch

Owner-driver Kyle Busch led a race-high 32 laps in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Pocono Raceway, before an incident on track resulted in a 25th-place finish for his No. 51 Textron Off Road Toyota Tundra.

Stage One Recap:
  • When the green flag flew for Saturday’s Overton’s 150, owner-driver Kyle Busch rolled off the grid on the front row in the second position. Busch made the pass for the lead over fellow Toyota driver Ben Rhodes on the first lap of the race. During the stage Busch complimented his No. 51 Toyota Racing team by saying over the radio he had a great truck. When the caution came out to end the stage Busch had led every lap.
Stage Two Recap:
  • After a two-tire stop on pit road, Busch started Stage Two leading the field to green. Busch continued to be happy with his truck throughout the stage and when the caution flew to end Stage Two, he had led all 30 laps of the race.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Busch started Stage Three by making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment. When the field restarted on Lap 33, the No. 51 Tundra was ninth in the lineup. On Lap 36, Busch was caught in an incident on track that spun him into the wall in Turn 2. When the checkered flag flew, Busch was scored 25th.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Textron Off Road Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
What happened that took you out of the race?
“I don’t know, just going down the straightaway on the bottom side and gave as much room as I could to the outside guys, I thought we were only three-wide and I just got door-slammed three or four times. Then it just upset the truck on entry and got loose, backed it in the fence. That’s about it, should have never been back there.”
 
Overton’s 150 Recap:
  • KBM’s Christopher Bell won his fourth race of the season followed by Ben Rhodes, Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter rounded the top-five finishers.
  • The race featured four cautions for a total of 15 laps. There were four lead changes among four drivers.
How Busch’s KBM Teammates Fared:
 
Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 24th
Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished first
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
 
The No. 51 Toyota Racing team remains eighth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.
Next Race:
 
Owner-driver Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Saturday, August 12, at Michigan International Raceway. Live coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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Christopher Bell Drives Into Victory Lane At Pocono And Into The Points Lead

Christopher Bell
With his boss out of the race, Christopher Bell filled the void, pulling away to win the Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

Bell overtook John Hunter Nemechek on Lap 54 of 60 at the 2.5-mile triangular track and finished 1.964 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Rhodes, who passed Nemechek for the second position on Lap 56.

One circuit later Ryan Truex Jr. took the third spot from Nemechek, who held on to fourth at the finish.

The victory was Bell’s first at Pocono, his fourth of the season and the sixth of his career – and it gave him the series points lead.

Kyle Busch, Bell’s team owner at Kyle Busch Motorsports, won the first two 15-lap stages, but moments after the restart that began the green-flag portion of the final stage on Lap 36, Busch’s No. 51 Toyota was wiped out by contact from Justin Haley’s Chevrolet.

After one more caution and the final restart on Lap 45, it took Bell nine laps to race from fifth to the lead. After battling side-by-side with Nemechek for two laps, Bell gained momentum through the Tunnel Turn and made the winning pass in Turn 3, after struggling to clear the No. 8 Chevrolet down the long frontstretch on the previous circuit.

“The only real passes that I made down the front straightaway were whenever they gave it to me,” Bell said. “It was pretty tough, because I wasn’t good enough with the side-draft to stall the guy beside me and clear him by the time I got to Turn 1. I looked up in my mirror, and whenever I got side-by-side (with Nemechek) we were just bringing all those guys behind us with us.

“I was just trying to figure out where we were going to beat him at, and, thankfully, I showed enough nose to where he couldn’t get to the bottom of the Tunnel Turn, and it screwed up his exit out of (Turn) 2.”

Ultimately, it was clean air that made the difference for Bell.

“It was definitely who could get in front on the restarts,” said Rhodes, who spent the last three laps breaking the draft with the pursuing Truex, taking Truex’s line and blocking the No. 16 Tundra.

“I was doing everything in my wheelhouse to keep him behind me,” Rhodes said.

Truex was keenly aware of the second-place finisher’s tactics but said he would have done the same thing if the positions had been reversed.

“Track position was extremely big,” said Truex, who posted the second-best finish of his Truck Series career, one spot short of the runner-up result he posted in last year’s season opener at Daytona. “Once we got single file, it was really hard to pass. There was a lot of blocking.

“It’s frustrating that we’re this good and this close, but it’s great that we’re continuing to have good runs like this.”

Bell leaves Pocono with an 18-point lead in the standings over defending champion Johnny Sauter, who started from the rear of the field because of unapproved adjustments to his No. 21 Chevrolet and finished fifth.

“That’s really special – I’m just so thankful to be able to drive this thing,” Bell said of assuming the series lead. “It’s a dream come true to be able to compete in the NASCAR series and to be able to drive for Toyota and Kyle Busch Motorsports. It’s just a dream come true.”

Check out the unofficial results of the Overton’s 150. at Pocono.

Christopher Bell has all the looks of the 2017 CWTS champion.  However, we shall see what the remaining races have in store for this KBM young gun!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Matt Crafton Reviews His Victory At Eldora

Matt Crafton

Team Information:

Started: 2nd

Finished: 1st

Laps: 150/150

Laps Led: 0

Status: Running

Driver Points: 4th

Owner Points: 4th

2017 Stage Points: 115

2017 Playoff Points: 2 (Dover & Eldora)

Recap:

Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra made his fifth career start at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH, on Wednesday night. Starting a track-best second, the ThorSport Racing driver led the field twice, for 24 laps, and ended a 27-race winless streak, winning the fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby, his first win of 2017, and the two-time champions first win at the half-mile clay oval. The win secured the ThorSport Racing drivers spot in the 2017 Chase, which kicks off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.

Crafton, who finished first in Stage 1, earning his second Stage win of 2017, also earned bonus points at the conclusion of Stage 2, for finishing ninth. In the final 60 laps of the 150-lap event, Crafton worked his way from the bottom of the track, to the top, and utilized a lap 128 caution to position himself to challenge a dominant veteran dirt racer, Stewart Friesen, in the final laps. With 17 laps to go, the two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion took the lead from Friesen, and never looked back, winning the fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby.

Quotes:

A lot of emotion for this victory, where does this win stack up for you?

“Our first dirt win. A lot of fun. In the second part of the race we downright just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it. On the first run we were pretty good, I just thought we were a little bit too free. We tightened it up, and then we just went back to exactly where we started the race. Rico (Abreu) drove by me up top, and I’m like ‘Crafton, you got to put this thing on the fence down there’. I knew I was getting beat on the bottom, and then I found something in the middle over here in 1 and 2. Finally at the end, I’m like ‘well, we ought to tear the right side off this thing and take it to victory lane’.”

You’ve done more dirt racing this past year, how much did that help you tonight?

“It helped a lot. Just learning what the track does, and seeing what spots on the race track are working – in the years past, I didn’t know what I was looking at to be totally honest. Just kept studying and kept studying. There were a lot of great people here. Nick Coffman came here and helped me during the test. They were telling me ‘go down here in the dirt, and spin the tires’ and I’m like why? But I started doing it and this Menards Toyota Tundra was just a rocket ship.”

Talk about your race tonight.

“This definitely wasn’t the one that I thought was going to put us in the playoffs without a doubt. I was looking to come in here and have a top five – a good solid top-five run. Yesterday was just good, it was really good, so we kept tuning on it, and the first run it was really good. Second run, we tightened it up too much and Junior (Joiner, crew chief) was mad, so we came in and made some adjustments on the truck, and I made some adjustments out there on the race track. Kept searching and finally found something at the end.”

Notes:

  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Tuesdayevening in preparation for Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. Matt Crafton was eighth, and fourth, respectively, in each session.

  • The No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra was seventh in single truck qualifying on Wednesdayafternoon.

  • Crafton lined-up second in Qualifying Race No. 2, and won, earning a second-place starting position for the main event.

  • Starting a track-best second, Crafton earned his second Stage win of 2017, winning Stage 1. Crafton finished ninth in Stage 2, and won the fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway.

  • The win secured the ThorSport Racing drivers spot in the 2017 Chase, which kicks off at New Hampshire motor Speedway in September.

  • The ThorSport Racing driver led the field twice, for 24 laps, his first laps led at Eldora Speedway.

  • In five starts at the Rossburg, OH track, Crafton has led 24 laps en route to one win (2017), and five top-10 finishes.

  • In 11 starts in 2017, the Menards driver has led 96 laps en route to one win (Eldora), three top-five (Atlanta), and seven top-10 finishes.

  • In 395 career starts, Crafton has 12 poles, and has led 2231 laps en route to 14 wins, 100 top-five, and 233 top-10 finishes.

  • Crafton’s ThorSport Racing teammates finished fourth (Enfinger), 11th (Coughlin), 26th (Abreu), and 30th (Rhodes).

  • Up Next: The Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m.on FOX.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Harrison Burton Got Indoctrinated Quickly At Eldora

Date:                            July 19, 2017

Event:                           Eldora Dirt Derby (Race 11 of 23)

Series:                          NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Location:                     Eldora Speedway in Rossburg (half-mile oval)

Format:                       Three Stages; 40 laps/50 laps/60 laps

Start/Finish:                23rd/15th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Winner:                       Matt Crafton of ThorSport (Toyota)

After an exciting race on dirt, Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Toyota Tundra finished 15th in Wednesday night’s fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. It was a night of learning for the rookie as it was his dirt-racing debut, but his fourth start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 2017 season.

Stage One Recap:

  • After qualifying 13th and finishing fifth in his heat race, Burton took the green flag at Eldora from the 23rd position. When the race began the 16-year-old used the beginning laps to learn the track and learn how his truck raced on the dirt surface that he was unfamiliar with. When the first caution of the night came out on Lap 4, Burton stopped on pit road to clean his windshield from the muddy track. Halfway through the stage, he was caught up in a spin and had to make another trip to pit road for the team to assess the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Toyota. When Stage One ended, Burton was scored 18th.

Stage Two Recap:

  • Burton started his No. 51 Toyota Tundra from the 24th position at the start of Stage Two. The rookie started to find his groove on the dirt and slowly picked up positions through the field. Throughout the stage, Burton battled with dirt-veteran and fellow teammate Christopher Bell for positions. Burton was running 14th when the caution flag flew to end the second stage of the race on Lap 90.

Stage Three Recap:

  • After the No. 51 Toyota Racing team started Stage Three by not making a trip to pit road when many trucks ahead of them in the field did, Burton took the green flag from the fifth position. On the restart Burton got shuffled in the pack of eager drivers and when the caution came out on Lap 118 he was in the 16th position. For the rest of the stage, Burton minded his own business on the track and stayed out of trouble until the checkered flag flew. When he crossed the finish line, Burton finished his first dirt race 15th.

Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:

Talk about your first dirt racing experience…

“I can get around an asphalt track alright, but this dirt stuff is completely different. It is something that I need to learn and figure out how to race on the dirt. We had a great Toyota Tundra. I am learning as much as I can, as fast as I can, but it’s hard when you’re doing something new against some of the best in the business. I’m really proud of all of my guys, they stuck with me all week and really helped me through. It was awesome to have Hunt Brothers Pizza on the truck – they are deeply engrained in racing and I’m glad I could be a part of it!”

Eldora Dirt Derby Recap:

  • Matt Crafton won the race followed by Stewart Friesen, Chase Briscoe, Grant Enfinger and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top-five finishers.

  • The race featured 10 cautions for a total of 59 laps. There were seven lead changes among four drivers.

How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished seventh

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished ninth

NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:

The No. 51 Toyota Racing team is now eighth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.

 

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Matt Crafton Prevails At The Eldora Dirt Derby 150

Matt Crafton

Using a late-race restart 18 laps from the finish and a strategy to ‘go where the others aren’t,’ Matt Crafton muscled past veteran dirt racer Stewart Friesen to win Wednesday night’s fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

Over the last forty laps of the race, Crafton patiently worked his way from the bottom of the top-10 and took advantage of a Lap 127 caution to position himself to challenge a dominant Friesen for his first win since Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway last May.

“My first dirt win – a lot of fun,” said Crafton, who picked up his 14th career win. “In the second part of that race we down-right just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it a little bit in the first run. It got free and we just went back to the way we started the race.

“I knew I was getting beat down low. Finally, at the end, I said, ‘Well, we may have to tear the right side off to get the win.’ I started doing it and this truck became a rocket ship.”

Friesen, who finished second to earn his career-best finish in the Truck Series, accepted defeat with dignity.

“Congrats to Matt, he’s been doing his homework on the dirt and it paid off,” said Friesen who led a race high 93 laps.

“We didn’t come here to run second that’s for damn sure, but I’m proud of these guys. They worked hard to get this truck dialed in. We had a great truck, he (Crafton) just got rolling on the top, it cleaned up, I was so committed to the bottom and go there in the middle and he just found a line and got us. It burns.”

Pole-sitter Friesen led his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series laps and extended his lead to nearly two seconds when a multi-truck accident ignited in Turn 3 on Lap 19 after Sheldon Creed spun and collected at least six other trucks in the process.

With a competition caution set at Lap 20 to allow teams to clean their windshields and grilles of the mud and dirt sprayed during the first run, NASCAR utilized the second yellow flag of the night to serve as the competition caution.

On the Lap 33 restart, Friesen found himself under attack from two-time series champion Crafton who swiped the lead away on Lap 34 and held it through the conclusion of Stage 1 which ended under caution after pre-race favorite Christopher Bell spun and was t-boned by Kaz Grala.

The start of Stage 2 saw the lead exchange twice in a period of three laps as Friesen grabbed the lead back from Crafton only to be passed by John Hunter Nemechek two laps later. Friesen, however, proved that he had one of the strongest trucks in the field by reassuming the lead on Lap 53 and collecting the Stage 2 victory.

Under yellow for the Stage 2 break, Friesen’s spotter noticed that he had a right-front tire going down forcing the No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet down pit road for four tires and fuel. The unexpected stop handed the lead to 2015 Eldora winner Bell for the Lap 93 restart.

Restarting sixth, Friesen stormed back though the field and eventually caught the heavily damaged truck of Bell on Lap 115 to reassume command at the front.

When it seemed that Friesen was settling into his comfort zone and potentially sailing towards his first career victory, Crafton using a quicker top lane overpowered him on Lap 133, with the pass setting the tone for the final lead change of the night.

Behind Crafton and Friesen, Chase Briscoe in a backup truck finished third ahead of Grant Enfinger and John Hunter Nemechek. Late model dirt specialist Bobby Pierce finished sixth while Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Bell and Austin Cindric comprised the remainder of the top-10.

Check out the unofficial results of the Eldora Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Myatt Snider Posts A 16th Place Finish At Kentucky

Stage One Recap:
  • After qualifying was canceled because of a rainy day in Kentucky, the field was set off current 2017 NCWTS owner points, placing Myatt Snider and his No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra in the sixth starting position. Snider kept position inside the top 10 for the first half of the stage. When the caution came out on Lap 20, Snider brought his Tundra down pit road for two right-side tires and a track bar adjustment. He restarted 13th, but was back inside the top 10 a few laps later. When the stage ended, Snider was scored 11th.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Snider started Stage Two from the third position after staying out when Stage One ended. When the caution came out two laps later, the rookie was in the fifth position. After restarting next to owner-driver Kyle Busch, Snider kept his position for the rest of the stage. He was scored fifth when the caution flew to end the stage.
Stage Three Recap:
  • The No. 51 Toyota racing team started Stage Three by putting two fresh left-side tires on the No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra. Since they only took two tires when many other teams took four, Snider restarted the race leading the field. Soon after the green flag dropped, teammate Christopher Bell passed Snider for the lead position. Snider continued to battle a free truck for most of the stage, losing positions as the laps ticked by. On Lap 106 the 22-year-old spun on the race track, bringing out the caution. Snider then made a trip down pit road for four fresh tires and to assess the minor damage that was caused by the spin. When he restarted he was 20th on the track and one lap down. By the end of the race, Snider finished in the 16thposition, back on the lead lap.
Myatt Snider, driver of the No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about your race…
KBM brought me a really fast Liberty Tax Service Toyota Tundra this weekend. I am happy to have ran where we did. We had good stage finishes and ran up front all night. I just got too free towards the end and kept us from staying up front. But I am really proud of my guys and I think it was a great race overall and looking forward to the next one.”
 
Buckle Up in Your Truck Recap:
  • KBM’s Christopher Bell won the race followed by Brandon Jones, Justin Haley, Austin Cindric and KBM’s Noah Gragson rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • The race featured eight cautions for a total of 42 laps. There were 10 lead changes among eight drivers.
How Snider’s KBM Teammates Fared:
Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished fifth
Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished first
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 46 Toyota, finished sixth
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 Toyota Racing team is now fifth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.
 
Next Race:
Harrison Burton will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Wednesday, July 19, at Eldora Speedway. Live coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Business.
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Christopher Bell Spins And Wins The Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 At Kentucky

Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell survived an accident and an early spin to win Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Bell picked up his third victory of the season, his first at Kentucky and the fifth of his career, holding off runner-up Brandon Jones by .187 seconds at the end of a closing 32-lap green-flag run.

“This is pretty special,” Bell said in Victory Lane. “We had our ups and downs. Practice (on Wednesday) didn’t go very well, but we had a really fast Tundra, and (crew chief) Rudy Fugle made great calls from the pit box after I made a mistake and spun out.”

That mistake (spinning out) came on Lap 27, with Bell sliding out of control in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. But by the time divergent pit strategies sorted out for a restart on Lap 83, Bell was back at the front of the field.

Jones had his own issues, going a lap down after NASCAR penalized him for failure to line up in proper position for a restart. But he returned to the lead lap with a free pass as the highest scored lapped car and took the fight to Bell for the final 35 laps of the race after passing John Hunter Nemechek for the second spot on Lap 114 of 150.

During the final 10 laps, Jones closed to the rear bumper of Bell’s Toyota, but couldn’t find a way around his rival.

“I was trying everything I knew to do in there,” said Jones, who has three second-place finishes in the Truck Series but hasn’t won a race. “Just trying to play mind games with him and trick him out some, but he had a hotrod, too.”

Rookie Justin Haley finished third, followed by Austin Cindric and Stage 2 winner Noah Gragson, who passed his boss, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps to nail down the fifth spot.

Defending series champion Johnny Sauter finished ninth and retained the series lead by 28 points over Bell.

Kentucky native Ben Rhodes won the first 35-lap stage, but elation soon turned to abject disappointment after a restart on Lap 42, after Rhodes made a pit stop and took the green flag in 13th.

On the restart lap, Rhodes made a move on the bottom, creating a three-wide logjam with Christopher Bell in the middle and TJ Bell on the outside. The trucks ran out of room as they entered Turn 3, with Christopher Bell moving down slightly on Rhodes’ Tundra, which had gotten loose entering the corner.

Rhodes spun up the track into the path of ThorSport Racing teammate Grant Enfinger, and both trucks were destroyed in the collision.

“I was underneath the 4 (Bell) trying to make a move,” Rhodes said. “Then I saw him start to come down on me so I started backing out, and as we were going down to the groove we just all ran out of room. I was trying to give everybody as much room as I could. Just unfortunate. I know all the restarts everybody was going as hard as they can.

“They were four-wide in front of me, so I was trying to do what I could with what I had. Just unfortunate we couldn’t come out a little bit better for our Safelite team. We had a lot of people here tonight to watch the race. Sorry I let them down. Just a big mistake on my part. Miscalculated it, and just need to reevaluate our situation this year and try to get us in the playoffs.”

For Enfinger, the wreck ended a string of four straight top-five finishes.

“They just crashed in front of us there,” Enfinger said. “I think it was everybody just aggressive on restarts, but you’ve got to be. It’s so hard to pass. It’s just crazy on these restarts. It’s what makes the Camping World Truck Series so exciting, but you’ve got to go for it on those restarts, unfortunately.”

Check out the unofficial results of the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!