Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week, while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was in Richmond, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was in Kansas City, Kansas for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch weren’t there. In place of Harvick, was veteran driver, Ken Schrader. And in Busch’s Truck was Brian Ickler. Also in the race was former Craftsman Truck Series Champion, Johnny Benson. Richard Childress was there to see his grandson, Austin Dillon race in the #3 Truck.
#33 Ron Hornaday started from the pole, with #88 Matt Crafton beside him on the front row. The first caution was #16 Wes Burton blowing a tire and sending the driver from India, Narian Karthikeyan spinning out in his #60 truck. The second caution was 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb getting loose and spinning, leaving 21 Chris Eggleston nowhere to go. The third caution was 46 Terry Jones sliding onto the back stretch infield.
81 David Starr comes out of the pits first to lead, but is quickly overtaken by 33. The fourth caution was 76 Terry Cook, going for the lead, slides into 56 Taylor Malsam and collecting 6 Brian Rose. 33 gives up the lead for a tire rub. That puts 13 Johnny Sauter in the lead. On the restart, 33 and 88 were in the middle of the pack after pitting. They made it four wide. 88 went to the apron and got collected, trying to get back onto the track. 88 goes to the garage for repairs. 33 keeps on going.
31 James Buescher challenges 13 for the lead. 33 fights back. 88 comes back out, 21 laps down. 17 Timothy Peters, the points leader, has a dead battery and can’t get it restarted. You are allowed to push the truck three spots and if it doesn’t start, they have to push them back. 17 gets it going in reverse and takes off.
There was Green Flag Pitting, which saw 18 leading as well as 12 Mario Gosselin and 07 Tony Jackson, Jr. The sixth caution is for 10 again and 47 Brett Buttler colliding. 5 Mike Skinner gets sideways, but catches it. 18 takes the lead. (Kyle would be proud.) But 33 takes the lead. There is a severe thunderstorm warning and the seventh caution comes out for rain. And it sure did rain! There even was marble size hail. So the Red Flag came out.
When they get under way again with 53 laps remaining, everyone pits. 15 Johnny Benson takes two tires, along with 23 Jason White, to lead. 81 David Starr stayed out to lead because the pit crew wasn’t ready for him to come in. 33 has a great restart and passes many going three wide. 13 takes the lead.
33 is catching the leader, 13. They battle for the lead, but 33 can’t get by. In traffic, 33 challenges for the lead and gets loose into 13. They both slide sideways. 13 touches the wall to straighten himself out. 33 goes to the apron, spinning the tires and saves himself. 13 keeps the lead and 33 keeps second and there was no need for a caution!
13 recovers nicely, but 33 falls back some and can’t catch 13. 13 Johnny Sauter wins his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Now that was an exciting race! Johnny Benson finishes fifth and Ken Schrader finishes ninth. There have been ten Truck races at Kansas Speedway and ten different winners!
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