Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Thursday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY., the tenth race of the season. Practice and qualifying was earlier in the day, with 13 Johnny Sauter capturing the Pole position with a speed of 174.109 mph and 31.015 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 3 Austin Dillon starts second. 57 Norm Benning failed to make the race. 18 Kyle Busch missed the driver meeting and will start the race from the rear.
13 Johnny Sauter leads from the pole. 2 Elliott Sadler gets him loose to take the lead. The first caution comes out when 66 Justin Marks and 20 Johanna Long spin together. 38 Mike Garvey gets back onto the lead lap. 17 Timothy Peters has damage. 2 chooses the outside and 3, in second falls back at the restart. 13 gets by 3 for second. 22 Joey Coulter and 13 race side by side but 22 can’t get by.
88 Matt Crafton blows the engine, bringing out the second caution. He was in sixth place. 22 and 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. battle for second, with 8 taking the position. 15 Josh Richards goes to the outside on the restart and passes several trucks before the Line and has to make a pass through into the pits. 3 and 18 battle back and forth for sixth. 13 gets by 60 Cole Whitt. 8 catches the leader 2 in traffic. 2 starts Green Flag Pitting and 8 takes the lead. 22 leads when 8 pits. 23 Jason White takes the lead and 3 takes the lead from him.
The third caution comes out for spinning 16 John King. 18comes out of the pits first to lead. 31 James Buescher and then 22 get by 9 Max Papis. The fourth caution comes out when 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb spins into the wall. 13 Max Papis gets back onto the lead lap. 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. and 60 battle for position, 33 gets too close and spins himself and 60 into the wall, collecting 16, 15 and 63 Jack Smith and bringing out the fifth caution.
8 gets by 7 Miguel Paludo. 7 and 29 Parker Kligerman battle with 3 right behind. 13 catches 18 and is all over him for the lead. 13 goes outside for the lead. 8 gets by 18 for second. 3 and 18 race for third and 3 gets by. There is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 8 slides into his pit and has to be pushed back to be serviced. As 13 is leaving his pit stall the left rear tire gets stuck and he breaks the axle. 22 leads, then pits. 31 leads. 30 Todd Bodine leads, then pits. 8 leads, gets loose and saves the truck. 62 Brendan Gaughan leads, then pits. The hood of 3 blows off, onto the windshield! He finally makes a pit stop to take it off.
99 Charles Vest gets sideways onto pit road. 32 Steve Arpin spins into the pits as 99 moves out of the way, bringing out the sixth caution. For the restart 18 chooses the outside and 22 misses a gear. The seventh caution comes out when 7 and 8 get into the wall after 8 gets loose, into 7. The hood flies onto the windshield of 8. 17 slides up the track and gets by. 18 chooses the outside and pinches 23 down so that 29 gets by.
18 Kyle Busch (Cup driver) wins the UNOH 225 Camping World Truck race with 29 Parker Kligerman finishing second. (Kyle won’t have a Truck driver winning these Truck races. He has to prove how much better he is than them.) 62 Brendan Gaughan finished third, followed by 30 Todd Bodine, 23 Jason White, 2 Elliott Sadler, 22 Joey Coulter, 81 David Starr, 31 James Buescher and 5 Travis Kvapil for the top ten. Johnny Sauter keeps the points lead and Cole Whitt stays in second. Austin Dillon moves up a spot to third. James Buescher moves up three spots to fourth. Parker Kligerman also moves up three spots to fifth. Ron Hornaday, Jr. drops three spots to sixth. Timothy Peters drops a position into seventh. Matt Crafton falls three positions to eighth. Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan make up the top ten in points.
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