Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has the weekend off. However, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is racing at the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebenon, TN. in the Lucas Deep Clean 200 race. Nashville is a 1.333 mile D-shaped concrete oval track. The trophy at this track is a Gibson guitar, specially designed for the race. How cool is that? And there will be no Sprint Cup drivers in this race. My kind of Truck race.
Qualifying for the race was held on Friday evening before the race. 3 Austin Dillon took the pole position with a speed of 156.808 mph and 30.603 seconds around this track. This is his third Pole this year and tenth career Pole. Team mate at RCR 22 Joey Coulter sits next to him on the front row. KHI team mates 2 Elliot Sadler and 33 Ron Hornaday make up the second row. In the last three races, the Pole sitter has gone on to win the race. Will it be four in a row?
3 Dillon takes off from the Pole. The first caution comes out when 20 Johanna Long slides across the track and onto the grass. At the restart, 13 Johnny Sauter gets loose and he and 22 get together. They are three wide for eleventh place. 17 Timothy Peters catches leader 3, they race side by side and 17 takes the lead. 33 gets by 3 for second. 29 Parker Kligerman is loose and makes a pit stop, starting a round of Green Flag pitting. 22 leads. 18 Josh Richards runs out of fuel, speeds onto pit road and can’t get the truck started again. 60 Cole Whitt leads when 22 makes his pit stop. 60 misses pit road, trying to pit and has to go around again, loosing a lot of time. After all the pitting, 17 is back in the lead.
13 drives under 33 for second. Leader 17 almost gets sideways inside 32 Blake Feese, trying to lap him. 22 drives under 33. 18, 33 and 31 James Buescher are three wide. The second caution comes out for debris. 4 Ricky Carmichael gets back onto the lead lap. 3 and 23 Jason White take two tires to come out of the pits first.
The third caution comes out shortly after the restart, when the 9 Truck of Max Papis blows up in spectacular fashion with much fire. The emergency crew quickly puts out the fire and Max gets out unharmed and waves to the fans. 6 Justin Lofton (was in 46 Truck earlier this season) gets his lap back. At the restart, 13 takes the lead from third. 17 gets by 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. for third. 3 takes the lead. 2 gets loose and 29 and 5 Todd Bodine get by. 22 and 88 Matt Crafton race for tenth and 22 gets the position.
Austin Dillon wins the Lucas Deep Clean 200 after starting from the Pole, his third win and the fourth in a row from the Pole at Nashville. He runs onto the infield and makes a home run dive and nearly tips over. Johnny Sauter comes in second with Timothy Peters third, followed by Nelson Piquet, Jr., Parker Kligerman, Todd Bodine, James Buescher, (81) David Starr, Elliott Sadler, and Joey Coulter making up the top ten. Sauter retains the points lead over Dillon. Buescher and Whitt trade third and fourth place. Peters and Crafton trade fifth and sixth place. Hornaday falls to ninth, while Kligerman and Coulter move up to seventh and eighth. Bodine and Brendan Gaughan trade tenth and eleventh places.
Next up: the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Nashville Superspeedway for the Federated Auto Parts 300. They will qualify and race Saturday afternoon and evening.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.