Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held their thirteenth race of the season at the short track, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly Indy Raceway Park and formerly O’Reily Raceway Park). This .686 mile track is across town from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The AAA Insurance 200 was a great Truck race with no Sprint Cup drivers in it. My favorite kind.
3 Austin Dillon starts on the Pole with a speed of 110.127 mph and 22.425 seconds around this short track, his fourth Pole this year. 2 Elliott Sadler started next to him on the front row. At the start, 20 Johanna Long and 23 Jason White get together when 20 gets loose. Both spin and 23 gets into the wall. They restart the race and 3 chooses the outside this time and leads from the Pole. 31 James Buescher makes it three wide. 13 Johnny Sauter and 2 get together and 13 takes over second place. 88 Matt Crafton drives under 29 Parker Kligerman for position. 31 and 60 Cole Whitt race for eighth and 31 makes the pass. 88 gets by 33 Ron Hornaday for sixth. 88 and 29 battle lap after lap for fifth and 88 finally gets by when a lapped truck gets in the way. 22 Joey Coulter gets by 2 for third.
13 catches leader 3 and takes the lead. The second caution is for rain. The rain stops and they quickly get back underway. 13 chooses the outside for the restart. 88 gets by 3 for second. 60 gets into the wall. 4 Ricky Carmichael and 33 race for sixth. 4 gets loose and looses ground. 42 Tommy Joe Martins squeezes 2 into 22 and 2 spins 42, bringing out the third caution. 29 leads with 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. in second. 32 Steve Arpin and 17 Timothy Peters get together, spinning 17 for the fourth caution. 9 Max Papis gets back onto the lead lap.
29 and 31 race side by side for the lead, trading places over and over. This lets 13 and 3 get into the mix for the lead. 31 finally makes the pass at the halfway point. 29, having stayed out, falls back out of the top ten. 88 drives under 5 Todd Bodine for fifth. 13 cuts a tire and has to pit, putting him out of contention. 29 makes a pit stop. 88 drives by 33 into third. 33, 17 and 81 David Starr battle for position. 17 takes third from 88 and then second from 3. 88 stops for fuel and two tires. 3 is saving fuel and 33 gets by.
17 catches leader 31 and takes the lead. 88 drives by leader 17 to get his lap back. 5 runs 3 into the wall. 17 Timothy Peters wins the AAA Insurance 200 while several drivers run out of fuel. This is his third win. Over one hundred Green Flag laps were run to the Finish! It was sure fun to watch these Truck drivers race each other. 31 Buescher finished second, followed by 81 Starr, 7 Miguel Paludo, 33 Hornaday, 88 Crafton, 22 Coulter, 60 Whitt, 3 Dillon and 66 Ross Chastain make up the top ten finishers. Only seven Trucks finished on the lead lap! Sauter remains the points leader with Dillon and Buescher behind him. Peters and Whitt trade fourth and fifth. Crafton, Kligerman, Coulter, Hornaday and Bodine round out the top ten in points.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.
Tags: AAA Insurance 200, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Raceway Park, Lucas Oil Raceway, Matt Crafton, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR race fans, NASCAR race review, O'Reilly Raceway Park, Steve Arpin