Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced the WinStar World Casino 350K race at the Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. They qualified, I think, on Thursday with 31 James Buescher capturing the Pole position with a speed of 181.062 mph and 29.824 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 3 Austin Dillon starts next to him on the front row. 32 Blake Feese starts third, 18 Kyle Busch fourth and 4 Ricky Carmichael fifth. Tim Andrews was the only Truck to miss the race. As the sun goes down, the speeds rise.
31 Buescher leads from the pole. 21 Ty Dillon gets Black Flagged for changing lanes before the Start/Finish Line. 18 and 3 race for second and 18 gets the spot. 2 Kevin Harvick gets by 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. for fifth. 18 and 31 race for the lead but 18 can’t get by. 33 Ron Hornaday and 18 race for second with a lap Truck on the bottom. 33 moves up the track to get by, while 18 gives him no room. 33 gets into 18 and they both scrape the wall, bringing out the first caution. At this point, both Trucks can be repaired. Under caution, 18 runs down 33, pushes him around the track and then hooks him into the wall. They both crash out. Hornaday was in contention to win his fifth Truck Championship. Now all hope of that is gone. NASCAR parks 18 for the rest of the race. (More after the review.)
62 Brendan Gaughan has his engine smoking when the transmission explodes in his hand (!) and collects 20 Johanna Long. 2 takes the lead from 31. 23 Jason White turns 20, bringing out the second caution. 20 doesn’t hit anything. 6 Justin Lofton and 23 stay out. 6 leads and they are four wide behind. 31 moves into second. 60 Cole Whitt makes it three wide to get by 4. 31 and 6 race for the lead and 31 takes the lead. 17 Timothy Peters and 2 get by 6.
The third caution comes out when 29 Parker Kligerman cuts a tire and runs up into 32 with both of them getting into the wall. 68 Clay Greenfield gets his lap back. 13 Johnny Sauter takes the lead at the restart. 2 makes it three wide. 60 races 22 Joey Coulter for second with 31 and 2 right behind. 60 gets by 22. 22 drives under 60 but can’t complete the pass. 31 drives under 60 for second. 2 and 60 race for third. 13 and 31 race for the lead and 31 takes the lead. 2 gets by 13 for second. 3 gets by 13 for third. 22 drives under 17, they race side by side, but 22 can’t get by. 22 tries the high side and they race side by side again. 21 pushes 22 around 17. 2 takes the lead.
The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 55 Jake Crumm gets sideways into 63 Jack Smith. The leaders get by. 2 leads and 31 and 3 race for second. 21 and 22 race side by side and 21 gets by. 31 and 3 race side by side, but 3 can’t get by. The fifth caution comes out for 81 David Starr up in smoke. 39 Ryan Sieg gets his lap back. 31 is out of fuel and looses a lap trying to get the Truck started.
The restart will be the first attempt at a Green, White Checker Finish. 60 runs out of fuel as they restart. He gets out of the way and they race. 3 and 2 race for the lead and 2 Kevin Harvick wins the WinStar World Casino 350K race after leading the most laps in his Hunt Brothers Pizza Truck. Austin Dillon finished second, followed by his brother Ty, Nelson Piquet, Jr., Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter, Johnny Sauter, Ricky Carmichael, Miguel Paludo and Justin Lofton for the top ten. In points, it is now a three way battle for the championship with Austin Dillon leading, Johnny Sauter, up two spots and 20 points behind, and James Buescher falling a spot and 28 points behind. Ron Hornaday falls a spot and is no longer in contention with just one race remaining, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Timothy Peters, Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter, Cole Whitt and Nelson Piquet, Jr. moved up two spots into the top ten.
Kyle Busch has been suspended for the rest of the races at Texas Motor Speedway. In the NASCAR Nationwide race, Denny Hamlin will drive the 18 car later Saturday afternoon. Kyle was to start second. Denny Hamlin will start from the rear. On the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series side, Michael McDowell will be in the 18 car and Josh Wise will drive Michael’s 66 car. Both will start from the rear. Kyle is not suspended from the track, but just from racing Saturday and Sunday. There may be other sanctions as a result of Kyle’s actions on Friday.
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