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Scott Wins At PIR As Truck Series Contenders Wreck

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 10 2012

Brian Scott used a late-race pass to get the truck series victory on Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

Brian Scott passed Kyle Larson for the lead on a green/white/checkered restart and went on to win Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The victory was Scott’s first of the season and second of his career.

Neither Scott nor Larson are in contention for the truck series championship, but James Buescher and Ty Dillon are and both had major trouble, with Buescher blowing a right front tire and crashing hard into the Turn 4 wall less than three laps left.

About 40 laps earlier, German Quiroga drove too hard into Turn 1, locked his brakes and wrecked the trucks of Brendan Gaughan and Dillon.

Buescher finished 17th and Dillon 15th, to tighten the race for the title as the series heads for the season finale next Friday at Homestead. Buescher leads Timothy Peters by 11 points and Dillon by 12.

Larson trailed Scott to the finish line, followed by Joey Coulter and Peters. Ryan Blaney completed the top five.

Friday’s race went green for the first 36 laps before it took on the character of a demolition derby. Six cautions, which occupied 33 of the next 42 laps, saw a rash of competitive trucks damaged on the treacherous race track.

Jason White collected Todd Bodine’s Toyota on Lap 49. Parker Kligerman’s Toyota broke loose in traffic on Lap 54 and waylaid the truck of Matt Crafton. Polesitter Nelson Piquet Jr., Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Miguel Paludo were involved in a four-truck melee on Lap 65.

Cale Gale crashed on the frontstretch on Lap 73 to bring out caution No. 6. Divergent pit strategies put Ryan Truex in the lead before Justin Lofton overtook him as the race neared the 100-lap mark, but a caution on Lap 102 shuffled the running order for a restart on Lap 109, with Peters and Scott leading the field to green.

Larson dived to the inside to pass the top two trucks on the restart lap, but one circuit later, German Quiroga drove too hard into Turn 1, locked his brakes and wrecked the trucks of Brendan Gaughan and Dillon.

NASCAR stopped the race for 13 minutes, 10 seconds to facilitate track cleanup. Back under yellow, Dillon’s crew worked frantically to patch the damage to the No. 3 Chevrolet, keeping Dillon on the lead lap.

Larson held the top spot until Scott passed him on Lap 150 of 151.

RACE RESULTS

1. (3) Brian Scott(i), Toyota, 153, $35675.

2. (6) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 153, $25590.

3. (17) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 153, $18285.

4. (8) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 153, $14100.

5. (2) Ryan Blaney, RAM, 153, $15325.

6. (14) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 153, $11425.

7. (4) Cale Gale #, Chevrolet, 153, $12375.

8. (1) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 153, $13625.

9. (11) Ryan Truex(i), Chevrolet, 153, $9025.

10. (22) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 153, $12475.

11. (23) Matt Merrell, Chevrolet, 153, $8775.

12. (13) David Mayhew(i), RAM, 153, $10900.

13. (27) John Wes Townley #, Toyota, 153, $10850.

14. (15) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 152, $10775.

15. (21) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 152, $11800.

16. (32) Bryan Silas #, Ford, 152, $10650.

17. (9) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 152, $10600.

18. (33) Todd Peck, Chevrolet, 149, $10550.

19. (34) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 148, $10500.

20. (5) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 144, $11075.

21. (26) Jason White, Ford, Accident, 136, $10375.

22. (10) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 111, $10325.

23. (19) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 109, $8975.

24. (18) German Quiroga, Toyota, Accident, 109, $7875.

25. (16) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 104, $9925.

26. (30) Brian Weber, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 95, $7675.

27. (7) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, Accident, 78, $7550.

28. (12) Todd Bodine, Toyota, Accident, 48, $7450.

29. (36) John King, Ford, Accident, 43, $7350.

30. (20) Jeff Choquette, Chevrolet, Accident, 34, $7750.

31. (24) Stephen Leicht(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 22, $7200.

32. (31) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, Brakes, 8, $7175.

33. (25) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, Ignition, 7, $7150.

34. (35) Chris Fontaine, Chevrolet, Brakes, 6, $7125.

35. (28) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Ignition, 4, $7090.

36. (29) Blake Koch(i), Ford, Suspension, 2, $7054.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 87.581 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 44 Mins, 49 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.666 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 9 for 46 laps.

Lead Changes: 8 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: N. Piquet Jr. 1-8; B. Scott(i) 9-53; T. Dillon # 54-74; B. Scott(i) 75; R. Truex(i) 76-97; J. Lofton 98-105; T. Peters 106-108; K. Larson 109-151; B. Scott(i) 152-153.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): B. Scott(i) 3 times for 48 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 43 laps; R. Truex(i) 1 time for 22 laps; T. Dillon # 1 time for 21 laps; N. Piquet Jr. 1 time for 8 laps; J. Lofton 1 time for 8 laps; T. Peters 1 time for 3 laps.

Top 10 in Points: J. Buescher – 777; T. Peters – 766; T. Dillon # – 765; J. Coulter – 748; P. Kligerman – 740; M. Crafton – 727; N. Piquet Jr. – 706; J. Lofton – 675; J. Sauter – 639; M. Paludo – 629.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 10 2012
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