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Trucker Larson Holds Off Cupper Logano At The Rock

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, April 14 2013

Kyle Larson cracked The Rock on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo)

Kyle Larson withstood a final-laps challenge from Joey Logano and went on to win Sunday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway.

Larson, 20, won in only his fifth career start in the Truck Series and clearly had the fastest truck in the field all day, leading 187 of the race’s 200 laps.

“It’s not often that you get to drive a car that dominant, so I know you’ve got to take advantage of it,” Larson said.

Logano opted to save sticker tires for the end of the race nearly paid off for him.

With seven laps remaining, Logano was running second and right on Larson’s bumper. But after an accident involving Timothy Peters brought out the final caution, Larson beat Logano on the green-white-checkered restart and then held him off for the win.

“I was passing a ton of cars on the newer tires,” Logano said. “That’s Rockingham for you. That’s what makes this race track so cool, because you can play a strategy like that. When we got the last caution, I thought it was playing out perfect for us.

“I just got beat (on the restart). I spun my tires, so it was all my fault. I was so mad at myself. I felt like we should have won this race. We might not have had the truck to win, but we had the strategy to win.”

Johnny Sauter, who was attempting to make history by becoming the first driver to win three consecutive races at the start of a Truck Series season, qualified 11th and ran as high as second before settling for a fourth-place finish.

Brendan Gaughan finished third behind Larson and Logano, and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

Sauter maintained his lead in the series standings by 16 points over rookie Jeb Burton, who won the pole during Sunday morning qualifying and finished seventh in the race.

become the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative to win at the sanctioning body’s national level.

Larson became the first graduate of NASCAR’s diversity program to win an NNS rac.e

“Kyle Larson’s victory is a truly historic moment in this sport,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “We applaud his tremendous talent, and this landmark milestone for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. Kyle is among a strong crop of young, rising stars who signal a promising and competitive future for NASCAR.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock Presented by Cheerwine

Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham, North Carolina

Sunday, April 14, 2013

1. (3) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 205, $34265.

2. (7) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 205, $26180.

3. (9) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 205, $16600.

4. (11) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 205, $13515.

5. (4) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 205, $9765.

6. (5) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 205, $10565.

7. (1) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 205, $13715.

8. (6) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 205, $10365.

9. (36) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 205, $8065.

10. (18) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 205, $11540.

11. (26) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 205, $10215.

12. (14) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 205, $10090.

13. (17) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 205, $10040.

14. (2) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 205, $10990.

15. (16) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 205, $8515.

16. (15) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 205, $10015.

17. (8) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 204, $9765.

18. (30) Tim George Jr., Ford, 203, $9715.

19. (23) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 203, $9665.

20. (25) David Starr, Toyota, 203, $10240.

21. (24) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, 203, $9590.

22. (12) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 203, $9565.

23. (31) Bryan Silas, Ford, 202, $9540.

24. (22) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 201, $8265.

25. (28) Clay Rogers, Chevrolet, 199, $7365.

26. (20) Timothy Peters, Toyota, Accident, 198, $8190.

27. (10) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, Accident, 197, $7115.

28. (32) Johnny Chapman, Chevrolet, 196, $7090.

29. (21) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 195, $7035.

30. (13) Tyler Reddick, Toyota, 195, $7510.

31. (34) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 187, $6965.

32. (19) Todd Bodine, Toyota, Accident, 180, $6910.

33. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 175, $6885.

34. (29) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Accident, 167, $6860.

35. (27) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, Handling, 141, $6835.

36. (33) Mike Harmon(i), Ford, Accident, 131, $6813.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 103.318 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 59 Mins, 03 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.177 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: 0; J. Buescher 1-17; K. Larson(i) 18-182; J. Sauter 183; K. Larson(i) 184-205.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Larson(i) 2 times for 187 laps; J. Buescher 1 time for 17 laps; J. Sauter 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: J. Sauter – 135; J. Burton # – 119; M. Crafton – 115; R. Hornaday Jr. – 105; R. Blaney # – 100; T. Dillon – 98; M. Paludo – 98; J. Buescher – 93; R. Sieg – 92; D. Wallace Jr. # – 89.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, April 14 2013
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