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Townley Wins First Truck Race

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, October 4 2015

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John Wes Townley won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory by saving just enough fuel during his final run to win the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Townley’s victory came in the Georgia veteran’s 89th career start. He scored a previous-best finish of third at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

Both Townley and crew chief Michael Shelton credited the team’s spotter, Terry Cook, for coaching Townley through the deciding laps.

“I would have run out of gas if it hadn’t been for Terry,” said Townley of the former series competitor. “I took care of this thing (truck) tonight and it took care of me. This is amazing; awesome.”

Matt Crafton, who led the most laps and qualified his No. 88 Toyota on the pole, finished eighth. He closed the gap on championship leader Erik Jones to four points as Jones finished ninth.

Nine different drivers swapped the lead 15 times with Crafton—whose ThorSport Racing truck had been the fastest in both practice and qualifying—leading seemingly at will. His greatest challenge came from a teammate, Cameron Hayley, who passed Crafton on the 69th lap and built a lead of five seconds before a slow pit stop dropped him back in the field.

Hayley’s Toyota, running third behind Crafton and Townley, also ran short of fuel and finished 10th.

Shelton, a former series championship crew chief, said of his driver, “It’s been a lot of time coming. He’s (Townley) had a tough career at times.”

Brad Keselowski Racing driver Austin Theriault was transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas after crashing during the race.
Theriault underwent a comprehensive CT scan of the upper body, which showed a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back.  Theriault was released and will travel back to North Carolina where he will follow up with an orthopedic specialist for further treatment.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Rhino Linings 350
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, October 03, 2015

  1. (2) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 146, $45845.
    2. (4) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 146, $31057.
    3. (9) Ben Kennedy, Toyota, 146, $25167.
    4. (16) John H. Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 146, $21906.
    5. (3) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 146, $19051.
    6. (12) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 146, $17267.
    7. (11) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 146, $16712.
    8. (1) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 146, $19762.
    9. (15) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 146, $16406.
    10. (6) Cameron Hayley #, Toyota, 145, $17301.
    11. (14) Brennan Poole(i), Chevrolet, 145, $14045.
    12. (13) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 145, $16156.
    13. (22) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, 145, $16099.
    14. (5) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 145, $16044.
    15. (10) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 144, $16306.
    16. (17) Travis Pastrana, Chevrolet, 144, $15966.
    17. (20) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 144, $15656.
    18. (21) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 144, $15516.
    19. (18) Matt Tifft, Toyota, 143, $15406.
    20. (8) Mason Mingus, Chevrolet, 142, $14600.
    21. (24) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 140, $13933.
    22. (27) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 138, $12822.
    23. (30) Akinori Ogata, Chevrolet, 135, $12712.
    24. (29) Wayne Edwards, Chevrolet, 135, $12600.
    25. (19) Chad Boat, Chevrolet, Handling, 114, $12695.
    26. (32) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Suspension, 46, $12517.
    27. (26) Korbin Forrister #, Chevrolet, Oil Leak, 34, $12462.
    28. (25) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, Overheating, 33, $12213.
    29. (23) Justin Jennings, Chevrolet, Electrical, 29, $12185.
    30. (28) Caleb Roark, Chevrolet, Electrical, 16, $11685.
    31. (7) Austin Theriault #, Ford, Accident, 14, $10185.
    32. (31) Tyler Tanner, Chevrolet, Ignition, 5, $9185.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  132.772 mph.
Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 38 Mins, 58 Secs. Margin of Victory:  3.827 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  3 for 19 laps.
Lead Changes:  15 among 9 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   M. Crafton 1-12; J. Townley 13-21; T. Kvapil 22; J. Jennings 23; J. Townley 24-30; J. Sauter 31-37; J. Townley 38; R. Black Jr. # 39; T. Peters 40-52; M. Crafton 53-68; C. Hayley # 69-91; J. Townley 92; J. Sauter 93-98; T. Reddick 99-100; M. Crafton 101-141; J. Townley 142-146.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Crafton 3 times for 69 laps; J. Townley 5 times for 23 laps; C. Hayley # 1 time for 23 laps; T. Peters 1 time for 13 laps; J. Sauter 2 times for 13 laps; T. Reddick 1 time for 2 laps; J. Jennings 1 time for 1 lap; R. Black Jr. # 1 time for 1 lap; T. Kvapil 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: E. Jones # – 701; M. Crafton – 697; T. Reddick – 685; J. Sauter – 650; D. Hemric # – 596; T. Peters – 595; C. Hayley # – 584; J. Townley – 565; B. Kennedy – 545; S. Gallagher # – 533.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, October 4 2015
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