The whole race came down to the final restart and when Brian Scott stole the lead from Kyle Larson, Scott then sailed to the finish. Brian Scott was strong in the beginning of the race but didn’t come back to the front until the final restart. This is Scott’s first truck win of the season and his second career Truck Series win. Scott became the fifteenth different winner in the truck series this season, setting a new record. Championship implications took a major shake-up when the top two in points were both involved in accidents.
Brian Scott took the lead for the first time of the night on lap nine from pole sitter Nelson Piquet Jr. The first caution of the night came out on lap 36 for the No.97 of Jeff Choquette who blew a tire and hit the turn four wall. Cautions breed cautions and Friday night’s Truck Series race was a perfect example of that. We saw four yellow-flags fly in forty laps. The second yellow-flag of the night came out on lap 42 for John King who got into the turn two wall. Another yellow flag came out seven laps later for Jason White and Todd Bodine. White got loose off turn four and spun across the race track and collected Bodine.
The field didn’t even complete another lap before the next caution came out. Parker Kligerman got loose while racing underneath of Ryan Blaney and Kligerman came up in front of Matt Crafton and Crafton got into the back of Kligerman, turning Kligerman into the wall just outside of turn two. Crafton also suffered slight damaged. Kligerman destroyed the front end of his truck and his championship chances. Although slim, Kligerman still had a shot at the championship coming into Friday night’s race. Kligerman took blame for the accident when he said “No one to blame but myself” after the incident.
On lap 65, the fifth yellow-flag of the race came out for Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr, Nelson Piquet Jr and Miguel Paludo. Sauter squeezed the No.30 of Nelson Piquet Jr down to the apron and Piquet Jr got loose and spun up the track and into the outside wall collecting Sauter. Ron Hornaday Jr slid into the wreck and got hit multiple times in the front end; a bigger impact came from Paludo. Once the wreck was cleaned up, we got back to racing but only a few laps later we saw the caution flag be displayed again. Cale Gale spun off of turn four after sight contact with Ryan Blaney.
The cautions slowed down a bit after that and Ryan Truex was the new leader. Truex was passed for the lead on lap 97 by Justin Lofton. A decent sized green flag run ended with 48 laps to go when the No.74 of Mike Harmon spun around on the frontstretch while being passed by some of the top running trucks. Ryan Truex and Kyle Larson made slight contact with Harmon, helping Harmon around. Timothy Peters began playing the strategy game and he stayed out during the caution and he took the lead on the ensuing restart. Kyle Larson went to the lead with 42 laps to go.
The biggest incident of the night occurred with 41 laps to go involving Brendan Gaughan, German Quiroga and Ty Dillon. Quiroga drove deep into turn one and he got into the back of Brendan Gaughan, turning Gaughan up into the outside wall then Quiroga and Dillon piled in. Championship Contender Ty Dillon was trying to avoid the wreck but he slid into the wreck and suffered slight damage. The red flag came out for the cleanup needed following the wreck. Kyle Larson led the race up into the final restart. The caution causing the restart involved point’s leader James Buescher. Buescher blew a tire and hit the turn four wall.
The caution came out with three laps to go which helped Buescher’s championship hopes because he can’t lose too many positions. Kyle Larson took the green flag on the restart but by the time the trucks entered turn three, Brian Scott was the new leader. Scott pulled away from Larson on the final lap and cruised to the finish. This is Scott’s first truck win of the season and the first for the No.18 truck in 2012. A rough season for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series had a little healing with this win.
Point’s leader James Buescher finished seventeenth and he still has an eleven point lead over Timothy Peters who moved up to second in the standings. Peters finished fourth and he now has the second best chance of taking home the championship next weekend in Homestead-Miami. Ty Dillon finished fifteenth and now trails Buescher by twelve points in the championship standings. James Buescher needs to finish seventh or better if he wants to win the championship next weekend in Homestead-Miami. Peters and Dillon will need to have strong finishes if they want the championship next weekend.
Anticipation for the championship race will grow throughout the upcoming week and a close race next Friday in Miami is expected. As we saw in this race, anything can happen and anything will happen. The final Truck Series race of the season takes place next Friday night and we will crown a new championship.