Three purple flags informed the story of Friday night time’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway.
The third of the three gave defending NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence champion Johnny Sauter the possibility he wanted to win the race that set the sector for subsequent Friday’s championship occasion at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
When Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson wrecked throughout an intense side-by-side duel with seven laps left, Sauter inherited the lead for a restart on Lap 149 of 150, and held off John Hunter Nemechek by .668 seconds for his second straight victory, his first at Phoenix, his fourth of the season and the 17th of his NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence profession.
“We didn’t have one of the best truck,” Sauter stated. “We had an amazing truck on lengthy runs. He (Nemechek) had brisker tires, however I knew if I may have an excellent Flip 1 (on the restart) and get an excellent launch off that nook, we’d be OK.”
By the point Sauter pulled away over the ultimate two laps, Bell, the collection chief, had clinched a spot within the Championship four race. So had two-time collection champion Matt Crafton, who completed third in every of the primary two phases to wrap up his place within the finale on factors.
The second purple flag adopted a wild crash on the backstretch that began with vans racing five-wide by way of the dogleg and wrecking after they ran out of room close to the entry to Flip three.
The primary purple flag was for agony and ecstasy—agony for Ben Rhodes, who was knocked out of the ultimate 4, and ecstasy for Austin Cindric, who superior within the Playoffs to the Championship four and can race for the title in Miami.
After Bell and Crafton already had joined Johnny Sauter within the championship race at Homestead-Miami, the battle for the ultimate spot took a dramatic flip when the No. 50 Chevrolet of Josh Reaume stalled on the observe on Lap 122 of 150 to trigger the third warning of the night time.
Each Cindric and Rhodes got here to pit highway underneath the yellow, with Rhodes giving up the third place to make the cease. When the drivers lined up for a restart on Lap 130, Cindric was 11th, proper behind Rhodes in ninth.
Cindric obtained a robust run throughout the beginning/end line and dived to the underside of the observe. Rhodes moved down to dam, and call between the vans despatched Rhodes’ No. 27 Toyota spinning exhausting into the within wall, then bouncing up the observe into the No. 88 Toyota of Crafton, his ThorSport Racing teammate.
Cindric averted harm and rolled residence in ninth, incomes an opportunity to run for the collection title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 17 within the Ford EcoBoost 200 (on FS1 at eight p.m. ET).
“Why would he block it?” an incredulous Cindric requested on his radio after the wreck. “Why would he block that?”
Rhodes felt Cindric’s transfer was unwarranted.
“He put me in a foul place and making an attempt to do all the pieces I may to maintain the spot, however when you file into Flip 1 we had been all going to wreck, so I’m unsure that was the suitable transfer on his half,” Rhodes stated. “I did all the pieces I may to only be certain that we had been having an excellent day.
“We had been in entrance of him all day lengthy, and we had been going to be into the ultimate 4… and I don’t know. It appeared like a desperation transfer to me, as a result of there’s a lot racing left to do.”
The exit of the Toyotas of Rhodes, Bell and Gragson gave Nemechek one ultimate probability to remain within the Playoff with a victory. Nemechek restarted second within the exterior lane however couldn’t sustain with Sauter by way of the primary two corners.
“Our truck wasn’t that nice on the skin all night time,” Nemechek stated. “As soon as Johnny obtained to scrub air, there was actually nothing I may do.
“That may most likely be probably the most disappointing second-place end of my profession. So shut, but up to now.”
Bell and Gragson swapped the lead for the primary 145 laps (Bell 90, Gragson 55) earlier than Bell pitted with harm underneath the ultimate warning and handed the result in Sauter.
“Truthfully, I may see it coming,” stated Sauter, who was working third when Gragson misplaced management, slid into Bell’s Toyota and obtained T-boned by Justin Haley’s Chevrolet. “I obtained an excellent run into Flip three, after which I noticed them spinning.”
And with that spin of the wheel of fortune, Sauter was in Victory Lane, heading to Homestead-Miami with the identical type of momentum that carried him to the championship final yr.
The win was the 17th of his profession and his fourth this season.
NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence Race Outcomes Lucas Oil 150
Friday, November 10, 2017
1. (10) Johnny Sauter (P), Chevrolet, 150.
2. (6) John H. Nemechek (P), Chevrolet, 150.
three. (13) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 150.
four. (eight) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 150.
5. (15) Kaz Grala #, Chevrolet, 150.
6. (12) Stewart Friesen #, Chevrolet, 150.
7. (5) Todd Gilliland, Toyota, 150.
eight. (1) Christopher Bell (P), Toyota, 150.
9. (7) Austin Cindric # (P), Ford, 150.
10. (21) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 150.
11. (23) Jason Hathaway, Chevrolet, 147.
12. (20) Robby Lyons(i), Chevrolet, 145.
13. (26) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 144.
14. (16) Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, Accident, 143.
15. (2) Noah Gragson #, Toyota, Accident, 142.
16. (25) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, 141.
17. (14) Dalton Sargeant, Chevrolet, Accident, 134.
18. (24) Jesse Little, Toyota, Accident, 134.
19. (11) Ryan Truex, Toyota, Accident, 134.
20. (three) Ben Rhodes (P), Toyota, Accident, 129.
21. (four) Matt Crafton (P), Toyota, Accident, 129.
22. (28) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Accident, 106.
23. (17) Austin Hill, Ford, Brakes, 104.
24. (9) Grant Enfinger #, Toyota, Accident, 75.
25. (22) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, Engine, 55.
26. (30) Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, Electrical, 21.
27. (29) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Engine, 20.
28. (27) Mike Harmon(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 19.
29. (19) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Electrical, 12.
30. (18) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, Electrical, 10.
31. (31) Ted Minor, Chevrolet, Electrical, 6.
32. (32) Mike Senica, Chevrolet, Electrical, three.
Common Pace of Race Winner: 89.05 mph.
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 41 Minutes, 04 Secs. Margin of Victory: zero.668 Seconds.
Warning Flags: 6 for 38 laps.
Lead Modifications: 9 amongst three drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. Bell (P) zero; N. Gragson # 1-9; C. Bell (P) 10-87; N. Gragson # 88-128; C. Bell (P) 129; N. Gragson # 130-133; C. Bell (P) 134-140; N. Gragson # 141; C. Bell (P) 142-145; J. Sauter (P) 146-150.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Instances Lead, Laps Led): C. Bell (P) four occasions for 90 laps; N. Gragson # four occasions for 55 laps; J. Sauter (P) 1 time for five laps.
Stage #1 High Ten: four,18,88,27,eight,21,19,51,98,16
Stage #2 High Ten: four,18,88,27,19,21,eight,51,16,52
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