Darrell Wallace Jr. put a stop to the rough start to 2014 he has been experiencing on Saturday night. The win will provide the No. 54 team with confidence as they continue to attempt climbing out of the hole the first six races has left them in.
Despite Cole Custer winning the pole, it was Wallace Jr. storming to the lead on the first lap. He led up until points leader Matt Crafton took the lead on the restart after the third caution of the race.
The No. 8 truck of John Hunter Nemechek came alive halfway through the race. He was able to show muscle at the front of the field when he led and held off most competitors for a good portion of the race.
Crafton challenged Nemechek multiple times, but he failed to retake the lead. However, around Lap 120 the No. 88 soared to the lead. A few laps later, Crafton slammed the turn 4 wall ending his day.
Wallace Jr. went back to the lead on the ensuing restart. His Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones made his way up to second following another yellow-flag which was displayed for Nemechek who spun after cutting down a tire.
Jones’ time at the front was short lived as with seven laps remaining, contact with German Quiroga on the backstretch led to Jones spinning through the grass and making hard contact with the inside wall.
Despite a hard charge from Quiroga on the final restart, Wallace Jr. prevailed and took the checkered flag. The victory is the fifth for KBM in 2014 and continues Toyota’s winning streak which began at the conclusion of last season.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off next week, but they will return in two weeks at Kentucky Speedway.
Results via ESPN.com
|1||Darrell Wallace Jr.||54||Toyota||160||2||85||48||5||0|
|2||German Quiroga Jr.||77||Toyota||160||9||5||43||1||0|
|5||Ron Hornaday Jr.||30||Chevrolet||160||16||0||39||0||0|
|8||John Wes Townley||5||Toyota||160||15||0||36||0||0|
|15||John Hunter Nemechek||8||Toyota||160||12||53||30||1||0|
|24||Ray Black Jr.||07||Chevrolet||139||20||0||20||0||0|