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Daytona Trucks race goes to King in three overtimes

 

(file photo)

Truck racing at Daytona International Speedway usually has many wild wrecks and Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 was no exeption to the rule.

Rookie John King was the winner in Victory Lane after the race ended, but not without some drama.

King’s truck ran into leader Johnny Sauter in the second of three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish and later was held on to win the wild Truck Series opener.

The win was King’s first NASCAR victory in eight tries and just the third in his career in any race. He previously won a late-model race on a dirt track and a late-model stock car race, both in his native Virginia.

The 23-year-old drives the #7 Red Horse Racing truck.

Timothy Peters finished second, giving the Red Horse Racing team a 1-2 finish in the first race of 2012.

Justin Lofton was third, followed by Travis Kvapil, Jason White and Todd Bodine.

The race took 2 hours, 17 minutes, 13 seconds, with an average speed of 119.169 mph, with 9 caution flags for 37 laps, there were 11 lead changes involving 8 drivers.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR, Radio & TV news

Kyle Busch beats Bodine in Joliet trucks race

Kyle Busch on right with Tony Stewart (megasportsnews.com file photo)

Eventhough the NASCAR Sprint Cup has an open week, Kyle Busch made sure he stayed busy by participating in the trucks series race at Chicagoland.

Busch, by the way, did win again! He withstood two late challenges for the lead from Todd Bodine and hung on for a NASCAR Camping World truck series victory at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois Friday night.

Todd Bodine finished second, with Ron Hornaday, Jr., third, Johnny Sauter fourth and Justin Lofton fifth.

Busch just came off of a fantastic week at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he won all three races.

He also has done well at Chicagoland in his career. Busch won the truck race at Chicagoland in 2009. He also has won a Sprint Cup and two Nationwide victories at the track.

Friday’s win was Busch’s fourth truck series win of the season and 20th of his career.

Todd Bodine leaves Joliet, Illinois with a 236-point lead in the trucks series over Aric Almirola, who finished sixth on Friday.

compiled from staff & NASCAR news

Aric Almirola wins his first ‘official’ NASCAR Trucks race at Dover

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR reports

If you think back to 2007, race car driver Aric Almirola never took the checkered flag for his first NASCAR win, nor did he celebrate the moment.

His other victory, according to NASCAR record books, was driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2007. Almirola started a race at Milwaukee Mile for Denny Hamlin. After missing the start of the race because his helicopter couldn’t find a place to land, Hamlin ordered Almirola out of the race car and took the controls, driving the car to Victory Lane.

Aric Almirola (nascar)

Due to the fact that Almirola, a substitute driver, started the race in Hamlin’s car, NASCAR credited Almirola officially the winner with the points and prize money to boot.

On Friday, Almirola survived a wild ending at Dover International Speedway to earn his first NASCAR Trucks victory in a green-white finish.

Kyle Busch led most of the race, 172 laps overall, and was in third place heading into the final restart. But Busch made an unexpected pit stop when he ran out of fuel and finished 16th.

Almirola took control of the race from that point and held on for the win. He jumped into first place in the points standings with the win, 27 points ahead of Todd Bodine.

The final standings behind Almirola look this way: James Buescher was second, Justin Lofton third, Ricky Carmichael fourth and Todd Bodine fifth.