Erik Jones wins Vegas in KBM 1-2 finish
Erik Jones earned his third career Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday night.
Kyle Busch Motorsports scored a one-two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, team owner Kyle Busch's home track, on Saturday night in the Rhino Linings 350. Erik Jones led the KBM charge with the win in the No. 51 Toyota, while Darrell Wallace Jr. finished second in the No. 54.
"Great Tundra, great night," Jones said. "Great to win in Vegas."
I'm at a loss for words. I thought this was it
Darrell Wallace Jr.
It was Jones' third-career truck win and was also the sixth mile-and-a-half win for the No. 51 this year. For Wallace, the runner-up showing was his fifth second-place finish of 2014 and his second-straight.
"We just got beat. I gave it my all. That was it; we were okay. We'll rebuild on this. I'm at a loss for words. I thought this was it," Wallace said. "We'll go to Talladega and, hopefully, be strong there."
Jones got by Wallace for the lead in lapped traffic with 13 laps to go and sailed on to the win.
"Caught him in some traffic and made it happen," Jones said.
Final pit stops
Wallace led throughout the race and was up front after the field cycled through green-flag stops between laps 104 and 115 of the 146-lap race.
After the cycle completed, Wallace and Jones were first and second, with the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota of Matt Crafton third and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota of Timothy Peters fourth. The rest of the field was more than 13 seconds behind the top-four.
Crafton and Peters maintained their positions for the remainder of the race. Peters' Red Horse Racing teammate, Brian Ickler in the No. 7 Toyota, finished fifth to give Toyota a sweep of the top-five.
"Strong effort for Red Horse," Peters said.
The No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Toyota of Ryan Blaney started on the pole, but Wallace took the lead on an early-race restart that followed a caution on for Mason Mingus on lap two. Peters also led laps early before Jones took the lead for the first time on lap 27.
Peters led laps again before Wallace got back to the top spot by getting off pit road first during a caution on lap 56. He continued to lead until the green-flag cycle of stops and returned to the front after the cycle completed.
Crafton extends championship lead
With his third-place finish, Crafton grew his points lead from seven to 19 points over ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter after Sauter finished 14th in the No. 98 Toyota.
"Not worried about that (points)," Crafton said. "We've got five more races to go."
Blaney finished sixth, the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet of Ben Kennedy was seventh, the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota of Jeb Burton eighth, the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet of Tayler Malsam ninth, and the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet of Joey Coulter rounded out the top-10.
The yellow flag waved four times, with all cautions coming relatively early. The fourth caution came on lap 56.
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|Location||Las Vegas Motor Speedway|
|Drivers||Matt Crafton , Johnny Sauter , Scott Turner , Brad Keselowski , Timothy Peters , Tayler Malsam , Brian Ickler , Joey Coulter , Kyle Busch , Ryan Blaney , Ben Kennedy , Darrell Wallace Jr. , Mason Mingus , Jeb Burton , Erik Jones|
|Teams||Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing|