OVERTIME FINISH AIDS BRIAN SCOTT TO TRUCK WIN AT PIR
Brian Scott roared to his first victory at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night when a crash with three laps to go by points leader James Buescher extended Scott's race-lead battle with Kyle Larson to a green-white-checkered flag finish. Scott became a series-record 15th different winner this season.
On the vital restart, Scott sped past Larson from a position on the outside and earned a clean advantage coming off turn 2. The checkered flag waved another lap later with Scott's margin over Larson at .666 seconds.
Scott in the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota had taken the lead from pole-sitter Nelson Piquet, Jr., in the first 10 laps and led through three early caution flags.
On a lap 54 restart, Ty Dillon dashed his Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet ahead of leader Scott and had completed the pass on the outside when Parker Kligerman, running fourth in points coming to PIR, damaged his title chances when just behind the leaders his Toyota pushed up the track and collected Matt Crafton, who was running fifth in points. Both returned but Kligerman finished 27th and Crafton 20th.
A thrilling restart on Lap 108 saw Timothy Peters, Scott, and Kyle Larson race three-wide as Larson looped low off turn 2 and came away with the lead. But before the race went another lap, Brendan Gaughan and German Quiroga tangled in turn 1 when Quiroga unusually turned Gaughan from a position outside Gaughan's right rear quarterpanel. They spun and collected Dillon, who was able to return to the track after a heavy tape job by his crew on the right front fender.
Gaughan and Quiroga were finished for the night, relegated to 23rd and 24th positions. But Gaughan didn't go quietly, practically tearing the roof off Quiroga's wrecked truck in yelling at the Mexico Series driver.
Scott credited an earlier lesson from Dillon when Scott took the lead for good, saying, "I learned how Ty Dillon held me down to take that earlier restart. Against Kyle Larson I pressed him down inside until he got loose and did the same thing (as Dillon had to him)."
Joey Coulter finished third, Timothy Peters fourth, and Ryan Blaney fifth.
Points leader Buescher was running in the top 10 when he cut his right front tire on lap 147 of a scheduled 150. His crew worked furiously to get him back for a 17th place finish. With one race to go next week, Buescher leads Peters by 11 points and Dillon by 12.
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