Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Grant Enfinger found himself celebrating in victory lane on Friday night in Sin City after surviving two NASCAR Overtime finishes upfront to score his second career Camping World Truck Series win. Enfinger, scoring his first win since Talladega Superspeedway in 2016, led the field for 40 of the 144 circuits.

The driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford started third on the leaderboard and went on to win both stages of the Westgate 200. The Alabama native passed race leader Brett Moffitt on the restart with two laps left after Moffitt ran out of fuel. Moffitt, who has four Camping World Truck Series victories in 2018, finished 11th on the leaderboard.

In addition to tonight’s victory, Enfinger has five top five and 13 top 10 finishes through 18 races this year.

Johnny Sauter looked to be the favorite to win on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter, starting sixth on the leaderboard, did everything he could to catch and get around Enfinger for the top spot in the closing laps. However, when the checkered flag fell on the field, Sauter sat second at the line.

Sauter, holding five wins this season through 18 races, has 13 top five and 15 top 10 finishes going into the next race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet led the field for 21 laps.

Rounding out the top three finishers was Justin Haley. Haley, the 12th place starter in the Westgate 200, finished ninth in stage one and sat 12th on the leaderboard in stage two. With two victories this year, the Indiana native goes into Talladega with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes.

Rounding out the top five finishers were Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton. Both fourth and fifth-place drivers started the event at the rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments after qualifying ahead of the Westgate 200.

Ross Chastain scored his 15th career top 10 finish on Friday in the Camping World Truck Series. Chastain had two last season coming at Atlanta and Martinsville across seven starts with Bolen Motorsports. The Florida native started the evening in 24th.

Myatt Snider, Ross Chastain, Austin Theriault, Austin Wayne Self and Chris Eggleston rounded out the top 10.

Pole sitter and Las Vegas native Noah Gragson came into the weekend as one of the favorites to win. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota led the first 33 laps of the evening before Stewart Friesen took over the top spot. The hometown kid never saw the lead again and went on to finish 18th. Friesen later had issues as well after being involved in four of the 11 caution flags. Friesen will leave Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the 17th spot.

The next race for the Camping World Truck Series will take place at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13. Live coverage of the race will be on FOX and MRN starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Kurt Busch took a trip to victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday driving the No. 41 Monster Energy Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Busch, who took the lead with 24 laps to go following a bad restart by teammate Clint Bowyer, led one time throughout the entire 500-lap event.

“It was up to Bowyer to choose the lane. He chose the outside and we got a perfect start on the inside,” said Busch. “I dug it perfect right into turn one and two and the spotter said, ‘Take it. Take it.’  Which meant go to the wall on exit and I didn’t even bother to look in the mirror. He said, ‘Take it,’ and when you trust your team to give you the right stuff setup-wise, you’ve got to trust the spotter the same way. Tony Raines. He’s a racer. That’s why he’s my spotter and it worked out perfect.”

The Las Vegas native scored his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win and his sixth victory at the 0.533-mile oval. The veteran driver will leave the track with four top five and 14 top 10 finishes this year.  

Clint Bowyer fell from the lead and finished sixth on the leaderboard in the No. 14 Ford. Bowyer, who led 120 of the 500 laps, will go into the off weekend with seven top five and 11 top 10 finishes.

“It just matters to win. It’s all about winning. I’m glad we did,” said Kurt Busch after the race. ”We’ve been the most consistent team this year that hasn’t won.  I wasn’t worried about not making the Playoffs, so we could kind of treat these races coming up as free-for-alls, and we’re just gonna keep going after it. The Southern 500 is after this week off and we’ve got Indianapolis and then my hometown kicks off the Playoffs, so we’re all about these next 12.”

Kyle Larson will take home the runner-up spot in the No. 42 Chevrolet after starting the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on the pole. The winner of Friday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol led 17 circuits en route to the checkered flag.

“I think if I had a better car, tires probably would have showed what they are really capable of. This was just a really frustrating day,” Larson described after the 500-lap event. “Our DC Solar Chevy was not very good from lap 1 to lap 500 there, but we fought and got a second place finish out of it. So, I was happy about running second, but just disappointed because I had a lot of confidence going into this race and thought our car was really good. But, we were probably a 12th to 15th-place car, I thought.  Just lined up in the right re-starts just about every time and was able to gain some spots on every re-start and maintain. And then would be terrible there towards the end of the run. Frustrating, but we were able to fight; so that’s good for our team to be able to do that. Our pit stops, aside from the first one, were really good. So, I’m happy about that that. So, we’ll just continue to fight to get our cars a lot better.”

Larson, coming in as one of the favorites to watch at Bristol, finished stage one sitting sixth on the leaderboard and sat third in stage two. The young racer will leave with his 13th top 10 finish this year.

Watkins Glen race winner Chase Elliott will round out the top three finishers on Saturday. Elliott, son of Bill Elliott, scored his 13th top 10 finish on Saturday after finishing stage one in fourth and runner-up in stage two.

“Yeah, not quite enough of something,” said Elliott. “I don’t know, just got tight there after the run that we had the lead and once we got it freed back up, but we kept getting the bottom on all the restarts and it was just hard to go forward and what not.  But, man, that thing was really fast there at the end. It felt like we were making up some ground on those guys.”

Stage two winner Joey Logano and Erik Jones rounded out the top five.

Kyle Busch entered the weekend as one of the drivers to watch at Bristol. Busch, younger brother of race winner Kurt Busch, has seven career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories alone at Bristol.

The Las Vegas native had an up and down night behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota. On lap 2, Busch suffered damage in a crash that involved 15 cars on the frontstrech. The driver then drove his way back into the 10 before he and Martin Truex Jr. made contact. The incident did not end the night yet for Busch as he continued until lap 481. Busch and Chris Buescher later brought out the yellow flag with 19 to go in turn four and that incident would end the chance of winning for the team.

“Totally my fault, man, I feel terrible about that,” said Busch regarding the incident with Martin Truex Jr. “Obviously I just misjudged it by a little bit – four inches, six inches, whatever and I got in the gas and was coming up off the corner and was going to slide in behind him (Martin Truex Jr.) and I didn’t think I was next to him yet and I clipped him and sent him for a whale of a ride. Hopefully, he’s alright and everything is okay there. I hated that I clipped him, I know he could have had a good shot to win the race too.”

Busch continued to finish 20th and three laps down on the leaderboard. Truex weren’t so lucky as his night ended at lap 431 with a 30th place finish.

Clint Bowyer, stage one winner Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 10.

The next race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be at Darlington Raceway on September 2nd. Coverage of the Southern 500 will take place at 6:00 p.m. ET. on NBCSN.

Brett Moffitt scored his fourth Camping World Truck Series win of the year on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Moffitt, piloting the No. 16 Hino Toyota for Hattori Racing, nipped race leader Johnny Sauter at the line by 0.025 seconds. The Iowa native led the Corrigan Oil 200 for five circuits.

“The whole last however many laps that I was behind him, I was running wide open and I would push him with that air bubble between our bumpers so I tried to back up (turn) one and let him get out there a little bit,” said Moffitt. “I knew the 8 (John Hunter Nemechek) was behind us and I was hoping he would get to us and be able to push us. I was able to plan it right and play it right – it’s just great to get here.”

Moffitt will leave the track with his eighth top five and top 10 finish of the season through 15 completed races and will sit fifth in points going into Bristol next week. Both Moffitt and second-place finisher Johnny Sauter have four wins this season in the truck series.

“Certainly not, that’s just a testament to Shige Hattori (team owner) and all these guys on this team,” said Moffitt when asked if he expected four wins this year. “We work hard, we never give up. Can’t thank Hino and Toyota Industrial and Aisin Group for being on board this week – that’s another piece to the puzzle, we have great partners. The more success we have on track, the more success off the track. We still have a few races that we need to get filled, but hopefully this was a step in the right direction.”

John Hunter Nemechek will round out the top three finishers on Saturday. Nemechek started on the pole and led six of the 100 circuits. The son of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Joe Nemechek finished stage one runner-up and 11th in stage two.

With eleven starts this season in the No. 8 truck for the family-owned operation, Nemechek, from North Carolina, has four top five and seven top 10 finishes in 2018 along with a win at Martinsville.

Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

Grant Enfinger took home the seventh spot in the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment / Curb Records Ford. Enfinger finished stage one sitting fifth on the leaderboard and won stage two. The driver now has four top five and 11 top 10s.

Stewart Friesen spent some time at the front of the field in his No. 52 Chevrolet. Friesen, who led 12 of the 100 circuits on Saturday, won stage one and finished ninth in stage two. He later suffered a pit road penalty for improper fueling and restarted at the tail of the field. The Canadian went on to finish eighth – earning his 10th top 10 of the year.

Rounding out the top 10 at Michigan was Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Justin Haley and Matt Crafton.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Thursday, August 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Coverage of the UNOH 200 will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1.

Seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races separate the start of NASCAR Playoffs going into the Zippo 200 this weekend at Watkins Glen International. With 19 of the 33 races in the history books -- the pressure now cranks up as we head into the fall portion of the schedule.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have certainly dominated throughout 2018. Eight of those 19 races have ended with a cup driver going to victory lane between seven cup series regulars. Five different regulars have gone on to win races in nine events thus far in 2018.

Christopher Bell has been the driver to beat thus far in 2018 with four wins. The Oklahoma native enters Watkins Glen International this weekend with wins in the last three races. The young racer led 94 circuits in the U.S. Cellular 250 this past weekend at the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway.

“I’m really excited. We started out the year really strong. We went to Daytona and kind of threw that one away, but that’s okay. And, then Atlanta, Vegas, California, I was able to win the poles, run upfront. Phoenix was mixed in there and we ran top-fives a lot,” said Bell when asked about his outlook going forward. “We were really fast and we never won, but fast, competing for wins. Then, I feel like we’re breaking through now. We’ve been able to win the last two races at two totally different style race tracks, which was really big for us. We’re coming back to Iowa, which is a great race track for us. I’m feeling really good about things. Road course racing is an unknown for us but thankfully, it doesn’t relate to anything. I’ve just got to make sure that if we go to the road course races and struggle that I don’t get down on myself and we should be able to keep rolling on here.”

Justin Allgaier is another series regular that has multiple victories so far in 2018. The Illinoise native could be a driver to watch over the next four events as the series will visit three road course tracks and a short track. Allgaier’s both wins this year came on short tracks at Dover and Iowa and has done well in the past at road course visits.

“This stretch of road courses is always a lot of fun. From an excitement standpoint, they never fail to disappoint, unless you’re on the disappointing end of something that goes crazy,” said Allgaier on the upcoming road course stretch. “I was fortunate enough to win at Montreal and that was a big deal for me, but I’d love to get a win on one of the current tracks. The road-course program at JR Motorsports is really good. We’ve got the cars and we’ve got a team that’s capable of getting to Victory Lane, so I feel like we’ve got a good opportunity to do that this weekend.”

Other XFINITY Series regulars to visit victory lane this year include Tyler Reddick at Daytona and Spencer Gallagher at Talladega. Ryan Preece grabbed the win at Bristol Motor Speedway, but is only running a short schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing, and is not eligible for a playoff spot.

Spencer Gallagher was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating the substance abuse policy during the week after his first career win. He was reinstated by NASCAR a couple of weeks ago but is not eligible to make the post-season. The No. 23 team was later denied a waiver from NASCAR.

Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver playoff standings after Iowa:

P

DRIVER

WINS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Christopher Bell

3

18

2

Justin Allgaier

2

8

3

Tyler Reddick

1

6

4

Daniel Hemric

-

2

5

Elliott Sadler

-

4

6

Cole Custer

-

-

7

Brandon Jones

-

1

8

Ryan Truex

-

-

9

Matt Tifft

-

-

10

Austin Cindric

-

-

11

Ryan Reed

-

-

12

Ross Chastain

-

-


Other potential threats for the championship that has not gone to victory lane this season include veteran driver Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric and Ryan Truex. The three drivers have 37 top 10 finishes combined and have each led 371 laps in 19 races this year.

Christopher Bell went to victory lane at Iowa Speedway in a thrilling finish on Saturday in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bell, racing side-by-side for the lead with Justin Allgaier at the end of the event, scored his third NASCAR XFINITY Series race win in a row and his fourth win of the year. The Oklahoma native won by 0.421 seconds over Allgaier.

Allgaier took the lead away from Christopher Bell on lap 250 -- the scheduled race distance. The caution flew for an incident and gave Allgaier the lead for the restart. With two laps remaining, Bell passed leader Allgaier for the top spot and was gone from there.

Bell, who led 94 of the 257 circuits and winner of stage two, will leave Iowa Speedway with 12 top five and 12 top 10 finishes through 19 completed races in 2018.

Allgaier will take home his ninth top five finish of the season in the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. The No. 7 Chevrolet finished stage one sitting sixth and stage two sitting third.

Kyle Benjamin rounded out the top three finishers at Iowa Speedway in his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start of the year. Benjamin, driving the No. 18 Toyota Service Centers / Mobile 1 Toyota, finished eighth in his last start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Ross Chastain and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five.

Pole sitter Elliott Sadler took home the sixth-place finish in the No. 1 U.S. Cellular Chevrolet. Sadler led the field for the first 26 laps before Cole Custer took that spot away. The Virginia native will have 10 top five and 16 top 10 finishes going into Watkins Glen International next week.

Ryan Reed, Ryan Truex, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top 10.

The caution that extended the U.S. Cellular 250 involved the No. 0 of Garrett Smithley in turn four. Smithley went on to finish 25th after starting 24th on the leaderboard.

A second incident in overtime on lap 251 involved a 17-minute and 18-second red flag period. This yellow flag involved the No. 2 Chevrolet of Matt Tifft and the No. 26 Ford of Max Tullman in turn one. Tifft finished 26th while Tullman finished 30th due to an accident.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will move on to Watkins Glen International on August 4th. NBCSN, along with MRN radio, will carry the Zippo 200 live at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Tyler Ankrum scored his fourth victory of the year at Iowa Speedway on Friday piloting the No. 17 Modern Meat Company Toyota. Ankrum was one of two dominant drivers throughout the Casey’s General Store 150 along with pole sitter Tyler Dippel.

Despite being dominate through the first two five-minute breaks, Dippel ran out of fuel and had to be pushed back to pit road. The No. 54 Toyota wasn’t the only car to have similar problems during the second break.

Dippel, who started from the pole, will take home a sixth-place finish.

Ankrum will leave with his ninth top five and 10th top 10 finish in 2018.

Derek Thorn will take home the runner-up finish on Friday at Iowa. Thorn posted his seventh top five and eighth top 10 finish through eight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts this year. The California native finished 1.397 seconds behind the race winner.

Ryan Partridge rounded out the top three finishers. Partridge, racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2018, scored his eighth top five and top 10 finish at the 0.875-mile oval in Newton, Iowa.

Spencer Davis and Ruben Garcia Jr. rounded out the top five.

Ankrum will continue leading the series standings by 30 points over Tyler Dippel. Ronnie Bassett Jr., who finished 16th on the leaderboard in the 150-lap event, sits 61 points behind Ankrum. Anthony Alfredo and Ryan Vargas round out the top five in points.

Partridge will leave the facility in Iowa with the series points lead by one point over second-place finisher Derek Thorn. Derek Kraus, who took home the 20th spot, will leave sitting third. Cole Rouse and Hailie Deegan will round out the top five in points over in the West division.

Rest of the top 10 finishers included Tyler Dippel, Ryan Vargas, Cole Rouse, Trevor Huddleston and Kyle Benjamin.

The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be at Watkins Glen International on August 3rd.

The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be at Evergreen Speedway on August 11.

The two racing series will clash for another combination event at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 24.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West heads to Iowa Speedway for the Casey’s General Store 150. The event, on Friday, July 27, will be the first of two K&N Pro Series East and West combination events this season. The other combination event will take place at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 24.

Tyler Ankrum currently leads the East standings by 30 points over Tyler Dippel. Ankrum won the last two times out at Thompson and New Hampshire Motor Speedway driving the No. 17 Modern Meat Company Toyota. Ronnie Bassett Jr. enters the weekend sitting third in points. Bassett finished 14th the last time out at New Hampshire after starting in the 19th position. Anthony Alfredo and Ryan Vargas round out the top five.

There have been six different winners in the NKNPSE division so far in 2018. Tyler Ankrum holds the most at three coming into the 10th race of the season. Other winners include Todd Gilliland (2), Tyler Dippel (1), Anthony Alfredo (1), Will Rodgers (1) and Ruben Garcia Jr. (1).

Ryan Partridge finds himself leading the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings by one point over Derek Thorn through seven completed races. Partridge led 27 laps at Orange Show Speedway to score his one and only win of the season thus far. Thorn also has a win this year at Colorado. Derek Kraus sits third in points looking nine points back behind the leader. Rounding out the top five include Cole Rouse and Hailie Deegan.

There have been five different winners with two repeats in the West division. Derek Kraus went to victory lane in the season opener and the last time out at Douglas County. Other winners in 2018 include Kody Vanderwal (2), Ryan Partridge, Derek Thorn and Will Rodgers.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will have two practices on Friday from 3-4 p.m. and 4:15-4:45 p.m. ET. Group Qualifying will take place a little later at 6:00 p.m. ET. The Casey’s General Store 150 will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. and will be televised on NBCSN on Thursday, August 2.

You can follow live coverage of the action on NASCARHometracks.com.

NASCAR announced New Hampshire Motor Speedway penalties on Tuesday following the weekend in Loudon. The penalties impact one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team and three NASCAR XFINITY Series teams. Half of the penalties are L1 while the other half involve safety.

Darian Grubb, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet for William Byron in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, has been fined $10,000 for lug nuts not properly installed.

Timothy Brown, crew chief of the No. 52 NASCAR XFINITY Series team driven by David Starr at New Hampshire, has been fined $5,000 for lug nuts not properly installed.

The L1 penalties involved a pair of NASCAR XFINITY Series teams for the same infraction. Mike Shiplett, crew chief of the No. 42 Chevrolet driven by John Hunter Nemechek and Eric Phillips, crew chief of the No. 18 Toyota for Ryan Preece, have been fined $10,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Both teams violated section 20.17.3.2.1.2.a (Post-Qualifying and Post-Race Front Body Inspection Heights Note: Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Rule 12.5.2.6.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction).

Both No. 18 and 42 cars will also lose 10 driver and owner points as a result.

Teams have three business days to file an appeal with NASCAR.

Christopher Bell led 93 laps on his way to victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday despite an issue with the tachometer late. Bell qualified second while pole sitter Brad Keselowski started at the rear of the field for missing the pre-race driver and crew chief meeting. This gave Bell an advantage to lead early on.

After starting at the rear of the field, Keselowski, driving the No. 22 Menards / Richmond Team Penske Ford, found himself at the front of the field on lap 50 just after stage one. The runner-up finisher went on to swipe stage two while eventual race winner took stage one.

“The better tires, they didn’t hurt us that’s for sure,” Bell said when asked how he held of Keselowski in the closing laps. “Always nice to – Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) was able to put four on there and, man, we got going there that long green flag run and I was getting really nervous because I didn’t have a tach (tachometer), so I didn’t really know how I was going to get down pit road, but luckily I’ve got the best spotter on the roof, man, and Tony (Hirschman) was able to kind of guide me and let me know, ‘Alright, I think you can pick it up a little bit,’ and then a couple times he told me to slow it down, so it worked out for us. We were able to take four tires there and that was a big deal.”

The win comes after Bell fended off both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veterans Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski in consecutive weeks.

“That’s pretty special. I never dreamed I would be here at Joe Gibbs Racing. I never dreamed I’d be racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series honestly, but, man, I’m just proud of this entire group at Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Bell after the win. “This No. 20 team works their butts of and really happy for all of our partners at Rheem, Ruud, GameStop, Toyota, obviously everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and bottom line I’m really thankful for Jack Irving, Tyler Gibbs, Pete Willoughby, Keith Kunz. Those guys are the ones that took – put their neck out on the line – so those guys right there put their neck out on the line for me and here I am today.”

Bell, from the state of Oklahoma, earned his fourth career NASCAR XFINITY Series win and his third of 2018. Despite having three wins this year – the 23-year old sits second in the driver points standings going into Iowa Speedway next weekend.

Ryan Preece rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday at the New England oval. The driver of the No. 18 Falmouth Ready Mix Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing started second on the leaderboard after Keselowski’s penalty and will leave with his seventh career top five finish.

John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Tifft rounded out the top five.

Elliott Sadler spoiled the party upfront between the top-three finishers for 26 of the 200 circuits in the Lakes Region 200. The series veteran went on to finish eighth on the leaderboard – earning his 15th top 10 finish this season.

Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer and Austin Dillon took home top 10 finishes.

Austin Cindric had a clean race going until the final lap. Cindric made hard contact just after Christopher Bell took the checkered flag to win the event. The crash comes after the driver crashed in the opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice session on Friday.

“Honestly, we probably had the best car we’ve had at least with me in the 60 going to the race track.  Obviously, we had complications in practice.  We had a few complications in qualifying and an outstanding race going,” said Cindric after the race. “We really had awesome long run speed.  We were set to finish in the top five and for these guys that’s awesome.  Then we sped on pit road, had to come back through the field and did so, but just got tangled up the last lap, the last corner and tore up a lot of stuff.  It’s just unfortunate.”

The driver of the No. 60 Ford finished 17th unofficially.

The next race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be at Iowa Speedway on July 28. Coverage of the U.S. Cellular 250 will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET. live on NBCSN and MRN.

Ben Rhodes sailed to victory lane at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday at his home track in the No. 41 ThorSport Racing Ford. The Louisville, KY. native used pit strategy by taking fuel only on the final set of pit stops with around 30 laps to go. Second-place finisher Stewart Friesen changed two tires and stalled as he was leaving his pit box. The misfortune helped Rhodes in the long run to secure the victory.

Stewart Friesen looked strong in the closing laps as he pitted from the lead to add two tires and fuel. Friesen later stalled leaving the pit box while eventual race winner Ben Rhodes stayed out another lap. Despite the issue on pit road, Friesen will leave the 1.5-mile oval with a runner-up finish in the No. 52 Chevrolet.

Friesen, a native of Canada, will take home his fourth top five and seventh top 10 finish of the season on Thursday. The 33-year old led 37 circuits of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.

As for Rhodes, winner of stage one, he’ll leave his home track with five top five and seven top 10 finishes through 12 races. The young racer led 38 laps on his way to victory lane.

Matt Crafton rounded out the top three finishers at Kentucky. Crafton started in the back of the field after getting sideways in turns three and four during his qualifying lap in round one. It didn’t take long for the California native to make his way into the top 15 and top 10.

The two-time series champion sits seventh in points as the series heads to Eldora Speedway next week.

Brandon Jones and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five finishers.

Noah Gragson started on the pole in the No. 18 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Gragson, winner of stage two, posting a 29.355 / 183.955 mph. in round two of single-truck qualifying, led the field for 62 circuits and went on to an eighth-place finish.

Holding a victory this season, the Las Vegas native has five top five and nine top 10 finishes.

Rounding out the top 10 was Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, Dalton Sargeant and Justin Haley.

Johnny Sauter had a top 10 run going until he was caught too fast on pit road in the last set of pit stops. While serving the pass-through for being too fast on pit road, Sauter was popped for a commitment line violation and had to make another pass-through. That relegated the current points leader to 15th and two laps down in the finishing order.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Eldora Speedway on July 18. The much-anticipated race on dirt will air live on FS1 at 9:00 p.m. ET.