Friday, November 9, 2012

Scott takes KBM to Victory Lane; Larson impresses at Phoenix

Credit: Charlotte Bray/Skirts and Scuffs 
A newly repaved Phoenix International Raceway saw a carnage-packed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night, culminating in a late-race pass by Brian Scott for the win. Scott, a veteran in the Nationwide Series who runs part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports, brought the No. 18 team its first win of the season in his second career NCWTS victory.

Scott became the 15th different winner in the Truck Series this year, but the win didn't come easy. Although he had a strong truck, Scott had to contend with Kyle Larson, the K&N Pro Series East champion, who took the lead after staying out when the leaders pitted. In only his third Truck Series start, Larson impressed many with his ability, finishing second.

Cautions plagued the race, with nearly every truck in the field having some type of damage by race end. Hard contact between Brendan Gaughan and Germain Quiroga forced the race into a red flag while fluid and debris were removed from the track. Also caught up in the caution between Gaughan and Quiroga was Ty Dillon. Racing for both Rookie-of-the-Year and championship honors, Dillon finished the race in the 15th position and now sits third in points with Homestead-Miami Speedway looming.

Trouble for Kligerman, who had been in fourth place prior to the race, ended his championship hopes while Timothy Peters was able to capitalize on Dillon's struggles and move into second, 11 points behind the leader.

Points leader James Buescher's night started out rough, as he slid through his pit on the initial pit stop. Buescher was able to recover and looked like he had the championship nearly wrapped up when his right front tire went down with only a handful of laps to go. Buescher finished the race 17th, but still sits atop the standings.

With only one race left and only 12 points separating the top three, next week is going to be a no-holds-barred fight to the very end. Tune in to see which driver takes the glory.

For final results, click here.

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