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Wallace Jr held off the hard-charging German Quiroga and Timothy Peters to take home the trophy in the Inaugural Drivin' for Linemen 200 in the Trucks first appearance at the 1.25 mile track since 2010.
The action was intense from the drop of the green flag when Wallace Jr. powered past polesitter Cole Custer to lead the first 62 laps. Custer became the youngest driver to earn the pole in series history, but wasn't able to keep pace with the potent Kyle Busch Motorsports duo of Wallace Jr. and Erik Jones. Still, Custer managed to come home sixth in just his third Truck start.
As exciting as Bubba Wallace's second win was, the story of the night was John Hunter Nemechek, who led briefly, got passed by last week's winner Matt Crafton, then went back to the point after Crafton blew a tire and slammed into the Turn Four wall.
Nemechek found himself under fire from all sides, yet handled his race truck with poise until a brush with Quiroga caused him to have a tire go down and spin. Nemechek recovered to finish 15th while Quiroga went on to make contact with Jones, sending the No. 51 truck into the inside wall hard.
During the closing laps, Quiroga and Timothy Peters attempted to wrest the lead from Wallace Jr. but to no avail. Quiroga finished second, Peters third, and Wallace Jr. celebrated in Victory Lane with his father.
What would likely have otherwise been a frustrating ride home for the son of Front Row Joe Nemechek must have been softened by the discovery that such NASCAR stars such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, and Tony Stewart were tweeting their support for him and his impressive run.
How cool is it watching @JohnNemechek leading at Gateway in the @CampingWorld truck series race! Go get!em kid!
— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) June 15, 2014
Damn. Tough luck @JohnNemechek. Thanks for a great show.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) June 15, 2014
Really fun to watch @JohnNemechek run so well in the truck race tonight! Tough break.The Truck series heads out to Road America with Johnny Sauter leading the points standings by 10 over Matt Crafton.
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) June 15, 2014
|1||Darrell Wallace, Jr.||Toyota|
|2||German Quiroga||Net 10 Wireless|
|3||Timothy Peters||Red Horse Racing|
|4||Johnny Sauter||Smokey Mountain / Curb Records|
|5||Ron Hornaday, Jr.||Rheem|
|6||Cole Custer||Haas Automation|
|7||Ryan Blaney||Cooper Standard Performance Products|
|8||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's|
|9||Chase Pistone||NTS Motorsports|
|12||Mason Mingus||Call 811|
|14||Ben Kennedy||Turner Scott Motorsports|
|15||John Hunter Nemechek||M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. / smokeandsear.com|
|16||Bryan Silas||Bell Trucks America, Inc.|
|17||Tyler Young||Randco / Young's Building Systems|
|18||Jeb Burton||Estes / Carolina Nut|
|19||T.J. Bell||Drivin' For Linemen|
|20||Gray Gaulding||Krispy Kreme / Gemini Southern|
|21||Korbin Forrister||McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co.|
|22||Norm Benning||Boedecker Construction|
|24||Ray Black, Jr.||ScubaLife / NASE Worldwide|
|26||Matt Crafton||Ideal Door / Menards|
|27||Jennifer Jo Cobb||TheParkwayHotel.com|
|28||Scott Stenzel||Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool|
|29||Adam Edwards||Charlie Henderson|
|30||Charles Lewandoski||Randco / Young's Building Systems|
|31||Caleb Roark||The Parkway Hotel|
|32||Justin Jennings||LGSds / Mittler Bros. Machine / Ski Soda|