Truck Series Debuts Revamped Kentucky Speedway

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend in Sparta, Kentucky at the newly repaved Kentucky Motor Speedway. The drivers will make 150 laps around the one and a half mile track for 225 miles in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.

Xfinity Racing Series regular Daniel Suarez will lead the field down to start the race after winning his first career pole in a record breaking qualifying effort. Brett Moffitt gets his first start of the season when he sits in for John Wes Townley who is out with a concussion.

The starting lineup for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225:
Daniel Suarez
Brett Moffitt – sitting in for injured John Wes Townley
William Byron
Daniel Hemric
Tyler Reddick
Parker Kligerman – sitting in for injured Matt Tifft
Kyle Busch
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Christopher Bell
Cameron Hayley
Cole Custer
Spencer Gallagher
Timothy Peters
Johnny Sauter
John Hunter Nemechek
Grant Enfinger
Ben Kennedy
Austin Hill
Jordan Anderson
Rico Abreu
Brandon Jones
Austin Wayne Self
Tommy Joe Martins
Brandon Brown
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill
Travis Kvapil
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Norm Benning
Caleb Roark
Mike Harmon

Daniel Suarez brings the field down to start the race with Brett Moffitt along side in the front row.

Caleb Roark is off the track

Lap 10 Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race.

On lap 23 Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race and there are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

The first caution flag comes out on lap 25 when Brett Moffitt blows an engine. Garrett Smithley is the “lucky dog”. Due to all the oil on the track, NASCAR has an extended caution to get the track clean.

Cole Custer has communication issues; he can hear his spotter and crew chief but they cannot hear him. He will have to make adjustments during the pit stop once pit road opens.

Pit road finally opens on lap 32 with most of the teams taking only two tires. Cole Custer spent an extended amount of time on pit road getting his helmet issues repaired. Daniel Suarez leads the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch was penalized for having too many crew members over the pit wall. Teams are allowed six crew members over the pit wall and Busch had eight.

Spencer Gallagher was penalized for pitting before pit road was open.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 and gets challenged for the lead by William Byron. Byron takes the lead on lap 37 but Suarez retakes the top spot on lap 38.

NASCAR throws the second caution flag on lap 39 for debris on the track.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down to the green flag restart on lap 43. Drivers gets three wide behind the leader.

The third caution flag comes out on lap 46 when Austin Wayne Shelf gets loose and makes contact with Rico Abreu before hitting the wall while battling for 17th place. Before he can get to the garage, Shelf blows an engine leaving oil on the track and pits.

Again there is an extended caution flag to clean up the oil.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 56 and pulls out in front as the trucks get three wide behind him.

The fourth caution flag comes out on lap 57 when Spencer Gallagher makes contact with Kyle Busch, sending Busch into the wall and ending his night. Busch’s truck comes to a stop in the grass.

After the drivers get shuffled up on pits stops, Timothy Peters brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 65; he gets challenged for the lead by Tyler Reddick but maintains the lead as the drivers get three wide behind them. Johnny Sauter comes from fourth place to take over the lead on lap 66.

Lap 75 – halfway – there are 24 trucks on the lead lap with one truck off the track and three trucks out of the race. Johnny Sauter is in the lead.

On lap 82 William Byron takes over the lead of the race.

On lap 94, William Byron is still in the lead. The 18 year old driver has won three of the 10 races so far this season.

On lap 99 Timothy Peters challenges William Byron for the lead but Byron fends him off to keep the lead.

For the first time in the race the caution clock came into play on lap 103 when the fifth caution flag of the race came out. For many drivers this is the “money stop”.

Timothy Peters leads the race off of pit road but only got in one can of fuel and had to make a second trip down pit road to fill up the tank. He ends up restarting the race in 19th place.

Daniel Suarez is caught speeding on pit road.

William Byron leads the field down to the green flag restart on lap 109 and gets challenged by Daniel Hemric for the lead as the drivers get four wide.

With 37 laps to go William Byron and Daniel Hemric battle for the lead but Byron maintains the lead of the race.

With 27 laps to go, William Byron still leads the field.

With 20 laps remaining in the race, William Byron is still in the lead, but by a narrow margin over Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek.

With only 15 laps remaining in the race, there are 19 trucks on the lead lap with six trucks out of the race. William Byron leads the race by two tenths.

With eleven laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek challenges Daniel Hemric for second place; but Hemric holds him off.

Five laps remaining in the race and William Byron is still in the lead and John Hunter Nemechek finally takes second place from Daniel Hemric.

With only two laps remaining in the race, John Hunter Nemechek challenges William Byron for the lead but Byron maintains his lead.

William Byron takes the white flag.

William Byron takes the checkered flag for his fourth win of the season. As one of three trucks owned by Kyle Busch, William Byron’s win earns Kyle Busch Motorsports its 51st Camping World Truck Series win. KBM now holds the record for the most wins in the history of the truck series.

The unofficial results of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225:
William Byron
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Johnny Sauter
Cameron Hayley
Brandon Jones
Matt Crafton
Timothy Peters
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Suarez
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Cole Custer
Rico Abreu
Spencer Gallagher
Jordan Anderson
Austin Hill
Parker Kligerman
Brandon Brown
Garrett Smithley
Ben Kennedy
Timmy Hill
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Travis Kvapil
Tommy Joe Martins
Austin Wayne Self
Norm Benning
Mike Harmon
Kyle Busch
Brett Moffitt
Caleb Roark

Next up for the Camping World Truck Series is the dirt track of Eldora.


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