Truck Racing at Bristol

In a Wednesday night event the Camping World Truck Series travels to Bristol Motor Speedway for the UNOH 200 for the first of a triple headed this week with all of the NASCAR series running this week.

Known as Thunder Valley, Bristol is a half mile bowl shaped track in Tennessee that sits in a valley. The sound of the engines reverberating off the surrounding mountains rumbles like thunder.

Tyler Reddick will bring the field down to the green flag after winning the pole position in qualifying with a record breaking qualifying lap.

The race start is being delayed due to wet weather conditions. NASCAR has the track drying equipment out and plans on getting the 200 lap race in.

The starting lineup for the UNOH 200:
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Suarez
Cameron Hayley
Ben Rhodes
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Johnny Sauter
Brett Moffitt
Cole Custer
Kaz Grala
Jesse Little
Daniel Hemric
Ben Kennedy
Spencer Gallagher
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Austin Hill
John Wes Townley
Rico Abreu – moved to back of field after changing to a backup truck after a wreck
Caleb Holman
Jordan Anderson
Stewart Friesen
Parker Kligerman – moved to the back of the field for making unapproved adustments
Timothy Peters
Austin Wayne Self
Austin Cindric – moved to the back of the field for making unapproved adjustments
Brandon Brown
Tommy Joe Martins
Travis Kvapil
Matt Mills
Bryce Napier

At 9:30pm the drivers got the command to start the engines in preparation to start the race.

Due to the weather conditions and a green track, NASCAR has planned a competition caution on lap 40.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag and leads the race on lap one but Daniel Suarez takes over the lead of the race on lap two.

The leaders are already lapping slower traffic on lap eight.

Lap 15 Daniel Suarez is still leading the race and there are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 28 NASCAR throws the caution flag due to rain – a steady drizzle.

NASCAR opens pit road and some of the drivers come down pit road for service but they are not allowed to take on any fuel until the competition caution.

FS1 reports that there is also lightening in the area and some of their cameras are not in operation due to safety concerns for the camera operators.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 35 and holds on to his lead.

On lap 41 Christopher Bell takes over the lead of the race from Daniel Suarez. NASCAR brings out the second caution flag of the race – the competition caution. Drivers may now fuel their trucks if they wish.

The drivers come down pit road for service.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 50 Christopher Bell leads the race with 225 trucks on the lead lap – all 32 trucks are still on the track.

Cole Custer brings out the third caution flag of the race when he gets loose and spins out anfter making contact with Ben Kennedy.

Cole Custer was penalized for pitting too soon – pit road was not open when he came down pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 58 and holds on to the lead of the race. NASCAR is reviewing the restart.

The fourth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 63 when Tommy Joe Martins gets loose and spins out leaving a large amount of smoke on the track blocking the view of several drivers. A few drivers stopped because they could not see through the smoke. Martins also left some fluid on the track that requires cleaning up.

Austin Wayne Self was the “lucky dog”.

Matt Crafton brings his truck down pit road with reports of they’re broke as Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart.

Lap 75 Matt Crafton takes his truck to the garage with no oil pressure.

Lap 80 Christopher Bell has a one second lead over the second place driver Cameron Hayley.

Matt Crafton is the first driver out of the race.

On lap 100 there are 23 trucks on the lead lap. Christopher Bell has increased his lead to over two seconds on second place driver Daniel Suarez.

Lap 110 Daniel Suarez has closed the gap to Christopher Bell to less than 1.5 seconds.

On lap 111 Rico Abreu is on pit road with the hood of his truck up. Rico started the race in a backup truck after crashing his truck earlier.

Ben Rhodes has slowed down on the track and appears to be out of fuel, but continues on the track.

Lap 128 Tommy Joe Martins takes his truck the garage.

The fifth caution flag of the race comes out for Cameron Hayley’s smoking truck. Daniel Hemric is the “lucky dog”.

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Lap 138 Ben Rhodes takes his truck to the garage with damage.

Jesse Little is caught speeding on pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 142 but brings out the sixth caution flag of the race when he spins out on the restart. Daniel Suarez takes over the lead of the race. Johnny Sauter is the “lucky dog”.

NASCAR announces a “quickie yellow” – all trucks may come down pit road whether they are on the lead lap or not.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 148 and pulls out in front of the field for the lead.

Lap 151 Daniel Suarez has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half over second place driver Ben Kennedy.

Lap 155 Suarez increases his lead to nearly two seconds.

Lap 160 Tommy Joe Martins is officially out of the race with technical issues.

Bryce Napier brings out the seventh caution flag of the race when he gets loose and spins out. Cole Custer is the “lucky dog”.

Cameron Hayley is penalized for pitting too soon.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 167 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Jordan Anderson brings out the eighth caution flag of the race when he spins out but manages to stay on the lead lap. Kaz Grala is the “lucky dog”.

Cameron Hayley is on pit road with the hood of his truck up.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 177 and holds on to the lead but on lap 179 five time Camping World Truck Series winner William Byron takes over the lead of the race. This is Byron’s first race at Bristol.

On lap 181 Ben Kennedy passes Bryon to take over the lead of the race; leading his first laps of the 2016 racing season.

Daniel Suarez brings out the ninth caution flag of the race on lap 187 when he blows a tire, spins out and hits the outside wall. Suarez is taken to the infield care center. Jesse Little gets the “lucky dog”.

Ben Kennedy brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 194 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Ben Kennedy takes the white flag.

Ben Kennedy takes the checkered flag and earns his first Camping World Truck Series win! Kennedy also earns a spot in the “chase for the championship”.

The unofficial results of the UNOH 200:
Ben Kennedy
Brett Moffitt
Daniel Hemric
William Byron
Johnny Sauter
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Brandon ones
John Wes Townley
Kaz Grala
Spencer Gallagher
Timothy Peters
Tyler Reddick
Caleb Holman
Jordan Anderson
Jesse Little
Austin Cindric
Austin Hill
Parker Kligerman
Austin Wayne Self
Stewart Friesen
Brandon Brown
Cameron Hayley
Travis Kvapil
Rico Abreu
Matt Mills
Bryce Napier
Daniel Suarez
Ben Rhodes
Tommy Joe Martins
Matt Crafton


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