CWTS Runs Rain Delayed Kentucky 225

NASCAR gets an early start on the weekend with some Thursday night racing with the Camping World Truck Series at Kentucky Speedway for the Kentucky 225.

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After some harrowing weather issues last week in Daytona for the the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series drivers last week, Mother Nature is again causing some problems for the drivers. Qualifying was delayed due to the rain and track drying on Thursday afternoon and was finally canceled. The field was set by truck owner points. Due to the line up being set by the rules Joe Nemechek will not run in the race.

The starting line up for the Kentucky 225:
Johnny Sauter
Christopher Bell
Chase Briscoe – moved to the back of the field in a backup truck
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Myatt Snider
Grant Enfinger
Ryan Truex
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Kaz Grala
Austin Cindric
Cody Coughlin
Ross Chastain
Brandon Jones
Norm Benning
Austin Hill
T.J. Bell
Regan Smith
Wendell Chavous
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Josh Reaume
Jordan Anderson
J.J. Yeley
Camden Murphy
Kyle Busch
Matt Mills
Stewart Friesen
Parker Kligerman
BJ McLeod
Austin Wayn Self

During the off-season the track at Kentucky Speedway was repaved and configured, creating some new challenges for the drivers.

The race was originally scheduled to begin at 7:30pm but once again rain has delayed the events of the night.

At 9:31 the teams are removing the covers from the trucks and are preparing to get them out on the track.

At 9:44pm the trucks are lined up on pit road.

At 9:54pm drivers introductions are finally taking place as they prepare to get the race underway.

And at 10:18pm the engines are finally fired and ready to race!

The drivers will make 150 laps around the mile and a half track. Stages one and two are only 35 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps.

As the drivers get ready to go for the green flag, fog begins rolling in.

At 10:39 Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of the rrace and takes over the lead of the race. Drivers are getting three wide behind the leader.

Three laps into the race and BJ McLeod is a lap down.

Lap five Johnny Sauter has a half second lead on Grant Enfinger. BJ McLeod and Norm Benning are off the track.

Lap 10 Johnny Sauter’s lead is down to just over a tenth of a second on Grant Enfinger. There are 27 trucks on the lead lap with BJ McLeod and Norm Benning is out of the race.

Lap 19 Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race by half a second on Grant Enfinger. Camden Murphy is off the track.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 21 when Matt Mills spins out.

Taking only two tires Myatt Snider won the race off of pit road, but several drivers stayed out on the track.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 and gets a challenge from Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes with Ben Rhodes taking the lead of the race.

Christopher Bell brings out the second caution flag when he gets squeezed and spins out.

With only four laps remaining in stage one, Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 27 Ben Rhodes takes over the lead of the race with 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Matt Crafton challenges leader Ben Rhodes for the lead as the stage nears an end.

Ben Rhodes wins stage one. This is his first stage win.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Truex
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Haley
Kaz Grala
Ross chastain
Noah Gragson
Austin Hill

This is the first time that Johnny Sauter was not in the top 10 and earned any bonus points.

Christopher Bell won the race off of pit road.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 39 but loses the lead to Noah Gragson.

The caution flag comes out on lap 42 when drivers got three and four wide causing Ben Rhodes spins out. Grant Enfinger, TJ Bell, and Matt Crafton were also involved.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 50 and holds on to the lead of the race.

Brandon Jones is being black flagged for restarting in the wrong lane – he was three wide. He has to serve a pass through penalty.

After starting at the back of the field Kyle Busch and Chase Briscoe are in th top 10.

Lap 55 Noah Gragson holds on to the lead of the race by just under half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 60 Noah Gragson holds on to the lead of the race with 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Noah Gragson wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Kyle Busch
Justin Haley
Chase Brisco
Myatt Snider
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric
Johnny Sauter
Kaz Grala
John Hunter Nemechek

Taking only two tires Myatt Snider won the race off of pit road. Once again Kyle Busch’s team has difficulty getting his tires off the truck.

Myatt Snider brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 77 but loses the lead to Christopher Bell.

Noah Gragson spins out and brings out the sixth caution flag of the race on lap 78. Parker Kligerman and Austin Cindric were also involved.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 83 with Bell getting out in front of the field. Drivers are getting three and four wide behind the leader.

Lap 87 Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

John Hunter Nemechek passes Christopher Bell to take over the lead of the race. Nemechek has won the truck race for the past two races.

Lap 101 John Hunter Nemechek has a near half second lead on Christopher Bell with Kyle Busch in third one second back.

Myatt Snider brings out the seventh caution flag on lap 106 after getting loose and spinning out.

Drivers come down pit road for service and again, Kyle Busch’s team has issues with the right front tire and spends a lot of time on pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Briscoe’s team was penalized for having a crew member come over the pit wall too soon.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 114 with Christopher Bell edging out for the lead.

The eighth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 114 when Ryan Truex and Kaz Grala make contact and hit the wall.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 118 and holds on to the lead over Brandon Jones.

Lap 123 Christopher Bell holds on to the lead over Brandon Jones with John Hunter Nemechek in third place.

Lap 130 Brandon Jones is challenging Christopher Bel for the lead, the two have been nose to tail for several laps.

Fifteen laps remaining in the race with Christopher Bell holding on to the lead of the race. John Hunter Nemechek has some damage to his truck after brushing the wall that could cause a cut tire and has to come down pit road.

Ten to go and Christopher Bell holds on to the lead over Brandon Jones by just under half a second.

Five to go and Christopher Bell still holds on to the lead of the race.

Three to go and Christopher Bell is stil holding on to the lead of the race.

White flag and Christopher Bell is in the lead.

Christopher Bell wins the Kentucky 225!

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The unofficial results of the Kentucky 225:
Christopher Bell
Brandon Jones
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Kyle Busch
Parker Kligerman
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Austin Hill
Chase Briscoe
Stewart Friesen
Ross Chastain
Regan Smith
Cody Coughlin
Myatt Snider
J.J. Yeley
John Hunter nemechek
Wendell Chavous
Josh Reaume
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Wayne Self
Ryan Truex
Kaz Grala
Jordan Anderson
T.J. Bell
Ben Rhodes
Grant Enfinger
Matt Mills
Camden Murphy
BJ McLeod
Norm Benning


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