Wild Ride for CWTS in Las Vegas

In a stand alone event the Camping World Truck Series travels to Las Vegas for a little Saturday night racing in the desert.

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Last week the CWTS kicked off their playoffs with Christopher Bell taking the win and is in the number one spot going in to the second race of round one.

Ryan Truex won the pole in qualifying and will bring the 29 truck field to the green flag.

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The starting lineup for the Las Vegas 350:
Ryan Truex
Johnny Sauter – in the playoffs
Chase Briscoe – in the playoffs
Christopher Bell – in the playoffs
Matt Crafton – in the playoffs
Ben Rhodes – in the playoffs
Austin Cindric – in the playoffs
Justin Haley
Myatt Snider
Grant Enfinger
Stewart Friesen
Cody Coughlin
Noah Gragson
Kaz Grala – in the playoffs
John Hunter Nemechek – in the playoffs
Wendell Chavous
Austin Wayne Self
Travis Pastrana
Matt Mills
Timothy Peters
Jordan Anderson
Camden Murphy
Josh Reaume
Joe Nemechek
TJ Bell
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Mike Senica
Todd Peck

Stages one and two of the race are 35 laps each with stage three lasting 76 laps for a total of 146 laps around the mile and a half track – 350 kilometers.

Timothy Peters will have to start from the back of the field after making some unapproved adjustments after qualifying.

Ryan Truex brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out in front of the field for the lead. The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap one when Myatt Snider spins out after making contact with Justin Haley as Chase Briscoe was making a pass on Ryan Truex.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down to the green flag restart on lap seven and Chase Brisoe gets out in front with the help of a push from Christopher Bell. The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 10 Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead just a tenth of a second ahead of Johnny Sauter with Christopher Bell in third. Travis Pastrona is on pit road with the hood up. The truck lost power unexpectedly.

Lap 15 Chase Briscoe leads the race with 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 18 Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead by just two tenths of a second on Johnny Sauter.

Lap 23 the top five is Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter, Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, and pole sitter Ryan Truex. There are 20 trucks on the lead lap.

With nine laps remaining in stage one Chase Briscoe has a near half second lead on Johnny Sauter with 17 trucks on the lead lap and six trucks out of the race.

Lap 30 Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Johnny Sauter.

Chase Briscoe wins stage one by over a second on Johnny Sauter and 15 trucks on the lead lap.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Briscoe
Johnny Sauter
Christopher Bell
Ryan Truex
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Kaz Grala
Austin Cindric
Stewart Friesen
Noah Gragson

Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road with Christopher Bell second.

Cody Coughlin was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race at the back of the field.

Kaz Grala drove through his pit stop and had to make a second trip down pit road for service.

Chase Brisoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 41 but Johnny Sauter brought out the caution flag making contact. Sauter has significant damage to his truck. Kaz Grala also has damage to his truck.

Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley, Kaz Grala, Austin Wayne Self, and Stewart Friesen were all involved in the crash. Some drivers had to make several trips down pit road to make repairs to their trucks.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race on lap 48. Bell and Ben Rhodes are nose to nose for the win, but after a push from Matt Crafton, Christopher Bell takes over the lead of the race as drivers get three wide behind him.

Lap 51 Matt Crafton challenges Christopher Bell for the lead but Bell holds on to the top spot.

Lap 55 Christopher Bell has a two tenths of a second lead on Ben Rhodes with 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Austin Cindric get loose and makes an off road excursion through the grass bringing out the caution flag on lap 55.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 with Ben Rhodes taking the lead of the race.

With six laps remaining in stage two, Ben Rhdoes has a lead of two tenths over Christopher Bell. There 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 58 Christopher Bell challenges Ben Rhodes for the lead but thanks to a lapped truck, Rhodes holds on to the lead.

Ben Rhodes holds off Christopher Bell to win stage two.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Truex
Matt Crafton
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric
Johnny Sauter
Grant Enfinger

Taking fuel only Austin Cindric won the race off of pit road, but Noah Gragson will lead the field to green after staying out on the track. Drivers cannot make the entire stage on one fuel run and will have to make a stop on pit road.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 77 and holds on to the lead…at least for now.

Ryan Truex makes it three wide trying to pass for the lead but Noah Gragson holds on and fends off a challenge from Austin indric.

Restarting the race on old tires, Austin Cindric has fallen to ninth place on lap 83. Noah Gragson is still out in front with a lead of a tenth of a second on Christopher Bell.

Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric made contact, which resulted in a flat tire for Johnny Sauter. The track stays green. Johnny Sauter brings his truck down pit road for service.

Christopher Bell passes Noah Gragson for the lead on lap 87.

Johnny Sauter was caught speeding on pit road and has to make a pass through penalty.

Lap 89 Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson with 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 97 Christopher Bell’s lead is now over two seconds over Noah Gragson and only 13 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 100 Christopher Bell has puled out to a lead of over three seconds on Noah Gragson.

Lap 101, Bell’s lead is now four seconds over Noah Gragson.

Lap 103 Christopher Bell is driving away from the field with a lead of four and a half seconds over Noah Gragson.

Lap 105 Christopher Bell is leaving the field behind with a lead of over five seconds over Ryan Truex. Noah Gragson has fallen to fifth place.

Lap 108 Noah Gragson brings his truck down pit road for service.

Lap 109 Christopher Bell is approaching a lead of five and a half seconds on Ryan Truex with only eleven trucks on the lead lap.

Noah Gragson was caught speeding on pit road and will have to make a pass through penalty.

Gragson was again charged with speeding on pit road when he came down to make his pass through penalty, this time he will have to make a stop and go on pit road.

As a result of his pit road penalties, Noah Gragson is four laps down.

With 29 laps to go Christopher Bell has a five second lead on Ryan Truex.

Pit reporters have said that John Hunter Nemechek is two laps short of fuel to finish the race.

Justin Haley is smoking out the tailpipe and brings his truck down pit road.

Grant Enfinger brings his truck down pit road for service with 25 laps to go; beginning the cycle of green flag pit stops. Some teams are taking only two tires.

As pit stops cycle through, Christopher Bell has an eleven second lead on the field with John Hunter Nemechek in second.

With 22 laps to go, leader Christopher Bell brings his truck down pit road for service. Bell takes four tires.

John Hunter Nemechek takes over the lead of the race with Christopher Bell in second. The only truck not to make a stop on pit road, John Hunter Nemechek is listed as the only driver on the lead lap.

Over 30 seconds behind, Christopher Bell joins Nemechek on the lead lap.

Pit reporters announce that Matt Crafton may not have all of his lug nuts secured.

With 16 laps to go, Christopher Bell has closed the lead to under 30 seconds with John Hunter Nemechek 25 seconds ahead.

Austin Wayne Self brings out the caution flag when he cuts a tire and gets into the wall.

John Hunter Nemechek reports that he is out of fuel and has to bring his truck down pit road before it has opened. He will have to start at the end of the longest line. The truck stalls on pit road. The pit crew has to push the truck back to his pit stall. He finally gets the truck fired up and running.

With less than 10 laps remaining in the race, Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race on lap 139 but it is pole sitter Ryan Truex who gets out in front.

Ben Rhodes takes over the lead.

The top three are Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, and Chase Briscoe.

Five to go drivers are three wide. Christopher Bell is in second with Ben Rhodes in the lead.

Three to go Ben Rhodes is in the lead but Christopher Bell on his bumper.

Ryan Truex and Grant Enfinger hit the wall but the track stays green.

Ben Rhodes takes the white lap.

Ben Rhodes wins the race for his first ever CWTS win with Christopher Bell taking second.

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The unofficial results of the Las Vegas 350:
Ben Rhodes
Christopher Bell
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Daz Grala
Cody Coughlin
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Grant Enfinger
Johnny Sauter
Timothy Peters
Ryan Truex
Noah Gragson
Wendell Chavous
Jordan Anderson
Josh Reaume
Camden Murphy
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Norm Benning
Justin Haley
Travis Pastrana
Stewart Friesen
TJ Bell
Matt Mills
Joe Nemechek
Mike Senica
Myatt Snider
Todd Peck


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