Red Flags Mar CWTS Lucas Oil 150

It’s the final race before the championship race in Miami with the Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix Raceway.

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Six drivers vie for the four championship spots – John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric, Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, and Christopher Bell.

The winner of the race will be a guaranteed first time winner since there are no previous winners in the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 70 laps for a total of 150 laps around the one mile track.

Christopher Bell won the pole and will bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Lucas Oil 150:
Christopher Bell
Noah Gragson
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Todd Gilliland
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Cincric
Chase Briscoe
Grant Enfinger
Johnny Sauter
Ryan Truex
Stewart Friesen
Cody Coughlin
Dalton Sargeant
Kaz Grala
Justin Haley
Austin Hill
TJ Bell
Joe Nemechek
Bobby Lyons
Bayley Currey
Austin Wayne Self
Jason Hathaway
Jesse Little
Josh Reaume
Jordan Anderson
Mike Harmon
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Ray Ciccerelli
Ted Minor
Mike Senica

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag but gives up the lead to Noah Gragson.

Lap three TJ Bell has an issue with his truck but he gets it on pit road and the track stays green.

Lap five Noah Gragson holds on to the lead but Christopher Bell has pulled up to his bumper.

Lap eight Noah Gragson holds on to the lead with 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 10 Christopher Bell passes Noah Gragson to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 16 Christopher Bell leads the race with Noah Gragson in second over a second back. There are 20 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 20 Joe Nemechek, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ted Minor, Mike Senica, and TJ Bell are all off the track.

Lap 22 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Noah Gragson.

Lap 30 Christopher Bell now has a lead of over three seconds on Noah Gragson with only 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Only six laps remaining in the stage and Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly four seconds on Noah Gragson.

Christopher Bell wins stage one by over four seconds.

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

Taking two tires, Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Dalton Sargeant was caught speeding on pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 49 and holds on to the lead of the race. After winning stage one, Bell has guaranteed himself a spot in the final four along with Johnny Sauter who won the race last week in Texas.

Lap 52 Christopher Bell has pulled out to a half second lead on Noah Gragson with Matt Crafton in third nearly a second behind. There are 17 trucks on the lead lap

Mike Harmon, Joe Nemechek, and Mike Senica are out of the race.

Lap 56 Christopher Bell’s lead is now nearly a second on Noah Gragson.

Lap 64 Christopher Bell has a one second lead on Noah Gragson with Matt Crafton over two seconds back in third.

Lap 68 Ray Ciccarelli, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Mike Harmon, Joe Nemechek, TJ Bell, Ted Minor, and Mike Senica are all out of the race.

Lap 70 Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Noah Gragson with Matt Crafton nearly four seconds back in third with 17 trucks on the lead lap.

Wit six laps to go in stage two, Christopher Bell has a second and a half lead on Noah Grason; Matt Crafton is in third over fur seconds back.

Grant Enfinger brings out the first on track caution flag of the race when he gets into the wall after blowing a tire. There are only four laps remaining in stage two.

Christopher Bell wins stage two under caution.

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Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Matt Crafton has clinched a spot in the final four leaving only one more spot open and three drivers fighting for that final spot.

Christopher Bell brngs the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 88 and runs nose to nose with Noah Gragson as drivers gert three and four wide behind them.

Noah Gragson edges out Christopher Bell for the lead of the race.

Lap 92 Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Christopher Bell with Justin Haley in third over two seconds behind.

Lap 98 Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Christopher Bell.

Lap 106 Noah Gragson has a lead of over a second and a half over Christopher Bell with Johnny Sauter in third over six seconds back. There are 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 112 Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly two seconds on Christopher Bell with Johnny Sauter holding on to third with 16 trucks on the lead lap.

Norm Benning and Jesse Little make contact on lap 115 but Norm Benning gets down pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 120 Johnny Sauter is over five seconds behind the leader Noah Gragson in third but he is running the fastest laps on the track.

Josh Reaume has slowed down on the track and brings out the cauiton flag with 28 laps remaining in the race.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with 21 laps remaining in the race but right after the restart Austin Cindric gets into the back of Ben Rhodes and brings out the caution flag. Matt Crafton was also involved. The crash could eliminate Ben Rhodes from the final four.

NASCAR has red flagged the race for cleanup.

After a 17 minute red flag, NASCAR displays the caution flag, there are only 20 laps remaining in the race. So far the race has been run with only two leaders – team mates Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson.

With only 16 laps remaining in the race, Christopher Bell brings the field down for the restart and before the lap is complete several trucks get into a big crash. At one point in the lap there were several trucks off the track vying for position and trying to get five and six wide across the track.

Ryan Truex, Jesse Little, Stewart Friesen, and Dalton Sargeant were all involved. The race has again been red flagged.

Once the cars begin moving again under the caution flag, there are only 14 laps remaining in the race. The second red flag lasted 14 minutes.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 10 laps remaining in the race. Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson are nose to nose with the two team mates swapping the lead as they run around the track. Johnny Sauter is in third. The drivers are side by side and sometimes making contact. The caution flag comes out with eight laps to go when Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell make contact and crash. Justin Haley is also involved. There is crash debris all over the track.

NASCAR brings out the red flag for the third time in the race.

Christopher Bell gives up the lead to come down pit road for repairs on his damaged truck. The stop gives the lead over to Johnny Sauter with only four laps remaining in the race. Second place driver John Hunter Nemechek will restart on the front row next to Sauter.   In order to make it to the final four, John Hunter must win the race, if the does not, he will be out of the competition.

Taking the inside Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart with only two laps remaining in the race. Johnny Sauter gets out in front for the lead.

Johnny Sauter takes the white flag.

Johnny Sauter wins the Lucas Oil 150 for his second win in a row after taking the win in Texas last week.

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Sauter is the reigning Camping World Truck Series champion.

Austin Cindric becomes the fourth driver in the final four to run for the championship.

The unofficial results of the Lucas Oil 150:
Johnny Sauter
John Hunter Nemechek
Cody Coughlin
Chase Briscoe
Kaz Grala
Stewart Friesen
Todd Gilliland
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric
Bayley Currey
Jason Hathaway
Bobby Lyons
Jordan Anderson
Justin Hayley
Noah Gragson
Josh Reaume
Dalton Sargeant
Jesse Little
Ryan Truex
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Norm Benning
Austin Hill
Grant Enfinger
Austin Wayne Self
Ray Ciccarelli
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Mike Harmon
Joe Nemechek
TJ Bell
Ted Minor
Mike Senica


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