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Tracking the Trucks: Bristol UNOH 200

Mike Neff · Thursday August 22, 2013

 

In a Nutshell: Timothy Peters led the most laps but a late race restart saw his truck stumble picking up fuel. That opened the door for Kyle Busch, who had struggled for part of the night. When the two of them came to the line, it was Busch by a foot while Peters spun into the inside wall for a disappointing second place.

Who Should Have Won: Timothy Peters is probably the best short track driver in the Truck series today. He proved it once again by dominating the UNOH 200 at Bristol, but a late race caution that lasted for 10 laps resulted in Peters’ truck sputtering coming to the flag and ended up making him have to come from behind to try and get past Busch.

Race Rundown

Did you miss the race? In this section of Tracking the Trucks, you’ll find the major storylines that went on all in one place.

Chase Elliott continues to make a name for himself in the Camping World Truck Series, winning the pole at Bristol and collecting a solid top-5 finish.

Chase Elliott brought the field to the green for the first time in his NASCAR career in the Truck series. This race was Elliott’s fifth career start in the series and he became the youngest pole sitter ever.

Nate Monteith, the two-time defending Whelen All-American Tennessee State Champion brought out the first caution on lap four when he went for a spin in turn four. Other than some flat spots on the tires, Monteith was back in action as soon as he could get refired.

When the race went back to green, Elliott continued to lead until lap 62 when Timothy Peters finally worked his way by the leader, who was having trouble getting through traffic. Peters led through the second caution for Brandon Jones spinning out of four, although Elliott got credit for leading one lap while the trucks were on pit road. During that caution period, Kyle Busch was busted for speeding exiting the pits and had to restart at the back of the pack.

Jon Wes Townley hit the wall in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 83 but the leaders stayed on the track. Peters hung onto the lead until the caution flew for Jeff Agnew, who wrecked on the front straight. It took an extensive amount of time to clean up the wreck. Most of the lead lap trucks pitted except for Peters, Matt Crafton and German Quiroga. As the field came toward the green, Quiroga ran low on fuel and had to be pushed to his stall to refuel. When the race finally went back to green, Crafton’s car did not come up to speed and Brad Keselowski ran into his back bumper and was then turned to the inside wall on the front straight. Before the caution flew, Peters truck slowed as well, which dropped him back to third place.

When the race went back to green, Ryan Blaney led Kyle Busch but he was unable to hold him off. The two exchanged the lead a couple of times from lap 192 to lap 195 when Busch grabbed the lead for good. Peters made a final run, after getting past Blaney, and reeled in Busch. Over the final two laps, Peters was able to get next to Busch but could never clear him. Out of turn four, Peters got a nose in front of Busch but Busch had the momentum, beat Peters to the line while Peters broke loose and spun to the infield wall.

Quick Hits:

Polesitter – Chase Elliott started his fifth race in the Camping World Truck Series on the pole. He lost some track position putting a rubber in the left rear spring and had to battle the remainder of the race to get back to his fifth place finishing position.

Points Leader – Matt Crafton came into Bristol hoping to survive the race and leave with as healthy a lead as he had when he drove through the tunnel. On the next to last restart he was in position to not only have a great finish but potentially steal the win. After he was drilled in the back by Keselowski Crafton rebounded to get his car started before he lost a lap and ended the race in the 10th spot.

Johnny Sauter started the race in 21st position and fell back early on before steadily clawing his way to the front, ultimately finishing in fourth position.

- Darrell Wallace Jr. has been fast for most of the season but continues to be snake bitten by some bad luck. He was running in the top 10 when his car had some kind of electrical issue which relegated him to a 28th place finish.

German Quiroga was running in the top eight for the entire race until he had his fuel pickup issue on the next to last caution. Quiroga ended up a lap down by the time they got his car fueled and back into the race.

- Matt McCall made his first start in a national touring series since 2006, when he’d run five races for Robert Yates Racing. He started 27th and finished 22nd.

Truck Rookie Report
2013 Rookie of the Year Candidates:*

Ryan Blaney (No. 29)
Jeb Burton (No. 4)
German Quiroga, Jr. (No. 77)
Brennan Newberry (No. 14)
Darrell Wallace, Jr. (No. 54)

No. of Rookies in the Race: 5

No. of Rookies to Finish in the Top 10: 1 Blaney

Rookie of the Race: Blaney

Matt Crafton lost some of his championship lead at Bristol but still remains healthily ahead of the competition.

Championship Checkup: While Matt Crafton looked to put even further distance between himself and his pursuers, his late race hiccup caused him to finish behind James Buescher. As a result, Buescher closed some ground on Crafton. It was only a handful of points and, by one point, Crafton can still miss a race and be leading the points afterwards. Jeb Burton is sitting in third, after being jumped by Buescher, and is 53 points in back of Crafton. Ty Dillon still has the most bonus points of any driver but he’s still 58 points behind the leader. Timothy Peters strong finish jumped him two spots and has him now sitting in the top five in points, 72 behind Crafton.

The second half of the top 10 is made up of Miguel Paludo, Ryan Blaney, Brendan Gaughan, Johnny Sauter and Joey Coulter. Darrell Wallace Jr’s misfortune dropped him two spots and out of the top 10.

Up Next: Thanks to a Wednesday night race at Bristol the teams have a week and a half to get ready for a twisty turny race in the Great White North next Sunday at 2:00 O’Clock PM on Fox Sports 1. The Trucks make their inaugural visit to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport) and their first road course start since 2000. The race will also be broadcast on MRN radio and Sirius XM Channel 90.

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john
08/22/2013 11:32 AM
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That was an entertaining race. Sucks that a Cup driver WON AGAIN, but it was a good ol’ fashioned Bristol finish. You don’t really see that much in Cup anymore.

Onto Mosport! My camping site awaits!

 

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