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Tyler Reddick Holds On For Victory In The Lucas Oil 200 At The Monster Mile

Tyler Reddick Holds On For Victory In The Lucas Oil 200 At The Monster Mile

by May 29, 2015 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. – Tyler Reddick passed Erik Jones in the closing laps of the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday to claim his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the 2015 season.

Five races later from when Tyler Reddick was celebrating in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway for his first series win; he passed Erik Jones with only seven laps remaining in Dover on Friday to claim his second series victory. Reddick led 40 laps and is now only 11 points back from Matt Crafton in the championship point standings.

Finishing second was Daniel Suarez. In the closing laps, Suarez was able to get around Erik Jones and set his sights on leader, Tyler Reddick. However, Suarez’s truck just didn’t handle well enough in traffic, and he wasn’t able to close the gap. Suarez now has five top-10 finishes this season.

“To be honest, I feel like we had a faster truck,” Suarez said. “Traffic was everything. I was talking with my crew chief Jerry Baxter through the radio during the middle of the race. I told him, “I don’t care about tires, I need the track position.” For sure the track position was very important. Erik Jones he changed just two tires in the last pit stop and he was able to almost get the win and he was driving away, but traffic was a big problem for him and for me and I feel like for everyone. Traffic was something that was a gamble, but overall I feel like we learned some good stuff for tomorrow.”

After only taking two fresh tires on his last pit stops, Jones lost the lead to Tyler Reddick and then second to Daniel Suarez, but he was able to cross the line in third. He now sits third in the championship point standings 14 back from Matt Crafton. On Friday afternoon, Jones posted his fifth top-10 finish of 2015/

“We got so free at the end, just couldn’t hang on to it,” Jones said. “I feel terrible for these guys. I did all I could, just too bad. We had a good Tundra and it’s a good points day. We’ll keep moving on and keep bringing fast race trucks. We learned a lot today. We’re growing as a team and we’re getting better.”

The Lucas Oil 200 saw 15 lead changes between eight different drivers. There were also eight cautions throughout the afternoon. The largest crash and hardest hit involved Jesse Little who finished 30th while making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut. Little got loose underneath Mason Mingus exiting Turn 2 and just lost it. The lap 34 caution also involved Justin Jennings, John Wes Townley and Brandon Brown.

“I just forced an issue that I shouldn’t have,” Little said. “I was driving up underneath the 15 (Mason Mingus) and I knew the truck was really sensitive to aero, but not that much and got loose and it brought me right around. Not much you can do after that. I just hate it for everybody. This is exactly what I was trying not to do and it’s something that kind of sets us back. I learned and that’s what it’s all about. We’ll go get them next time.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 5 for the WinStar World Casino 400. The event will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Lucas Oil 200 Results:

1.) #19 Tyler Reddick

2.) #51 Daniel Suarez

3.) #4 Erik Jones

4.) #14 Daniel Hemric

5.) #88 Matt Crafton

6.) #11 Ben Kennedy

7.) #29 Ryan Blaney

8.) #33 Brandon Jones

9.) #98 Johnny Sauter

10.) #02 Tyler Young

11.) #07 Ray Black Jr.

12.) #23 Spencer Gallagher

13.) #00 Cole Custer

14.) #86 Brandon Brown

15.) #94 Timmy Hill

16.) #82 Austin Hill

17.) #08 Korbin Forrister

18.) #05 John Wes Townley

19.) #50 Travis Kvapil

20.) #17 Timothy Peters

21.) #13 Cameron Hayley

22.) #8 John Hunter Nemechek

23.) #74 Tim Viens

24.) #1 Ryan Ellis

25.) #54 Justin Boston

26.) #6 Norm Benning

27.) #45 BJ McLeod

28.) #63 Justin Jennings

29.) #15 Mason Mingus

30.) #97 Jesse Little

31.) #36 Tyler Tanner

32.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #88 Matt Crafton

2.) #19 Tyler Reddick -11

3.) #4 Erik Jones -14

4.) #98 Johnny Sauter -40

5.) #05 John Wes Townley -71

6.) #17 Timothy Peters -74

7.) #13 Cameron Hayley -80

8.) #23 Spencer Gallagher -80

9.) #14 Daniel Hemric -81

10.) #07 Ray Black Jr. -89

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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