Brian Scott got by Kyle Larson on a green-white-checker retart in the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night to give Kyle Busch Motorsports its first truck win of the season. It was Scott’s second-career win in the series.
According to Scott, he was able to get to victory lane because of something he learned from Ty Dillon early in the race.
“I probably have to give a dozen roses to Ty Dillon,” Scott said. “Because he was able to get by me on a restart earlier by yholding me down and driving in deep through the corner and just keeping position on me, and I learned from it.”
Larson finished second, Joey Coulter was third, Timothy Peters fourth and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five.
After the race went green for the first 36 laps, the remainder of the race turned into a demolition derby, of sorts, and the championship contenders weren’t immune. James Buescher headed into the race as the points leader, with Dillon in second. Both drivers were caught up in incidents that resulted in finishes outside the top-10.
“I guess we just melted a bead on the right front,” Buescher said.
Dillon wound up 15th and Buescher 17th after a tire issue resulted in impact with the wall.
Buescher was able to hold on to his points lead, but Dillon lost second to Peters. Peters is now in the runner-up spot, 11 points behind Buescher, with Dillon in third, 12 points back.
“Just glad we finished,” Peters said. “Big points night. Still disappointing. I know we had a better truck than that.”
With his third-place finish, Coulter was able to move past Parker Kligerman to fourth in the standings, Kligerman dropped to fifth after finishing outside the top-20 and fell out of championship contention.
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