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Christopher Bell holds off Brandon Jones at Kentucky to earn third Truck win of 2017

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Christopher Bell held off Brandon Jones in a strong battle over the last three laps to capture Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

It was Bell’s third win this season in the Camping World Truck Series, all coming on 1.5-mile tracks. He led 54 of the 150 scheduled laps.

Justin Haley finished third, followed by Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson. Sixth through 10th were: Kyle Busch, Parker Kligerman, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill.

The start of the race was delayed three hours due to rain, but fans that waited things out were rewarded with an exciting finish. The race ended well past midnight Eastern Time.

MORE: Results from Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway

MORE: Johnny Sauter still No. 1 in Truck standings after Kentucky

Still, it wasn’t easy for Bell, who endured a dropped lug nut that got hung up on a brake rotor on one pit stop, prompting the team to take off the fresh tire it had just put on to retrieve the loose lug. Bell also suffered a single-car spin but recovered from that and roared back to win.

Just a few laps after Ben Rhodes won Stage 1, Rhodes got loose and spun, collecting ThorSport Racing teammate Grant Enfinger. Teammate ,Matt Crafton also suffered damage in the incident.

STAGE WINNERS: Ben Rhodes (Stage 1) and Noah Gragson (Stage 2) both earned their first career stage wins.

HOW BELL WON: Bell hovered around the lead for much of the race, leading 54 laps. Brandon Jones made a strong challenge in the closing laps.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Runner-up Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson came back from a spin to finish fifth (and led 32 laps), while Matt Crafton rallied back from contact to finish eighth.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Just a few laps after winning Stage 1, Ben Rhodes admitted he got a bit too aggressive when he spun and took out ThorSport teammate Grant Enfinger and caused minor damage to another ThorSport teammate, Matt Crafton.

NOTABLE: Third-place finisher Justin Haley and fourth-place finisher Austin Cindric both earned their Truck Series career-best showings.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “I knew if the right circumstances came up, we could do it.” – Christopher Bell.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Truck Series moves to the only dirt race on the schedule, July 19 at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Raceway in Rossburg, Ohio.

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Grant Enfinger fastest in first of two Truck practice sessions at Kentucky

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Grant Enfinger was fastest in the first of two Camping World Truck Series practice sessions today.

Enfinger was the only driver among the 30 that took practice laps to crack 182 mph, recording a top speed of 182.020 mph.

Kyle Busch was second (181.555 mph), followed by Brandon Jones (181.409), Noah Gragson (180.983) and Ben Rhodes (180.941).

Sixth through 10th were Johnny Sauter (180.421), Austin Cindric (180.114), Matt Crafton (180.102), Christopher Bell (180.024) and Kaz Grala (179.629).

There were originally three practice sessions scheduled for today, but NASCAR cancelled the first session that was slated to start at Noon ET.

There will be one more practice session this afternoon from 5 pm to 6:25 p.m. ET.

Click here for full results from the first Truck practice session.

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Chase Briscoe wins pole for Truck race at Gateway Motorsports Park

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Rookie Chase Briscoe won the pole for the Camping World Truck Series’ race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Briscoe used a speed of 136.828 mph to earn the pole for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. It’s his second pole of the year. His first came at Dover.

The Brad Keselowski Racing driver will be joined on the front row by John Hunter Nemechek (136.745). It is Nemechek’s best start of the year and his first in the top five.

Completing the top five is Christopher Bell, Todd Gilliland and Austin Cindric.

Noah Gragson and Kyle Donahue start from the rear of the field because of unapproved adjustments.

Briscoe was fastest in the first round of qualifying, while Bell topped the chart in the second round.

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Matt Crafton tops final Truck practice at Gateway

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Matt Crafton was fastest in final Camping World Truck Series practice session at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Crafton and his No. 88 truck posted a top speed of 135.976 mph.

Completing the top five: John Hunter Nemechek (135.722), Ben Rhodes (135.359), Justin Haley (134.928) and Austin Cindric (134.799).

Chase Briscoe recorded the most laps in the session with 36.

Nemechek had the best 10-lap average at 133.083 mph. Only three drivers made 10-lap runs.

Johnny Sauter and Grant Enfinger each made contact with the wall during the session. Sauter’s contact came on his first lap of the session. He did not return to the track and was 16th fastest. Enfinger also only made one lap and was 18th fastest.

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Christopher Bell wins Texas Truck race under caution after scary wreck for Timothy Peters

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Christopher Bell rallied to gain the lead by inches as the white flag waved — and seconds before a final yellow flag that gave him the win under caution — in Friday night’s WinstarOnlineGaming.com 400 Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Bell was side-by-side with Chase Briscoe as they closed in on Lap 166 to take the white flag. But as they crossed the start-finish line, Bell had an advantage of just a few inches.

About two seconds later, the caution came out after a scary wreck on the frontstretch involving Austin Wayne Self and Timothy Peters, bringing out a red flag race stoppage. When the race resumed under caution about four minutes later, NASCAR brought the field around under caution, past the wreckage and awarded Bell the victory.

MORE: Race results from WinstarOnlineGaming.com 400

MORE: Camping World Truck Series driver standings after Texas

It was Bell’s second win in this season’s first seven Camping World Truck Series races and his fourth career Trucks victory. Had Briscoe — who finished second — won, it would have been his first career Truck win.

“It was close, I know that much,” Briscoe told FS1. “It was a fun race, an awesome race. Christopher and I are really good friends. It was fun to put on a show with him. Definitely wanted to get the win, but we’re going to St. Louis next weekend and see if we can the the win.”

Ryan Truex finished third, followed by Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Kaz Grala.

The race-deciding incident was triggered when Self got loose on the front straightaway, hit the outside wall, bounced back towards the infield and Peters had nowhere to go.

Timothy Peters’ truck wound up on its roof after a scary flip following contact with the truck of Austin Wayne Self.

Peters’ truck slammed into Self’s and then went end over-end, landing upside down. Once the truck was righted, Peters emerged under his own power and was taken to the infield medical center. Peters finished 12th.

It was Peters’ first start for MDM Motorsports. He previously raced for Red Horse Racing, which suspended operations after last month’s race at Charlotte due to lack of sponsorship.

HOW BELL WON: It doesn’t get much closer than the way Bell won, by mere inches when he crossed the start-finish line just ahead of Briscoe going into the final lap before the race finished under caution. Bell led more than half of the laps (92 of 167).

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Briscoe was oh, so close to his first career Truck win. He only led seven laps but if the race had not been impacted by the final caution, Briscoe had a truck that may have beaten Bell if the race finished under green. … Grant Enfinger also had a strong third-place run.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: A number of drivers were involved in wrecks that ended their evenings early, including Austin Cindric, Jordan Anderson, Myatt Snider, John Hunter Nemechek, Cody Coughlin and Kaz Grala.

NOTABLE: Johnny Sauter won Stage 1, while Bell won Stage 2. … Noah Gragson had quite the day. He officially graduated from high school, won the pole and finished seventh.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re in victory lane. It’s just a dream come true to be able to win here in Texas, my hometown.” – Race winner Christopher Bell.

WHAT’S NEXT: Gateway 200, Saturday June 17, 8:30 p.m. ET, Gateway Motorsports Park; Madison, Illinois.

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