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Results from Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas

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Ben Rhodes came into Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race worrying if he’d advance to the second round of the playoffs in two weeks at Talladega.

He also has long wondered when — or if — he’d ever earn his first Truck Series win.

The Louisville, Kentucky native took care of both worries by winning the race in spectacular fashion, passing below the three lead trucks with seven laps left and then held off a late challenge by Christopher Bell to take home the checkered flag.

MORE: Ben Rhodes earns first career Truck win, advances to second round of playoffs

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Bell finished second, followed by Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric (who came back from two incidents) and Kaz Grala.

Click here for the full race results.

Ben Rhodes earns first career Truck win, advances to second round of playoffs

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Ben Rhodes blocked a last lap challenge by Christopher Bell to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rhodes made his win look easy, but it was far from it. With seven laps to go, Rhodes ran low around the first three trucks on a restart, got past and then held on to take the checkered flag.

In so doing, Rhodes — a native of Louisville, Kentucky — gets an automatic berth into the second round of the Truck Series playoffs.

Bell finished second, followed by Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala.

MOREResults from Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas

MORE: Christopher Bell holds dominating lead in Truck playoffs

John Hunter Nemechek looked like he might win, but ran out of gas with 14 laps left while in the lead after Austin Wayne Self wrecked on Lap 133, then stalled twice on pit road and was never able to catch back up. Nemechek, who is at risk of elimination in the playoffs, finished eighth.

Stage winners: Stage 1 (Chase Briscoe), Stage 2 (Ben Rhodes)

Who else had a good race: Christopher Bell gave it everything he had, but passed on a chance to wreck Rhodes on the last lap. “That was some intense racing right there,” Bell said. “Really happy for Ben, he’s been long overdue for that win. He earned it tonight.”

Who had a bad race: Myatt Snider’s race didn’t even last a full lap, spinning and hitting the wall in Turn 3. … A big wreck occurred on Lap 23 when Austin Cindric got into the rear of Johnny Sauter, spinning him into the wall. Kaz Grala was also involved. All three were able to continue, but were never able to get back up in the field to challenge.

Notable: There have now been 11 different winners in the last 11 Truck races. … Noah Gragson was penalized twice for speeding on pit road. … Making his first NASCAR start since 2015, Travis Pastrana finished 22nd.

Quote of the day: “I used every play in my playbook. That was the most nervous thing I’ve ever done in my life. This is the biggest high of my life. I just never thought it would come after so many things went wrong, and now it did.” – Race winner Ben Rhodes

What’s next: The series is off next weekend but returns Saturday, Oct. 14, with the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. That will also mark the first cutdown race of the Truck playoffs.

Little brother does good: Ryan Truex takes Truck race pole at Las Vegas

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Like big brother, like little brother.

On Friday, 37-year-old Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Dover.

Roughly 24 hours later and over 2,500 miles away, younger sibling Ryan Truex, 25, won the pole for tonight’s Las Vegas 350 Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a run of 177.194 mph.

“I was confident in this truck,” Ryan Truex told Fox Sports 1. “It’s the same one we sat on the pole at Chicago, so I had no worries going in.”

Tonight will be Ryan Truex’s 37th career start in the Truck Series. He’s enjoying his best season ever with seven top-5s, 11 top-10s and now two poles.

Now, Truex said, there’s one more detail left:

“I’ve gotta win still,” he told FS1. “That’s the last box I need to check. We’ve got stage wins, led laps and earned poles, we just need to put this Tundra in victory lane.”

Defending Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter was second (175.916 mph), followed by Chase Briscoe (176.881), Christopher Bell (176.713) and Matt Crafton (176.655).

Also of note, Travis Pastrana qualified 18th in his first Truck start in two seasons and third overall of his career.

The race takes the green flag shortly after 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on FS1

Click here for the qualifying results.

Kaz Grala fastest in final Truck practice in Las Vegas

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Kaz Grala posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s final Camping World Truck Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Grala paced the field with a lap of 179.045 mph.

He was followed by Noah Gragson (179.039 mph), Christopher Bell (178.832), Johnny Sauter (178.772) and Ryan Truex (178.330).

Matt Crafton had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 176.225 mph. He was followed by Chase Briscoe (176.091 mph) and Grala (175.744).

Twenty-eight trucks practiced.

Click here for practice report

Qualifying and the race are later today.

Johnny Sauter paces opening Truck practice at Las Vegas

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Johnny Sauter posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s opening Camping World Truck Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Sauter led the way with a lap of 179.468 mph.

He was followed by Ryan Truex (178.619 mph), Matt Crafton (178.589), Noah Gragson (178.512) and Stewart Friesen (178.506).

Twenty trucks practiced in the session. Noah Gragson had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 175.781 mph.

The series has one practice left today, followed by qualifying and tonight’s race.