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Results of Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 Truck race at Phoenix

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It was a long and wild race that included three red flag race stoppages that lasted over a combined 37 minutes.

It also saw one driver who was in a must-win situation if he wanted to advance to next week’s championship race come up one spot short of doing so.

And it also marked a first win ever in the Valley of the Sun for the victor.

Those were some of the highlights of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

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Defending Truck Series champ Johnny Sauter won his second race in a week, and his first ever at Phoenix. John Hunter Nemechek, who came up short of advancing to Miami, was second, followed by Cody Coughlin, Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala.

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Patience pays off for Johnny Sauter at Phoenix, wins 2nd straight race

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Johnny Sauter won for the second week in a row – and earned his first win at Phoenix Raceway – capturing Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150.

Sauter, who won last week at Texas, came from behind, helped out by three big wrecks in the final 21 laps, that allowed him to go to the front and take the lead on the final restart with two laps to go.

The defending Camping World Truck Series champ heads to Miami for Friday’s championship race. He’ll square off with two-time champ Matt Crafton, Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric.

This could be one of the most compelling Truck championship battles, as it pits veterans and former champions Sauter and Crafton vs. 22-year-old Bell and 19-year-old Cindric.

John Hunter Nemechek, who needed a win to advance to Miami, finished second and was eliminated. Cody Coughlin was third, followed by Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala.

“It stinks to be that close,” Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “We definitely have to keep our head held high. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

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With seven laps to go, leaders and Kyle Busch Racing teammates Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell got together and took each other out. Bell tried to stay on the track, but the damage on his truck proved to be too much and he came to pit road for repairs with four laps to go.

With 21 laps to go, contact between Austin Cindric and Ben Rhodes sent Rhodes crashing. Matt Crafton was unable to avoid his Thor Sport Racing teammate, putting Rhodes and Crafton out of the race.

“They took a cheap shot,” Rhodes’ crew chief, Eddie Troconis told Fox Sports 1 of Cindric. “If they want to go to Homestead and race like that, they’re not going to make it past Lap 1.

“We raced the clean and were better than them all year long. We deserve to be at Homestead. It sucks that they’re going to go. I believe NASCAR should park then and penalize them. … He doesn’t know how to race. It’s unfortunate it comes to this.”

Troconis and Crafton both had bitter predictions for Cindric at Homestead.

Said Troconis, “Obviously, they’re not going to out clean in Homestead.”

Crafton told FS1: “Just wrong place, wrong time. I told Ben (Rhodes), the 19 (Cindric) better not finish Homestead.”

Rhodes told FS1: “(Cindric) put me in a bad place and I was trying to do everything I could to keep the spot, but once we filed into Turn 1, we were all going to wreck. I don’t know if that was the right move on his part. … It looked like a desperation move. I guess if I was in his position, I can’t blame him, but it’s not the move I would have liked to see. … Just driving over his head, I guess.”

STAGE WINNERS: Stage 1 (Christopher Bell), Stage 2 (Christopher Bell)

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Austin Cindric not only reached the Championship 4 round, he also recorded his 13th top-10 finish in the last 14 races. … Bayley Curry finished a career-best 10th.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: On the restart following the Cindric/Rhodes/Crafton wreck with 15 to go, Dalton Sargent, Jesse Little and Ryan Truex were involved in a wreck that brought out another red flag. As soon as it happened, Truex said over his team radio, “What the hell just happened?”

NOTABLE: The race was red-flagged three times due to wrecks in the final 21 laps for over 37 minutes in total.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m a lucky man, what can I tell you?” – Race winner Johnny Sauter.

WHAT’S NEXT: The 2017 season wraps up Nov. 17 with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Friday’s Cup, Xfinity and Truck schedule at Phoenix Raceway

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The weekend racing action at Phoenix Raceway begins today with the Truck Series, Xfinity and Cup Series all on track.

The Cup Series will have one practice round and qualifying for Sunday’s Can-Am 500.

The Xfinity Series will have two practice sessions.

The Truck Series will hold its penultimate race of the season, the Lucas Oil 150, this evening. Six drivers will compete for the final four spots to take part in next week’s championship race at Miami.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:

(All times are EASTERN)

9 a.m. — Truck garage opens

10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Final Truck practice (Fox Sports 2)

Noon – 9 p.m. — Xfinity garage open

1 – 2:25 p.m. — First Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

2:30 – 3:25 p.m. — First Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:30 – 5:25 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

5:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (Fox Sports 1)

6:35 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

6:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, MRN)

8 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8:30 p.m. – Lucas Oil 150 Truck race; 150 laps/150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

 

Florida driver Robby Lyons to make Truck debut Friday at Phoenix

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Robby Lyons will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway.

Lyons, 28, of Seminole, Florida, will drive the No. 49 Chevrolet Silverado for Premium Motorsports, with sponsorship from Sunwest Construction and Barstool 49ers.

His crew chief will be Brian Keselowski.

“I think the goal for any driver making their debut, especially on a national stage like the Camping World Truck Series, is to make a statement and show that you belong there,” Lyons said in a media release. “I’ve not been behind the wheel as long as a lot of these guys have, but I feel like my biggest asset is that I’m easily instructed, and I listen well.”

Lyons has previously raced in the ARCA Series, NASCAR Limited Late Model Racing, the CARS Super Late Model Series and Legends National Racing.

“I’m hoping when all is said and done, after the checkered flag (at Phoenix), we all feel as if we’ve accomplished our goal and can look onward toward Homestead-Miami,” Lyons said.

Weekend schedule for NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Trucks at Phoenix

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The outcomes of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck races at Phoenix Raceway will set the four-driver fields for next weekend’s season-ending and championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Truck Series races at Phoenix on Friday night, the Xfinity Series on Saturday afternoon and the Cup Series on Sunday afternoon.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:

(All times are EASTERN)

FRIDAY, Nov. 10

9 a.m. — Truck garage opens

10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Final Truck practice (Fox Sports 2)

Noon – 9 p.m. — Xfinity garage open

1 – 2:25 p.m. — Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

2:30 – 3:25 p.m. — Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:30 – 5:25 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

5:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (Fox Sports 1)

6:35 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

6:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-vehicle/three rounds (NBCSN, MRN)

8 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8:30 p.m. – Lucas Oil 150 Truck race; 150 laps/150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SATURDAY, Nov. 11

9 a.m. — Xfinity garage open

10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. — Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

12:35 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN)

1:45 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

2 – 2:50 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – Ticket Galaxy 200 Xfinity race; 200 laps/200 miles (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SUNDAY, Nov. 5

9 a.m. — Cup garage opens

12:30 p.m. — Cup driver/crew chief meeting

1:50 p.m. — Cup driver intros

2:30 p.m. — Can-Am 500, 312 laps/312 miles (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)