Careers for Veterans 200

Byron still in command in Truck driver standings after Michigan

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William Byron fell short of his record sixth win of the season in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, but he still remained in control of the driver point standings after the Careers For Veterans 200.

Byron holds a 36-point lead over Daniel Hemric. Saturday’s runner-up, Timothy Peters, is third in the standings, 44 points behind Byron and eight points behind Hemric.

Johnny Sauter is fourth (-49 behind Byron) and Matt Crafton is fifth in the standings (-57).

The biggest gainer in the top 10 was Cameron Hayley, who climbed two spots from 11th to ninth. The biggest loser in the top 10 was Christopher Bell, who dropped two spots from fifth to seventh.

Here’s the updated point standings after Saturday’s race at MIS:

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Race results from Careers For Veterans 200 Truck race at Michigan

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Brett Moffitt was the perfect example of being in the right place at the right time.

With Timothy Peters and William Byron in a battle for the lead, Moffitt shot up the track and passed on the outside on the final lap to earn his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in Saturday’s Careers For Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Peters finished second, followed by Daniel Hemric, Byron and Cameron Hayley.

Here’s the full race report:

Trucks results MIS 8-27-2016

Moffitt roars past Peters, Byron on last lap to earn first career Truck win

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While Timothy Peters and William Byron were wrapped up battling each other for the lead, Brett Moffitt made a spectacular three-wide pass with one lap to go to take the lead and then win Saturday’s Careers For Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

What a move it was for Moffitt: not only was the final lap the first lap he’s ever led in the Truck Series, his victory was also his first in his NASCAR career, as well (includes Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Truck series).

While Moffitt and his Red Horse Racing teammate, Peters, finished 1-2, the disparity between the two that couldn’t have been more different.

Because Saturday was only his fourth start of the season in the No. 11 Toyota, Moffitt is not eligible to make the Chase. But by winning, he kept Peters from reaching the Chase (he would have qualified if he won instead).

Still, Moffitt showed the guts and tenacity of a longtime veteran in the way he waited until Peters and Byron were so wrapped up in fighting each other for the lead that they appeared to completely overlook him coming up with a head of steam on the outside.

Before Byron and Peters could react, Moffitt sailed past and then sailed away to the finish line less than two miles away.

“This has been huge,” Moffitt told Fox Sports 2. “Honestly, I didn’t think this was going to be our day. It was tough in the draft. But what an amazing finish. It couldn’t have worked out any better.”

Added Moffitt’s crew chief, Scott Zipadelli “I’m very impressed with this young man. He has a lot of talent, raw speed and is just a privilege to work with. This is awesome. We’re going to enjoy this one.”

Despite his disappointment at not winning or locking up a Chase berth, Peters — to his credit — played the role of the good teammate.

“It was a good day for Red Horse Racing and congrats to Brett Moffitt,” Peters said. “It was a 1-2 finish; I wish we were one. But all in all, the company brings the trophy back. It’s tough to swallow there, but it felt good to run like we did all day.”

In addition to Peters finishing runner-up, Daniel Hemric finished third, followed by Byron, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young.

How Moffitt won: With both patience and persistence, Moffitt held back to watch how the Peters and Byron battle would play out. As the white flag dropped, Moffitt made a fast move to the outside and before the other two drivers realized what was happening, had already passed by and held on for the win.

Who else had a good race: Even though he still hasn’t completely qualified for the Chase, Timothy Peters finished second. … Third-place finisher Daniel Hemric also had a strong showing. … Ben Rhodes led four laps and finished sixth.

Who had a bad race: Christopher Bell and Spencer Gallagher got together with 24 laps to go. Bell was fighting for second place with Cole Custer when Bell’s truck got loose and spun into Gallagher’s path, causing heavy damage to both trucks. Gallagher ran about 150 yards from his wrecked truck to check on Bell. “It shook me,” Gallagher told Fox Sports 2. “For my own sanity sake, I had to know he was okay. I was afraid for him. I felt bad and thought I hit him pretty good. I was worried about that. I can’t tell you the relief I felt when I saw he was okay.” … Cole Custer looked like he’d have a top-five finish, but wrecked in almost the same fashion Bell did with just 17 laps left. “I’ve never took that kind of hit like that before,” Custer said. “The 11 (Moffitt) stopped pushing me, which is his right to do that. He went to the outside, I got tight, I got loose and overcorrected.”

Notable: Right now, Peters is in the eighth and final Chase-eligible spot, but Cole Custer is mathematically tied with Peters (who still has the edge), Tyler Reddick is just three points behind the duo, and Cameron Hayley is four points behind for that final Chase spot. Two races remain to determine the eight drivers that will compete in the first-ever Truck Series Chase. … Rain postponed the start of the race for nearly two hours.

Quote of the day: “I’m here to win. I’m not going to wreck him for it, I’m going to race him clean because he needs to get in the Chase.” – Race winner Brett Moffitt on how his win kept teammate Timothy Peters from clinching a Chase berth.

What’s next: Chevrolet Silverado 250, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Sept. 4; Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

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John Wes Townley earns pole for Careers for Veterans 200 Truck race at Michigan

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He may have gone out last, but he came home first.

The last driver to go out in the second and final round of Camping World Truck Series qualifying, John Wes Townley roared to the pole for Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Townley topped the 31-driver field with a speed of 183.697 mph. It was Townley’s second career pole and the second of this season (he also won the pole at Kansas).

“I didn’t know what to expect here, but we have a great truck, the Jive 05, it’s on point,” Townley told Fox Sports 1. “I just hope we can keep it out front today, kind of make a plan from here and get us a win today.”

Townley’s Chevrolet was followed by five Toyota’s: Matt Crafton was second-fastest (183.514 mph), followed by points leader William Byron (183.225), Timothy Peters (182.593), Christopher Bell (182.426), Brett Moffitt (182.297).

Johnny Sauter (182.159) qualified seventh, followed by Tyler Reddick (182.140), Grant Enfinger (181.938) and Cody Coughlin (181.827).

Today’s scheduled 100-lap (200 miles) race takes the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. ET on MIS’s high-speed, two-mile oval.

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