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Tyler Reddick wins Truck Series season opener at Daytona

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Tyler Reddick held on in a late sprint to the checkered flag tonight to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Reddick and Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Austin Theriault were in position to secure a 1-2 finish at the white flag, but Theriault was shuffled back in the final yards and ended up fourth unofficially behind Reddick, Erik Jones in second, and Scott Lagasse, Jr. in third.

A caution with 10 laps to go set the stage for a final restart with six laps left. But the front-runners ran largely single file until the very end, when Theriault, Jones, and Lagasse went three-wide in the tri-oval in a battle for second.

Ahead of it all was Reddick, who secured win No. 1 in his 18th Truck Series start after leading 46 laps.

“Honestly, there wasn’t a lot going on behind me, so I was pretty ‘rest assured,'” Reddick told Fox Sports. “I had my teammate behind me … He would’ve done just about anything to keep anyone from getting to me, and he sure did all he could so I’ve really got to thank him for that.”

It’s a great start to 2015 for Reddick, who joins BKR full-time this season in the No. 19 Ford. Theriault is part of a driver rotation in the team’s other Ford, the No. 29.

“I’m really excited for Tyler – he’s running for a championship and I think this will be pretty good momentum for [the No. 19 team],” said Theriault, who is scheduled to run the No. 29 in 13 races this year. “[And] the [No. 29] is running for an owner’s championship. A solid finish leaving Daytona and a little bit of damage, but we’ll bring it back and go from here.”

Reddick will take a six-point lead in the championship over Jones to Atlanta Motor Speedway next week.

The first half of the race featured several cautions, including one for a 12-car melee in Turn 3 just before the Lap 50 mark. It started when drivers on the inside appeared to slow down after Ben Kennedy was riding up on the outside wall due to a tire failure. As the inside line stacked up, contact between James Buescher and John Wes Townley sent them spinning and those directly behind them were collected.

Pole sitter Ty Dillon had been the strongest driver up to that point, but needed to pit for fuel under the subsequent caution. He was never able to return to the front and finished 11th after pacing 37 early laps.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona
Unofficial Results
1. Tyler Reddick … 100 laps
2. Erik Jones … 100 laps
3. Scott Lagasse, Jr. … 100 laps
4. Austin Theriault … 100 laps
5. Ray Black Jr. … 100 laps
6. David Gilliland … 100 laps
7. Bryan Silas … 100 laps
8. Matt Crafton … 100 laps
9. Daniel Suarez … 100 laps
10. Johnny Sauter … 100 laps
11. Ty Dillon … 100 laps
12. Korbin Forrester … 100 laps
13. Tyler Young … 100 laps
14. Norm Benning … 100 laps
15. Travis Kvapil … 93 laps
16. Ryan Ellis … 87 laps
17. James Buescher … 85 laps
18. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 77 laps
19. Matt Tifft … 64 laps
20. Joe Nemechek … 62 laps
21. Spencer Gallagher … 61 laps
22. John Wes Townley … 48 laps
23. Cameron Hayley … 48 laps
24. Timothy Peters … 48 laps
25. Chris Fontaine … 48 laps
26. Daniel Hemric … 48 laps
27. Todd Peck … 48 laps
28. Ben Kennedy … 20 laps
29. Justin Boston … 18 laps
30. Austin Hill … 13 laps
31. Donnie Neuenberger … 13 laps
32. Justin Marks … 12 laps

Time of race: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 45 seconds
Margin of victory: 0.173 seconds
Cautions: 6 for 28 laps
Lead Changes: 14 among 7 drivers
Laps Led: Reddick 46, Dillon 37, Theriault 9, Suarez 5, Gilliland 1, Crafton 1, Young 1

Ty Dillon on pole for tonight’s Truck Series season opener

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One day after making his first career Daytona 500, Ty Dillon has won the pole for tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon posted a final-round lap at 188.774 mph in the No. 33 Chevrolet that was enough to hold off former Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil (188.707) for the top spot on the NextEra Energy Resources 250 starting grid.

Brad Keselowski Racing teammates Tyler Reddick (188.123) and Austin Theriault (187.786) will make up Row 2, followed by another former series champion, James Buescher, and reigning series rookie of the year Ben Kennedy in Row 3.

Timothy Peters has been forced to a back-up truck after he was tagged by Norm Benning during the first round of qualifying and sent spinning into the wall. Also among those failing to advance from the first round was back-to-back defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton.

Green flag for tonight’s 100-lap, 250-mile race is scheduled for shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – NextEra Energy Resources 250
Starting Lineup

Row 1: Ty Dillon, Travis Kvapil
Row 2: Tyler Reddick, Austin Theriault
Row 3: James Buescher, Ben Kennedy
Row 4: Erik Jones, Chris Fontaine
Row 5: Scott Lagasse Jr., Spencer Gallagher
Row 6: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Donnie Neuenberger
Row 7: David Gilliland, Cameron Hayley
Row 8: Ray Black Jr., Matt Tifft
Row 9: Austin Hill, Joe Nemechek
Row 10: Johnny Sauter, Daniel Hemric
Row 11: Ryan Ellis, Norm Benning
Row 12: Korbin Forrister, Todd Peck
Row 13: Justin Boston, John Wes Townley
Row 14: Justin Marks, Bryan Silas
Row 15: Tyler Young, Daniel Suarez
Row 16: Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters

Failed to qualify
Mason Mingus, Justin Jennings, Cody Ware, Clay Greenfield, Jordan Anderson

Johnny Sauter tops second Camping World Truck practice at Daytona

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Johnny Sauter and his Toyota Tundra paced Thursday’s second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Daytona International Speedway.

Sauter was the only driver to exceed 190 mph, clocking a 190.617 mph effort at 47.215 seconds.

Sauter’s speed was more than 2 mph faster than Austin Hill’s top speed (188.509 mph) in the first practice session earlier in the day.

MORE: Austin Hill paces first Camping World Truck practice at Daytona

Fellow Toyota-powered driver Cameron Hayley was second fastest at 189.962 mph, followed by the Ford of Austin Theriault (189.645), and the Chevrolets of Ty Dillon (189.577) and Spencer Gallagher (189.561).

Defending series champion Matt Crafton was 13th fastest at 186.966 mph.

Here’s how the second practice speeds stacked up:

1.  Johnny Sauter … 190.617 mph … ran 11 laps
2.  Cameron Hayley … 189.962 … 15 laps
3. Austin Theriault … 189.645 … 18 laps
4. Ty Dillon … 189.577 … 19 laps
5. Spencer Gallagher … 189.561 … 12 laps
6. Cody Ware … 188.600 … 8 laps
7. Bryan Silas … 188.513 … 11 laps
8. Tyler Young … 188.225 … 14 laps
9. Joe Nemechek … 188.206 … 9 laps
10. Daniel Suarez … 188.159 … 11 laps
11. Ben Kennedy … 187.860 … 14 laps
12. Justin Marks … 187.711 … 6 laps
13. Matt Crafton … 186.986 … 16 laps
14. Daniel Hemric … 186.776 … 19 laps
15. James Buescher … 186.652 … 15 laps
16. Scott Lagasse Jr. … 185.828 … 17 laps
17. Erik Jones … 185.697 … 21 laps
18. David Gilliland … 185.624 … 11 laps
19. Ray Black Jr. … 185.521 … 10 laps
20. Justin Boston … 185.483 … 10 laps
21. Austin Hill … 184.9545 … 16 laps
22. Matt Tifft … 184.888 … 15 laps
23. Clay Greenfield … 183.778 … 9 laps
24. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 183.236 … 22 laps
25. Korbin Forrister … 183.199 … 12 laps
26. Todd Peck … 183.191 … 13 laps
27. Norm Benning … 182.823 … 16 laps
28. Justin Jennings … 182.726 … 11 laps
29. Mason Mingus … 182.556 … 16 laps
30. Ryan Ellis … 179.211 … 14 laps
31. Tyler Reddick … 178.105 … 4 laps
32. Chris Fontaine … 175.833 … 3 laps
33. Travis Kvapil … 175.094 … 10 laps
34. Jordan Anderson … 174.004 … 10 laps
35. Donnie Neuenberger … 172.371 … 4 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1. Austin Theriault … 187.267 mph
2. Spencer Gallagher … 187.257
3. Ty Dillon … 187.254
4. Cameron Hayley … 187.021
5. Bryan Silas … 184.345
6. Ben Kennedy … 183.744
7. Daniel Hamric … 183.641
8. James Buescher … 183.634
9. Scott Lagasse Jr. 183.551
10. Tyler Young … 183.230

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Entry list for NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Daytona

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Thirty-four Trucks are entered for Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Here’s the entry list, as provided by NASCAR:

1 – Donnie Neuenberger (Chevrolet/Eagle Convenience Stores)

02 – Tyler Young (Chevrolet/AKL Insurance Group-Randco)

4 – Erik Jones (Toyota/Toyota)

05 – John Wes Townley (Toyota/Zaxby’s)

6 – Norm Benning (Chevrolet/TBA)

07 – Ray Black Jr. (Chevrolet/ScubaLife.com)

8 – Joe Nemechek (Chevrolet/swmtx.com-D.A.B. Constructors, Inc.)

08 – TBA (Chevrolet/SFB4)

10 – Jennifer Jo Cobb (Chevrolet/Driven2Honor.org)

11 – Ben Kennedy (Toyota/Local Motors)

13 – Cameron Hayley (Toyota/Cabinets by Hayley)

14 – Daniel Hemric (Chevrolet/California Clean Power)

15 – Mason Mingus (Chevrolet/811 Call Before You Dig)

17 – Timothy Peters (Toyota/Red Horse Racing)

19 – Tyler Reddick (Ford/DrawTite)

20 – Scott Lagasse Jr. (Chevrolet/Alert Today FL-Boy Scouts of America)

23 – Spencer Gallagher (Chevrolet/Allegiant Travel)

25 – Matt Tifft (Toyota/Federated Auto Parts)

28 – Ryan Ellis (Chevrolet/FDNY)

29 – Austin Theriault (Ford/Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans)

31 – James Buescher (Chevrolet/GunBroker.com)

33 – Ty Dillon (Chevrolet/Rheem-Gemaire)

35 – Justin Marks (Toyota/American Born Moonshine/GoProMotorplex)

40 – Todd Peck (Chevrolet/Arthritis Foundation)

50 – TBA (Chevrolet/Burnie Grill-Bubba Burger

51 – Daniel Suarez (Toyota/ARRIS)

54 – Justin Boston (Toyota/BitPay)

63 – Justin Jennings (Chevrolet/TBA)

74 – Jordan Anderson (Chevrolet/Tri-Analytics)

88 – Matt Crafton (Toyota/DampRid Menards)

92 – David Gilliland (Blacks Tire/Goodyear

94 – Travis Kvapil (Chevrolet/Chargebacks 911)

98 – Johnny Sauter (Toyota/Smokey Mtn.-Curb Records)

99 – Bryan Silas (Chevroelt/TBA)