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Results from Truck race at Texas

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If at first you don’t succeed, try again was Kyle Busch‘s mantra Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Having been disqualified after winning the Xfinity Series race earlier in the day due to a car height violation, Busch roared back to dominate and win the evening’s Truck Series event.

MORE: Kyle Busch bounces back from DQ to take Truck Series win at Texas

Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes finished a close second. Defending Truck Series champ Matt Crafton equaled his best finish of the season thus far with a third-place outing, followed by Stewart Friesen and Brett Moffitt.

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There was some movement in the standings. Crafton moved up to 10th place, the final playoff-eligible spot, 75 points behind series leader Austin Hill. Derek Kraus is 11th, 11 points behind Crafton and below the playoff cut line, while Johnny Sauter dropped from 10th to 12th in the standings, 22 points behind Crafton and below the cut line.

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Results, standings after rain-shortened Kentucky Truck race

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Sheldon Creed earned his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race in Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

The race was shortened by rain. Only two stages – each 35 laps for a total of 70 laps in what was schedled to be a 150-lap event – were able to be run before NASCAR called trucks to pit road prior to the start of the third and final stage due to lightning and then the race was called roughly 30 minutes later due to heavy rain.

MORE: Sheldon Creed wins rain-shortened Trucks race at Kentucky

ThorSport Racing took the next three positions: Kentucky native Ben Rhodes finished second, followed by defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton, who earned his best finish of the season, and Johnny Sauter in fourth. Austin Hill rounded out the top five.

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Austin Hill remains No. 1 in the Truck Series standings. With the win, Creed moves up two spots to second place — 46 points behind Hill — and assures himself a playoff berth. Rhodes dropped one spot from second to third (57 points behind Hill), followed by Christian Eckes (-71, climbed two spots) and Grant Enfinger (-72 points, dropped two spots) and Zane Smith (also -72, gained one spot).

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Lightning brings stoppage to Truck Series race at Kentucky

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Lightning in the area has brought out a red flag stoppage of Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

NASCAR has issued a warning to all team members and others in the track area to seek shelter.

There have been 70 laps completed in the scheduled 150-lap event. Sheldon Creed is listed as the race leader, followed by Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill.

The first two stages — 35 laps each — were able to be completed before the race stoppage. Zane Smith earned his first career stage win in Stage 1, while Creed earned his third stage win of the 2020 season in Stage 2.

Weather radar does not look promising. With the first two stages complete, the race would be considered official if NASCAR decides to call the event.

Per NASCAR rules, races are placed on hold for a minimum of 30 minutes if lightning is detected within an eight-mile range of a racetrack.

We’ll keep you posted as conditions warrant. Please check back.

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Starting lineup for Saturday’s Truck Series race at Kentucky

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Brett Moffitt will start from the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FS1) thanks to a random draw.

He will be joined on the front row by Zane Smith. In fact, the first three drivers are all from GMS Racing: Moffitt, Smith and Tyler Ankrum, who will start third.

Rounding out the top five are Christian Eckes and Austin Hill.

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NASCAR Truck Series at Kentucky

Race Time: 6 p.m. ET Saturday

Track: Kentucky Speedway; Sparta, Kentucky (1.5-mile speedway)

Length: 150 laps, 225 miles

Stages: Stage 1 ends on Lap 35. Stage 2 ends on Lap 70.

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: Fox Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Next Cup race: Sunday at Kentucky (267 laps, 400.5 miles), 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox

Next Xfinity race: Thursday at Kentucky (134 laps, 201 miles), 8 p.m. ET on FS1

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Johnny Sauter’s finish in Atlanta truck race disqualified

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NASCAR announced late Saturday afternoon that the No. 13 Truck of Johnny Sauter has been disqualified from the Vet Tix Camping World 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after failing post-race inspection.

Sauter’s truck was disqualified for what a NASCAR statement called “a race tire violation.”

“The 13 truck had an issue with one of its tires and did not pass our at-track inspection and led to a violation … basically no treatment or no modifications of any kind,” NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series managing director Brad Moran told reporters. “We had an issue with one of the tires which led to the DQ of the No. 13 truck.

“There was no tip-off. We randomly chose one Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota. They were all very close to each other on pit road. It makes it easy to manage it and to have our officials get to all three sets fairly quickly, basically confiscate them and keep our eyes on them. It was not a tip-off, it was one set of tires from all three OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).”

MORE: Grant Enfinger wins Atlanta Truck race with last-lap pass of Austin Hill

Moran said the tire on Sauter’s truck failed the “dunk tank test,” where tires are inserted into a tank of water to determine if there is any modification to the tires that are against the rules such as air bubbles from small intentional pin holes or have illegal compounds placed upon the tire.

“Yeah, it was a typical dunk tank test, correct,” Moran said. “They go into a dunk tank and we’re looking at certain things that could be letting air out in different ways. There are many different methods and ways and unfortunately we just had a tire that didn’t pass the test,” Moran said.

He also said the illegal tire was taken from a set that was on Sauter’s truck during Stage 2 of the event. Moran added there will not be any further penalties, meaning Sauter or his team will not be issued L1 or L2 penalties that could call for heavy monetary fines, point reductions or personnel suspensions.

Sauter’s original finish of 17th has been changed to last in the 40-car field.

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Two other trucks — the No. 18 of third-place finisher Christian Eckes and the No. 56 of 22nd-place finisher Timmy Hill — were penalized for having “one lug nut not safe and secure,” according to NASCAR.

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