9:55 pm - Wrapping Up the Smith's 350
That's a wrap on today's Camping World Truck Series race. Congratulations to Timothy Peters on his victory. The Truck Series teams will take the next couple weekends off before heading to Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 19.
9:45 pm - Matt Crafton Holds Onto Truck Series Points Lead
The bad news was Matt Crafton finally saw his streak of top 10 finishes come to an end 17 races into the season. The good news is, he held onto the series points lead after finishing 11th. Crafton started fifth and led to times for 30 laps, more than any other driver in the race. He had the lead with less than 30 laps to go and just when it looked like he was heading to Victory Lane, the handling went away on his No. 88 Toyota.
"I don't know what happened to it," he said. "All of the sudden it just went dead loose. Within one lap it was a little bit loose and then it went to un-drivable and we lost one second on that run. I have no idea."
Crafton's points lead is 41 points with five races to go in the season.
9:30 pm - 17 is a Magic Number for Peters at Las Vegas
You’ll excuse Timothy Peters if he feels like betting it all on 17. After all, the Red Horse Racing driver drove the No. 17 Toyota to Victory Lane in the 17th race of the season and the 17th Truck Series race at LVMS. Throw in the fact that he beat Ron Hornaday at his own restart game to do it and you can understand what made Peters so ecstatic after the Smith’s 350.
“This is huge!” Peters exclaimed. “We were good as soon as we unloaded off the hauler.
Hornaday had he lead on the final restart of the race with two laps to go and considering how good he usually is on restarts, he had to be thinking the victory was as good as his. When the green flag fell, however, the unthinkable happened. Hornaday spun the tires and Peters took the lead. Peters held off Johnny Sauter for the victory while Hornaday faded to a sixth place finish.
“Ron was better with the clean air and we could run him down,” said Peters. “That restart was everything.”
7:55 pm - Timothy Peters Wins the Smith’s 350
The field gets the green flag with two laps to go. Peters gets a good restart. Hornaday is back to 5th.
White Flag: Peters continues to lead
Timothy Peters wins the race followed by Sauter, Paludo, Dillon, Wallace
7:50 pm- Smith’s 350: Race Update #12
Under caution for the 9th time on Lap 139 when Jennifer Jo Cobb suffers a right, front tire and hits the wall.
Pit stops: Crafton (thinks he may have a tire going down), Blaney, Lofton, Coulter, Armstrong and others
Running order under caution: Hornaday, Peters,Paludo, Dillon, Sauter, John Wes Townley, Wallace, Quiroga, Gaughan, Gresham, Buescher
7:40 pm- Smith’s 350: Race Update #11
Hornaday takes the lead from Crafton on Lap 121.
With 15 laps to go, Timothy Peters is hounding Hornaday for the lead.
Crafton is back to 13th after losing the handling on his truck.
3rd through 5th: Paludo, Sauter, Dillon
7:30 pm- Smith’s 350: Race Update #10
Lap 109 - Yellow #8 - Hackenbracht spins off Turn 4
Running order under caution: Crafton, Wallace, Paludo, Gaughan, Lofton
23 trucks are on the lead lap
The green flag waves on Lap 113
7:20 pm- Smith’s 350: Race Update #9
Running order under caution on Lap 100: Lofton, Wallace, Gaughan, Crafton, Coulter, Paludo, Burton, Peters, Hackenbracht,
Back to green on Lap 103
Wallace takes the lead from Lofton.
Crafton takes the lead from Wallace on Lap 105.
7:10 pm - Smith’s 350: Race Update #8
Blaney rallies from third on Lap 81 to pass Hornaday in 2nd and take the lead from Gaughan off of Turn 4.
Lap 92 – Yellow #6 – Bryan Silas spins in Turn 4
The leaders head to pit road. Gaughan takes 2 tires.
Brennan Newberry serves a pass through penalty for speeding off pit road.
Running order under caution: Lofton, Crafton, Wallace, Paludo, Gaughan
Back to green on Lap 97
Lap 98 – Yellow #7 – Matthew Kurzejewski spins out
6:55 pm - Smith’s 350: Race Update #7
Dillon takes the lead from Wallace on Lap 69.
Lap 73 – Yellow #5 – Russ Chastain spins off track on the frontstretch and takes evasive action down pit road.
Most of the leaders head to pit road.
Gaughan, Blaney, Paludo, Hornaday, Armstrong stay out to take over the 1st through 5th positions in the running order.
Brennan Newberry gets the free pass.
Back to green on Lap 79
6:50 pm - Smith’s 350: Race Update #6
Bryan Silas got the free pass during the 4th caution period.
Running order under caution on Lap 64: Wallace, Coulter, Peters, Dillon, Crafton, Gaughan, Johnny Sauter, Chad Hackenbracht
Back to green on Lap 66
6:45 pm - Smith’s 350: Race Update #5
Lap 60 – Yellow #4 – Brennan Newberry spins in Turn 2 after slight contact with Ron Hornaday.
Running order under caution: Wallace, Blaney, Coulter, Peters, Dillon
Pit stops for some, including Blaney, Hornaday, Paludo and Burton, whose crew lifts the hood on the No. 4 Chevrolet to work on the handling.
6:30 pm - Smith’s 350: Race Update #4
Chastain takes the lead from Gaughan on Lap 38.
Lap 48 – Yellow #3 – Bryan Silas spins in Turn 4.
Jennifer Jo Cobb gets a lap back as the beneficiary.
The leaders head to pit road, including Brendan Gaughan, who is making his first pit stop of the race.
Darrell Wallace Jr stays out to take the lead. Rounding out the top five are Blaney, Paludo, Coulter and Gaughan
Green flag on Lap 52.
6:25 pm – Smith’s 350: Race Update #3
The top 12 stayed out during the 2nd caution. Lofton, Burton and Joey Coulter make pit stops.
Back to green on Lap 33 – Crafton gives up the lead to Gaughan and gets stuck in the middle with no help. He falls back to 6th.
6:15 pm – Smith’s 350: Race Update #2
Lap 19 – Crafton takes the lead from Gaughan.
Lap 27 – Yellow #2 – Brennan Newberry spins off Turn 4 and into the infield grass.
Running order under caution: Crafton, Chastain, Gaughan, Dillon, Timothy Peters
6:00 pm – Smith’s 350: Race Update #1
Under caution for the first time on Lap 15 for Miguel Paludo, who spun out on the frontstretch and slides through the infield grass.
Everyone at the front of the pack comes to pit road for service except Brendan Gaughan who takes over the lead.
Running order under caution: Gaughan, Crafton, Ross Chastain, Dillon, Darrell Wallace
We’ll go back to green on Lap 19 – Mike Harmon gets the free pass back onto the lead lap.
5:50 pm – Green Flag
Strip headliner Terry Fator sings the National Anthem – no puppets needed – and gives the command to start engine, ventriloquist style (look Ma, no lips).
Ty Dillon leads the field to green and we’re underway for 146 laps.
Running order on Lap 1: Dillon, Ron Hornaday, Justin Lofton, Matt Crafton and James Buescher
5:20 pm – Ready to Race
The field is set for the 17th Camping World Truck Series event of the season. Ty Dillon recorded his fourth career pole in 42 series starts, his first at LVMS and his first of 2013. Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet toured the track in 30.495 sec at an average speed of 177.078 mph. Justin Lofton was second quickest 176.355 mph for his sixth start of the season.
Jeb Burton was the highest qualifying rookie driver with the fourth fastest lap. This is Burton’s first start at LVMS and his 11th top five starting position this season.
4:00 pm – Dillon Wins the Pole for the Smith’s 350
Ty Dillon saved the best for last when he posted the pole winning speed of 177.078 mph (30.495 sec) for tonight’s Smith’s 350. Dillon was the 28th of 28 drivers to post a qualifying time. Matthew Kurzejewski blew an engine during the day’s first practice session and did not take a time. Rounding out the top five are Justin Lofton, James Buescher, Jeb Burton and Matt Crafton.
3:40 pm – Qualifying Halfway Report
We’re halfway through the qualifying session and Joey Coulter is fastest so far with a 174.746 mph lap turned in 30.902 sec in the No. 18 Toyota. Still to go, points leader Matt Crafton and hometown hero Brendan Gaughan.
3:10 pm – Qualifying is Underway
We’ve got 29 trucks on the entry list today, so there’s room for everyone in the field. Seven previous races at LVMS have been won from the pole. Ron Hornaday did it most recently in 2011. The track record is 178.065 mph (30.326 sec) held by Mike Skinner and recorded in 2006. Norm Benning will be the first driver on the track and Ty Dillon will close out the session.
2:40 pm – Smith's 350: Random Race Notes
Getting to Know You - Dakoda Armstrong is still seeking his first top five finish of the season and he’s hoping new crew chief Doug George will provide the spark he needs. George served as the No. 60 team’s truck chief at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in August and on this past Monday, the team announced he will assume the crew chief position for the remainder of the season. Armstrong will be making his first start at LVMS and would love nothing better than to beat his season best 7th place finish at Martinsville Speedway in April. “I know our luck has to change at some point and there’s no better place than Las Vegas,” said Armstrong. “I’ve run almost all of the laps and we’ve been able to avoid a DNF. It’s time to improve our speed and get our finishes up to the next level.”
Hackenbracht Wants One Better – Chad Hackenbracht will take the wheel of Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Tundra for the fourth time this season as he makes his debut at the boss’ home track. The No. 51 team is second in truck owner points, which puts the pressure on Hackenbracht to perform. The young driver recorded a career best 2nd place finish in his most recent Truck Series start at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. He hopes to ride that momentum to Victory Lane. “Canada and Vegas are two totally different tracks but every time I get back into these trucks, I learn something,” he said. “I have a really strong support system around me and I know we will be strong.”
1:19 pm – Quiroga’s Team Unloads Backup Truck
Mexican driver German Quiroga is one of eight drivers making his first LVMS start. Quiroga had a bumpy start to the day when he blew a tire going into Turn 1 during the first practice and slammed the truck into the wall.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” said Quiroga. “We were scuffing tires and it was our third set. We were three laps into that set and right front blew going into turn 1. It was a hard hit. I think it was probably the hardest I ever felt. I was good to walk out of that and get into my backup.”
12:35 pm – Dillon Leads Final Truck Series Practice
Ty Dillon posted the fast lap of the day to lead the second and final practice before the Smith’s 350. He lapped the 1.5-mile track in 30.598 seconds at 176.482 mph. James Buescher was second on the speed chart at 176.482 mph and the only other driver to eclipse the 176 mph mark. Brennan Newberry, Justin Lofton and Timothy Peters rounded out the top five.
12:00 pm - The Kids Are Alright at LVMS
The NASCAR family tradition lives on in 2013 with three second generation drivers entered in this evening’s race. Twenty-one year old Jeb Burton is the son of Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton takes the wheel of the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 4 Chevrolet. Burton is seeking his sixth pole of the season and his second series victory.
Dave Blaney’s son Ryan is fresh off his first Nationwide Series victory last weekend at Kentucky Speedway. He’ll be aboard the No. 29 Cooper Stanley Ford and is making his LVMS debut.
Ty Dillon is the son of Mike Dillon and the grandson of legendary car owner Richard Childress. Dillon is riding a streak of two top-five finishes and is currently third in the point standings. He finished 10th in his first start at LVMS in 2012 and led today’s second practice session with a 176.482 mph lap
11:29 am - We've Got a Seat With Your Name on It
It’s not too late to purchase a ticket and join us for tonight’s Smith’s 350. Every ticket purchase includes free access to the Neon Garage fan experience. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat and the cool beverage of your choice. Get up close and personal as you watch the truck crews prepare their rides for the big race. So, stop what you’re doing, grab the kids and head out to America’s Racing Showplace for an exciting day of NASCAR action.
10:45 am - Welcome to Race Day!
Good morning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway! The NASCAR Camping World Series makes its 17th visit to Sin City and since they're only here for one day, we're gonna keep 'em busy, busy, busy.
Miguel Paludo led this morning's first practice session with a 175.382 mph lap. Ty Dillon was second fastest at 175.092 mph and James Buescher was a close third at 175.035 mph. Matt Crafton and Brennan Newberry rounded out the top five.
The truck drivers will get a second practice session from 10:45 am until noon and get ready for qualifying, which is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm. We’ll drop the green flag for this evening’s Smith’s 350 at 5:30 pm.
If you can’t join us at the track - and you really should, because it’s going to be a great day for racing - keep it tuned here for the latest news as it happens.