Jeb Burton held off Ty Dillon in the closing laps of the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway to win his career Camping World Truck Series race. Burton got the lead on a late race restart and held it for his first career win. Burton was emotional in victory lane.
"It's freakin awesome! I'm livin the dream," a teary eyed Burton said in victory lane. "I'm ready for Kentucky. It means a lot."
Burton won by two truck lengths after Ty Dillon chopped his lead down in the closing stages. Burton finished second with German Quiroga coming home a career best third. Fourth was Matt Crafton and Brendan Gaughan finished fifth. Sixth was Darrell Wallace Jr, Johnny Sauter finished seventh, eighth was Ryan Blaney, ninth was James Buescher and Miguel Paludo rounded out the top ten.
The WinStar World Casino 400k began with Johnny Sauter and Ty Dillon on the front and Sauter got off to an early lead over Dillon. However, Dillon would not be down for long and would pass Sauter for the lead on lap 12. Dillon and Sauter made contact when Sauter's truck slid up the track. That allowed Ryan Blaney to scoot by for second and soon Brendan Gaughan would get Sauter for third.
By lap 21, Dillon's lead was 1.2 seconds over Blaney. Brendan Gaughan's truck was great early on and he was closing quickly on Blaney. By lap 39, Gaughan passed Blaney for the runner-up spot and soon set his eyes on teammate Ty Dillon in the lead. Gaughan was closing in on lap 41 when the races' first caution of the day flew. Chad Hackenbracht spun off of turn two. Hackenbracht was making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut for in Kyle Busch's #51 Toyota when he got loose off the corner and lost control. Hackenbracht finished 26th.
The race's first round of pit stops would occur under the yellow flag and that's where Ryan Blaney's day took a turn for the worst. Blaney's truck would run out of gas and stall on pit road. Blaney would get re-fired but he would restart on lap 50 in 19th position. Austin Dillon got out to a lead on the restart, but three laps later another Kyle Busch car would experience issues when Joey Coulter spun entering turn three. Coulter had a soft left rear tire and would spin backwards into the outside wall causing the races' second caution. Coulter would continue but would finish 25th.
The race restarted on lap 59 with Dillon still in front. Brendan Gaughan began to chase down Dillon once again, and by lap 75 Gaughan had chopped the lead to a half a second. On lap 79 Gaughan got to the lead for the first time passing Dillon in turn three. Gaughan then shot away from Dillon and by lap 89 his lead was 1.3 seconds.
By lap 97, Gaughan's lead was 3 seconds over Ty Dillon. On lap 112, Timothy Peters made an unscheduled pit stop for an ill-handling truck. Peters would get back on the track but would finish 16th. After a round of pit stops, Brendan Gaughan's truck wasn't the same and teammate Ty Dillon began to chase him down. On lap 133, Dillon's fight for the lead would end when he finally passed Gaughan. Five laps later, the races' third and final caution of the night flew when Ross Chastain hit the wall on turn three. Chastain would continue, but the damage had a big effect on his car and he would finish 13th.
Pit stops would occur as Ty Dillon's and Jeb Burton's team got them out on the front row for the restart on lap 144. Dillon and Burton would run side by side for a lap, and Burton pulled away from the field and held off Dillon to win his first career Camping World Truck Series race.
Other notables include Dakoda Armstrong in 11th, Ron Hornaday Jr. in 12th and Todd Bodine in 18th.
Matt Crafton still leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings by 23 points over Jeb Burton after Texas. Third in the standings is Brendan Gaughan, 35 points back from the lead with Johnny Sauter in fourth, 45 points behind. Fifth in the standings is Ryan Blaney, who is 47 points behind with defending series champion James Buescher landing sixth and 50 points back. Ty Dillon is seventh, 53 points behind, and Darrell Wallace Jr. is eighth, 67 points behind. Ninth in the standings is Miguel Paludo, 74 points back, and Dakoda Armstrong is tenth at 76 points behind.
The next race on the Camping World Truck Series schedule is UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 27th.Tags: Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Texas Motor Speedway, Ty Dillon