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Crafton locks up second straight NCWTS title MORE: Crafton wins back-to-back titles " Full race results " Season standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- After breathtaking, three-wide racing during the final 20-lap green-flag run, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr . held off hard-charging Keystone Light Polesitter Kyle Larson to win Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Behind the wild battle for the victory, Matt Crafton ran ninth and won an unprecedented second straight series title with room to spare -- by 21 points. Timothy Peters came home third, followed by Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney , runner-up to Crafton for the series championship. Busch won the NCWTS owner’s championship in the No. 51 Toyota he drove on Friday night. "Toward the end, battling the two Kyles -- the (Sprint) Cup stars -- it was tough," Wallace said. "But I didn't get too excited, didn't get too down. I kept a cool head and stayed patient and was able to come out on top." Wallace won his fourth race of the season and fifth of his career in his final ride in the No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, as the organization picked up its 14th victory in 22 races. Signed to Joe Gibbs Racing, Wallace is expected to move up to the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year. "It is going to be sad to see him go," Busch said, "but we've got another great shoe that’s going to be able to fit into that role really, really good with Erik Jones . It's not that I'm saying goodbye, but I'm wishing him the best next year in what he gets to do, and I'm excited about his growth and opportunity to move up to the (XFINITY) Series." Wallace said he hopes to get plans for 2015 settled soon. "I wish things were finalized," Wallace said. "We're continuing to work hard to find my future plans. For me, I'm just going to go play some golf while I'm down here in Miami and enjoy this win, enjoy the offseason. "But as far as plans, we're continuing to work hard." As he closed on Wallace in the final laps, Larson said he contemplated trying the same sort of banzai move Ryan Newman had used on Larson on the final lap of last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix, where Newman secured the final spot in Sunday's Championship Round at Homestead by a single point. "I thought about it -- very quickly," Larson said. "But I figured that would definitely be the wrong thing to do, especially in a Truck race where I'm just kind of out there to have fun, and Bubba's out there to try to gain points, or whatever, and get the win." Blaney's waning championship hopes suffered a blow when his shifter broke, causing him to stall his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford exiting his pit stall on Lap 72. Blaney dropped to 14th for the subsequent restart on Lap 76 and quickly worked his way up to ninth, three positions behind Crafton in the running order. By then, only 21 trucks remained on the lead lap, providing Crafton with a comfortable margin of error, given that Crafton entered the race needing a finish of 21st or better to claim the series title. Using vise-grips to control the broken shifter, Blaney was fourth off pit road for a restart on Lap 104, after the fifth caution of the night. His hard-fought top-five wasn’t enough to overcome the 25-point lead Crafton held entering the race. During that same pit stop, Larson fell from first to third on pit road, after having led 96 laps to that point. Wallace grabbed the lead from Busch on Lap 119 of 134 and held it the rest of the way, as Larson charged into second place and closed the gap to .294 seconds at the finish. Note: Ben Kennedy won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the series. Kennedy and Tyler Reddick tied in the rookie standings, with Kennedy winning the title because of his higher position in driver championship points. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jones, Boston, Tifft, Suarez tabbed for rides along with team owner Busch HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The 2015 driver lineup for Kyle Busch Motorsports is complete, with the organization announcing its Camping World Truck Series roster via press release Friday. A week after announcing Erik Jones would compete full-time in one of the team’s entries, officials announced the remaining drivers for what will now be a three-truck effort next season. Justin Boston will likewise run a full schedule for KBM while Matt Tifft , owner Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing XFINITY Series driver Daniel Suarez will share driving duties in a third KBM entry. "Being able to drive full-time … next season is definitely going to be a big step in my career," Boston, 25, said. "KBM builds really fast (trucks) and I know that I’m going to be in a position to win races next -- as a driver, that's all you can ask for." Boston made two starts this year for JGR in what will be known as the XFINITY Series in '15, finishing ninth and 12th. Tifft's road to the series has included stops in ARCA and NASCAR’s K&N East and West programs. Friday night’s start in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead was his third this year in the Truck Series. He is scheduled to make six starts with KBM next year while Suarez is tabbed for 10 or more, as well as a full XFINITY schedule. If that's indeed the case, then it appears Busch will be cutting back his appearances in the series. The Sprint Cup Series driver made 10 starts this season, winning seven times. Busch said the addition of Boston and Tifft "gives us the opportunity to compete for the Rookie of the Year honors with Justin, a driver's championship with Erik and the owner's championship sharing a truck between Matt, myself and Daniel. "Justin was able to pick up a couple of ARCA wins this season and had solid runs in his starts for JGR in the Nationwide Series," he said. "Matt knocked on the door of victory a couple times in the ARCA Series while running a part-time schedule and had a nice run in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville last month." Toyota's Dave Wilson, president and general manager, TRD, U.S.A., said the expansion of KBM "demonstrates the strength of the organization and their commitment to bringing young talent into NASCAR." "The success that youngsters Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr . have had this year … has certainly been fun to watch. KBM is a great team partner of Toyota, they helped us win another manufacturer championship this year and they visited Victory Lane a record-setting 14 times in 2014." Wallace , who won for the fourth time this year with Friday's race, won't return to KBM next season, but is expected to compete in the XFINITY Series for JGR. "I wish things were finalized," Wallace said afterward. "We're continuing to work hard to find out future plans for me. I'm going to go play some golf down here in Miami, enjoy this win, (and) enjoy the offseason. But as far as plans, we're continuing to work hard. "You never know, we could be in the XFINITY Series, get some truck races. You never know, we're working hard with … everybody at JGR; they've been giving me a great opportunity ever since '09, so we'll continue to -- hopefully this helps some way, but we'll stay on it and come up with something soon, I hope." "Him being a JGR driver, we were just fielding those trucks for him in the last two years, so it's been fun to help him grow," Busch said, noting that his organization is focused on grooming talent in order for it to move forward. "Heck, I think now it's about two thirds of our people head on over to JGR anyway, so I'm about ready to call that place KBM South," he said. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Alan Cavanna talks with Darrell Wallace Jr . after he caps off a career year with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in dramatic fashion.
Emotions run high for Darrell Wallace Jr . after winning the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr . led the most laps during the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, but engine troubles forced him to retire from the race.
Driver leads 97 laps on way to third victory of season MORE: Full Martinsville results MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Driving a No. 34 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota painted and numbered as a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott -- and with Scott's family in attendance at Martinsville Speedway -- polesitter Darrell Wallace Jr . held off Timothy Peters to win Saturday's Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Last year at Martinsville, driving the No. 54 KBM Tundra, Wallace became the first African-American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR's top three touring series since Scott accomplished the feat in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Dec. 1, 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Though his number was changed to 34 on Saturday, in honor of Scott’s traditional car number, the result was the same for Wallace , who grabbed the lead from Johnny Sauter in heavy traffic on Lap 188 of 200, moments before the 11th caution slowed the race. Wallace pulled away after a restart with six laps left, beating Peters to the finish line by .495 seconds. Peters had bumped Sauter out of the way in the closing laps, also opening the door for reigning series champion Matt Crafton , who came home third and extended his series lead to 18 points over fifth-place finisher Ryan Blaney . "I wasn't worried about anybody, honestly," Wallace said. "They kept telling me where everybody was, and I said I didn't care. It's our weekend and we're going to come out and take this (grandfather) clock (trophy) home with us and we just did that. "That was so fun. Martinsville is my favorite place to come to. Without the support of NASCAR and Toyota… the whole Wendell Scott family is here and this is a special moment, just a perfect weekend for us. It's a true honor to have Wendell Scott on our Toyota Tundra and to be able to put it in Victory Lane. I know he (Scott) just said up there, 'Hell yeah.' This is cool." Wallace said Saturday's win surpassed his first victory in the series at Martinsville a year ago. "It means a lot -- I know I had a guardian angel looking over me this weekend," said Wallace , who took over third place in the series standings, 22 points behind Crafton. "To be able to put it in Victory Lane, you couldn't ask for a better weekend. You thought last year was special, but this definitely beats it." Upset with what he deemed roughhouse tactics from Peters, Sauter attempt to confront the runner-up on pit road after the race, but NASCAR officials and crew members kept the drivers apart. "It's Martinsville," Peters said. "If you're going to dish it out, you're going to need to be able to take it. Did I mean to run into him? Yeah. I'm not going to deny that -- maybe not as hard. "But it is what it is. I don't want to waste too much of my breath on that. We'll just focus on how well we ran today…" Wallace led 97 of the 200 laps. Second was the pace car, which was out front for a record 71 laps during a race that featured more rookies than veterans and six drivers competing in the series for the first time. Erik Jones ran fourth, followed by Blaney, Tyler Reddick , Sauter, Matt Tifft (a UNC-Charlotte freshman making his first start) Alex Guenette and German Quiroga, whose ill-fated attempt to take the lead in heavy traffic on Lap 188 caused his No. 77 Toyota to spin and brought out the 11th caution, solidifying Wallace in the lead. The series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend for Friday's Winstar World Casino and Resort 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1). MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Darrell Wallace Jr videobombs Ryan Blaney giving an interview during a rain delay of the NCWTS qualifying session at Chicagoland Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr , Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters talk about trying to keep up with Erik Jones at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.