Kyle Busch will lead off the start of the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover
Kyle Busch holds off Matt Crafton to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Hear from Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., Brendan Gaughan, and Jeb Burton after the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.
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RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings AVONDALE, Ariz. -- A hard-edged contest for the lead snared two championship contenders, and a pit-stop misstep hindered the third, as Friday the 13th luck haunted the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title race at Phoenix International Raceway . While Timothy Peters scooted away with his second victory of the season, Erik Jones , Tyler Reddick and Matt Crafton all played damage control Friday night in a topsy-turvy Lucas Oil 150 . Once the curtain closed on the next-to-last event of the season, Jones inched closer to his first NASCAR national series crown, Reddick made modest but unfulfilling gains and Crafton's hopes for extending his title reign to three years grew dimmer. After a late-race restart, Jones and Crafton collided with 30 laps to go on the exit of Turn 4. Crafton caught the worst of the melee, collecting ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter at speed on the frontstretch. Jones, the pole-starter, emerged with relatively minor damage on the left-rear fender, rallying from a pit stop to finish ninth. Crafton spent significant time behind the wall for repairs, finishing 20 laps down in 23rd place. Crafton and Jones had raced fiercely earlier in the 150-lapper, and their contact near the end was no different. But the two-time series champ absorbed the blame for the fateful brush. "It was 100 percent my fault," said Crafton, who led three times for 15 laps. "We were close and it was tight racing. When you get somebody side-by-side with you, I just got loose and made a mistake. Things happen, we're all human and we'll go on to Homestead. I hate it for the guys, we had such a good truck. We'll just hold our heads up and go to Homestead." Jones, who can eliminate Crafton from the title picture with a result of 27th or better in the 32-truck field in next Friday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Homestead-Miami Speedway , said the contact was simply the byproduct of hard-nosed competition. "There was definitely some hard racing," said Jones, who led five times for 106 laps. "He didn't want us to get the lead obviously and slipped up and made a mistake. It's going to happen, it's racing, it's hard racing and we both had fast trucks. It's just a shame when you lose a shot at the win. ... "At that moment I wasn't thinking about the championship. I was thinking about winning a race and that flashed before my eyes. I was somewhat worried about it, I wasn't too concerned about it, I figured we'd be OK since obviously the 88 (Crafton) was involved as well. Still a 19-point lead and that's a solid margin to go into Homestead." Reddick actually gained a spot in the standings with a fifth-place finish, but failed to capitalize more on the misfortunes of Crafton and Jones. The 19-year-old driver said his Brad Keselowski Racing team would investigate possible trouble on his No. 19 Ford's right-front, which led to a balky tire change on his final pit stop. Jones can close out Reddick in the season finale by placing 15th or better, 16th with leading one lap, and 17th with leading the most laps. Though a mathematic chance at taking the title exists, Reddick was despondent in the immediate aftermath of defeat, calling the night "a real shame." "We still needed to win the race and that was all I really cared about doing," Reddick said. "Running fifth is not going to win us a championship."
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Driver walks up track after wreck at Dover RELATED: NASCAR issues penalties following Dover races NASCAR issued penalties Wednesday to driver Jennifer Jo Cobb for her actions during Friday's Camping World Truck Series event at Dover International Speedway , where she walked onto the racing surface, counter to the direction of safety officials. Cobb, the owner/driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet, was fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Cobb was sidelined after completing just 12 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 when her truck made heavy contact with the inside retaining wall on the mile-long track's frontstretch. The incident occurred shortly after eventual race winner Tyler Reddick closed quickly in an effort to put Cobb a lap down. After her truck came to rest, Cobb made several steps up from the apron of the track to express her unhappiness during the race's first caution period. When the field made another lap, Cobb again gestured toward Reddick's truck but was restrained by safety personnel. The rule regarding safety procedures after crashes is presented as a reminder during each pre-race drivers' meeting. The guidelines were formalized last August through a bulletin added to the NASCAR Rule Book shortly after a sprint car incident involving former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and New York short track driver Kevin Ward Jr. Ward left his car to confront Stewart on foot during a caution period before he was fatally struck. The rule allows a driver to dismount before the arrival of safety crews in the event of extenuating circumstances, such as fire. Cobb's infraction came two days before a similar incident at Dover involving Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne , who emerged from his wrecked vehicle before the safety team's arrival and walked down the Turn 1 track surface after a three-car crash. Cobb and Bayne were each summoned to the NASCAR officials' hauler for consultation after the incidents. "Obviously, that's an infraction," Elton Sawyer, the Camping World Truck Series' managing director, said after Friday's 200 -mile race. "We take safety very seriously and we discussed it with her, and we'll get back to the office in the R&D Center and see what the next steps are." Cobb placed last in the 32-truck field, recording her first failure to finish this season. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Driver of No. 51 encouraged by career-best finish in series In just six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Drive 4 Diversity graduate Daniel Suarez is getting the hang of it, and it shows after the Mexican-born driver finished second -- Suarez's best finish in the series -- in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday. From wheeling winning cars in the K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Toyota Series, Suarez has balanced driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series and piloting the No. 19 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series with grace. "The whole 2015 so far has been a big difference from my 2014 -- what I was racing in in Mexico and some K&N races -- definitely a big step, a big, big difference," Suarez said after his second-place finish at Dover. "Racing with Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports it's just a great opportunity and I'm very lucky because to have fast race cars every weekend is just great. I feel like we have a shot every single weekend, I feel like I'm learning a lot every single weekend ... Kyle has been on our side a lot helping us as well. Everyone in Joe Gibbs Racing . I just feel like we're getting closer and closer (to a win)." But with Dover being such a physically demanding track and the KBM driver having never raced there before in a truck, Suarez was able to lean on team owner Kyle Busch -- a 42-time Truck Series winner -- for track knowledge and advice. "Most of the race tracks that we've been to this year, I've never been to before," Suarez said. "... It's just a little bit difficult to get onto the race track when you have no idea what's going on, what to expect with a new race car, with a new race track ... Kyle (Busch) has been very helpful to me, to give me advice, what to expect, how I need to be to be strong in the race, not just in practice." While Busch's guidance has been helpful, Suarez discusses how his confidence has grown in just the first few months of the 2015 season. "I've been very surprised how competitive we've been in the last couple months in both series. To be honest, I feel different from February to right now. I feel much different. I have more confidence. I know a little bit more. ... And on both sides we are competitive. Hopefully, we can get a little more luck soon and maybe finish in Victory Lane." In six Truck starts, Suarez has only finished outside the top 10 once (15th at Talladega). The No. 51 Toyota driver will take the track next on Saturday, Aug. 1 for the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule