Christopher Bell Wins Rain Delayed Trucks Race at Kentucky

Sparta, KY – It took three hours, but as rain finally let up and track officials were able to get the Kentucky Speedway dry, the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 was able to run to completion on Thursday night.

Christopher Bell Wins the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the Kentucky Speedway

Christopher Bell won his third race of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, all on 1.5-mile tracks, taking his No. 4 Toyota to victory lane for the fifth time of his Trucks career. 

Bell, actually spun on Lap 26 tonight, bringing out the second caution of the evening at the 1.5-mile track. But, he’d get the lead for the first time of the night on Lap 77, leading all but 16 laps in the end to win the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

The Oklahoma native would lead a race high 54 of the 150 laps tonight. He’d hold off a furious charge from Brandon Jones, beating him by just 0.187-seconds.

Jones, took his No. 99 Chevrolet home second, while rookie Justin Haley brought his No. 24 Chevrolet across the finish line third.

Fellow rookies Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson rounded out the top five with finishes of fourth and fifth respectively.

Gragson, won Stage 2 tonight, but spun just two laps after taking the green for the third and final stage.

Hometown hero Ben Rhodes won his first stage of the season with a strong run in Stage 1 of tonight’s race. But, just a handful of laps into the second stage, Rhodes made it three-wide entering Turn 3 on Lap 41 and lost control of his No. 27 Toyota as a result. The Louisville native spun and got into the outside SAFER barrier collecting his teammate Grant Enfinger as well.

They’d finish 27th and 28th respectively.

For Gragson and Rhodes, the stage wins tonight were their first of the season.

John Hunter Nemechek was on a quest for his third straight Trucks victory, but he got into the outside SAFER barrier exiting Turn 4 with 15 laps-to-go. He’d finish 18th.He took over the lead on Lap 98 before giving it up on a pit stop on Lap 109. The second generation driver would then get it back on the Lap 109 restart, before getting passed again by Bell on Lap 114.

Kyle Busch would finish sixth.

The series has a week off next week before the annual midweek trip to Eldora on July 19 (9:30 p.m. ET/Fox Business Network/MRN).

Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 Results:

  1.  4 Bell
  2. 99 Jones
  3. 24 Haley R
  4. 19 Cindric R
  5. 18 Gragson R
  6. 46 Busch
  7. 75 Kligerman
  8. 88 Crafton
  9. 21 Sauter
  10. 02 Hill
  11. 29 Briscoe R
  12. 52 Friesen R
  13. 66 Chastain
  14. 92 Smith
  15. 13 Coughlin R
  16. 51 Snider R -1
  17. 83 Yeley -1
  18.   8 Nemechek -2
  19. 49 Chavous R -5
  20. 50 Reaume -6
  21. 10 Cobb -8
  22. 22 Self -20
  23. 16 Truex OUT
  24. 33 Grala R OUT
  25.  1 Anderson OUT
  26. 45 Bell OUT
  27. 27 Rhodes OUT
  28. 98 Enfinger R OUT
  29. 44 Mills OUT
  30. 63 Murphy OUT
  31. 57 McLeod OUT
  32.  6 Benning OUT

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