(June 25) Christopher Bell won the third annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec tonight at Gateway Motorsports Park. After a series of six caution and three red flags, the race evolved into a two-lap shootout for the right to occupy Domino’s Victory Lane. Bell’s margin of victory was just 0.275 seconds over Ben Rhodes.
Keystone Light Pole Qualifying was cancelled due to rain and the starting line-up was set per the rule book (combined practice speeds). Ben Rhodes started the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 from the pole but Johnny Sauter jumped into the lead before one lap was completed. Six drivers shared the lead of the 160-lap race: William Byron (47 laps), Tyler Reddick (41 laps), Bell (38 laps), Johnny Sauter (29 laps) and Jordan Anderson (1 lap).
“This one’s for my guys,” said Bell in the Motomart Media Center. “My guys, they deserve this one. We’ve been so fast all year long and I just kept making a lot of mistakes. I just can’t say thank you enough to all the guys at Toyota, Toyota Racing Development, JBL, everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports, all my pit crew guys they did an awesome job. Track position was everything. We got awesome motors underneath the hood of these things and all the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing, they never give up and keep digging.
“This is just a dream come true. Eldora came fairly quick in my NASCAR deal, but the next one didn’t come so quick, but this one – it was a long time coming. Man, these guys work so hard week in and week out and they give me awesome race trucks and it’s just nice to be able to give these guys what they deserve. I mean, I just can’t thank everyone enough over there on this No. 4 team — my crew chief Jerry (Baxter), everyone who believes in me. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’ve used up my fair share of mulligans, so I’m glad to be here.”
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec finish: 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Ben Rhodes, 3. Daniel Hemric, 4. Johnny Sauter, 5. Erik Jones, 6. John Hunter Nemechek, 7. German Quiroga, 8. Kaz Grala, 9. Ben Kennedy, 10. Timothy Peters, 11. Jordan Anderson, 12. Travis Kvapil, 13. Tyler Young, 14. Rico Abreu, 15. Cole Custer, 16. Shane Lee, 17. William Byron, 18. Tommy Joe Martins, 19. Spencer Boyd, 20. Enrique Contreras, 21. Justin Haley, 22. Spencer Gallagher, 23. John Wes Townley, 24. Cameron Hayley, 25. Tyler Reddick, 26. Ryan Truex, 27. Matt Crafton, 28. Austin Wayne Self, 29. Jennifer Jo Cobb, 30. Jake Griffin, 31. Caleb Roark, 32. Brandon Brown.