AVONDALE, Ariz. – Brian Scott drove around Kyle Larson during a green-white-checkered restart to score his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumph since 2009 Friday at Phoenix Int’l Raceway.
Larson, who just last weekend claimed the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, was looking for his first Truck Series victory in only his third start. He had taken the lead on lap 109 during restart and appeared to have Scott beat in the final laps of the 150-lap event.
That changed with three laps left in the Lucas Oil 150 when championship leader James Buescher blew a right-front tire and hit the wall to bring out the final caution flag of the race. During the restart Scott was able to drive the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota around Larson on the outside, pulling away in the final two laps to score the victory.
“Dollar General has been with me all year. I made them a promise at the beginning of the year that I’d get them to victory lane,” Scott said. “Man I missed this series. This series is a lot of fun. So glad I got to come back and run it and win at Phoenix, which is about as close to a home race as it gets.”
Larson ended up second, a career best for the youngster who likely has a bright future ahead of him in NASCAR.
“Man, I had them beat there in that green flag run,” Larson said. “We got that restart there and he took the air off me going into one and I got loose and he just forced his momentum around me. Second’s not bad in my third Truck start. Hopefully we’ll go to Homestead next week and get a win for these Turner guys.”
Joey Coulter ended up third, followed by Timothy Peters and Ryan Blaney.
Buescher’s crash allowed Peters and Ty Dillon to close the gap in the championship standings with one race left in the 2012 season. Buescher now has an 11-point lead over Peters in the standings, with Dillon only 12 points back in third.
“I guess we melted a bead or something on the right-front. Always something,” Buescher said. “We’ll just go to Homestead.”