After a two-hour rain delay to the start of the Racin’ For Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., on Saturday night, Erik Jones and Matt Crafton combined to lead most of the 160-lap distance of the race before getting caught up in separate late-race incidents. In the end, Cole Custer was the driver celebrating in victory lane, celebrating his second-career win and the first-ever Truck Series win for JR Motorsports, a regular competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
“I wanted to come here and dominate. We didn’t have the best truck, but we got it done,” Custer said.
Jones led a race-high 84 laps, and Crafton led 49. They both wound up outside the top-20 at the finish, though, with Crafton finishing 21st and Jones 23rd. Jones spun while running secon don lap 142. As a result of the spin, he shredded a tire. As the tire flew apart, Jones’ truck sustained a damaged fender and the battery came loose.
Crafton hit the wall after contact from John Hunter Nemechek a few laps later, resulting in the sixth and final caution of the race and a restart with five laps to go.
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