John Wes Townley had a career day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. After starting the Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, he went on to claim his first-career win. Timothy Peters finished second, Ben Kennedy was third, John Hunter Nemechek fourth and Brandon Jones rounded out the top-five.
“These guys did an awesome job with this thing,” Townley said. “It’s been awesome this year. We just stayed up there all day, and I took care of this thing and it took care of me.”
With the third and final caution of the 146-lap race coming with 47 laps to go when Nemechek and Sauter made contact while racing for second, and a final cycle of green flag pit stops coming with about 55 laps to go, the race turned into a fuel mileage run to the end with several trucks running out of fuel in the closing laps. Race leader Matt Crafton played it safe by making one final two-second pit stop with four laps remaining, handing the lead over to Townley. But even Crafton didn’t have enough fuel, as he like most of the other front-runners seemed to coast to the checkered flag. After the late-race stop, Crafton wound up eighth.
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