Larson holds off Logano and wins at The Rock

Kyle Larson held off Joey Logano on the final green-white-checkered restart in Sunday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Rockingham Speedway and captured his first victory in just five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races.

Logano who was battling back from being a lap down early in the race due to a loose wheel, restarted in 18th place and diced his way through the field.  Logano was gaining on Larson as the laps were winding down.  But contact between Timothy Peters and Ryan Sieg brought out the final caution flag of the day with two laps remaining.

With fresher tires and more experience, Logano looked to be in the drivers seat when the race restarted.  But Larson got a great restart as Logano spun his tires and pulled out to a two car length lead.  The lead was just enough to hold off Logano for the final two laps.

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“I’m usually not the best on restarts, so I was surprised I got that good of a start.” Larson said.

“I just got beat. I was waiting for him to do something on the restart and he didn’t do what I expected him to do.” Logano said. ”I spun my tires and cost these guys the race.”

Logano finished second, Brendan Gaughan third, Johnny Sauter fourth and Chase Elliott finished fifth.

“It was fun as always — probably one of the best race tracks we go to all year.  I can’t thank Andy Hillenburg (track president) enough and everybody.  Our Carolina Nut Company/Curb Records Toyota was really, really strong.” Sauter said.

During the final caution flag, Ron Hornaday Jr. spun out Darrell Wallace Jr.  Wallace’s car suffered heavy damage and was taken to the garage.  Hornaday Jr. was sent to the end of the longest line.

“He just flat out wrecked us.  It’s unfortunate!  It was fun, we just couldn’t hit it all weekend.  Put it up to the top with that last restart and we were making up some ground.  Got to him and he wasn’t going to give me the top so I knew what to do.  I had to take his line away.  I didn’t put him in the fence or anything and he just pulls that bonehead move.” Wallace Jr. said.

Hornaday Jr. was asked by NASCAR to meet with them after the race to discuss wrecking Wallace Jr. under caution.

“I didn’t know the yellow was out and I got down in there and started racing on the back straightaway, and he slowed up and then I run into him a little bit.  But down the back, I went over to the other side and I don’t know if he hit his brakes on me or whatever, but I turned him in the fence and I feel like a total idiot.” Hornaday Jr. said.

Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 16 points over rookie Jeb Burton who finished seventh.

Unofficial Race Results
N.C. Edu. Lottery 200 at The Rock
Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
1 3 30 Kyle Larson(i) Chevrolet 0
2 7 19 Joey Logano(i) Ford 0
3 9 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 41
4 11 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota 41
5 4 94 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 39
6 5 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 38
7 1 4 Jeb Burton # Chevrolet 37
8 6 29 Ryan Blaney # Ford 36
9 36 51 Erik Jones # Toyota 35
10 18 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet 34
11 26 7 John Wes Townley Toyota 33
12 14 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 32
13 17 18 Joey Coulter Toyota 31
14 2 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 31
15 16 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet 29
16 15 8 Max Gresham Chevrolet 28
17 8 60 Dakoda Armstrong Chevrolet 27
18 30 5 Tim George Jr. Ford 26
19 23 77 German Quiroga # Toyota 25
20 25 81 David Starr Toyota 24
21 24 14 Brennan Newberry # Chevrolet 23
22 12 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 22
23 31 99 Bryan Silas Ford 21
24 22 6 Tyler Young Chevrolet 20
25 28 92 Clay Rogers Chevrolet 19
26 20 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 18
27 10 54 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Toyota 17
28 32 7 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 16
29 21 75 Caleb Holman Chevrolet 15
30 13 52 Tyler Reddick Toyota 14
31 34 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 13
32 19 13 Todd Bodine Toyota 12
33 35 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 11
34 29 93 Chris Jones Chevrolet 10
35 27 27 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet 9
36 33 84 Mike Harmon(i) Ford 0

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