Scott outruns Larson for truck win at Phoenix
Avondale, AZ (Sports Network) - Brian Scott won Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race after passing Kyle Larson for the lead with less than two laps remaining at Phoenix International Raceway.
Scott, a Nationwide Series regular, became the 15th different driver to win a truck race this season, which set a record. He drove the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Points leader James Buescher blew a tire and made contact with the wall in the closing laps, which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Larson held the lead for the restart, but Scott made his winning pass in turn two. It was Scott's second career truck win. His first victory came in May 2009 at Dover.
"I miss this series," said Scott, who hails from Boise, Idaho. "This series is a lot of fun. I'm so glad to be back here to run in it and win at Phoenix, which is about as close to a home race as it gets. This is awesome."
Scott currently drives the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Nationwide, but his status with the team and in that series is uncertain at this time.
Buescher ended up finishing one lap behind in 17th but managed to hold on to the points lead, as the series runs its season-finale next week at Homestead (Fla.).
"The truck just kept getting tighter during the last 25 laps or so, and I fell back to seventh," Buescher said. "I started pushing a little harder to try to stay seventh. I guess I tore up the right-front (tire). It's always something."
Buescher came to Phoenix with a 15-point lead over rookie Ty Dillon, but Dillon was caught up in one of many wrecks that occurred during this 153-lap race. He wound up finishing two spots ahead of Buescher in 15th.
While Dillon is now 12 points behind Buescher, Timothy Peters moved to within 11 points of the lead following his fourth-place run. Peters had trailed Buescher by 25 markers.
Larson, who recently won this year's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship, finished second in just his third career truck start. The 20-year-old drove the No. 4 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports. He is also a development driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
"On that restart there, (Scott) took the air off me going into (turn) one, and I got loose," Larson said. "He just worked momentum around me. But second is not bad in just my third truck start."
Joey Coulter finished third, and Ryan Blaney took the fifth spot. Ryan Sieg, Cale Gale, Nelson Piquet Jr., the pole sitter, Ryan Truex and Justin Lofton completed the top-10.
This race featured nine cautions, with most of them for multi-truck wrecks. Dillon's crash with Brendan Gaughan and German Quiroga, who drove the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch's team, occurred on lap 110. Quiroga dove down into turn one and then bumped into Gaughan, who spun around and then collected Dillon.
Gaughan hopped out of his heavily-damaged No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and approached Quiroga to express his anger. Quiroga took blame for the incident.
"I didn't want to wreck anybody, and I am learning," Quiroga said. "I think I braked too late, and he braked too early. I couldn't avoid it. I tied."
Gaughan and Quiroga were both running in the top-10 when the accident occurred.
"He overdrove the corner, and he screwed up," Gaughan said. "At least he was smart enough to know that he made a mistake, so that's a start."
NASCAR stopped the race briefly for track cleanup efforts.
A four-truck accident took place on lap 65. Johnny Sauter, who won last week's race at Texas, and four-time truck champion Ron Hornaday Jr. were among those involved.
11/10 00:24:34 ET