Article by Brian Hilderbrand, scenedaily.com
Rookie Austin Dillon grabbed the lead from James Buescher with 35 laps remaining and pulled away to post a commanding victory Saturday night over Johnny Sauter in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dillon’s 5.588-second margin of victory in the Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 was the largest winning margin in 14 truck series races in Las Vegas. Buescher (Turner Motorsports) finished third, series points leader Todd Bodine (Germain Racing) was fourth and Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) was fifth.
Aric Almirola (Billy Ballew Motorsports), Brian Ickler (Kyle Busch Motorsports), Justin Lofton (Red Horse Racing), Ricky Carmichael (Turner Motorsports) and Ken Schrader (Kevin Harvick Inc.) rounded out the top 10.
Dillon, who earned his first series victory at Iowa Speedway in July, had the dominant truck all night – once his Richard Childress Racing truck got out front and was running in clean air. Dillon, 20, led 93 of the 146 laps.
Dillon and Buescher waged a back-and-forth battle for much of the final third of the race before Dillon took the lead one lap after a restart on Lap 111. Buescher stayed on Dillon’s bumper before losing second place to Sauter on a restart on Lap 119 following the final caution of the race.
Dillon extended his lead over Sauter to nearly seven seconds before a spinning truck on the final lap forced Dillon to slow coming to the checkered flag.
The race was slowed by seven caution periods for 30 laps.
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