Dover, DE (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Reddick passed Erik Jones for the lead with just eight laps to go and then held off Daniel Suarez at the finish to win Friday's Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Reddick, the driver of the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing, scored his second career victory in the series, which came in his 23rd start. His maiden truck win occurred in the Feb. 20 season-opener at Daytona. Reddick joined Matt Crafton, the two-time defending truck champion and current points leader, as those drivers with multiple victories in the series this season. Crafton has won at Atlanta and Kansas.
"We just bid our time, and we were very patient," said Reddick, who led three times for a total of 40 laps. "We played it smart and kept (the truck) in one piece. We brought our Brad Keselowski Racing Ford to victory lane at Dover.
"I came here last year and was not happy with how it ended. I had leg issues. My leg went to sleep. This place is very demanding, and I wanted to come back here and prove that I could win this race. And we did."
Jones had led for 50 consecutive laps until Reddick passed him for the top spot on lap 193. Suarez then grabbed second from Jones, his teammate at Kyle Busch Motorsports, several laps later. Suarez ended up finishing 1.26 seconds behind Reddick.
It was the third straight race where Jones came up short of winning. Earlier this month at Kansas, he led 151 of the first 161 laps before running out of fuel with six laps to go, which led to an 11th-place finish. Then two weeks ago at Charlotte, Jones finished only 0.005 seconds behind race winner Kasey Kahne after he had led a total of 88 laps.
Jones finished third at Dover. It was the first time he had competed in a NASCAR national touring series race at this one-mile track. Jones will also drive in the Xfinity Series race here on Saturday, the same day he turns 19 years old.
"I got so free at the end that I just couldn't hang on to it," Jones said. "I did all I could. It's just too bad. But we had a good Toyota Tundra. It was a good points day. We'll keep moving on and keep bringing fast race trucks. We learned a lot today, and we're growing as a team. We're going to get better."
Rookie Daniel Hemric took the fourth spot, and Crafton was fifth.
Ben Kennedy, Ryan Blaney, the pole sitter, Brandon Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young completed the top-10.
With the win, Reddick moved to within 11 points of Crafton. Erik Jones is now 14 points behind.
Cole Custer led a race-high 67 laps and was running among the top-five with 15 laps left, but Custer ran out of fuel and had to pit. He finished two laps down in 13th.
This 200-mile race featured eight cautions, mostly for accidents, including an incident involving five trucks on the backstretch on lap 33. Jesse Little, making his first career start in the series, bumped into Mason Mingus, as both drivers spun out and hit the wall. John Wes Townley, Justin Jennings and Brandon Brown were caught up in the wreck.
The first caution occurred on lap 14 when Jennifer Jo Cobb spun out and hit the wall along pit road after it appeared that Reddick had tapped her from behind. After she exited her heavily damaged truck, Cobb walked up the track and gestured to Reddick multiple times when he passed by her during the caution laps.
NASCAR officials summoned Cobb to the sanctioning body's hauler after the race to discuss her actions. Last August, NASCAR implemented a new rule that prohibits drivers involved in accidents on the racetrack from leaving their vehicles until safety personnel have instructed them to exit unless extenuating emergency conditions, such as a fire, exist with the race car or truck. The rule change was made several days after Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a caution period in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Upstate New York.
Cobb could be facing penalties from NASCAR for a behavioral infraction.