By , Joe Menzer
Published January 31, 2017
Daniel Suarez won the Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series Chase elimination race Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway, taking advantage when the engine of William Byron's truck blew with Byron in the lead and just 10 laps to go.
Byron was leading at the time and had thoroughly dominated the first 140 laps of the race, leading 113 of them as he attempted to race his way into the Championship 4 Truck Series race next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Byron's misfortune was good fortune for others, including the three other drivers who then were able to finish well enough to join Johnny Sauter to make up the foursome who will race for the title at Homestead. That trio ended up being two-time series champion Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Christopher Bell.
For Suarez, it was his first career win in the series after finishing second four times previously.
Sauter, who had won the two previous Chase races at Martinsville and Texas to lock himself into the Championship 4 at Homestead, finished second in the race to continue building positive momentum heading into the season finale. Crafton, Cameron Haley and Peters rounded out the top five, while Bell clinched his place at the Homestead table by coming home in seventh.
The two Chasers eliminated were Byron and Ben Kennedy.
It was a heartbreaking finish to what had seemed to be shaping up as a celebratory night for Byron, who owns a series-high six victories overall this season but now has been eliminated from championship contention.