Young Blaney places fifth in Trucks race
Brian Scott used a pass on a restart with two laps left to win a wreck-filled NASCAR Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night that tightened up the season championship.
James Buescher appeared to well on his way to padding his points lead, running in the top 10 late in the race, but slammed into the wall with three laps left to finish 17th.
He’s 11 points ahead of Timothy Peters, who avoided the wrecks to finish fourth.
Ryan Blaney, 18, the son of Hartford native Dave Blaney — a Sprint Cup driver — was fifth.
Ty Dillon, second in the points entering the race, couldn’t avoid a crash with about 40 laps left and finished 15th, putting him 12 points behind Buescher.
That sets up what could be a wild finish in the season finale at Homestead next weekend.
Scott took advantage of the caution from Buescher’s wreck, slipping past Kyle Larson on the restart and holding on over the final lap for his second career trucks victory — first since 2009 at Dover. He is the 15th winner this season, a trucks series record.
Scott drove Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Toyota, the truck that won the series’ last race at the track in February 2011 with Busch at the well.
PIR was repaved and reconfigured after that, and they ran fast in qualifying, with Nelson Piquet Jr. earning the pole with a track-record 134.439 mph.
About 40 laps into the race, the track started to get slick and trucks started careening off the walls and each other, crashing six times in 40 laps — four on consecutive restarts.