Mike Skinner started ninth and led the final six (of 162) laps en route to his victory in Saturday’s Copart 200 Camping World Trucks Series race at Gateway Int’l Raceway.
The race was marred by late crashes in back-to-back restarts in the final 10 laps.
Matt Crafton sent race leader and points leader Ron Hornaday spinning out after contact with four laps to go. Colin Braun and Rick Crawford were also collected in the accident. The race was red flagged for cleanup.
NASCAR black-flagged Crafton and he had to restart at the end of the lead lap cars. Crafton battled back to finish sixth.
“I don’t believe it. I’m usually end on the short side of that call with the 13 (Johnny Sauter) there. I was better than he was and he was doing his job. He did a good job. I guess we got by him on the wreck. I have to applaud NASCAR. Sometime we gotta stop being able to wreck the leader to win these races.” Skinner said.
“We didn’t have the best truck. We probably had a second or third place truck and we had a mishap in the pits. I just applaud NASCAR for putting a stop to wrecking the leader to win races. They gotta stop it sooner or later. I could’ve done that twice this year and I decided not to. Today it paid dividends for me.” Skinner added.
Johnny Sauter finished second, Brian Scott third, Aric Almirola fourth and Tayler Malsam finished fifth.
Unofficial Race Results
|2||3||13||Johnny Sauter *||Chevrolet||170||0||162||Running|
|5||17||81||Tayler Malsam *||Toyota||155||0||162||Running|
|15||22||15||Brian Ickler *||Toyota||118||0||160||Running|
|22||20||4||Ricky Carmichael *||Chevrolet||97||0||103||Accident|
|23||16||10||James Buescher *||Ford||94||0||87||Accident|
|27||24||144||Tommy Joe Martins||Ford||82||0||33||Ignition|
|28||27||85||Brent Raymer *||Ford||79||0||33||Ignition|
|32||21||212||Mario Gosselin||Chevrolet||67||0||11||Rear End|
|34||25||293||Mike Garvey||Chevrolet||61||0||4||Rear End|