For the first time since 2009, Brian Scott found victory lane in a NASCAR Camping World Truck race, winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. It marked the first second win of 2012 for Kyle Busch Motorsports following Denny Hamlin's victory at Martinsville.
Kyle Larson held the lead with 42 laps to go after making a three-wide pass past Scott and Timothy Peters. Scott attempted to past Larson with 27 laps to go, though Larson threw the block in turns three and four.
A caution would come out with four laps to go for James Buescher blowing a right front tire, setting up a late race shootout between Scott and Larson. On the restart, Scott pinched Larson down through turns one and two, clearing him down the backstretch.
"I probably have to give a dozen roses to Ty Dillon," Scott said, "because he was able to get by me on a restart earlier by holding me down and driving in deep through the corner and just keeping position on me -- and I learned from it.
"Luckily I was able to come back and have the opportunity to do the same thing to somebody else, somebody that probably wasn't expecting it... Fortunately for us, I was able to apply something I learned earlier in the race. I just went into the corner really hard, held him down and got him a little loose."
2012 K&N East Series Champion Kyle Larson would finish second in his third truck series start.
“I was really down on myself in the beginning," he said. "I really thought that I lost a lot of spots in the beginning. Mike Hilman Jr. brought me in for four tires and fuel and make a great call to get me track position. I had them beat in that green flag run and then we had a restart and he took the air off me and got around. Certainly, a second is impressive in my third truck start and hopefully we can go to Homstead and get a win for these Turner Motorsports guys.”
Joey Coulter would finish third for RCR, fresh off announcing that he would be going to Kyle Busch Motorspors in 2013. Red Horse Racing's Timothy Peters finished fourth with Brad Keselowski Racing's Ryan Blaney fifth.
Meanwhile, the championship picture took a twist after both Ty Dillon and Bueshcer found trouble during the race.
With 42 laps to go, German Quiroga would spin Brendan Gaughan, collecting Dillon. Gaughan would express his displeasure with Quiroga after the incident. There was a 13 minute, 10 second red flag to clean up the mess.
"I want to apologize first of all," Quiroga said. "I am here learning; I didn’t want to wreck anybody. I break too late and that’s what happened there. I couldn’t avoid him; I tried."
"A young man – the thing in this sport is that when you (speaking to Hermie Sadler) and I were starting in this sport, you had a little more respect," Guaghan said. "He overdrove the corner and just got right into me there. It’s pretty self-explanatory. We had a great run. Our truck was going to be in the top five at worst."
Dillon's crew would make repairs to the truck, though Dillon would only manage to finish 15th.
“It’s just a little bit disappointing," Dillon said. "We had a rocket ship tonight and got up there, led some laps. I went a little hot on the restart, sliding up, allowing some drivers to get by. If you get back there with those guys, stupid things happen. Our guys are tough. We’re not giving up. Our trucks are getting faster and faster while these guys are falling back. We’ll go to Homstead and fight with all we got and see what the lord gives us.”
Meanwhile, Buescher would blow a right front tire with four laps to go and get into the wall. His team would make repairs to the truck, getting him back on track.
“No warning," Buescher said of the blown tire. "We gave a couple spots; the truck just kept getting tigehter the last 20 laps or so. Felt back to seventh and then started pushing a little harder to stay seventh to not lose any more spots and guess we melted a bead on the right front. We’ll go to homestead – I guess we’re still leading the points – We had a good run going.”
As a result, Buescher continues to lead while Peters is now second, 11 points behind. Dillon slipped down to third, 12 points behind Buescher. Coulter would move up to fourth as a result of Kligermann's problems on lap 54; Coulter now sits 29 points behind Buescher.
Kligermann sits fifth, 37 points behind. He would finish 27th after getting loose while underneath Blaney and hitting the wall, collecting Crafton.
“Well, if you look at the replay, it wasn’t that impressive," he said. "You don’t want to get loose and go into the wall. We were just very loose all night.”
Last week's race winner Johnny Sauter would also wreck during the race, hitting the wall on lap 56 after contact from Nelson Piquet Jr. Ron Hornaday Jr. was also collected in the wreck.
“I haven’t seen the replay, but I’m pretty sure what happened," Sauter said. "Everybody thinks we need to go racing on dirt, but we can’t even race on asphalt. We couldn’t get track position, but when we were in clear traffic, we could run as fast as the leaders."