On a cloudy Saturday afternoon with the threat of rain in the air, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series saw its second first-time winner in three races as Colin Braun won the Michigan 200 by 1.8 seconds.
Braun would capitalize on a rare mistake by Kyle Busch, earn his first career win and the 50th win by Roush Fenway Racing in the Truck Series.
Brian Ickler in the No. 15 Samsung Instinct Toyota starts on the pole, and Matt Crafton in the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menard's Chevrolet starts on the outside pole position.
Todd Bodine in the No. 30 Copart.com Toyota starts third, and Kyle Busch in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota starts fourth.
Rounding out the top five is Ron Hornaday in the No. 33 Turtle Wax Chevrolet.
The pit window is 40 to 45 laps, weather could play a issue with a race and force crew chief to maybe just plan for a 50 lap or more race.
On the Lap 1 start, Ickler takes the green, pulls up in front of Crafton going into turn one. Bodine with drafting help from Hornaday would get the lead coming back to the line.
For the last three laps Bodine leading, Crafton second and Ickler in third have been battling it out for the lead and Bodine would hang on due to Crafton and Ickler battling for second.
Braun, Hornaday, James Buescher in the No. 10 International Maxxforce Diesel Ford, and Johnny Sauter in the No. 13 FunSand/Atkins/Curb Records Chevrolet are racing four wide together on Lap 6.
Both Braun and Buescher would make slight contact, but both would be okay.
Hornday would lead Lap 8, but Bodine and Busch would battle back and race side by side for the lead.
The first caution came out on Lap 9, for contact between Buescher and Sauter that caused Buescher to get loose end up, collecting Brian Scott in the No. 16 Albertson Toyota.
Both would hit the wall hard, getting extensive damage on their right sides. Scott also had damage on his left front.
Buescher's day was done; he finished 33rd. Scott, who was the innocent victim in this mess, would finish 34th and drop to 11th in the points.
Prior to the caution flag, Bodine and Busch were racing side by side when Bodine got loose causing Busch on his outside to bounce his truck off of the wall.
Most of the trucks will come to pit road, some will make one or two stops.
After 12 laps under caution the top five was; Mario Gosselin in the No. 12 James Carter, Attorney at Law Chevrolet leading by staying out along with Trevor Boyos in the No. 65 Lumberman's Millwork & Supply Chevrolet in second, Busch was third, Hornaday was fourth and Bodine was fifth.
On the Lap 14 restart, Busch would take the green with Hornaday on his bumper trying to pass him for the lead.
A lap later Hornaday would get loose, both Bodine and Braun would pass him, dropping him to fourth.
Busch would be leading on Lap 17, Bodine and Braun on his bumper, with Skinner besides Braun would start battling it out for second through fourth.
But Skinner would get loose, losing fourth to Crafton.
Hornaday on Lap 19, had dropped back to ninth, has Timothy Peters in the No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota is on his bumper.
A lap later, Hornaday would drop back to 11th, as both Peters and J.R. Fitzpatrick in the No. 4 Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet.
After 22 Laps, the top five was; Busch leading, Braun second, Crafton third, Skinner fourth and Bodine fifth.
Hornaday would slow on the track on lap 23, come to pit road for a punctured right front tire, would pit under green and end up one lap down to the leader.
The second caution came out on Lap 29, for Hornaday, Chad McCumbee in the No. 07 ASILimited Chevrolet, and Stacy Compton in the No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance Toyota would make contact while racing together.
McCumbee was high, came down low as Hornaday was doing the opposite and both spun, Compton got into the back of Hornaday and hit the wall.
McCumbee's day was done; he finished 24th. Compton would go behind the pit wall make repairs and would finish 19th.
Hornaday would pit get four tires, get the nose and left rear fender area taped up and bondo applied.
He also stays one lap down to the leaders, will need the Aaron's Lucky Dog Award to get on the lead lap.
On lap 30, most of the trucks pit, making the first of two stops. Also 13 trucks are already out of the race, making repairs or already retired from the race.
After 32 Laps, under caution after pit stops, the top five was; Ryan Hackett in the No. 76 www.americanspice.com Ford was leading, Jason White in the No. 23 GunBroker.com Dodge is second, Busch third, Braun fourth and Peters fifth.
Hackett would take the green on the Lap 33 restart, Busch would jump on the lowside and takes the lead.
Braun would get hung behind Hackett and have White battling him for third beside him.
Then the third caution came out on Lap 34, for Ickler gets into the back of David Starr in the No. 24 Zachry/Harris Trucking Toyota, and he would spin.
The following drivers were all collected in the wreck and had minor damage; Bodine, Peters, Sauter, Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Brooklyn Products/Exide Toyota and Tayler Malsam in the No. 81 One-Eighty Toyota.
Hornaday would get the Aaron's Lucky Dog Award and is back on the lead lap.
After 36 Laps, under the caution the top five was; Busch leads, Braun second, White third, Crafton fourth, and Fitzpatrick fifth.
Ickler would pass Fitzpatrick for fifth on Lap 39, then Rick Crawford in the No. 14 Circle Bar/International Truck Engine Ford would also pass him for fifth.
While Busch leading has both Braun and Crafton right their battling him for the lead.
Since the drop of green there has been some great three and four wide action all over the track.
Hackett on Lap 43, would get into the wall after getting loose and a lap later he'd make it to pit road with both right sides flat.
After 44 Laps, the top five was; Busch leading, Crafton second, Braun third, Crawford fourth and Ickler fifth.
Busch leads, Crafton second and Braun third on Lap 49, are six seconds ahead of Ickler in fourth and the rest of the field.
Busch leads Crafton by 0.503 seconds on Lap 53, and Hornaday has made it back to 12th.Both Peters and Fitzpatrick have run great races so far, are seventh and eighth respectively.
After 56 Laps, the top five was; Busch leading by two seconds, Crafton second, Braun third, Ickler fourth and Peters fifth.
The fourth caution came out on Lap 59, for debris on the backstretch and looked like a piece off of a truck.
It wiped out the big lead Busch had build up on the field and puts the trucks in their pit window to not have to pit again.
On Lap 60, just about all the leaders come to pit road making the first of two stops and most took tires on the first stop.
After 62 laps, under caution after the pit stops the top five was; Braun leading, Busch second, Ickler third, Crafton fourth, and Crawford fifth.
The fifth caution would come out on Lap 64, for Fitzpatrick who would wreck in three wide action after getting loose, spinning and gets into the wall.
He had extensive damage to his truck, his crew didn't have enough time to make the repairs to get him back out, he would finish 21st, but prior to the wreck he ran a great race.
On Lap 67, Hornaday would pit under caution to get work on his truck adding more tape and bondo to the nose.
Both Skinner and Bodine would also come to pit road, which isn't bad since there's only 16 trucks on the lead lap.
On the Lap 68 restart, Busch would take the green, put some distance on Braun. Braun in second is side by side with Ickler in third, but Ickler would get loose and lose third to Crafton.
After 72 Laps, the top five was; Busch leading, Braun second, Crafton third, Ickler fourth and Crawford fifth.
Hornaday has made it back to sixth in his bruised and battered No. 33 truck, his crew rallied stayed in the game today and showed why they are the best in the business.
On Lap 76, Busch still leads, he comes up on the slow truck of Norm Benning in the No. 57 Germain Tool Chevrolet. Busch would stay low, Braun in second would go high as they made the pass.
Unfortunately for Busch he had to check up, was all the way on the apron and Braun would pass him for the lead.
Woo, it's been a very exciting race so far with all the three and four wide racing all over the track.
After 80 laps, the top five was; Braun leads, Busch second, Crafton third, Ickler fourth and Hornaday fifth.
On Lap 90, Braun lead Busch in second by 0.802 seconds and Crafton is four seconds back in third.
On Lap 92, Braun leads, Ickler tries to pass Crafton for third, but can't make the pass as Crafton keeps battling back and they are side by side racing for the position.
Ickler would finally make the pass on Crafton for third coming back to the stripe for Lap 94 and Busch over his radio let the crew know he had nothing for the Kid.
On Lap 95, Braun leads, the best racing up front was Hornaday battling to hang onto fifth with Skinner in sixth. They battle for a lap before Skinner finally could make the pass stick and take fifth.
Sauter would have a left rear tire flat, but was able to get down on the apron and get to pit road without causing a caution flag.
Hornaday now in sixth, has to worry about Malsam in seventh and Peters in eighth as they are catching him on the track.
On Lap 98, Braun still leads, Malsam would pass Hornaday for sixth and drop Horn to seventh.
Braun would take the white flag on Lap 99, he just needs to make it back around for the win.
Braun would take the checkers, win by 1.8 seconds over Busch, gets his first career win, the 50th win for Roush Fenway in Trucks and the team's fifth win at MIS.
Braun would get the checkers from a crew member, salute the fans on the front stretch and thank owner Jack Roush for sticking with him.
He came to victory lane got a water and Gatorade shower from his crew, a big hug from his proud Mom and Dad.
For the second race in the last three, we've seen a first-time winner, it's exciting to see as a fan and pretty cool all the energy they have in victory lane.
Kyle Busch would finish second, dominate the race, led 62 laps today and made a rare mistake that cost him the win.
Brian Ickler would finish third, won the pole, but if he stayed low probably would have led the race, and ran a great race.
He may hear good news on Monday, if Samsung Instinct signs on to sponsor the No. 15 for the rest of the season and will be the remainder of the season driving the truck.
Matt Crafton would finish fourth, got as high as second, but ran a reall smart race as the points leader and padded his points lead.
Mike Skinner would finish fifth, he rallied from a multi-truck wreck that damaged his truck and ran a decent race to battle for the possible finish.
Positions sixth through 10 were; Tayler Malsam, Ron Hornaday Jr., Timothy Peters, Dennis Setzer and Terry Cook.
The points now have Crafton leading Hornaday in second by 39 points and Skinner in third by 44 points.
The next race is, June 19 at the Milwaukee Mile, the Camping World RV Sales 200 on Speed at 8:30PM for the Set-Up Show with Krista Voda and a 9:00PM Race Time.
Editor's Note; The source for this race recap, are my race notes any mistakes are my own. Also I switched back to the formula, I used when I first started writing the Camping World Truck Series races and only used truckseries.com as a resource for their lap summary report.
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