After a tight race that saw multiple lead changes and trucks bottling up around every turn, Ryan Blaney took the pivotal checkered flag at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada. The victory marked the first for Blaney on the season and third of his career.
Blaney relinquished the lead to German Quiroga on the final lap, but overtook him around the final turn to clinch the massive win.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series provides a look at the final result for the Bowmanville event:
Just 20 years old, Blaney has shown flashes of brilliance this season in multiple NASCAR disciplines. Ten days after beating out Kyle Busch for the Food City 300 at Bristol in the Nationwide Series, Blaney held off road-course specialist Quiroga for another impressive victory.
Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne offered his take on the finish for Blaney:
What a finish! @RyanBlaney22 👍— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 31, 2014
While Quiroga came just short of clinching his first truck series victory, he showed he is still one of the best drivers on the track. Though he experienced issues earlier this year with other drivers, Quiroga drove a clean race but came up just short.
Bob Pockrass of Sporting News notes what the race does for Quiroga in the trucks series:
A great finish ... Blaney earns the win and Quiroga earns probably some much-needed respect. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 31, 2014
With the race now official, here's a look at the final results and updated CWTS standings. Full race results can be found at NASCAR.com.
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|4||Darrell Wallace Jr.||486||2||5||7|
|5||German Quiroga Jr.||476||0||3||9|
|6||Ron Hornaday Jr.||460||0||5||10|
Prior to the start of the race, there was huge news for the truck series and Turner Scott Motorsports.
Ron Hornaday Jr., an experienced CWTS driver, announced he wouldn't compete in the Bowmanville race. The Turner Scott team released a statement on the plans for the crew heading into the Canada event, per Fox Sports:
Turner Scott Motorsports remains in operation and will compete in this weekend's NASCAR events. TSM's NASCAR Nationwide Series race teams represented by the No. 42 driven by Kyle Larson and the No. 31 driven by Dylan Kwasniewski will complete this weekend as scheduled at Atlanta Motor Speedway. ...
To all TSM employees, sponsors, partners and fans I pledge we will continue to do what we can to keep the teams racing hard each and every week of the season.
Fox Sports also notes that Hornaday's future moving forward is undetermined. With 51 career wins and coming into the race fourth in the points standings, Hornaday's presence on the track was certainly missed.
After starting on the pole, Alex Tagliani made an early pit stop and fell off the lead. The first-time CWTS driver would remain near the top of the leaderboard, but had to play catchup after a mishap on pit road.
Motor Racing Network provides details on the slow stop for the driver:
The road-course specialist recovered nicely later in the race to return near the top of the leaderboard. He would unfortunately be spun out with just 11 laps remaining to drop behind the field.
Another driver who had to come back from a mistake on pit road was Cole Custer. The 16-year-old racer led two laps before heading to the pits where his crew made a costly error that lost multiple positions and led to a drive-through penalty.
He would recover to return to the top 10 after being spun out late and benefited from another spin for Tagliani to jump back up the standings late. Despite the issue on pit road, freelance journalist Philip Jones notes that the mistake was clearly not his fault:
No, Mikey - Cole Custer didn't give away his chance to win this race. Don't put that on him when it was clearly a pit crew miscue. #NASCAR— Philip Jones (@philgoodstory) August 31, 2014
Following the difficult road-course event, the truck series will take a week off before heading to Chicagoland Speedway. With the points race heating up, several of the top contenders will reign supreme on the more familiar track.
After both Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton finished strong at Bowmanville, look for both to be near the top of the leaderboard again in Joliet, Illinois. But as young guns like Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr. continue to make a push, it's still anyone's championship to win heading down the stretch.
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