NASCAR Truck Series at Las Vegas 2014 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2014

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Erik Jones, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare/Project Pink Toyota, is seen during intros prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Erik Jones may have been in Las Vegas, but no gambling was necessary to win the Rhino Linings 350 Saturday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He picked up his second checkered flag of the 2014 Truck Series season, as NASCAR Trucks shared:

The No. 51 truck made its move in the 133rd lap, passing Darrell Wallace Jr. From there, it was only a matter of holding off Wallace for another 13 laps, as outlined in a NASCAR Trucks tweet:

As Kyle Busch Motorsports pointed out, the distance between the two drivers was extremely small after Jones made his move:

However, as the race entered the final laps, his lead had grown to an insurmountable distance. When the white flag was waved, nothing short of a total mechanical failure was going to wrest the win away from Jones. He finished ahead of Wallace by 1.329 seconds.

The race capped off a great day for Kyle Busch. First he won the Nationwide Series race at Dover earlier in the day, and then two of his drivers finished first and second in Vegas, a successful day highlighted in a Kyle Busch Motorsports tweet:

Jones hasn't featured in the full slate of Truck Series races this year, but he's maximized his impact in the limited amount in which he's participated, per the Kentucky Speedway:

Former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip congratulated the conquering teenager:

The top 10 shook out as such below, courtesy of NASCAR.com.

Rhino Linings 350 Leaderboard
Pos.DriverManufacturerTime Behind
1Erik JonesToyota----
2Darrell Wallace Jr.Toyota1.329
3Matt CraftonToyota3.356
4Timothy PetersToyota12.495
5Brian IcklerToyota23.961
6Ryan BlaneyFord25.572
7Ben KennedyChevrolet31.033
8Jeb BurtonToyota31.459
9Tayler MalsamChevrolet1 Lap
10Joey CoulterChevrolet1 Lap
NASCAR.com

Here's a look at how Saturday's race impacted the points standings. You can view the full list on NASCAR.com.

Truck Series Points Standings
Pos.DriverPointsBehindWins
1Adam Crafton644----2
2Johnny Sauter625-191
3Ryan Blaney617-271
4Darrell Wallace Jr.611-332
5Joey Coulter562-820
6German Quiroga Jr.559-850
7Timothy Peters549-950
8Ben Kennedy546-980
9Jeb Burton527-1170
10Ron Hornaday Jr.484-1600
NASCAR.com

The story of the night was how often the lead changed hands. No one driver enjoyed too much of an advantage because somebody else was waiting in the wings to grab the top spot. In the end, the race featured 19 different lead changes, according to NASCAR.com.

Wallace owned the largest lead of the night, 43 laps, which began on the 62nd lap. Not coincidentally, the No. 54 truck led for the most laps as well, with 84.

Wallace will likely feel a little hard done by considering he looked to be the best driver on the night but was undone in the final 13 laps.

Those lost points could also be huge in the final points standings. Wallace wouldn't have overtaken points leader Matt Crafton on Saturday with a win anyway, but he could've at the very least edged a little bit closer.

Before the race, the 20-year-old tried to play down his championship chances.

"I'm excited for Vegas," said Wallace, per NASCAR.com's Zack Albert. "Got a brand-new Toyota Tundra going there, and we should be OK, but I'm not worried about the championship. I'll just let the crew worry about that, and I'll go out and try to win races."

Wallace can try to deflect that pressure all he wants, but he's definitely in a fight for the championship.

Overtaking Crafton won't be easy, though, especially when he's finishing in the top five. The No. 88 truck ended Saturday night in third and strengthened its position atop the points standings.

The Truck Series takes a two-week break before the Fred's 250 on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Talladega Superspeedway.

All eyes will certainly be on Crafton to see if he slips up and opens the door for a challenger to threaten for the top spot.

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