A Night of Firsts in Truck Series at Darlington

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend of racing at Darlington Speedway with the Dead on Tools 200.

A throwback weekend, drivers in all three series will be sporting paint schemes from days gone by.

On a hot Friday afternoon, the Truck Series drivers had 20 minutes of practice before making a single truck qualifying run to set the field.

Two time Truck Series champion Todd Bodine is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run and posted a time of 29.51 seconds around the track.  Bodine needed just six races to reach 800 career race starts and has signed up to run enough races this season to reach that milestone.

Thirty-six teams have brought trucks to the track; all 36 will make the race.

After leading practice, John Hunter Nemechek wins the pole for the race with a time of 28.719 seconds around the mile and a third track.  Ty Majeski will start alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Dead On Tools 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Grant Enfinger
Zane Smith
Corey Heim
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Matt DiBenedetto
Parker Kligerman
Ross Chastain
Christian Eckes
Tyler Ankrum
Ryan Preece
Derek Kraus
Ben Rhodes
Jesse Little
Tanner Gray
Todd Bodine
Colby Howard
Jack Wood
Kris Wright
Chase Purdy
Stewart Friesen
Timmy Hill
Hailie Deegan
Lawless Alan
Brennan Poole
Chandler Smith
Danny Bohn
Blaine Perkins
Austin Wayne Self
Spencer Boyd
Dean Thompson
Tate Fogleman
Akinori Ogata
Josh Reaume

Tate Fogleman has to start the race from the back of the field after his crew made some unapproved adjustments to his truck.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.

After Mother Nature cancelled out Xfinity Series qualifying, NASCAR has dried the track and The Truck Series is ready for some Friday night racing on the track that is called “too tough to tame”.

Brennan Poole has to take his truck to the garage even before the field gets moving after he could not get the engine started.

 The drivers can run 54 to 58 laps on a single load of fuel.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane.  Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

John Hunter Nemechek leads the race.

Lap two, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly half a second on Zane Smith; Carson Hocevar, Grant Enfinger, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap five, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Zane Smith; Carson Hocevar, Grant Enfinger, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Drivers are battling all through the field tying to move up in the field.

Lap seven, John Hunter Nemechek now has a lead of over a second on Zane Smith.

The caution flag comes out on lap eight for an incident involving Akinori Ogata and Josh Reaume.

The racing surface of Darlington is very abrasive on the tires.  In just eight laps, lap times have fallen off over half a second.

Chandler Smith is the only driver to come down pit road for fresh tires.

Matt DiBenedetto’s tribute to Sterling Marlin pain scheme has been named “Best in Show”.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 13 from the outside lane with Zane Smith in the inside.  Zane Smith takes the lead.

Lap 17, Zane Smith leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek right behind him; Carson Hocevar, Grant Enfinger, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Grant Enfinger passes Carson Hocevar for third.  With Zane Smith leading the race.

Lawless Alan brings out the caution flag on lap 20 when he spins out.  Alan makes contact with Chase Purdy prior to spinning out.

Several drivers come down pit road for fresh tires including leader Zane Smith.

After staying out on the track, John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with Matt DiBenedetto alongside on lap 25.  Drivers get three wide going into turn one in a battle for position with John Hunter Nemechek leading the way.

Lap 26, drivers are four wide across the narrow track.

Lap 27, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race by over half a second on Corey Heim; Chandler Smith, Dean Thompson, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 30, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Corey Heim with Chandler Smith in third; Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes battle back and forth for fourth place.

Lap 35, John Hunter continues to lead the race with Corey Heim in second; Chandler Smith, Grant Enfinger, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

Lap 37, Parker Kligerman passes Chandler Smith for second.

Lap 38, Chandler Smith and Parker Kligerman battle for second.

Brennan Poole’s crew has got the truck going and he is on the track 20 laps down.

Lap 40, Parker Kligerman passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead; Grant Enfinger, Chandler Smith, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 42, Ross Chastain passes Grant Enfinger and Chandler Smit for third after going three wide.

Lap 43, Parker Kligerman has the lead with Ross Chastain in second

Parker Kligerman wins stage one for his first ever stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Parker Kligerman
Ross Chastain
Carson Hocevar
Grant Enfinger
Chandler Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Tanner Gray
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen

Drivers come down pit road for service with “Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain winning the race off of pit road.

Fighting a very loose condition, Zane Smith made a second trip down pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 55 with Carson Hocevar alongside on the inside.  Chastain and Hocevar battle for the lead with Ross Chastain getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 56, Ross Chastain has a near half second lead on Parker Kligerman; Carson Hocevar, Matt Crafton, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.  There are 32 trucks on the lead lap.

Todd Bodine brings out the caution flag on lap 58 when she spins out after making some on track contact.  Chase Purdy and Tanner Gray were battling for position right in front of Bodine.

John Hunter Nemechek had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a loose tire.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 63 with Parker Kligerman on the inside.

Chastain gets out in front for the lead with Carson Hocevar taking second; Parker Kligerman, Matt Crafton, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Grant Enfinger battles with Ben Rhodes for fifth.

Lap 67, Lawless Alan gets his Darlington stripe but the track stays green.

Ty Majeski has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a tire issue.

Lap 69, Ross Chastain leads the race with Carson Hocevar in second; Parker Kligerman, Matt Crafton, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 74, Matt Crafton battles Parker Kligerman for third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 74 when Tate Fogleman spins out.

Several drivers come down pit road for service including leader Ross Chastain.  Chastain wins the race off of pit road.  Matt Crafton has a slow pit stop after a tire issue.

After staying out on the track, Todd Bodine brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 79 with Ross Chastain alongside.  Drivers get three wide across the track.  Ross Chastain gets out in front for the lead with Parker Kligerman and Carson Hocevar battling for second.

Lap 80, Ross Chastain has a half second lead on Carson Hocevar; Parker Kligerman, Christian Eckes, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Akinori Ogata is off the track.  There are 31 trucks on the lead lap.

Seven laps remain in stage two; Ross Chastain has a half second lead on Carson Hocevar with Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap 86, Carson Hocevar has caught up to leader Ross Chastain and is battling for the lead.

Lap 87, Carson Hocevar takes the lead.

Nineteen year old Carson Hocevar wins stage two for his first ever stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Carson Hocevar
Ross Chastain
Parker Kligerman
Grant Enfinger
John Hunter Nemechek
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Ryan Preece
Ben Rhodes
Chandler Smith

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Christian Eckes makes contact with John Hunter Nemechek on pit road and has some damage to the front of his truck.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 with John Hunter Nemechek on the inside lane.

Drivers get three wide in a battle for the lead with Ross Chastain edging out in front but John Hunter Nemechek comes on the inside to battle for the lead.

The seventh caution flag comes out on lap 99 for a big crash.  Hailie Deegan, Chase Purdy, Kris Wright, Austin Wayne Self, and Tanner Gray were all involved.  Chase Purdy’s truck got turned around and hit the wall on the driver’s side.  Several drivers narrowly missed being involved in the crash.  A blown tire on Tanner Gray’s truck was the start of the wreck.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with 42 laps remaining in the race with John Hunter Nemechek on the inside.  Drivers spread out across the track with Ross Chastain and John Hunter Nemechek battling side by side for the lead. 

John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap 109, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap 114, Parker Kligerman has passed Carson Hocevar for fifth with John Hunter Nemechek leading the race.

Corey Heim brings out the caution flag with a flat tire and hitting the wall.  Only 30 laps remain in the race, drivers will make one more pit stop for fresh tires.

Drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires.  Taking only two tires, Christian Eckes wins the race off of pit road.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 26 laps remaining in the race with Grant Enfinger on the inside.  Eckes and Enfinger go side by side in a battle for the lead.  With 25 to go, Christian Eckes gets out in front for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Carson Hocevar, Grant Enfinger, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead.

Blain Perkins brings out the caution flag with 23 laps to go when he spins out and is stopped on the track after hitting the wall.  Tate Fogleman is also stopped on the track after making contact with Perkins and the wall.

Ty Majeski ran over the “Chose V” and will have to serve a penalty.  He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 14 laps remaining in the race.  Carson Hocevar is on the inside lane.  John Hunter Nemechek gets out in front for the lead and pulls away.

With 12 laps remaining in the race, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Carson Hocevar in second; Ross Chastain, Parker Kligerman, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

In eighth place, Ty Majeski did not serve a penalty after running over the choose box.

Ten to go, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Carson Hocevar.

Just eight laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek holds on to his lead of over one second on Carson Hocevar; Ross Chastain is in third nearly four seconds back with Parker Kligerman and Grant Enfinger rounding out the top five.

Ben Rhodes brings out the tenth caution flag with just five laps remaining in the race with a blown tire.

A few drivers come down pit road for fresher tires.

The race has gone into overtime.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the overtime green/white/checker finish with Carson Hocevar alongside.  Drivers immediately spread out four wide across the track.  John Hunter Nemechek gets out in front for the lead with Carson Hocevar in second.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the white flag.

John Hunter Nemechek finally wins his first race of the season.

The unofficial results of the Dead on Tools 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Carson Hocevar
Grant Enfinger
Ty Majeski
Matt Crafton
Parker Kligerman
Ryan Preece
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Todd Bodine
Matt DiBenedetto
Stewart Friesen
Colby Howard
Jesse Little
Dean Thompson
Timmy Hill
Christian Eckes
Jack Wood
Derek Kraus
Lawless Alan
Chandler Smith
Danny Bohn
Corey Heim
Spencer Boyd
Ben Rhodes
Ross Chastain
Austin Wayne Self
Josh Reaume
Hailie Deegan
Brennan Poole
Blaine Perkins
Tate Fogleman
Kris Wright
Tanner Gray
Chase Purdy
Akinori Ogata

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