Three-peat in Truck Series at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR travels to Kansas for this weekend with the Camping World Truck Series and the Cup Series running this weekend.

Stewart Friesen is having some major travel issues thanks to Mother Nature.  The 52 team has tapped Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace to fill in until Friesen can get to the track.  As practice began prior to qualifying for the Heart of America 200, Friesen was stuck in Chicago waiting for a flight.

With 35 teams bringing trucks to Kansas Speedway, all of the drivers will get to run in the race.

After single lap single truck qualifying, it’s an all Kyle Busch Motorsports front row with John Hunter Nemechek sitting on the pole after a time of 30,57 seconds around the mile and a half track.  This is Nemechek’s third pole this season.

The starting lineup for the Heart of America 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey Heim
TY Majeski
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Chandler Smith
Riley Herbst
Derek Kraus
Tanner Gray
Matt Crafton
Colby Howard
Matt DiBenedetto
Jack Wood
Chase Purdy
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Christian Eckes
Hailie Deegan
Dean Thompson
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Jesse Little
Austin Wayne Self
Kris Wright
Lawless Alan
Timmy Hill
Blaine Perkins
Matt Mills
Josh Reaume
Spencer Boyd
Ryan Huff
Trey Hutchens III
Tyler Hill
Jesse Iwuji
Tate Fogleman

Bubba Wallace qualified the truck in fifth position for Stewart Friesen; as a result, Friesen will have to start the race from the back of the field due to a driver change.  Tate Fogleman and Matt DiBenedetto will also have to start the race from the back of the field after their crews made some unapproved adjustments to their trucks.

Matt Crafton is the only driver in the field who has won a race at Kansas Speedway; a feat he has done three times.

Kurt Busch joins Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX broadcast booth for tonight’s race.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.

The second week in a stretch of eight consecutive races, the Camping World Truck Series reaches the halfway point in the regular season with tonight’s race.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane.  Drivers quickly get three and four wide across the track with John Hunter Nemechek getting out in front for the lead.

Lap two, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Zane Smith in second; Corey Heim, Ty Majeski, and Chandler Smith round out the top five. 

Lap three Zane Smith edges out John Hunter Nemechek for the lead

Lap four, John Hunter Nemechek retakes the lead briefly before Zane Smith reclaims the top spot.

Lap five, Stewart Friesen has already moved up 13 spots to 22nd.

Lap six, Zane Smith leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Corey Heim, Ty Majeski, and Chandler Smith round out the top five. 

Lap seven, Stewart Friesen has entered the top 20.

Blaine Perkins spins out but the track stays green.

Lap 15 Zane Smith has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Corey Heim; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.  Stewart Friesen is in 16th place over 17 seconds behind the leader.

Lap 17, Zane Smith’s lead is down to under a second on Corey Heim.

The race started under a bright blue sky but will end under the lights.

Lap 20, Zane Smith’s lead is now down to under half a second over Corey Heim; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 24, Corey Heim takes the lead with Zane Smith in second; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

With four laps remaining in stage one, Corey Heim has pulled out to a two second lead on Zane Smith; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek over eight seconds bac round out the top five.

Corey Heim wins stage one with a big lead for his first ever stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Corey Heim
Ty Majeksi
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Derek Kraus
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray
Carson Hocevar

The drivers should be able to run 50 to 55 laps on a single load of fuel, but Chandler Smith had to make an unscheduled pit stop before pit road was open because he was out of fuel.  Smith is now one lap down.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Corey Heim winning the race off of pit road.

Corey Heim brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 36 and goes side by side with Zane Smith.  Zane Smith gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 38, Zane Smith leads the race with Corey Heim in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.  Stewart Friesen has entered the top 10  and is in seventh plac.e

Jesse Iwuji is off the track with 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 41, Zane Smith has a lead of a second on Corey Heim; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Timmy Hill and Matt Mills had uncontrolled tires during their pit stops and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

Lap 50, Zane Smith had a near two second lead on Corey Heim; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap 53, Zane Smith has increased his lead to two and a half seconds on Corey Heim.

Jesse Iwuji is the first driver out of the race.

Lap 56, Zane Smith is out in front with a lead of over two and a half seconds; Corey Heim, John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

One lap down, Chandler Smith is reporting some fuel pressure issues.

Zane Smith wins stage two for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Zane Smith
Corey Heim
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Tanner Gray
Derek Kraus
Colby Howard
Stewart Friesen

Chandler Smith was the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ben Rhodes winning the race off of pit road.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67 with Zane Smith alongside.  Drivers get three and four wide across the track as Zane Smith takes the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 68, Zane Smith leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Corey Heim, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Drivers are four…and even five….wide in a battle for position.

Lap 71, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ben Rhodes.  Corey Heim passes John Hunter Nemechek for third.

Lap 73, Zane Smith now has a lead of over a second and a half on Corey Heim.  Heim has passed Ben Rhodes for second.

Lap 75, Zane Smith’s lead is now over two seconds on Corey Heim.

Lap 79, Zane Smith is pulling away from the field; he has a lead of three and a half seconds on Corey Heim; John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Zane Smith has led 52 of the 82 laps run so far.

With 50 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith has a four second lead on Corey Heim.

Matt Mills is off the track.

With 45 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith has a lead of over five seconds on Corey Heim.

The first caution flag for a n on track incident comes out on lap 91 when Kris Wright gets into the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.  Corey Heim wins the race off of pit road with Zane Smith in second.  Carson Hocevar was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.  Chase Purdy was charged with pitting outside of his pit box.  Both drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Corey Heim brings the field down for the green flag restart with 39 laps remaining in the race.  Zane Smith jumps out in front for the lead from the inside lane.  Drivers are four wide across the track in a battle for position.

Lap 95, Zane Smith leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Due to travel issues, Stewart Friesen was not able to qualify his truck.  After Bubba Wallace qualified the truck, Friesen had to start the race from the back of the field; he is now in the top five in fourth place.

Lap 100, Zane Smith has a lead of over a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Christian Eckes, Ty Majeski, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Corey Hein brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 107, Corey Heim brings his truck down pit road after hitting the wall.  He has had a number of engine issues during the race.

With 26 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith hada  lead of over three seconds on John Hunter Nemechek; Ty Majeski is in third over six seconds back; Chandler Smith and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap 110, Zane Smith now has a lead of over four seconds on John Hunter Nemechek.

Twenty to go!  Zane Smith leads the race by over four seconds on John Hunter Nemechek; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Just 14 laps remain in the race, Zane Smith has a lead of four and a half seconds on John Hunter Nemechek when Dean Thompson spins out and brings out the caution flag.

Leaders stay out on the track but some of the drivers back in the field come down pit road for fresher tires.

Hailie Deegan in 19th place is the “lucky dog”.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race from the inside lane with John Hunter Nemechek on the outside.  Zane Smith jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide behind him.

Seven to go, Zane Smith has a lead of nearly half a second on Ty Majeski; Grant Enfinger, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek gets loose but saves the truck and the track stages green.

Five to go, Zane Smith continues to increase his lead on Ty Majeski with 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Two to go, Zane Smith has a one second lead.

Zane Smith takes the white flag.

Zane Smith becomes the first driver in the Truck Series to win three races this season.  He led 108 of the 134 laps in the race.

Smith apologized for not doing a burnout; saying that the truck was stuck in fourth.

The unofficial results of the Heart of America 200:
Zane Smith
Ty Majeski
Grand Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Christian Eckes
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt DiBenedetto
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Colby Howard
Riley Herbst
Chase Purdy
Stewart Friesen
Carson Hocevar
Tyler Ankrum
Hailie Deegan
Tanner Gray
Lawless Alan
Tate Fogleman
Tyler Hill
Dean Thompson
Austin Wayne Self
Jesse Little
Kris Wright
Jack Wood
Timmy Hill
Ryan Huff
Trey Hutchins III
Josh Reaume
Spencer Boyd
Blaine Perkins
Corey Heim
Matt Mills
Jesse Iwuji

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