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Ben Kennedy Wins Bristol Truck Race


Ben Kennedy came to Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday having never led a lap in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But when the race concluded, it was Kennedy leaving with the trophy.

Kennedy picked up his first career win in his 63rd start in the series. His previous best had been four third place finishes. Brett Moffitt made a valiant effort to chase down Kennedy on the final restart with 6 laps remaining but could never get close enough to make a challenge.

The race started over an hour after its scheduled time due to a rain shower and subsequent track drying process. Save for a few light sprinkles, the rains held off and and the drivers were able to run the full distance of the UNOH 200 Wednesday night.

The event was relatively tame by Bristol standards, though a few drivers saw their share of issues. Two time winner in 2016 Matt Crafton fell out of the race due to engine trouble just prior to halfway. Then, with 56 laps remaining on a restart, race leader Christopher Bell got loose trying to hold off Daniel Suarez. Bell spun down the backstretch but was able to continue virtually unscathed. Suarez would fall victim to a right rear tire that sent him spinning into the wall with only 14 laps to go.

Probably, one of the biggest surprises of the night was the fact that point leader William Byron, a five time race winner this season, was essentially a non factor early. Byron finally got the lead from Suarez with 20 laps to go but 2 laps later he slid sideways coming off turn 4. Byron recovered to finish fourth.

Moffitt’s runner up finish was also his career best. Third place went to Daniel Hemric, Byron fourth and Johnny Sauter fifth. Sixth through tenth were Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Brandon Jones, and John Wes Townley.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races next on the 2 mile Michigan International Speedway on August 27th.