Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace Jr. finished fifth in the Smith’s 350 Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after qualifying 17th on the field. KBM teammates Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht also finished in the top 20 in the Camping World Truck Series race at LVMS.
Wallace Jr. fought a tight No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra in the early stages of the race, but quick pit work during some early cautions allowed the 19-year-old driver to enter the top 10 on Lap 42. After pitting following a caution on Lap 46, Wallace Jr. led the field to the green flag on Lap 51. Wallace Jr. was able to maintain a top 10 position through the rest of the race.
“We had a really good Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra, we just couldn’t finish the deal out,” said Wallace Jr. on the KBM website. “We had a truck capable of winning and I told the guys that if we were out front that we could have lapped the whole field and even myself, it was that good. It’s just trying to figure out how to work the dirty air and the clean air. Clean air is you best friend and dirty air is your worst enemy. I’m just trying to figure that out. Good effort and proud of my guys. On to Talladega and I’ll be ready.”
Coulter, in the No. 18 GunBroker.com Tundra at LVMS, started 14th on the field and moved into the top 10 on Lap 18 after a fuel-only pit stop. After a stop for fuel, tires and a trackbar adjustment following a Lap 29 caution flag, Coulter managed to maintain a top 20 position for the rest of the race, eventually finishing 13th.
“Our GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra started out pretty good tonight,” said Coulter. “We made a bunch of adjustments early on and had the truck running really good – got some good track position and ran up front for a while. I thought we were going to be in pretty good shape, but we kept chasing the race track a little bit. We made an adjustment that went the wrong way for us -making me pretty loose. We got it dialed back in a little too late though and did the best we could on that last restart. It was a decent night for this No. 18 team but it is kind of disappointing we aren’t knocking off those top 5 and top 10 finishes like we need to. Talladega is our next race and anything can happen, but I like the superspeedways and feel confident we can regroup there.”
Chad Hackenbracht, in his final appearance of the season for KBM in the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Tundra, finished 17th after starting the race from the 10th position.
Timothy Peters won the Smith’s 350, followed by Johnny Sauter, Miguel Paludo and Ty Dillon.
The Camping World Truck Series gets back on track on Saturday, October 19th at Talladega Superspeedway. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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