Two-time defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton was declared the winner of Thursday’s UNOH 225 after an incident involving Ben Kennedy damaged the Kentucky Speedway fencing.
With a large section of the fencing damaged by Kennedy’s truck, NASCAR was forced to end the race early, leading to Crafton’s fourth victory of the 2015 season.
Crafton was forced to battle Erik Jones throughout the course of the race, making the final pass on the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver on the final restart of the race. Thanks to a big push on the bottom lane by Ryan Blaney, Crafton was able to clear Jones for the lead.
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"I’ve got to thank Ryan Blaney. He was all about that restart," Crafton said in Victory Lane.
Jones crossed the line second, Blaney was third, Daniel Suarez finished fourth and Timothy Peters was fifth. Tyler Reddick, David Gilliland, John Wes Townley, Cameron Haley and Brandon Jones rounded out the top 10.
The track drenched with rain most of the day, but once the weather moved in NASCAR’s main concern were the areas of the speedway weeping water onto the racing surface. Prior to the race, track crews used circular saws to cut grooves down the banking to allow water to seep off the track but not dampen the racing surface. Despite concerns, the opening section of the race was fairly clean.
The closing laps, however, proved to be much more frantic. The race was slowed eight times for a total of 30 laps, and featured 13 lead changes among seven different drivers.