(SPARTA, KY) Justin Fuller made the most of his ASRS Camping World Truck Series return, taking the checkered flag first in a heated battle with series regulars Zac Bozanich and Jared Mogard.
Fuller, who won six times in 2015 including the season finale at Homestead-Miami, did not plan on competing in 2016 at ASRS, but a change of plans led the 27-year old back to action at Kentucky Speedway this week.
Bozanich and Fuller led the field to the green flag and battled for many laps as each tried to get away from the other. Fuller passed Bozanich on lap seven to take the lead. Caution flew on lap 14 as the #43 of Steve Buhala and Steven Thomas’s #62 made contact sending the #43 airborne. Another caution shortly after the restart for Tood Kirkwood’s spin that collected the already damaged truck of Buhala was the final caution of the race.
Bozanich regained the lead on lap 27 and held the lead until lap 41 when Fuller retook the lead. Just ten laps later Jason Stewart would take the lead on the round of green flag pit stops. Michael Atkins, Jr., Pete Baskins and Zack Calloway all took shots at the lead before pitting and giving way to Fuller on lap 56.
Fuller would hold the lead to the end, leading a total of 50 of the 75 laps. Bozanich would finished second followed by Jared Mogard, Travis McQuistion fourth and Jason Stewart fifth.
After the race, the drivers raved about the Kentucky track and the racing action. With only two cautions, drivers were given a chance to play strategy and put the race back in the drivers’ hands.
Robby Baskins continues to lead the championship standings with five races before the Chase for the Championship kicks off. Baskins leads Jim Foose by 34 points as the Camping World Truck Series heads to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis next week.