(KANSAS CITY, KS) Forty-Three drivers made the trip to Kansas Speedway for the L.A. Simsport 125 as Race #6 of the SMC Truck Series was in action. Following qualifying it seen Devin Serra grab the pole with Jacob Cochran 2nd, Michel Atkins Jr. 3rd, John Kennedy 4th, and Pete Baskins rounded out the top 5. There were 5 yellow flag periods all involving solo car spins for the most part for twenty laps. The race seen thirteen lead changes between eight different drivers.
The race started a bit rough as the trend of the race started with roughly 7-10 lap runs before the first few yellow flags came out. As the race went on the field seen green flag racing with the last half of the race seeing one yellow flag. The last forty laps were split up into twenty or more lap green flag runs to the end. The last run to the checkers was a twenty-four lap green flag run which seen the leaders run all over the racing surface.
Off what was the final restart Kennedy brought them to green and led for a few laps. The gunner who has been dominating the Sportsman Truck Series appeared to possibly grab his first SMC Truck Series win on the 2017 season. But after about five laps Ty Hester would take over the lead and drive away from the field. Ty’s fast pace would prove to be costly as Justin Vaughn would run Ty down as his tires went away with roughly seven laps to go. Vaughn would in turn drive away from the field and not look back as he grabbed his first win on the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series in 2017. This was also Justin’s 2nd career ASRS win. Rounding out the top 5 was Ty Hester who fended off four drivers who were pressuring for 2nd at the end, Sam Maxwell came from his 21st starting spot to finish 3rd, Jared Mogard who continues to have qualifying issues came from his 30th starting spot to finish 4th, and continuing the hard charger trend Tim Knott came from his 26th starting spot to finish 5th.
The top 5 finishers proved that passing could be done at the Kansas Speedway. As for the Championship standings well they seen a shake up a bit again tonight. Remember the top eight in the standings after Race #18 head to the playoffs. Big headline regarding the standings was when Jason Stewart and his #1 ride did not show up tonight.
At the conclusion of tonight’s events it now sees Jim Foose pad his point lead from 4 to 18 points over Jason Stewart who is 2nd not a spot in the standings, Jonathan Holstein also holds his position in 3rd, Brad Cross gained a spot and moves to 4th, Zac Bozanich also gains a spot and moves to 5th, Danny Rodgers loses 2 spots and falls to 6th, while Sam Maxwell gains a spot to put him 7th, and Jared Mogard moves up 2 spots to the 8th and final spot in the current playoff picture.
Next week the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series heads “home” to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sam Maxwell Customs 100 a sixty-seven lap event as drivers try to either pad their position in the playoffs while others try to creep into the hunt for the top eight. Tune in to Off Camber TV next week to see who takes advantage of the “Home Track” feel that next week should provide.