Luft Takes Upset Truck Victory at Eight Bowl

Mark Luft used a last lap pass on race leader Josh Snyder to win his first career Red Rocket Truck Series race. Ryan Muth, Brianna Stiles, Travis Dowling, and Barecci Velasquez finished in the Top-5, while Snyder fell to sixth.

An action packed race lead to the green flag by Cindi Warner who scored the pole via group qualifying, and would lead 10 laps throughout the action packed race.

Eight Bowl proved amazingly tame for the Truck Series, hosting just one caution through it’s entirety. That caution was a result of Nick Dilbeck’s #28 Ford running out of fuel during the last round of pit stops with less than 10 to go, while Chris Seckinger had issues as well, sending him to the garage, and setting up a three lap dash to the finish.

This race, was quite the contrast from last season’s event at the track, which featured three late cautions, including one for the big one, and multiple cars failing to finish. Just two trucks failed to finish, Seckinger, and Danny Morgan, who had tire issues at one point, but did not bring out a caution. In addition to the few drivers out of the race, 31 of the 36 trucks that started, finished on the lead lap, 30 of which within one and a half seconds behind the leader at the checkered flag.

Dillon Young takes over the Truck Series points lead, with Mick Schultz slipping back to second, and runner-up Ryan Muth jumping to 3rd. It will be interesting to see whether Muth runs the full season, as the #31 team was originally scheduled to skip the next few races, however the recent performances may have changed that. Brianna Stiles jumped seven spots in points into ninth, while Danny Morgan lost the most spots this week with six.

The series heads to the Martinsville Speedway for it’s next race, after a pair of off-weekends for the teams.

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