King wins Daytona truck race in three overtimes
By: By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service, Superior Telegram
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —- Rookie John King claimed his first victory under caution on the third attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish in Friday night's season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
King was in the lead when Joey Coulter's Chevrolet flew into the catch fence on the frontstretch after James Buescher's Chevy turned sideways after contact with the truck of Ron Hornaday Jr. Coulter walked away from the wreck.
A hard crash on Lap 104—four laps into overtime at the 2.5-mile track—took out race leader Johnny Sauter, who turned into the outside wall in the tri-oval off the bumper of King, igniting a multicar melee behind them.
"Golly, I flat freakin' wrecked him," King lamented on his radio after NASCAR red-flagged the race to clean up debris from the wreck.
Five laps and an 11-minute stoppage later, King was in victory lane. Timothy Peters, King's Red Horse Racing teammate came home second.
A caution on Lap 61 for a crash involving John King, Cale Gale and Mike Skinner provided a window for drivers to make their final pit stops. The trip down pit road failed to break up the dominant combination of Turner Motorsports drivers Buescher and polesitter Miguel Paludo.
Nelson Piquet Jr., the third of the Turner drivers, took the lead soon after a restart on Lap 69, and the Turner Chevrolets ran 1-2-3 as the race closed in on the 75-lap mark. To that point, Turner drivers had led every green-flag lap.
Lap after lap they maintained that order, Piquet leading Paludo and Buescher, all three trucks hugging the yellow line at the bottom of the track until Jason White led a surge in the outside lane and grabbed the lead from Paludo on Lap 84.
As the trucks approached the stripe on that circuit, Paludo's Chevy turned sideways and slammed nose-first into the inside wall, bring an abrupt end to the Turner triumvirate.
White led the field to the subsequent restart on Lap 91, with Piquet in second, Sauter third and Buescher fourth. White stayed out front until Parker Kilgerman's Dodge spun sideways on Lap 95, scattering the back half of the field and damaging the trucks of David Starr, Ross Chastain, Dusty Davis and Bryan Silas.