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Las Vegas Win Gives Nelson Piquet Jr. Second Trucks Win Of 2012

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Nelson Piquet Jr. made the pass to capture the checkered flag when the time was right to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas.

Piquet made his visit to Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first time in three starts at the track. Piquet captured the lead in a late race pass on the final lap from Matt Crafton. Both drivers went at it after the race’s final restart from a caution that came out for Parker Kligerman. Crafton and Piquet switched the lead until Piquet crossed the start finish line first. Crafton would finish in second.

Pole sitter Joey Coulter finished third followed by Brendan Gaughan and Todd Bodine to close out the top five.

The win at Las Vegas was Piquet’s second win of the 2012 Trucks season. He also became the third repeat winner of the year in the series, as his first win came at Michigan. He also gave his team Turner Motorsports their seventh trucks win, all which came in 2012.

Travis Pastrana and Ryan Reed both made their trucks debut at Las Vegas finishing in 15th and 17th respectively.

Heading into Las Vegas Ty Dillon went in as the points leader with four points ahead of James Buescher and 26 ahead of Timothy Peters. After Las Vegas the point gap between Dillon and Buescher is down to one.

Buescher would finish in sixth at Las Vegas followed by Cale Gale, Peters, David Mayhew and Dillon to round out the top ten.

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