Kyle Larson wins his first race at Rockingham Speedway

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Kyle Larson dominates the 2nd Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to the revitalized Rockingham Speedway for the second time.  Kyle Larson held off a hard charging Joey Logano to win.

Jeb Burton led the field to green but that didn’t last long.  James Buescher passed him on the first lap and proceeded to lead the next seventeen laps.  Kyle Larson pasted James and never looked back leading the rest of the race in his No. 30 – Autism Speaks Chevrolet.

This is Kyle’s first Camping World Truck Series victory in five starts. Kyle Larson is a graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program.

After Kyle got the lead it looked like there would be no challengers but bad luck for Joey Logano turned into good luck.  Joey had a loose wheel with about 20 something laps to go and had to pit.  Joey ended up with not new tires but fresher tires than anyone else.  He drove up through the field and put up a great challenge for the lead.  Kyle showed he not only had the best truck of the day but also the talent to hold off the veteran.

There was some controversy when Ron Hornaday Jr. spun Darrell “Bubba” Wallace out during the last caution.  NASCAR penalized Ron by having him start at the tail end of the field on the restart.  The last driver to intentionally spin someone out while under caution, Kyle Busch, was parked.

Joey Logano was second, Brendan Gaughan third, Johnny Sauter fourth and 17 year old Chase Elliott fifth. 16 year old Erik Jones finished the race ninth.

Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 16 points over Jeb Burton.  Jeb was also the highest finishing rookie with his seventh place finish.  If you were paying attention every race this weekend was won by a driver whose name is Kyle.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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