This was my second Trucks race that I’ve managed to watch on TV; usually they’ve been on so late at night UK time that it’s been difficult to watch.
I’d heard good things about the track (affectionately known as The Rock), it has a massive historic background with relation to NASCAR. It’s in the city of Rockingham, North Carolina which apparently is named after the Marquis of Rockingham. Population is a mere 9,672 according to the 2000 census.
The race began with high hopes that Johnny Sauter would make history by being the first driver to win three consecutive races at the start of a Truck Series season. But Kyle Larson led 187 out of the 205 laps; James Buescher led 17 laps and Johnny Sauter only led 1 lap.
There was controversy when Ron Hornaday and Darrell Wallace Jr. got into each other just before the end. They scraped alongside each other fighting for position and during a caution Hornaday nudged Wallace’s truck and rubbed his tyre. This in turn ended up with Wallace wrecking. Eerily similar to the clash between Hornaday and Kyle Busch in 2011. NASCAR are reviewing the situation.
The race was exciting with a nail-biting green-white-checkered finish between the young 20-year old Kyle Larson and the Sprint Cup series regular driver Joey Logano. Logano just couldn’t catch Larson as the laps wound down and Larson took the win.
Kyle, driving the No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsport Chevrolet, is a graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity programme. In 2012 for the Rev Racing team he finished 1st in the K&N Pro Series East also winning Rookie of the Year 2012 in that series. He has been with Turner Motorsports during 2012 and 2013 in the Camping World Truck Series and now in the Nationwide Series for 2013.