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Late pass lifts Scott to victory at Phoenix

November 09, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

Buescher maintains points lead despite blowing tire with three laps to go

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Scott was a quick study.

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish, Scott passed NASCAR wunderkind Kyle Larson to win Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The victory was Scott's first of the season and second of his career, his first win coming at Dover in 2009. But Scott provided only half the drama.

James Buescher and Ty Dillon, the top two contenders for the series championship, both had major trouble, with Buescher blowing a right front tire and crashing hard into the Turn 4 wall with less than three laps left.

Lucas Oil 150

2.Kyle LarsonChevrolet
3.Joey CoulterChevrolet
4.Timothy PetersToyota
5.Ryan BlaneyDodge

Buescher finished 17th and Dillon 15th, to tighten the race for the title as the series heads for the season finale next Friday at Homestead. Buescher leads Timothy Peters by 11 points and Dillon by 12.

Passed by Dillon early in the race, Scott learned from the experience.

"I probably have to give a dozen roses to Ty Dillon," said Scott, "because he was able to get by me on a restart earlier by holding me down and driving in deep through the corner and just keeping position on me -- and I learned from it.

"Luckily I was able to come back and have the opportunity to do the same thing to somebody else, somebody that probably wasn't expecting it... Fortunately for us, I was able to apply something I learned earlier in the race. I just went into the corner really hard, held him down and got him a little loose."

Larson trailed Scott to the finish line, followed by Joey Coulter and Peters. Ryan Blaney completed the top five.

Friday's race went green for the first 36 laps before it took on the character of a demolition derby. Six cautions, which occupied 33 of the next 42 laps, saw a rash of competitive trucks damaged on the treacherous race track.

Jason White collected Todd Bodine's Toyota on Lap 49. Parker Kligerman's Toyota broke loose in traffic on Lap 54 and waylaid the truck of Matt Crafton. Polesitter Nelson Piquet Jr., Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Miguel Paludo were involved in a four-truck melee on Lap 65.

Cale Gale crashed on the frontstretch on Lap 73 to bring out caution No. 6. Divergent pit strategies put Ryan Truex in the lead before Justin Lofton overtook him as the race neared the 100-lap mark, but a caution on Lap 102 shuffled the running order for a restart on Lap 109, with Peters and Scott leading the field to green.

Larson dived to the inside to pass the top two trucks on the restart lap, but one circuit later, German Quiroga drove too hard into Turn 1, locked his brakes and wrecked the trucks of Brendan Gaughan and Dillon.

NASCAR stopped the race for 13 minutes, 10 seconds to facilitate track cleanup. Back under yellow, Dillon's crew worked frantically to patch the damage to the No. 3 Chevrolet, keeping Dillon on the lead lap.


• Brian Scott earned his second career win in his 62nd start.
• Brian Scott's last victory came at Dover in May 2009, 22 starts ago.
• Brian Scott picked up his first win at Phoenix.
• Brian Scott became the 15th different winner of 2012, record for most in a season.
• Brian Scott is the 13th different winner at Phoenix.
• Brian Scott led three times for 48 laps, including the final two.
• Kyle Busch Motorsports earned its 18th career victory.
• Kyle Busch Motorsports won for the second time in 2012 and the second time at Phoenix.
• Toyota picked up its fourth victory at Phoenix and ninth win of 2012.
• Kyle Larson (second) posted his best career finish in his third career start, lost the lead with two to go after leading 43 laps.
• Joey Coulter (third) notched his seventh top-five finish this season, best career finish at Phoenix.
• Timothy Peters (fourth) gained 14 points on Buescher, now only 11 back with one race to go.
• Ryan Blaney (fifth) garnered his fifth top-10 finish in eight starts.
• Ty Dillon (15th) had only his fourth finish outside the top 10, gained three points on the leader Buescher, now 12 back heading to Homestead.
• James Buescher (17th) saw his lead cut to 11 points, can clinch the championship with a seventh-place finish at Homestead.

Larson held the top spot until Scott passed him on Lap 152 of 153.