?Benson Victorious in Craftsman Series
Clermont, IN – Johnny Benson scores his second consecutive victory and retains his lead in the Craftsman Truck series by winning the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at the O’Reilly Raceway Park.
In a race shoot-out, Benson drove his Toyota victory over second place finisher Ron Hornaday in his Chevrolet. The two drivers had the best trucks during the evening and it was at lap 162 that Benson got around Hornaday for the last time. Multiple yellow flags gave Hornaday many opportunities to be up close and try for a pass but never was able to pull it off.
Third place went to Erik Darnell in his Ford, with fourth place going to Chevrolet driver Matt Crafton. Fifth place went to Shelby Howard in a Chevrolet. Howard will be making his first Nationwide series start Saturday night. The Nationwide race will also be held at the O’Reilly Raceway Park.
Benson retains his lead in the series with only 15 points separating him and second place Hornaday. Crafton and Hornaday switched spots in the series with Crafton now in third place. Fourth place continues to be Rick Crawford. There was no change in fifth place with Mike Skinner holding onto that spot.
Tonight’s race was a typical bang-em-up race and it had a record tying eleven yellow flags. The most talked about spin happened when Kyle Busch put Chad McCumbee into the wall on lap 136. Busch went onto finish eighth while the crash ended the night for McCumbee.
The next race will be August 9 at the Nashville Superspeedway.