Chandler Smith Wins Truck Race at Richmond Raceway

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RICHMOND, VA - RIS -Chandler Smith took the lead on pit road after the first stage and dominated the rest of the way to win at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night.

“Honey, this is for you. Junior, This is for you as well. I can’t wait to get home to you guys tonight. The blessings just keep stacking up,” Smith said after his third victory of the season. He has a new baby at home.

Smith, who led the final 175 laps, sealed the victory by doing what he did all night, pulling away from John Hunter Nemechek on a restart with 28 laps to go after the lone caution for an on-track incident. His victory in the second playoff race allowed him to join Grant Enfinger as drivers whose spots in the next round are secured with one more race in the first round. Enfinger won the playoff opened two weeks ago in Indianapolis.

“I’m taking this in and I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it, but I’m going to soak it in,” Smith said. “I like how everything is going now for sure.”

Nemechek finished second, followed by pole-sitter and stage one winner Ty Majeski, Enfinger and Corey Heim.

The caution came after Nick Leitz got in front of Carson Hocevar in Turns 1 and 2, sending Leitz slamming into the wall. Hocevar was about to be passed by Smith and go a lap down, but the yellow flag preserved his lead-lap status.

The yellow flag sent the leaders to pit road for new tires, and once Smith beat Nemechek off pit road, he easily drove away. Majeski was third, followed by Enfinger and Taylor Gray.

Majeski led the last 69 laps of the 70-lap first stage, building a lead of more than five seconds, but he was just third coming off pit road, and once Smith got out front, he pulled away easily on the 0.75-mile oval.

It was a difficult night from the start for defending series champion Ben Rhodes, who started the race just 14 points behind points leader Zane Smith. Rhodes was nearly lapped by Majeski at the end of the first stage, then went a lap down to Chandler Smith with about 10 laps remaining in the second stage. He finished 18th, two laps down, and was the only one of the 12 playoff contenders to finish outside the top 12.

The series is off until Sept. 9 at Kansas Speedway.

Unofficial Results: 3rd Annual Worldwide Express 250 Carrier Appreciation, August 13, 2022 - Richmond Raceway

Fin, Str, Driver, Truck, Laps , St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 2, Chandler Smith (P), No. 18 Charge Me Toyota, 250, 3, 2, 176, 6, 1, 58, Running
2) 7, John Hunter Nemechek (P), No. 4 Safeway Toyota, 250, 2, 1, 1, , 2, 53, Running
3) 1, Ty Majeski (P), No. 66 TSport Toyota, 250, 1, 1, 73, 1, 4, 51, Running
4) 5, Grant Enfinger (P), No. 23 Suredone Chevrolet, 250, 5, , , , 3, 47, Running
5) 16, Corey Heim # (P), No. 51 JBL Toyota, 250, 10, , , , 6, 38, Running
6) 24, Taylor Gray (P), No. 17 Ford Performance Ford, 250, , , , , 5, 37, Running
7) 15, Matt Crafton (P), No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, 250, 7, , , , 8, 37, Running
8) 9, Christian Eckes (P), No. 98 CMR Construction & Roofing Toyota, 250, 9, , , , , 31, Running
9) 6, Zane Smith (P), No. 38 Fr8Auctions.com Ford, 250, , , , , 9, 30, Running
10) 12, Carson Hocevar (P), No. 42 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 250, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 3, Stewart Friesen (P), No. 52 Halmar International Toyota, 250, 4, , , , 7, 37, Running
12) 18, Derek Kraus, No. 19 NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet, 250, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 11, Tyler Ankrum, No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota, 250, 6, , , , 10, 30, Running
14) 8, Chase Purdy, No. 61 AISIN Toyota, 250, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 31, Bret Holmes, No. 32 Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet, 249, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 19, Tanner Gray, No. 15 Black's Tire Ford, 248, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 10, Matt DiBenedetto, No. 25 Rackley Roofing Chevrolet, 248, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 14, Ben Rhodes (P), No. 99 Tenda Toyota, 248, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 4, Layne Riggs, No. 62 Puryear Tank Lines Toyota, 248, 8, , , , , 21, Running
20) 17, Jake Garcia, No. 35 Quanta Services Chevrolet, 248, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 21, Kaden Honeycutt, No. 30 Friends of Jaclyn Toyota, 247, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 26, Kaz Grala, No. 02 Randco Chevrolet, 247, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 25, Jack Wood #, No. 24 Chevyliners.com Chevrolet, 247, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 27, Lawless Alan #, No. 45 AUTOChargit Chevrolet, 247, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 28, Rajah Caruth, No. 7 Circle Chevrolet, 247, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 20, Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Pristine Auction Ford, 247, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 13, Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 247, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 22, Colby Howard, No. 91 Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet, 246, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 30, Joey Gase(i), No. 20 Donate Life Chevrolet, 246, , , , , , 0, Running
30) 33, Chad Chastain, No. 44 JDI Farms Chevrolet, 246, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 36, Timmy Hill, No. 56 UNITS Storage Toyota, 245, , , , , , 6, Running
32) 32, Spencer Boyd, No. 12 WMLDemo.com Chevrolet, 244, , , , , , 5, Running
33) 35, Mason Maggio, No. 43 Motorsports Safety Group Toyota, 242, , , , , , 4, Running
34) 23, Blaine Perkins #, No. 9 RACELINE Chevrolet, 224, , , , , , 3, Running
35) 29, Dean Thompson #, No. 40 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 223, , , , , , 2, Running
36) 34, Nick Leitz, No. 33 Impact Logistics Chevrolet, 209, , , , , , 1, Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs qualified

Length: 250 Laps, 187.5 Miles
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 56 Mins, 56 Secs.
Average Speed: 96.209 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.790 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 66, 4, 18, 52, 23, 16, 88, 62, 98, 51
Stage 2 Top 10: 18, 4, 23, 66, 17, 51, 52, 88, 38, 16

Comments: Chandler Smith has won the Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation at Richmond Raceway, his 5th career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason(s) indicated: No. 43 Driver change

Failed to Qualify: (6) 5 Tyler Hill, 46 Brennan Poole, 90 Justin Carroll, 14 Trey Hutchens, 96 Mason Maggio, 6 Norm Benning.

Cautions: 3 for 25 laps;
Laps: 72-80 (Stage 1 Conclusion [15]);
142-150 (Stage 2 Conclusion [42]);
216-222 (Nos. 42, 33 Incident Turn 1 [61]).

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers;
C. Smith (P) 1;
T. Majeski (P) 2-74;
J. Nemechek (P) 75;
C. Smith (P) 76-250.

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