Thrilling night in Florida turns fruitful for Wallace, Crafton

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There’s no doubt that NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series is its most exciting level. With powerful names backing rogue talent, it’s an adventure-seeker’s dream. No race is dull, and no driver is dominant. It thrives on the unpredictable.

Coming to Homestead Miami Speedway is always bittersweet; it’s too soon for this series to end, especially after having a handful of races. It gave us many beautiful memories, one that was reenacted Friday evening.

Darrell Wallace, Jr. overthrew a strong Kyle Larson for the win in Florida, a replay of the race at Eldora Speedway. After being eliminated from championship contention after issues in Texas, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver proved himself with the hard-earned win. Larson started from the pole and was fast all night, yet Wallace challenged when it mattered most. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie raced his tail off, yet it wasn’t enough for the win.

Wallace’s victory also tied up KBM’s owner’s championship. Busch, who raced Friday night, congratulated Wallace and celebrated himself with a nose-to-nose burnout with his driver. It’s no surprise that KBM’s constant speed and talented youngsters earned them a championship on that side.

Finishing fifth was Ryan Blaney, who could barely muster a smile afterward; he wound up second in points despite his top five effort. The young gun has impressed the entire year, bringing wins and respect to the Brad Keselowski Racing name. He’s bound to do great things in the future. Keep your head up, kid.

So, who won the championship? Matt Crafton became the first driver to win back-to-back titles in NCWTS. All he had to do was finish 21st or higher, but he went for gold and secured a top-ten slot.

It’s uncertain what 2015 will bring for the series, from driver changes to the heart-racing final laps we’ve grown to love. In the end, all that matters is the sight of beat-up trucks and passionate wheelmen.

February can’t come fast enough.


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