On verge of championship repeat with 2nd New Hampshire win
Loudon, NH — Ryan Truex put a stranglehold on his bid to earn a second consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as he took the checkered flag in the New Hampshire 125.
Truex, driver of the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, inherited the lead on Lap 123 and held on through two green-white-checker finishes for the sweep of the two K&N Pro Series East races at New Hampshire in 2010.
Truex ran up front nearly the entire day, but lost the lead to Alan Tardiff on Lap 111 and was later passed by Corey LaJoie. On Lap 123 LaJoie washed up the track entering Turn 3 while battling Tardiff for the lead and the pair spun out, which resulted in Truex resuming the race lead that he would make stand.
Brett Moffitt wound up as the race runner-up, his second such effort in four starts at the 1.058-mile oval. Jeff Anton crossed the line third to tie his previous best career finish.
Truex, the defending series champion, led a race-high 49 laps and holds a 118-point lead over Darrell Wallace Jr. with one race remaining. Wallace finished ninth.
Miguel Paludo, Cole Whitt, Eddie MacDonald, Andrew Ranger, Michael Cherry, Wallace and Timmy Hill rounded out the top 10 in the race, which was extended to 136 laps with the two green-white-checker attempts. LaJoie finished 13th, while Tardiff’s day ended in 25th.
The New Hampshire 125 will air on SPEED on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. ET.
The 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title will be decided on Friday, Sept. 24 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in the Sunoco 150.
Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR PR