Second power outage at Phoenix hands NASCAR Trucks win to Erik Jones

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In a way, it’s sort of fitting that a lights-out performance from Erik Jones in tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway ended because…The lights went out.

After the start of the Lucas Oil 150 was delayed by more than an hour due to a power outage west of the city, a second outage with 24 laps left to go brought out the red flag. Shortly after, NASCAR decided to call the race, which gave Jones his third Truck win of 2014.

NASCAR senior director of communications for competition Kerry Tharp later tweeted that NASCAR couldn’t guarantee the lights would not go out again:

Jones, who won his first career Truck race last fall at PIR and led 114 of the 126 laps ran tonight, led series points leader Matt Crafton to the checkered flag. Cole Custer finished third, with Ryan Blaney and Ben Rhodes completing the Top 5.

“It’s pretty cool to pick up another win at Phoenix,” Jones told Fox Sports. “Definitely a great way to top off the year for me in this [No. 51] truck. Just a good way to start off the 2015 season.”

With the victory, Kyle Busch Motorsports breaks the single-season Truck Series record for wins by a team with 13. Busch and Jones have combined for 10 wins this year in the No. 51, while Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. has won three times in KBM’s sister truck, the No. 54.

As for Crafton, he’ll take a 25-point lead over Blaney to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. If Crafton can finish 21st or better there, he’ll become the first back-to-back champion in Truck Series history.

Multiple cautions marred the early going of the race once it did get underway. A stack-up in the middle of the field took place just after the green flag and involved multiple drivers, including German Quiroga and John Wes Townley. The cleanup from the incident was extensive and included liberal amounts of speedy-dry put down around the one-mile oval.

Eventually, the green flag came back out at Lap 19 but two laps later, separate spins for Ben Rhodes and Matt Tifft triggered another yellow. Then, shortly after the restart at Lap 27, more trouble occurred when Spencer Gallagher and Timothy Peters made contact in Turn 3 and went into the wall, damaging Jeb Burton’s truck in the process.

That led to another restart at Lap 34, which was promptly followed by Joey Coulter having a tire go down and then wrecking unassisted at Lap 40.

Three laps later, the red flag was thrown so crews could get Coulter’s wounded Chevy Silverado off the track. The red flew for almost four minutes before it was swapped for the yellow.

Thankfully, things finally settled into a rhythm of sorts following the restart at Lap 46. The Trucks went all the way to Lap 99 and through a round of green flag stops before another yellow came out.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.