ALLEN GREGORY BRISTOL HERALD COURIER
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A short track veteran mastered one of the toughest short tracks in the country late Thursday night.
With a late-race charge, Wisconsin’s Ty Majeski earned his first career NASCAR Truck Series win in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Rounding out the top five are Zane Smith, Parker Kligerman, Grant Finallyger and Matt Crafton.
After a caution with 20 laps to go, 28-year-old Majeski took the win.
Kligerman started from 28th place in the No. 75 Henderson Motorsports Food Country USA Toyota. The historic Henderson team store in Abingdon is located less than 45 minutes from BMS.
Kligerman was in 16th position on lap 72. He qualified 11th after 100 laps and finished second with 75 laps to go.
Derek Kraus took his fourth career pole with a lap of 15.276 seconds at 125.609 mph. Chandler Smith, 20, joined Kraus in the top spot after running 15.279.
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Last September at BMS, Chandler Smith created one of the biggest upsets of the 2021 Truck season by edging out NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Sheldon Creed.
On Thursday, Kraus held the lead until lap 28 with Chandler Smith jumping out front. At the end of the first stage, Chandler Smith is ahead of Stewart Friesen and Kraus. Smith and Friesen retained the top two spots after stage two.
The initial warning came on lap 38 when Josh Reaume’s truck spun around the corner and Rajah Caruth couldn’t pass. Reaume was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Thursday’s practice session presented additional drama and anxiety for two series title contenders. Zane Smith was forced to take his truck into the pits due to mechanical issues, while John Hunter Nemechek skipped qualifying after his truck hit the wall.
Thursday was the last Truck Series event for popular third-generation competitor Jesse Little of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. The 25-year-old son of former Cup driver Chad Little said his goodbyes via social media earlier this week.
Jesse Little, who has competed for various Truck and Xfinity teams since 2014, is expected to follow his father’s path and work for NASCAR.