Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series road course race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, may have been the Chevrolet Silverado 250, but in the end, the win came down to a battle between the Ford F-150 of Ryan Blaney and the Toyota Tundra of German Quiroga. Blaney claimed his third-career series win by a 0.49-second margin over Quirgoa. Erik Jones finished third.
“It’s so cool, because it’s so unique,” Blaney said of winning on a road course. “It’s such a unique place.”
Blaney was on a single-pit stop strategy for the 64-lap race, while all his fellow-competitors utilized a two-stop strategy. When the first caution of the race finally came out on lap 46, it enabled Blaney to stretch his fuel to make sure he had enough in case of a green-white-checker finish, but it also bunched up the field after everyone else had made their second stop and could also go the rest of the way, negating the advantage of the single-stop strategy.
After most of the field cycled through initial pit stops by lap 17, Blaney took the lead. He gave up the top spot to head down pit road for the first time on lap 30, handing the lead over to Quiroga.
Cole Custer took the lead on lap 33, but then gave up the lead soon after to make his second and final pit stop of the race. Eventually, everyone else but Blaney pitted again, and with 20 laps to go, Blaney was cycled back to the lead.
After most of the race ran green, the yellow flag waved twice in the late laps, resulting in restarts with 13 and eight laps remaining. Both times, Quiroga lined up next to Blaney on the front row, and each time, Blaney was able to maintain his lead.
“The final seven laps were nerve-wracking,” Blaney said.
Quiroga was able to pull up beside Blaney a few times in the final laps and took the lead for a brief moment on the last lap, but Blaney was able to recover to beat him to the checkered flag.
“I knew he had less fuel and older tires. I was trying hard to make him make a mistake,” Quiroga said. “He just got a really good run off of turn nine.”
Gray Gaulding finished fourth, Andrew Ranger was fifth, Matt Crafton sixth, Brennan Newberry seventh, Johnny Sauter eighth, Custer ninth, and Timothy Peters rounded out the top-10.