Almirola Scores First Truck Win

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DOVER, Del. - Aric Almirola scored his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory on Friday at Dover International Speedway after he had enough fuel in the end when many trucks ran out on the last lap, including the dominant truck of Kyle Busch.

Almirola came back from a lap down after a unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire to take the win in the Dover 200 on a green-white-checkered finish.

"This is a dream come true," Almirola said in victory lane. "We've worked so hard to get here and to have an opportunity to drive a truck like this for (team owner) Billy Ballew is really an honor. I'm so glad we were able to get that first win here today."

Almirola became the fifth driver to score their first career NCWTS win at Dover and kept the streak alive of no repeat winners at the track since the series made its debut in 2000.

The win brought team owner Billy Ballew back to victory lane who enjoyed several wins with Busch as his driver prior to this season.

Busch led most of the race with 172 and looked headed for an easy win until Johnny Sauter cut a tire and hit the wall to bring out the caution only three laps from the finish.

Busch was in third heading into the final restart after the field reshuffled itself, but he lost power when his tank went dry and he was forced to pit road.

James Buescher was second and Justin Lofton was third when the wild finish finally took place. Ricky Carmichael and Todd Bodine completed the top five.

David Starr, Matt Crafton, Mike Skinner, Ryan Sieg and Johnny Bennson completed the first ten finishers.

With the victory Almirola took over the Camping World Truck Series point lead.

The Camping World Truck Series now heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next Friday night.

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