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Brian Scott was first to the finish of Friday's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, the 15th different winner in the Camping World Truck Series this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Brian Scott outran Kyle Larson on a green-white-checkered finish to win Friday's Lucas Oil Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Scott piloted the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota to his second career victory and first at PIR.  He became the record 15th different driver to win in the season’s first 21 races.

It came in dramatic fashion.

Larson looked to be on his way to following up last week’s K&N Pro Series East title with his first Truck Series win until points leader James Buescher cut a tire and slammed into the wall.

That set up the overtime finish and on the restart, Scott was able to slide by the young driver for the lead and finally drove away comfortably to the checkered flag.

“Dollar General has been with me all year," Scott said.  "I made them a promise at the beginning of the season that I’d get them to Victory Lane.  “Man, I missed this series.  It's a lot of fun; so glad I got to come back and run it, and win at Phoenix - which is about as close to a 'home race' as it gets.”

Scott - a native of Boise, Idaho - last won in the Truck Series at Dover in 2009.

Larson led 43 laps of Friday's race but was forced to settle for second in just his third career series start.

“I had them beat there on that green-flag run,” Larson said.  “We got that restart and he (Scott) took the air off me going into (Turn) one, I got loose and he just forced his momentum around me.  Second’s not bad in my third Truck start.  Hopefully, we'll go to Homestead next week and get a win for Turner Motorsports.”

Joey Coulter, Timothy Peters and pole sitter Nelson Piquet Jr. rounded out the top five.  Ryan Sieg, Matt Merrell, Buescher, Ryan Blaney and Justin Lofton completed the top 10.
 
The championship picture was substantially impacted in Friday night’s wild race that saw a number of crashes and incidents involving title contenders.

Buescher went into the night with a 15-point advantage over Ty Dillon, but his encounter with the wall and subsequent 17th-place finish shrunk the margin to 11 over Timothy Peters - who moves into second place with only next week’s Homestead-Miami Speedway finale left on the schedule.

“I guess we melted a bead or something on the right-front. (It's) always something,” Buescher said.

Dillon was swept up in a multi-truck accident earlier in the race after German Quiroga made contact with Brendan Gaughan.  He was able to bring his battered Chevrolet home to a 15th-place finish but slipped to third in points, one behind Peters.

“He overdrove the corner and screwed up,” said an angry Gaughan, who had an animated conversation with Quiroga following the incident.

The NASCAR Mexico Series driver apologized for triggering the wreck.

“First of all, I didn’t want to wreck anybody,” Quiroga said of the wreck that brought out the red flag.  “I think I braked too late.  I could not avoid him.  I tried.”

Parker Kligerman, who entered the race 27 points out of the championship lead, was eliminated from contention early when he crashed on Lap 56.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for next Friday night’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200.

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