The NextEra Energy Resources 250 started with Brennan Newberry on the pole but by lap five it was Justin Lofton out in front. It was double wide, door to door racing from almost the from get go.
Ty Dillon took over the lead which he kept the lead for over half the race. While on lap eight, Jennifer Jo Cobb went to the garage with engine troubles. She would return to the track, but multiple laps down.
The first caution flag comes out on lap 26. It’s caused by Scott Riggs who had his engine issues. Everyone came down pit road and with this being the first race of the season there is an incident on pit road. Darrell Wallace, Jr. misses his pit stall and makes contact with reigning series champion James Buescher as he was going into his pit stall. The damage was minor.
The restart on lap 29 sees Dillon still leading followed by Joey Coulter and Kyle Busch.The drivers behind them were beating and banging each other trying to see which line would get them to the front.
With all of this racing going on, spectators were surely holding their breath waiting for the “big one”.On lap 55, a massive wreck that collected Max Gresham, Chris Fontaine, Newberry, Chris Cockrum, German Quiroga, Brendan Gaughan, who started the wreck, Wallace, Timothy Peters, and Ryan Truex,
The race restarts on lap 60 with Dillon leading the field followed by Lofton and Busch. But by lap 61, business was picking up with Lofton taking the lead with the help of Hornaday.
Then Johnny Sauter took point followed by Dillon, when another caution came out for Jason White.
A few late cautions meant that fuel mileage will not be a factor as many teams come to pit road to top off with fuel. And on the restart with 20 laps to go, it is Busch, Bodine and Armstrong.
Five laps later, Sauter takes the lead followed by Bodine and Busch. This threesome keeps the pace while the jostling behind them really picks up.Truex gets a flat tire that eventually blows causing the caution flag again, this time with nine laps left.
Now with five laps to go our leaders are Sauter, Bodine and Busch. Bodine tries to make a move but no one will help him and he falls through the field.
On the white flag lap the trucks behind the leaders began to wreck. Caution was waved but because the field had taken the white flag the race was over and Sauter wins the first truck race of the season.
The rest of the top 10 were Busch, Hornaday, Lofton, Jeb Burton, Dillon, Miguel Paludo, Ryan Blaney, Matt Crafton and Ryan Seig.
Next up for the Camping World Truck Series is Martinsville on April 6 on Speed.