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Trucks: Maiden win for Coulter

Bodine dropped down off the back of Buescher intending to cut in front of Piquet, but instead got turned across the nose of the #30 and sent into a hard nose-first impact with the inside wall which fortunately had recently been fitted with an impact-reducing SAFER barrier for just such a moment.

While Bodine admitted that his own initial move might have been a mistake, Piquet had been in the wrong not to yield. “Even if the guy [such as me] is dumb enough to make the mistake, you pull over with him. You don't turn him around in the middle of the straightway running 150 miles an hour," he said. "That was just ignorance."

Bodine was furious enough with Piquet to hurl his helmet at the #30 as it passed - something that NASCAR are likely to take a very dim view of. He was told to report to the officials' hauler afterwards and may receive a point or financial penalty when NASCAR reviews the race during the week.

Piquet on the other hand was unapologetic. “I had no idea he was going to turn on me ... I didn't have enough time to react to move to the left, that would have put us three-wide.

"There's nothing I could have done. I'm sure about that. That kind of driving, it's his kind. He didn't do it on purpose. It's just the way he is. He's aggressive," Piquet continued. "The move he did was a bit inexperienced ... You would expect somebody like me to do something like that, moving without knowing where he's going!"

Piquet was able to continue running after the accident, while Bodine's wreck brought out the second caution of the day. Buescher and Piquet got away cleanly at the front but behind them there was a big crash at the tunnel turn 2 which saw Paulie Harraka get up to high and into Ron Hornaday Jr., while at the same time Truck series points leader Timothy Peters got loose beneath Matt Crafton and spun into the wall to bring out a rapid third caution.

Piquet had taken the lead from Buescher in the brief seconds of green flag running, but the ensuing restart was the moment when Coulter seized his moment and leapt to the front for his clear run to the chequered flag and a long awaited chequered flag.

Buescher chased Coulter home to the line but was ultimately short by 1.224s, while Piquet hung on for third place ahead of Crafton and Cup regular Denny Hamlin, who was racing the #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck for his Joe Gibbs Racing Cup teammate.

Ty Dillon, who had started on the front row but got up way too high on the first lap and scraped the wall, managed to hold on to sixth place by the end, which - combined with Peter's wreck leaving him mired in 22nd place - means that Dillon closes to within eight points of Peters at the top of the Truck championship standings.

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