Adam Cabot came into the Round of 10 at virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the wrong side of the cutline for the Monday Night Racing playoffs. He left with a victory in the Tufco 110 and a spot in the Round of 7. It is Cabot’s first victory of the season, and it came at a critical moment in the season.
“It’s cool to finally get a win this season,” said a relieved Cabot after the race. “I haven’t been able to close it out in the regular season or the playoffs. It feels good to be back in victory lane. Between having long green runs and a setup that is difficult to drive, those are two things that played into my favor.”
— Monday Night Racing (@MonNightRacing) August 2, 2022
The hot track conditions at Las Vegas made the Camping World Trucks incredibly hard to handle for the 31 drivers in the field.
It did not take long for chaos to ensue in Sin City, and it impacted one of the playoff drivers. Presley Sorah, the points leader coming into the Round of 10, made contact with the No. 94 of George Belfanz Jr. and spun his No. 98 ride around in turn 2 of the opening lap to bring out the first caution of the evening. Sorah had to go down pit road and utilize his fast repair at the beginning of the race.
On the ensuing restart on lap 5, Maxwell Kenon became the second playoff driver to face adversity when he spun his No. 21 truck through the grass, but the race would stay green.
Ryan Vargas would be the next playoff driver to be snake bitten at the 1.5-mile track in the desert.
It started on lap 13 when the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver got right rear damage on his No. 6 following contact with Belfanz Jr. Vargas was falling through the field when he got turned around by Dakota Curtis in the No. 45, bringing out the race’s second caution. Like Sorah, Vargas had no alternative but to use his only fast repair.
Cabot would take his first lead of the night on the following round of yellow-flag pit stops, and he would rarely relinquish that lead for the rest of the night.
The next restart on lap 25 would turn out to be the final one as the field adjusted to their loose trucks and the hot track to settle into a long green flag run. Several drivers would take turns holding the lead as the field cycled through two rounds of green flag stops. However, those would only be brief intermissions to Cabot’s dominant run in the second half of the race on the way to the checkered flag.
David Schildhouse claimed the runner-up spot behind Cabot. Corey Heim, last week’s winner in the Xfinity cars at Legacy Texas, came home third. Anthony Alfredo finished fourth, and Sorah recovered from his opening lap incident to round out the top five.
The second and final race of the Round of 10 will be at the 2007 version of Daytona International Speedway using the ARCA Menards Series cars. Coverage begins on Monday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on Twitch.tv/podiumesports or YouTube.com/EricEstepp.
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Andrew Stoddard joined Frontstretch in May of 2022 as an iRacing contributor. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, the University of Richmond, and VCU. He has a new day job as an athletic communications specialist at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.
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