WEST ALLIS, Wis. — After weathering a brief delay for lightning, Johnny Benson bolted away to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series victory at the Milwaukee Mile on Friday night.

It was the third straight truck series victory at the track for Benson, who held onto his lead in the series points standings.

Rick Crawford was leading the race when officials issued a caution flag for drizzling rain. All the leaders decided to pit, and Benson came out first. The race then was red-flagged and the grandstands were evacuated because of lightning in the area on lap 150.

After a delay of just over 25 minutes and a few laps under caution, the race resumed with 46 laps to go and Benson in the lead, followed by Matt Crafton and Landon Cassill. But neither could challenge Benson's Toyota the rest of the way.

Crafton finished second and Cassill finished third, both driving Chevrolets.

Benson came into the race as the favorite after winning the last two truck races at the track and taking the pole in qualifying earlier Friday. Benson, who is leading the series points standings for the first time in his career, ran away with the lead early on.

But he lost the lead to Erik Darnell — the winner last week in Michigan by 0.005 seconds over Benson — on a re-start 84 laps into the race, then nearly was collected in a multi-truck melee at the race's halfway point.