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Veteran driver and owner Clay Greenfield (https://claygreenfield.com/) made his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last Friday night, but the night ended early — through no fault of his own. The dreaded "Big One" came after the first full lap of the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Greenfield's #68 US Pavement Chevrolet was one of 17 trucks caught in the mess, but the veteran owner/driver isn't about to let this slow him down. He and his team are actively seeking sponsors for April's Alpha Energy Solutions 250 in Martinsville, Virginia.

"We had a short run here at Daytona," said Greenfield. "My team prepared a truck that qualified 15th and even had a shot at the top ten. You have just as big a chance of winning as you do of getting caught up in 'the big one', it's a product of speedway racing. I want to thank my sponsors, US Pavement and BH Holmes Construction, for helping make this possible. Now I've get my sights set on a victory at Martinsville."

Greenfield's skill has never been doubted, but in the past, he's relied on older equipment. That's a big handicap in the ultra-competitive Camping World Truck Series, which is seen by many as the most exciting of NASCAR's big three racing series. This year, Greenfield brought new equipment to Daytona and turned in an excellent qualifying performance, proving he can more than keep pace with the sport's top contenders. 

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AM Racing driver Austin Wayne Self had to play the strategy game during Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

The strategy paid off to near perfection as Self was able to negotiate past a wild last lap backstretch melee to earn a second-place finish to kick off his 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season.

In practice Thursday, Self, 20, focused solely on single-truck runs given AM Racing’s newly introduced 32 team did not have owner points to fall back on as did their 22 Team

That focus paid off with Self qualifying 22nd on Friday afternoon.

Just two laps into the race, a 17-truck accident occurred entering Turn 1 causing some front-end damage to Self’s No. 32 Don’t Mess with Texas Toyota Tundra.

Quick work instructed by crew chief Bill Henderson sent the Texan back into the race on the lead lap.

For the remaining two stages, Self kept his truck out of trouble and on the lead lap knowing if he didn’t suffer any further damage he would be a contender during the third 60-lap stage shootout.

Throughout the final stage, Self kept his sights on the leaders, while hovering between 10th and 13th.

When a caution waived less than five laps from the finish, it set the tone for a chaotic finish.

Restarting 12th on a green, white, checker, Self charged up the middle with a run to seventh before moving to the bottom going into turn 1 for a final push to the checkered flag.

When trucks began spinning and flying through the air on the backstretch, the Austin, Texas native stayed on the gas, drove his truck to the bottom and cleared the carnage to emerge to a second-place finish when the field was frozen under caution.

Along with Self’s career-best run, AM Racing Teammate J.J. Yeley scored his personal Truck Series best at the 2.5-mile superspeedway with a ninth place run in the No. 22 Legrand / Superior Essex Toyota.

The effort was Self’s first top-five finish and second career top-10 in 23 races. Self also bested his Daytona performance from last February at the “World Center of Racing” where he finished 19th.

“What an unbelievable night for our AM Racing team,” said Self. “For putting this team together three weeks ago, a second-place finish in Daytona says a lot about our Program. I can’t thank Bill (Henderson, Crew Chief) enough, our guys on the AM Racing Team and of course our AM Racing partners, especially AM Technical Solutions and B&D Industries Inc. Thanks to Toyota and the Born in Texas Toyota Tundra. Big gratitude to Mark Cronquist and the Joe Gibbs Engine Shop.

“We’ll look for some more of these types of runs this season.”

Team principal Tim Self said he was extremely appreciative and humbled by the performance of his two teams Friday night.

“Great Team effort!,” said Tim Self.” Kevin Cywinski (Director of Competition) and the entire shop came together and worked their butts off the last two weeks getting two ARCA teams and two Truck teams to Daytona on back to back weekends. I’m just grateful to be part of this team.”

“I was proud to see both work very well together during the race and on that last lap, both drivers did their best with all the chaos and we came away with a top-five and top-10 finish. Other than a win, it doesn’t get much better than that. It may have not been the win, but it sure feels like one.”

For the season-opener, Self drew additional support for the race from Don’t Mess with Texas, Go Texan and their partners Hardcore Carnivore and Big Red. Techline, Snaptrack and JB Henderson Construction as associate.

Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a double-header with the XFINITY Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the running of the Active Pest Control 200 on Sat., Mar. 4.

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Grant Enfinger Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Jive Communications Toyota Tundra, displayed his superspeedway strength throughout the 100-lap NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fl.) International Speedway, but closed out the season opener disappointed following Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event. Enfinger, a former NCWTS pole sitter, and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race winner at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, started the 100-lap event from the 11th position. Following a multi-vehicle wreck on lap two, Enfinger followed suit with ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton, and laid back for the first two segments of NASCAR's new race format, after nearly being collected himself. Finishing 12th in the first and second segments, the ThorSport Racing driver took advantage of the mid-race break to gain track position with a fuel only pit stop.
 
Restarting the third and final segment from the third position, Enfinger ran consistently inside the top-10 over the ensuing 50 laps. With four laps remaining, a spin in Turn 2 would bring out the fifth caution of the night, setting the field up for a green-white-checker flag finish. The Jive Communications driver, who was in the perfect position for the final restart, lined up behind teammates, Matt Crafton (first), and Ben Rhodes (second). Pushing Rhodes to the lead on the final lap, the No. 27 got sideways causing the, "Big One." The No. 98 Tundra would cross the stripe in the 16th position behind race winner, Kaz Grala.
 
Quote:
"I was pushing my teammate a little too hard there at the end trying to get the win. Matt (Crafton) and Ben (Rhodes) were fighting for the win and I was just trying to help Ben, and put one of our Toyota Tundra's in Victory Lane. I hate it for my entire Jive Communications team, and ThorSport teammates. We were going for the win there and just pushed too hard. Unfortunately we ended up with a bunch of torn up race cars. We learned a lot today, and made a bunch of progress with my team. My goals haven't changed, we're moving onto Atlanta where we're going to try and win the race."
 
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Recap:
Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Goof Off/Menards Toyota Tundra made his 17th career start at Daytona (Fl.) International Speedway in Friday night's NextEra Energy Resources 250. The two-time champion, who is still looking for his first win at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, had the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) field in his rearview mirror coming out of Turn 2, on the final lap, and looked poised to take home the checkered flag when his Tundra was clipped in the right rear going down the backstretch. The chain of events ultimately sent his Menards machine airborne, causing the "Big One," and relegating the ThorSport Racing driver to a 14th-place finish in the 18th annual event.
 
Starting seventh in the 100-lap event, Crafton avoided a multi-truck wreck on lap two, to finish 13th in the first Segment of NASCAR's new race format, and navigated his way back from a speeding penalty, following the first Segment break, to finish 18th in the second segment. Restarting the third segment in the 12th position, Crafton utilized the draft to make his way back to the front of the field. With four laps remaining, the fifth caution of the night was displayed, setting the field up for a green-white-checker flag finish. Restarting fifth, Crafton worked with his ThorSport Racing teammates to get his Menards Tundra to the front of the field. In what looked like it would be a ThorSport Racing 1-2-3 finish on the last lap, ended in a 12-truck pile-up on the backstretch. Crafton, would be credited with a 14th-place finish behind race winner, Kaz Grala.
 
Quote:
What happened on the final lap of the race?
"I was coming off turn two and I was like, 'I'm going to win this race, I'm going to win this race. I got my Daytona jinx off of me.' Then, all of the sudden I looked in the mirror and I saw the 27 (Ben Rhodes) get turned and I'm like, 'Just don't let him get in the right rear of me.' My teammate, Ben Rhodes gave me the push to win that race, and I got out so far going through the tri-oval, and then I got hooked, and then I felt light. It's been a long time since I've been in the air. I saw lights and we had the wrong side down boys. All-in-all we had a very fast Menards Toyota Tundra and NASCAR does a great job with all this safety equipment for us to be able to walk away from this like we did."
 
Thorsport PR
Recap:
Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra, looked poised to get his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win in Friday night's NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fl.) International Speedway. The ThorSport Racing driver, who finished third in Segment one of NASCAR's new race format, and 12th in Segment two, restarted the third and final Segment seventh, on lap 46. On lap 52, Rhodes took the lead, leading the field twice for 20 laps. With four laps remaining in the 100-lap event, a caution was displayed for a spin in Turn 2, setting the field up for a green-white-checker flag finish. The Safelite AutoGlass driver restarted third and worked with teammate, Grant Enfinger to lead the outside line into Turn 2 on the final lap. Unfortunately, Rhodes would get sideways coming out of Turn 2, ultimately causing the "Big One" and relegating the sophomore driver to a 12th-place finish behind race winner, Kaz Grala.
 
Quote:
"ThorSport worked really, really, really well together tonight. I had my teammate Grant Enfinger pushing behind me and he was trying to push me to the win. We had the momentum on the high side, going three-wide. Unfortunately, I was still being pushed coming off the corner - this is where the truck feels weightless and is most out of the racetrack. I was pushed sideways and couldn't hang on. I then had direct contact with my other teammate, Matt (Crafton). Unfortunately, we were all wrecked. Now we are going to have to Safelite repair Safelite replace all of the trucks. One of the ThorSport trucks was going to win the race."
 
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Cody Coughlin Race Recap:
Cody Coughlin, driver of the No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra, persevered after a long battle in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fl.) International Speedway. Leading the ThorSport Racing camp, Coughlin was able to salvage a career-best 11th-place finish, despite several on-track incidents.
 
The No. 13 team showed speed during the lone practice session Thursday afternoon - leading the ThorSport Racing fleet with the third fastest time overall. Starting from the 17th position for the 100-lap, three segment race, Coughlin had a long night ahead of him after being collected in a wreck on lap two. After several pit stops for repairs, Coughlin fought his way back through the field several times to put himself in position to compete at the end of the third segment.
 
With four laps to go, the fifth caution of the night was displayed for a spin in Turn 2, setting the field up for a green-white-checker flag finish. Unfortunately, Coughlin, who was scored 10th, would be collected in the "Big One" on lap 99 of 100 and relegated to an 11th-place finish behind race winner, Kaz Grala. The result was the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders career-best finish in 13 NCWTS starts.
 
Quote:
"Well, we thought we had a really strong RIDE TV Tundra. It sucked up really well all night. The guys got crossed there at the beginning and unfortunately we just had nowhere to go. My team did a great job fixing up my Toyota Tundra every time we came down pit road tonight, and kept us from going a lap down. We had to start at the tail-end of the field several times, but we were able to work our way back up to the front. I was confident we would have had a Top 5 finish there at the end if we wouldn't have wrecked, but that's the deal here at this track, you know its going to happen, you just hope you're not going to be the one involved."
 
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In the first race of the 2017 campaign, at Daytona International Speedway, Brett Moffitt had a strong showing in the No. 7 Toyota Tundra until damage from contact with another vehicle and then the retaining wall relegated him to a 22nd-place finish. After putting up the 11th-fastest practice time in the single rain-delayed practice on Thursday, the team found a problem with the carburetor and repaired it. On Friday afternoon, the 24-year-old from Grimes, Iowa advanced to the second round of single-truck qualifying and locked his Toyota Tundra into the sixth-place starting position. After the green flag flew for the NextEra Energy Resources 250, Moffitt used the outside lane to work his way to the front of the field and was leading just before the first stage came to an end on lap 20. Contact with another vehicle caused Moffitt to hit the inside wall, and the damage prevented him from continuing in the race, and he was left with a 22nd-place finish. 
 
Start - 6
Finish - 22
Driver Points Position - 17
Laps Led - 2
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
"We had a really good Toyota Tundra tonight and I'm disappointed that we didn't get to show it more. We'll go back to the shop and regroup and go on to Atlanta next week."
 
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Timothy Peters kicked off his 2017 campaign with another bid for victory at Daytona International Speedway, but was swept up in the final lap calamity that collected 12 trucks, and finished 17th in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. The 2010 Daytona winner began his weekend by posting the fifth-quickest lap in Thursday's practice session, and qualifying fifth on Friday evening. From the outset, Peters asserted himself as one of the strongest trucks in the field, racing in and around the top five during the first 20-lap stage. Peters collected nine regular-season points by running second at the end of Stage 1, all while avoiding an accident on lap 20. Crew chief Chad Kendrick brought Peters to pit road for fuel only, and once again, he ran inside the top five until the end of Stage 2 at lap 40, collecting six additional points. A two-tire pit stop on lap 47 gained Peters the race lead, and he maintained his position inside the top five until a lap-72 caution. Peters suffered slight damage to the left-side door of his No. 17 Toyota Tundra in the incident, but remained a contender at the front of the field. The restart on lap 78 produced a single-file lead draft for the next 18 laps, during which Peters found himself comfortably in contention, running fifth. A caution on lap 96 bunched up the field for a two-lap sprint to the checkers. After restarting fifth, Peters made a three-wide bid for second on the final lap, but was collected in a multi-truck accident on the backstretch while running third. As a result of the accident, Peters was credited with a 17th-place finish.
 
Start - 5
Finish - 17
Driver Points Position - 7
Laps Led - 2
 
Timothy Peters Quote:
"It just got wild there at the end. We got a good run on the outside and the next thing I know, the 27 (Ben Rhodes) came across in front of me. I know it's just a racing deal, but I just hate that we got collected up in it with as hard as everybody worked on this Tundra in the off season. We came here to win, and we were in good position. We just got caught up in something that is a racing deal."

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Christopher Bell and the No. 4 JBL Racing team earned a hard-fought eighth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Bell started the 100-lap event from the fourth position, the best qualifying effort in the eight-year history of Kyle Busch Motorsports, and by the end of lap one was in the runner-up position. He took a short-lived lead for two laps on lap 14. With one lap remaining in the first stage, the Oklahoma native made a strong move to the outside down the backstretch trying to earn the win and collect playoff bonus points as he pulled side-by-side with Brett Moffit for the lead. 
  • Spencer Gallagher was running third and got into the back of Moffit's Tundra, who then darted up the track and clipped the No. 4 JBL Tundra. Bell's truck lifted off the ground and went spinning around. He was able to keep rolling, but ended the first stage in the 20th position. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • After pitting for four tires, fuel and repairs to the minor damage during from the accident during the break, Bell started the second segment from the 17th position when the field went back green on lap 26. He was able to maneuver his way back towards the front of the field and finished stage two scored in the ninth position. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • During the stage break, crew chief Rudy Fugle ordered up a left-side tire and fuel stop allowing Bell to start the final stage from the runner-up position. Bell was battling for the lead on lap 71 when his Tundra got loose, slid down on the apron and then back up into the field bringing out the fourth caution of the night.
  • The JBL Tundra suffered major damage to the right front and rear end. The No. 4 over-the-wall crew used nearly all of the newly-implemented five-minute clock during three stops to fix the damage under caution.
  • Bell took the lap-76 restart from the 15th position and had advanced to the 11th position when the fifth caution of the race occurred on lap 95. He brought his Toyota down pit road for more damage repair, four tires and a full load of fuel.
  • The 22-year-old was scored in the 14th position when the field went back green with just two laps remaining.
  • A huge wreck occurred down the backstretch on the final lap. Bell, who was in the middle lane, got collected but was able to keep the JBL Tundra rolling and emerged with an eight-place finish. 

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Noah Gragson's debut in the No. 18 Switch Tundra was short-lived Friday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The rookie started 12th but on only the second lap of the race was eliminated  leaving him in 26th place.
 
While driving in the outside lane on lap two, Gragson was hit from behind in the left rear by fellow rookie Chase Briscoe. The awkward hit spun him down the track in what turned out to be a seven-truck accident. The Switch Tundra sustained too much damage in the accident and was retired to the garage.
 
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Austin Wayne Self entered the Daytona International Speedway looking to capture just his second career top-10 finish. Self, who started in 22 of the 23 Camping World Truck Series races last season, scored a ninth-place finish at Eldora Speedway in July. The young driver had planned on racing full-time last year but failed to make the race at Martinsville Speedway in race three.

Self, piloting the No. 32 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra, started the Nextra Energy Resources 250 in the 22nd starting spot. He would stay outside of the top 10 right up until the final laps of the race.

“We had a long race kind of that first instant, so we were just trying to stay out of trouble for the first two segments and really just get ourselves in the best position for the third one,” said Self in the media center after the race. “And we did. We started, I think, 13th, 12th or 13th, and got a good run on the outside. Then got stuck in the middle and got an opening down on the bottom, took that, and I think that's what really put us in the position to be the runner-up there.”

The second-place finish marks Self’s best career finish in the series. Despite getting tagged in the accident on the final lap, which sent Matt Crafton airborne in a flip, Self would have a clean race at Daytona.

The Texas native will run only four or five more Camping World Truck Series races in 2017. Justin Fontaine sustained a crash in last weekend’s ARCA Racing Series opener at Daytona that resulted in a mild vertebrae compression fracture.  

“We got four or five races scheduled. I'm trying to get the Texas races,” Self continued. “I want to get to Eldora and do the road course, but we felt like unfortunately Justin Fontaine was supposed to drive this race car, wasn't able to, and I looked at it as an opportunity for me to get back in the race car. B&D’s Industries, Superior Essex came on board and we kind of put a little team together.  I had Bill Henderson crew chiefing, and so far he's got the best two finishes.  We finished ninth at Eldora. This was a little extra bonus for me, and it turned out really cool.”

Self later said in the press conference that Fontaine will be sitting out over the next three months as he recovers.