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Camping World Truck Series News
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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.