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Taking its cue from the action sports star’s years of iconic “hot dog” moves, Wienerschnitzel is giving one lucky fan the opportunity to visit – and even learn tricks from -- professional racer and stunt performer Travis Pastrana at “Pastranaland”, his Davidsonville, Md., home and freestyle training center.

In addition to the Grand Prize of a hosted trip to “Pastranaland” the weekend before his return to NASCAR (Sept. 23-24), including airfare, hotel accommodations and some spending cash, fans can win the second prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas to see Pastrana compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race. The World Largest Hot Dog Chain® has launched the “#Pastranadog Sweepstakes” (www.wienershnitzel.com) as part of the company’s sponsorship of the eleven-time X-Games Champion appearance at the Sept. 29 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Las Vegas. Pastrana will be racing his No. 45 for Niece Motorsports.

“This is a partnership made in action sports heaven,” said J.R. Galardi,Wienerschnitzel executive vice president. “Travis loves hot dogs and Wienerschnitzel fans love Travis – so we knew we had to bring the two together. It was actually Travis’ idea to offer one lucky fan the chance to visit him in his one-of-a-kind backyard. Who knows – he may even throw in a riding lesson or two.”

June 22 Wienerschnitzel Takeover To celebrate the contest and his partnership with Wienerschnitzel, Pastrana will be serving the chain’s legendary Chili Dogs, Corn Dogs, Chicken Schnitzel Sandwiches, Tastee Freeze desserts and other menu favorites during a 1.5-hour restaurant takeover on June 22 at the Wienerschnitzel at 3145 West 3500 South in West Valley City, Utah, eight miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

According to Galardi, Travis will be in Salt Lake City for the June 24 Nitro World Games at Rice-Eccles Stadium and jumped at the chance to spend time with local customers while contributing to a larger cause. “In between his cooking and serving duties, he’ll be signing autographs, posing for pictures and hanging with his chili dog-loving fans.”

Wienerschnitzel will donate all proceeds generated during the takeover to the Road 2 Recovery Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing professional motocross/supercross athletes with financial assistance and motivational, emotional and spiritual support after they sustain career-ending injuries.

As an only-at-Wienerschnitzel bonus, fellow Nitro Circus Tour, X-Games and BMX athlete Andy Buckworth will help Travis behind the counter and perform a few bike tricks in the parking lot and on the restaurant’s iconic yellow A-frame roof.

To enter the “#Pastranadog Sweepstakes” participants must complete an entry form at www.wienerschnitzel.com through August 20. There is no purchase necessary to enter. See website for full sweepstakes rules.

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Scott Lagasse Jr.’s weekend schedule at Iowa Speedway just got busier.

The St. Augustine, Fla. native has been tapped to drive the No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco Chevrolet Silverado in Friday night’s M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Lagasse will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the season and the first since Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway where he produced a strong seventh-place finish.

While it may be more challenging to negotiate another top-10 finish at Iowa Speedway compared to the fundamentals of restrictor plate racing at Daytona, Lagasse is still up for the challenge and sees Young’s Motorsports as a viable outfit to contend for his fifth career top-10 run. Lagasse’s only other visit to Iowa Speedway was in 2009 in the XFINITY Series where he finished ninth.

“I’m really appreciative of the opportunity to drive for Young’s Motorsports this weekend,” said Lagasse. “I had the chance to drive for Tyler and his team last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Without question, there isn’t a harder working bunch in the garage. I’m looking forward to Friday night.”

Like Daytona, Lagasse will pull double-duty this weekend. On Saturday, he’ll pilot the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro and compete in the American Ethanol E15 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, his third start of the year.

Juggling two teams, two different vehicles and two different crews may seem like a challenge, but Lagasse said working with two strong outlets loaded with talented and qualified personnel makes his job easier behind the wheel, especially at Young’s Motorsports where Chad Kendrick will call his second race for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team.

“Chad has a lot of experience and I think his input can only make our weekend stronger at Iowa,” said Lagasse. “It’s important for us to go out there in the truck and finish all the laps. Staying in the seat as much as possible this weekend will hopefully be beneficial with solid finishes on Friday and Saturday night.”

Tyler Young, Young’s Motorsports general manager and the team’s regular driver says he’s thankful for the chance to work with Lagasse again.

“We’re looking forward to Iowa,” Young added. “We’ve been working on the truck for a few weeks. Scott is an accomplished racer who brings a lot to the table as far as feedback and ideas. We’re eager to improve on our Homestead showing and hope maybe this will open the door for more opportunities later this year.”

Over six years of competition, Lagasse has 26 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit. From his debut at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway in 2006 driving for Bobby Hamilton Racing (BHR) to Daytona this year for GMS Racing, he has posted one top-five and four top-10s, including a career-best third driving for NTS Motorsports in 2015.

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This weekend at Iowa Speedway located in Newton, Iowa, Brandon Jones will return to the seat of the No. 99 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet for MDM Motorsports. Soleus Air, a trusted brand in HVAC and a leader in quality and innovation, will sponsor the effort.

Last weekend, Jones finished 9th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his first XFINITY Series top-10 finish of 2017, the day after earning his fourth-career ARCA Racing Series victory in the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Jones's ARCA win gave him a repeat appearance in Michigan's Victory Lane after scoring the win there in 2016.
 
Saturday's M&M's 200 Presented by Casey's General Store will be Jones' third NCWTS start of the season. He scored a sixth-place finish in the Bar Harbor 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on June 2. In addition to his duties behind the wheel of the No. 99 Soleus Air Chevrolet this weekend, he will also drive the No. 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series entry for Richard Childress Racing in Saturday's American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen.
 
"Iowa has always been a good track for me," said Jones. "It's where I got my first NASCAR K&N Pro Series win; I had a second-place finish with the Truck Series there a couple seasons ago, and I've had some really fast cars in the XFINITY Series. It seems like it fits my driving style-it's like a combination of a short track and a mile-and-a-half. This is always one of those races where I circle the date on my calendar. I really like coming out here and I'm looking forward to kicking off our race weekend with a run in our Soleus Chevrolet Silverado."
 
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"I'm really excited to have a partner like Soleus Air come on board for our Truck Series program," said Jones. "They're known as a leader in quality and innovation, which captures some of the same traits that we look to promote with our MDM Motorsports team. I'm honored to represent them and I'm really excited to kick off our partnership together this weekend at Iowa Speedway."
 
Watch the No. 99 Soleus Air Chevrolet in action at Iowa Speedway on Friday, June 23 at 8:30p.m. live on FOX Sports 1.
 
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2016 USAC Silver Crown Series champion Chris Windom will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on Wednesday, July 19 at Eldora Speedway. Windom will drive the No. 36 Chevrolet Silverado for veteran team owner Mike Mittler.
The 26-year-old Windom has competed in each of USAC's three national racing divisions, Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget, dating back to 2007. He is a six-time race winner in the Silver Crown Series, including two victories at Eldora, the famous dirt half-mile oval in Rossburg, Ohio. He also has 17 career USAC Sprint Car victories.

"It's a thrill for me to make my first NASCAR start at Eldora," said Windom. "It's a track that is so meaningful to those of us in the dirt racing world. I'm honored that Mike (Mittler) and everyone at MB Motorsports are giving me this opportunity."

Adorning Windom's No. 36 truck are his longtime partners Fox Paving and Baldwin Brothers.

"We are very excited about adding a winning driver like Chris to our team for what we consider our most important race of the year," said Mittler. "We feel his experience at Eldora will give us an edge over our competition."
 
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North Carolina State University sophomore Trey Hutchens will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on Friday, June 23, in the Iowa 200 at Iowa Speedway. Hutchens, the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Rookie of the Year, will pilot the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports entry.

The fourth-generation racer, majoring in engineering, is poised to make his debut in one of NASCAR’s three National Touring Series.

“Making my Truck Series debut has been what seems like a three-year process to get all the stars to align since I turned 16,” Hutchens said.  “First, ‘thank you’ to Jeff Bolen and everyone at Bolen Motor- sports for this great opportunity. I know what lies ahead isn’t going to be easy, but I wouldn’t want to do it with any other group of guys. Iowa is a place I have quite a few laps on in a K&N East car, so at least one thing is going to be familiar.”

Bolen Motorsports has shown promise this season with solid qualifying efforts and finishes at the begin- ning of the year. The team will take the same truck to Iowa Speedway that finished seventh at Mar- tinsville Speedway earlier in the season. 

“Glad that we could put things together with Trey and his dad for Iowa,” said team owner Jeff Bolen. “They run a similar operation with their Modified and K&N efforts and do more with less which matches up perfectly with Bolen Motorsports.”

While Hutchens may be a relatively new face to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the truck he will be driving will carry the familiar colors of Harry Gant’s 1996 ride.

“My Grandpa co-owned the truck Harry Gant drove during the 1996 season, so it’s awesome to have our truck look like his did 21 years ago,” Hutchens stated. “It means the world to me carry on my family’s legacy, and I’m excited to unload this beautiful Chevrolet Silverado on Friday.”

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Most Popular Driver will continue his relationship with Chevrolet, a partnership that dates to the beginning of the 19-year-old's career. 

“It’s a big deal for me to make the next step of my career with the Chevrolet Bowtie remaining on my uniform,” Hutchens added.   “I can’t wait to make my first laps in a Silverado.”

The “Iowa 200” will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST.

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Being a rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) means everything is new. Getting to know your teammates, learning the feel of the trucks and visiting several new tracks for the first time. It can be quite a challenge, so finding something familiar is always a bonus. This weekend Noah Gragson heads to Iowa Speedway for the M&M's 200 where he has the most experience of any track on the NCWTS schedule.
 
In the past two years, the 18-year-old has three prior starts at Iowa in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. All three events were combination races between the East and West divisions, bringing the best of the K&N Series together at one track in the middle of the country. In 2015, Gragson finished seventh overall (third in the West division) in May, and then fifth overall (second in the West division) in July. In 2016, he was 13th overall (sixth in the West division).
 
Gragson also another has a former Iowa winner to lean on this weekend, his spotter Brandon McReynolds. The son of former crew chief turned television analyst, Larry McReynolds, Brandon swept both K&N Pro Series races at Iowa in 2015. His experience and knowledge of the track will benefit Gragson as McReynolds helps him navigate his way around the 0.875-mile oval.
 
In addition to his K&N experience, Gragson was able to test his No. 18 Switch Tundra at Iowa in April. Although rain washed out most of the second day of testing, he was able to log a lot of laps and get some long runs under his belt during the first day. The test gave him a chance to feel out any changes in the track since last year, and learn how the trucks handle versus a K&N car.
 
The Switch team has scored top-10 finishes in their last four races and would like to improve upon that streak with a string of top-five finishes, and a few wins. Gragson has not finished outside of the top nine since a broken clutch ended his night early at Kansas Speedway in early May. He had a great run at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago when he captured his first pole and led 13 laps, the first of his NCWTS career.
 
This weekend as Gragson returns to Iowa Speedway, a place familiar to him, he would like to experience something new - his first trip to Victory Lane in the NCWTS. KBM teams are very familiar with Iowa's Victory Lane having won the last three consecutive races there (William Byron 2016 and Erik Jones 2015, 2014). Now Gragson wants his turn.

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Friday night, as the sun sets over Iowa Speedway, Harrison Burton will zip up his firesuit, slip on his gloves, secure his helmet and strap into his No. 51 Morton Buildings Toyota Tundra for the M&M's 200 in his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race of the 2017 season.
 
The 16-year-old is no stranger to the 7/8-mile track in Newton, Iowa. Burton tested his Toyota Tundra at the track in April with the KBM team where he made fast runs and learned how his truck will handle during the race Friday night. In July of 2016, Burton raced in the ARCA Racing Series at Iowa where he started sixth and finished third out of 29 cars. Later that month, Burton took the green flag at Iowa for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West combination race where he started 18th and finished 26th.
 
Although the rookie driver may be out of school for the summer, he is still learning when it comes to racing in the NCWTS. In his first "test" and season debut in the No. 51 Tundra at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway earlier this season, Burton started the race from the seventh position and after a late-race spin that put him near the rear of the field, he worked his way back to a solid 13th-place finish. During his second "test" piloting the No. 51 Tundra at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Burton started the race 10th and raced his way to a 13th-place finish.
 Burton will be put to the test once again for Friday night's race at Iowa and he hopes he can take what he's learned and apply it this weekend.
 
After Iowa, Burton will pilot the No. 51 Tundra at three more NCWTS events including Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio July 19, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Aug. 16 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 28.
 
When Burton takes the green flag Friday at Iowa Speedway, he will don the colors of a new sponsor Morton Buildings. Morton Buildings, based out of Lexington, N.C., is the leader in the post-frame construction industry, and continues to innovate and improve building components and techniques. Burton is excited to have a new sponsor on board his No. 51 Toyota and hopes to celebrate by driving his Morton Buildings Tundra into victory lane Friday night. 
 
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Christopher Bell heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, the track where he finished fifth in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in June of 2015. This weekend will be another first for Bell, as he pulls double duty for the first time in his career as he is set to wheel the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NCWTS M&M's 200 on Friday night and then gets behind the wheel of the No. 20 ToyotaCare Camry Saturday night for his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series start for Joe Gibbs Racing.
 
Bell has gotten off to a hot start in his second full-time season in the Truck Series. The 22-year-old wheelman leads the series in wins (two), poles (three), playoff points earned (13), driver rating (114.8), laps led (339) and fastest laps run (160). The Oklahoma native is also tied with reigning Truck Series champion and current points leader Johnny Sauter with seven top-10 finishes. Outside of an accident that ended his day early at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Bell has run up front, led laps and been in a position to win in the other seven events completed this season.
 
Now the No. 4 team heads to Iowa Speedway, a track where KBM currently holds a three-race winning streak, including the last two with Bell's crew chief, Rudy Fugle, calling the shots. Erik Jones led a race-high 112 laps en route to victory in the 2015 event and William Byron visited victory lane last year after leading a race-high 107 laps. Fugle also had an influence in KBM's 2014 win at the 0.875-mile oval, when he was the race engineer under crew chief Eric Phillips when Jones led a race-high 131 laps and ended the night in victory lane.
 
Iowa has certainly been a place of firsts for both Bell and KBM. Bell will now take aim at harvesting a pair of first-place finishes in the Hawkeye State as he tries to earn his first weekend sweep in NASCAR.
 
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Officials from Niece Motorsports and AM Racing jointly confirmed today that Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self will return to the team and drive the No. 45 Toyota Tundra in Friday night’s M&M’s® 200 presented by Casey General Store at Iowa Speedway. 

Self, 21, made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start with Niece Motorsports at Kansas Speedway in May where he qualified 21st before climbing to a respectable 15th place finish in the Toyota Tundra 250.

On the heels of back-to-back top-12 finishes at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively, Self hopes momentum propels him towards his second top-10 finish of the year on Friday night. 

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports again,” said Self who will make his fifth Truck Series start of the season. “We had some really good chemistry in our first race together at Kansas and I look forward to building off that at Iowa Speedway this weekend.”

In addition to one NCWTS start at Iowa Speedway last year in his rookie season at AM Racing, the 2014 ARCA SCOTT Rookie of the Year also has two starts in the developmental ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with a track-best of sixth in July 2015.

In addition to Niece Equipment serving as the primary marketing partner at Iowa, AM Racing partner B&D Industries will serve as a major associate partner for the 200-lap race. 

B&D Industries Inc. offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies, and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

After serving clients for over 60 years, B&D is more than just a company – they are a service business. B&D’s vision is to differentiate themselves so significantly through excellent service delivery and exceptional customer experience that they are able to change the industry – one project and one relationship at a time.

With Iowa not on AM Racing’s initial schedule, Self is thankful for another opportunity to race, especially at a race track he thoroughly enjoys.

“Iowa Speedway is a lot of fun and the fan base is incredible,” added Self, a 25-time NCWTS competitor. “We had a solid 16th place finish there in the truck last year and I’ve always been fast in an ARCA car. It’s a unique short track where speed and finesse is important."

“Without a doubt, I think we can go to Iowa on Friday and contend for not only a top-15 finish, but maybe the cards will fall where we can contend for a top-10 finish.”

Niece Motorsports, which is owned by Marine Corps veteran Al Niece will compete in a partial schedule during the 2017 season, with plans of running full time moving into 2018 and beyond.

“Niece Motorsports is very excited to have Austin back with us at Iowa,” said team principal Al Niece. “He did an amazing job at Kansas. His on-track performances this year have been impressive and we look forward to seeing that continue under the lights on Friday night.”

Further information on Self’s upcoming NCWTS schedule at AM Racing is forthcoming.

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Austin Cindric Breakdown

A late-race bump and traffic jam robbed Austin Cindric of a top-10 finish in the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park.
 
As the 160-lap event entered its closing stages, Cindric, who started fifth, was in position to score a well-deserved top-10 finish. The driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 lined up in the eighth position for the final restart on lap 152 with the benefit of fresher tires than his fellow competitors. 
 
Cindric had made his final scheduled stop of the race under green on lap 135 and crew chief Doug Randolph made the strategic decision to change four tires.  All they needed now was one more caution to bunch up the field and give Cindric a chance to utilize his tire advantage.  
 
They got their wish on lap 149 when the third and final caution slowed the pace. Cindric lined up eighth for the final restart on lap 153, but contact with another competitor one lap later moved him up the track and shuffled him back to 13th place. Cindric immediately recovered and rallied back up to the eighth position by the final lap of the race. Unfortunately, he came up on the short end of a three-wide battle for position within sight of the checkered flag, crossing the finish line in 11th place.  
 
Chase Briscoe Breakdown
 
Chase Briscoe did everything but take home the trophy in Saturday night’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.
 
Briscoe won the pole (his second of the 2017 season), led the most laps (88 of 160) and scored his first stage win of the season. The driver of Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Ford F-150 came up just short once again, scoring a second-place finish and earning Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the third time this season. 
 
After taking the green flag from the point position, Briscoe quickly settled into second for the duration of the first 35-lap stage. Briscoe reported to interim crew chief Buddy Sisco that his No. 29 Ford F-150 was really good in Turns 1 and 2, but free in and tight center off in Turns 3 and 4. Sisco called his rookie driver to pit road, and a fast stop for two tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment put Briscoe back in the lead for the start of Stage 2. Briscoe led the second stage from flag to flag (laps 40-73) in dominating fashion, earning his first stage win of the season and a valuable playoff point.
 
Briscoe said his truck had fired off loose in Turns 3 and 4, but had tightened up by the end of the run. Sisco called for four tires, fuel and another minor adjustment, and Briscoe returned to the track in the fourth position on lap 78. It was not long before Briscoe reclaimed the lead on lap 81, and the rookie driver led the next 54 circuits, until he made a green-flag, fuel-only pit stop. Briscoe returned to the track in second place, and slipped to third before the final yellow flag of the night was displayed on lap 149. Briscoe told his crew chief that he didn’t know if he could beat the two trucks in front of him on old tires, so the team made a bold decision to pit for four tires. He lined up 13th for the final eight-lap dash to the finish. The fresh tires allowed Briscoe to work his way all the way up to second place, but he was unable to claim the final position needed to visit Victory Lane.
 
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After finishing Saturday morning’s practice sessions at Gateway Motorsports Park 14th-fastest in the first session and sixth-fastest in the second session, Kaz went on to qualify 10th for the Drivin’ For Linemen 200. Fighting to maintain track position as soon as the 160-lap race began, Kaz settled into the top 10 before ultimately slipping to 11th at the stage one break. The rookie reported that throughout the entire run he was fighting a “four tight” and was struggling to turn his No. 33 Kiklos Chevrolet Silverado like he needed to.

 

Coming to pit road for four tires, fuel and major adjustments to free him up under the break, the GMS Racing crew realized that Kaz had a right rear tire that was in the process of going flat, aiding in the handling issues Kaz had been experiencing. Unfortunately the adjustments made under the caution were then a step too far, causing Kaz to fight a loose Chevy throughout stage two, resulting in a 12th-place finish after 70 laps.

 

Kaz came to pit road under the caution for four tires and fuel but reported that as the sun was going down, his handling seemed to be getting better and to leave the Kiklos Chevy alone on the pit stop. However, as the race continued, the No. 33 swung back to the tight side impeding Kaz’s progress. Crew Chief Jerry Baxter made the call to bring the Boston-native down pit road, under green, on lap 130 for two right-side tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to try to help with the handling issues. As pit stops cycled through, Kaz found himself battling to get back inside the top-10. As he put the pressure on the 10th-place driver, the caution flag was displayed on lap 149 for a stalled truck on pit road. With the final restart coming with eight laps to go, Kaz did his best to try make up some ground but his handling woes were still too much to overcome, relinquishing him to a 13th-place finish. 

 

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"This definitely isn’t the night we wanted at Gateway but there was nothing else that we could do. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys worked hard to get the Kiklos Chevy handling right all day, but nothing seemed to help. Hopefully we can rebound next weekend in Iowa. That’s a track that I have a ton of laps at.”

 

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