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Deep into the first break of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Niece Motorsports rookie Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) suffered his first hardship last month at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in his No. 45 ProMATIC Automation | Superior Essex Chevrolet Silverado.
Even with the tough 28th-place finish at Martinsville, Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C., has utilized much of his downtime to reflect not only on his fast start, which included two top-10 finishes in the series’ first three races, but also embracing the learning curve of a tough short track like Martinsville.
Using determination, Fontaine is poised to bounce back and move forward through the remaining 19 NCWTS races beginning with the JEGS 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Fri., May 4, live on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Following Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Martinsville, Fontaine, an ARCA Racing Series graduate is 14th in the championship standings with an average finish of 16th.
Fontaine, 20, recently sat down for a question and answer session, reflecting on the first four races of the year, a glimpse into his personal life and what lies ahead for his Niece Motorsports team.
1. Obviously, Martinsville didn’t go the way you had hoped. However, you did get more experience for your return to the famed paperclip this fall. Talk about the weekend.
Justin Fontaine: “Martinsville has been a tough track for me, but I’m determined over the next couple of months to get it figured out. We made some gains during the weekend, but not enough to be satisfied.
“I hate that we didn’t have a good finish, but we realize that some races aren’t going to turn out as we’d hope. I’m going to get it and we’ll fight back in October with our No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet.”
2. The Truck Series is in the midst of a five-week break before returning at Dover International Speedway in early May. Is this break a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to you and the Niece Motorsports team?
Justin Fontaine: “I think the break is a good thing for a team like us to reset and not only get ready for Dover, but some of the upcoming races. It’s a very relaxed schedule to start the year – but it’s going to get busy soon and it’s nice for some of the smaller teams like us to have some extra time at the beginning of the year to get in a good place.”
3. You’ve never been to Dover International Speedway. It can be a monster of a place for someone who’s never been there. How do you prepare? Who will you talk to?
Justin Fontaine: “Mostly, I watch film a lot. Most of these tracks are new to me but that’s not a challenge I’m unfamiliar with. My team is working hard to build me competitive trucks and I’m prepared to do what I can behind the wheel to give 100 percent.
“I go back to my season in ARCA last year where I had never been to a lot of tracks, but we did well and that’s motivating me for sure.”
4. When people see Justin Fontaine, you’re always sporting your aviator sunglasses. How did that look come about and how many pairs of sunglasses do you own?
Justin Fontaine: “Honestly, I think it started as just a necessity for eye protection. I used to be a student pilot and I had them when I flew so it just carried over to racing.
“It’s the only type of sunglasses I wear, but they’re unique and it fits my brand. I’m loyal to any product that I think fits.”
5. What is something you think your competitors should know about you?
Justin Fontaine: “I think what people should know about me is how much of a homebody I am. I love traveling and racing and being on the road, but being at home with my family and friends is a priority to me and something I don’t take for granted.”
6. Looking ahead, what race track are you really looking forward to this spring and early summer? What track are you looking forward to least and why?
Justin Fontaine: “Honestly, I think I’m mostly looking forward to Charlotte and Texas. Our mile-and-a-half program at Niece Motorsports has been on point this year, so I’m excited for those. I think I’m most nervous about the road course.
“I don’t have a lot of road racing experience, so my debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this summer will be a challenge, but a challenge I’ll accept and hope for the best.”
For more on Justin Fontaine, please visit JustinFontaine.com, like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.
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FOX Sports Elevates NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Race at Bristol Motor Speedway to FOX in August17 Apr 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
FOX Sports announces today that the August NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race from Bristol Motor Speedway will move from August 15 to August 16 and will air live on the FOX broadcast channel. The race, originally scheduled for August 15 on FS1, will air live on FOX at 8:30 PM ET (pre-race coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET on FOX).
FOX also will offer live coverage of the October 13 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race from Talladega Superspeedway (1:00 PM ET), while the balance of the series schedule airs live on FS1 in 2018.
The entire FOX NASCAR schedule is available live on FOX Sports GO. Please visit www.FOXSports.com/NASCAR/
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With the heartbeat of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season on the horizon, Niece Motorsports announced today that Boerne, Texas based Flying Circle will support Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and the No. 22 team beginning with the JEGS 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 4.
Flying Circle has been a trusted supplier of military specialty and travel bags to the U.S. Armed Forces for 30 years.
The company’s mission is to provide service members and their families with dependable, functional, and versatile luggage for the field, office, travel, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Over the years, Flying Circle has become known for their commitment to offering quality products at a fair value and for providing excellent customer service. The company takes great pride in what they sell, and each product is covered by a lifetime warranty.
Entering its first foray into NASCAR, Flying Circle will serve as a featured partner on Self’s No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet Silverado at Dover, and will have an increased presence with the organization for the remaining 19 races of the year.
“It’s very humbling to have another Texas-based company align with our Niece Motorsports team,” said Self. “I am a proud Texan and the addition of Flying Circle to our organization is a great opportunity for them to expand their horizons and connect with a fan base that is passionate about those who serve in the military.
“This partnership is a win-win.”
Flying Circle principal Jimmy Chittim says they are thrilled about joining Niece Motorsports and building a relationship with Self, a native of Austin, Texas.
“We are really excited about our partnership with Niece Motorsports and Austin,” he said. “We know that our customers love Truck racing and we love Truck racing, so it’s awesome we get to be a part of the action.”
To jumpstart the partnership, on Wed., Apr. 11, Niece Motorsports team owner Al Niece visited with students from Burnet Blanco High School at Lyndon B. Johnson ranch in Stonewall, Texas alongside Chittim and marketing director Adrienne Ehler.
Niece told stories of his experiences while serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War in 1967.
“We are honored to have Flying Circle come on board,” offered Niece. “We love working with other Texas companies, and Flying Circle’s military focus is an added bonus. They presented me with my very own Niece Motorsports bag, which looks great.
“I’m looking forward to carrying it at the track. We are excited to have them involved in NASCAR and can’t wait to get back to the track in Dover.”
For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.
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Brett Moffitt drove his No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota Tundra to a second consecutive third-place finish at Martinsville Speedway on Monday afternoon. The weather-delayed Alpha Energy Solutions 250 marked Moffitt’s third top-five finish of the season, and his third in a row.
On Saturday afternoon, Moffitt took the race’s green flag from seventh and held his position for 23 laps before wintery precipitation overcame the 0.526-mile oval and forced the event to be postponed to Monday. When the race resumed, Moffitt restarted seventh and battled a lack of rear grip in his AISIN Toyota throughout the first stage. Moffitt earned two points by finishing ninth in Stage 1. Under the caution, Moffitt came to the attention of the HRE team for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure changes.
Moffitt began Stage 2 in seventh and took advantage of an improved balance. The Grimes, Iowa native negotiated an incident on lap 86, and steadily improved his position to finish the stage in sixth. Under the lap 140 stage caution, Moffitt pitted again for four tires and adjustments. The AISIN Group team gained Moffitt two more positions on pit road but lined up sixth as other competitors stayed on track.
The final stage went green on lap 153 and Moffitt quickly made his way into the top five. The Atlanta race winner ran as high as fourth before a caution on lap 215 provided Moffitt and crew chief Scott Zipadelli an opportunity to take a shot at the victory. Zipadelli brought Moffitt to pit road for four tires and chassis adjustments to gain a significant advantage on the competition with fresh Goodyear tires. Moffitt lined up seventh on the lap 219 restart and immediately rejoined the top five. The race’s last 25 laps featured three restarts which allowed Moffitt to capitalize on his fresh tires. He restarted third on the final restart on lap 244 and held his position to the checkered flag and earned his third top-five finish of the 2018 campaign.
Brett Moffitt Quote:
“We had a pretty solid day. We had a really good AISIN Group Tundra. We weren’t quite quick enough to keep up with the leader’s just on pure speed, but our long run truck was really good and it drove well. Scott Zipadelli called a great race and made good adjustments to the truck. Just can’t thank Shige Hattori and everyone on this team (enough). Mike Greci (general manager) and Scott obviously, for all the hard work they put in. We’ve put a lot of hours in early this season and it’s all paying off, so this is really special.”
"That was my race today, try not to get run over. For Martinsville, we’re coming out with smiles on our faces so that’s pretty good. Our AISIN Group Tundra was just lacking a little bit of speed to go up and compete for a win. I was really hoping those two would tangle at the end, but they both did a good job and bringing it home third, we’re not complaining too much. We’ve got a third top-three in a row and we’ll try to carry that on.”
No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet
Stage One: Haley started Saturday’s race from the 12th position, battling a tight-handling condition as snow began to fall in the opening laps. When the race resumed Monday morning, Haley restarted in 12th, but dropped back to 16th due to a lack of rear grip. He pitted under caution for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, rejoining the field in the 13th position for the start of Stage Two.
Stage Two: Halfway through Stage Two, Haley reported his drive-off was much better as he entered the top-10 for the first time. He ran as high as the eighth position before falling back to 11th at the conclusion of the second stage. After pitting for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment for more rear grip, Haley lined up to the start the Final Stage from the 14th position with several trucks taking only two tires under yellow.
Final Stage: Haley worked his way up to the 11th position before caution was called for debris. Crew chief Kevin Bellicourt called Haley to pit road for one last stop with fewer than 50 laps left in the race. Haley raced the No. 24 back into the top-10 in just three laps before the field was slowed once again. Two additional caution flags slowed Haley’s progress, but the 18-year-old driver crossed the line in 10th for his best finish at Martinsville Speedway.
- Haley’s 10th-place finish at Martinsville is his best result at the Ridgeway, Va., track.
- With one top-five and two top-10 finishes to start the season, Haley is 11th in the NCWTS point standings.
“Martinsville (Speedway) usually throws us a curveball and it was refreshing to drive a competitive truck that’s ready to win. Luck still wasn’t on our side, but we rebounded well. We still have plenty of races to catch up in points, and I’m confident, in my team, that we’ll do that.”
No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet Silverado
Stage One: Making his way to the 16th-position on the initial start of the race, Sargeant remained there until the caution came out on lap 16, before eventually going to an extended red flag period for weather. When the field went back green Monday afternoon on lap 27, Sargeant reported to the his team that he was fighting a tight Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy, but was still able to make his way up to the 12th position at the end of Stage One. Crew Chief Doug Randolph called Sargeant down pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to loosen his Chevy up, lining Sargeant up 10th for the restart.
Stage Two: Continuing to make up ground on track, Sargeant raced his way up to seventh before the caution was displayed on lap 117. Still fighting a tight No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy, Sargeant came down pit road, with a handful of other trucks, for four tires, fuel and another track bar adjustment. With varying pit strategy taking place towards the end of the stage, Sargeant restarted 16th, and would remain there for the next 18 laps until the end of Stage Two. While the rest of the leaders came to pit road under the stage break, Sargeant would remain on track, lining up second for the restart on lap 152.
Final Stage: Starting the Final Stage on older tires, Sargeant got hung up in the high line and was shuffled back to 14th before the caution came out on lap 160. Running 14th as a long green-flag run ensued, Sargeant radioed to his GMS Racing team that he was still too tight to make up any ground. When the caution came out on lap 215, Randolph brought the No. 25 down pit road for the final time for four tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment. Lining up 12th after the pit stop, Sargeant would use the next couple quick restarts to gain positions, ultimately finding himself seventh with 12 laps to go until the end. Getting hung in the high line and battling in tight quarters during the final laps, Sargeant got edged out at the finish line, scoring an 11th-place finish in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
- Sargeant’s 11th-place finish at Martinsville is his best finish at the half-mile racetrack.
“I had fun today at Martinsville Speedway in the No. 25 Performance Plus Chevy. We barely missed out on a top-10 finish but my GMS Racing guys worked hard and gave me a good truck. I made some rookie mistakes but I learned a ton and kept getting better with each lap. The No. 25 team is definitely headed in the right direction.”
No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado
Points: 1st (+29)
Stage One: Sauter completed the first stage of the 250-lap event in the fourth position. He reported to the team that he was lacking traction and forward drive before making his way to pit road under caution. Crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. called for four tires, fuel, and chassis and air pressure adjustments for the Allegiant Chevrolet. Sauter returned to the track in the fourth position for the start of Stage Two.
Stage Two: Five laps into Stage Two, a push from the No. 4 truck resulted in Sauter making contact with the No. 52 to bring out the yellow flag. With no damage to the No. 21, he continued in the third position, fighting a loose-handling Allegiant Chevy. As the run progressed, Sauter asked for still more rear grip at the stage break. He pitted under caution for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, restarting ninth after several trucks made two-tire stops.
Final Stage: After making his way back toward the top-five, Sauter told the No. 21 team on lap 188 that he was experiencing low-voltage in the Allegiant Chevy. On lap 225, the No. 21 lost power resulting in Sauter spinning to bring out the eighth caution of the event. After coming to pit road for the team to replace the battery, and receiving tires and fuel, Sauter returned to the track two laps down in the 23rd position. A quick caution allowed him to gain one lap back, but Sauter ultimately finished the race 19th, one lap down.
- Monday's 19th-place finish marks Sauter's first finish outside of the top-15 since August 2017 at Michigan International Speedway.
- Despite a tough end to the day at Martinsville Speedway, Sauter continues to lead the NCWTS point standings.
“This is always such a tough place to race. The Allegiant team made great adjustments to give me more forward drive at the end of the first two stages, but inthe end we had to replace a battery and that’s what really set us back. I could tell there was an issue for a while, but there wasn’t much of an option but to wait for a caution and unfortunately we were the reason for it. Still a good day overall, we did what we could and we’ve got some things to work on before we come back in October.”
No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet Silverado
Stage One: Rolling off 10th after his best NCWTS qualifying effort at Martinsville Speedway, Coughlin quickly grabbed the ninth-position in the opening laps, despite fighting a tight JEGS.com Chevy, before weather postponed the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 to Monday morning. Restarting ninth when the field finally went back green on lap 27, Coughlin ran within the top-10, in the 10th position, until right before the end of Stage One, where he ultimately finished 13th when the green-checkered flag waved. Still fighting a Chevy Silverado that was tight in the center and loose off, Coughlin came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to aid in his handling. However, Coughlin was forced to come back down pit road to serve a one-lap penalty for pitting outside his stall, lining up 28th for Stage Two.
Stage Two: Trying to race his way into the “free pass” position to get his lap back, Coughlin was in contention until sustaining slight damage on lap 87 during an accident. However, with just minor body damage, Coughlin remained on track, lining up 23rd for the restart. Running the remainder of Stage Two in 23rd, Coughlin got his lap back when the caution came out on lap 142 to signal the end of Stage Two. Crew çhief Jerry Baxter called the No. 2 down pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, before Coughlin lined up tail-end of the field due to receiving the “free pass.”
Final Stage: Fighting his way through traffic and making up as much ground as possible, Coughlin raced his way into the top-15 after just 20 green-flag laps. However, with a little over 60 laps to go in the race, Coughlin reported that he had lost his brakes completely. Pulling behind the wall on lap 190, the JEGS.com team worked rapidly to fix the issue with the No. 2 Chevy. Coughlin rejoined the field on lap 215, scored in the 26th position, 25 laps down. Able to finish the race on track, Coughlin ultimately crossed the finish line on lap 250 for a 26th-place finish.
"Today was a tough one. Throughout the weekend, my GMS Racing team gave me one of the best trucks I have ever had at Martinsville Speedway, and that had me optimistic for the race.Unfortunately we got behind early from the pit road penalty, and then I lost brakes during the Final Stage. My JEGS.com team worked hard to get me back out as fast as possible, but that mechanical failure ended our chances of having a good finish to the weekend. We’ll regroup in the off weeks and be ready for Dover (International Speedway).”
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- Gragson had gained one position Saturday when precipitation prevailed and NASCAR postponed the race to Sunday after 23 laps were completed. The race was then postponed to Monday after three inches of snow fell overnight Saturday.
- When the race resumed on Monday, Gragson picked up two spots over the first five laps to move up to eighth. As the opening stage proceeded caution free for the final 56 laps, the No. 18 Tundra remained eighth as the field cross the stripe on lap 70.
- When pit road opened, crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned his young driver to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel with a chassis adjustment to try and improve the handling for Gragson. The Safelite Tundra was scored in the seventh position when Stage Two went green on lap 82.
- Gragson moved up to the fourth spot with a strong restart and when the top three drivers made contact, he had to swerve to miss a spinning Stewart Friesen. While he went high to avoid contact, three trucks made their way to the inside of his Tundra before the caution flew.
- The Las Vegas native restarted from the seventh position on lap 92 and would remain there when Stage Two ended on lap 140.
- The NASCAR Next alum brought his Toyota to the attention of his over-the-wall crew who administered a four-tire and fuel stop with a trackbar adjustment and returned Gragson to the track scored in the eighth position.
- After the field went three wide to start the Final Stage, Gragson got caught in the middle and subsided to the ninth position. With passing at a premium, the Safelite Tundra had only advanced back to the eighth position when the field was slowed for the seventh time on lap 215.
- Fugle elected to put on four scuffed tires to try and give the No. 18 team an advantage for the final 35-lap battle. After restarting ninth on lap 220, Gragson advanced three spots over the next three laps.
- Gragson took the final restart of the race from the fourth position on lap 243, but lost one spot in the closing laps and crossed the stripe fifth. It was the talented youngster's second top-five finish across four starts this season.
Martinsville Race Information:
Stage 1 Finish: 10th
Stage 2 Finish: 9th
Stage 1 Finish: 1st
Stage 2 Finish: 1st
"Our No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford F-150 was dominant all day long - I think we had the fastest truck on the racetrack. We led more laps than anyone else today, but unfortunately every time we came down pit road, we lost spots. We've had that issue in the past, and could've had the championship last year had we not had issues on pit road. We're going to move forward from here. We're going to make sure we're not losing any more spots - we want strong performances on the track and on pit lane. We've had dominant trucks all year long. We're going to move forward - once we get this fixed, the wins should come easy."
- Burton started 13th and said his No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra was a little tight off early in the race.
- He was up to 11th when the race was red flagged for rain and snow after 24 laps, and eventually postponed until Monday morning.
- When the race resumed Monday morning, Burton held his position to finish the first stage in 11th place. His DEX Imaging Tundra was a bit free on entry and snug in the center. He pitted for four tires and a wedge adjustment.
- Burton was 12th for the restart on lap 83. A few laps after taking the green, he was caught up in a spin in front of him which caused only cosmetic damage to the left rear of the truck.
- The spin put him back in 18th, but Burton battled his way back up to 10th by the time the second stage ended on lap 140. He pitted for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
- He was 13th to start the final stage and was back into the top 10 within 10 laps.
- Burton came to pit road for the final time under caution on lap 216. He returned to the race in 10th place.
- With a lot of side-by-side racing throughout the field, he was 12th with 20 laps to go, but fought back into the top 10 to finish eighth. It was his second career top-10 finish in the Truck Series.
With three straight top-20 finish in the books to open the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Austin Wayne Self and his Niece Motorsports team had to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway looking for their first top-10 of the year in Saturday afternoon’s Alpha Energy Resources 250.
Returning to the famed paperclip short track, the Austin, Texas native, has two prior starts at Martinsville, including a strong 15th-place showing in the spring of 2016.
Rejuvenated after a two-week break, Self is ready to get back down to business in the first short track race of the year.
“Martinsville is one of those places you either love or hate,” said Self who sits 18th in Truck Series points. “It’s not an easy place to navigate. You must hit your marks every single lap. Truth has usually been told though, if you keep your nose clean you’re going to find yourself in a good position to have a good finish.
“That’s our goal for Saturday afternoon.”
Knowing that track position is crucial at a place like Martinsville, Self expects he and crew chief Joey Cohen to have an emphasis on qualifying, something Self admits he’s struggled at in the past at Martinsville.
“I haven’t been the greatest qualifier at Martinsville, but that’s something I’m looking to change this weekend,” Self chuckled. “We have three practice sessions on Friday and I think that will help a bunch. If we can get ourselves in a good race pace trim, we can turn some of our attention towards qualifying. With the weather looking iffy this weekend – it’s important to know how balanced our truck will be with different setups.”
Announced last week, Kreuz Market will support the No. 22 Chevrolet in the fourth race of the season.
With its landmark servings offering sausage and BBQ, without sauce or forks, in a sprawling, rustic cafeteria-like setting, Kreuz Market is set to embark on its journey into NASCAR with Self, a Texas-based driver.
In addition to its laid-back country-like atmosphere, Kreuz Market also smokes and ships Texas barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and pork, which Niece Motorsports will receive throughout the year to serve up at the track as the team’s pre-race meal.
“I am thrilled to be partnered with another proud Texas company,” added Self. “I’m excited to have a taste of home each weekend at the track, and there’s no doubt we’ll have some of the best eating of anyone in the garage thanks to Kreuz Market.”
Kreuz Market is equally excited to enter their first foray into NASCAR with Self.
"We are excited to join Austin Wayne Self and the NASCAR Don't mess with Texas truck series team. It means a lot to all of us at Kreuz to join a team that has such strong Texas pride,” said Weston Black, catering manager for Kreuz Market.
“We are looking forward to sharing our original Kreuz Market barbecue with the team and spreading the message that anyone in the US can buy our authentic Texas Barbecue and have it shipped right to their doorstep year-round."
Like last year, the Don’t mess with Texas campaign and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 44th career start.
The Don’t mess with Texas campaign is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.
For more than 30 years, Don’t mess with Texas has made tremendous progress educating Texans about the impact of littering on the state’s economy, environment and physical landscape.
In 43 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.8 during his three years of competition.
To order your next pre-race meal and show your support for Austin Wayne Self and Kreuz Market, visit kreuzmarket.com. Also check out its social media platforms on Facebook
For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.
For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.