Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (5846)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
"We are extremely proud of what we achieved with Brett and winning the championship together. Our organization's relationship with him dates back to 2012 and we're thankful for what he has meant to our team and the effort he put forth. This past season was full of adversity and we faced numerous challenges in getting to the racetrack each week. Our entire team is working hard to put the best possible program together for next year and we're excited to compete in 2019. We're looking forward to celebrating our championship on Saturday night with Brett at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series awards banquet and hope our results together benefit all of us in the future."
After a successful return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this year, Chad Finley Racing (CFR) is preparing to increase their presence in the series’ next year beginning with the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Fri., Feb. 15, 2019.
Young's Motorsports PR
Stage 2 Finish: 17th
- Gragson started from the third position but as the field headed into Turn one found himself three-wide in the middle and had fallen back to the sixth position by the completion of lap one. He slowly maneuvered his way back towards the front of the field making it into the third spot on lap nine and the runner-up spot on lap 14.
- The Las Vegas native found himself two seconds behind Grant Enfinger when he moved up to second and was only able to cut slightly into the lead before the field completed Stage One on lap 30.
- Before hitting pit road for the first time of the event, Gragson communicated to crew chief Rudy Fugle that "the back of the truck was out of the race track." The over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop and returned their driver to the track scored in the second position.
- The talented youngster would take the lead for one lap after the restart, but then slid back to the third position on the next lap. Halfway through Stage Two he would regain the runner-up position and remain there when the stage ended on lap 60.
- When pit road opened, Gragson brought the Safelite Tundra to pit road for another four-tire and fuel stop and once again returned to the track in the runner-up position.
- A strong restart propelled Gragson around Moffitt for the lead. For several laps Gragson would hold off a strong charge from Moffitt, who could get to his left rear but was unable to complete the pass.
- With 40 laps remaining, the Safelite Tundra was able to put a little distance on its fellow Toyota, but as final scheduled pit stops approached Moffitt would charge back.
- On lap 99, Moffitt got a strong run down the backstretch and made his way around Gragson. Shortly after, Gragson communicated that he felt like he had a tire going down and was summoned to pit road by Fugle.
- When stops cycled through on lap 114, Gragson found himself in the third position and would remain there when the field crossed the stripe for the final time in 2018.
- Gragson finished the season with one win, six poles, eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.5 across 22 starts.
- Gilliland started in 15th, and worked his way up to 12th when the first stage ended on lap 30.
- He pitted for four tires and fuel when the pits opened on lap 32.
- When Stage Two began Gilliland was in 11th place.
- During the restart the field checked up and he was hit from behind damaging the left-rear of his Tundra and falling back to 19th.
- He was 18th when the second stage ended and said the truck was loose.
- He pitted on lap 63 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
- Gilliland restarted the final stage in 15th place.
- Without a caution in the final stage, the field began to cycle through green-flag pit stops by lap 100.
- Gilliland pitted on lap 100 for four tires and fuel to finish the race.
- He moved into 13th with 10 laps to go and finished the race there.
- Burton started 14th in his DEX Imaging Tundra.
- In the first 30-lap stage, Burton worked his way up to 11th.
- He pitted for four tires and fuel on lap 32.
- Burton restarted the second stage in ninth place.
- He told the team his DEX Imaging Tundra was tight center and free off the corners.
- He was 14th on lap 60 when the second stage ended and pitted for four tires and an air pressure adjustment.
- Burton was 10th to start the final 74-lap stage of the race.
- Without any cautions in the final stage, the field began to cycle through green-flag pit stops around lap 100.
- Burton pitted on lap 101 for his final four tires and fuel and was 12th once everyone had come to pit road.
- He worked his way up to 11th where he finished the race.