Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (5852)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
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Stage 1 Finish: 15th
Stage 2 Finish: 11th
After heading to the west coast this weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), Cody Coughlin was ready to duplicate his success from his spring trip to LVMS earlier this season.
Continuing his streak of qualifying within the top-15 in four starts at LVMS, Coughlin lined his No. 2 God Bless the Broken Road Chevrolet Silverado up in the 15th position for Friday night’s race. Getting shuffled back a couple positions at the start of the race, a quick caution on lap five lined the field back up double-file allowing Coughlin to get a good jump, moving from 17th to 11th. Maintaining his position for the next 18 laps, Coughlin crossed the finish line at the end of Stage One in the 11th position. Under the stage break, crew chief Doug Randolph called Couhglin down pit road for four tires, fuel and both air pressure and chassis adjustments to help aid in a Chevy that was tight on exit.
Picking up a position on pit road, Coughlin lined up 10th for the start of Stage Two on lap 38, but with many trucks running three and four-wide, Coughlin made the smart decision to lay back and keep his nose clean until the caution came out on lap 47. Still fighting a tight sensation, Coughlin was one of a handful of drivers to come to pit road under the caution, getting two left-side tires, a chassis adjustment and a splash of fuel for his God Bless the Broken Road Chevy. Restarting 27th on lap 50, Coughlin made quick work making his way through traffic, racing his way to a 13th-place finish in Stage Two. Coming back down pit road under the stage break, Coughlin got two right-side tires and another splash of fuel.
With various pit strategy taking place, Coughlin’s No. 2 was on the front row for the restart on lap 67 for the final stage of the race, lining up in second in the low line. Unfortunately, Coughlin’s Chevy didn’t grip well in the bottom groove when the green flag was displayed and slipped back to 10th once he was able to regain control. Able to grab two of his positions back, Coughlin was scored eighth when the caution came out on lap 84. Coming to pit road for the final time of the night, the No. 2 Chevy got four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment before rejoining the field for the restart on lap 90 in 11th-place. Determined to make up the rest of the ground lost on the previous restart, Coughlin methodically began working his way through the pack, reaching seventh place with 25 laps to go. However, the caution flag came out on lap 114 and stalled his momentum. Not long after, caution came out on lap 122 and again on lap 131, setting up a green-white-checkered attempt with Coughlin lining up ninth. Fighting hard on the restart, Coughlin unfortunately got spun and did his best to save his truck, but ended up tagging the wall. Coming to the attention of his No. 2 team on pit road, the team assessed the damage and made repairs before sending Coughlin back on track. However, the damage proved to be too much for the No. 2 to continue, ending Coughlin’s night early with a 24th-place finish.
“We had a great race going until we were taken out,” Coughlin said. “It’s really disappointing. Our guys did a great job this weekend and we had a great God Bless the Broken Road Chevy tonight.”
The NCWTS will take a few weeks off before returning to action at Talladega Superspeedway for the third and final race of the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs on October 13th.
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- Herbst started from the fifth position but as the field went four-wide into Turn 1 aired on the side of caution costing him four spots by the time he crossed the line to complete lap 1.
- Getting a feel for the aerodynamics of racing in the Truck Series on a mile-and-a-half track for the first time, Herbst logged laps and would cross the stripe at the completion of Stage One in 17th.
- Herbst communicated to his team that his Advance Auto Parts Tundra was good by itself, but unstable in traffic.
- When pit road opened, crew chief Cody Glick summoned his young driver to pit road for four fresh right-side tires with an air pressure adjustment and a full tank of fuel.
- The Las Vegas native returned to the track scored in the 17th position when Stage Two went green on lap 37.
- He had a strong restart allowing him to advance up to to the 14th position by the time the third caution of the race occurred on lap 46. After the restart on lap 49, he fell back to the 15th position, where he was running when he brushed the wall. The contact led to a blown tire and ended his day prematurely.
- Grant Enfinger collected his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of 2018 and automatically advances to the Round of 6. Johnny Sauter finished 0.142 seconds behind Enfinger in the runner-up spot. Justin Haley finished third while Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured 11 cautions for a total of 47 laps. There were 21 lead changes among nine drivers.
- After starting from the pole, Gragson would lead all 30 laps of Stage 1 to pick up his series-leading 10th stage win of the season. He finished 4.6 seconds ahead of John Hunter Nemechek, who crossed the stripe second in the opening Stage.
- When pit road opened, crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for four fresh right-side tires, a trackbar adjustment and a full tank of fuel.
- Stage Two went green on lap 37 with Gragson scored in the second position, but by the time the field crossed the stripe to complete lap 38 had subsided to the sixth spot.
- He was scored in the fourth position when a one-truck accident slowed the field for the third time on lap 46. He reported that the adjustments had snugged up his Toyota.
- The field when back green on lap 49 and the Las Vegas drive was able to advance one position to finish third in Stage Two.
- When pit road opened, Gragson brought the Safelite Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop with a wedge adjustment.
- He returned to the track scored in the fourth position when the Final Stage went green on lap 66. He was running in the runner-up spot, right on the bumper of Grant Enfinger, when a two-truck accident slowed the filed for the fifth time on lap 83.
- Fugle summoned his driver to pit road for four fresh tires, a trackbar adjustment and a full tank of fuel. He returned to the track scored in the sixth position, but was the first driver with four fresh tires.
- As the racing intensified, the battles inside the top 10 were often three and four wide. Stewart Friesen spun just in front of Gragson to bring out the sixth caution of the night with 34 laps remaining.
- The Safelite Tundra was scored in the fifth position when the field went back green on lap 103. Gragson was in a four-wide battle for the fourth spot with 28 laps remaining when his teammate Brandon Jones and Brett Moffitt made contact to his inside, which shot Moffit up the track into Gragson's left-front tire.
- The contact crinkled the fender of the Safelite Tundra and the tire immediately began to smoke. With 25 laps remaining Gragson was forced to pit road, but with the left-front tire flat he was unable to maneuver his truck below the commitment line and was issued a pass-through penalty.
- As he was serving his pass-through penalty, Friesen went spinning through the infield grass bringing out the ninth caution of the evening.
- Gragson hit pit road when it opened to continue repairs to the left-side damage. When the field went back green with 18 laps remaining he was scored two laps down in the 26th position.
- With 16 laps remaining he had an issue with the right-rear tire and hit pit road once again. After the over-the-wall crew put a fresh set of tires on, Gragson returned to the track three laps down.
- The No. 18 team was able to receive two lucky dogs as the race turned into a caution fest in the closing laps and would end the day with an 18th-place finish.
- Jones started seventh and was up to third after the first caution of the race on lap five.
- He was fifth when the first 30-lap stage ended.
- His KBM team brought him to pit road on lap 33 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to help the handling.
- Jones was sixth to start the second stage.
- With 10 laps to go in the stage he was fifth, but lost some track position to finish ninth in Stage Two.
- He came to pit road on lap 63 for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
- He was 11th to start the final 74-lap stage.
- Racing was tight and Jones was shuffled back to 15th, but a caution on lap 84 gave him the opportunity he needed to pit for right-side tires and a track bar adjustment to free up his Tundra.
- He was sixth when the race resumed on lap 90 and was up to fifth 20 laps later.
- While still in fifth, he radioed to the team that he felt like the engine was blowing up. Without wanting to do further damage, he came to pit road for the team to check under the hood. He was told his night was over, leaving him in 26th place.
- Gilliland started 10th and moved up to second place after a great restart on lap 13.
- He was fourth when the stage ended on lap 30 and pitted for right-side tires on lap 33.
- With the two-tire stop, he was third to start the next 30-lap stage.
- His JBL/SiriusXM Tundra was not handling as well on just two fresh tires, so when a caution came on lap 47 the team used the opportunity to bring him back to pit road for four tires.
- Although he was back in 26th place when the race resumed on lap 50, he was able to stay out when Stage Two ended and assume the lead.
- Gilliland restarted the final stage in the lead, but fell back to fourth a few laps into the run.
- While side drafting with another truck on lap 83, he got loose and spun into the wall. He came to pit road for the team to survey the damage and make what repairs they could in the time NASCAR allows on pit road.
- After making another lap, he was forced to retire his Tundra to the garage for the night with a 27th-place finish.
Grant Enfinger found himself celebrating in victory lane on Friday night in Sin City after surviving two NASCAR Overtime finishes upfront to score his second career Camping World Truck Series win. Enfinger, scoring his first win since Talladega Superspeedway in 2016, led the field for 40 of the 144 circuits.
The driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford started third on the leaderboard and went on to win both stages of the Westgate 200. The Alabama native passed race leader Brett Moffitt on the restart with two laps left after Moffitt ran out of fuel. Moffitt, who has four Camping World Truck Series victories in 2018, finished 11th on the leaderboard.
In addition to tonight’s victory, Enfinger has five top five and 13 top 10 finishes through 18 races this year.
Johnny Sauter looked to be the favorite to win on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter, starting sixth on the leaderboard, did everything he could to catch and get around Enfinger for the top spot in the closing laps. However, when the checkered flag fell on the field, Sauter sat second at the line.
Sauter, holding five wins this season through 18 races, has 13 top five and 15 top 10 finishes going into the next race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet led the field for 21 laps.
Rounding out the top three finishers was Justin Haley. Haley, the 12th place starter in the Westgate 200, finished ninth in stage one and sat 12th on the leaderboard in stage two. With two victories this year, the Indiana native goes into Talladega with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes.
Rounding out the top five finishers were Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton. Both fourth and fifth-place drivers started the event at the rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments after qualifying ahead of the Westgate 200.
Ross Chastain scored his 15th career top 10 finish on Friday in the Camping World Truck Series. Chastain had two last season coming at Atlanta and Martinsville across seven starts with Bolen Motorsports. The Florida native started the evening in 24th.
Myatt Snider, Ross Chastain, Austin Theriault, Austin Wayne Self and Chris Eggleston rounded out the top 10.
Pole sitter and Las Vegas native Noah Gragson came into the weekend as one of the favorites to win. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota led the first 33 laps of the evening before Stewart Friesen took over the top spot. The hometown kid never saw the lead again and went on to finish 18th. Friesen later had issues as well after being involved in four of the 11 caution flags. Friesen will leave Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the 17th spot.
The next race for the Camping World Truck Series will take place at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13. Live coverage of the race will be on FOX and MRN starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.