Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (5852)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

TIRE ISSUES, PIT ROAD PENALTIES AND LATE RACE WRECK DERAILS HILL’S RUN AT VEGAS
 
Austin Hill made his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Friday night. After two practice sessions, the Winton, Ga., native qualified 16th. Throughout the 134-lap World of Westgate 200, Hill overcame tire issues and a pit road penalty, but he was ultimately involved in a multi-truck accident on the second overtime restart that ended his night and resulted in a 23rd-place finish.
 
STAGE 1 RECAP: 
  • Started Stage 1: P16
  • Finished Stage 1: P24
Hill started the 134-lap World of Wingate 200 from the outside of Row 8. There was only one caution in the opening stage, for Hill’s teammate blowing a tire on lap four, and Hill went on to finish Stage 1 in 24th.
 
STAGE 2 RECAP: 
  • Started Stage 2: P25
  • Finished Stage 2: P14
Crew chief Chad Kendrick called Hill to pit road on lap 33 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help aid tight conditions on the Young’s Building Systems No. 02 that Hill reported at the end of Stage 1. On lap 37, he restarted from the 25th position and survived one caution on lap 45 and advanced 11 positions to finish Stage 2 in 14th.
 
STAGE 3 RECAP: 
  • Started Stage 3: P14
  • Finished Stage 3: P23 
The pilot of the No. 02 Chevrolet came to pit road on lap 63 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment and restarted the final stage from 14th. On lap 82, Hill reported he had a tire going down, luckily the caution was displayed the following lap and Hill came to pit road on lap 84 for four tires and fuel. He returned two laps later for some adjustments and to check the right side of the Young’s Building Systems No. 02 where the tire went down. Unfortunately, the team was hit with a pit road penalty for a crew member going over the wall too soon and he restarted from the tail end of the longest line. On lap 89, Hill restarted in 25th and climbed to 17th with 40 laps remaining. During a flurry of cautions in the closing laps, Hill returned to pit road for more adjustments to the No. 02 Chevrolet and restarted 13th on the green-white-checkered restart. The caution was displayed again. Hill came to pit road for a new right front tire and restarted 21st for the second overtime restart. Unfortunately, he was involved in a multi-truck accident on the front stretch during the restart, relegating him to a 23rd-place finish.
 
 

TIRE ISSUES END NEVADA NATIVE’S RUN EARLY

Tanner Thorson made his fifth-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this past Friday in the World of Westgate 200. The Minden, Nev., native ran his first laps on the 1.5-mile circuit in two practice sessions on Thursday and made the second round of qualifying to start 11th for the 134-lap race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, Thorson blew a tire ending his day, resulting in a 32nd-place finish.
 
STAGE 1 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 1: P11
  • Finished Stage 1: P32 
Thorson started the World of Westgate 200 from the inside of Row 6 and was running just outside of the top-10 when the right front tire blew on the GoShare.co No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado, sending him into the outside wall. Thorson came to a stop near the entrance of pit road and climbed from the cockpit as the tire had caught fire, ending his day. He was treated and released from the infield care center and relegated to a 32nd-place finish.

Young's Motorsports PR

Las Vegas Race Information:
Started: 3rd
Stage 1: 7th
Stage 2: 1st
Finished: 1st
Laps: 144 / 144
Laps Led: 40
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 6th
Playoff Position:  2nd
 
GRANT ENFINGER NABS SECOND CAREER NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES WIN AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
 
"It was an unbelievable day. We've put together individual performances that could've won a race throughout the year - probably had a handful of could have, would have, should haves, and this was the first time we put the whole package together. We had speed in the truck. We won the race, which is the most important part, but we had the best truck here. That's a testament to ThorSport Racing, a testament to Ford Performance. We just had a heck of a truck. Even when we ended up off-sequence, I wasn't really worried because our Champion Ford Performance / Curb Records Ford F-150 was so good."

   

2018 Stats:
Starts: 18
Laps Completed: 2,669 / 2,678
Laps Led: 106
Wins: 1 (Las Vegas)
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 13
Average start: 7.6
Average finish: 8.3
 
   
Las Vegas Race Information:
Started: 18th
Stage 1: 10th
Stage 2: 7th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 144 / 144
Laps Led: 4
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 7th
Playoff Position: 7th 
 
BEN RHODES BATTLES TO FOURTH IN CHAOTIC WORLD OF WESTGATE 200 AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
 
"It seemed like it was chaos when they dropped the green flag. We had a very fast Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150 - we just needed clean air to showcase that. The guys on pit road did an amazing job to get me to the front. Once that happened, we were able to lead some laps. I'm very proud of their effort. Unfortunately, it came down to restarts at the end of the race. The restarts are what dictated where we were going to finish. If you had the lane that had the momentum, then you were going to pass cars and potentially get the lead. If you were unfortunate enough to get stuck behind someone, like Johnny Sauter, who seemed to miss every restart in the world and choked away the win, you were at a loss of positions and had to make do with what you had at that point. All in all, it was a very solid performance for us considering we started in the back. I just wish we were able to get more stage points to help our playoff efforts. We're off to Talladega, and it's going to be all about luck getting into the Round of 6."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 18
Laps Completed: 2,659 / 2,678
Laps Led: 228
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Poles: 3 (Martinsville, Eldora, Canada)
Top-five Finishes: 6
Top-10 Finishes: 10 
Average start: 9.3
Average finish: 10.2
    
 
 
Las Vegas Race Information:
Started: 29th
Stage 1: 8th
Stage 2: 2nd
Finished: 5th
Laps: 144 / 144
Laps Led: 4
Status: Running
Driver Points: 5th
Owner Points: 10th
Playoff Position: 6th
 
MATT CRAFTON EARNS SEVENTH TOP-FIVE OF 2018 AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
 
"We had such a good run at the end. I was pushing the 21 [Sauter], and we weren't doing really good. I had an idea - the 16 [Moffitt] was running out of gas, and when he ran out of gas, I was locked on the 21's bumper. I was going to pull out of line at that point to see if I could go by the 21 and about that time, the 16 was there. I had to check up a little bit and lost momentum. Overall, it was a solid finish for us after having to start at the back."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 18
Laps Completed: 2,511 / 2,678
Laps Led: 57
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 7
Top-10 Finishes: 11
Average start: 10.2
Average finish: 10.7

 
   
 
Las Vegas Race Information:
Started: 13th
Stage 1 Finish: 15th
Stage 2 Finish: 11th
Finished: 6th
Laps: 144 / 144
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 13th
 
MYATT SNIDER EARNS SIXTH TOP-10 OF 2018 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SEASON AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
 
"We were just chasing the truck's handling all night - the track was slick. The Century Container Ford F-150 team never gave up and we kept digging on the truck. It was really trying to fight us, but we never stopped trying to fix it. I'm really proud of the whole team, and everyone for getting this thing fixed up and fast enough to get us back towards the front. We were able to make some good moves after the last few restarts while everyone else was fighting with each other. Again, I'm proud of this whole team - this is what a championship team does and bodes well for 2019. Heading to Talladega next, I feel we ran really well at Daytona earlier this season. I finished third at Talladega last year, and I think, honestly, we will have a pretty good package. ThorSport Racing as a whole was good at Daytona. I'm excited for it."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 18
Laps Completed: 2,530 / 2,678
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Average start: 14.9
Average finish: 15.0   
 
Thorsport PR

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. 

 

GMS Racing PR

Brett Moffitt’s late charge to the lead at Las Vegas Motor Speedway resulted in an 11th-place finish after fuel issues derailed his bid for victory on the final Overtime restart. The 11th-place result keeps Moffitt above the cut line in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoff standings with an 18-point cushion.
 
Moffitt turned in a solid qualifying effort on Friday afternoon by posting the ninth-fastest lap in single-truck qualifying. From the drop of the green flag, Moffitt combated an ill-handling balance with his Osaka Toyota, TZ Toyota Tundra. Early in Stage 1, Moffitt reported his Tundra was “plowing on exit” of both corners and lacked front grip over the bumps. The handling prohibited a march to the front and kept Moffitt in 13th at the end of Stage 1 on lap 30. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli made sizable adjustments during the caution, including a left rear spring rubber and wedge to go along with four tires and fuel.
 
Moffitt’s balance improved, but handling issues still persisted in Stage 2. He told the TZ, Osaka Toyota team that the balance had improved by “30-50% max” and began to make progress towards the front of the field. Moffitt rejoined the top-10 by lap 54 and collected a point at the end of Stage 2 on lap 60 by running 10th. A lightning-fast, four-tire stop with air pressure adjustments by the HRE team gained Moffitt several positions and restart seventh on lap 68. A wild restart shuffled Moffitt back to 16th, but he immediately clawed his way back to the top 10 on lap 90.
 
Moffitt started to flex his muscle in the final stage and entered the top-five on a lap 104 restart and began to threaten the race leaders. A lap 117 restart allowed Moffitt to make an aggressive move for third position, and he perfectly executed a three-wide move for the lead on the following restart at lap 125. Moffitt held the lead through two overtime restarts and came within mere feet of taking the white flag, but two caution flags set up a third OT restart. Moffitt reported his fuel pressure gauge flashed under the final caution which caused the engine to stumble on the lap 144 restart. Moffitt regained his momentum and took the checkered flag to finish 11th. One race remains in the opening round of the NCWTS Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway. Moffitt sits fifth on the Playoff Grid, 18 points ahead of the cut line.
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
"We just ran out of fuel. We didn't have enough under caution. I was trying to swerve it back and forth to keep the pickup box full. We were supposed to be a few laps to the good, so it shouldn't have been an issue. It's a bummer when I'm a hundred yards from the start/finish line and I see him somewhat throw the white (flag) and then throw caution. Then we have (the fuel issue) happen. So, it is what it is."

HRE PR

Making just his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, and his first on a mile-and-a-half track, Riley Herbst put together a solid start to the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - his hometown track. The 19-year-old driver posted the 10th fastest time in Friday's opening practice at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, before recording the fastest lap in the final session.
 
He continued to show that the Advance Auto Parts Tundra possessed the speed to have a solid run when he qualified fifth for the 134-lap race. Once the event began, the talented youngster fell back to the middle of the pack as he was poised to log laps and learn the aerodynamics of racing on an intermediate track in the Truck Series.
 
After finishing Stage One in the 17th spot, Herbst was running 15th with six laps to go in Stage Two when his truck pushed off the exit of Turn 4 and brushed the outside wall. He was able to continue on, but a tire rub developed quickly and moments later he blew a tire and once again hit the wall, this time pancaking the right side of his Tundra. He was unable to continue in the race and ended a promising weekend with a 29th-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap:
 
  • 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.
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
  • 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.
 
World of Westgate 200 Recap:
 
  • 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.
 
KBM PR

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet

 

START: 6th

FINISH: 2nd

POINTS: 1st

Notes:

- Sauter was leading with five to go before a series of cautions set up NASCAR Overtime, ultimately resulting in his 11th top-three finish of the season.

- Sauter extended his points lead to 17 points over Noah Gragson with one race remaining in the Round of 8.

 

Quote:

“Our night obviously didn’t start off very good, we were off a little bit. I just told Joe (Shear Jr.) ‘I don’t care what you change, just do something big.’ We were struggling to run in the top-10, so hats off to Joe and my guys for working on it all night long. I think toward the middle part of the race we were the fastest truck and drove to the lead and thought we were in good shape. Then, just caution after caution after caution. I struggled on restarts tonight, I’ve got some work to do there, but overall it ended up being a decent night for us.”

 

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

 

START: 12th

FINISH: 3rd

POINTS: 4th

Notes:

- Friday night’s third-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NCWTS track-best finish for Haley in three races at the 1.5-mile oval.

- Haley once again extended his streak of consecutive top-10 finishes to nine after this weekend. His streak began back in June with his win at Gateway Motorsports Park. Haley now also has seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes so far in the 2018 NCWTS season.

- Haley remains fourth in the 2018 NCWTS driver point standings but is still locked in to the Round of Six of the NCWTS NASACR Playoffs after his win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

 

Quote:

“We had a really good No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy this weekend, even from as soon as we unloaded, I knew we were going to have a good race. We just were a bit off on qualifying from where we would have liked to be, and even at the start of the race we struggled to get the handling of the truck where it needed to be. The longer the race went, the more the handling would finally start to come around. It wasn't until the closing laps and multiple cautions, that allowed me to really be able to use the restarts to my advantage and get up within striking distance of the leaders. While it would have been nice to get another win, it was a good overall night for us and I really feel like we have momentum on our side heading to Talladega."

 

Timothy Peters, No. 25 Kingman Chevrolet

 

START: 14th

FINISH: 19th

OWNER PTS: 12th

Notes:

- Peters’ was looking at a solid top-10 finish in his second start for GMS Racing, but sustained damage in a late race incident resulting in him being a lap down during NASCAR Overtime.

- The No. 25 is 12th in the NCWTS Owner Points standings.

 

Quote:

“We had a really fast truck tonight. I knew I had some work to do after qualifying but the balance was pretty good to start. There were some penalties on pit road that made it difficult to get up front, but once we got through cautions and traffic, we were able to run top-10 and were right there at the top-five. Unfortunately things happen and we weren’t able to get the finish that we deserved. I really appreciate Mike (Beam) and Maury (Gallagher) for giving me the opportunity to come out and compete with Jerry (Baxter) and the No. 25 team again.”

 

Cody Coughlin, No. 2 God Bless the Broken Road Chevrolet

 

START: 15th

FINISH: 24th

POINTS: 11th

Notes:

- Running solidly within the top-15 all night, Coughlin had worked his up to the ninth position until he was ultimately turned around in the closing laps and was unable to finish the race due to damage.

- After his run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Coughlin remained 11th in the 2018 NCWTS driver point standings.

 

Quote:

“We had a great race going until were taken out. It’s really disappointing. Our guys did a great job this weekend and we had a great God Bless the Broken Road Chevy tonight.”

 

GMS Racing PR

Noah Gragson captured his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series leading fifth pole of the year and then led the first 33 laps of the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway en route to his series-leading 10th stage victory of the season. The 20-year-old drive was in a contention to win at his hometown track late in the race before contact from another competitor's truck crinkled his left-rear fender and a tire rub developed.
 
Gragson would have to hit pit road under green flag conditions and went multiple laps down. By finishing in the 18th position, he was able to hold onto the fourth position on the Playoff Grid heading into the final race of the Round of 8 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He currently sits 23 points above the cutoff line for advancing to the Round of 6.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • 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. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • 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. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • 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.

KBM PR

Brandon Jones made his fifth and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season for KBM Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was hoping to end his night in Victory Lane with his No. 51 Delta® Faucet/Menards Tundra, but instead was parked in the garage before the race ended with a 26th-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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.

KBM PR

 

Todd Gilliland made his first start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday night and hoped to hit the jackpot, but his luck ran out instead. After leading five laps to start the final stage, Gilliland hit the wall on lap 83, which ended his night prematurely in 27th place.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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.

KBM PR

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.