Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (5852)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
“I’m really excited to compete at Las Vegas,” said Little. “I’ve never been there, but I feel really good about the truck we are bringing, and we’ve worked hard to make our mile and a half program better since the beginning of the year.
“Hopefully, we can have a competitive finish on Friday night and carry that towards the end of the year.”
With the intent to compete at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Texas Motor Speedway and the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway to complete their season, Little is optimistic his team can put themselves in a position to not only be in the spotlight but perhaps pull an upset and win a race.
“I think we can do it,” added Little. “My crew chief Matt (Noyce) works day and night to make our program better, my JJL Motorsports guys are hardcore racers who want to win just as bad.
Plus, we’ve been fortunate enough to have the support of Ford Performance this season and that relationship has helped us to be competitive.
“I think Las Vegas will give us an opportunity to put ourselves back on the map after our bad luck at Bristol and contend for another strong finish.”
Little and JJL Motorsports will also welcome the support of FASTSIGNS® for Las Vegas.
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To assist JJL in their Las Vegas debut, Little and Noyce will utilize chassis No. 003 – which they raced at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway earlier this year and essentially burst the team into the spotlight contending for the win in February before finishing eighth after a late-race restart.
To generate some connection with the fans, JJL Motorsports will offer two Truck Series garage passes for Friday night’s race. Stay tuned to the team’s social media channels to find out how you can win!
In addition to FASTSIGNS®, Little’s No. 97 Ford F-150 will have support from Ford Performance and Performance Friction Corporation (PFC) Brakes for his seventh start of 2018.
The World of Westgate 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 18th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Sept. 14 beginning at 3:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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JJL Motorsport PR
- After starting second, Gragson followed in the tracks of pole sitter Ben Rhodes for the first seven laps. Gragson made his way around Rhodes for the lead on lap 8 and remained out front for the remainder of the stage.
- When pit road opened, crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel.
- Stage Two went green on lap 24 with Gragson scored in the fifth position, the first driver with four fresh tires. By the time the field came back around to complete lap 25, Gragson was back at the front of the field.
- The No. 18 Toyota remained out front when the field was slowed for the second time on lap 32 for a stalled vehicle.
- Gragson was able to hold serve on the restart when the field went back green with six laps remaining and remained out front when the field cross the stripe to complete Stage Two on lap 40. It was the 20-year-old driver's series-leading ninth stage win of 2018.
- When pit road opened, Gragson brought the Safelite Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop. With several teams having played the strategy card at the end of Stage Two, he returned to the track scored in the 11th spot for the start of the Final Stage.
- He returned to the top five with 11 laps remaining and advanced into the runner-up position with seven laps remaining.
- A caution with two laps remaining set up NASCAR overtime and produced another wild finish at the road course north of the border. After the last-corner contact with Gilliland, Gragson gathered his Tundra up and crossed the stripe in the ninth spot.
GMS Racing PR
- Burton started his No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza/FIELDS Tundra 14th after qualifying on rain tires on a damp track Saturday evening.
- He held his own and gained experience with each lap and finished the first 20-lap stage in 11th place.
- Burton pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
- Since some trucks had short pitted before the stage break, Burton was 14th when the race resumed on lap 25.
- He cracked the top 10 on lap 36, and on the next lap his crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., called him to pit road for fresh tires and fuel to help gain more track position after the stage break.
- Burton was 17th when Stage Two ended on lap 40.
- Having stayed out, Burton was up to seventh to start the final stage on lap 49.
- A tough restart after another caution dropped him back to 13th, but he never gave up.
- He was 12th with eight laps to go, but a caution on lap 60 set the stage for a two-lap shootout to finish the race.
- Burton remained 12th with one lap to go, but coming through the final turn the leaders spun in front of the field which created a chain-reaction accident. Burton was hit from behind and spun coming to the finish line, but he hit the gas when his Tundra was pointed straight and finished 13th.
Stage 1 Finish: 12th
Stage 2 Finish: 10th
- Gilliland started 15th after qualifying on rain tires on a damp track Saturday evening. He didn't stay there for long since he was up to 10th within four laps.
- He was sixth before he pitted on lap 37, a few laps short of the stage break to help gain track position.
- After taking four tires and fuel, he was 16th when Stage One ended on lap 40.
- By staying out he restarted second on lap 25, but fell back to fifth after overdriving into one of the turns.
- Gilliland worked his way back up to third until short pitting again on lap 38. He took four tires and fuel, and was 15th when Stage Two ended on lap 40.
- Gilliland restarted the final 24-lap stage fifth.
- A great restart following a caution on lap 52 moved him up to second place.
- With 11 laps to go, he took the lead from Johnny Sauter and pulled away from the field.
- It looked as though Gilliland was going to win his first career NCWTS race, until a caution on lap 60 which cost him his sizeable lead.
- The race came down to a two-lap shootout with his KBM teammate Noah Gragson in second place. On the final turn of the final lap, Gragson dove under Gilliland. The two made contact which caused both drivers to spin and lose track position. Instead of driving to Victory Lane, Gilliland crossed the finish line 11th.
Justin Haley won Sunday's Chevorlet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a thrilling last lap.
Haley emerged as winner after Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland collided in the final corner of the circuit.
"I'd go fight him right now but i can't," Todd Gilliland said following his contact with Noah Gragson.
Noah Gragson was met after the race by both Gilliland's father and Gilliland's crew chief after the race.
Gragson would take full responsibility for the incident.
"Just unfortunate, that was on me. Just trying to get a little too much trying to win." Noah Gragson said.
Gragson would go on to finish 9th and Gilliland would finish 11th.
Pole sitter Ben Rhodes was contending with a top five finish on the last lap but spun out on Turn 5 and finished 14th.
For Justin Haley this is the second victory of his career and his first since Gateway earlier this season. Driver NO. 24 only led two laps in the 250 mile event, but guarantees his spot into the Round of 6.
Rounding out the top fiver were John Hunter Nemecheck in second, Brett Moffitt in third, Timothy Peters in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.
Sunday's race featured a total of eight lead changes among six competitors. Besides Justin Haley who led just two laps of the race, five other competitors led at least one lap. Those drivers included Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland and pole sitter Ben Rhodes.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have several weeks off before returning to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, September 14th on FS1 and MRN.
Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson
Stage 2 Winner: Noah Gragson
Race Winner: Justin Haley