Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (5852)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

Back on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) trail, Jesse Little and his part time JJL Motorsports team head to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway eying their fifth top-10 finish of the season in Friday night’s World of Westgate 200.
 
Preparing to compete in four of the remaining six Truck Series races this season, the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-based team hopes to roll the dice in Sin City and gain some momentum for the final stretch.
“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
Officials from On Point Motorsports announced today that the 2017 ARCA Racing Series Champion, Austin Theriault, will pilot the team’s No. 30 Toyota Tundra in the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will mark the 12th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start for Theriault and his return to the series for the first time since the 2016 season.
 
“This opportunity to work with everyone at On Point Motorsports to help them build this new truck program from the ground up is both exciting and challenging,” said Theriault. “We have what we need to be successful and I know all of us are committed to giving it our best effort. I have history at Las Vegas and though the outcome was not the best moment of my career, my added experiences at 1.5-mile tracks since then will come in handy as we look to tackle the track.”
 
On Point Motorsports made its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last month at Bristol with Scott Lagasse, Jr. and successfully qualified into the field before their night ended early. Led by veteran NASCAR crew chief Steven “Bones” Lane, the team sets it sights on its second start at Las Vegas and the addition of Austin to the driver’s seat.
 
“We are excited to have Austin drive our No. 30 Toyota Tundra in Las Vegas,” stated Steven Lane. “He has fit in very well with our group of guys and spent a good amount of time at the shop helping out. There has been a tremendous amount of work put forth here in the last few months in building On Point Motorsports and we look forward to our second race at Las Vegas.”
 
Theriault returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time since the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event which disastrously ended for the Maine native on lap 14 when his truck was clipped by a fellow competitor sending him hard into the outside wall. The result was a compression fracture of his lower back. He will be joined in his return with support from his long time sponsor Cross Insurance as they will be displayed on the rear quarter panels of the No. 30 Toyota Tundra.
 
“It has been 2016 since I have been behind the wheel of a truck,” added Austin. “I am especially looking forward to the Las Vegas race and changing that stat. I want to thank On Point Motorsports for this opportunity and Cross Insurance for their continued support of my racing career.”
 
The running of the Las Vegas 350 will be Friday September 14th and can be seen LIVE on FoxSports1 at 9:00 pm ET and heard nationwide on MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90.
 
On Point Motorsports PR
Brett Moffitt began the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs by recording an impressive third-place finish on Sunday afternoon at Bowmanville, Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The opening round of the seven-race playoff reached a crescendo on the last lap as Moffitt navigated his way through a wreck on the last corner and tallied his ninth top-five finish of the season. The driver of the No. 16 Don Valley North Toyota, Weins Canada Tundra sits third on the playoff grid with two races remaining in the first round, 29 points above the cut line.
 
Moffitt started 17th after qualifying was held in wet track conditions on Saturday evening. From the outset on Sunday afternoon, Moffitt displayed the raw speed in his No. 16 Toyota Tundra and quickly broke into the top 10 by lap six. Moffitt continued his quest towards the front and advanced to sixth position to earn five points at the end of Stage 1 on lap 20. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for a four-tire pit stop to add fuel and make air pressure adjustments on the stage break, and Moffitt restarted ninth on lap 25 as multiple trucks elected to not pit.
 
Stage 2 went in similar fashion, as Moffitt was consistently one of the strongest trucks in the field and entered the top five on lap 27. The four-time race winner this season steadily posted the fastest laps as Stage 2 wore on, nearly erasing the gap with the race leader. Moffitt picked up nine critical championship points by running second at the end of Stage 2 on lap 40. As multiple trucks employed varying pit strategies behind Moffitt, he rejoined the field in 12th after making a pit stop for four tires, fuel, and air pressure changes under the caution.
 
The intensity ratcheted up on lap 52 with the race’s final stage restarted. Moffitt was pushed off course in Turn 5 and slipped back to 14th, but immediately recovered. Moffitt advanced through the field with a calculated aggression and quickly rejoined the top-five on lap 60. A caution on lap 61 set up an overtime restart shortly after he gained the fifth position. Moffitt entered the final three corners in fifth on the last lap as the two race leaders made contact ahead and spun in the final corner. Moffitt picked his way through the chaos of spinning trucks, smoke, and dirt to take the checkered flag in third position. The ninth top-five finish of the season marks his career-best NCWTS road course finish and positioned him third on the playoff grid. 
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
"Our race strategy, we went for stage points. So, we ended up restarting 10th or 12th on the final stage. We had a really fast Don Valley North Toyota Tundra today. These guys worked really hard on it. I just wish we could have gotten back to the front a little sooner. I think we had the speed where if we got to the front, we would be able to pull away and go for a win. But, just wasn’t our day. Overall, a great points day. This place can be hard. Obviously, we saw the No. 18 not be able to finish, or not be able to finish where he should. We just tried to eliminate that option and have a good points day for the first round of the playoffs."

HRE PR

Noah Gragson led a race-high 35 laps and won the first two stags of Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Series Playoff opener before finishing ninth after losing several spots after an accident happened in the final corner on the final lap of the race.
 
After winning Stage 2, the No. 18 Safelite Tundra hit pit road for four fresh tires and fuel and returned to the track scored in the 11th position, behind teams that had pitted late in Stage 2. Gragson methodically maneuvered his way back towards the front of the field, making his way into the runner-up position, 3.5 seconds behind his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Todd Gilliland, with seven laps remaining. The field was slowed for a one-truck accident with two laps remaining and set up NASCAR overtime.
 
Gilliland got a strong restart and when he took the white flag was 0.68 seconds ahead of Gragson. Gragson dug deep and slowly reeled in his teammate over the course of the final lap. As they entered the final turn, Gragson made a run to the inside of Gilliland and both trucks went spinning after making contact with each other. After gathering up his Toyota and getting it headed in the right direction, Gragson crossed the stripe in the ninth spot.
 
Gragson - who recorded his 11th consecutive top-10 finish - leaves the first race of the playoffs in the fourth position, 24 points ahead of the cutoff line for advancing to the Round of 6.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • 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. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • 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. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • 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.

KBM PR

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

 

START: 8th

FINISH: 1st

POINTS: 4th

Notes:

- Haley's win Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) is his first at the road course as well as his second career NCWTS win.

- Haley extends his streak of consecutive top-10 finishes to eight after his win this weekend, a streak dating back to his last win at Gateway Motorsports Park in June. He now has 13 top-10 finishes in the 2018 NCWTS season, as well as six top-five finishes. 

-Taking the win in the first race of the Round of 8, Haley automatically locked himself into the next round of the 2018 NCWTS Playoffs. He also accumulated five additional Playoff points and moved into fourth in the NCWTS driver point standings.

 

Quote:

"This is amazing. I knew that going in there that those guys probably would make a decision that wasn't the smartest in the last corner. We had a really fast Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet all day though to put me in that position. I saw it coming and I knew we were in the catbird seat. I have to give it to everyone at GMS Racing, Drew Braun Racing, Michael Self, God, my family and everyone apart of this deal. It's amazing. This is one that I've been chasing for a long time. I've ran a lot of road courses and never gotten there. This win means more than Gateway and it proves that we're the dark horse going into the Round of 6."

 

Timothy Peters, No. 25 Allegiant Chevrolet

 

START: 5th

FINISH: 4th

OWNER PTS: 12th

Notes:

- Peters’ fourth-place finish in the Allegiant Chevrolet was his best result in five starts at CTMP.

- The No. 25 truck is now 12th in the NCWTS owner point standings after 17 races.

 

Quote:

"I can't think everyone at GMS enough for giving me the opportunity to come out and run this race. Jerry and the team put together a great Allegiant Chevrolet and I had a lot of fun getting back out here with these guys. I made a mistake there at the end and cost us a better finish, but overall it was a good day. I'm thankful for how things turned out and hope to get another shot with these guys."

 

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet

 

START: 6th

FINISH: 6th

POINTS: 1st

Notes:

- Sauter's sixth-place finish is his 14th top-10 of 2018 and ties his previous best finish at the road course, earned in 2017.

- The Necedah, Wis., native continues to lead the NCWTS point standings by six points over Brett Moffitt.

 

Quote:

"Overall it was a decent day for the 21 team. I thought we were going to come out with a top-five, but I couldn't tell exactly what was going on in front of me coming up the hill at the end and was just trying to stay out of trouble. I feel like we gave up a few spots coming to the checkered, but we made it through this first race. To me this is the bigger wild card race of this first round of The Playoffs, so to come out with a top-10 and still have the points lead, I feel like we're doing what we need to do."

 

Cody Coughlin, No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet

 

START: 12th

FINISH: 15th

POINTS: 11th

Notes:

- Coughlin’s 12th-place qualifying effort and 15th-place finish are both track-best stats for the driver of the No. 2 at CTMP.

- With his top-15 finish at CTMP, Coughlin improves to 11th in NCWTS driver point standings.

 

Quote:

"What a fun day. It was great having a good clean race. Running up front was exciting also. Doug (Randolph) and the whole 2 team did a great job. I had some radio problems during the last few laps of the race that cost us some spots, but overall it was a really solid day."

GMS Racing PR

Harrison Burton made his first road course start Sunday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). His goal going into the race was to minimize mistakes and maximize track position since that is what it takes for a solid finish on a road course. Burton stuck to the plan, but a wild final-lap spin left him with a 13th-place finish.
 
 
Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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.

KBM PR

Canada Race Information:
Started: 4th
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 5th
Finished: 5th
Laps: 65/65
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 5th
Owner Points: 11th
Playoff Position: 5th
 
MATT CRAFTON WITHSTANDS WILD FINISH FOR 10TH TOP-10 FINISH OF 2018 SEASON
 
"We were just a little tight all day long. Junior [Joiner] and the guys kept working on it to free it up. We got better, but we still need just a little bit more. The 18 truck was really, really good all day, but I felt like we could've run with him if we kept freeing it up. All in all, not a terrible day. We got a lot of stage points - that's all that matters, I guess. I think we're going to have a really good truck when we go to Las Vegas. I'm really looking forward to it. Then, Talladega will be the crap shoot, to be totally honest. We'll hopefully get to go to Vegas and win us one."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 17
Laps Completed: 2,367 of 2,534
Laps Led: 53
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 6
Top-10 Finishes: 10
Average Start: 9.1
Average Finish: 11.1
 
  
Canada Race Information:
Started: 1st
Stage 1: 2nd
Stage 2: 16th
Finished: 14th
Laps: 65/65
Laps Led: 6
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 6th
Playoff Position: 7th
 
LATE-RACE SPIN FORCES BEN RHODES TO SETTLE 14TH AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
 
"We started off strong, leading for a few laps of the race. Noah Gragson was charging really hard at us, so I let him go - held on to it and actually put up a fight back towards him. He just had more straightaway speed than us. He got down the straights just a little bit faster than us. We'll go back to the shop and figure out what we can do there to pick up some more speed and to be able to compete a little more with these guys. Overall, we had a very strong truck. It's unfortunate there on the last lap, we got rear-ended by Sauter and knocked us around. We were able to salvage a 14th-place finish for the day."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 17
Laps Completed: 2,515 of 2,534
Laps Led: 224
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Poles: 3 (Martinsville, Eldora, Canada)
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 9
Average Start: 8.8
Average Finish: 10.6
 
 
 
Canada Race Information:
Started: 11th
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2: 9th
Finished: 17th
Laps: 65/65
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 8th
Playoff Position: 8th
 
GRANT ENFINGER FACES TOUGH END TO STRONG RUN AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
 
"Not quite the finish we deserved today, but our ThorSport Racing Champion Power Equipment Ford team did a great job in giving us a good truck. Things got crazy at the end and unfortunately, we came out on that bad end of it. We will rebound and be ready for Vegas. Thank you to Ford Performance for all of their help in getting us up to speed on the road course."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 17
Laps Completed: 2,525 of 2,534
Laps Led: 66
Wins: 0
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Top-five Finishes: 4
Top-10 Finishes: 12
Average Start: 7.9
Average Finish: 8.8 
 
 
    
 
Canada Race Information:
Started: 3rd
Stage 1 Finish: 12th
Stage 2 Finish: 10th
Finished: 19th
Laps: 65/65
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 13th
 
MYATT SNIDER DRIVES THROUGH TOUGH DAY AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
 
"It was a wild race in Canada today. I had a lot of fun today driving around the road course this weekend, but we just didn't have the best race. The team did their best to adjust on the truck all day. I'm really proud of my guys for trying to get this truck under me. We're going to Vegas next - one of our strongest tracks. We had a good run there earlier this year, so I'm looking forward to that. Overall, we had a fun time at the road course, we just need to aim differently next year."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 17
Laps Completed: 2,386 of 2,534
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0 
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Average Start: 15.1
Average Finish: 15.5
 
Thorsport PR
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) went north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) for the series' only road course race of the season. With experience at this track from racing there in last year's NCWTS race, Todd Gilliland had his sights set on driving his No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Tundra to Victory Lane - and nearly made it there. He led 11 laps and was leading on the final lap of the overtime race when contact with his KBM teammate, Noah Gragson, dropped both drivers through the field leaving Gilliland with an 11th-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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.

KBM PR

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