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With his Thunder Valley debut behind him, Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) is ready to check off another “first” during his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie campaign, as the Niece Motorsports driver will make his road course debut in Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

Fontaine has embraced the challenges of new surroundings with an upbeat demeanor and “never give up” attitude, and while his newest test awaits him, the Asheville, N.C. native, is ready to embrace Canada’s 10-turn course. 

“It’s now or never,” Fontaine joked about his road course debut. “Seriously, though. It’s important for me to take these steps to broaden my racing resume – while experiencing all elements of Motorsports competition. I made my dirt debut last month at Eldora, now it’s time to go road course racing.”

To help adjust to turning right and left, Fontaine’s Niece Motorsports sent him to a driving school at the Bowmanville, Ontario race track, where he spent a few days with teammate Austin Wayne Self studying the course and experiencing its technique for himself, driving around the 2.459-mile road course in an equipped vehicle. 

“My Niece Motorsports team has done everything that they can to prepare me for Canada,” said Fontaine. “They’ve provided support with video, photos and even sent me to Canada earlier this summer to experience its twists and turns for myself.

“It’s a nice venue with some speed and finesse mixed in. The goal for me is making gains from the first practice to the final practice and getting ourselves in a good spot for qualifying and seeing if we can utilize some strategy to put us near the front during the race. 

“I think if you can keep all four-wheels on the track, it’s going to be a good day.”

Fontaine also plans to rely on the support of Self for guidance and advice around conquering Canadian Tire.

“Austin’s been here twice, and I’ll be able to pick his brain a little bit with any questions that I have,” he explained. “I think it’s going to be important for me to get behind someone like Austin who has been to Canada before and see if I can follow them in their footsteps.

“Once the race starts, it’s every man for himself. I’d be happy to come out of Canada with a top-15. A top-10 would feel like a win for sure.” 

After 16 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 20.1  entering Canada. He earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

In addition to a full-time NASCAR driver, Fontaine is starting his sophomore year as a student at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), where he is pursuing a political science degree. 

For more on Justin Fontaine, please visit JustinFontaine.com, like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine. 

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 (64 laps | 157.37 miles) is the 17th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Sat., Aug. 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:35 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag on Sun., Aug. 26 shortly after 2:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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On the heels of another strong finish this past Thursday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his Niece Motorsports team trek North of the Border this weekend, looking to continue their recent surge in performance, in Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

With plenty of road racing skills, Self eyes his return to the 2.459-mile road course as the perfect venue to earn his first top-10 finish of the season aboard his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado.

Riding the momentum of 11 top-20 finishes in the last 12 races, including back-to-back top-15 efforts, Self’s run at Bristol is propelling him to keep the team’s mojo going in the lone road course event of the year.

“Man, I’m feeling pretty good about the direction of our Niece Motorsports team,” said Self. “Throughout this summer stretch, we’ve only been getting stronger. Sure, we’ve had some bumps along the way, but we’ve been able to recover quickly and get back on track.

“Bristol was really good for us. We started at the rear after making an adjustment prior to the race, but the truck came to life and we just ran out of laps to be better than 13th. But, we’re going back to Canada and I can’t wait to get there and get down to business.”

Self, 22, will make his third start at the 10-turn track and looks to better his ninth-place effort from last August, driving under the AM Racing banner. In his Canada debut in 2016, Self finished 15th after starting 22nd.

“The more laps I get at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the better,” Self added. “It’s all about being comfortable and getting into a rhythm. I think Canadian Tire is a very technical track where it has some slow portions, but also has some areas of the track, where it’s very high speed.

“It produces great racing for the fans and the drivers, so it’s a win-win. I think it’s very reasonable to expect that we can duplicate or better our performance from last season on Sunday.

“Who knows, maybe if we play the strategy card right, we can get a top-five. That would be awesome.”

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 marks the first race of the Truck Series Playoffs, and although the No. 22 team is not part of the eight-man chase for the championship crown, Self says there’s plenty of opportunity for his team to make some noise over the final seven races of the year.

“I’m excited about the upcoming races,” added Self. “Canada, Las Vegas, Talladega, Martinsville, returning to my home state of Texas, it goes on an on. We should have very competitive trucks for the remainder of the season and even though we’re not a part of the Playoffs, I think it will allow us the opportunity to hit our stride when it counts.”

After 16 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 16.8 entering Canada.    

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 57th career start.

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Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.

Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 17th race of the year.

In 56 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.5 during his three years of competition.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.

For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

 

AWS PR

Garrett Smithley raced through a long overtime period and brought the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet home 16th in Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
The race was scheduled for 300 laps, but a caution flag extended it by 10.
 
“It was a long night, and we worked through it,” Smithley said. “The car was good, and we were able to run with some of the faster teams. Overall, a pretty good night on a tough track.”
 
Smithley is 20th in Xfinity points.
 
Kyle Larson won the race in overtime.
 
The series moves on to Road America for an Aug. 25 race. Remaining in the regular season are visits to Darlington Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

JDM PR

THORSON EARNS THIRD TOP-15 FINISH OF THE SEASON AT THE LAST GREAT COLOSSEUM
 
Tanner Thorson returned to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this past Thursday, this time making his first-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the half-mile. He was in the top-20 of both practice sessions and advanced to round two of qualifying, ultimately earning the 19th-starting position for the 200-lap UNOH 200, where he went on to earn his second-best result of the season with a 14th-place finish.
 
STAGE 1 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 1: P19
  • Finished Stage 1: P21
Thorson took the green flag for the UNOH 200 from the inside of row 10 and survived two cautions before the halfway point of the race and was running 18th. Thorson was fighting tight conditions on his Ohio Logistics/K&L Ready Mix No. 20 Chevrolet and rounded out the opening stage in 21st.
 
STAGE 2 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 2: P20
  • Finished Stage 2: P18
At the end of Stage 1, crew chief Andrew Abbott called Thorson to pit road for four tires, a full tank of fuel and a trackbar adjustment. He restarted Stage 2 from 20th. There was a quick caution on the restart, but after that, the stage went on caution free and Thorson ended up 18th, one lap down to the leaders.
 
STAGE 3 RECAP: 
  • Started Stage 3: P21
  • Finished Stage 3: P14
At the end of Stage 2, Thorson was still reporting that his Ohio Logistics/K&L Ready Mix No. 20 was fighting tight conditions, preventing him from running the high-line at Bristol Motor Speedway and he came down pit road for four tires, fuel, a trackbar and wedge adjustment and pulled some tape off the grill. Thorson restarted the final stage from 21st one lap down to the leaders, fighting for the lucky dog position in hopes a caution would come out allowing him to get back on the lead lap. Unfortunately, the remainder of the UNOH 200 went caution free, but the Minden, Nev., native was able to gain several positions to finish 14th, his second-best career NCWTS finish.
 
 

HILL’S GOOD RUN HINDERED BY LATE RACE PIT STOP AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Austin Hill made his third-career start at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Thursday night under the lights in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 200. After making the second round of qualifying, Hill earned the 23rd-starting position for the 200-lap race. Unfortunately, after running just outside the top-10 in the closing laps, he had to come down pit road for two fresh tires, relegating him to a 21st-place finish.
 
STAGE 1 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 1: P23
  • Finished Stage 1: P14 
Hill started the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway from the 23rd position and slowly started to work his way forward. When the first caution came out on lap 13, he had moved up two positions and when the second caution came out 13 laps later, he was up to 19th. In the closing laps of Stage 1, Hill was up to 14th.
 
STAGE 2 RECAP: 
  • Started Stage 2: P13
  • Finished Stage 2: P13
At the end of Stage 1, Hill was called to pit road by crew chief Chad Kendrick for four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel to restart the second stage from 13th. After an early caution on the restart, Stage 2 ran through uneventful and went green until the end and he finished 13th.
 
STAGE 3 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 3: P13
  • Finished Stage 3: P21
The Winston, Ga., native came to pit road at the end of the middle stage for four tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment to help aid the tight-handling Young’s Building Systems/RANDCO No. 02. He then restarted the final stage at Thunder Valley from the 13th position. Once again, the final stage went caution free, but in the closing laps, Hill received some contact from another competitor that cut down one of his tires forcing him to make a late race pit stop for two new left side tires relegating him to a 21st-place finish.
 

Young's Motorsports PR

Johnny Sauter secured his fifth win of the 2018 season Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to claim the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Regular Season Championship and the top spot in the NCWTS Playoff field heading into next Sunday’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The victory is Sauter’s 22nd win in the series, placing him in a tie with two-time NCWTS champion Todd Bodine for fifth on the NCWTS all-time wins list.

The Necedah, Wis., native joined GMS Racing in 2016 and started off the season with a win at Daytona International Speedway. In addition to winning the 2016 NCWTS Championship, Sauter has earned 12 wins, 37 top-five and 51 top-10 finishes in 62 starts with the team.

The title of NCWTS Regular Season Champion is just the latest accomplishment in a long list of milestone moments for Sauter this season. His season-opening win at Daytona, his third win at the track, made him the winningest driver at Daytona in NCWTS history. It was also GMS Racing’s third consecutive Daytona win (2016 J. Sauter, 2017 K. Grala, 2018 J. Sauter), tying Bobbly Hamilton Racing for series-most wins at Daytona.

Sauter became only the second driver in NCWTS history to claim multiple wins at Dover International Speedway in May; it was also the first time Chevrolet claimed back-to-back wins at the track. Sauter picked up his 20th career NCWTS win and 10th win with GMS at Charlotte Motor Speedway and followed that up with another win two weeks later at Texas Motor Speedway. The win at Texas was his fifth win in Fort Worth and made him just the third driver in NCWTS history to earn four or more wins in the first eight races of the season.

The regular season finale at Bristol locked-in the eight-driver Playoff field, which includes Sauter’s GMS Racing teammate Justin Haley. Haley secured his chance to compete for his first NCWTS title with his first NCWTS career win at Gateway Motorsports Park in June. This is the third-consecutive season GMS has had two drivers competing in the Playoffs, and the first time GMS Fabrication will compete with three entries by way of Halmar Friesen Racing driver Stewart Friesen racing his way into the Playoff field in Bristol.

The 2018 NCWTS Playoffs kicks off at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, August 26 with the Chevrolet Silverado 250. The race will air live at 2:30pm ET on FS1 and MRN.

GMS Racing PR

Brett Moffitt closed the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) regular season with a 18th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Thursday night, and will enter the Playoffs in second position in the championship standings. Moffitt leads HRE into the organization’s first NCWTS Playoff appearance in the team’s history on the strength of four wins through 16 races.
 
The driver of the No. 16 OTICS USA, Toyota Tsusho Fr8Auctions Tundra started the UNOH 200 at “Thunder Valley” in 14th. Moffitt battled a tight condition early in the 200-lap contest and pitted for four tires and a chassis adjustment under a lap 26 caution. While he restarted 26th and finished Stage 1 in 18th, the pit call allowed Moffitt to stay on track and inherit the fourth position at the start of Stage 2.
 
On the lap 67 restart, Moffitt took full advantage of the track position and moved to second and held serve inside the top-five during the second stage. When the Stage 2 caution flew on lap 110, Moffitt collected eight points in third position. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli called Moffitt to pit road for four tires under the stage caution for four tires and a chassis adjustment and returned him to the track in third position. Moffitt kept his Tundra inside the top 10 by running the high-line despite dealing with an ill-handling balance during the final stage. As Moffitt re-entered a multi-truck battle for fifth place, he was forced to pit under the green flag for a tire issue with less than 40 laps to go. The unscheduled pit stop trapped Moffitt two laps down and relegated him outside the top-20. Moffitt made use of fresher tires to advance his position and took the checkered flag in 18th position, pocketing the 10th-most points of all drivers.
 
Moffitt finished fifth in the regular season point standings with four wins, eight top-five, and eight top-10 finishes. As the point standings reset for the seven-race playoff, Moffitt sits 15 points out of the lead heading to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
“It was certainly frustrating from the time we unloaded (Thursday), we just didn’t have the speed we needed. Scott (Zipadelli) and the guys did a really good job in the race to make it drivable and raceable. We got some track position on strategy and we were able to hold it. So, I think we could have come away with a top-seven or top-five finish. We had a loose right rear wheel, so that was poor execution on our part. Unfortunately, we’ve done that too many times this year. We’ll shape up. We’ll move on to the playoffs.”
 
“If we don’t take ourselves out of it, we have a good shot at a win. So, we just need to execute. We need to move on in the playoffs and we have the speed at most racetracks we go to. We struggled here at Bristol, but most racetracks we have speed and we have a shot at winning. We just need to not take ourselves out of it.”

HRE PR

Going into Bristol, Stewart Friesen was just outside being on the bubble for making the NCWTS playoffs.  If the race were to be won by a driver with no other wins, Friesen and Matt Crafton would have had to compete for the final 8th spot. 19 points were needed by Friesen to finish ahead of Crafton to clinch it.  With Sauter taking first, both Friesen and Crafton would secure their playoff positions.


Having finished 2nd in his no.112 Super Late Model at Bristol earlier in the season for the Short Track U.S. Nationals,  Friesen went into Thursday's race confident that he would get the finish the team needed for a playoffs run.  Friesen's short track prowess was on full display as he took 2nd place again at the world's fastest half mile, finishing just behind Johnny Sauter.

It wasn't exactly smooth sailing for Friesen, who started 13th despite being fastest in final practice.  Although having one of his worst starting positions of the season, he was quickly able to work his way up, finishing the first stage in 7th place and the second in 4th, picking up 7 stage points.

In the final 20 laps of the race, Friesen was able to reach front runners Nemechek and Sauter who were caught up in lapped traffic.  With just 5 laps remaining, Sauter and Friesen were able to pass the no.8 of Nemechek.  Running out of laps, Friesen pushed for the lead but was unable to steal it away from Sauter, ultimately finishing just 2 tenths of a second behind 2016's points champion.

HFR fans have been waiting on the edges of their seats for a Friesen win and came as close as ever last night.  Despite their disappointment, Friesen has officially made the playoffs and is in contention for the championship in only his second full-time NCWTS season.  Asked about winning, Friesen said “Wins will come, but battling for wins is all you can ask for, and that’s what we’re doing as a race team.”

Next week, Stewart Friesen heads to home country turf at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the Chevrolet Silverado 250.
 
HFR PR
Bristol Race Information:
Started: 2nd
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 7th
Finished: 7th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 6th
Playoff Position: 4th 
 
BEN RHODES BATTLES AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY, EARNING HIS NINTH TOP-10 OF 2018 AND READIES FOR THE PLAYOFFS
 
"It's a big contrast from last year - we got in on a tiebreaker, and now we're in the Playoffs. We've been in since our win at Kentucky Speedway. It feels good - our whole season has been up and down. We were further back in points than I think we really should have been - I honestly, think we should be further ahead in Playoff points than where we are. But, we're fourth in points, I'm happy about that. We're back to where I think we should be, and the slate has been wiped clean. I feel really good about it. I wish our day at Bristol went a little bit better, but all in all our FEI World Equestrian Games Ford F-150 is clean and there is a lot to be thankful for."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,450 of 2,469
Laps Led: 218
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Poles: 2 (Martinsville, Eldora)
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 9
 
 
 
Bristol Race Information:
Started: 18th
Stage 1: 12th
Stage 2: 11th
Finished: 8th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 11th
Playoff Position: 8th
 
MATT CRAFTON ROUNDS OUT THE 2018 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PLAYOFF FIELD
 
"Tonight, we just didn't have track position. We worked our way up [after the start], lost a bunch of spots on pit road, then worked our way up and stabilized, and then started going to them there at the end. I know if we would've had track position, we could've run with the guys up front. There at the end, I was putting so much pressure on the No. 41, and we caught the No. 24 and that whole group - it got so dicey. I know I could've put myself in some bad spots right there, so I had to take what I could get."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,302 of 2,469
Laps Led: 53
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 9
 
 
 
Bristol Race Information:
Started: 5th
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 8th
Finished: 10th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th
Playoff Position: 6th 
 
GRANT ENFINGER EARNS 12TH TOP-10 OF 2018 SEASON, AND FIRST CAREER NCTWS PLAYOFF APPEARANCE, AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
 
"Overall, the whole day at Bristol was kind of up and down. There were times when we had really good speed, and there were times we were off. We ended up getting run over about half way through the race and we could never really recover after that. But overall, it was a solid effort by everyone. I'm proud of our year so far, proud of how far we've come since this time last year, and proud of our team getting us into the playoffs. That is something we can all be proud of, and to be proud of Thorsport Racing for getting three trucks in the playoffs. Thank you to Duke and Rhonda Thorson, Champion Power Equipment, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Protect the Harvest, and everybody that had gotten us to this point."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,460 of 2,469
Laps Led: 66
Wins: 0
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Top-five Finishes: 4
Top-10 Finishes: 12
 
 
   
 
Bristol Race Information:
Started: 17th
Stage 1 Finish: 20th
Stage 2 Finish: 15th
Finished: 29th
Laps: 161/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Power Steering
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 12th
 
POWER STEERING PLAGUES MYATT SNIDER AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
 
"We had a fast Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150. Unfortunately, it just didn't pan out for us during the race. We didn't have the qualifying that I would have liked. We knew our truck would be fast, but it got mired in the 'hornet's nest.' We got caught up in somebody else's mess followed by a power steering pump failure, so a lot of problems unfortunately, but we know our team is stronger than this. We'll come back with a great effort for Canada next week."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,321 of 2,469
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0 
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 5
 
Thorsport PR

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 GMS Fabrication Chevrolet

 

START: 4th

FINISH: 1st

POINTS: 1st

Notes:

-- Thursday night's victory is Sauter's first NCWTS win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

- Sauter’s fifth win of the season marks a new career-best season win total for the Necedah, Wis., native and also places him fifth on the all-time NCWTS wins list with 22 career truck wins in 237 starts.

- As regular season champion, Sauter earned an additional 15 Playoff Points to give him a 42-point advantage heading into next weekend’s NCWTS Playoffs opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

 

Quote:

"Last week was the ultimate kick in the pants for me and I’ve been beating myself up pretty hard all week. I knew we had to come to Bristol and win this thing. I don’t think we ever got complacent with the wins we got earlier in the season, we just got off our game a little. I made some mistakes and I just knew I had to pull it together because these guys are doing a great job.

"I can’t think everyone at GMS enough, everyone at GMS Fabrication. We had them on the truck tonight which was really cool, got to take them to Victory Lane. We’ve got to just keep digging. Winning races is the ultimate and there’s nothing in the world that feels as good as this, especially at Bristol. A lot of things have to go right here to get a win. I’m a short track guy and to come and win here, at a place that is so historic and that I’ve raced at for so long, it’s just awesome."

 

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

 

START: 11th

FINISH: 6th

POINTS: 7th

Notes:

-Haley's sixth-place finish at Bristol extends his streak to seven consecutive races with a top-10 finish, and his 12th top-10 finish of the 2018 NCWTS season.

-After the last NCWTS race of the regular season, Haley is locked in to The Playoffs for the first time in his NCWTS career, seeded seventh with nine Playoff points.

 

Quote:

"It was a good night. I thought we would easily have a top-five truck during the race, but the handling mixed with how the PJ1 was wearing threw our handling off just enough. I was just way too loose the last run and that made it a challenge to get back to the top-five. I wish we could have left here tonight with a top-five finish but what matters is we're in the Playoffs and we're ready to head to Mosport. My Fraternal Order of Eagles team brought me a fast Chevy tonight and I know we'll have a really good truck when we unload for the first race of The Playoffs next weekend. It's a dream come true though to be in this position and be able to run for a championship."

 

Dalton Sargeant, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet

 

START: 16th

FINISH: 11th

POINTS: 10th

Notes:

- Sargeant’s 11th -place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway moved him into 10th-place in the NCWTS driver point standings.

 

Quote:

"We knew coming into the race that we had to take some chances and use strategy to get up front and compete for a win to make The Playoffs. The Performance Plus Motor Oil team did an amazing job and Doug (Randolph, crew chief) made a great call to get us track position early on but we just didn't quite have the handling right to be there at the end. The more I get to run up front, the more I learn, so overall, it was a good night for the No. 25 team.

 

Cody Coughlin, No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet

 

START: 15th

FINISH: 19th

POINTS: 12th

Notes:

- After tonight's race at Bristol, Coughlin is now 12th in the NCWTS driver point standings.

 

Quote:

"I was very hopeful going into tonight's race at Bristol. We spent a lot of time off-track trying to put a plan together for the race. I was really hoping to have a chance to win but unfortunately it just wasn't our night."

GMS Racing PR

With his ninth-place finish in the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Noah Gragson finished second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and earned 10 playoff points. Gragson started from the seventh position and put his Safelite AutoGlass Tundra out front for seven laps en route to his 10th consecutive top-10 finish this season.
 
When the Truck Series Playoffs begin next Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, the Las Vegas native will be the third seed behind Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt. In addition to the 10 playoff points Gragson earned for finishing second in the regular season standings, he earned 12 additional playoff points throughout the season with seven stage wins and his victory at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. He begins the Truck Series Playoffs 13 points about the cutoff line for advancing from the Round of 8 to the Round of 6.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Gragson started the race from the seventh position and had advanced one spot when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 14. When a one-truck spin slowed the field for the second time on lap 27 he had returned to the seventh spot.
  • Battling what he described as an extremely loose Safelite Tundra, the Las Vegas native crossed the stripe to complete Stage One in the ninth position. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, Fugle summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and a major trackbar adjustment.
  • Stage Two went green on lap 26 with Gragson scored in the 11th position, but he lost a handful positions when he had to slow to avoid a spin in front of him early in the stage.
  • After falling back to the 16th spot early in the Stage, the 20-year-old driver communicated that that handling of his truck had improved late in the stage and he was able to work his way back up to 14th before the end of Stage Two. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • With the handling of the Safelite Tundra improved, Fugle called for a two-tire and fuel stop in an effort to gain track position for the Final Stage.
  • Gragson took the restart from the second position, on the outside of row one, and was able to get a good launch down the backstretch and was able to clear Johnny Sauter for the race lead through Turns 3 and 4.
  • The Safelite Tundra would remain out front for seven laps before Sauter retook the lead.
  • Gragson slowly fell back in the running order as the entirety of the Final Stage was run under green-flag conditions. He would cross the stripe in the ninth position earning his 10th consecutive and 12th overall top-10 finish across 15 starts in 2018. 

KBM PR

Christopher Bell returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to fill in for the ailing Harrison Burton Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra. After claiming the pole and leading 31 laps, Bell had his sights set on taking Burton's truck to Victory Lane. While running third with 36 laps to go a power steering belt broke ending Bell's chance at the win.

 
Stage One Recap:
  • Bell won the pole to start on the front row. He led the first 31 laps until he was passed by John Hunter Nemechek on a restart.
  • The truck became loose and he finished the first 55-lap stage in fourth.
  • When the pits opened, Bell came in for four tires and a track bar adjustment.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Bell was fifth when the race resumed on lap 67.
  • He fell back a few positions throughout the stage, but finished the second 55-lap stage in fifth.
  • He pitted for four tires and a wedge adjustment to help the handling.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Bell was sixth when the final 90-lap stage began.
  • He worked his way up to third with 50 laps to go, but shortly after that radioed to the team he had lost power steering.
  • His KBM team was able to change the power steering belt and get Bell back on track, but not before he lost several laps which resulted in a 28th-place finish.

KBM PR