Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (5852)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
- Eckes made it a perfect four-for-four this season in advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying when he earned the 11th starting position Friday afternoon.
- He gained one position on the initial start of the 150-lap event and remained in the 10th spot when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 28. When pit road opened, crew chief Cody Glick summoned his young driver to the attention of the over-the-wall crew who put on fresh right-side tires and a full tank of fuel in the Mobil 1 Tundra.
- Eckes took the lap-32 restart from the 11th position and once again gained one spot by the time the field got back to the stripe. He would end Stage One scored 10th.
- Eckes did not hit pit road between stages and would restart sixth when Stage Two went green on lap 53.
- Shortly after the green flag waved to start Stage Two, Eckes found himself in the middle of a few three-wide battle and had subsided back to the 14th position on lap 60.
- In the closing laps of Stage Two he was able to regain a few positions and crossed the stripe in the 11th position.
- When pit road opened, Eckes brought the Mobil 1 Tundra to pit road for another four-tire and fuel stop. He returned to the track scored in the 13th spot for the lap-99 restart.
- The New York native once again lost a couple spots on the restart and settled in line 15th. He regained one position before the fourth caution of the night slowed the field on lap 128.
- Glick summoned him to pit road for four fresh tires, a chassis adjustment and a full tank of fuel. He returned to the track scored in the 16th position for the restart with 14 laps remaining in the race.
- He put his four fresh tires to work, quickly gaining a couple of positions and moving back towards the top 10. The Mobil 1 Tundra was scored 12th when the final caution of the night occurred on lap l43.
- Eckes would gain three positions over the final three laps to collect his third top-10 finish of the season.
Stage 2 Finish: 20th
- Gilliland started in 10th, but was clipped by the No. 17 Tundra on lap 27 causing both trucks to spin.
- He came to pit road for repairs to the right-rear quarterpanel, but lost a lap to the leaders while in the pits.
- He finished the first 45-lap stage in 23rd place, one lap down and pitted for four tires when he was able to bring his PEDIGREE® Tundra to pit road.
- When Stage Two began Gilliland was in 27th and still one lap down.
- He was in position to be the lucky dog a few times throughout the second stage, but was never able to get a caution when he needed it to regain his lap.
- When the second 45-lap stage ended he was 22nd and pitted again for four tires.
- Gilliland restarted the final stage in 21st place, one lap down.
- He was running lap times as fast as the 10th-place truck, but could not catch a break to get his lap back.
- A caution with nine laps to go put him back on the lead lap. He pitted for four tires and restarted 19th with three laps remaining.
- He gained two positions in the final laps to finish 17th.
- Burton started third in his DEX Imaging Tundra.
- He pitted for right-side tires during an early caution on lap 28. Although it dropped him back to seventh, the payoff came when he ended the stage in fourth place and he assumed the lead by not pitting during the stage break.
- Burton dominated the second 45-lap stage leading from start to finish.
- When the pits opened on lap 94, he came in for four tires and fuel to finish the race.
- Burton was second to start the final 60-lap stage.
- He settled into fourth place for most of the remaining laps, but a caution with nine laps to go changed the landscape of the race.
- The race resumed with three laps remaining and Burton was fourth. He fought for the lead, but did not want to risk any altercation with his KBM teammate Noah Gragson who was fighting for the final spot in the championship race next weekend.
- He crossed the finish line third, tying his best finish earlier this season at Iowa Speedway in June.
Derek Kraus came away with a top-10 finish in making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway on Friday night.
The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin drove the Bill McAnally Racing No. 19 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra to an eighth-place finish in his first visit to the one-mile track.
Kraus, who was fifth on the speed chart in the final practice session earlier in the day, qualified eighth in time trials. He charged up to fifth in the early laps of the race. After being shuffled back to 15th following pit stops at the end of Stage 1, he worked his way back into the top 10 during the second stage. He was as high as fifth on a restart three laps from the finish, then took the checkered flag in eighth following a fierce battle in the closing laps.
“It was a great run for our first time out,” Kraus said. “The BMR crew brought me a really good No. 19 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra. It was a bonus for the end of the year that we had a really good run.”
Kraus said he plans to learn from this first venture into the truck series.
“I needed to be a little more aggressive on the restarts,” he said. “That would help a lot, to get spots early while tires are really fresh and cold. We will learn and adjust from this.”
Team owner Bill McAnally praised Kraus and the BMR crew for their success on Friday.
“Derek did an outstanding job in making his first truck series start such a success, especially considering it was his first time to race at ISM Raceway,” McAnally said. “He didn’t hesitate to challenge the veterans of the series and race door-to-door with them.
“The NAPA team provided him with a fast Toyota Tundra,” McAnally added. “I’m proud of the hard work by everybody involved in this effort.”
Friday’s race, which was won by Brett Moffitt, was televised live on FOX Sports 1 and was also carried live on MRN radio.
Kraus recently completed his second full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – driving BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. He led the series this season in terms of wins, with four, and poles, with five. He also led the most laps of competition.
Charging from third to first with a strong inside move after a restart with three laps left, Brett Moffitt clinched his spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 with a dramatic victory in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway.
While Noah Gragson and Grant Enfinger battled for the lead and swapped side-to-side shots on Lap 148 of 150, Moffitt powered his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota down to the frontstretch apron and cleared Gragson and Enfinger off the second corner.
Moffitt pulled away to win his fifth race of the season by .456 seconds over Gragson, who qualified for the Championship 4 on points, as Enfinger faded to fourth and out of the Playoff picture. He took the checkered flag in his first start at ISM Raceway and claimed the sixth victory of his career.
Gragson was leading with seven laps left when Riley Herbst’s spin brought out the fourth and final caution of the evening. The subsequent restart gave Moffitt the opportunity he needed to win the race. Adding to the urgency, Enfinger could have qualified for the Championship by winning, leaving Moffitt and Gragson to fight a close battle for the final spot on points.
“I wasn’t sure if I wanted a caution to come out or not, but in hindsight I did,” Moffitt said. “Where we were sitting we were locked into Homestead mathematically. When that caution came out, I was kind of nervous. I didn’t know what was going to happen. Then when the 18 (Gragson) took the top (lane for the restart), I really didn’t know what the hell was going to happen.
“I was just hoping the 98 (Enfinger) got rolling to where he didn’t stack up the inside, and fortunately he got a good restart, and I dove down to the apron. Our truck was really good running the actual apron through (turns) 1 and 2 all night long. I made a lot of passes there. I stuck it down there and went for it and was able to clear off (Turn) 2 and drive away.”
After running the spec Ilmor NT-1 engine at Texas last Friday, Moffitt returned to the Mark Cronquist-built Toyota engine at Phoenix, despite a NASCAR gear rule change designed to even out the performance of the two types of power plants.
“It’s Joe Gibbs 299th engine win with Mark Cronquist,” Moffitt said. “They put our backs against the wall (with the rule change), but the s.o.b. won again.”
Toyota drivers Moffitt and Gragson joined GMS Racing teammates Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley in the Championship 4. Sauter had qualified with a win at Martinsville, and Haley earned his spot with a victory at Texas.
Two-time series champion Matt Crafton was eliminated from the Playoffs after an 11th-place finish. Crafton lost his chance for victory when his crew had trouble with the right front tire on the No. 88 Ford’s final pit stop.
Harrison Burton matched his career-best finish with a third-place run.
Brett Moffitt scored his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season at ISM Raceway on Friday. Moffitt, starting fifth on the leaderboard and winner of stage one, overcame a speeding penalty on pit road at lap 49. The penalty placed Moffitt around the 21st position for the restart.
“We just had a badass KOBE Toyopet Tundra. I kind of screwed us by getting a speeding penalty there, but more importantly it’s Veteran’s Day weekend and I have to give a shout out to all those who have served and are currently serving,” said Moffitt. “Also, very special to us, we have a steering wheel here and it’s got Torie Costa Foundation on it, which is Scott Zipadelli’s (crew chief) daughter who passed away from pancreatic cancer. It was her birthday yesterday so I’m glad she was in the car with me and I know this is going to mean a lot to our race team.”
The win locks Moffitt into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season finale next Friday. Joining the Iowa native will be Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley and Noah Gragson.
“We’re focused on Homestead already and we just knew that we had to have a smooth night,” added Moffitt after the race in victory lane. “When the 98 (Grant Enfinger) got up there obviously we started worrying and that’s when we knew we needed to win. Can’t say enough for this group and Toyota, TRD, Joe Gibbs 299th engine win with Mark Cronquist. They’ve put our backs against the wall, but this son-of-a-bitch did it again. I can’t say enough about them and all of our partners and just this whole HRE team.”
Moffitt, the seventh-place finisher in stage two, goes into the season finale next week with 12 top five and 12 top 10 finishes through 22 races.
Pole sitter Noah Gragson will leave ISM Raceway with the runner-up finish. Gragson looked to be the one victorious, before Riley Herbst brought out the yellow flag in turn four, with six laps to go.
The Las Vegas native later lost the lead to Grant Enfinger at lap 147, before Brett Moffitt took over the top spot with three to go.
Harrison Burton rounded out the top three finishers at the one-mile desert oval. Burton, driving the No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota, started the evening third on the Lucas Oil 150 starting grid. The young racer won stage two and finished stage one sitting fourth.
Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.
Friesen, earning his eighth top five finish of the year, overcame a late-race speeding penalty at lap 95. The penalty sent the Canadian driver to the rear of the field for the restart. Friesen started the night fourth on the leaderboard.
John Hunter Nemechek looked strong all throughout the Lucas Oil 150 until lap 127. The driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet spun by himself while leading the field off turn four. Nemechek, finishing fifth in stage one and ninth in stage two, led the field for 31 laps before the incident that ended his night.
Rest of the top 10 finishers included Tyler Ankrum, Johnny Sauter, Derek Kraus, Christian Eckes and Sheldon Creed.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16th. The Ford EcoBoost 200 will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN radio at 8:00 p.m. ET.