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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

For the second consecutive race, On Point Motorsports will pair with Jeb Burton as they head to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the season finale, Burton will pilot the No. 30 Ultimate Headers Toyota Tundra at the 1.5-mile track in South Florida.
“It is great to have Jeb back in our No. 30 truck this week and build on our performance together from Martinsville,” stated Steven Lane, manager of On Point Motorsports. “Jeb has a good amount of experience in these trucks and that is an asset for our organization as we continue to build towards a full-time effort next season.  We appreciate the support of Ultimate Headers for this week and look forward to another solid outing to end the season.”
On Point Motorsports will be making their fifth start as a new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization. The team has been impressive in their first four races and looks to add another strong performance in Homestead.
“I am excited for the opportunity to race once again with On Point Motorsports,” stated Jeb. “I have always run well at Homestead and should’ve won a truck race there back in 2013. Hopefully we can go down there and have another solid run with this No. 30 Toyota Tundra. I want to thank Ultimate Headers for their support as all of this would not be possible without them.”
Burton will be making his 53rd career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his third at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeb’s success at the South Florida track is highlighted by a third-place finish in the 2013 event.
The season finale for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season will be Friday November 16th and can be seen LIVE on FoxSports1 at 8:00 pm ET and heard nationwide on MRN Radio and SiriusXM Channel 90.
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Brett Moffitt hustled his way to his fifth win of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season at ISM Raceway, courtesy of another late-race pass for the lead and reserved his spot among the Championship Four. Moffitt will race for his first-career NCWTS championship next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway thanks to his sixth-career victory, and his first win in the playoffs.
The driver of the No. 16 Kobe Toyopet Toyota Tundra displayed his muscle from the outset of the 150-lap event after starting from fifth position. By lap 18, Moffitt had climbed into third and began his attack on the race lead on a lap 34 restart. The Grimes, Iowa product utilized the outside lane to take command of the top spot on lap 34 and went on to capture his second stage win of the season.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli directed Moffitt to pit road under the stage caution for four tires, but Moffitt would be relegated to the tail of the field for a pit road speeding penalty. Moffitt restarted 21st on lap 54 and proceeded to put on a show slicing his way back to the front. In five laps, he was back inside the top 15 and reentered the top 10 on lap 70. While stage points were of the utmost importance in the quest to reach the championship finale, Moffitt knifed his way back to seventh to earn four points by the end of Stage 2 on lap 90.
Moffitt lined up sixth for the start of the final stage on lap 106 after strong execution on pit road by the HRE team. After losing a spot on the restart, Moffitt collected his Tundra and began to inch forward as his handling improved. A caution on lap 128 allowed him to move to third on the subsequent restart on lap 137. That move allowed him to restart in striking position on the final restart on lap 148. Moffitt dove to the inside to make a three-wide move for the lead into Turn 1 and completed the pass off Turn 2. Moffitt drove away over the final three laps to secure his first win at ISM Raceway in his first NCWTS start at the one-mile desert tri-oval. The win sends Moffitt to Homestead-Miami for a four-way, heads-up battle for the NCWTS crown.
Brett Moffitt Quote:
“We had a really good Kobe Toyopet Toyota Tundra all night long. I kind of screwed us there with a pit road speeding penalty, which I wasn’t even trying to push it. So I was a little bit caught off guard. But, I knew once we got the track position back, I didn’t know whether I wanted a caution at the end or not, because we were in (the Championship Four). Then a caution kind of mixed that up, but luckily we were able to take advantage of it. We had a badass restart and got to the front.”
“This HRE team has been strong, pretty much everywhere we go. I feel like we have a shot to win the race (at Homestead-Miami) if we execute. Tonight, we executed how we need to. We need to do that again next week. Homestead is a fun track for me. I like it. I also have never been there in a truck. I’ve never been here (at ISM Raceway) in a truck, never been there in a truck. Only been there in Cup cars, so hopefully that’s a good sign.”


Christian Eckes restarted 12th with three laps remaining in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway, but was able to gain three positions in the closing laps to earn his third top-10 finish in his fourth and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2018.
Across the first four starts of his Truck Series career, the talented teenager led 38 laps while posting an average start of 8.5 and average finish of 13.5.
Stage One Recap: 
  • 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. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • 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. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • 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. 


Phoenix Race Information:
Started: 12th
Stage 1: 12th
Stage 2: 6th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 150 / 150
Laps Led: 10
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 6th
"We had the speed to get it done tonight. We had a really good Protect The Harvest Ford F-150. That's all we had. It just wasn't meant to be. I'm really proud of this year. We're not running for a championship next week but it wasn't for lack of effort. These guys have come a long way, and I'm proud of everyone."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 22
Laps Completed: 3,257 / 3,269
Laps Led: 147
Wins: 1 (Las Vegas)
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Top-five Finishes: 6
Top-10 Finishes: 14
Average start: 7.8
Average finish: 9.0
Phoenix Race Information:
Started: 9th
Stage 1: 7th
Stage 2: 2nd
Finished: 11th
Laps: 150 / 150
Laps Led: 1
Status: Running
Driver Points: 5th
Owner Points: 10th
"We had very good speed. We drove through a few [positions] at the beginning of the race, and took two tires, driving to second and running the leader down. When we came down pit road later to put four tires on, we just couldn't get the right front off and lost seven or eight spots. It buried us, and then none of the lanes would go our way to end the night. All in all, we'll go to race for a win at Homestead in the Menards Ford F-150. Nothing to hang our head on too bad. We've got one more - we're going to go get a trophy at Homestead."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 22
Laps Completed: 3,066 / 3,269
Laps Led: 65
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 7
Top-10 Finishes: 12
Average start: 10.3
Average finish: 11.5
Phoenix Race Information:
Started: 6th
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2: 5th
Finished: 12th
Laps: 150 / 150
Laps Led: 2
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 5th
"It wasn't a very good day for our Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150. Not what we wanted to see at the end of the race. We struggled all day long with just keeping the truck turning without unhooking the rear end. A little disappointing that we didn't have the speed that we needed, but I think we got some great notes to try and come back better, faster and strong for tracks like and similar to this. We're going to take the positives that we can from it and move on, but overall just a disappointing run for our team today."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 22
Laps Completed: 3,249 / 3,269
Laps Led: 230
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Poles: 3 (Martinsville, Eldora, Canada)
Top-five Finishes: 8
Top-10 Finishes: 12 
Average start: 9.5
Average finish: 9.9
Phoenix Race Information:
Started: 17th  
Stage 1 Finish: 16th
Stage 2 Finish: 20th
Finished: 23rd
Laps: 147 / 150
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 12th
"All the guys from the Tenda Ford F-150 team worked really hard to get the truck back out and running after we had some issues mid-race. It just wasn't meant to be today but it wasn't for lack of effort. We're setting our eyes on Homestead next week, looking to lock in the Rookie of the Year title and a win."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 22
Laps Completed: 3,117 / 3,269
Laps Led: 55
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 8
Average start: 15.8
Average finish: 14.1
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Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet


START: 14th


Championship 4 Contender


- Sauter will compete for his second NCWTS title next weekend at Homestead-Miami. The Necedah, Wisconsin native has participated in the final round of the playoff system since it was put into use in the Truck Series.


“I’m not really sure what to say about how tonight went. We just couldn’t get the handling right, something we struggled with in practice as well. It started off loose, then it was tight and it swung back loose at the end. But it doesn’t concern me as far as Miami goes. My guys are good, they know what we need to do and we’ve got a truck we’re taking that is really good. We’ve been saving it for that last race so hopefully we’ll be bringing home another champion for GMS and Chevy.”


Sheldon Creed, No. 2 United Rentals / A. M. Ortega Chevrolet


START: 16th

FINISH: 10th



- In just his third start with GMS Racing, Creed’s 10th-palce finish in his debut at ISM Raceway is a NCWTS career-best finish. 

- This weekend Creed announced that he would return to GMS Racing next season to compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS).


"I felt like we struggled all day with the balance on the United Rentals Chevy. I’m content though with leaving Phoenix after a 10th-place finish considering the handling issues we fought. I’m just trying to gain all the experience I can this year so that I’m in position to be able to contend for wins next season with GMS Racing.”


Tyler Dippel, No. 25 Alesso Chevrolet


START: 13th

FINISH: 14th



“I felt like we had a really good truck tonight but it was taking a little longer for me to make passes as I figured out how to get around guys. Eddie (D’Hondt, spotter) and Jerry (Baxter, Crew Chief) really helped out with feedback on what was working as I tried to move around the track. I just started to get loose in the second stage and then it tightened up on entry toward the end. I think I learned a lot tonight and we’ve got one more race to go out and close this out strong.”


Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet


START: 2nd

FINISH: 28th

Championship 4 Contender


- After running top-five all night, an oil leak with 19 laps to go ended Haley’s night early, resulting in a 28th-place finish.

- Unfortunately with his misfortune, Haley's streak of consecutive top-10 finishes ends at 12 races, starting with his first win of the season at Gateway Motorsports Park and lasting through his win at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. With one race remaining in the 2018 NCWTS season, Haley has three wins, nine top-five, and 17 top-10 finishes.

-  With the final race of the Round of Six complete, Haley is one of the final four drivers left in the NASCAR Playoffs who will contend for the NCTWS championship when the series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.


“Tonight's race was just a tough deal. I had a fast Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet but a cut oil line ended our night early. It's things like this that make me glad that we locked in to the Final Four last weekend. I've got a good group of guys on the 24 team, and we'll regroup and get ready to race for a championship in Homestead next weekend. We've got nothing to lose now, and it's all on the line."


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Todd Gilliland came to ISM Raceway hoping to capture his first win of the season after just missing it last weekend in Texas. It was not meant to be, however, as contact from another truck early in the race cost him a lap while making repairs on pit road. It took him nearly the entire race to return to the lead lap, leaving him with a 17th-place finish.
Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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.


Harrison Burton had one of the best nights of his young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career at ISM Raceway Friday night, but he still was not satisfied. He led a race-high 46 laps, led the entire 45-lap second stage and tied his best finish in the Truck Series, but his night did not end in Victory Lane as he hoped it would.
Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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.