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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

You could call Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 a battle of attrition, but that wouldn’t do justice to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season opener.

It was more like a long, full-blown war.

In a race at Daytona International Speedway that saw a record 11 cautions, a record 55 caution laps and just nine of 32 trucks running at the finish, Austin Hill took the checkered flag on the 11th lap of NASCAR overtime to win for the first time in the series—in the Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota that carried Brett Moffitt to the championship last year.

“That whole last lap, my heart was pounding,” Hill said of the run to the finish on Lap 111. “I thought there were going to get to the outside and we were going to have a drag race. But I was able to protect it.

“I can’t believe my first win came at Daytona. It’s surreal. I can’t wait to party with these guys.”

Grant Enfinger ran second, 0.278 seconds behind Hill, after surviving a 12-car pileup in Turn 4 on Lap 54. Enfinger rallied from two laps down and tried to manufacture a run on Hill through the final two corners, but Hill blocked him effectively off Turn 4 and cruised to the finish line.

“I didn’t have anybody lined up behind me coming out of Turn 4,” Enfinger said. “I wonder if it’s a full moon tonight—carnage everywhere.”

Ross Chastain ran third in his first run for Niece Motorsports. Spencer Boyd was fourth, followed by Matt Crafton, Josh Reaume, Timothy Peters, Angela Ruch and Austin Wayne Self, who's battered No. 22 Chevrolet was the last car running at the finish.

Racing in the Truck Series for the first time since 2010, and for only the second time in her career, Ruch posted her best finish in a national series event. Her eighth-place result was the second highest by a female driver in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series history, with the record belonging to Jennifer Jo Cobb (sixth at Daytona in 2011).

Ben Rhodes was leading on Lap 99, before a 10-car crash knocked him out of the race. That wreck forced overtime, and on the first attempt, Self and Bobby Gerhart crashed on the backstretch to necessitate the second attempt.

Moffitt, the reigning series champion, was a victim of the Lap 54 melee and retired in 26th place in his first event with GMS Racing.

Before the race was three laps old, second-place qualifier David Gilliland brought his No. 17 Toyota to pit road with a cut tire. On the same circuit, Gilliland’s DGR-Crosley teammate, Natalie Decker, followed onto pit road, with a cut tire and a broken oil line.

Decker’s car burst into flames, with the fire shooting from the left wheel well, and her crew pulled her from the car, ending her first start in the Truck Series.

“The tire went down, and it caught on fire when I brought it to pit road,” Decker said. “I really wanted to have a good finish, but it is what it is.”

Under caution for Decker’s issue, Bryan Dauzat pitted after having hit the Turn 1 wall in an earlier incident under green. Unable to bring his No. 28 Chevrolet to a stop, Dauzat hit jackman Billy Rock and knocked him to the pavement.

Rock was alert and awake, according to NASCAR officials, but was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

The early incidents, however, were merely a precursor for the wild action that followed.

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 17-year-old Canadian driver Raphael Lessard will pilot the team's No. 46 Tundra in three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) events this season. Lessard will make his Truck Series debut March 23 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and also compete in the organization's fourth entry at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
 
Lessard won two marquee events driving KBM's famed No. 51 Super Late Model last season; the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in May and the Red Bud 400 ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in July. Overall in 16 starts for KBM split across the CARS Super Late Model Tour, the Southern Super Series and the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the talented teenager posted two wins, three poles, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2018. He also competed in the prestigious Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. where he started seventh, led 68 laps and was in a position to contend for the win before a fluid leak ended his day with nine laps remaining.
 
"Driving for KBM I will be assured of having one of the best vehicles in the Truck Series and that will allow me to go for the win every time out," Lessard said. "KBM is a team of winners, and I intend to take full advantage of the great situation I find myself in."
 
"It's rewarding as an owner to see the progression of young drivers like Raphael, and Erik Jones and Christopher Bell before him, that start out in our Super Late Models as part of the Toyota Racing Development program and are able to turn that into an opportunity to compete in the Trucks Series," owner Kyle Busch said. "Raphael was really fast in our Super Late Models last season and added a couple of marquee wins to KBM's resume. We expect that he'll be able to step right in and be competitive as he makes the jump to the next level."
 
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To view Atlanta Motor Speedway NGOTS crew rosters, click the below link! 

NGOTS Crew Rosters Atlanta

Officials from AM Racing (@AMRacingNASCAR) announced today on the heels of their primary partnership lineup for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season that they are welcoming back several associate partners for the 23-race schedule.

CForce Bottling Company founded in 2015 by Gena and American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter Chuck Norris will return to the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado after joining the organization early into the 2018 NGOTS season.

Tyler Norris, vice president of marketing for CForce offered, “The partnership with Austin is one of our favorite things in the year. He’s an incredible driver and an even greater person. CForce water is proud of our sponsorship and we look forward to watching Austin’s 2019 season unfold!”

Kreuz Market located in the Barbecue Capital of Texas, offers some of the best smoked sausage and craft meats. Served on butcher paper and eaten in a rustic cafeteria type setting the same way since their opening in 1900.

Kreuz Market with its landmark servings offering sausage and BBQ, without sauce or forks will expand its partnership with the family-owned operation beginning with Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

“Kreuz Market is thrilled to be a part of something like the NASCAR Truck series. Being from Texas and sponsoring and supporting a Texas driver says a lot for what we do. We see that the NASCAR family has a great following and committed fans. We hope to meet these fans whether it be online ordering some of our amazing Barbecue to be shipped or taking the trip to experience the true Texas Barbecue experience,” said Weston Black of Kreuz Market.

Finally, Boerne, Texas-based Flying Circle, a leading manufacturer of tactical and travel luggage for the U.S. military, will complete the team’s current partnership lineup.

“We are excited to partner with fellow Texan Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team for another successful season.  As proud supporters of the U.S. military, we look forward to all the ways we can work with Austin and the team to connect with our customers and NASCAR fans in 2019 and give back to the military community,” said Jimmy Chittim owner of Flying Circle.

“It’s so cool to have all of our partners from last year returning for another Truck Series season,” said Austin Wayne Self. “CForce, Kreuz Market and Flying Circle all joined our AM Racing team at different points during the season last year and they fit nicely into our platform.

“This year we want to work harder to elevate their presence both on and off the track and look forward to delivering them stronger results in 2019.”

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

To order your next pre-race meal and show your support for Austin Wayne Self and Kreuz Market, visit
kreuzmarket.com. Also check out its social media platforms on Facebook (Facebook.com/KreuzMarketLockhart) and Twitter (@kreuzmarket). 

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.

For more on AM Racing, please like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR and stay tuned for a brand new website.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit
awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). 

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Fresh off his career-best ARCA Menards Series finish this past Saturday afternoon at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing (GCMR) team eye that same type of success in Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) NextEra Energy Resources 250.

Using patience and luck to his advantage, Rohrbaugh was able to dodge several late-race incidents in the ARCA season-opener to earn his seventh career top-10 finish but first on a superspeedway.

“So glad we finally had some luck on our side at Daytona and on these bigger superspeedways to be exact,” said Rohrbaugh. “You know, I’m really proud of our team. We really just fly under the radar and go out there and give it our all.

“We’re making huge strides and now I’m looking forward to continuing our strong Speedweeks going from ARCA to Trucks.

Success or not, Rohrbaugh and his family-own team are looking to turn heads and stir up the competition at the front in the Truck Series opener on Feb. 15.

With the guidance of crew chief Mark Huff and the thoroughbred effort of his team, the Petersburg, West Virginia native isn’t ruling out the opportunity for his team to steal some of the thunder in their first race of a limited Truck Series schedule in 2019.

“We don’t come to the race track unless we honestly feel like we can contend to win races,” offered Rohrbaugh who will attempt to make his third Truck Series start on Friday. “We’ve made the decision to concentrate a little more on Trucks this year over our ARCA program, so it’s important for us to go out there and be as noticeable as we can.”

Without out any secure points to guarantee themselves into the starting lineup on Friday afternoon, Rohrbaugh knows how crucial practice will be on Thursday – but says his team will have a strategy heading into race day which includes qualifying just four hours before race time.

“There’s a lot of factors to consider when you enter such a big race like on a national platform,” added Rohrbaugh. “For us, to go home would be devastating, especially considering the resources we put into our No. 9 Grant County Mulch Racing Chevrolet.

“While I think it’s important to draft at a place like Daytona and Talladega – for us, I wouldn’t be surprised if we focused on single-truck qualifying runs since we will qualify that way on Friday. It’s different from what I’m used to in ARCA – but that’s OK.

“Mark and the guys are bringing a good truck where we should have the speed whether we’re bunched up in a pack or riding solo around Daytona by ourselves. Once we’re in the race, we’ll focus on what we look to accomplish during the race. Honestly, I would be disappointed with anything less than a top-10 finish. I think we’re capable of that.”

Following Daytona, Rohrbaugh plans to compete in the NGOTS event at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on Fri., Mar. 1.

In 19 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh twice at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 2018 and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2019). He has qualified a career-best fourth on four different occasions including at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 2018).

Marketing partnership(s) opportunities are available for the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet and No. 9 Grant County Mulch Ford for the 2019 ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series seasons and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.257.8783.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

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One of the feel-good stories from the 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) Daytona season-opener will have another opportunity to shine again as Clay Greenfield (@ClayGreenfield) and his Clay Greenfield Motorsports (CGM) team will compete in Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250.

“I’m excited for an opportunity to get back to Daytona and put our No. 68 Chevrolet Silverado in contention for another good finish,” Greenfield said.

“We had a real good run going last year and we got involved in a crash late in the race. Maybe luck will strike twice, and we’ll be just as competitive this week and have a shot at redemption on Friday night.”

Last year, Greenfield stunned the Truck Series regulars by qualifying a career-best third and remained a factor in the season-opening race until being swept into a Lap 81 crash that resulted in a disappointing 22nd place finish.

Despite the finish, Greenfield praised the then new spec NT1 engine approved for competition last year. Greenfield explained the new engine allowed his team the opportunity to come to the 2.5-mile superspeedway and have a shot at being competitive from the moment they unloaded.

Traditionally, Greenfield has been a crafty plate-racer, but limited finances have hindered his opportunity to make a statement from start to finish during either Daytona or Talladega weekend. Last year, Greenfield led the parade of solo teams utilizing the new motor to their advantage.

“I’m very thankful for the NT1 engine,” added Greenfield. “It has allowed a small team like mine, based out of Tennessee to come to the track to be competitive. Whether it’s a big track like Daytona or Talladega – or a small track like Bristol, I feel relieved knowing that we’re going to the track with a fighting chance with the horsepower under the hood – rather than having to sweat it out.”

CGM will run a limited Truck Series schedule in 2019 and while the lineup is still being finalized, Greenfield says the addition of new partner Rackley Roofing for Friday night’s 100-lap race could provide the chance for him to increase the number of races run this season.

For more than four decades, Rackley Roofing has been serving the industrial and commercial roofing needs of customers in Tennessee, including the Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga areas. Their full-service roofing capabilities and unmatched customer service combine to exceed their customers’ expectations and create a higher standard in commercial roofing.

“I’m super stoked to have Rackley Roofing on board for Daytona this weekend,” Greenfield added. “I’ve gotten to know everyone there pretty well and they are very supportive in our program and what we are trying to accomplish. I hope the opportunity works out where we’re able to put some more races together down the road.”

In 42 NGOTS starts, Greenfield has two top-10 finishes, including a career-best eighth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2017. In addition to Trucks, the 34-year-old has made limited starts in the Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series.

For more on Clay Greenfield, visit ClayGreenfield.com, like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

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