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Anytime that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) comes home to compete at Texas Motor Speedway, it’s a big deal.
 
Much like the familiar phrase, “Everything is bigger in Texas” – Self, a native of Austin, Texas has high hopes for a big performance in Friday night’s JAG Metals 350.
 
The 22-year-old driver for Niece Motorsports will make his sixth start at the iconic 1.5-mile race track and hopes to deliver his first top-10 finish at the track, in the penultimate intermediate race of the season.
 
While aiming for his first top-10 finish at Texas, Self’s prior results have been firm, with three consecutive top-20 finishes, including a span of back-to-back top-15 finishes in 2017. The charismatic driver also hopes to improve on his 17th place run from the spring, one of 16 top-20 finishes this season.
 
“I always look forward to coming back to Texas,” said Self who sits 13th in the championship standings with three races remaining. “The race will be action packed, and I’m really upbeat about the strength of my Niece Motorsports team right now. Whether it’s a short track, a speedway or a superspeedway, we seem to have a lot of momentum, and that’s a good trait to have heading to one of my favorite places of the season.”
 
When Self comes to Texas, it’s more than just about him. It’s about his relationship with his Texas-based companies, including the United Sorghum Checkoff Program who will serve as the primary partner for Friday night’s race, elevating awareness of the benefits of American ethanol.
 
Self, a native of Austin, Texas, began his relationship with the Sorghum Checkoff and Texas Grain Sorghum Board last fall. Since then, the partnership has pinnacled to new levels and will continue throughout the 2019 season, building on the successful partnership between Self’s managing partner AM Racing and GO TEXAN.
 
Sorghum is the world’s fifth-most important grain crop and is grown on approximately 100 million acres worldwide, including approximately six million acres in the U.S. Currently, Texas and Kansas account for 80 percent of U.S. sorghum production.

The Sorghum Checkoff focuses on developing direct awareness of the benefits of using sorghum as a fuel and feedstock in the ethanol industry. This serves as the foundation of demand for the sorghum industry, as ethanol producers typically use about one-third  of the sorghum crop to produce clean-burning, high octane fuel.

“I’m proud of my relationship with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, promoting the Sorghum: The Smart Choice™ brand,” added Self. “As we venture to provide a heathier environment, I’m proud to represent them in my home state and at Texas Motor Speedway.

“Sorghum is such a smart choice for ethanol, a clean-burning, high octane fuel with a strong connection to NASCAR. It’s our goal to educate everyone about its benefits and a strong effort on Friday night will help our mission.”

Tim Lust, United Sorghum Checkoff Program CEO, said the partnership with Self provides a platform to tell an important story about the value ethanol provides to the American consumer and rural communities.

“Promoting E15 is one of the most important things we can do for America's farmers and agricultural interests,” he said. “NASCAR is a great platform as it enables us to reach the consumers making fuel purchase decisions while highlighting the fuel's inherent value. NASCAR drivers have traveled 15 million miles on E15, so there is no better avenue for telling a pro-ethanol, pro-farmer story.”

After 20 races, Self sits 13th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 16.6 entering Texas.      

GO TEXAN, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 21st race of the year.

In 60 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and four top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.1 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.

To learn about the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and sorghum’s benefits, please visit sorghumcheckoff.com.

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.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

The JAG Metals 350 (147 laps | 220.5 miles) is the 21st of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs. Nov. 1 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Nov. 2 beginning at 3:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

Niece Motorsports PR

Set to make their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start since Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in September, JJL Motorsports and driver Jesse Little return to action for two of the final three races this year starting with Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. 
 
For their push to the end, the Sherrills Ford, N.C-based team will be equipped with a new primary marketing partner for their tenth race of the season. 
 
Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access system that are easy to install will support the team at Texas and for the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on Nov. 16.
 
“I can’t wait to get back on track this weekend in the Skuttle-Tight Ford F-150,” said Little who has four top-10 finishes in 2018. “I feel very confident about our ability to go there and have a good run not only for ourselves but for Skuttle Tight.
 
"I really appreciate them coming onboard to support our program – and I hope this is the start of good things to come in the future.”
 
 
Chad Kompelien of Skuttle Tight said the company is thrilled to venture into the Truck Series with Little and JJL Motorsports. “Although were not rookies to NASCAR sponsorship, this will be the first time with the Camping World Truck Series and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with JJL Motorsports and Jesse for the races at Texas and Homestead,” he said.
 
“Our products are used by the construction trades and we all know they love their trucks!”
 
Skuttle Tight sets out to address the many issues of the conventional attic hatch entry system. They currently produce an all-in-one attic access entry system which is insulated, uses a gasket, is easy to install, and is virtually invisible. Skuttle Tight is committed to having the highest quality, affordable product on the market.
 
For the fourth time in his Truck Series career, Little will compete at Texas’s 1.5-mile oval. In his three previous starts in 2015 and 2016, the son of former NASCAR driver Chad Little has posted three top-20 finishes, including a personal-best of 15th in Nov. 2015. Knowing how well his JJL Motorsports team has performed this season on the intermediate tracks, Little believes he can eclipse his performance and earn his sixth career top-10 finish.
 
“Texas is a very fast place, especially since the surface is still relatively new,” added Little. “I think we’ll be prepared for that with my Skuttle-Tight Ford F-150. My crew chief Matt (Noyce) feels confident we have a good setup and very competitive Truck.
 
“On the flip side, the (racing) groove is narrow, so you really can’t get out of it, otherwise you could find yourself losing a lot of spots. I expect it to be a competitive race where we’ll be tightly bunched, and drafting will be a factor. The fans should be in for a good show.”
 
Friday night’s race will also see the return of Grindstaff Rub. Co. who returns to the team as an associate partner for their final two races in 2018. Grindstaff Rub Co. joined the team for two races earlier in the year at Iowa Speedway and Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park respectively.
 
Founded in 2016 by U.S. Air Force veteran and restaurant entrepreneur Grindstaff, Rustic Rub Co. started as a BBQ rub company initially releasing All Purpose and Three Kings rubs, however, the company’s success has evolved into a brand and lifestyle since releasing their own version of a Bloody Mary mix.
 
In addition to Skuttle Tight and Grindstaff Rub. Co., Little’s No. 97 Ford F-150 will have support from Ford Performance and Performance Friction Corporation (PFC) Brakes.
 
Looking forward, JJL Motorsports continues to work hard on securing partners and sponsors for the 2019 season and is looking to showcase JJL as one of the top teams in the Truck Series for prospective business and marketing partners. JJL Motorsports would also like to thank Jim Davis and Steve Biddle for their continued support of the organization this season. 
 
The JAG Metals 350 (147 laps | 220.5 miles) is the 21st of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs. Nov. 1 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Nov. 2 beginning at 3:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).
 
For more on Skuttle Tight, please visit skuttle-tight.com or by calling 1-866-SKUTTLE. Also visit them on Facebook (Skuttle Tight Inc.) or on Twitter @SkuttleTight.
 
For more on the Grindstaff Rub. Co and their products, please visit grindstaffrubs.com.
 
For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing.
 
Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.
 
For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.
 
JJL Motorsports tweets too. Follow them @JJL_Motorsports.
 
JJL Motorsports PR

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet

 

START: 8th

FINISH: 1st

POINTS: 1st (+29)

Notes:

- Sauter led 148 laps en route to his fourth career Martinsville Speedway victory, the most of any driver in NCWTS history at the historic Virginia short track.

- Sauter’s sixth win of the season, a career high, secured the No. 21 team’s opportunity to compete for a second NCWTS Championship.

- Today’s win is Sauter’s 23rd NCWTS win, placing him in sole possession of the 5th position on the NCWTS All Time Wins list.

- With three races remaining in the 2018 season, Sauter holds a 29-point lead over Noah Gragson.

 

Quote:

“This has been a lot of fun this year, winning six races in a season… I feel like we should have eight or nine but I’m not going to complain, six is really special. To do what we did today was pretty awesome. I knew Joe (Shear, Jr.) and the guys put a lot of work in over these last few weeks coming up with different things for us to try, but then we get here and practice was rained out so we ended up going with one of our old setups and it worked out pretty well for us. I’m so proud of everyone at GMS, GMS Fabrication, the chassis shop, the pit crew; it’s a total team effort.

“A lot of things have to go right to win at Martinsville, it’s a tough place, but we moved quick on that initial run and I was thinking about how I was driving by these guys and I didn’t really feel that good about my stuff, but in the end it worked out well for us. We’re racing for a championship, that’s what it’s all about.”

 

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

 

START: 13th

FINISH: 6th

POINTS: 5th (-2)

Notes:

- Making his sixth NCWTS start at Martinsville Speedway, Haley raced to a track-best sixth-place finish Saturday afternoon.

- Haley's sixth-place effort continued his streak of consecutive top-10 finishes, now at 11 races, a streak starting back with his first win of the season at Gateway Motorsports Park. Haley now has eight top-five finishes, and 16 top-10 finishes in the 2018 NCWTS season.

- Kicking off the Round of Six with a solid run in the first race, Haley now finds himself only two points below the NASCAR Playoffs cutoff mark with two races remaining before the final four drivers are locked into Championship weekend.

 

Quote:

"Thankfully we closed up the gap some today. We gave it all we had at probably my least favorite track, especially least favorite in the Round of Six. We're really good at Texas and we're bringing my Gateway win truck to Phoenix, so if all goes right we should be pretty good there. I'm just very thankful to come out of today's race the way we did. We just tried to survive today and we were going to be happy with a top-10 finish, and just came up short of a top-five. I'm proud of a sixth-place run. Now it's crunch time. I'm happy for Johnny (Sauter) and the 21 team being locked into the championship four at Homestead, now to get ourselves locked in and see him there."

 

Timothy Peters, No. 23 AutosByNelson.com Chevrolet

 

START: 9th

FINISH: 10th

Notes:

- Martinsville Speedway marked Timothy Peter’s fourth Truck Series race with GMS Racing in 2018.

- After a 10th-place finish this weekend, Peters collected his 18th top-10 finish at his hometown track in the NCWTS.

Quote:

“I wish we could have finished a little better than 10th-place but all the guys on the No. 23 team worked really hard on their off-weekend for me. We made some adjustments throughout the race and we got better there towards the end but it really wasn’t enough. All-in-all it was awesome to have another opportunity to race with this great organization. After the win in Talladega, everything fell into place. I am grateful for Maury (Gallagher), everyone at GMS Racing, GMS Fabrication and Chevrolet for putting this deal together. It was great to have a good run for my long time friend and supporter Barry Nelson and everyone associated with AutosByNelson.com, and thanks to them for coming on board and to help me come to a place that I love so much.”

 

Tyler Dippel, No. 25 Turning Point USA / America First Action Super PAC Chevrolet

 

START: 25th

FINISH: 17th

OWNER PTS: 13th

Notes:

- Dippel made his second career NCWTS start and first with GMS, earning a 17th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway.

 

Quote:

“I felt like we had good speed and Jerry (Baxter) and the team brought a really strong truck for today’s race, but I really needed track position earlier in the race. It was really difficult to pass, especially later in the run when the handling started to change with tire wear. Martinsville is definitely a tricky place to figure out, especially with no practice time, but I learned a lot today and look forward to moving on to Texas with the No. 25 team. I can’t thank everyone at GMS enough for the opportunity these last few races.”

 

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

 

START: 15th

FINISH: 19th

OWNER PTS: 14th

Notes:

- Today's NCWTS race at Martinsville was Creed's debut with GMS Racing's No. 2 team, as well as his debut at Martinsville Speedway in any form of racing.

- Creed will return to the seat of the No.2 Chevrolet Silverado next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, as well as at ISM Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway to round out the 2018 NCWTS season.

 

Quote:

"I think we just got too loose there at the end of the race. We started off really good and had worked our way up to the top-10. But after getting some damage from another truck, and being too loose the last run, it was hard to make up any ground. I hate that we couldn't get a better result today but it was tough never being to Martinsville before and having to qualify and start the race with no practice. We did what we could with what we had, I'm just excited to get to Texas already. I've been waiting for eight weeks to get there, and I really kind of wish we could load up and head there tomorrow."

GMS Racing PR

Brett Moffitt began the Round of Six in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs with a runner-up finish at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The second-place effort is Moffitt’s career-best at the “Paperclip” in three career NCWTS starts and his tenth top-five finish of the 2018 campaign.
 
After both practice sessions were washed out on Friday afternoon, the driver of the No. 16 AISIN Group, AW North Carolina Toyota Tundra rolled straight into the second round of qualifying and started the 200-lap event from 17th spot. Moffitt made steady progression during Stage 1 until a caution on lap 36 when he came to pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment for a tight balance on corner exit. Moffitt only gave up two positions for four fresh tires and restarted 16th on lap 44. At the end of Stage 1 on lap 50, Moffitt ran 14th, but stayed on track to gain track position under the caution.
 
When the event resumed on lap 61, Moffitt restarted ninth and finished the stage in the same position, which earned him two championship points. Moffitt returned to pit road under the stage caution for another batch of four tires, fuel, and a right-rear wedge adjustment to alleviate his tight condition on throttle and corner exit. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli’s adjustments bore fruit as Moffitt wasted no time knifing through the field. He restarted ninth on lap 111 and entered the top five on lap 145. A restart on lap 160 delivered chaos among the top contenders in Turn 1 and allowed Moffitt to pick up two positions and moved into third for the subsequent restart.
 
Moffitt restarted third on the race’s final restart on lap 168 and valiantly fought to maintain his position among the top trio. He chased down the No. 13 truck for the second position with less than 20 laps to go, and secured the runner-up spot on lap 187. Moffitt ran out of laps to make a charge for the lead and took the checkered flag in second, his second top-five result of the NCWTS Playoffs. He and the No. 16 AISIN Group, AW North Carolina team head to Texas Motor Speedway with a 15-point cushion on the cut line. 
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
"From where we started the day, I thought we were really good. We didn’t unload the best, we didn’t qualify the best, but we got better by the end. It’s a bummer that we didn’t get a bunch of stage points like we needed to, but we got a second-place finish. The guys work hard at HRE and I have to thank Toyota and TRD for always going to bat for us. And Mark Cronquist (JGR engine builder) and these Joe Gibbs engines. We’ve had badass tools all year long and I’m just thankful that they let us use them. Also thank AISIN and AW North Carolina for everything they do in making this race team happen.”

HRE PR

Todd Gilliland won his first career NCWTS pole Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, despite not having any practice due to rain all day on Friday. Gilliland led the first 39 laps of the race, but his JBL/SiriusXM Tundra tightened up as the race progressed. At the end of the 200-lap event he was 12th.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started from the pole, followed by his KBM teammates Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson.
  • Gilliland paced the first 39 laps of the race until he pitted under caution so he could stay out when the stage ended on lap 50 and regain his track position.
  • He was 12th when Stage One ended on lap 50.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • The pit strategy did not work out quite as planned since some trucks did not pit at all. Gilliland was seventh for the restart.
  • With 10 laps to go in the stage, he was blocked in behind a few trucks and split the middle between them to move up to third.
  • Gilliland was fourth when Stage Two ended and pitted for four tires and fuel.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gilliland restarted the final stage in fifth.
  • His JBL/SiriusXM Tundra was very tight and not as good as it was at the start of the race.
  • When a caution came on lap 154, crew chief Marcus Richmond called Gilliland to pit road for four tires since he seemed to have a tire rub. They also made adjustments to try to free up the Tundra.
  • Gilliland was back in 15th when the race resumed and he spent the remainder of the race fighting to get his track position back.
  • He finished the race in 12th place.

KBM PR

Martinsville Race Information:
Started: 15th
Stage 1 Finish: 21st
Stage 2 Finish: 13th
Finished: 3rd
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 7
Status: Running
 
MYATT SNIDER SCORES SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP-FIVE FINISH WITH THIRD-PLACE AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY 
 
"I knew we were going to follow the handle of the truck. I could drive in and drive out all day, but we were struggling through the middle. ThorSport Racing brought me a great Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford F-150. We didn't have the position we would've liked all day. We took two tires there at the end and that was what we needed to stay out front the whole time. I really proud of this crew, they did a great job anticipating what the truck would do, and we were able to get a good finish."  
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 20
Laps Completed: 2,824 / 2,972
Laps Led: 20
Poles: 0
Wins: 0 
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 8
Average Start: 15.7 
Average Finish: 14.3 
 
 
 
Martinsville Race Information:
Started: 4th
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 14th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
 
BEN RHODES FIGHTS TIGHT TRUCK AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY, PERSEVERES FOR FOURTH-PLACE FINISH 
 
"For us, our biggest challenge was getting into the turns, and we were super tight all day long. I could never get it loose. A lot of times I was purposely trying to upset the truck, running into the curb and doing whatever I could to get the thing to turn. We'll go back with our notebook, study up a little bit, and get this truck a little bit better. Our teammates were up front today and that was pretty cool."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 20
Laps Completed: 2,952 / 2,972
Laps Led: 228
Poles: 3 (Martinsville, Eldora, Canada)
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Top-five Finishes: 7
Top-10 Finishes: 11
Average Start: 9.3
Average Finish: 10.2 
 
 
 
Martinsville Race Information:
Started: 10th
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 5th
Finished: 13th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Playoff Position: 6th
 
MATT CRAFTON FINISHES 13TH IN THE TEXAS ROADHOUSE 200 AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY 
 
"We were decent - we were way, way too tight. I fought tight all day, fought tight in qualifying and fought tight throughout the race. We made a pretty big swing at it to free it up, but it didn't free it up nearly at all. (...) Everybody was in the same boat [with lack of practice], but we just missed it. We just have to go to Texas and Phoenix, and put two good ones together."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 20
Laps Completed: 2,769 / 2,972
Laps Led: 64 
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 7
Top-10 Finishes: 11
Average Start: 10.2 
Average Finish: 11.6
    
 
    
Martinsville Race Information:
Started: 6th
Stage 1: 6th
Stage 2: 6th
Finished: 14th
Laps: 200 / 200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Playoff Position: 4th 
 
GRANT ENFINGER FINISHES 14TH IN HIS PROTECT THE HARVEST FORD F-150 
 
"It was a frustrating day. The brakes were starting to go away about 30 or 40 laps in. The alternator went out, and I don't know if we got drove through or if he was there. Next thing I know, we were wrecking. It was a pretty unfortunate day. We had a good Protect the Harvest Ford F-150 - I feel like it was a solid top-five truck all day. So, it's pretty frustrating not to finish where we deserve."  
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 20
Laps Completed: 2961 / 2972
Laps Led: 137
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Wins: 1 (Las Vegas)
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 13
Average Start: 7.3 
Average Finish: 9.2 
 
Thorsport PR
Despite not having any practice time due to rain all day Friday, Harrison Burton qualified his No. 51 Morton Buildings Tundra second and fought hard all day to finish the 200-lap race at Martinsville Speedway in eighth place for his fourth top-10 finish in five NCWTS starts this season.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Burton started second on the front row with his KBM teammate Todd Gilliland who won his first pole.
  • The KBM duo ran first and second for the first 39 laps of the race until a caution brought both of them to pit road for four tires and fuel so they could stay out when the first stage ended on lap 50.
  • Burton was 12th when the race resumed and finished Stage One in ninth place.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Unfortunately pitting early did not work out as planned, since several teams opted not to pit at all to keep track position. This put Burton in fifth to start the next 50-lap stage.
  • He radioed that his Morton Buildings Tundra was tight and ended Stage Two in 10th place.
  • Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., called Burton to pit road for the final time for four tires and adjustments to free up the Tundra.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • He was 11th to start the final 100-lap stage.
  • With 40 laps to go several trucks spun in front of Burton, but he was able to stay low and avoid all of them. This helped him move up to eighth place when the race resumed with 32 laps remaining.
  • He was up to seventh with 20 laps to go
  • On the final lap he tried the top lane and teammate Noah Gragson was able to get by to nab the seventh position, while Burton finished eighth.

KBM PR

Making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Martinsville Speedway and just his third overall start in NASCAR's third division, Christian Eckes kept the nose of his No. 46 Craftsman Tundra clean for 200 laps and clocked out of the Virginia track with a respectable ninth-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • After Friday's practice sessions were washed out, Eckes took to the 0.526-mile oval for the first time in a truck for the opening round of knockout qualifying Saturday morning. The talented teenager was 21st at the end of Round 1, but after getting a feel for the challenging track was able to advance to the final round of qualifying and earned the 12th starting position for the 200-lap race.
  • Eckes had improved one position, to 11th, when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 36. Crew chief Cody Glick summoned his young driver to pit road for four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel.
  • The Craftsman Tundra would restart 19th when the field went back green with seven laps remaining in Stage One and remain there when it ended. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • Six trucks would hit pit road between stages, moving Eckes up to the 13th position when Stage Two went green on lap 60. He lost one position on the restart and was scored in the 14th spot when the field was slowed for a caution on lap 62.
  • This time Eckes would gain a spot on the lap-67 restart and halfway through the stage advanced up to the 12th spot, where he remained when it ended on lap 100. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, Eckes brought the Craftsman Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop. He returned to the track scored in the 15th position when the Final stage went green on lap 111.
  • He fell back to the 16th spot on the restart, but was able to gain two positions back shortly after that. He was scored 14th when the field was slowed for the fifth time on lap 153. With two trucks in front of him hitting pit road, he moved up to 12th for the restart on lap 159.
  • Eckes had trouble getting going on the restart and fell back to the 14th spot with 25 laps remaining, but began posting some of the fastest lap times of any truck on the track in the closing laps and maneuvered forward to the ninth position by the time the field crossed the stripe.

KBM PR

Noah Gragson and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team started the Round of 6 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs with a solid points' day as they try to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Gragson started from the third position and earned runner-up finishes in the opening two stages before ending the race in the seventh position.
 
With the 48 points they earned at Martinsville, the No. 18 team heads to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth next Friday second on the NCWTS Playoff grid, 24 points above the cutoff line for advancing to Championship 4.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • After Friday's practice sessions were washed out, Gragson took to the 0.526-mile oval for the first time in the opening round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. The 20-year-old-driver progressively improved with each round of qualifying, finishing 10th in Round One, seventh in Round Two and third in the Final Round.
  • The defending winner of the event communicated that his Tundra was "tight in the center" in the early stages of the race as he fell back to the sixth spot on lap 31, before making his way back towards the front of the field.
  • When the first caution of the race occurred on lap 36, he was scored in the fourth spot. Four of the top five trucks elected to hit pit road when it opened, allowing Gragson to advance up to the second position when the field went back green on lap 43. He would maintain the runner-up spot when Stage One ended on lap 50 and earned nine points. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • With track position being so important at the challenging short track, crew chief Rudy Fugle elected to keep his driver on the track for the start of Stage Two.
  • Stage Two went green on lap 60 and jus two laps later was slowed for a one-truck spin. Once the field went back green it would proceed caution free until the end of Stage Two at lap 60 with Gragson maintaining the runner-up position for the entirety of the stage. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, Gragson brought the Safelite Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop with a chassis adjustment to try and improve the handling. He returned to the track scored in the eighth position when the Final stage went green on lap 111.
  • Caught on the outside lane, the 20-year-old driver subsided to the 11th position before finding a hole on the inside lane. Gragson reported that the chassis adjustment didn't help the handling of his Toyota when a one-truck accident slowed the field on lap 153.
  • The field went back green on lap 159 with Gragson scored 10th and he would remain there one lap later when the sixth caution of the event occurred.
  • With 25 laps remaining, the talented youngster remained 10th but he was able to gain three positions in the closing laps to bring home a seventh-place finish. It was his 14th top-10 finish across 19 starts this season. 

KBM PR

Johnny Sauter whipped the field at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon by winning both stages of the Texas Roadhouse 200. Sauter, a NASCAR Playoff driver from Wisconsin, punched his ticket to Homestead-Miami Speedway after leading 148 of the 200 laps to earn his sixth Camping World Truck Series win of the year.

 

Brett Moffitt, also a NASCAR Playoff driver looking to get into the final four at Homestead, came home in the runner-up spot. Moffitt started 17th on the leaderboard and sat 14th in stage one and ninth in stage two.

 

The driver from Iowa holds four victories along with 10 top five and top 10 finishes in 2018.

 

As for Sauter, he’ll leave Martinsville with 14 top five and 16 top 10 finishes through 20 completed events.

 

Myatt Snider will round out the top three finishers at Martinsville. The young racer from Charlotte will leave the half-mile oval scoring his second consecutive top-three finish in the series after scoring a runner-up finish two weekends ago ar Talladega Supersdpeedway.

 

The third-place finish in the Texas Roadhouse 200 on Saturday will mark his fourth career top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series.

 

Ben Rhodes and Kyle Benjamin will round out the top five finishers.

 

Rest of the top 10 included Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes and Timothy Peters.

 

Grant Enfinger had a top 10 run going until lap 159. The sixth-place finisher in stage one and two was involved in an accident with the No. 99 Chevrolet of Chase Purdy in turn one. The incident forced the No. 98 Ford further back in the field for the restart.

 

The Alabama native went on to a 14th-place finish.

 

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 200 on November 2. The event will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FS1 and MRN.