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Inside the final stretch of four races to conclude the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Niece Motorsports rookie driver Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) returns to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway hoping to improve on his spring performance in Saturday afternoon’s Texas Roadhouse 200.

Developing his craft on the short tracks in the northeast, Fontaine was hoping his first tango with Martinsville in the spring would deliver his third top-10 finish of the season. Instead, Fontaine was dealt a banged-up truck and a tough finish.

Seven months later, however, the driver of the No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Inc. Chevrolet Silverado returns to the famed paperclip oval seeking a rematch and a good result in the penultimate short track race of the year.

“I’m returning to Martinsville with an open mind,” offered Fontaine who will make his third Truck Series start at the historic Martinsville facility. “Martinsville was the site of my Truck Series debut in 2016 and while it’s proven to be a somewhat difficult track for me, I know that the more laps I turn, the better I’m getting.

“A lot of that goes to my Niece Motorsports team. They are bringing fast race trucks every week. We had a super strong run going at Talladega and was at the wrong place at the wrong time and had nothing to show for our effort. I’d like to be at the right place at the right time on Saturday and give our team a boost heading into the final stretch of races.”

When it comes to Martinsville, Fontaine has quickly learned that it’s a momentum track and sometimes going slower means going faster and patience is everything.

“You would think that looking at Martinsville it would be a pretty easy track to drive. Looks are deceiving,” he laughed. “It’s a fun place to race if you get into a good rhythm – but I’ve learned that Martinsville is also a very technical race track too. At the end of the day, that usually provides great racing for the fans.

“I also learned that in the spring and throughout the year how critical patience is, especially at a place like Martinsville. You can get easily frustrated and that opens up the potential to ruin your day.”

Hunting his third top-10 run of the year and first since Las Vegas in March, Fontaine says in order to be a contender, starting as close to the front as possible is crucial.

“It’s no different than any short track really,” Fontaine offered. “If you start near the front – you have the better chance of keeping your nose clean and pacing yourself for the end of the race. If you start near the back, we as a team are chasing ourselves all race long.

“We have a good plan going to Martinsville this weekend and I hope it means a good result returning to Texas next weekend. I can’t believe the end of the season is going to be here soon. I certainly want to make the best of it.”

During the off-week, Fontaine celebrated his 21st birthday on Oct. 18.

“It was a good birthday with family and friends,” he said. “An even better “late” birthday present would be a career-best finish from now until Homestead. That would be good.”

After 19 races, Fontaine sits 17th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 19.7 entering Martinsville. He earned a career-best ninth-place result at Las Vegas in March.

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

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The Texas Roadhouse 200 (200 laps | 105.2 miles) is the 20th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Oct. 26 from 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Oct. 27 beginning at 10:05 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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Set for the final stretch of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway hoping to spook the competition with a strong performance in Saturday afternoon’s Texas Roadhouse 200.

With the Austin, Texas native’s grassroots extending back to the Lone Star state, Self has been able to apply those short track fundamentals throughout most of his career and especially at a demanding short track like Martinsville.

Traditionally, the famed 0.526-mile paperclip has been a favorite for the Niece Motorsports veteran driver, but the Texan admits he doesn’t have the results to show for it lately. He hopes to change that in the penultimate short track event of the year.

“Honestly, I enjoy racing at Martinsville,” said Self, driver of the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado. “It’s a very demanding short track where you almost have to treat every race lap like a qualifying lap. Stuff happens in a hurry and momentum is key to success.

“For me, once I get into a rhythm and the race settles down into a good pace, that’s where I tend to make up most of my ground. I finished 15th in my first start in 2016, I’d like to better that this weekend.”

Self and his Niece Motorsports team certainly have had the speed, as of late, to boast another top-10 finish this season. A ninth-place at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway followed by a top-12 effort at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in the last two races have shown the team continues to have a bigger presence near the front when it counts the most.

“I thought for sure we were going to have back-to-back top-10 runs at Talladega,” Self recalled. “We had a really good truck and honestly a shot at the top-five – but we got turned when the big one happened on the backstretch. We still were able to finish, just wish it would have been in the top-10.

“Still, the pace we’ve been able to show lately is something to be proud of. We’ve had speed, whether it comes to the short tracks, a road course, an intermediate track and even a superspeedway. That’s a good shot in the arm for this final four-race stretch. I’m eager to get to Martinsville and see what we can deliver.”

For the second consecutive race, Self and his Niece Motorsports team will support Dwarfism Awareness month. Since 2009, Little People of America (LPA) has been recognizing October as Dwarfism Awareness Month with the intention of raising positive awareness around dwarfism, addressing common misconceptions and increasing opportunities for people with dwarfism around the country.

Abel Greene, a relative of Self is just two years old and was diagnosed with Achondroplasia, a type of Dwarfism. Greene’s parents Amanda and Adam are both of average height with no history of any type of Dwarfism on either side of the family.

Recently, Abel visited the Niece Motorsports shop, where he was given an exclusive tour as well as some one-on-one time with Self and teammate Justin Fontaine. The team hopes to have Abel and his family at the race track this weekend.

“Everyone at Niece is proud to continue to support Dwarfism Awareness Month,” sounded Self. “October is traditionally known for Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’re huge advocates of that, but it’s important for us to remember the others too. If we educate others on Dwarfism Awareness Month and everything the community has to offer, we’ve done a really great thing.”

After 19 races, Self sits 13th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 16.3 entering Martinsville.    

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 60th career start.

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

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 20th race of the year.

In 59 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.

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The Texas Roadhouse 200 (200 laps | 105.2 miles) is the 20th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Oct. 26 from 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Oct. 27 beginning at 10:05 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern)

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Timothy Peter’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season isn’t over after all.

GMS Racing and Autos By Nelson announced Monday that Peters will be driving a GMS Chevrolet Silverado sponsored by Autos By Nelson in the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday.

After winning at Talladega Superspeedway 10 days ago, Peters thought his season was finished following the third, and what was supposed to be final start, in a substitute role for GMS.

The folks at GMS had different thoughts, though. They immediately started putting together a plan for Peters to race at his home track this weekend. Barry Nelson, owner of Martinsville-based Autos By Nelson, made the deal complete when he stepped up to sponsor the entry.

“It’s a deal they didn’t have to do, but they made a spot for me,” Peters said of the efforts to have him in a truck for Martinsville. “Obviously I had hoped that Talladega would help (with a ride for Martinsville). Nothing is ever easy by any means, but I’m thankful. GMS’ fabrication shop, GMS racing and Chevrolet all made this easier to happen.”

Peters’ Talladega win was the 11th in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, but he’s been without a fulltime ride since Red Horse Racing, his home for more than a decade, closed midway through the 2017 season. Since then he has served as general manager for Nelson’s growing Late Model Stock operation, which fielded five entries in Martinsville Speedway’s recent showcase Late Model race. He also makes selected starts in Late Model events.

“It’s cool Barry is going to help me out on our Chevrolet Silverado with Autos By Nelson. Barry has helped me so much professionally and personally since we first met a few years ago,” Peters said of Nelson, who built a small family car dealership into Autos By Nelson, a group of seven auto dealerships representing 13 manufacturers in Southern Virginia and North Carolina.

When GMS Racing needed a substitute driver for three races beginning in late August, they called on Peters, who had made only a couple of truck series races this season. Those three starts resulted in strong runs, including the Talladega win and a fifth-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

“I can’t thank Maury Gallagher (GMS owner) for the confidence he has shown in me and this opportunity. Jerry Baxter and all of the guys on the 25 truck (the group Peters raced with the past three events) are such a big part of my success, of all of this. Without them I certainly wouldn’t be here,” said Peters. “This is such a great opportunity and it is so humbling. What still sticks out is that call from Mike Beam (GMS Racing president) to go to Canada … that we could have still been on someone’s mind …”

Peters, who lives about 30 minutes from Martinsville Speedway, has 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on the iconic half-mile track along with numerous Late Model Stock races. He has won at Martinsville in both the truck series and Late Model Stock cars.

Chad Norris will serve as crew chief for Peters’ Martinsville entry, which will be the No. 23 Silverado. Norris, who normally heads up the GMS Xfinity Series entry, will bring over crew members from that team for Martinsville. The Xfinity Series is idle this weekend.

“I feel like we will adjust quickly,” Peters said of the new combination. “Obviously the laps I have around Martinsville and the success I’ve had there will help, plus the great equipment gives us confidence. Chad has a ton of experience plus the other GMS crew chiefs that will be there. Everybody works so well together; I’m sure we’ll all collaborate well together.”

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Kyle Benjamin will drive for DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Benjamin will pilot the No. 17 Crosley Brands Toyota Tundra in his second start at the 0.526-mile 'Paperclip.'
The Easley, S.C., native led DGR-Crosley to their best finish of the 2018 season in the spring race at Martinsville Speedway when he earned a second-place finish in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. During his first time at the historic short-track, Benjamin showed impressive speed throughout the entire weekend by securing a fourth-place starting position and going on to contend for the win.
Saturday's race will mark Benjamin's second start in the NCWTS, however he brings a wealth of experience to the table for DGR-Crosley. The 20-year-old racer has 23 ARCA Racing Series starts in which he collected three wins and nine top-five finishes. In 33 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races, Benjamin earned five victories and 15 top-five finishes. Most recently, he has been competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series where he earned a third-place finish this summer at Iowa Speedway and has an average overall finish of eighth-place. 
"I'm really thankful for the opportunity to go back to Martinsville with DGR-Crosley," said Benjamin. "We were so close to getting the win in the spring race and I definitely think we will be a contender again. I'm really happy to get another shot at it. I know the guys will bring me a fast Toyota Tundra this weekend. We just have to keep it clean throughout the race and be there at the end."
Qualifying for the Texas Roadhouse 200 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:00 a.m., ET with racing action beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both qualifying and the Texas Roadhouse 200 will be broadcast live on FS1.
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Officials from On Point Motorsports announced today that Virginia native Jeb Burton will pilot the teams No. 30 Toyota Tundra for Saturday’s running of the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway. For the second consecutive race, will serve as Primary Sponsor for the impressive new organization in just their fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start.
“We are looking forward to Jeb piloting our No. 30 Toyota Tundra at the legendary Martinsville Speedway,” stated Steven Lane, manager of On Point Motorsports. “Jeb has had some strong runs at Martinsville and his Virginia roots make it the ideal place for us to showcase what we can do as a young organization. Additionally, it is awesome to have back on the truck again this week after we gave them a strong run at Talladega.”
On Point Motorsports will be making their fourth start as a new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization. The team has been impressive in their first three races and looks to add another strong performance in Martinsville.
“It is always exciting for me to race at my home track of Martinsville Speedway,” stated Jeb. “I have always run good there and have had good success in the Truck Series at the track. I like running with a smaller new team like On Point Motorsports and focus on going out there and showing everyone what we can do. On Point Motorsports has been impressive in their first couple races and we look forward to being even more impressive at Martinsville.”
Jeb will be making his 52nd career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his seventh at Martinsville Speedway. His success at the paper-clip shaped track is highlighted by a Pole Award and a pair of third place finishes back in the 2013 season. The Halifax, Virginia native also has two Monster Energy Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway to his credit.
In addition to the sponsorship from, the No. 30 Toyota Tundra will feature on the hood as a follow up to their involvement with the team at Talladega. Led by Ricky Teal, Sparrow Ranch on the Island is a ministry located in York, S.C, that specializes in worship and fellowship for people with special needs and their families.
Also joining in on the fun will be Associate Sponsorship from Nexhaul Trailer Company and Puryear Tank Lines.
The running of the Texas Roadhouse 200 will be Saturday October 27th and can be seen LIVE on FoxSports1 at 1:00 pm ET and heard nationwide on MRN Radio.
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Premium Motorsports announced today that they will not field a team in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. They will finish the season racing the #49 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Chevrolet Silverado with Sobriety Nation as the team’s primary sponsor before ceasing operations after the final race of the 2018 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The reason given for doing this is to be able to focus solely on their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing program in 2019. Premium Motorsports has retained Gavel Auction Company NCAL6177 to liquidate most of the team’s assets on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 296 Cayuga Dr. Mooresville, NC 28117 following the Martinsville race weekend.

Inspection day will be Monday, October 29, 2018 from 11:00am-6:00pm. Registration for the auction will be on Tuesday at 9:00am with the auction beginning at 10:00am.

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DGR-Crosley announced today that newly crowned NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion Tyler Ankrum will drive for the team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Ankrum will pilot the No. 54 May's Hawaii Toyota Tundra in his NCWTS debut.
The San Bernadino, Calif. native will be making his Truck Series debut just three weeks after being crowned the 2018 K&N East Champion. In his rookie season, the 17-year-old scored four wins, nine top-five's and finished outside of the top-10 in only two races. Ankrum and his No. 17 Modern Meat Co. team led nearly 300 laps during the 2018 season and had an average finish of 4.8.
Ankrum will have a team of familiar faces with him as he takes on the 0.526-mile track of Martinsville. His crew chief, Seth Smith, and many other members of his K&N East Championship team will work on Ankrum's No. 54 truck next weekend.
"Making my Truck Series debut at Martinsville is huge. So many big names in the sport have made their national series debut at Martinsville," said Ankrum. "I've been dreaming of this day for so long now, I can't believe it's actually happening. It's going to be really cool having Seth [Smith] and my K&N guys there with me."
Ankrum has one previous start at the paperclip shaped track which occurred in 2014 when he raced a Late Model Stock Car in the MDCU 300. 
"Martinsville is an aggressive track, I've raced there one other time in a late model. I think that little bit of experience will be an advantage and help with the transition. I've already been racing on the simulator and practicing live pit stops with the 54 pit crew because this will actually be the first live pit stop for me. There's a little bit of pressure, but I'm ready for it. I know the DGR-Crosley guys are going to bring me a fast truck, and hopefully we'll be able to get them a solid finish."
Aside from having his K&N East team coaching him along, Ankrum will also have veteran Cup Series driver and team co-owner David Gilliland at Martinsville to lean on for advice. 
"We are extremely excited to have Tyler in the truck at Martinsville," said Gilliland. "He's been such an important part of our team this year, and it's been awesome to watch him progress and learn each race in the K&N Series. He's proven that he's ready for the next step and I'm glad that everyone at DGR-Crosley is going to be a part of his Truck Series debut."
Qualifying for the Texas Roadhouse 200 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:00 a.m., ET with racing action beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both qualifying and the Texas Roadhouse 200 will be broadcast live on FS1.
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Noah Gragson and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team came close to perfectly executing the game plan they put in place for Saturday's Fr8auction 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. They were able to collect a handful of stage points to pad the 23-point cushion they had on the cutoff line entering the race and then avoid incidents in the middle of the race to put themselves in a position to win the race in the closing stages.
Gragson vaulted from the third position to the lead with four laps remaining and remained out front when the field took the white flag. As the pack raced down the backstretch, the Las Vegas native maneuvered his Tundra in front of Timothy Peters truck in an effort to impede Peters' momentum. Peters' front bumper made hard contact with the rear bumper of the Safelite Tundra and sent it caroming hard into the outside wall before coming to rest on the apron. The caution immediately waved ending the race with Peters as the winner.
The No. 18 team would end the day with a disappointing 13th-place finish, but the result was good enough for Gragson to advance to the Round of 6 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.
Stage One Recap: 
  • Gragson started from the 13th position and adhered to the plan that he and crew chief Rudy Fugle implemented. The Safelite Tundra remained glued to the yellow line along the inside of the track for all 20 laps of Stage One. He slowly but surely maneuvered his way forward as other drivers got impatient and tried to make moves to the outside. When the field crossed the stripe to complete the stage he was in the fifth position and collected five points. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, Fugle summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for a fuel-only stop. Gragson returned to the track scored in the fourth position for the start of Stage Two.
  • Gragson pushed Spencer Gallagher to the lead in the outside lane and then was getting a push of his own from Todd Gilliland, when Gilliland maneuvered to the middle lane leaving his teammate hung out of line. Gragson would fall all the way back to the 19th position.
  • In the closing laps of the stage Gragson was able to gain back some of the positions he lost and would finish Stage Two in the 12th spot. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, Gragson brought the Safelite Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop with a trackbar adjustment. He returned to the track scored in the 10th position when the Final stage went green on lap 45.
  • The Las Vegas native was running 15th when "the big one" broke loose in front of him on lap 59. After getting tapped in the rear end as he began to slow down, he was able to dive down onto the apron and narrowly escaped through the wreckage with minimal damage.
  • After the red-flag conditions were lifted, Fugle summoned his driver to pit road to asses the damage and put four fresh tires on the Safelite Tundra. After returning the track, Gragson came down pit road one more time before the field went green for the crew to take another look at the truck and top it off with fuel.
  • The field went back green with 31 laps remaining with the No. 18 Toyota scored in the 12th position. Gragson rode near the back of what was a smaller field of trucks for the next phase of the race, hoping to avoid any further incidents to have his truck in one piece for the finish of the race.
  • He was running in the 12th position when the fifth caution of the day slowed the field with 10 laps remaining and restarted from the 11th position when the field went back green with six laps remaining.
  • David Gilliland and Grant Enfinger made contact battling for the lead and Enfinger went spinning. The caution didn't come out, but while drivers were trying to avoid the spinning truck it put the field three wide. Gragson made a strong run up the middle and with five to go he had advanced up to the third spot.
  • Running third, Gragson slowed down to get to the bumper of his teammate David Gilliland and then used a push from Gilliland to vault to the outside around the top two into the lead with four laps remaining.
  • Halfway down the backstretch on the final lap the field began making moves in an effort to get around Gragson. Peters had a strong run in the middle lane when Gragson moved up in front of him in an effort to impede his momentum. Peters slammed into the back of Gragson and sent him crashing hard into the outside wall. Unable to get his truck fired after the accident, Gragson was relegated to a 13th-place finish one lap down.


Brett Moffitt’s 17th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon was an uphill battle, but it was effective enough to advance him to the Round of Six in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs. After the points reset for round two, Moffitt leaves Talladega second on the Playoff Grid, 15 points out of the point lead.
Moffitt and the No. 16 team delivered one of their strongest qualifying efforts of the season on Friday evening and earned the eighth-starting position for Saturday’s Fr8Auctions 250. While carrying the colors of the American Red Cross and relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Michael, Moffitt was on the hunt for stage points when the green flag waved. The four-time winner in 2018 was shuffled to the middle of the pack early in the going without ample drafting help and finished Stage 1 in 12th-position on lap 20.
Moffitt made his way inside the top-10 by lap 28 but would face a healthy dose of adversity shortly thereafter. Contact from another truck severely damaged Moffitt’s right front fender on lap 39 and forced him to pit road to make repairs one lap shy of the Stage 2 caution. Moffitt lost a lap, but ample repairs from the HRE team kept him in contention for the race’s final stage. The turning point of the race occurred on lap 59 when a multi-truck accident collected the majority of the front runners, including several of Moffitt’s playoff combatants.
Despite significant damage to the right side of his Tundra, Moffitt managed to advance from outside the top-10 up to third by lap 73. However, two cut tires from the earlier damage forced Moffitt to pit road at laps 80 and 92, respectively. Moffitt was able to stay close enough to his fellow championship hopefuls to hold his position inside the top-six of the championship standings. Moffitt was credited with a 17th-place finish after the caution waved on the final lap and heads to Martinsville Speedway with new life, second in the NCWTS standings. 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
"I thought we were in a good position and then someone got spun into us early which caused tire rubs on the right rear and right front. We ended up blowing a couple of right rears there. Fortunately, we’re able to hang on to the truck and bring it back and fix the issue. I am just thankful we made it through. It was a stressful day and I am not a big fan of restrictor-plate races. I am looking forward to going to some tracks I feel confident in, and am proud of this HRE team.”
“I was not comfortable at all. Every single speedway race I’ve been whether it’s Cup Series or Truck Series. I have been leading and gotten wrecked. I’ve been running in the back and have tried to be conservative and have gotten wrecked. And today, I was a middle man and still got wrecked. It just happens. That’s the stressful part about Talladega. A lot is out of your control. We were trying to mind our own business someone got spun down the track into us, and it almost cost us a shot at the title. Thankfully things worked out the way they did. That could have been a blessing in disguise. I could have gotten in one of the bigger wrecks and been completely out of the race. It is what it is. We’ll move on to some racetracks we’re confident in and try to win races.”


Talladega Race Information:
Started: 28th
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 10th
Finished: 2nd
Laps: 94 / 94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 12th
"I was able to make some good moves at the right time today. Luckily, ThorSport Racing and Ford Performance gave me a great F-150. The RIDE TV / Louisiana Hot Sauce machine was really, really fast today, and it was a heck of a pusher. I'm so proud of my team because we made great moves all day and kept ourselves out front. We do well at these plate races, but if we keep running like this, we'll get a win eventually."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 19
Laps Completed: 2,624 / 2,772
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 7
Average start: 15.6
Average finish: 14.3
Talladega Race Information:
Started: 14th
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2: 4th
Finished: 16th
Laps: 93 / 94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 6th
"Our Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150 had really good speed all day, we just didn't have the chance to showcase it. It's unfortunate that we were caught up in one of the first cautions of the day. Once that happened, we went a lap down, but my ThorSport team did an amazing job getting our Ford F-150 back on track and running. It was a really good truck. Unfortunately, we just couldn't get that lap back. Being one lap down is what kept us out of the Playoffs. We had the speed at the end, we had everything we needed, it just didn't work out, we were a lap down. It's Talladega. Luck has to be on your side. It's hard not to look back at the times throughout the season where mistakes were made or things that happened you wish you could change. We're going to move forward and win all the races we can the rest of the season."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 19
Laps Completed: 2,752 / 2,772
Laps Led: 228
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Poles: 3 (Martinsville, Eldora, Canada)
Top-five Finishes: 6
Top-10 Finishes: 10
Average start: 9.6
Average finish: 10.5
Talladega Race Information:
Started: 4th
Stage 1: 1st
Stage 2: 27th
Finished: 19th
Laps: 92 / 94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 4th
Playoff Position: 4th
"I'm proud of the truck we had here today. Overall, our speedway trucks at ThorSport Racing have got better - we had one of the better trucks here today. I don't think we had the best one but we definitely had a contending truck. It was really good pushing, fairly good leading. It just wasn't meant to be there at the end. I was trying to make it as wide as I can. I don't know if he got me in the quarter panel or got me in the bumper, if I just got behind on it, it's just a Talladega racing deal, I guess. I hate it for the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford Performance guys - they deserved the checkered flag today."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 19
Laps Completed: 2,761 / 2,772
Laps Led: 137
Wins: 1 (Las Vegas II)
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 13
Average start: 7.4
Average finish: 8.9
Talladega Race Information:
Started: 9th
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 2nd
Finished: 26th
Laps: 58 / 94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 10th
Playoff Position: 6th
"All in all, we had a great first two segments. I honestly don't know what happened - so close but so far. That's been my luck at the superspeedways. Two years ago at Daytona, I thought we were going to win the race and then next thing I knew, I was upside down. That's how it goes. That's just Talladega - that's the nature of the beast here. Everybody pushes and pushes until the Big One. I did what I could do. The first two segments, we finished fourth and second, and in the second one, we put ourselves into position. We did everything we could do - we came here with a fast Fisher Nuts / Menards Ford F-150."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 19
Laps Completed: 2,569 / 2,772
Laps Led: 64
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 7
Top-10 Finishes: 11
Average start: 10.2
Average finish: 11.5
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Timothy Peters, No. 25 Kingman Chevrolet


START: 3rd




- Peters earned his 11th NCWTS win, and third win at Talladega, the most of any NCWTS driver at the Alabama superspeedway.



“This was a really special win, just to go from not knowing what your plans are in May 2017 to getting the call from Mike (Beam) and Maury (Gallagher) to come run these three races at tracks that I’ve run well at. To come to Talladega knowing that their program is strong in general and they’ve won just about every superspeedway race that I can remember, and knowing the hard work that Jerry (Baxter) and everyone at GMS Racing and GMS Fabrication put into these vehicles, I knew if I kept my head on straight we’d have a shot at a win. It just feels so special. I can’t thank everyone enough for the opportunity.”


Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet


START: 16th




- Saturday's fourth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway is a NCWTS track-best finish for Haley.

- Continuing his streak, Haley now has 10 consecutive top-10 finishes, starting back with his first win of the season at Gateway Motorsports Park. Haley now has eight top-five finishes, and 15 top-10 finishes in the 2018 NCWTS season.

- Making it through the first round of The Playoffs, Haley moved into second in the 2018 NCWTS driver point standings. Resetting the points for the top six competitors for the Round of 6, Haley is now seeded fifth, four points below the cut mark.



"I thought we had that one but that's superspeedway racing for you. it was a solid day and overall solid round of eight for this Fraternal Order of Eagles team. We had the best average finish out of any of the Playoff drivers and moved to second in points. I couldn't be more proud of my 24 guys. To Martinsville we go."


Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet


START: 5th

(to the rear)

FINISH: 22nd



- Sauter’s 22nd-place result at Talladega was his first finish outside the top-20 since last season (Eldora, 2017).

- Following the completion of the Round of 8 in the NCWTS Playoffs, Sauter continues to lead the point standings by 15 points.



“We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we did what we came here to do and that was secure our spot in the next round of The Playoffs. Our ISM Connect Chevy was really fast and once we got up front with the 25 I felt like we had something for the rest of the field. But things don’t always work out the way you’d like them to and we just weren’t able to keep going after all the damage we had. Thankfully we can move on from here and head to tracks that I feel like we’ve been strongest at the last three years. I’m excited for the next round and what this 21 team can do.”


Spencer Gallagher, No. 2 Allegiant Chevrolet


START: 2nd

FINISH: 25th



- Qualifying second for Saturday's race at Talladega Superspeedway was a track-best effort for Gallagher.



"It's a shame for this GMS group. I think we had, hands down, the fastest truck out in the field today. I was able to go wherever I wanted to and whenever I wanted. I went from the back to contending for the lead pretty much on command. Doug (Randolph) and the No. 2 boys brought me a fast Allegiant Chevy and I just hate it for them that we couldn't get the win. I feel like this was going to be our day.

"Even though today didn't end how our team wanted, I couldn't be happier for Timothy (Peters) and the No. 25 team. He's a force to be reckoned with at Talladega, that's for sure. I'm glad that GMS Racing is the one bringing home the win this weekend." 


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