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Driving the Larry Antaya Motorsports No.16, Justin Sanders stormed to his seventh victory of the 2021 Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo season on Friday night in Watsonville. The win sets up Sanders with a 52-point advantage in the series before he journeys north for the ASCS National races in Washington next weekend.

“Yeah we were pretty good. The only thing where I think we struggled was off of four,” Sanders said. “You can never count anybody out. Joey (Ancona) was pretty good. He threw some moves at me and it was fun racing with him.”

16-year-old Joey Ancona of Concord led time trials before Easton’s Michael Pombo won the six-lap dash. The 12-lap B-Main was won by Salinas’ Jason Chisum.

Sanders started outside Pombo for the 30-lap feature and immediately took over the lead. He encountered lapped traffic by lap five but earned a reprieve when Nick Ringo of Morgan Hill stopped on the front stretch for a lap seven caution. Ancona tried to slide Sanders in turn three on the restart, but Sanders crossed underneath him to maintain the lead. Sanders again approached slower traffic by lap 12.

The leaders lined up on the high line around the speedway with Ancona diving underneath Sanders to show him a nose on lap 13. Ancona hung in lockstep with Sanders in traffic before he went over the edge in turn four on lap 22. Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford grabbed second as Ancona slowed into turn one. Ancona limped to the pits while on the backstretch, Jason Chisum and J.J. Ringo collided with Chisum flipping for a red flag.

Sanders drove ahead of Faccinto over the final seven laps for the victory while Bud Kaeding made several maneuvers to advance to third at the checkered flag. Castro Valley’s Jake Andreotti was fourth with Pombo rounding out the top-five.

An outstanding 24-car IMCA Sport Modified feature saw Bakersfield’s Tyler Bannister earn the win. Kelly Campanile from San Ramon took the lead on the start, then picked the outside for a lap four restart. Campanile held court through the restart with Bannister in pursuit. The seventh starting Bannister took the lead on the inside on lap six.

A caution flew on lap ten with Cody Bryan spinning in turn two. 15-year-old Andrew Pearce started ninth but charged up to second on the restart. Pearce ran closely behind Bannister the rest of the way. San Jose’s Randy Miller slipped as low as seventh but recovered to finish third at the checkered flag. Campanile ran fourth ahead of Jason Bannister.

Hobby Stocks entertained with a three-wide duel to the checkered flag in their 20-lap event, with the win eventually being awarded to Jerry Skelton of Watsonville. Merced’s Chad Ragsdale led by a nose in a side-by-side battle with Skelton on the first two laps, before Skelton led lap three. Skelton cleared Ragsdale on lap four. Watsonville’s Sam Kennedy had a dangerous spin on the front stretch that brought out the yellow flag on lap five.

Ninth starting TJ Etchinson III entered the picture as he drove into the third spot on the restart. He ran side-by-side with Skelton, eventually being credited with lap ten in the lead. A caution on lap 12 gave Skelton a shot to retake the top position on the outside, leading lap 14. Etchinson drove back to the inside of Skelton to lead lap 15 and the pair remained alongside of each other for the final five laps.

On the final circuit, Joe Gallaher stuck his nose in between them for a three-wide run across the finish line. Etchinson won by mere inches, but the finish was nullified by a post-race disqualification. Skelton was credited with victory over Joe Gallaher, Ragsdale, twelfth starting Rob Gallaher, and Norm Ayers of Corralitos.

Watsonville’s Tony Gullo won the 15-lap Four Banger main event, overhauling fellow Watsonville driver Richard Mitchell for the lead on lap nine. Kate Beardsley, Travis VanGilder, and Nicole Beardsley rounded out the top-five.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Nate Graham led all 15-laps of Police-in-Pursuit. John Hohmann of Scotts Valley PD, Roy Iller of San Benito PD, Pat Sullivan from Gilroy PD, and Eric Perez of Scotts Valley PD Were the top-five finishers.

Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo charge right back to Watsonville this upcoming Friday along with IMCA Sport Mods, Four Bangers, Western Midget Racing, and South Bay Dwarf Cars. Tickets are available at www.OceanSpeedway.com or at the gate.

June 18, 2021 Ocean Sprints Presented by Taco Bravo (30 laps):

  1. 16A-Justin Sanders[2]; 2. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[4]; 3. 69-Bud Kaeding[7]; 4. 7P-Jake Andreotti[6]; 5. 72W-Kurt Nelson[8]; 6. 28-Michael Pombo[1]; 7. 7Z-Zane Blanchard[10]; 8. 2-JJ Ringo[9]; 9. 61-Travis Labat[5]; 10. 98-Bryce Eames[17]; 11. 11-Dominic Gorden[16]; 12. 3M-Adam Kaeding[14]; 13. 88-Koen Shaw[12]; 14. 8-Jeremy Chisum[11]; 15. 4-Burt Foland Jr[13]; 16. 87-Ashlyn Rodriguez[18]; 17. 6D-Josh Chisum[20]; 18. 58-Jerry Bonnema[21]; 19. 88A-Joey Ancona[3]; 20. 25Z-Jason Chisum[15]; 21. 3T-Nick Ringo[22]; 22. 72JR-Chris Nelson[19]

Ocean Speedway PR

Austin Hill scored his ninth top-10 finish of the season with a ninth-place run in his debut at Nashville Superspeedway (NSS) on Friday night. The driver of the No. 16 JBL Toyota Tundra scored 37 points, which was tied for the third-most of all drivers in the field and allowed him to close the gap on the points leader by 10 markers.
 
The Georgian stopped the clock with the third-quickest lap in qualifying and began the first NASCAR Camping World Trucks event at NSS in a decade from the inside of row two. Hill immediately pushed fellow Toyota driver Derek Kraus to the lead at the green flag and comfortably settled into the runner up position. The entirety of Stage 1 ran clean and green for 45 laps as Hill stalked Kraus for the race lead. At lap 45, Hill collected nine points by running second despite dealing with a significant tire chatter in the middle of NSS’ concrete corners.
 
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli gave Hill a track bar adjustment under the first stage caution to compliment four fresh tires and fuel. Hill chose to restart third on lap 54 and made an aggressive move to reclaim the runner-up position. The balance of the JBL Tundra progressively improved throughout the 25-lap run as Hill held the fourth position until a caution on lap 78. Zipadelli called Hill to pit road as the field split tire strategies under the yellow. Hill restarted 13th on lap 84, but was forced to combat dirty air and ultimately finished Stage 2 in 14th on lap 95.
 
Hill made his final trip to pit road under the Stage 2 caution for four tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustments. He restarted 18th on lap 104 and took advantage of two subsequent restarts to advance up the leaderboard. On the race’s final restart on lap 118, Hill went from 16th to 12th on the initial start and executed a shocking four-wide move to grab ninth on lap 119. He held position inside the top 10 for the balance of the event to collect a ninth-place finish in his debut at NSS.
 
Austin Hill Quote:
“Track position was huge tonight. We got shuffled back pretty deep in the field so to come back to finish ninth with our JBL Toyota Tundra was a good recovery. We had some good speed in our Tundra but we fought a tire chatter most of the night no matter where we ran on the racetrack. It was a challenge to pass tonight, so restarts were huge. You really had to make the most of each restart to grab as many spots as you can. We’ll go to Pocono next week and hopefully be able to go for the win there.”
 
HRE PR
John Hunter Nemechek finished 10th in the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway after starting at the rear of the field due to his qualifying time being disallowed by NASCAR. Nemechek was able to work his way to 20th in the opening laps of the first stage. With strategy calls from crew chief Eric Phillips, Nemechek was able to secure his 10th top-1o finish of 2021. Nemechek continues to hold the lead in the point standings, leading Ben Rhodes by 70 points.
 
Stage One Recap
 
  • Nemechek started from the 34th position after NASCAR disallowed his lap in qualifying Friday afternoon. Prior to the penalty, Nemechek went around the 1.33-mile facility at an average speed of 156.440 mph,
  • In the opening stint, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra lacked rear grip.
  • With the stage going from green to green-checkered, Nemechek finished the stage in the 21st position.
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
  • At the stage break, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra tightened up as the run progressed. Phillips summoned Nemechek onto pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. The over-the-wall crew administered a speedy stop to gain three positions. Nemechek started the second stage from 18th.
  • Nemechek worked his way up to 15th by the time the second caution waved on lap 78. Under the caution, Nemechek radioed that he was loose in traffic and continuing to deal with brake issues. Phillips summoned the Mobil 1 driver down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments. Nemechek would restart from the 15th position.
  • When the green-checkered flag flew on lap 95, Nemechek was scored in the 11th position.
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
  • At the break, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra was tight in traffic. Phillips summoned Nemechek back onto pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. Nemechek would start the final stage in the 11th position.
  • After back-to-back cautions, Nemechek settled in the 10th position to score his 10th top-10 finish of 2021.
 
 
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for KBM:
 
 
Rackley Roofing 200 Recap
 
  • Ryan Preece scored his first career Camping World Truck Series victory beating Todd Gilliland to the stripe by 0.950 seconds. Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were five cautions for 29 laps. There were eight lead changes among six drivers.
 
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
  • Drew Dollar, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 24th.
  • Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 13th.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
After 12 races, Nemechek and the No. 4 team continue to lead Ben Rhodes in the point standings by 70 points.
 
Next Race
 
The No. 4 team returns to the track when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes action on Saturday, June 26 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at noon ET.

KBM PR

The first time was the charm for Ryan Preece.

The Cup Series regular won his first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Friday night, taking the checkered flag in the "Rackley Roofing 200."

Preece, driving the No. 17 Ford for Team DGR, outdueled David’s son Todd and Grant Enfinger in the final laps to earn the win.

“This truck was awesome," said Preece, who led eight laps, including the final seven. "I know I was aggressive and pulled some big blocks. Just super proud of this opportunity. You don’t get them very often so you have to take advantage of it.”

The "Rackley Roofing 200" was the first NASCAR event at Nashville Superspeedway since July 2011.

Preece, who has made 93 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series across four seasons, was sixth after Stage 1 and 10th after Stage 2, but made his way up through the field to be in contention in the race’s final stretch.

With Enfinger in the lead, Preece finally reached his back bumper and the two engaged in a spirited side-by-side battle for several laps and exchanged paint once or twice before Preece finally emerged with the advantage.

“It was fun running with him,” said Enfinger, who finished third after leading 39 laps. “It was extremely tough racing out there. We had a good truck, just not enough to hold of those [fresher] tires at the end.”

Preece topped second-place Todd Gilliland by 0.950 second at the finish, followed by Enfinger, Zane Smith and Stewart Friesen. He is the fifth driver all-time to win in his Truck Series debut, joining Mike Skinner, Robert Pressley, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman.

“I never quit and never give up,” Preece said. “We were able to get back by him and pull away. It was a real team effort.”

Fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron, making his first Truck Series start since 2016, was running inside top 10 when he suffered engine trouble that ended his race. He finished last in the 36-truck field.

“We had a couple times where it stumbled and I thought it was the wind on the backstretch,” said Byron of his engine. “It was going to be a pretty good day. We’ll learn from this and move on.”

Stage 1 winner Derek Kraus and Stage 2 winner Chandler Smith tied for the lead in total laps led with 48 apiece. Kraus, who also won the pole position earlier on Friday, ended up 35th after a hard crash in Turn 3 on Lap 111, while Smith placed 13th.

Among other notables, Truck Series points leader John Hunter Nemechek came in 10th, Hendersonville, Tenn., native Josh Berry finished 19th and NASCAR Cup Series regular Ross Chastain wound up 22nd.

Preece completed the 200 miles in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 25 seconds, averaging 114.637 mph. Five caution flags consumed 29 of the race’s 150 laps. The 29 drivers with lead lap finishes and 34 trucks running at the end were both track records.

Nashville Superspeedway’s NASCAR tripleheader weekend continues on Saturday with the “Tennessee Lottery 250” NASCAR Xfinity Series race (2:30 p.m. NBCSN), followed by the inaugural, sold out “Ally 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday (2:30 p.m., NBCSN).

Dover Motorsports PR

When Tanner English and the Riggs Motorsports team set out on the trail of chasing their first DIRTcar Late Model national points title this year, they knew following the DIRTcar Summer Nationals would be the perfect way to get as many good points finishes as possible.

 

Friday night at Tri-City Speedway, they got the best finish they could have hoped for in the most exciting way seen so far – denying Bobby Pierce’s last-lap, last-corner attempt for the win in front of several of their friends and family.

 

English, of Benton, KY, started outside pole of the 40-lap Feature and led every lap to collect the first $10,000 check handed out this season. But after the caution was thrown with three laps remaining, it was almost taken away from him.

 

Tour champions Brian Shirley and Pierce lined up on his bumper for the restart and both got great jumps as the green was thrown. Pierce took to the high side, got around Shirley for second and gunned it for leader English out of Turn 4 as they came to the white flag.

 

Pierce appeared to have a good run off of Turn 2 but nearly hit the wall on exit and was forced to lift as English led the charge into Turn 3 with the lead. English rolled it through the middle while Pierce went back up high, riding the cushion for the top-side speed.

 

Pierce tried to wedge his car between English and the outside Turn 4 wall but was unsuccessful. The two made contact just before the flag stand, slowing English only slightly as he crossed the line ahead of Pierce for his second career Summer Nationals Feature win.

 

“I knew Bobby was coming, I knew Shirley was there. I had to make my car real wide on the last lap. I didn’t want to, but it’s ten grand, and I led the whole thing. I wanted that one pretty bad,” English said.

 

In Victory Lane, English was relieved to get the win but would have rather done without the late restart.

 

“That always kills me – that late caution. I saved my tires, and they weren’t real hot, so they don’t take off on restarts,” he said.

 

Having been on the other side of last-lap passing situations before, English was happy to see it fall his way for some big money.

 

“It seems like I gotta do that all the time – I tend to lose them pretty late. Seems like I’ve done that my whole career. I get them wrapped up and lose them at the end. It’s pretty cool to win this one,” English said.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summer Nationals action continues Saturday night with Round #5 at the Fairbury Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 4. 25-Jason Feger[6]; 5. 18-Shannon Babb[5]; 6. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[1]; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[7]; 8. 9-Devin Moran[9]; 9. 32S-Chris Simpson[23]; 10. 15-Kolby Vandenbergh[12]; 11. 48-Tim Lance[15]; 12. 14G-Joe Godsey[19]; 13. 82-Billy Laycock[21]; 14. 4G-Bob Gardner[20]; 15. 0-Dewayne Kiefer[14]; 16. 12-Ashton Winger[17]; 17. 248-Brandon Lance[22]; 18. 2-Allen Murray[8]; 19. 24-Ryan Unzicker[13]; 20. 74-Mitch McGrath[16]; 21. 26M-Brent McKinnon[11]; 22. 14-Paul Kuper[18]; 23. 11-Gordy Gundaker[10]

 

FOUR-PACK: Hoffman Wins at Tri-City for Fourth-Straight Summit Modified Triumph

 

Even with the extreme heat and the big names in the house, nothing was able to shake the momentum of three-time and defending Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals champion Nick Hoffman Friday night.

 

For the fourth night in-a-row, Hoffman reached Victory Lane, leading flag-to-flag in the 25-lap Feature at Tri-City Speedway.

 

Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, took on the 100-degree-plus heat and his best competition thus far with six-time tour champion Mike Harrison making his first Summit Modified appearance of the season.

 

“Especially today with the heat index of over 110, and then ripping the nose off in qualifying, it’s pretty brutal. This one today took a toll on us,” Hoffman said.

 

Harrison, already with five UMP Modified Feature wins at Tri-City this season, challenged Hoffman’s streak right off the bat by setting quick time in Qualifying. The rest of the event, however, was Hoffman’s strong suit.

 

Hoffman won his Heat Race, putting him into the redraw for a top-three starting spot in the Feature, but Harrison did not. He slipped back to third before the checkered fell in his Heat, forcing him to come from seventh in the Feature.

 

In the end, Harrison did not have enough to catch the defending tour champion, advancing three spots in 25 laps to finish fourth while Hoffman led every lap en route to his fourth-straight win.

 

“Any time Mike’s here, he’s pretty good on that ledge up there. Tonight, it just kinda worked out in our favor – it was middle-to-the bottom dominant and I was able to roll-on. “

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summit Modified action continues Saturday night with Round #5 at the Fairbury Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 2-Nick Hoffman[2]; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely[1]; 3. 05-Dave Wietholder[4]; 4. 24H-Mike Harrison[7]; 5. 99-Hunt Gossum[10]; 6. 14C-Rick Conoyer[3]; 7. 36-Kenny Wallace[8]; 8. 12L-Lucas Lee[6]; 9. 1D-Dean Hoffman[17]; 10. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[11]; 11. 59R-Jacob Rexing[12]; 12. 13-Charlie Mefford[14]; 13. 87Z-Zeb Moake[13]; 14. 7N-Tim Nash[15]; 15. 8-Kyle Steffens[9]; 16. 45-Kyle Hammer[19]; 17. 44R-Anthony Reams[22]; 18. 7-Blake Thompson[21]; 19. 82Q-Cole Queathem[20]; 20. 18L-Michael Long[18]; 21. 66-Cole Falloway[5]; 22. 54-Shaun Horstmann[16]

 

DIRTcar Series PR

Drew Dollar finished 24th in the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway after starting from the 20th position. Kyle Busch returns to the No. 51 Toyota Tundra next weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
 
Stage One Recap
 
  • Dollar started from the 20th position after laying down a speed of 155.591 mph in qualifying Friday afternoon.
  • Dollar would finish the first stage in the 25th position after the stage went green to green-checkered.
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
  • At the break, Dollar radioed that his Sunbelt Rentals Tundra started free, but as the run progressed, his Tundra was coming to him. By the end of the run, Dollar radioed that he was tight center off. Crew chief Mardy Lindley summoned Dollar to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Dollar would start the stage from the 24th position.
  • At the second caution on lap 78, Dollar radioed that the balance of his Sunbelt Rental Tundra was good but loose in traffic. Lindley elected to keep Dollar on the racetrack to restart from the 10th position.
  • When the green-checkered flag flew, Dollar was scored in the 25th position.
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
  • At the break, Dollar radioed that he felt a vibration in his Sunbelt Rentals Tundra and was dealing with a tight Tundra. Lindley summoned Dollar onto pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. Dollar would start the final stage from the 23rd position.
  • During the fifth caution period on lap 111, Dollar worked his way up to 20th and radioed that the vibration he felt was gone. Dollar restarted from the 19th position.
  • With a 33-lap run to the finish, Dollar fell back and was credited with a 24th-place finish.
 
 
Drew Dollar, driver of the No. 51 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota for KBM
 
How was your day?
“Our Sunbelt Rentals Tundra was pretty good all night. I just worked on learning, getting all the laps in and being conservative throughout the entire race. We worked back and forth on handling. I feel like we started a little free and then got a little tight and went back to a little free. Overall, I learned a lot, and it was good to get all the laps in. There will a lot of positive takeaways for the next one as I learn how to drive these Tundras.”
 
Rackley Roofing 200 Recap
 
  • Ryan Preece scored his first career Camping World Truck Series victory beating Todd Gilliland to the stripe by 0.950 seconds. Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were five cautions for 29 laps. There were eight lead changes among six drivers.
 
How Dollar's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
  • John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 10th.
  • Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 13th.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
After 12 races, the No. 51 team sits fourth in the owner’s championship standings, 126 points behind the No. 4 team.
 
Next Race
 
The No. 51 returns to the track with Kyle Busch when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes action on Saturday, June 26 at Pocono Raceway. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at noon ET.

KBM PR

Chandler Smith had one of his strongest outings of the season, leading a race-high 46 laps and winning Stage Two before getting shuffled back on a restart late in the race and finishing 13th.
 
With his strong run, Smith widened his lead on the 10th and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs spot to 15 points over Johnny Sauter with three races remaining in the regular season. 
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
  • Smith lined up fifth for the 150-lap event after posting a time of 30.189 seconds at 158.601 mph in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
  • The Georgia native was able to gain two positions on the first lap and settled into the third position. He would remain third to throughout the opening stanza, which was caution free.
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
  • Between stages, Smith communicated that his Safelite Tundra was “tight in traffic.” Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop with a wedge adjustment to address the handling issues.
  • Quick work by the over-the-wall crew allowed Smith to exit pit road with the lead. He elected to start Stage Two from the inside lane when it went green on lap 55.
  • The talented teenager remained out front when the second caution of the race occurred on lap 78. He reported that he needed “better turnability on throttle,” during the caution laps.
  • Once again, he elected the bottom lane for the ensuing restart and remained out front for the final 12 laps of the stage to pick up his first stage win of the season.
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
  • Smith communicated that his Toyota was “plowing tight” exiting both sets of corners. Stockman ordered up another four-tire and fuel stop with a trackbar adjustment. Smith would be the first truck getting four fresh tires to exit pit road but would be scored ninth behind trucks that had pitted during the caution prior to the end of Stage Two.
  • The Toyota Racing Development driver chose the top of row five for the lap 103 restart. He advanced one position when a one-truck spin brought out the fifth caution of the event.
  • The Safelite Tundra lined up on the top of the fourth row for the ensuing restart. He advanced to fourth in one lap but had fallen back to sixth when the next caution occurred on lap 111.
  • Smith reported that the front tires on his No. 18 Toyota were chattering in the corners. He lined up on the bottom of the third row for the lap 117 restart. As trucks went four-wide for nearly a lap, Smith fell back to the 12th position. He would lose one more spot before the field crossed the stripe on lap 150 and finish the day with a 13th-place result.
 
 
 
Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra for KBM:
 
How did your race go?
“Overall, today our Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra was pretty solid. First stage we ended up P3, Second Stage we go the stage win, for the Final Stage we were searching for track position and had just cracked the top five when I picked the wrong lane for a restart, it cost us, and we ended up finishing P13. We’ll move on. It was a good points day, and we’ll keep on chipping away.”
 
Rackley Roofing 200 Recap
 
  • Ryan Preece scored his first career Camping World Truck Series victory beating Todd Gilliland to the stripe by 0.950 seconds. Grant Enfiger, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were five cautions for 29 laps. There were eight lead changes among six drivers.
 
How Chandler Smith's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 10th.
·        Drew Dollar, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 24th.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
Smith and the No. 18 team maintained the 11th position in the Camping World Truck Series championship standings. With Grant Enfinger in the sixth spot not being playoff eligible, Smith now sits 15 points ahead of Johnny Sauter for the 10th and final playoff spot.
 
 
Next Race

KBM PR

A possible series-best night for Derek Kraus came to a crushing early end in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday night.

 

His McAnally-Hilgemann Racing No. 19 Thorogood Toyota Tundra was knocked out of contention after slamming the wall following contact with another truck on Lap 111.

 

Kraus had won his first career series pole award in qualifying earlier in the day, with a lap of 160.493 mph being quickest of the 42 entries. He led the field to the green flag and set the pace for the first 48 laps, to win Stage 1, his first of the season. Although he lost a few spots during pit stops, Kraus battled back to finish Stage 2 in third – giving him a total of 18 stage points.

 

With many of the leaders opting to pit off sequence prior to the end of Stage 2, Kraus got shuffled back in the field to start the final segment of the race. He was working his way forward when contact from another truck turned him into the wall along the back stretch wall. The subsequent hit into the Turn 3 wall ended his night, leaving him with a 35th-place finish.

 

The Nashville event marked the first race to feature Thorogood as the primary sponsor on the MHR No. 19 Toyota Tundra. It also marked the return of NASCAR to Nashville Superspeedway, which hosted Craftsman Truck Series races from 2001 to 2011.

 

Derek Kraus – Thoughts about the race

You looked really fast tonight.

“We had a fast Tundra. It was cool to get the pole, lead laps and win a stage.”

Talk about your qualifying lap.

“We had a really good truck in practice. It rotated the center really well and then in qualifying I was able to stay on the gas a lot and make sure this Thorogood Toyota Tundra was really fast and ended up on the pole.”

 

BMR PR

Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Monster Energy Ford F-150

Start: 14th

Finish: 21st

  • Hailie Deegan qualified 14th for her first race at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday evening.
  • On lap 20, Deegan reported her Monster Energy F-150 was a little loose on entry but she was running top-10 lap times. With 10 laps to go in Stage 1, Deegan was 23rd. 
  • Deegan closed out the first stage in 22nd and reported her F-150 was still loose on entry. She pitted during the break for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with her loose condition. 
  • The California native started the second stage from 23rd. With 20 laps to go in the stage, Deegan was 24th as she continued to battle the loose condition. A caution was displayed on lap 78 and Deegan came down pit road for fuel, four tires and major adjustments. She restarted 22nd and closed out the stage in 20th. 
  • Deegan started the final stage from 22nd and slipped back to 29th when the caution was displayed on lap 111. Under the caution, Deegan stayed out and moved up to the 27th position for the restart. With 10 laps to go in the event, Deegan was in the 21st spot, where she ultimately finished. 
 

Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150

Start: 36th

Finish: 18th

  • Tanner Gray started the Rackley Roofing 200 from the 36th position after missing qualifying. NASCAR found something they did not like on the lower nose section of the truck and required the team to replace it.
  • The Ford driver had advanced up to 24th in the opening eight laps and radioed that the truck was building tighter and tighter as the run went on. He finished Stage 1 in the 20th position.
  • The team pitted at the stage break for tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments and restarted in 15th. The truck fired off free and Gray ran as high up as 14th, but was in 17th when the caution waved on lap 78. He stayed out under caution and restarted in eighth and finished Stage 2 there to earn three stage points.
  • At the stage break the team pitted for tires and fuel. An uncontrolled tire penalty forced the No. 15 to restart the rear of the field in 28th.
  • The caution flag came out on lap 111 and Gray was up to 21st. The green flag waved with 33 laps remaining and he was able to gain three more positions to finish in 18th.
 

Ryan Preece, No. 17 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford F-150

Start: 6th

Finish: 1st

  • Ryan Preece qualified in the sixth position in the Hunt Brothers Pizza F-150 and finished Stage 1 there.
  • The team pitted for tires, fuel and adjustments at the break and restarted in 11th. Preece quickly moved up to seventh and was running there when caution waved on lap 78.
  • Crew chief Chad Johnston had him come down pit road for tires and to top off with fuel. He restarted in 13th and finished Stage 2 in 10th.
  • Preece started the final stage in sixth and drove his way up to second by the time a caution came out on lap 111. On the restart, he moved the No. 17 into the lead for the opening lap, but fell back to second and began to mount a charge back towards the lead.
  • The Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford rocketed to the lead with six laps remaining in the race and Preece held on to win in his first ever Truck Series start. The win marks the second ever series win for David Gilliland Racing.
 

Next event: CRC Brakleen 150 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania on June 26 at 12 p.m. ET.

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Daison Pursley led all 30 laps, but it was anything but easy at the end, as he held off a furious late charge from teammate Buddy Kofoid to win night three of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Illinois SpeedWeek at Jacksonville Speedway.

The victory is the third of the year for the 16-year-old Pursley and the 29th national midget feature win for a Toyota-powered driver in 2021.

Starting from the front row after winning his heat race earlier in the night, Pursley went straight to the lead and dominated the early going as Emerson Axsom and Thomas Meseraull would fall in behind him battling for the second spot for the first eight laps. 

On lap nine, the front of the pack would see a major change as both Axsom and Meseraull were caught up in a five-car incident as lapped cars tangled in front of them. Both would rejoin the field, but the damage proved to be too severe for Meseraull’s car and he was forced to retire early.

As the race resumed on lap nine, Pursley would immediately pull away from the field, while a pair of 13-year-old Toyota drivers manned the second and third spots in Gavan Boschele and Brent Crews. By lap 13, Pursley had opened up more than a two-second lead on second place.

As the laps began to wind down, Pursley continued to pace the field, but his Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Kofoid had climbed from the eighth starting position up to second.  As the race entered the final six laps Pursley began to encounter heavy lapped traffic and Kofoid closed in.

By lap 27, Kofoid had caught him and the two fought for the lead as they ran side-by-side through turn three with Pursley holding him off at the starting line to complete lap 28. The two battled into lap 29, only to see the caution wave for Axsom.  That would set up a two-lap dash for the win.

Pursley held the lead into turn one, but Kofoid once again pulled up side by side as the two came to the white flag. Kofoid stayed right with Pursley as they battled for the lead, with the pair banging wheels through three and into the final turn, but Pursley was able to hold on to take the checkered flag. Kofoid finished second and Cannon McIntosh earned the final spot on the podium in third after having to start from the 17th position after advancing from the B Main. It marked his third consecutive top-four finish for McIntosh as he leads the Illinois SpeedWeek point standings heading into the final two races. Pursley currently sits second.

Crews would finish fourth, with Ryan Timms placing sixth, Boschele was seventh, followed by Bryant Wiedeman, Cade Lewis and Kaylee Bryson rounding out the top-10 as Toyota drivers earned nine of the first 10 finishing positions.

Illinois SpeedWeek heads to Macon Speedway Saturday before closing out the week’s events at Fayette County Speedway on Sunday.

Quotes:

Daison Pursley, Keith Kunz Motorsports: “I felt like I could rip the top and I stuck with it. I knew Buddy was coming and he’d be there at the end. It was tough with lapped traffic. I have to thank my parents, as well as the entire team and everyone involved. I think we’ve got our mojo back.”

Buddy Kofoid, Keith Kunz Motorsports: “I couldn’t get going early, I was a little too free. Then I got lucky on a restart and picked off a few cars and started hunting (Pursley) down. I think we were the better car at the end, but couldn’t get to the front early enough. Thanks to everyone at Keith Kunz Motorsports – and to Mobil 1 and Toyota I wouldn’t be here right now without them. Second is better than where we’ve been the last couple of nights, but hopefully we can do better tomorrow.”

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