NCWTS Dover Preview
After a weekend off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Dover International Speedway for the 18th annual Bar Harbor 200 Presented by Sea Watch International. The race will have two 45 lap stages and a 110 lap final stage.
32 drivers arrived at Dover International Speedway to compete. There are no major Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers scheduled to compete on Friday afternoon.
There will be two names missing from the field. Timothy Peters and Brett Moffitt will not be in Dover following Red Horse Racing’s announcement that it would be suspending operations until sponsorship is found last week.
There have been 13 different pole winners. 14 different drivers have four their way into victory lane at Dover. Only three races have been won from the pole with Kyle Busch being the last driver to do so in 2014. In 2015, Ryan Blaney set the qualifying record at 158.465 mph. In 2006, Mark Martin set the race record at 120.200 mph.
In the only two practice session for teams, Noah Gragson was at the top of the board during both sessions.
Drivers are excited about returning to the “Monster Mile”.
"There is no other track we go to that you get the sensation, as a driver, that you get at Dover. It's definitely one of my favorite race tracks because you have a lot of tire fall off, and multiple grooves. As a race car driver you always want that ability to move around, and find more grip. Under green, the longer a run goes, the more you see it getting blacker and blacker, where we're laying down the rubber. Then you start moving around - getting out of the rubber, to find more grip,” said Matt Crafton. “When we get a caution, we're driving around on hot tires, picking up all the rubber. Then you take off on fresh tires - everyone is really fast on the bottom, then it starts getting black and slippery again, so you are searching for whiter concrete, for more grip. You are constantly chasing the race track."
“I am very excited to get behind the wheel and start my first NASCAR Camping World Series truck race at Dover. Anytime you can go to the racetrack with Kyle Busch Motorsports, you know you’re going to have a competitive truck. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the race and I can’t wait to get the weekend started,” said Todd Gilliland.
“I enjoy running Dover and I’m looking forward to getting in a truck there. I’ve raced there a few times in K&N and done well, so I’m comfortable with the track itself. The team has done a great job preparing me for what to expect each week and I’ve really used my teammates and their experience to try to get ahead before we ever get on track. We’ve learned a lot with each race, so we’ll look at this weekend as an opportunity to do the same and hope that we get a good finish out of it,” said Justin Haley.
Teams will qualify for the race at 2:30 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 2 and race at 5:30 p.m. EST. The race will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network.
I am 19 years old from Atlanta, GA. I have been following motorsports since I was born. Motorsports has been "passed down" in my family. I am named after NASCAR Hall of Famer, William Caleb Yarborough, also known as Cale. Growing up in the southeast, racing was something that was a Sunday tradition after church. What an honor it is to share that passion with others.