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Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for Rhino Linings 350 Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He captured his second pole of the 2014 season and the fourth in 48 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a lap of 30.722 seconds, 175. 770 mph.   


Blaney scored a sixth place finish in the race, his 12th top 10 in 17 races this season.  Ryan is third in the NCWTS championship standings, 27 points behind the leader.


Ryan led six of the first seven laps but quickly realized he had his hands full with a tight handling truck.  He was running fourth at the time of the competition caution on lap 30 of the 146-lap race.  Ryan pitted for four tires and a round of adjustments on lap 32 and restarted eighth when the race went back green on lap 35.


He fought his way up to fifth place when the fourth and final yellow slowed the pace on lap 57.  He stopped one lap later for tires and a round of adjustments and lined up seventh for the restart on lap 61.  Blaney worked his way up to sixth by lap 68 and stayed there until made his final stop under green on lap 104.  


When the cycle was completed, Blaney was fifth.  He and Brian Ickler were locked in a tight battle for the position but Blaney's tight handling condition forced him to settle for sixth place.  



Tyler Reddick (@tylerredick), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150, finished the Rhino Linings 350 Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway exactly where he started - in 15th position. 


Reddick made a pit stop during the first caution of the race on lap 4 of the 146-lap event for a major chassis adjustment.  He restarted outside the top 20 when the race went green on lap 6 and steadily worked his way forward.  Reddick was 12th when the competition caution came out on lap 30.  He pitted on lap 32 for four tires and fuel and restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 35. 


Tyler had moved up to 11th when he narrowly avoided disaster on lap 57.  He drifted up when a truck slowed directly ahead of him in Turn 4 to make a green flag stop.  Reddick avoided the slower truck but in doing so brushed into the truck of Jason White, sending White into the wall and bringing out the fourth and final caution of the race.  Reddick made extended stays on pit lane on laps 58 and 60 for cosmetic repairs to the right rear of his truck. 


Reddick restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 61 and climbed up to 15th place by lap 68.  He was 16th when the final pit stop sequence began, this time a green flag cycle that started on lap 104.  Tyler was the last of the leaders to pit, taking the lead on lap 112 and pitting for the final time two laps later.  By lap 127 he had moved back to 15th place where he would finish.


Jimmy Weller and the No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet Silverado team finished 26th last night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  After recording his career-best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying effort, Weller suffered a flat tire early in the event that sent him into the outside retaining wall and caused severe right side damage to his Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet Silverado.


Racing to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Weller decided to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The rookie contender fought the balance of his truck throughout practice.  However, several adjustments from his SS Green Light Racing crew left his truck handling the best it had all day leading in to Saturday afternoon's qualifying session.  After placing 18th in the opening round of qualifying, Weller was one of 11 trucks to record a speed during the second qualifying round, which secured him a place in the final qualifying session of the afternoon.  By the time knock-out qualifying was complete, Weller has secured the 11th starting position to mark the best qualifying effort of his career. 


When the green flag waved on Saturday night, Weller was pleased with the overall handling of his truck despite falling a few positions through the field.  Weller spent the majority of the opening 25 laps in a side-by-side battle for position while maintaining his position inside the top 20.  While working his 26th lap of the night, Weller was driving through turn two when a flat tire sent him hard into the outside retaining wall.  With damage to the right side of the Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet, Weller was forced down pit road just as the caution flag was displayed for a lap 30 competition caution.  Upon further examination by his SS Green Light Racing team, they found extensive damage to the suspension that would prevent Weller from being able to continue in the race.  Forced to retire from the event after completing just 28 laps, Weller and the Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet Silverado team were scored with a 26th-place finish. 


"Our No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet Silverado was a good truck tonight," commented Weller.  "We worked really hard during practice to get the balance where we needed it, and we were in a really good position for the race.  Our SS Green Light Racing team had a good strategy for qualifying, and it was pretty exciting to get my career-best qualifying position.  By the time the race started, our truck started to get a little bit tighter, but our lap times were picking up.  I thought we'd be in a good position for the night, but the truck just took off toward the wall and the damage from that impact was too bad to keep racing.  I'm looking forward to getting back in the Nationwide Series car at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a few weeks, and then making one last run for the season in the No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel Silverado at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway."


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John Wes Townley posted an 11th-place finish in the running of the Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
Townley placed the No. 05 Zaxby's Toyota in the 20th-place position for the start of the 146-lap 219-mile race, after his truck became loose under another vehicle during knockout qualifying sessions on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas, Nevada track. 
From the start of the Rhino Linings 350, Townley advanced forward, picking up seven positions by the first caution flag flew on lap three.  The Athenian Motorsports entry was solid on the beginnings of the run but when the tires wore in tight conditions would develop.
The pit crew was on point keeping the drivers position on the track during the pit stops and with Townley’s determination the No. 05 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team brought home a solid 11th place finish in the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"We had a pretty decent run today,” John Wes Townley said "It isn't exactly where we wanted to end up but it is a definite start to some top 10 finishes for this Zaxby’s Athenian Motorsports team. Tire wear was pivotal, when we first would start out after the pit stop we’d be great but by the end of a long green flag run we’d be struggling.  I know that we weren’t the only team having that issue here.  I can’t thank Zaxby’s enough for their support and of course Mike Beam, the pit crew, Ted Musgrave who spotted last night and especially for the guys on this team that work hard every day trying to get the right setup underneath us each week.  We will take what we learned today, build on it and head down the road to the next truck race."
While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has two off weekends, Townley will continue his busy race season, competing in both the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series events next weekend at Kansas Speedway.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams traveled to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 27 where the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra was a front runner all day. Germán Quiroga finished third in the first practice session and second in final practice, and advanced to the final round of knock-out qualifying, where he secured the fourth starting position for the NASCAR 350. As soon as the green flag fell, Quiroga began to make his way towards the front, taking the lead on lap 18 where he led for one lap. The yellow and white machine remained in the top 10 and was marked fourth when the competition caution came out on lap 30. Quiroga came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and air pressure and track bar. Once the race resumed, Quiroga commented to his crew chief, Butch Hylton, that he was battling a loose-handling Toyota Tundra. Hylton encouraged him to stay on the track until the next caution but fearful of a loose wheel, the team decided to bring the No. 77 machine to pit road. As Quiroga was making his way to the team on lap 57 the caution flag was displayed. He continued to the pit stall where the OtterBox crew gave him four fresh tires and Sunoco fuel. Quiroga continued to struggle for the remainder of the race, falling as far back as 19th, but was able to wheel the loose-handling Toyota Tundra to a 16th-place finish.


Start - 4          

Finish - 16      

Driver Point Position - 6         

Laps Led - 1


Germán Quiroga Quote:

"This was definitely not the result we were expecting at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) tonight. We had a really fast OtterBox Toyota Tundra all day and earned a great starting spot for the race, fourth. As the night went on the handling got worse and we weren't able to hold our position. We have two weeks before the next race and we'll be working really hard to show up strong at Talladega (Superspeedway)."



After a four-month hiatus, Brian Ickler returned to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this weekend and never missed a beat. Reunited with crew chief Chris Carrier, Ickler and the No. 7 Bullet Liner team showed speed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as soon as they unloaded off the truck, logging top-five speeds in both practice sessions. Due to a late-session caution during the second round of knock-out qualifying, the team was unable to complete a lap in the time allowed by NASCAR, relegating them to a 14th-place starting position. The Carrier-led team overcame early race challenges and a loose-handling machine, providing Ickler with air pressure and wedge adjustments during the competition caution on lap 30. The California native climbed into the top five of the running order following a two-tire pit stop on lap 57 and never looked back. Ickler held the position until the checkered flag, earning an impressive fifth-place finish in his return behind the wheel.


Start - 14

Finish - 5

Driver Points Position - N/A

Laps Led - 0


Brian Ickler Quote:

"It felt great to be back behind the wheel of the No. 7 Bullet Liner Toyota Tundra this weekend. (Crew chief) Chris Carrier and everyone at Red Horse Racing did a great job putting this truck together, and we were fast all day long. We didn't start where we should have; we were much faster than that for sure, but we put qualifying behind us and focused on the race. We were a little loose in the beginning, but once we got up into the top five, we stayed there. I can't thank Bullet Liner enough for the opportunity to race tonight."



Timothy Peters and the No. 17 USAF Red Horse Squadron Toyota Tundra team started from the 17th position under the lights of Las Vegas Motor Speedway and quickly drove to the front of the field, taking the lead for the first time on lap 19. During the competition caution period on lap 30 he reported to crew chief Marcus Richmond that the red and white machine was a little tight in the center and exit of Turns 3 and 4. Scored in the second position, Peters brought the truck to pit road where the No. 17 team serviced him with four tires, fuel and air pressure and wedge adjustments. Their quick action returned him to the lead position where he remained for 17 laps. The Danville, Virginia resident was a mainstay in the top five for the remainder of the 146-lap event, taking the checkered flag in the fourth position. The top-five finish was his fifth of the 2014 season and advanced him to seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings.


Start - 17

Finish - 4

Driver Points Position - 7

Laps Led - 26 


Timothy Peters Quote:

"It was an honor to carry "Charging Charlie," the mascot for the United States Air Force Red Horse Squadron, on our hood tonight. We had a really fast Toyota Tundra all weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I was hoping we'd be the first to win back-to-back races here, but that long green-flag run just didn't help us at the end of the race. After our last pit stop, the truck got really tight, and then the field was spread way out. This No. 17 team and the guys back at the shop have given me great trucks, and we are gaining momentum every week."



A pair of Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Tundras were out front for 110 of the 146 laps in Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, with Erik Jones working his way around teammate Bubba Wallace, who led a race-high 84 laps, with 13 laps to go to capture his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in just his 14th career start. The win was the talented youngster's second this season, the No. 51 ToyotaCare team's series-leading eighth of 2014 and the first for the organization at KBM team owner Kyle Busch's home-state track.


"To get my first win on a mile-and-a-half is awesome -- that was a blast and I learned a ton," said Jones, who was making just his second career Truck Series start on a 1.5-mile venue. "I had this marked down as a race that I was looking forward to and I wanted to win it so bad -- cool to win with Project Pink onboard. This is really surreal to me right now and it means so much to me. We had a really fast ToyotaCare Tundra at the start of the race, but it got really loose before that last pit stop. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) made a big swing at the end -- he said everybody thought he was crazy with the adjustment he made, but it was perfect."


Jones started from the 13th position after an adventurous knockout-qualifying session Saturday afternoon. The Michigan native posted the second-fastest time in the first round of three rounds, but in the second round a one-truck spin brought out the red flag before he completed a lap. With just 18 seconds remaining, it was impossible to make it back to the green flag before time expired in the round. The NASCAR officials working the No. 51 team's pit stall told crew chief Eric Phillips that with only five trucks completing a lap, that the final seven trucks to advance to the final round would be based off round one speeds. A scoring glitch showed six trucks completing an extremely slow lap, leaving only one truck to advance on round one speed.


With several slow trucks starting inside the top 12, things got bottled up when the field took the green flag and Jones got shuffled back to the 17th position when he crossed the stripe for the first time. By the time the second caution of the race occurred on lap 15, the talented youngster had advanced up to the sixth position. When the race went back green, he began to maneuver his way to the front. The No. 51 ToyotaCare/Project Pink Tundra was in the third position on lap 20, advanced to the runner-up position one lap later and worked his away around defending race winner Timothy Peters for the lead on lap 27.


With some teams experiencing extreme tire wear in practice, NASCAR implemented a competition caution on lap 30. Jones hit pit road for the first time, but slid through his box and had to be pushed back into his stall before the over-the-wall crew could administer their four-tire and fuel stop. After service was completed, the No. 51 Tundra returned to the track scored in the sixth spot for the ensuing restart.


Jones advanced up to the third position on lap 37, but communicated to crew chief Eric Phillips that his Toyota was beginning to move to the "free side." The NASCAR Next driver remained third when the field was slowed for the fourth and final time on lap 55, setting up another round of pit stops. After getting four fresh tires, a full load of fuel and a trackbar adjustment, he returned to the track scored in the fifth position for the lap-61 restart.


As the race settled into a long green-flag run to the finish, Jones remained inside the top five, but communicated that his ToyotaCare/Project Pink Tundra was "so loose, I can't do anything with it." On lap 116, Jones made his final visit to pit road for four fresh tires, a full load of fuel and what Phillips described as a "big swing" on the air pressure in the tires to try and improve the handling of the team's Toyota.


When green-flag stops cycled through on lap 122, Jones found himself in the second spot, just over a second behind his teammate Wallace Jr. With the handling of the No. 51 improved, he began reeling in the leader. Five laps later the gap was under a half second and on lap 133 he pulled along his teammate down the backstretch, completed the pass coming of Turn 4 and then cruised to victory.


Jones picked up his first payday on a mile-and-a-half track and KBM's 10th Truck Series win as an organization in 2014. His KBM teammate, Wallace Jr., who now six top-two finishes over the last 11 races, finished 1.329 seconds behind him in the runner-up position. Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Brian Ickler rounded out Toyota's sweep of the top-five positions. 


The 17th race of the 2014 season featured four cautions for a total of 17 laps. There were 18 lead changes among 10 drivers, including Jones who led twice for 19 laps. The No. 51 moved up one position to second in the Owner's point standings, currently three points behind the series leading No. 88 team with five races remaining. 


Jones returns to the wheel of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra when the Truck Series resumes action at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Oct. 18. Live coverage of the fred's 250 will air on Fox beginning with the Truck Series Setup Show at 1 p.m. ET. The 94-lap event will be the teenager's first career superspeedway start.



Landon Cassill scored another solid finish in Saturday’s Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, taking 16th to continue his fine run as the Nationwide Series season winds down.

Over the past dozen races, Cassill has eight finishes of 16th or better.

“We were shooting for a top 10 today, but we had a good car and got in a pretty good run,” said Cassill, who drove the Medings Seafood/Iron Source Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.

Cassill, who started 24th, ran in the 16th position most of the second half of the race.

Kyle Busch won the 200, and Chase Elliott finished third to stay in the point lead.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt turned in a solid afternoon at Dover International Speedway Saturday, finishing 20th in the Dover 200 Nationwide Series race.

Earnhardt started 21st and ran in the 20s most of the race, ultimately scoring his sixth top-20 run of the season.

“Dover is the kind of track where you have to be almost perfect to run really well, and we did OK considering everything,” Earnhardt said. “I’d like to have gotten another top 15, but we learned a lot today and we’ll move on from here.”

Earnhardt, who drove the Heroes Haven/Austin Hatcher Foundation Chevrolet, stayed in 18th in Nationwide Series points.

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch won the race. Chase Elliott was third and stayed in the point lead.

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