Chastain Captures Victory at Gateway
Following Pit Road Strategy
Ross Chastain beat Todd Gilliland in a seven-lap shootout to win Saturday night’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.
The win comes a week after a post-race inspection failure resulted in Chastain’s win at Iowa Speedway being given to Brett Moffitt. He passed inspection Saturday night.
The top five was completed by Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith and Moffitt.
Chastain led 21 laps. He took the lead during green flag pit stops when his Niece Motorsports team elected to take fuel only.
“These guys went home and we were mad,” Chastain told FS1. “Felt like we had one taken from us. Holy cow. … They believed in me. I didn’t want to take tires. Then it was up to me to freaking hold them off, I don’t know how.”
Chastain, who switched his points declaration from Xfinity to Trucks after eight races in the Truck season, must be in the top 20 in points to qualify for the playoffs. He is now 38 points behind Josh Reaume in 20th.
Chastain is also winner of the final “Triple Truck Challenge” $50,000 bonus.
“Oh, I’m going to take that money home and they’re not going to take it from us,” Chastain said.
The final restart was setup by a wreck involving Harrison Burton and Sheldon Creed.
Chastain restarted ahead of Christian Eckes, who had 57 laps. Eckes spun from contact on the last lap while racing Gilliland and Friesen. He finished 14th.
NBC Sports / Yahoo Sports - June 23, 2019
The Mike Mittler Memorial Trophy Awarded
to the Winner of Truck Race
Longtime NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series team owner Mike Mittler passed away on Friday, May 10, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
The respected St. Louis-area race team owner had been involved in racing for more than 50 years and had a hand in the early careers of NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace. In 1995, Mittler launched MB Motorsports and fielded front-running rides for NASCAR stars like Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, Regan Smith and Spencer Boyd, to name a few.
To honor Mike, World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, will name its NASCAR trophy after the local legend. From now on, the annual NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series Gateway 200 presented by CK Power’s trophy will be known as the Mittler Memorial Trophy. The trophy will be presented to the winner of the race by current and former members of the MB Motorsports team and Mittler family members.
WWT raceway also will distribute 2,500 “This one’s for Mike” wristbands on Saturday, June 22. On lap 63, all crewmembers will stand on pit wall in honor of Mike. All employees and family members of Mittler Brothers and MB Motorsports will be guests of WWT Raceway owner and CEO Curtis Francois and Executive Vice President and General Manager GM Chris Blair.
“We encourage all fans to wear blue and yellow – Mittler’s colors -- to the race on June 22,” said Blair. “Our entire team was saddened by Mike’s passing. He was a great friend and loyal supporter of our track. I had known Mike a long time before my move to St. Louis and he welcomed me and treated me like family upon my move. Mike was special. He was a great man who inspired many.
“Mike understood the importance of our track to the St. Louis community and he was working hand in hand with us to revitalize NASCAR racing at our venue. He was proud to be a St. Louis businessman and a NASCAR team owner.
Mike was constantly asking what he could do to help and was there for us whenever we needed him. He was actively involved in our race promotions, off-site activations, with NASCAR and connecting us to the local business community. He was more than just a team owner, or a sponsor. Mike was part of our family.
“Whenever we have a NASCAR race at this track, Mike will be a part of that race. His goal was to see us reach our full potential and he remained involved in our ultimate goal of bringing more NASCAR racing to St. Louis until the very end. We will keep working hard to make Mike proud and working hard on the mission we started many years ago.”
The June 22 Gateway 200 presented by CK Power for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series features an exciting mix of future stars and series regulars, including Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, Stewart Friesen, Johnny Sauter and local favorite Jordan Anderson. The ARCA Menards Series Day to Day Coffee 150 showcases the stock car racing stars of tomorrow, including Michael Self, Harrison Burton and Christian Eckes.
Adult general admission tickets for this one-day doubleheader start at $40. Kids 15 and under are free. Spectator gates open at 9:30 a.m. with the first practice session at 10:35 a.m. Qualifying begins at 4:30 p.m., with the ARCA race scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m., followed by the NASCAR race at 9 p.m. The driver autograph session is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be located beneath the main grandstand.
Racinboys Broadcasting Network - June 21, 2019
Myatt Snider to Race the #13 For Sauter at Gateway
ThorSport Racing announced Thursday that Snider will drive Sauter’s No. 13 Ford in Saturday night’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
Sauter was suspended one race by NASCAR for intentionally wrecking driver Austin Hill while the race was under caution last Sunday at Iowa Speedway. ThorSport elected not to appeal the penalty.
Snider, 24, has run a partial schedule in Trucks with ThorSport this season and has also been competing fulltime in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Last season at Gateway, Snider started 14th and finished fourth.
“We had one of our best finishes of the year last season at Gateway, and I can’t wait to see what we can do again this year with the No. 13 Tenda team and ThorSport Racing,” Snider said. “I'm really thankful for Duke and Rhonda Thorson to give me the chance to step back into the truck and compete this weekend.
“I’m pumped for the race, and to work with many of my guys from last year on the No. 13 Ford Performance team.”
Snider has made two Truck starts in 2019 recording a season-best finish of sixth at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Sauter remains eligible to compete for the Truck Series championship as long as he remains in the Top 20 of points (a virtual certainty).
The Motorsport - June 21, 2019
NASCAR Upholds Niece Motorsports Penalty
Issued Following Iowa Race
A National Motorsports Appeals Panelist affirmed and upheld Ross Chastain‘s disqualification from winning Sunday’s Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway for his truck being too low.
Wednesday’s decision cannot be further appealed by the team based on section 14.6.f of the rule book, which states:
“In a Race Disqualification Appeal, the decision of the Panelist, which could be an Appeals Panelist, FAO, or his/her alternates, under Section 14 Appeals to the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel, will be considered final and there is no ability to appeal the decision to the Final Appeals Office as outlined in Section 15 Final Appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer.”
The appeal was heard by Bryan Moss, National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer.
The team released statements from owner Al Niece, general manager Cody Efaw and Chastain regarding the decision.
Chastain’s win Sunday at Iowa Speedway was given to Brett Moffitt after Chastain’s No. 44 Chevrolet was found to be too low, with Truck Series managing director Brad Moran describing it as being “extremely low.”
As a result, Chastain lost all the stage points and race win points he received and was given a last-place finish and just five points. He also lost the $50,000 “Triple Truck Challenge” bonus.
Team owner Al Niece said in a statement after the disqualification was announced that the truck “sustained minor damage during the event, which left the truck too low following the race.”
With the penalty being upheld, Chastain enters this weekend’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway 35th in the standings with 43 points.
After switching his points declaration from Xfinity to the Truck Series after eight truck races, he must win in the next six races and be 20th in the standings to qualify for the playoffs.
He’s 69 points behind Josh Reaume, who is 20th in the season standings.
NBC Sports / MSN Sports - June 19, 2019
Johnny Sauter Suspended Following
Iowa Speedway Crash with Austin Hill
NASCAR suspended Johnny Sauter for this weekend’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, but he will remain eligible to compete for the truck series championship after intentionally wrecking Austin Hill under caution in Sunday’s race.
NASCAR did not penalize Hill.
“We look at the history of everything we’ve done and react with the precedents we have set while tailoring it with the situation we have at hand,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, in a statement. “In this case, Johnny Sauter’s actions certainly warranted being sat down for an event, but it felt a little too harsh to take him straight out of the championship. We think that we landed on what is fair and a deterrent.”
Section 220.127.116.11.c of the Truck rule book gives NASCAR the latitude to allow Sauter to be eligible for the playoffs despite missing a race.
That rule reads:
a. “Unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR, driver(s) and Team Owner(s) must start all Championship Events of the current season to be eligible for the Playoffs. If a starting position was not earned, then the driver(s) and Team Owner(s) must have attempted to Qualify for the Race.”
The key phrase is “unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR.” Series officials felt that denying Sauter a chance to be in the playoffs was too harsh.
A ThorSport Racing spokesperson told NBC Sports that the team had not decided if to appeal. The spokesperson said the team would not be releasing a statement on the penalty and has not made a decision on who will drive Sauter’s truck this weekend.
Miller explained Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio what series officials will do with Hill.
“We’re not completely done with him,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t think that there is a penalty forthcoming for this. He’s definitely placed himself under a microscope when it comes to behavior out there on the race track.”
The penalty to Sauter is in addition to the action NASCAR took after the incident Sunday at Iowa Speedway. NASCAR parked Sauter after he retaliated and wrecked Hill.
The feud between the two drivers went back to the previous race at Texas Motor Speedway where Hill’s contact sent Sauter into the wall.
At Iowa, Sauter made slight contact with Hill and got by him. Hill responded by hitting Sauter and sending him into the wall. Sauter came back under that caution and wrecked Hill.
Section 12.8.1.c of the Truck rule book provided penalty guidelines for such an infraction. It reads:
“Member actions that could result in a loss of 25-50 driver and Team Owner Points and/or $12,500-$25,000 fine and/or one Race suspension, indefinite suspension, or termination:
NBC Sports / Yahoo Sports - June 18, 2019
All Out Motorsports Closes Its Doors,
Lets Driver and Team Members Go
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team All Out Motorsports has shut down, according to a tweet by team crew chief Wally Rogers.
Owned and operated by driver Korbin Forrister and his family, All Out began operations in 2018, competing in a part-time schedule. An outlier was Charlotte, where the No. 7 Toyota Tundra failed to make the race after qualifying was rained out, and at Texas Motor Speedway, when the organization fielded Reid Wilson instead of Forrister in the No. 7.
Forrister was on the entry lists for eight races this season, failing to qualify for Daytona International Speedway and withdrawing from Kansas Speedway.
The last race he ran was at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Forrister finished 25th.
The team’s best finish in 2019 was a 14th-place effort at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Neither Forrister nor All Out itself has provided an official statement at this time.
Forrister has started 48 Truck Series races since 2014, with a best finish of 12th at Daytona in 2015.
Frontstretch - June 18, 2019
Sonoma and Gateway Entry Lists Released
Ahead of Weekend Race
This weekend the Monster Energy Cup Series and the Gander Outdoor Truck Series will be heading to familiar tracks this weekend, but both will have a very different look.
First of the Gander Outdoor Truck Series will travel to the new World Wide Technology Raceway formally known as Gateway Motorsports Park. In recent months the track has made several upgrades to the facilities including a new Pre-Race Party Fan Zones which will be in the infield of the track. For the Truck Series we have 31 trucks entered so everyone will make the race. One driver will make his NASCAR debut this weekend, Lou Goss will race the #74 Chevrolet for Lou Goss Racing. He attempted his first race last weekend at Iowa Speedway but failed to qualify. Some other notables in the field include Danielle Sasnette who will make his season debut for Reaume Brothers Racing, Christian Eckes in the #51 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and Tyler Ankrum racing the #87 in place of Joe Nemachek for NEMCO Motorsports.
Sunday we will see the first road course of the season at Sonoma Raceway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This year we will see the return to the carousel in the infield extending the track from the 1.99 mile-road course to the new 2.52 mile-road course. This is the first time since 1997 that NASCAR has raced the Carousel at Sonoma Raceway. There are 38 car who are entered in the race, so all will make the race. The two non-charter teams who are entered is the #27 driven by Reed Sorenson for Premier Motorsports, and #96 driven by Parker Kliggerman for Gaunt Brothers Racing. Some other notables include Ross Chastain in the #15 for Premier Motorsports, JJ Yeley in the #51, and Cody Ware in the #52 both for Rick Ware Racing. Finally Justin Halley will make his second career start racing the #77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - June 17, 2019
Niece Motorsports Appeals Truck Penalty That Disqualified Chastain's Win
For the first time since NASCAR instituted a rule before this season that a winning vehicle would be disqualified if it failed inspection, Ross Chastain‘s winning Truck Sunday at Iowa Speedway failed inspection and was disqualified.
Brett Moffitt, who crossed the finish line second, was declared the winner and also gets the $50,000 bonus for winning a Triple Truck Challenge race.
Chastain’s truck was found to be too low in the front.
Chastain’s team, Niece Motorsports, announced Sunday afternoon that it would appeal the decision. In a statement from team owner Al Niece, he said that Chastain’s truck “sustained minor damage during the event, which left the truck too low following the race.
That appeal process will be expedited. Should the team lose that appeal, they cannot appeal the decision any further based on section 14.6.f of the rule book, which states:
“In a Race Disqualification Appeal, the decision of the Panelist, which could be an Appeals Panelist, FAO, or his/her alternates, under Section 14 Appeals to the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel, will be considered final and there is no ability to appeal the decision to the Final Appeals Office as outlined in Section 15 Final Appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer.”
Yahoo Sports - June 16, 2019
Moffitt Captures Truck Victory After
Chastain Fails Post Race Tech
Moments after his race ended, Brett Moffitt was surly about finishing behind rival driver Ross Chastain in Sunday’s M&M’s 200.
About 90 minutes later, he was being escorted to the Iowa Speedway media center — carrying two Bud Lights — as a back-to-back winner at his home track.
Moffitt was awarded his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of 2019 after Chastain’s No. 44 Chevrolet failed its post-race inspection. Series managing director Brad Moran said the front end of Chastain’s truck was “extremely low,” well below NASCAR's allowable standard, triggering the overturned result.
“I was already changed in the motor home, drinking some beers and headed to the airport and mad as hell,” Moffitt said. “I didn’t know. The team called me and said, ‘Head back this way.’”
What already had been a bizarre race became an unusual finish. NASCAR said it was the first disqualification of a winner in the series, which dates to 1995.
The reversal had to be a stunning development for Chastain, too — an affable driver who had already smashed a watermelon in victory lane and conducted lengthy, joyful victory interviews. This was seemingly his triumphant moment after recently declaring he would make a long-shot run for a trucks championship.
He had seemingly gotten the win he needed after starting in 19th Sunday. Chastain was 35-to-1 to win the race, according to early betting odds.
“There weren’t a lot of lead changes. I’m glad I stunk up the show,” Chastain joked after leading 141 of 200 laps. “I’m good with it.”
Instead, the local guy who didn't officially lead a lap (belatedly) took the checkered flag.
“It’s great, but I want to win on the racetrack,” said Moffitt, who is from Grimes — about 45 miles west of this 7/8-mile, Rusty Wallace-designed racetrack. “We had 100-some people here, and I missed out taking them to victory lane. Obviously, that’s frustrating. But you know, to be a back-to-back winner at Iowa Speedway is great for me and great for our team.
“We’ll take it how we can get it.”
It was quite the contrast of emotions for Moffitt, who earlier was angry about his second-place run in his No. 24 Chevy. He was especially upset that Chastain was the driver who'd beaten him to the line. The two were within 0.3 seconds of each other for long stretches midway through Sunday's final stage, but Moffitt couldn't make the pass.
“He put me in the fence last week,” Moffitt said, “and he races like that every week.
“I don’t like that guy. He races like an … interesting person sometimes. So I hate losing to him, and I hate losing here.
"I could have wrecked him. I just decided not to."
Chastain’s team wasn’t declaring defeat just yet. Niece Motorsports said in a statement that it would appeal NASCAR’s ruling.
“Both of our Chevrolets passed opening- and pre-race inspections,” team owner Al Niece said in a statement. “We believe that the No. 44 truck sustained minor damage during the event, which left the truck too low, following the race.”
It’s hard to believe that NASCAR will overturn its overturned result, but who knows after Sunday's race? It was weird from the get-go.
Pole-sitter Chandler Smith lost his radio as soon as the green flag dropped at 11:10 a.m. local time. He led the first 55 laps, but never could recover after his team took extra time on a pit stop to fix the problem.
Later, there were on-track fireworks as Johnny Sauter rammed his No. 13 Ford into Austin Hill’s No. 16 Toyota under caution, an extreme measure of retaliation that got Sauter parked for the day. Sauter, a past series champion, could face further discipline.
“I don’t know how old he is, but he doesn’t act his age (41),” said Hill, who rallied to finish 13th. “I can tell you that.”
But well after the watermelon was cleaned up from victory lane and the dust settled, Moffitt was your winner. The Johnston High School graduate cranked up his Truck Series championship run with a win here last June. And now, in a strange way, he’s done it again.
With the victory (assuming it stands), Moffitt would be locked into the eight-driver race for the series title. He also picked up a $50,000 bonus for his GMS Motorsports team as part of the series Triple Truck Challenge program.
“I went from drinking my sorrows away,” Moffitt said, “to being happy.”
The Des Moines Register - June 16, 2019
Sauter Parked By NASCAR After Contact with Austin Hill at Iowa Speedway
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had the weekend off for Father’s Day but that didn’t stop the excitement. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series was supposed to race Saturday night at Iowa Speedway but thunderstorms forced a Sunday doubleheader with the Xfinity Series.
There was plenty to talk about after this Truck race as one person was ‘parked’ by NASCAR for dangerous driving.
After some hard racing, Sauter put the bumper to Hill and got past him. May have been a bit early to make that move but it’s the final stage and Sauter didn’t spin Hill. Hill came back and spun Sauter, showing his disapproval of the move, which seemed to be a bit of an overreaction.
While we’re on the topic of overreaction, knowing he was out of the race, Sauter drove up and rammed into Hill, making sure he wrecked, trying to ruin his race. Sauter was going to be out but NASCAR kept him out of the rest of the race, got invited to the officials hauler, and may face a suspension and fine sometime this week.
Past forms of retaliation have sometimes resulted in a suspension. Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch have been suspended and there’s a good chance Sauter will be suspended as well. If he is, NASCAR must make a decision whether or not that invalidates him for the Playoffs since you must take part in every race (unless a driver obtains a medical waiver). A suspension seems appropriate not just for safety reasons but Sauter’s move could have resulted in another driver crashing into them and ruining their race for something they weren’t a part of.
This is why NASCAR is more lenient on two drivers throwing punches than when someone intentionally crashes their vehicle into the other. There’s a safety component but you not only don’t want innocent bystanders involved in the crash, you don’t want your crew to spend more work repairing your vehicle. At least when two drivers slug it out, it’s only involving them and no cars get damaged.
That being said, that should be the limit to Sauter’s penalty. Something like this shouldn’t prevent Sauter from making the Playoffs so sit him for a race, fine him if you want, but let him keep his eligibility.
The Comback - June 16, 2019
Tyler Ankrum Released From Full Time Duties at DGR-Crosly Due to Sponsorship
Defending K&N Pro Series East champion and current DGR-Crosley NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series contender Tyler Ankrum has had a change of plans when it comes to racing in 2019.
After announcing in the offseason his plan to run every race once he turned 18, Ankrum will now run a part-time schedule for the team, citing a lack of sponsorship.
“At the beginning of the year when we announced we were going full-time in the truck; that was me, my family and [team owner] David Gilliland’s agreement,” Ankrum tells Frontstretch. “We thought it was important that DGR-Crosley was full-time in the Truck Series and was fighting for a championship.”
After working out the kinks at Martinsville Speedway (19th) in his season debut, Ankrum and the No. 17 team reeled off back-to-back finishes of sixth and ninth at Texas Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway.
However, despite the announcement of a full-time run, Ankrum wasn’t fully funded for the season just yet, hoping to rely on partners picked up after the season began to get him to Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“We started off really strong,” he says. “We knew we had to run really well in order to get a sponsor; it wasn’t like we went into the season knowing this wasn’t a possibility of happening. There was always this chance that ultimately, in the end, somebody wouldn’t step up or we wouldn’t get enough finishes to get recognized.”
Once he stepped in the truck, his average finish in six races has been 12.5, leading nine laps (all coming at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend). Still, he says he holds himself to a higher standard.
“They’ve been decent,” he says. “At Charlotte, I made a mistake, cleared myself off (turn) 4, almost wrecked (Ross) Chastain and myself. Multiple minor mistakes. These Truck fields are so competitive, it doesn’t take a lot to show how big of a difference (little mistakes) can make, especially if they pile up.”
“Texas was really, really good,” he says. “Just bad luck. We’ve been coming back through the field from pit road penalties, knocking the wall down in the truck. That just shows the speed in the truck. We have speed, we just need some freakin’ luck on our side so we can win some races.”
Ankrum notes that the cost of four to five races in the NGOTS adds up to what his entire K&N Pro Series East season cost last season, one in which he won the championship in his rookie year.
“It’s unfortunate what happened, but it’s kind of the product of our own environment, what we’ve created in the past few years,” he says. “It unfortunately costs a lot more money than it needs to. Not everyone can do it.”
Despite having a few more races in the truck this season, Ankrum and his team have shifted focus to next year moving forward, as a full-time season isn’t in the cards.
“The idea behind it was we’re not going to spend all the money we have in reserves this year and [that] we’ll come back stronger,” he says. “There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s what Erik Jones did in a KBM [Kyle Busch Motorsports] truck (in 2014). You don’t have to go full time to be recognized. You have to have a few really good runs.”
The San Bernardino, Calif., native pointed to Ryan Preece making the most of his limited Xfinity opportunities with Joe Gibbs Racing and parlaying that into a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride, as well as Christopher Bell being discovered by Toyota while racing on dirt.
Ankrum and DGR confirmed to Frontstretch that at least six more races are on his schedule for 2019, his next one coming later this month at Chicagoland Speedway.
“We think we can do more,” he says. “We hope we can get at least eight or nine in. There aren’t too many more races left after that. The idea of a championship this year is definitely out of the question. At this point, we’re just focused on winning races and getting the best finishes possible.”
Frontstretch - June 13, 2019
Iowa Speedway Entry List for Double-Header Weekend of Trucks and Xfinity Series
This weekend the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has an off weekend, that doens't mean we wont see some great racing!
The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will visit the Iowa Speedway for the first time of two planned visits this summer.
The Truck Series will race Saturday afternoon. 34 trucks are entered in the race so everyone will make the race. No Cup drivers will race this weekend in either series. Many hopped to see Greg Biffle back in the #51 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but Chandler Smith will race the truck this weekend. Kyle mentioned this past weekend at Michigan that most races are fulfilled with driver and sponsors, but will talk with Biffle about potential additional rides later in the season.
The Xfinity Series has 39 cars entered, so one car will miss the race. Some notable drivers in this race will be #8 - Zane Smith, #18 - Harrison Burton, and #99 - Ryan Ellis. Ross Chastain will sit out this weekend for his first missed Xfinity Series race of the season.
Several drivers will make their NASCAR debut in both the Truck Series and Xfinity Series this weekend.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - June 12, 2019
Several Drivers to Make NASCAR Debute at Iowa
With no Cup drivers in either the Truck Series or the Xfinity Series this weekend, it opens the door for several new drivers to enter into NASCAR this weekend. Several drivers will make their debute in some competitive rides.
In the Truck Series there will be 6 first time drivers.
Juan Manuel Gonzalez will race the #10 truck for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. Juan attempted to race at Martinsville but failed to make the race. Juan is an 11 time racer in the K&N Pro Series East Division.
Daniel Sasnett, the 41 year old driver out of Florida will make his debut racing the #32 - Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota. Daniel attempted two races earlier in the season at Martinsville and Dover but did not make the races. Daniel's only other racing starts is one start in the NASCAR ARCA Series in 2018.
CJ McLaughlin will race the #33 - Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota for the first time this weekend. CJ has a total of 4 starts in the ARCA Series where he has collected one top ten finish just last week at Michigan International Speedway.
Mason Massey will race the #34 - Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota for the first time this weekend. The 22 year old hasn't raced since 2014 where he made two K&N Pro Series East Races that year.
Chandler Smith will jumping into last weeks winning truck, won by Greg Biffle this weekend at Iowa. Chandler will race the #51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Chandler has 13 starts in the ARCA Series with already 3 wins including last month at Toledo Speedway.
Lou Goss will make his debut for his own team Lou Goss Racing in the #74. The 32 year old does not have any prior big league racing starts such as ARCA Series, Late Model Tour, or the K&N Pro Series.
In the Xfinity Series there will be 2 first time drivers.
Ryan Repko will race the #01 for JD Motorsports. Stephen Leicht has been racing this car throughout the first part of the season, but with Ross Chastain not racing this weekend Stephen was moved to the #4 and Ryan was put in this ride. Ryan has 2 starts in the ARCA Series back in 2017 and 2018.
Joe Graf Jr. will once again attempt to make the field this weekend. His debut driving the #21 - Richard Childress Racing ride was supposed to be last weekend at Michigan International Speedway but Joe missed the field. Joe said in a twitter poster this past weekend that he had a top 15 place car, and was to cautious during time trials and missed the race. So this weekend will now be Joe's official first race, if he makes the race.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - June 12, 2019
Dylan Lupton Returns to Truck Series
With DGR-Crosly Racing
Dylan Lupton will make his NASCAR return later this month when he races for DGR-Crosly Racing in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series.
Dylan has raced part time in all three series of NASCAR over the past 4 years calculating 41 starts across all three series. 2019 will be Dylan's first race of 2019.
More details about his ride will be forthcoming.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - June 12, 2019
The Biff is Back! Greg Biffle Captures First Win in the Truck Series in 18 Years
It was, as Greg Biffle screamed over his radio at the checkered flag, an “awesome freaking drive.”
Awesome? Improbable was more to the point.
Biffle ended a self-imposed three-year retirement from NASCAR by winning Friday night’s 23rd annual SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Biffle, who last raced in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Nov. 19, 2004 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and last won in 2001, scored his second series victory on TMS’ high-banked/1.5-mile quad-oval in a one-off appearance in place of team-owner/driver Kyle Busch.
Biffle, the 2000 series champion, outlasted two-time series champ Matt Crafton by 0.9630-seconds at the wheel of his No. 51 Toyota Tundra fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports. Tyler Ankrum finished third after celebrating his graduation from high school during pre-race ceremonies, followed by Grant Enfinger and Harrison Burton.
“It feels really good to come back and drive a really fast truck. I really learned a lot tonight,” said Biffle, 49, whose last Truck Series win was at ISM Raceway in Phoenix in 2001. “This series, a lot of competitive trucks here and these (KBM) guys make the difference. They made it easy for me. It was a great opportunity. Just excited to be here, just so thankful to drive great trucks. This thing was really fast.
“So many things went through my head of what I was going to expect. First and foremost I didn’t want to make any mistakes. I didn’t want to ‘run-bad,’ in 15th. I felt we could run in the top-five, top-eight. Ultimately the win is always in the back of your mind. These things are humbling. I’ve been doing this a long, long time but I wasn’t pleased where I was in final practice (15th). So I was a bit nervous but talked to Kyle. I was learning clear to the checkered flag.
“This ranks pretty high for me (career-wise), for one of my wins.”
The win was sweetened by a $50,000 bonus for winning the opening round of NASCAR’s Triple Truck Challenge that continues next at Iowa Speedway.
“It’s great,” Biffle joked, already politicking for another start. “I’ve been off work a long time. But my phone’s back in the motorhome. I’ll get hold of Kyle.”
Biffle – working here with crew chief Rudy Fugle – now has 82 Truck Series races on his resume, with 17 wins, 43 top-five and 55 top-10 results. This was Biffle’s sixth Truck Series start at TMS, where his previous win was scored in 2000. He qualified on-pole and led 120 of 167 laps in that spring event en route to his championship for team-owner Jack Roush.
Biffle also scored Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series spring victories in 2005 and 2012 at TMS during his tenure with Roush Fenway Racing, which ended at the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2016.
Biffle led twice for 18 laps in a race dominated by Enfinger, who led 44 laps in his No. 98 ProtectTheHarvest.com Ford F-150. Biffle took the lead for good from Ankrum on lap 155 and eventually held Crafton at bay.
Enfinger leads the championship by 37 points over Stewart Friesen, who finished 20th after breaking loose and hitting the turn 2 wall with his No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet Silverado while trying to pass Biffle on the inside on lap 109 of the scheduled 167.
The race produced a record 13 caution periods, three more than the previous total and took 2 hours, 29 minutes and 39 seconds to complete.
Crafton said he needed a few more laps in his No. 88 Ford to perhaps catch Biffle, whose fuel supply was in question.
“We made hay with him and got there and just really got tight,” Crafton said. “It really sucks to finish second.”
Crafton posted his 27th top-10 finish in 38 races at TMS and his eighth top-10 result of 2019.
Ben Rhodes won Stage 2 over Friesen with Burton placing third. Rhodes earned his first stage win of the season in a segment that saw Ankrum’s Toyota slide sideways through the pits on a restart on lap 75.
“I’m thankful for the pit strategy of my team, they got me track position,” Rhodes said after 15.9-second pit stop at the end of the segment. It was a wasted effort, as Rhodes lost power and veered to the outside as the green flag fell on lap 95. Rhodes returned to the pits on lap 96 – during the race’s record 11th caution – with what was reported as a transmission that was stuck in fourth gear.
Johnny Sauter, the defending event winner, won Stage 1 in a dash to the flag with Austin Hill following a short red-flag stoppage to clean up debris after Angela Ruch’s accident in turn 2. Enfinger finished the 40-lap stage in third. It was the third stage win of the season for Sauter, who locked up a spot in the Playoffs by winning on Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile.
Sauter’s night went awry on lap 56, however, when his Ford broke loose in the turn 4 banking and slapped the wall with the right side. Sauter, the 2016 series champion whose five wins here is the most among active drivers, returned to finish 13th, one lap down.
Pole sitter Todd Gilliland’s promising night took a hit when he spun out of the lead on a restart on lap 69 and whacked the backstretch wall. Gilliland, who qualified on-pole at 184.761 mph earlier Friday, was pushed to the pits after his Toyota sustained heavy right side damage that disabled the battery.
“I got loose on the bottom and not a lot of fun when it happens,” the third generation driver said. “I think we executed good until that. We qualified on-pole, but it still sucks we’re out of this race. I thought we were going to have something for ‘em tonight. I need to be more patient, get smarter. We’ve got an important stretch coming up and need to keep the morale up.”
NASCAR Wire Service - June 8, 2019
Kyle Busch Motorsports Makes Changes Ahead
of Texas Race Weekend
Kyle Busch Motorsports has announced changes to its crew chief lineup for the next three Gander Outdoors Truck Series races beginning this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Marcus Richmond will move from Todd Gilliland‘s No. 4 truck to the No. 46 team for its next two events: at Iowa Speedway with Riley Herbst and at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway with Chandler Smith.
Wes Ward, a shop foreman at KBM, will serve as Gilliland’s interim crew chief this week at Texas.
Richmond has been Gilliland’s crew chief since last year. Through eight races this season the No. 4 team has just one top five (Kansas) and three top 10s, with two finishes in seventh. Gilliland has led only eight laps, including seven in the last race at Charlotte.
Michael Shelton, who served as the crew chief for the No. 46 team in its limited schedule this season, will serve as interim crew chief for Gilliland at Gateway and Iowa.
The No. 46 truck has made only three starts, with Herbst earning a best finish of ninth at Kansas.
NBC Sports - June 5, 2019
Ross Chastain will earn points in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series beginning with this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.
There have been eight Truck Series races this season, and Chastain has top-10 finishes in all of them, scoring his first career win in the series last month in Kansas with Niece Motorsports, the team he’ll continue to run for as the season goes on.
Chastain issued a statement on his Twitter page explaining his intentions:
Because Chastain had declared for Xfinity Series points coming into the year, he has no Truck points going into Texas and will need to win another race and climb into the top 20 in points to qualify for the playoffs. The 20th place driver in points now is Jesse Little, who has not run every race, with 91 points.
“I know it won’t be easy, but I believe this team is capable of making the playoffs and competing for a championship with Ross,” said team owner Al Niece. “Ross, Phil, Cody and every single employee at this team have worked incredibly hard to continue to advance this program.
“We are proud to bring trucks capable of winning to the racetrack. It takes a lot of work to get there; we don’t take it lightly. We’re ready to see what the next eight races bring.”
Chastain has also run every Xfinity Series race this season, splitting his time between the No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet and the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. In making the switch for Truck Series points, Chastain will no longer earn points in Xfinity where he is 13th in the standings and in contention for the playoffs, which he qualified for last season.
NASCAR allows drivers only to earn points in one series.
RACER - June 4, 2019
Greg Biffle Ready to Return This Weekend For First Truck Start Since 2004
It’s all coming back to Greg Biffle.
After two months of slow “ramping up and ramping up,” Biffle’s return to NASCAR competition has arrived.
The 49-year-old retiree will be employed once again this week as he drives Kyle BuschMotorsports’ No. 51 Toyota Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. It will be Biffle’s first NASCAR race since the 2016 Cup Series finale in Miami.
“Yesterday I got my uniform on, got in the truck, helmet on, radio plugged in,” Biffle said Tuesday of his race week routine. “I had a debrief meeting a week or so ago with (crew chief) Rudy (Fugle) …. discussed what to expect, how we’re going to do practice and what not. It’s been fun to get a chance to get back into the routine so to speak.”
It won’t be the former Roush Fenway Racing’s driver first time on a NASCAR track since 2016. In April, he got to the chance to shake down Busch’s truck during practice at Texas Motor Speedway.
“I just really got an idea of what the track looked like and how his truck drove,” Biffle said. “I think that’s a huge advantage to help me for this weekend and to kind of have an idea what it drives like.”
And how does it compare to the truck Biffle last drove in 2004 in Miami?
Well, it has been 15 years.
“To be perfectly honest with you I don’t even remember what they drove like in 2004,” Biffle said. “It’s been so long ago. But I will say this: it felt more like what I’m used to driving, which was a Cup car. They’re kind of on bump stops (in the suspension), more coil bound springs, which is the way the Cup car was in ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08 when I had a lot of success at the Cup level. They drive similar to that. So it was kind of no surprise to me.”
When it comes to Texas, the 1.5-mile track is one of Biffle’s favorites and he said it was one of the “deciding factors” when he chose to compete in the race. He won there once in a Truck in 2000 and twice in Cup.
But the track has changed since Biffle’s last race there. It was repaved in 2017 and the banking in Turn 1 and 2 was reduced by four degrees and the width of the racing surface was expanded from 60 to 80 feet.
Also, the track applied a traction agent in those turns to help improve competition. The traction agent threw Biffle off in his first time out on the track.
“Whatever they’re doing kind of looks like the (racing) line, the groove if you will,” Biffle told reporters in April. “When I come down the frontstretch and I’m kind of looking up I see that black line and so I’m like, ‘OK, that’s kind of the groove.’ Then all of a sudden you realize the corner’s over there, you’re about passed it. It took me a lap or two to figure it out and get my bearings.”
A trophy in his first race in three years isn’t the only motivation Biffle has for Friday night. The race is the first of three in a row NASCAR is calling the “Triple Truck Challenge.”
Should Biffle pull off the win, he and his team would pocket a $50,000 bonus from Gander Outdoors.
“I’ll tell you I haven’t worked in three years, so that would be great for the bank account,” Biffle said.
And what about after Friday night? In April Biffle said he “could be talked into more races, maybe.”
But Biffle said Tuesday “I don’t know exactly what I want to do.
“I’m using this opportunity to get back in the seat, work out Kyle’s schedule for him so he has a driver for this event, which he really needed,” Biffle continued. “Certainly all options are open for me. I said earlier I doubt whether I’d do a full-time Xfinity or Truck (season). I think I’m still on that page, although in the right circumstance I would consider a short return, maybe a year or two. I’m not ruling that out I guess.”
Yahoo Sports - June 4, 2019
Michigan and Texas Entry List Released
Ahead of Three Race Weekend
There will be three races this weekend in NASCAR's top series. Michigan International Speedway will host the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. Texas Motor Speedway will host the Camping World Truck Series for the second time this season.
In the Truck Series we see the return of Greg Biffle who will race the #51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. This will be Biffle's first truck start since 2004, and his first NASCAR start since 2016. 33 trucks will race this weekend, all trucks will make the race. Other notable drivers who will be making their season debut include #14 - Trey Hutchens, #25 - Ted Minor, and #34 - Scott Stenzle.
In the NASCR Xfinity Series 39 cars are entered at Michigan, so call but one car will make the race. Some notable drivers include #8 - Jeb Burton, #12 - Paul Menard, and #17 - Riley Herbst. Joe Graf Jr. will make his series debut this weekend in the #21 for Richard Childress Racing.
The Cup Series will make their first of two visits to Michigan International Speedway this summer. 36 cars are entered, so everyone will make the race. Some notables #15 - Garrett Smithly, #51 - Cody Ware, #52 - Bayley Currey. This will be the first race of the season that Ross Chastain will not compete in.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - June 3, 2019
Kyle Busch Dominates Truck Race at Charlotte for 6th Strait Win in the Series
For the fifth time in his allotted five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts in 2019, Kyle Busch took the checkered flag, this time under the lights in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I wish I could do more,” Busch said following his 56th Gander Trucks career win.
The rest of the field undoubtedly is quite happy the owner/driver of Kyle Busch Motorsports won’t be back until 2020. After all, Busch posted a perfect driver rating (150.0) and led five times for 102 laps in Friday night’s 134-lap event. He notched his eighth victory in 13 starts at Charlotte, where he has finished either first or second in nine straight events in the series.
The win was Busch’s 56th overall, extending his own series record and bringing his combined NASCAR national series wins total to 205.
“This Tundra was awesome tonight,” Busch said of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “It was flying and it was fast. We worked on it a lot in practice. We were a little off when we unloaded, and we tried to make it better and better and better.
“We made improvements. That’s what’s good about me driving and Rudy (Fugle) crew-chiefing,” he added. “These guys do a great job working on it, and we just keep getting better.”
On a three-lap run to the finish after the seventh and final caution, Busch pulled away to beat Brennan Poole to the stripe by 1.115 seconds. Despite dealing with a broken sway bar for most of the race, Poole grabbed second after staying out under caution before the final restart on Lap 132.
“My truck was all over the place, man,” Poole said. “I just gave it everything I had. I found something running the top lane there on the restarts, and it worked out really good.
“We just ran second to Kyle Busch tonight with a broken sway bar. I’m pretty proud of the effort. I know we’ve got a lot more chances like this coming up in our future to get this Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane. But I’m excited tonight, and I think I may even go get myself a beer when I get home.”
Stewart Friesen ran third, followed by Ben Rhodes and pole winner Matt Crafton. Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, rookie Anthony Alfredo, Grant Enfinger and Ross Chastain completed the top 10. For Chastain, last week’s winner at Kansas, it was the eighth straight top 10 in eight races this season.
But Friday’s story was all about Busch.
It took just a few seconds to observe just how dominant his Toyota Tundra was going to be. Starting the race from the eighth spot, Busch had powered his way into third by the time the field came off Turn 2 on the opening lap.
On Lap 5, he took the lead for the first time, cruising to the inside of KBM teammate Todd Gilliland. By the time NASCAR called the first caution for Natalie Decker’s hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 23, Busch held a 5.652-second lead over Gilliland.
Busch pitted for tires and fuel under the yellow, handing the Stage 1 victory to Crafton, who passed Gilliland on Lap 30 and took the green/checkered flag moments later. But four laps after the green waved in Stage 2 on Lap 37, Busch was back in the lead, heading for a stage victory with a margin of more than four seconds.
Divergent strategies scrambled the field during pit stops under rapid-fire cautions on Laps 78 and 85, but Busch regained the top spot on Lap 96, passing Rhodes to the outside off Turn 2.
Busch stretched his advantage to 6.125 seconds before Brett Moffitt cut a tire on Lap 126 and caused the seventh caution when the tire carcass rolled free onto the track in Turn 3. The yellow simply delayed but couldn’t thwart Busch’s seemingly inexorable march to Victory Lane.
NASCAR.com - May 17, 2019
Entry List Released For All Star Race and Truck Series Race at Charlotte
This weekend we have two big races that start off a two week double header for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
But first on Friday will be the NC Education Lottery 200 in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series. There are 37 trucks entered, so everyone but one person will make the race. There are several drivers that will be returning to the Truck Series for the first time in 2019 this weekend including Camden Murphy, Trey Hutchens, Stefan Pearsons, and Jessie Little. Kyle Busch will be in the race this Friday night trying to capture his 8th win at Charlotte in the Truck Series.
24 drivers are on the entry list for the All-Star Open. This includes #46 - Joey Gase, #51 - Cody Ware, #52 - Bayley Curry, #53 - BJ McLoud, #66 - Timmy Hill, and #77 - Quinn Houff. All 24 drivers will be competing to win one of the tree stages in the race to advance to the all star race. Also one fan vote will transfer to the big show.
The All-Star Race currently has only 15 drivers in the field, with 4 additional drivers being added once the All-Star open is complete.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 14, 2019
Ross Chastain Captures First Truck Series Victory In Dramatic Fashion
Elation and heartbreak were barely more than a lap apart when Ross Chastain took the checkered flag to win Friday night’s Digital Ally 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Chastain took the lead on Lap 165 of 167 after Stewart Friesen ran out of fuel — the result of a miscommunication between the driver and crew chief Trip Bruce. Chastain crossed the finish line .483 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Rhodes to secure his first victory in the series in his 66th start and the first for Niece Motorsports and owner Al Niece.
Friesen, on the other hand, rolled home in 15th, a lap down and a study in frustration as a first victory in the Truck series continued to elude him.
For Chastain, the victory was a welcome vindication after his rags-to-riches-to-rags story of 2018. With superb performances in limited NASCAR Xfinity Series action with Chip Ganassi Racing last year — including a victory at Las Vegas — Chastain earned a full-time ride in Ganassi’s No. 42 Chevrolet for 2019, only to lose it when the team’s sponsorship collapsed.
“Aw, man, this is what sports is all about,” Chastain said, barely able to contain his emotions. “We had the world by the tail last fall, and everything got taken away from us. We didn’t quit, though … I’m going to celebrate this one a lot more than I did the last one.
“I thought, after the last one (in Las Vegas), they were going to come a lot more easy. But it’s not easy … I hate to see Stewie lose one like that. I know he’s been trying to win, but, yes — we got it!”
Friesen came to pit road for his final stop under green on Lap 126 but left his stall after taking right-side tires only on a planned four-tire stop. Though Friesen had a lead of more than five seconds over Grant Enfinger when he got back up to speed, the shortness of the pit stop didn’t allow the crew to fill the fuel cell.
Friesen’s chances looked better when the third-place truck of Brett Moffitt got loose under Enfinger’s Ford and cut Enfinger’s right-rear tire, forcing both trucks to pit road for unscheduled stops. And when the No. 33 Chevrolet of Josh Reaume stopped on the track on Lap 146 to cause the sixth and final caution, Bruce figured Friesen had enough fuel to finish the race.
Within three laps of the checkered flag, however, Friesen ran out.
“It’s been a dream to race at this level and thanks to all the car owners that have given me a chance after all these years,” Friesen said. “I came with nothing but a helmet bag. Just a little miscommunication that we need to work on.
“We just can’t close it. I figured I’d screw up a restart at the end, rather than run out of fuel. They said that we were to the good. I didn’t know we were taking four (tires). I thought for sure we were taking two. Just a lot of silence on the radio. That’s it.”
NASCAR.com - May 10, 2019
Long Time Truck Series Owner, Mike Mittler
Passes Away From Cancer
Former NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series owner Mike Mittler died Friday. He was 67.
Last fall it was revealed through Facebook that Mittler was battling cancer.
Through his team, MB Motorsports, Mittler fielded trucks in over 300 races from 1995 — the inaugural season for the series — through 2018. His team never won a race and scored three top-10 and one top-five finish; however, many of NASCAR’s most recognizable names once drove for Mittler.
Mittler’s influence was obvious through the outpouring of posts on social media. Brad Keselowski was one of the first to comment about Mittler’s passing, calling him a friend and mentor.
I was planning to go see him tomorrow morning in his house in St. Louis. So sad to not get to say goodbye. We knew the day was coming we would lose Mike Mittler but it doesn't make it any easier. Our family has been tight with Mike for 20+ years &sold most of our trucks to him when we shut down. I helped Mike at Martinsville a couple years ago and we finished really well. God speed buddy
Among those who once drove for Mittler were Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Justin Allgaier, and Regan Smith.
World Wide Technology Raceway owner and CEO Curtis Francois as well as Chris Blair, the executive vice president and general manager of World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis, posted statements about Mittler’s passing on their website. Mittler operated his shop from Missouri.
Another Truck Series team owner, DJ Copp, posted in February that his team would be honoring Mittler throughout the season.
Said Copp at the time: “Mike and I have worked together extensively over the years and I couldn’t be prouder to pay tribute to him this season. Mike has been in the truck series since its inception. He has given some pretty big names their start in NASCAR, including Carl Edwards and Justin Allgaier. If it wasn’t for people like Mike who have paved the way, we wouldn’t have the opportunities that we have now to participate in NASCAR.”
RACER - May 10, 2019
Only 27 Trucks On Entry List at Kansas,
Lowest Entry Since 2014
For this weekends Digital Ally 200 at Kansas Speedway for the Gander Outdoor Truck Series there are only 27 cars on the entry list. This will be the lowest amount of trucks racing in a race for this series since June 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway where 27 cars were entered. We have not seen fewer than 27 trucks entered in a Truck Series race since the inaugural season in 1995.
(Prior to the race, 3 more cars entered the race bringing the field to 30)
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 7, 2019
Cup & Truck Entry List Released for
Kansas Race Weekend
NASCAR will head to the mid-west for the first time this season when we will see a double-header for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series on Friday night, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night. This will be the last night race at Kansas Speedway for the Cup Series for the foreseeable future, as the track will move to a day race in 2020.
For the Cup Series we have 40 cars entered, so we will have a full field for the first time since the Daytona 500 in February of this year. The four non-chartered teams will be Reed Sorenson in the #27 for Premium Motorsports, Tyler Reddick in the #31 for Richard Childress Racing, Joey Gase in the new #46, for MBM Motorsports, and #66, for Timmy Hill for MBM Motorsports. Other notables, Cody Ware and Bayley Curry will race the #51 and #52 for Rick Ware Racing, Quinn Houff will race the #77 for Premium Motorsports.
In the Truck Series only 27 track entered in the race, that is the lowest amount of entries for any Truck Series race since Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. Some notables, Timmy Hill will return to the series this weekend this time for NEMCO Motorsports and owner Joe Nemacheck. We will also see the return of Natalie Decker and Angela Ruch this weekend.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - May 7, 2019
Sauter Gets Third Consecutive Win at Dover
ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter was able to recover from a costly pit stop and his truck stalling under caution to pass Ben Rhodes for the lead with 30 laps to go. From there, Sauter was able to hold off a charging Brett Moffitt to claim his 24th career Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory and his third straight at Dover. Not too shabby for a driver that got dropped from his previous ride despite six wins in 2018.
“When you get kicked to the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove.” Sauter said to FOX Sports 1’s Alan Cavanna in victory lane. “A couple of months ago, I didn’t know if I’d be racing here. I shut the motor off earlier and I was thinking, ‘well, [there goes my chance.] Experience paid off being able to go to the top [line].”
Moffitt started from the pole and led the entire first stage of the race. Despite that, Sauter was never far behind. Lapped traffic was never far away and the speed disparity was enough to cause some issues. Every time that Moffitt opened a decent gap, another lapped truck allowed Sauter to catch back up.
The second stage saw Sheldon Creed dispatch of Sauter and move up into contention. With the help of lapped traffic, Creed was able to run down his GMS Racing teammate. However, once Creed ran down Moffitt, they approached Spencer Boyd and Ray Ciccarelli running side-by-side. The slower trucks held up both Moffitt and Creed, allowing Sauter to come from third to take the lead. From there, Sauter held on to win the stage.
Creed won the race off pit road and managed to lead 59 of the next 61 laps. A caution for Austin Wayne Self (back from a Substance Abuse Policy suspension after completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery) crashing on the frontstretch brought everyone in for their final stops. Creed took four tires and fell back while Ben Rhodes took two tires to grab the lead.
Creed’s excellent day came to an end just after the restart when he spun exiting Turn 2 and hit Todd Gilliland, heavily damaging the front end of his No. 2 Chevrolet. The GMS Racing team attempted to repair Creed’s truck, but the damage was too great. Creed was classified in 27th at the finish.
Two tires got Rhodes the lead, but he simply could not hang with Sauter. Sauter snagged the lead a few laps after the restart and never looked back.
Moffitt was close behind in second. Harrison Burton tied his career-best finish in third, while ThorSport teammates Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton were fourth and fifth.
In Crafton’s case, it was nothing short of an adventure just to get to fifth. After encountering issues under the hood, the No. 88 team changed the engine prior to qualifying, resulting in Crafton having to start in the rear. Crafton charged from the back to get into the top 10, then dropped back with a loss of power. A pit stop revealed that a plug wire had come loose. Once that was put back in it’s proper place, Crafton was able to charge back up the order.
Ben Rhodes used a two-tire stop to lead laps, but dropped back to finish sixth. Daytona winner Austin Hill was seventh, followed by Derek Kraus and Tyler Ankrum. Ross Chastain finished 10th after this spectacular save in Turn 1 with 21 laps to go.
The Gander Outdoors Truck Series teams don’t get much time to rest. They’ll be back in action next Friday night at Kansas Speedway in the Digital Ally 250. Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
Frontstretch - May 3, 2019
Austin Wayne Self Reinstate By NASCAR Ahead of Dover Race Weekend
Austin Self has successfully completed NASCAR's Road to Recovery Program. His NASCAR suspension has been lifted. Self was indefinitely suspended on April 1.
Self mentioned on Twitter that he has been reinstated. He thanked family and friends for support and said he will race this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Self did not miss any Truck Series starts from his suspension due to a four week off period for Trucks over the month of April.
Jayski - May 30, 2019
Dover Triple Header Weekend Entry Lists Released
Three races will take place this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Sunday will be the Gander RV 400. There are 38 cars competing for 40 spots, so everyone will make the race. The two no-charter teams in the field will be #27 driven by Reed Sorenson, and #53 with a TBD driver, a part of the Rick Ware Racing stable moving the team to three cars for the first time in a NASCAR race. Quinn Houff will be in the #77 this weekend for Spire Motorsports. Cody Ware and BJ McLoud will race the #51 and #52 for Rick Ware Racing.
Saturday will be the Allied Steel Buildings 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 38 cars on the entry list for 38 spots. Some notables Zane Smith will be in the #8 Chevrolet for Jr. Motorsports, Riley Herbst will be in the #18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, Morgan Shepherd will be in the #89. No Cup Series drivers will be in the race this weekend.
Friday will be the return of the Gander Outdoor Truck Series. We have not seen them in competition since Texas Motor Speedway back in March. 35 trucks are entered into 36 spots, so everyone will make the race. Some notables. Travis Kvapil will make his return to the series driving the #1 for Beaver Motorsports, Derek Kraus will be in the #19 for Bill McAnally Racing, Natalie Decker in the #54 for DGM Crosly Racing.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - April 30, 2019
NASCAR Moves To Single Car Qualifying At All Oval Tracks In All Three Series
NASCAR has dropped its fight to add excitement value to qualifying and will return to single-car laps after the current format became a laughingstock.
All three NASCAR national series will return to single-car qualifying at all oval tracks starting this weekend at Dover. NASCAR for more than five years has used a group qualifying format, but a new rules package this season created an unintended consequence: drivers could game the system.
Most waited until the very last moment to pull off pit lane for their qualifying run; all 12 drivers in the final round at California in March missed the cutoff point to even register a lap. NASCAR was adamant it was trying to keep qualifying entertaining for fans because single-car runs are tedious, but teams continued to find loopholes that made the format a farce.
In Wednesday's rule change, elimination-style rounds were also cut.
Fox News - April 30, 2019
Decker Adds Races to 2019 Truck Schedule
DGR-Crosley announced today the addition of six races to Natalie Decker’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule.
The 21-year-old Eagle River, Wis. native, joined DGR-Crosley’s driver development program earlier this year with plans of running 11 Gander Trucks races. With the support of her longtime partner N29 Technologies, Decker will now be piloting her No. 54 Toyota Tundra in 17 races throughout the season.
Decker’s Gander Trucks schedule for the remainder of the 2019 season is as follows: Dover International Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Natalie Decker will now be piloting her No. 54 Toyota Tundra in 17 races throughout the 2019 season
Decker has three Gander Trucks starts under her belt in 2019. Her first start at Daytona International Speedway ended in a fiery crash. After a rough debut in Daytona, Decker and her N29 Technologies team went to the 1.5-mile tracks of Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway where they finished 24th and 13th respectively.
“I’m so excited to add more races with DGR-Crosley,” said Decker. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be with this team. David [Gilliland] does such a great job with putting the right people in the right position, and I’m learning so much and enjoy working with Frank [Kerr, crew chief] and all my guys. I didn’t think that I would be racing this much this year in the Trucks, but I’m so excited that we are. I love competing in the Truck Series - it’s challenging but so fun. Looking forward to continuing to learn as much as possible and putting together solid finishes. This year is all about learning and getting experience.”
Team co-owner David Gilliland thinks the added races will be beneficial to Decker and her young career.
“I think it’s great that Natalie and N29 Technologies have decided to pick up more races this season,” said Gilliland. “Seat time is so important, and we see her progressing and learning every race. She has a great team of guys helping her – adding consistency and additional seat time is going to be very beneficial.”
Decker’s next race will be on May 3 at the one-mile track of Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
DGR - PR - April 9, 2019
NASCAR Releases Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series 2020 Schedule's
NASCAR released its 2020 schedule for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Wednesday, unveiling an innovative slate that mirrors the work done for next year’s Cup Series schedule and one that brings both series back to iconic Virginia short tracks for the first time in more than a decade.
The announcement also provides a clearer picture of the schedule for a historic Pocono Raceway doubleheader next summer, and a look at the tricky road to the Championship 4 — at a new venue — for both series.
Confirmed last week with the reveal of the Cup Series schedule, ISM Raceway at Phoenix will host a tripleheader championship weekend, beginning with the Gander Trucks title race Nov. 6. The Xfinity Series championship is decided the next night at the 1-mile track.
ISM Raceway at Phoenix recently completed a $178 million renovation project designed to improve the fan experience, and one which included a reconfiguration for the track’s start/finish line. The track has hosted the Round of 8 finale for all three NASCAR national series since the introduction of the NASCAR Playoffs elimination format.
Perhaps the biggest change confirmed Wednesday is the return of the NASCAR Xfinity Series to historic Martinsville Speedway, with incredibly high stakes in the penultimate race of the season before the title field is set.
The Xfinity Series has raced at Martinsville just once in the past 25 years — in July 2006, a race won by Kevin Harvick. Martinsville will host the Gander Trucks that weekend as well, setting up the first-ever tripleheader weekend at the track.
Richmond Raceway also plays a prominent role in both schedules. The Gander Trucks will return to Richmond for the first time since 2005, while the newly renovated raceway will play host to the regular-season finale in the Xfinity Series to set the field for the 12-driver Playoff field.
“The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series were both built on short-track racing, and it is important that short tracks remain a prominent part of our series schedules,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development. “We returned to our roots in many ways with today’s announcement. Martinsville and Richmond were part of the original Xfinity and Gander Trucks schedules, and we’re excited for their return as part of a strong overall slate.”
The Xfinity Series schedule has three new tracks in its seven-race Playoffs, and two new elimination races that mirror the Cup Series at a road course and a short track.
The postseason opens Sept. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway, with a Friday night race under the lights. After a trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway — both Bristol and Las Vegas are new to the postseason — the series concludes the Round of 12 at the Charlotte Roval.
The Round of 8 sees a Kansas-Texas-Martinsville stretch before ending at ISM Raceway.
The Gander Trucks, meanwhile, open the Playoffs at Gateway Motorsports Park. The 1.25-mile track serves as host for the first Round of 8 race on Aug. 21. A trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, site of the 2019 Playoffs opener, and then Bristol Motor Speedway completes the Round of 8.
The Round of 6 starts at Las Vegas, and includes Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway before crowning a champion at ISM Raceway.
Announced last week with the 2020 Cup Series schedule reveal, Pocono Raceway will hold the first Cup Series doubleheader in NASCAR history. The Cup Series will race at the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” on Saturday and then again on Sunday, two points-paying races in two days.
It’s officially a tripleheader weekend in Pennsylvania. The Gander Trucks joins the NASCAR Cup Series on a full Saturday of racing, and the Xfinity Series races on Sunday — also with the Cup Series. Yes, that’s four NASCAR national series races in two days.
“I definitely think it’ll be a bucket-list item for fans,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to be a unique piece of our schedule for all three series.”
NASCAR.com- April 3, 2019
Austin Wayne Self Surprised by
Substance Abuse Penalty
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self was suspended indefinitely Monday (April 1) for violating the sport’s substance abuse policy.
Self, who pilots his family-owned No. 22 truck full-time in the Truck Series, was suddenly removed from the seat before Martinsville Speedway. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace drove for AM Racing the last two weeks at Martinsville and Texas Motor Speedway.
In 66 career NGOTS starts, Self has five top 10s and a career best finish of second at Daytona International Speedway two years ago. Thus far in 2019, he sits 18th in points with a lone top-10 finish (ninth) in Daytona’s season opener.
Self must now complete NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program for reinstatement. The drug the 23-year-old tested positive for has not been released.
The family-owned team is expressing their support of Self during this difficult time.
“AM Racing respects NASCAR’s decision and will follow their direction,” the team said in a statement. “We expect Austin Wayne Self to return to the seat as quickly as possible. AM Racing will continue to operate as normal with a determination of a driver lineup set in the coming weeks.”
Self violated sections 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (substance abuse) of the NASCAR Rule Book.
NBC Sports- April 2, 2019
Austin Wayne Self Issued Substance
Abuse Policy Penalty
Driver Austin Wayne Self has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy, NASCAR announced Monday.
Self was found to have violated Section 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock-car racing) and Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book, according to the NASCAR penalty report.
Self has made 66 career starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series from 2016-19, including three this season. He has one career top-five finish and five career top 10s, including a ninth-place run in this year’s season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway driving the AM Racing No. 22 Chevrolet.
Self, 23, must complete the NASCAR Road to Recovery program before reinstatement.
AM Racing — the Gander Trucks organization owned by Self’s father, Tim — issued a statement after Monday’s penalty news.
“AM Racing respects NASCAR’s decision and will follow their direction,” AM Racing’s statement read. “We expect Austin Wayne Self to return to the seat as quickly as possible. AM Racing will continue to operate as normal with a determination of a driver lineup set in the coming weeks. We expect to emerge from this challenge as a stronger team.”
NASCAR.com- April 1, 2019
Kyle Busch Wins Wreck-Filled Texas Truck Race
Kyle Busch continued his winning ways out west.
Busch held off Stewart Friesen by 1.269-seconds for his fourth-consecutive NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season and his fourth-career win at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch led a race-high 97 laps in the Vankor 350 en route to his 55th career series win and his 202nd among NASCAR’s top three national series.
“Those guys were able to keep up with us just way too much throughout the night,” Busch said. “You know, it’s a better race that way when they’re able to keep up. That means we need to go to work and work harder in order to get ourselves faster.”
Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, Tyler Dippel, Brennan Poole and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 10 finishers. The race was slowed by 10 cautions—tying the series track record.
NASCAR.com - March 29, 2019
Greg Biffle to Make First NASCAR Start Since 2016
Greg Biffle has confirmed he will race the #51 Truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports at the Texas race this coming June. As announced last night Biffle will be practicing the truck this weekend.
Biffle has been vocal on social media that he wants to get back racing in a NASCAR series. I dont know if you want to call this a 'try out' for the 19 time winner in the Monster Energy Cup Series, and a pair of championships in the Truck and Xfinity Series.
Greg Biffle's last NASCAR race was at Homestead-Miami in 2016, driving the #16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Biffle's last Truck ride was in 2004 at Homestead-Miami.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - March 28, 2019
Entry List for Texas Posted for all Three Series.
Also, Kyle Busch will be in all Three Races
The entry list for this weekends races were released a moments ago. There will be 40 cars at Texas in the Cup Series this weekend, which is the most cars we have seen on track since the Daytona 500.
A few notables, Reed Sorenson will be back behind the #27 car for Premium Motorsports, Cody Ware and BJ McLoud will be back at Rick Ware Racing, Timmy Hill will be in the #66, Garrett Smithly in the #77, Gaunt Brothers Racing returns with Parker Kliggerman in the #96, and Obaika will have a TBA driver in their #97 as they atempt their first race of the season.
In Xfinity Series, 40 cars are entered in a 38 car field. Jeffery Earnhardt will be racing with a new team, Xtream Concepts Racing carrying the #81 i-k9 Toyota.
Trucks have 32 entries, so all trucks will make the field.
Kyle Busch will be in all three series once again this weekend.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - March 26, 2019
Kyle Busch Gets his NASCAR win 201
at Martinsville Speedway
A week after locking up his 200th NASCAR national series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Kyle Busch took the first step toward the next century mark.
Holding off challenges from Ross Chastain and runner-up Ben Rhodes, Busch survived a late restart in winning Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The race ended under a last-lap caution, after Reid Wilson’s No. 44 Chevrolet spun in Turn 4 and nosed toward the inside wall. Rhodes was running second when the yellow flag waved, with reigning series champion Brett Moffitt third and Chastain fourth.
The victory was Busch’s second at the .526-mile short track in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Busch has won each of his three starts this season and now has 54 victories in Trucks, extending his series record.
“These guys worked really, really hard this weekend,” Busch said of crew chief Rudy Fugle and the No. 51 team. “We unloaded, and I didn’t like where we were at. We made wholesale changes to this thing all weekend long and just tried to keep improving this Cessna Beechcraft Tundra and make it faster.
“All these guys kept trying to make it turn the center (of the corner) better. At Martinsville, you have to turn the center without getting too loose in or too loose off. … And we had enough tire at the end to hold them all off.”
NASCAR.com - March 23, 2019
Angela Ruch to Race 12 Races for
Neice Motorsports in 2019
Niece Motorsports announced Saturday at Martinsville Speedway that Ruch will compete in 12 Truck Series races for the organization this season, beginning with next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ruch, 35, made her first two career series starts earlier this year with Nemco Motorsports, including her career-best eighth-place finish at Daytona in a race in which she also led two laps.
“We are thrilled to welcome Angela Ruch into the Niece Motorsports family,” said team owner, Al Niece. “Angela’s had a strong start to the 2019 season, and we look forward to continuing that, starting in Texas.
“The team is excited to work with Angela and see what we can all accomplish together this year.”
This is Niece’s third full season in Trucks competition. It has also fielded entries this year for Timothy Peters and Ross Chastain.
Motosport.com - March 23, 2019
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