Bristol Triple Header Weekend
Entry List Released
NASCAR returns to “Thunder Valley” this week for its series of night races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
All three national series will compete on the half-mile track, including the Gander Outdoors Truck Series in its playoff opener.
Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.
Cup – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)
There are 39 cars on the entry list.
Last year this race was won by Kurt Busch over Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott. Kurt and his brother Kyle Busch have combined to win the last four Bristol races.
Xfinity – Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN)
There are 42 cars on the entry list. With a full field set at 38 cars, four cars will not make the event.
Kyle Busch is entered in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota for his sixth and of seven Xfinity starts of the season.
Erik Jones is entered in XCI Racing’s No. 81 Toyota. It would be his first Xfinity start since 2017.
Joe Graf Jr is entered in Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet.
Kyle Larson won this race last year over Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier.
Trucks – UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET Thursday on FS1)
There are 37 trucks entered for the event. A full field is 32 trucks, meaning five won’t make the event.
John Hunter Nemechek is entered in NEMCO Motorsport’s No. 8 Chevrolet. This would be his first start of the season.
Dylan Lupton is entered in DGR-Crosley’s No. 15 Toyota.
Ryan Sieg is entered in Reaume Brothers Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet for the second time this year.
Angela Ruch is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 44 Chevrolet.
Chandler Smith is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.
NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman is entered in Henderson Motorsports’ No. 75 Chevrolet. This would be just the second race of the year for the team (Atlanta).
Timothy Peters is entered in Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises’ No. 92 Ford. This will be Peters’ fourth race of the year.
This race was was last year by Johnny Sauter over Stewart Friesen and Nemechek.
NBC Sports - August 13, 2019
Chastain Dominates Wreck Filled Pocono Race
in the Truck Series
Chastain grabbed the lead on Lap 1 and ended up remaining out front for 54 of 60 laps, easily holding off Tyler Ankrum to win the Gander RV 150.
The win is Chastain’s third in the Truck Series this season as he continues to chase his first NASCAR championship.
"It takes us being a little mad. I'm not going to lie, we were a little mad we lost Nick Harrison," Chastain said. "We realize everybody goes when it's their time but, man, we miss that big boy. A lot of these boys worked with him, I got to work with him at Kaulig Racing this year. Man, we miss him.
"We stomped them in the dirt, we pressed the attack. I'm so dang excited."
Harrison, who was crew chief for Justin Haley at Kaulig in the Xfinity Series, died in his sleep last Sunday. He was 37.
Chastain’s win also ended the streak of four consecutive Pocono Truck wins by Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers.
Harrison Burton finished third, Christian Eckes – who won the ARCA race on Friday – was fourth and Brett Moffitt completed the top-five.
Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, those drivers who had yet to pit did, which left Chastain back in the lead on the restart on Lap 35.
He was followed by Ankrum and Matt Crafton.
With 20 laps remaining in the race, Chastain had opened up a 1.6-second margin on Ankrum while Ben Rhodes moved up to third.
Ankrum had cut Chastain’s lead to less than a second with 15 laps to go as Eckes ran in third. Burton was fourth and Rhodes fifth.
After 50 laps, Chastain was able to expand his lead to more than 2 seconds over Ankrum.
Motorsport.com - July 28, 2019
Uncontroled Tire Rules Change for Pit Stops
NASCAR no longer will use the standard of an “arm’s length” from a crew member to determine if to penalize teams for an uncontrolled tire on pit road, removing that requirement from the rule book after complaints from competitors.
Tires will be considered uncontrolled if they create a safety issue or interfere/impede another competitor’s pit stop.
Denny Hamlin was critical of NASCAR’s rule for uncontrolled tires after his team was called for its fifth uncontrolled tire penalty this season at Chicagoland Speedway.
“I don’t know what they can change, but I would like to see a change,” Hamlin said the following week at Daytona when asked about his issues with the rule.
“I think rules have to evolve and this is not about us in particular. I made a comment and it has 3,000 likes, 500 retweets, 300 comments, so it touches the fan base. These are people that aren’t Denny fans; they just don’t get it. If they don’t get it at home, then it’s probably not a rule that needs to be in place in the Cup series because you can’t explain it to them.
“It’s hard to explain when a tire is just sitting there that it’s uncontrolled. It’s not moving. It is controlled. I don’t know the answer, and I don’t know how to fix it. They are pretty smart, and I’m sure they can make adjustments to fix it to make it a little more simple. But overall, everyone’s arms are a different length. So, what is an arm’s length? Do they have some kind of technology that says ‘Ok this distance from the tire changer to the tire is more than an arm’s length and they can pull a measuring out and they can measure it?’ I don’t know, but that’s just too much rules. Too many things that can change the ultimate outcome of a race.
“We had earned our spot up front. That’s the crappy part about it. We had earned our position up there. Then, you have to go to the back and in today’s racing, it’s harder than that ever to be able to come back. It’s virtually impossible to be able to come back now, no matter how fast your car is because everyone is running so much wide-open throttle. It changes your race; it changes how you are going to finish. It’s up to us to play by the rules that have been given to us, let’s be clear about that, but we think we are doing that. Sometimes, that judgement call doesn’t go your way and it’s been multiple times this year, that we don’t know what we could have done differently, and we are going to need that explanation so that we don’t do it again.”
In Wednesday’s bulletin to teams, NASCAR also added a rule that states: “When changing all four tires, crew members must change/remove the outside tires first. The penalty for changing/removing the inside tires first will be restarting at the tail end of the field under caution or a pass-through under green.”
That change comes as NASCAR soon heads to road courses. Xfinity and Cup race next week at Watkins Glen International. Cars pit in the opposite direction there as they do on ovals and there have been times when teams changed the inside tires (those closest to the wall) first.
“Additionally, beginning at the Watkins Glen race weekend, we are mandating that outside tires must be changed first during a four-tire stop, to reduce crew members’ exposure to adjacent vehicles departing their pit stalls,” Sawyer said in a statement. “Our commitment to safety remains unchanged, and these rules adjustments will lessen potential danger for crew members.”
NBC Sports - July 24, 2019
Entry Lists for Pocono and Iowa Released
Ahead of Full Weekend of Racing
All three NASCAR premier national series will be in action this weekend with the Cup and Truck Series at Pocono Raceway, and the Xfinity Series iat Iowa Speedway.
Cup – Gander RV 400 at Pocono:
There are 38 cars entered in the race but only 35 drivers listed on the preliminary entry list.
Cars still needing drivers are the No. 51 Ford of Petty Ware Racing, the No. 52 Ford of Rick Ware Racing and the No. 53 Chevrolet of Rick Ware Racing.
Kyle Busch won this race last season. Busch also won six weeks ago at Pocono.
Xfinity – U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa:
There are 39 cars entered in this race. There is one unfilled driver slot on the preliminary entry list: the No. 17 Chevrolet of Rick Ware Racing.
Christopher Bell won the June race at Iowa.
Trucks – Gander RV 150 at Pocono:
There are 31 Trucks entered in this race. There is one unfilled driver slot on the preliminary entry list: the No. 0 Chevrolet of Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing.
Brett Moffitt won this race last year.
NBC Sports - July 23, 2019
No Additional Penalty For
#52 Halmar Racing Truck After Kentucky
Following teardown at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina, there will not be further penalties to Halmar Racing and its No. 52 team after its primary truck was confiscated at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday morning.
NASCAR officials said then they found the truck to be not acceptable, and confiscated it for further evaluation at the R&D Center after finding a firewall issue in the vehicle.
That evaluation happened Tuesday, and no further penalties were issued. Driver Stewart Friesen was forced to race at Kentucky with his backup vehicle, and he started from the rear of the field. No team members were ejected.
Friesen, who is second in the Gander Trucks points standings, finished second Thursday night.
Though confiscating a truck is a unique situation, it’s not all that rare for NASCAR officials to have a team fix something that is in violation of the rule book. NASCAR officials saw something on the No. 52 that didn’t conform to the rule book, and the team had the opportunity to fix the issue.
The team could not fix the problem at the track, so NASCAR confiscated the truck and its parts and issued a “rear of the field” penalty. The at-track penalties issued are the only penalties for this Opening Day Inspection violation.
NASCAR.com - July 16, 2019
Playoffs in the Truck Series Heating Up After Wreck Filled Kentucky Race
With three races left before the playoffs start, all eyes are on the Gander Outdoor Truck Series, as it will be a battle to get into the playoffs.
So this is where we currently are at:
1 Brett Moffitt 2 wins
2 Ross Chastain 1win
3 Johnny Sauter 1win
4 Austin Hill 1win
5 Tyler Ankrum 1win
6 Grant Enfinger +73
7 Stewart Friesen +61
8 Matt Crafton +40
9 Harrison Burton -40
10 Ben Rhodes -60
11 Todd Gilliland -110
With a wreck filled race at Kentucky, and some tough mechanical problems, both of the Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota's are outside the top 8 in points and almost need a win in order to get into the playoffs.
So, this is where is gets tricky. If we get three new winners in the next three weeks and one of the winners is not Enfinger and he holds the points lead, someone who has won a race will not make the playoffs.
That is a lot of what if's, but it has been a crazy truck series season and is something to at least keep an eye on.
In the playoffs the first person who qualifies for a spot is the regular season points champion. A race winner will be the next qualification, followed by the highest points results without a win. Currently the regular season points leader, Grant Enfinger does not have a victory, If we see three additional new winners this season someone with a victory will miss they playoffs.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - July 12, 2019
Tyler Ankrum Captures First Career Victory in the Truck Series at Kentucky
In a week that started with Justin Haley’s remarkable upset win at Daytona on Sunday, 18-year-old Tyler Ankrum added another on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway—and simultaneously threw a wrench into the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff standings.
Driving the No. 17 DGR-Crosley Toyota, Ankrum inherited the lead in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the 1.5-mile track when Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel on the next-to-last lap. Ankrum crossed the finish line 7.373 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Friesen, who started last in a backup truck after NASCAR confiscated his primary No. 52 Chevrolet because of an issue with the rear firewall.
“I was driving my butt off, holy cow,” said Ankrum, who led a race-high 40 laps in three stints out front to earn his first victory in the series. “I think I was holding my breath for the last three laps there. Holy cow, that was awesome… I just don’t know what to say. I cannot believe I just did this…
“Honestly, one of my biggest faults is I’ve always doubted myself, and I kind of saw all of that wash away.”
Having turned 18 on Mar. 6, Ankrum has a Playoff eligibility waiver from NASCAR and grabbed a spot in the postseason on a night that proved disastrous for Playoff hopefuls Ben Rhodes, the defending race winner, and Todd Gilliland.
Rhodes hit the outside wall on Lap 127 of 150 and pitted with a flat left rear tire eight laps later. He finished 19th, nine laps down. Gilliland had engine issues and ran 17th, five laps down. He and Rhodes ended the night outside the Playoff grid, perilously close to must-win situations in the next three races.
Sheldon Creed started beside Grant Enfinger, the pole winner, and grabbed the lead going into Turn 1. From that point, Stage 1 was no contest, with Creed pulling out to a lead of more than two seconds over Enfinger and more than nine seconds over third-place Ross Chastain.
Creed won the stage wire-to-wire, with Enfinger running second—the 15th consecutive stage in which the driver of the No. 98 ThorSport Ford has finished fourth or better.
That streak ended abruptly and ignominiously with five laps left in Stage 2. Enfinger was chasing leader Brandon Jones, who had driven forward from his 27th starting position after a restart on Lap 65. Enfinger steered to the inside and drove hard into Turn 3 to pull alongside Jones’ Toyota.
But Enfinger didn’t have enough momentum to complete the pass. His Ford slid up the track and carried Jones’ Toyota into the fence, eliminating both trucks from the race.
“It’s all on me,” Enfinger said after exiting the infield care center. “I lost my air and wrecked it, trying to make something happen.”
After the incident, Matt Crafton won the stage under caution. Where the first stage ran green from start to finish, Stage 2 was peppered with four yellows that reduced the number of contenders for the win.
Creed had pitted before the end of the second stage and didn’t lead a lap thereafter. After a litany of troubles in the late going, he finished 21st in a race that saw only seven trucks on the lead lap at the end.
Harrison Burton ran third and is currently one position out of the Playoffs, ahead of Rhodes and Gilliland, respectively. Ross Chastain ran fourth, followed by Dylan Lupton, who joined DGR-Crosley teammate Ankrum in the top five.
Moffitt pitted for fuel only 10 laps after Ankrum came to pit road in the final stage, but after a one-can stop, Moffitt’s crew chief, Jerry Baxter, calculated his driver was two laps short and instructed him to save. Moffitt slowed his paced but couldn’t save enough.
“I was just backing it up as much as I could,” Moffitt said. “We were just a lap short. It’s tough. We had a good-sized lead. I’ve never run great here, so it was fun to get up front and dice it out, and Jerry called a great race.”
Autoweek - July 11, 2019
NASCAR Confiscates Friesen Truck in Kentucky After Issue with Fire Wall
NASCAR inspectors deemed the truck “unacceptable” when it was presented for inspection Thursday morning, noting there was a problem with the rear firewall placement in relation to the rear clip of the truck.
The Halmar Racing was allowed to remove the tires from the track and all driver comfort and safety equipment from the truck.
The truck has since been moved to alongside the Truck Series hauler, where it will remain until transported to NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord, N.C.
Any addition penalties regarding the truck will be announced next week.
The team brought out a backup truck for Friesen to compete in Thursday night’s race. However, Friesen will have to start the race from the rear of the field regardless of where he qualifies.
The backup truck is the truck the Canadian driver finished third in two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway.
Friesen is currently second in the series points standings with seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes in the first 12 races. He’s also won one pole. Friesen is still winless in 60 career starts.
Motorsport.com - July 11, 2019
Kentucky Triple-Header Entry List Released
NASCAR makes its annual trip to Kentucky Speedway this weekend with all three of it national series.
The weekend is capped off by the Cup Series’ Quaker State 400 Saturday night. There are 36 cars entered into the race. Quin Houff is entered in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet a week after Justin Haley earned the team’s first Cup win. There are no drivers listed for Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 and No. 52 cars. Last year Martin Truex Jr. swept both stages and won over Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski for his second straight win at Kentucky.
For the NASCAR Xfinity Series there are 38 cars on the entry list.
Ryan Truex is entered in JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet for the second time this year. BJ McLeod is entered in JD Motorsports’ No. 4 Chevrolet. Riley Herbst is entered in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota. There is no driver listed for MBM Motorsports’ No. 13 Toyota. Last year, Christopher Bell won over Daniel Hemric and Kyle Busch.
The Truck Series kicks off the weekend on Thursday night. There are 34 trucks entered. Two trucks will not make the race. Dylan Lupton is entered in his second race in DGR-Crosley’s No. 15 Toyota. Jeb Burton is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 44 Chevrolet. Brandon Jones is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota. Last year, Ben Rhodes won over Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton.
NBC Sports - July 9, 2019
Moffit Captures Truck Win at
Things are supposed to get better when a driver makes a move from a small team to one of the best in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
And when that driver is the defending series champion, what could go wrong.
Actually in the first nine races of the 2019 season, Brett Moffitt, driving for GMS Racing, was struggling to repeat the success that he had a year earlier with Hattori Racing Enterprises.
Just like a year ago, the driver from Grimes, Iowa, is starting to see a turnaround during the Midwest swing for the circuit.
On Friday night, Moffitt captured his second victory in the past three races with a repeat victory at the Chicagoland Speedway.
"It's a huge difference being a big team with teammates, now,'' Moffitt said. "There are pluses and minuses, but at the end of the day, we have do our own thing and work with the other two trucks.
"We've got it all going in the right direction.''
For Moffitt, the turnaround started with a controversial win at the Iowa Speedway on Father's Day.
That was also a repeat victory, but it came after Ross Chastain was disqualified after failing post-race inspection. The victory was awarded to Moffitt about an hour after the race.
"It's a heck of a lot more fun — not only for me, but for the whole crew. ,'' he said. "It is so much more rewarding when you can do a burnout and drive into victory lane.''
The only missing for Moffitt was a cold beer. That was rectify after the post-race press conference when a member of his team pulled out a few cold cans.
"No one can make up the lies that we didn't win this race,'' he said.
Brandon Jones, racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports, finished second in spite of being one of the fastest trucks in the final laps.
"That's really frustrating to hear those lap times and know I was faster,'' he said. "They (Moffitt's team) pitted earlier and built a lead that we just couldn't overcome.''
Moffitt said it wasn't only the fast pit stop that got him out in front.
"It was the whole team,'' he said. "They gave me a good, fast truck. I think we had a truck that was capable of passing anyone and we were especially good on the long run.''
Moffitt has nine career victories in the series — eight since the beginning of last season.
Stewart Friesen was third for his seventh top-five finish of the season. Harrison Burton was fourth, and pole-setter Austin Hill completed the top five.
Commercial News - June 25, 2019
Chicagoland Triple-Header Weekend
Entry Lists Released
NASCAR storms into the Chicagoland area where we will see a triple-header weekend for NASCAR's top 3 series.
In the Cup Series there are 38 cars on the entry list, so every will make the race. Some notable drivers, Ross Chastain will race the #15, Josh Bilicki will race the #53, Quinn Houff will be in the #77, BJ McLoud in the #51, and Bailey Currey in the #52.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series 41 cars are entered, so three cars will miss the race. Some notable drivers include Landon Cassill in the #4, Ross Chastain #10, Joey Logano #12, Bailey Currey in the #17, Riley Herbst #18, Camdem Murphy #74, and Jeffery Earnhardt #81.
In the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series 32 trucks are entered, so everyone will make the race. Some notable drivers will be Joey Gase in the #0, Bayley Currey in the #1, Camdem Murphy in the #8, Ted MInor in the #25, and Jesse Iwuki in the #34.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - June 25, 2019
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