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Premium Motorsports announced today that they will not field a team in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. They will finish the season racing the #49 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Chevrolet Silverado with Sobriety Nation as the team’s primary sponsor before ceasing operations after the final race of the 2018 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The reason given for doing this is to be able to focus solely on their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing program in 2019. Premium Motorsports has retained Gavel Auction Company NCAL6177 to liquidate most of the team’s assets on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 296 Cayuga Dr. Mooresville, NC 28117 following the Martinsville race weekend.
Inspection day will be Monday, October 29, 2018 from 11:00am-6:00pm. Registration for the auction will be on Tuesday at 9:00am with the auction beginning at 10:00am.
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- Gragson started from the 13th position and adhered to the plan that he and crew chief Rudy Fugle implemented. The Safelite Tundra remained glued to the yellow line along the inside of the track for all 20 laps of Stage One. He slowly but surely maneuvered his way forward as other drivers got impatient and tried to make moves to the outside. When the field crossed the stripe to complete the stage he was in the fifth position and collected five points.
- When pit road opened, Fugle summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for a fuel-only stop. Gragson returned to the track scored in the fourth position for the start of Stage Two.
- Gragson pushed Spencer Gallagher to the lead in the outside lane and then was getting a push of his own from Todd Gilliland, when Gilliland maneuvered to the middle lane leaving his teammate hung out of line. Gragson would fall all the way back to the 19th position.
- In the closing laps of the stage Gragson was able to gain back some of the positions he lost and would finish Stage Two in the 12th spot.
- When pit road opened, Gragson brought the Safelite Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop with a trackbar adjustment. He returned to the track scored in the 10th position when the Final stage went green on lap 45.
- The Las Vegas native was running 15th when "the big one" broke loose in front of him on lap 59. After getting tapped in the rear end as he began to slow down, he was able to dive down onto the apron and narrowly escaped through the wreckage with minimal damage.
- After the red-flag conditions were lifted, Fugle summoned his driver to pit road to asses the damage and put four fresh tires on the Safelite Tundra. After returning the track, Gragson came down pit road one more time before the field went green for the crew to take another look at the truck and top it off with fuel.
- The field went back green with 31 laps remaining with the No. 18 Toyota scored in the 12th position. Gragson rode near the back of what was a smaller field of trucks for the next phase of the race, hoping to avoid any further incidents to have his truck in one piece for the finish of the race.
- He was running in the 12th position when the fifth caution of the day slowed the field with 10 laps remaining and restarted from the 11th position when the field went back green with six laps remaining.
- David Gilliland and Grant Enfinger made contact battling for the lead and Enfinger went spinning. The caution didn't come out, but while drivers were trying to avoid the spinning truck it put the field three wide. Gragson made a strong run up the middle and with five to go he had advanced up to the third spot.
- Running third, Gragson slowed down to get to the bumper of his teammate David Gilliland and then used a push from Gilliland to vault to the outside around the top two into the lead with four laps remaining.
- Halfway down the backstretch on the final lap the field began making moves in an effort to get around Gragson. Peters had a strong run in the middle lane when Gragson moved up in front of him in an effort to impede his momentum. Peters slammed into the back of Gragson and sent him crashing hard into the outside wall. Unable to get his truck fired after the accident, Gragson was relegated to a 13th-place finish one lap down.
- Gilliland started sixth, but fell back through the field in the outside lane early in the race.
- He worked his way back up and was sixth when the stage ended on lap 20 and pitted for fuel only on lap 23.
- When the next 20-lap stage began Gilliland quickly moved up to third and was second by lap 36.
- Gilliland made his move to the lead on lap 38 and won the second stage of the race. When pit road opened, he brought in his No. 4 PEDIGREE® Puppy Tundra in for four tires and fuel.
- The final 54-lap stage began with Gilliland in eighth place.
- His Dad was working his way up through the field after a pit road penalty earlier in the race so the father and son could draft together.
- The "big one" struck on lap 59 taking out several competitors, but luckily both Gillilands made it through the carnage. Both pitted for fuel before the race resumed and returned to the track with Todd second and David third.
- Shortly after the restart they made a move to the front with Todd leading David for several laps.
- With 22 laps to go they fell back to fifth and sixth place. David's line fell even farther back, while Todd moved back up to second place.
- Gilliland won his second pole of the season in the PEDIGREE® Tundra. His first came at the season opener in Daytona while filling in for his son Todd in the No. 4 before he was old enough to compete at the bigger tracks.
- After leading the field to green, he settled into a single-file line in third for much of the first 20-lap stage.
- He was seventh when the stage ended and pitted for fuel only.
- As he pulled out of the stall, the fuel can was still attached and NASCAR issued a one-lap penalty for pitting outside the box.
- Gilliland was a lap down in 32nd place when the second stage began on lap 26.
- When the stage ended on lap 40, he was able to take the wave around to get back on the lead lap before pitting for four tires and fuel on lap 42.
- He was back up to 23rd on the lead lap when the final stage began.
- On lap 59 a multi-truck accident happened right in front of him. With help from his spotter, Gilliland made it though the wreckage without damage.
- He pitted for fuel only before the race resumed and lined up right behind his son Todd for the restart.
- The two pulled out to the lead with son leading father for several laps.
- With 20 laps to go the pair was shuffled back and the elder Gilliland was back in 13th. He worked his way back up to third just as Todd was spun into the wall going for the lead.
- The final restart came on lap 89 with Gilliland in second. Another accident happened on the final lap which brought out the yellow and the checkered flag. Based on the last scoring loop before the caution, Gilliland finished third.
- Timothy Peters won the race followed by Myatt Snider, Gilliland, Justin Haley and Wendell Chavous rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured six cautions for a total of 21 laps. There were 22 lead changes among 12 drivers. Todd Gilliland led twice for 13 laps while his KBM teammate Noah Gragson led three.
Harrison Burton returns behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra for the remainder of the season when racing action resumes in two weeks on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Martinsville Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 1 p.m. ET on FS1.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck series Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega was exciting throughout with aggressive driving from the drop of the green flag. The first two stages were 20 laps each making the race urgent for playoff drivers in need of stage points. The first two stages managed to go without caution as drivers wrestled their way through the pack.
A close one occurred near the end of stage two as playoff contender Brett Moffitt took serious damage with another truck getting turned sideways into his right front fender.
The race grew more intense into the third stage causing “the big one” after Chris Fontaine got turned in front of the field in an attempt to block a run on the outside. Several playoff contenders were involved including Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter.
After the red flag Rhodes, although one lap down, was able to continue his attempt to advance into the next round.
Crafton unfortunately had to watch as his playoff hopes in the hands of fellow competitors. Sauter, who was already locked into the round of 6, managed to complete about a dozen more circuits before retiring from the race.
A final restart was set with less than ten to go when Todd Gilliland took a hard hit to the inside wall after contact with Grant Enfinger for the lead. Enfinger would find himself spinning off the front bumper of David Gilliland down the back stretch as the race stayed green.
Coming to the end it was Noah Gregson, and Justin Haley battling for the lead with a pack of hungry drivers behind them. The race was inevitably decided with a caution on the final lap.
After the smoke cleared it was Timothy Peters coming through for his third NCWTS win at Talladega. The series veteran who has been driving a limited schedule this season, was emotional in celebration after his 11th and possibly final career win. Peters made the winning move with a shot to the middle as Noah Gregson wrecked in an attempt to block down the back stretch.
Myatt Snider who was one of the most aggressive drivers throughout came home second with David Gilliland third, Haley fourth, and Wendell Chavous fifth. Earlier in the week Chavous announced it would be the last of his career.
Unfortunately it was Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen eliminated from the playoffs at the end of the race. Rhodes couldn’t find his way back to the lead lap, and Friesen struggled with engine problems throughout the race.
The next NASCAR Camping World Truck series race and first of the round of 6 will be the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville, on October 27th. Live coverage of the race will be on Fox and MRN at 1:00 p.m. ET.