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On the heels of their impressive sixth-place outing last weekend at Iowa Speedway, JJL Motorsports and driver Jesse Little look to duplicate or better their performance in Saturday night’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park.
The team’s third top-10 performance in four races has certainly grabbed the attention of their competition and series insiders alike, but the family-owned team’s impressive performance in their season debut at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway captured the attention of a local business who will support Little in his Gateway attempt.
Founded in 2016 by U.S. Air Force veteran and restaurant entrepreneur Grindstaff, Rustic Rub Co. started as a BBQ rub company initially releasing All Purpose and Three Kings rubs, however, the company’s success has evolved into a brand and lifestyle since releasing their own version of a Bloody Mary mix.
Now, the Belleville, Ill. company – located just 10 miles east of St. Louis, Mo. - - the heart of Midwest BBQ country, products can found in over 50 retailers within the St. Louis and metro-east area; as well as online at
“Coming off a finish like we had at Iowa Speedway, it’s great to be going to Gateway this weekend and to have the local support of Rustic Rub Co.,” said Little. “We showed great resilience in our team last weekend at Iowa and that is something I think we can build on this weekend at Gateway.”
While the team would be satisfied with their fourth top-10 performance of the year, Little, a Sherrills Ford, N.C.-native hopes the opportunity could easily present itself for his JJL Motorsports team to pull off an upset win on Saturday night.
Of course, the NASCAR Next alumnus and his Matt Noyce-led team also know that luck, a good handling race truck and perfection behind the wheel must fuse together to provide that priceless moment. 
“There aren’t words to describe what a win would mean to this team,” Little mentioned. “I think we’re making great strides with our team and doing big things with not a lot to work with.
“Our effort though is in our results. Our team is spending the week in the Midwest working on the truck – going through it piece by piece, part by part to make sure everything’s in place to make our Gateway debut a memorable one.”
Looking at the schedule, the Truck Series will embrace three practice sessions on Friday. For Little and Noyce, the extra track time is beneficial.
“Three practice sessions is huge for the Truck Series,” added Little. “For us, we have to balance the practices to make sure we’re making the most of every lap on the track. We can’t afford to make any mistakes or use up the equipment before the race.
“We know though that the extra track time on Friday will be prime for dialing in the trucks, especially that final practice where we think it will be comparable to race time. We’ll see though. One practice at a time.
“Our biggest objective on Friday is to get our No. 97 Rustic Rub Co. Ford dialed in where we feel we can make changes and the truck will respond and send us forward and not backwards. Matt has a niche for those things. I think we’ll be surprisingly good.”
Rustic Rub founder Jim Grindstaff says after Iowa, he’s excited for Gateway and the team’s potential.
“Man, I was really impressed with the team again at Iowa,” said Grindstaff. “Jesse and the entire JJL Motorsports team have made us feel most welcome and they are proving themselves both on and off the track. We’re looking forward to seeing what Saturday night’s race has in store and hope it’s a good finish for Rustic Rub Co. and our brand. 
The Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 (160 laps | 200 miles) is the 10th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., June 22 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A second practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m., while a rare third practice run has been etched in from 6:35 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., June 23 beginning at 4:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central). 
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Set to embark on his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start, veteran race car driver Chad Finley and his Chad Finley Racing (CFR) hope for a monstrous return in Saturday night’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park.
A regular on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, the Dewitt, Michigan native and crew chief Bruce Cook load up and head to Gateway looking for a top-10 finish in the first of a limited Truck Series schedule this season. 
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday night,” said Finley who last competed in the Truck Series in 2015. “This is a huge chance for our race team to make some noise and compete for a strong finish.
“I really think we have the capabilities to come off the hauler pretty strong and show everyone we’re a serious contender.” 
Joining the No. 42 Michigan-based team for Saturday night’s race as a major associate partner is 
Since 1999, has served as an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits.
The Roxboro, N.C. company returns to the series for the first time as a team partner since the 2011 Truck Series season with Matt Lofton at the controls.
“I’m really grateful to have this opportunity to welcome back on board with our team at Gateway,” added Finley. “They came on board for the ARCA race at Michigan and while we had a fast car – we had some back luck and didn’t get the finish we were hoping for.
“This is an opportunity for us to get that second chance and show them what we’re capable of. Bruce (Cook, crew chief) is a really smart guy when it comes to these Trucks and he feels confident that we can go out there and be competitive from the get-go.”
Competing in a Truck Series race for the first since Chicagoland Speedway nearly three years ago, Finley hasn’t finished higher than 21st in a race. However, Finley is confident that all the ingredients are together to make his return more impressionable.
“There’s going to be a lot of factors this weekend,” added Finley. “From stage racing to heat to even learning this new truck, I know the odds are going to be stacked against us, but I believe we’ve shown time and time again that our team thrives under pressure.
“We’ll see how practice goes, regroup and focus on qualifying. Getting into the show is our main goal. We think we should be able to do that. Once that’s off our plate, we’ll turn our concentration to the race.
“If we can stay on the lead lap, keep our nose clean and make adjustments throughout the race, I think a top-10 is realistic and something to build on for our next race.” 
Auto Value Certified Service Centers and Air Lift Company will serve as additional marketing partners for Saturday night’s race.
Furthermore, Finley has support from and and XLT Engineering as well.
In addition to his two prior Truck starts, Finley, 26, has 20 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts to his credit. 
In his years of ARCA competition between 2009 and 2018 Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole (track record) at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.
Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.
The Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 (160 laps | 200 miles) is the 10th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., June 22 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A second practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m., while a rare third practice run has been etched in from 6:35 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., June 23 beginning at 4:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).
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NASCAR Next member Zane Smith is set to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend with DGR-Crosley. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native will pilot the No. 54 Crosley Brands / LaPaz Margarita Mix Toyota Tundra at Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, Ill.) in the Eaton 200.
The 19-year-old driver is currently competing full-time in the ARCA Racing Series where he's had a career-best season. Smith collected his first ARCA Racing Series win earlier this year in the Music City 200 at Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway. He's gone on to collect two more wins and seven top-five finishes in just nine races so far this season.
While Smith has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts under his belt, this weekend will mark his first start in a NASCAR National series race. 
"Honestly, I'm pumped for my Truck Series debut," said Smith. "I got a text, and we pretty much did everything in a day to get all the approvals and everything we needed to do. My goal is to put together a solid race and make the most of this opportunity with DGR-Crosley. Hopefully we will be contending for a win at the end, but just to have a shot is all you can ask for. Thank you to all the people that support me and make this possible: LaPaz Margarita Mix, SpeedVegas, Icon Vehicle Dynamics Ultra Wheel and Crosley Brands. This is a dream come true to continue moving up the ladder."
Smith and the No. 54 team will qualify for the Eaton 200 at 5:45 p.m., ET on Saturday, June 22. Race coverage from Gateway Motorsports Park will begin at 8:00 p.m., ET on Fox Sports 1. 
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Durham, N.C., native, Tate Fogleman will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this week. The 18-year-old makes his career-first NCWTS start in the Young’s Motorsports No. 20 Over Kill Motorsports Chevrolet at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. 
“I am really looking forward to having Tate in one of our trucks,” said team president, Tyler Young. “He has already accomplished so much at such a young age and I look forward to him becoming a part of our blossoming driver development program.”
The third-generation driver started racing Late Models in 2011 and competed in his first full-time season in 2013 with the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Super Late Models at the age of 13. Two years later, in 2015, he became the youngest champion of that series. The last two seasons the Durham, N.C., native has been competing with the PASS South Super Late Model Series and the CARS Super Late Model Tour. He scored his career-first CARS Tour win at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in the CARS Tour Throwback 276 last August.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Young’s Motorsports,” said Mitchell Clary, owner of Over Kill Motorsports. “What Tyler is building with his team is amazing. The driver development program keeps expanding and we look forward to seeing what Tate can do in the No. 20 this weekend at Gateway.”
Over Kill Motorsports was established as a family business in 2009. It was a humble beginning for the father and son team of Mitch and Mitchell Clary who started the business out of their back yard. Through the years with hard work, dedication, quality products and commitment to excellent service, they earned their customers loyalty and support. Fast forward to the present and Over Kill has become one of the most trusted and successful Motorcoach, Trailer and Golf Cart Dealers in the United States with customers all over the country and abroad.
“I am extremely excited to be able to make my career-first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this weekend at Gateway,” exclaimed Fogleman. “I can’t thank Over Kill Motorsports enough for coming on board to support us and Tyler for providing me this opportunity. I hope I can make him proud and get a good finish in the No. 20.”
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Charging to a top-15 finish this past weekend at Iowa Speedway, Austin Wayne Self and his Niece Motorsports team head to Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park hoping to turn up the heat and deliver a strong performance in Saturday night’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200.

Scoring his fourth top-20 finish in the last five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races, Self sees Saturday night’s race at Gateway as the perfect opportunity to maneuver his first top-10 run of the year in the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado.

We're closing on the end of this four-race stretch, and I really want to go out on a high mark this weekend at Gateway and next weekend at Chicagoland," said Self, a native Austin, Texas.

"The guys on our No. 22 Niece Motorsports team have worked diligently to put competitive race trucks on the track each week, and I want to show them my appreciation with a top-10 run that we all know we're capable of.

We've shown that we've had speed but for one reason or another, we haven't had the luck or breaks to put us inside the top-10 when the checkered flag waves. We showcased our capabilities again at Iowa, but came up a little short. This weekend at Gateway, I'm hoping everything (finally) comes together."

This weekend at Gateway, the Truck Series will endure three practice sessions on Friday afternoon, with the intent to give the teams ample time to dial in their machines. For Self, he sees the extra practice session as a perfect opportunity to simulate what his truck will do in race conditions.

“That final practice session on Friday afternoon is close to when we’ll be racing on Saturday night, so we’ll plan to use most of that time to our advantage,” mentioned Self. “It’s going to be another hot weekend, and I think Gateway will be one of those extremely temperature sensitive tracks.

“That extra 55-minutes could also help us from a handling standpoint and inch us closer, not only for our race day setup, but a qualifying setup too. I learned here a couple years ago at Gateway that track position is so important – so we’ll keep that in mind too.

“One thing is for sure, we’re going to make it a fun weekend too.”

In the 22-year-old’s lone Truck Series start at the 1.25-mile oval, he finished 28th after being involved in an accident 42 laps from the finish.

“I learned a lot that night, but I believe I’m a better race car driver than I was in 2016. I’ve been fortunate enough to be around good people who believe in me and give me the equipment to do my job and prove that I’m a better driver.

"When it comes to Gateway, I feel like it's a place that I'm owed some redemption. I hope that redemption comes with our GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet." 

After nine races, Self sits 13th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 18.3 entering Gateway.

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 50th career start.

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.

Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 10th race of the year.

In 49 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.8 during his three years of competition.

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After a stage 2 win for Stewart Friesen, coming off of his pole win and second place finish the week before in Texas, Iowa was looking good for Friesen's first win in the NCWTS.  A crash on lap 135 however would dash all hopes for Friesen and the HFR crew. 

Suffering a left front flat, Matt Crafton slid up the track and got into John Hunter Nemecheck, causing a wreck that Friesen and Ben Rhodes were caught up in.  Despite suffering damage to the no. 52 Chevy Silverado, Friesen was able to pull out a top 10 finish, battling his way back to 9th place.

“This was not the end result we wanted obviously, but salvaged some points anyway. So cool to have the speed that we do with our Halmar Chevy right now so I’m excited to get to Gateway next week.” said a disappointed but hopeful Friesen.  Despite the less than desirable finish, Friesen picked up enough points to move up to 4th in overall points.  He is now the highest ranked driver in points without a win.

Before shipping off to Gateway Motorsports Park, Friesen will get another Short Track Super Series race in on Wednesday the 20th at Dundee NY's Outlaw Speedway.  With one win in the series at Middletown NY's Orange County Fair Speedway, Friesen looks to extend his points lead by parking it at Outlaw.

Friesen maintains a busy schedule racing between dirt and asphalt and while seat time in any car on any surface is good, Friesen's relative inexperience with the asphalt tracks of the NCWTS is something the driver is aware of.  When asked how he prepares for racing on tracks he has little experience with, Friesen says he has been using the racing simulator iRacing to better familiarize himself with new tracks.  

Banking his best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) finish since Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway earlier this season, Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) and his Niece Motorsports team carry confidence trekking to Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park, the site of Saturday night’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200.

This past Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, the No. 45 ProMATIC Automation team overcame several hurdles throughout the day to post a competitive lead-lap 12th-place finish.

With series’ rookie Fontaine re-gaining some much-needed confidence after a tough May stretch – he is optimistic he can continue the uphill climb back to the top-10 in his Gateway debut.

“Man, I’m still pretty jazzed up about our performance at Iowa,” said Fontaine. “The day didn’t start off too well, but after some reassurance from my team and letting the race come to us, we were able to run competitively inside the top-10 before settling for 12th.

“That finish was still really good and what we needed after Charlotte and Texas. I know Gateway isn’t going to be a cakewalk this weekend. I think it’s going to be a tough race, but if we can take that same strategy that we used at Iowa, I think we’re going to be OK.”

To help Fontaine adjust to his new Gateway surroundings, the Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 will feature three practice sessions, totaling nearly three hours. While Fontaine realizes it will be important to take care of his No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet during those practice runs, the track time will offer priceless seat time to get acquainted with Gateway’s 1.25-mile surroundings.

“Any extra practice time is important, but it’s always better for me when it comes at a track that I’ve never been to,” sounded Fontaine. “I’m no expert when it comes to Gateway, but I think you’re going to see the track change a lot between the first and final practice session on Friday.

“It’s going to be important for us to keep on pace with that. I feel like the second practice will be ideal to qualifying (on Saturday) and the final practice will be closer to race time, so we just need to make sure we find that balance between the two and then work during the stages to keep our truck on the lead lap and in contention.

“At Iowa, our strategy was to race the track and not necessarily the other trucks, and that paid off for us in a big way. That’s my approach again this weekend. If we do that, maybe we can catch some breaks along the way and dial in our third top-10 finish of the season.

“That would be really cool to get these guys another top-10 and head to Chicago next weekend, one of my favorite race tracks.”

After nine races, Fontaine sits 15th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 19.3 entering Gateway. The Asheville, N.C. native earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

In addition to a full-time NASCAR driver, Fontaine just finished his freshman year as a student at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), where he is pursuing a business degree.

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The Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 (160 laps | 200 miles) is the 10th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., June 22 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A second practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m., while a rare third practice run has been etched in from 6:35 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., June 23 beginning at 4:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

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Tanner Thorson made his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Saturday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. He kicked off the day by finishing 22nd in opening practice and 16th in final practice. He advanced to the second round of qualifying and finished 22nd to line up on the outside of row 11 for the 200-lap M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store.

  • Started Stage 1: P22
  • Finished Stage 1: P19
The Minden, Nev., native started 22nd in Saturday’s M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway and was 21st when the first caution of the day came out on lap 24. He was up to 17th just after the halfway point of the opening stage and finished 19th when the caution came out on lap 60, marking the end of Stage 1.
  • Started Stage 2: P19
  • Finished Stage 2: P21
Thorson brought the No. 20 Chevrolet to pit road on lap 64 for four fresh tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment and he restarted from 19th on lap 67 when Stage 2 went green. On lap 102 when the caution came out, he was running in 22nd, one lap down to the leaders. He ended Stage 2 in 21st and was the first truck one lap down to earn the Lucky Dog free pass, getting back on the lead lap.
  • Started Stage 3: P20
  • Finished Stage 3: P13

On lap 125, Thorson came to pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment on the No. 20 Chevrolet. He then came back down on lap 126 for a loose lug nut and to top off on fuel and restarted at the tail end of the field. He had to serve a penalty on lap 130 as the Lucky Dog Truck is only allowed to fuel once under caution. When the caution was displayed five laps later, the 22-year-old was running 18th in the Lucky Dog position and got the free pass to get back on the lead lap. In the closing laps of the 200-lap race, Thorson was able to climb up five more positions to earn a 13th-place finish.



Austin Hill made his career-first start at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa during in this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200. He was 17th in opening practice followed up by 10th in final practice on Saturday. After advancing to round 2 in qualifying, he started the 200-lap race in 18th and overcame an early spin that resulted in damage to the front of his Young’s Motorsports No. 02 Chevrolet to earn a top-15 finish.

  • Started Stage 1: P18
  • Finished Stage 1: P16
The Winston, Ga., native started the M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store from 18th and was up to 17th when the first caution of the day was displayed. He lined up 15th for the restart on lap 30 and was involved in a four-truck spin on the restart. During the caution Hill came to pit road for four tires and repairs to the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado and restarted in 24th. By the end of Stage 1, he was able to climb eight spots and finish 16th. 
  • Started Stage 2: P13
  • Finished Stage 2: P18
On lap 64, Hill was called to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment and restarted Stage 2 in 13th. Halfway through the middle stage, Hill was running in 16th and had slipped back to 17th when the caution was displayed on lap 102. He eventually finished 18th in Stage 2.
  • Started Stage 3: P18
  • Finished Stage 3: P14

Hill brought the No. 02 Chevrolet to pit road on lap 125 for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and a tear off. He then restarted in 18th for the third and final stage of the day. When a caution came out on lap 135, the 24-year-old had climbed up to 12th and was 13th with 50 laps remaining in the 200-lap M&M’s 200. In the closing 20 laps, Hill and his teammate Tanner Thorson were battling for the lucky dog position, and ultimately finished 14th.

Reid Wilson made his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in Saturday’s M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. He was 24th and 19th in the two NCWTS Practice sessions and advanced into the second round of qualifying to earn the 20th starting position for the 200-lap race.
  • Started Stage 1: P20
  • Finished Stage 1: P17
The 22-year-old started the M&M’s 200 from the outside of row 10 and was running 17th at the halfway point of the opening stage. Shortly after, Wilson started reporting that the temperature inside of his No. 12 OEM2Powered by TrüNorth™ Chevrolet was rising and becoming very uncomfortable. Despite the heat, he was running solid lap times and raced as high as 16th in the opening stage before finishing 17th.
  • Started Stage 2: P18
  • Finished Stage 2: P28
On lap 64, the Huntersville, N.C., native came to pit road for water, four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to his No. 12 OEM2Powered by TrüNorth™ Chevrolet and restarted Stage 2 in 18th. During a caution on lap 102, Wilson was called to pit road and elected to climb from his truck to seek treatment for heat exhaustion, relegating him to a 28th-place finish. He was treated and released from the infield care center.


Young’s Motorsports will be back in action on Saturday, June 23 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., for the Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power.

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David Gilliland earned a fourth-place finish in the M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway over the weekend in his first attempt at the .875-mile track in Newton, Iowa.

The No. 54 Crosley Brands team struggled early on, ranking 24th on speed during practice on Saturday morning. The team made major changes to the setup before qualifying and saw improvements in the speed and balance of the truck. Gilliland advanced through two rounds of qualifying before securing a 12th-place starting position in Saturday night's 200 lap race.

When the green flag flew, Gilliland was able to maintain his position and ran near the top-10 for the first 60 laps. He just missed earning playoff points in Stage 1 with a 12th-place finish. Gilliland pitted for tires, fuel and adjustments to work on the tightness of his truck on lap 64. He restarted Stage 2 from the 15th position and slowly began working his way through the field. By the conclusion of Stage 2, Gilliland had driven the No. 54 Toyota into the top-10, scoring a ninth-place finish after the first 120 laps of racing. Staying out under the stage-ending caution, Gilliland restarted fourth but was battling for the lead by lap 144. The battle continued for several laps, but he could never get around the eventual race winner Brett Moffitt for the lead. After a long green flag run to end the M&M's 200, Gilliland held on to fourth, scoring his second fourth-place finish in both of his races with DGR-Crosley this season.

"I'm really proud of our DGR-Crosley team," Gilliland said after the race. "We really struggled in practice earlier today. We brought a different truck to the track this weekend, and we just missed it on the initial setup. The guys worked hard and made some great changes to the Crosley Brands Toyota before qualifying. We started the race off pretty tight and on the splitter, but Bono [Kevin Manion, Crew Chief] made it better for me every time we pitted, and we continued to improve throughout the race. Can't thank my guys enough for all the hard work they put into this truck today. This was my first time ever racing here [Iowa Speedway] and it was a lot of fun. Overall, it was a great day for our team."

The No. 54 Toyota Tundra will be back in action on Saturday, June 23, at Gateway Speedway in Madison, Ill.


Saving the best for last.
That statement couldn’t be further from the truth on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway as Jesse Little wheeled his No. 97 JJL Motorsports Ford F-150 to a career-best sixth place finish under scorching temperatures at the 0.875-mile short track.
The one-day show for Little, crew chief Matt Noyce and the JJL Motorsports team didn’t start off as well as they had hoped. After struggling with the handling of their truck through the first and second practice sessions, Noyce and Little came together before qualifying prepared to make some radical changes hoping it would improve the performance of their blue oval.
Making it through two of the three rounds of knockout qualifying, Little chimed in 13th quickest overall giving the team family-owned team a solid footing for the approaching 200-lap race.
While the team continued to combat the handling of their No. 97 truck during the first two opening stages, the endless efforts from Noyce and Little behind the wheel paid dividends at the end of Stage 2 when Little stayed out and used track position to grab some stage points before setting up for the final 80-lap sprint to the finish.
A bolting fast pit stop by Little’s team kept the NASCAR Next alumnus inside the top-10 during Stage 3 and despite battling a lack of grip, Little hovered inside the top-10 fending off the challengers behind him while chasing former series champion Johnny Sauter for fifth.
Having to wrestle his truck in the closing laps with no grip, Little made significant gains on his distance from Sauter, but when the checkered flag waved – Little had to settle for sixth, a career-best in 17 Truck Series races.
The finish is also a good boost for a two-race stretch for the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-native who will also compete next Saturday at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park with backing from Rustic Rub. Co.
Little’s efforts on Saturday better a previous career-best eighth place performance at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway in February. Little notched his third top-10 in four races this year and recorded back-to-back top-10 runs at Iowa Speedway after finishing ninth in June 2017. 
Driver Quote:
"What a battle. "Everyone did their jobs. We stayed out of trouble and our pit stops were badass. Matt (Noyce, crew chief) did a good job with adjustments to our truck from start to finish.
“Moving forward, we will work harder at getting better from the start so weren’t not so far behind and having to play catchup all weekend. I’m really proud of this team and our preparation for Gateway starts now.
“I just want to thank everyone who supports our team, including PFC Brakes, Rustic Rub and many more. Without them, none of this would be possible.”


owa Race Information:
Started: 17th
Stage 1 Finish: 14th
Stage 2 Finish: 5th
Finished: 10th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0 
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th 
Owner Points: 12th 
"We probably had the best long-run truck of the entire field. I was able to absolutely fly by everybody tonight. We had a long tire run towards the end. Unfortunately, the right front started getting blistered, so we didn't have nearly as good of speed as we had before, but we were still good enough to maintain a top-10 finish. I'm just really proud of my guys. For how we started this day, it's just really incredible and goes to show how strong this team is. I've believed in them all year - we're a strong team and we show that day in and day out by how hard we work. Our results show on the track. I'm really proud of everyone for giving me a great Carolina Nut Co. / Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford F-150."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,402 of 1,496
Laps Led: 12  
Wins: 0 
Top-five Finishes: 0 
Top-10 Finishes: 3

Iowa Race Information:
Started: 15th
Stage 1: 14th
Stage 2: 13th
Finished: 11th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0 
Status: Running
Driver Points: 5th
Owner Points: 7th
"Overall a tough night for this Protect The Harvest team. We got caught-up in messes a few times throughout the night, but our ThorSport Racing crew worked hard to get the truck fixed every time, and fired off some really good pit stops. It just wasn't the night we were looking for."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,494 of 1,496
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Iowa Race Information:
Started: 11th
Stage 1 Finish: 20th
Stage 2 Finish: 11th
Finished: 17th
Laps: 195/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running       
Driver Points: 7th
Owner Points: 9th
"We really struggled at Iowa Speedway from the time we unloaded, and I never felt like we really made any gains in practice. We qualified 11th, and we were back there in some iffy situations, around some crazy traffic. One thing led to another, and we got caught up in two wrecks. Unfortunately that ended our night with a brand-new truck, and we had to putt around for the rest of the race. I think there were some big learning takeaways from this. You always learn every time you hit the race track, so we know how to better prepare going forward."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,483 of 1,496
Laps Led: 136
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3  
Top-10 Finishes: 5

Iowa Race Information:
Started: 2nd
Stage 1 Position: 2nd
Stage 2 Position: 10th
Finished: 26th 
Laps: 135/200
Laps Led: 20
Status: Crash
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th
"Just racing around a bunch of people that are weapons, at the end of the day. I was trying to give my teammate room and the 52 moved up, we were racing three-wide, and cut a left front (tire). It's just the way our year has been."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 9
Laps Completed: 1,334 of 1,496
Laps Led: 35
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 4
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