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Faith Motorsports (FMS) announced today that North Texas native Ted Minor will pilot the #44 SMD Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3rd. Shawn Magee Design (SMD), a North Canton, Ohio design firm and official graphics partner of Faith Motorsports, will serve as the primary sponsor in the JAGS Metals/Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief 350 in Fort Worth,Texas.texas motor speedway
“I’m excited for the opportunity to drive the #44 SMD Silverado in my home state of Texas,” said Minor.
This will mark Minor’s third start in the 2017 Camping World Truck Series season but his first start driving for Faith Motorsports.
Ted started his racing career on Texas dirt tracks and has progressed to racing nationwide on asphalt tracks in the ARCA, USST series, super late models and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In his 16th season as a NASCAR driver, Ted brings veteran experience combined with a youthful drive to succeed.
The #44 SMD Chevrolet Silverado will also feature a special tribute graphic on the deck lid honoring all 58 people who lost their lives in the tragic shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st.
“Our thoughts and prays go out to all of the families who lost loved ones during this tragic event in Las Vegas,” said Shane Lamb, owner of Faith Motorsports. “We wanted to honor the lives of those taken so senselessly and show love and support to those still grieving.”
The Texas race marks the 3rd appearance as primary sponsor for SMD. The last time SMD raced as a primary sponsor was back in 2016 at Kentucky Speedway in the #74 Chevrolet Silverado of NASCAR veteran driver, Mike Harmon.
“I love seeing the SMD brand being broadcasted on a national stage like the Camping World Truck Series,” said Shawn Magee, Owner of Shawn Magee Design. “NASCAR has always been a passion of mine. I am grateful for my partnership with Faith Motorsports which has allowed me to pursue those passions. I look forward to what 2018 has in store for SMD & Faith Motorsports.”
Faith Motorsports owns and operates a 2 truck team (#44 & #62). Through a partnership with Martin’s Motorsports, the #44 is piloted by fellow Texas native, Austin Wayne Self for most of the 2017 season.
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AUSTIN CINDRIC BREAKDOWN
Heading to Talladega Superspeedway for the first time in his NCWTS career, Kaz had confidence that his prior success at Daytona International Speedway would be a major asset to his weekend. Picking up where he left off the last time he was on a superspeedway, Kaz showed speed early on in practice and qualifying. After finishing the first round of qualifying with the third-fastest lap, Kaz looked poised to contend for the pole position in round two, but an issue with the engine was detected forcing the No. 33 STEALTH team to pull Kaz’s Chevy into the garage before qualifying was complete. With limited time before the race was set to begin, the No.33 team, with help from the rest of GMS Racing and Hendrick Engines, was able to successfully change engines before the start of the Fred’s 250.
Due to changing engines, Kaz was forced to start at the rear of the field for the 94-lap race. Charging his way through the field, Kaz had made his way up to the 12th position by lap 18 and was looking to score crucial stage points. Unfortunately before Kaz could make a move, a chain reaction began in the front of the field. Slowing down to avoid the wreck, the truck behind Kaz couldn’t get slowed down enough, spinning Kaz and ending his day early with a 29th-place finish.
"My No. 33 team, everyone at GMS Racing and at Hendrick Engines worked really hard to change that motor to get us out in time for the race. From what I could tell, it still felt like we were the fastest Chevy out there. Starting in the back, I made a lot of good moves to be in a position to get stage points at the end of the first stage. I’m not quite sure what happened but everyone checked up. I slowed down and thought I was going to miss it, but the truck behind me didn’t get slowed down fast enough and turned us up into the wall ending our day. That put an end to our championship hopes unfortunately, which is really a shame because I think this No. 33 team had really come alive in the later part of this season and I think we would have been a contender. We did our part in what we could control and I’m just super proud of my guys.”
- After the cutoff race for The Playoffs, Kaz was seeded eighth in the NCWTS Playoff Standings and will not advance to the Round of 6.
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Justin Haley made his NCWTS Talladega Superspeedway debut from the fourth position in the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet in Saturday’s Fred’s 250. Working with teammate Johnny Sauter he moved into the second position on lap one and held that spot until the first caution of the day on lap 20. With the first stage ending under yellow, Haley picked up valuable stage points before pitting for fuel only. He returned to the field in the fourth position, lining up behind Sauter for the restart.
Teamwork prevailed once again as Haley retook second on the lap 27 restart. Stage Two stayed green for all 25 laps, with the Winamac, Ind., native finished the stage in second. He visited the Fraternal Order of Eagles team on pit road for four tires and fuel, lining up sixth for the start of the final stage.
Knowing fuel mileage would become a factor at the end of the event, the GMS trucks pitted together under green on lap 61, returning to the track before the fourth caution of the day occurred. Worried about having driven through debris, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt brought Haley back to pit road for tires and to top off on fuel. He rejoined the field in the 12th position and worked his way back to Sauter on the restart to make a move for the top two positions on lap 87.
A caution with five laps remaining placed Haley in the third position for the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. As the race went green for the final time, Haley made a move for the lead but dropped back without any help. He regrouped before falling too far back but made contact with another competitor creating a chain reaction. Not being able to continue to the finish line, Haley was scored with a 16th-place finish in his first NCWTS start at Talladega.
“The No. 24 team brought a great Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet this weekend. We were fast and had the speed and teamwork needed to stay up front in this type of race. Coming down to the end, we felt we’d have to make a pretty big move to go for our first win but it just didn’t work out. Overall it was a really strong performance for our team and I’m happy we were able to run well for Fraternal Order of Eagles.”
- With a 16th-place finish at Talladega, the No. 24 team did not advance in the NCWTS Owners Playoffs, missing the cutoff by 15 points.
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Johnny Sauter and the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet team qualified in the second position for Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, his ninth start at the 2.666-mile track. As the green flag waved, Sauter took the lead on the first lap and held on to the top position until the first caution of the day on lap 20. The first stage ended under yellow with Sauter being declared the stage winner before pitting for fuel only on lap 23.
Restarting in the second position, Sauter once again took the lead with help from teammate Justin Haley. An uneventful second stage saw no cautions as the Necedah, Wis., native claimed his second stage win of the day on lap 42.
At the break, Sauter came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, rejoining the field in the fourth position. Taking the green for the final 48 laps, Sauter and Haley once again worked together to move towards the front but a caution on lap 55 slowed their progress. Using pit strategy to ensure the No. 21 had enough fuel to finish the race, Sauter pitted for the final time under green on lap 61 for fuel only.
Riding in a smaller pack separate from the leaders, Sauter was able to stay on the lead lap as the yellow flag was shown for the fourth time. With the lead pack pitting under caution, Sauter lined up to restart in the fifth position, moving into the lead on lap 87 before dropping back to sixth.
Knowing a bold move would be needed to win, Sauter attempted to pass the leaders with two laps to go before being collected in an incident on the final lap. He was able to cross the line in the 12th position securing his spot in the NASCAR Playoffs Round of Six.
“We knew coming into this race that all of the GMS trucks would be fast and we’d have a good chance to make it to Victory Lane. Winning stages is great and certainly helps in The Playoffs, but it’s the race win that really matters. I knew I had to make a move at the end if I wanted a shot at the win but I guess I just went too early. All around it was a great GMS effort. (Justin) Haley did a great job in the 24 today, we wouldn’t have had the position to try anything at the end if we hadn’t worked together all day, and the effort everyone is putting in on these trucks at GMS and GMS Fabrication is what is going to keep us in this until Miami.”
- With points being reset following Talladega, Sauter is seeded second in the NCWTS Playoff standings, 20 points behind leader Christopher Bell.
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- Bell started from the pole and elected to take the inside lane for the start of the race. When the field took the green, the outside lane got a strong start and the top two trucks in that lane had cleared him by the time the field crossed the stripe for the first time. He settled into the third position and would remain there at the completion of Stage One on lap 20.
- When pit road opened, the over-the-wall crew put on fresh left-side tires, filled the No. 4 Tundra with fuel and returned Bell to the track scored in the fifth position.
- The Oklahoma native was running in the sixth spot on lap 37 when crew chief Rudy Fugle played the strategy card and summoned his driver to pit road. Having already clinched a spot in the Round of 6, and not needing the Stage points, the veteran signal caller was looking to gain track position for the final stage.
- After getting fresh right-side tires and a full load of fuel, Bell returned to the track and finished Stage Two in the 19th position.
- Fugle's strategy paid off and the No. 4 Tundra was at the front of the field when the Final Stage went green on lap 46. Bell was able to hold the lead for a lap, but the outside lane made a strong push and on lap 48 he found himself in the seventh spot.
- Bell was scored in the fifth spot on lap 54 when a multi-truck accident slowed the field for the third time. When pit road opened he came for a fuel-only stop, putting the team near its window to make it to the end of the race, and would take the ensuing restart in the sixth position.
- Over the next 20 laps, the 22-year-old would run inside the top three and communicated to Fugle that he was running partial throttle to save fuel in an effort to make it to the end of the race without having to make another pit stop.
- With 25 laps remaining, Bell was running third on the bottom lane with his two KBM teammates behind him. He moved to the middle lane and his teammates followed, but Myatt Snider got caught up in five-truck accident that resulted in a red-flag period.
- After restarting from the second position on lap 76, Bell jockeyed amongst the top four as the lanes alternated surging to the front. He was running fourth on lap 88 when Kligerman locked on to his back bumper and pushed him all the way to the lead and then fell in behind him in the second spot.
- Shortly after retaking the lead a one-truck spin slowed the field and set up overtime, per NASCAR rules. On the ensuing restart, third-place running Justin Haley made a move to take the lead instead of pushing Bell and slowed his momentum.
- The No. 4 Tundra fell to the fourth spot, but would rally back to the runner-up position on the final lap. Bell was unable to make a bid for the lead before a five-truck accident ended the race under caution and left him with his second-consecutive runner-up finish.
Not even becoming a victim in the dreaded “big one” at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in Saturday afternoon’s fred’s 250 could stop Tyler Young from earning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) top-10 of the season in the final restrictor plate race of the year.
A strong No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco. Industries Chevrolet Silverado prepared by veteran crew chief Chad Kendrick was a factor for the entire 95-lap race and even though the team’s strategy to pit before the end of Stage 2 backfired on the Mooresville, N.C.-team, a relentless effort by Young kept the team apart of the mix.
“We had a really good day,” said Young. “It’s a shame that our truck got banged up in that last lap crash, but I’m proud of Chad and the Young’s Motorsports team. Our truck was really on point.
“We started 19th, but we didn’t stay there and I’m really content with the progress we’ve made with our superspeedway program. We just need to keep tweaking on it and hope we’re better for Daytona in February.”
With an emphasis on solo-truck runs during practice, the team produced the 19th quickest lap in qualifying early Saturday morning, but once the green flag fell, Young quickly showed what his Young’s Motorsports machine was capable of.
While doing a masterful job to avoid the chaos in the first two stages of the 19th race of the season, Young drafted to as high as fifth – but while running in the top-10 during NASCAR overtime, the Midland, Texas native found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and contact from another truck sent Young into the Turn 1 wall.
Able to drive away from the scene of the multi-truck crash, Young maneuvered his battered machine back to the start / finish line where NASCAR deemed that the No. 02 claimed 10th overall – the same finish the Texan claimed in his most recent appearance at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in 2015.
“For the most part, I could do whatever I needed to do with our No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco Industries Chevrolet,” added Young. “We destroyed our truck at Daytona in February, so the guys worked hard all year to make sure we had something competitive for my return to Talladega.
“This finish is a great momentum boost for us heading into our final off weekend of the season. Hopefully, Austin (Hill) and Jeb (Burton) can keep us pointed in the right direction at Martinsville Speedway in a couple weeks.”
In 77 career NCWTS starts, Young holds five top-10 finishes to his credit with a career-best sixth at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February 2016. A sixth-place qualifying effort at Eldora Speedway in July 2015 is his best time trials effort to date. Young’s Motorsports has competed on the tour since 2012.
Unofficially with four races remaining on the 2017 NCWTS schedule, truck owner Randy Young sits 15th in the owner standings.
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- As the green flag waved, Snider started the race ninth in the inside lane of the track. By lap two the rookie was up to seventh, running single file while hugging the bottom of the track.
- While being patient and attentive, Snider protected his line and was up to fifth on lap seven after the truck in front of him pulled off after being black flagged. As the pack of trucks he was racing in started to break up because of lapped traffic, Snider maintained his position in the top five while being nice and smooth around the bottom of the track.
- As the 20-lap stage wound down, the caution flag flew because of a wreck on track. At the end of Stage 1, Snider was scored in the fifth position.
- Snider started Stage Two by making a trip to pit road for two right-side tires and fuel, while having no complaints about the handling of his No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota Tundra.
- The 22-year-old driver took the restart on lap 26 from sixth on the outside lane. After an aggressive restart, he made a move to the bottom of the track to steal away the third position with 10 laps to go in the stage.
- Snider continued to run single file on the bottom of the track, holding on to his third-place position as the caution flag waved to end Stage Two.
- Stage Three began as Snider brought his No. 51 Tundra down pit road for two left-side tires and fuel. When the race restarted on lap 46, he was lined up second next to KBM teammate Christopher Bell, who led the field to the green flag.
- As Snider accelerated on the outside lane, he got a push from behind and was battling side-by-side for the lead with Bell. On lap 47 he made the move to the bottom to pass for the lead, but the outside line got a run and started passing him from the top.
- When the caution flag flew after a wreck in Turn 4 on lap 53, the No. 51 team decided to make a pit stop to top Snider off with fuel. After the race returned to green, a few trucks in front of Snider decided to pit, allowing him to gain positions on the race track.
- On lap 62 the three-truck KBM fleet was drafting together in a line, with Snider running fifth. On lap 70 as the racing began to intensify, Snider followed his teammates as they moved from the bottom of the track to the middle lane in an effort to move towards the front of the field, but the opening closed up and he came into contact with another truck as part of a five-truck accident. The Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra sustained moderate damage to the right front and would need attention from the over-the-wall crew.
- When the red flag was lifted, Snider made a total of three stops for the team to assess and fix the damage on his truck - as well as give him four fresh tires. Snider restarted in the 14th position on lap 76 and tried to find a comfortable position on the track in the midst of three-wide racing.
- With 10 to go he was 16th, but made a strong run on the outside lane and passed several trucks before moving back down to the inside lane. Two laps later he had catapulted all the way up to seventh.
- With only five laps left the caution flag flew once again, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Snider restarted on the bottom in the seventh position and held his spot in the bottom lane as others drivers got aggressive trying to make a move for the win. The strategy paid off as he advanced four spots in the final two laps and ended the day with a career-best third-place finish.