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Fresh off his season-high 11th-place finish this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his Niece Motorsports team ride the momentum of a strong performance and look to seal their first top-10 finish of 2018 in Thursday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Despite starting 20th in the Irish Hills of Michigan, Self didn’t stay mid-pack for long. A balanced No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado allowed the Austin, Texas native to climb through the field and fight for some time in the spotlight.

While earning his seventh top-15 finish of the season in the Motor City, Self maneuvered his Niece Motorsports team in the spotlight with a top-five run at the conclusion of Stage 2.

Heading to Bristol for his third Truck Series start at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” Self is ready for more of the same and to earn his fourth career top-10 finish.

“I feel really good heading to Bristol,” said Self. “Over the last couple of weeks, I think everyone at the track has seen dramatic improvements from our Niece Motorsports team. And I don’t expect anything less this week at Bristol.

“Sure, it’s a short track – but that should put us in a better position when push comes to shove on Thursday night. While it’s important for our GO TEXAN team to have speed, it’s not the crucial factor at Bristol. Instead, it’s just keeping yourself out of trouble and getting that ump you need out of the corners.”

In his two prior starts in Thunder Valley, Self has negotiated a track-best of 21st in his Bristol debut in 2016. This week – the 22-year-old driver believes his Arthur Haire-led team has the capabilities of producing more, much more.

“I feel like we’ve circled Bristol as a prime opportunity for us to compete with some of the powerhouse teams in Trucks,” added Self. “You’ve seen it over the years – tracks like Bristol bring the opportunity to bring the fields closer together.

“Our equipment is better than it was in February. It hasn’t come without a lot hard of work from Cody (Efaw, general manager), Artie (Haire, crew chief) and everyone on this No. 22 Niece Motorsports team.

“We need to finish what we started at Michigan. We needed that race to be like five laps shorter and we would of had a top-10 finish.

“We’ll try again.”

The UNOH 200 will also mark the last race of the regular season. And while Self knows without a win – he won’t be participating in the post-season Playoffs, he also knows that it’s Bristol and sometimes you can expect the unexpected.

“You’ve seen a lot of crazy things happen at Bristol. You just never know,” he added. “We’re going to go there and give it our all and just see what happens in 200 laps. Hopefully, it’s good.” 

After 15 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 17.0 entering Bristol.   

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 56th 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 16th race of the year.

In 56 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 18.5 during his three years of competition.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

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For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

 

The UNOH 200 (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 16th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Aug. 16 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

 

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Confident in the speed of his Niece Motorsports trucks this summer, Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) heads to Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for Thursday night’s UNOH 200 looking to deliver his third top-10 finish of the season.

Last weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Fontaine felt he had one of the strongest No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolets he’s had this season – but a mishap in the early laps of Stage 2 set them back, but with their ‘never give up’ attitude, the group soldiered on to a 25th place finish.

While never giving up on his team or himself, Fontaine will embrace Thunder Valley, not only looking for a quick rebound, but hoping to earn the attention of his peers in his Bristol debut.

“I’m so proud of my guys on my Niece Motorsports team,” said Fontaine. “Even if we don’t have all the results to show for it, we’ve had a lot of fast trucks this summer. We are getting better and we’re making strides. We just don’t always get the right result.

“We had a great truck at Michigan, something capable of running inside the top-10, but had some trouble and couldn’t recover enough. The good thing is though – our team doesn’t get discouraged and instead we look for ways to pump each other up and focus on what’s next.

“Bristol is next and I’m ready.”

A long-time NASCAR fan before diving into making it a profession, Fontaine has always been a fan of the track’s tough demeanor and while the UNOH 200 serves as the final race of the regular season, Fontaine knows the midweek race has the ability to escalate the aggression as drivers fight for their lives.

“It’s going to be an exciting race,” offered Fontaine. “You’re going to have a lot of drivers on different agendas. From those focused on making it into the Playoffs, to those who are having an opportunity to showcase their ability and for us, it’s a chance for us to get some momentum on our side – while also looking at opportunities to pull off an upset.  

“It’s Bristol. Things like that can happen. If we can’t win though, it’s important for us to get primed for a possibility to contend for our best finish together.”

With eight races left in his rookie season of Truck Series competition, Fontaine has set some reasonable expectations.

“I’d like to get ourselves some more top-10s – or even a top-five by Homestead,” he said. “I think if we keep bringing fast trucks to the race track and even find some luck on our side, the goals can be accomplished.

“When I look at some of the races this summer, I feel like we really turned some heads at Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park in particular – even if we didn’t get the finish we were hoping for.

“I know it’s going to take some time for me to get up to speed at Bristol, but I believe I have great leadership in my crew chief Cody (Efaw) and that keeps me upbeat on any given weekend – even at places I’ve never been to. Bristol looks like it can be intimidating – but we just have to attack the track to the best of our ability.”

After 15 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 19.9 entering Bristol. He earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

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

For more on Justin Fontaine, please visit JustinFontaine.com, like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

The UNOH 200 (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 16th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Aug. 16 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Makes Primetime Broadcast Television Debut Thursday Night Live from Bristol Motor Speedway on FOX

Cup Points Leader Harvick in Bristol Booth as Analyst; Kurt Busch Serves as Guest Studio Analyst for Bristol Pre-Race Coverage & Martinsville Trucks Booth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES is going big time this week at Bristol Motor Speedway. Thursday’s race, broadcast live on FOX at 8:30 PM ET, marks the first time in history a Truck Series race airs live in primetime on broadcast television.

Pre-race coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET on FOX with NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS, followed by full-race coverage at 8:30 PM ET. Thursday’s race from “Thunder Valley” marks the final race to qualify for the Playoffs in a series many consider home to some of the best action in the sport.

Former NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick joins the FOX booth as a driver analyst for the race, while fellow Cup champ Kurt Busch serves as a guest driver analyst for FOX’s NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS pre-race coverage alongside John Roberts and two-time Truck Series champion Todd Bodine.

Busch returns for more analyst work during the Truck Series Playoffs, this time in the booth, during FS1’s live race coverage from Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 27 (1:00 PM ET).

For pre-race coverage at Bristol, FS1’s NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS features: A look back at Brett Moffitt’s win last weekend at Michigan; a flashback to last year’s Bristol race; a feature on the how the Playoffs-eligible drivers qualified; a two-way interview with FOX NASCAR analyst Phil Parsons and his son, Stefan, who is making his NASCAR debut at Bristol; and live interviews with several drivers vying to make the Playoffs.

Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Vince Welch and analysts Michael Waltrip, Phil Parsons and Todd Bodine and reporters Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna. In addition, drivers Brett Moffitt, Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes weigh in on Bristol being the final race before the Playoffs.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Date/Time: Thursday, August 16 (8:30 PM ET)
Network: FOX
Announcers: Vince Welch, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Kevin Harvick
Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler, Alan Cavanna and Kaitlyn Vincie
Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (8:00 PM ET on FOX); hosted by John Roberts with guest driver analyst Kurt Busch and Todd Bodine; reporting by Cavanna, Sadler and Vincie
FOX NASCAR production staff: Mark Smith (race producer); Roger Vincent (race director); Pete Richards (coordinating producer)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

For weeks, talk was about the ‘Big 3’ in the Truck Series (Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt and Noah Gragson), although they seemed to fade for a while. Is there still a ‘Big 3’ and are they heating up again at the right time?
“Several weeks ago, we were practically engraving one of their names on the championship trophy, but by the time we got to Michigan, we were asking where they had gone. Lo and behold, they showed up at Michigan, made a statement and all finished in the top four.”
–Phil Parsons

“Although they stumbled earlier, they are all alive and well. As we race closer to the Playoffs, a team is only as good as their last race. Michigan was a huge statement for Sauter and Moffitt to step up like that, and Gragson wasn’t too far off their pace. There’s definitely a ‘Big 2’ and you might argue there’s a third. So far, Gragson has outperformed the rest of the possible ‘thirds.’”
–Michael Waltrip

“The stats tell us there are three major contenders. Two months ago, there were a clear-cut three, and we lost them for a while. But after Michigan, it appears they are all back. Bristol should tell us more, but it looks like the championship will go through one of those three.”
–Hermie Sadler

“After Michigan, I think you’d have to say they’re back on the radar in a big way. There are always ups and downs during a long season, and that trio just happened to hit a lull at the same time. But there’s no question they are still the ‘Big 3.’”
–Vince Welch

Why do you think Sauter, Moffitt and Gragson struggled late in the regular season?
“Part of it is they likely were trying to test a bit during race weekends, but more of it is the result of the evolution of the new left-side tire combination. It’s not meshing with some teams’ setups, particularly those of the three major championship contenders. Time will tell who is on top of it when we get to Homestead.”
–Hermie Sadler

“It was odd to see the ‘Big Three’ take a break from winning for a few weeks. The mix of dirt, Kyle Busch and the rest of the field raising its game stole some of their thunder and took some of the headlines. But as we saw at Michigan, those guys aren’t going anywhere. Each had a great shot at winning last Saturday and going forward in the playoffs.”
–Alan Cavanna

“I know Sauter’s team has been experimenting, as they should be, to find speed. That’s probably why they have struggled the past month. Brett Moffitt hasn’t really struggled but has been up and down – they’d crash one week and run well the next. Plus, Moffitt’s team is trying to go week to week without much funding and ensure they’re prepared when the Playoffs begin. But I don’t see any concern for either going into the Playoffs.”
–Todd Bodine

Is Noah Gragson ready to compete for a championship?
“He has had speed throughout the year, and when you look at recent champions, the answer would be ‘yes.’ You also have William Byron, who didn’t win the title but was dominant in his rookie season, and Christopher Bell and Erik Jones. If you show the speed and talent they showed, it doesn’t matter how old you are. You just see talent. From the beginning of the year, we’ve seen enough talent in Noah to see he is a contender, despite his age.”
–Michael Waltrip

“I wouldn’t consider Gragson, as a driver, the favorite for the championship. His team and crew chief have proven they can win a championship, but I don’t think Noah is ready yet. His driving has been pretty good at times but he hasn’t learned to close the deal or when he gets to the end of the race, he’s not in contention or makes mistakes that take him out of contention. That’s not a driver ready for the Playoffs or capable of pulling through it. He definitely has the equipment to get to Homestead, but it’s up to him to go out and do the job properly.”
–Todd Bodine

Could the fall-off that the three major championship contenders experienced lately give renewed optimism to the other drivers vying to make the Playoffs?
“There’s no doubt if you’re a driver not in the ‘Big 3’ or already qualified for the Playoffs, and you start outrunning them, you gain confidence and feel you’re hitting the reset button going forward. The struggles of the ‘Big 3’ over those races certainly gave hope to those chasing them.”
–Hermie Sadler

Who could be a sleeper to make the Playoffs by winning at Bristol?
“It is certainly possible for an outsider to win, and Todd Gilliland has the best chance. He has regularly run around the top five, led laps and shown the ability to put himself near the front at the end.”
–Vince Welch

“I’m still not counting out Todd Gilliland. He needs to win Bristol first, but if he does, that is another KBM truck in the playoffs. And that’s dangerous.”
–Alan Cavanna

“If someone could win at Bristol to make it in, it would be Todd Gilliland because KBM is strong everywhere but has a tremendous record there. He has some Bristol experience, and I expect them to throw everything they can at this race.”
–Hermie Sadler

How do you feel about Bristol being the last race to make the Playoffs?
“Drama. That’s going to be crazy. It’s short-track racing. If you can get to somebody’s bumper, you’re going to move them if it means making the Playoffs.”
–Brett Moffitt (on FS1’s NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS)

“That’s going to make tempers flare. I couldn’t think of a more exciting place to head into the Playoffs than Bristol.”
–Johnny Sauter (on FS1’s NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS)

“It came down to Chicago last year, the last race getting into the Playoffs, for me, and it was a tiebreaker. So, I’ve already gone through that stress. I don’t want that stress.”
–Ben Rhodes (on FS1’s NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS)

FOX NASCAR AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)
Thursday, August 16
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (9:00-10:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (8:00-8:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (8:30-10:30 PM) (FOX)

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In the Black Forest of Germany you can find a 21-year old full-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) race car driver who dreams of making it to the big leagues of auto racing.  Most European drivers envision being on the podium at the end of a Formula One race - but Justin Kunz has one goal, one vision, one dream for his racing career - to race at the top levels of NASCAR.  
 
Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) is pleased to announce that Kunz will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on August 26 in the “Chevrolet Silverado 250.”
 
NCWTS driver and team owner Jennifer Jo Cobb met Kunz as her teammate when she debuted in the NWES in Valencia, Spain this past April.  Now Kunz will be her teammate in the NCWTS as he pilots the #0 Chevrolet Silverado.  “I am so happy to have this opportunity as It is a big step in making my dreams come true,” Kunz said.  “NASCAR is the most popular racing series in the world and I want to be the first NASCAR champion from Germany!”
 
While in Spain Cobb saw an opportunity to be a liaison for European drivers who desire to come to the U.S. to race NASCAR.  “It was such a privilege to race in the NWES in Valencia as Justin’s teammate for our Team Racing-Total and it had my brain spinning of ways that I could help bring more European drivers to the U.S.,” she said.  “I talked with some of my fellow competitors here about competing in Europe as well.  Those drivers are pumped about that possibility and I am thrilled that I own a team that can offer an affordable entry into NASCAR in America and have a partnership with a great Euro team to send U.S. drivers to,” she said.
 
Kunz began his racing endeavors in karting and is in his third full-time season in the NWES.  He is currently 11th in the championship points battle and recently earned his first podium finish with a 2nd place at Tours, France.  Hubertus Heyman, co-owner of Team Racing-Total, said of Justin, “We are lucky to have such a talented driver and spokesperson representing our team.  Jennifer told me that I made her dream to race in Europe come true and now we have introduced Justin to his opportunity to race in a US NASCAR series which was his dream.  This makes me feel very happy.”
 
The NWES uses composite bodies which can be replaced quickly and easily between races.  “My biggest challenge may be to explain to Justin that our bodies are very expensive to fix even the slightest damage,” joked Cobb, “but if I did not believe in him I would not have invited him to race with us and against me.  I think he has what it takes on and off the track to be successful.”
 
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FOGLEMAN SCORES CAREER-BEST FINISH AT MICHIGAN
 
Super late model standout Tate Fogleman made his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., for the Corrigan Oil 200. He recorded his highest qualifying effort of 14th, but started from at the rear for a pre-qualifying engine change. After running as high as fourth, he scored his NCWTS career-best finish at the two-mile circuit. 
 
STAGE 1 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 1: P14
  • Finished Stage 1: P19
After a pre-qualifying engine change, Fogleman made it to pit road just in time to qualify the RANDCO No. 20 Chevrolet and was scored the 14th-fastest lap. After having to drop to the rear of the field to take the green flag, the Durham, N.C., native made an impressive run to finish the caution free opening stage in 19th.
 
STAGE 2 RECAP: 
  • Started Stage 2: P17
  • Finished Stage 2: P13
 On lap 23, Fogleman was called to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old was hit with a pit road speeding penalty in the last section forcing him to restart from the end of the longest line in 17th on lap 27. After gaining two positions on the restart, the pilot of the RANDCO No. 20 Chevrolet reported a vibration when the field fell under caution for an incident in turn 2 on lap 28 and came to pit road for four tires. He restarted in 22nd when the field returned to green-flag racing on lap 33 and by the second caution of the stage, he had climbed to 16th. As a result of differing pit strategies, Fogleman restarted the one lap shootout from sixth but was caught three-wide racing amongst the leaders and was scored 13th when the green-checkered flag waved to end Stage 2. 
 
STAGE 3 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 3: P15
  • Finished Stage 3: P15
Crew chief Andrew Abbott called the RANDCO No. 20 Chevy to pit road on lap 43 for a track bar adjustment and fuel and Fogleman took the green flag for Stage 3 from 15th. He had climbed seven spots to eighth during the initial 21 laps of the final stage. After the caution on lap 78 for a competitor spinning on the front stretch, he restarted in the fifth position with 17 laps remaining. By lap 91, spotter, Freddie Kraft was coaching Fogleman, who had dropped to 14th, to try to run the top, though he slipped back in the closing laps to finish 15th.
 
 

STRONG RUN BY HILL HINDERED BY LATE PIT ROAD PENALTY AT MICHIGAN

Austin Hill made his first start at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 this past Saturday. Hill again made the final round of qualifying to earn the tenth-starting position for the 100-lap race. He ran the majority of the race inside the top-10 and ran as high as fifth, but was relegated to a 19th-place finish due to a late race pit road penalty.
 
STAGE 1 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 1: P10
  • Finished Stage 1: P9
The Winston, Ga., native started the Corrigan Oil 200 from outside of row five. Prior to the green flag, the No. 02 team worked to diagnose a radio communication problem with the driver without returning to pit road. The first stage went caution free and although Hill was fighting tight conditions, he was able to gain a position to complete the first stage in ninth. 
 
STAGE 2 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 2: P9
  • Finished Stage 2: P12
At the end of Stage 1 on lap 23, Hill brought his Young’s Building Systems No. 02 Chevrolet down pit road for right side tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to free him up. He restarted the second stage from ninth on lap 26. Three short laps later Hill managed to climb seven positions and was scored fifth when a caution came out for an incident in Turn 2. The pilot of the No. 02 maintained his fifth-place spot through another caution at lap 36 where crew chief Chad Kendrick elected to pit for fuel only on lap 39. Hill restarted Stage 2 from 11th and fell one spot during the single lap shootout to end the stage, finishing 12th.
 
STAGE 3 RECAP:
  • Started Stage 3: P8
  • Finished Stage 3: P19
Hill began the final stage of the Corrigan Oil 200 on lap 47 from the eighth position and by lap 75 had climbed to seventh. Hill brought his Young’s Building Systems Chevy to pit road for right side tires and fuel on lap 76 but No. 02 team was hit with an “outside tire” penalty and had to restart at the tail end of the longest line. When the final caution of the race was displayed on lap 80 for an incident on the front stretch, Hill was running in the 20th position. He returned to pit road on lap 80 for left side tires and fuel to restart 21st, one lap down, when the field went back to green on lap 83. By lap 91, Hill had advanced one position to and was scored 19th when the checkered flag waved at lap 100.
 
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Brett Moffitt won his fourth race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season with a thrilling last-corner, last-lap pass at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The victory ties Moffitt for the most wins on the tour with Johnny Sauter and gives him a total of 21 Playoff Points with one race remaining before the NCWTS Playoffs. Moffitt trailed Sauter by three truck lengths at the white flag and muscled his way to the inside off Turn 4. He took the lead on the front stretch coming to the checkered flag to capture his fifth-career NCWTS race win by 0.025 seconds.
 
Moffitt had to slice his way through traffic in the No. 16 Hino, AISIN Group Tundra after qualifying 21st. As the first stage ran under the green flag, Moffitt worked his way inside the top-15 to 13th on lap 20. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli kept Moffitt on track during the stage caution and inherited the race lead on lap 23. Stage 2 was slowed twice for caution flags, and showcased Moffitt’s ability to navigate the chaotic restarts and remained in the top five. The stage came to a close at lap 40 as Moffitt ran third, collecting eight points.
 
After a pit stop under caution on lap 43 for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment, Moffitt restarted 19th and quickly began his methodical march back to the front. During the long green flag run from laps 47-78, Moffitt carved his way through the field and into the top five when green-flag pit stops began on lap 71. Zipadelli stayed true to his strategy plan and kept Moffitt on track under green in second position until a caution flew on lap 79. Moffitt pitted for two tires and fuel under the yellow, which proved to be the final caution period of the afternoon. Moffitt restarted third on the final restart at lap 84 and began stalking the race lead.
 
On lap 88, Moffitt made his first bid for the race lead and began to set up a race-winning move. Moffitt kept the No. 21 truck in his sights for the final 11 laps and pulled the trigger into Turn 3 on the final lap. The Grimes, Iowa dove to the bottom of the speedway in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 and got alongside the No. 21’s left rear quarter panel. Moffitt used the side draft to perfection to inch ahead coming to the checkered flag and capture his second NCWTS victory at MIS. Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 was the second NCWTS race Moffitt has won with a last-lap pass this season and has him positioned as one of the championship favorites leading into the regular-season finale. 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
“I knew Johnny (Sauter) was fast and our Toyota engine, we were lacking a little bit of raw speed today with that, but I was just really waiting to time it. Hino, AISIN Group, and Toyota Industrial (Equipment), Toyota and TRD – everything they do for us, they give us the right tools to get the job done. Pretty amazing that this little team has gone to victory lane four times now this year. I can’t thank Shige Hattori (team owner) and all these guys enough.”
 
"That’s just a testament to Shige Hattori (team owner) and all these guys on this team. We work hard, we never give up. Can’t thank Hino and Toyota Industrial and Aisin Group for being on board this week – that’s another piece to the puzzle, we have great partners. The more success we have on track, the more success off the track. We still have a few races that we need to get filled, but hopefully this was a step in the right direction.”
 
“The whole last however many laps that I was behind him, I was running wide open and I would push him with that air bubble between our bumpers so I tried to back up (turn) one and let him get out there a little bit. I knew the 8 (John Hunter Nemechek) was behind us and I was hoping he would get to us and be able to push us. I was able to plan it right and play it right – it’s just great to get here.”

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Michigan Race Information:
Started: 17th
Stage 1: 6th
Stage 2: 17th
Finished: 6th
Laps: 100/100
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 11th
Playoff Position: 4th 
 
BEN RHODES EARN EIGHTH TOP-10 OF THE SEASON AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY IN TOUGH RACE
 
"It was a little bit of a weird race today here at Michigan International Speedway. Strategies were all over the place, passing was different and somewhat uncharacteristic of the truck series in some ways. Unfortunately for us, I got up to the front right before Stage 2, running third. We had to come from the back multiple times, but I honestly feel like our Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150 was one of the strongest trucks in the whole field today. It came down to track position. You had to have some luck on your side today."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 15
Laps Completed: 2,250 of 2,269
Laps Led: 218
Poles: 2 (Martinsville, Eldora)
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 8  
 
 

Michigan Race Information:
Started: 6th
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 1st
Finished: 7th
Laps: 100/100
Laps Led: 16
Status: Running
Driver Points: 3rd
Owner Points: 4th
Playoff Position: 6th 
 
GRANT ENFINGER SHOWS STRENGTH OF TRUCK AND TEAM AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, EARNING ANOTHER TOP-10 FINISH
 
"Overall, these last few weeks have had some really solid racing and solid speed in our Champion Power Equipment Ford F-150. I feel good about the truck we brought here. We went with (Crew Chief) Jeff Hensley's gut feeling on a few things. I didn't quite agree with it, but he had some serious reason, and it ended up being the right decision. It's my third time at Michigan in a truck, and this is the best truck I've had here. Other than the fender, I think we had the best truck here today. If we had a track position at the end, I don't think they could have gotten around us. I'm really proud of the effort, and really proud of what we have been doing these last few months."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 15
Laps Completed: 2,260 of 2,269
Laps Led: 66
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 4
Top-10 Finishes: 11
 
 

Michigan Race Information:
Started: 11th 
Stage 1: 16th
Stage 2: 6th
Finished: 10th
Laps: 100/100
Laps Led: 18
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 9th
Playoff Position: 8th
 
MATT CRAFTON EARNS ANOTHER TOP-10 AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
 
"It was an up-and-down day for us. We had to start from the tail of the field but worked our way up front to lead the race for a bit. It showed strength in the Hormel Black Label Bacon/Menards Ford F-150, but had some issues towards the end that put us in 10th. We have one more race to get locked in to the Playoffs, so we're going to work hard to make sure that happens in Bristol next week."
                          
2018 Stats:
Starts: 15
Laps Completed: 2,102 of 2,269
Laps Led: 53
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 8
 
 
 
 
Michigan Race Information:
Started: 8th
Stage 1 Finish: 7th
Stage 2 Finish: 2nd
Finished: 18th
Laps: 100/100
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 12th
 
LATE RACE MISHAP FORCES MYATT SNIDER TO SETTLE FOR 18TH AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
 
"We had a really fast Century Container Ford F-150 - fast enough to race for the lead in Stage 2 coming to the checkers. The guys at ThorSport Racing brought a great piece as they do every week. It was awesome. Unfortunately, we had an issue coming to pit road, which is no one's fault - just a racing deal. I ended up getting spun and went a lap down. Unfortunately, that kind of ended our chances for the day. I'm really proud of all of our guys for putting together such a great truck. We will use this momentum going into Bristol next week."
 
2018 Stats:
Starts: 15
Laps Completed: 2,160 of 2,269
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0 
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 5
 
ThorSport PR
Flat right-rear tires seemed to plague Spencer Davis' day in the No. 51 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra at Michigan International Speedway. A flat which caused him to spin in qualifying forced him to start in the back of the field, and another one late in the race cost him a potential top-10 finish.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Davis qualified 12th, but was forced to start in the back of the 32-truck field after a flat right-rear tire in qualifying caused him to spin out. Since the team changed tires and worked on the Tundra, he lost his starting position.
  • He quickly worked his way up through the field and was scored in 14th when the first 20-lap stage ended.
  • When the pits opened, he came in for four tires since the team wanted to fix some damage to the right-side rocker panel.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • After the lengthy pit stop, Davis was 18th when the race resumed on lap 27. With a good restart he jumped up to ninth place.
  • A caution late in the second stage brought several trucks to pit road early to gain track position by staying out during the stage break. Davis came in on lap 37 for right-side tires.
  • He was scored 15th when the stage ended.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Davis was 10th to start the final 60-lap stage. He told the team his Tundra was "super tight."
  • Since nobody could make it to the end of the race on fuel, Davis came to pit road under green on lap 73 for fuel only and adjustments to help the tight condition.
  • Unfortunately, a caution came with 21 laps to go before everyone had pitted which caught him a lap down.
  • He was 19th and one lap down when the race resumed on lap 84. A few laps later, he radioed to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., that a right-rear tire had gone down again. He pitted to pull out the sheet metal and get another tire, but the extra stop cost him more laps. He was 22nd and five laps down when the race ended.

KBM PR

Although there are no restrictor plates used at Michigan International Speedway, drafting plays a huge role throughout the 100-lap race. Rookie Todd Gilliland used every lap of practice, qualifying and the race to learn the fastest way around the two-mile oval. He learned quickly and brought his No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra home in fifth place and was the highest finishing rookie of the race.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started second after missing the pole by just a fraction of a second. It was the fourth race in a row he started from the outside of the front row.
  • He took the lead from his KBM teammate Noah Gragson on lap seven and led for five laps before John Hunter Nemechek got by him.
  • When the stage ended on lap 20, Gilliland was third. He pitted on lap 23 for fuel only.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • He started the second 20-lap stage from second place, but fell back to eighth on the restart.
  • A caution just a few laps before the end of the stage brought Gilliland to pit road for four tires so he could capitalize on track position by staying out when the stage ended.
  • He was eighth at the end of Stage Two on lap 41.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • After staying out during the stage break, Gilliland restarted the final 60-lap stage in fourth.
  • He said his Mobil 1 Tundra was tight, but remained in the top five.
  • Since nobody could make it to the end of the race on fuel, Gilliland pitted under green on lap 74 for right-side tires and a track bar adjustment to free up his Tundra.
  • Luckily, he was on the lead lap when a caution came on lap 79 and the trucks who had not stopped under green came to pit road.
  • Gilliland was second when the race resumed on lap 84 and took the lead for another three laps until Johnny Sauter passed him.
  • While working on his racing line, he held on to finish the race fifth.

KBM PR

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet

 

START: 7th

FINISH: 2nd

POINTS: 1st

Notes:

-- Sauter collected his 11th top-five and 12th top-10 finish of the 2018 season with a second-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

- The Necedah, Wis., native has a 56-point lead over Noah Gragson in the NCWTS driver point standings with one race remaining, Bristol Motor Speedway, before the regular season champion is crowned and The Playoffs begin.

 

Quote:

“I blew it today. The mistake is on me, I thought if I stayed high I’d be okay. That’s where I had the most momentum all race and where my truck was more comfortable but that just didn’t work out when the 16 got to me. He had a such a run. This ISM Connect team worked hard last night and this morning to make adjustments before qualifying. We were a little off in practice yesterday and knew we needed to do something big. It worked out and they gave me a great Chevy, I just didn’t do what I needed to do at the end.”

 

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

 

START: 22nd (Rear)

FINISH: 9th

POINTS: 7th

Notes:

- Haley was forced to start today's race from the rear of the field when the No. 24 team had to change engines after discovering an issue during qualifying. 

- Today's ninth-place finish is Haley's 11th top-10 finish of the season, as well as his sixth consecutive top-10 finish dating back to his win at Gateway Motorsports Park in June.

 

Quote:

"We blew a motor in qualifying and had to start in the back for the race. I drove from last to second, and came down pit road for a green flag pit stop with 30 laps to go. The caution came out before green flag stops had cycled through and we got stuck a lap down. We took the wave around to get back on the lead lap but just didn't have enough time to make it back to the front. I love the fight from my Fraternal Order of Eagles team and I can't thank GMS Racing and Team Chevy enough for all their support."

 

Dalton Sargeant, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet

 

START: 16th

FINISH: 12th

POINTS: 11th

Notes:

- Sargeant’s 12th-place finish in his first NCWTS start at Michigan International Speedway was his 10th top-15 finish of the 2018 season.

Quote:

“The Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy had a lot of speed today. I expected that the trucks would race a lot different than the ARCA cars here at Michigan, so I had a lot to learn as far as moving around and finding the best place to pass and use momentum. We got some damage to the nose early on and I think that may have hurt us a little, but overall it was a great day for the No. 25 team. We’ve got one more race to get something done.”

 

Cody Coughlin, No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet

 

START: 9th

FINISH: 14th

POINTS: 10th

Notes:

- Coughlin's ninth-place qualifying effort and 14th-place finish today at Michigan International Speedway was a NCWTS track-best start and finish for the driver of the No.2 JEGS.com Chevy.

- After the 15th race of the 2018 NCWTS season, Coughlin collected his 10th top-15 finish after rallying to a 14th-place finish at Michigan.

GMS Racing PR

Brett Moffitt scored his fourth Camping World Truck Series win of the year on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Moffitt, piloting the No. 16 Hino Toyota for Hattori Racing, nipped race leader Johnny Sauter at the line by 0.025 seconds. The Iowa native led the Corrigan Oil 200 for five circuits.

“The whole last however many laps that I was behind him, I was running wide open and I would push him with that air bubble between our bumpers so I tried to back up (turn) one and let him get out there a little bit,” said Moffitt. “I knew the 8 (John Hunter Nemechek) was behind us and I was hoping he would get to us and be able to push us. I was able to plan it right and play it right – it’s just great to get here.”

Moffitt will leave the track with his eighth top five and top 10 finish of the season through 15 completed races and will sit fifth in points going into Bristol next week. Both Moffitt and second-place finisher Johnny Sauter have four wins this season in the truck series.

“Certainly not, that’s just a testament to Shige Hattori (team owner) and all these guys on this team,” said Moffitt when asked if he expected four wins this year. “We work hard, we never give up. Can’t thank Hino and Toyota Industrial and Aisin Group for being on board this week – that’s another piece to the puzzle, we have great partners. The more success we have on track, the more success off the track. We still have a few races that we need to get filled, but hopefully this was a step in the right direction.”

John Hunter Nemechek will round out the top three finishers on Saturday. Nemechek started on the pole and led six of the 100 circuits. The son of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Joe Nemechek finished stage one runner-up and 11th in stage two.

With eleven starts this season in the No. 8 truck for the family-owned operation, Nemechek, from North Carolina, has four top five and seven top 10 finishes in 2018 along with a win at Martinsville.

Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

Grant Enfinger took home the seventh spot in the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment / Curb Records Ford. Enfinger finished stage one sitting fifth on the leaderboard and won stage two. The driver now has four top five and 11 top 10s.

Stewart Friesen spent some time at the front of the field in his No. 52 Chevrolet. Friesen, who led 12 of the 100 circuits on Saturday, won stage one and finished ninth in stage two. He later suffered a pit road penalty for improper fueling and restarted at the tail of the field. The Canadian went on to finish eighth – earning his 10th top 10 of the year.

Rounding out the top 10 at Michigan was Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Justin Haley and Matt Crafton.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Thursday, August 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Coverage of the UNOH 200 will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1.