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Fresh off a two-week break for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Rookie of the Year candidate Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) and his Niece Motorsports team are focused on earning their third top-10 finish of the year in Saturday afternoon’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Fontaine, driver of the No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Inc. Chevrolet returns to the famed paperclip for the first time since 2016, where the Asheville, N.C. native made his Truck Series debut, earning a respectable 26th place finish.
Nearly two years later, 20-year-old Fontaine has raised the bar and is determined to bring his Niece Motorsports team another strong finish.
“The break was nice, but I’m ready to get back to work,” said Fontaine who will make his seventh career Truck Series start this weekend. “Everyone at Niece has worked diligently this season to make sure we come to the track with fast trucks. Martinsville is a tough place, but we’re optimistic about the first short track race of the year.”
Fontaine notes that Martinsville is a technical race track and he will have to rely on his crew chief Darrell Morrow and Niece Motorsports teammate Austin Wayne Self for support throughout the race weekend.
“Martinsville is such a momentum place,” added Fontaine. “You really need to be able to get the truck to maneuver through the corners, so you can carry the speed on the straightaways. Martinsville also portrays some road course characteristics, where the truck can easily wheel-hop and spin out.
“My crew chief Darrell and I have really gelled in the first couple races and I think that will only continue to get better as the season goes. Austin’s raced at Martinsville a couple more times than I have, so his advice can also be insightful.
“It’s important for us to work together to see if we can put two Niece Motorsports trucks inside the top-10 on Saturday.”
After three races, Fontaine sits 12th in the series’ standings.
In addition to being a full-time NASCAR driver, Fontaine is also 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 Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (250 laps / 131.5 miles) is the fourth of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Mar. 23 from 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. A second practice will roll from 1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Mar. 24, beginning at 11:05 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 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 (Eastern).
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With a top 5 and top 10 finish in his rear-view, Stewart Friesen looks to Martinsville for his first win in the NCWTS. Friesen’s experience on dirt short tracks doesn’t guarantee him success on pavement, but his explosive start to the 2018 NCWTS proves that he is a contender, and ready for a win. Currently sitting 6th in points, Friesen spent this short 2 week break in the NCWTS schedule racing his dirt modified at Georgetown Speedway and spending time with his family and Halmar Racing teammates.
In 2017, Friesen was fastest in practice at Martinsville, ahead of defending series champ, Johnny Sauter. Friesen’s relative success last year and his strong start in 2018, put him in a good position to get his first win in the NCWTS. At Vegas, Friesen spent most of the race up front, going head to head with Monster Energy Cup series champ Kyle Busch.
Asked about returning to the NCWTS after the short break, Friesen beamed, “After starting the year with good finishes at Atlanta and Las Vegas Speedways, I’m pumped up to get back to a short track. The HFR guys have been awesome the first 3 races of the year and the GMS fabrication shop has given us great Chevy Silverados.”
Cody Coughlin Makes Commitment to FASHIONFEST 2018 Benefiting Make-A-Wish America to Grant Life-Changing Wishes18 Mar 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
For Cody Coughlin his wish of becoming a professional driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) has come true, and with the sponsorship of FashionFest 2018, a New York-style fashion show benefiting Make-A-Wish America hosted by Kent Smith Photography, he was able to help grant life-changing wishes.
From the passion of competing on track, to the exuberance of his efforts in charitable causes, Coughlin understands that a wish has the power to make a child stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome obstacles.
Coughlin’s driven personality leads him to excel on the track, but it also pushes him to look towards helping those in need. His compassionate approach towards his fellow man, inspired by his faith and his family, gives him the Christian values that inspire him to be involved in many philanthropic activities, giving back to the community that he cherishes - including Make-A-Wish America for wish kids, families, and everyone else involved in a wish experience.
“It was exciting to be able to be involved with Make-A-Wish America,” Coughlin said. “The added element of a fashion show with Kent Smith Photography is rewarding because it is such a great tool for women’s empowerment and lets everyone express themselves while having fun in a positive and impactful manner.”
FashionFest 2018 featured Kent Smith Photography ambassadors, and wish kids modeling styles from Buckle, at Easton in Columbus, Maggie & Me in Circleville, francesca's, Bend Active and fab'rik.
On February 9 at EXPRESS LIVE!, the first indoor and outdoor concert venue in America, in Columbus, Ohio, the 22-year old professional race car driver was a sponsor of the fourth annual FashionFest hosted by Kent Smith Photography. All of the proceeds from ticket purchases benefited Make-A-Wish America – with over 700 in attendance.
“We are grateful to Cody Coughlin and Cody Coughlin Racing for the generous support of Kent Smith Photography's FashionFest 2018 benefiting Make-A-Wish America,” Amanda Davis, vice president and lead photographer for Kent Smith Photography, said. “Having a wish granted often improves the medical outcome for a wish kid by giving them and their family a fun distraction from the everyday struggles. One out of every two eligible kids receives their wish.”
The cost associated with coordinating a wish varies depending on the type of wish, but the average cost of a wish is $8,000. The event raised more than enough to grant two wishes for Make-A-Wish America.
Entirely funded through private donations from both individuals and corporate sponsors, Make-A-Wish America grants a wish every 34 minutes on average, through 62 chapters across the United States of America. These chapters rely on the strong volunteer spirit and donor support, as well as other collaborative resources in order to plan and create life-changing experiences for a child.
“With the help of Cody Coughlin Racing, we were able to raise enough funds at FashionFest to grant not just one, but two wishes for deserving children in our community,” Davis said. “We appreciate Coughlin and thank him for supporting us and Make-A-Wish America by giving hope and a dream to these children and their families.
“It was a wonderful night filled with fashion, fun and philanthropy, and we can't wait to do it all again next year!"
As they say, wishes know no boundaries.
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana W.I.S.H. (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope) Initiative is to honor 20 outstanding women for their career success, significant contributions to the community and personal passion and commitment to Make-A-Wish. Kent Smith Photography is owned and operated by Central Ohio W.I.S.H. (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope) honoree, Sherri Davis. As a part of her fundraising campaign, Davis has made Make-A-Wish America the beneficiary of FashionFest.
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Adding flavor and spice to its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Niece Motorsports announced today that Lockhart, Texas based Kreuz Market will support Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and the No. 22 team beginning with next Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
With its landmark servings offering sausage and BBQ, without sauce or forks, in a sprawling, rustic cafeteria-like setting, Kreuz Market is set to embark on its journey into NASCAR with Self, a Texas-based driver.
In addition to its laid-back country-like atmosphere, Kreuz Market also smokes and ships Texas barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and pork, which Niece Motorsports will receive throughout the year to serve up at the track as the team’s pre-race meal.
Kreuz Market will also serve as the featured partner on Self’s No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet Silverado at Martinsville and will have an increased presence with the organization at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
“I am thrilled to be partnered with another proud Texas company,” said Self, a native of Austin, Texas. “I’m excited to have a taste of home each weekend at the track, and there’s no doubt we’ll have some of the best eating of anyone in the garage thanks to Kreuz Market.”
To order your next pre-race meal and show your support for Austin Wayne Self and Kreuz Market, visit kreuzmarket.com. Also check out its social media platforms on Facebook (Facebook.com/
For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.
For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.
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Entering the first break of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, a surprise among one of the full-time contenders in the opening races is Rookie of the Year candidate Justin Fontaine, driver of the No. 45 ProMATIC Automation / Superior Essex Chevrolet Silverado.
The Niece Motorsports driver invaded the Truck Series tour on the heels of competing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards last year. Despite the learning curve between the two series, Fontaine’s results in the first three races of the season have been eye-opening.
From returning to Daytona International Speedway a year after he was seriously injured in the ARCA Racing Series season-opener and scoring a top-10 finish to leading laps in the series' most recent race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and earning a career-best ninth place result, Fontaine is 12th in points and on the cusp of entering the Playoff cutoff line.
Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C. sat down for a question and answer session reflecting on what’s transpired in the first three races of the year and what lies ahead for his Niece Motorsports team.
1. You’re three races into the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and you’ve posted two top-10 finishes, are you surprised?
Justin Fontaine: “I wouldn’t say surprised as much as I am just humbled. We set some expectations this year; we wanted to be top 15 in most, if not all the races this year. I felt like we were close at Atlanta, but we came up just a little short.”
2. Did Daytona, Atlanta and Las Vegas go better than you expected? What was your biggest challenge in the first three races?
Justin Fontaine: "Daytona played out exactly as I planned it to, we wanted to ride, be smart, and capitalize at the end. And we did that. Vegas was great because we came off a challenging week in Atlanta and we rebounded and showed everyone that Daytona wasn't a fluke.
"My biggest challenge thus far I think was Atlanta. Throughout the weekend, I just struggled with getting the feel of the race track, however it wasn't anything we didn't plan for already."
3. You’re 12th in the Truck Series standings. How will you try to maintain that position? Can your team be Playoff material?
Justin Fontaine: “What we have to do is be consistent. Whether that’s consistently top 15 or top 10 or wherever we fall, we have to stay consistent. We are absolutely playoff material. It’s important to keep in mind the youth of this team and my inexperience.
“We are not going to let ourselves get over confident in these two results and we are going to continue to manage our expectations for the rest of the year.”
4. Talk about your Niece Motorsports team. How is the chemistry?
Justin Fontaine: “I tell you what, I love where I’m at right now. I have been in this business a few years now and this is the happiest I have ever been with my situation.
“I feel like I am building a home at Niece and I will be here as long as Cody (Efaw, team manager) and Mr. (Al) Niece (team owner) want me to be.”
5. How important was it to start the season on a solid foundation knowing there’s some gaps coming up here soon?
Justin Fontaine: “I think it’s just good for our confidence going into the summer months. We can enjoy the results a little longer, but more importantly we have a little extra time to make these trucks even better for the weeks to come.”
6. You’re returning to Martinsville Speedway in a few weeks, site of your Truck Series debut in 2016. Talk about your emotions about going back to the Paperclip.
Justin Fontaine: “Martinsville is a tough place. Anyone can look at my result from 2016 and know that it wasn’t as strong as we had hoped. However, all that finish did was motivate me to come back and be stronger.
“We have the people, and the truck to be competitive so I think we will surprise people again!”
For more on Justin Fontaine, please visit JustinFontaine.com, like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.
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No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado
Points: 1st (+39)
Stage One: At the start of the race, Sauter fell back as far as the seventh position before making his way back to the front and challenging for the lead. Sitting in the fourth position under the first caution, he once again lost track position on the restart, settling back into seventh. Sauter battled a loose on entry, tight on exit handling condition throughout the first 30-lap stage. He brought his Allegiant Chevrolet to pit road at the Stage One break for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. With several trucks making a two-tire stop, Sauter restarted in the eighth position.
Stage Two: Continuing to struggle on restarts, Sauter dropped back to the 12th position at the start of Stage Two before making his way back into the eighth position before the green-and-white checkered flag waved. He reported to the team that the previous chassis adjustment did not help and was still too tight on exit. Under the stage break he pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, in addition to the team correcting the previous adjustments. Quick work by the No. 21 pit crew placed Sauter in the second position for the start of the final stage.
Final Stage: Sauter’s handling issues continued into the Final Stage as he maintained his position in the top-five through the first half of the 67-lap segment. He took over the third position before coming to pit road under green for his final stop of the night with crew chief Joe Shear, Jr., calling for right side tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. A slow stop cost Sauter one position on track but a quick caution following green-flag stops allowed an opportunity for him to challenge the leaders for the win. With less than five laps to go Sauter tracked down the No. 51 of Kyle Busch, but pressure from the No. 16 truck on the final lap resulted in a runner-up finish.
- Sauter has earned top-three finishes in each of the first three races of the 2018 season to hold a 39-point lead in the NCWTS point standingsheading
in to a break in the schedule.
“I could not get going tonight on a restart. I’d find myself getting great track position from great pit stops, then drop the green flag and I’d get shuffled out and find myself eighth, ninth, or tenth. I thought ‘well, we’ll have to pick them off one at a time.’ Our Allegiant/Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet was good; long run speed was killer. I knew that from practice yesterday, and I had fears of going into today too free, and I was right. It was way too loose to start the race. We made some adjustments and that made it worse. It was just an up and down night for us. I felt like we passed a lot of trucks tonight, just because I couldn’t get going.
“I felt like I had one last shot to get to Kyle (Busch). I’m finding with the new engine package that you have to time your passes. It’s not like the old days where you could just make a move, stick with it, and work them over. Now you have to plan your move. There was an opportunity there to pass Kyle but I knew I couldn’t do anything in (turns) three and four, so I had to just fall in line with him and save it for another run. The draft is crazy with this engine package. Overall it was a good night, a great start to the season and I feel like, again, we learned a lot that we can work on during the break.”
No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet Silverado
Start: 18th (to the rear)
Stage One: Despite starting at the rear of the field, Sargeant diced his way through the traffic, making it to the top-15 after only two laps. When the first caution of the race came out on lap 16, crew chief Doug Randolph called the No. 25 down pit road for two left side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Restarting 17th with nine laps left in Stage One, Sargeant was able to make his way to 14th before the green-checkered flag was displayed. Looking to gain track position, Sargeant pitted for right side tires, fuel and to take tape off the nose under the stage break, lining up in the sixth position for Stage Two.
Stage Two: Struggling with the handling of his Performance Plus Chevrolet throughout Stage Two, Sargeant slipped back to 13th. Coming to pit road under the stage break, Sargeant received four tires, fuel and a round of chassis adjustments to loosen his Chevy Silverado up before restarting 10th on lap 68.
Final Stage: After only five laps, the caution came out, allowing Sargeant to come to pit road once again to top off on fuel as well as for a track bar adjustment to aid in the handling of his No. 25. Restarting 15th, Sargeant worked his way up to 11th-place with less than 30 laps to go. With green-flag pit stops beginning, Sargeant took the lead on lap 115, and remained there until his green-flag stop, on lap 118, for two right side tires and fuel. As Sargeant rejoined the field on track, the caution came out on lap 120, allowing Sargeant to come back down pit road for left side tires under the caution. Lining up 10th for the final restart of the night, Sargeant raced his way to a hard-fought sixth-place finish, the highest finishing NCWTS rookie of the race.
- Sargeant had to start from the rear of the field for an unapproved adjustment after qualifying.
“We had a good finish in the No. 25 Performance Plus Chevy. Really, all of GMS Racing had a good night. All weekend we had an issue with just raw speed. My guys worked really hard throughout the weekend to try and find the issue, but never could. We probably should have finished outside the top-10 with the issues, but we clawed our way to the front there at the very end. Doug (Randolph) made some great calls on the pit box to get us track position all night but we just couldn’t ever maintain it over a long run. With such a short run at the end, we were able to hang on and finish sixth. My hat is off to the guys on this race team; they’ll go back to the shop and tear everything apart and find the issue. We’ll come back and be a lot better for Martinsville (Speedway).”
No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet Silverado
Stage One: Coughlin climbed his way into the top-10 before the conclusion of Stage One on lap 30. He reported that his JEGS.com Chevy was driving better than it had all weekend, but he was fighting “tight off” on the exit of the corners. Crew chief Jerry Baxter called Coughlin down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and to pull tape off the grille, lining him up 13th for the restart.
Stage Two: Knocking on the door of the top-10 during Stage Two, Coughlin ended the stage in the 11th position after still fighting a Chevy Silverado that progressively got tighter throughout the 26-lap green-flag run. Coming down pit road under caution, Coughlin’s No. 2 received four fresh tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to loosen his JEGS.com vehicle up. After a good stop by the pit crew, Coughlin was scored in the eighth position for the start of the Final Stage.
Final Stage: With a stellar restart, Coughlin weaved through traffic to fifth after one lap. Continuing his climb to the front, Coughlin made his way to the third position before a caution on lap 73. Happier with the handling of his JEGS.com Chevy, Coughlin ran in the third positon, within striking distance of the leaders, before slipping back a couple positions as his No. 2 began to tighten up over the long green-flag run. Baxter called Coughlin to pit road for his final pit stop on lap 114 under green for four tires, chassis adjustments and a splash of gas to make it to the end of the race. However, before green-flag pit stops could fully cycle through, the caution came out on lap 120, catching Coughlin one lap down. With the leaders pitting, Coughlin was able to take the “wave around” to get his lap back, lining up 13th for the final 11 laps. Coughlin quickly got to work, making up as much ground as possible, crossing the finish line with an eighth-place finish, his first top-10 finish of the 2018 NCWTS season.
"We had such a fast JEGS.com Chevy tonight, especially compared to where we started the weekend. It felt good to run up front and be in contention for the win. Unfortunately, the last caution didn’t fall when we needed it to and caught us a lap down. Our luck is starting to turn around, we just need a bit more on our side.”
No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet
Stage One: After getting shuffled back to the 17th position on the initial start, Haley worked his way back to 13th following the first caution of the night, and held that position until the conclusion of Stage One. Happy with the performance of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet, but needing track position, he came to pit road under the break for right side tires and fuel. The two-tire stop moved Haley in the seventh position for the restart.
Stage Two: Following a lot of movement throughout the field at the start of Stage Two, Haley settled into the eighth position. He reported to the No. 24 team that he had started to get loose in turns three and four, but was able to gain a spot to finish Stage Two in the seventh position. Under the caution, he pitted for four tires and fuel, lining up to restart in the fourth position.
Final Stage: Just six laps into the Final Stage, in a four-wide battle for position, Haley spun to bring out the fourth caution of the night. He pitted first for tires and fuel, returned to the track, and pitted a second time to repair damage to the right rear of the No. 24. Between the stops, NASCAR reported that Haley left debris on track, calling for the driver to be parked for the remainder of the race for extending the caution period. That call relegated Haley to a 28th-place finish.
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Brett Moffitt, driver of the No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota Tundra, made a strong bid for victory and finished third in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Coming off his second career victory and the first for HRE a week prior at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Moffitt led a career-high 27 laps and made a valiant effort for a second consecutive triumph. The podium finish moved Moffitt to second in the drivers championship standings.
After posting the sixth-fastest lap in qualifying on Friday afternoon, Moffitt took the green flag from the outside of row three and immediately battled a loose condition in Stage 1. Moffitt ran as high as sixth during the opening stage but got shuffled back on a lap 21 restart after a truck in front of him suffered a flat tire. The Grimes, Iowa native fought back to collect three points in the eighth position at the stage’s conclusion on lap 30.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Moffitt to pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment under the first stage caution as many teams changed two tires. Moffitt restarted 12th on lap 37. An improved and snugger balance on the AISIN Group Tundra allowed Moffitt to utilize the bottom lane of the speedway to pick off positions and enter the top five by lap 53. He earned six more points at the end of Stage 2 on lap 60 by running fifth.
Moffitt received four more Goodyear tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustments under the stage caution before taking center stage when the race restarted on lap 68. Moffitt made a three-wide move for the lead to take the point on lap 69 and retook the lead again on lap 84. As the race’s latter stages wore on under the green flag, Moffitt led a total of 27 laps and solidified himself at the front of the field before hitting lapped traffic. On lap 109, slower lapped trucks took the preferred groove which caused Moffitt to contact the No. 20 and surrender the race lead. Moffitt came to pit road one lap later for his last scheduled four-tire pit stop of the evening and cycled to fifth place.
A caution on lap 120 set Moffitt up to restart fifth with 11 laps to go. For the second straight week, he made a bold three-wide move on a restart and vaulted himself to second and onto the leader’s back bumper. While racing for the lead with four laps remaining, another lapped truck ran Moffitt out of the groove in Turn 1, forcing Moffitt back to fourth. Moffitt tenaciously challenged for position and took the checkered flag in third, his second top-five finish of the season.
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“…When the No. 13 pulled out of the pits a couple laps down or whatever and side drafted us for the lead. That allowed (No. 51) Kyle (Busch) to close in and I tried to go to the bottom of a lapped car and he turned down the track into us. It’s just frustrating, because when you’re out of the race, you shouldn’t be out there affecting the leaders. It was (fun out there) racing with Kyle. We had a really strong AISIN Group Tundra. I can’t thank (team owner) Shige (Hattori), TRD, and all of out partners enough for getting us here. It’s just a bittersweet third place.”