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Austin Cindric Breakdown

Austin Cindric steered his way cleanly through the frantic seven-lap dash to the checkered flag to grab an eighth-place finish in the M&M’s 200 Friday night at Iowa Speedway. 
 
Cindric qualified 11th and finished 10th in Stage 1.  He pitted for four tires on lap 64 and restarted eighth when Stage 2 went green on lap 70. Cindric was running eighth and was happy with his Ford F-150 at the conclusion of the segment. He pitted for four tires on lap 109, and speedy service by the PIRTEK pit crew moved him up to sixth place when the race went green on lap 114.
 
Five laps later, the third caution slowed the race for a lengthy track cleanup.  When the dust settled, Cindric restarted sixth on lap 133. He moved up to fifth place one lap later, and was sixth by lap 172.
 
The fourth and final caution gave Cindric the opportunity to make a four-tire pit stop on lap 189, and he lined up fifth for the final restart on lap 194. When the green flag waved, he dove to the bottom of the track in Turn 1 in a bold move to gain positions. Moments later, Cindric was on the bottom of a four-wide race for position on the backstretch. He was squeezed out of line and shuffled back to 11th place by lap 196. 
 
The young rookie rallied in the closing laps: he picked off positions in heavy traffic, plus avoided an accident ahead of him off Turn 4.  When the checkered flag waved on lap 160, he was rewarded with his third top 10 of the season and moved up one position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.         
 
Chase Briscoe Breakdown
 
A late-race caution derailed Chase Briscoe's chances to win the M&M's 200 Friday night at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was in position to pull off the win that had eluded him the two previous weeks. Briscoe ran solidly in the top five for a majority of the race and was leading the field when the final caution flag of the night was displayed. Opting to make a two-tire stop, he experienced handling issues during the final laps, which resulted in a seventh-place finish.
 
Briscoe qualified third, and after briefly dropping back to sixth in the opening laps, he maneuvered up to fourth by the conclusion of the opening stage. Briscoe reported that he was free off, and interim crew chief Buddy Sisco called for four tires, fuel and both track-bar and air-pressure adjustments. Quick work by the pit crew gained the team two spots for the green flag on lap 70. Briscoe remained second until the yellow flag wag waved on lap 109, and he radioed that his truck was now too tight. Returning to pit road under caution, Briscoe received four tires, fuel and additional chassis adjustments, taking the green flag from the third spot on lap 114. Briscoe immediately returned to the second spot, closing out the second segment in the runner-up position. The team’s previous pit stop allowed Briscoe to stay out under yellow, and he took the green for the final segment from the front row.
 
The field quickly spread out single file, but the Cooper Standard Ford came to life in the final 50 laps, overcoming a 2-second deficit to take the lead on lap 183. As he pulled away from rest of the field, it appeared that Briscoe was just a few laps from his first Truck Series victory. 
 
However, a crash on lap 187 closed his lead and required the team to make a pit strategy decision. Briscoe felt that he needed tires to close the deal, and he took two right-sides, dropping him back to second for the final restart on lap 193. Briscoe initially pulled ahead of the leader, but suddenly found that his truck was too loose off and made contact with outside wall, dropping back to seventh before the checkered flag waved. His fifth top-10 finish of the season moved Briscoe up to third in the NCWTS point standings.
 
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Making only his second NCWTS start at Iowa Speedway, Kaz and the No. 33 GMS Racing team went to work early Friday trying to dial-in the Kiklos Chevrolet Silverado during both morning practice sessions. However with qualifying occurring much later in the day, the track tightened up more than expected, hindering Kaz’s run and relinquishing him to a 16th-place starting position for the M&M’s 200.

Early on in the 200-lap event, the Boston native reported that he was struggling with an extremely loose Chevy that impeded him from getting the speed off the corners like he needed. Hanging on for the first 60-lap stage to finish 15th, Kaz came to pit road under the break for four tires, fuel and major adjustments to try tighten up the No. 33 Kiklos Chevy. However, before the field went back green, Baxter called the 18-year-old rookie back down pit road for one more adjustment, hoping to give him the security he needed in the corners.

Restarting 17th and having to work his way through lapped traffic during the ensuing laps, Kaz’s Chevy was still loose on entry, but now was fighting tight-off on the exit of the turns. The caution flag would come out on lap 109, allowing Kaz to come to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of chassis adjustments to aid in his handling woes. With the No. 33 Kiklos Chevy handling the best it had been all night after the previous stop, Kaz began to make quick work of the competitors in front of him, trying to make up as much ground as he could. However, while racing three-wide with only a handful of laps left in the second stage, Kaz and two other trucks were involved in an accident on the backstretch. Unable to get his Chevy re-fired, Kaz was forced to end the race on lap 117, surrendering him to a 24th-place finish at Iowa.

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"This is definitely not how I wanted our night to go. We had fought handling issues throughout the day, but I think Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) had finally gotten our Kiklos Chevy where it needed to be for us to make up track position. I was trying to get all I could on that restart before the end of stage two. We were three-wide in turns 1 and 2, but I didn’t realize that the No. 13 still had his nose in the middle when I came up the track while we were going down the backstretch. I just really hate it for all my GMS Racing guys. We’ll put this behind us though and move forward.”

Additional Info
- After the ninth race of the season, Kaz is currently 10th in the NCWTS point standings, but has one win and five bonus points towards the playoffs.

GMS Racing PR

After finishing both of Friday’s practice sessions in the top-10, Justin Haley qualified the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado in the seventh position for the M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway.

The 18-year-old reported to his team early on that he started of loose but would tighten up throughout the run. At the end of stage one, Haley pitted from the eighth position for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, and he would restart from the 10th position. He ran in the top-10 until coming to pit road under caution on lap 109, when he received tires, fuel and more adjustments to help with his handling. Haley fell out of the top-10 on the restart, after being too loose, ending the second stage in the 11th position.

Crew chief Kevin Bellicourt called for his driver to stay on track with the leaders, beginning the final stage from the 11th position. Haley once again fell back on the restart but worked his way back into 11th before the caution waved for the final time on lap 187. He came to pit road for four tires and several adjustments to tighten up the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet on the restart.

Haley drove from 10th to fourth in four laps but was collected by the No. 51 truck as he got loose under the No. 24 coming to the checkered flag. The Winimac, Ind., native was scored in the 10th position in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Iowa Speedway.

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“I’m really proud of the 24 team tonight. We started off a little off on our set up but we were still good enough to stay up front and have a shot at a good finish. Kevin (Bellicourt, crew chief) made a great call at the end to pit for tires, and made a few adjustments to make sure we’d be good on the restart. That last run there was the best we had been all night and we were on track for a top-five finish until we got taken out. We’ve found our rhythm and I know the guys will have another fast Chevrolet for me in Kentucky.”

Additional Info
- Haley earned his fourth consecutive top-10 finish, and his fifth top-10 in just seven starts this year.
- He is 14th in the driver championship point standings, just 16 points out of 12th.

GMS Racing PR

Johnny Sauter and the No. 21 Allegiant team qualified in the fourth position for the M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway, following two practice sessions earlier in the day where the driver fought a tight-handling condition.

Sauter immediately claimed the third position as the green flag waved to start the 200-lap event and reported to his team early on that his Allegiant Chevy was tight in the center and snapping loose on exit. He held that position until the end of stage one on lap 60 when crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. brought him to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. He lined up fifth for the beginning of stage two and quickly regained the third position, but his advance was stalled by a caution on lap 109. Sauter returned to pit road under yellow and asked his team for the same adjustments to help with a continuous tight-handling condition.

Sauter took the lead on lap 116, just after the restart, but three laps later another lengthy caution and red flag delay caused the second stage to end under caution. He remained on track to begin the final stage from the lead and help the point position until just before the final caution period on lap 187. He regained the lead as he stayed on track while the rest of the lead lap trucks came to pit road for tires but fell back to the second position on the restart. Despite being on old tires, Sauter held on to the second position, earning his seventh top-five in nine races this season.

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"I think our night was a second-place finish regardless whether it went green or not. The 29 just took me to school earlier in the night, but once he passed me I found some grip up top following the line he was running. Undoubtedly the best truck I’ve ever had here. We’ve been working hard on some stuff and if this is the direction we’re headed I feel pretty good about it. It was a decent night, we just came up a little short.”

Additional Info
- Sauter increased his lead in the driver championship point standings to 42 points over Christopher Bell. He has one win and 10 playoff points.

GMS Racing PR

Christopher Bell took the lead from his Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) teammate Noah Gragson on lap 17 and remained out front for remainder of Stage 1 of the M&M's 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Iowa Speedway of Newton. The No. 4 Toyota Tundra was out front for the first 55 laps of Stage Two, but a one-truck spin with 11 laps changed the complexion of the strategy of the race.
 
Crew chief Rudy Fugle believed his best shot to collect another stage one and the playoffs points that go along with it was to stay on track and believed several series regulars would also wait for the stage break to pit. However, all but one lead-lap truck pitted for fresh tires leaving Bell at a disadvantage when the race restarted with six laps remaining in the stage. Bell would finish the stage fourth and then after making his pit stop restarted 12th for the final stage.
 
Bell methodically maneuvered his way back to the front and was scored in the fourth position when the final caution of the race occurred with 15 laps remaining. Everyone on the lead lap hit pit road when it opened, but misfortune struck once again when a pit gun didn't function properly on the right-side only stop and the No. 4 Toyota Tundra was the sixth truck off pit road. He would pick up one more position in the closing laps to earn his sixth top-finish of the season.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Bell qualified second and worked his way around KBM teammate Noah Gragson for the lead on lap 17.
  • As Stage One went caution free for its entirety, The Toyota Tundra cruised to the stage victory and earned valuable playoff points.
Stage Two Recap:
  • After pitting for four tires and fuel with a trackbar adjustment, a speedy stop by the over-the-wall crew allowed Bell to maintain the lead when Stage Two went green on lap 69.
  • The No. 4 Tundra remained out front until a one-truck spin slowed the field for the second time on lap 109. Fugle kept his driver on track while the majority of the lead-lap trucks hit pit road.
  • When the field went back green, Bell fell back to the fourth spot succumbing spots to trucks with fresh tires. A three-truck accident on lap 119 ended Stage Two under caution. 
Final Stage Recap:
  • When pit road opened, Bell brought his Tundra down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. With everyone who pitted near the end of Stage Two staying out this time around, the No. 4 Toyota restarted in the 12th position when the Final Stage went green on lap 132.
  • Bell had a strong restart and by the time the field came back to the start-finish line he had advance up to the eighth spot. With 20 laps remaining in the event he returned to the top five and he was scored in the fourth position when a two-truck accident slowed the field for the final time on lap 186.
  • All of the leaders hit pit road with Fugle calling for just right-side tires to try and gain spots on pit road with passing at a premium under green-flag conditions. A pit gun malfunctioning slowed the stop and left Bell scored in the sixth position when the field went back green with seven laps remaining.
  • The No. 4 Tundra gained two spots on the ensuing restart, but lost a spot in the closing laps when he slowed his momentum to avoid a slow truck and crossed the finish line fifth. 

KBM PR

Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Morton Buildings Toyota Tundra, posted his career-best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in Friday night's M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Burton ran a strong race and was running in the top-five when an incident spun him on the last lap, resulting in an 11th-place finish. The 200-lap race was only his third 2017 start behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Earlier in the day, Burton qualified his No. 51 Morton Buildings Toyota Tundra 15th to start Friday's race. When the green flag dropped the rookie driver held his own against veteran drivers in his first NCWTS start at Iowa. Burton slowly passed trucks on the track and battled with fellow Toyota-driver Matt Crafton for the 12th position near the end of the stage, eventually winning the battle. When the caution flag flew to end the stage, Burton was in the 12th position.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Burton started Stage Two by making a trip to pit road for four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment, placing him 15th when the stage began. During the stage Burton raced his way back to 12th place until a caution came out on Lap 107. Battling a tight Toyota Tundra, the 16-year-old stopped on pit road for four new tires and adjustments. Burton was running 13th when the second caution flag of the night flew. The stage ended under caution and Burton was scored 10th.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Stage Three began after the trucks were stopped on track under red-flag conditions. When the green flag came back out Burton had his best restart of the night and quickly moved to the 8th position. Burton battled for position throughout most of the stage, showing off veteran moves on the track. He made one final trip to pit road under caution on Lap 184 and restarted ninth with only seven laps to-go in the race. On the final lap of the night, Burton was running in the top five when he got caught in an incident that spun him around and resulted in an 11th-place finish. 

KBM PR

Noah Gragson started from the pole in his No. 18 Switch Tundra for the second time this season. After leading the first 16 laps he survived a wild late-race restart to finish sixth. It was his sixth top-10 and fifth consecutive of the season.  
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gragson started from the pole and led the first 16 laps before he was passed by KBM teammate Christopher Bell. With no cautions to slow the first stage, Gragson finished second behind Bell. The KBM team brought him to pit road for four tires and a slight wedge adjustment to help the handling.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Gragson was sixth to start stage two and moved up to fifth by lap 94. The first true caution of the race came on lap 110. The team decided to pit before the segment ended hoping to gain track position, but another caution shortly after the restart ended stage two under caution.
Stage Three Recap:
  • The final 80-lap stage began on lap 133 with Gragson running fourth. He moved up to third on the restart and he and John Hunter Nemechek battled for position for several laps. By lap 165, Gragson took command of third place ahead of Nemechek until a late-race caution slowed the field. On lap 188, Gragson brought the Switch Tundra to pit road for a two-tire stop. He returned to the race in third for the restart with seven laps to go. As the field bunched up while fighting for track position, Gragson was shuffled back a few spots, but crossed the finish line in sixth place.

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FOX Sports announced on Friday that the Camping World Truck Series race from Eldora Speedway will shift from FOX Sports 1 over to FOX Business Network. FOX Sports decided to move the race over to the FOX Business Network to make room for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal double-header match.

 

Both channels, according to FOX Sports, are currently served in the same number of homes.

 

This marks the first time that a NASCAR race will be scheduled on FOX Business Network. However, it isn’t the first time that NASCAR content has appeared there. Last year’s truck race from Iowa Speedway began on the network as the U.S. Open Championship ran over because of weather. In May 2016, FOX televised NASCAR Raceday and pre-race ceremonies from Kansas Speedway on FOX Business Network when an MLB game ran over its television window.

 

It marks just the fourth Camping World Truck Series event in 2017 not on FOX Sports 1. The series race from Martinsville Speedway in April aired on FOX. The upcoming races at Pocono Raceway in July and Talladega Superspeedway in October will air live on FOX.

Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, expressed his thoughts on Twitter when he became aware of the move by FOX Sports:

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t have FOX Business Network on your cable or satellite package? Don’t panic. SpeedwayDigest.com reached out to FOX Sports for a clarification on Friday and were told that subscribers with FOX Sports 1 can stream the race via FOX Sports Go on their computer, tablet, or smartphone, provided that they’re logged in with an authenticated television provider.

 

Complete breakdown of the Eldora Speedway television schedule:

5:00-6:00 P.M. Et.: NCWTS single-truck qualifying (FS1)

 

7:30-9:00 P.M. Et.: NCWTS qualifying races (FS2)

 

9:00-9:30 P.M. Et.: NCWTS Setup (FOX Business Network)

 

9:30 P.M. Et.: NCWTS Race (FOX Business Network)

 

 

John Hunter Nemechek did it again this weekend at Iowa Speedway in his No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet. Nemechek, who won last weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, went to victory lane on Friday at Iowa Speedway. The son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran driver Joe Nemechek led the final six laps to walk away with his fifth career Camping World Truck Series win.

 

“It feels really good,” said Nemechek after scoring the win. “This is unbelievable for sure. Restarting fourth there and pushing Johnny into Turn 1, I was kind of in the catbird seat.”

 

Nemechek started the evening from the fifth starting spot. He went on to finish seventh in stage one and ran third at the conclusion of stage two. Following a restart on lap 193, Nemechek passed Johnny Sauter for the lead with six laps remaining. He was uncatchable from there.

 

Sauter, who currently leads the Camping World Truck Series standings, will leave with the runner-up position. The Camping World Truck Series veteran racer and defending champion finished 1.652 seconds behind the race winner.

 

Running second behind Chase Briscoe at the caution on lap 187, Sauter elected to stay out for the lead while everyone else pitted. The strategy, while a questionable one, paid off as he stayed upfront in the waning laps.

 

Briscoe, who has fallen short of the win over the last couple of races, will leave the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway with a seventh-place finish. Briscoe started the evening in third.

 

Christopher Bell led the most laps of any driver throughout the M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Stores. Bell, a driver from the state of Oklahoma, went on to finish fifth in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

 

Bell now has six top five and eight top 10 finishes along with two victories through nine races.

 

Noah Gragson started on the pole and led the first 16 circuits. Gragson finished stage one sitting second and stage two running fifth on the leaderboard. The driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports placed sixth at the end of the race.

 

Johnny Sauter leads the Camping World Truck Series driver standings by 42 points over Christopher Bell. Chase Briscoe, Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes round out the top five as the series heads to Kentucky Speedway.

 

The Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1 on July 6. The Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the live radio broadcast.

FOX Sports announces today that the July 19 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race from Eldora Speedway is moving from FS1 to FOX Business Network at 9:30 PM ET.

The move is being made to accommodate a CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal double-header match expected to feature the US Men’s National team on FS1 that evening. FOX Business Network and FS1 currently are in the same number of U.S. homes.  FOX Sports GO, now accessible to more than 95 million users in the U.S. through their participating pay-TV providers, offers uninterrupted coverage from Eldora.

While a NASCAR race never before has been scheduled for FOX Business Network, last year’s NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race from Iowa Speedway began on FOX Business Network when live coverage of the weather-impacted U.S. Open Championship ran long.  In May 2016, FOX Business Network aired NASCAR RACEDAY and pre-race ceremonies for the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race from Kansas Speedway when an MLB game ran long. However, FS1 took over before the green flag waved to begin the race.

With the exception of the July 29 (1:00 PM ET) race from Pocono Raceway and the Oct. 14 (1:00 PM ET) race from Talladega Superspeedway, which air live on the FOX broadcast network, the remainder of the NCWTS season airs live on FS1. The entire FOX NASCAR schedule is available live on FOX Sports GO.

A complete Eldora schedule is below (all times EST and subject to change):

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES single-truck qualifying (5:00-6:00 PM ET) (FS1)

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying races (7:30-9:00 PM ET) (FS2)

NCWTS SETUP (9:00-9:30 PM ET) (FOX Business Network)

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (9:30 PM ET) (FOX Business Network)

Visit www.FOXSports.com/NASCAR/Schedule for updated versions of all three NASCAR national series schedules.

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