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Spencer Boyd is refreshed to announce that ‘Made in the USA’ company DLX Mattress has returned as a partner of Spencer Boyd Racing for the 2019 season. The family owned mattress company began their partnership last year as the official sponsor of Spencer Boyd's "sleep." 
“I am so thankful DLX Mattress is back on board with us this year!” states Boyd when asked about the partnership. “Nothing beats coming home to my DLX Mattress after a long weekend on the road. I think I travelled forty-two weekends out of fifty-two last year, so coming home and getting a good night’s sleep is very important to me. I can say without a doubt I fully support DLX's products, but I appreciate even more the fact they are a 'Made in America' company." 

The newest DLX mattress on the market is one of a kind. The DLX Copper Cloud Mattress consists of three inches of glorious copper infused latex, two inches of rejuvenating gel infused memory foam and six inches of sleep altering polyurethane foam. Best part is, all of these layers within the DLX Copper Cloud Mattress are easily interchangeable to increase or decrease the firmness of your mattress. 
“We are really excited to continue our support of Spencer and his NASCAR journey into 2019,” commented Jim Pullan Jr., Vice President of DLX Mattress.  “Spencer has been a great ambassador for our company, dating back to last season. We are confident we will be able to continue building the brand awareness for DLX Mattress with Spencer's support on and off the race track." 
DLX Mattress will begin their activation as a primary sponsor on Spencer Boyd's No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at the 'Monster Mile.' Coverage of the JEGS 200 from Dover International Speedway will begin Friday May 3rd at 5:00 PM ET. 

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With the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series back from a spring break sabbatical, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf), driver of the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado heads to Dover (Del.) International Speedway eyeing his second top-10 finish of the season in Friday afternoon’s JEGS 200.

Self, 22 returns to the “Monster Mile” set to make his third career Gander Outdoors Truck Series start at the famed one-mile oval but more importantly hopes to better his 15th place finish he earned last year.

“Glad to get back to racing and to drive our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado Friday afternoon at Dover,” said Self.

“I love Dover. It’s a cool race track with a lot of banking but it’s a place where I feel like you have to be aggressive in order to have a good finish.

“I’m looking forward to working with my crew chief Eddie (Troconis) and see if we can put ourselves in contention for our second top-10 run of the year.”

Being a nearly five-week hiatus from Texas Motor Speedway to Dover, Self says his AM Racing team has been able to work hard in the race shop prepping trucks ahead of the grueling summer stretch – but the Austin, Texas native says the downtime has allowed his Mooresville, N.C-based team to play catchup with the intent to enhance their on-track product.

“We’ve been busy,” Self said. “When you have four races to start the year almost back-to-back, it didn’t allow us a lot of time to work on our trucks to get better. The “spring break” did that for us.

I feel like we’ve gotten caught up and I’m really excited to roll out some of these trucks to see what we can do.”

Despite missing two races, Self sits 18th in the series standings and while facing a deficit, Self believes he has the team and equipment to allow him to fight back into the top-15 in the championship standings.

“There’s still a long ways to go in the season and our team has a lot to be proud of,” offered Self. “We’ve shown that we have speed and that we have the capabilities of running inside the top-10 on a regular basis, we just have to keep plugging away and we’ll produce the finishes I know we’re capable of.”

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 67th career start.

GO TEXAN, celebrating its 20th Birthday this year, 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 for throughout the world.

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

In 66 NGOTS races, the 2015 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and five top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.2 during his three years of competition.

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The JEGS 200 (200 laps| 200 miles) is the sixth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., May 2 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., May 3 beginning at 1:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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With his JJL Motorsports team feeling refreshed following nearly a five-week break from NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) competition, driver Jesse Little is feeling rejuvenated and ready to head to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for Friday afternoon's JEGS 200.
The "Monster Mile" as it's called has historically been one of Little's best race tracks and while it's timid high banks and incredibly fast speeds can be haunting to some for the driver of the No. 97 JJL Motorsports Ford F-150, he knows it's one of his best opportunities to earn his first career Truck Series victory.   
"I love Dover, always have," said Little who will make his fourth start of 2019. "It's been one of those race tracks for me that I've always run good - even if I don't have the results to show for it, but it's one of that tracks that suits me and I think we can go there and contend for a win."
Two years ago, Little nearly pulled off an underdog upset before circumstances took him out of contention - but as Little has shown time and time ago, situations aren't setbacks - they are just a bump in the road that leads to bigger and better things.
"I'm excited to go to Dover and have the opportunity to showcase ourselves front and center," added Little. "The last two years we've had fast trucks and I know that we'll have more of the same on Friday.
"Dover is a race that can go by in a hurry, so you really need to have a good balance where you can take advantage of track position and even sometimes wrestle the fuel mileage card too. Our plan is to unload with what we know and adjust our truck from there. The track will change a lot from practice to the race, but I think its something we're ready for and we're determined to earn our first top-10 finish of the year."
The team also hopes their performance on Friday will spark the interest of a potential new marketing partner as the team will compete in the sixth race of the year without the benefit of a primary partner.
"We have a great team who can take a company's dollar and stretch it a mile," added Little. "We know that strong performances will enable us the opportunity to bring new marketing partners to the table and I hope we can go to Dover and prove that."
Without a primary partner, the team is still extremely thankful to have a slew of associate partners who will adorn the team's truck for Little's fourth Dover run.
Skuttle Tight, Parker FiberNet, Visit Kingsport, Grindstaff Rub, PFC Brakes and new partner Dkota Investments will be showcased in Little's 26th career start.
Looking forward, JJL Motorsports continues to work hard on securing additional partners and sponsors for the 2019 season including the upcoming race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and several races this summer.
"It takes a lot of people to get our No. 97 Ford to the track each week," explained JJL Motorsports team principal Jason Little. "We continue to fight hard and go to the race track every week and give 100 percent. We'd like to increase our schedule this season but need the sponsorship support to make it happen.
"We're doing a lot of things to try and bring new partners to the table, but we know that performance is everything and if we can go to Dover and run competitive, we have another opportunity to tell our story."
The JEGS 200 (200 laps| 200 miles) is the sixth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., May 2 from 2:05 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:05 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., May 3 beginning at 1:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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Derek Kraus will return to competition in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series this week, racing in the JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday.


The event on the Delaware track known as The Monster Mile is the second of four truck races the 17-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin is slated to run this year in the Bill McAnally Racing No. 19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra.


“I’m looking forward to competing in the truck series at Dover,” Kraus said. “I raced there last year in the K&N Pro Series East event and finished third. It’s the kind of track I really like and we expect to do well.”


Kraus – a member of the NASCAR Next program, which spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars – is eager to return to action in the series after finishing 18th in the truck race at Martinsville Speedway in March. He’s quick to point out that the finish did not reflect their performance.


“My BMR team gave me a fast ENEOS Tundra at Martinsville,” Kraus said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the finish to show that. We want to come back and run strong and get a great finish at Dover.”


Kraus made his debut in the truck series late last season, with an eighth-place finish at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.


The four truck series races on his calendar this year are on off weekends from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – where he is in his third full season competing for BMR, driving the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. Kraus, who won the K&N West rookie title in 2017, has five wins and six poles in 30 career series starts. His wins include a victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last year.


Kraus is currently fourth in the K&N West championship standings, three points out of first – after finishing sixth at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and third at Irwindale Speedway.


In addition to running all the K&N West races this year, he is also competing in select events on the K&N East schedule. He won the K&N East season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and finished sixth at Bristol Motor Speedway, putting him second in points.


He’s doing double duty this week – racing in two different series at two different tracks in two days. After the truck race on Friday, Kraus will head to Virginia for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East doubleheader at South Boston Speedway on Saturday.


The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Dover is to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 and will also be carried live on MRN radio.


Full time NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Sieg will head to Dover Speedway this weekend pulling double duty. Sieg will be running the Gander Outdoors truck series race for Reaume Brothers Racing. This will be Siegs first start in truck the series since 2015.

Sieg will pilot the #33 truck with multiple sponsors backing the effort. Night Owl Contractors and Lombard Brothers Gaming will be the primary sponsors of the truck. Both have been big supporters of Sieg in the XFINITY Series. Midstate Basement Authorities will join the team as a major associate sponsor for the event. Additionally, Alabama Soda Blasting, who sponsored the #39 car at Talladega will be on board the truck.

Josh Reaume, who is also the crew chief for the #93 RSS Racing XFINITY car and driven for Siegs team is excited for the opportunity. “I’m excited to have Ryan jump in our truck and sort of shake it down. I want to show what we can do with all the right parts and pieces. Our goal is to have a good clean race and hopefully have a solid result to show for it”, said Reaume.

Driver Ryan Sieg is having a career season in the XFINITY Series sitting 8th in the points. “I’m glad Josh asked me to do this race because seat time can be very important in our sport. I’m thankful for all the sponsors backing the effort and I can’t wait to hit the track Thursday”, Sieg commented. 

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Kyle Benjamin will pilot the No. 45 Chevrolet for Niece Motorsports in seven NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) events during the 2019 season.

Benjamin’s first start with Niece Motorsports will come at the Series’ second visit to Texas Motor Speedway on June 7.

“Kyle has been successful in everything he’s run,” said General Manager Cody Efaw.  “We are excited to have him on board and are looking forward to running strong with Kyle and hopefully contending for some wins.”

Benjamin’s impressive resume includes multiple wins in the ARCA Racing Series.  In 23 starts, he earned three wins, three poles, nine top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes.

“I’m excited to get back to the Truck Series, especially with Niece Motorsports,” said Benjamin.  “This team has had an incredibly strong start to the 2019 season, so I feel fortunate to continue to build on that momentum and hopefully put together some solid finishes.”

By the age of 19, the Easley, South Carolina native, had earned five wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, including three victories from the pole position.

Following Texas Motor Speedway, Benjamin will return to action at Iowa Speedway, on June 15, the site of one of his K&N victories.

Benjamin will also take the wheel at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The 21-year-old driver has two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts to his credit, both coming last season at Martinsville Speedway.  He did not start outside of the top-five in either event, earning two top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish in the spring, and leading a combined total of 80 laps.

Additionally, Benjamin has eight starts under his belt in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, coming in 2017 and 2018.  In those eight starts, Benjamin earned two poles; qualifying in the top-10 in seven races and in the top-12 for all eight.  He earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes in those eight starts and led multiple laps in half of those starts.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will take the green flag from Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

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DGR-Crosley announced today the addition of six races to Natalie Decker's Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. 
The 21-year-old Eagle River, Wis. native, joined DGR-Crosley's driver development program earlier this year with plans of running 11 Gander Trucks races. With the support of her longtime partner N29 Technologies, Decker will now be piloting her No. 54 Toyota Tundra in 17 races throughout the season.
Decker's Gander Trucks schedule for the remainder of the 2019 season is as follows: Dover International Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., and Homestead-Miami Speedway. 
Decker has three Gander Trucks starts under her belt in 2019. Her first start at Daytona International Speedway ended in a fiery crash. After a rough debut in Daytona, Decker and her N29 Technologies team went to the 1.5-mile tracks of Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway where they finished 24th and 13th respectively.
"I'm so excited to add more races with DGR-Crosley," said Decker. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be with this team. David [Gilliland] does such a great job with putting the right people in the right positions, and I'm learning so much and enjoy working with Frank [Kerr, crew chief] and all my guys. I didn't think that I would be racing this much this year in the Trucks, but I'm so excited that we are. I love competing in the Truck Series - it's challenging but so fun. Looking forward to continuing to learn as much as possible and putting together solid finishes. This year is all about learning and getting experience."
Team co-owner David Gilliland thinks the added races will be beneficial to Decker and her young career. 
"I think it's great that Natalie and N29 Technologies have decided to pick up more races this season," said Gilliland. "Seat time is so important, and we see her progressing and learning every race. She has a great team of people helping her, and consistently keeping her in the seat is going to be very beneficial."
Decker's next race will be on May 3 at the one-mile track of Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

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The month of April is Autism Awareness month and to help increase awareness, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) driver Stewart Friesen and Halmar Friesen Racing will have a very special paint scheme on the No. 52 HFR Chevrolet Silverado at Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the race on May 3.


Friesen and his wife, Jessica, have a special connection to the cause since their son, Parker, was diagnosed on the autism spectrum shortly after his first birthday. Parker, who is now three years old, attends Crossroads Center for Children in Schenectady, N.Y., and the Friesen family will give back to the school to help Parker and other children by donating proceeds from his special paint scheme at Dover next month.


The Silverado will have 50 puzzle pieces to which supporters can add their names by donating to For a $1,000 donation, fans can add their name to a puzzle piece on the truck, but items such as t-shirts and decals are available as well for smaller donations. Tax deductible donations to the school would help with technology updates and support, materials for teaching, play and social skills and allowing the school to offer salary and benefits to staff in order to retain dedicated people.


“Jessica and I have been thinking about ways to give back to our local community for a while and the Crossroads Center has done so much for our son, Parker,” Friesen said. “By raising money for them to have the funding they desperately need, it not only helps Parker, but so many kids in our area who are on the autism spectrum or have other developmental needs. We have been thrilled with the support we have received so far, and our goal is to see this Silverado on track at Dover next month with names on all the puzzle pieces.”


“Crossroads is grateful for the support we receive from our community,” said executive director, Kelly Young. “In an attempt to keep up with our public school counterparts, we rely on fundraising and donations to provide the best possible program for our students. We are privileged to serve so many students from across the Capital District. HFR has provided us with a unique opportunity to share our mission and message with a new audience, while raising much needed funds.


“While most students here have diagnoses with autism, we also have children here with other developmental special needs, as well as preschool children who make our daycare/nursery program a wonderfully integrated learning setting for all. Special education and related services are provided, and programming is highly individualized.”


Heading into Texas Motor Speedway's Longhorn 350 first in points and with a second place finish there in 2018, things looked good for Stewart Friesen in 2019.  He had even captured the pole last year in Texas, and had again just the week before in Martinsville. All things considered, Texas was among Halmar-Friesen Racing's best shots at a truck series win.

Friesen qualified in the ninth position but was relegated to the rear of the field after it became necessary to change engines in the no. 52 Halmar International Chevy Silverado.  What may have seemed like a death sentence for that potential win, ended up being far from it.  Though only achieving a second place finish, Friesen was able to make short work of the traffic in front of him, breaking into the top 10 within stage 1 of the race.

Friesen has extended his lead of the points standings to six points over second place after picking up an additional 49 series points at Texas.  Despite the HFR team's hunger for a win, their strategy of consistency is paying off so far, but a win would guarantee Friesen a spot in the playoffs.

Coming in just behind the first place Kyle Busch, Friesen had this to say, “It's frustrating for sure. I thought we had Kyle (Busch) there at the end but we got loose and that was it. We didn't have another chance to get back up to him.We continue to get better but we just need to have a flawless night in order to get that first win. Coming up through the field was tough for a little bit through the dirty air. I was lucky enough to get some restarts where the trucks would get loose underneath each other and slide up and punch a pretty big hole I could get through. It was good, we got some breaks coming up through the field and we came close at the end. Overall happy with second but still waiting to finally get to victory lane."

With a break in the NGOTS till May, Friesen plans to get back to Dirt Racing in the Northeast, where he's already off to a winning season.  Sunday, April 7th, Friesen will hit Middletown NY's Orange County Fair Speedway for the kick-off to their 100th season of racing.  This is a track near and dear to Friesen as it is the home track to many of his Halmar Racing teammates and is a track he often performs well at.  In 2018, Friesen captured a win at the Eastern States 200, Northeast Dirt Racing's oldest Championship weekend.


Texas Race Information:
Started: 7th
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2: 12th
Finished: 3rd
Laps: 147/147
Laps Led: 7
Status: Running
Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 6th
"It was an eventful night with our Tenda Ford F-150. I can't thank the guys at ThorSport enough for working their tails off. It was a hard-fought third-place finish. We battled for track position and then at the end we decided to get four tires and forgo track position. I don't think I've ever had that kind of night where you just felt like nothing you were doing was right and ended up finishing third."
2019 Stats:
Starts: 5
Laps Completed: 721/772
Laps Led: 28
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Average start: 11.0
Average finish: 9.0

Texas Race Information:
Started: 12th
Stage 1: 12th
Stage 2: 2nd
Finished: 5th
Laps: 147/147
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th
"We were off. We still need to be better on the short run and have better short run speed that we didn't have tonight. In the end it wasn't a bad day for our Flex Seal / Menards Ford F-150 and ThorSport as a group."
2019 Stats:
Starts: 5
Laps Completed: 772/772
Laps Led: 4
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Average start: 11.6
Average finish: 7.0
 Texas Race Information:
Started: 1st
Stage 1: 1st
Stage 2: 7th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 147/147
Laps Led: 8
Status: Running
Driver Points: 2nd
Owner Points: 4th
"Overall a solid night. We had good speed, and good drivability. We lost track position after Stage 1, but we were able to get it back, just never could get back to that front row. Honestly, I think if we could have restarted on the front row we would have been hard to beat. You had to go for it on every one of those restarts to try and get track position, and it seems like someone would run into me, or I'd get loose. All three of those last restarts I had to save it. Overall, fourth is a solid night for us. We won a stage, and got that much needed playoff point, which will help us later on down the road."
2019 Stats:
Starts: 5 
Laps Completed: 771/772
Laps Led: 14
Wins: 0 
Poles: 1
Top-five Finishes: 3
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Average start: 6.8
Average finish: 5.4 

Texas Race Information:
Started: 8th
Stage 1 Finish: 2nd
Stage 2 Finish: 3rd
Finished: 10th
Laps: 147/147
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 3rd
Owner Points: 5th
"Tough night for our Carolina Nut team. We had a top five going for sure and were battling with four trucks for the lead. The opportunity for the win was there. I am thankful for that but still upset with how competitors were racing. Without contact from other trucks we would have a lot of better finishes so far this season. The positives though are that we have contended for wins many times so far this season. Thank you to ThorSport Racing, The Carolina Nut Company, and Ford Performance!"

2019 Stats:
Starts: 5
Laps Completed: 750/772
Laps Led: 32
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Average start: 14.2
Average finish: 11.2
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