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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

Kyle Busch continued his winning ways out west.

Busch held off Stewart Friesen by 1.269-seconds for his fourth-consecutive NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season and his fourth-career win at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch led a race-high 97 laps in the Vankor 350 en route to his 55th career series win and his 202nd among NASCAR’s top three national series.

"Those guys were able to keep up with us just way too much throughout the night,” Busch said. “You know, it's a better race that way when they're able to keep up. That means we need to go to work and work harder in order to get ourselves faster.”

Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, Tyler Dippel, Brennan Poole and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 10 finishers. The race was slowed by 10 cautions—tying the series track record.

Enfinger led the field to green. Stage 1 was slowed by four cautions the first involving Todd Gilliland, Chastain and Brennan Poole coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 3. Gilliland slid through the front stretch grass but continued on.

Harrison Burton, who started 10th, spun into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 11.

“I got loose on corner entry and just lost it,” said Burton, who finished 31st. “Happy I’m ok. Happy I’ve got a good team behind me.”

Angela Ruch and Gus Dean triggered the third caution in Turn 2 on Lap 18. Dean’s damage was too much to overcome. He wrecked again on Lap 26 and called it a night.

Enfinger won his first stage of the season. He beat ThorSport Racing teammate Ben Rhodes to the line by .034-seconds. However, a pit road penalty mired Enfinger in the back of the pack and he spent the next two stages working his way forward.

“This was our first normal race of the season,” Enfinger told the No. 98 ThorSport team following his third top-five finish of the season. “Let’s keep doing this and the wins will come.”

Busch inherited the lead to start Stage 2 on Lap 42. Six laps later, Anthony Alfredo, who restarted sixth, lost control of his truck following contact with Stewart Friesen entering Turn 1. The No. 54 truck hit the wall and erupted into flames. NASCAR red-flagged the race for 15:51. Busch remained on the point with Crafton, Chastain, Bubba Wallace and Brett Moffitt in tow for the Lap 57 restart. Busch held on for his sixth stage win in 2019.

With a fuel-only pit stop, Sauter took the lead out of the pits on Lap 75. He quickly faded allowing Busch to regain the lead followed by Moffitt. Moffitt barreled past Busch on the outside exiting Turn 2 on Lap 99 with Rhodes, Friesen and Enfinger in pursuit. Four laps later, Korbin Forrister spun in Turn 2 to ignite the ninth caution.

Busch held the lead through the 10th and final caution on Lap 116. Friesen, who started from the rear after an engine change, battled Busch on the final restart. Although it took Friesen 10 laps to lead one circuit, his time at the point was short-lived. He would settle for second—the fifth runner-up result of his career.

“The last couple of laps were just mad,” Friesen said after his best finish of the year. “We were just tight. I just got loose underneath him. He gave me some room. Originally, I thought he was right there on my quarter. But he was doing what he had to do. After that, I was just tight. Proud of my guys. Proud of Halmar. Man, just a bummer. I thought we could have got him if we had got cleared.”

With 21 laps to go, Moffitt made contact with Rhodes battling for fourth, causing his left rear tire to go flat. Although Moffitt kept the No. 24 Chevrolet off the wall, he was forced to pit for tires and dropped to 19th, two laps off the pace.

"The No. 24 (Moffitt) was who I was really worried about and then something happened to him and then (Friesen) was really fast and on our tailgate the whole finish of that race until about the last five laps," Busch said.

"I don't know if he just got heated up or what back there. He put up a good fight and about got to me a couple times there and fortunately I was able to hold out and keep this truck up front. We just lacked a little bit of overall speed tonight and we didn't have exactly what we wanted.”

Busch returned to the lead with 20 laps to go and held the point to the finish. Friesen leads the Gander Outdoors Truck Series standings by six points over Grant Enfinger.

Kyle Busch scored his fourth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch, making his fourth series start of the 2019 season through five races, started fourth on the leaderboard and led 97 of the 147 laps.

“It was a pretty good night for us. I wish it was faster,” said Busch after getting the win. “I thought we were pretty good. Not as good as we wanted to be once we stacked up next to the field. The 24 (Brett Moffitt) was really fast and the 52 (Stewart Friesen) was really fast. They made me work for it. They certainly got my money’s worth tonight.”

Stewart Friesen did everything he could to get around eventual race winner Kyle Busch in the waning laps. When the checkered flag waved, Friesen, who finished stage one in third and fifth in stage two, sat second in the running order. The No. 52 Chevrolet led the field for one circuit on Friday.

“The 24 (Brett Moffitt) was, who I was really worried about and then something happened with him and then the 52 (Stewart Friesen) was really fast and right there on our tailgate the whole finish of that race until about the last five laps,” Busch later said after the race in victory lane. “I don’t know if he just got heated up or what back there. He put up a good fight and about got to me a couple of times there and fortunately I was just able to hold out and keep the Cessna Tundra upfront and keep it out front. Those guys were just able to keep up with us way too much throughout the night, I thought.”

The win on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway marks the 55th career victory in the series for Busch. The win total across all three of NASCAR’s National Series now sits at 202 for the Las Vegas native as he looks to sweep the weekend at the 1.5-mile oval.

Through 149 career Gander Outdoors Truck Series races, Busch has 97 top five and 117 top 10 finishes.

As for second-place finisher Stewart Friesen, he goes into a five-week break with three top five and four top 10 finishes.

Johnny Sauter rounded out the top three finishers in Friday’s Vankor 350K. Sauter, driving the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford, led seven laps and sat ninth in stage one and 12th in stage two.

Pole-winner Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, Tyler Dippel, Brennan Poole and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 10.

Turn two was very busy as far as race incidents went on Friday. The first victims over there included Angela Ruch and Gus Dean on lap 18. Dean continued while Ruch was done for the evening.

Anthony Alfredo later found himself in an incident over in turn two. Alfredo, piloting the No. 54 Toyota, was done on lap 48 as his truck went around and caught on fire. The field went under the red flag for 15-minutes and 51 seconds while crews cleaned up fluid and attended the damaged No. 54 Toyota.

Korbin Forrister later went around in turn two on lap 102 while the ninth yellow flag came out on lap 116 for Codie Rohrbaugh. Rohrbaugh finished 23rd while Forrister finished 24th as a result.

The first yellow flag came out for a three-truck incident on the frontstretch. The lap three melee involved Todd Gilliland, Ross Chastain and Brennan Poole. All three drivers continued their way despite the on-track incident.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will take a five-week hiatus. The JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway will take place at 5:00 p.m. ET. on May 3rd. The 200-lap event will air live on FOX Sports 1 and MRN Radio.

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 2000 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) champion and 19-time Monster Energy Cup Series winner Greg Biffle will pilot the team's No. 51 Tundra in the June 7 Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth. In preparation for the June event, Biffle is scheduled to make an undetermined number of laps in one of today's practice sessions for the Vankor 350 while owner-driver Kyle Busch will still pilot the No. 51 for the majority of both practice sessions.
 
"As we were putting the finishing touches on our driver lineup for this year, we found ourselves looking for someone to drive the No. 51 Tundra in the June race and we are fortunate to be putting a driver of Greg's caliber behind the wheel," Busch said. "I've been friends with Greg for a long time and we've always joked about how it would be cool for him to drive trucks again. When this opportunity came about the talks got serious and we both decided it was smart decision. Not only is he capable of stepping right in and getting another win for the No. 51 team as we work towards the Owner's Championship, he will also be an experienced teammate for Harrison (Burton) and Todd (Gilliland) to lean on that weekend as they try to secure a spot in the playoffs and pursue another Truck Series Driver's Championship for our organization. Once we worked things out with Greg to race for us in the June event, we made a last-minute decision for him to get in the truck and make some laps in practice today and began working on getting all of the proper approvals and paperwork completed so that he is able to do so."
 
"I've always said that I would return to NASCAR in the right situation and when Kyle and I started talking about that KBM needed a driver for the June Texas race I felt like this was the right opportunity to return to the track and I'm thankful for the opportunity to be able to drive such good equipment," Biffle said. "I started my career in the Truck Series and it was one of the greatest times of my life, so it's going to be a lot of fun to get back behind the wheel of a truck."
Biffle, who has not competed in a NASCAR event since the Cup Series finale in 2016, has 16 wins, 12 poles, 42 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes, resulting in an average finish of 9.1 across 81 career NGOTS starts. He captured Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors in 1998, finished second in the championship standings in 1999 and then won the series championship in 2000. In addition to his 16 Truck Series wins, the Washington-state native earned the NASCAR Xfinity Series crown in 2002 and has 20 wins in that series as well as 19 Monster Energy Cup Series victories.
 
He started from the pole and led 120 of 167 laps en route to victory in the June NGOTS Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway in 2000 and also won the April Cup Series race in both 2005 and 2012.
 
A sponsor announcement for Biffle's return to the Truck Series will come at a later date.
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Fresh off a top-10 finish this past weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) driver Darrell Wallace Jr. returns to AM Racing for Friday night’s Vankor 350k at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
For the fifth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race of the year, AM Racing will carry the brand of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, while also commemorating GO TEXAN and their 20th-year celebration for Wallace’s fifth start at the 1.5-mile speedway.
 
Sorghum is the world’s fifth-most important grain crop and is grown on approximately 100 million acres worldwide, including approximately six million acres in the U.S. Currently, Texas and Kansas account for 80 percent of U.S. sorghum production.

The Sorghum Checkoff focuses on developing direct awareness of the benefits of using sorghum as a fuel and feedstock in the ethanol industry and urges consumers to choose E15 at the pumps. Ethanol serves as the foundation of demand for the sorghum industry, as ethanol producers typically use about one-third of the sorghum crop to produce clean-burning, high octane fuel.

The Sorghum Checkoff program was introduced to AM Racing through GO TEXAN who is celebrating its third year of partnership with the team and serving as the primary partner on AM Racing’s truck for a majority of the 2019 season.
 
In Wallace’s previous four starts in the Lone Star state, he has delivered three top-10 finishes, including a personal-track best of sixth in his track debut in 2013 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
 
After finishing 10th at Martinsville and adding to the team’s top-10 run in the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the team seeks their third top-10 to kickoff the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season.
 
“I’m looking forward to having “Bubba” back in the truck this weekend at Texas,” offered crew chief Eddie Troconis. “We made great strides at Martinsville this past weekend and rebuilt our communication and I feel like we can go to Texas and equal or better our showing from Martinsville.
 
“Historically, Texas has been a solid track for Bubba and if we can earn another top-10 finish – it will be a performance that will give our team some much-welcomed momentum heading into our spring break.”
 
AM Racing general manager Kevin Cywinski noted that Texas is one of the team’s marquee events this season and has put a lot of emphasis on their No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for the first of two races at the Fort Worth facility this weekend.
 
“We feel very confident about the truck we are bringing to the track this weekend,” offered Cywinski.
 
“Eddie and the team have been working very hard since Martinsville to make sure the truck is to their liking. We want to be better on the mile-and-a-half tracks this year and we believe the feedback from Bubba will allow us to enhance our on-track product for the rest of the Truck Series season.”
 
In addition to the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, AM Racing partners  GO TEXAN will serve as a major associate partner on March 29.
 
GO TEXAN was established in 1999 to promote Texas agriculture products under one easily recognized trademark- an iconic brand in the shape of Texas. 

Fast forward 20 years and TDA’s award-winning campaign continues to thrive as a powerful marketing catalyst; envied by competitors yet admired and respected on a worldwide stage.
 
This year, AM Racing has started a rocker panel program where GO TEXAN members can ride alongside the famous mark with their own branded logo being featured on the truck.
 
AM Racing associate partners Flying Circle and CForce are also proud GO TEXAN products.
 
Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas productsrestaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.

To learn about the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and sorghum’s benefits, please visit sorghumcheckoff.com.

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.

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.

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The Vankor 350k (147 laps| 220.5 miles) is the fifth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., March 28 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Mar. 29 beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 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 (Central).

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Chad Finley Racing (CFR) announced today that NASCAR veteran driver Garrett Smithley will drive the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado in Friday night’s Vankor 350k at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).

CFR mainstay driver Robby Lyons was scheduled to drive the team’s truck in the fifth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race of the season, but in an effort to give back, Lyons has agreed to allow Smithley make some of his own history.

Lyons wanted to see Smithley, a close friend have the opportunity to pull off a tripleheader for the first time in his NASCAR career.

The friendship between Smithley and Lyons dials back to nearly a decade when Smithley was instrumental in helping Lyons get established as a professional race car driver.

“Garrett has done so much for me and this was a way of giving back to him and showing how much, I appreciate the sacrifices he made for me,” offered Robby Lyons.

“I know he will do a great job and I’ll be at Texas this weekend supporting the team and Garrett and look forward to seeing him bring home a good finish on Friday night.”

In addition to Chad Finley Racing, Smithley will drive the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and pilot the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, March 31st.

“It will be a memorable weekend for me for sure,” added Smithley. “There are so many people that have allowed me the chance to make my own piece of history this weekend at Texas and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

CFR housed in Mooresville, N.C.-had the intentions to run the full NGTOS schedule this season – but two early setbacks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway respectively, plus the team’s hauler being damaged upon exit of the Atlanta grounds unexpectedly put the team behind.

With a few weeks off and determination from the crew, the team is recharged and ready to return to battle.

“Bob I (Lyons) and I are very proud of our Chad Finley Racing team,” said CFR owner Jeff Finley.

“We had some tough luck to start 2019, but we have worked very hard to hit the reset button and feel like we can go to Texas this weekend with Garrett and show everyone what we’re capable of.

“From Texas, we’ll take the spring break and work hard to make sure we’re in a strong position come Dover in May.”

Smithley, a native of Ligonier, Pa. will make his first Truck Series appearance since Kentucky Speedway in July 2016 and eye his first top-10 in eight career starts.

His effort on Friday night will be supported by Grand Prairie, Tex.-based Trophy Tractor.

Trophy Tractor offers a cost-effective alternative to the purchase and rental of new equipment with quality low hour used equipment. We specialize in the sale and rental of haul trucks, loaders, dozers, scrapers, excavators, compactors, graders and water equipment.

“I really appreciate this honor to drive for Chad Finley Racing and can’t thank Robby (Lyons), Bob (Lyons) and Jeff (Finley) enough for this opportunity with Trophy Tractor,” sounded Smithley. “I’m excited to go to Texas this weekend and help the team build on their program and have an opportunity to contend for a strong finish.

“Texas is a great race track and despite its still relatively new surface, I think it holds the opportunity to showcase a strong race for the fans and competitors. It sure would be great to kick off the weekend with a top-10 finish.”

Motorsports veteran Bruce Cook will continue to lead the operation as crew chief for the team’s third Truck Series race of 2019.

The Vankor 350k (147 laps| 220.5 miles) is the fifth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., March 28 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Mar. 29 beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 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 (Central).

For additional information on Chad Finley Racing please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

For more on Trophy Tractor, please visit trophytractor.com.

CFR PR

The start of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season for CR7 Motorsports and Codie Rohrbaugh (@RohrbaughRacing) hasn’t gone exactly as planned, but the team heads to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) determined to hit the reset button.
Armed with new crew chief Doug George and the leadership of team manager Mark Huff, the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) competitor returns to the Lone Star state seeking his first career top-10 finish.
And with an emphasis put towards the team’s mile-and-a-half program, Rohrbaugh hopes to deliver a strong effort in his No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet Silverado and get his year back on track.
“We head to Texas looking to turn our season around,” said Rohrbaugh. “We’ve had some hardship at Daytona and Martinsville, but the determination in our team is resilient.
"I feel very confident in the truck we’re bringing to the track this weekend and know that a good finish Friday night could give us a much-needed boost.”
Texas Motor Speedway was the last race for Rohrbaugh during the 2018 NGOTS season and while the team started deep in the field in 26th, the team made great strides during the race and finished a respectable 17th.
“I’m hoping what I learned at Texas last year will be a benefit to us this weekend,” added Rohrbaugh. “I know Doug (George) has made some suggestions for our truck and I’m excited to see how that will unfold. The biggest factor for us this week is to make sure we can keep up with the handling of our No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet since we’ll practice and qualify during the day but race at night.
“We’ll be confident and focused and look for a memorable night in Texas. They say everything is big in Texas.”
Skipping the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway last November to focus on the 2019 season, Rohrbaugh hopes the team’s decision to forgo the season finale will pay off on March 29th.
“The mile-and-a-half tracks will make the bread and butter of our season and we wanted to put a lot of time and effort into our program to make sure we’re as competitive as possible,” added Rohrbaugh.
“While things didn’t go our way at Daytona and Martinsville, we know where we need to improve with those trucks and feel like can show everyone what our CR7 Motorsports team is capable of on Friday night.”
Following Texas, CR7 Motorsports will return to the ARCA Menards Series tour at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Apr. 26 before returning to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
In 19 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh twice at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 2018 and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2019). He has qualified a career-best fourth on four different occasions including at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 2018).
Marketing partnership(s) opportunities are available for the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet and No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for the 2019 ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series seasons and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.257.8783.
The Vankor 350k (147 laps| 220.5 miles) is the fifth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., March 28 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Mar. 29 beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 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 (Central). 
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Eyeing their third NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) start of the season, Jesse Little (@JesseLittle97) and his JJL Motorsports team welcome a number of partners and supporters for Friday night's Vankor 350k at Texas Motor Speedway.
 

Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access system that are easy to install returns to the family-owned team Friday night as the primary partner of the team's No. 97 Ford F-150.

"Thrilled to have Skuttle Tight back on board this weekend," offered Little.  
"They have been a great partner for us over the two seasons and Chad Kompelien has been one of our biggest supporters, so we're looking forward to another opportunity to better our seventh-place run from Texas last November."
 
In addition to Skuttle Tight, JJL Motorsports will have associate sponsorship support from Parker FiberNet and new partner Dkota Investments.
 
"Parker FiberNet is a new partner for JJL Motorsports this season and I appreciate them expanding their schedule to support us this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. David Parker and his family have really jumped into the sport with two feet and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to bring them home a strong finish under the lights."
 
The Sherrills Ford, N.C-based team will also bring on a new partner for the fifth Truck Series race of the season. Dkota Investments, a national company that provides build-to-suit facilities in the warehouse and mixed-use segments for large multi-national corporations, as well as smaller, privately owned businesses.
 
"We're thrilled to welcome Russ Leitch and Dkota Investments to JJL Motorsports," said team principal Jason Little. "It's a positive step for our team to bring a new sponsor to the table and we hope that we're able to expand our relationship throughout the 2019 season."
 
Longtime JJL Motorsports partners Visit Kingsport, Grindstaff Rub and PFC Brakes will also support the team for Friday night's race.
 
Looking forward, JJL Motorsports continues to work hard on securing additional partners and sponsors for the 2019 season including upcoming races at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May.
 
"It takes a lot of people to get our No. 97 Ford to the track each week and we can't do it without all our great supporters and partners," added Jason Little. "We would like to also welcome back Jim Davis and Steve Biddle, both have been critical supporters of the program for several years.  
 
"It's a huge effort that goes from top to bottom. We are one big family who strives for perfection and to get the best result possible. Texas was kind to us last fall and we're hoping for more of the same on Friday night."
 
Be sure to visit the JJL Motorsports social media platforms on Twitter (@JJL_Motorsports)and Facebook for the opportunity to win the V.I.P. giveaway experience at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway courtesy of Visit Kingsport now through April 5th.
 
For the fifth time in his Truck Series career, Little will compete at Texas's 1.5-mile oval.
 
In his four previous starts from 2015 to 2018, the NASCAR Next alumnus has posted four top-20 finishes, including a personal-best effort of seventh in his most recent trip to TMS last November.
 
"Texas is a very fast place, especially since the surface is still new," added Little. "We learned a lot last Fall and I think we can apply some of that data and fundamentals towards our effort this weekend. Look forward to working with my new crew chief Bill (Henderson). I'm excited for what's ahead."  
 
The Vankor 350k (147 laps| 220.5 miles) is the fifth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., March 28 from 3:05 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 5:05 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Mar. 29 beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 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 (Central).  
 
For more on Skuttle Tight, please visit skuttle-tight.com or by calling 1-866-SKUTTLE. Also visit them on Facebook (Skuttle Tight Inc.) or on Twitter @SkuttleTight.
 
To learn more about Parker FiberNet, please visit parkersystems.net. 

Visit Dkota Investments online at dkota.biz.
 
For all that Visit Kingsport has to offer, please visit visitkingsport.com.
 
For more on the Grindstaff Rub. Co and their products, please visit grindstaffrubs.com.
 
For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing. 
 
Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.
 
For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit  JJLRacing.com.
 
JJL Motorsports tweets too. Follow them @JJL_Motorsports.
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Martinsville Race Information:
Starts: 4 
Started: 8th
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 7th
Finished: 9th
Laps: 250/250
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 6th
 
"It was a hard-fought day for the No. 13 Tenda Ford F-150. It wasn't the result we wanted but we overcame a lot today with a loose plug wire, and flat tire that resulted in a commitment line violation. So, coming out of Martinsville with a top-10 finish shows how hard our team worked all day and ultimately get some bonus points."
 
2019 Stats:
Starts: 4
Laps Completed: 574/625
Laps Led: 21
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Average start: 12.0
Average finish: 10.5
   
 

 
Martinsville Race Information:
Stars: 2
Started: 15th
Stage 1: 13th
Stage 2: 9th
Finished: 6th
Laps: 250/250
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 19th
Owner Points: 25th
 
"We had a really strong showing at Martinsville for the TaxSlayer team. We were one of the fastest trucks on track throughout the race. So I'm proud of my guys for bringing me a great Ford F-150. Overall, I had a lot of fun. I'll be looking forward to when I can race another ThorSport truck soon!"
 
2019 Stats:
Starts: 2
Laps Completed: 312/361
Laps Led: 0
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 0
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Average start: 19.5
Average finish: 13.5
  
       
Martinsville Race Information:
Started: 6th
Stage 1: 6th
Stage 2: 12th
Finished: 8th
Laps: 250/250
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 10th
 
"The No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Ford F-150 had a solid day at Martinsville and was able to leave with an eighth-place finish in spite of having to restart in the back for the beginning of Stage 2 due to a pit road penalty. Not the finish I would have liked, but on to Texas."
 
2019 Stats:
Starts: 4
Laps Completed: 625/625
Laps Led: 4
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Average start: 11.5
Average finish: 7.5
 
  

  
Martinsville Race Information:
Started: 19th
Stage 1: 18th
Stage 2: 17th
Finished: 7th
Laps: 250/250
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 2nd
Owner Points: 4th
 
 
TOP-10 FINISH FOR GRANT ENFINGER AT MARTINSVILLE
 
"Overall, a long, tough day for us here at Martinsville. For whatever reason we didn't fire off in qualifying or the beginning of the race. I don't know if I just abused those tires, or if the truck just didn't like that set of tires, or what - we just didn't have speed at that point. Finally, when we were able to get that set of tires off, business picked up, but we lost all our track position by then. Ultimately, we were able to salvage a bad day here, and bring home an ok finish. Just disappointed with our performance today. I really felt like we had something to run up front with, and we really didn't. Overall proud of the guys. Proud of the calls that Jeff Hensley made in the pits in order to salvage what we could out of the day."
 
2019 Stats:
Starts: 4 
Laps Completed: 624/625
Laps Led: 6
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Average start: 8.2
Average finish: 5.8 

 
  
Martinsville Race Information:
Started: 16th
Stage 1 Finish: 12th
Stage 2 Finish: 2nd
Finished: 2nd
Laps: 250/250
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th
 
 
"I'm glad that we were able to get a solid finish and build some momentum for our season. Considering that we started 16th, the day went really well. The truck is fairly clean (not a lot of damage), and the crew is happy. We have something to build off of now and know how to be better to get the win. Our pit crew did a great job on pit road all day and I'm really proud of the efforts of the whole team. Thank you to The Carolina Nut Company, Ford Performance, and ThorSport Racing."


2019 Stats:
Starts: 4
Laps Completed: 603/625
Laps Led: 32
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Average start: 15.8
Average finish: 11.5
ThorSport Racing PR
Kyle Busch continued his dominating march with NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win number 54 and NASCAR national series win number 201 at Martinsville Speedway. The 33-year-old led a total of 174 of 250 laps after starting the race in the second position in the No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra. In three NGOTS starts in 2019, Busch has earned three victories.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • In three rounds of group qualifying at the .526-mile oval, Busch posted the second-fastest lap and started the race on the front row.
  • Within 8 laps, Busch had made his way into the lead and he maintained that position at the front through the end of the first stage.
  • Busch earned the stage win, and crew chief Rudy Fugle brought him to pit road following the stage for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
 Stage Two Recap:
  • Busch began the second stage in the second position, but soon took the lead.
  • He reported that his Toyota Tundra needed to stay in the race track more, and under caution on lap 117, Fugle called him to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
  • The stop cost him track position and the owner-driver spent the remainder of the second stage in the third position.
 Stage Three Recap:
  • The driver of the No. 51 Cessna Tundra started the third stage in the third position.
  • Busch and Fugle opted to conserve tires and ride in the third position until about 70 laps to go when Busch began to move toward the front. After a short battle with the No. 45, Busch retook the point position, which he maintained through multiple late race cautions and a last lap yellow flag that ended the race.
  • In his 148th series start, Busch earned his 54th career victory and third of the season in three starts.

KBM PR

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