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Harrison Burton tied his career-best NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series finish with a third-place result in Friday's JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway. After qualifying ninth, Burton positioned the Safelite Tundra inside the top three for the majority of the final two stages, taking the lead momentarily with a three-wide pass with just over 80 laps remaining.
 
The 18-year-old driver was on the bumper of Sheldon Creed for the lead with just under 50 laps remaining when a two-truck accident slowed the field for the fourth time. Teams hit pit road for their final scheduled-pit stop and Burton exited pit road the fourth driver with four fresh tires, which lined him up sixth for the restart with 41 laps remaining.
 
The Safelite Tundra was scored in the third spot when the final caution of the race occurred with 10 laps remaining. Burton would maintain the third position on a restart with five laps remaining and crossed the stripe there as well, earning his third-career third-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Burton started the 200-lap event from the ninth position and methodically began to maneuver his way forward. He settled into the seventh spot for the first 23 laps before making his way around his Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) teammate Raphael Lessard for sixth on lap 29.
  • On the final lap of the opening stage, the second-generation driver was able to pick up one more position to come home fifth. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • Burton communicated to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that his Safelite Tundra was "tight landing" before hitting pit road for four fresh tires and fuel with an air pressure adjustment.
  • The Safelite Tundra lined up sixth when Stage Two went green on lap 54. He would remain in the sixth spot for the duration of the segment. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • Burton communicated that his Toyota was still "tight landing," before hitting pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment.
  • The No. 18 team restarted sixth when the Final Stage went green on lap 98. He quickly picked up two positions and was scored fourth when the third caution of the race occurred on lap 111. After Johnny Sauter failed to maintain his position under caution trying to save fuel, Burton moved up to the third position.
  • The field went back green on lap 117 and Burton flexed his muscle, diving to the inside of the top-two trucks as the field entered Turn 1. The top three raced three-wide for an entire lap with the Safelite Tundra leading lap 118 before settling into the runner-up spot the next lap.
  • Burton got back to the bumper of the leader with 50 laps remaining and made a move for the lead, but unable to complete the pass.
  • After the field was slowed for the fourth time, the leaders hit pit road for their final scheduled stops. Once again, Burton reported that his Toyota was "still on the tight side," before getting his final four Goodyear tires and enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.
  • Burton advanced from sixth to fourth on the ensuing restart before another caution quickly occurred.
  • The Safelite Tundra lined up fourth for the restart with 36 laps remaining and once again gained two more positions before the field came back to the stripe. He fell back to the third spot with 30 laps remaining, where he remained until the sixth caution of the day came out with nine laps remaining and set up a five-lap shootout to the finish.
  • Burton restarted third and would remain third over the final five laps. The third-place finish was the third of his career, tying his career-best result that he achieved twice last season.

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Derek Kraus made a late-race charge in the Bill McAnally Racing No. 19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra to finish eighth in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday.

 

It marked the second top-10 finish in just his third series start for the 17-year-old and matched the eighth-place finish he notched in his series debut late last season.

 

“It was a good race,” said the NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin. “We had a good No. 19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra.”

 

Kraus, who started 15th at the high-banked track known as the Monster Mile, emphasized the importance of running up front.

 

“Clean air and track position are so huge at these races,” he said. “We fell back a little at the beginning. Once we got clean air, we got going toward the front. It was a good day overall.”

 

Kraus said he learned a lot during the 200-lap event, which benefited him as the race went on.

 

“You have to stay consistent and you have to be really aggressive on the restarts,” he said. “I feel like the longer I ran, the better I got as a driver.”

 

Friday’s race, which was won by Johnny Sauter, is the second of four events Kraus is scheduled to run this year with BMR in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Those four races 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. He 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, Kraus 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 weekend and is headed to Virginia for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East doubleheader at South Boston Speedway on Saturday.

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You can call him the Dover Dominator.

With a No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford that was strongest at the end of Saturday’s Jegs 200 at Dover International Speedway, Johnny Sauter beat pole winner Brett Moffitt to the finish line after a late restart to win his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race of the season and his third straight the Monster Mile.

The former series champion, who returned to ThorSport this season after a less-than-amicable split with GMS Racing, could hardly contain himself after taking the checkered flag .603 seconds ahead of Moffitt, the reigning series champion, who signed with GMS during the offseason.

"When you get kicked to the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove," Sauter said in Victory Lane. "I have to thank (owners) Duke and Rhonda Thorson most importantly— a couple months ago I didn't know if I'd be racing.

"To get three in a row here is extra special. I have to thank these guys. I was highly motivated. I shut the motor off earlier today in the race and it wouldn't re-fire and I was like, 'Oh well.' Track position was so important, but experience paid off.

“It's so special. This ranks up there as one of the biggest wins of my career. We've got to keep it going—that's the main goal here, not to get complacent. I knew after Atlanta (where Sauter finished second on Feb. 23) we'd have a shot to win races. I felt like we gave one away at Martinsville but got it today.”

Moffitt won the first 45-lap stage wire-to-wire and held the lead with nine laps left in Stage 2. But Sauter charged from third to first in two laps, passing Moffitt for the lead—and ultimately the stage win on Lap 82.

Saving fuel during the final run, however, Sauter was turning his ignition off and on under caution, but the engine wouldn’t re-fire. Eventually he let the clutch out and the truck started, but Sauter fell to eighth for a restart on Lap 160.

Systematically, he worked his way back through the field, aided by a subsequent caution. He restarted sixth on Lap 166 after an accident that KO’d the No. 2 truck of Sheldon Creed. On Lap 170 Sauter navigated around both Moffitt and third-place finisher Harrison Burton to take the lead.

From that point on, Moffitt pursued Sauter to the finish line.

“It’s all about track position, really,” Moffitt said. “When we were out front, we could lead and won the first stage, but it was just a lot of traffic cost us track position that we never got back.”

ThorSport teammates Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes finished fourth, fifth and sixth, followed by Austin Hill, Derek Kraus, Tyler Ankrum and Ross Chastain, who recorded his sixth top 10 in six races this season.

Johnny Sauter held off 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Champion Brett Moffitt to win Friday's JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Brett Moffitt started from the pole and led a race-high 82 laps in the 200-lap race.

It was Sauter's third straight win at Dover International Speedway and his 24th career victory in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. For Sauter, this was his first win of the 2019 season since returning to his former team ThorSport Racing.

"When you get kicked in the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove," Johnny Sauter told FS1. "I can't thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson enough.

"A couple months ago, i didn't know if i would be racing. To get three in a row is extra special. I was highly motivated. This is so special. It ranks up there as one of the beast wins of my career."

Sauter won Friday's race by 0.603 seconds over Brett Moffitt of GMS Racing after starting second alongside Moffitt.

Rounding out the top five were: Brett Moffitt in second, Harrison Burton in third, Grant Enfinger in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.

Friday's race featured 11 lead changes among six drivers including: Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Harrison Burton, Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger and Sheldon Creed.

The race also featured six cautions over the course of Friday's race. Of the six cautions, four were result of on-track incidents and two were the stage cautions after the end of each stage.

Rounding out the top ten were: Ben Rhodes in sixth, Austin Hill in seventh, Derek Kraus in eighth, Tyler Ankrum in ninth and Ross Chastain in tenth.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will head into Kansas Speedway next Friday May 10, in the running of the Digital Ally 250 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Stage 1 Winner: Brett Moffitt

Stage 2 Winner: Johnny Sauter

Race Winner: Johnny Sauter

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.

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

For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR. 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. 

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.

For more on Kreuz Market, please visit kreuzmarket.com. like them on Facebook (KreuzMarketLockhart) and follow them on Twitter (@kreuzmarket).

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).
 
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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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.

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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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