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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

After qualifying was washed out on Saturday afternoon at World Wide Technology Raceway, Chandler Smith was left with the 25th-starting position based on the Owner's points position of the No. 46 team, which runs a limited schedule. Smith would make his way into the top 10 for the majority of his second career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start and finished in the fourth spot, four spots better than his debut a week ago at Iowa Speedway in Newton.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Smith started the 160-lap event from the 25th spot after Saturday's qualifying session was cancelled due to rain and the field was set based on Gander Trucks owner's points. The talented teenager had also competed in Saturday's ARCA Menards Series race at the 1.25-mile oval, which ended about 20 minutes before driver introductions started for the Gander Trucks race.
  • By the time the first caution of the race occurred on lap four he had moved up four spots. On lap 10, the 16-year-old driver was scored in the 19th position and had moved up to the 14th spot when Stage One came to a completion on 35.
  • Smith reported that the iBUYPOWER/828 Logistics Tundra had "fired off snug and then balanced out.". 
Stage Two Recap:  
  • Veteran crew chief Marcus Richmond called for a right-side tires and fuel stop with a trackbar adjustment in an effort to try to improve track position for his young driver.
  • The move worked, as the No. 46 Toyota was scored in the seventh position when Stage Two went green on lap 43. The Georgia native fell back to the 10th position on lap 57, as he tried to learn as much as he could in just his second career Truck Series start.
  • Around lap 65, Smith appeared to have found something, as he began turning lap times as fast as the top trucks. On the final lap of Stage Two he was able to move up one position to ninth.
  • He reported that he was "aero tight in traffic," before hitting pit road between stages and that he may have brushed the wall in the closing laps of the stage. 
Final Stage Recap:  
  • Richmond ordered up four-tire and fuel stop with adjustments in an effort to improve the handling for his young driver. The iBUYPOWER/828 Logistics Tundra would be scored in the 13th position when the Final Stage went green on lap 77.
  • When a two-truck accident slowed the field for the fourth time on lap79, he had fallen back one spot to the 14th position.
  • On the lap-85 restart Smith surged two spots to 12th, three laps later he returned to the top 10 and on lap 89 he gained another two spots. On lap 91 he captured the seventh spot, where he would remain for the several laps as a long-green flag run had ensued.
  • With 55 laps remaining he maneuvered past Grant Enfinger for the sixth spot, but found over a two-second gap to teammate Todd Gilliland for the fifth position.
  • Over the next 20 laps he reeled in Gilliland and completed the pass for fifth. With 30 laps remaining, teams began hitting pit road for their final scheduled stop. With 28 laps remaining, Richmond ordered up a two-tire stop with just enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.
  • When pit stops cycled through with just under 20 laps remaining, the No. 46 Toyota was scored in the eighth position. On lap 147, his KBM teammate Harrison Burton got tangled up with Sheldon Creed and Smith was able to dive to the bottom of both of them and come out in the sixth position when the caution flew.
  • Smith was scored sixth for the restart with seven laps remaining and gained one position by the time the field came back to the stripe the first time and moved into the top five with five laps remaining.
  • With two laps remaining a battled ensued in front of him for the second position and his teammate Christian Eckes went spinning. Smith would cross the stripe in the fourth position, earning his first Gander Trucks top-five finish in just his second career start. 

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For the third time this season Ross Chastain visited Victory Lane with Niece Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS).  This time, the win at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway counted towards Chastain’s bid to make the playoffs.

“This win means the world,” said Chastain.  “This team had a chip on their shoulder after last week.  We knew we needed to come here and win, and we were able to do that.  We didn’t have the fastest truck, but man we wanted it.  I’m so grateful to CarShield for coming on board this week; it feels great to bring them to victory lane.  A big thank you to our boss man Al Niece for allowing us the opportunity to do what we love.”

With clean air proving to be of utmost importance, Chastain and crew chief Phil Gould took a gamble late in the race, opting for a fuel-only pit stop.  The bold strategy call proved successful, ultimately moving Chastain to the lead as green flag pit stops cycled through.

The watermelon farmer from Alva, Florida was able to hold on to the lead, even through a late race restart with seven laps remaining.  The trucks behind Chastain had fresher tires, but the 26-year-old would not be denied.

“I’m so proud of this team,” said team owner Al Niece.  “Instead of letting what happened last week tear them apart, it only made them stronger and more determined to win.  Ross is a tremendous talent – this team has proven what they are capable of.”

Chastain’s push to make the playoffs to contend for the championship became a lot easier after Saturday night’s victory.  Coming into last night’s race, Chastain had six races to earn a win and move into the top-20 in NGOTS points to be eligible to compete for the championship.  After the victory, Chastain is 26th in points, just 38 points outside of the top-20.

The win comes on the heels of a tough week for the organization.  Chastain and team found Victory Lane last week at Iowa Speedway, only to have the win taken away following post-race inspection.

The team’s luck began to turn around when CarShield opted to hop on board and sponsor the No. 45 Chevrolet. 

Headquartered close to Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway, in nearby Saint Peters, Mo., CarShield offers vehicle service contracts designed to pick up where automobile owners’ existing warranty drops off and to fill gaps in coverage. CarShield was founded in 2005 by principals Nick Hamilton, Mark Travis, and Rick Brettelle and specializes in shielding its members from the high cost of automobile repairs by offering a wide range of flexible vehicle service plans.

Chastain’s victory in the CarShield 200 presented by CK Power, is officially the team’s second win of the season.  Last month, Chastain and team visited Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway.

The NGOTS will return to action in the Camping World 225 on Friday, June 28 at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Harrison Burton was running third when the final round of pit stops took place in Saturday night's CarShield 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at World Wide Technology Raceway. After the top two trucks pitted, Burton assumed the lead for two laps before being summoned to pit road for a left-side tire and fuel stop with 25 laps remaining.
 
After stops cycled through Burton was running in the fifth position and as he raced side-by-side with Sheldon Creed, got the air taken off his truck and snapped loose. As Burton corrected his path and appeared to make a great save, he got clipped in the right rear and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra went sliding up into the outside wall. After coming to pit road for repairs and four fresh tires, the 18-year-old driver was forced to limp home to a 16th-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap:  
  • Burton started the 160-lap event from the 8th spot after Saturday's qualifying session was cancelled due to rain and the field was set based on Gander Trucks owner's points. He had advanced to the fifth spot by lap eight and on lap 24 moved into the fourth spot, where he would end the stage.
  • The talented teenager communicated that his Safelite Tundra was "free on entry, tight center and loose off," in the closing laps of Stage One. 
Stage Two Recap:  
  • Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. summoned Burton to pit road for four fresh tires and a full load of fuel.
  • With many teams electing to take just two tires, the No. 18 Toyota was scored in the 11th position when Stage Two went green on lap 43.
  • Burton finished Stage Two in the 13th position as he reported that his Tundra was still "loose entry and exit and tighter center." 
Final Stage Recap:  
  • Hillman Jr. ordered up a right-tire and fuel stop with adjustments in an effort to improve the handling for his young driver. Burton exited the pits second and was lined up beside his KBM teammate Christian Eckes went the Final Stage went green on lap 77.
  • When the field went green, Burton got stuck three-wide middle into Turns 1 and 2 and would fall back to the fourth spot by the time a quick caution occurred on lap 80.
  • This time around, the talented teenager gained a spot on the restart and would settle into the third spot as a long-green flag run ensued.
  • With 45 laps remaining Burton closed to the bumper of Ross Chastain, who was running second and was two-truck lengths behind the leader, Christian Eckes. Burton made a move for the second position pulling side-by-side with Chastain but was unable to complete the pass and settled back into the third spot.
  • Eckes hit pit road for a two-tire and fuel stop with 29 laps remaining and Chastain would pit for fuel only with 28 laps remaining. Burton would lead for two laps before hitting pit road for fresh left-side tires and fuel with 25 laps remaining.
  • After stops cycled through, Burton was running fifth, in position for his third consecutive top-five finish. Unfortunately, the incident with Creed caused severe damage to the Safelite Tundra and he would be forced to limp home to a 16th-place finish. 

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A week after having their NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win stripped due to a post-race technical inspection failure at Iowa Speedway, Ross Chastain and his Niece Motorsports rebutted the disqualification with a thrilling victory in Saturday night’s CarShield 200 presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

While a contender for the win throughout the event’s third stage, it was a gutsy fuel only call by crew chief Phil Gould on Lap 133 that allowed Chastain to gain the track position ahead of former leader Christian Eckes.

But when the caution flag flew with 13 laps remaining for Harrison Burton, Chastain’s nearly one-second lead had been evaporated and put Eckes, Stewart Friesen and Todd Gilliland all with fresher tires in the footprints of Chastain’s No. 45 CarShield Chevrolet Silverado.

When the green flag waved with seven laps remaining, despite spinning his tires, Chastain was able to fend off a charge from Eckes and eventually pulled away from his challengers to earn his second Gander Trucks win of the season.

On the last lap, Gilliland battled his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Eckes for second, but Eckes saw an impressive performance end up in the Turn 2 wall after contact with Friesen for the second consecutive season at Gateway.

Chastain finished 0.704 seconds ahead of Gilliland and picked up a $50,000 bonus in the final race of the Gander Outdoors Trip Truck Challenge.

“These Niece guys went home, and we were mad, felt like we had one taken from us,” said a jubilant Chastain. “Phil Gould, Lonnie Rush they believed in me. I didn’t want to take tires and then it was up to me to freakin hold them off, I don’t know how.

“I’m going to take that money home and they’re not taking it from us this time.”

Chastain admitted he was nervous when the final caution waved as he knew it would face hungry challengers on the restart.

“Of course, scared to death, that’s the last thing I wanted to see,” Chastain said of the Lap 146 caution. “Buzzed my tires like crazy on the restart and got to thank Todd (Gilliland) for pushing me and not wrecking me. Execution on these guys. We didn’t have the fastest truck today, but we executed, and we believed in each other. Man, that feels really good.”

Eckes who led twice for a race-high 57 laps was forced to settle for 14th in his second Gander Trucks start of the season.

“I made a mistake down in (Turns) 3 and 4 and we lost some track position and the 4 (Gilliland) got by me and I was looking to make the crossover move and got wrecked by the No. 52 (Friesen) again. Man, it’s unfortunate, these SiriusXM guys work too hard for this. We had a great run tonight, I felt like we honestly had the best truck there at the end, I need to work on myself a little bit as far as the aero aspect of it and move on to Pocono.”

Friesen finished third, ahead of Toyota Racing Development driver Chandler Smith and Iowa winner Brett Moffit to complete the top-five.

Points leader Grant Enfinger finished sixth after dominating the first two stages, Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Myatt Snider filling in for the suspended Johnny Sauter comprised the top-10.

With his second Gander Trucks win in his 153rd series start, Chastain becomes Playoff eligible once he enters the top-20 in the championship driver standings. With five races remaining in the regular season, Chastain sits 26th overall.

Next up the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series stops at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway for the running of the Overton’s 225 on Jun. 28.

Ross Chastain redeemed himself on Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway after being stripped of the win last Sunday at Iowa Speedway due to failing post-race tech. Chastain led 21 of the 160 circuits to score his second Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the year.

The win did not come easy for the Florida native as he battled a late race restart inside 10 laps to go. After taking fuel only on a pit stop earlier in the race, Chastain did not have fresh tires on his No. 45 Chevrolet and had to hold off second-place driver Christian Eckes.

Eckes challenged Chastain for the lead inside five laps to go but was spun after taking the white flag. The driver of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, who spun because of contact from third-place finisher Stewart Friesen, finished 14th and led the most laps of 57.

Race winner Ross Chastain leaves World Wide Technology Raceway with four top five and 10 top 10 finishes through 11 completed races.

Todd Gilliland will leave the 1.25-mile St. Louis track as the runner-up finisher. Gilliland, who started the night 11th on the leaderboard, captured his best finish of the year in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra and sat 11th in stage one and seventh in stage two.

Gilliland holds two top five and six top 10 finishes through 11 events.

Stewart Friesen rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday night at Gateway. The driver from Canada started fourth on the board and saw the lead twice throughout the 160-lap event. Friesen leaves with six top five and seven top 10s in 2019.

Chandler Smith and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top five.

Grant Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Myatt Snider rounded out the top 10.

Grant Enfinger led the second most laps of the evening and claimed both stages of the CarShield 200. Enfinger started the night sitting second on the leaderboard.

Two of the five caution flags involved multiple trucks. The first yellow flag came out on lap four for the No. 0 of Gregory Rayl. The next two stoppages involved stage breaks until lap 80 when Natalie Decker and Jesse Little collided in turn one. Decker was done for the night and left with a 27th place finish while Little finished 21st and two laps down.

Harrison Burton and Sheldon Creed brought out the final caution with 13 to go in turn four. Both drivers continued as Burton finished 16th while Creed finished seventh on the scoring monitor.

The series will be back in action on Friday June 28, 2019 at Chicagoland Speedway for the Camping World 225. The event will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series inaugural Triple Truck Challenge concludes its three-race run Saturday night at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (10 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and if this final event holds true to its two-race lead-in there will be no shortage of drama and big news.

Brett Moffitt and his GMS Racing team stand to pick up an extra $150,000 bonus should the defending series champion win for the second consecutive week. The runner-up at Iowa, Moffitt was awarded the victory after the apparent winner Ross Chastain’s truck was deemed illegal in post-race inspection. And that verdict was upheld again on appeal this week.

Moffitt acknowledged he didn’t lead a lap in his win – the first by a disqualification in the history of the series – but welcomed the victory nonetheless, posting photos on social media of his team celebrating.

“This is a big change of emotions," Moffitt said after being called to speak to the press following Chastain’s disqualification.

“As a race car driver, I got beat on track and that’s not how you want to do it. … but I’ll take a win any way I can get it.

“It is what it is," he continued, “We finally got a win that we needed and we’ll take it."

And, he reminded, the big money from the Triple Truck Challenge was a nice companion to his first trophy of the season.

Saturday night’s CarShield 200 presented by CK Power is a sort of re-set for everyone with another huge paycheck on the line. If someone other than Moffitt wins, that driver still earns a $50,000 bonus as part of the Triple Truck Challenge incentive.

And with the Playoffs looming, it’s go-time for multiple reasons. The big incentive from series sponsor Gander Outdoors is icing on the cake.

Chastain, for example, now needs to win again and break into the top-20 in the standings to make the Playoffs. He only declared himself Gander Trucks championship eligible two races ago (before Texas) and sits 69 points behind the 20th place cutoff. A victory this week would be a strong statement from his Niece Motorsports team.

Looking especially strong in recent weeks is Matt Crafton, a two-time Gander Trucks champion, who moved into second in the series driver standings last week at Iowa. He trails championship leader Grant Enfinger by 47 points and holds a slim two-point edge over third place Stewart Friesen.

Crafton drove the No. 88 ThorSport Ford to back-to-back pole positions at Kansas and Charlotte earlier this season. He has nine top-10 finishes in the season’s opening 10 races; including the last seven consecutively. He was a season best runner-up in Texas in the Triple Truck Challenge opening race two weeks ago, but he’s had only one top five in the last five races at Gateway – including three DNFs.

In two previous starts at Gateway, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver standings leader Grant Enfinger won the pole position last year and scored a best showing of fifth place in 2017. He’s finished top-10 in nine of 10 races this season – his worst finish is 11th at Vegas.  He was runner-up at the Daytona season-opener and has finished fourth in the opening two races of the Triple Truck Challenge.

There is plenty of motivation across the Gander Trucks field. Moffitt is the only driver ranked among the top-six in the championship standings with a victory. There are no former Gateway race winners entered this week, however, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Todd Gilliland finished second last year and is still looking for his first series victory.

As far as Moffitt’s concerned, being awarded the victory last week following a competitor’s disqualification is not the same thing as taking the checkered flag after beating the field. So he remains as driven as ever – perhaps more so.

“It’s a place I like and GMS Racing has proven its strong there," Moffitt said. “We’re looking forward to it and winning that 150 grand.”

Officials with Niece Motorsports and CarShield have solidified an agreement that will see CarShield serving as the primary sponsor of Ross Chastain’s No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) CarShield 200 presented by CK Power at Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Headquartered close to Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway, in nearby Saint Peters, Mo., CarShield offers vehicle service contracts designed to pick up where automobile owners’ existing warranty drops off and to fill gaps in coverage. CarShield was founded in 2005 by principals Nick Hamilton, Mark Travis, and Rick Brettelle and specializes in shielding its members from the high cost of automobile repairs by offering a wide range of flexible vehicle service plans.

Earlier this month, Chastain announced a change of direction declaring his efforts in the NGOTS would become his primary focus, a departure from his original intention of driving fulltime in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Since then, Chastain’s pursuit of the Truck Series title has taken on a life of its own and affectionately coined on social media as the “Melon Man Challenge,” – a nod to his family’s roots in the watermelon farming industry.

“The opportunity to get on board with Ross and Niece Motorsports for the CarShield 200 was just too good to pass up,” said Hamilton. “CarShield’s relationship with Ross dates back to 2016 and we’re thrilled to partner with Niece Motorsports this weekend. As the entitlement sponsor of the race, it makes sense to expand the program to include a high-profile, on-track element. Ross is a proven winner and we’re happy to back him in the ‘Melon Man Challenge’ as he looks to pick up another win this weekend and work his way inside the top 20 in points.”

Chastain has earned one win, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in NGOTS competition in 2019 and currently sits 35th in points.

In order to qualify for the division’s playoffs, Chastain must collect another win and race his way into the top 20 in points over the next six races before the checkered flag in the regular-season finale at Michigan International Speedway in August.

“I’m going to the racetrack with the best team in the business so I’m confident that we can win another race and work ourselves inside the top 20 over the next six races,” explained Chastain. “I’m proud that Nick, Travis, Rick and the CarShield team have jumped in with both feet this weekend. We’re expecting to run up front, look to win another race, and put what happened at Iowa Speedway behind us.”

“We are thrilled to have CarShield come on board this weekend at Gateway,” said team owner Al Niece.  “Ross and this team are fired up and looking to visit Victory Lane again.”

The CarShield 200 presented by CK Power from Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway will be televised live on FS1 Saturday, June 22 beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 11th of 23 races on the 2019 NGOTS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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ThorSport Racing announces Myatt Snider will pilot the No. 13 Tenda Ford F-150 this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (WWTR) near St. Louis, Missouri.
 
With one start at the track in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Snider started the 2018 event 14th, where he raced to a fourth-place finish. The 2018 Sunoco Racing Rookie of the Year, Snider amassed three top-five and eight top-10 finishes on his way to the honor that included 55 laps led.

"We had one of our best finishes of the year last season at Gateway, and I can't wait to see what we can do again this year with the No. 13 Tenda team and ThorSport Racing," noted Snider. "I'm really thankful for Duke and Rhonda Thorson to give me the chance to step back into the truck and compete this weekend. I'm pumped for the race, and to work with many of my guys from last year on the No. 13 Ford Performance team."

Snider has made two starts in 2019 recording a season-best finish, sixth, at Martinsville Speedway.
Televised action for the CarShield 200 presented by CK Power at WWTR will air Saturday, June 22, at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) / FOX Sports App. Additional coverage can be found via the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.

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One lucky fan can win a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and another person can win $10,000 if NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) reigning champion Brett Moffitt wins the truck race at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) in Madison, Ill., on Saturday. The Destiny Homes S.M.A.R.T Series Dream Home Giveaway presented by Iowa Realty runs through Friday, June 21, 2019 to enter.

Fans can enter the sweepstakes at www.SMARTSeriesHomeGiveaway.com. Moffitt won last weekend at Iowa Speedway, so another victory this Saturday at WWTR would allow one lucky fan to be drawn to win the Chevy Silverado, valued at over $50,000. A second fan can cash in on the $10,000 prize.

So far this season, Moffit has earned one win, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in 10 starts. He has one pole and has led 125 laps.

“Our team is carrying a lot of momentum into this weekend,” Moffitt said. “We're locked into the playoffs now, so it changes our mindset on strategy. We don't have to race for stage points as much and we can make more aggressive calls during the race that could put us up front to compete for more wins. Hopefully we can get another win and help two people win a 2019 Chevy Silverado and $10,000. There is definitely a lot on the line Saturday night not only for our team, but the fans entered in the sweepstakes.”

Saturday’s NGOTS race will be televised live on FS1 at 10pm ET and broadcast live on MRN Radio.

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