Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (6089)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
Despite not producing the race results Codie Rohrbaugh and his CR7 Motorsports team know they are capable of, the Mooresville, N.C.-based NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team invades Texas Motor Speedway this week looking to earn a solid finish ahead of a busy summer schedule.
After some early-season struggles, Rohrbaugh and his Doug George-led team took huge steps in their overall improvement of the family-owned team last month at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Producing practice times inside the top-10 during both sessions, he qualified a career-best 14th.
While trouble found his No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet Silverado during the N.C. Education Lottery 200, Rohrbaugh and his group look to finish what they started in Friday night’s SpeedyCash.com 400.
“I’ve been looking forward to getting to Texas for the past couple of weeks,” said Rohrbaugh. “I think we impressed a lot of people with the speed in our Chevrolet Silverado at Charlotte last month even though we didn’t have the result we were looking for. Still, we’re making huge gains and our fight continues this week and look forward to a good night Friday night.”
Rohrbaugh credits the recent uptick in the team’s performance because of their surroundings. From crew chief Doug George to general manager Mark Huff, the freshman Gander Truck Series team has a strong circle of personnel that is allowing Rohrbaugh to showcase his ability.
“I’m very blessed,” added Rohrbaugh. “Without Grant County Mulch and the inner circle of CR7 Motorsports, I don’t think we would be making the gains we’ve had in such a short amount of time. We are one big family. From the top to the bottom, we stick together, and I think our determination to put a fast race truck on the track every weekend will continue for the rest of the year.”
Poised to make his fifth career Gander Truck Series start this weekend, the Petersburg, West Virginia native is hopeful that his Texas experience last November will play into his hands for his third NGOTS start of the year.
“We had an eventful race last November at Texas, but we still wound up with a top-20 finish,” added Rohrbaugh. “I’m hopeful that we can take what we learned last year and apply it to this week to give us a good baseline for practice and qualifying.
“The temperatures will be much hotter this week, but we’re prepared for that and look forward to the opportunity to earn our strongest result of the season.”
In 20 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).
Following Texas Motor Speedway, the 25-year-old plans to return to the Gander Truck Series scene at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway on June 28.
The SpeedyCash.com 400 (167 laps| 250.5 miles) is the ninth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., June 6 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A second practice session is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m., with a final session set from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., June 7 beginning at 4:35 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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With spring break in the rearview mirror, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his AM Racing team head to Texas Motor Speedway looking for their second top-10 finish together in Friday night’s SpeedyCash.com 400.
Self will make his seventh NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) start at the 1.5-mile track but eyes his first top-10 at his hometown track.
In his previous six starts, Self has maneuvered a best finish of 12th in 2017 – but has also finished inside the top-20 five times.
Eager to get back to the race track, Self hopes the standalone Texas race brings the opportunity to earn his sixth career top-10 Gander Outdoors Truck Series finish.
“Super excited to get back to Texas Motor Speedway,” said Self. “We’ve been working hard on our Texas truck the last few weeks. Texas means so much to me being the track I grew up watching races and also have the support United Sorghum Checkoff Program along with GO TEXAN.
“Always a big week when we show up in the home state.”
For the ninth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race of the year and second time this season, AM Racing will carry the brand of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, while also commemorating GO TEXAN and their 20th-year celebration.
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.
“The Sorghum Checkoff program has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to having them back on the truck this weekend,” added Self. “They always embrace their experience at the race track and I’d like to reward them for their continued support with our best finish of the season.”
The 23-year-old Self also hopes his final visit to the Lone Star state this season will provide the chance to get his AM Racing track back on track after a two-race slide at Kansas and Charlotte respectively.
“Texas is the perfect place to get our year back on track,” Self added. “Texas is so fun to race. The new Turn 1 and 2 is almost like a road course corner, where you can overdrive it easy. It makes for some really good racing and makes you think about your passing opportunities. It’s going to be a good show on Friday night, and I can’t wait to get there.”
The United Sorghum Checkoff Program and Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program will support Self in his 70th 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.
AM Technical Solutions, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the ninth race of the year.
In 69 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 18.3 during his three years of competition.
The Austin, Texas native is nestled 17th in the championship standings with 15 races remaining.
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.
To learn about the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and sorghum’s benefits, please visit sorghumcheckoff.com.
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 SpeedyCash.com 400 (167 laps| 250.5 miles) is the ninth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., June 6 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., June 7 beginning at 4:35 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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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today changes to the organization's crew chief lineup that will take effect beginning with Friday's NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Marcus Richmond will move over to guide the No. 46 team for its next two events; at Iowa Speedway with Riley Herbst and at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway with Chandler Smith. Wes Ward, shop foreman at KBM, will serve as the interim crew chief for Todd Gilliland this week at Texas and Michael Shelton, who previously served as the crew chief for the No. 46 team's limited schedule this season, will serve as interim crew chief for Gilliland at Gateway and Iowa.
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) winner Ross Chastain will officially declare for NGOTS points for the remainder of the 2019 season.
“After much consideration and many conversations, I’ve decided to pursue championship points in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, effective immediately,” said Chastain.
“This shift will allow me to be in the truck race this weekend in Texas, and I’m grateful to everyone at Niece Motorsports for giving me this opportunity.”
Chastain, who at the beginning of the season declared for NASCAR XFINITY Series points, will have to win a race and be in the top-20 in NGOTS drivers points for a chance to compete in the series playoffs.
“I’m thankful to everyone at Johnny Davis Motorsports and Kaulig Racing for their efforts this year,” said Chastain. “I will continue to run races for each organization where sponsorship for 2019 has been solidified.
“I know this is the best decision for me at this time and am thankful for everyone who has and will continue to support me moving forward into 2019 and beyond.”
Chastain earned his first NGOTS win earlier this season at Kansas Speedway, it was also the first win for Niece Motorsports in just its third fulltime season of competition.
“I know it won’t be easy, but I believe this team is capable of making the playoffs and competing for a championship with Ross,” said team owner Al Niece. “Ross, Phil, Cody and every single employee at this team have worked incredibly hard to continue to advance this program. We are proud to bring trucks capable of winning to the race track. It takes a lot of work to get there, and we don’t take it lightly. We’re ready to see what the next eight races bring.”
Chastain will pilot the No. 38 Chevrolet Silverado at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7.
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Officials at Spencer Boyd Racing announced a new partnership today with ClickAndBuyGuns.com. The recently launched marketplace is a quick and efficient solution to online buying from a selection of thousands of firearms, ammunition, optics, parts and accessories.
“I love my country and the freedoms we have,” comments Spencer Boyd. “I enjoy hunting in the off-season and target shooting whenever I can. ClickAndBuyGuns.com is my new place to spend time dreaming about what I want to shoot next and accessorize my current arsenal. I’m looking forward to kicking off this great partnership in the great state of Texas this week.”
ClickAndBuyGuns.com offers competitive prices and fast shipping. All products are new and come with the manufacturer’s warranty. Products from featured brands like Glock, Browning, Bushnell, Magpul, Remington, and many more can be found in just a few clicks.
“Who better to partner with than the most patriotic driver in NASCAR,” asks Marketing Director Josh Martinez. “The demographics of NASCAR fans match our target audience so it is truly a great match to help market the launch our website.”
Driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young’s Motorsports, Spencer Boyd, will boast his new partner’s logos on an appropriately red, white, and blue paint scheme this Friday night in Ft. Worth. “We had a solid run as a team last time we were in No Limits, TX and it's Young’s Motorsports home track, so we want to improve from last time out and do our new partner proud,” says Boyd.
The SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday June 7, 2019 will mark ClickAndBuyGuns.com first appearance in NASCAR.
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An innovative idea has paid off for JJL Motorsports and driver Jesse Little that will propel them to competing in the upcoming NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race at Iowa Speedway.
With a huge marketing push from Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access system that are easy to install, nearly 30 companies have pledged their support to join JJL Motorsports as an associate marketing partner for the upcoming M&M's 200 presented Casey's General Store at the 0.875-mile short track on June 15.
In addition to Sku ttle Tight, the No. 97 Ford F-150 will adorn the logos of BAM, BJ Electric, BK Plumbing, CDS, Fenstra Insurance, Fireside Hearth & Home, Floor To Ceiling, General Mailing, Hair Spys, Iowa Speedway, Johns Machine, KRA Speedway, Lakeland Broadcast, Luminaries LTD, Miller Sanitation, MKCH, Perkins Lumber, Print Masters, Project Build, Quick Signs, Quality Title, Ramaker, Ruffs Wings, Rule Tire & Auto, Thermoseal, Thurston Inc., Tony Iams Trucking, TPI Hospitality, Uncommon and Willmar Forklift.
"The overwhelming support for Iowa is so much appreciated," said driver Jesse Little.
"Skuttle Tight has been a great partner of ours and for them to take the initiative and help drum up additional support so we can race Iowa and we're hopeful in the coming weeks we can get more support for Gateway too. The effort by everyone though is just very humbling for our small race team.
"We have a lot to be excited about heading to Iowa it's a track that I enjoy competing at, so I'm eager to get out there and bring everyone a good finish."
To help kick off the partnership, Little and his No. 97 JJL Motorsports F-150 will appear at Ruff's Wings and Sports Bar (2100 US-12, Willmar, MN 56201) on June 11 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. with an official meet and greet with Little and members of his team.
The event is open to the public and local media are encouraged to attend.
In addition Parker FiberNet, Visit Kingsport, Grindstaff Rub, PFC Brakes, Penske Shocks and Dkota Investments will be showcased in Little's 28th career start.
Before Iowa Speedway, JJL Motorsports will have an updated inventory of items on their official online store which will include a new tee-shirt design available in several different sizes.
Be sure to stay tuned to JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little's social media platforms where an upcoming contest will allow you the opportunity to win a pair of Skuttle Tight-themed cornhole boards for your summer extravaganza.
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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Fans Can Win a Destiny S.M.A.R.T Series Home, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado & $10,000 if Brett Moffitt Wins NASCAR’s “Triple Truck Challenge”26 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Lucky fans will have the opportunity to win a Destiny Homes S.M.A.R.T. Series home, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and $10,000 if NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series reigning champion Brett Moffitt can win all three events in NASCAR’s “Triple Truck Challenge.” The Destiny Homes S.M.A.R.T Series Dream Home Giveaway presented by Iowa Realty kicks off Thursday, May 23 and runs through Friday, June 21, 2019.
Fans can enter the sweepstakes at www.SMARTSeriesHomeGiveaway.
Even if Moffitt does not win all three races, the Silverado will be given away if Moffitt wins at Iowa and Gateway. The $10,000 cash prize will be awarded if Moffitt only wins at Gateway. The Triple Truck Challenge races are Texas Motor Speedway on June 7, Iowa Speedway on June 15 and World Wide Technology Raceway (Gateway) on June 22.
“For the last couple years our company has diligently been searching and implementing land acquisition and residential construction models in attempt to assist with the Essential Housing demand in central Iowa,” said Dan Sparks, president of Destiny Homes.
“In addition, being long time race fans, we have always looked for a way to support local talent whom excels in racing. In the past, we have supported Brett Moffitt and feel that in some way we were part of his astonishing year in 2018 winning the championship. We cannot think of a better way to support Brett and serve the need of Essential Housing for one lucky fan in Central Iowa than with our S.M.A.R.T. Series brand.”
Since last year, Moffitt has accumulated one win (Iowa), two top-five (Texas and Iowa), two top-10 finishes and led 127 laps combined at Texas, Iowa and Gateway.
“We are really thankful for what Gander Outdoors is doing for the series with the Triple Truck Challenge, and I am just as excited to have our sponsors at Destiny Homes and Iowa Realty offer fans the chance to win a $250,000 home, a brand new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and $10,000,” Moffitt said. “For us to have the opportunity to win $500,000 and share that excitement with a fan if we can win all three races, is really neat. Thank you to Destiny Homes and Iowa Realty for making this happen. Hopefully we can win at Texas, Iowa and Gateway and give our fans a new home, a Silverado and cash!”
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- Burton started the 134-lap event from the fourth spot, but quickly found himself caught three-wide in the middle and had fallen back to the eight position by the completion of lap one.
- The young driver communicated that his Safelite AutoGlass Tundra was "too loose," as he ran in the eighth spot for the majority of Stage One.
- A one-truck accident slowed the field with seven laps remaining in the stage. Crew Chief Mike Hillman Jr. summoned his driver to pit road for four fresh tires, a full load of fuel and a trackbar adjustment in an effort to improve the handling.
- The second-generation driver took the lap-28 restart from the eighth spot, but lost one position over the final two laps.
- With two drivers in the top five hitting pit road between stages, the Safelite Tundra lined up seventh when Stage Two went green on lap 37. Burton once again lost a couple of spots on the restart and settled into the ninth position.
- With 10 laps remaining in the stage he regained the eighth spot, but communicated to Hillman Jr. that his Toyota had "swung to the tight side."
- Burton remained in the eighth spot when Stage Two came to a close on lap 60.
- Hillman Jr. ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop with another adjustment towards improving the handling of the Safelite Tundra. Burton returned to the track scored in the sixth position when the Final Stage went green on lap 68.
- Burton once again found himself three-wide and had fallen back to the 11th position when the fourth caution of the night occurred on lap 73.
- The Safelite Tundra had a strong restart and had advanced up to the seventh position when the fifth caution occurred on lap 79. Hillman Jr. ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop.
- Six trucks elected not to pit and one truck took fuel only, leaving Burton scored in the 13th position for the restart with 45 laps remaining.
- With 40 laps remaining the Safelite Tundra had settled into the 12th position. As a long green-flag run ensued, Burton began posting lap times as fast as the top-five trucks. After a multi-lap battle with Ross Chastain, he was able to move back into the top 10 with 20 laps remaining.
- Burton was able to pick up one more spot with 12 laps remaining and then gained another position when Brett Moffitt had a tire issue right in front of him and brought out the seventh and final caution of the event.
- The No. 18 team was scored in the seventh position for the restart with three laps remaining, but over the closing laps lost several spots to teams that had put a set of scuffed tires on during the preceding caution and crossed the stripe in the 11th position.