Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (6004)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
Derek Kraus heads to Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway on Saturday to compete in the first of four races he’s slated to run this year in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series.
The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin will be behind the wheel of Bill McAnally Racing’s No. 19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra.
ENEOS joined BMR at the beginning of the year as a primary sponsor on the team’s Tundra – along with NAPA AUTO PARTS, NAPA Filters, and Toyota/TRD.
“I look forward to competing in these events and getting more experience in the truck series this season,” Kraus said. “I appreciate the opportunity Bill McAnally is providing me and it’s great to have ENEOS come on board as a sponsor with BMR.”
Kraus made his truck series debut with a strong eighth-place finish at ISM Speedway near Phoenix last November.
The four truck races he’s running this season are on off weekends from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where Kraus is in his third full season competing for BMR – driving the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
Kevin Bellicourt will serve as the crew chief on the truck.
BMR has had a strong start to the season in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, winning the K&N East season opener and K&N West opener. Kraus went to Victory Lane in the K&N East opener at New Smyrna Speedway last month, while Hailie Deegan won the K&N West opener with a thrilling last-lap pass at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Kraus also ran strong at Las Vegas, leading a race-high 60 laps and coming home sixth.
Along with winning the K&N West rookie title in 2017, Kraus has scored five wins and six poles in 29 K&N West starts.
Saturday’s 250-lap truck race from the historic half-mile track in Martinsville is to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 and will also be carried live on MRN radio.
In advance of the race, the BMR team is slated to participate in a special appearance at a NAPA Store in Reidsville, North Carolina on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kraus will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.
A special VIP experience is planned by BMR at the track on Saturday for ENEOS guests and a group from NAPA Power Premium Plus. Activities will include a VIP suite and a special pit tour.
GMS Racing announced today WORX will sponsor the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado of reigning NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) champion Brett Moffitt in this Saturday’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
WORX is a line of lawn and garden equipment and power tools owned and distributed by the Positec Tool Corporation, a manufacturing company based in Suzhou, China with North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.
“WORX is proud to sponsor GMS Racing and Brett Moffitt’s truck No. 24 in the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Saturday, March 23 at Martinsville Speedway,” said Tom Duncan, President and CEO of Positec and the WORX brand. “For race fans, this will be the first weekend of the spring season. It’s also a special time of year for homeowners seeking quality lawn and garden and DIY tools to tackle home and landscape projects”
In three NGOTS starts at Martinsville, Moffitt has earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes. He was third in the spring race and second in the fall in 2018.
“I’m looking to forward to having WORX on the truck at Martinsville this weekend,” Moffitt said. “It’s always great anytime we can reintroduce a partner to our sport. Martinsville has been a good track for me in the past. I came close to winning there twice last year, so hopefully we can improve on that and get WORX to Victory Lane this weekend.”
Saturday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250 at Martinsville Speedway will be broadcast live on FOX and MRN at 2pm ET.
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Off to a solid start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) this season, AM Racing has shifted much of their concentration during the recent off weeks to the fifth race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway on Fri., Mar. 29.
Alongside his full-time team with connected roots deep within the Texas landscape, Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self will see his No. 22 Chevrolet carry primary support from the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, while also commemorating GO TEXAN and their 20th year celebration.
The Sorghum Checkoff returns to the team after supporting Self during the last three NGOTS races at the 1.5-mile speedway elevating awareness of the benefits of American ethanol.
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. This 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 Self’s truck for a majority of the 2019 season.
AM Racing partners Flying Circle and CForce are also proud GO TEXAN products.
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.
Joining Self, Texas entrepreneur and team owner Tim Self and the remainder of the AM Racing team is Ag Commissioner Sid Miller.
Since taking office, Miller and his staff have visited every continent on the globe to promote Texas products. His historic visit to China led the way to opening the Chinese market to Texas beef for the first time in decades. With his relentless efforts Miller is putting Texas producers on the world stage.
On Mar. 29, he will attend the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race to support Self and the team alongside Sorghum Checkoff Renewables Director John Duff.
With Texas being one of the top producers of Sorghum, the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Sorghum Checkoff have a deep-rooted relationship.
“I always look forward to going back home and competing at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Self. “It’s one of my favorite tracks on the circuit, plus I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with family, friends and our partners.
“My relationship with GO TEXAN and the Sorghum Checkoff is very important to me. Their mission is not only something I believe in – but makes me even prouder to be a Texan. We’ve had a lot of success together and continue to build our partnership with the Sorghum Checkoff, so I’m looking forward to a strong result.
“To have Ag Commissioner Sid Miller join us for the race is a huge plus for us,” added Self. “He is a very busy individual, but he is familiar with what we’re trying to do with AM Racing and wants to show his support. I’d like nothing more than bring home a strong finish for not only him, but all of our Texas partners.”
Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas products, restaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.
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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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2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series rookie Anthony Alfredo is excited to announce a partnership with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and improving the quality of life for young children battling brain tumors and pediatric cancer.
The Ridgefield, Connecticut racer and student at UNC-Charlotte, made his Truck Series debut with DGR-Crosley at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago and raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. As excited as he is to have kicked off what is expected to be a 13-race schedule in the Truck Series this season, he is equally excited in a much different way to make a difference through his work with the FOJ.
“Forming this partnership with Friends of Jaclyn is a huge opportunity for me to continue utilizing my racing program to do good for others,” Alfredo, part of the 2018 NASCAR Next class, explained. Much like what I’ve been doing with JDRF raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, I will now help raise awareness for pediatric cancer patients battling brain tumors and more, helping Friends of Jaclyn achieve their mission of improving the quality of life for these young children and their families. I never thought I’d be in the position to help raise awareness for such serious life challenges and put smiles on so many young kids’ faces. I am very thankful and looking forward to growing this partnership in the years to come.”
Reflecting on his first two starts in the Truck Series, Alfredo said he was pleased with the performances, if not necessarily the results. “I have had the opportunity to run in the top ten, which is obviously really good considering these were my first two races in the series. But we’ve had some issues like a loose wheel forcing us to pit under green with under 10 laps remaining at Las Vegas that have kept our results from being as strong as they could have been. I have learned a great deal about racing the trucks and how I want our Toyota Tundra to handle in a race.
When asked what he would expect at Texas Motor Speedway when he starts his next Truck Series race, he responded, “I believe Texas is a cross between both Atlanta and Las Vegas which should help us. David Gilliland, our team owner, also ran well there last year before he blew a right front tire when he was preparing to pass the leader. I feel confident heading into the race because of everything I have learned in my first two races, and because with each race we run, the relationship between my team and me grows stronger and I learn more about what the Truck needs from me as a driver. I have no doubt that we’ll progress each race and have opportunities before the season’s over to run for top fives and maybe even some wins. I’m excited that I can bring the Friends Of Jaclyn Foundation along for the ride and use the opportunities I have been given to lift others up and give back.”
Alfredo has more information about the Friends Of Jaclyn Foundation on his website at www.AnthonyAlfredo.com. Just look for the “Racing For A Cause” tab on the navigation bar.
Alfredo’s next start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be on Friday, March 29 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The Vankor 350 is scheduled to start at 9 pm Eastern time and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 and broadcast live on the radio at www.GoPRN.com.
You can follow Anthony Alfredo online in several ways. Visit his website at www.anthonyalfredo.com, follow him on Facebook at Anthony Alfredo Racing, or on Twitter or Instagram @anthonyalfredo.
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Spencer Boyd Racing and EZRED are proud to announce their partnership for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on March 23, 2019.
“The race in Martinsville is the perfect opportunity to welcome EZRED to our race team,” states Boyd. “EZRED is a well known, trusted, and respected brand. For me, EZRED has tools that solve problems. Their flashlights are innovative and are nearly indestructible, which takes the game to a whole new level when it comes to getting the job done. We're going to have a lot of fun with them in Martinsville. I'm looking forward to the beginning of a great partnership."
EZRED specializes in lighting, hand tools and battery products, Manufacturing and Distributing tools and accessories to Industry leaders worldwide. EZRED products can be purchased from a multitude of online retail outlets as well major tool distributors.
Executive Vice President of EZRED, Bob Cacciabeve, commented on the partnership, “We decided to sponsor Spencer because we saw his core values align closely with ours. He is a hard worker and determined to get to the next level in his career.
Our goal as a company is simple. We want to be a trusted company, that is driven by excellence to serve real people. We believe the partnership with Spencer will allow our company to expand our reach to those real people in NASCAR and beyond."
Martinsville Speedway will be a homecoming of sorts for Boyd as he made his NASCAR debut at the track in April of 2016. Boyd worked his way inside the top five in his debut before getting tangled up in a late race incident. "It's going to be an exciting weekend," says Boyd. "With Martinsville being one of my favorite tracks and now having EZRED on board, we're looking forward to having a very successful showing."
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ATF & Gunslinger put historic trucks back in action this weekend, as they took on their first weekend of Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) competition at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) champion Mike Skinner drove the team to victory in back-to-back wins, while earning the overall class win in each of the weekend's two Group 10 feature races.
"It's such a cool feeling to bring a retired Truck 10--what I view as the most famous Toyota Tundra ever built--back out and let it have another victory," said Skinner. "It's like taking a horse that has been put out to pasture five times, bringing it back out and it keeps performing. It's just an amazing feeling. We have such great partners that allow us to keep doing this. From Toyota, Goodyear and Maui Jim, who have been with us since I was a full-time NASCAR racer, to Cessna, Wilkens Foodservice, JRi Shocks and Overkill Motorsports who have just joined us over the last few seasons--I really appreciate their support. Then you have Howard and Debby Palmer with E-Z LINE Structural Steel Fabrication who are some of our best friends in the whole world; but they're also our partners and they help us go do this with ATF & Gunslinger. It's so special."
Breaking out their fleet of historic trucks, Mike Skinner climbed behind the wheel of historic truck 10--the first Toyota Tundra to visit victory lane in the NGOTS with driver Travis Kvapil behind the wheel in 2004. Andrew Franzone climbed behind the wheel of the team's "two-seater" truck, which was originally a part of the Bill Davis Racing's fleet and used in their 2008 championship run with driver Johnny Benson.
With Saturday's opening feature race shortened to just five laps due to time constraints, Skinner started the race from the outside pole. By the time the field made it to the first corner on the 3.74-mile course, Skinner overtook the lead in the No. 5 Toyota Tundra. Unfortunately, the race was ultimately shortened to three laps after another competitor's car caught fire on the front stretch.
Mike Skinner (center) topped the Group 10 SC podium at the SVRA Sebring Vintage Classic at Sebring International Raceway.
On Sunday, Skinner led the field to the green flag from the pole position and almost immediately began pulling away from the pack. By the race's halfway point, Skinner had nearly a five-second lead on second-place. Maintaining the point position to the finish, Skinner took his second win of the weekend.
"Our truck drove amazingly well this weekend," Skinner continued. "It was fun to beat all those GT cars. I didn't expect to win the race overall; I was just hoping that we could outrun the other NASCAR cars. There were some famous cars out there--the 12 car from Ryan Newman's days with 900-some horsepower in it, the Valvoline car that's got almost a thousand horsepower in it. To go out there with a legal phase nine engine that Toyota and TRD created in 2004 and run with those guys, it tells you how far ahead of their time Toyota was as they entered the sport of NASCAR."
ATF & Gunslinger will return to SVRA competition later this month, March 29-31, at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. In addition to racing in Group 10, Skinner will join the "Group 6" big bore sports cars & sedans to contend in the Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Celebrity Pro-Am race benefitting Hope For The Warriors.
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- The 33-year-old posted the fastest lap in qualifying for the Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- Busch led every lap of the first stage, relinquishing the lead only for pit stops after the stage caution flew.
- Busch earned the stage win, and crew chief Rudy Fugle brought him to pit road following the stage for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
- Busch began the second stage in the eighth position, and worked his way through traffic to regain the race lead with five laps remaining in Stage Two.
- He reported that his Toyota Tundra was tight in the center of the corner and off, and Fugle brought him to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel, as well as an adjustment.
- The third stage began with Busch firmly in control in the Cessna Tundra, where he stayed until he visited pit road under green flag conditions for his final scheduled two-tire stop.
- When stops cycled through with 15 laps to go, Busch was once again at the front of the field, where he stayed until the checkers flew, earning his 53rd win in the series and propelling the No. 51 team to the top of the owner's points standings.
Austin Hill’s promising run inside the top-10 ended abruptly at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an overheating issue which relegated him to a 30th-place finish on Friday night. Despite the result, Hill remains the lone NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) regular with a victory and holds the only guaranteed spot in the playoffs.
Hill turned in his career-best qualifying effort of sixth and took advantage of the track position from the outset. He quickly moved his No. 16 A&D Welding Toyota Tundra into the top five and advanced to third on lap 17. However, Hill reported that his water and oil gauges were reading excessively high temperatures and began to diagnose possible issues. He finished the first stage in third and came to pit road under the lap 41 caution.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli gave Hill two tires and pulled grille tape to help cool the engine for Stage Two. Hill restarted sixth, but nearly impacted the outside wall after contact from another competitors in turn two on lap 41. Hill ran out the balance of the stage while dealing with a tight condition, but managed to collect three points in eighth on lap 60 while he battled increasing temperatures.
Hill’s evening came to an end on lap 80 when he came to pit road as the hot temperatures began to push water out the overflow. Hill and the A&D Welding team were forced to retire early due to overheating issues after 82 laps. The 30th-place finish has Hill third in the NGOTS driver standings after three of 16 regular season races.
Austin Hill Quote:
“It’s a bummer to overheat like that and take away a chance at a top-five finish. We had a really strong A&D Welding Tundra tonight and definitely had a truck we could have raced in the top three or five. We started off a little too tight in Stage 1, but we were definitely close. The temps were showing hot almost from the start and thought we might have had a bad gauge. It started pushing water past halfway and we just couldn’t get it cooled down. I hate it for these guys. They definitely deserved better. We’ll go to Martinsville and get back on track in a couple weeks.”
Little would make Kyle Busch happier than a three-race weekend sweep in his home town. The driver of the No. 51 Toyota took the first step on Friday night, winning the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
For the second straight week, Busch swept both preliminary stages before taking the checkered flag. In his 2019 series debut last Friday at Atlanta, Busch broke a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. for most career victories. On Friday, he extended the record to 53.
Despite leading 111-of-134 laps, Busch complained of a tight handling condition throughout much of the race.
“We fought it in practice a little bit,” said Busch, who now has 196 victories across all three of NASCAR’s national series combined. “We worked on it an awful lot to make it better. (Crew chief) Rudy (Fugle) and these guys did an amazing job on this Cessna Tundra. It was really, really fast. Just kept working on it all night long – every pit stop.
“It’s cool to win here in your home town, being in Las Vegas, starting off a triple weekend. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”
Busch, who finished 1.211 seconds ahead of runner-up and reigning series champion Brett Moffitt, will compete in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race before trying for his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Las Vegas on Sunday.
Busch already has two weekend sweeps to his credit, both at Bristol Motor Speedway, in 2010 and 2017.
Moffitt had one shot at Busch in the closing laps after gaining ground on the race winner during the last cycle of pit stops. When Busch came to pit road under green on Lap 114, four laps after Moffitt, he lost most of a three-second lead as Moffitt ran those four extra laps with new right-side tires.
Moffitt got close to Busch’s rear bumper on Lap 119, but his No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet got loose behind the No. 51 Toyota and fell back. Nevertheless, the second-place finish was a victory of sorts for Moffitt, who recovered from a pit road mistake – the rear air gun hose was trapped beneath the rear tire during a stop under caution on Lap 33 – and worked his way back through the field.
“We had to use our stuff up getting back to the front – another pit road mistake,” Moffitt said. “I had one chance to get to (Busch’s) bumper. I knew it was going to be a make-or-break move. Unfortunately, it was ‘break.’”
Matt Crafton rallied from early rear end damage to run third. Stewart Friesen, who battled Busch during the second stage and led 20 laps, finished fourth, followed by Harrison Burton. Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Reed and Ross Chastain completed the top 10.
The Nascar Gander Outdoor Truck Series started with a familiar sight this weekend as Kyle Busch lead the field of 32 trucks to the green flag. The premier series regular went into this race with 52 truck wins already to his name, and he is obviously not done competing in the lower divisions of NASCAR. Whether this is “fair” or not is up for debate, but with or without Kyle Busch, Friday nights are for the Trucks!
The drivers came out of the gate running hard for the first seven laps before a spinning Sheldon Creed Chevrolet would bring out the first caution of the night. Several trucks collected damage as well including veteran driver Matt Crafton. The drivers would go back at it for the remaining laps of the 30 lap stage one, but now one had anything for Kyle Busch as he took the first green and white checkered flag.
Under the caution Busch would take four tires and find himself in eighth for the start of stage two. Stewart Friesen would lead the field to green with Ben Rhodes quickly challenging for the lead. The two would battle as the whole field behind them fought for every inch of track space.
Friesen would hold the lead for the majority of stage two, but eventually we saw the inevitable as Busch passed and drove away for the stage two win.
The start of stage three was the most exciting of the night as trucks went four wide throughout the field again battling for every inch of the track. Busch would eventually pull away from the pack unchallenged.
With 25 laps to go green flag pit stops began as drivers pulled off the track, most taking two tires and fuel. Busch would wait for the other leaders to make their stops before taking two tires and fuel from his crew. As the field cycled through the stops Brett Moffitt was within a second of Busch and gaining.
For several laps Moffitt was closing in and even found himself on the bumper of Bush’s Toyota before a small slip found him a few tenths back before navigating through lapped traffic put him too far back to battle Busch.
Busch would go on to win his 53rd NGOTS race.
The Trucks are back on track for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville on March 23rd at 2:00PM ET.