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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing is proud to announce a new partnership with the Leatherneck Club Las Vegas for this Friday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series (NGOTS) race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Leatherneck Club is a Marine Corps themed bar and museum and is open to all.  The establishment pays homage to generations of Marines with fascinating history and memorabilia.

The Leatherneck Club and Driven2Honor will be honoring six female Marines at the Strat 200 NGOTS race on Friday evening.  “Im so excited to partner with Leatherneck Club of Las Vegas, because they are a bar by and for Marines,” Cobb said. “My grandpa was a Marine and I wanted to be a Marine.”
Cobb and her #10 Waldo’s Painting Chevrolet Silverado will appear at the bar and restaurant on Saturday, March 2 from 11:30-1pm.  Leatherneck’s will offer free food and autograph cards for visitors - all are welcome.
For more information please visit:  Facebook.com/Leatherneckbar or you can find Cobb and Driven2Honor on social media /JJCRacing /Driven2Honor or @jenjocobb
JJC Racing PR
Despite a rough day in their opening race of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season, JJL Motorsports and driver Jesse Little (@JesseLittle97) head to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway poised for a rebound in Friday night's Strat 200.   
 
Last Saturday afternoon at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, the team fought their way from the back to the front and found themselves in contention for a top-10 finish in their No. 97 Skuttle Tight Ford F150 - but Little got collected in a late race restart accident which left the family-owned team with a 23rd place finish.
 
"We got crippled last weekend and even though we finished all the laps, we were disappointed with our finish," said Little.

"I was really proud of our JJL Motorsports team though. It was a challenging weekend because of the weather and with qualifying getting canceled, we had to fight from the back of the field to the front.
 
"JR (Norris, crew chief) and the team were able to make great gains during the race and we contended for a Top 10 finish, just lost the handle of the Truck at the end and I had a couple bad restarts. "Going forward we continue to focus on improving the speed in the Trucks and working with more sponsors and partners to expand the program." 
 
Set for his second Truck Series start of the season, Little returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway hoping to build on their 15th place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway last September.
 
"We learned a lot at Las Vegas last fall," added Little. "It was a solid finish for us, not exactly what we wanted but I think we can take how our truck responded during practice and the race and be in a much better place for the Friday's race. After last weekend, I think everyone is eager to get back to the track and get a chance to redeem ourselves."  
 
While the No. 97 JJL Motorsports team continues to search for additional sponsorship and partners, the team does have plenty of support for the third Truck Series race of the season.
 
Joining the Sherrills Ford, N.C-based team as a major associate partner for the Strat 200 is John Deere | Chad Little Power Equipment, A John Deere dealer owned by Bruce Weeks, Chad Little Power Equipment has been providing quality outdoor power equipment in Maine for several years.
 
With two convenient locations in Brunswick and Scarborough, Chad Little Power Equipment strives to provide a variety of customers with the products they need to complete any small or large projects with a focus on John Deere products.
 
Additionally, the team's truck will also have additional sponsorship from Skuttle Tight, Parker FiberNet, Visit Kingsport TN, Grindstaff Rub and PFC Brakes.
 
Parker FiberNet was formed to build a fiber optic network infrastructure for commercial and public applications. The company has installed hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable throughout Georgia and has garnered considerable accolades for its high-quality services and professionalism.
 
Promoting the city's "Get Into the Outdoors" campaign, Kingsport TN offers a variety of activities including nestling in the Bays Mountain with hiking, biking and zip-lining, kayaking and tubing on the Holston River.
 
Founded in 2016 by U.S. Air Force veteran and restaurant entrepreneur Jim Grindstaff, Grindstaff Rub Co. started as a BBQ rub company initially releasing All Purpose and Three Kings rubs, however, the company's success has evolved into a brand and lifestyle since releasing their own version of a Bloody Mary mix.
 
"Even though we don't have a primary sponsor for this weekend's race, I'm still incredibly thankful for all of our partners who stepped up to the plate and are allowing us to get to Las Vegas this weekend," sounded Little. "It means a lot to me that Chad Little Power Equipment and Bruce Weeks are helping support Las Vegas. Without them and all of our partners, we'd be sitting on the sidelines Friday night.
 
"Hopefully, with some luck, we can reward them for their support with a win or a strong finish on Friday night."
 
The Strat 200 (134 laps| 201 miles) is the third of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Feb. 28 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., Mar. 1 beginning at 2:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 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 (Pacific).
 
For more on Chad Little Power Equipment, please visit chadlittleoutdoorpower.com.

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.
 
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.
JJL Racing PR

Teamwork, dedication and determination collided over the weekend for AM Racing to prepare the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team for Friday night’s Strat 200 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

While contending for a solid top-15 finish this past Saturday afternoon at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team found themselves a victim in a late race incident. The damage to the team’s No. 22 GO TEXAN | JB Henderson Construction Company Chevrolet Silverado sent the Eddie Troconis-led team pedaling hard back to the team’s shop in North Carolina to prepare another race truck to utilize for competition in the third Truck Series race of the season.

After nearly 36 hours of teamwork, focus, and diligence, the team was able to build a new Chevrolet Silverado for Self to compete with in his fifth race at the 1.5-mile speedway.

“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of the guys on this AM Racing team,” said Self. “We struggled during the Atlanta race with our handling, but Eddie worked hard, and we got a lot better.

“Unfortunately, we were moving to the front when we got swept up in a crash on a late race restart.

“The truck was damaged pretty good, so the guys rushed back to the shop after the race and spent all day Sunday and Monday morning putting another truck together for this weekend. That meant a lot to me. Nobody complained. We all got in there and helped one another and hopefully our hard work will be rewarded in the race on Friday night.”

Self, 22, returns to Las Vegas after earning a ninth-place finish last September. Overall, the Austin, Texas native hasn’t finished worse than 21st in his four prior starts. He carries an average finish of 16.5 since 2016.

“I like racing at Las Vegas,” added Self. “Last March, the Truck Series race was crazy as the draft really came into effect and it provided a very entertaining race for the fans but a mentally exhausting race for the drivers. At times, it felt a lot like we were racing at Daytona or Talladega.

“I think you will see the same type of racing this weekend. It’s a very fast track and the temperatures will be cool so that will provide good racing. We need to bounce back after our Atlanta finish and get ourselves in a good spot to earn some more stage points and make a dent in the standings before taking our first break of the year. 

“Speed matters a lot at Vegas, but you need to handle too, especially over the bumps. Eddie is really smart when it comes to setup and I think our No. 22 GO TEXAN | JB Henderson Construction Company Chevrolet Silverado will be competitive from practice to the race. No matter what happens on Friday though, I’m proud of my guys and their commitment to get us to the race track.”

Kevin Cywinski, team manager for AM Racing says the morale around the shop hasn’t changed despite the long hours over the last few days.

“If you are looking for the true definition of teamwork, AM Racing was the place to be the last couple of days,” he said. “Eddie’s leadership and our guys’ commitment to get a truck built for Las Vegas shows their passion for not only racing – but their faith in Austin as a race car driver.

“Our goal is a top-10 finish on Friday night and if we can accomplish that, it will feel like a victory.”

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and JB Henderson Construction will support Self in his 66th 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.

JB Henderson Construction based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico performs general and mechanical contracting for manufacturing, industrial, commercial, and institutional clients in both the public and private sectors.

AM Technical Solutions, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the third race of the year.

In 65 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, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR. A new website is forthcoming.

Visit JB Henderson Construction at jbhenderson.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.

The Strat 200 (134 laps| 201 miles) is the third of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Feb. 28 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., Mar. 1 beginning at 2:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 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 (Pacific).

AM Racing PR

Officials from Chad Finley Racing (CFR) announced today that a series of circumstances will prevent their NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team from participating in Friday night’s Strat 200 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

Florida-native Robby Lyons was scheduled to drive the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado in the third Truck Series race of the season.

Said team principal Jeff Finley, “It’s been a rough start for Chad Finley Racing – but we were determined to persevere through and focus on heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the mindset to turn our season around.

"Unfortunately, we had an incident with our hauler where it was damaged while trying to exit the grounds of Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday night.

“After surveying it all, as our primary Vegas truck was also damaged and reviewing all of our options, we have decided to forgo Las Vegas and begin working on repairing our hauler and race trucks. We’re disappointed that we are having to adjust our schedule so early in the season – but the hauler incident made it impossible for us to get to Las Vegas efficiently as it was scheduled to leave Monday morning.

“Everyone on the team will work fiercely on the program and we look forward to being back on the track soon for our drivers and marketing partners. Trust me when I say that racing is our lives and this setback will make us even more determined to get back to the track in the coming weeks.”

The Strat 200 from Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway is set for Fri., Mar. 1 set to air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. ET. (6:00 p.m. PT).

For additional information on Chad Finley and his race team please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

CFR PR

Atlanta Race Information:
Started: 12th
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 4th
Finished: 2nd
Laps: 130/130 
Laps Led: 9
Status: Running
Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 4th
"We had a shot and I really wanted to deliver a win. We just didn't get it done. I'm bummed, because I thought I timed it right. I was pushing him (Kyle Busch), and he was doing a good job of blocking. I just didn't think I could get there. If I went to the top, I wouldn't have had enough momentum. It's a good start for the Tenda Ford F-150, though. I'm happy with the effort." 


2019 Stats:
Starts: 2
Laps Completed: 190/241
Laps Led: 21
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Average start: 14.5
Average finish: 12.5
   
  
     
 
Atlanta Race Information:
Started: 10th
Stage 1: 8th
Stage 2: 9th
Finished: 14th
Laps: 130/130
Laps Led: 4
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th
 
"The Rip It / Menards Ford F-150 was fast at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Unfortunately a loose wheel in the late laps of the race led me to come back down pit road. A 14th-place finish didn't show how strong we were but we were able to pickup more stage points and lead some laps."  
2019 Stats:
Starts: 2
Laps Completed: 241/241
Laps Led: 4
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 1 
Average start: 12.5
Average finish: 9.5
 
 
 
Atlanta Race Information:
Started: 5th
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 8th 
Finished: 3rd
Laps: 130/130
Laps Led: 4
Status: Running
Driver Points: 1st
Owner Points: 1st
GRANT ENFINGER FINISHES A TRACK-BEST THRID AT ATLANTA - TAKES OVER POINT LEAD
"The inside line was definitely important on that final restart. There was no grip on the outside lane tonight, especially on a restart. I'm really proud of our guys, and this third place finish. We were up and down today - led some laps, and got shuffled back. The pit crew did a great job on pit road, and in the end, we came out with a solid finish. I can't say thank you enough to Champion Power Equipment, Mike Curb, Duke and Rhonda Thorson - everyone that allows us to do this. Also to the all the fans who stuck it out tonight."
 
 
2019 Stats:
Starts: 2
Laps Completed: 241/241
Laps Led: 4
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 2
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Average start: 5.0
Average finish: 2.5 
 
  
 
Atlanta Race Information:
Started: 6th 
Stage 1 Finish: 6th
Stage 2 Finish: 2nd
Finished: 5th
Laps: 130/130
Laps Led: 20 
Status: Running
Driver Points: 3rd
Owner Points: 6th
 
"It was a solid day at Atlanta Motor Speedway for our Carolina Nut Ford F-150 team but unfortunately we were forced back into the field on the last restart after the truck in front of me spun their tires. We led some laps and picked up some good stage points and ultimately rebounded to finish fifth. I'm proud of the effort of my whole team. This is only our second race together as a new group but we still have much to work on. I'm excited to see how much stronger we will get with each race."

2019 Stats:
Starts: 2
Laps Completed: 228/241
Laps Led: 31
Wins: 0 
Poles: 0
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Average start: 14.0
Average finish: 9.5

ThorSport PR

As darkness enveloped Atlanta Motor Speedway, and rain pelted the windshield of his No. 51 Toyota, Kyle Busch patiently waited for word he had sole possession of the all-time victory lead in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

The record-setting win wouldn’t be quite that easy. After the red flag for rain, NASCAR restarted the race, rather than calling it. Five laps later, after parrying a determined charge from former series champion Johnny Sauter, Busch took the checkered Saturday’s Ultimate Tailgating 200, earning his 52nd victory and breaking a tie for most all-time with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.

“It means a lot,” Busch said. “It’s a big deal for me and a big deal for this team.”

The win was Busch’s fifth in the Truck Series at Atlanta but the first since 2009. Of his 52 triumphs, 16 came in trucks fielded by Billy Ballew before Busch founded his own Kyle Busch Motorsports team and added 36 races to his total (and counting) as an owner/driver.

With Ballew in attendance at Atlanta, Busch’s Tundra carried the former owner’s name on board.

“I had Billy Ballew on board with us here today,” Busch said after climbing from his truck, with mist putting a wet sheen on Victory Lane. “And Billy’s right over here as well. It took putting Billy Ballew back on my truck to get me a win here, so we might have to make that an annual reoccurrence.

“I slipped getting out (of the truck). It’s a little wet out here, in case y’all didn’t notice.”

Busch, however rued the fact that the race was called as he sat on pit road under the red flag on Lap 121. His teammate and protégé, Harrison Burton, held the second position at the time, but when the race restarted, Burton had the slippery outside lane to deal with and fell to eighth at the finish.

“I wish we could have ended it (then),” Busch said. “I would have rather had Harrison finish second. I’m not sure how far he fell, but he ran a great race today. It was cool to see the No. 18 right up there as well.”

The victory Busch’s 195 over all three of NASCAR’s national touring series combined, leaving him just five short of his stated goal of 200. With 92 NASCAR Xfinity victories, Busch also holds the career record in that series.

Sauter got to Busch’s rear bumper right after the final restart on Lap 128 but didn’t feel he could make a winning move.

“I just didn’t think I could get it there,” said Sauter, who returned to ThorSport Racing for the 2019 season. “I’m bummed, because I thought I timed it right, and I was pushing him, and he was doing a good job of blocking, and I just didn’t think I could get there.

“It’s a good start, though. I’m happy with the effort. We just need a little bit more. When I go back and watch the replay, I hope I’m not kicking myself in the butt for not making that move to the top, but honestly, at that point I didn’t feel like I could get it done.”

Grant Enfinger, Sauter’s ThorSport teammate, ran third, followed by reigning series champion Brett Moffitt and Ben Rhodes. Ross Chastain and last week’s Daytona winner, Austin Hill, came home sixth and seventh, respectively.

Austin Hill tallied a seventh-place finish in Saturday evening’s Ultimate Tailgaing 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). The finish marked Hill’s second top-10 of the 2019 season in as many races and is his career-best result in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) at his home track.
Adverse weather conditions cancelled qualifying on Saturday morning, but handed Hill and the No. 16 United Rentals Toyota team the pole position for the 130-lap contest. On the initial start, Hill’s momentum was hampered after being hit in the rear bumper which caused him to fall to sixth on the first lap. The Winston, GA native recovered quickly to maintain his position in the top 10 and eventually climbed to fifth at the end of Stage 1 on lap 40 after battling a tight condition.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli gave Hill air pressure adjustments along with four tires on the first stage caution to aid his balance. However, Hill’s United Rentals pit crew dealt with issues in removing the right-side tires out of the wheel wells during pit stops throughout the event. Hill restarted eighth on the lap 47 restart and made steady progress to finish Stage 2 in sixth at lap 80. Hill pitted again under the lap 82 caution for four tires and rejoined the field in 12th.
Over the final stage, Hill once again made a methodical march up the leader board and into sixth position on lap 100. Hill’s progress was halted by a caution on lap 112, and pitted for the final time under the caution. A multi-truck accident combined with persistent mist caused a red flag on lap 119 and set up a frantic five-lap dash to the finish. Hill restarted on the unenviable outside lane, but managed to fight through a tight handling condition to take the checkered flag in seventh position. It was Hill's second top-10 finish of the season and has him one point out of the championship lead. 
Austin Hill Quote:
“All in all, we had a pretty good truck all night. We really had long run speed. We struggled on the short run speed for the most part. It seemed like that’s where we were hurting. But all in all, it was a good effort for our team.”
“It’s really big (to finish in the top 10 after Daytona). I felt like we had a top-five truck all night. It would take us so long to get going. Restarts, I kept choosing the wrong lanes at the right time. It hurt our exit and our momentum down the straightaway. But once we got going, and had five or 10 laps under our belt, we had a top-five truck all night. It’s just, we struggled on the initial get up.” 

HRE PR

Harrison Burton ran inside the top three for the majority of Saturday's Ultimate Tailgating 200 and was lined up on the front row alongside his owner and teammate Kyle Busch when the field took the green flag with five laps remaining. Unfortunately for Burton, the outside lane lacked grip and he didn't get up to speed as fast as the inside line and lost several positions. Busch would go on to pick up a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series' record 52nd win, while Burton would be forced to settle for an undeserving eighth-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • After Saturday morning's qualifying session was washed out, Burton earned the second-place starting position based off the No. 18 team's placement in the 2018 Owners' point standings.
  • The Safelite Tundra fired off strong and Burton was able to lead the first lap before settling back into the second position. He would remain in the second spot for the entire first stage but communicated that his Toyota was "a touch too tight." 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for four fresh tires, with an air pressure adjustment, and a full tank of fuel.
  • Burton returned to the tack scored in the fifth position when Stage Two went green on lap 46. After getting put three-wide shortly after the field crossed the stripe, the 18-year-old driver subsided to the eighth position. Burton had gained one spot back when the field was slowed for the third time on lap 53 for debris on the track.
  • The Safelite Tundra restarted sixth on lap 57 and then slowly maneuvered its way back towards the front of the field. Burton would cross the stripe third to end Stage Two on lap 80. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • Burton once again communicated that his No. 18 Toyota was "a little tight," before hitting pit road for four fresh tires, with an air pressure adjustment, and a full tank of fuel. He would start the Final Stage from the third position.
  • The Safelite Tundra was in the third position when the field was slowed for the fourth time for a one-truck spin on lap 112. Hillman Jr. used the caution to put the final four fresh Goodyear tires on Burton's truck.
  • The second-generation driver restarted third when the race went back green with 13 laps remaining. A strong restart propelled the talented teenager into the second position just before a five-truck pile up red-flagged the field with 11 laps remaining.
  • Once the carnage was cleared and the trucks started rolling again, the mist that had been in the air throughout the race intensified and the field was brought down pit road.
  • After a 17-minute weather delay, the field rolled back on the track to finish the race under green-flag conditions. Burton, who was on the outside of the front row, was unable to get up to speed as fast as the inside lane and instead of racing his boss for the win, would have to settle for an eighth-place finish. 

KBM PR

Kyle Busch made history in his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start of the season, picking up his 52nd career series win in the No. 51 Cessna Tundra. This breaks the tie at 51 with Ron Hornaday Jr. and gives Busch the record for most wins in the series. After qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather, the 33-year-old owner-driver began the race in 7th, but quickly took the lead within six laps. Busch persisted through a mysterious vibration and a late race red flag for weather and won both stages in addition to taking the checkered flag for the Ultimate Tailgating 200.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Qualifying for the Ultimate Tailgating 200 was canceled due to inclement weather and the field was set by the rule book, meaning that Kyle Busch began the race in the 7th position.
  • Busch made his way to the lead within the first six laps, passing multiple trucks at a time.
  • As caution fell for the first time on lap 17, Busch reported that his Tundra was tight off the corner, and the balance was good.
  • Busch earned the stage win, and reported that his Tundra was really tight at the top of the racing surface. Crew chief Rudy Fugle brought him to pit road following the stage for four tires, fuel and adjustments. 
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Busch began the second stage in the fourth position, but soon reported a vibration. Regardless, he made his way back to the lead. A caution fell on lap 54 for debris, and Fugle was able to bring Busch to pit road, where the crew investigated and found nothing specifically wrong.
  • Busch restarted in the 24th position, and regained the top-10 within two laps, the top-five within five laps and retook the lead on lap 78, with two laps to go in the stage.
  • Fugle was also able to make an adjustment for a tight handling condition.
  • Busch picked up the second stage win, and returned to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • The team owner-driver started the final 51-lap stage in the first position, and after losing the lead briefly to a hard-charging Johnny Sauter, never looked back, leading a total of 92 laps of the 130-lap race.
  • Busch held off his young teammate Harrison Burton for a late race restart as rain began to fall and earned his 52nd win in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. This was his fifth win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and his first in a KBM Tundra. 
KBM PR
Todd Gilliland persevered through a wet and cold evening at Atlanta Motor Speedway to earn his first top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile oval. With qualifying washed out, Gilliland started in the 11th position. Trouble with the handling and slow restarts had Gilliland riding near the top-15 for most of the evening, but on the final restart Gilliland was able to make his way to the ninth position and hold it for his first top-10 of 2019.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started the Ultimate Tailgating 200 in the 11th position, as the field was set per the rule book after qualifying was canceled due to a heavy mist throughout the day.
  • Gilliland told crew chief Marcus Richmond that he was unable to get his Toyota Tundra to the bottom of the racing surface because of a loose handling condition, but he was able to work his way into the top-10 during long green flag runs, finishing the stage in the 7th position.
  • Following the first stage, Richmond brought Gilliland to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments to address the handling condition.
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
  • The start of the second stage saw Gilliland in the sixth position, but difficult handling conditions on restarts caused him to slowly fall out of the top-10 after a caution on lap 54.
  • The young driver finished the second stage in 11th position, and Richmond called him to pit road for adjustments, four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel.
  • Gilliland reported that his Tundra was tight on exit of the corner and loose over the seams in the pavement. 
 
Stage Three Recap:
 
  • As the final 50-lap stage began, Gilliland restarted in 10th, but once again had trouble with the restart and fell back to the 17th position.
  • With 37 laps to go, the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra came to life and Gilliland began to march forward again.
  •  The caution flag flew with 18 to go and the No. 4 team again came to pit road for four fresh tires. A quick stop gained him five positions and Gilliland would restart in sixth.
  • With the gain in position, Gilliland was able to avoid the wreck on the restart, which then brought out a red flag for cleanup and another for weather.
  • Gilliland was able to hang on to a top-10 finish on the restart as conditions began to deteriorate and brought the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra home in ninth.
KBM PR
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