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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News
Kyle Busch won Friday nights North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch would survive a late race restart to win his fifth NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series win of the season.
For Busch, this is his 56th NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series victory. Friday was driver No. 51's final Truck race of the season due to series limitations for Monster Energy Cup Series drivers. Busch had to overcome a late race caution when Brett Moffitt lost his tire with under 10 laps to go. That would lead to a late race restart with three laps to go. Driver No. 51 would hold off the field and pull away to victory.
Rounding out the top five were Breenan Poole in second, Stewart Friesen in third, Ben Rhodes in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Austin Hill in sixth, Todd Gilliland in seventh, Anthony Alfredo in eighth, Grant Enfinger in ninth and Ross Chastain in tenth.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will head into Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1 and MRN.
Stage 1 Winner: Matt Crafton
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Sheldon Creed has always been fast—and he has championships in ARCA, Stadium Super Trucks and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to prove it.
In his first full-time season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Creed likewise has been quick in the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet, and he has the qualifying record to prove it.
Creed has started within the top 10 in each of his seven races this season, posting an average starting position of 5.4. He has led 92 laps this season, including 59 at Dover and 12 at Kansas in his last two races.
Only one problem: the finishes haven’t been there. Creed has one top 10 this year—a sixth at Las Vegas—and no top fives. His average finishing position is 17.1, with two DNFs.
But with speed comes the promise of better results, and Creed is confident he can find Victory Lane as his learning process in the series continues.
“This is pretty much like college for me,” said the 21-year-old from Alpine, Calif. “I just need to get it right and get it fast. I’m exciting to see where we’re going. We’re obviously fast. We’ve just got to get it dialed in.”
As Creed sees, part of his education involves keeping open ears and an open mind.
“A lot of us kids already think we know it all,” he said. “And there’s a lot to learn. That’s been the biggest thing. I’ve been trying not to be stubborn and go in with open ears and know that I can learn.”
ALL-STAR RULES FEATURE SOME NOTABLE AND SUBTLE DIFFERENCES
The competition package mandated for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race features two significant components: a single-piece carbon-fiber splitter/pan and a radiator duct in the hood of the car.
From a “feel” standpoint, however, most drivers participating in practice sessions on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway couldn’t tell much difference between the configuration they have been running at intermediate speedways so far this year and the package for Saturday’s million-dollar event (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
But that doesn’t mean the feel was exactly the same.
“This place is just so weird, Charlotte is, as a track,” said Austin Dillon, who was strong in both Friday practice sessions at the 1.5-mile track, topping the speed chart in Final Practice. “It’s a lot different handling-wise.
“I feel like there are different things, obviously, with the splitter and how high the cars are. I think they handled a little differently in practice. Some people looked like they really struggled in traffic, but I felt like my car was decent in traffic. I feel like some of that is just getting the balance right, because we haven’t run this package.”
Though some cars benefited from the draft, particularly in the first session when the Open cars and All-Star cars ran together, Dillon believes there will still be a premium to being out front.
“I felt like clean air was still the fastest way for my car, but you could get a pull, for sure,” Dillon said. “A bigger pull, and I noticed it right off the bat running behind the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.) coming to the green, that I could get a bigger pull than what we have been this year.”
NOTES & QUOTES
Though Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have combined to win every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series except Talladega, Denny Hamlin feels other teams have closed the gap to the extent that JGR has been fortunate to pick up its recent victories.
"The Stewart-Haas cars are by far the fastest cars right now—by a whole lot,” Hamlin said. “It seems like, as an organization, we’ve had one car kind of hit it the last few weekends, but as an organization, we’ve struggled. We have not been very good, and really, it starts with practice when we unload. We have not been very good.
“I think that one of our cars has gotten lucky and hit it overnight, but other than that, I don’t feel like we’re the cream of the crop by far.”
Already a winner in the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600, Austin Dillon would like nothing better than to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at his home track.
“To have both races that you can win here on the oval covered—those are three big wins, the 500, the 600 and the All-Star Race,” Dillon said. “That kind of ties into the Crown Jewels.”
That would leave the Brickyard 400 at Southern 500 on the bucket list.
“Yeah, I’d like to finish those off,” said Dillon, who was fastest in Friday’s final practice for the All-Star race with a lap at 179.450 mph. “Big races.”
When the trucks hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, they will all have one thing in common, a tribute decal to MB Motorsports founder Mike Mittler. Mittler's hard fought battle with cancer came to an end with his passing on Friday, May 10th.
Racing was a big part of Mike Mittler’s life for half a century. “I’ve always loved racing and got involved in 1968,” Mittler said in 2011. “Through local races I got to know the Wallace family. I worked on the crew that helped Rusty Wallace become the USAC stock car Rookie of the Year and 1983 ASA Champion. We ran some NASCAR Busch races and did a few Cup events as well. When Rusty moved south, I started helping Kenny Wallace and was with him when he was crowned the 1986 ASA Rookie of the Year.”
During his early years in racing, Mike worked at Fran’s Chassis Engineering in St. Louis. “We built drag race cars from pro stocks to top fuel and funny cars,” he explained. Mike, along with brother, Paul, founded Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool Company in 1980. It was a gamble, but Mike Mittler’s life has always revolved around building things. “I like the challenge and satisfaction of putting things together, and reaching a goal.” Whether it’s building a race car or a business, Mittler enjoys the process of seeing dreams come true.
Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool has grown to employ more than 60 highly-skilled machinists and support personnel in Wright City, Missouri (40 miles west of St. Louis). The plant includes the latest computer controlled design and machining equipment. Products, including auto racing tools and performance components, are sold across America, as well as in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
The company took the next step in racing by starting its own team. In July 1995, at the historic Milwaukee Mile, MB Motorsports made its debut. Over the next 23 years, MB Motorsports gained the reputation for bringing young and talented drivers into NASCAR racing. The list of drivers who have piloted trucks for Mike Mittler is impressive: Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Justin Algaier, Regan Smith, Bobby Pierce, Garrett Smithley, Spencer Boyd and many more.
And while Mike built a reputation for grooming young talent on the track, his racing presence in race shops was even stronger, as one would be hard pressed to find a shop that hasn't used Mittler Brothers equipment at some point. In addition, he served as President of the National Tooling and Machining Association and spoke before Congress not once, but twice.
Mike was the racer's racer and will be missed by all who knew him.
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After nearly a seven-week sabbatical, Chad Finley Racing (CFR) returns to NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) competition this week with driver Chad Finley for Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Looking to recover from an engine failure last weekend at Kansas Speedway, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) veteran Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway hoping to bounce back and earn his second top-10 finish of the season in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
Despite the misfortune in Kansas, Self heads to Charlotte embracing the speed his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado has showcased this season. The Austin, Texas native credits the hard work of crew chief Eddie Troconis and his AM Racing team for the uptick in performance as the season has marched on.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to put ourselves near the front of the field on Friday night,” said Self. “We’ve had a lot of speed in our trucks this season, in particular, the last two races but unfortunately we don’t have much too show for it.
“I’m really proud though of the work Eddie (Troconis, crew chief) and the guys have put forth in the shop.
Whether it’s a good week or a bad week, there’s nothing but determination to make sure we’re putting the best truck on the track as possible.
“Hopefully, things go our way in Charlotte, and we can get our solid finishes back on track.”
Self invades Charlotte Motor Speedway looking to make his fourth start in the Queen City and better a track-best 12th place finish in 2017.
“Charlotte is a pretty cool place to race,” added Self. “It’s not the traditional mile and a half track, but its unique layout is something that I feel like suits my driving style. There’s a bunch of different lanes to run even though it’s narrow, but you can run from the bottom to the top.
“Another part to Charlotte success is tire conservation. The racing surface is pretty abrasive on tires, which is a big part of running up front at the end of the race.”
The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 69th career start.
GO TEXAN, celebrating its 20th Birthday this year, represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.
Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known for throughout the world.
Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the eighth race of the year.
In 68 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 18th in the championship standings with 16 races remaining.
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The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (134 laps| 201 miles) is the eighth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., May 17 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:35 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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- Qualifying for the event consisted of one round of single truck qualifying, and Jones earned the 21st starting position.
- Just after halfway in the first stage, Jones spun on the track and had a flat left rear tire. Fugle called him to pit road for tires and repairs, and while the young driver did go one lap down, he was able to regain the lead lap at the stage end.
- Jones reported his Tundra was too free in the turns, but he was able to finish the stage in the 17th position, the first truck one lap down.
- At the stage conclusion, Fugle opted to stay out and put the No. 51 back on the lead lap.
- Jones began the second stage in 17th, and several laps later, the caution flag flew again and Fugle called him to pit road for more repairs and adjustments.
- During the second stage, Jones was able to maintain a position in the top 15
- Fugle called him to pit road following the end of the stage for four more Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel.
- The Georgia driver began the final stage in the seventh position after a quick four-tire pit stop between stages.
- Jones maintained a top-10 position despite fighting a free handling condition in the center and exit of the corners.
- During green flag pit stops with 40 laps to go, Fugle brought Jones to pit road for the final time for four tires, fuel and adjustments, and as stops cycled through, he returned to the top 10.
- As several of the leaders encountered problems in the final laps, Jones was able to take advantage and take the checkered flag in the fifth position.