Gander Outdoors Truck Series News (6004)
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.
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).
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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.
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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.