Faith Motorsports To Run Vegas Tribute At Texas

Faith Motorsports (FMS) announced today that North Texas native Ted Minor will pilot the #44 SMD Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3rd. Shawn Magee Design (SMD), a North Canton, Ohio design firm and official graphics partner of Faith Motorsports, will serve as the primary sponsor in the JAGS Metals/Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief 350 in Fort Worth,Texas.

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44 SMD Truck NASCAR Texas

 

“I’m excited for the opportunity to drive the #44 SMD Silverado in my home state of Texas,” said Minor.

This will mark Minor’s third start in the 2017 Camping World Truck Series season but his first start driving for Faith Motorsports.

Ted MinorTed started his racing career on Texas dirt tracks and has progressed to racing nationwide on asphalt tracks in the ARCA, USST series, super late models and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In his 16th season as a NASCAR driver, Ted brings veteran experience combined with a youthful drive to succeed.

The #44 SMD truck will also feature a special tribute graphic on the deck lid honoring all 58 people who lost their lives in the tragic shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st.

SMD 44 Vegas Tribute

“Our thoughts and prays go out to all of the families who lost loved ones during this tragic event in Las Vegas,” said Shane Lamb, owner of Faith Motorsports. “We wanted to honor the lives of those taken so senselessly and show love and support to those still grieving.”

The Texas race marks the 3rd appearance as primary sponsor for SMD. The last time SMD raced as a primary sponsor was back in 2016 at Kentucky Speedway in the #74 Chevrolet Silverado of NASCAR veteran driver, Mike Harmon.

“I love seeing the SMD brand being broadcasted on a national stage like the Camping World Truck Series,” said Shawn Magee, Owner of Shawn Magee Design. “NASCAR has always been a passion of mine. I am grateful for my partnership with Faith Motorsports which has allowed me to pursue those passions. I look forward to what 2018 has in store for SMD & Faith Motorsports.”

Faith Motorsports owns and operates a 2 truck team (#44 & #62). Through a partnership with Martin’s Motorsports, the #44 is piloted by fellow Texas native, Austin Wayne Self for most of the 2017 season.

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Myatt Snider Brings It Home In Third Place At Talladega

Myatt Snider

Date:                            Oct. 14, 2017

Event:                           Fred’s 250 (Race 19 of 23)

Series:                          NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Location:                     Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (2.66-mile, tri-oval)

Format:                       Three Stages; 20 laps/20 laps/54 laps

Start/Finish:                Ninth/Third (Running, completed 95 of 95 laps)

Winner:                       Parker Klingerman of Henderson Motorsports (Toyota)

Following an exciting 95-lap race, Myatt Snider brought his No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota Tundra home third in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Snider, who was making the seventh start of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) career and fifth of 2017, earned his career-best finish and helped the No. 51 Tundra team advance to the Round of 6 of the Truck Series Owner’s Playoffs.

Stage One Recap:

  • As the green flag waved, Snider started the race ninth in the inside lane of the track. By lap two the rookie was up to seventh, running single file while hugging the bottom of the track.

  • While being patient and attentive, Snider protected his line and was up to fifth on lap seven after the truck in front of him pulled off after being black flagged. As the pack of trucks he was racing in started to break up because of lapped traffic, Snider maintained his position in the top five while being nice and smooth around the bottom of the track.

  • As the 20-lap stage wound down, the caution flag flew because of a wreck on track. At the end of Stage 1, Snider was scored in the fifth position.

Stage Two Recap:

  • Snider started Stage Two by making a trip to pit road for two right-side tires and fuel, while having no complaints about the handling of his No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota Tundra.

  • The 22-year-old driver took the restart on lap 26 from sixth on the outside lane. After an aggressive restart, he made a move to the bottom of the track to steal away the third position with 10 laps to go in the stage.

  • Snider continued to run single file on the bottom of the track, holding on to his third-place position as the caution flag waved to end Stage Two.

Stage Three Recap:

  • Stage Three began as Snider brought his No. 51 Tundra down pit road for two left-side tires and fuel. When the race restarted on lap 46, he was lined up second next to KBM teammate Christopher Bell, who led the field to the green flag.

  • As Snider accelerated on the outside lane, he got a push from behind and was battling side-by-side for the lead with Bell. On lap 47 he made the move to the bottom to pass for the lead, but the outside line got a run and started passing him from the top.

  • When the caution flag flew after a wreck in Turn 4 on lap 53, the No. 51 team decided to make a pit stop to top Snider off with fuel. After the race returned to green, a few trucks in front of Snider decided to pit, allowing him to gain positions on the race track.

  • On lap 62 the three-truck KBM fleet was drafting together in a line, with Snider running fifth. On lap 70 as the racing began to intensify, Snider followed his teammates as they moved from the bottom of the track to the middle lane in an effort to move towards the front of the field, but the opening closed up and he came into contact with another truck as part of a five-truck accident. The Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra sustained moderate damage to the right front and would need attention from the over-the-wall crew.

  • When the red flag was lifted, Snider made a total of three stops for the team to assess and fix the damage on his truck – as well as give him four fresh tires. Snider restarted in the 14th position on lap 76 and tried to find a comfortable position on the track in the midst of three-wide racing.

  • With 10 to go he was 16th, but made a strong run on the outside lane and passed several trucks before moving back down to the inside lane. Two laps later he had catapulted all the way up to seventh.

  • With only five laps left the caution flag flew once again, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Snider restarted on the bottom in the seventh position and held his spot in the bottom lane as others drivers got aggressive trying to make a move for the win. The strategy paid off as he advanced four spots in the final two laps and ended the day with a career-best third-place finish.

Myatt Snider, driver of the No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:

 What was the racing like today?

“Well if you’ve ever gone to an amusement park and been on a rollercoaster that’s pretty much what Talladega is like. We had a crazy day. My KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota Tundra was really fast all day. We had good speed and were able to draft really well. It was just a wild race. We had a little bit of an incident there with the 13 (Cody Coughlin) – I don’t know exactly what happened, but it looks like he got up into me or I got down on him. It happened so fast. I’m just proud of these guys for giving me great pit stops and a great truck and a great sponsor. Just a great result and happy for this whole team.”

 

Fred’s 250 Recap:

  • Parker Kligerman won the race followed by KBM’s Christopher Bell and Snider. Grant Enfinger and Austin Cindric rounded out the top-five finishers.

  • The race featured six cautions for a total of 27 laps. There were 17 lead changes among 11 drivers. KBM’s Christopher Bell led four times for nine laps.

How Snider’s KBM Teammates Fared:

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 14th

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished second

NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:

The No. 51 Toyota Racing team finished the Round of 8 fifth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings with 2,109 points and advances to the Round of 6.

Next Race:

The Truck Series returns to action in two weeks at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 28.  Live coverage of the race begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Parker Kligerman Steals One At Talladega

Parker Kligerman
The massive wreck in Turn 1 that gobbled up a pack of trucks in overtime at Talladega Superspeedway spared a part-time driver with one win on his career resume and a lower-budget team fighting for the final spot in the Round of 6 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Playoff.

The part-timer, Parker Kligerman, charged to the front past pole winner, series leader and race runner-up Christopher Bell after the final restart and had the lead in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 when trucks started bouncing off each other in Turn 1 on the final lap. That wreck caused a caution that froze the running order and gave Kligerman his first victory since he won at Talladega in 2012.

The real suspense, however, involved John Hunter Nemechek, who steered his already-wrecked truck through two major crashes in the final 25 laps to finish sixth. Nemechek grabbed the final spot in the Round of 6 over Chase Briscoe, who finished 22nd, nine laps down after his team dealt with a valve cover issue early in the race.

“We had a long team meeting last night in the lobby of our hotel, and we sat down and said a prayer that we would make it to the next round,” Nemechek said.

Shortly after the restart of the final stage, it appeared the prayer would not be answered. Nemechek’s No. 8 Chevrolet was damaged heavily in a crash that started when Ben Rhodes turned Clay Greenfield’s Chevrolet in Turn 4 on Lap 54.

Nemechek’s team worked feverishly to repair the damage to the extent possible and kept the No. 8 on the lead lap. With Briscoe locked into a 22nd-place finish, Nemechek had to finish 13th or better after Austin Wayne Self’s spin in Turn 4 caused the sixth caution on Lap 90 and sent the event to overtime. When trucks in the lead pack started wrecking in front of Nemechek after the field took the white flag, spotter Jason Jarrett guided his driver through the melee and gained enough spots to advance comfortably.

For Kligerman, it was a case of right choices at the right time.

“It’s all a blur,” he said. “Each corner you’re making six decisions, and they happened to work. It was just crazy. Every move worked. It’s just sometimes they click. Those last 10 laps, if I went high and separated the back, or if I tried to get the bump and the run, every move just worked. Sometimes they go your way.”

For the first 40 laps, Talladega looked like Johnny Sauter’s personal playground. The defending series champion powered into the lead after the start, pulling GMS Racing teammate Justin Haley with him. Sauter and Haley dropped to the inside lane in front of Bell and ran in lock-step for 20 laps, with Sauter winning the first stage wire-to-wire.

Sauter may have sailed through Stage 1, but calamity struck two other championship contenders. On Lap 8, Briscoe took his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford to the garage to repair a fluid leak and lost 10 laps in the process. Briscoe’s issues, however, couldn’t compare with those of Kaz Grala, who started the race from the rear because of a last-minute engine change. After working his way Grala was the victim of a chain-reaction wreck of Turn 4 on Lap 19, also involving the trucks of Cody Coughlin, Chris Fontaine, Rhodes and Ryan Truex.

Grala’s No. 33 Chevy nosed into the outside wall and spun into the infield grass, where the heavily damaged Silverado sat until a wrecker towed it to the garage. Grala retired in 29th place, his Playoff over.

“I’m not quite sure what happened,” Grala said after a mandatory visit to the infield care center. “Everything checked up in front of me. I slowed down. I think I was going to miss it, but the truck behind me (Truex’s Toyota) didn’t get slowed down fast enough and turned us up into the wall and ended our day.

“I think that’s the end of our championship hopes, unfortunately. It’s tough to take, because I think we really came alive this latter part of the season. I think we could have been a contender.”

Playoff Notes: Myatt Snider sustained damage in a Lap 70 wreck but rallied to finish a career-best third… Austin Cindric ran fifth behind Grant Enfinger and secured a spot in the Round of 6, joining Bell, Sauter, Nemechek, Rhodes and Matt Crafton.

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John Hunter Nemechek Has His Sights Set On The Big Prize

John Hunter Nemechek

Event: fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Venue: Talladega (Ala.) SuperspeedwayNEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Talladega Superspeedway … This weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the Lincoln, Ala., facility. The organization posted a team best 10th-place finish at the track with driver Joe Nemechek on October 18, 2014. Three starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 11.0 and an average finish of 17.7, and a total of five laps led.

 

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, the Mooresville, N.C.,-based organization has logged 123 starts from five drivers, resulting in strong performances that include six victories (Watkins Glen, Chicago, Atlanta, Canada, Gateway, and Iowa) and 27 top-five finishes, as well as 56 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 14.2 and an average finishing position of 13.8.

 

Collective NEMCO Motorsports … In this season’s first 18 events, NEMCO Motorsports’ two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have posted two victories (Gateway and Iowa), eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverados have completed 2,874 laps and have lead 100 of those laps. John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek rank eighth and 26th respectively in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points.

 

All in the Family … Team owner Joe Nemechek has found success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at the Talladega Superspeedway with five pole awards, two victories (1998, 2000), seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 20 starts. “Front Row” Joe Nemechek is also credited with four pole awards, one top-five, and five top-10 finishes in 38 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) at the Talladega Superspeedway. Additionally, Nemechek is credited with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2006 and 2014.

 

Media Alert … John Hunter Nemechek will be accessible to media in attendance at the Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, October 13 at 10:15 a.m. (CT). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series media availability will be hosted inside the media center.

 

Follow NEMCO Motorsports on Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit NEMCO Motorsports’ Twitter page – @NEMCOMotorsport. Also, follow the NEMCO Motorsports drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @FrontRowJoe87 and @JHNemechek. You can also “like” Joe Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /NASCARJoe, and John Hunter Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /JohnHunterNemechek.

 

Vote for John Hunter Nemechek … Fans have the opportunity to make their voices heard by casting their votes to determine who will be the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017. Fans are able to cast their votes viahttp://www.nascar.com/mostpopulardriver from September 3 to November 16. Fans may select (1) candidate per ballot submission. Voting is limited to (1) vote per person per email address per day, per series. Fans selected John Hunter Nemechek as the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver.

 

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing display located in the midway at the Talladega Superspeedway for a question and answer session with John Hunter Nemechek on Friday, October 13 at 2:45 p.m. (CT). Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (CT) on Friday at the Talladega Superspeedway, located in the Legends Hospitality Village.

 

Catch the Action … The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will be broadcast live on FOX on Saturday, October 14 starting with the pre-race show at 12:30 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 19th event of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air Saturday at10:30 a.m. (ET) on FS1. In addition, the practice session on Friday, October 13 will be televised live on FS1 at 12:00 p.m. (ET), as well as the final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

 

John Hunter Nemechek
No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

 

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Talladega Superspeedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 226 in the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at the Talladega Superspeedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 24, where Joe Nemechek finished in the fifth-place after starting in the ninth-place. This NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverado was new to the team for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

 

Sound the Alarm … Breast Cancer awareness finds its way into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as John Hunter Nemechek’s paint scheme goes pink for the cause. As part of a continued effort to raise awareness for Breast Cancer education and research and to honor those who have fought the disease, Fire Alarm Services, Inc., requested to incorporate a pink theme into the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado at the Talladega Superspeedway. Headquartered in Arvada, Colo., Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides superior fire and life safety and security services and products for protecting their client’s real estate investment.

 

Think Pink with Zeta Tau Alpha …. The NEMCO Motorsports driver, like many NASCAR drivers, will run a pink paint scheme at the Talladega Superspeedway in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. John Hunter Nemechek’s No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado will also feature Think Pink®, a registered trademark of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA). Since 2004, this term has represented the organization’s overall theme for breast cancer education and awareness efforts. ZTA members have distributed more than 19 million ZTA Think Pink ribbons to generate breast cancer awareness, to support breast cancer survivors and to honor those who have lost their lives to the disease.

 

Talladega Nights … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s third Talladega Superspeedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 12.5 and an average finishing position of 21.5 at the 2.66-mile track. He made his track debut on October 24, 2015.

 

Restrictor Plate Stats: In four combined NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on restrictor plate tracks (Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway), John Hunter Nemechek has an average finish of 16.0 with 310 laps completed. John Hunter Nemechek has one more restrictor plate start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series than his father, Joe Nemechek.

 

Race Rewind: Talladega Superspeedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished in the 32nd-position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at the Talladega Superspeedway on October 22, 2016. In a season of high achievement that was muted by misfortune, this twist eliminated the NEMCO Motorsports driver from the 2016 season’s championship contention with an engine failure in the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet on Lap 13 of a scheduled 94-lap event that sent Nemechek to the garage and out of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.

 

Nemechek, the Triathlete … Logging miles behind the wheel on the race track is not enough for John Hunter Nemechek. Chasing the finish line is imprinted on his soul. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff contender will compete in the PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina on October 21 in Wilmington, N.C. The triathlon will be the first 70.3-mile half triathlon competition for the 20-year-old Nemechek.

 

When he is not at the track or at the NEMCO Motorsports shop, Nemechek vigorously trains averaging 15 hours a week on triathlon routines. Running and cycling were already a part of Nemechek’s normal cardio routine, so he has incorporated Brick Training, which combine two of the three triathlon sports in a single workout, as part of his focus on preparing for the PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina.

 

In the Rearview Mirror: Las Vegas Motor Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Berry’s Manufacturing Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, scored an eighth-place finish in the Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 30, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Nemechek started in the 15th-position in the 29-truck field. The 20-year old finished Stage 1 in the 11th-place, on Lap 35, and was in the third-place by Lap 70. The team’s variant pit strategy placed Nemechek as the leader on Lap 125. Nemechek’s No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado ran out of fuel under caution with 14 laps remaining in the 146-lap event. He headed to pit road for fuel and tires, and then stalled leaving pit road, and his NEMCO Motorsports crew had to push his machine back to the pit stall before pulling away. Although Nemechek stayed on the lead lap, he was in tenth-place on the restart with seven laps remaining. With a dash to the finish, battling side-by-side for position, Nemechek had quickly moved up in the running order before receiving damage from a lapped truck. Unable to close the gap in the remaining laps, Nemechek crossed the finish line in eighth-place.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs … With his win at the Gateway Motorsports Park on June 17, John Hunter Nemechek claimed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff eligibility with a victory during the regular season. Nemechek is eighth in the Round of 8 Playoff standings with 14 playoff points.

 

Season-to-date … Through the first 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek has completed 2355 of 2706 laps contested (87.0 percent) and has led 100 laps. Nemechek is currently eighth in the driver point standings and sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points. In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports driver has collected two victories (Gateway and Iowa), seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes, has spent 1,910 laps running in the top 15 and has made 514 green-flag passes thus far this season.

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Vinnie Miller Makes His Talladega Debut

Vinnie Miller
Vinnie Miller will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut driving the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports Chevrolet in the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Saturday, October 14th.

The 20-year-old driver made his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut September 16 at Chicagoland Speedway driving for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.

The Michigan native posted one top-five and six top-10 finishes in 12 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards events this season.

This will be Miller’s debut at the 2.66-mile Lincoln, Alabama superspeedway.

“I am really excited about the opportunity that Bolen Motorsports has given me to drive for them at Talladega (Superspeedway) this weekend,” Miller said.

“To prepare, I have been watching video of past races. I know I have a huge learning curve being in a truck and on a superspeedway. Hopefully, we will learn a lot and get a solid finish for Bolen Motorsports.”

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Myatt Snider Is Ready “To Shake And Bake” At Talladega

Myatt Snider

There is no doubt that Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway is one of the most famed race tracks on the NASCAR circuit. From the movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” starring Will Ferrell to the Eric Church hit “Talladega,” the 2.66-mile track is recognized by more than just the average NASCAR fan.

Spectators of races at Talladega Superspeedway are sure to see fast speeds, drafting and drivers trying to avoid “The Big One.” For a rookie like Myatt Snider, who’s preparing to turn his first laps at the longest track in NASCAR, preparation is key. From studying past races at the superspeedway, to talking with his No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce team, Snider feels mentally and physically prepared for his weekend in Alabama.

Saturday’s Fred’s 250 will be Snider’s sixth start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in 2017. The 22-year-old made his season debut at a different superspeedway, Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Snider started that race 13th and ultimately crossed the finish line 10th to earn his first of two top-10 finishes so far this season. Snider’s second NCWTS race of the season came at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth where he was in place to grab a top 10 until a late-race spin relegated him to a 16th-place finish. At Kentucky Speedway in Sparta he started the race from the sixth position, led four laps and ultimately crossed the finish line 16th. In his fourth race of the season, he took the green flag 10th and persevered from a mid-race spin to capture his second top 10 of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. Snider qualified ninth for his latest NCWTS race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, but his day ended early after he got clipped from behind on the first lap and his Tundra caromed hard into the inside wall first and came to rest in the outside wall. The damage was too severe for Snider to continue and he was scored with a 28th-place finish.

After Talladega, fans will have two more chances to catch Snider behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra this season at Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 3 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.

As Snider makes his track debut Saturday afternoon, he will once again don the colors of Louisiana Hot Sauce on the hood of his No. 51 Toyota Tundra. Louisiana Hot Sauce is made in New Iberia, La. Over the years, the company has expanded, but they have stayed true to a promise made over years ago to create a perfectly balanced sauce that is “not too hot, not too mild.”

Snider is still on the hunt for his first NCWTS win and hopes his patience, preparation and persistence will help him find Victory Lane this weekend in the deep south of Alabama.

Myatt Snider, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra:

Two weeks ago, in Las Vegas, you were unfortunately unable to complete a lap in the race, how have you moved on from that going into Talladega?

 “It’s a shame that Las Vegas went the way it did. I felt like Bono (Manion, crew chief) and the team had really given me a great Tundra to race with. We practiced well and drafted great in practice. So, that gives me confidence that we’ll have a similar story come time for practice and racing in Talladega.”

This will be your first time at Talladega and your second time this season on a superspeedway. You ended up with a top 10 at Daytona, are you confident you can do that again at Talladega? How have you prepared for the weekend?

“It’s hard to truly prepare for a plate track. All you can do is study old races and ask questions. The only real experience you can get is actually drafting. But I will be running the iRacing pro invitational tonight, which should be the closest thing to Talladega I can get. Regardless, I’m happy to be back in the No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce KBM Toyota Tundra once again.”

Wes Ward, Interim Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra:

You have experience as a crew chief at Talladega Superspeedway, what advice do you have for Myatt (Snider), a rookie, for the weekend?

“I’ve been there when you’ve asked them to ride in the back and then at the end of the race make a push to try to win and they’ve wrecked. We’ve also ran up front and led a lot of laps and wrecked, so I don’t think there is a formula to say how to be there at the end. I think you must have a fast truck and we will have that from KBM. I think being up front, staying out of trouble, leading laps and being aggressive as far as on the offense instead of defense, will go miles in trying to win the race.”

Myatt Snider’s No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra:

KBM-026: The No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce team will race KBM-026 for Saturday’s Fred’s 250. Snider raced this Tundra to a top-10 finish in his season debut at Daytona International Speedway

KBM-026 Performance Profile:

 

Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
5
0
12
22.2
0

Notes of Interest:

Myatt Snider 2017:

  • Snider has made five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season (Daytona, Texas, Kentucky, Chicagoland and Las Vegas). He started 13th and finished 10th in his debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. At Texas Motor Speedway Snider started 13th and finished 16th after a late-race crash. Snider started sixth, led four laps and finished 16th at Kentucky Speedway. At Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie started 10th and finished 10th – his second top 10 of the season. In his latest start, Snider started ninth but was caught up in a wreck on the first lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, ending his night early.

  • Brought home a win at Bristol Motor Speedway (5/21/17) in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour after starting from the pole. Overall has one win, one top-five and four top-10 finishes in seven starts.

  • Made one start in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway earning a ninth-place finish

  • Started 21st in the NASCAR Wheelan All-American Series Late Model Stock race at Martinsville Speedway under the lights and rallied from being two laps down to finish on the lead lap in the 14th position

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
5
0
0
2
0
559
4
10.2
16
ARCA
1
0
0
1
0
102
0
10
9
CARS Super LM
7
1
1
4
2
636
145
5.1
9.3
NASCAR LM Stock
1
0
0
0
0
200
0
21
14
Totals
14
1
1
7
2
1,497
149
11.5
12

 

Myatt Snider 2016:

  • Made first career NASCAR Camping World Series start at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November

  • Earned first ARCA Racing Series win in his debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, collected one win, 68 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes across nine ARCA starts

  • Competed in three CARS Late Model Stock Tour races earning three top-five, three top-10 finishes and three laps led

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
19.0
17.0
                ARCA
9
1
3
5
0
832
68
6.2
13.8
CARS Super LM
3
0
3
3
0
400
3
4.7
3.3
Totals
13
1
6
8
0
1,232
71
9.9
11.3

Myatt Snider 2015:

  • Made CARS Late Model Stock Tour debut earning one pole, 87 laps led, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes across 10 races, resulting in an average finish of 5.6 and a third-place finish in the final points standings

  • Captured the victory at the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Myrtle Beach (S.C.)

      Myatt Snider 2014:

  • Competed regularly in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

     Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Tundra:

  • The No. 51 team has earned two wins (Kansas and Charlotte), four top-five, six top-10 finishes, 289 laps led and an average finish of 13.3 across 18 races in 2017

  • After two races in the Round of 8 of the NCWTS Owner’s playoffs, the No. 51 team currently ranks seventh with 2,061 points and are five points behind the cutoff line for advancing to the Round of 6

  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 64 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

    KBM NCWTS Program:

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (64), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 64 wins, 35 poles, 152 top-five and 245 top-10 finishes across 405 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Erik Jones, Williams Byron and Christopher Bell have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph

  • Has collected victories at all 21 tracks on the 2017 schedule

    KBM NCWTS @ Talladega Superspeedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 27 laps led, two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.1 across 16 starts at the 2.66-mile track

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected KBM’s lone victory in 2010 after leading eight laps to the checkered flag

The ‘Ward’en:

Wes Ward will serve as interim crew chief for the No. 51 team this weekend at Talladega. Ward is currently in his third season at Kyle Busch Motorsports, where in addition to helping oversee the efforts of the No. 46 team’s part-time schedule this season, he serves as the shop foreman. Ward earned two Truck Series victories last season with Kyle Busch behind the wheel at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway. The North Carolina native became a fixture in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage beginning in the late 1990’s and over the course of 16 years called the shots for over 300 races working with notable drivers such as Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Wallace, Jason Keller and Brad Keselowski. Ward’s lone XFINITY Series win came with Kahne behind the wheel in the 2003 series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

This will be Ward’s first race as a crew chief in the Truck Series at Talladega. His best finish across 11 XFINITY Series races atop the pit box at the Alabama track was a 12th-place finish with Jason Keller in 2004.

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Owner Pts./Pos.

2/24

Daytona

Snider

13

10

100/100

0

Running

30/13

3/4

Atlanta

Busch

2

26

127/130

25

Running

59/9

   4/1

Martinsville

Burton

      7

13

250/250

0

Running

87/10

5/12

Kansas

Busch

10

1

167/167

91

Running

147/3

5/19

Charlotte

Busch

4

1

134/134

90

Running

207/3

6/2

Dover

Burton

10

13

198/200

0

Running

235/3

6/9

Texas

Snider

13

16

160/167

0

 Accident

265/5

6/17

Gateway

Gilliland

4

21

112/160

0

Transmission

278/6

6/23

Iowa

Burton

15

11

199/200

0

Running

304/5

7/6

Kentucky

Snider

6

16

149/150

4

Running

332/5

7/19

Eldora

Burton

23

15

150/150

0

Running

354/8

7/29

Pocono

Busch

2

25

36/60

32

Accident

385/8

8/12

Michigan

Busch

10

3

100/100

47

Running

439/5

8/16

 Bristol

Burton

13

18

99/100

0

Running

458/6

9/3

Canadian Tire

Gilliland

13

11

64/64

0

Running

487/7

9/15

Chicago

Snider

10

10

150/150

0

Running

2,022/3

9/23

New Hampshire

Gilliland

5

3

175/175

0

Running

2,062/2

9/30

Las Vegas

Snider

9

28

0/146

0

Accident

2,061/7

 TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK

Noah Gragson Is Hoping To Be In A Positon To Win At Talladega

Noah Gragson

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competes in its second and final restrictor-plate race of the season at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. For Noah Gragson, it will feel like his first drafting race in the Truck Series since he was eliminated from contention on the second lap of the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway when he was hit from behind by Chase Briscoe. The old saying “to finish first, first you must finish” is never truer than at a restrictor-plate race where drafting in packs often results in multi-vehicle accidents.

Drivers use different strategies throughout the race to try to avoid “the big one.” Gragson and his crew chief, Marcus Richmond, believe staying up front is the best way to accomplish that. Richmond knows a thing, or two, about winning at Talladega since he has two wins and three poles at the 2.66-mile track. He made it to Victory Lane in 2014 and 2015 with NCWTS veteran Timothy Peters. This time Richmond would like to get his third win, but with a rookie.

Gragson has one prior start at Talladega when he competed in the ARCA Racing Series event for Venturini Motorsports in May.  He started on the front row in second place and led one lap, but was scored in 30th place after getting caught up in an accident on lap 36 of 82. Although there are few similarities between an ARCA car and a truck, getting familiar with the track and the feel of the draft gave Gragson some practical experience before hitting the track for practice this Friday.

The 19-year-old has had a pretty good week so far after winning the prestigious Winchester 400 ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday. Gragson had never raced at the half-mile track before, but led 138 laps total, including the final seven, and took the checkered flag in his Switch Camry and celebrated by climbing the fence on the front stretch. It was his second start in a Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) late model this year.

The Las Vegas native will also pay tribute this weekend to those affected by the tragic shooting in his hometown on Oct.1. His Switch Tundra will carry the #VegasStrong hashtag on the television panel, while the DriversforVegas.com logo will be displayed on the rear quarterpanels. Gragson joined with other NASCAR drivers from Las Vegas to give fans a way to help the victims and families of the tragedy. Fans are encouraged to check out DriversForVegas.com to purchase one of the items available, or to simply make a donation.

Noah Gragson, Driver of the No. 18 NCWTS Switch Tundra:

Do you feel like you have some momentum coming off your win at Winchester last weekend?

“I’m definitely pumped up from winning the Winchester 400, but Talladega is a very different ballgame. I’m really excited to get back to Martinsville later this month because it’s a short track similar to Winchester. Talladega is a completely different style of racing, so it’s kind of back to reality this weekend.”

Were you able to learn much about Talladega from running the ARCA race in May?

“Maybe a little bit running the draft and side drafting some, but the trucks handle way differently than the ARCA cars at Talladega. The track is easy to run wide open by yourself, but it’s all about getting that experience running behind and around other drivers, pushing them and having them push you. Being so close is kind of nerve-wracking when you first get out there, but it’s all about getting comfortable and into a zone and clicking off laps until the end.”

What does it mean to you to carry the DriversForVegas.com decal on your Switch Tundra at Talladega?

“Although I moved to North Carolina to pursue my racing career, Las Vegas will always be my home. When I heard about this horrible tragedy, not only did I think about my family and friends who still live there, but all of the visitors who make our city one of the best in the world. I immediately wanted to do something to help, but it took a few days to even wrap my head around what happened. When Spencer (Gallagher) called me with this idea, I was all in to help do anything to try to heal our community.”

Marcus Richmond, Crew Chief of the No. 18 NCWTS Switch Tundra:

What can a crew chief do during a race at Talladega to help the driver since so much is out of his control?

“The biggest thing is to make sure he maintains good track position and stays in the top five most of the race to stay ahead of trouble. If you get yourself in a situation where you fall to the back, you definitely have more of a chance to get in a wreck, or something to happen outside of your control.”

Noah Gragson’s No. 18 Switch Tundra:

KBM-040: The No. 18 Switch team will race KBM-040, for Saturday’s Fred’s 250. Gragson has raced this truck in Daytona but his night ended early with an accident on the second lap when he was hit from behind. Christopher Bell finished sixth with this Tundra at Talladega in 2016.

 

KBM-40 Performance Profile

Starts

Wins

Average Start

Average Finish

Laps Led

 2

0

13.0

16.0

0

 

Notes of Interest:

Noah Gragson 2017:

  • Earned his best NCWTS finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., when he finished second on 9/3

  • Earned his first top-five finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by finishing fourth at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April. He also finished fifth at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in July

  • Won first career NCWTS pole at Texas Motor Speedway on 6/9, second at Iowa Speedway on 6/23 and third at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on 9/23

  • Has posted three top-five and 11-top 10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.6 across 18 NCWTS starts this season

  • Won the prestigious Winchester 400 Champion Racing Association Super Series race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway driving for KBM on 10/8

  • Competed in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., earning one top-five and two top-10 finishes

Noah Gragson 2016:

  • Made first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November where he completed all the laps to finish 16th. Finished 15th the following week at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway

  • Returned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West where he earned two wins, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 14 starts to finish third in the driver point standings

  • Competed in 13 of 14 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races claiming two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes

Noah Gragson 2015

  • Finished second in the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver point standings as a rookie after posting two wins, one pole, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 starts

  • Claimed his first victory at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway battling with his teammate for the win

  • Recorded first career pole and led 176 laps to win at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho

Noah Gragson 2014

  • Started racing Bandoleros at The Bullring at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway

  • Moved up to compete in Late Models

  • Competed in the INEX Legends car racing series, winning the 2014 Young Lion Road Course championship

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Tundra:

  • The No. 18 team is currently 13th in owner points and 11th in driver points after collecting three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes this season

  • Five members of this year’s No. 18 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 4 Tundra team which collected one win, 197 laps led, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 starts and made the inaugural Championship Four in the Chase

KBM NCWTS Program

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (64), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 64 wins, 35 poles, 152 top-five and 245 top-10 finishes across 405 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Christopher Bell, Erik Jones and William Byron have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one trophy

  • With Bell’s victory at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway KBM has at least one win at all 21 tracks on the 2017 NCWTS schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Talladega Superspeedway

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 27 laps led, two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.1 across 16 starts at the 2.66-mile oval

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected KBM’s lone victory in the 2010 event after leading only eight laps

Richmond’s Record:

Entering the 2017 season, Marcus Richmond had collected nine wins, 11 poles, 52 top-five and 107 top-10 finishes across 222 races in his 11 seasons as a crew chief in the Truck Series. The veteran crew chief has been to victory lane with five different drivers (Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Dennis Setzer) and has recorded at least one win every year since 2012. The North Carolina native’s drivers have finished inside the top five in the Truck Series championship standings four times in the last five seasons, including a runner-up finish in the standings with Ty Dillon in 2012. His most recent stop was at JR Motorsports last season, where he guided Cole Custer to two poles, four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes over the last 16 races of 2016. Richmond joined KBM in December 2016 to coach rookie Noah Gragson in 2017.

Richmond has two wins, three poles, three top-five and four top-10 finishes in 10 starts as a NCWTS crew chief at Talladega. He claimed the victory in 2014 and 2015 with Timothy Peters.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Switch Toyota Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Driver Pts./Pos.

2/24

Daytona

Gragson

12

26

1/100

0

Accident

11/22nd

3/4

Atlanta

Gragson

10

14

130/130

0

Running

34/17th

4/1

Martinsville

Gragson

9

4

250/250

0

Running

70/11th

5/12

Kansas

Gragson

4

28

68/167

0

Clutch

79/13th

5/19

Charlotte

Gragson

15

9

134/134

0

Running

111/13th

6/2

Dover

Gragson

8

9

199/200

0

Running

145/10th

6/9

Texas

Gragson

1

7

167/167

13

Running

181/10th

6/17

Gateway

Gragson

7

9

160/160

0

Running

209/10th

6/23

Iowa

Gragson

1

6

200/200

16

Running

255/9th

7/6

Kentucky

Gragson

11

5

150/150

32

Running

299/9th

7/19

Eldora

Gragson

10

7

150/150

0

Running

329/9th

7/29

Pocono

Gragson

8

24

39/60

0

Accident

345/9th

8/12

Michigan

Gragson

5

7

100/100

0

Running

382/9th

8/16

Bristol

Gragson

4

15

202/203

0

Running

418/9th

9/3

Canadian Tire

Gragson

6

2

64/64

0

Running

458/9th

9/15

Chicago

Gragson

6

8

150/150

0

Running

489/11th

9/23

New Hampshire

Gragson

1

15

174/175

40

Running

519/11th

9/30

Las Vegas

Gragson

13

13

144/146

12

Running

548/11th

TIL NEXT TIME. I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Thorsport Racing Previews The Fred’s 250 At Talladega

 
Catch the action…
Friday, October 13: (All times Eastern)
Practice – 12:00pm (FOX Sports 1)
Final Practice – 2:00pm (FOX Sports 1)
Saturday, October 14:
10:30am – Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
12:30pm – NCWTS Setup Show (FOX)
1:00pm – fred’s 250 (FOX)
 
Talladega Stages…
Stage 1 – 20 Laps (Concludes at lap 20)
Stage 2 – 20 Laps (Concludes at lap 40)
Stage 3 – 54 Laps (Concludes at lap 94)
Cast Your Vote… We need your help to determine who will be the 2017 Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. You can cast your vote at www.nascar.com/mostpopulardriver once a day, every day, until November 16.
Team Stats:
Driver Point Standings: 13th
Owner Point Standings: 14th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
  • This Week’s No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 64 for Saturday’s fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the same chassis Cody Coughlin piloted to an 11th-place finish earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Talladega Stats… Coughlin has one start at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway (2016). The ThorSport Racing driver started seventh, and finished 31st (driveshaft).
  • Truck Series Stats… Coughlin has made 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts since 2015, with a career-best start of seventh at Talladega (Al.) Superspeedway (2016), and a career-best finish of sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2017).
  • Catch Coughlin at Talladega… Coughlin will join his ThorSport Racing teammates for an autograph session on Friday, October 13 from 3:00-3:45pm CT at the Legends Hospitality Village at Talladega Superspeedway.
Chatting with Cody Coughlin…
“I love racing at the Superspeedways. It’s fun to be bunched up the whole time and to be able to really use the air, and draft, and try to get runs. It’s so intense. It’s like high-intensity freeway driving. I’m really looking forward to the race on Saturday.”
Team Stats:
Driver Point Standings: 2nd
Owner Point Standings: 10th
2017 Playoff Position: 2nd
  • This Week’s No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra… The No. 27 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 65 for Saturday’s fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the same chassis Ben Rhodes piloted to a 12th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway, earlier this season.
  • Talladega Stats… Rhodes made his track debut at Talladega Superspeedway in 2016. The ThorSport Racing driver started 25th, and finished 24th due to a crash on lap 59 of 94.
  • Playoffs Update… Following his career first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month, Rhodes is currently second in the 2017 Playoffs going into Saturday’s fred’s 250. With the top-six drivers transferring to the Round of 6, following Saturday’s 94-lap event, Rhodes is virtually locked-in to the next Round.
  • 2017 Season Stats… In 18 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has earned one pole (Pocono), and led 160 laps en route to one win (Las Vegas), six top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes.
  • Truck Series Stats… In 45 NCWTS races, Rhodes has two poles, and has led 215 laps en route to one win, nine top-five, and 19 top-10 finishes.
  • Catch Ben at Talladega… Rhodes will join his ThorSport Racing teammates for an autograph session on Friday, October 13 from 3:00-3:45pm CT at the Legends Hospitality Village at Talladega Superspeedway.
Chatting with Ben Rhodes…
 
Has it sunk in yet that you are a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner? What does this feat mean to you, especially given the challenges you’ve faced this season? 
“The win has finally sunk in, although it still feels like a dream. I know the win means so much to everyone on our team given the adversity we had to overcome. This was the first win not only for me, but every single person on my team. It feels like we have finally gotten past that barrier. I know after the win got away from us at Kansas, earlier this year, it was on everyone’s mind, but now we can all breathe easy, relax, and just focus on the remainder of the season.”
Talladega is considered a wild card race, but its also the last playoff race before the Round of 6. Do you race Talladega any differently knowing that you are virtually locked-in to the next round?
“Being locked into the Round of 6 is certainly a blessing going into Talladega. It just takes all that unnecessary pressure off me, and the whole team. We have nothing to lose at this race, and essentially everything to gain, in the sense of playoff points and a win. So, I will approach the race with a different mindset, but not necessarily race it any different.”
Team Stats:
2017 Driver Point Standings: 3rd
2017 Owner Point Standings: 2nd
2017 Playoff Position: 3rd
  • This Week’s No. 88 Hormel Gatherings/Menards Toyota Tundra… The No. 88 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 40 for Saturday’s fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the same chassis Matt Crafton piloted to a 14th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway, earlier this season.
  • Talladega Stats… Crafton has 11 starts at Talladega since 2006. The ThorSport Racing driver’s success includes 50 laps led, one top-five, and three top-10 finishes. Crafton’s track-best start is third (2014), and his track-best finish is fourth (2010).
  • Playoff Update… Following a seventh-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month, Crafton is third in the 2017 Playoff standings. The top-6 drivers following Saturday’s94-lap event at Talladega Superspeedway, will transfer to the Round of 6.
  • Season Stats… In 18 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has one win (Eldora), one pole (Michigan), and has led 214 laps en route to four top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes.
  • Career Stats…In 402 NCWTS starts, Crafton has earned 13 poles, and led 2349 laps en route to 14 wins, 101 top-five, and 238 top-10 finishes.
Chatting with Matt Crafton…
 
How mentally draining, as a driver, is a restrictor plate race?
“The mental aspect is just unbelievable. You try to play out every scenario – trying to put yourself in the right position, which we do every week, but Talladega, and Daytona are just so much worse.”
Team Information:
Driver Point Standings: 10th
Owner Point Standings: 12th
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
  • This Week’s No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 60 for Saturday’s fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the same chassis Grant Enfinger piloted to a 16th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway, earlier this season.
  • Hometown Hero… Fairhope, AL native, and loyal Alabama “Roll Tide” football fan, Grant Enfinger, heads home to Talladega Superspeedway for Saturday’s fred’s 250. Just one year ago, the ThorSport Racing driver scored his career first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win at the Alabama track, after leading 45 laps. 
  • Talladega Stats… Enfinger has three NCWTS starts at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, since 2010. Included in his success is 45 laps led, and one win (2016). The Champion Power Equipment driver has a track-best start of second (2016).
  • Sunoco Rookie Update… The ThorSport Racing driver is currently tied with Chase Briscoe in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, after 18 of 23 races this season.
  • Season Update… In 18 starts this season, the ThorSport Racing driver has led 23 laps en route to eight top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes, with a season-best start of fifth (Texas Motor Speedway), and a season-best finish of third (Texas Motor Speedway, and Gateway Motorsports Park).
  • Truck Series Stats… In 32 career NCWTS starts, Enfinger has one pole (Daytona, 2016), and has led 73 laps en route to one win (Talladega, 2016), 10 top-five, and 17 top-10 finishes.
  • Catch Grant at Talladega… Enfinger will join his ThorSport Racing teammates for an autograph session on Friday, October 13 from 3:00-3:45pm CT at the Legends Hospitality Village at Talladega Superspeedway.
Chatting with Grant Enfinger…
You are the defending race winner at Talladega. What did it mean for you to get your first NASCAR win at your home track?
“It was a huge win for us last year at Talladega. First truck win, and at my home track, with a lot of friends and family there, making it extra special.”
What are the keys to getting around Talladega Superspeedway, and do you think you can repeat this year? 
“The most important part of racing at Talladega is staying out of trouble, and having a truck that can suck up and maneuver good. We can definitely repeat this year. I feel good about the truck Jeff (Hensley, crew chief), and the guys have put together. So, hopefully we will unload good, and be there at the end.” 
About ThorSport Racing:
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. The team has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, and enters it’s 22nd consecutive season. In 2017 ThorSport Racing will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit  www.ThorSport.com. 

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Noah Gragson Wins The Winchester 400

Noah Gragson

 

Date:                            Oct. 8, 2017

Event:                          Winchester 400

Series:                          ARCA/CRA Super Series

Location:                     Winchester (Ind.) Speedway (0.5-mile oval)

Start/Finish:                3rd / 1st (Running, completed 146 of 146 laps)

Winner:                       Noah Gragson of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)

In just his second start behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Super Late Model, Noah Gragson won the Winchester 400 ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway Sunday giving the organization its fourth victory in the prestigious event.

With 25 laps remaining Gragson attempted to work his way around Chandler Smith for the lead, but just as he cleared him Smith locked bumpers and pushed the Switch Camry from the middle of turns one and two all the way to the exit of turn 2 allowing Harrison Burton to work his way around both cars.

In the closing laps Gragson tried to chase down Burton, but was never able to get the lead under a second. With seven laps remaining Burton had a wheel stud fail and ended up in the outside wall and subsequently on pit road. The Switch Tundra returned to the front of the field and crossed the stripe 1.067 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Travis Braden.

“It feels good to win the Winchester 400,” Gragson said. “My crew chief Marcus Richmond and all the guys gave me a really fast Switch Camry. I have to thank everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports, Switch and Toyota — this win feels so good.”

Gragson’s No. 18 Switch Camry rolled off from the third spot and for the first 100 laps of the race was content maintaining his position inside the top three and taking care of his equipment in a race that is known for its attrition. The 19-year-old had moved up to the second position just prior to the 100-lap mark behind teammate Cole Rouse, who started from the pole and led the first 115 laps.

On lap 116, Rouse experienced a mechanical issue and his pace slowed, which allowed Gragson to take the lead. Two laps later a caution slowed the field and crew chief Marcus Richmond summoned the Switch Tundra to pit road where the crew put on fresh left side tires and filled it with fuel. Per race procedures, teams were only allowed to replace two tires per pit stop and with controlled cautions teams did not lose spots on pit road.

With all lead-lap cars making a pit stop, Gragson maintained the lead for the lap-129 restart. He would remain out front until hitting pit road again under caution on lap 142. After getting fresh right side tires and a full tank of fuel, he returned to the track scored in the fifth position, behind four cars that did not pit.

When the field went back green, the No. 18 Switch Camry maintained the fifth spot for the next 39 laps until another caution slowed the field. Richmond elected to keep his young driver on the track and with three cars hitting pit road, Gragson took the lap-198 restart from the second spot.

After another caution and subsequent restart on lap 222, Gragson worked his way past Harrison Burton to retake the lead. The talented youngster remained out front on lap 288 when another caution occurred and set up another round of pit stops. The No. 18 team continued to alternate at each stop and this time put fresh left side tires on.

Gragson held serve on the restart, but a few laps into the run Chandler Smith took the lead. The Switch Camry remained in the second spot when the next yellow flag flew on lap 333. When pit road opened, the crew put fresh right side tires on and returned their driver to the track scored in the third position for the lap-345 restart.

On the restart, Gragson was able to gain one position and settle in behind leader Travis Braden. On lap 352, he made momentarily cleared Braden, but Braden gave him a bump-and-run and as the two drivers gathered their cars, Smith was able to work past both of them for the race lead.

Braden spun while running third with 33 laps remaining bringing out the final caution of the race.  Smith maintained the lead on the restart, but shortly after Gragson dove to the inside of him into turn one and two and slid up in front of him in the middle of the corner. Smith drove his front bumper into the rear bumper of the Switch Tundra and pushed him until the exit of turn two. Gragson nearly spun but was able to make a great save and remained in front of Smith. Unfortunately, as those two were locking bumpers, Harrison Burton went around both of them and took the lead.

Burton maintained over a second lead on the No. 18 Toyota until he experienced a mechanical failure with seven laps remaining allowing Gragson to recapture the lead. From there, Gragson cruised to the victory picking up his first marquee Super Late Model win and KBM’s fourth win in the Winchester 400.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Ben Rhodes Wins The CWTS Las Vegas 350

Ben Rhodes
Ben Rhodes took the lead on the final restart and held off Christopher Bell to capture his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career win in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rhodes, who earlier in the season lost what appeared to be a sure victory at Kansas Speedway when a piece of debris punctured his Toyota’s radiator, blocked Bell’s last-gasp effort by going all the way to the track’s apron to take the checkered flag.

Rhodes, who drives for ThorSport Racing, started sixth in the 28-truck field to become the 1.5-mile speedway’s 10th consecutive different winner. He joins Bell to advance to the Round of 6 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.

“I used every play in my playbook,” said Rhodes of the final laps battle. “I knew if I could keep him close to me, he couldn’t break the (air) bubble.  This is the biggest high of my life.

“So many things have gone wrong and now here I am in Victory Lane.”

Rhodes’ victory came in his 45th series start. His official victory margin over Bell was 0.066 seconds.

Bell, who led three times for 64 laps and dominated much of the 146-lap race in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, blamed himself for coming up short in his quest for a sixth season victory.

“I just didn’t get it done there on the last restart (at Lap 140),” he said. “He’s (Rhodes) been long overdue for that win and he earned it tonight.”

Chase Briscoe finished third in his Brad Keselowski Racing Ford, followed by BKR teammate Austin Cindric, who overcame an early-race accident. Kaz Grala, who started 14th, also battled back from an early incident, was the top-finishing Chevrolet in fifth.

Pole sitter Ryan Truex was unable to lead the opening lap but had put his Toyota in position for a solid top-10 finish. A brush with the wall in the closing laps while battling Briscoe and Grant Enfinger for third sent his Toyota to pit road, where he lost two laps and finished 12th.

Seven different drivers traded the lead 11 times. There were six cautions consuming 32 laps.

Briscoe won the race’s first stage by 1.25 seconds over Johnny Sauter. Sauter clawed his way back to 10th-place finish, a lap behind, after cutting a tire and twice speeding on pit road.

Rhodes claimed Stage 2 by 0.419 seconds over Bell in a preview of the final stage finish.

While both Rhodes and Bell are guaranteed to move into the Round of 6 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, the final four spots remain up for grabs at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 14. Crafton is best placed, followed by Sauter and Briscoe while Grala and John H. Nemechek are currently below the cutoff point.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!