Kyle Busch Wins The UNOH 200 At Bristol

Kyle Busch

Not even a NASCAR overtime could stop Kyle Busch from rallying back from a speeding penalty at the end of Stage 2 to win Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch, forced to the back of the field under penalty to start the final stage, put on a clinic on a Lap 119 restart and utilized the high line to roar through the field and find himself back in the top-10 by Lap 136.

Nearly 30 laps later, Busch found himself on the tails of leaders Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton. Taking second from Sauter on Lap 163, Busch moved back into the lead four laps later slicing and dicing through lap traffic.

When Austin Wayne Self and Justin Haley tangled with five laps, the final restart left the field one more attempt to swipe the lead away from Busch.

The now five-time Bristol Truck Series winner, however, would have none of it pulling away from Crafton at the Lap 201 restart and cruised to his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the year and 49th of his career.

“I knew once I got that penalty that I had to go somewhere, other than where everyone else was,” said Busch. “I just started grooming the top and it took about 15 laps for it to come in and then it started going, it was pretty fast.”

“I can’t say enough about all these guys on this Banfield Pet Hospital Tundra, it was awesome. It was awesome when we unloaded. We made some fine-tune adjustments to it. She was really good all-day long.”

Looking like a superhero with his comeback, Busch, who isn’t expected to compete in anymore Camping World Truck Series races this season, said he learned enough from the penalty that could give him a potential advantage towards earning a second triple-weekend sweep at Bristol. The first came in August 2010.

“It was a lot of fun to come through the field like that, it kinda gave me some ideas about the rest of the week,” added Busch. “Probably showed a bunch of stuff too. That’s what it’s all about. This is the start of the triple, hopefully we can get it.”

While many welcomed the event’s final caution, Crafton didn’t want to see the yellow flag, as he was sure he was catching Busch as the final laps counted away.

“I searched the top, searched the bottom, and went back to the old faithful bottom,” said Crafton. “One thing I’ve done, I’ve finished second to Kyle way too many times here. All in all, it was a very good truck and we have nothing to hang our heads about.

“We were running him down there at the end. I didn’t want to see that yellow because we were running him down, we were so good on old tires. And then that restart, when you are starting on the outside you’re going ‘oh man this could be really really bad’ and he has that grip to take off on the bottom and I was sitting up there spinning the tires.”

Busch led the field to green after nearly a two-hour rain delay and dominated the first stage leading all 55 laps.

The Brad Keselowski Racing trucks of Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric pitted on Lap 27 and restarted 1-2 for the Lap 64 restart, but Matt Crafton used the bump and run on Cindric and took control a lap after the beginning of Stage 2 and led until Busch caught Crafton in lap traffic and re-inherited the lead at Lap 105 and sailed away to the Stage 2 win.

Busch led the field off pit road but was busted by NASCAR for speeding in section 4 handing the lead back to Crafton for the start of Stage 3 and the eventual comeback for Busch.

Check out the unofficial results of the UNOH 200 at Bristol.


Bubba Has A “One Off “And Parks It At Michigan!

Darrell Wallace, Jr.
For the final 11 laps of today’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. protected his leading position. He blocked high and low and middle, and when he briefly lost the lead, he quickly surged his No. 99 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet back ahead. Every move he made in today’s LTi Printing 200 to earn a trip to Victory Lane turned out to be the right one.

Actually getting to Victory Lane, that was another story.

After laying down a massive burnout to raucous applause from the MIS crowd, Wallace stopped his truck on the apron—he seemed unsure where to go. A NASCAR official pointed forward and to the right. Wallace followed those directions.

“It’s been so long since I’ve been in Victory Lane,” Wallace said. “I try to hold a positive mindset over it, and everybody in my family knows it eats at me every day.”

It was Wallace’s first race in a truck since the last race of the 2014 season; he won that race, too. It was his sixth win in a truck and first at Michigan.

After he parked his truck in Victory Lane, it appeared that every member of his team stuck their head in to say congratulations. His girlfriend, Amanda Carter, leaned in and kissed him. This was her first visit with him to a NASCAR Victory Lane. Still shaking a few minutes later, she said, “This is so incredible. It is so awesome.”

It certainly was that for Wallace, whose roller coaster career appeared stalled this season. Wallace, who opened 2017 as NASCAR’s only full-time African American driver, lost his NASCAR XFINITY Series ride with Roush Fenway Racing earlier this year due to a lack of sponsorship. He debuted in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for four races as a replacement for the injured Aric Almirola. But since then, nothing. His deal with MDM Motorsports was announced just this week.

Wallace entered the race confident his truck was fast. He struggled early on, including a penalty on lap 53 when his pit crew went over the wall too soon. But he worked his way toward the front. He appeared content to stay in third behind Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell as the laps wound down. He and spotter Freddie Kraft sketched out a plan—Wallace would wait for those two to get side-by-side so he could pass them both at once.

“You’re going probably 10 miles an hour faster than they are,” Kraft said. “As soon as they do that, you have the momentum.”

Wallace preferred to wait for the pass until there were only a handful of laps left. But when Cindric and Bell got side-by-side with 11 to go, Kraft keyed his radio and said, “Here’s your chance.”

“I closed my eyes, turned left, and heard clear,” said Wallace when discussing the heroic three-wide move to give truck owner Mike Millner his first series victory.

As cool as it was to see nobody in front of him, Wallace figured it wouldn’t last. He thought other drivers would do to him what he had just done to Cindric and Bell. But the drivers behind him spent most of the time racing each other instead of trying to pass him. And when they did devote their attention to getting by Wallace, he darted and dived and kept them behind.

Check out the unofficial results of the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan.


Christopher Bell Could Rack Up His Fifth Victory At Michigan

Christopher Bell

No driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is running better than Christopher Bell right now.

The Oklahoman has won three of the last six six races, including two of the last three. In 12 starts this season, Bell boasts four wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s and a 5.6 average finish. He ranks first in the Camping World Truck Series standings – 18 points ahead of second-place Johnny Sauter.

Bell will go for a fifth victory in Saturday’s LTI Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway. He finished 24th in his lone start at the two-mile track last year after an incident on Lap 75.

“I ran really well at Michigan last year until I crashed going for the lead late in the race, so I’m looking forward to going back there this year and trying to redeem myself,” Bell said. “Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) had a really fast Tundra there last year with William (Byron) – he and I worked really well together and were able to stay up front most of the race. Michigan is a place that you can’t really drive away from people, so you have to make sure that your truck handles well in the draft. Using all the aero techniques that you have in your arsenal is going to be the key to success this weekend.”

Can Bell “park it” this week in Michigan?


Hermie Sadler Sponsors Camping World Truck Series Team

MOORESVILLE, NC – Former NASCAR driver and current FOX Sports commentator Hermie Sadler added a new, unexpected title to his list after interviewing NASCAR Camping World Series driver Jordan Anderson during a rain delay at the Kentucky Speedway. While chatting,  Anderson revealed that he and his crew received free sandwiches from Sadler’s Virginia based travel plaza while making the long trek to the Dover International Speedway. Hermie stated that he guessed he was now, “indirectly a sponsor” of the #1 Jacob Industries/Bommarito Chevrolet. Anderson jokingly responded that Sadler should have a decal on his truck in return for the sandwiches and, just like that, a “sponsorship” was formed.


Taking the joke one step further, Anderson worked in conjunction with Shawn Magee from (SMD) and Shane Smith from to create a “Fueled by Hermie’s Sandwiches” decal to place on the side of the #1 Chevrolet. Shawn, owner and Creative Director of the Canton, Ohio based agency and Shane, a representative of the NASCAR media outlet, worked alongside Jordan to ensure the decals were designed, printed and placed on Anderson’s #1 truck for the Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Pocono Raceway.


“Anytime you can leverage exposure on prominent networks such as Fox Sports (FS1), it’s a huge benefit. Especially for small race teams fighting to make it in NASCAR,” said SMD owner Shawn Magee. “We saw an opportunity during the interview between Anderson and Sadler on a rain delay in Kentucky and we jumped on it.”


Anderson plans on racing in the LTI Printing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Michigan International Speedway on August 12th.


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Promising Overton’s 150 Ends Early For “The Shrub”

Kyle Busch

Owner-driver Kyle Busch led a race-high 32 laps in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Pocono Raceway, before an incident on track resulted in a 25th-place finish for his No. 51 Textron Off Road Toyota Tundra.

Stage One Recap:
  • When the green flag flew for Saturday’s Overton’s 150, owner-driver Kyle Busch rolled off the grid on the front row in the second position. Busch made the pass for the lead over fellow Toyota driver Ben Rhodes on the first lap of the race. During the stage Busch complimented his No. 51 Toyota Racing team by saying over the radio he had a great truck. When the caution came out to end the stage Busch had led every lap.
Stage Two Recap:
  • After a two-tire stop on pit road, Busch started Stage Two leading the field to green. Busch continued to be happy with his truck throughout the stage and when the caution flew to end Stage Two, he had led all 30 laps of the race.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Busch started Stage Three by making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment. When the field restarted on Lap 33, the No. 51 Tundra was ninth in the lineup. On Lap 36, Busch was caught in an incident on track that spun him into the wall in Turn 2. When the checkered flag flew, Busch was scored 25th.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Textron Off Road Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
What happened that took you out of the race?
“I don’t know, just going down the straightaway on the bottom side and gave as much room as I could to the outside guys, I thought we were only three-wide and I just got door-slammed three or four times. Then it just upset the truck on entry and got loose, backed it in the fence. That’s about it, should have never been back there.”
Overton’s 150 Recap:
  • KBM’s Christopher Bell won his fourth race of the season followed by Ben Rhodes, Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter rounded the top-five finishers.
  • The race featured four cautions for a total of 15 laps. There were four lead changes among four drivers.
How Busch’s KBM Teammates Fared:
Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 24th
Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished first
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 Toyota Racing team remains eighth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.
Next Race:
Owner-driver Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Saturday, August 12, at Michigan International Raceway. Live coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Christopher Bell Drives Into Victory Lane At Pocono And Into The Points Lead

Christopher Bell
With his boss out of the race, Christopher Bell filled the void, pulling away to win the Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

Bell overtook John Hunter Nemechek on Lap 54 of 60 at the 2.5-mile triangular track and finished 1.964 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Rhodes, who passed Nemechek for the second position on Lap 56.

One circuit later Ryan Truex Jr. took the third spot from Nemechek, who held on to fourth at the finish.

The victory was Bell’s first at Pocono, his fourth of the season and the sixth of his career – and it gave him the series points lead.

Kyle Busch, Bell’s team owner at Kyle Busch Motorsports, won the first two 15-lap stages, but moments after the restart that began the green-flag portion of the final stage on Lap 36, Busch’s No. 51 Toyota was wiped out by contact from Justin Haley’s Chevrolet.

After one more caution and the final restart on Lap 45, it took Bell nine laps to race from fifth to the lead. After battling side-by-side with Nemechek for two laps, Bell gained momentum through the Tunnel Turn and made the winning pass in Turn 3, after struggling to clear the No. 8 Chevrolet down the long frontstretch on the previous circuit.

“The only real passes that I made down the front straightaway were whenever they gave it to me,” Bell said. “It was pretty tough, because I wasn’t good enough with the side-draft to stall the guy beside me and clear him by the time I got to Turn 1. I looked up in my mirror, and whenever I got side-by-side (with Nemechek) we were just bringing all those guys behind us with us.

“I was just trying to figure out where we were going to beat him at, and, thankfully, I showed enough nose to where he couldn’t get to the bottom of the Tunnel Turn, and it screwed up his exit out of (Turn) 2.”

Ultimately, it was clean air that made the difference for Bell.

“It was definitely who could get in front on the restarts,” said Rhodes, who spent the last three laps breaking the draft with the pursuing Truex, taking Truex’s line and blocking the No. 16 Tundra.

“I was doing everything in my wheelhouse to keep him behind me,” Rhodes said.

Truex was keenly aware of the second-place finisher’s tactics but said he would have done the same thing if the positions had been reversed.

“Track position was extremely big,” said Truex, who posted the second-best finish of his Truck Series career, one spot short of the runner-up result he posted in last year’s season opener at Daytona. “Once we got single file, it was really hard to pass. There was a lot of blocking.

“It’s frustrating that we’re this good and this close, but it’s great that we’re continuing to have good runs like this.”

Bell leaves Pocono with an 18-point lead in the standings over defending champion Johnny Sauter, who started from the rear of the field because of unapproved adjustments to his No. 21 Chevrolet and finished fifth.

“That’s really special – I’m just so thankful to be able to drive this thing,” Bell said of assuming the series lead. “It’s a dream come true to be able to compete in the NASCAR series and to be able to drive for Toyota and Kyle Busch Motorsports. It’s just a dream come true.”

Check out the unofficial results of the Overton’s 150. at Pocono.

Christopher Bell has all the looks of the 2017 CWTS champion.  However, we shall see what the remaining races have in store for this KBM young gun!


Ryan Truex Has A Roll Model For Patience

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Martin Truex Jr. is enjoying life at the top of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pyramid.

He’s the series leader in points. Entering Sunday’s Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway, he’s tied for the series lead in victories with three. And he’s the runaway leader in playoff points with 29, a whopping 14 coming from stage wins.

Truex is at the top of his game, with a team that’s a perfect fit for his personality and driving style. Just don’t forget that it took him 10 years to get there.

That’s why Truex’s younger brother Ryan, who is racing in Saturday’s Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, isn’t overly concerned with the state of his career.

Ryan Truex is seven years into a NASCAR journey that has taken him from the K&N Pro Series to sporadic starts in all three of the sanctioning body’s top touring series. This year is the first time, however, that Truex has enjoyed a full-time ride with an established team and a solid, consistent crew.

“Honestly, it’s motivation more than anything,” Ryan said of his brother’s success with Furniture Row Racing. “Just to see everything he’s gone through. When he came into this sport, it kind of seemed like it all came pretty easily for him. In the XFINITY Series and up to the (Monster Energy NASCAR) Cup Series, he was just able to progress really quickly and run really well.

“Then he started to struggle in the later DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc.) days, when it transitioned to Earnhardt Ganassi. Then, when he went to MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) with (sponsor) NAPA, things were starting to look up. He finally won that race (at Sonoma in 2013) that got the monkey off his back and made the Chase.”

But the roller coaster ride was far from over. When MWR was penalized for manipulating the outcome of the 2013 regular-season finale at Richmond, Truex lost his spot in the playoff and NAPA left the organization, leaving Truex without a job.

“He didn’t know if he’d even have a ride after that year,” said Ryan, who at 25 is 12 years younger than his brother. “But, honestly, it might be the best thing that ever happened to him, because he went to Furniture Row…

“Seeing all that, it’s taken him 10 years to get all that stuff lined up, for the stars to all align. So when I look at my career and how I’ve kind of jumped around – starting my career, I kind of moved up really quick – and kind of hit the XFINITY Series at the wrong time.”

Ryan was 18 when he ran seven XFINITY races for MWR in 2010. Racing for team owner Shigeaki Hattori this season, he’s currently eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, fighting for one of eight available spots in the playoffs.

“I’ve been racing in NASCAR for seven years, and I’m finally full-time,” Ryan said. “Seeing him (Martin) go through that and finally, 10 years later, getting what he needed to go out and be a contender for a championship, it motivates me and keeps me comfortable in knowing that I’ve got time.”


Consistent Noah Gragson Is Making A Playoff Push

Noah Gragson
Consistency has been key for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson.

After placing 28th at Kansas on May 12, the 19-year-old Las Vegas native has racked up seven straight top-10 finishes. He’s jumped from 13th in the points standings to ninth, where he sits eight points behind Ben Rhodes for the final playoff spot.

Gragson will attempt to continue his playoff push in Saturday’s Overton’s 150 at Pocono Raceway. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver has never raced at Pocono, but will try to match William Byron, who won his first career start at the Tricky Triangle for KBM last year.

“I really think we are going to be good this weekend at Pocono,” Gragson said. “I am going to treat it like a road course and make the straightaways as long as possible. I was watching film this week and it just seems like there is a lot of drafting down the long straightaways, and with three different corners it seems more like a road course than a normal oval.”

Keep your eye on this young man, he could be a sleeper!


Matt Crafton Prevails At The Eldora Dirt Derby 150

Matt Crafton

Using a late-race restart 18 laps from the finish and a strategy to ‘go where the others aren’t,’ Matt Crafton muscled past veteran dirt racer Stewart Friesen to win Wednesday night’s fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

Over the last forty laps of the race, Crafton patiently worked his way from the bottom of the top-10 and took advantage of a Lap 127 caution to position himself to challenge a dominant Friesen for his first win since Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway last May.

“My first dirt win – a lot of fun,” said Crafton, who picked up his 14th career win. “In the second part of that race we down-right just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it a little bit in the first run. It got free and we just went back to the way we started the race.

“I knew I was getting beat down low. Finally, at the end, I said, ‘Well, we may have to tear the right side off to get the win.’ I started doing it and this truck became a rocket ship.”

Friesen, who finished second to earn his career-best finish in the Truck Series, accepted defeat with dignity.

“Congrats to Matt, he’s been doing his homework on the dirt and it paid off,” said Friesen who led a race high 93 laps.

“We didn’t come here to run second that’s for damn sure, but I’m proud of these guys. They worked hard to get this truck dialed in. We had a great truck, he (Crafton) just got rolling on the top, it cleaned up, I was so committed to the bottom and go there in the middle and he just found a line and got us. It burns.”

Pole-sitter Friesen led his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series laps and extended his lead to nearly two seconds when a multi-truck accident ignited in Turn 3 on Lap 19 after Sheldon Creed spun and collected at least six other trucks in the process.

With a competition caution set at Lap 20 to allow teams to clean their windshields and grilles of the mud and dirt sprayed during the first run, NASCAR utilized the second yellow flag of the night to serve as the competition caution.

On the Lap 33 restart, Friesen found himself under attack from two-time series champion Crafton who swiped the lead away on Lap 34 and held it through the conclusion of Stage 1 which ended under caution after pre-race favorite Christopher Bell spun and was t-boned by Kaz Grala.

The start of Stage 2 saw the lead exchange twice in a period of three laps as Friesen grabbed the lead back from Crafton only to be passed by John Hunter Nemechek two laps later. Friesen, however, proved that he had one of the strongest trucks in the field by reassuming the lead on Lap 53 and collecting the Stage 2 victory.

Under yellow for the Stage 2 break, Friesen’s spotter noticed that he had a right-front tire going down forcing the No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet down pit road for four tires and fuel. The unexpected stop handed the lead to 2015 Eldora winner Bell for the Lap 93 restart.

Restarting sixth, Friesen stormed back though the field and eventually caught the heavily damaged truck of Bell on Lap 115 to reassume command at the front.

When it seemed that Friesen was settling into his comfort zone and potentially sailing towards his first career victory, Crafton using a quicker top lane overpowered him on Lap 133, with the pass setting the tone for the final lead change of the night.

Behind Crafton and Friesen, Chase Briscoe in a backup truck finished third ahead of Grant Enfinger and John Hunter Nemechek. Late model dirt specialist Bobby Pierce finished sixth while Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Bell and Austin Cindric comprised the remainder of the top-10.

Check out the unofficial results of the Eldora Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway.


A Spectators Guide To The Truck Race At Eldora

Christopher Bell

qualifying and race formats differ from the knockout qualifying seen weekly in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. Below is a guide to how it works.

At Eldora, a random draw determines the qualifying order for two-lap, single-truck qualifying that determines the starting positions for the qualifying races (five races in total). The fastest qualifier earns the Keystone Light Pole Award.

Each of the five qualifying races consist of 10 laps, with only green-flag laps counting. The top five trucks in the two-lap qualifying will start on the pole for their respective qualifying races. The lineups for the qualifying races are filled based on qualifying speeds (sixth competes in the first qualifying race, seventh in the second, eighth in the third, etc.)

The top-five trucks from each qualifying race will transfer to the race. Upon completion of the qualifying races, 25 trucks will earn spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

When the five qualifying races are completed, there will be a last-chance qualifying race. The lineup will be based on finishing position from the qualifying races and the race will be 15 laps with only green flag laps counting. The top two finishers transfer to the race, where they will start in positions 26-27.

The 28th-31st starting positions go to the highest-ranking eligible trucks in owner points that have not already earned a starting position through qualifying.

The 32nd starting position goes to the most recent eligible past series champion; if that position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned based upon owner points.

The race will be 150 laps divided into three stages: Stage 1 ends on lap 40, Stage 2 ends on lap 90, and the Final Stage ends on lap 150. During the competition cautions at the stage breaks on Lap 40 and Lap 90, caution laps will not count and positions cannot be improved on pit road.

Teams are not required to pit during the competition cautions. Those teams that do not elect to pit may remain on the track and start in front of the pitting teams.

Here are just a few quick notes regarding the first four CWTS races at Eldora:

Races: 4

Pole Winners: 4

Youngest Pole Winner: Erik Jones (07/23/2014 – 18 years, 1 month, 23 days)

Oldest Pole Winner: Ken Schrader (07/24/2013 – 58 years, 1 months, 25 days)

Race Winners: 4

Youngest Winner: Christopher Bell (07/22/2015 – 20 years, 7 months, 6 days)

Oldest Winner: Kyle Larson (07/20/2016 – 23 years, 6 months, 50 days)

Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 0

Race Record: Austin Dillon 67.401 mph (07/24/2013)

Qualifying Record: Ken Schrader 91.329 mph (07/24/2013)