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.

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

Christopher Bell Can Rest Easy At Talladega

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell will be one of two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) playoff contenders that can sleep easy this week as the Round of 8 comes to a close and two drivers will be eliminated at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Bell, who has been atop the NCWTS championship standings for the last seven races, punched his ticket to the Round of 6 two races ago in the opening race of the playoffs at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and fellow Toyota competitor Ben Rhodes joined Bell in the “Sleep Easy Club” in the series’ last stop at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

Bell boasts an average finish of 9.5 across his two prior starts at Talladega, but both have been very eventful.  Two years ago at Talladega, he made his superspeedway debut tackling the 2.66-mile tri-oval in just the fifth start of his Truck Series career. Following the advice of clinging to the yellow line along the inside lane of the track he managed to register an average running position of 9.7 and with four laps remaining found himself in the fourth position. A strong restart allowed the youngster to push Brandon Jones to the lead, but NASCAR ruled that he “engaged” the bumper of Jones’ truck and issued a pass-through penalty. Just before he was going to serve his penalty a multi-truck wreck brought out the caution, which forced him to restart in the 15th position at the tail end of the field for the green-white-checkered finish. Before the race ended under caution, the rookie driver was able to pick up two positions and left his superspeedway debut with a respectable 13th-place finish.

Last year at Talladega, while racing to advance to the next round of the inaugural Truck Series Chase, Bell experienced a broken shifter in the middle stages of the race and had to surrender his position inside the top 10 to hit pit road. Across the next three caution periods, his over-the-wall crew successfully unfastened his shifter lever and mounted a new one in his Tundra. After that problem was fixed, the Oklahoma native suffered minor cosmetic damage in a 15-truck accident with just over 30 laps remaining. The crew once again went to work fixing his Tundra and returned him to the track in the 16th position with 25 laps remaining. Bell had advanced to the seventh position for the final restart of the race and ended up moving up to sixth over the final two laps.

After two years of stress-filled races at Talladega, Bell already has his ticket punched to the Round of 6 and enters Saturday’s 94-lap event with a peaceful easy feelin’. When it’s all said and done, he hopes to be standing on the ground in victory lane.

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:

How does it feel to be going into Talladega already having your ticket punched to the next round of the playoffs?

“Going into Talladega with a win already in this round of the playoffs is going to be nice because we can be aggressive and do everything we can to win the race and have no regrets over the course of the weekend. Other drivers that don’t have a win will have to race carefully and try and avoid the big wreck, so that should be a huge advantage for us. Our only goal this weekend is to win both stages and win the race so that we can collect some more bonus points before the next round of the playoffs starts at Martinsville in few weeks.”

What has been the key to being able to run up front at superspeedway races?

“The key for me being good at superspeedway races is that everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports always gives me a fast Tundra. I feel like we’ve been in a position to win races and it just hasn’t happened yet. Almost every superspeedway race that I’ve competed in so far, we’ve had a shot at the win and that’s all that you can ask for in these types of races. Now, I just need to capitalize on that shot. We need to make sure that we survive until the end of the race, so that we are in a position to win. I feel like I didn’t do that at Daytona earlier this year — I got myself in trouble and we didn’t have a shot to win at the end. It would be really cool to put our Toyota Tundra in victory lane Saturday and get my first superspeedway win.”

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:

 

How does calling a race at a superspeedway compare to other tracks on the schedule?

“I think calling a race at a superspeedway is almost the same as it is at the other races. You are always thinking about what strategy you are going to play with having a shortage of tires — it’s not like racing in the Cup Series where you can pit for tires almost every time there is a caution. You are always trying to play ahead and have a pit strategy where you have just enough fuel to get to the end of the race. With Talladega being such a long track, obviously the fuel runs are shorter, so you have to react quicker.”

Christopher Bell’s No. 4 Toyota Tundra:

 

KBM-13: The No. 4 Toyota Racing team will unload KBM-13 for Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. It is the same Tundra that Bell led six laps with en route to an eighth-place finish in this year’s season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. William Byron finished 10th with this Toyota in last year’s race at Talladega.

KBM-13 Performance Profile:

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

2/24/2017

Daytona

Bell

4

8

100/100

6

Running

10/22/2016

Talladega

Byron

8

10

94/94

0

Running

2/19/2016

Daytona

Byron

13

13

100/100

0

Running

10/24/2015

Talladega

Jones

3

4

98/98

6

Running

2/20/2015

Daytona

Jones

7

2

100/100

0

Running

10/18/2014

Talladega

Jones

6

6

95/95

1

Running

2/21/2014

Daytona

Busch

7

1

100/100

25

Running

10/19/2013

Talladega

Coulter

9

27

79/94

1

Accident

2/24/2013

Daytona

Coulter

10

22

100/100

0

Running

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

 

Year

Age

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

20

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

21

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

22

18 of 18

5

12

16

3

2521

730

4.4

6

16

16

48

7

23

36

3

6776

1038

7.4

8.5

42

39

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Talladega Superspeedway Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

10/22/16

14

6

94/94

0

Running

10/24/15

10

13

98/98

0

Running

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights

  • Has posted five wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon), three poles, 730 laps led, 12 top-five, 16 top-10 finishes resulting and an average finish of 6.0 across 18 races

  • Won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first-ever regular season title and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCWTS Playoffs

  • With his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the opening race of the playoffs advanced to the Round of 6 that begins Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (five), top-five finishes (12), top-10 finishes (16), driver rating (118.9), average starting position (4.4), average finish (6.0), average running position (6.1), laps led (730) and fastest laps run (350)

  • Became first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17)

  • Has collected one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.2 across four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

  • After restarting eighth with three laps to go, won the ARCA Racing Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., (9/14/17) in his lone series start this season

  • In Midgets has eight victories; opened the 2017 season by winning his preliminary night and the feature at the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/15/17), swept both features at the Fourth Annual POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. (3/26/17), won consecutive USAC National Midget events at Macon (Ill.) Speedway (7/1/17) and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway (7/2/17), the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17) and the Mike Phillips Memorial POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget event at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill. (9/16/17)

  • In Sprint Cars has four victories; won the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio (4/21/17), the Ninth Annual Lou Blaney Memorial All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway (7/8/17), the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/14/17) and the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio (10/7/17)

Christopher Bell 2016 NCWTS Highlights

  • Finished third in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase after collecting one win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 NCWTS starts in his first full-time campaign 

Notes of Interest:

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra

  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected nine wins, eight poles, 32 top-five and 53 top-10 finishes across 64 starts since originating in 2015

  • Ten members of this year’s No. 4 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 9 Tundra team which collected seven wins, three poles, 727 laps led, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2016 NCWTS Owner’s Championship

  • Erik Jones delivered KBM its first-ever NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra in 2015 

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 tri-oval

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected KBM’s lone victory in the 2010 event when he finished 0.002 seconds ahead of Aric Almirola in the closest finish in Truck Series history since electronic scoring was instituted

The Fugle File:

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle begins his fourth season as a crew chief at KBM and sixth overall with the organization.  The New York native has guided his team to an Owner’s championship in all three of his seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016) atop the pit box at KBM, including a combined Owner’s/Driver’s Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. His drivers have combined for 21 wins, 12 poles and 44 top-five finishes across his 86 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, William Byron collected a Truck Series’ rookie record seven wins while leading the No. 9 Tundra team to KBM’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall Owner’s championship.

Fugle’s NCWTS drivers have posted one top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.0 across three starts at Talladega. His best result was a fourth-place finish with Erik Jones in the 2015 event.

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
2/24/17
Daytona
Bell
4
8
100/100
6
Running
33/9th
3/4/17
Atlanta
Bell
1
1
130/130
99
Running
93/1st
4/1/17
Martinsville
Bell
6
3
250/250
96
Running
136/2nd
5/12/17
Kansas
Bell
1
4
167/167
37
Running
187/2nd
5/19/17
Charlotte
Bell
1
3
134/134
2
Running
227/2nd
6/2/17
Dover
Bell
3
25
35/200
0
Accident
239/2nd
6/9/17
Texas
Bell
21
1
167/167
92
Running
298/2nd
6/17/17
Gateway
Bell
3
6
160/160
7
Running
342/2nd
6/23/17
Iowa
Bell
2
5
200/200
99
Running
391/2nd
7/6/17
Kentucky
Bell
2
1
150/150
54
Running
436/2nd
7/19/17
Eldora
Bell
4
9
150/150
22
Running
471/2nd
7/29/17
Pocono
Bell
3
1
60/60
7
Running
528/1st
8/12/17
Michigan
Bell
13
2
100/100
0
Running
572/1st
8/16/17
Bristol
Bell
2
7
203/203
0
Running
615/1st
9/3/17
Canadian Tire
Bell
5
26
44/64
0
Engine
634/1st
9/15/17
Chicagoland
Bell
3
3
150/150
72
Running
2040/1st
9/23/17
New Hampshire
Bell
2
1
175/175
73
Running
2100/1st
9/30/17
Las Vegas
Bell
4
2
146/146
64
Running
2152/1st

 

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

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!

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!

Noah Gragson Makes His Second Run At Winchester Speedway

Noah Gragson

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) will have two chances to bring home its fourth Winchester riffle in Sunday’s Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Cole Rouse is entered in the No. 51 JBL Camry and Noah Gragson will be piloting the No. 18 Switch Camry.

 Rouse’s first season driving for KBM’s Super Late Model team has been a successful one. The Arkansas native has collected two victories on the CARS Super Late Model Tour and enters next Saturday’s series finale at South Boston (Va.) Speedway with an eight-point advantage in the championship standings.

 The 20-year-old driver will be making his second start for KBM this year at the track that dubs itself as the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” After starting third in the Winchester 100 ARCA/CRA Super Series race that was part of the World Stock Car Festival in September, Rouse took the lead on lap seven and remained at the front of the field until he was slowed by a mechanical failure on lap 74. After dominating the majority of the event, the No. 51 team was relegated to a disappointing 11th-place finish.

 Sunday will be Rouse’s second career start in the Winchester 400. He competed in the 2015 event for Kevin Krider Motorsports, but was plagued by ignition issues. He was forced to start from the rear of the field, in the 32nd position, but had maneuvered his way just outside the top 10 on lap 147 when the issues resurfaced and ended his day. He was credited with a 31st-place finish.

 Gragson will be making his second of three-scheduled starts behind the wheel of a KBM Super Late Model in 2017. In May, he made his debut for the team in the U.S. Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. His 14.363-second lap in practice topped the speed charts for the weekend and was faster than Denny Hamlin’s Monster Energy Series track record, but he ended up qualifying 21st for the 100-lap event and after getting caught up in an accident on lap nine was relegated to a 30th-place finish.

 The Las Vegas native is in his first full-time season driving the No. 18 Switch Tundra for KBM in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has collected three poles,113 laps led, three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.6 across 18 starts thus far in his rookie campaign.

 The 19-year-old was victorious the last time he raced a Super Late Model. He returned to the Bullring at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the track where he cut his racing teeth, and won the 50-lap NASCAR Super Late Model race on Sept. 9 for Dustin Ash Motorsports.

 Sunday will mark Gragson’s second start in the prestigious Winchester 400. He started 13th and finished 11th in last year’s event competing for Wauters Motorsports.

 KBM’s impressive resume of Super Late Model wins includes three wins in the All-American 400. Owner-driver Kyle Busch was victorious in 2009 and Erik Jones collected back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014.

 Cole Rouse, driver of the No. 51 JBL Camry

 How do you feel heading into Sunday’s Winchester 400?

“We had a really fast Camry when we raced here in September — we were four tenths faster than everybody else in practice and led most of the race until we had a mechanical issue. We are bringing the same chassis we raced here in September, so I’m confident we’ll unload with a lot of speed again and hopefully this time around we can finish things off. It’s one of my favorite tracks and I’ve always been really strong here. The Winchester 400 is a long race, so we need to keep the fenders on it and be there at the end. We’ve been able to win a few CARS Tour races this year, now our goal is to get a win in one of these major races.”

 Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Switch Camry

 How do you feel heading into Sunday’s Winchester 400?

“Four hundred laps is a long race — especially at Winchester where the track is so fast and its really bumpy. Your equipment has to be durable enough to make it to the end of the race because you usually see a lot of mechanical failures. The KBM Super Late Model team, headed by Cody Glick, has a really good setup for Winchester and they have a few riffles to show for it. Cole Rouse, who is my teammate this weekend, ran the Winchester 100 earlier this year and was really fast, so we should have a good baseline setup. I have my Truck Series crew chief, Marcus Richmond, and the guys from my No. 18 Switch Tundra team working on my car this weekend, so that will help because we already know what to expect from each other. Hopefully we can qualify up front, get in a position where I can just ride and take care of my Switch Camry for the first 350 laps and then make our way to front and have a chance to win it at the end.”

 

Cole Rouse Winchester 400 Performance Profile

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

2015

32

31

146/400

0

ignition

 

Noah Gragson Winchester 400 Performance Profile

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

2016

13

11

354/400

0

running

 

 

Notable wins for the KBM Late Model team since its inception in 2007 include: Wisconsin All-Star 100 at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2008), Red Bud 300 at Anderson Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009), Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 and Erik Jones 2013 & 2014), Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 and Erik Jones 2013), SpeedFest at Lanier National Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 & 2010), SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway (Kyle Busch 2012), Rowdy 251 at Berlin Raceway (Kyle Busch 2010, 2011 & 2012), All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville (TJ Reaid 2010), Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway (Kyle Busch 2013), the Howie Lettow Memorial at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2013 and Erik Jones 2014) and the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway (Christopher Bell 2015).

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

Christopher Bell Is Now Playing With House Money

Christopher Bell

By winning the first race in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Christopher Bell and the No. 4 Toyota Racing team have already punched their ticket to the Round of 6 that begins Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. With nothing to lose in Saturday’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the team will be able to concentrate solely on winning stages and the race and adding more chips to their stack of 47 playoff bonus chips that they’ll bring with them to the next round.

 Bell will be sporting primary sponsor DC Solar – a clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar products – once again this year on his No. 4 Tundra at Las Vegas. In last year’s event, Bell started 16th but was able to bring the DC Solar Tundra home to a sixth-place finish. The California-based company was also his primary sponsor for his win in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway in January.

 The 22-year-old became just the second Oklahoma native to bring home the Golden Driller in the 31 years that the prestigious event has been held in his home state. The win was so special to Bell that he bought the winning car from Keith Kunz Motorsports and has it on display in the dining room of his current residence in North Carolina. A video of Bell and his friends transporting the vehicle from his garage into his dining room was posted on his Facebook page in May and has over 440,000 views to date.

 The Chili Bowl victory in January was the start of what has been an extremely successful year for Bell. The talented wheelman has collected five wins and three poles across 17 starts in his second full-time season in the Truck Series and won the first-ever regular season points championship in the Truck Series. He also leads the series in nearly every other statistical category, including laps led (666), top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (15), average starting position (4.5), average finish (6.2) and fastest laps run (332).

 In addition to his Truck Series accomplishments, Bell has been successful in a variety of forms of racing in 2017. He made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut in May and across four starts for Joe Gibbs Racing this season has earned one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. The Toyota Racing driver won his lone ARCA Racing Series start at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., earlier this month and on dirt has combined to win 10 races between Midgets (seven) and Sprint Cars (three).

 Bell is hoping to continue his 2017 winning spree Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With his ticket to the Round of 6 already punched, via his win last week at New Hampshire, he’s playing with house money this week and can go all in to win.

 Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS DC Solar Tundra:

 Are you excited to have DC Solar onboard your Tundra this week?

“It will be nice to have DC Solar onboard at Las Vegas again this year. We had a decent run for them in last year’s race and I had a huge win in the Chili Bowl earlier this year with them as my primary sponsor. Now it’s my job to go out on Saturday and put them in victory lane in a Truck Series race.”

 With already having earned a berth in the Round of 6, what will your strategy be the next two races?

“I sat down with Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) this week to talk about what our strategy will be these next two races and really the only thing that is available for us is 14 playoff points — that’s it. Second place in a stage or second place in the race means nothing to us, so we have nothing to lose. We just need to go out and try and collect those 14 points and put ourselves in a better spot for the next round of the playoffs.”

 Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS DC Solar Tundra:

 How big is winning the first race of the playoffs and getting an automatic berth into the Round of 6?

“It’s perfect — just what we needed. This will take a lot of pressure off us the next two races — especially at Talladega. Nobody wants to go into Talladega knowing that they have to point their way into the next round, so a win at New Hampshire was just what the doctor ordered. We’ve already advanced to the next round, but there are still 14 bonus points available these next two races. So, our goal is to add as many of those bonus points as we can and keep adding to our playoff points total that carries over to the Round of 6.”

 Christopher Bell’s No. 4 DC Solar Tundra:

 KBM-047: The No. 4 DC Solar Racing team will unload KBM-047 for Saturday’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. It is the same Tundra that Bell led a race-high 72 laps and finished third with earlier this month at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

KBM-047 Performance Profile:

 

Date
Track
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
9/15/2017
Chicagoland
Bell
3
3
150/150
72
Running
6/9/2017
Pocono
Busch
2
25
36/60
32
Accident

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

Year

Age

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

20

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

21

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

22

17 of 17

5

11

15

3

2375

666

4.5

6.2

15

15

3 years

47

7

22

35

3

6630

974

7.5

8.7

41

38

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Las Vegas Motor Speedway Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

10/1/16

18

6

146/146

0

Running

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights

  • Has posted five wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon), three poles, 666 laps led, 11 top-five, 15 top-10 finishes resulting and an average finish of 6.2 across 17 races

  • Won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first-ever regular season title and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCWTS Playoffs

  • With his win last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway advanced to the Round of 6 that begins Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (five), top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (15), driver rating (117.8), average starting position (4.5), average running position (6.6), laps led (666) and fastest laps run (332)

  • Became first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17)

  • Has collected one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.2 across four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

  • After restarting eighth with three laps to go, won the ARCA Racing Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., (9/14/17) in his lone series start this season

  • In Midgets has seven victories; opened the 2017 season by winning the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/15/17), swept both features at the Fourth Annual POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. (3/26/17), won consecutive USAC National Midget events at Macon (Ill.) Speedway (7/1/17) and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway (7/2/17), the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17) and the Mike Phillips Memorial POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget event at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill. (9/16/17)

  • In Sprint Cars has three victories; won the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio (4/21/17), the Ninth Annual Lou Blaney Memorial All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway (7/8/17) and the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/14/17)

Christopher Bell 2016 NCWTS Highlights

  • Finished third in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase after collecting one win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 NCWTS starts in his first full-time campaign

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra:

  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected nine wins, eight poles, 31 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes across 63 starts since originating in 2015

  • Ten members of this year’s No. 4 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 9 Tundra team which collected seven wins, three poles, 727 laps led, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2016 NCWTS Owner’s Championship

  • Erik Jones delivered KBM its first-ever NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra in 2015 

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, 151 top-five and 244 top-10 finishes across 402 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 @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 127 laps led, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 14 starts in the Silver State

  • Erik Jones collected KBM’s lone victory in owner Kyle Busch’s hometown in the 2014 event, while Darrell Wallace Jr., led a race-high 84 laps and finished in the runner-up position to make it a one-two finish for KBM

The Fugle File:

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle begins his fourth season as a crew chief at KBM and sixth overall with the organization.  The New York native has guided his team to an Owner’s championship in all three of his seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016) atop the pit box at KBM, including a combined Owner’s/Driver’s Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. His drivers have combined for 21 wins, 12 poles and 43 top-five finishes across his 86 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, William Byron collected a Truck Series’ rookie record seven wins while leading the No. 9 Tundra team to KBM’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall Owner’s championship.

Fugle’s NCWTS drivers have posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.3 across three starts in “Sin City.” His best result was a fifth-place finish with William Byron in last year’s event.

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

Myatt Snider Is Bringing “The Heat” To Vegas

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In a city known for its bright lights, fast pace and never-ending entertainment, Myatt Snider and the No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce team are hoping to shine bright and go fast in “Sin City” for the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. After earning the second top-10 finish of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) career at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., in his last start, Snider is looking to keep the momentum going in his fifth race for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in 2017.

The 146-lap race will be Snider’s first trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he has gained experience on three other 1.5-mile tracks this season. Snider made his mile-and-a-half debut in his second NCWTS race of the season 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 Snider’s latest NCWTS race, 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.

Between his two weeks off from the Truck Series, Snider didn’t stray away from the race track. On Sept. 23 he participated in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The prestigious event was the first race under the Speedway’s new LED lights. Snider took the green flag from the 21st position, but just past the halfway mark of the race couldn’t evade a wreck that happened in front of him. After bringing his car into the garage and thinking his race was over, his crew rallied and was able to get his car back on track having only lost two laps to the leaders. Snider eventually raced his way back onto the lead lap and finished the event 14th.

After Las Vegas, Snider can be seen behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in three more races this season; at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Oct. 14, Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 3 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.

When Snider takes the track Saturday evening, 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 ready to make his mark in the NCWTS and is confident Las Vegas is the place he can do just that. The saying goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but Snider hopes to capture the victory in Las Vegas and bring the winning trophy back home with him to North Carolina.

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

This will be your fourth start on a mile-and-a-half track in the NCWTS this year, what can you take from your earlier races and apply to this weekend at Las Vegas?

“Intermediate tracks are completely different from anything I’ve ever raced on, but I’ve been having fun figuring them out with some fast trucks from KBM. A lot of the learning process just involves figuring out where the best place to put your truck is. Chicago is a place where that all culminated and we were solidly inside the top 10 most of the night.”

 Coming off your second top-10 finish of the season, how have you prepared yourself for this weekend’s race?

“Now that my truck races are starting to come along more often, I’ve been able to put in place a system of how I prepare for each race. Going to the competition meeting on Mondays, asking questions to Kyle (Busch), Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief), and Nick (Hutchins, truck chief), to get a better idea of how the setup on the truck works, and how to race better.”

  Your sponsor Louisiana Hot Sauce is on the hood once again in Las Vegas. What do you like most about Louisiana Hot Sauce and what’s your favorite food to put it on?

“Louisiana Hot Sauce has lots of benefits for me personally. When I like to give my food a little kick with hot sauce, no one does it better than LHS. Mainly because it adds spiciness, but not too much. I’ve found with other hot sauces that they make it so spicy that I can’t taste my food anymore. And that’s not what I’m about. It also tastes good too, it tastes like home since it’s vinegar based and I grew up on N.C.-style barbeque, which is also vinegar based. It’s the perfect combo really.”

 Kevin “Bono” Manion, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra:

The No. 51 Toyota Racing team scored a top-10 finish with Myatt (Snider) at the last mile-and-a-half track, Chicagoland Speedway, how do you feel going into Las Vegas?

“I feel great going into Las Vegas. Our team has worked really hard and I think we have a lot of momentum going into this weekend’s race. We are racing the same Tundra we ran at Chicagoland (Speedway) where we got a 10th-place finish and I am confident we can do it again this weekend. I have seen Myatt (Snider) grow this season and he is only getting better with every race. We have two practices Saturday morning to get our No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra dialed in and hopefully we’ll end up in Victory Lane that night.”

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

KBM-046: The No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce team will race KBM-046 for Saturday’s Las Vegas 350. Owner-driver Kyle Busch drove this Tundra earlier in the season at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn where he started 10th, led 47 laps and finished third. Snider also piloted this Tundra to a top-10 finish at Chicagoland Speedway.

KBM-046 Performance Profile:

 

Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
2
0
10
6.5
47

 Notes of Interest:

 

Myatt Snider 2017:

  • Snider has made four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season (Daytona, Texas, Kentucky and Chicagoland). 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. In his latest NCWTS start, the rookie started 10th at Chicagoland Speedway and finished 10th – his second top 10 of the season

  • 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
4
0
0
2
0
559
4
10.5
13
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
13
1
1
7
2
1,497
149
11.6
11.3

 

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 

Notes of Interest:

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 13.0 across 17 races in 2017

  • After one race in the Round of 8 of the NCWTS Owner’s playoffs, the No. 51 team currently ranks second with 2,062 points

  • 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, 151 top-five and 244 top-10 finishes across 402 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 @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 127 laps led, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 14 starts at the 1.5-mile track

  • Erik Jones collected KBM’s lone victory in the 2014 event, while Darrell Wallace Jr., led a race-high 84 laps and finished in the runner-up position to make it a one-two finish for KBM

The Manion Report:

Kevin “Bono” Manion guided KBM’s No. 51 team to one win, one pole, four top-five and seven-top 10 finishes with four different drivers behind the wheel last year in his first season as a Truck Series crew chief. Prior to joining KBM, the Massachusetts native collected five victories in 10 seasons atop the pit box in NASCAR’s premier series, including two marquee wins with Jamie McMurray in 2010; the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Before graduating into NASCAR’s top division, he guided Martin Truex Jr., to back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series titles in 2004 and 2005. In addition to his five Monster Energy Cup Series victories, Manion boasts 15 XFINITY Series wins; 13 with Truex Jr., and two with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In Manion’s lone Truck Series race at Las Vegas, Cody Coughlin qualified 11th and finished 17th in last year’s event. He has two XFINITY Series starts at the track with Martin Truex Jr., and while calling the shots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Manion earned one top-10 finish in 10 starts at Las Vegas.

 

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

 

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

Noah Gragson Gets Home Field Advantage This Saturday

Noah Gragson

In sports it is usually considered an advantage for a team to play at home. Everything is familiar and the fans are rooting for the home team. This weekend, Noah Gragson gets to experience that feeling racing at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Although he has never turned a lap at the 1.5-mile oval, he started his career racing next door at The Bullring. In fact, he won there earlier this month. Will the home field advantage help Gragson achieve his first win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Saturday night? He sure hopes so.

Gragson began racing Bandoleros and eventually late models there at the age of 13 at The Bullring. He earned 14 wins there, including the most recent one on Sept. 9 in the 50-lap NASCAR Super Late Model race. If Gragson can take the checkered flag in the Las Vegas 350, it would also be a hometown win for his owner, Kyle Busch. Much like Gragson, Busch began his driving career shortly after his 13th birthday at The Bullring. From 1999 through 2001, Busch won over 65 races in legends cars and two track championships there, before moving up to late models. Busch scored 10 victories in late model competition at The Bullring during the 2001 season.

Not only is Las Vegas the hometown of Gragson and Busch, but also the team’s sponsor, Switch. Founded in 2000, this global technology solutions company, headquartered in Las Vegas, is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solution ecosystems. Gragson and the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports team will tour the Switch facility on Friday before getting to work at the track on Saturday.

Gragson is looking forward to his first race under the lights at the big track, after seeing it in the distance from The Bullring early in his career. He will have 146 laps to enjoy the home-track advantage and knowing he is the local favorite. It will be a night he won’t soon forget, especially if he can cap it off with his first NCWTS win.

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

What would it mean to win your first race at Las Vegas in front of your hometown crowd?

“That would be the coolest thing I’ve ever done. It would mean everything to me since I’ll have a lot of family, friends and Switch employees at the race supporting me. There is no better place to do it than under the lights at Vegas. It will be my first time racing on the big track. I’ve never even made a lap around there in a pace car, or anything. Winning there would be really, really cool.”

Do you have anything special planned for your team while they are visiting your hometown?

“Since they don’t have to be at the track on Friday, we are all going to tour the Switch facility located in Las Vegas so they can learn about and see what an amazing facility it is. Then they are going to Speed Vegas in the afternoon to drive some pretty incredible cars. I can’t wait to hang out with my guys in my hometown and show them why I love it here so much. It will be a great chance to have some fun together before we get back to work at the track on Saturday.”

Will you get to spend some time at home while you are in town for the race?

“I flew to Vegas on Monday afternoon so I could sign autographs at a trade show and have dinner with some sponsors. I think my Mom made a dentist appointment for me while I’m home, which won’t be a highlight of the trip. I’ve got some media appearances with the track on Thursday and Friday. I’ll be up early Thursday going to a few local radio and television stations around town, and then going with a few of the other drivers to the Golden Knight’s practice facility to learn a bit about hockey. Growing up in Vegas I haven’t been around too much ice, so that should be interesting.”

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

You have raced in Las Vegas several times, but is it different when it’s the driver’s hometown?

“I think it’s pretty cool to go to a driver’s hometown track. He’ll have a lot of family and friends in the stands, and it’s actually Switch’s home track too since they are based in Las Vegas and Reno. There will be a lot of people there cheering for us and hopefully we’ll have a good showing for everyone involved. I know it would mean the world to Noah to get his first win there.”

Noah Gragson’s No. 18 Switch Tundra:

KBM-042: The No. 18 Switch team will race KBM-042, for Saturday’s Las Vegas 350. Gragson has raced this truck four times this season resulting in one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

 

KBM-42Performance Profile

Starts

Wins

Average Start

Average Finish

Laps Led

 5

0

10.0

8.8

32

 

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 11.5 across 17 NCWTS starts this season

  • 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, 151 top-five and 244 top-10 finishes across 402 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 @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 127 laps led, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 14 starts at the 1.5-mile oval

  • Erik Jones collected KBM’s lone victory in the 2014 event, while Darrell Wallace Jr., led a race-high 84 laps and finished in the runner-up position to make it a one-two finish for KBM

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 four top-five and six top-10 finishes in 10 starts as a NCWTS crew chief at Las Vegas. His teams’ best finish was second with driver Timothy Peters in 2015.

 

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

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

Christopher Bell Starts Off The CWTS Playoffs With A Bang

Christopher Bell

In Christopher Bell’s dominating win in Saturday’s UNOH 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the rich got richer!

The top seed in the series Playoffs, Bell won the first two stages of the opening postseason event and took the checkered flag 1.248 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Truex to notch his fifth victory of the season.

The win earned Bell automatic advancement into the second round of the Playoffs, gave him an additional seven playoff points to bring his series-leading total to 47 and widened his advantage over the seven drivers chasing him for the title, given that no other Playoff driver finished in the top five at the 1.058-mile track.

With all that said, the victory wasn’t a foregone conclusion for the driver of the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Truex powered into the lead past Ben Rhodes after a restart on Lap 132, following a caution called when Kaz Grala knocked the Ford of Austin Cindric sideways in Turn 4 on Lap 126.

Bell patiently stalked Truex for 28 laps, as Truex positioned his no. 16 Toyota to block the line of the series leader. Finally, on Lap 160 of 175, Bell got a strong run off the second corner and buried his Tundra into Turn 3, shooting past Truex into the lead.

“He was doing a really good job of watching his mirror,” Bell said of Truex’s effort. “I knew it was tough to pass all day, but our truck had been so good, we had been able to do it until we got to him.

“I kept trying to work down, and he kept blocking my air down and down and down. Finally, I got one run where I drove up in (Turns) 1 and 2 and then got a big run into 3.”

In fact, Truex was surprised he was able to keep Bell behind him for 28 laps.

“When you’ve got the best truck in the field behind you, it makes it tougher,” Truex said. “I did everything I could to hold him off. I was trying to take his lane and block and everything – I just didn’t have quite the grip he had.

“I didn’t know how this race would shake out. Every restart, I just gave it my all – a lot of three-wide stuff, probably (ticked) a few people off. But we’re trying to win races, and we’re getting closer.”

Bell, who won for the first time at New Hampshire and the seventh time in his career, leaves the Magic Mile with a whopping 40-point lead over second-place Johnny Sauter, the defending series champion. Sauter finished ninth on Saturday after polesitter Noah Gragson spun in Turn 4 on lap 64 and caved in the right side of Sauter’s No. 21 Chevrolet between the front and rear tires.

With the Playoff field to be trimmed from eight drivers to six at Talladega two races from now, John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Briscoe fell below the cut line. A rear gear failure sidelined Nemechek for 36 laps, and he finished 20th to drop to eighth in the standings.

Briscoe fought handling problems throughout the afternoon and finished 11th, dropping to seventh in points, three behind Grala, who came home 10th.

Non-Playoff drivers Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen ran third fourth and fifth, while playoff contenders Matt Crafton, Rhodes and Cindric finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

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