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Austin Wayne Self had a less than desirable outing this past weekend as the 20-year old driver was taken out of competition early in a late race accident resulting in a disappointing 28th place finish in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drvin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Self, driving the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, started 26th and appeared to be headed for another top-20 finish until lap-120 when the truck driven by Jordan Anderson clipped the back of Self’s truck, turning him up the race track and hard into the outside wall. As Self’s truck rolled down the track, Jennifer Jo Cobb drove in at speed, violently slamming into the side of Self’s disabled truck.

“Obviously a very disappointing night and one torn up truck,” said Self. “It’s really too bad our race had to end like that. He (Anderson) got into me from the back and that’s all it took – I was along for the ride after that.”

Self gives credit to NASCAR for providing safety policies and procedures.

“That was a pretty wicked hit. You’ve gotta tip your hat to NASCAR, they’ve done a great job keeping us drivers safe inside these trucks.”

The NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series will break for the Fourth of July weekend before returning to action in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 7.

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Matt Crafton - 2016 Gateway Recap

Written by Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:25
Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota Tundra, started 14th in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP), when qualifying was cancelled, and the 32-truck field was set based on the NASCAR rule book - a combination of both practice speeds.
Crafton, who has 13 starts at GMP, worked his way into the top-10 by lap 10, and the top-five by lap 70. The ThorSport Racing driver even maintained a second-place position through lap 110, until making his third and final pit stop of the night at lap 114, under caution, for four tires and fuel. A slow stop, for trouble on the left-front, forced Crafton to lose valuable track position for the lap 118 restart. Restarting 12th, the two-time champion was unhappy with the balance of his Toyota Tundra in traffic, and maintained a position inside the top-15 for the ensuing 30 laps, until being involved in a lap 148 accident with six other trucks, which ultimately brought out the eighth caution, and second red flag. Due to extensive damage to the Menards Toyota Tundra, Crafton would settle for a 27th-place finish behind race winner, Christopher Bell.

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Cameron Hayley - 2016 Gateway Recap

Written by Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:22
Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra, started 10th in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Drivin' for Linemen 200, when qualifying was cancelled due to rain, and the field was set based on the NASCAR rule book - combination of both practice speeds. The ThorSport Racing driver worked his way inside the top-five by lap 10, but was relegated to a 24th-place finish when the No. 51 machine made contact with his Toyota Tundra in Turn 3 at lap 26. Crew chief Eddie Troconis brought the No. 13 Tundra to pit road multiple times, under yellow, to diagnose a major vibration, but the Calgary, Alberta, Canada native spent the remainder of the 160-lap event playing catch-up. Hayley's 24th-place result follows his strong third-place run at Iowa Speedway last week.  
"We just got wrecked. I hate it for everyone on this Cabinets by Hayley team. Everyone has been working so hard just to get us here, after the fire a couple weeks ago, and we had a fast Toyota Tundra. I hate we didn't get to show that. I just have to thank all my guys for not giving up. We have a week to regroup before Kentucky, and we will get back at it strong there."  

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Rico Abreu - 2016 Gateway Recap

Written by Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:19
Rico Abreu, driver of the No. 98 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota Tundra, overcame adversity in his track debut at Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) on Saturday, to bring home a 14th-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Drivin' for Linemen 200.
Abreu, who was forced to a back-up truck after a tire went down late in the first NCWTS practice session on Saturday afternoon, started 23rd for the 160-lap event when qualifying was cancelled due to rain, and the field was set based on the NASCAR rule book - a combination of both practice session speeds. Unfortunately, the trouble continued for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender under the pace laps, when Abreu realized the clutch on his Safelite Toyota Tundra wasn't working. Making multiple trips down pit road to to fix the issue, the Rutherford, California native would take the green flag from the 32nd position.
Abreu would work his way into the top-20 by lap 20, and the top-15 by lap 60 complaining of a "tight" Toyota Tundra. Crew chief Doug George brought the No. 98 Safelite/Curb Records machine to pit road, under caution, at lap 26 for four tires, and fuel, lap 66, for two tires, and a track bar adjustment, and lap 114 for four tires and fuel. Abreu, maintained a position inside the top-20 throughout the remainder of the race, and survived four caution periods, which included three red flags, to finish 14th behind race winner, Christopher Bell.

"This ThorSport Racing team overcame so much today, and I have to thank them for all their hard work. Fourteenth isn't what we came here to do, but to overcome everything we did today, not lose a lap, and finish 14th with a back-up truck, says a lot about what this team is made of. Track position was really important tonight, and really I just learned how to pass, and not be so tight behind guys in traffic. I can't thank Toyota, ThorSport Racing, and Safelite Auto Glass enough for this opportunity. We are just going to move on to Kentucky, and I feel like the mile-and-a-a-half tracks are where we've really excelled this year, so I'm looking forward to it."

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Tyler Reddick Gateway 2016 Recap

Written by Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:18
Tyler Reddick's (@TylerReddick) chance to win the Drivin' For Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway (Madison, Ill.) Motorsports Park ended with a bump 10 laps from the checkered flag.  
A late afternoon thunderstorm washed out qualifying and the starting lineup was set per the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rule book, giving Reddick the seventh-place starting position for the 160-lap, 200-mile race. 
Reddick settled into eighth place after the initial green flag and was holding firm to that position to when the second caution waved on lap 26.  The majority of the leaders pitted one lap later, but crew chief Doug Randolph kept Reddick on the track and he cycled into the lead.  The race went green on lap 31 and he maintained the lead until the Caution Clock expired on lap 66, bringing out the third caution.
Reddick pitted on lap 67 for four tires and adjustments, and lined up second for the restart when the race went green on lap 71.  He was racing teammate Daniel Hemric for the fourth position on lap 73 when Hemric dove to his inside at the entrance to Turn 3.  Hemric slipped sideways and spun, bringing out the fourth yellow of the evening.
He restarted fourth on lap 78 and moved up to third-place one lap later.  He maintained his position until late in the run when his truck got too tight in the center of the corners.  Reddick was fifth when the Caution Clock expired on lap 114. 
On the next round of pit stops, crew chief Randolph called for a four-tire stop when Reddick pitted for four tires and adjustments - unlike most of the leaders, who chose a two-tire strategy.  Reddick lined up eighth when the race went green on lap 119, one of just two of the leaders armed with four tires.
The fresh rubber worked to Reddick's advantage.  He picked off two positions when the race went green, and two more on the following restart on lap 124.  Reddick fell in line fifth on lap 127 and stayed there until lap 145 when the seventh yellow slowed the pace.
The race went green on lap 149 and Reddick executed one of the best restarts of his young career.  As trucks ahead of him bounced off each other in Turn 1, Reddick motored by on the inside, briefly grabbing the lead at the exit of Turn 2.  But at the entrance to Turn 3, Reddick was tapped from behind by Ben Rhodes.  The contact sent him into John Hunter Nemechek, then he bounced off the wall then spun into the path of Matt Crafton, heavily damaging his vehicle.  Reddick drove back to the pits but couldn't continue. He was credited with 25th-place in the final rundown.


Daniel Hemric Gateway 2016 Recap

Written by Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:17
Overcoming adversity early in the Drivin' For Linemen 200, Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) rallied to earn his second top-10 finish in two starts at Gateway Motorsports Park. 
Spinning on lap 73 of the 160-lap event, Hemric and the No. 19 Draw-Tite team had the arduous task of fighting their way back to the front, ultimately earning a third-place finish and securing the team's third top five and seventh top-10 finish of 2016.
Following two solid practice sessions, Hemric's Draw-Tite Ford F-150 was given a 13th-place starting spot when rain washed out qualifying and the field was set per the NASCAR rule book. Hemric had worked his way up to the 10th position by the time the caution flag waved on lap 26. 
With the team opting to stay off of pit road, Hemric was scored in the second position beside Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Tyler Reddick on the front row when the field went green. 
Despite competitors behind him with four fresh tires, Hemric held strong in the top five, sitting in the fourth position when the Caution Clock expired on lap 66. Hemric reported to crew chief Chad Kendrick that he had fired off free at the beginning of the race, but his truck had come to him over the course of run. With consistently fast lap times, Kendrick only made one small air-pressure adjustment when Hemric visited pit road for four tires and fuel.
A quick stop put Hemric back on track in the eighth position when green-flag racing resumed on lap 71, with most competitors in front of him opting for a two-tire stop. With fresh Goodyear rubber and a full tank of fuel, Hemric was flying through the field, taking over the fifth position by the following lap. Carrying a ton of momentum, Hemric attempted to pass Reddick on lap 73, but air off his teammate's Ford F-150 disturbed his own, causing the Draw-Tite truck to spin. Fortunately, Hemric avoided making contact with his teammate or any other competitors, and he was quickly patched up over the course of fast stops on pit road.
Restarting on lap 78 in the 25th position, Hemric battled through the pack, breaking back into the top 15 on lap 94. When the Caution Clock expired for the second time on lap 114, Hemric was 13th and stated that his truck had become tight in Turns 3 and 4 since his spin. Visiting pit road one final time for two tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 restarted sixth on lap 119. 
On lap 150, a large, multi-truck accident unfolded at the front of the field, and when Hemric skillfully navigated through the mess, he found himself scored in the third position. Hemric endured one more caution period, which set up a two-lap sprint to the checkered flag, crossing the finish line in the third spot.   


Ben Rhodes - 2016 Gateway Recap

Written by Sunday, 26 June 2016 14:49
Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra, made his track debut in Saturday night's rain-delayed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP). The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender showed speed throughout both practice sessions on Saturday morning, posting the fastest times of 32 trucks in both sessions. Therefore, when qualifying was cancelled due to rain on Saturday, afternoon, Rhodes took the pole position based on the NASCAR rule book - a combination of both practice speeds.
Starting from the front row, Rhodes lost the lead to the No. 21 truck early, but maintained a second-place position through the second caution at lap 26, when crew chief Kevin Bellicourt brought the No. 41 machine to pit road for four tires, and fuel. With a mix of two-tire, and fuel only strategies on pit road, Rhodes would restart from the 14th position when the field went back to green on lap 30.
Complaining of a "tight" Toyota Tundra, the ThorSport Racing driver was able to work his way back into the top-five by lap 100, making pit stops at laps 66, and 114, respectively, for four tires and fuel. In the final 40 laps, the field was slowed four times for 16 laps, which included three red flag conditions. Rhodes was able to maintain his position inside the top-five, and made a race-changing pass, on a restart at lap 149, to lead the field for four laps before settling in to the second position at lap 153. Rhodes would maintain his position through the final restart at lap 158 to claim a career-best second-place finish behind race winner, Christopher Bell.

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Pinch-hitting for Cody Coughlin in the No. 51 JEGS/Auburn Gear Tundra during Saturday's Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., Erik Jones found himself down in the count early in the 160-lap event. On lap 25, Jones' Toyota hit a bump entering Turn 3 and shot up the track into the outside wall collecting Cameron Hayley along the way.
After several trips down pit road to repair significant damage to rear of the truck under caution, the 2015 NASAR Camping World Series champion was scored one lap down in the 28th position for the restart on lap 31. The Kyle Busch Motorsports over-the-wall crew got another chance to make repairs to the JEGS/Auburn Gear Tundra during a caution from laps 66 to 70 and then on lap 72 their hard work payed off when Jones was in the lucky dog position when the field was slowed for the fourth time.
During the next green flag run, the Michigan native advanced from the 25th position on the lap-78 restart all the way up to 12th when the caution clock expired on lap 114. Troubles continued for Jones when he visited pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop and the over-the-wall crew only got four lug nuts tight on the left rear. Crew chief Bono Manion summoned his driver back to pit road to tighten the fifth lug nut.
Jones took the ensuing restart from the 25th position and once again began to march forward. By the time a three-truck accident slowed the field for the sixth time on lap 120 he had maneuvered into the 12th spot and on lap 131 he returned to the top 10. Things got dicey on a restart with 11 laps remaining, and an accident collected three of the top-five trucks, moving the seven-time Truck Series winner up to the sixth position for the closing laps. He was able to pick up one more spot during a two-lap shootout to end the race and picked up his 19th career top-five finish across 41 career Truck Series starts.
"That was a long day for sure and not the day we were looking for, but I just made a mistake at the start and got us in a bad spot there early on," Jones said. We had a fast truck. We were working our way to the front and I think we were passing for sixth or seventh at that point and just got loose, got into Cameron (Hayley), spun him out and ruined his day and really hurt our day as well. A long day fighting back and everybody did a good job to get the JEGS Tundra back in it and I didn't know how much damage we had until I got out after the race and saw it, but pretty impressed we were able to get a fifth-place run out of it. Good building day for these guys. Glad I could help them out a little bit this weekend and I think they've got some wins coming this year for them."
Jones' KBM teammate Christopher Bell picked up his first win of 2016 and his second overall victory across 15 career NCWTS starts. Ben Rhodes finished 0.275 seconds behind Bell in the runner-up spot. Daniel Hemric, Johnny Sauter and Jones rounded out the top-five finishers. William Byron in KBM's No. 9 Liberty Tundra lead a race-high 47 laps, but was relegated to a 17th-place finish after getting caught up in a late accident.
The ninth race of the 2016 season featured nine cautions for a total of 44 laps. There were 10 lead changes among six drivers. With nine of 23 races complete, the No. 51 team sits 17th in the Owner's championship standings.
Daniel Suarez will be back behind the wheel of the No. 51 ARRIS Tundra when the Truck Series resumes action Thursday, July 7 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Live coverage of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 begins with the NCWTS Setup show at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Timothy Peters fought his way to a 10th-place finish in a wild race at Gateway Motorsports Park. The No. 17 team unloaded the red and white Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra for two practices on Saturday morning and recorded the 19th fastest speed in the first and the 20th fastest speed in the second practice. On Saturday afternoon, group qualifying was rained out, and the field set by the NASCAR Rule Book. Peters lined up for the green flag in the 21st position. Under the first yellow flag on lap 16, crew chief Shane Huffman called Peters to pit road for Sunoco fuel and adjustments, while most of the field stayed out. On a following caution flag, Peters was able to stay out, while the rest of the field went to pit road, gaining valuable track position and restarting in third position. The Danville, Va. native continued to battle the balance of the No. 17 Toyota Tundra, fighting a loose entry to the corner and a tight center and exit. Hitting pit road for four Goodyear tires and fuel three times during caution periods, Peters fell back. He fought to remain in the top-10, and after several cautions and red flags at the end of the race, was able to bring home a solid 10th-place finish.  
Start - 21
Finish - 10
Driver Points Position - 3
Owner Points Position -3
Laps Led - 0
Timothy Peters Quote:
"We struggled a little with the balance but all the guys and Shane (Huffman, crew chief) persevered through a really long, hot day. They worked on our Toyota Tundra all day long and we were able to bring home a top-ten result. We'll head on to Kentucky (Speedway) in a few weeks and hopefully get back on a roll and build up our momentum again." 

On Saturday, Germán Quiroga earned a seventh-place finish in the Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. During two practice sessions on Saturday morning, Quiroga posted the 15th and fourth fastest times. A rain shower moved through just before qualifying was scheduled to begin, and the field was set per the NASCAR Rule Book based on practice times. Quiroga took the green flag in fifth position, but soon reported that he was too free in turns 3 and 4, falling back out of the top 10. During the second caution on lap 28, crew chief Scott Zipadelli called Quiroga to pit road for two tires, fuel and adjustments. After restarting in the 12th position, Quiroga reported that his No. 11 Toyota Tundra was very loose and on the following caution period on lap 69, he again visited pit road, this time for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. He continued to battle a loose condition and would visit pit road again one more time for another four-tire stop. Quiroga was able to avoid several late-race wrecks to drive into the top 10 and secure a seventh-place finishing position.
Start - 5
Finish - 7
Driver Points Position - 23
Owner Points Position - 9
Laps Led - 0
Germán Quiroga Quote:                                          
"First of all, I have to thank everyone at Red Horse Racing for the opportunity and everyone at Toyota Racing Development. We had a fast Toyota Tundra, but we started a little bit free. We got it a little bit better but we fought that all night. You have to be aggressive, but they were hitting us, and every time they hit us we were losing positions because we were so free. I'm happy overall, we finished with the truck in one piece in the top-10. All I can say is thanks to everyone, all the pit crew guys, (crew chief) Scott Zipadelli and all the guys back at the shop."

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