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In a dramatic finish, Ryan Blaney drag-raced German Quiroga off the last corner at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to the start-finish line to win Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250.

The two drivers duked it out for the win following the final restart, but a pass for the lead by Quiroga in Turn 8 on the final lap would be short lived, as Blaney set up his crucial move exiting the final turn allowing Blaney to score his third career victory by 0.049 seconds.

“That was a ton of fun racing with German,” said Blaney. “We raced really, really hard and really clean and that’s how racing should be. We had a problem last week (at Bristol) and just fate would have us racing each other for the win this week. That’s awesome. That’s what racing needs to be, it was so fun racing with him and battling it out with him.”

Blaney’s teammate Alex Tagliani led the field from the pole in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut and held the point until he strategically made a green flag pit stop on Lap 8 with Gray Gaulding inheriting the lead. The NASCAR Next driver would control the field for five laps before he headed to pit road and handed the lead to Canadian Andrew Ranger.

When Ranger pitted on Lap 16, Blaney assumed command on Lap 17. Utilizing a one-stop strategy, he stayed out until Lap 29, when Quiroga shuffled to the top spot.

With the lead exchanging between Quiroga, Cole Custer and Johnny Sauter, crew chief Chad Kendrick’s early-race pit stop call would prove to be beneficial for Blaney, as he climbed from outside the top 10 to reclaim the lead from Sauter on Lap 44.

Blaney’s healthy lead over Quiroga would be diminished when the first full-course caution would wave on Lap 48 for the No. 8 of John Hunter Nemechek, who lost an engine in Turn 1. Under the yellow, the leaders elected to stay out, setting up for a restart twelve laps from the finish.

Quiroga couldn’t make the pass on Blaney on the restart, but he would get another chance when the second and final caution of the day waved on Lap 55 for Tagliani, who stalled on the track in Turn 5.

On the final restart, Blaney got a strong jump on the field and was able to clear Quiroga, but the Mexico City, Mexico native reeled him back in over the last eight laps before making his move in the Esses.

Coming out of Turn 10, Blaney made the crossover move to win his first race of the season. Quiroga matched his career-best finish in 42 starts.

“We tried hard, we came in second. I’m going to keep on trying,” said Quiroga. We were really, really fast on long runs. Everyone at the shop worked really hard to build a road course truck and that’s how we arrived. I think we were on the right path, just strategy and how things played out, Blaney was in front of us. I tried really hard to pass him, tried to make him make a mistake, he didn’t. I passed him in Turn 8, and Turn 9, coming off he got a really good run off the corner and beat us.”

Erik Jones was third followed by Gaulding and Ranger to close out the top five. Matt Crafton, Brennan Newberry, Johnny Sauter, Cole Custer and Timothy Peters comprised the top-10.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado for Haas Racing Development (HRD), started fifth and finished ninth in Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course in Bowmanville, Ontario. It was Custer’s fourth consecutive top-10 result in the Truck Series in his sixth start of the 2014 season. He finished eighth last weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

The 16-year-old Californian was running fourth and in position to race the leaders en route to his best finish of the season when, on a restart after the day’s first of two caution periods with 13 laps to go in the 64-lap event around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit located 90 minutes north and east of Toronto, polesitter Alex Tagliani made a bold inside move on the fast, sweeping right-hand turn three and spun Custer’s Chevrolet racetruck off the track. Custer was able to continue but Tagliani, the Canadian veteran open-wheel racer, spun on his own two turns later and brought out another caution.

Custer was 12th on the ensuing restart with seven laps remaining but rallied to pick up three positions before the checkered flag flew.

Custer, who is running a nine-race Truck Series schedule for HRD in 2014, maintained his position in the top-five through the race’s first round of scheduled pit stops. He was fourth when he came down pit road for four tires and fuel on lap 12 and was back in fourth when the rest of the field cycled through scheduled stops by lap 18. He inherited third on lap 26, then second on lap 30 when the day’s second and final round of scheduled pit stops commenced ahead of him on lap 30.

Three laps later, Custer made a nifty inside move on leader German Quiroga Jr., to take the lead for the first of two circuits before pitting himself. On that lap-35 pit stop, a tire got away from Custer’s pit box during the four-tire change and fueling, necessitating a pass-through penalty on lap 36 that sent Custer all the way back to 12th place. Mass pit stops ensued by the rest of the field and Custer was able to hustle his racetruck around the track and emerge in sixth place with 25 laps remaining.

Custer’s best Truck Series finish this season was sixth from the pole at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis in mid-June. He was third-fastest in final practice Friday before qualifying in the top-five Saturday for the fifth consecutive time in Truck Series competition. 

Ryan Blaney won the Chevrolet Silverado 250 to score first victory of the season, his third victory in 45 career Truck Series starts, and his first at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Quiroga finished behind Blaney in the runner-up spot while Erik Jones, Gray Gaulding and Andrew Ranger rounded out the top-five. Matt Crafton, Brennan Newberry, Johnny Sauter, Custer and Timothy Peters comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were two caution periods for six laps with four drivers failing to finish.

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Blaney wins Canadian thriller over Quiroga

Written by Sunday, 31 August 2014 16:28

Ryan Blaney pulled a cross-over move on German Quiroga in the final turn to win the Chevy Silverado 250 Sunday.

A great finish was in store for the second straight year at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott dueled for the win in 2013. 

Quiroga stayed on the tail-gate of Blaney for a number of laps before making the pass in Turn 9 and clearing him momentarily.  Blaney took advantage of Quiroga getting loose in Turn 10 and battled side-by-side, with Blaney edging out the No. 77 truck by .050 seconds.

The No. 29 team was on a one-stop strategy and made their only pit stop on lap 30 of the 64-lap race, while many others pitted for their second and final stop within the next 10 laps. The first caution of the race came out on lap 45 when John Hunter Nemechek stalled on track and wiped out Blaney’s 4.5 second lead over Quiroga.

Blaney’s teammate, Alex Tagliani, led the first seven laps before giving up the lead for a pit stop.  Tagliani’s crew had a slow stop and the Canadian driver had to work his way back through the field.  The No. 19 truck looked to make a move on Cole Custer towards the end, which led to the No. 00 truck going off track.  Shorty thereafter, Gray Gaulding got into Tagliani and the No. 19 stalled to bring out another caution.  Tagliani finished 16th on the afternoon.

Custer appeared to have one of the fastest trucks late in the race until the dust-up with Tagliani and sending him to the back of the lead lap.  The 16-year-old driver rebounded to finish ninth.

Speaking of 16-year-olds, Gaulding had a fast No. 20 truck and led a few laps early on.  He held off the likes of Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Tagliani just past mid-way through the race.  Gaulding put pressure on Erik Jones for the third spot, but the NTS Motorsports driver came home in fourth.  His fellow K&N East competitor and teammate Brennan Newberry finished seventh, making it two top-10 finishes on the day for NTS.

Other Canadian drivers who competed on Sunday were Andrew Ranger and Cameron Hayley, both making their Truck Series debuts.  Ranger showed speed early and muscled his No. 53 Dodge to a fifth-place finish.  Hayley picked up the 11th spot in the final rundown for Turner

The win for Blaney was his first on the season and third in his career.  It is also the second straight Truck win for Brad Keselowski Racing, as the owner himself Keselowski won last week’s race at Bristol.  Blaney chopped slightly into Johnny Sauter’s points lead, as the series heads next to Chicagoland Speedway in less than two weeks.  The ThorSport trucks continue to sit 1-2 in points, as Ron Hornaday’s No. 30 truck team didn’t make the trip to Canada and forced the 56-year-old driver to miss the race while sitting third in points before Mosport.

The series’ next race will be the Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland on Friday, September 12 with coverage starting on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

 

Chevy Silverado 250 Top Ten

  1. #29 Ryan Blaney
  2. #77 German Quiroga
  3. #51 Erik Jones
  4. #20 Gray Gaulding
  5. #53 Andrew Ranger
  6. #88 Matt Crafton
  7. #9 Brennan Newberry
  8. #98 Johnny Sauter
  9. #00 Cole Custer
  10. #17 Timothy Peters

           

Tagliani zips to Chevy Silverado 250 pole

Written by Saturday, 30 August 2014 19:04

Alex Tagliani set a new track record at Mosport Saturday to secure the pole for Sunday’s Chevy Silverado 250.

Tagliani is making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend in the No. 19 truck for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR).  The Canadian driver already has two Nationwide Series (NNS) starts under his belt this season for Penske Racing, by coming home second at Road America and fifth at Mid-Ohio in the No. 22 car.

The same fast time couldn’t be said for his BKR teammate Ryan Blaney.  The 20-year-old driver just missed the cut by slotting into the 14th position in the first round of qualifying and will start from there in Sunday’s race.

Another team making the final round was the No. 20 NTS Motorsports team.  Rookie Gray Gaulding is behind the wheel and will start next to Tagliani Sunday.  Gaulding has shown speed all weekend and will look to score his first career win.

Last year’s race at Mosport resulted in a first-time winner with Chase Elliott, who had a late-race duel with Ty Dillon.  Both drivers are now competing full-time in NNS.

Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones continues to impress by posting the third fastest time in the No. 51 truck.  The team is looking for a good run after narrowly missing victories with Kyle Busch at Michigan and Bristol the last two weeks.  A familiar face starts next to Jones in German Quiroga.  The two tangled at Gateway in June, but will look to once again battle for the victory.  Quiroga is still looking for his first Truck Series win, and Mosport could be the place where it happens.

Three rookies were in the top five with Cole Custer in the fifth position.  Gaulding and Custer both ran the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at Watkins Glen and Virginia International Raceway last month to gain some more road course experience.

Points leader Johnny Sauter qualified in the 11th position, while teammate Matt Crafton was three spots better in eighth.  They both sit first and second in the points standings.

Canadian driver Andrew Ranger has been a frequent competitor in multiple NASCAR series in 2014.  Ranger runs the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series full-time and has accrued two wins this season.  He also ran the K&N East race at Watkins Glen earlier this month and finished runner-up to Scott Heckert. The No. 53 Dodge was fastest in final practice and could be a threat Sunday.

Another Canadian, who is making his debut this weekend, is Cameron Hayley.  The current K&N East competitor is driving the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) Chevrolet and posted the 10th fastest time in the final round.  The future of the TSM truck program was in doubt earlier this weekend, but both Hayley and Ben Kennedy will run at Mosport this weekend.

The pole for Tagliani is his third in NASCAR, with the other two coming in NNS.  The No. 19 truck won last week’s race at Bristol with Brad Keselowski, who finally won his first career race in the series.

The green flag for the Chevy Silverado 250 will drop around 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday and TV coverage will be on FOX Sports 1.

Last season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made its inaugural visit to Canada, providing high-octane entertainment and making history for all those involved. Chase Elliot shook Ty Dillon on the final lap at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the trucks’ first go-around at a road course since 2000 to become the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history (17 years and nine months) – a record broken two months later by NASCAR Next member Erik Jones (17 years, five months, nine days).

In the NCWTS’ return to Canada for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 (1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1), history can be written again, possibly by the young prospects of NASCAR or the quartet of Canadians making their truck series debuts.

John Hunter Nemechek (17 years and two months) and NASCAR Next members Gray Gaulding (16 years and six months) and Cole Custer (16 years and seven months) are all candidates to break Jones’ record for youngest race winner.

Momentum is on Nemechek and Custer’s side following respective sixth and eighth-place finishes at Bristol, but Gaulding might have the strategy down pat after competing in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series road course races this month.

“I have always loved road racing and when the schedule came out and I knew I could run this race I was pumped,” Gaulding said. “It’s extremely fast and very technical.”

First-time truck series entrants Alex Tagliani, Ray Courtemanche Jr., Cameron Hayley or Andrew Ranger could become just the third Canadian winner in NASCAR national series history and the first since Ron Fellows came up victorious in the 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Of the four, Ranger has the most NASCAR national series experience with 17 starts on the Nationwide circuit and one appearance in Sprint Cup action. No stranger to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he owns two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in seven starts on the ten-turn track as a competitor in NASCAR’s Canadian Tire Series.

When you’ve been in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since its inaugural season, you don’t often get the opportunity to race at a track you’ve never been to before. That, however, will be the case for MB Motorsports when the team unloads the #63 Personal Comfort Bed / Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool Chevy at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Chevrolet Silverado 250. The race will also be the first time the team has raced outside the U.S.

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 will mark Stenzel’s third start of the season and his first attempt on a road course. “This is our first race with Personal Comfort Bed on board the MB Motorsports Chevy, so I want to make them proud and get them as much exposure as we can. I’ve done everything I can to prepare for this race,” says Stenzel.

“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has a little bit of everything as far as tracks go,” according to Stenzel. “You’ve got a total of ten turns to navigate through. There’s a very long, very fast front stretch that you’ve got to back way, way down from as you enter the very tight turn at the far end of the track. Then you’ve got to negotiate a series of big, sweeping turns on your way back to the start / finish line. It’s a challenging track that is probably as fun for the fans to watch as it is to race.”

“This weekend is going to be something rare for us,” says team owner Mike Mittler. “It’s not often that we show up at a track we’ve never been to, let alone a road course. If we can make Scott as comfortable in our Chevy Silverado race truck as he is in a Personal Comfort Bed, it will be smooth sailing.”

MB Motorsports will also be joined by its marketing partners LG Seeds and Excel Bottling Company / Ski Soda. The team also continues its support of Eagle Rock Camp. You can get live updates from the team during the race by following @MBMotorsports on twitter

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Being a rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) allows you to inhale an array of experiences.

This weekend, for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Mason Mingus, is no exception, as the tour heads North of the Border for an adventure at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), site of Sunday’s Silverado 250.

While Mingus, driver of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra, doesn’t have much road course experience, the Brentwood, Tennessee native is known for being a fast learner and hopes to adapt those skills towards earning his Win-Tron Racing their second top-10 finish of the season.

Even though Mingus will make his NASCAR debut on the track’s 2.459-mile course, the 19-year old does hail experience in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards where he made three road course racing starts at New Jersey Motorsport Park and Road America (Wisc.) respectively.

Furthermore, Mingus was able to capitalize on the opportunity to turn right and left, as he wrestled his Win-Tron Racing entry to three consecutive top-10 performances, including two last season, which aided him to claim second in the championship standings at season’s end.

Now, he hopes for similar success in Canada.

“I feel pretty good about Canada,” said Mingus. “I just finished up a few days at Bondurant to help me get ready for this weekend. There’s a lot of techniques when it comes to road course racing, so I want to make sure I’m on my game as much as possible.

“I don’t have the experience that some of the veterans do, but I feel like we will have a pretty good truck and the little background I do have should pay off. I’m doing everything I can to prepare myself for Sunday’s race.”

Undoubtedly, the time spent at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving will aid Mingus in his mission to succeed this weekend, but the freshman NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver will also turn to the realistic computer simulator racing program, iRacing, to get him better equipped with the track’s 10-turn facility.

“iRacing is so life-like,” Mingus explained. “It has helped me a lot and I’m planning to spend some time on it this week before we have to leave.  I want to see if I can’t learn some of the important braking points and things like that.  This is the next best thing compared to actual track time to get me ready.”

Of course, the traditional strategy of staying on course is the key to earning a good finish on Sunday, but Mingus also knows that road course racing presents several variables that could allow his Mooresville, North Carolina-based team to maneuver an even better finish than what they’re shooting for.

“You’re always looking for the best finish possible, but this is road racing,” Mingus added. “Things happen that can shuffle the strategy where a top-10 finish actually equates to a top-five finish. So we’re just going to stay on track and adjust our game plan as needed and hope we can get a great finish in our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra.”

Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his thoughts entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“Even though Mason doesn’t have a lot of experience on a road course, he’s shown that he can get the job done in the three ARCA races he did in the past,” he said. “He’s confident in our ability to bring him a good truck this weekend to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and we’re equally convinced he can do a similar, if not better job on the road course on Sunday. It’s an event that we’re looking forward to.”

Entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Mingus sits 12th in the championship standings, 74 markers from 10th place held by Jeb Burton. Mingus unofficially sits second in the Sunoco rookie of the year standings, behind current leader Ben Kennedy.

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Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado for Haas Racing Development (HRD), has scored three top-10 finishes in his last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. While he’s earned those finishes at three fairly different racetracks, he will encounter a new challenge altogether Sunday afternoon when he makes his first road-course start in NASCAR’s third-tier series.

When NASCAR announced at the end of the 2012 season that the minimum driver age requirement for the Camping World Truck Series would be lowered from 18 to 16 on all racetracks that are road courses or 1.25 miles or shorter, plans were put in place to allow Custer to run a nine-race schedule that would allow him to get acclimated with racing a different vehicle and a higher level of competition.

Because the Truck Series schedule is contested on a variety of racetracks and does not typically race at facilities where the 16-year-old Custer would be eligible to participate more consistently, he will make back-to-back series starts for the first time this weekend, as well.

One of the advantages Custer has enjoyed thus far in 2014 has been the ability to test at racetracks prior to competing in each of the five races he has run thus far. However, that changes this weekend. When Custer turns his first lap around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, it will mark the first time the Ladera Ranch, California native will have done so in any kind of race vehicle.

Fortunately, Custer is no stranger to making both left- and right-hand turns. He has five NASCAR K&N Series road-course starts to his credit, all of which have come in the last year and a half. At Road Atlanta in October of last year, Custer started ninth and went on to finish fifth to notch his first top-five finish on a road course. Earlier this month, Custer was running second at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International when he made a move for the lead coming to the checkered flag, but skidded into the sand barrels at the entrance to pit road.

A win this weekend would not only be another first for Custer, it would place his name in the record books as the youngest race winner in Camping World Truck Series history.

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