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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Jason White made his fifth start of 2014 with NTS Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and his first behind the wheel of the No.20 GunBroker.com Chevrolet Silverado with Crew Chief Chris Rice on top of the pit box. The Rhino Linings 350 was White's seventh career start at the "Sin City" track after five starts in the NCWTS and 1 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013.
All of the on-track action for White and his No.20 team would be comprised into a single day of activity with two early morning practice sessions. Chris Rice elected to work in exclusively with a race-trim package forgoing the standard "mock-qualifying run". White would post 41 total laps throughout both sessions with a top speed of 170.973 and would stand 20th in both rounds.
As teams prepared for NCWTS Knockout Qualifying, round one went according to plan. Jason White would advance into the second session after a lap time of 31.540 and would sit 15th going into a 10-minute segment to fight for a position inside the top 12. Round 2 would see a late caution displayed just before time expired and Jason, coming to pit road to make sure the track was clear, was not recorded as having posted a lap time. Jason would claim a spot in 21st for the lineup and would have to make his way forward during the evening's 146-lap main event.
Once the green was displayed for The Rhino Linings 350, White and Rice began formulating a strategy to get the most out of a fast truck and work their way out of a starting spot near the back of the field after the issue during qualifying. During the initial run White had worked his way inside the top 15 before seeing the competition caution at lap 30. Chris Rice made the call for fuel only to get on a different tire strategy than the rest of the field and to gain some valuable track position. At lap 35, the No.20 truck would line up inside the top 10 and continued his move forward and was running his fastest laps of the weekend working lap 45. On lap 55, White was involved with an incident on track and a competitor made contact with the No.20 Chevrolet. White was sent into the outside wall exiting turn four and the damage was deemed critical and the No.20 was unable to continue the race. At the end of the night, White's top-10 run was relegated to a 23rd finishing position but the team gained a lot of positive momentum and overcame numerous hurdles throughout the weekend. The next event on the NCWTS schedule is October 18th, 2014 at Talladega Superspeedway after a two week break.
Jason White's Post Race Thoughts: "I have to thank GunBroker.com, Chris Rice, and the entire No.20 Chevrolet Silverado team for a great truck this weekend. We struggled to gain speed during practice but had remedied the issue going into qualifying. I believe that if not for the issue during the 2nd session we could have made our way into the top 12 to fight for the pole. The truck had hooked up and was as fast as it had been all weekend and we were running well inside the top 10 when we were involved in an on-track incident that, unfortunately, took us out of the running. It was a positive weekend for us though and we learned a lot together going into our next event in the NCWTS."
Crew Chief Chris Rice's Post Race Thoughts: "My entire team worked so hard all weekend and we had a truck that could run at the front of the pack. It was a racing deal that took us out of the event and something that you can't plan for but we were getting faster with every lap we logged. I am proud of the efforts the GunBroker.com made throughout the Las Vegas weekend and I think we have a lot of momentum and confidence going into Talladega in a couple of weeks."
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Four-time Champion Ron Hornaday Jr. returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in the No. 9 Rheem Silverado, for the running of the Rhino Linings 350, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With all NCWTS on-track action packed into one day, Hornaday and the NTS Team stuck to their game plan for the No. 9 Rheem Chevrolet. Unfortunately, the team elected to work solely on their race trim package for the evening's 146 lap event, sacrificing mock qualifying runs with their veteran driver. Hornaday posted the 18th quickest time during Saturday's opening 75 minute practice session, after turning 15 laps. In the final 75 minute practice session, Hornaday made 21 laps and posted the 19th quickest time.
During NCWTS knockout qualifying, Hornaday posted the 12th quickest time in round one, moving him into the second round, where his first lap time was shown in the 8th spot. However, when a caution was thrown for a competitor's truck spin-out, the lost time consumed by the caution was not added back to the qualifying period under NASCAR rules which denied several teams a chance to improve their times in the caution-shortened second round. This unusual situation left, Hornaday's NTS No.9 Rheem Chevrolet on the outside of row 9 in the 18th place starting position.
When the green flag dropped just shortly after 7:20pm pacific standard time, Hornaday quickly moved inside the top-15 with an early report that his Rheem Chevrolet was a bit on the tight side, but coming around. NASCAR had a competition caution set-up at lap 30, which allowed Hornaday to come down pit road and get four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment to help with the tight conditions and the bounce he was feeling in the corners. Hornaday would restart 15th on lap 35 and continue to work his toward the top-10, before the next caution flag came flew at lap 57. Hornaday would come down pit road once again for four tires, fuel, and additional chassis adjustments, as he could not find a comfortable balance for this Chevy Silverado. The field received the green flag at lap 61, with Hornaday restarting 16th.
Just after halfway, Hornaday reported that the team had fixed the bounce, however his Rheem Chevrolet seemed to be getting loose. With 36 laps to go, Crew Chief, Ryan McKinney called Hornaday in for an unscheduled pit stop under green flag conditions, as both the driver and crew chief felt like they had a tire issue. Once the team completed their pitstop, it was determined that they did in fact have a right rear tire going down. Unfortunately, there would not be enough laps left in the race to recover, as the team lost laps and valuable track position during the green flag stop, and Hornaday would bring home a 20th place finish and three laps behind in his first race since the Bristol NCWTS race on August 20.
From the Driver's Seat with Ron Hornaday: "It was great to be back at the track and I can't thank Rheem and Bob (Newberry) enough for giving me this opportunity. Las Vegas is a great place for a race and we had a lot of fans there to watch us. Unfortunately our team battled the track with a tight set-up most of the race and then had a right rear tire go down late in the race, which cost us a chance to rebound with a good finish."
On top of Box with Crew Chief Ryan McKinney: "It was good to have Ron back in a NTS Truck at Las Vegas. We were not as fast as we expected to be when we unloaded, but the guys worked extremely hard throughout both practices and we felt like the truck was much better and would have some good speed in it. Ron was coming up through the field at the start of the race even though the handling was a little too tight. We made some good adjustments, but had a tire go down on that second run that got us way behind. It definitely was not the finish we were looking for, but we are focused on our speedway truck for Talladega and look to rebound with a strong run there."
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Tyler Young, driver of the No. 02 Young's Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, made his 10th track debut of the 2014 season in Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Young, who has 28 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to date, started a career best 10th for the 17th race on the 2014 schedule, when he was one of only 11 trucks to take time in Round 2 of knockout pole qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Running as high as 10th and as low as 24th throughout the 146-lap event, Young complained of a Silverado that was, "free, but aero tight in traffic." Crew chief Bryan Berry brought the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to pit road under caution for an unscheduled stop at lap 15 to adjust a shock, returning the Midland, Texas native to the race track in the 22nd position. Young broke into the top-20 by lap 60 and maintained ground as he learned his way around the 1.5-mile oval battling a Silverado that was "wrecking loose."
Berry brought the No. 02 machine down pit road for scheduled stops at laps 32, 57 and 113, respectively, for four tires and fuel. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender would continue to battle a loose-handling condition throughout the remainder of the event and cross the stripe 19th, behind race winner, Erik Jones.
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Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, was optimistic entering the 17th race on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule. Taking on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), the sight of his first NCWTS win in 2009 and a track where the ThorSport Racing driver had four top-five finishes in five previous starts, Sauter's odds were favorable that he could make-up a seven point deficit on teammate and point leader Matt Crafton. Unfortunately, a 16th-place starting position foreshadowed a 14th-place finish in Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 at LVMS. The result leaves Sauter second in points, 19 markers behind first-place in the NCWTS driver point battle.
Sauter was forced to start from the 16th position in the 146-lap event when his Tundra didn't make it around the 1.5-mile oval to take the green flag before the 10 minute clock timed out in Round 2 of knockout pole qualifying on Saturday afternoon. As the No. 98 machine was making his way around the famed track in the final moments of the second round, the No. 05 machine spun in Turn 4, bringing out the red flag before the No. 98 could cross the stripe, resulting in a 16th-place starting position for the 18th annual event.
Showing speed and determination in the opening laps, Sauter was scored in the eighth position when the first caution flag was displayed on lap three for a spin in Turn 4. The ThorSport Racing driver continued to maintain a position inside the top-10 complaining that his Tundra was "tight but freeing up a little bit," as the run progressed. Crew chief Jeff Hensley brought the Necedah, Wisc. native to pit road twice under caution for scheduled stops at laps 32 and 57, respectively, for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.
As the night progressed, Sauter fell as far back as 18th in the running order and continued to complain that his Tundra was "sideways loose." Hensley brought the No. 98 machine to pit road for a final scheduled stop under green at lap 110 for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. Sauter would make the best of his Tundra in the final 35 laps to cross the stripe in the 14th position behind race winner, Erik Jones.
Motor Speedway (LVMS) in Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350. Starting seventh, Burton ran as high as second and as low as 17th, but maintained a position inside the top-15 for the first half of the 146-lap event, battling a Toyota Tundra that was "plowing tight" in the opening laps. Crew chief Jeriod Prince brought the ThorSport Racing driver to pit road for scheduled stops at laps 32, 57 and 109, respectively, for four tires and fuel. The Estes driver broke into the top-10 with 25 laps remaining and never looked back. The sophomore driver crossed the stripe in the eighth position behind race winner, Erik Jones. The solid run marked Burton's track best finish in two starts and his sixth top-10 finish of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season.
Quote - Jeb Burton:
"We were just really tight the whole race, but the guys worked really hard, never gave up and we were able to salvage a pretty decent night. This team has made tremendous gains all year and we are right there to have a decent year in points. We just need to keep doing what we're doing, improving, and making gains and we'll get there."
Matt Crafton has been the ideal image for consistency this season, and after Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (LVMS), the JELD-WEN/Menards driver proved why he is in the hunt for a second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) title.
Entering the 17th race on the 2014 NCWTS schedule, Crafton had an average finish of 2.6 on 1.5-mile tracks. The ThorSport Racing driver continued that consistency, finishing third, earning his sixth top-five finish in 14 starts at LVMS. The solid run marked Crafton's 10th top-five finish of the season and allowed the Menards driver to extend his point lead on second-place to 19.
Starting fifth, Crafton maintained a position inside the top-five throughout the 146-lap event fighting a Toyota Tundra that was "plowing tight" in the opening laps. Crew chief Carl "Junior" Joiner brought the No. 88 machine to pit road under caution for scheduled stops at laps 32 and 57, respectively, for four tires and fuel. With 50 laps remaining Crafton was scored as the fastest truck on the track. The Menards driver began knocking off positions one-by-one, eventually leading four laps before bringing his Tundra to pit road for the final scheduled stop, under green, at lap 108 for four tires and fuel. Unfortunately, a slow pit stop would cause Crafton to lose two seconds to the race leader and the No. 88 would be scored third when he returned to the race track with 38 laps remaining. Crafton would maintain his position in the closing laps to finish third behind race winner, Erik Jones.
Ben Kennedy overcame an early pit-road penalty to earn a seventh-place finish in his Las Vegas Motor Speedway debut. After being sent to the tail of the field as penalty for crewmembers going over the wall too soon, Kennedy was forced to rally from the back of the pack and endure an 84-lap green-flag run to earn his sixth top 10 of the season and receive Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the eighth time in 2014.
After running impressive 10th and fourth-fastest lap times in the weekend's two practice sessions, Kennedy laid down the ninth-fastest qualifying lap for a solid top-10 start to the Rhino Linings 350. Leading up to a scheduled competition caution on lap 32, Kennedy's Heater.com Chevrolet transitioned from extremely tight to extremely loose, and the young rookie faded back to 16th. However, just prior to the mandatory trip to pit road, the handling of No. 31 Silverado came to Kennedy, and he informed crew chief Doug George that the truck was great at the end of the run. George called for four tires, fuel and only a slight air-pressure adjustment. Unfortunately, Kennedy's pit crew was cited for going over the wall too soon before the truck entered the pit box for service, and he was sent to the tail of the field for the lap 36 restart. Mired in the 22nd position for the green flag, the slight air-pressure adjustment was all Kennedy needed to be quick at the restart, and with extremely fast lap times, he fought his way into the 10th position before what would ultimately be the last caution flag of the night on lap 57. Kennedy once again received four tires and fuel under yellow, gaining one spot in the pits for the green flag on lap 62. In the final 84 laps, the field remained green until the checkered flag, so the team's final pit stop was made under green-flag conditions on lap 108. With the track temperature cooling dramatically in the desert night, the Heater.com Chevy became tight in the center and loose on entry and exit, so Kennedy's last stop included a track-bar adjustment in addition to four tires and Sunoco race fuel. Kennedy was ninth on the board when he emerged from pit road, but he quickly gained two more positions with lightning-fast lap times. With the field vastly spread out by the long green-flag run, Kennedy was unable to hunt down any more of his competitors by the end of the 146-lap event. The 22-year-old crossed the finish line in the seventh position, making him the top-finishing rookie contender in the race.
Ben Kennedy on Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Today had its ups and downs, but we had a good finish in the end. We had a really fast truck at the end there, but we were so spread out over that long green-flag run that we never had the track position to get all the way to the front. I learned a lot in tonight's race, especially about tire wear. I appreciate the hard work my Turner Scott Motorsports team put in this weekend; today was a very long day, schedule wise. We can feel good going into this two-week break and focus on heading to Talladega. Once we get there, anything can happen."
Kennedy is eighth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings and continues to lead the Rookie of the Year battle. The NCWTS enjoys two off weekends before heading to the biggest track on the circuit, Talladega Superspeedway. The Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola will air live on Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on FOX.
In his third-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), Tayler Malsam and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team had impressive speed throughout the action-packed one-day show, allowing Malsam to score a career-best qualifying position as well as a career-best LVMS finish of ninth at the 1.5-mile track.
Starting the 146-lap race from the third position, the No. 32 Outerwall Chevrolet Silverado became aero tight shortly after the green flag waved, causing Malsam to lose several track positions before the first caution flag waved on lap three. Dropping additional spots after the restart, Malsam told crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that it felt like his right-rear tire was going down. Although the Outerwall Chevy continued to fall back, Malsam wheeled the machine to the best of his ability until the second caution arose on lap 15. Hillman was forced to change his strategy as he called Malsam to pit road to inspect the Silverado; after a thorough look, it was determined that a dirty grille was to blame for the extreme loose conditions of the truck. Taking four new tires and fuel, along with track-bar and wedge adjustments, Malsam rejoined the field just outside the top 20. The scheduled competition caution flag waved on lap 32 and Malsam returned to pit road for two right-side tires and fuel. Continuing to deal with loose handling conditions due to the dirty air, the TSM team helped Malsam gain 11 positions after the quick pit stop, placing the No. 32 Outerwall Chevy in the eighth spot for the restart. By lap 50, Malsam began running lap times as good as the leader. The third caution arose on lap 57 and Hillman called the No. 32 truck back to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. Following the restart, Malsam continued to run consistent lap times with the leader and settled into the top 10 until green-flag pit stops began. Coming to pit road for a quick four-tire stop on lap 108, Malsam rejoined the field outside of the top 10 and began working his way through traffic. Only taking 10 laps for the No. 32 Outerwall Chevy to charge back into the top 10, Malsam was able to maintain position in the final 20 laps to score a ninth-place finish in Sin City. In addition to scoring his career-best finish at the Las Vegas track, this marks Malsam and his TSM team's fourth top-10 finish in eight NCWTS starts this season.
Tayler Malsam on his Run at Las Vegas:
"Today definitely had its ups and downs. We spent most of our practice scuffing tires and getting the truck ready for qualifying since we couldn't really gauge how the track would be under nighttime conditions. These guys did a great job getting our Outerwall Chevy tuned in today. It felt so good to get a third-place starting spot; we've been long overdue for a good qualifying run this season. We struggled tonight racing in dirty air, and it was nearly impossible to get in clean air, since the top had no grip. Hillman, my spotter and this entire Turner Scott Motorsports team did a great job tonight, and I'm pretty happy with a top-10 finish. We've got a few more shots to get a win this season, and I'm more determined than ever to do it."
Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for Rhino Linings 350 Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He captured his second pole of the 2014 season and the fourth in 48 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a lap of 30.722 seconds, 175. 770 mph.
Blaney scored a sixth place finish in the race, his 12th top 10 in 17 races this season. Ryan is third in the NCWTS championship standings, 27 points behind the leader.
Ryan led six of the first seven laps but quickly realized he had his hands full with a tight handling truck. He was running fourth at the time of the competition caution on lap 30 of the 146-lap race. Ryan pitted for four tires and a round of adjustments on lap 32 and restarted eighth when the race went back green on lap 35.
He fought his way up to fifth place when the fourth and final yellow slowed the pace on lap 57. He stopped one lap later for tires and a round of adjustments and lined up seventh for the restart on lap 61. Blaney worked his way up to sixth by lap 68 and stayed there until made his final stop under green on lap 104.
When the cycle was completed, Blaney was fifth. He and Brian Ickler were locked in a tight battle for the position but Blaney's tight handling condition forced him to settle for sixth place.
Reddick made a pit stop during the first caution of the race on lap 4 of the 146-lap event for a major chassis adjustment. He restarted outside the top 20 when the race went green on lap 6 and steadily worked his way forward. Reddick was 12th when the competition caution came out on lap 30. He pitted on lap 32 for four tires and fuel and restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 35.
Tyler had moved up to 11th when he narrowly avoided disaster on lap 57. He drifted up when a truck slowed directly ahead of him in Turn 4 to make a green flag stop. Reddick avoided the slower truck but in doing so brushed into the truck of Jason White, sending White into the wall and bringing out the fourth and final caution of the race. Reddick made extended stays on pit lane on laps 58 and 60 for cosmetic repairs to the right rear of his truck.
Reddick restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 61 and climbed up to 15th place by lap 68. He was 16th when the final pit stop sequence began, this time a green flag cycle that started on lap 104. Tyler was the last of the leaders to pit, taking the lead on lap 112 and pitting for the final time two laps later. By lap 127 he had moved back to 15th place where he would finish.