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Matt Crafton - 2016 Michigan Recap

Written by Sunday, 28 August 2016 18:51
Matt Crafton Race Recap:
Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Great Lakes/Menards Toyota Tundra, made his 15th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Saturday afternoon's Careers for Veterans 200. Showing speed in both practice sessions, the ThorSport Racing driver qualified on the outside pole for the 100-lap event, led the field four times for 23 laps, and finished seventh. The top-10 result was the ThorSport Racing driver's fifth top-10 finish at the 2-mile speedway, and his 10th top-10 in 14 starts this season.
 
Starting second, Crafton took the lead at lap one, and led the field for 12 of the first 20 laps of the 100 lap event. Complaining of a Toyota Tundra that was, "free on entry, and snug off," the two-time Champion fell to fourth by the first caution at lap 32. Crew chief Carl "Junior" Joiner brought the No. 88 machine to pit road three times during the 100-lap event at lap 32, for four tires, and fuel, under the second caution at lap 46, for fuel only, and under the fourth caution, at lap 64, for four tires, and fuel. Restarting inside the top-15 with just over 30 laps remaining, the Menards drivers utilized the draft and avoided three major accidents with the leaders, to finish seventh behind race winner, Brett Moffitt.  

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Rico Abreu - 2016 Michigan Recap

Written by Sunday, 28 August 2016 18:50
Rico Abreu Race Recap:
Rico Abreu, driver of the No. 98 Safelite/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, made his track debut at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Careers for Veterans 200. Showing speed in both practice sessions, Abreu qualified 15th, ran as high as third, and finished 13th.
 
Starting 15th, Abreu battled a loose Toyota Tundra in the opening laps, but maintained a position inside the top-15 for the races first 30 laps. Crew chief Doug George brought the No. 98 machine to pit road, under the first caution at lap 32, for four tires, and fuel, under the second caution at lap 46, for fuel only, and due to contact on pit road with the 02 truck, George brought the rookie driver back down pit road for a final time under the third caution at lap 52, for fuel only, and to check for damage on the Safelite machine.
 
Restarting 21st at lap 55, Abreu worked his way up to 18th by lap 60, and stayed out during a caution at lap 64, when most of the leaders opted to pit, allowing the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to break into the top-10 by lap 70. With a Tundra that was, "tight in traffic, and wrecking loose off the corners," Abreu lost track position late in the 100 lap event, but he was able to hold on to a top-15 position, finishing 13th behind race winner, Brett Moffitt.

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Cameron Hayley - 2016 Michigan Recap

Written by Sunday, 28 August 2016 18:48
Cameron Hayley Race Recap:
Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 RIDE TV Toyota Tundra, made his second career start at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Careers for Veterans 200. Starting 14th, Hayley ran as high as second, fighting a tight Toyota Tundra, and finished fifth in the 100-lap event. The top-five result was Hayley's track-best finish in two starts at the 2-mile speedway, and his fourth top-five in 14 starts this season.
 
Starting 14th, the ThorSport Racing driver maintained a position inside the top-15 through the first 50 laps. Crew chief Eddie Troconis brought the RIDE TV Tundra to pit road under the first caution at lap 32 for four tires, and fuel, under the second caution at lap 46 for fuel only, and under the fourth caution at lap 64 for two tires, and fuel. In the final 35 laps, Hayley utilized the draft and survived three accidents with the front-runners to finish a track-best fifth behind race winner, Brett Moffitt.
 
Cameron Hayley Quote:
"Our three ThorSport Tundra's were lined up and we were trying to stay lined up because we knew that was the only way we could catch that lead pack, and challenge for the win. We got pretty aggressive at the end - a lot of drafting and a lot of side-drafting. Overall a great run for our RIDE TV Tundra, but came up a little short on the setup. Top-five is great, but we need a win right now."

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Tyler Reddick Michigan 2016 Recap

Written by Sunday, 28 August 2016 15:29
The strategy for Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) entering Saturday's Careers For Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway was simple: win.  Reddick was in position to do just that when contact with another competitor ended those hopes 31 laps from the finish.
 
Reddick's weekend started well with two strong practice sessions on sunny and warm Friday afternoon (he was first in final practice) and he backed up his practice speed with a solid eighth-place qualifying effort on Saturday morning.
 
A summer afternoon thunderstorm delayed the initial start of the race by two and a half hours.  Once the race started, Reddick was wrestling a loose-handling Ford F-150.  He was 17th in the running order when the Caution Clock expired on lap 32, bringing out the first yellow of the race.  Reddick pitted on lap 33 for four tires and adjustments and restarted in 16th-place when the race went green on lap 36.
 
During the next run, the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 was still a bit loose.  Reddick was 13th at the time of the second caution on lap 46. He pitted one lap later for fuel only and a track-bar adjustment and lined up in 11th when the race went green on lap 50.
 
Reddick was up to eighth-place at the time of the third caution on lap 52.  He pitted for four tires and adjustments on lap 53 and topped off his fuel tank on lap 54 with hopes of stretching his mileage to the end of the race, but still needed a few laps - one more yellow - to ensure they could make it.
 
That yellow came on lap 64.  Reddick was up to the eighth position and stayed on the track while most of the leaders pitted, moving him up to second-place when the race went green.
 
On lap 69, Reddick made contact with Johnny Sauter as he aggressively moved to get in line at the exit of Turn 4.  The contact forced Reddick into the outside wall, damaging his race truck. He made multiple pit stops for repairs during the next two cautions, losing a lap in the process, but returned to the lead lap thanks to the free pass during the sixth caution on lap 76.  Reddick was credited with a 19th-place finish and is 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 51 points behind the final Chase cutoff position.     

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Daniel Hemric Michigan 2016 Recap

Written by Sunday, 28 August 2016 15:28
Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) continued his fight for his first-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win, in addition to a spot in the first-ever NCWTS Chase, in a rain-delayed race at Michigan International Speedway. Smart driving and clever pit strategy by the No. 19 Draw-Tite team allowed Hemric to earn his fifth third-place finish of 2016 and maintain his Chase berth with only two races remaining in the regular season.
 
Barely missing the final round of knockout qualifying, Hemric took the green flag from the 13th-place position. Struggling initially with a Ford F-150 that was extremely free on entry, Hemric was in the 15th position when crew chief Chad Kendrick made the call to visit pit road just seconds before the expiration of the caution clock on lap 32. Providing Hemric with right-side tires, an air-pressure adjustment and fuel, Kendrick's strategy put his driver in the lead when green-flag racing resumed on lap 36.
 
Despite having clean air in front of him, Hemric's Draw-Tite Ford was still extremely loose, and when the yellow flag waved for the second time on lap 46, he came down pit road for left-side tires, fuel and another air-pressure adjustment. 
 
Going green from the 11th position on lap 50, the field was slowed by a caution once again on lap 52. Kendrick made the call to "hit the reset button" on the truck's handling and requested his driver for service once again, providing him with four fresh tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment.
 
Restarting at the back of the pack, Hemric had navigated his way up to 16th before the caution flag waved on lap 64, despite having a truck that he referred to as "stupid loose." 
 
Kendrick called his driver to pit road for one final stop, opting only to add a splash of gas and make a major track-bar adjustment. The quick stop put the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 in the eighth spot for the restart, and Hemric was able to break into the top five by lap 69. A string of yellows and long cleanups followed, but by the final restart with seven laps to go, Hemric was scored in the fourth position. 
 
The final shootout was a dramatic and challenging one, but Hemric managed to gain one more position before crossing the finish line in the third position. Hemric remains second in the NCWTS standings, 36 points behind the leader, and continues to occupy the seventh spot on the Chase grid.

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After leading a race high 42 laps, Timothy Peters finished second, and completed a 1-2 sweep for Red Horse Racing in the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Peters' second-career runner-up result at MIS keeps him eighth on the Chase grid with two races remaining before the Chase for the Camping World Truck Series championship. The 100-lap contest began from the fourth position for Peters, and he quickly asserted himself as the truck to beat, taking the lead on lap six. Peters radioed crew chief Shane Huffman that his Toyota Tundra was slightly on the tight side, and the team countered with slight adjustments on a lap 33 caution. The Danville, Virginia native regained the lead on lap 24, and would pace the field on two more occasions. Peters ran in the top five for the lion's share of the afternoon, and withstood numerous challenges and a barrage of caution flags to stay in contention in the second half of the race. Peters' final stint out front lasted from laps 84 to 98, and he found himself in a three-way dogfight for the lead on the final lap. The ten-time NCWTS race winner would cross the line .098 seconds behind his teammate, Brett Moffitt. The result gave Red Horse Racing its first 1-2 finish since Peters finished second to John King at Daytona International Speedway in 2012.
 
Start - 4
Finish - 2
Driver Points Position - 3
Owner Points Position - 3
Laps Led - 42
 
Timothy Peters Quote:
"It was a good day for Red Horse Racing - congrats to Brett Moffitt with our one-two finish. I wish I would have won, but all in all the company brings a trophy back. The 9 (William Byron) locked onto our bumper there and pushed us really hard down into turn three, but we had to do all we could do to stay in front, but good effort by everybody at Red Horse Racing, Shane Huffman (crew chief), the pit crew, Toyota, Triad Engines - just tough to swallow right there, but it felt good to run like we did all day.

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Brett Moffitt Wins at Michigan

Written by Sunday, 28 August 2016 10:45
Brett Moffitt continued to impress and picked up his first career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in the Careers for Veterans 200. In his last three starts, the 24-year-old has finished third, second and first. Moffitt posted the fourth and second-fastest times respectively in two practice sessions on Friday. In two rounds of single-truck knockout qualifying, Moffitt transferred to the final round to earn the sixth starting position for the 100-lap event in the No. 11 Toyota Tundra. The start of the race was delayed due to inclement weather, but the green flag flew under sunny skies. Moffitt moved into the top-five by lap 20. Under caution for the first time on lap 32 for the expiration of the caution clock, crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Moffitt to pit road for four Goodyear tires and a full tank of Sunoco fuel. The Iowa native reported that the No. 11 Tundra was a little loose into the corner and a little tight off the corner. Moffitt restarted in the 10th position, but quickly began moving to the front of the field. Under a subsequent caution on lap 46, Moffitt hit pit road to top off with fuel. After restarting in the sixth position, Moffitt immediately moved into the fourth position and on lap 62, he took the third position. Under caution on lap 63, Zipadelli called him to pit road for two right side tires and fuel. In the remaining 37 laps, Moffitt continued to run in the top-five, taking second place with three to go. On the white flag lap, Moffitt passed teammate Timothy Peters, and recorded his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, in just six starts.
 
Start - 6
Finish - 1
Owner Points Position - 6
Laps Led - 1
 
Brett Moffitt Quotes:                                          
What does this win mean to you?
"This has been huge. At the beginning of the year we didn't have anything on the schedule. Coming here and these guys give me such good race trucks week in and week out. I knew it was just a matter of time. Honestly, during the race I didn't think it was going to be our day. It was just tough out there with the draft, but what an amazing finish. It couldn't have worked out any better for us. I can't thank Tom DeLoach (team owner) and everybody at Red Horse Racing enough and Camping World for putting this on."
 
How important is this win for you moving forward?
"Winning is awesome, no matter what the circumstance is. Last week finishing second was really frustrating for me because I have a short timetable to get the job done and I knew everyone was impressed with the runs we were having and happy, but for my sake I needed to go out there and win. This was our job to get the 11 truck in the owner's championship and we did that and hopefully we can get another win next week and hopefully some more doors open down the road. All in all it's been a great opportunity and a lot of fun racing when you have the right tools for the job and our partners with Toyota and Tom (DeLoach, team owner) give us those tools and me and Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) are just able to make the most of it." 

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Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn looked more like a race at Daytona. With drafting playing a big role and side-by-side racing all day, the drivers put on quite a show for the fans. William Byron had a shot at winning his sixth race of the season, but was shuffled back to fourth on the final lap of the race.
  
After over a two-hour delay due to rain just before the race, the 100-lap event finally went green with Byron starting his Liberty University Tundra in third place. He and fellow Toyota driver Timothy Peters battled for the lead early, until a series of cautions put the teams on different pit strategies.
 
Crew chief Rudy Fugle gambled on pit strategy at the halfway point of the race. While under caution he called Byron to pit road for four tires and fuel just before the race resumed, which dropped him back to 25th for the restart on lap 56. With a fast Tundra, Byron did not stay back there for long. In less than 10 laps he was back in the top 10, and another caution on lap 64 played right into the team's strategy. While many of the leaders had to pit for tires, Byron was able to stop for fuel only which put him back onto the track in fourth place.
 
Things got wild in the final 30 laps of the race as several trucks wrecked in different incidents while running up front. The final restart came with eight laps to go and once again Byron battled Peters for the lead. Byron had the lead on the final lap as he and Peters raced side-by-side for the win. Suddenly Peters' teammate Brett Moffitt got a run and passed both of them. Byron crossed the finish line in fourth place.
 
"It was pretty good, I think we just had to go there when we got side-by-side with the 17 (Timothy Peters), so I had to try to make that work and we were side drafting really hard," Byron said. "Fourth is good and I'm happy for Brett (Moffitt), that was a great win. With the drafting out there, it's pretty crazy. I had a fast Liberty University Tundra and hopefully we can get a win at Mosport next weekend."
 
Moffitt won his first Truck Series race, followed by Peters, Daniel Hemric, Byron and Cameron Hayley rounded out the top five. KBM's Christopher Bell was 24th after a late-race accident going for the lead and Cody Coughlin was 20th. Byron continues to lead the rookie standings, as well as the driver point standings.

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In a race where drafting was paramount, Tyler Young utilized several late race restarts in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Michigan International Speedway to vault to 10th place finish in the rain-delayed Careers for Veterans 200.

Making his first start since Eldora Speedway last month, Young and his Young’s Motorsports team utilized Friday’s practice sessions at the two-mile oval to dial in their No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco Chevrolet Silverado posting the 21st and 18th quickest laps respectively.

Content with the balance of their race truck, Young maneuvered the 21st quickest lap in single-truck qualifying on Saturday morning. Although the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team wanted a better starting position, they felt confident in their truck capabilities of hustling in the draft.

Shortly before the start of the Careers for Veterans 200, Mother Nature rolled in and darkened the skies causing lightning and torrential rain to delay the event for nearly two and a half hours.

When the green flag flew shortly before 4:00 p.m. local time, Young quickly began picking off positions, one at a time moving as high as 17th before the driver radioed to crew chief Andrew Abbott that his truck was free on entry and tight in the center.

Young would have to wait until the expiration of the caution clock on Lap 31 for tires, fuel and an adjustment.

Restarting 20th, Young reported that his truck initially lost grip on the restart causing him to backslide a few positions. When a caution waved a lap shy of the halfway mark, Young pitted again for fuel only and two rounds on the track bar, hoping to correct the team’s handling issue.

Racing resumed with Young 22nd where he held the position following another quick caution for debris in Turn 1. With Abbott realizing the potential that the race could play out into a fuel-mileage race, he brought his driver back down pit road to top off the tank.

Making quick work of the competition on a Lap 56 restart, Young would climb to 20th, before a Lap 70 caution would bring the Midland, Texas native down pit road for his final stop.

With fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment to help with his looseness, Young would begin his charge through the front. Utilizing the draft and with help from spotter Rocky Ryan he was able to avoid a two-truck incident ahead.

Restarting with 17 laps to go, Young would again press forward and avoid another incident ahead of him to move into 11th. An eight lap shootout saw Young take advantage of Austin Wayne Self on the restart and climb to 10th where he was able to hold off Bristol winner Ben Kennedy for his second top-10 finish of the season at the checkered flag.

Tyler Young Quote:

“It felt really good to be back and to come back the way we did with a top-10 finish, I’m ecstatic.

“You can compare Michigan to a third restrictor plate track where the draft was crucial and trust with you spotter was everything. We had a good truck. We kept working on it throughout practice and through qualifying I felt like we were going to be in good shape for the race.

“We had some handling issues during the race, but Andrew (Abbott, crew chief) made some good calls and we kept tweaking on our No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco Chevrolet Silverado getting it best for when it counted most.

“The draft was crazy there at the end, but we played it smart, stayed in line and earned a 10th place finish. I’m stoked. We’ll go back to the shop and keep working on it and hope we can get a few more top-10 finishes before the end of the year.”

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Christopher Bell ran inside the top five for the majority of Saturday's Careers for Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, but was relegated to a 24th-place finish after crashing while making a pass for the lead with 25 laps remaining. Bell bobbled as he dove under Cole Custer while entering Turn 3 and spun up the track into the path of Spencer Gallagher. The front of Gallagher's truck plowed through the back of the JBL Tundra and ended both driver's days prematurely.
 
Despite the disappointing finish, Bell locked himself into the eight-driver field for the inaugural Truck Series chase with Brett Moffit's win. The driver of the No. 4 JBL Tundra is one of six full-time drivers to collect a victory this season and with only two races remaining every full-time competitor with at least one victory is assured a spot in the elimination-style playoffs.
 
"I'm just really bummed for everybody that works on this JBL Toyota No. 4 team," Bell said. "We had a really fast Tundra today and I felt like I did a really good job all race just biding my time, I knew I had a really good Tundra. Just trying to take care of it and I got the opportunity there late in the race and still had a lot of race left and probably should have waited a little bit. I had the opportunity, tried to take it and it didn't work out."
 
After rain delayed the start of the race for over two hours, Bell rolled off from the fifth position. He was scored in the third position when the caution clock expired on lap 32. Crew chief Jerry Baxter summoned his driver to pit road where the JBL over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop. The No. 4 Tundra returned to the track scored in the third position for the lap-35 restart.
 
Bell was scored in the runner-up position when a two-truck accident slowed the field for the second time on lap 45. He visited pit road for a fuel-only stop and was scored in the third spot for the ensuing restart. During the next green-flag run he communicated that the JBL Tundra was "really good, just a little free when tucked up on someone" as he continued to occupy the runner-up spot.
 
A single-truck accident brought out the fourth caution of the event on lap 63. When pit road opened, the Oklahoma native came down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. With several teams take just fuel or two tires, Bell was scored in the 14th position when the field went back green on lap 68.
 
Bell rocketed up the outside lane and in one lap advanced 10 positions. He was scored in the third position when the fifth caution of the event occurred with 30 laps remaining. The field went back green on lap 73 and the JBL Tundra was tucked in behind Custer down the backstretch with 25 laps remaining and tried to use his momentum to take the lead into Turn 3 when the accident happened and ended his day.
 
Moffitt picked up the first win of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career. Timothy Peters finished 0.098 seconds behind his Red Horse Racing teammate in the runner-up position. Daniel Hemric finished third and Bell's KBM teammate William Byron came home fourth. Cameron Hayley rounded out the top-five. Cody Coughlin had an engine issue while running inside the top 10 late in the race and was relegated to a 20th-place finish.
 
Bell fell two positions to seventh in the Truck Series championship standings and ended his streak of consecutive top-10 finishes at six.
 
The 14th race of the 2016 season featured seven cautions for a total of 36 laps. There were 17 lead changes among eight drivers.
 
Bell will be back behind the wheel of the No. 4 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series resumes action Sunday, Sept. 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Live coverage of the 64-lap event begins with the NCWTS Setup show at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

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