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William Byron is not old enough to gamble in the Las Vegas casinos and with a win last weekend in the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, now he doesn't have to gamble on the track either. The win makes him the first driver to lock himself into the second round of the Chase. The 18-year-old rookie is now in a position where he does not have to win the next two races, but he still intends to try.
 
Byron has never raced at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, but half of his record-setting six wins this season have come on mile-and-a-half tracks. The Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) intermediate-track program is stout, so Byron hopes to take advantage of that to increase his 16-point lead over second-place Chaser Matt Crafton. Byron's KBM teammate, Christopher Bell, who challenged him for the win last week is also looking to advance to the second round with a win on Saturday night.
 
This weekend the KBM team will be taking a different Liberty University Tundra than they have raced this year. Chassis KBM-028 has not been used since last year when Erik Jones ran five races with it, including one win, 323 laps led and three top-five finishes. The only intermediate track where it ran last year was at Kentucky Speedway where Jones started third and finished second.
 
What are the odds of a rookie winning the NCWTS Championship? Normally that would be considered a longshot, but with six wins already this season, it would not be wise to bet against William Byron.

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For ten months a year, Brad Keselowski, Paige White and their daughter Scarlett travel the country as Keselowski pursues his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.  On Thursday, October 6th, it will not be Keselowski behind the wheel, but rather White as she competes in the 6th annual running of the Better Half Dash at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The Better Half Dash, hosted by Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), has become a staple charity event in the days leading up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 (October 8th).  It is an opportunity for the women of NASCAR to suit up and compete in Bandolero race cars to support causes they are passionate about.  For White, this cause is Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation (CFF).  Joining White and the CFF for the Better Half Dash will be health and wellness company fairlife©.

 On a mission to provide better nutrition for the world, fairlife delivers consumers the protein and calcium they are looking for in their busy lives through nutritious, great tasting milk products.  Keselowski and White have been fairlife fans for the past two years and the product is a fixture in their home and motor coach at NASCAR races.  Daughter Scarlett is the newest member of the fairlife fan club.

"fairlife has been a staple for all three of us, whether at home or on the road" said White.  "We're thrilled fairlife is supporting the Checkered Flag Foundation through the Better Half Dash. It should be a lot of fun as we work together on behalf of our veterans, first responders, and their families. With both Brad and my dad being racers, I am looking forward to taking my turn at the wheel!"

"We were introduced to Brad and Paige at the beginning of this year and learned of their personal story of how they discovered fairlife, how it's integrated into their on-the-go lifestyle, as well as their passion for helping others through the Checkered Flag Foundation," said fairlife Senior Manager of Partnerships, Greg Gerba. "Their authenticity for fairlife and passion for making our communities better resonates with us. Supporting Paige and the Foundation in the Better Half Dash is a great way to continue to introduce our company and family of products to a broader audience."

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NASCAR Next driver and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title contender Alon Day completed a solid a debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series  in the Unoh 175 on Saturday. In what was his first ever NASCAR start on a 1-mile oval, the Israeli brought the #71 FLwaterfront.com Chevrolet Silverado to the 24th position under the checkered flag at the end of cosistent, clean race.

“I feel good after my first oval experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Going there as a rookie, the goal was to learn as much as possible and stay out of trouble and we accomplished it,” said Day. “Contreras Motorsport did a great job making my oval debut as easy as possible and I am sure in the next races we will become better and better. I am so thankful for the opportunity FLwaterfront.com gave me, putting me behind the wheel of the #71 truck. We are still planning to race at Texas, but at the same time we are still working on sponsorship and I hope to be back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series soon.”

With a track to learn and a truck to get to know, Day focused mainly on race pace in practice and ended up 26th and 27th in his first sessions at the Magic Mile at the wheel of the truck fielded by Contreras Motorsports. 

After setting his fastest lap of the weekend in first ever qualifying run in a NCWTS truck and 27th, Day worked all race long on his pace, improving lap after lap and finishing a solid 24th under the checkered flag. The 24-year-old gained valuable experience in his first oval race overseas and looks forward to move to a bigger track in the near future to continue his learning process and be able to compete at Daytona International Speedway in 2017.

Day’s next race will be at Circuit Zolder, in Belgium, for the American Festival Circuit Zolder NASCAR Finals on October 8-9. The Tel Aviv resident is contending for the Euro NASCAR title at the wheel of the #54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS and has to gain 29 points on championship leader Anthony Kumpen. With double points awarded in each of the two final races of the season, Day will have only one plan to clinch the NWES title: win both races as he did in 2015.

“All my efforts will go into this weekend, to be as prepared as I can for the last round of Whelen Euro Series and try to repeat our result from 2015. It will be 110% all weekend long!” said the Israeli.

The American Festival Circuit Zolder NASCAR Finals will be streamed live on Fanschoice.TV. Live updates from the track will also be available on the NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live page, the @EuroNASCAR twitter account and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.

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Townley Set to Defend Race Win in Las Vegas

Written by Monday, 26 September 2016 07:44

John Wes Townley heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week with his sights set on successfully defending his victory in last fall’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the 1.5-mile oval in the desert.

Townley’s No. 05 Jive Communications/Zaxby’s Chevrolet has shown plenty of speed this season on NASCAR’s intermediate tracks, evidenced by pole positions at Kansas Speedway and Michigan International Speedway and a second-place start at Chicagoland Speedway a week ago.

His next goal is to capitalize on that speed over the long haul and put himself in position to be the first driver to cross the finish line.

“The Truck race at Chicago last week reminded me of our win at Las Vegas last year,” Townley said. “We had plenty of speed throughout the race and put ourselves in contention to race for the win at the end.

“Our Athenian Motorsports team has been working overtime going over our Vegas truck, so I know we’ll have something for the field when we unload our Chevrolet.”

Townley’s biggest victories have come on two of racing’s grandest stages.

“I’ve won at Daytona twice in ARCA and that was huge,” Townley said. “But winning in the Truck Series at Las Vegas last year was just as important to me.

“There’s just something special about winning in Vegas with all the glitz and glamour there and the huge crowds they draw. I can’t wait to get on the track on Saturday and give our #JiveRacing Chevrolet a great run.

“This is a home race for Jive Communications, which is based in Salt Lake City. They’ll have a lot of folks at the track on Saturday. I’d like nothing more than to take them to victory lane.”

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Tyler Reddick New Hampshire 2016 Recap

Written by Sunday, 25 September 2016 15:30
Tyler Reddick enjoyed a rock solid performance in the Granite State Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Reddick (@TylerReddick) scored a fourth-place finish in the UNOH 175, his fifth top five of the season and first in four races at New Hampshire.  He moved up to 10th-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship standings, six points behind ninth place.
 
The driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 started fourth and ran inside the top 10 during the opening segment of the 175-lap race. Four cautions slowed the pace during the first 53 laps of the race.  Reddick was 10th at the time of the lap 53 yellow and told his team that his Ford F-150 was free on entry and tight in the middle of the corners. He stopped on lap 54 for right-side tires and adjustments and restarted seventh on lap 58. 
 
Despite a tight-handling truck, Reddick held his own during the next run, a 45-lap green flag stretch that was interrupted by the expiration of the Caution Clock on lap 104. He pitted on lap 105 for right-side tires, adjustments and fuel - a move by crew chief Doug Randolph that was designed to gain track position.  Reddick vaulted up to second place when the race restarted on lap 109.
 
As the run progressed, Reddick settled into fourth place and maintained the position through two restarts (laps 119 and 136).  Over the final 40 laps, Reddick led Timothy Peters and Cole Custer as the trio raced battled for the fourth position. Reddick consistently maintained a two-truck-length advantage over his rivals as the laps ticked away. Peters and Custer would briefly close the distance as Reddick worked through lapped traffic, but the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 motored away once he had clear race track.      

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Daniel Hemric New Hampshire 2016 Recap

Written by Sunday, 25 September 2016 15:29
A cut tire had devastating consequences for Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) and the No. 19 Blue Gate Bank team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 
 
Hemric was running in the top 15 and was hoping to have a solid day in the first race of the inaugural NASAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chase when a flat tire just 26 laps into the event caused major damage and required a trip to the garage, relegating the team to a 28th-place finish.
 
After Hemric took the green flag from the 13th position, two back-to-back cautions in the opening laps of the race made it difficult for him to assess the handling of his No. 19 Blue Gate Bank Ford F-150. Hemric had worked his way up to the 11th position when the race went green for the third time on lap 17, and he relayed to crew chief Chad Kendrick that he couldn't get into the corners as hard as he needed to. With that information, team began to strategize the changes they would make during their first opportunity to visit pit road. 
 
Unfortunately, on lap 26, Hemric keyed up the radio to report that he had a tire that had gone flat, which resulted in him spinning out in Turn 1. Hemric avoided making any contact or damage, but his left-rear tire was destroyed as he limped to pit road, causing a small fire in the wheel well and resulting in major damage to the Blue Gate Bank machine. 
 
Hemric was forced to visit the garage so the team could repair a brake cooler line and replace the left-rear caliper. Returning to the racetrack 33 laps down and in the 30th position, Hemric was able to pick up two more positions before retiring to the garage in the 28th spot.

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The opening round of the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase format began with an eighth-place finish for Brett Moffitt and the No. 11 Red Horse Racing team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 11 team, which has featured five drivers in 2016, including Moffitt, earned a berth in the Owners' Chase by virtue of the Iowan's first-career victory at Michigan International Speedway in August. After advancing to the final round of qualifying, Moffitt took the green flag in the UNOH 175 from the sixth starting spot. Moffitt held his ground inside the top 10 on the first race run, amidst three cautions and subsequent restarts, and came to pit road under a lap 53 yellow. Under that caution, crew chief Scott Zipadelli made a track bar adjustment to aid his driver's tight condition on corner exit to complement two tires and fuel. While running 11th at the end of the race's longest green flag run on lap 104, Moffitt came to put road under yellow for four tires and more chassis changes to aid his balance.  Restarting 16th on the ensuing restart, Moffitt took advantage of every opportunity given to dig his way back into the top 10 by lap 130. As the race's final restart came on lap 137, Moffitt used the outside lane to complete a three-wide pass to take the eighth position, where he would run until the checkered flag. The finish has the No. 11 team fifth on the Chase Grid in the Owners' Championship standings, three points ahead of the cutoff.
 
Start - 6
Finish - 8
Owner Points Position - 5
Laps Led - 0
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
"We really battled all afternoon with the balance and couldn't ever get the tightness out of it. Scott Zipadelli (crew chief) and this No. 11 team really threw everything we had at it today to try to get the truck turning, and gain track position. We never got all the way there, but I'm proud of the effort and appreciate all the work this team has put in. The restarts were so critical today. We were fortunate to gain spots on most of the restarts, because it was hard to make up a whole lot of time under green. The finish wasn't totally what we wanted, but it's a solid start to the Owners' Chase for (owner) Tom DeLoach and these guys on the No. 11."

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Timothy Peters earned a top-five finish in the first race of the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. In two practice sessions on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Peters posted the 13th-fastest lap in the first and seventh-fastest lap in the final practice. During three rounds of knockout, group qualifying, Peters transferred to the final round to earn a front row starting spot for the UNOH 175. Under sunny autumn skies, Peters battled a tight handling condition in traffic on his No. 17 Red Horse Racing Tundra. On his first pit stop on lap 53, the No. 17 team gave him four fresh Goodyear tires and a tank full of Sunoco fuel, and Peters would restart in the ninth position. Peters was able to remain in the top-10 and soon would climb back into the top five following a two-tire stop under caution on lap 105. Even though crew chief Shane Huffman continued to make adjustments, Peters battled a tight condition throughout the afternoon, but the veteran driver was able to capitalize on an outside lane restart position in several late race caution periods to gain track position and finish fifth.
 
Start - 2
Finish - 5
Driver Points Position - 5
Owner Points Position - 9
Laps Led - 0
 
Timothy Peters Quote:
"I'm happy with the finish that we brought home. I wish we could have won the race starting on the front row, but Shane (Huffman, crew chief) and the guys fought for me all day long getting the balance better than we started there towards the end. We still needed our Tundra to turn just a little bit better, but all in all we were able to get restarts and that's where all the track position came from. With anybody throughout the day, it was very hard to pass, so we had two good restarts and were able to put ourselves in a top-five position and come away with a good points day."

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Christopher Bell and the SiriusXM Racing team proved that they are going to be a 'sirius' contender for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with a runner-up finish in the inaugural race of the Chase for the Championship in NASCAR's third division. Bell led once for 11 laps and spent most of the day in the second spot chasing his Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) teammate and race winner William Byron.  With 10 laps remaining Bryon's No. 9 Tundra had developed a 2.5 second lead on the No. 4 Tundra, but as the two Toyota drivers negotiated heavy lap traffic in the closing laps Bell dug deep and was able to close to within five truck lengths of his teammate, but in the end crossed the stripe 0.4 seconds behind.
 
"Everyone at KBM did an awesome job this weekend," said Bell of the one-two finish for the organization. "We tested here last month and it proved to be very helpful for all three of our Tundras. I'm really proud of that because we've tested at three race tracks that we've raced at so far and all three of the KBM trucks have been outstanding at all three. We were the second-best truck here and just needed more laps to chase the 9 (William Byron) down at the end. Have to thank Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and all the guys on this No. 4 SirusXM Toyota team for all their hard work and thankful to Toyota, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and JBL for everything they do as a partner for our team."
 
Bell started the 175-lap race from the third position, but was able to maneuver his way into the second spot in the early stages of the event. The Oklahoma native remained in the runner-up position when the fourth caution of the day slowed the field on lap 52. Crew Chief Jerry Baxter summoned his driver to pit road where the No. 4 SiriusXM over-the-wall crew put on fresh right side tires, filled their Tundra with fuel and returned their driver to the track scored in the second spot for the restart on lap 57.
 
The talented youngster made quick work of KBM teammate Cody Coughlin, who pitted earlier in the race and stayed out under caution, to take the lead. Once out front, another caution flew on lap 59. Bell would hold serve on the ensuing restart and remain out front until lap 69 when Byron, who received four fresh tires on the previous stop was able to make his way back out front.
 
Byron and Bell remained one-two in the running order until the caution clock expired on lap on lap 103. The rookie of the year contender communicated to his veteran crew chief that his SiriusXM Tundra was "really good, but a little tight," as the leaders were ready to pit for the final time. Baxter ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop with a minor trackbar adjustment and when the over-the-wall crew had completed service the No. 4 Toyota returned to the track maintaining the runner-up spot.
 
During the next green-flag run the open-wheel dirt standout communicated that his truck was "a little free," as he fell back to the fourth position when the field was slowed for the seventh time on lap 115. Bell's Tundra slowly came to him during the next run and he was able to work his way back up to the runner-up position with 50 laps remaining.
 
The final caution of the race flew on lap 128 and gave Bell the chance to line up beside his KBM teammate for the lap-135 restart. As he had proven all day, Byron was just a little bit stronger and slowly pulled out to a 2.2 second lead with 25 laps remaining. As the race proceeded caution free, the No. 4 was able to maneuver through lap traffic more efficiently, but in the end it was the No. 9 team from KBM that was able to secure the victory in the first-ever Chase race in the Truck Series and advance to the Round of 6.
 
Byron picked up his sixth win of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, a record for a rookie in NASCAR's third division, and the ninth for KBM as an organization in 2016. Bell finished in the runner-up position 0.446 seconds behind his teammate. Matt Crafton, Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters rounded out the top-five finishers.
 
Coughlin was running in the top five when he ran out of fuel with just over 50 laps remaining and ended the day in the 20th position with his No. 51 JEGS Tundra.
 
The first race of the Truck Series Chase featured eight cautions for a total of 41 laps. There were three lead changes among three drivers, with a KBM Tundra leading all 175 laps, including 11 by Bell.
 
Bell improved one position in the championship standings and currently ranks third with two races remaining in the Round of 8 of the inaugural Truck Series Chase. As it stands, the top five in points will advance to the round of 6 following the final event of the Round of 8 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, with Byron earning an automatic bid via his win today at "The Magic Mile." Each driver that wins in the next two races will also advance to the Round of 6.
 
Bell will be back behind the wheel of the No. 4 DC Solar Tundra when the Truck Series resumes action Saturday, Oct. 1 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Live coverage of the DC Solar 350 begins with the NCWTS Setup show at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

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William Byron punched his ticket to the second round of the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chase on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by winning the first race in the seven-race Chase. Not only did Byron win, he dominated in his No. 9 Liberty University Tundra leading 161 of 175 laps. In fact, the only other drivers to lead any laps in the race were his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammates Christopher Bell & Cody Coughlin.
 
The day started off with Byron claiming his first pole position of the season. He had started first other times this year, but that was always because qualifying was canceled due to rain. This was the first time Byron had actually posted the fastest lap to get the top spot. After starting first, he never looked back once the green flag dropped.
 
Byron pulled away from the field and did not give up the lead until everyone pitted under caution on lap 54. He was only beaten out of the pits by teams who took two tires versus his four. With four fresh tires it did not take him long to work his way back up front again.
 
With a decent lead in the closing laps, the only thing Byron did not want to see was another caution and luckily the race remained green for him to win his sixth race of his rookie season. He is the third Tundra driver to win six or more races in a single NCWTS season, joining his owner Kyle Busch and Matt Crafton.
 
"We got redemption from last week at Chicago," Byron said. "I just can't thank these KBM guys enough. Everybody on this Liberty University Tundra team has been doing a great job all season and to get a win now when it really counts in the Chase feels so good. I was so down on myself last week making that mistake early in the race, so to come back and get this win is really, really good for our team."
 
Following Byron across the finish line were KBM teammate Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters rounded out the top five. Teammate Cody Coughlin finished 20th after running out of fuel earlier in the race. Byron continues to lead the Chase driver point standings by 16 points with six races to go.

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