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Officials from AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing in a collaboration with Bolen Motorsports announced today that ARCA Racing Series newcomer Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) will pull double duty at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway next weekend competing in both the ARCA and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races on July 28 and 29 respectively.
Fontaine, 19, will make his return to the Truck Series since making his debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last October aboard the No. 66 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Tundra.
This season, the Asheville, N.C. native has been competing in the ARCA Racing Series aboard the No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota.
Currently, Fontaine sits 14th in the championship standings despite missing four races after suffering a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae during a late-race accident in the ARCA season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 18.
ProMATIC Automation Inc., which specializes in the design and build of custom factory automation equipment will also expand its partnership for Pocono and serve as the title partner for both races.
“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to compete in both the ARCA and Truck races next weekend at Pocono,” said Fontaine. “Both AM and Win-Tron Racing are giving me equipment that I’m confident that I can show my capabilities as a driver, while offering the chance to bring the most exposure possible to our marketing partners.”
In June, Fontaine made his Pocono ARCA debut, but his finish was hindered after being forced to pit under green flag conditions late in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200, finishing 21st.
Still, the avid late model racer believes his prior experience at the 2.5-mile triangle will be a benefit when he attempts to compete 300 miles around the “Tricky Triangle.”
“The more laps I made around Pocono Raceway, the more comfortable I became," added Fontaine. "I learned very quickly that Pocono is a rhythm track and I believe that competing in both the ARCA and Truck races will allow me to stay in that rhythm and provide an opportunity to have two good finishes.”
“I know the Truck Series field is very tough right now, but if we can keep our truck clean and leave Pocono with a top-20 finish, that’s a finish that we can build on for hopefully another opportunity later in the year.”
AM Racing team principal Tim Self orchestrated the collaborative effort with Bolen Motorsports for the upcoming Pocono Mountains 150. Self, a successful entrepreneur from Austin, Tex. says Fontaine has worked hard not only to recover from a serious back injury, but to become a better race car driver since his return to the seat last month.
"I’m very proud of the gains that Justin has made this season,” noted Self. “Since coming to AM Racing last fall, he has done a great job of preserving through adversity while continuing to work on becoming a better driver both on and off the track. I’m confident that he’ll be able to tackle his greatest challenges yet at Pocono and excel and make everyone at AM Racing proud.”
Veteran industry leader Bill Henderson will lead Fontaine’s effort as crew chief in both events next weekend.
In addition to ProMATIC Automation, Fontaine will have additional marketing partnership support from Accu-Tech, Snap Track, AM Technical Solutions, Superior Essex and Legrand for his second career NCWTS start.
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AUSTIN CINDRIC BREAKDOWN
By the end of final practice, Briscoe and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. had their Ford F-150 right where they wanted it for Wednesday night’s Dirty Derby. Unfortunately, with moments remaining in the session, Briscoe jumped the dirt track’s cushion and made hard contact with the outside wall, nearly flipping his truck before it came to rest with severe damage, sending the team to a backup truck. Briscoe was second fastest in qualifying, despite not having any laps on the new chassis and led his qualifying race until his right-front wheel locked up with two laps to go. He finished third and claimed the 12th-place starting spot.
- After posting the fourth fastest time in Wednesday afternoon's qualifying session, Bell started Qualifying Race No. 4 from the pole. He led all 10 laps en route to the victory and earned the fourth starting position for the 150-lap event.
- Bell moved up to the third position on the first lap of the race and into the runner-up position on lap 14. He remained in the runner-up position when NASCAR called for a competition caution to allow teams to remove mud from the front grill and windshield.
- The field went back green with eight laps remaining in the initial stage and two laps later Bell spun while working the high side off Turn 4.
- He was able to get his truck pointed in the right direction and avoided getting put a lap down. The majority of right side of the truck was crinkled in and the right-front fender was cutting into the tire.
- The stage would end under caution with Bell in the 23rd position.
- After multiple trips down pit road to repair the damage and replace the right-side tires, Bell started Stage Two from the 24th position.
- Despite communicating that his steering wheel was turned 90 degrees in the wrong direction, the talented wheelman began to march back through the field. He returned to the top 10 on lap 74 and ended up finishing Stage Two in the fourth position.
- After the top-three truck visited pit road when it opened, Bell inherited the lead. He would remain out front for 22 laps before getting passed by pole sitter Stewart Friesen.
- The 22-year-old driver reported that his Toyota Tundra was getting tighter as the race reached the closing stages. Just before the field went back to green-flag conditions with 22 laps remaining, he communicated that he felt like he had a right-front tire going down. Bell quickly faded toward the rear of the field but was saved when the caution was displayed for a stalled truck.
- Bell came to pit road to have his right-front tire replaced and returned to the track scored in the 14th position for the lap-130 restart.
- He would go on to finish the 150-lap event in the ninth position, giving him top-10 results in all three of his Truck Series starts at the famed half-mile clay oval.
- After qualifying 13th and finishing fifth in his heat race, Burton took the green flag at Eldora from the 23rd position. When the race began the 16-year-old used the beginning laps to learn the track and learn how his truck raced on the dirt surface that he was unfamiliar with. When the first caution of the night came out on Lap 4, Burton stopped on pit road to clean his windshield from the muddy track. Halfway through the stage, he was caught up in a spin and had to make another trip to pit road for the team to assess the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Toyota. When Stage One ended, Burton was scored 18th.
- Burton started his No. 51 Toyota Tundra from the 24th position at the start of Stage Two. The rookie started to find his groove on the dirt and slowly picked up positions through the field. Throughout the stage, Burton battled with dirt-veteran and fellow teammate Christopher Bell for positions. Burton was running 14th when the caution flag flew to end the second stage of the race on Lap 90.
- After the No. 51 Toyota Racing team started Stage Three by not making a trip to pit road when many trucks ahead of them in the field did, Burton took the green flag from the fifth position. On the restart Burton got shuffled in the pack of eager drivers and when the caution came out on Lap 118 he was in the 16th position. For the rest of the stage, Burton minded his own business on the track and stayed out of trouble until the checkered flag flew. When he crossed the finish line, Burton finished his first dirt race 15th.
- Gragson started 10th based on his second-place finish in his qualifying race. The Switch Tundra was loose throughout Stage One, but he was able to finish in 13th place. He came to the pits for four tires and a chassis adjustment to tighten up his Tundra. Since the pit stops are not timed at Eldora, he returned to the race in 13th to begin Stage Two.
- Gragson held his own throughout the 50 laps and finished Stage Two in the same position he started, 13th. Since fuel mileage and tires were not a concern, the team opted not to pit and instead gain track position for the final stage.
- By staying on track during the stage break, Gragson was up to fourth when the race resumed for the final 60 laps. Although he fell back to 10th, he did everything right by keeping the Switch Tundra in one piece and pointed in the right direction. With 10 to go he was up to eighth and gained one more spot in the final laps to earn a seventh-place finish.
GMS Racing officially announced today that Iowa native, Brett Moffitt will fill the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) No. 96 Northland Foundations Inc. Chevrolet Camaro entry at Iowa Speedway.
This event will mark Moffitt’s second NXS event at his hometown track of Iowa Speedway. In his first NXS start, Moffitt collected a top-10 finish at the 7/8-mile track in 2012.
“I am really excited to be racing in my home state again,” said Moffitt. “I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity with GMS Racing and I’m very grateful of the support that the Iowa community has shown and put in to support this race. It would be really awesome to bring home a solid finish in front of my hometown fans.”
The No. 96 has been entered into four NXS events this season with Ben Kennedy behind the wheel.
“We are thrilled to have Brett Moffitt in the No. 96 at Iowa (Speedway),” said Mike Beam GMS Racing General Manager. “We are always looking to grow our program and the more drivers we can get in the seat the better. Moffitt is a class act and a very talented driver, we are honored to have him behind the wheel at his home track.”
Moffitt and the No. 96 Northland Foundations Inc. Chevrolet Camaro will take track for the US Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol on July 29th at 3:30 pm Central at Iowa Speedway. The event will be broadcasted on NBC and the Motor Racing Network.
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ROSSBURG, Ohio— After a wild night at Eldora, it was Matt Crafton who was victorious in the Eldora Dirt Derby snapping a 27 race winless streak.
"My first dirt win - a lot of fun," said Crafton, who picked up his 14th career win. "In the second part of that race we down-right just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it a little bit in the first run. It got free and we just went back to the way we started the race. I knew I was getting beat down low. Finally at the end, I said, 'Well, we may have to tear the right- side off to get the win.' I started doing it and this truck became a rocket ship."
This is Crafton’s first victory of 2017. He locked his way into the playoffs in September. Crafton is the seventh different winner in 2017. This is Crafton’s 14th career victory.
After having a dominating car for majority of the race, Stewart Friesen finished second.
“Our Halmar team was good. Our Chevy was great. We had a long run truck. We didn’t come to run second. I am proud of these guys,” said Friesen
After going to a backup car in final practice, Chase Briscoe finished third.
Grant Enfinger, John Hunter Nemechek, Bobby Pierce, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Christopher Bell, and Austin Cindric rounded out the top-10.
There were eight lead changes among four different drivers. The caution flag flew for a total of 10 times for 59 laps. The time of race was one hour, 45 minutes, and 44 seconds. The average speed was 42.560 mph. The margin of victory was 1.960 seconds. Crafton and Friesen won the first two stages.
Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a trip to Pocono Raceway on July 29th for the Overton’s 150 from Pocono Raceway. The race will be broadcasted on FOX and Motor Racing Network at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
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