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Infraction Date Track Team level Infraction Penalty
2/16/2018 (post-race inspection) Daytona No.41 L1 Section 20.17.3.2.2.2 Post-Race Rear Body
Inspection Heights
Note: Post-Race height measurements  were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances.
Crew chief  (Eddie Troconis) has been  fined $5,000 and suspended from the  next  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Points  Event. Team assessed with the loss of 10 driver points and 10 owner points.

 

Veteran racer Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) trail this weekend at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway driving the No. 63 MB Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado for Saturday afternoon’s Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The Kanagawa, Japan native is set to embrace his seventh career NCWTS start and first since an appearance at Atlanta’s fast 1.5-mile speedway last March.

“I’m very thankful to be competing back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Ogata who resides in Mooresville, N.C.

“I’m grateful to be back with Mike Mittler and MB Motorsports and look forward to a solid outing on Saturday afternoon.”

Motorsports veteran Rick Ren will serve as crew chief for the second Truck Series race of the season.

Four of Ogata’s career Truck Series starts have come for the St. Louis-based MB Motorsports.

His career best Truck Series finish also came with the mainstay organization at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in his team debut in 2015.

Rewinding back to Atlanta last year, the 44-year-old drove for Beaver Motorsports, started 32nd but finished 30th after exiting the event due to an oil leak. This year, Ogata has high hopes for a better result.

“Even though I didn’t have the chance to run the entire race, the track time at Atlanta was priceless,” he explained. “It’s a very sensitive track because of its worn surface. I’m relying on my team and crew chief to help me get into a comfortable and competitive rhythm, so we can make some gains during the race and have a solid finish.”

Ogata’s efforts this weekend at Atlanta will be supported by Nisshinbo.

Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing Inc. (NAMI) is part of the Nisshinbo Group, consisting of 59 subsidiaries and 40 affiliates worldwide. Nisshinbo was established in 1907, when it was producing yarns and threads.

In the 1940s, Nisshinbo was called upon to manufacture automotive friction materials and developed a process using woven fabric embedded with friction material. As the automobile has evolved, so have Nisshinbo brakes and friction materials to serve diverse applications in the global transportation market. Nisshinbo continues the evolution with a library of more than one thousand different recipes, each specific to customer applications.

North American operations are dedicated facilities serving OEM transportation manufacturers in the NAFTA market. NAMI is Nisshinbo's state-of-the-art facility located in Covington, Georgia.

Additionally, SEAVAC, a supplier of PVD coatings and other surface technologies will serve as an associate marketing partner for the 130-lap race.

“I’m very grateful to have Nisshinbo and SEAVAC support me this weekend at Atlanta,” sounded Ogata. “We didn’t have the best result last year at Atlanta and I owe to both of them to see the checkered flag on Saturday afternoon to express my appreciation.”

Ogata began his racing career in Japanese Motocross at age 14. After a decade of riding that included around 30 feature victories, he shifted to Dirt Midget Car racing, becoming a winning driver at Twin Ring Motegi.

Ogata's assimilation to American racing began in 2003, driving Late Model Stock Cars at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. He continued in Late Models after moving to the United States in 2010 and later graduated to the NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East, where he competed in 12 races over three years, scoring five top-20 finishes.

Since graduating from the K&N Pro Series East, Ogata has competed in at least one Truck Series race since 2014.

For more on Akinori Ogata like his Facebook page (Akinori Ogata Racing) or follow him on Twitter @AkinoriOgata.

The Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 24 beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

Akinori Ogata PR

With the second race of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season set in the heart of Georgia this weekend at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self and his Niece Motorsports team seek a top-10 finish in Saturday afternoon’s Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Self, a native of Austin, Texas will return to the 1.5-mile speedway for the first time since his rookie season in 2016 and is optimistic that his No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet team can duplicate or better his 16th place performance nearly 24 months ago.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Atlanta,” said Self. “It’s one of the most unique race tracks on the circuit, especially with its aging surface. We made great strides during the race a couple years ago and I think after a few laps on Friday, we can get our Niece Motorsports team in that same position.”

The 22-year-old Self also sees Atlanta as an opportunity to propel his team forward after a strong performance was derailed last weekend at Daytona. Throughout last Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, Self and the Joey Cohen led team remained in the hunt for a top-10 finish – but when a late-race accident started, Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet was left a victim of circumstances and ultimately a 20th place finish.

Still, Self knows that his Niece Motorsports team flexed their muscle and is confident in the performance they delivered.

“Daytona was really good for us, even with the finish,” added Self. “Daytona allowed the chance for me and Joey (Cohen, crew chief) to really work on our lingo. I was very content with our qualifying effort and I think we gave everyone a preview of our capabilities.”

With Atlanta serving as the middle of a three-week consecutive stretch for the Truck Series, Self knows that a good finish on Saturday will help propel them to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, one of his favorite tracks on the tour, a week later.

“Atlanta is one of those places where handling and tire management is key,” noted Self. “Speed is important – but handling will be the ultimate decider for putting yourself in a good position for a solid finish.

“I think the pace is going to slow down considerably from the start of the weekend until the checkered flag. I think the stages will be important. If you’re not in a good position for the first stage – you can work at the end of that stage to get the truck better, so you can be better for Stage 2 and ultimately the final stage.

“I feel like we had a missed opportunity at Daytona with knocking out some stage points. Hopefully, we’re in the right place to pick up a few on Saturday.”

Like last year, the Don’t mess with Texas campaign and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 42nd career start.

The Don’t mess with Texas campaign is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. 

For more than 30 years, Don’t mess with Texas has made tremendous progress educating Texans about the impact of littering on the state’s economy, environment and physical landscape.

In 41 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.9 during his three years of competition.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.
For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

The Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 24 beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). 

Niece Motorsports PR

On the heels of his first-career top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Justin Fontaine will be sponsored by Superior Essex in Saturday afternoon’s Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.

Superior Essex (SuperiorEssex.com) is a leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable and accessory products serving the communications industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years.

“I’m very thankful to have the support of Superior Essex for my Atlanta Motor Speedway debut,” said Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C.

“Superior Essex was an instrumental partner during my first full season of ARCA competition last year and I’m grateful they have decided to continue our relationship with a primary role with Niece Motorsports for Saturday afternoon’s race.”

Fontaine, 20, enters the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season 11th in the championship standings, just one point from 10th and seven points from fifth.

“I’ve never been to Atlanta, but we’re optimistic,” offered Fontaine who will make his fifth career Truck Series start this weekend. “My crew chief Darrell (Morrow) and the guys on the Niece Motorsports team have been working hard on preparing our No. 45 Superior Essex Chevrolet, and I think start to finish from practice to qualifying and to the race, we’ll make significant gains so that we can contend for another strong finish.”

ProMATIC Automation Inc., the team’s primary marketing partner for Fontaine will serve in an associate role for Atlanta.

The Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 24, beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). 

For more on Justin Fontaine, please visit JustinFontaine.com, like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

Niece Motorsports PR

Set to embark on their first start of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, JJL Motorsports announced today that they have secured a partnership with the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show presented by Parker FiberNet for Saturday afternoon's Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.

Noted as North Georgia's No. 1 fall family event, the seventh annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show returns October 13-14 at Rome's Russell Regional Airport.
The air show will feature an elite lineup of world-class military and civilian performers, static aircraft displays and premium infield camping.

The U.S. Air Force. F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt demonstration teams are featured performers and will serve as co-headliners for the two-day event.  

"As the premier Air Show in the Atlanta area, we're all about the roar of loud engines and high-speed events," said John Cowman, president of JLC Air Show Management. "The Wings Over North Georgia Air Show is incredibly excited to partner with JJL Motorsports to sponsor the No. 97 Ford driven by Jesse Little.

"The sponsorship of the truck during the Atlanta Motor Speedway Camping World Truck Series race weekend couldn't be more timely as we will open ticket sales for our seventh annual air show just prior to the Atlanta race."

Saturday's Active Pest Control 200 will mark Little's 14th career Truck Series race and first at Atlanta's 1.5-mile speedway.

The 130-lap race is the first of eight to 10 Truck Series races for the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-based organization this season. Longtime veteran industry expert Matt Noyce will serve as crew chief for the double-header event this weekend.

JJL will also debut their manufacturer switch from Toyota to Ford at Atlanta.
With all the changes, Little, 20, believes his Atlanta debut will be successful for his new marketing partner.

"We're really excited about Atlanta," noted Little who holds a career-best Truck Series finish of ninth at Iowa Speedway last year. "We've made a lot of changes to our team and I think everyone will quickly see the benefits of them, especially our on-track product.

"I'm also very honored to represent the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show. I'm a fan of anything when it comes to speed and aviation is no different. The fitting of this partnership is right, and I hope we can have a strong run on Saturday afternoon to help drive more attention towards their event.

"I'm hoping I can attend."

In addition to Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Mid Valley Engineering, Performance Friction Brakes, Penske Shocks and Racing Electronics will all serve as associate marketing partners for Atlanta.

Little and his JJL Motorsports plan to be active on their social media channels leading up to Saturday afternoon's race to offer free tickets to the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show and official JJL swag.

The Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 23 from 2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 24 beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).


For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.


Stay tuned for a new JJL Motorsports website, but in the meantime, find JJL Motorsports on Twitter @JJL_Motorsports.
 
JJL Motorsports PR

Korbin Forrister, piloting the No. 7 TruClear Global All Out Motorsports Toyota Tundra, posted a 16th place finish in the season opening NEXTEra Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Friday night after starting in the 19th place position.

Forrister led two laps on the famed 2.5 mile superspeedway early in the race and finished eighth in the second stage on lap 40. A huge crash occurred in front of Forrister on lap 83 and Forrister spun the truck to avoid the incident. The Goodyear tires were flat spotted. The All Out Motorsports team, lead by veteran NASCAR crew chief, Doug George, was able to get him in and out of the pits without issue.

Korbin Forrister: “Overall, we are very happy about our first race out. It was pretty cool to lead a couple laps at Daytona! Being a new team we had a few bumps along the way and we will work through them. Doug (George) put a fast truck together for us and I was disappointed I wasn’t able to bring home a top-10 finish for TruClear Global. This week we head to my hometown track, Atlanta and we hope to have a solid run there. I can’t TruClear Global enough for their support!”

The NCWTS returns to action Saturday, February 24th at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Active Pest Control 200 Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

For more information on All Out Motorsports follow Korbin Forrister on Facebook and Twitter.

All Out Motorsports PR

JOHNNY SAUTER

No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado

 

 

Start: 2nd
Finish: 1st
Points: 1st

 

Stage One: Sauter finished the first stage in the second position, after briefly leading for a total of seven laps, before the stage ended on lap 20. The No. 21 team pitted under caution for fuel only, lining up in the second position for the start of Stage 2.

 

Stage Two: The field returned to green on lap 26 and Sauter once again regained the lead on lap 27. He held onto the top spot until the stage ended on lap 42. Under the caution, Sauter brought his Allegiant Chevy to pit road for four tires and fuel. With other teams taking fuel only, Sauter returned to the track in the eighth position.

 

Final Stage: Sauter made his way back to the front, running in the top-five as a series of cautions occurred. He took the lead for the fourth time on lap 59, quickly followed by the fifth caution period of the race. Sauter pitted with his GMS teammates for fuel only and rejoined the field ninth. Sauter worked with teammate Justin Haley to move back into the top-three with just over 20 laps to go. The No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet moved to the front of the pack for the final time with eight laps remaining, with Sauter holding on to earn his third win at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Additional Notes:
- Sauter now leads the series in wins at Daytona International Speedway.
- GMS Racing scores their third consecutive win at Daytona - (2016 J. Sauter, 2017 K. Grala, 2018 J. Sauter).
- GMS Racing is now tied with Bobby Hamilton Racing (2001, 2002, 2005) for the series-most wins at Daytona.

 

Quote:
“What a truck tonight that Allegiant Chevrolet was. We qualified well and tried to keep track position all night. We came from 10th a few different times to get to the front. I just felt so calm today; I had all the faith in my truck and my team. We were just so fast.

 

“After playing around in the draft in practice, I felt like if you let anyone get more than a truck length back they could get a surge to you. I think Haley did a great job not helping the 20 truck get too much. I felt like if the 20 did peak out the 24 was in the perfect position to fill that spot and he did, so having a teammate right there at the end was definitely beneficial. Justin did a great job especially there at the end. I couldn’t be more proud of him. I felt like as an organization we executed perfectly tonight with our teammates, Dalton Sergeant and Cody Coughlin. That’s fun when you can do that, execute like that and ultimately end up first and second.

 

“Once you have a championship you have that taste and it’s a taste you want to keep. I’m pretty pumped and feel good about our team. It’s the exact same group we had last year; they are the greatest group of guys I’ve ever been around and I think this year we’re going to continue doing what we’ve been doing. I’d be disappointed if we aren’t running for another championship in Miami.”

 

 

 

JUSTIN HALEY
No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

 

Start: 12th
Finish: 2nd
Points: 2nd

 

Stage One: Starting 12th in his first Daytona International Speedway start, Haley struggled to advance into the top-10 for the first half of Stage One. After battling three-wide for several laps Haley began to work his way forward, breaking into the top-10 for the first time on lap 11. As the field approached the Stage One conclusion, Haley got shuffled back to the 12th position. Crew chief Kevin Bellicourt brought the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet to pit road for fuel and a chassis adjustment under caution, with Haley returning to the track to restart 10th.

 

Stage Two: Four laps into the start of the second stage Haley moved into the sixth position and maintained that spot until the conclusion on lap 40. Haley visited his team on pit road for four tires and fuel, lining up 12th for the restart after several trucks took fuel only.

 

Final Stage: Haley worked in the draft with teammate Johnny Sauter to break into the top-five as the caution waved on lap 56. As the field returned to green, the No. 24 fell back to the ninth position as the race was placed back under yellow on lap 65. Haley pitted for fuel only with his GMS teammates and rejoined the field in the 12th position. With help from Sauter, Haley took the lead on lap 82 and held his position until 10 laps to go. As others began to make moves for the lead, Haley fell back to the fifth position before regaining the second position on the final lap.

 

Additional Notes:
- Haley’s second-place finish in his Daytona International Speedway debut is his highest NCWTS finish to date.

 

Quote:
“Those first few laps were a little crazy. We didn’t qualify the way we wanted and we got shuffled back there at the start. We made some great pit stops and got up toward the front, in the mix, at the end of stage two. As I was in the lead there at caution and we were going back green, I didn’t know who to pick to push me. Lagasse gave me a good push on the outside to the lead so I stuck with my gut on that one. I tried to block the runs and got shuffled back a little bit on the last lap. We were trying to work with Joe Nemechek to back up to him and try to get a run for the win, but the outside line actually had a good run and the opportunity wasn’t there. When Lagasse went up to block it I
side drafted him and took advantage of that. I thought maybe we were going to have Johnny there toward the end. Either
way, I’m really glad to have Fraternal Order of Eagles onboard and happy Johnny got the win for GMS."

 

“You obviously want to start off at Daytona on a good foot, because it just adds to the whole team morale and the atmosphere around you. Johnny getting the win is good for GMS as a whole and we had a great run, so we’re leaving with a lot of positives. Being able to run the full season, there really isn’t a reason we shouldn’t be in the final four at the end of this year. Our mile-and-a-half stuff has been good, and we just tested Charlotte with the NT1 and got some good data, so I guess we just need to go win at Atlanta.”

 

 

 

DALTON SARGEANT
No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet Silverado

 

Start: 4th
Finish: 8th
Points: 4th

 

Stage One: Hooking up with GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter early on, Sargeant ran up front for the entirety of the first 20 laps, finishing Stage One in the third position. Coming to pit road under the stage break, the initial call from crew chief Doug Randolph was for fuel only. Unfortunately, issues with fueling occurred and Randolph made the quick call to change four tires as well, lining Sargeant up 25th for the restart on lap 26.

 

Stage Two: Sargeant ran in the back of the lead pack throughout Stage Two, looking to avoid any incidents. He ultimately finished Stage Two in the 15th position. Hitting pit road for fuel only, Sargeant restarted second for the Final Stage on lap 47.

 

Final Stage: Sargeant grabbed the lead almost immediately when the green flag flew and led two laps before being shuffled back in the pack. On lap 56, a wreck ensued collecting Sargeant. With front-end damage and flat front tires, Sargeant came to the attention of his Performance Plus Motor Oil team for repairs and right side tires. Coming back down pit road for more damage repair and left side tires, Sargeant ultimately lost a lap, relegating him to 29th on the restart on lap 62. Just three laps later, the caution came out again, allowing Sargeant to get his lap back and to come to pit road for four tires and fuel. Restarting 23rd, Sargeant battled his way back into the Top-10 with 20 laps remaining. Making a charge to the front in the closing laps, Sargeant ultimately crossed the finish line eighth in his first NCWTS start at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Quote:
"We had a really good night in the No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy. We had to overcome some adversity tonight, but that’s plate-racing. We just seemed like we were in the wrong place at the wrong time most of the night. Even though my
Chevy

was beat up, my GMS Racing guys worked really hard to get the No. 25 repaired and keep us in contention. My spotter, T.J. Majors, had his work cut out for him guiding me through the field, but I couldn’t have done it without his coaching. Despite the issues, this was probably one of the most fun races I’ve ever competed in. I’m ready to keep the season going and get to Atlanta (Motor Speedway).”

 

 

 

CODY COUGHLIN
No. 2 JEGS.com Chevrolet Silverado

 

Start: 10th
Finish: 17th
Points: 10th

 

Stage One: Coughlin finished Stage One running in the 10th position. Crew chief Jerry Baxter called the No. 2 JEGS.com Chevy Silverado down pit road under the break for fuel only. Unfortunately an issue with fueling relegated Coughlin to 12th for the restart.

 

Stage Two: When the field went back green on lap 26, Coughlin methodically began working his way through the field, reaching fourth-place, where he ran until the end of Stage Two. Coming to pit road under caution, Coughlin received four tires and fuel, but an issue with the right front cost him valuable track position, lining him up 18th for the start of the Final Stage.

 

Final Stage: Working his way back into the Top-10 running order, Coughlin was caught up in an incident on lap 56. Coming to pit road multiple times for damage repair and to top off on fuel, the No. 2 JEGS.com team gave Coughlin the green-light on repairs to head back on track, restarting 14th on lap 62. Restarting 11th, Coughlin worked his way inside the Top-10, but ultimately dropped out of the pack when he felt his left rear tire go flat. However, a wreck at the front of the field simultaneously brought out the caution on lap 74. After receiving four fresh tires and a bit of damage repair, Coughlin restarted seventh for the final 13 laps. Unfortunately, Coughlin experienced another flat tire with five laps to go. He was able to come to pit road for a new left rear tire and return to the track for a 17th-place finish.

 

Quote:
"
Well, we had a good run going tonight and a really fast JEGS.com Chevrolet Silverado. We just had terrible luck. It’s hard to overcome two flat left rear tires and having to start at the tail of the field a lot due to those issues. Hopefully, we can get this luck turned around for next weekend at Atlanta (Motor Speedway).”

 

GMS Racing PR

Brett Moffitt’s return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition came to a premature end in Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) after being involved in an incident on lap 73. His methodical run through the field brought an early end to his first outing since returning to Hattori Racing Enterprises and resulted in a 26th-place finish.

Moffitt and the AISIN Group team led by crew chief Scott Zipadelli primarily focused on single-truck runs in two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon, and turned in the 22nd-fastest lap in qualifying on Friday. Zipadelli and Moffitt employed a conservative strategy at the drop of the green flag to avoid possible calamity that often occurs at the superspeedways. Moffitt kept his AISIN Group Toyota Tundra out of harm's way, but kept touch with the lead group and was scored 25th after the race's opening stage.

Moffitt pitted for four tires and a slight chassis adjustment to aid his free handling condition and restarted in 28th on lap 26. Stage 2 was a carbon copy of Stage 1 as Moffitt kept touch with the lead draft, but stayed clear of the fray in the lead pack. That strategy would yield great dividends after being scored 18th in the stage. Zipadelli gave Moffitt a short pit stop for fuel only under the caution and leaped to third by way of the strategic pit call.

Moffitt began mixing it up with the race leaders on the lap 47 restart and ran as high as third. The Grimes, Iowa native escaped two multi-truck incidents on successive cautions as the intensity began to escalate in the later stages. While running near the top 10 on lap 73, Moffitt was collected in a multi-truck accident when the race leader suffered a cut tire, causing a chain reaction and resulted in heavy damage to the No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota. Moffitt completed 72 of 100 laps and was credited with a 26th-place finish.

Brett Moffitt Quote:

“It looked like the No. 8 truck blew a tire getting into (turn) three there on the bottom. He kind of had it down on the apron and kind of started sliding back up. At that point, I elected to go to the bottom lane, they had momentum that lap, and tried to move up a little bit and got hit from behind in the right rear and got turned into the fence. We had a really good AISIN Tundra here and it’s a shame to have it pulled off on a wrecker, but we’ll bounce back and go to Atlanta next week and try to do a little better.”

“We really didn’t have a fast truck in qualifying. That was partially due to the engine deal. We didn’t have the spec engine, which I think hurt us in single-car runs. But at that point, we fully committed to going to race setup and in the draft we actually were really good. The truck was really stable where a lot of people were sliding around a little more as we saw all night. So, I was really able to be aggressive. We were just trying to ride and bide our time and play the chess game of what’s going to be the right line at the right time. Unfortunately, someone blew a tire there and spun getting into (turn) three and got caught up in it.”

HRE PR

Noah Gragson and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass® team had an eventful start to their 2018 season at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday night. After qualifying fifth for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 they were able to lead one lap before getting collected in two different accidents just past the halfway mark and ultimately ended the night in the garage with a disappointing 23rd-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Gragson started from the fifth position and held his place on the yellow line for all 20 laps in Stage One. With the racing being two-wide throughout the field, the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass would be scored in the ninth position when the field took the green and white checkered flag at the completion of Stage One. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned his young driver to pit road for a fuel-only stop. Gragson returned to the track scored in the third position when Stage Two went green on lap 25.
  • One lap later, the Las Vegas native maneuvered his way to the front of the field and following the advice of his spotter was jostling between lines trying to remain out front. While Gragson was moving towards the top lane, veteran Johnny Sauter was able to wedge himself into the bottom lane and the No. 18 Tundra went shuffling backwards.
  • On lap 28, Gragson found himself in the 12th position and would fall back as far as the 16th spot before he began to move forward again.
  • The Safelite Tundra would end Stage Two in the 14th position. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • The NASCAR Next alum brought his Toyota to the attention of his over-the-wall crew who replaced the right-side tires and filled it with fuel. Gragson would take the lap-46 restart from the 11th position.
  • He was running in the 10th spot on lap 55 when an accident ensued in front of him. As he was trying to make it through the middle of the fracas, he got sandwiched between two other trucks and sustained damage to both front fenders of the Safelite Tundra.
  • When pit road opened, the over-the-wall crew went to work restructuring the fenders in order to make clearance for the four fresh tires they would be putting on. After the repairs were complete, Gragson returned to the track scored in the 28th position for the lap-61 restart.
  • Just two laps later, a truck spun in front of Gragson and as he maneuvered to miss his competitor made contact with the outside wall. The Safelite Tundra returned to pit road for lengthy damage repair to the right side and would lose two laps in the process before rejoining the field.
  • The 19-year-old would ride around the back of the field during the next green-flag run and was able to avoid "The Big One," which occurred on lap 73. Fugle used the caution period to make more repairs to the No. 18 Toyota, but once the field went back green the issues continued and Gragson would be forced to pull behind the wall.
  • The Safelite Racing team would be credited with a 23rd-place finish after completing 79 of 100 laps.

KBM PR

Spencer Davis made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Friday night in the No. 51 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra and with patience and perseverance, earned a seventh-place finish in his first start. He was the highest finishing Toyota in the race.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Starting from the eighth position, Davis hung in the top 10 for most of the first 20-lap stage. He got the feel of the draft, was happy with his Tundra's handling and finished stage one in 11th place. He pitted for fuel only on lap 22.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Davis started the next 20-lap stage in seventh. Once again, he was patient and remained in the top 10. He ended stage two in 10th place. On lap 43 he pitted for right-side tires and fuel.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Davis was 10th for the restart on lap 47, and was up to fourth within a few laps. The final stage was filled with multi-truck accidents and Davis was nearly included in one on lap 73 when John Hunter Nemechek's tire exploded right in front of Davis' Tundra. He was able to avoid the wreck and restarted sixth.
  • With 13 laps to go, Davis lined up fourth behind KBM teammate, David Gilliland. Davis pushed him to the front, but with seven laps to go Davis accidentally got Gilliland loose, which sent the No. 4 into the outside wall.
  • With five laps to go, Davis was scored in fifth, but was shuffled back to ninth coming to the white flag. In a crazy final lap, Davis finished the race seventh despite taking a ride through the tri-oval grass.

KBM PR

Veteran driver David Gilliland came to Daytona not only to fill in for his son, Todd, who is not old enough to compete at Daytona, but he came with the intent to win the race. After claiming the pole in his No. 4 PEDIGREE® Tundra, Gilliland kept it up front all night leading 30 of 100 laps before contact with the wall late in the race dashed his hopes.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Starting from the pole, Gilliland stayed up front for the first 20-lap stage. His Tundra was a bit free with other trucks around him, but he was still first when the stage ended. He came to pit road for fuel and a track bar adjustment to tighten up the truck.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Gilliland was sixth for the start of the second stage. His handling improved and he was third at the end of the second 20-lap stage. He pitted on lap 43 for fuel only and no adjustments.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • As the final 60-lap stage began, Gilliland was scored in first. He was very happy with the speed of his Tundra and by running up front, avoided the several multi-truck accidents behind him in stage three.
  • After a restart on lap 87, Gilliland lined up second with his KBM teammate, Spencer Davis, behind him in fourth. Davis pushed him into the lead with nine laps to go, but one push got him loose and accidentally spun him into the wall. Gilliland was forced to pit for tires and to fix the right-side damage, relegating him to a 21st-place to finish.
 KBM PR