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Noah Gragson was evaluated by NASCAR for a stomach virus and not cleared to return to racing for today's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.  Erik Jones will replace Gragson as the driver of the No. 18 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in today's event.


After slinging mud and sliding sideways at the half-mile dirt track of the Eldora Speedway, Cody Coughlin and GMS Racing now eagerly await another unique track, nicknamed the ‘Tricky Triangle,’ the Pocono Raceway. After a weekend’s hiatus, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returns to action on Saturday, July 28 for the Gander Outdoors 150.

The track is full of oddities, with a coat-hanger shaped track coupled with three turns, three different radii and three varying degrees of banking. But Coughlin believes he and his No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado team are up to the challenge.

"We expect our No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado to be very competitive this weekend at the Pocono Raceway,” Coughlin said. “Our GMS Racing team should be in contention for a top-five finish.”

“I have competed at the Pocono Raceway a few times, both in the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It is one of the tracks I have the most experience with. I feel like I can hold my own in the ‘tunnel turn.’ The turn that I feel I always need to be better in is Turn 3, so that is the one we’ll work on the most this weekend.”

Built on the site of a former spinach farm, the first turn of the raceway, is a tight 14-degree hairpin designed to resemble the corners of the, now-defunct, Trenton (N.J.) Speedway. Turn 2 is famously known as the ‘tunnel turn,’ and a 90-degree turn with eight-degree banking modeled like the turns at the Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway. The third turn is a long sweeping turn with just six degrees of banking like the Milwaukee (Wis.) Mile.

The ‘Tricky Triangle’ is an exhilarating challenge with its unique shape, and Coughlin is up for the challenge. Crew chief Jerry Baxter will configure the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado to give Coughlin the best opportunity to get in victory lane.

“Pocono Raceway is one of the tracks that I have had marked on my calendar all year,” Coughlin said. Both this weekend, and Michigan (International Speedway) in two weeks, are two of the races I look forward to. Our team is competitive every race, but these next two events should be some of our best.”

The 22-year old will pilot Chassis No. 307 in the Gander Outdoors 150 at the Pocono Raceway. The Baxter-led team last unloaded this GMS Racing prepared chassis at the Chicagoland Speedway on June 29. The chassis has three previous starts with Coughlin during the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season – collecting two top-10 finishes. In addition, he posted a career-best qualifying effort of second-place at the Kansas Speedway on May 11 in Chassis No. 307.

This weekend marks Coughlin’s third Pocono Raceway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Last year, the Delaware, Ohio, driver finished in the eighth-place at the Pocono Raceway. In two starts at the 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway, Coughlin has completed 120 of 120 laps contested (100.0%) since his track debut on July 30, 2016.

Coughlin has two top-ten finishes in three starts in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series at the Pocono Raceway. He posted two ninth-place finishes, both in 2014, with Venturini Motorsports.

In 10 combined NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on speedways (tracks over 2-miles in length), Coughlin has recorded one top-10 finish, and led for a total of nine laps.

Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013, the Statesville, N.C.,-based GMS Racing team has logged 10 starts at the Pocono Raceway, resulting in three top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 10.5 and an average finishing position of 10.5 with 27 laps led at the Long Pond, Pa.,-facility.

The Gander Outdoors 150 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Saturday, July 28 starting with NASCAR RaceDay: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 12:30 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 14th event of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1.

The Gander Outdoors 150 at the Pocono Raceway will re-air on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on FS2, and again on Sunday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1.

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Last Thursday, Stewart Friesen returned to Eldora for his third attempt at winning big in what is sometimes called the Daytona 500 of Dirt Track Racing.  Last year, Friesen secured his first pole, and first stage win in the NCWTS at The Dirt Derby.  In the build up to Eldora this year, Friesen's season was already showing improvement over last year's, giving fans and the HFR team high hopes that this year's Dirt Derby could be his first NCWTS win.

Starting 5th, Friesen was spun on lap 28, leaving him ample time to work his way back into the top spot, leading one lap out of a total of 153.  Two late cautions meant overtime laps for a green flag finish.  While the first of the 2 cautions helped Friesen close the gap on race leaders, the second was prohibitive to his momentum.  Ultimately, there wasn't enough race left for Friesen to take back the lead, resulting in a 3rd place finish.

Following a strong finish at Eldora, Friesen hustled back to his home state of New York to compete in the first ever Super DIRTcar Series (SDS) "Battle of the Midway 100" at Orange County Fair Speedway (OCFS) in Middletown, NY on July 19th.  Friesen rolled into victory lane with ease, beating out SDS points leader Matt Sheppard and fellow Eldora Dirt Derby driver Max McLaughlin.  Hot off a big win at OCFS, Friesen would continue his winning streak with a Saturday night win at his home track, Fonda Speedway.

The Super DIRTcar series continues this week in Quebec, home country territory for Friesen.  Last night's race at Autodrome Granby posed almost no challenge for Friesen, who again was able to beat out SDS points leader Matt Sheppard for a big win.  Tonight, SDS continues in Quebec at Autodrome Drummond in
Drummondville.  If Friesen can win again, it will be 4 straight wins on dirt since Eldora.

With the next NCWTS event scheduled at Pocono Speedway, HFR maintains high hopes for a win in front of a crowd that will undoubtedly contain many of Friesen's northeast dirt modified fans. 

With his Eldora Dirt Derby debut in the books, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) is happy to be heading to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, the site of Saturday afternoon’s Gander Outdoors 150.

The 2.5-mile track is dubbed the “Tricky Triangle” for its unique characteristics and its road-course like demeanor, but the three-turn layout is a favorite of the Niece Motorsports driver.

“I’m looking forward to Pocono,” said Fontaine. “This weekend will be my second time in a truck and I feel like I can take what I learned there last year and apply it towards, hopefully, a successful weekend for our No. 45 ProMATIC Automation team.”

Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C. qualified 30th last year at Pocono after experiencing a hiccup during qualifying.

However, once comfortable in his No. 66 ProMATIC Automation truck, the 20-year-old pushed his way through the field to a solid top-15 performance.

This weekend, Fontaine is keen on putting his Niece Motorsports team in position for their third top-10 finish of the year.

“This race is over pretty quick,” recalled Fontaine. “Last year, I made a mistake in qualifying and got us behind the eight-ball.

“I learned a lot during the race though. You have to attack each corner differently. You have to get yourself off Turn 3 well so you can carry the speed down the front straightaway. You need good rotation through Turn 1 to take you through the Long Pond straightaway to the tunnel turn.

“It’s a very technical track for sure and I’m looking forward to getting back there. I know my Niece team is bringing me a really good truck.”

Heading into Long Pond, Fontaine is also hoping to rebound from a challenging debut on the dirt of Eldora. After qualifying 30th, Fontaine gained five positions throughout the race to claim 25th.

Fontaine says his team is better than what they showed at Eldora and he’s vowing to prove that on Saturday.

“Eldora was tough for me,” Fontaine added. “I’m not used to that kind of racing and I needed more time to adjust. We persevered though and finished the race. My guys don’t deserve 25th, they deserve top-15, top-10 runs. That’s what we’re aiming for not only at Pocono – but the rest of this summer stretch.

“There’s some fun tracks coming up with Michigan and Bristol – then a wild card race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park late next month, so between now and then, it’s important for us to stay focused and put some strong runs together.”

After 13 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 19.7 entering Pocono. He earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

In addition to a full-time NASCAR driver, Fontaine just completed his freshman year as a student at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), where he is pursuing a business degree.

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The Gander Outdoors 150 (60 laps | 150 miles) is the 14th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., July 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., July 28 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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Carrying momentum from a strong performance in last week’s Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway, Niece Motorsports driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway this weekend looking to finish what he started in Saturday afternoon’s Gander Outdoors 150.
Last Wednesday night at Eldora, Self started 11th and contended for a top-five finish, but late in the race, the driver of the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado got spun, leaving little time to recover and an 18th place finish.
While different circumstances this weekend at Pocono Raceway, Self believes his team can pickup where they left off and contend for a strong finish at the 2.5-mile triangle.
“Eldora left us with mixed feelings,” said Self. “We had such a strong truck and contended for our best finish of the season – but we ran into issues late in the race and didn’t have that many laps left.
“My Niece Motorsports team has been working hard to bring fast No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolets to the race track and despite our performance – a good finish was robbed from us. I’m determined to finish what we started at Pocono.”
The Austin, Texas native has plenty of experience at the Long Pond race track. The 22-year-old has two Truck Series starts at the “Tricky Triangle” in addition to four starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards which offered two top-10 finishes.
“Pocono is one of those places I just keep getting better with more laps,” added Self. “It’s a fun place – but it’s a track where you have to be on your game every lap. You have some recovery time if you make a mistake – but it’s a track you can lose a lot of time.
“It’s almost like every lap is a qualifying lap. You have to hit your marks every lap.”
With Saturday’s race only being 60 laps, Self says you must go at the drop of the green flag.
“Sixty laps go by quick at Pocono, believe it or not,” sounded Self. “We have to play the strategy right. The stages will go by quick and depending on how the race is playing out – we might play our cards a little different to get some stage points – but more importantly, put ourselves in contention for a top-10 finish.
“As we get into this summer stretch, it sure would be great to put a top-10 on the board for our team and our partners.”
Posting his eighth top-18 finish or fifth top-15 finish in the last eight consecutive races, Self believes his team is on the cusp of a breakthrough where they’ll emerge from outside the teens and into the top-10, where they can become a threat as the heart of the Truck Series season surges forward.
“I’m really proud of my Niece Motorsports team,” added Self. “Even though Eldora was a different format – we showed speed and I believe we’ll continue to show speed at Pocono this weekend and even at Michigan in a couple weeks.
We’ve had to overcome some setbacks and some adversity over the last two months or so – but we’ve been diligently working to become a better race team and I think we are close.” 
After 13 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 17.4 entering Pocono. 
Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 54th career start.
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Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.
Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 14th race of the year.
In 53 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 18.5 during his three years of competition.
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The Gander Outdoors 150 (60 laps | 150 miles) is the 14th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., July 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., July 28 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).


Tyler Dippel, No. 17 Hue Jackson Foundation / Caruso Logistics Toyota Tundra
Practice: 9th
Qualifying:  3rd 
Race Result: 13th
Race Recap: Dippel made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut driving the No. 17 Hue Jackson Foundation Toyota at Eldora Speedway. The 18-year-old K&N Pros Series East regular proved to be fast from the get go. He was scored 10th quickest in the first practice session, but was consistently running lap times faster than those on track with him throughout practice. During the final practice session, Dippel was very happy with his Toyota Tundra. The young driver didn't ask for any adjustments, but instead just wanted to make as many laps as possible. When qualifying rolled around on Wednesday, Dippel was the fourth car to roll out for single car qualifying. He laid down a lap time of 20.841-seconds, good enough to score a third-place finish in qualifying. This lined Dippel up for the Pole position in qualifying race number three. He earned a third-place finish in his qualifying race, giving him a 13th-place starting position in Wednesday nights Eldora Dirt Derby.
When the race went green, Dippel maintained his 13th-place position for most of the first stage. As the laps wound down, he began working his way to the front and was able to score a fifth-place finish in his first 40 laps of NCWTS racing. Dippel stayed out under the stage ending caution, keeping the track position that he had earned during Stage 1. Dippel and his teammate Windom raced hard during Stage 2, battling for the second position for several laps. Dippel had settled into 3rd-place before making contact with the No. 88 truck. The contact caused significant left side damage, forcing Dippel to pit and let the No. 17 team assess the damage. He went back out on the track in the 22nd position and went back to work. By end of Stage 2, he had worked his way back up to 15th. Dippel continued to make his way to the front, running in the top-5 when he made contact with another truck with 15 laps to go. The spin relegated him to a 13th-place finish in the Eldora Dirt Derby.
Dippel on Eldora: "The DGR-Crosley guys brought me a super fast Toyota Tundra. I knew after the first practice session on Tuesday that we were going to be really good and have a shot to win. I'm disappointed with where we finished, but that's racing. I'd say we definitely had a top-three truck if we could have stayed out of trouble there at the end. I learned a ton, and can't wait for my next opportunity to get back in a truck. Thanks to the Hue Jackson Foundation, Caruso Logistics and D&A Concrete for supporting me this weekend -- it was a dream come true."
Chris Windom, No. 54 Baldwin Brothers Racing / Fox Paving Toyota Tundra
Practice: 16th
Qualifying:  8th
Race Result: 14th
Race Recap: Although it was Windom's first race with DGR-Crosley, the No. 54 Baldwin Brothers Racing / Fox Paving team put together a solid race at Eldora Speedway despite the finish. When the Canton, Ill. native hit the track for the first time, he jumped to the top of the speed chart. By the end of the first practice session, Windom was scored sixth quickest in the NCWTS field. During the final practice session, Windom was 16th on the speed chart but happy with the handling of his truck and once again showed great speed. When qualifying rolled around Windom was scored 8th, lining him up in the second position beside his teammate in the third qualifying race. He earned a second-place finish in his qualifying race, giving him an eighth-place starting position in Wednesday nights Eldora Dirt Derby.
When the green flag dropped for 150 laps of racing at Eldora, Windom slowly started making his way to the front. By the end of Stage 1, Windom had worked himself up to the fourth-position. The No. 54 team opted to stay out under the stage ending caution allowing Windom to keep his track position. In Stage 2, he made the pass on his teammate for the second position. Although the No. 54 was maintaining a fast pace, Windom reported an engine issue with his Toyota Tundra. The team made the decision to stay out until the next caution since the truck was still competitive on the race track. Windom was able to maintain a top-five position in stage two, even with the engine issues. Under caution, the team examined the engine but didn't see any obvious issues. During Stage 3, Windom continued to get the most of out his truck even though the RPM was staying under 5,000 in both third and fourth gear. The engine issues ultimately led Windom to a 14th-place finish in the Eldora Dirt Derby.
Windom on Kentucky: "We definitely had a top-three if not a winning truck tonight. We just had some engine problems that put us back. We fought through it and finished the race. Just disappointed we didn't get a better finish with how good of a truck these DGR-Crosley guys brought me here."
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Brett Moffitt’s first excursion on the dirt at Eldora Speedway produced a fifth-place finish on Wednesday night. The driver of the No. 16 iRacing Toyota began his week by competing on iRacing to prepare for his Eldora Dirt Derby debut, and the training was rewarded with his seventh top-five finish of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign.
Moffitt put his IMCA modified dirt experience to quick work on Tuesday evening by posting the fourth-quickest lap in the opening practice session. Dry slick track conditions during qualifying on Wednesday afternoon resulted in Moffitt recording the 12th-quickest time and positioned him third for his heat race. The Grimes, Iowa product held his position on the reworked track surface to finish third and earn the 12th starting position for the 150-lap main event.
The green flag waved over dry slick conditions on the half-mile dirt track and provided a steep challenge for Moffitt and the iRacing team. Throughout the first 40-lap stage, Moffitt lacked sufficient lateral grip and forward bite off each corner. He ran inside the top 15 for much of the opening stint despite the handling issues and was scored 17th at the end of the first stage. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Moffitt to pit road for under the stage break for the only pit stop of the night for four tires and significant chassis adjustments. The iRacing team made wedge and air pressure adjustments and changes to three of the four shocks to add forward bite.
The adjustments proved to be a noticeable aid for Moffitt over the last two stages. He worked his way through heavy traffic from 17th to 13th in Stage 2 and positioned himself in contention for the final stage. Zipadelli kept Moffitt on track during the stage break and inherited the sixth position for the lap 91 restart. Moffitt made good use of the cushion in Turns 1 and 2 and advanced into the top five on lap 98. After momentarily slipping to eighth, Moffitt steered clear of incidents around him to retake sixth position and moved into the top five on the restart at lap 137. Despite restarting on the inside, Moffitt emerged from the three and four-wide chaos on the overtime restart to collect a fifth-place finish. Moffitt holds the third position in the NCWTS standings and remains second on the Playoff Grid.
Brett Moffitt Quote:
“We had a lot of fun out here tonight. Our iRacing Tundra was pretty good. Thanks to iRacing, I got some experience this week and got to practice and put it to use tonight.”
“A lot of it was track position. We played the game there and stayed out on the second stage and were about to hang on. We’re all running a lot of the same lap times and we figured if we got up there we could hang on to it. Wish we had a few more laps there at the end, I feel like we were racing with those guys pretty good. Unfortunately, this old man in the No. 88 (laughs) got by us at the end. It was fun racing though. It was a lot of fun. There’s some guys that have a lot of respect for each other and it’s a lot of fun racing on dirt with them."


Noah Gragson battled his way from the 27th starting position to a sixth-place finish in Wednesday night's Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. After making contact with the wall in his qualifying race, Gragson finished sixth and was forced to run the last chance race, where he finished second and earned his way into the main event.
The Las Vegas native was running 15th with 40 laps remaining in the lone dirt race of the season before maneuvering his way forward in the closing laps. He restarted from the 12th position with 14 laps remaining and two laps later avoided a three-truck wreck to advance to the eighth spot. The Safelite AutoGlass Tundra took the final restart, which came under NASCAR overtime rules, in the eighth position and gained two spots over the final two laps to earn his 10th top-10 finish of the season.
Gragson finished 10 spots ahead of points leader Johnny Sauter and for the second consecutive race closed the gap in the battle for the regular season championship. Sauter was leading the standings by 65 points after the event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., but heads into next week's race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., holding a 32-point cushion with three races remaining.
Stage One Recap: 
  • Gragson started from the 27th position but got shuffled back on the initial restart and on lap two was at the tail end of the 32-truck field.
  • He was scored in the 28th position when the field was slowed for the first time for a one-truck spin on lap 11, 26th when another one-truck spin slowed the field again on lap 22 and 21st when the caution flew yet again for a one-truck spin on lap 28.
  • The field went back green with seven laps remaining in Stage One and the Safelite pilot was able to work his way up to the 18th position by the time the field took the green-checkered flag.
  • Crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned his driver to pit road between stages for four fresh tires, a full load of fuel and a major chassis adjustment.
Stage Two Recap: 
  • With seven trucks remaining on the track between stages, Gragson restarted 25th when the field took the green for Stage Two.
  • He had advanced to the 20th spot when the field was slowed for the fifth time on lap 54. The event would go green for the final 30 laps of the stage with the Las Vegas finishing in the 23rd position.
  • Fugle elected to keep his driver on the track between stages to gain track position.
Final Stage Recap: 
  • The Safelite Tundra would take the start of the Final Stage from the 10th spot and scored in the 12th position when a two-truck accident slowed the field with 20 laps remaining.
  • After avoiding a three-truck wreck in front of him on lap 137, he advanced into the top 10 once again. Gragson maintained the eighth position as another caution occurred two laps later setting up NASCAR overtime and then gained two spots over the final two laps to bring home a hard-fought sixth-place finish.


Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet


START: 19th




"Finishing ninth at the end of the night is not bad at all. I didn't do a good enough job keeping up with the changing track through the night. The dirt modified feature races I run are only 20 laps so it's tough when you're running 150 laps here with pit stops. The track was slick, especially running around on 15% throttle. Now it's on to my favorite track next weekend, Pocono Raceway."


Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet


START: 29th

FINISH: 16th



“We’ll take what we can get here. We struggled for most of the race. I just couldn’t do anything and then we finally got to where I could start passing. It’s tough to do anything here, it’s not my type of racing and I haven’t been able to figure it out. I’m just glad to be done with this and move on to New Hampshire in the Xfinity car with the 23 team and then get back to truck racing at Pocono.”


Dalton Sargeant, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet


START: 32nd

FINISH: 27th

POINTS: 11th


“I’m not sure I can say I enjoyed my first time out at Eldora (Speedway). We had a really tough day and it was all about survival and staying out of the way, but I wish I could have gotten a better finish for the No. 25 team. There was just nothing I could do handling-wise to get there. I’ll be happy to get to Pocono (Raceway) and get another shot at a top-10 finish with the Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy.”


Cody Coughlin, No. 2 Chevrolet


START: 24th

FINISH: 28th

POINTS: 10th


"That was a night. We just couldn't get the truck to handle right. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the 2 team worked hard to try to fix it the best they could with the track conditions. I'm ready to move on to Pocono (Raceway). It was cool to see Tony (Stewart, track owner) though and talk to him about the track and what to expect."


Wednesday night was Todd Gilliland's first race at Eldora Speedway, but the rookie learned fast and nearly scored a top-five finish in his No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra. He won the second qualifying race, which put him on the front row to start the 150-lap main event. He was fifth with 13 laps to go, but after getting hit by another competitor, spun to restart 20th and finish 22nd.
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started second in the No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra after winning the second 10-lap qualifying race.
  • The truck lacked grip throughout the first 40-lap stage and he fell back to 13th to finish Stage One.
  • During the break, he pitted for four tires and adjustments to help the handling for the remainder of the race.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Gilliland was 16th when the race resumed on lap 43 since a few trucks stayed out and restarted ahead of him.
  • He narrowly avoided two trucks spinning in front of him on lap 53 and was up to 10th by lap 61.
  • He said there was still no grip on the track, but he finished the second stage in sixth place on lap 90.
  • The team opted not to pit during the break to gain track position.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gilliland started the final 60-lap stage in third place.
  • While running fifth after a restart on lap 137, he was hit by Myatt Snider and spun, which cost him valuable track position.
  • He was 20th with five laps to go, but another caution slowed the race creating a green-white-checker finish.
  • With a wild two-lap shootout to end the race, Gilliland finished 22nd.