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Set to return to a full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

(NCWTS) schedule in 2018 with Niece Motorsports, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) will see several of this year’s marketing partners continue their relationship next year.

The Austin, Texas native will have a plethora of support from his home state, as Don’t mess with Texas, GO TEXAN, AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) and B&D Industries Inc. will all serve as partners throughout the season with the driver.

The partnerships will be managed by AM Racing, as part of Self’s management group, but hosted by Niece Motorsports.

Niece Motorsports is owned by United States Marine Corps veteran Al Niece. Niece also owns Niece Equipment.

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.

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

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 for throughout the world.

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets. AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., B&D Industries Inc. was founded in 1955 and offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

“I’m very thankful to have the support of Don’t mess with Texas, GO TEXAN, AM Technical Solutions and B&D Industries Inc.,” said Self. “This year we were able to accomplish some great things together both on and off the track.

“As our marketing partners continue to look for cutting-edge opportunities to strengthen their brands, it’s important that I do everything I can both on and off the track to keep that not only engaged but recognizable.

“We haven’t even turned the page to the 2018 season yet, but I’m overjoyed to have the opportunity to once again compete for a championship and represent some great marketing partners.”

Entering Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, the 21-year-old Self has 37 NCWTS starts to his credit with a career-best second place finish earned at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in Feb. 2017.

Additionally, the Texan has two additional top-10 credits to his season, with a ninth at Eldora Speedway (2016) and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2017).
Additional marketing partnership(s) at Niece Motorsports for Self, the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year, are forthcoming.
For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit 
Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas productsrestaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolls into Texas Motor Speedway this Friday night for race two in the Round of 6, the JAGS Metal 350 (8 p.m., FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).  Johnny Sauter, the defending series champion, is the defending race winner at the 1.5-mile, quad-oval.  Matt Craft, a two-time series champion, finished second in that same race.  Christopher Bell, the current championship points leader, won the NCWTS race here in June.  Three other playoff contenders (Sauter, Crafton, Ben Rhodes) also had top ten finishes here in June.

There have been 39 NCWTS races held at Texas Motor Speedway.  There have been 25 different pole winners.  Mike Skinner is the oldest pole winner with his run in November of 2007(50 years, 4 months).  Tyler Reddick is the youngest driver to ever win a NCWTS pole at TMS.  He was 18 years and 9 months old when he won the pole in October 2014.  The qualifying record is held by Noah Gragson at 185.134 mph (6/9/2017).

There have been 22 race winners on NCWTS history at Texas Motor Speedway.  Five of winners have started from the pole position, with Todd Bodine being the last to do so in June of 2007.  William Byron became the youngest winner on 6/10/2016 (18 years, 6 months).  The oldest winner at TMS is Ron Hornaday, Jr. (52 years, 11 months) with his win in June of 2011.  Erik Jones holds the race record of 158.002 mph, set on 11/6/2015.

After the opening race in the Round of 6, Austin Cindric and John Hunter Nemechek find themselves below the cut line to advance to the championship round in Homestead.  Here is a look at how they stack up with the other four contenders in the Round of 6 standings:

Christopher Bell – 1st (3083 Points, 47 Playoff Points)

Johnny Sauter – 2nd (3080 Points, 27 Playoff Points)

Matt Crafton – 3rd (3068 Points, 14 Playoff Points)

Ben Rhodes – 4th (3049 Points, 14 Playoff Points)

Austin Cindric – 5th (3038 Points, 13 Playoff Points, -11 to Cutoff)

John Hunter Nemechek – 6th (3021 Points, 7 Playoff Points, -28 to Cutoff)

Any of these six drivers would advance to the Championship 4 with a win.  Bell and Sauter could clinch a spot in the next round by points.  Crafton could clinch by points with a repeat winner.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series runs the JAGS Metal 350 on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas.  (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Beaver Motorsports today announced Motorsports Safety Group (MSG) as the primary sponsor for the No. 50 Chevrolet Silverado of Josh Reaume at Texas Motor Speedway for the Jag Metals 350. This will be Reaume’s second NCWTS start at the one-and-a-half-mile track.

Dr. Jason Cormier, one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons, formed the Motorsports Safety Group to create a means by which to promote health, wellness and preventative practices within the sport of auto racing. Dr. Cormier crafted this strategic partnership with the ARCA Safety Initiative Program to form a “Motorsports Healthcare Education Plan,” a high-profile, interactive activation designed to reach millions of race fans throughout the country. 

“Motorsports Safety Group is proud to be in partnership with Beaver Motorsports. We are excited to have Josh Reaume behind the wheel for the Jag Metals 350 and expect nothing but great things from him,” explained Dr. Cormier.

Utilizing the strength and demographic reach of auto racing, the Motorsports Safety Group's mission is to provide a comprehensive, grassroots marketing campaign focused on preventative health care education and wellness training. With an emphasis to educate and engage race fans in their growing role as healthcare consumers, the objective is to influence behavioral changes, to provide racing’s brand-loyal audience with the medical knowledge to make informed, preventative decisions which directly affect the wellness of their families. 

"Motorsports Safety Group will continue its collaborative efforts by continuing to engage racing teams, foundations, research organizations, and the motor racing industry to continue developing educational platforms such as seminars and webinars," stated Dr. Cormier.

Joining MSG for the Jag Metals 350 is Fuzzy Taco Shop. Associate partners will continue to be: So Good! Entertainment, Markanda Social Strategies, Franklin Signs and Graphics, ZAK Products, Beaver Bail Bonds, WIX Filters, and Laird Plastics.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Jag Metal 350 at Texas Motor Speedway will take place Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m. ET.  Be sure to catch the action on FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90 and MRN.

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Just days after being announced as a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver for Niece Motorsports next season, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Texas Motor Speedway for this Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 with confidence on his side.
Self, a native of Austin, Texas is hoping that confidence carries from the garage to inside his No. 45 United Sorghum Checkoff Program / Don’t Mess with Texas Chevrolet.                

“I’ve been waiting to get back to Texas Motor Speedway,” said Self. “We had a really good truck there in the Spring and got tangled in a last lap accident and finished 12th. I wasn’t sure what kind of race that new asphalt would permit, but it really turned into a fun and competitive race.

“For me, there’s a lot of good things happening and I’d like to go back to Texas and finish what we started and see if we can get our Niece Motorsports Chevrolet inside the top-10 at the end of the night.”

Feeling confident about his race truck for the penultimate intermediate track of the season, Self is proud to bring a new marketing partner to his Truck Series team for the 147-lap race.

The Texas Grain Sorghum Board and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program will serve as the primary marketing partners for Self’s fourth trip to Texas Motor Speedway.

In the ethanol industry, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program is focusing on developing direct awareness of the benefits of using sorghum as a fuel and feedstock.

Renewable fuel, which includes ethanol, serves as the foundation of demand for the sorghum industry. Ethanol producers typically use about one-third (approximately 120 million bushels) of the sorghum crop to produce clean-burning, high octane fuel.

The Sorghum Checkoff’s renewables program is focused on expanding and developing opportunities for sorghum growers within the renewables space through a combination of research and market development.

Last year, sorghum was planted across about 1.9 million acres in Texas with millions of bushels harvested. Texas was second in the top-five sorghum-producing states in 2016.

“As w work harder to provide a healthier environment, I’m proud to have the support of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and the Texas Grain Sorghum Board for Friday night’s race at Texas,” said Self.

“They are doing so much to help fuel America by creating jobs and trying to preserve the world we live in, along with its resources, for future generations to come. I plan to try to educate my fans as much as possible, so they know just how much sorghum has been an influence to make ethanol a clean-burning, high octane fuel and its connection to NASCAR.

“I’ve learned a lot the last few weeks and I never realized all of the uses for sorghum.  I’m especially impressed that sorghum uses 1/3 less water and produces the same amount of ethanol per gallon compared to other ethanol producing plants.

“It’s all very neat and I look forward to promoting its use.”

Knowing that under the right circumstances, Friday night’s Truck race has the opportunity to become a fuel mileage race – his new association puts everything into perspective.

“You never know what kind of race you’re going to get at Texas,” said Self. “You can have a fast-paced race with hardly any cautions or you can have a very active race where cautions wave frequently.

“It’s anyone’s guess.”

Looking for his fourth career top-10 finish in Truck Series competition, Self says it’s important to stay in the spotlight, especially at his hometown race.

“In a way, this is like my Daytona 500,” he explained. “We have a bunch of guests, friends and marketing partners who come to the track and root for us. I’m very fortunate to have a great group of Texas-based marketing partners who would like to see us deliver a top-10 run, and believe me that’s on our agenda!

In addition to The Texas Grain Sorghum Board, Don’t Mess with Texas, AM Technical Solutions, GO TEXAN, B&D Industries Inc., Superior Essex and Accu-Tech will serve as associate marketing partners for Self’s 38th career NCWTS race.

In 15 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, seven top-15 and 11 top-20 finishes respectively.

The JAG Metals 350 (147 laps / 220.5 miles) is the 21st of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Nov. 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., with a final practice session set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Nov. 3 beginning at 3:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Central (CT).

To learn about the Texas Grain Sorghum Board and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and its benefits, please visit

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit 

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit

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LEACREE, an international auto parts manufacturer, has partnered with MB Motorsports, the sole surviving original team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“It’s always good when companies want to partner with your client,” says CM2’s Michael Boswell. “LEACREE is be exhibiting at the AAPEX Show in Las Vegas this week, so this is the perfect time to announce this partnership.”

LEACREE has devoted their energies in designing, manufacturing and marketing high quality auto parts to serve domestic and international customers. LEACREE has over 100,000 square meters of office and manufacturing space including standardized modern plant, technically advanced production line utilizing modern equipment. LEACREE follows TS16949 operating procedures, with a professional, innovated staff working in a beautiful and clean environment.

According to Lou Ischo of LEACREE, the company's focus is on all markets. LEACREE values honesty, quality, and customer service in regards to all customers All are viewed as the long-term partners and friends.  Our goal is to support all of our customers and partners in their markets with our quality products. This is effort is supported by offering consistent quality, prompt delivery, technical and information support, marketing, promoting activities and after-sales service.  All of this is backed up strongly by the experienced and dedicated employees, advanced equipments & technology, strict process and quality control.

The LEACREE sales network covers all the world and is unremitting to strengthen its brand. LEACREE has become a synonym of safe, controllable and comfortable for the end-users, and opened to any call, fax and e-mail of your comments or advice. LEACREE hopes to cooperate with you the distinguished company, to make both parties benefit from LEACREE in the increasingly complex and competitive industry environment.

For more information on LEACREE, visit

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Texas Motor Speedway is one of only two race tracks where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) visits twice in a season. For Myatt Snider, he is ready to head back west to the Lone Star State once again. Snider made his Texas debut earlier this season and although his race didn't end the way he wanted, he's excited to get on track this weekend and redeem himself.
Snider qualified his No. 51 Toyota Tundra 13th in June at Texas for his second NCWTS race of the 2017 season. The rookie was on his way to his second top 10 of the season until a late-race spin relegated him to a 16th-place finish. Now Snider is eager to take what he's learned from his experience at Texas and apply it Friday night under the lights. The No. 51 team also plans to utilize their new crew chief, Mike Hillman Jr., who has six wins, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in the NCWTS at the 1.5-mile track. Five of Hillman's six wins came with veteran driver Todd Bodine (2005-2007, 2009-2010). For his sixth win, he helped Jeb Burton get the first Truck Series victory of his career. That is his plan for Snider Friday night as well.
Friday's JAG Metal's 350 will be Snider's seventh start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season. The 22-year-old made his season debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Snider started that race 13th and ultimately crossed the finish line 10th to earn his first of three top-10 finishes so far this season. At Kentucky Speedway in Sparta he started the race from the sixth position, led four laps and ultimately crossed the finish line 16th. In his fourth race of the season, he took the green flag 10th and persevered from a mid-race spin to capture his second top 10 of the season at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Snider qualified ninth for the race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, but his day ended early after he was clipped from behind on the first lap and his Tundra ran into the inside wall first and came to rest on the outside wall. The damage was too severe for Snider to continue and he was scored with a 28th-place finish. In his most recent start, Snider rolled off the grid ninth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and earned his career-best finish of third at the superspeedway.
After Texas, Snider can be seen behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra one more time this season at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.
As Snider returns to Texas, he will bring back the colors of Liberty Tax Service on the hood of his No. 51 Tundra. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., last year Liberty Tax Service prepared over two million individual income tax returns in more than 4,000 offices and online. Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor to many charitable causes.
When the engines start and the lights come on Friday night, Snider hopes he can race his No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Tundra all the way to Victory Lane and celebrate his first NCWTS win.
Oklahoma native Christopher Bell will make his 51st career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Friday night in the JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth. Bell will be looking to add to his series-leading five wins in 2017 and complete a sweep of the Truck Series races at Texas this season.
In the June race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, the 22-year-old came from the 21st starting position to lead 92 of the final 98 laps and was just inches ahead of Chase Briscoe when the field was frozen after a three-truck accident ended the race under caution during the green-white-checkered finish. If Bell is able to win Friday night's race at the track located just over 150 miles from where he grew up in Norman, Okla., he would become just the third driver to sweep the Truck Series races at TMS. Ron Hornaday Jr. was able to win both races in 2008 and Johnny Sauter accomplished the feat in 2012.
With an eighth-place finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last weekend in the opening race of the Round of 6, Bell maintained his spot atop the Truck Series championship standings for the ninth consecutive race. He currently leads reigning Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter by three points and with two events remaining in the Round of 6 has a 45-point cushion on the cutoff line for advancing to the championship race at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
In addition to pacing the standings for the last nine races, the talented wheelman leads NASCAR's third division in nearly every major statistical category this season, including wins (five), poles (four), top-five finishes (13), top-10 finishes (18), driver rating (117.4), average starting position (4.8), average finish (5.9), average running position (6.2), laps led (755) and fastest laps run (355).
Bell, who was an open-wheel standout before becoming a pavement prodigy, has displayed the talent necessary to have a successful career in NASCAR since coming on the scene in June of 2015. Near the end of the 2016 season he started producing more consistent results and in 2017 those results have become eye opening. His continued progress has allowed him to become dubbed as one of the sport's rising stars. Across the first 25 starts of his Truck Series career the Toyota development driver registered two wins, 308 laps led, eight top five-finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and an average finish of 10.6. He has improved in all of those categories, producing five wins, 755 laps led, 14 top five-finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and an average finish of 6.2 across his last 25 Truck Series starts.
With his graduation to the NASCAR XFINITY Series already announced for 2018, Bell will be looking to cap off his second    full-time season in the Truck Series by adding another championship banner to the five already hanging in the rafters at Kyle Busch Motorsports. They say that the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas and one of NASCAR's rising stars is hoping to shine bright under the lights of Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. He's hoping to put on a black cowboy hat and ride out of victory lane with a ticket to the championship race at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.  
Coming off his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory last weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Noah Gragson is eager to get back in his No. 18 Switch Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this week. It will be his second race this season at Texas and since everything is bigger in Texas, he expects big results.
The 19-year-old rookie has been busy this week enjoying the accolades and recognition from his first win Saturday in Martinsville. After battling with NCWTS veterans Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter for the lead in the final 50 laps, Gragson made a move rarely seen at the flat, half-mile track. Following a caution, Gragson restarted second and was able to make the outside lane work as he battled side-by-side with Crafton for nearly a lap before successfully clearing him for the lead off the exit of turn four. Pulling away from the field, he led the final 10 laps en route to a 1.486-second margin of victory over Crafton and Sauter. It was a great race for all the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) drivers with Harrison Burton finishing fourth, Todd Gilliland fifth and point leader Christopher Bell in eighth.
Gragson has high expectations for his second race in Texas on Friday night. During his first race there in June, he won his first NCWTS pole and finished the race seventh. Despite having one of the fastest trucks in the race, a loose wheel caused the team to make additional pit stops, which put them two laps down. Gragson rose to the challenge, got his laps back and fought his way back into the top 10 before the race ended.
While many are focused on the six drivers remaining in the 2017 playoffs, Gragson hopes to steal their thunder again this week with another win. Taking the same Toyota Tundra Kyle Busch won with at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May, the Las Vegas native is ready to see if he can make it two wins in a row. Adding a cowboy hat would be a nice addition to his growing trophy collection which already consists of a grandfather clock from Martinsville and a Winchester rifle from winning the Winchester 400 ARCA/CRA Super Series race, all of which came in October. Gragson is hoping to continue his winning ways into November and finish the season strong.

Saddling up for his eighth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the season, veteran Tyler Young (@TylerYoung02) is aiming for his second consecutive top-10 performance in Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Young, a native of Midland, Texas heads to the Lone Star State on the heels of his best finish of the season two races ago at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where despite being collected in a massive last-lap pileup, he was credited with a 10th place finish.

Knowing that his Young’s Motorsports team brought their best superspeedway truck to the plate for Talladega, he’s leaning on crew chief Chad Kendrick to do the same with a brand-new truck for Friday night’s penultimate intermediate race of the season.

“I always enjoy going back to Texas,” said Young. “It’s a big race for me and my family. We’ve been fortunate to have some good runs there – but we’ve raised the stakes a little bit this weekend knowing we’re bringing a new truck.

“I know we’ll probably have to work some of the bugs out during the first practice, but that final practice session – a little closer to qualifying and race time will be crucial for our team to get steered in the right direction. I feel like we can leave Texas with a strong finish.”

For the second consecutive weekend, Young’s Motorsports will field two trucks in Truck Series competition. Austin Hill will remain buckled in the team’s flagship No. 02 truck, while Young is set to pilot the No. 20 Young’s Building Systems / Randco Industries Chevrolet.

Last weekend Hill joined Jeb Burton in his Truck Series return at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Both trucks ran consistently in the top-20 before Burton suffered a mechanical failure late in the Texas Roadhouse 200.

Hill went on to log a 16th place finish.

“Experimenting with two teams is making our program more sound,” offered Young. “Long-term, we’d like Young’s Motorsports to become a more viable outlet for customers. “We’ve been able to make some gains during the season, but we’re not there yet.

“Everyone is working hard and I’m very pleased with the shop atmosphere not only at the track but at the race track too. The time is here to hammer down and try and get ahead for 2018 and I’m hoping this new truck will lead us in that direction.”

This weekend’s JAG Metals 350 will be the 26-year old’s 10th start at the 1.5-mile speedway.

In his previous nine races, the Texan has earned a best finish of 14th twice, but Young is hoping to sway a recent string of bad luck at TMS and earn his sixth-career top-10 finish.

“The repave has made the track a little sketchy at times,” sounded Young. “I think you’ll see this weekend that it may take a little while for the groove to widen out – but once it does, it should produce some great racing.

“For me, we need to have a good run at Texas. It’s been a little bit since we’ve left there satisfied. For one reason or another, it just hasn’t worked in our favor. We were running pretty good in the spring – with my best qualifying effort at Texas, but had an engine failure shortly after halfway and that put a damper on our night.

“I realize it’s still the Playoffs and I’m going to be respectful of my friends and competitors who are a part of that championship case – but we need to go out there and do our dance too. We definitely have the momentum to have a good show at Texas, I’m just hoping we can contend for another top-10 run when it’s all said and done.”

In 77 career NCWTS starts, Young holds five top-10 finishes to his credit with a career-best sixth at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February 2016. A sixth-place qualifying effort at Eldora Speedway in July 2015 is his best time trials effort to date. Young’s Motorsports has competed on the tour since 2012.

For more on Tyler Young, please visit or click on his Facebook page. Young is also active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with him @TylerYoung02.

The JAG Metals 350 (147 laps / 220.5 miles) is the 21st of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Nov. 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., with a final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Nov. 3 beginning at 3:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Central (CT).

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Officials for Niece Motorsports announced today that Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) will join the organization next season, piloting a full time entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

“I am very humbled and thankful for this opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports for 2018,” said Self, who has a career-best second place finish in the NCWTS at Daytona.

“I’ve been fortunate to run several races for the organization this season and I’m fired up to think what we accomplish in 23 races next season.”

2018 will mark the Austin, Texas native’s third season in the Truck Series and his second full-time. To date, Self has 37 starts, with one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

Marketing partners and a crew chief for Self will be named at a later date.

“I’m incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished this season,” said team owner Al Niece.  “We have assembled a great team and accomplished a lot this year.

“At the beginning of the year we set out to run a few races, and ended up going to the track almost every weekend.  We are thrilled to have Austin join the fold next year at Niece Motorsports and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish.”

In addition to Niece Motorsports, Al Niece, a Texas native and Marine Corps veteran, also owns Niece Equipment, which has for over 30 years provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices.  Niece Equipment’s reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability.  The company provides water and fuel/lube trucks that are engineered with quality and durability in mind for the construction and mining industry.

Additional 2018 announcements for Niece Motorsports are forthcoming.

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Jeb Burton’s return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) took an unexpected turn late in Saturday afternoon’s Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Resources when a mechanical failure resulted in a 26th place finish.

Burton struggled with the handling of his No. 20 State Water Heaters / Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation Chevrolet throughout the race and despite a rash of radical changes to improve a tight race truck, the Young’s Motorsports team gave the Halifax, Va. native a valiant effort, but came up short.

Still, Burton was thankful for the opportunity to make his 51st career Truck Series start and first for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team.

“I want to thank State Water Heaters, Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation and the Young’s Motorsports team for giving me the opportunity to get back in a truck,” offered Burton.

“We qualified 21st and made some steady changes to our truck. We used track position to our advantage and even put our truck in the top-10 for a little bit.

“However, we kinda got bounced around there during the late going of Stage 2 and early in Stage 3 and couldn’t get the track position to recover. About 30 laps or so before we had the gear failure, I started smelling rear-end grease, but I thought it came from another truck, but ultimately – it was us.

“I’m just bummed. I wanted to do better for everyone. I don’t get too many of these chances.”

Despite the finish, Burton and his Chad Kendrick-led team had a lot to be proud of.

The team made significant improvements from practice on Friday afternoon to qualifying on Saturday and despite flexing some muscle during Round 1 of qualifying, the team ended up 21st on the starting grid.

From the drop of the green flag, Burton held his own.

With guidance from spotter and former NASCAR driver Mike Dillon, the No. 20 Chevrolet aggressively made its way forward.

A caution waved near the end of Stage 1 which allowed the opportunity for Kendrick not only the chance to adjust on Burton’s vehicle, but set the team up for some crucial track position for the start of Stage 2.

Maintaining a presence inside the top-15 during Stage 2, as the laps ticked away, the handling worsen on Burton’s Chevrolet bowtie and despite getting shoved from the bottom groove nearing the stage completion, Burton took 18th as the Stage 2 came to an end.

More changes to combat the handline woes were taken from Kendrick to start Stage 3.

Restarting 20th, Burton made great progression during the early laps, but with a lack of patience from his other competitors, the second-generation driver found himself on the wrong end of the bumper once again sliding back from 15th to 18th nearing 50 laps to go.

Less than 30 laps later, Burton’s truck began showing smoke forcing an unscheduled pit stop.

The Young’s Motorsports team deemed the problem terminal sending them to the garage 26 laps shy of the finish.

“I want to thank Jeb for doing a great job for us this weekend at Martinsville,” said Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young. “He was giving nothing less than 100 percent behind the wheel – and something completely out of his control took him out.

“Hopefully, we’ll get another shot at working with him and we can make it up to him.”

Burton’s teammate Austin Hill also overcame handling woes with his No. 02 Outdoor International Ford and finished a respectable 16th place lead lap finish in his 10th start of the season.

Saturday’s 200-lap race also marked the first time that Jeb Burton raced his teenage cousin Harrison Burton in a NASCAR national series event. Despite Jeb Burton’s late race hiccups, Harrison finished a career-best fourth driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).

Next up for the Truck Series is a return trip to Texas Motor Speedway, where Hill and Young will make up the two-car tandem in the Lone Star State in the Nov. 3 running of the JAG Metals 350 live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. The green-flag is scheduled for 7:18 p.m. (CT).

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