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Vinnie Miller to Make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut at Talladega Superspeedway with Bolen Motorsports10 Oct 2017 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Vinnie Miller will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut driving the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports Chevrolet in the Fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Saturday, October 14th.
Officials from Young’s Motorsports (YMS) announced today that veteran racer Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) will drive the team second’ entry, the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado in the upcoming Alpha Energy Solutions 200 presented by Texas Roadhouse at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sat., Oct. 28.
Burton’s partnership with Young’s Motorsports marks the return of the Halifax, Va. native to the Truck Series since competing at Texas Motor Speedway in Nov. 2015.
The tight 0.526-mile paperclip is considered Burton’s hometown track and where the son of former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton honed his short track skills competing in several Late Model events at the historic short track during the early days of his Motorsports career.
Since then, Burton has competed in various forms of stock car racing, including all three of NASCAR’s national series including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Burton is set to make his sixth Truck Series start at Martinsville and his first in three years of competition. In his previous five starts, the 25-year-old has earned one pole, two top-five, top-10 and four top-13 finishes.
“I’m really thankful for this opportunity to drive for Young’s Motorsports at Martinsville,” said Burton. “It’s going to be great to get back into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and have an opportunity to come out of the box and compete for a strong finish.
“The Young’s Motorsports team has always flourished with speed at Martinsville and I’m hoping that with me behind the wheel and Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) calling the shots and our ECR engine, we’ll have a chance to put ourselves in the hunt for a top-five finish.
“It’s a home game for me and short track racing, so I’m very excited. I love racing at Martinsville, and I felt like I should have already won there. I really want that clock. We’re going to do what we can to bring it home!”
Two longtime partners will allow Burton to make his 51st career NCWTS start. State Water Heaters and the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation will serve as partners for the 20th race of the season.
State Water Heaters is a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential water heaters. State offers over 500 water heater products and has consistently developed new technologies to ensure longer product life.
The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Ward Burton. Founded in 1996, the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation’s mission is to conserve land and wildlife through wise stewardship and to educate children and adults concerning the natural resources that will shape America’s future.
“Without the support of State Water Heaters, I wouldn’t have a chance to return to Martinsville in hopes of putting on a show in front of my hometown family, friends and fans,” added Burton. “I can’t thank them enough for standing beside me throughout my NASCAR career and giving me another shot to show my potential.”
For team principal and primary driver Tyler Young, he believes the addition of Burton to their lineup this season will offer the potential to elevate their program further.
“Jeb is a tremendous race car driver,” offered Young. “He isn’t afraid to go fast and put himself in a position to make some breathtaking moves that pay off in a big way.
“We’ve been blessed to have a good truck every time we go to Martinsville and I feel like with Jeb’s guidance and breakdown of the track, we have the potential to do a lot of good things in a few weeks. I’m excited and can’t wait to get to Martinsville.”
In 50 career NCWTS starts, Burton has earned seven poles, one win (Texas Motor Speedway), seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in a span of four years of competition.
Burton made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville in 2012 driving for Hillman Racing qualifying seventh and finishing a respectable 13th in a race backed by State Water Heaters.
The Alpha Energy Solutions 200 presented by Texas Roadhouse, the final short track of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is set for Sat., Oct. 28. The 200-lap anticipated slugfest is the preamble for the Oct. 29 running of the First Data 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS).
The race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with additional coverage from the Motor Racing Network (radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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“As a Las Vegas native, I was heartbroken to learn of the events that occurred Sunday night. The shine of a city so vibrant with life and love was suddenly dulled in the blink of an eye. Being away from the city that I love, I couldn’t help but think of others within the racing community that were feeling the same affects. Joined together with my fellow Nevadans – Kurt and Kyle Busch, Brendan Gaughan, Noah Gragson and Jamie Little – we developed a way for everyone to assist in the efforts of repairing the city’s morale.
We are asking the NASCAR family to come together and help the great city of Las Vegas by visiting DriversForVegas.com to purchase a shirt or sticker, or simply make a donation.
Las Vegas has always been there for and supported us, and this is a great opportunity for us to give back and be there for them.”
– Spencer Gallagher
“It was horrific what happened in our hometown and we all send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas. It really hit home to all of us and as Nevada natives we hope everyone supports our efforts. Please visit DriversForVegas.com to purchase a shirt or sticker, or simply make a donation to support those who need our help.” – Kurt Busch
"Like most Americans, I was devastated to hear about Sunday's tragic events in my hometown. As a group of racers from Las Vegas, we wanted to find a way for ourselves, along with our race fans, to help the victims and families of this unthinkable act. We encourage fans to check out DriversForVegas.com to purchase one of the items available, or to simply make a donation." – Kyle Busch
“I’ve always considered myself lucky to be born and raised in what I tell everyone is the greatest city on Earth. Seeing the outpouring of love and charity from all over the world helps restore my faith in humanity. With so many NASCAR drivers from Las Vegas, I feel like it’s the least we can do to ask our racing community to band together in helping those who have been affected by this tragedy. Thank you to all those who have already helped. I have never been more proud to say that I am #VegasStrong.” – Brendan Gaughan
“Although I moved to North Carolina to pursue my racing career, Las Vegas will always be my home. When I heard about this horrible tragedy, not only did I think about my family and friends who still live there, but all of the visitors who make our city one of the best in the world. I immediately wanted to do something to help, but it took a few days to even wrap my head around what happened. When Spencer called me with this idea, I was all in to help do anything to try to heal our community.” – Noah Gragson
"As a Las Vagas native and current resident of this great city, my heart broke when I saw the massacre that happened on our soil. All I could do was think of ways to help and to give back. This is a great initiative that Spencer has started. Our Las Vegas NASCAR contingent is small but we're mighty. All of us, along with your help, will give to the families and victims involved and help lift some of the burden they have endured." – Jamie Little
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
To support the victims and their families, t-shirts and stickers will be available for purchase beginning early next week at DriversForVegas.com.
Partnering with Las Vegas-based Zappos, all profits will be donated to the Support Las Vegas campaign benefitting the Direct Impact Fund. Zappos will match 100% of the donations made up to $1,000,000. Additional information can be found at zappos.com/support.
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Fresh off a 11th place finish in this past Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350, Young’s Motorsports (YMS) has steadily shown an improvement which has the veteran NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) looking forward to the rest of the 2017 season.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based team welcomed veteran Timothy Peters behind the wheel of the No. 02 Henry County Va. / Autos by Nelson Chevrolet for the 18th race of the season.
After making aggressive changes to their truck through a productive practice, Peters qualified 20th, but the team led by crew chief Chad Kendrick noticed a potential issue with the truck, sending them to the rear before the green flag.
Using his talent, Peters found himself back to the position he qualified by the conclusion of Lap 1.
Throughout the early race stages, Peters battled the handling of his truck, but throughout the 147-lap race, assertive adjustments from Kendrick allowed Peters to contend for a top-10 finish in the closing laps, before settling for 11th when the checkered flag flew.
“Timothy was a great addition for our Young’s Motorsports team,” said team principal and driver Tyler Young. “He was able to come to the race track and really help us digest our program while giving nothing less than 110 percent behind the wheel. For that, we’re extremely thankful.
“We made steady gains throughout the race and I think the suggestions he offered will help us make us better for places like Texas, Homestead and next year for sure. He is welcome to come back and drive for our team anytime.”
Competing in the final standalone race of the season this past weekend at Las Vegas, it would be hard for Young and his team not to reflect on the tragedy that occurred on Sunday night, with the team still in town doing some boding and teambuilding exercises.
“Speaking on behalf of the team, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Las Vegas,” Young sounded. “The people of Las Vegas and their tourists have always been courteous, polite and embracing anytime that NASCAR comes to town.
“It was a senseless tragedy that impacted so many forever. As we press on with our season, we will continue to pray for those affected.”
With the penultimate off-weekend of the season on-deck this weekend, the Young’s Motorsports team is putting the final touches of their superspeedway chassis for the Oct. 14 running of the fred’s 250 fueled by Coca-Cola.
“As a team, we’re really looking forward to Talladega,” added Young. “We had a good top-12 finish with Dylan (Lupton) in his Truck Series debut and although we lost our truck in a crash in the season-opening race at Daytona, we’re excited about the new piece we have and look to contend for a really good finish.”
Young Motorsports scored their career-best finish on the superspeedway track of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last February with Young behind the wheel.
Hoping to better that finish this past February, Young was knocked out from competition after being swept into the “big one” on Lap 2 of the season-opening event.
Next weekend, the Midland, Texas native hopes his team can deliver a strong superspeedway rebound.
“We’ve been able to produce some strong trucks on the superspeedways and Young’s Motorsports is proud of that,” added Young. “The end of the season is near and hopefully we can continue to produce some strong finishes that will take us into the off-season and make our 2018 season our best yet.”
In 76 career NCWTS starts, Young holds four 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.
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Ryan Truex, driver of the No. 16 Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Toyota Tundra, earned his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole and finished 12th in the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Truex’s pole run in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session earned him his second pole award in the last three races and led the field to the green flag Saturday evening's 146-lap contest at LVMS.
Truex was out in front of an accident on the opening lap, and lined up fifth when the race restarted on lap seven. While battling a tight handling condition, Truex ran inside the top six throughout Stage 1. By the end of the opening stage on lap 35, Truex advanced to fourth and collected seven points. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Truex to pit road under the ensuing caution flag and gave him four fresh tires with air pressure adjustments to improve the handling condition.
On the subsequent restart at lap 42, Truex narrowly avoided a multi-truck accident on the frontstretch. However, the team noticed smoke trailing from Truex’s No. 16 Toyota Tundra during the caution flag. After the race, the Hattori Racing Enterprises team found an issue with the transmission which hampered Truex’s ability to get through the gears on restarts. When the race restarted on lap 48, Truex solidified himself as a contender despite the intermittent smoke, and ran inside the top six through the remainder of Stage 2. At the conclusion of Stage 2 on lap 70, Truex collected another seven points in fourth position and came to pit road under the caution period for four tires and fuel.
Truex restarted fourth on lap 78 to begin the final segment, and wasted no time racing towards the front. Despite a loose condition in dirty air, Truex marched his way to second by lap 103 and began to reel in the race leader. A round of green flag stops began with Truex pitting on lap 123, and further closed the gap on the race leader during the pit cycle. An ill-fated caution flag waved lap 133 and bunched up the field for a late-race restart on lap 140. Truex restarted third, and was to the transmission issue was shuffled to fifth by lap 144 due to the transmission issue. While racing for the fourth position, contact from the No. 98 truck sent Truex’s machine out of the groove and into the Turn 2 wall. The damage relegated Truex out of contention and he was credited with a 12th-place finish, one lap down.
Ryan Truex Quote:
“We were close again tonight. Winning the pole showed how strong this team is and the quality of Toyota Tundras we bring to the racetrack each week. We had really good speed, especially on the longer runs, but the transmission issue really hurt us on restarts and I had to work just to gain that ground back later in the run. Zippy (Scott Zipadelli) called a great race again, and had us in contention at the end. I really wish that last caution didn’t come out, because we were probably going to finish second again. It was special to have the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation on the truck tonight and I wanted to give it a good finish. The result isn’t at all what we’ve been looking for, but we’re one of the trucks to beat each week, so it’s nice to at least be in position.”
AUSTIN CINDRIC BREAKDOWN
Showing speed early on in Saturday morning’s practice sessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), Kaz finished final practice fastest overall and went on to qualify 14th for the Las Vegas 350.
When the 146-lap race began, Kaz fought his way to seventh place and ran there until the caution came out on lap 37 for the conclusion of Stage One. Crew chief Jerry Baxter called the No. 33 down pit road under the break for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to tighten up the Kiklos Chevy. Unfortunately though, after a miscommunication on pit road resulted in a lengthy stop, Kaz restarted 14th for the start of Stage Two. However, on the restart, Kaz did his best to maneuver around an accident but got slight damage to the right front of his Chevrolet Silverado. The No. 33 team fixed the damage on pit road, keeping Kaz on the lead lap.
Restarting 16th on lap 48, Kaz worked to make up track position during the second stage, ultimately finishing 11th at the break. Coming to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to try tighten the Kiklos Chevy up, Kaz lined up 11th for the start of the final stage. Making his way into the top-10 as a long green flag run ensued, Kaz reported that his No. 33 was continuing to swing to the free side the longer he went. Coming to pit road under green on lap 124, Kaz got four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to aid in his Chevy’s handling for the remainder of the race. As pit strategy played out, the caution came out on lap 133. Restarting fourth with 7 laps remaining, Kaz crossed the finish line with a fifth-place finish in his LVMS debut.
"I said from the beginning that it would take solid top-five runs to make it through the first round of The Playoffs and that’s what we had tonight. There were a couple issues early on, but the No.33 team gave me a fast Kiklos Chevy and we were able to get a good finish. This was the best truck we’ve unloaded with all season at a mile-and-a-half track and it makes me optimistic about the rest of the year; we just have to get through Talladega first.”
- After the second race of The Playoffs, Kaz is seeded seventh in the NCWTS Playoff Standings, 8 points below the cutoff line.
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Justin Haley, making his first start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, showed a lot of speed in the MyWhy Chevrolet during both of Saturday’s practice sessions for the Las Vegas 350. Haley advanced to the second round of qualifying with the third fastest time and ultimately ran the eighth-fastest lap in the final round.
As the green flag waved for the start of the 146-lap race, the field was brought under caution for the first time, with Haley sustaining damage to the MyWhy Chevrolet. He visited the No. 24 team on pit road for repairs and returned to the track in the 24th position. The race returned to green on lap five with Haley immediately moving toward the front. By lap 11 he was scored in the 15th position, but as the race continued green the MyWhy Chevy began to tighten up. He finished Stage One in the 13th position.
Haley pitted under the break for right side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, lining up fifth for the beginning of Stage Two. As the field took the green flag, Haley was once again caught up in a wreck as the No. 21 truck was turned into him going into Turn One. Haley pitted multiple times for repairs and returned to the track to finish out the race. As the end of Stage Two approached, Haley reported, from the 17th position, that the MyWhy Chevy was fast but the damage was causing it to shift to loose mid-run.
The final stage began with Haley, one lap down, picking up a few spots as other trucks began to have issues. Running 14th with 30 laps to go, he radioed to the team that he seemed to be having engine problems, ultimately taking the No. 24 to the garage on lap 118. Haley was scored 21st in his first start at LVMS.
“We had a really fast MyWhy Chevrolet this weekend. I would have liked to have given it a fair run, but we just never could catch a break. We did everything right as a team and we should just hold our heads high on that.”
- Haley is eighth in the Owner Championship Playoff standings, 15 points behind the cutoff line.
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Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado, returned to the site of his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win looking to turn around his luck in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs. Sauter was one of the fastest trucks in both practice sessions for Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350, finishing first in the first session and fourth in the final session.
The Necedah, Wis., native just missed earning his first pole of the season, but for the sixth time this year started from the front row for the 146-lap race. The Allegiant Chevrolet became loose toward the end of the first 35-lap stage and lacked front grip. Sauter ended Stage One in the second position and pitted for four tires, fuel, and a chassis and air pressure adjustment, before lining up to start Stage Two from the fourth position.
As the field took the green flag for the second stage on lap 42, the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet was hit from behind on a restart forcing him into the No. 24 truck on the inside. Sauter’s truck received heavy damage forcing him to pit twice for repair work and tires. Despite the damage, Sauter returned to the track and regained his position within the top-10 with less than 10 laps left in the stage. He finished Stage Two in the ninth position reporting that the No. 21 still had speed but shifted from loose to tight throughout the previous run.
Sauter continued to run in the top-10 until a flat tire forced him to pit under green, followed by a pit road speeding penalty that put him three laps down. The Allegiant Chevrolet was still one of the fastest trucks in the race, allowing Sauter to stay ahead of the leaders and not lose anymore track position. As the frontrunners began to pit in the closing laps for fuel, Sauter stayed out regaining two of his laps and track position to finish 10th, just one lap down.
“Our Allegiant Chevrolet had tons of speed today, this should have been a win or at least a top five finish, but unfortunately a lot of times it’s the actions of others that ruin your race. The No. 21 team did a great job keeping up in the second half of the race, it just seemed like the hits kept coming. We’ve got Talladega up next which will give us another good shot at a win and set us up strong for these last five races.”
- Sauter is fourth in the Driver Championship Playoff standings, 24 points ahead of the cutoff line.
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Ben Rhodes took the lead on the final restart and held off Christopher Bell to capture his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career win in Saturday night's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Rhodes, who earlier in the season lost what appeared to be a sure victory at Kansas Speedway when a piece of debris punctured his Toyota’s radiator, blocked Bell’s last-gasp effort by going all the way to the track’s apron to take the checkered flag.
Rhodes, who drives for ThorSport Racing, started sixth in the 28-truck field to become the 1.5-mile speedway’s 10th consecutive different winner. He joins Bell to advance to the Round of 6 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.
"I used every play in my playbook," said Rhodes of the final laps battle. "I knew if I could keep him close to me, he couldn’t break the (air) bubble. This is the biggest high of my life.
"So many things have gone wrong and now here I am in Victory Lane."
Rhodes’ victory came in his 45th series start. His official victory margin over Bell was 0.066 seconds.
Bell, who led three times for 64 laps and dominated much of the 146-lap race in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, blamed himself for coming up short in his quest for a sixth season victory.
"I just didn’t get it done there on the last restart (at Lap 140)," he said. "He’s (Rhodes) been long overdue for that win and he earned it tonight."
Chase Briscoe finished third in his Brad Keselowski Racing Ford, followed by BKR teammate Austin Cindric, who overcame an early-race accident. Kaz Grala, who started 14th, also battled back from an early incident, was the top-finishing Chevrolet in fifth.
Pole sitter Ryan Truex was unable to lead the opening lap but had put his Toyota in position for a solid top-10 finish. A brush with the wall in the closing laps while battling Briscoe and Grant Enfinger for third sent his Toyota to pit road, where he lost two laps and finished 12th.
Seven different drivers traded the lead 11 times. There were six cautions consuming 32 laps.
Briscoe won the race’s first stage by 1.25 seconds over Johnny Sauter. Sauter clawed his way back to 10th-place finish, a lap behind, after cutting a tire and twice speeding on pit road.
Rhodes claimed Stage 2 by 0.419 seconds over Bell in a preview of the final stage finish.
While both Rhodes and Bell are guaranteed to move into the Round of 6 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, the final four spots remain up for grabs at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 14. Crafton is best placed, followed by Sauter and Briscoe while Grala and John H. Nemechek are currently below the cutoff point.