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Noah Gragson captured the pole for Thursday night's Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway, led 62 of the first 73 laps, won Stage Two and ended the night with an eighth-place finish. Despite reporting that he had a vibration in the middle of Stage Two, Gragson was able to hold on to win the stage but lost valuable track position when his over-the-wall crew put a wheel spacer on the right-front wheel to fix the problem.
 
The Safelite Tundra would start the Final Stage from the 13th position and with passing at a premium slowly worked its way back inside the top 10 and would end the day with an eighth-place finish. With his seventh consecutive top-10 finish, 19-year-old maintained second place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings with four races remaining before the start of the playoffs.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Gragson captured his fourth pole of the season after posting the fastest lap in each of the two rounds of qualifying on Thursday afternoon. Within 10 laps the talented teenager had opened up nearly a two second lead.
  • As the Safelite Tundra approached lap traffic with 10 laps to go in the opening stage, Ben Rhodes was able to close the gap and then worked his way around Gragson to lead lap 27. Gragson fought back by Rhodes and led laps 28 to 32, but as he got caught up with a driver trying to remain on the lead lap Rhodes worked his way back to the front with three laps remaining and would hold on to win Stage One.
 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • After Gragson communicated that his Safelite Tundra was too tight, Crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned his driver to pit road between stages for fresh right-side tires, a full tank of fuel and a trackbar adjustment to try and improve the handling.
  • Stage Two went green on lap 42 with Gragson in the second position, but he quickly made his way back out front. Despite reporting that he had a tire vibration, he would remain out front for the entirety of Stage Two collecting a playoff point.
 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, Gragson brought his Toyota to the attention of his over-the-wall crew who administered a four-tire and fuel stop and placed a wheel spacer on the right-front wheel in an effort to fix the vibration.
  • With the stop taking extra time, the Safelite Tundra lined up 13th when the Final Stage went green on lap 76. Gragson returned to the top 10 on lap 90. He was running eighth on lap 123 when he was summoned to pit road under green-flag conditions.
  • After getting right-side tires and fuel, the Las Vegas native returned to the track scored in the 15th spot with 25 laps remaining. Once pit stops cycled through, he was scored in the eighth spot and would remain there to finish the race.

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Ben Rhodes sailed to victory lane at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday at his home track in the No. 41 ThorSport Racing Ford. The Louisville, KY. native used pit strategy by taking fuel only on the final set of pit stops with around 30 laps to go. Second-place finisher Stewart Friesen changed two tires and stalled as he was leaving his pit box. The misfortune helped Rhodes in the long run to secure the victory.

Stewart Friesen looked strong in the closing laps as he pitted from the lead to add two tires and fuel. Friesen later stalled leaving the pit box while eventual race winner Ben Rhodes stayed out another lap. Despite the issue on pit road, Friesen will leave the 1.5-mile oval with a runner-up finish in the No. 52 Chevrolet.

Friesen, a native of Canada, will take home his fourth top five and seventh top 10 finish of the season on Thursday. The 33-year old led 37 circuits of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.

As for Rhodes, winner of stage one, he’ll leave his home track with five top five and seven top 10 finishes through 12 races. The young racer led 38 laps on his way to victory lane.

Matt Crafton rounded out the top three finishers at Kentucky. Crafton started in the back of the field after getting sideways in turns three and four during his qualifying lap in round one. It didn’t take long for the California native to make his way into the top 15 and top 10.

The two-time series champion sits seventh in points as the series heads to Eldora Speedway next week.

Brandon Jones and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five finishers.

Noah Gragson started on the pole in the No. 18 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Gragson, winner of stage two, posting a 29.355 / 183.955 mph. in round two of single-truck qualifying, led the field for 62 circuits and went on to an eighth-place finish.

Holding a victory this season, the Las Vegas native has five top five and nine top 10 finishes.

Rounding out the top 10 was Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, Dalton Sargeant and Justin Haley.

Johnny Sauter had a top 10 run going until he was caught too fast on pit road in the last set of pit stops. While serving the pass-through for being too fast on pit road, Sauter was popped for a commitment line violation and had to make another pass-through. That relegated the current points leader to 15th and two laps down in the finishing order.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Eldora Speedway on July 18. The much-anticipated race on dirt will air live on FS1 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

USAC Champion Chris Windom will drive for DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) sixth annual Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway at Rossburg, Ohio. The 27-year-old driver will pilot the No. 54 Baldwin Brothers Racing / Central Abrasives Toyota Tundra in Wednesday's 150 lap race.
 
The Canton, Ill., native has had a lot of success at dirt tracks across the country. In 2016, Windom was crowned the USAC Silver Crown Champion. He also holds the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Championship title, and has six victories at the famed Eldora Speedway. His most recent win at the half-mile clay oval came in May of this year during the USAC Let's Race Two event.
 
Along with his dirt track expertise, Windom also bring some NCWTS experience to the first-year truck team. Last season he competed in NCWTS races at Eldora Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. In last year's Eldora Dirt Derby, he scored a 19th-place finish while racing for MB Motorsports.
 
"The opportunity to team with DGR-Crosley allows me to compete for a win at a track that's had a significant impact on my career," said Windom. "Eldora means so much to dirt racers everywhere, and the Truck Series race has become a must-see event in which I'm proud to take part."
 
Qualifying for the Eldora Dirt Derby will take place on Wednesday, July 18, at 4:35 p.m., ET with racing action starting at 9:00 p.m.
 
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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Driver Logan Seavey, the 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion, will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut July 18 in the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
 
Mobil 1 will be the primary sponsor on Seavey's No. 51 Tundra when the California native makes his Truck Series debut at the famed high-banked dirt oval. The world's leading synthetic motor oil brand also serves as the primary sponsor this season on Seavey's Toyota-powered Midget for Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM). The 21-year-old driver has posted four wins and 15 podiums across 20 races combined between the P1 Insurance National Midget Series, where he currently leads the championship standings, and the POWRi National Midget Series for KKM in 2018.
 
"Running the Truck Series race at Eldora for Kyle Busch Motorsports is the chance of a lifetime and I can't thank everyone at Mobil 1, Toyota and TRD enough for having the confidence to put me in this position," Seavey said. "Not many people get the chance to run a stock car on dirt and it's definitely going to be a big challenge racing something so much heavier than what I'm used to. Hopefully, I'll have a little bit of an advantage just knowing what dirt racing is like and how the dirt changes and I've already leaned on Christopher (Bell) for some for advice.
 
I've been able to get Mobil 1 to victory lane a few times in my Midget this year and hopefully I can do it again in the Truck Series to reward them for their support of not only myself, but the entire Toyota Racing Development program."
 
"Logan Seavey getting his first chance to compete in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is a testament to his work ethic, talent and achievements driving for our partners, Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby. Supporting Logan and KBM with this opportunity underscores Toyota's continued commitment to driver development," said David Wilson, president of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) U.S.A. "TRD and our team partners work hard to identify and mold these young drivers into future NASCAR stars and we're all looking forward to seeing what Logan can do behind the wheel of one of these fast Tundras at a very unique race track."
 
 
 
Seavey joins Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell as graduates from KKM's midget program into the NASCAR ranks. In addition to his upcoming Truck Series debut, Seavey made a Southern Super Series Super Late Model start for ALR Inc. at Montgomery (Ala.) Speedway June 30. He was second on the speed charts in two practice sessions, qualified 12th and finished seventh in the 125-lap event.
 
Next week's Dirt Derby will be Seavey's first start in any series at Eldora, but KBM has a history of success at the half-mile dirt track. The organization brought home the victory in the Truck Series' lone dirt race with Darrell Wallace Jr. in 2014 and again in 2015 with Bell.
 
The No. 51 Tundra team that Seavey will be driving for currently ranks fourth in the NCWTS owner's championship standings. Under crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.'s guidance the team has produced one win (Kyle Busch, Las Vegas Motor Speedway), two poles, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes across 11 races in 2018. Hillman Jr. has prior experience with dirt racers in the Eldora Dirt Derby, the veteran crew chief was atop the pit box for Chase Briscoe's third-place finish last year and in 2014 Kyle Larson led five laps and was running second behind Wallace Jr. in the closing laps before suffering severe body damage and finishing 26th.
 
The 2018 Eldora Dirt Derby will be broadcast live on FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.
 
Logan Seavey Career Highlights:
 
2018
  • Has posted four wins and 15 podiums across 20 races combined between the P1 Insurance National Midget Series, where he currently leads the championship standings, and the POWRi National Midget Series in 2018
  • Finished 14th in A-Main of the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway
  • Has collected a victory this season in both the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Regional Series and the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Regional Series
 
2017
  • Crowned the 2017 POWRi Racing Lucas Oil National Midget Series champion and Rookie of the Year after recording two wins and four podiums across the 23-race schedule

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The High Side Tickler, Dirt Modified Ace Kyle Strickler, will strap himself into MB Motorsports' #63 Chevy Silverado as the team looks to extend its streak of strong runs at the famed Eldora Speedway. Supporting Strickler in the Eldora Dirt Derby are G-Style Transport, Jerovitz Motorsports Shock Service, the IMCA Super Nationals, Cedar Peaks Electrical and Charlie Donaldson Grading.

“There's no disputing Kyle Strickler is a premier dirt track racer,” says team owner Mike Mittler. “I am extremely excited to get to Eldora and see what we can do.  As long as we can put a solid truck underneath him, I think we can bring home another good finish for the 63 truck.”

Supporting Strickler at Eldora will be G-Style Transport.  Based in Williston, ND, G-Style Transport is a family owned and operated company that has been servicing the Bakken area for 6 years. G-Style Transport is currently in expansion mode and is searching for experienced, quality drivers.  Interested drivers can apply at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Strickler, a two-time IMCA Super Nationals Champion, is also receiving sponsorship from the event. “The IMCA Super Nationals is a crown jewel in American dirt track racing and I'm very proud to have them on board with us at Eldora,” adds Strickler. The IMCA Super Nationals will be held September 3 - 8 at Boone Speedway, Boone, IA.

The #63 Chevy Silverado will also receive support from SP Air USA, Inc. Spanesi Americas, Extreme Brand Products, FS Curtis, Leacree, Gateway Kartplex, MARADYNE® High Performance Fans, Mayhew Tool, Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool, Reikken, Excel Bottling / Ski Soda, Timken, MechanixWear and WIX Filters.

The Eldora Dirt Derby will be held on Wednesday, July 18 and will be broadcast on FS1 and MRN. Qualifying coverage starts at 4:00 pm ET, with the race at 9:00 pm ET.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will return to action this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. DGR-Crosley will field two trucks in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 with the No. 54 Crosley Brands Toyota Tundra for Bo LeMastus and the No. 17 BlazeMaster Fire Protection Toyota driven by Chris Eggleston. 
 
LeMastus, coming off a top-15 finish, looks to carry the positive momentum from Chicagoland Speedway into his home track this weekend. Though it will be the 55-year-old driver's first NCWTS race at Kentucky Speedway, he has three previous ARCA Racing Series starts at the one-and-a-half-mile track. LeMastus and the No. 54 DGR-Crosley Brands team also tested at Kentucky Speedway earlier in the season, giving the rookie driver even more confidence and experience going into the race. 
 
Eggleston returns to DGR-Crosley and his BlazeMaster Toyota Tundra for his third NCWTS race of the 2018 season. In his previous two starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, he was able to secure top-15 finishes with a 13th and 14th-place result respectively. Thursday's 'Buckle Up in Your Truck 225' will mark the first time that the 29-year-old Erie, Colo., native has raced at Kentucky Speedway.
 
Track: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile tri-oval
 
Event Details: Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (225 miles, 150 laps)
 
Date: July 12, 2018
 
Schedule: Thursday, July 12
                     9:05 a.m........Practice
                   11:05 a.m........Final Practice
                     5:15 p.m........Qualifying (FS1)
                     7:30 p.m........Race (FS1)
         (all times ET)
 
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m., ET
 
Eggleston on Kentucky Speedway: "I am really excited to go to Kentucky Speedway and race under the lights this Thursday night in our No. 17 BlazeMaster Fire Protection Toyota Tundra. I have never been to this track, but I have been studying up and hope to have good speed off the hauler like we did in Texas.  Beyond speed, I hope to race up towards the front and get a good solid finish like the DGR-Crosley team deserves.  Being that this is truck race #3 of 4 for us on the season, I hope to make the most out of the opportunity and contend for the win or a top five at the end of the night."
 
LeMastus on Kentucky Speedway: "This is one of the most exciting weekends of the season for me. We have a lot going on this week with the race being at my home track. I feel really good about the race on Thursday night - we tested here a couple weeks ago and were able to learn a lot. We didn't' start off real strong during the test, but we definitely improved every lap and left feeling really good about our truck. I've made a lot of lap around this place and I really think we will have a strong showing and put together a solid finish for the DGR-Crosley guys."
 
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Officials from On Point Motorsports announced today the formation of a new motorsports organization that will begin with competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Led by NASCAR veteran crew chief Steven “Bones” Lane, and a group of investors, the organization will be housed out of a multi-building facility in Denver, North Carolina.
 
On Point Motorsports will field the No. 30 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with their targeted debut being the August 16th event at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
“We are excited about the formation of On Point Motorsports and the exciting plans we have,” said Steven Lane. “A tremendous amount of planning and work has been put into this to date and we look forward to getting on the track. In addition to our truck program, we are exploring efforts in other levels of racing including modifieds, late models, ARCA and eventually the Xfinity Series. We have plans to develop On Point Motorsports into an extensive racing program at many levels.”
 
The organization has purchased a fleet of Toyota Tundra's and will participate in an August 6th test day at Bristol Motor Speedway leading up to its debut in the running of the UNOH 200 on August 16th.
 
On Point Motorsports is in discussions with various drivers and sponsors as it works on finalizing its lineup. Interested parties can contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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After a weekend off, allowing Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his Niece Motorsports team to charge their batteries, the group heads to Kentucky Speedway determined to score their first top-10 of the year in Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

Matching a season-high 13th place run at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago, Self and his No. 22 GO TEXAN Chevrolet team plan to use that momentum to their advantage for their second straight mile-and-a-half intermediate track.

“I’m ready to go,” said Self who sits 14th in the championship standings. “The break was nice to allow us to catch up a little bit and spend some time with family and friends, but it will be nice to get back in the saddle at Kentucky Speedway.”

The 22-year-old Self has four combined starts at the Northern Kentucky race track between the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. While Self has been a fan of the high-speed and finesse of intermediate racing, he’s never been able to secure the finishes he’s hoped for at Kentucky.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Kentucky even though my finishes don’t show that,” explained Self who holds a track best finish of 11th in ARCA competition in 2015.

“Kentucky is a very weather sensitive track and even though it’s been repaved a couple years ago, I’ve heard the track is still getting rougher. The rougher the track is, the better racing it can produce, but it also creates a challenge for us when it comes to handling.

“We’ll work through that though. It’s a one-day show, so we need to make sure we have our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado dialed in as best as we can and then turn our concentration towards the race. It’s another event where we practice and qualify during the day and then race at night – so keeping up with the changes will be critical.”

At Chicagoland, the teams went through a similar pattern where they practiced and qualified during the day – then raced for 150 laps at night. Self’s truck was solid from the moment they unloaded until they took the checkered flag – but the Austin, Texas native says the team isn’t completely satisfied yet. 

“Our effort at Chicagoland was something to be proud of for sure,” added Self. “The Niece Motorsports team has really been thrashing to make sure our trucks are as competitive as possible, and I think Chicagoland was a small victory for us. We carried the speed from practice to qualifying and then worked on it for the race.

“But, we just want a little more.

“Hopefully we can keep going in that right direction and have an opportunity for a top-10 finish on Thursday night, I feel like we certainly deserve it.”

At the halfway point of the season, Self says he’s thankful for the commitment from his Niece Motorsports teams in the first 11 races of 2018 – but offers there’s still plenty left to be accomplished.

“We’ve had some good runs and a lot of speed, but we want some better finishes to show off all of that,” added Self. “We have six top-17 finishes in the last seven races and that’s something to build on.

“I feel like our team is very capable of running in the top-10, we just need to keep working hard and hope a little luck comes our way too. I’m looking forward to the second half.”

After 11 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 17.6 entering Kentucky. 

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 52nd career start.

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In 51 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 18.6 during his three years of competition.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

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After a welcome one-week break from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition, Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) is feeling refreshed heading to Kentucky Speedway for Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

Fontaine, the Asheville, N.C. native has fond memories of the 1.5-mile race track, including scoring one of his two top-10 finishes in ARCA Racing Series competition last year.

Surging ahead for his 15th career Truck Series start, the 20-year-old Fontaine is confident that his Niece Motorsports team can put him in a similar scenario aboard the No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet.

“I had a lot of fun at Kentucky last year,” offered Fontaine. “We got spun early in the race, but we had a good car and raced back to the top-10. I know the circumstances are completely different racing an ARCA car to a truck – but my Niece Motorsports guys have been working really hard and I like our chances for a strong finish.”

Maneuvering his second top-15 finish in the last three races, the Truck Series rookie says he’s proud of his Niece Motorsports team and their ability to produce fast trucks on all types of tracks, despite a demanding schedule the last six weeks.

“The Truck Series isn’t easy,” added Fontaine. “The competition is stiff and there’s a lot of good drivers. Niece Motorsports grew from a one-truck team to a two-truck team this season and I think we’re showing near the halfway point that we can be someone to contend with in the second half.

“We had a good truck at Chicagoland. My crew chief Cody (Efaw) and I have been working together the last few races and I feel like our communication is strong.

“The last three weeks we’ve had a really good truck and I think we’ll go to Kentucky this week and pick up right from where we left off at Chicagoland.”

With Kentucky marking the halfway point of Fontaine’s freshman season of Truck Series competition, the North Carolinian says it’s important for his No. 45 team to keep the momentum rolling and produce more top-10 finishes.

“The start of the season went really well picking up two top-10 finishes in the first three races, but we had some bad luck along the way that derailed our momentum.

“I feel like we’re back on track and the team is as focused as ever to put nice looking and fast trucks on the race track.

“It’s a team effort, however. I need to do my job too.

“I need to keep working with Cody and the guys and make sure I’m not putting myself in an awkward position during the race that might cost us an opportunity for a good finish.

“When it comes to Kentucky Thursday night, I remember how bumpy that place is, and we just need to make sure we’re working to get our No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet handling through the bumps and carrying the speed off the corners. If we can do that, it should be another strong night.”

After 11 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 19.5 entering Kentucky. 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.

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

The Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 (150 laps | 225 miles) is the 12th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., July 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 5:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 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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