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Brandon Jones made his fifth and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season for KBM Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was hoping to end his night in Victory Lane with his No. 51 Delta® Faucet/Menards Tundra, but instead was parked in the garage before the race ended with a 26th-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Jones started seventh and was up to third after the first caution of the race on lap five.
  • He was fifth when the first 30-lap stage ended.
  • His KBM team brought him to pit road on lap 33 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to help the handling.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Jones was sixth to start the second stage.
  • With 10 laps to go in the stage he was fifth, but lost some track position to finish ninth in Stage Two.
  • He came to pit road on lap 63 for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • He was 11th to start the final 74-lap stage.
  • Racing was tight and Jones was shuffled back to 15th, but a caution on lap 84 gave him the opportunity he needed to pit for right-side tires and a track bar adjustment to free up his Tundra.
  • He was sixth when the race resumed on lap 90 and was up to fifth 20 laps later.
  • While still in fifth, he radioed to the team that he felt like the engine was blowing up. Without wanting to do further damage, he came to pit road for the team to check under the hood. He was told his night was over, leaving him in 26th place.

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Todd Gilliland made his first start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday night and hoped to hit the jackpot, but his luck ran out instead. After leading five laps to start the final stage, Gilliland hit the wall on lap 83, which ended his night prematurely in 27th place.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started 10th and moved up to second place after a great restart on lap 13.
  • He was fourth when the stage ended on lap 30 and pitted for right-side tires on lap 33.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • With the two-tire stop, he was third to start the next 30-lap stage.
  • His JBL/SiriusXM Tundra was not handling as well on just two fresh tires, so when a caution came on lap 47 the team used the opportunity to bring him back to pit road for four tires.
  • Although he was back in 26th place when the race resumed on lap 50, he was able to stay out when Stage Two ended and assume the lead.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gilliland restarted the final stage in the lead, but fell back to fourth a few laps into the run.
  • While side drafting with another truck on lap 83, he got loose and spun into the wall. He came to pit road for the team to survey the damage and make what repairs they could in the time NASCAR allows on pit road.
  • After making another lap, he was forced to retire his Tundra to the garage for the night with a 27th-place finish.

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Grant Enfinger found himself celebrating in victory lane on Friday night in Sin City after surviving two NASCAR Overtime finishes upfront to score his second career Camping World Truck Series win. Enfinger, scoring his first win since Talladega Superspeedway in 2016, led the field for 40 of the 144 circuits.

The driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford started third on the leaderboard and went on to win both stages of the Westgate 200. The Alabama native passed race leader Brett Moffitt on the restart with two laps left after Moffitt ran out of fuel. Moffitt, who has four Camping World Truck Series victories in 2018, finished 11th on the leaderboard.

In addition to tonight’s victory, Enfinger has five top five and 13 top 10 finishes through 18 races this year.

Johnny Sauter looked to be the favorite to win on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter, starting sixth on the leaderboard, did everything he could to catch and get around Enfinger for the top spot in the closing laps. However, when the checkered flag fell on the field, Sauter sat second at the line.

Sauter, holding five wins this season through 18 races, has 13 top five and 15 top 10 finishes going into the next race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet led the field for 21 laps.

Rounding out the top three finishers was Justin Haley. Haley, the 12th place starter in the Westgate 200, finished ninth in stage one and sat 12th on the leaderboard in stage two. With two victories this year, the Indiana native goes into Talladega with seven top five and 14 top 10 finishes.

Rounding out the top five finishers were Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton. Both fourth and fifth-place drivers started the event at the rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments after qualifying ahead of the Westgate 200.

Ross Chastain scored his 15th career top 10 finish on Friday in the Camping World Truck Series. Chastain had two last season coming at Atlanta and Martinsville across seven starts with Bolen Motorsports. The Florida native started the evening in 24th.

Myatt Snider, Ross Chastain, Austin Theriault, Austin Wayne Self and Chris Eggleston rounded out the top 10.

Pole sitter and Las Vegas native Noah Gragson came into the weekend as one of the favorites to win. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota led the first 33 laps of the evening before Stewart Friesen took over the top spot. The hometown kid never saw the lead again and went on to finish 18th. Friesen later had issues as well after being involved in four of the 11 caution flags. Friesen will leave Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the 17th spot.

The next race for the Camping World Truck Series will take place at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13. Live coverage of the race will be on FOX and MRN starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) for the second time during the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Cody Coughlin is confident that his return trip to the “City of Lights” will result in another successful night of racing to add to what is already a career-best NCWTS season. 

 

After qualifying in the top-15 at LVMS earlier in the spring, Coughlin raced his way into the top-three running order and remained in the top-five through the final portion of the race. An untimely caution during green flag pit stops however thwarted his strategy, but Coughlin was able to power his way back to the front, capturing an eighth-place finish. Aside from the event in March, Coughlin has two other NCWTS starts at the 1.5-mile oval which include qualifying efforts within the top-15 for both races, as well as a sixth-place finish last fall. 

“We were running in the top-three for a good portion of the night earlier this year at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway). A pit stop issue got us shuffled back at the end of the race, but we still got a top-10 finish out of it even though we were a top-five truck. Hopefully when we unload, we’ll have the same speed and will be competing up front again.” 

 

Confident in the Chevy Silverado that his team has prepared for him for this weekend’s race, Coughlin’s No. 2 will unload at LVMS with a new look. Coughlin will proudly climb behind the wheel of his Chevy, wrapped in the movie poster for God Bless the Broken Road, which opened in theaters last Friday, September 7th. Making a featured cameo in the movie, Coughlin starred alongside stars such as Jordin Sparks, Lindsey Pulsipher, Andrew Walker, LaDanian “LT” Tomlinson and others. Combining faith and stock car racing, God Bless the Broken Road shows strong support to those serving in the military and what they and their families endure, with a portion of the movie profits being donated to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). 

 

Co-director Edgar Stoble and producer Andy Fraser from God Bless the Broken Road were both fortunate and kind enough to be able to attend races during the 2018 NCWTS season in support of Coughlin’s racing, as well as be able to spread the word about the movie and great causes they are associated with.  

 

Earlier this year, Coughlin was named an ambassador of DAV, a nonprofit organization that provides support for America’s ill and injured veterans. Privileged to be named a DAV ambassador and to be a part of such an honorable cause, Coughlin’s support of the charity includes the #BlessAVet campaign, an initiative created by DAV in conjunction with Fandango. 

 

Also featured on Coughlin’s No. 2 Silverado this weekend at LVMS is the #BlessAVet campaign. With this project, people can send a veteran to dinner with a $25 Restaurant.com gift card as well as a movie ticket to see God Bless the Broken Road while it is in theaters.   

 

“It’s a special weekend in general for us having the movie God Bless the Broken Road displayed on the No. 2 Chevy. It’s a movie with a good storyline that I also make a little cameo in. It came out in theaters September 7th and I really hope that everyone has a chance to see it and enjoys it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it.” 

 

Tune into the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, September 14th at 9:00 p.m. ET on FS1 to see Coughlin’s No. 2 God Bless the Broken Road Chevy on-track, or you can listen along to the race broadcast on either the Motor Racing Network (MRN) or SiriusXM.

 

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Embracing a slew of new race tracks in five of the last six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Niece Motorsports rookie Justin Fontaine is excited to head to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, site of Friday night’s World of Westgate 200.

Feeling energized after a two-week break from competition and settling into the fall semester of college, the Asheville, N.C.-native returns to the 1.5-mile speedway hoping to rekindle some of the same luck he encountered in March.

In his Las Vegas truck debut, Fontaine qualified a season-high 17th and utilized some strategy during the third stage to put his No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet in contention for a strong finish.

Not only did Fontaine capitalize on the finish with a career-best ninth place result, but the 20-year-old also led his first laps of Truck Series competition.

This weekend, the former ARCA Racing Series competitor hopes to double-down and score big in Sin City.

“I’ve been getting excited about going back to Las Vegas now for the past couple of weeks,” Fontaine said.

“It was a track I really adapted to and I think a lot of that was the support from my Niece Motorsports team and the good No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet truck they brought me.

“It was also a huge learning experience for me. I’m still learning a lot with these trucks. I learned a lot about the draft, handling and even saving fuel. With more experience and laps under my belt, I’m hoping that all that knowledge will put us in a position to have an even better race than we did in March.”

Fontaine knows that repeating his second top-10 finish of the year won’t be easy, but he is willing to put forth the effort for his Niece Motorsports team.

“The competition is very strong right now and it’s a Playoff race,” Fontaine explained. “I have to be respectful of my competitors, but I also realize that we are in our own race too. We’re fighting for our chance in the spotlight. There’s a lot of people that get our team to the track every weekend and I don’t want to disappoint them.

“We’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing and hope when the checkered flag falls we’ll feel like we’ve hit the jackpot.”

With six races left in his freshman season of competition, Fontaine doesn’t make excuses for his learning curve, but says the final stretch could have the potential for his team to make some noise.

“I really think some of these races this fall will play into our hands,” sounded Fontaine. “From Las Vegas to Talladega, Martinsville, Texas and so on.

There’s a lot of tracks where I feel we can go back for the second time and be better – and for those that I’ve never been to, the confidence in myself and from my team should give us the boost we need to try and turn some heads.

“I’m eager to see what we can accomplish.”

After 17 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 20.0 entering Las Vegas. He earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

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

“School is going well so far,” added Fontaine. “I haven’t been back for very long, but I’m having fun and have a lot of support. Sure, you may find me at the track doing some homework during our downtime – but I’m committed to giving 150 percent behind the wheel and my academics.”

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

The World of Westgate 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 18th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Sept. 14 beginning at 3:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Pacific).

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Feeling refreshed following a two-week break in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition, veteran Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his Niece Motorsports team return to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway hoping to roll the dice and earn their first top-10 finish of the season in Friday night’s World of Westgate 200.

For months, Self and his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions team have been on the verge of a breakthrough after collecting four top-15 finishes in the last seven races.

Most recently on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Self had muscled his way inside the top-10 after starting the race from the rear of the field, but was spun late in the race and had little time to recover.

The team settled for a 21st place finish, their first effort outside the top-20 since May.

Now returning to Las Vegas, Self hopes for redemption not only from Canada but their 16th place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway in March.

“It felt nice to have a break – but I’ve been itching to get back in the truck,” said Self. “We were really, really good at Canada and didn’t have the finish to show for it. Going back to Las Vegas this weekend, I think we can capitalize on the strength of our intermediate speed from the summer and bring home a top-10 finish.”

Self, 22, has three prior starts in Sin City, earning a personal-best earlier this year, after qualifying 19th. He hasn’t finished worse than 21st.

“The race in the spring was a lot of fun,” added Self. “It was chaotic because there was so much drafting which led to a lot of passing – but that made it entertaining for the fans. I really expect the same on Friday night. It’s going to be a little warmer this week than it was in March, but since the race is at night, I think you’ll still have much of the same scenarios.”

With six races remaining in his first full season with Niece Motorsports, Self wants to make his Statesville, N.C.-based team proud with consistency and strong finishes. The Austin, Texas native says his relationship with crew chief Arthur Haire has allowed the team to grow.

“Honestly, I think we are one of the more improved teams of the year,” explained Self. “Everyone has worked their guts out back at the shop and I think everyone has seen that hard work be rewarded with some solid finishes this year. We’re not where we want to be yet, but I think we’ve saved the best for last.”

After 17 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 17.0 entering Las Vegas.    

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 56th career start.

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Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 17th race of the year.

In 57 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.

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

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The World of Westgate 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 18th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Sept. 14 beginning at 3:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Pacific).

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Back on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) trail, Jesse Little and his part time JJL Motorsports team head to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway eying their fifth top-10 finish of the season in Friday night’s World of Westgate 200.
 
Preparing to compete in four of the remaining six Truck Series races this season, the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-based team hopes to roll the dice in Sin City and gain some momentum for the final stretch.
“I’m really excited to compete at Las Vegas,” said Little. “I’ve never been there, but I feel really good about the truck we are bringing, and we’ve worked hard to make our mile and a half program better since the beginning of the year.
 
“Hopefully, we can have a competitive finish on Friday night and carry that towards the end of the year.”
 
With the intent to compete at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Texas Motor Speedway and the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway to complete their season, Little is optimistic his team can put themselves in a position to not only be in the spotlight but perhaps pull an upset and win a race.
 
“I think we can do it,” added Little. “My crew chief Matt (Noyce) works day and night to make our program better, my JJL Motorsports guys are hardcore racers who want to win just as bad.
 
Plus, we’ve been fortunate enough to have the support of Ford Performance this season and that relationship has helped us to be competitive.
 
“I think Las Vegas will give us an opportunity to put ourselves back on the map after our bad luck at Bristol and contend for another strong finish.”
 
Little and JJL Motorsports will also welcome the support of FASTSIGNS® for Las Vegas.
 
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To assist JJL in their Las Vegas debut, Little and Noyce will utilize chassis No. 003 – which they raced at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway earlier this year and essentially burst the team into the spotlight contending for the win in February before finishing eighth after a late-race restart.
 
To generate some connection with the fans, JJL Motorsports will offer two Truck Series garage passes for Friday night’s race. Stay tuned to the team’s social media channels to find out how you can win!
 
In addition to FASTSIGNS®, Little’s No. 97 Ford F-150 will have support from Ford Performance and Performance Friction Corporation (PFC) Brakes for his seventh start of 2018.
 
The World of Westgate 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 18th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Sept. 14 beginning at 3:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern). 
 
For more on FASTSIGNS®, please visit FASTSIGNS.com. 
 
For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing.
 
Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.
 
For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.
 
JJL Motorsports tweets too. Follow them @JJL_Motorsports.
 
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Officials from On Point Motorsports announced today that the 2017 ARCA Racing Series Champion, Austin Theriault, will pilot the team’s No. 30 Toyota Tundra in the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will mark the 12th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start for Theriault and his return to the series for the first time since the 2016 season.
 
“This opportunity to work with everyone at On Point Motorsports to help them build this new truck program from the ground up is both exciting and challenging,” said Theriault. “We have what we need to be successful and I know all of us are committed to giving it our best effort. I have history at Las Vegas and though the outcome was not the best moment of my career, my added experiences at 1.5-mile tracks since then will come in handy as we look to tackle the track.”
 
On Point Motorsports made its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last month at Bristol with Scott Lagasse, Jr. and successfully qualified into the field before their night ended early. Led by veteran NASCAR crew chief Steven “Bones” Lane, the team sets it sights on its second start at Las Vegas and the addition of Austin to the driver’s seat.
 
“We are excited to have Austin drive our No. 30 Toyota Tundra in Las Vegas,” stated Steven Lane. “He has fit in very well with our group of guys and spent a good amount of time at the shop helping out. There has been a tremendous amount of work put forth here in the last few months in building On Point Motorsports and we look forward to our second race at Las Vegas.”
 
Theriault returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time since the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event which disastrously ended for the Maine native on lap 14 when his truck was clipped by a fellow competitor sending him hard into the outside wall. The result was a compression fracture of his lower back. He will be joined in his return with support from his long time sponsor Cross Insurance as they will be displayed on the rear quarter panels of the No. 30 Toyota Tundra.
 
“It has been 2016 since I have been behind the wheel of a truck,” added Austin. “I am especially looking forward to the Las Vegas race and changing that stat. I want to thank On Point Motorsports for this opportunity and Cross Insurance for their continued support of my racing career.”
 
The running of the Las Vegas 350 will be Friday September 14th and can be seen LIVE on FoxSports1 at 9:00 pm ET and heard nationwide on MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90.
 
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Brett Moffitt began the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs by recording an impressive third-place finish on Sunday afternoon at Bowmanville, Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The opening round of the seven-race playoff reached a crescendo on the last lap as Moffitt navigated his way through a wreck on the last corner and tallied his ninth top-five finish of the season. The driver of the No. 16 Don Valley North Toyota, Weins Canada Tundra sits third on the playoff grid with two races remaining in the first round, 29 points above the cut line.
 
Moffitt started 17th after qualifying was held in wet track conditions on Saturday evening. From the outset on Sunday afternoon, Moffitt displayed the raw speed in his No. 16 Toyota Tundra and quickly broke into the top 10 by lap six. Moffitt continued his quest towards the front and advanced to sixth position to earn five points at the end of Stage 1 on lap 20. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for a four-tire pit stop to add fuel and make air pressure adjustments on the stage break, and Moffitt restarted ninth on lap 25 as multiple trucks elected to not pit.
 
Stage 2 went in similar fashion, as Moffitt was consistently one of the strongest trucks in the field and entered the top five on lap 27. The four-time race winner this season steadily posted the fastest laps as Stage 2 wore on, nearly erasing the gap with the race leader. Moffitt picked up nine critical championship points by running second at the end of Stage 2 on lap 40. As multiple trucks employed varying pit strategies behind Moffitt, he rejoined the field in 12th after making a pit stop for four tires, fuel, and air pressure changes under the caution.
 
The intensity ratcheted up on lap 52 with the race’s final stage restarted. Moffitt was pushed off course in Turn 5 and slipped back to 14th, but immediately recovered. Moffitt advanced through the field with a calculated aggression and quickly rejoined the top-five on lap 60. A caution on lap 61 set up an overtime restart shortly after he gained the fifth position. Moffitt entered the final three corners in fifth on the last lap as the two race leaders made contact ahead and spun in the final corner. Moffitt picked his way through the chaos of spinning trucks, smoke, and dirt to take the checkered flag in third position. The ninth top-five finish of the season marks his career-best NCWTS road course finish and positioned him third on the playoff grid. 
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
"Our race strategy, we went for stage points. So, we ended up restarting 10th or 12th on the final stage. We had a really fast Don Valley North Toyota Tundra today. These guys worked really hard on it. I just wish we could have gotten back to the front a little sooner. I think we had the speed where if we got to the front, we would be able to pull away and go for a win. But, just wasn’t our day. Overall, a great points day. This place can be hard. Obviously, we saw the No. 18 not be able to finish, or not be able to finish where he should. We just tried to eliminate that option and have a good points day for the first round of the playoffs."

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