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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) went north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) for the series' only road course race of the season. With experience at this track from racing there in last year's NCWTS race, Todd Gilliland had his sights set on driving his No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Tundra to Victory Lane - and nearly made it there. He led 11 laps and was leading on the final lap of the overtime race when contact with his KBM teammate, Noah Gragson, dropped both drivers through the field leaving Gilliland with an 11th-place finish.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started 15th after qualifying on rain tires on a damp track Saturday evening. He didn't stay there for long since he was up to 10th within four laps.
  • He was sixth before he pitted on lap 37, a few laps short of the stage break to help gain track position.
  • After taking four tires and fuel, he was 16th when Stage One ended on lap 40.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • By staying out he restarted second on lap 25, but fell back to fifth after overdriving into one of the turns.
  • Gilliland worked his way back up to third until short pitting again on lap 38. He took four tires and fuel, and was 15th when Stage Two ended on lap 40.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gilliland restarted the final 24-lap stage fifth.
  • A great restart following a caution on lap 52 moved him up to second place.
  • With 11 laps to go, he took the lead from Johnny Sauter and pulled away from the field.
  • It looked as though Gilliland was going to win his first career NCWTS race, until a caution on lap 60 which cost him his sizeable lead.
  • The race came down to a two-lap shootout with his KBM teammate Noah Gragson in second place. On the final turn of the final lap, Gragson dove under Gilliland. The two made contact which caused both drivers to spin and lose track position. Instead of driving to Victory Lane, Gilliland crossed the finish line 11th.

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Justin Haley won Sunday's Chevorlet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a thrilling last lap.

Haley emerged as winner after Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland collided in the final corner of the circuit.

"I'd go fight him right now but i can't," Todd Gilliland said following his contact with Noah Gragson.

Noah Gragson was met after the race by both Gilliland's father and Gilliland's crew chief after the race.

Gragson would take full responsibility for the incident.

"Just unfortunate, that was on me. Just trying to get a little too much trying to win." Noah Gragson said.

Gragson would go on to finish 9th and Gilliland would finish 11th.

Pole sitter Ben Rhodes was contending with a top five finish on the last lap but spun out on Turn 5 and finished 14th.

For Justin Haley this is the second victory of his career and his first since Gateway earlier this season. Driver NO. 24 only led two laps in the 250 mile event, but guarantees his spot into the Round of 6.

Rounding out the top fiver were John Hunter Nemecheck in second, Brett Moffitt in third, Timothy Peters in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.

Sunday's race featured a total of eight lead changes among six competitors. Besides Justin Haley who led just two laps of the race, five other competitors led at least one lap. Those drivers included Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland and pole sitter Ben Rhodes.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have several weeks off before returning to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, September 14th on FS1 and MRN.

Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson

Stage 2 Winner: Noah Gragson

Race Winner: Justin Haley      

A former two-sport athlete at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, is set to make history this weekend in one of NASCAR's national racing series.
 
   

Jesse Iwuji (pronounced A-WOO-G), a surface warfare officer and lieutenant in the United States Navy, will become the first active duty naval officer to start a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race when the green flag flies Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario (1:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1). He will be driving the No. 34 Chevrolet Silverado for Reaume Brothers Racing.

Born in Dallas, Iwuji was a First-Team, All-District outside linebacker on the football team and earned three letters in track while at Hebron High School before graduating in 2005. He was recruited by the U.S. Naval Academy, where he'd compete in both sports for all four years.

After graduating from the Naval Academy in 2010, Iwuji continued his service in the Navy, which included two deployments to the Arabian Gulf.
 
Iwuji always has had an affinity for racing, taking part in drag racing while in college and moving over to late model racing after graduating. He competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016, finishing 10th in the point standings. He also was awarded the Diverse Driver Award, which is given to a minority/female driver who exemplifies outstanding performance both on and off the race track in encouraging awareness and interaction with NASCAR and motorsports.
 
Still an active duty officer in the Navy Reserve, Iwuji has 39 career starts in the K&N Pro Series East and West. Many of his sponsors along the way have had a military focus on background, including Zulu Audio, which is owned by a Naval Academy alum, and will be one of the sponsors on his No. 34 Chevy for Reaume Brothers Racing this weekend.

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“From a preexisting shoulder injury, Spencer Gallagher will not be in the seat of the No. 25 this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park after reinjuring his shoulder during a Thursday workout session. Going to such a technical course, a driver requires full mobility. Gallagher will return to Las Vegas to work with his personal physical therapist. Timothy Peters will climb behind the wheel this weekend in Canada with further information regarding the No. 25 Chevrolet being released at a later date.” - Mike Beam President of GMS Racing 

 

Alex Tagliani is heading to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) this weekend with two goals in mind. First, on Sunday he will be looking to score his first NASCAR win at CTMP in the Canadian Pinty's Series with his #18 his EpiPen/RONA/St Hubert Chevrolet and reduce the 20-point gap that stands between him and the series point's leader. His second goal is to win Round 17 of the 2018 Camping World Truck Series in the #12 Young's Motorsport RONA "Contractors Division" sponsored Chevrolet Silverado.


Coming off a fifth place NASCAR Pinty's race finish in Nova Scotia last weekend, Tagliani stayed within reach of point's leader LP Dumoulin, but will now have to visit Victory Circle on a regular basis if he hopes to win his first NASCAR title. With only four races left on the schedule, the Quebec driver has to up the ante. To reach this goal, he will have to improve on his record at CTMP. On the plus side, he has qualified five times in the top five at CTMP over the last four seasons, claiming the pole in 2017.


 "This track owes me a couple of wins with all the minor problems I have encountered throughout the years, whether it was mechanical glitches or just bad luck," said Tagliani. "It's about time Lady Luck comes around our way and make it our turn to win on this road course. As we are right in the thick of the championship battle, it would be a step in the right direction."


Round 10 of the NASCAR Pinty's Series, the TOTAL Quartz 200 is a 51-lap race (200 kilometres) around the 3,958 kms challenging road course. Race time: Sunday, August 26 at 11:05 a.m. Fans can follow a lap-by-lap written description of practice, qualifying and the Pinty's race on NASCAR Hometracks page at
 https://hometracks.nascar.com/international/pintys-series/race-central-live-2018-nascar-pintys-series/  under the listing "Live timing". Pinty's drivers will first be on track on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. for their lone practice session, followed by qualifying at 5:00 p.m.        


In the NASCAR Pinty's driver's championship chase after nine races, Tagliani is third with 356 points, 20 back of leader L.P. Dumoulin and one behind second place Cole Powell. This season, Tagliani has five podium finishes with a win in Trois-Rivières for a total of seven top 10. He also scored a pole position in Toronto to up his Pinty's career total to nine


In 67 NASCAR Pinty's Series starts, Tagliani has seven wins, nine poles, 28 top-fives and 45 top-ten finishes.


Tagliani's Race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
The Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee will have plenty of track time prior to his two Sunday races with a total of five combined practice or qualifying sessions on Saturday either in his NCWTS #12 RONA "Contractors Division" sponsored Chevrolet Silverado, or driving his NASCAR Pinty's his #18 Chevrolet Camaro EpiPen/RONA/St Hubert/Spectra Premium.


 "I'm really excited to return to this series," continued Alex. "I know that Young's Motorsports is going to give me a competitive truck for the race. Of course, I would love to win, but I must remember that there is a championship battle going on in that series. I will have to be careful, but still, winning is everything. It all depends on what comes up during the race, but I have a good feeling that I can pull it off. I think we have the tools to win the race. I am eager to get on track to represent RONA "Contractors Division", Can Torque and 440 Laval Chevrolet in that race."


This will be Alex's fourth start in the NASCAR Truck Series. All his races were run at CTMP. In 2014 and 2015, he won the pole. His best result was a fifth place finish in 2015. His goal this weekend is to win both NASCAR races on this track for the first time.


NASCAR Truck Series qualifying and race live on TV
Qualifying on Saturday will be televised live on the FOX Sports Racing Network at 6 p.m.; available on Videotron (792), Bell (1175), Cogeco (742), Rogers (409) and others. Sunday's 64-lap Chevrolet Silverado 250 will start at 2:30 p.m. Pre-race live coverage of Round 17 of 23 on FOX Sports will start at 2:00 p.m. All times are local (Eastern)
Distance: 64 laps; Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends after the Final Lap)


NCWTS Championship Playoffs
First race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs for the elite eight who clinched their spot: Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Justin Haley and Veteran Matt Crafton


For more information on Alex Tagliani, please visit
 www.tagliani.com, follow him on Twitter at @tagliani, @tagliani18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani.
 

“Due to a unfortunate circumstance with Sargeant Motorsports, Dalton Sargeant will no longer compete with GMS Racing full-time in the Truck Series for the remainder of the 2018 season. Until the issue is resolved, Spencer (Gallagher) will serve as the fill-in driver of the No. 25 Chevrolet entry beginning this weekend in Canada. We hope a solution can be agreed upon and to see Dalton back racing GMS equipment in the near future.” - Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing

With his Thunder Valley debut behind him, Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) is ready to check off another “first” during his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie campaign, as the Niece Motorsports driver will make his road course debut in Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

Fontaine has embraced the challenges of new surroundings with an upbeat demeanor and “never give up” attitude, and while his newest test awaits him, the Asheville, N.C. native, is ready to embrace Canada’s 10-turn course. 

“It’s now or never,” Fontaine joked about his road course debut. “Seriously, though. It’s important for me to take these steps to broaden my racing resume – while experiencing all elements of Motorsports competition. I made my dirt debut last month at Eldora, now it’s time to go road course racing.”

To help adjust to turning right and left, Fontaine’s Niece Motorsports sent him to a driving school at the Bowmanville, Ontario race track, where he spent a few days with teammate Austin Wayne Self studying the course and experiencing its technique for himself, driving around the 2.459-mile road course in an equipped vehicle. 

“My Niece Motorsports team has done everything that they can to prepare me for Canada,” said Fontaine. “They’ve provided support with video, photos and even sent me to Canada earlier this summer to experience its twists and turns for myself.

“It’s a nice venue with some speed and finesse mixed in. The goal for me is making gains from the first practice to the final practice and getting ourselves in a good spot for qualifying and seeing if we can utilize some strategy to put us near the front during the race. 

“I think if you can keep all four-wheels on the track, it’s going to be a good day.”

Fontaine also plans to rely on the support of Self for guidance and advice around conquering Canadian Tire.

“Austin’s been here twice, and I’ll be able to pick his brain a little bit with any questions that I have,” he explained. “I think it’s going to be important for me to get behind someone like Austin who has been to Canada before and see if I can follow them in their footsteps.

“Once the race starts, it’s every man for himself. I’d be happy to come out of Canada with a top-15. A top-10 would feel like a win for sure.” 

After 16 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 20.1  entering Canada. He earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

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

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

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 (64 laps | 157.37 miles) is the 17th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Sat., Aug. 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:35 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag on Sun., Aug. 26 shortly after 2:30 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 local (Eastern).

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On the heels of another strong finish this past Thursday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his Niece Motorsports team trek North of the Border this weekend, looking to continue their recent surge in performance, in Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

With plenty of road racing skills, Self eyes his return to the 2.459-mile road course as the perfect venue to earn his first top-10 finish of the season aboard his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado.

Riding the momentum of 11 top-20 finishes in the last 12 races, including back-to-back top-15 efforts, Self’s run at Bristol is propelling him to keep the team’s mojo going in the lone road course event of the year.

“Man, I’m feeling pretty good about the direction of our Niece Motorsports team,” said Self. “Throughout this summer stretch, we’ve only been getting stronger. Sure, we’ve had some bumps along the way, but we’ve been able to recover quickly and get back on track.

“Bristol was really good for us. We started at the rear after making an adjustment prior to the race, but the truck came to life and we just ran out of laps to be better than 13th. But, we’re going back to Canada and I can’t wait to get there and get down to business.”

Self, 22, will make his third start at the 10-turn track and looks to better his ninth-place effort from last August, driving under the AM Racing banner. In his Canada debut in 2016, Self finished 15th after starting 22nd.

“The more laps I get at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the better,” Self added. “It’s all about being comfortable and getting into a rhythm. I think Canadian Tire is a very technical track where it has some slow portions, but also has some areas of the track, where it’s very high speed.

“It produces great racing for the fans and the drivers, so it’s a win-win. I think it’s very reasonable to expect that we can duplicate or better our performance from last season on Sunday.

“Who knows, maybe if we play the strategy card right, we can get a top-five. That would be awesome.”

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 marks the first race of the Truck Series Playoffs, and although the No. 22 team is not part of the eight-man chase for the championship crown, Self says there’s plenty of opportunity for his team to make some noise over the final seven races of the year.

“I’m excited about the upcoming races,” added Self. “Canada, Las Vegas, Talladega, Martinsville, returning to my home state of Texas, it goes on an on. We should have very competitive trucks for the remainder of the season and even though we’re not a part of the Playoffs, I think it will allow us the opportunity to hit our stride when it counts.”

After 16 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 16.8 entering Canada.    

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 57th career start.

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 throughout the world.

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 56 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.

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.

For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

 

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Garrett Smithley raced through a long overtime period and brought the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet home 16th in Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
The race was scheduled for 300 laps, but a caution flag extended it by 10.
 
“It was a long night, and we worked through it,” Smithley said. “The car was good, and we were able to run with some of the faster teams. Overall, a pretty good night on a tough track.”
 
Smithley is 20th in Xfinity points.
 
Kyle Larson won the race in overtime.
 
The series moves on to Road America for an Aug. 25 race. Remaining in the regular season are visits to Darlington Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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