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Stage 2 Finish: 15th
- Gragson started the race from the seventh position and had advanced one spot when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 14. When a one-truck spin slowed the field for the second time on lap 27 he had returned to the seventh spot.
- Battling what he described as an extremely loose Safelite Tundra, the Las Vegas native crossed the stripe to complete Stage One in the ninth position.
- When pit road opened, Fugle summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and a major trackbar adjustment.
- Stage Two went green on lap 26 with Gragson scored in the 11th position, but he lost a handful positions when he had to slow to avoid a spin in front of him early in the stage.
- After falling back to the 16th spot early in the Stage, the 20-year-old driver communicated that that handling of his truck had improved late in the stage and he was able to work his way back up to 14th before the end of Stage Two.
- With the handling of the Safelite Tundra improved, Fugle called for a two-tire and fuel stop in an effort to gain track position for the Final Stage.
- Gragson took the restart from the second position, on the outside of row one, and was able to get a good launch down the backstretch and was able to clear Johnny Sauter for the race lead through Turns 3 and 4.
- The Safelite Tundra would remain out front for seven laps before Sauter retook the lead.
- Gragson slowly fell back in the running order as the entirety of the Final Stage was run under green-flag conditions. He would cross the stripe in the ninth position earning his 10th consecutive and 12th overall top-10 finish across 15 starts in 2018.
- Bell won the pole to start on the front row. He led the first 31 laps until he was passed by John Hunter Nemechek on a restart.
- The truck became loose and he finished the first 55-lap stage in fourth.
- When the pits opened, Bell came in for four tires and a track bar adjustment.
- Bell was fifth when the race resumed on lap 67.
- He fell back a few positions throughout the stage, but finished the second 55-lap stage in fifth.
- He pitted for four tires and a wedge adjustment to help the handling.
- Bell was sixth when the final 90-lap stage began.
- He worked his way up to third with 50 laps to go, but shortly after that radioed to the team he had lost power steering.
- His KBM team was able to change the power steering belt and get Bell back on track, but not before he lost several laps which resulted in a 28th-place finish.
- Gilliland started eighth, but fell back to 11th since his Banfield Pet Hospital Tundra was too loose.
- By the end of the first 55-lap stage, he was 13th.
- He pitted for four tires and an air pressure adjustment.
- He restarted ninth for the second stage, but on the next lap his Tundra was very loose causing him to spin out.
- Gilliland came to pit road for four new tires and a chassis adjustment. As he was leaving the pit box, he had to stop to remove a wedge wrench. NASCAR issued a penalty which cost him a lap.
- When the race resumed he was back in 26th place, one lap down.
- The caution flew to end Stage Two on lap 110. Gilliland was 24th, but crew chief Marcus Richmond instructed him to stay out and take the waive around to get his lap back.
- Gilliland restarted the final 90-lap stage 20th at the tail end of the lead lap.
- He was passing trucks with ease and the Banfield Pet Hospital Tundra was one of the fastest trucks on the track.
- With 50 laps to go Gilliland was 15th and still on the move. At lap 175 he was running his best lap times of the night.
- With 15 laps remaining he was eighth, but would not settle for just a top 10. In the closing laps, Gilliland fought his way up to finish fifth for his third top-five finish of the season.
The first of the triple header weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway to take the track were the Camping World Truck Series for 200 laps. As the race began, there was only one true story line, and that was the playoff scenario. This was the last opportunity for drivers and teams to clinch their spot into the playoffs. Going in, Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton had complete control over their destinies as the last two in on points.
Nobody could make the playoffs and pass these drivers without winning the race first. This proved to be a tall order for the bubble drivers, as Myatt Snider, the first driver out on points, found the wall at the end of stage two. Other bubble drivers Dalton Sargeant, Todd Gilliland, and Cody Coughlin had very underwhelming evenings, never quite making it to the front to put themselves in winning position.
Up front, it was all John Hunter Nemechek, who led the majority of the laps all night long with Johnny Sauter and Friesen in toe. With under ten laps to go, a fuel pickup issue plagued the no. 8 Chevrolet of Nemechek, allowing the no. 21 of Sauter to pass to the inside and take the win in the UNOH 200. This is Sauter's sixth win of the season and in addition to this win and its perks, he adds an additional fifteen playoff points to his already large total for winning the regular season championship.
He will lead the eight truckers heading to the NCWTS playoffs that start next week in Canada. Joining Sauter in the playoffs are Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, and Justin Haley. Be sure to tune into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs starting next weekend as the truckers take on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to start the seven race run to the championship.