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Bristol Race Information:
Started: 2nd
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 7th
Finished: 7th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 6th
Playoff Position: 4th 
"It's a big contrast from last year - we got in on a tiebreaker, and now we're in the Playoffs. We've been in since our win at Kentucky Speedway. It feels good - our whole season has been up and down. We were further back in points than I think we really should have been - I honestly, think we should be further ahead in Playoff points than where we are. But, we're fourth in points, I'm happy about that. We're back to where I think we should be, and the slate has been wiped clean. I feel really good about it. I wish our day at Bristol went a little bit better, but all in all our FEI World Equestrian Games Ford F-150 is clean and there is a lot to be thankful for."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,450 of 2,469
Laps Led: 218
Wins: 1 (Kentucky)
Poles: 2 (Martinsville, Eldora)
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 9
Bristol Race Information:
Started: 18th
Stage 1: 12th
Stage 2: 11th
Finished: 8th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 8th
Owner Points: 11th
Playoff Position: 8th
"Tonight, we just didn't have track position. We worked our way up [after the start], lost a bunch of spots on pit road, then worked our way up and stabilized, and then started going to them there at the end. I know if we would've had track position, we could've run with the guys up front. There at the end, I was putting so much pressure on the No. 41, and we caught the No. 24 and that whole group - it got so dicey. I know I could've put myself in some bad spots right there, so I had to take what I could get."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,302 of 2,469
Laps Led: 53
Wins: 0
Top-five Finishes: 5
Top-10 Finishes: 9
Bristol Race Information:
Started: 5th
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 8th
Finished: 10th
Laps: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 6th
Owner Points: 8th
Playoff Position: 6th 
"Overall, the whole day at Bristol was kind of up and down. There were times when we had really good speed, and there were times we were off. We ended up getting run over about half way through the race and we could never really recover after that. But overall, it was a solid effort by everyone. I'm proud of our year so far, proud of how far we've come since this time last year, and proud of our team getting us into the playoffs. That is something we can all be proud of, and to be proud of Thorsport Racing for getting three trucks in the playoffs. Thank you to Duke and Rhonda Thorson, Champion Power Equipment, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Protect the Harvest, and everybody that had gotten us to this point."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,460 of 2,469
Laps Led: 66
Wins: 0
Poles: 1 (Gateway)
Top-five Finishes: 4
Top-10 Finishes: 12
Bristol Race Information:
Started: 17th
Stage 1 Finish: 20th
Stage 2 Finish: 15th
Finished: 29th
Laps: 161/200
Laps Led: 0
Status: Power Steering
Driver Points: 9th
Owner Points: 12th
"We had a fast Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150. Unfortunately, it just didn't pan out for us during the race. We didn't have the qualifying that I would have liked. We knew our truck would be fast, but it got mired in the 'hornet's nest.' We got caught up in somebody else's mess followed by a power steering pump failure, so a lot of problems unfortunately, but we know our team is stronger than this. We'll come back with a great effort for Canada next week."
2018 Stats:
Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 2,321 of 2,469
Laps Led: 13
Wins: 0 
Top-five Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 5
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Johnny Sauter, No. 21 GMS Fabrication Chevrolet


START: 4th




-- Thursday night's victory is Sauter's first NCWTS win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

- Sauter’s fifth win of the season marks a new career-best season win total for the Necedah, Wis., native and also places him fifth on the all-time NCWTS wins list with 22 career truck wins in 237 starts.

- As regular season champion, Sauter earned an additional 15 Playoff Points to give him a 42-point advantage heading into next weekend’s NCWTS Playoffs opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.



"Last week was the ultimate kick in the pants for me and I’ve been beating myself up pretty hard all week. I knew we had to come to Bristol and win this thing. I don’t think we ever got complacent with the wins we got earlier in the season, we just got off our game a little. I made some mistakes and I just knew I had to pull it together because these guys are doing a great job.

"I can’t think everyone at GMS enough, everyone at GMS Fabrication. We had them on the truck tonight which was really cool, got to take them to Victory Lane. We’ve got to just keep digging. Winning races is the ultimate and there’s nothing in the world that feels as good as this, especially at Bristol. A lot of things have to go right here to get a win. I’m a short track guy and to come and win here, at a place that is so historic and that I’ve raced at for so long, it’s just awesome."


Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet


START: 11th




-Haley's sixth-place finish at Bristol extends his streak to seven consecutive races with a top-10 finish, and his 12th top-10 finish of the 2018 NCWTS season.

-After the last NCWTS race of the regular season, Haley is locked in to The Playoffs for the first time in his NCWTS career, seeded seventh with nine Playoff points.



"It was a good night. I thought we would easily have a top-five truck during the race, but the handling mixed with how the PJ1 was wearing threw our handling off just enough. I was just way too loose the last run and that made it a challenge to get back to the top-five. I wish we could have left here tonight with a top-five finish but what matters is we're in the Playoffs and we're ready to head to Mosport. My Fraternal Order of Eagles team brought me a fast Chevy tonight and I know we'll have a really good truck when we unload for the first race of The Playoffs next weekend. It's a dream come true though to be in this position and be able to run for a championship."


Dalton Sargeant, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet


START: 16th

FINISH: 11th

POINTS: 10th


- Sargeant’s 11th -place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway moved him into 10th-place in the NCWTS driver point standings.



"We knew coming into the race that we had to take some chances and use strategy to get up front and compete for a win to make The Playoffs. The Performance Plus Motor Oil team did an amazing job and Doug (Randolph, crew chief) made a great call to get us track position early on but we just didn't quite have the handling right to be there at the end. The more I get to run up front, the more I learn, so overall, it was a good night for the No. 25 team.


Cody Coughlin, No. 2 Chevrolet


START: 15th

FINISH: 19th

POINTS: 12th


- After tonight's race at Bristol, Coughlin is now 12th in the NCWTS driver point standings.



"I was very hopeful going into tonight's race at Bristol. We spent a lot of time off-track trying to put a plan together for the race. I was really hoping to have a chance to win but unfortunately it just wasn't our night."

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With his ninth-place finish in the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Noah Gragson finished second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and earned 10 playoff points. Gragson started from the seventh position and put his Safelite AutoGlass Tundra out front for seven laps en route to his 10th consecutive top-10 finish this season.
When the Truck Series Playoffs begin next Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, the Las Vegas native will be the third seed behind Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt. In addition to the 10 playoff points Gragson earned for finishing second in the regular season standings, he earned 12 additional playoff points throughout the season with seven stage wins and his victory at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. He begins the Truck Series Playoffs 13 points about the cutoff line for advancing from the Round of 8 to the Round of 6.
Stage One Recap: 
  • 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. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • 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. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • 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. 


Christopher Bell returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to fill in for the ailing Harrison Burton Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra. After claiming the pole and leading 31 laps, Bell had his sights set on taking Burton's truck to Victory Lane. While running third with 36 laps to go a power steering belt broke ending Bell's chance at the win.

Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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.


Bristol Motor Speedway marked the final race of the regular season for the Truck Series. Todd Gilliland needed a win to make the playoffs in his rookie season. Although he did not win the race, he came back from a spin and pit road penalty which put him a lap down to finish fifth.
Stage One Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Two Recap:
  • 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.
Stage Three Recap:
  • 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. 

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today Christopher Bell will drive the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Thursday, August 16. Harrison Burton was scheduled to compete, but was forced to withdraw due to an illness.
Bell won the 2017 NCWTS championship with KBM. In his 53 starts in the Truck Series, he earned seven wins, 26 top-five and 41 top-10 finishes. This season he is competing full time in the XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing and has already accrued four wins in 2018 (and one in 2017).
"It will be great to get back in a Tundra with KBM at Bristol, but wish it was under better circumstances," Bell said. "I hope Harrison feels better soon and I'm hoping I can get the Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra into Victory Lane on his behalf Thursday night."
"I have been driving since I was four-years-old and have never missed a race," Burton said. "I hate to let down my guys, but my doctors just don't believe I'm ready. Having to miss this race will give me even more motivation to come back even stronger in Canada next week."
Burton is still scheduled to drive the No. 51 Tundra in five more races for KBM this season, including next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Veteran Timothy Peters and Ricky Benton Racing will be making their return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with the BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Advance Auto Parts/Highland Construction and Restoration Ford F-150 for this week’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Bristol will be Peters’ third attempt in the series for 2018. After a seventh-place finish at Martinsville in March, a washed-out qualifying session left Peters and the team on the outside looking in for the NCEL 200 at Charlotte in May.
“Charlotte was unfortunate for us and our partners at Black’s Tire, Advance Auto Parts, Carquest and Highland Construction and all the guys on the team who worked so hard,” said Peters, the 2012 Bristol winner. “But we are coming back with a good truck and Bristol has been a good track for me and RBR historically. I think we have a good chance to get our Ford up front on Thursday.”
In addition to the 2012 win, Peters has five additional top-10 finishes at Bristol.
RBR will be taking the same truck Peters drove to the seventh-place finish at Martinsville to Bristol.
“We learned a lot in that race (Martinsville) about what Timothy likes in the truck and were able to get some of those things built into our set up for Bristol,” said crew chief Mike Hester, “Between Cup and trucks, this is the fifth time we have gone to the race track with Timothy this year and the communication keeps getting better. Hopefully we can unload fast and just spend our time getting the truck fine tuned.”
On the strength of three consecutive top-10 finishes in the ARCA Racing Series, veteran racer Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing team invade the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) tour this week hoping to earn a starting berth in Thursday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
With veteran leadership from crew chief Mark Huff, Rohrbaugh and his family-owned team head to “Thunder Valley” looking for a clean day of activity and build a notebook in
preparation for an expanded schedule later this season.
“We’re very excited about Bristol this week,” said Rohrbaugh. “It’s a huge step for us to take a very low-key ARCA program and try to make one of the biggest Truck Series races of the year. But, I feel we can do it and do it well. Can’t wait to get on track Thursday.”
Acquiring a truck from Hopkins chassis earlier this season, the team has been prepping their No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet in-between their seven races of competition in ARCA. After a slow start to the season, the team has excelled with four top-10 finishes in the last five races, including a seventh-place run in their most recent outing at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway last month.
“The thing that I’m most proud of – is that despite being a family-owned team – we’ve been fortunate enough and blessed to have the resources to bring fast and competitive cars to the race track.
“We could have made our Truck debut sooner –but we wanted to wait for that right opportunity – that right chance to make an impression. I think Bristol is it. I have experience there before in an K&N car and even though I’ve never raced in a truck, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get comfortable pretty quick and we can focus on qualifying and race runs.
“We don’t have any points – so we need to make the race on speed. Once we’re in the race, we’ll regroup and look to gain a bunch of knowledge and finish the race. If we can do that, the race will be successful.”
With at least one more ARCA Racing Series start on the agenda in October at Kansas Speedway, Rohrbaugh says his Mooresville, N.C.-based team is aiming to return to trucks for one of the three final races of the year at Texas, Phoenix or Homestead. 
“We haven’t really decided which race we’re going to tackle, yet,” added Rohrbaugh. “We’ll see how Bristol goes and then make the decision that’s not only in the best interest of our team, but our partners too. For now, Bristol here we come.”
In 17 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh at Pocono Raceway (July 2018) after starting a career-best seventh in the same event. Overall, he has six top-10 finishes during three part-time seasons of competition.
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The UNOH 200 (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 16th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Aug. 16 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern). 
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