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Johnny Sauter made his 20th Martinsville Speedway start from the third position for Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200. Battling a tight condition early in the race, Sauter maintained his position within the top five and finished the first 50-lap stage in the second position to gain valuable stage points. Sauter stayed on track under caution to start Stage Two in second, eventually taking over the race lead on lap 72 and opening up a three second lead on the field. He stayed in the top spot to pick up his eighth stage win of the season as the green-checkered flag waved on lap 100.
During the only pit stop of the day, Sauter brought the ISM Chevy to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, but a slow stop relegated the No. 21 to a seventh-place restarting position. Sauter used his experience at the famed short track to work through cautions and traffic, making his way back up to the third position with 50 laps to go. Still fighting a lack of center rotation, Sauter struggled to advance any further before the race end and finished the day in third for his 10th top-five and 16th top-10 finish of 2017.
“We had a good day just didn’t execute when we needed to. It’s unfortunate, but we had a fast ISM Connect Chevy. Joe did a good job; all the guys at GMS did a great job. We had a fast truck on that first run but that adjustment we made just wasn’t the right one I guess. Nonetheless, I still think track position is king. You get out in clean air and it’s dominant. I feel like anymore, everyone runs the same speed, so when you give up seven spots it’s pretty tough to overcome. But with that being said I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself, it happens, I can’t be mad about it. Despite it all, it was a good points day and we’re just getting started in what I believe is the part of the schedule that really plays into our strengths.”
- A big points day puts Sauter just three points behind NCWTS Playoffs points leader Christopher Bell.
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Ryan Truex drove his No. 16 AISIN Group / AW North Carolina Toyota Tundra to a 13th-place finish in Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Through 20 events of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign, Truex remains ninth in the drivers’ championship standings.
Truex began his fifth-career NCWTS start at “The Paperclip” from the seventh position, his career best qualifying effort at Martinsville. From the drop of the green flag, Truex was cognizant of preserving his rear tires on corner exit, but had to contend with a lack of rear grip on the entry to both turns. Truex fought hard to maintain a top-five position and ended Stage 1 in the fourth position on lap 50. Under the ensuing caution period, crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Truex to pit road for four tires and adjustments. .
Truex restarted in 17th spot at the beginning of Stage 2 on lap 61 and worked his way up to 12th by the conclusion of the stage on lap 100. He dealt with a deteriorating balance throughout the 41-lap stint and pitted for two right-side tires and chassis changes under the caution flag. The abbreviated pit stop netted Truex a position on the outside of the front row at lap 112 in second place. However, the two tires, restarting on the outside lane, and a lack of overall grip relegated him to the ninth spot by lap 138. Truex pitted twice more for scuff tires under caution and lined up 17th for the final restart with 10 laps to go. He muscled his way through traffic on the lap 191 restart, and took the checkered flag in 13th position, his fourth top-15 finish in five starts at Martinsville..
Ryan Truex Quote:.
“We had to dig for everything we had today. We were too free most of the day on entry and it was hard to find the roll speed in the center that we needed to be a race winning truck. It was great to have a lot of support at the track today from everyone at AW North Carolina and AISIN Group. It’s always nice to have them come out and experience how hard we race each week. This truck we had is one of our older trucks, and everybody at HRE worked on it real hard to get it ready for this weekend, but we could never find the right balance we needed this weekend. Scott (Zipadelli) tried to get us some track position and we were fighting to stay up front anyway we could, but still managed something respectable out of the day. We have a fast bullet waiting in the shop to go to Texas, and we’ll be ready to go next Friday night.”.
- Starting from fifth place, Gragson spent the first 50-lap stage feeling out his Switch Tundra. At lap 25 he was sixth, and said the truck was tight through the center of the corners, but finished the stage where he began it, in fifth place.
- Since Gragson did not pit after Stage One ended, he was third when the race resumed. He spent nearly all of the stage in third place, but was putting pressure on NCWTS veteran Matt Crafton for second. He could not quite make the pass before the stage ended at lap 100 and was third when he made his only pit stop of the day for four tires and a wedge adjustment.
- With a fast stop by the Switch pit crew, Gragson started the final 100-lap stage in third place. When his KBM teammate, Christopher Bell, brought out the caution on lap 122 as he was spun while leading, Gragson moved up to second place behind Crafton.
- With 50 to go, Gragson was still holding his own in second, but reigning NCWTS champion Johnny Sauter was closing in on him. Despite a few taps to the bumper from Sauter, Gragson gained some distance from him on the straightaways.
- A caution with 17 laps remaining set up a 10-lap shootout to finish the race. Gragson restarted second on the outside next to Crafton, which typically is not the best place to start. When the green flag waived, Gragson made the outside work and took the lead from both veterans. He led the final 10 laps pulling away from the field to take his first NCWTS checkered flag with a 1.486-second margin of victory.
- Bell started from the 15th position and advanced up to the 11th spot by the time the first caution of the race occurred on lap 39. He reported to crew chief Rudy Fugle that his JBL Tundra was "chattering both the front and rear tires" before hitting pit road when it opened.
- The over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop and made a trackbar adjustment to try and help the handling of Bell's Toyota. He was scored in the 14th position for the ensuing restart with eight laps remaining in the stage and ended up finishing 16th.
- Fugle kept his driver on the track allowing him to start Stage Two from the 10th position when a handful of competitors inside the top 10 pitted.
- He advanced to the eighth position on the first lap of Stage Two and with 10 laps remaining worked his way into the top five. The No. 4 Tundra would cross the stripe in the fourth position at the completion of the stage on lap 100.
- When pit road opened, Bell brought his Toyota to the attention of his over-the-wall crew who replaced the right-side tires and filled it with fuel. The two-tire strategy allowed him to win the race of pit road and lead the field to the green for the start of the Final Stage on lap 111.
- Bell was still leading on lap 122 when Matt Crafton attempted to make a move to the inside of him for the lead. Crafton caromed off the curb up into the right-rear side of Bell's JBL Tundra and turned him around.
- After gathering his Toyota, Bell hit pit road for four fresh tires and minor damage repair.
- He returned to the track scored in the 22nd position for the lap-129 restart. By the time the next caution occurred on lap 137, he had advanced up to the 13th position.
- When the field went back green on lap 143, the JBL Tundra made a strong surge on the outside lane and two laps later Bell had advanced up to the ninth position. He was able to gain one more position in the closing laps and finished eighth. It was his series-leading 18th top-10 finish of the year.
- Burton rolled off the grid ninth to start the Texas Roadhouse 200. After a great start, the No. 51 Tundra moved into the ninth position by the second lap. The rookie continued to listen to his spotter and hit his marks on the track until a caution came out on lap 37 for a wreck in turn two.
- During the first caution, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., called Burton to pit road for four tires and fuel for the No. 51 Tundra. Burton then took the restart 12th with six laps to go in the stage. When the caution flew to end the 50-lap stage, he was scored 10th.
- After making a pit stop in the first stage, Burton stayed on the track to start Stage Two and took the restart from the fifth position on the inside line behind KBM teammate Noah Gragson. Burton ran fifth for the majority of the stage, but was passed on lap 91 by KBM teammate Christopher Bell. He was sixth when the stage ended.
- The No. 51 Toyota Racing team started the last stage of the race with a trip to pit road for four tires, a chassis adjustment and fuel. Burton restarted sixth but worked his way back into the top five with 85 laps to go.
- When the caution came out on lap 122, Burton was running third. During the caution, crew chief Hillman reminded the rookie driver to take deep breaths and drink water to take care of himself in the closing laps of the race.
- Burton continued to work his way around the track and pass lapped trucks while keeping his position in the top five. After the last caution of the race and a 10-lap shootout to the checkered flag, Burton kept his No. 51 Tundra under control and brought home a career-best finish of fourth.
Noah Gragson will leave Martinsville Speedway with his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Gragson, from Las Vegas, started fifth in the No. 18 Switch Toyota and led the field for 10 circuits.
“Starting out on the outside, it’s really really hard to pass here. You got a lot in wrap and stay really far on the bottom and man I’m just so thankful to have an awesome Switch Toyota Tundra to come out here,” said Gragson after scoring his first career victory. “Everyone that makes this possible for me – a young kid from Las Vegas who started racing five years ago. To be racing here in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it’s a privilege and all those hours of hard work, I knew to myself this morning, I knew I could get it done. I’ve known it this whole year and I told myself I’m gonna get that trophy today and that’s what we did.”
Gragson had a very quiet afternoon as he was patient all throughout the Texas Roadhouse 200. He took the lead with 10 laps remaining by passing leader Matt Crafton on the outside following a late-race restart.
“It’s really tough racing against these veterans,” continued Gragson. “Those last like 40 laps with Johnny Sauter being off my back bumper, he did that earlier to that to us in the spring and I wasn’t gonna let him pass me again like that. We got that caution there at the end and you can’t pass on the outside in Martinsville and I did it.”
Through 20 events in 2017, Gragson holds four top five and 12 top 10 finishes with today’s win.
Matt Crafton will finish in the runner-up position on Saturday. The two-time Camping World Truck Series champion started second and led the field for 103 circuits. The California native was involved in an incident in turn one with Christopher Bell on lap 121.
Crafton finished 1.486 seconds behind the race winner.
Johnny Sauter will round out the top-three finishers on Saturday afternoon. Sauter led 33 laps in the No. 21 Chevrolet for GMS Racing to score his 10th top five finish of the season.
Sauter finished stage one sitting second and won stage two.
Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.
Stewart Friesen continues to impress at short tracks. The driver from Canada finished sixth to earn his third top 10 finish of the year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Friesen’s best finish of the year was a runner-up finish at Eldora Speedway.
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take place at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3rd. Coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. on FS1. The Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Ch. 90 will carry the live radio broadcast.
Chase Briscoe will start on the pole in Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Briscoe posted a 19.774, 95.762 mph. to earn his third career pole in the No. 29 Ford F-150.
The Indiana native enters the weekend at Martinsville with seven top five and 11 top 10 finishes through 19 races.
Matt Crafton will start in the runner-up position in the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra. Crafton posted a 19.814, 95.569 mph. in the final round of knockout qualifying. The two-time Camping World Truck Series champion sat 11th in round one and third in round two.
The series veteran from California sits third in points coming into the “Paperclip”
Ben Rhodes will round out the top three starters on Saturday. Rhodes finished round three of knockout qualifying with a 19.825, 95.516 mph. at the end of five minutes. Rhodes sat ninth in round one and led round two.
Johnny Sauter and Noah Gragson rounded out the top five.
Christopher Bell will start 15th on Saturday. Bell was unable to advance into the final round.
Mason Diaz could be a driver to look out for. Diaz, a 17-year old racer from Manassas, Virginia, will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut in the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville.
He sat third in round one and seventh in round two and will start ninth on the leaderboard.
Mike Seneca will not make the race as 33 trucks qualified.
Chris Windom is set to make his debut at the legendary Martinsville Speedway. Windom will be behind the wheel of the #63 Baldwin Brothers / Central Abrasives Chevy Silverado. The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions will mark Windom’s second NASCAR Camping World Series start of the season.
“Martinsville is a track I think everyone wants to try their hand at,” says Windom. “A lot of dirt track skills can be applied there, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage. Mike and the MB Motorsports crew have had some strong runs there the last few times out, so I think we’ll be okay in the Baldwin Brothers / Central Abrasives Chevy.”
“Chris is a really talented racer,” notes team owner Mike Mittler. “Doesn’t matter what he drives, he puts down strong lap times. I’m really looking forward to see how we can do this weekend.”
During the race, MB Motorsports and two of their marketing partners will be holding contests on Twitter. Spanesi Americas will be giving race fans a chance to win prizes in questions posted at @MBMotorsports Twitter account. Over on Facebook, Mayhew Tools will offer up fans three chances to win prizes during the race. Fans can go to Spanesi.com and mayhew.com for help with the answers. To be eligible to win, contestants must follow the companies on Twitter and ‘Like’ their Facebook pages.
Also supporting the #63 Chevy Silverado are Leacree, Gateway Kartplex, Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool, MARADYNE® High Performance Fans, Spanesi Americas, Mayhew Tool, Champion Brands, Reikken, Gaither Tool, Excel Bottling / Ski Soda, Timken, MechanixWear and WIX Filters.
The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Channel 90 on Saturday, October 28th at 1:00 pm ET.
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