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MDM Motorsports and Rheem®, the global leader and only manufacturer to produce a full suite of heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration products, today announced the sponsorship of the No. 99 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry this weekend with driver Cale Gale.  Gale, who has 35 career Truck Series starts that includes a thrilling last-lap victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2012 by edging Kyle Busch, will mark his return to series action behind the wheel of the No. 99 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

“My driving career has been a roller coaster for the past 10 years, and I’ve had some amazing opportunities along the way,” said Gale, who currently works full-time at Roush Fenway Racing in the Vehicle Dynamics team within the organization’s engineering group.  “My dad instilled in me a work ethic at a young age that I will forever be grateful. My career has been unique from most of the typical driving backgrounds at the top level; I’ve had to try to balance making a living outside of driving the race car as well as keep the dream alive of being inside the race car.  Since the end of the 2012 season when I last raced in the trucks and then the birth of my son, I kind of take race car driving in stride.  I’ve pressured myself to perform at the highest level since I can remember, and now when I race, I do it for fun and I do it when the timing is right and we are prepared properly.  My happy place will always be when I buckle up my helmet, and I still have the burning desire to race at the highest level because I believe in my heart that I’m fully capable of being a competitive race car driver at any level.”

When Gale straps into his Chevrolet Silverado with long-time supporter Rheem as primary sponsor, he will have a degree of comfort knowing that MDM Motorsports has tallied 13 wins so far this season between NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series action.  Veteran crew chief Shane Huffman continues to lead an experienced group that scored the organization’s first victory earlier this season with Bubba Wallace at Michigan International Speedway.

“Rheem has been an amazing supporter of my career since 2008,” said Gale, who finished a career-high seventh at Martinsville Speedway in the fall of 2011.  “I’ve been fortunate to represent the brand at many levels of motorsports, from the NASCAR Xfinity Series to being the first American to compete in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada to local grassroots racetracks across the Southeast.   I couldn’t be more pleased to make a return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck series driving the No. 99 Rheem/MDM Motorsports Chevy at Martinsville. I’m excited to represent Rheem, the team, my fans, family and friends and I’m ready to see what I can do on one of my favorite racetracks after being absent for four years.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Texas Roadhouse 200 will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from Martinsville Speedway on Saturday 28, 2017, with race coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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This weekend, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon will be among the racers competing in Saturday's "Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions" at the half-mile oval circuit. Dillon will drive the No. 87 The Gracie Foundation, Inc. Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports.
 
"I'm looking forward to racing in the Truck Series at Martinsville again. This is a special opportunity for me to get some extra miles at Martinsville ahead of my race on Sunday in the GEICO Chevy SS. It's also a great way to promote The Gracie Foundation, Inc. during National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Gracie Foundation, Inc. was created by the late Gail Sommer Germain to share hope, strength and positive energy with women while they are going through their personal treatment plans to battle their cancers, " says Dillon, 25, a native of nearby Welcome, NC. "Martinsville always produces competitive racing, and Joe Nemechek and his group are known for making fast trucks. I can't wait to get The Gracie Foundation, Inc. Silverado on track this weekend."
 
Dillon is making his second Truck Series start at Martinsville this season. He finished fifth in March in the No. 99 Chevrolet. He has five NCWTS races at Martinsville Speedway, with a best finish of second in his debut at the track in 2012.
 
The Gracie Foundation, Inc. sends hundreds of “Gracie Gifts” each month to women battling any type of cancer, free of charge. The Gracie Foundation, Inc. was inspired by Germain's personal fight against breast cancer. The "Gracie Gifts" are delivered directly to cancer centers and come with a variety of items including organic lotion, lip balm, beanie cap, notepad/pen, bath sponge, cozy socks, eye mask, facial wipes, and more. The charity is based in Naples, FL, and has a fulfillment center in NC.
 
For more information on how you can refer a patient to receive a Gracie Gift or how you can contribute to The Gracie Foundation, Inc., please visit thegraciefoundationinc.org
 
Ty Dillon is active on Instagram @Ty_Dillon and Twitter @TyDillon. He races full-time in the Monster Energy Series driving the No. 13 Chevrolet SS for Germain Racing.
 
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Noah Gragson has been looking forward to returning to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway since April 1 of this year, the first time he raced there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). It was that day when the rookie scored his first top-five finish in his Switch Tundra and after such a competitive race, he was ready to come back and battle for a win.
 
In the spring race, Gragson started ninth after only having one hour of practice due to rain on Friday. He spent much of the first stage finding a rhythm to get around the flat, paperclip-shaped track. He was up to fifth in the second stage until he was spun from behind by another competitor, but battled his way back up to the front at a track where it is notoriously hard to pass. He was eighth to begin the final stage and finished the race fourth. After that race, he was counting down the days until he could race at Martinsville again.
 
This will be the first time Gragson returns to a track where he has previous experience in his Switch Tundra. Every track up to this point has been a new experience for the 19-year-old rookie, but this weekend he has a much better idea of what to expect and how to improve. He also has a veteran crew chief in his corner, Marcus Richmond, who already has two wins under his belt at Martinsville. His first victory came with Dennis Setzer in 2008, followed by a trip to Victory Lane with Kevin Harvick in 2012.
 
With only four races remaining in the 2017 NCWTS season, Gragson still has his sights set on his first win. He came close with a second-place finish on the road course of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., but perhaps his second time around at Martinsville on Saturday will be his race. Winning at Martinsville not only takes a fast truck, but the driver must have a good balance of patience and aggression to protect the track position he has, and gain more. Gragson will have 200 laps around "the paperclip" to see what he can do with his Switch Tundra to end up in Victory Lane.
 
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Plan B Sales, Inc., the largest distributor of Lionel die-cast collectibles, will partner with Landon Huffman as his primary sponsor for the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, October 28th. Huffman will pilot the #83 Chevy Silverado.

“I can’t thank Brent and everyone at Plan B Sales enough for coming on board this weekend,” said Landon. “I am excited about creating this new partnership and being part of their marketing program.”

“We are extremely excited to partner with Landon for the Martinsville truck race,” says Brent Powell, owner of Plan B Sales. “It is refreshing to see young short track racing talent get the opportunity on a national stage. Landon has a bright future and we are happy to be involved with him in the early stages of his promising NASCAR career.”

Plan B Sales was founded in 2010 by Brent and Ladonna Powell and quickly became the largest distributor of Lionel die-casts. Based in Concord, N.C., Plan B Sales also provides the retail market with products from Lionel, Chase Authentic, Auto World, Greenlight Collectibles and Wincraft Racing for licensed Motorsports related product lines.

21-year-old Huffman, of Claremont, NC, made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season, collecting a Top-20 finish. “Landon did a phenomenal job at Bristol and we’re excited about Martinsville,” notes CM2’s Michael Boswell. “Landon jumps in with the crew to work on the race truck, is wonderful with sponsors and the fans sure enjoyed spending time with him at Bristol.”

Joining Plan B Sales in support of Landon Huffman are Wrench Rags, Catawba Valley Reclamation, and One Wraps Designs. Additional support comes from associate sponsors Spanesi-Americas, Timken, Cyclops Gear, Champion Oil, MARADYNE® High Performance Fans, Timken, WIX Filters, Redback Boots, Mayhew Tool, Reikken, MARADYNE® High Performance Fans, Champion Brands, Excel Bottling / Ski Soda, MechanixWear and WIX Filters.

Keep up-to-date with Landon on all social outlets as he will make his second NCWTS start. Follow Landon on Twitter (@LandonHuffman) and Instagram (@LandonHuffman). You can also “like” Landon Huffman on his official Facebook page at /LandonHuffmanRacing.

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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For the second time this season, Harrison Burton and the No. 51 DEX Imaging team will head north to "The Paperclip" for a weekend of short-track racing. Martinsville (Va.) Speedway is the only track on the NASCAR circuit that's been there since the beginning in 1948. Drivers look forward to racing the 0.526-mile track in search of winning a famed Martinsville Grandfather Clock. One Grandfather Clock is already part of the Burton family as the rookie's father and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Jeff Burton, won at Martinsville in 1997.
 
Since the last time the youngest Burton was behind the No. 51 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) back in August at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, he's added a championship title to his name. On Sept. 29, Burton earned the title of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion after winning the final race of the season at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Burton started the race in the third position and eight points behind the points leader, his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammate, Todd Gilliland. After a stroke of misfortune for Gilliland, Burton led the last 18 laps of the race to win his first NASCAR championship.
 
As the rookie focuses on the race this weekend at Martinsville, he can lean on the two prior starts that he has under his belt at the track already. Burton made his Truck Series debut with KBM in October of 2016 at the Virginia track. After qualifying 17th, Burton maneuvered his way through the field and was running in the ninth position just past the halfway mark of the event when he was spun from behind and ended up losing a lap. He ended the event with a 22nd-place finish. Burton's second start at Martinsville came earlier this season in his 2017 season debut in April. He started the race seventh and ran around in the top 10 for most of the race until once again he was spun from behind. When the checkered flag flew to end the race, Burton crossed the finish line 13th. The 17-year-old hopes to learn from his first two races at the track and apply it this weekend.
 
For Saturday's race, Burton will once again don the colors of his sponsor DEX Imaging. DEX Imaging, based out of Tampa, Fla., is the nation's largest independent provider of office technology with a local touch. Burton is thrilled to have them back on board his No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his last NCWTS race of the 2017 season.
 
Burton is excited to head back to "The Paperclip" for the third time. He's confident that Saturday when the checkered flag waves, he will have a chance to take his No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra to Victory Lane for the first time and bring home a Grandfather Clock to add to the Burton collection.
 
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Christopher Bell spent his weekend off from the NACAR Camping World Truck Series competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where he worked his way past Erik Jones with four laps remaining and went on to collect his first Xfinity Series victory in just his fifth series start. Bell will now switch his focus back to the Truck Series for the Round of 6 of the playoffs, which begins with Saturday's race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
 
Bell, who won the Truck Series regular season title, enters the Round of 6 as the No. 1 seed and with the 47 bonus points he has earned throughout the season, begins the round with a 34-point cushion on the cutoff line for advancing to the championship race at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. The 22-year-old driver earned his spot in the Round of 6 by winning the opening race of the 2017 playoffs at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and followed that up with runner-up finishes at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, giving him an average finish of 1.7 in the opening round.
 
Bell's performance in the Round of 6 came as no surprise as the talented wheelman has proven all season to be one of the drivers to beat for the Truck Series championship. The Oklahoma native leads the series in nearly every major statistical category, including wins (five), poles (four), top-five five finishes (13), top-10 finishes (17), driver rating (118.4), average starting position (4.3), average finish (5.8), average running position (6.0), laps led (739) and fastest laps run (351).
 
Saturday's 200-lap event at "The Paperclip" will be Bell's fourth time tackling the challenging .526-mile track. The dirt standout turned pavement prodigy qualified 14th and finished 19th in his debut at the Virginia track in April of 2016 and then showed major improvement last fall when he qualified sixth and finished fourth. Bell had his grasp on a grandfather clock earlier this year when he led a race-high 92 laps, but his bid for a victory was thwarted as he was working his way around a truck at the tail of the field with 17 laps remaining and got clipped as he was completing the pass. He was able to gather up his Tundra and continue on with minor damage, but two trucks made their way past him in the process and left him with a disappointing third-place finish.
 
Bell's spirits should be high coming off his exciting Xfinity Series win at Kansas, but he's ready to 'clock' back in at his day job this weekend in Martinsville for the opening race of the Round of 6 in the Truck Series playoffs. He'll be piloting the same Tundra, KBM-24, that he did in the opening race of the Round of 8 at New Hampshire and he's hoping to 'clock' out with the same result.
 
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Faith Motorsports (FMS) announced today that North Texas native Ted Minor will pilot the #44 SMD Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3rd. Shawn Magee Design (SMD), a North Canton, Ohio design firm and official graphics partner of Faith Motorsports, will serve as the primary sponsor in the JAGS Metals/Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief 350 in Fort Worth,Texas.texas motor speedway

“I’m excited for the opportunity to drive the #44 SMD Silverado in my home state of Texas,” said Minor.

This will mark Minor’s third start in the 2017 Camping World Truck Series season but his first start driving for Faith Motorsports.

Ted started his racing career on Texas dirt tracks and has progressed to racing nationwide on asphalt tracks in the ARCA, USST series, super late models and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In his 16th season as a NASCAR driver, Ted brings veteran experience combined with a youthful drive to succeed.

The #44 SMD Chevrolet Silverado will also feature a special tribute graphic on the deck lid honoring all 58 people who lost their lives in the tragic shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st.

“Our thoughts and prays go out to all of the families who lost loved ones during this tragic event in Las Vegas,” said Shane Lamb, owner of Faith Motorsports. “We wanted to honor the lives of those taken so senselessly and show love and support to those still grieving.”

The Texas race marks the 3rd appearance as primary sponsor for SMD. The last time SMD raced as a primary sponsor was back in 2016 at Kentucky Speedway in the #74 Chevrolet Silverado of NASCAR veteran driver, Mike Harmon.

“I love seeing the SMD brand being broadcasted on a national stage like the Camping World Truck Series,” said Shawn Magee, Owner of Shawn Magee Design. “NASCAR has always been a passion of mine. I am grateful for my partnership with Faith Motorsports which has allowed me to pursue those passions. I look forward to what 2018 has in store for SMD & Faith Motorsports.”

Faith Motorsports owns and operates a 2 truck team (#44 & #62). Through a partnership with Martin’s Motorsports, the #44 is piloted by fellow Texas native, Austin Wayne Self for most of the 2017 season.

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Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. has left the organization, effective immediately.  Buddy Sisco will serve as Chase Briscoe's crew chief for the remainder of the 2017 season.
 
The Hillman-Briscoe duo won one pole position and scored five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 15 starts this season, earning a spot in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. Briscoe, who was eliminated after the cutoff race at Talladega Superspeedway, currently sits seventh in the series championship standings.

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AUSTIN CINDRIC BREAKDOWN

Austin Cindric picked off five positions on the final lap to score a fifth-place finish in the fred’s 250 on Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. His sixth top-five finish of the season vaulted him into the Round of 6 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. The driver of the LTi Printing Ford F-150 enters the next round as the sixth seed in the championship standings, 40 points behind the leader Christopher Bell, but within seven points of third-place Matt Crafton. Cindric collected his third-consecutive top 10 and 10th top-10 finish in the last 11 races.
 
Cindric started sixth in the 95-lap race. He was squeezed out of line on the initial start of the race and fell in line near the tail end of the lead draft pack. As Stage 1 drew to a close, Cindric had worked his way up to the 12th position. Crew chief Doug Randolph made the call to pit under green on lap 17, a move designed to give Cindric track position for the next segment.
 
The leaders pitted during the stage break on lap 24 and Cindric restarted from the lead when Stage 2 began on lap 26. After a brief shuffle at the front of the pack on the restart, Cindric ran fourth in tight formation in the lead draft until the stage ended on lap 40. He pitted on lap 43 for four tires and fuel, and a mix of pit strategies among the leaders shuffled him back to the 11th position when Stage 3 began on lap 47.
 
With his playoff competition encountering misfortune, the No. 19 team chose to race smart as the event roared past halfway, running near the tail end of the lead draft. He dodged five-truck accidents on laps 55 and 71, the latter drawing an eight minute red flag for track cleanup. When the dust settled, Cindric pitted for four tires and restarted 10th on lap 77. He was jockeying for positions in the lead pack when the fifth yellow was displayed on lap 91, setting up one final restart and the extending the race into overtime.
 
Cindric lined up 10th for the final two-lap dash and dove into the low line between Turns 1 and 2 on the restart. He took the white flag in the seventh position then dodged an incident triggered when Noah Gragson and Johnny Sauter made contact in Turn 1, collecting five trucks and forcing the race to end under yellow. Cindric crossed the finish line in fifth, capturing a spot in the next round of the Playoffs.    
 
CHASE BRISCOE BREAKDOWN
 
Chase Briscoe's chances to advance in the NASCAR Playoffs were derailed by a valve cover issue that sent him to the garage area in the early laps of the fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. While the team fought valiantly to earn every possible point and remained in contention until the final lap, it was not enough to advance to the next round of the Playoffs.
 
Taking the green flag from the fifth position, Briscoe and the lead pack pulled away in a single file line, hoping to get ahead of the mayhem and avoid a potential crash. Unfortunately, on lap five, Briscoe’s spotter reported that the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was smoking badly. Briscoe had no choice but to bring his truck to the garage, and the Brad Keselowski Racing team worked quickly to diagnose and repair an oil leak in the valve cover. The team only lost 10 laps in the process, and returned to the track just prior to a caution on lap 20 of the 95-lap race.
 
Taking the wave around allowed Briscoe to earn back one of his laps, but he was mired in the 29th position and would need to depend on the misfortune of others to make up the points needed to advance. The Cooper Standard team fought hard for the remainder of the race and remained in the hunt as the point standings fluctuated throughout the race. They worked themselves up to the 22nd position before the checkered flag waved, but the deficit was simply too much to overcome. Briscoe ultimately came up eight points short, eliminating the team from Playoff contention. 
 
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Heading to Talladega Superspeedway for the first time in his NCWTS career, Kaz had confidence that his prior success at Daytona International Speedway would be a major asset to his weekend. Picking up where he left off the last time he was on a superspeedway, Kaz showed speed early on in practice and qualifying. After finishing the first round of qualifying with the third-fastest lap, Kaz looked poised to contend for the pole position in round two, but an issue with the engine was detected forcing the No. 33 STEALTH team to pull Kaz’s Chevy into the garage before qualifying was complete. With limited time before the race was set to begin, the No.33 team, with help from the rest of GMS Racing and Hendrick Engines, was able to successfully change engines before the start of the Fred’s 250.

 

Due to changing engines, Kaz was forced to start at the rear of the field for the 94-lap race. Charging his way through the field, Kaz had made his way up to the 12th position by lap 18 and was looking to score crucial stage points. Unfortunately before Kaz could make a move, a chain reaction began in the front of the field. Slowing down to avoid the wreck, the truck behind Kaz couldn’t get slowed down enough, spinning Kaz and ending his day early with a 29th-place finish.

 

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"My No. 33 team, everyone at GMS Racing and at Hendrick Engines worked really hard to change that motor to get us out in time for the race. From what I could tell, it still felt like we were the fastest Chevy out there. Starting in the back, I made a lot of good moves to be in a position to get stage points at the end of the first stage. I’m not quite sure what happened but everyone checked up. I slowed down and thought I was going to miss it, but the truck behind me didn’t get slowed down fast enough and turned us up into the wall ending our day. That put an end to our championship hopes unfortunately, which is really a shame because I think this No. 33 team had really come alive in the later part of this season and I think we would have been a contender. We did our part in what we could control and I’m just super proud of my guys.”

 

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- After the cutoff race for The Playoffs, Kaz was seeded eighth in the NCWTS Playoff Standings and will not advance to the Round of 6.

 

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Justin Haley made his NCWTS Talladega Superspeedway debut from the fourth position in the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet in Saturday’s Fred’s 250. Working with teammate Johnny Sauter he moved into the second position on lap one and held that spot until the first caution of the day on lap 20. With the first stage ending under yellow, Haley picked up valuable stage points before pitting for fuel only. He returned to the field in the fourth position, lining up behind Sauter for the restart.

 

Teamwork prevailed once again as Haley retook second on the lap 27 restart. Stage Two stayed green for all 25 laps, with the Winamac, Ind., native finished the stage in second. He visited the Fraternal Order of Eagles team on pit road for four tires and fuel, lining up sixth for the start of the final stage.

 

Knowing fuel mileage would become a factor at the end of the event, the GMS trucks pitted together under green on lap 61, returning to the track before the fourth caution of the day occurred. Worried about having driven through debris, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt brought Haley back to pit road for tires and to top off on fuel. He rejoined the field in the 12th position and worked his way back to Sauter on the restart to make a move for the top two positions on lap 87.

 

A caution with five laps remaining placed Haley in the third position for the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. As the race went green for the final time, Haley made a move for the lead but dropped back without any help. He regrouped before falling too far back but made contact with another competitor creating a chain reaction. Not being able to continue to the finish line, Haley was scored with a 16th-place finish in his first NCWTS start at Talladega.

 

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“The No. 24 team brought a great Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet this weekend. We were fast and had the speed and teamwork needed to stay up front in this type of race. Coming down to the end, we felt we’d have to make a pretty big move to go for our first win but it just didn’t work out. Overall it was a really strong performance for our team and I’m happy we were able to run well for Fraternal Order of Eagles.”

 

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- With a 16th-place finish at Talladega, the No. 24 team did not advance in the NCWTS Owners Playoffs, missing the cutoff by 15 points.

 

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