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NASCAR Driver Cody Coughlin of the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado, will be racing in honor of veterans around the world at the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 on Saturday, August 11th at the Michigan International Speedway.

Coughlin makes a cameo appearance in the upcoming film, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD, which pays special tribute to those who serve and have served in the United States Military and their families. The film will open in theaters Friday, September 7, 2018. The film has partnered with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit charity dedicated to providing a lifetime of support to disabled American veterans and their families, and together launched the #BlessAVet campaign.

Through the #BlessAVet initiative, the public can brighten the day of an American veteran by donating a movie ticket to GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD and a $25 Restaurant.com gift card to them. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the film goes to DAV.

In support of the organization, film and the initiative, Coughlin’s No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet truck will feature logos from DAV, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD and #BlessAVet during his race on Saturday.

“It’s an honor to represent DAV,” said Coughlin. “I have loved ones that have served in the military, so it was important to me to give back to those who have given so much. The sacrifices our veterans have made is beyond measurable. I’m committed to standing side-by-side with DAV to make sure all our veterans are receiving the support and resources they need and deserve.”

Directed by Harold Cronk (God’s Not Dead, God’s Not Dead 2), GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD was primarily filmed in Manistee and Grand Rapids, Michigan and tells the inspirational story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film focuses on the importance of family, friends, and faith, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States Military. The film stars Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood, The Hatfields & Mccoys), Andrew Walker (Date with Love, Steel Toes), Jordin Sparks (Sparkle, Left Behind), LaDainian “LT” Tomlinson (NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Network Analyst), Makenzie Moss (Steve Jobs), Kim Delaney (Army Wives, NYPD Blue), Robin Givens (Riverdale) and more.

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Premium Motorsports is proud to welcome Stefan Parsons, NASCAR Whelen All American Series and CARS Tour Series driver, to the team as he makes his NASCAR Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway. Parsons will pilot the #15 Chevy Silverado in his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Phoenix Construction Services, Inc. will serve as Parsons’ primary sponsor in Thursday night’s ‘UNOH 200’.

Stefan Parsons has racing in his blood. He has been around the sport his entire life as the son of former NASCAR driver/Cup Series team owner, now Fox Sports 1 race commentator, Phil Parsons and nephew to NASCAR Hall of Famer, Benny Parsons. He now looks to make a name for himself in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 “I’m super excited to make my truck debut at Bristol. I can’t thank Jay Robinson and everyone at Premium Motorsports enough as well as James Finch & Phoenix Construction for giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to work with Mike Hillman Sr & Peter Sospenzo as I make my NASCAR debut in the #15 Phoenix Construction, Chevy Silverado. This is something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life and I can’t put into words what this means to me. My family has a history of winning at Bristol and I hope to continue the tradition.” – Stefan Parsons

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After a much welcomed one-week break from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition, Niece Motorsports rookie Justin Fontaine heads to Michigan International Speedway hoping for some luck in the Irish Hills.

With just two races remaining in the regular season, Fontaine hopes to see an opportunity open that would send his No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Inc. Chevrolet to Victory Lane and the post-season Playoffs.

“It was nice to get a breather, but I’m ready to get back to work,” said Fontaine who spent the downtime in his hometown of Asheville, N.C. “We’ve made some gains through the summer stretch – but I’d like to go to Michigan this weekend and have a good run with our ProMATIC Automation team.”

Fontaine has one prior start at Michigan International Speedway coming last June in the ARCA Racing Series. The 20-year-old showed immediate speed in his No. 33 ProMATIC Automation car, qualified well – but battled a mechanical issue during the race that thwarted a good finish.

Still, the race wasn’t all for naught.  

Fontaine believes there are still some fundamentals from the race that he can apply to his Truck Series debut at the 2.0-mile oval.

“I really enjoyed racing at Michigan and I’m excited to get back there again,” offered Fontaine. “It’s a fast race track and can be line sensitive. Even though the truck and ARCA car are different, I feel like my experience there should give me some good footing for this weekend’s race.”

Most teams consider Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 as a mini-restrictor plate race. With aerodynamics at a premium and drafting a key to successfully negotiating the 100-lap race, Fontaine is hoping those elements will put his Niece Motorsports team in a good position.

“Cody (Efaw, crew chief) and I have really been able to build on some momentum the last couple of weeks, even if we haven’t had the finishes to show for it,” added Fontaine. “When it comes to the race on Saturday – the style should be similar to Daytona and Las Vegas – two races we did very well at the beginning of the year.

“We’ll play our strategy – keep ourselves on the lead lap and execute when it matters most and hope the finish gives us momentum for my Bristol Motor Speedway debut next week.”

In the last six races, the North Carolinian has posted four top-17 finishes including a 17th place finish two weeks ago at Pocono Raceway. Fontaine says his team’s effort has been resilient.

“I have some of the hardest working guys and gals in the garage,” Fontaine added. “Our team has a lot of heart and passion -- all with the same goal. The encouraging part for our team is that we’ve been able to showcase our speed lately – now we just need to work harder to execute better and that’s exactly what we have planned for Michigan.”

After 14 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 19.5 entering Michigan. He earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

In addition to a full-time NASCAR driver, Fontaine just completed his freshman year as a student at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), where he is pursuing a business degree.

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

The Corrigan Oil 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the 15th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Aug. 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Aug. 11 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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On the strength of seven consecutive top-20 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) summer stretch, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his Niece Motorsports team head to Michigan International Speedway looking to trade those top-20 runs in for their first top-10 of 2018 in Saturday afternoon’s Corrigan Oil 200.

It’s been a productive summer for the driver of the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado, while his Niece Motorsports team has showcased more speed as the NCWTS season rolls on – Self says they are determined to keep surging forward.

“We’ve qualified inside the top-15 in three of the last four races, now we just need to execute a little better during the race,” said Self. “I’m really proud of the hard work of my Niece Motorsports team. Their relentless efforts are starting to get rewarded, we just want more.

“You always want more when you’re a race car driver or a team.”

For Self, returning to Michigan International Speedway, the 22-year-old driver has delivered solid results in the Truck Series. Last August, he finished 15th after placing 16th the year prior.

In two prior ARCA Racing Series races, Self has maneuvered two top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish in 2015 driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Michigan,” added Self. “It’s a big track where speed is at a premium. Handling is just as critical with a good motor. The track was repaved several years ago, and the preferred lines are slowing widening out.

“You can use the straightaway speeds to get yourself in a position to make that pass. It can be sketchy on restarts – but that makes it exciting for the fans. For us, it’s like a mini-restrictor plate race and that will provide excitement and drama from the drop of the green flag to the checkered flag.”

With just two races remaining in the regular season before the post-season Playoffs begin, Self says if the opportunity presents itself for his Niece Motorsports team to use some strategy to contend for the win, all bets are off.

“We know we nee to win to assure ourselves a Playoff spot,” sounded Self. “Michigan this weekend and Bristol next weekend can provide some opportunity for strategy to pan out and offer a surprise winner. We’d like to think we can capitalize on that chance if it’s given to us.

“I think you’ll see some exciting races at Michigan and Bristol, I just hope we have our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado in the mix.”

After 14 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 17.4 entering Michigan.  

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 55th 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 14th race of the year.

In 54 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.

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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.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

The Corrigan Oil 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the 15th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Aug. 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Aug. 11 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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Set to continue their impressive presence on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) tour, JJL Motorsports officials announced today that the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show (WONG) presented by Parker FiberNet will return as the team’s primary marketing partner for Jesse Little at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Thurs., Aug. 17.
 
Noted as North Georgia’s No. 1 fall family event, the seventh annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show returns October 13-14 at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport.
 
The air show will feature an elite lineup of world-class military and civilian performers, static aircraft displays and premium infield camping.
 
The U.S. Air Force. F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt demonstration teams are featured performers and will serve as co-headliners for the two-day event. 
 
JJL Motorsports and WONG paired for the second Truck Series race of the season at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, where the NASCAR Next alumnus contended for the win – before a late race restart in overtime shuffled the second-generation driver through the field – before soldiering back to an impressive eighth-place result.
 
“I’m very excited to have the support of the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show at Bristol Motor Speedway in a couple weeks,” said Little. “The speed and finesse of air shows is something that I can easily match to racing in NASCAR. I’m an adrenaline junkie, so I’m excited about having the chance to work with their great staff again.”
In addition to Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, JJL Motorsports also welcomes the Visit Kingsport campaign who will serve as an associate marketing partner for the 16th Truck Series race of the season.
Because of its legendary hospitality and first-rate amenities, popular attractions and visitor accommodations, Kingsport is perfect venue for any occasion.
 
“It’s great to have the support of a local organization like Visit Kingsport,” added Little. “It’s a town where there’s a lot of community events and attractions and always does their share to promote the Bristol NASCAR weekends. We’re excited to have them aboard.”
 
Little and his JJL Motorsports plan to be active on their social media channels leading up to Bristol, including offering free tickets to the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show and more. 
 
In addition to Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, and Visit Kingsport (Tennessee), G-FORCE Transmission and Gears, Performance Friction Brakes, Penske Shocks and Racing Electronics will all serve as associate marketing partners for Bristol.  
 
The UNOH 200 is set for Thurs., Aug. 16 with coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET).
 
 
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In his last start of the season, Kyle Busch got the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory he coveted most.

Holding off a charge from Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones—who started the race in place of ailing Noah Gragson—Busch, the pole winner, powered his No. 51 Toyota across the finish line 1.469 seconds ahead of Jones’ No. 18 to win the Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway.

The number "51" had added significance on Saturday. In winning for the second time in five starts this season and the second time at the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle," Busch collected the 51st NCWTS victory of his career, tying him for the all-time series lead with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.

Busch’s milestone triumph, however, was in doubt until the closing laps. On Lap 52 of 60, Jones caught Busch in heavy race traffic and pulled ahead as the trucks rounded Turn 1 and headed down the Long Pond straightaway.

But Busch regained the lead through the Tunnel Turn, powering to the outside of Jones, whose Tundra was slowed by a lapped truck. From that point, Busch pulled away for the victory.

"They (Jones) had a better truck," Busch acknowledged. "I tried and tried to work on this thing to make it better and probably made it slower with all the things I changed on it, rather than making it faster.

"I knew Erik was going to be fast in that truck—I knew Noah was going to be fast in that truck. They were the ones that we had to beat. I wish we were a tick faster, but obviously, being a bit slower, we put on a better show. Erik was able to run me down, and I did everything I could to hold him off."

When Busch did his celebratory burnout on the front stretch, two patches of rubber deposited on the racing surface caught fire.

"I sat in one spot for too long on the asphalt," Busch said. "My bad."

Busch grabbed the lead from eventual third-place finisher Dalton Sargeant on Lap 37, with Jones running third at the time. It took Jones four more laps to get past Sargeant, as Busch opened a lead of more than two seconds.

But Jones, who won the 2015 series championship in a KBM truck, ate into the gap steadily and had his one shot at the win on Lap 52.

"I saw the lapped trucks, and they gave me the opportunity to get there," said Jones, who started from the rear of the field and "I was like, ‘This is going to be my shot, probably my only shot to get the lead, and if we can get the lead, I think we can hold him off.’

"We came within about six inches of doing it, and I had to kind of checkup. There were four lapped trucks. We passed three of them on the straightaway, and there was one more in the Tunnel Turn, and I had to check up on the bottom or run him over, which I wasn’t going to do.

"Kyle was still at my quarter, and I had to give him space. It was a close moment. That was our one shot. I used up a lot of the truck just to make that one move."

Stewart Friesen finished fourth, followed by Justin Haley. Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Joe Nemechek completed the top 10.

Gragson was suffering from a stomach virus and wasn’t cleared medically to compete after a visit to the infield care center. But Gragson will receive a medical waiver from NASCAR that keeps him eligible to compete for the series championship.

With one victory to his credit this season, Gragson held on to second in the standings, 65 points behind Sauter.

DGR-Crosley announced today that NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, Matt Mills will join the team for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Mills will pilot the No. 54 J.F. Electric / Crosley Brands Toyota Tundra. 
 
The 21-year-old Lynchburg, Va., native has driven on a part-time basis this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with JD Motorsports. He has one previous start at Michigan International Speedway, which occurred earlier this season. Along with his NASCAR XFINITY Series experience, Mills also has ten NCWTS starts under his belt where he earned two top-20 finishes. Before joining the NASCAR ranks Mills raced in the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour as well as running numerous late model races.
 
"I'm very excited to be getting an opportunity to run for DGR-Crosley," said Mills. "The past few years I have been using my opportunities to learn and grow as a driver. Now I'll get to test the skills and see where I rank up with other drivers in the field. The DGR-Crosley team brings fast trucks to the track every weekend. I can't wait to get behind the wheel to see what I can do, and how much more I can learn with them at Michigan. Having David [Gilliland] there to help me is going to be huge asset. I can't thank everyone at J.F. Electric and DGR-Crosley enough for giving me this opportunity."
 
The Corrigan Oil 200 from Michigan International Speedway will take place on Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m., ET.
 
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Brett Moffitt and the No. 16 Toyota Tsusho team had one of the fastest trucks at Pocono Raceway on Saturday afternoon, but an early issue handed them a 26th-place finish. The three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race winner in 2018 showed incredible speed in the first stage before a vibration derailed his chance at his first Pocono victory.
 
Moffitt started the afternoon with a deficit after changing engines in Friday’s practice session. The engine change forced Moffitt to start at the back of the 32-truck field but the 25-year old wasted no time to blister his way through the field. By lap 2, Moffitt had passed half the field to 15th, and drove inside the top 10 by lap five. Moffitt ran as eighth by lap 7 and was consistently running some of the fastest laps on the racetrack. However, just before the end of Stage 1, Moffitt reported an issue and came to the attention of the Toyota Tsusho team.
 
The No. 16 team went to the garage to diagnose the extreme vibration and returned to the track seven laps down in an effort to gain crucial championship points. Over the final two stages, Moffitt gained three positions to finish 26th. Through 14 races, Moffitt sits fifth in the NCWTS championship standings and holds the second position on the Playoff Grid. 
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
"It’s unfortunate to have that vibration early, because we would have been one of the trucks to beat. We had an incredibly fast Toyota Tsusho Tundra. I was able to get through traffic and run up into the top 10 and felt good about the balance, especially when we got a little clean air. Having speed like this is a good feeling, so hopefully we have these issues out of the way and can get back to finishing in the top five more consistently.”

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After Noah Gragson was not cleared to race by NASCAR following a trip to the infield care center during qualifying to address a stomach virus, 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Erik Jones strapped into the Safelite AutoGlass Tundra on short notice and produced a runner-up finish for the No. 18 team in Saturday's Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway. Jones started from the 31st position but quickly maneuvered his way through the field and nearly ended the day in victory lane with a strong Tundra that Gragson was fastest with in Friday's final practice session.
 
The Safelite AutoGlass Tundra was scored in the third position when the Final Stage went green but after a hard-fought battle to get into the runner-up position, Jones found himself over two seconds behind his teammate and owner Kyle Busch with 19 laps remaining. The pupil ran down the teacher and was able to attempt a pass for the lead with nine laps remaining but his momentum was impeded by a lap truck and after having to fall back in behind Busch ended up finishing 1.469 seconds behind him.
 
Despite missing the race, Gragson remained second in the Truck Series regular season point standings and will be granted a medical waiver from NASCAR to remain eligible for the playoffs.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Jones started from the 31st position but was inside the top 10 by lap eight. Before the end of Stage One, the former series champion maneuvered his way all the way up to the fourth position.
 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, crew chief Rudy Fugle summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel.
  • Jones was scored in the seventh position when Stage Two went green on lap 19. He worked his way into the second spot on lap 22 and passed Busch for the lead on lap 27.
  • Working the strategy backwards from the end of the race, Fugle elected to make the final pit stop of the day one lap later. Once again the Safelite over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop and returned the No. 18 Toyota to the track in the 18th position to complete Stage Two. 
Final Stage Recap:
 
  • With the top-12 trucks hitting pit road between stages, Jones moved up to the third position when the Final Stage went green on lap 35.
  • Jones had to battle Dalton Sargeant for several laps to make his way into the runner-up position. Once he worked his way past the rookie, he was left with the task of chasing down Busch, who was over two seconds ahead with 19 laps remaining.
  • The Safelite Tundra slowly narrowed the gap and with nine laps remaining closed to Busch's bumper. After the two exited Turn 1, Jones moved to the inside of Busch and the two raced side-by-side into the Tunnel turn. Jones' rear bumper was even with Busch's front bumper, but a lap truck forced Jones to move up the track and to avoid making contact Jones had to take his foot off the accelerator and settled in behind Busch.
  • Jones would end up finishing in the second position. It was his 20th top-five finish across 40 career Truck Series starts.

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Todd Gilliland learned a lot Saturday during the Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway. Taking what he learned during truck practice and competing in the rain-shortened ARCA Racing Series event on Friday, Gilliland led laps, got his first stage win and scored his sixth top-10 finish of the season.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland started second after getting outrun for the pole by his boss, owner Kyle Busch.
  • He led the first lap before Busch took the lead.
  • He resumed the lead when Busch pitted on lap 12 and claimed his first stage win as Stage One ended on lap 15.
  • The KBM team brought him to pit road for right-side tires when the pits opened on a lap 16.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • When the race resumed on lap 21, Gilliland was in fourth.
  • Only taking two tires made the Mobil 1 Tundra too tight, so they decided to pit before the stage ended for four tires on lap 27.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • After staying out during the stage break, Gilliland restarted the final 30-lap stage in eighth.
  • He fell back to 11th on the restart, but worked his way back up to ninth place with 10 laps to go.
  • Gilliland kept fighting and was eighth with five to go and finished the race in seventh place.

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Starting from the pole in his No. 51 Cessna Tundra, Kyle Busch led 43 of 60 laps in the Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway to take the checkered flag and earn not only his second NCWTS win this season, but his 51st career win in the series to tie the all-time win record set by Ron Hornaday Jr.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Busch started the day by capturing his 21st career-pole in the NCWTS.
  • He took the lead from teammate Todd Gilliland on lap two and held it until pitting for four tires on lap 12 ahead of the stage break.
  • Busch was 19th when Stage One ended, but since he stayed out while most of the field pitted, he once again assumed the lead after pit stops were complete.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Busch led for nine laps before pitting for four tires toward the end of the second stage on lap 27.
  • He gained track position at the end of Stage Two when he stayed out and several trucks pitted.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • Busch was third when the final 30-lap stage began, but he did not stay there for long. He passed Dalton Sargent for the lead on lap 37 and never looked back.
  • Having pulled away from the field, he crossed the finish line with a 1.5-second margin of victory over his KBM teammate Erik Jones.

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