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Johnny Sauter and the No. 21 ISM Connect team made a statement at Phoenix Raceway, earning their second consecutive win after starting 10th in the Lucas Oil 150. Sauter fought a tight condition throughout the first two stages of the event, but remained a fixture within the top-10.


Starting sixth for the final 70-lap stage, the No. 21 team opted to manage their equipment in preparation for a long run to the finish. Sauter patiently made his way into the top-five on lap 102 but was five seconds behind the leaders. The fifth caution of the night occurred on lap 123, giving Sauter a chance at taking over the lead. As the race returned to green, the field was immediately slowed by a wreck on the restart and placed under red flag conditions. With the same thing occurring on the next two restarts, Sauter found himself in the second position on lap 144. As leader Christopher Bell pitted for damage, Sauter took over the lead for a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag.


The veteran driver held off his fellow playoff contenders for his first win at Phoenix Raceway and fourth win of the 2017 season.



Recapping the night at Phoenix:
“We struggled during qualifying but once they dropped the green flag we had pretty good speed in our ISM Connect Chevy. Track position is so important here and we were just in the right place at the right time at the end of the race. A lot of red flags there at the end but it was good for me to just be able to sit there and gather my thoughts and think through how I wanted to handle those last restarts and those last two were perfect as far as I’m concerned. This is a team effort. We’ve been in position to win at least seven races this year and this is our fourth so we’re getting hot at the right time.”


On what to expect at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
“That track is really tricky. We go down there and we get one set of tires for practice and that place eats tires like a cheese grater. Your first couple of laps you’re going to feel like King Kong and then you’re going to think ‘what is wrong with this truck?’ I suspect you’re going to see everything next week. Unload decent, struggle a little then be good in the race. We’ve just got to be smart and make smart decisions and we’ll be okay.”


Additional Info
- Sauter was the only Championship 4 contender to win in the Round of Six and will head into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on a two-race winning streak.



Todd Gilliland made his first start at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Friday night in the Lucas Oil 150. After the race was stopped for three different red flags, Gilliland crossed the finish line seventh in his No. 51 PEDIGREE® Tundra. His finish secured a spot for KBM's No. 51 team as one of four trucks which will compete for the NCWTS Owner's Championship next weekend at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
Stage One Recap:
  • Gilliland qualified his No. 51 Tundra fifth to start Friday night's race at Phoenix. After he took the green flag, Gilliland settled into the sixth position for most of the stage. When the caution came out to end the 40-lap stage, the No. 51 Tundra was eighth.
Stage Two Recap:
  • When the second stage began, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., called Gilliland to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment. He was ninth for the restart and maintained his position inside the top 10 throughout the stage. After a truck hit the wall with four laps to go in the stage, it ended under caution and Gilliland was scored eighth.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gilliland began Stage Three with a trip to pit road for four tires and a trackbar adjustment. The rookie restarted 10th, but began to fall back through the field as he battled a tight Tundra. When the caution came out with 28 to go, the No. 51 over-the-wall crew put four fresh tires on the No. 51 Toyota and a chassis adjustment to help fix the tightness.
  • After Gilliland restarted 15th with 21 laps to go, a wreck on the restart led to the first red-flag situation of the night. The 17-year-old took the green flag 10th with 16 laps left, but sustained minor damage to the front of his Tundra in another wreck that led to the second red flag. When the red flag was lifted, Gilliland headed to pit road where the over-the-wall crew made repairs and returned him to the track.
  • After surviving one more wreck that led to a red flag with 10 laps to go, Gilliland crossed the finish line in the seventh potion to earn his third consecutive top-10 finish in what was his final Truck Series start of the season.


Noah Gragson returned to Phoenix International Raceway where he made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start one year ago. This race was a very different experience for the 19-year-old rookie. Instead of learning the feel of the trucks and track, he was competing for the win and was within laps of reaching Victory Lane until an accident with seven to go ended his bid for the win. He was credited with a 15th-place finish.
Stage One Recap:
  • Gragson started second, but took the lead on the first lap from his KBM teammate and pole sitter, Christopher Bell. After leading nine laps, Bell moved into the first position and Gragson maintained second. That is where both drivers finished the first stage.
Stage Two Recap:
  • Gragson pitted for right-side tires on lap 44 and was still second when Stage Two began. His Switch Tundra was fast and he remained second until a caution on lap 78 ended the stage a few laps early. This time he pitted for four tires and a track bar adjustment to begin the final 70-lap stage.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Gragson was second when the final stage began, but not for long. With a strong restart, he took the lead from Bell again and pulled away from the field. He told the team his Tundra was handling really well.
  • A series of accidents slowed the final 20 laps of the 150-lap race. The first two which brought out the red flag for extensive track clean-up happened behind Gragson. Bell had just taken the lead before a caution on lap 136 putting Gragson in second.
  • When the race resumed with 10 laps to go, the teammates raced side by side for a few laps, until Gragson's truck got loose running inside of Bell. As Gragson spun, his Tundra made heavy contact with the wall, ending his night with a 15th-place finish.


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway on Friday night. The 150-lap race would set the Championship 4 Round for next weekend's race at Homestead. Johnny Sauter is locked into the final round with his win at Texas last week. Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric, Ben Rhodes and John Hunter Nemechek would all be on the hunt for one of the remaining three spots.

The race would be broken up into three stages. The first two stages would consist of 40 laps. The final stage would be 70 laps in length.

Christopher Bell would lead the field to green with Noah Gragson grabbing the lead past the line. The rest of the field was diving for the bottom groove as they funneled into turn one. The race would go clean and green for quite some time. Bell would catch Gragson on lap nine and wrestle the lead away. T.J. Bell would slow and bring his truck to the garage area and would eventually return many laps down. Joe Nemechek, Mike Senica, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Ted Minor all took their trucks to the garage early as well.

Christopher Bell would continue to lead comfortably for the majority of stage one. The other playoff contenders all continued to hold steady within their group. All ran solidly within the top eight throughout the stage.

Johnny Sauter began to gain decent chunks on track to the lead, but never got close enough to the front, as Bell completed a fairly dominate run to win stage one by over 4 seconds. With this stage win, Christopher cliched is spot in the Championship 4 Round on points.

Top ten finishers in stage one, in order: Bell, Gragson, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Austin Cindric, Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger, Ryan Truex.

All of the leaders pitted during the caution period after stage one. All took two tires. The top five off pit road: Bell, Gragson, Rhodes, Crafton, Cindric. The free pass went to Justin Haley. ARCA series regular Dalton Sargeant was penalized for being too fast on pit road.

Christopher Bell chose the outside for the start of stage two. He gained the lead as trucks battled behind. It sorted out to a single file run along the bottom groove as they finished lap one. The championship contenders all continued to run inside the top eight. Ben Rhodes and Austin Cindric ran in a dead heat for the final spot in the Championship 4 Round, with Matt Crafton distancing himself somewhat from the cut line.

With four laps remaining in the stage, Grant Enfinger made hard contact with the outside wall. The No. 98 seemed to blow a right front tire heading into turn one and suffered a hard hit. Enfinger would exit under his own power and take the mandatory ambulance ride to the infield care center.

Christopher Bell would win stage two under this caution. As they finished the stage, Matt Crafton would be above the cut line by 27 points, Austin Cindric and Ben Rhodes would be in a dead heat for the final spot to advance and John Hunter Nemechek would be 41 points behind the cut line and in need of a win to have a chance to win the 2017 NCWTS championship. Matt Crafton's finish would gain him enough points to lock in the third position in the Championship 4 Round, leaving only one spot open for the three drivers remaining on the outside of the points battle. Austin Hill would receive the free pass.

All of the leaders would come for service under this caution. Bell would lead the race off pit road after taking four tires, followed by Gragson. Justin Haley would come out third, gaining 13 spots by taking only two fresh Goodyears. Dalton Sargeant would also take two tires and leave the pits in fourth. Ben Rhodes, with four tires, would follow in fifth. Kaz Grala took two tires and came out sixth. Johnny Sauter, Ryan Rruex, John Hunter Nemechek and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top ten, all taking four tires and Sunoco fuel. Austin Cindric's team would struggle on this stop, dropping him to 11th after piting from the fifth position. Rhodes would be up five points on Cindric for the final spot to advance as they ran after this round of pit stops. John Hunter Nemechek would have to win the race if he wanted to advance.

At the drop of the green flag, Bell and Gragson battled for the lead as the remainder of the field fought for track position. Gragson took the lead and others struggled two and three wide behind them.

Austin Cindric would lose a spot to Matt Crafton, not helping his bid to advance in the playoffs. The No. 19 BKR Ford F-150 would need to make up spots if it was going to advance to the Championship 4 Round.

Lap 115 saw contact between a slowing Norn Benning and Jesse Little, who was pressing to stay up with the leaders. Benning would make contact with the wall, almost knocking the nose off his truck. The No. 6 got out of the groove and made his way to pit road without causing a caution. Little continued even though he showed some right side damage. Johnny Sauter was running the fastest laps on the track and began to stalk the lead from the third position.

With 29 to go, Josh Reaume appeared to blow an engine. He would not make it back to pit road and the caution would fly.

The leaders would be left with the decision at this point to stay out or to pit. Rhodes and Cindric, separated by seven points as they ran, would need to make critical decisions. Both drivers would come to their teams for service.

Rhodes was the first truck down pit road. John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Cindric and Matt Crafton would be the only leaders to follow. All other lead lap trucks stayed out. Those that pitted would hold position as they left. This round would put Rhodes only one point ahead of Cindric for the final spot in the Championship 4 Round.

As Gragson lead the field to the green flag, Austin Cindric got into the back of Ben Rhodes and turned him into the inside wall. As Rhodes came back across the track he collected the No. 88 of Matt Crafton. Both trucks would not be able to continue. The incident would cause a scramble for the final spot to advance and would also bring out a red flag due to extensive cleanup. This would end Rhodes quest to advance to the Championship 4 Round. Cindric will have had another questionable incident allowing him to advance in the playoffs. Rhodes' crew would call the move a "cheap shot". Cindric's assessment over the radio, "...but it's unfortunate. I really hate to have it happen that way. He was running a great race. We were trying our hardest. And uh, obviously nothing intentional there. I think you clearly see I tried to get a run and held my ground and kinda how it went but it's unfortunate but we gotta keep our nose clean for the rest of the race and hopefully get these BKR guys to run for a championship in the final year and the final race".

Once the red flag was lifted, Cindric came to pit road for repairs to his right front. Everyone else on the lead lap stayed out.

Noah Gragson led the field back to green with 16 laps to go. As the field headed to the dog leg on the back stretch, Ryan Truex, Jesse Little and Dalton Sargeant tried to make it through three-wide going for 12th and could not make it happen. The three drivers all made contact and slid hard into the outside wall. Truex's truck became airborne on the rear end momentarily during the melee. All three drivers would exit under their own power and take the mandatory ambulance ride to the infield care center. This incident would bring out another red flag.It would last 14 minutes.

Christopher Bell led to the green flag with 10 laps to go. John Hunter Nemechek restarted fifth and needed to get a win to advance to Homestead. The battle on points being already decided in Austin Cindric's favor.

The pack swept down deep into the dog leg once again. Bell and Gragson battled for the lead side-by-side. Johnny Sauter sat back in third, waiting on the leaders to make a mistake, and they eventually did .

Bell and Gragson made contact and slid into the outside wall going into turn four. Bell continued but looked to need a stop to repair damage. Gragson's race would be over. Justin Haley would be caught up in the incident and would also be unable to continue. Another red flag would be displayed so that the front stretch could be cleared.

Once this red flag situation was lifted, Bell came to pit road handing the lead to Sauter. It was obvious that John Hunter Nemechek, restarting in second, would be more than aggressive trying to advance in the playoffs.

The restart would come with two laps to go. Nemechek needing to win to advance. Otherwise, Austin Cindric would advance on points.

At the restart, Sauter shot to the lead. Nemechek tried his best to put pressure on the No. 21 but just could not get close enough. At he white flag, John Hunter dove hard into turn one but could not make it stick. Johnny Sauter would hold off all contenders and win the Lucas Oil 150.

Top ten finishers, in order: Sauter, Nemechek, Cody Coughlin, Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala, Stuart Friesen, Todd Gilliland, Christopher Bell, Cindric, Bayley Currey.

The four drivers advancing to the Championship 4 Round: Johnny Sauter, Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric.

This would be Johnny Sauter's first career win at Phoenix. Sauter attributed the win to the "Best group of people I've ever been around". He indicated that he was worried about all the red flags and restarts but knew that if he got a good restart that he could get a win.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 Round races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolled out for qualifying for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) this afternoon, just hours before the green flag was scheduled to wave. The session was broken into three, multi-truck rounds. Round one would set positions 32 - 25 with 24 drivers advancing to round two. In round two, 12 drivers would advance to the final round while positions 13 - 24 would be set. The final round would set the pole position, as well as the rest of the top 12 starting positions.

Round one would be a clean round. The Round of 6 championship contenders would all lay down laps good enough to advance them into round two, with Christopher Bell taking the top spot with a speed of 133.949 mph. A handful of drivers clocked times of nearly three seconds or more off the top spot (Mike Senica, Ted Minor, Ray Ciccerelli, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Norm Benning) and they would fail to advance. Josh Reaume (126.868 mph) was the fastest driver that would not move on to round two. The other drivers failing to advance were Mike Harmon (125.879 mph) and Jordan Anderson (126.605 mph).

Advancing to round two, in order: Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Cindric, Matt Crafton, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, Chase Briscoe, Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, Cody Coughlin, Justin Haley, Grant Enfinger, Dalton Sargeant, Ryan Truex, Stuart Friesen, Kaz Grala, Austin Hill, Joe Nemechek, T.J. Bell, Robby Lyons, Bayley Currey, Jesse Little, Austin Wayne Self, Jason Hathaway.

Early in round two, playoff drivers dominated the top of the speed chart. Ryan Truex would lay down a lap that looked as though it may not be fast enough to advance him to the final round. ARCA regular Dalton Sargeant had a decent lap, but would not be fast enough to advance. Notables Kaz Grala and Justin Haley would fall in line behind Sargeant on the speed chart and also fail to advance. Truex would make a run within the last minute of the round that would improve his previous time enough to advance him to the final round.

Christopher Bell (135.849 mph) would once again hold the top spot, sweeping the first two rounds of qualifying. Drivers failing to advance were: Little (No Attempt), Hathaway (127.132 mph), Self (127.859 mph), Currey (128.388 mph), Lyons (129.046 mph), Joe Nemechek (129.097 mph), T.J. Bell (129.315 mph), Hill (130.605 mph), Haley (132.445 mph), Grala (132.787 mph), Sargeant (133.087 mph), Coughlin (133.205 mph).

Drivers advancing to the final round of qualifying, in order: Christopher Bell, Gragson, Rhodes, Crafton, Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek, Sauter, Gilliland, Truex, Friesen, Enfinger, Briscoe.

Final round qualifying would be a five minute dash to see which driver would earn the pole, and which drivers would start inside the top 12 positions. This round would be very important due to the fact that 24 of the 26 NCWTS races held at Phoenix Raceway have been won from drivers starting within the top 10 positions.

The start of the round saw a flurry of action on the track, as nearly all 12 drivers took to the track one after the other. Christopher Bell would set the top speed early and no one would challenge. Bell's speed of 137.012 mph topped second place qualifier Noah Gragson by 1.393 mph, or .27 seconds. It would be Bell's fifth career pole and fifth pole of the season. It is his first pole at Phoenix. Christopher swept all three rounds of qualifying.

Top 12 qualifiers, in order: Bell, Gragson (135.619 mph), Rhodes (135.359 mph), Crafton (135.318 mph), Gilliland (135.014 mph), Nemechek (134.812 mph), Cindric (134.645 mph), Briscoe (134.323 mph), Enfinger (133.740 mph), Sauter (133.556 mph), Turex (133.462 mph), Friesen (133.146 mph).

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series runs the Lucas Oil 150 tonight, November 10, at Phoenix Raceway. (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation announced today the organization will make a $150,000 donation to Fisher House November 11 at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway. Keselowski will present Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO Fisher House Foundation, with the check at 11:15 a.m. local time just behind the No. 2 transporter in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage area.
Earlier this year, Keselowski hosted his first annual Huntsman Shootout to raise money to build a Fisher House location. After visiting a Fisher House location in Georgia, Keselowski was highly motivated to bring a facility to his home state of Michigan. 
"The mission of my foundation is to honor and assist those who have sacrificed for our country, specifically military service members and first responders," Keselowski said. "Fisher House provides such an amazing service to our veterans and their families. I've had the opportunity to visit a Fisher House facility and it was world-class. Our community, my home state of Michigan, needs world-class facilities, and I'm happy that this donation will help build the location in Ann Arbor."
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites with private bedrooms and baths. Families can share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans' families an estimated $360 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses, and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
"I often speak about the 'magic' that happens inside a Fisher House. It is something that has to be seen to be believed. Families rallying around each other on good days and bad," Fisher said. "But we don't do this alone. Foundations like Brad Keselowski's help us fulfill our mission of serving up to 970 families each and every day.  Not only does Brad obviously care deeply through the money he's donated, but the visibility he provides our Foundation is priceless."
The check presentation to Fisher House highlights a busy Phoenix race weekend for the Checkered Flag Foundation. The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion will carry names of service men and women who were nominated by their friends and families along with the #Cheers2Vets hashtag. Those same names will also be carried on the No. 29 Ford F-150 driven by Chase Briscoe in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday evening, which will prominently display the Fisher House logo on the vehicle's hood.    

Officials from Young’s Motorsports announced today that Winston, Ga. native Austin Hill (@_AustinHill) will compete for the team full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2018 beginning with the Feb. 16 running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Hill, who has run a partial schedule this season with Young’s Motorsports will be paired with veteran crew chief Chad Kendrick and pilot the team’s flagship truck, the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado.

Young’s Motorsports based in Mooresville, N.C. is hopeful to expand their presence in the series next season with a competitive two-truck program with details of the team’s second team announced at a later date.

“It’s really a dream come true, to be able to compete full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season, and that wouldn’t be possible without the support of Tyler Young and Young’s Motorsports,” said Hill.

Tyler Young, team principal and Young’s Motorsports driver is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with Hill for a full 23-race schedule next year.

“We have worked hard over the past year to be able to grow Young’s Motorsports and that is starting to come to fruition now,” says Young, a native of Midland, Texas.

 “Austin brings a lot to the table with his ability behind the wheel but also a flawless work ethic and the determination and desire to improve with each given race.

“2018 will be the first time that Young’s Motorsports has run full-time with one driver, in two years and hopefully we can do the same with the second truck, as we continue to move forward with our program. There’s a lot of good things going on, but with the signing of Austin it set things in motion to make 2018 one of our best years yet.”

Hill started his racing career at the age of six in Quarter Midgets. He won the 2002 Quarter Midget championship at his home track in Cumming, Ga. and went on to excel in Bandolero, Legends Semi-Pro Series and Pro Late Model Series racing. 

Before leaping to a partial Truck Series schedule last year with Young’s Motorsports, Hill, a two-year NASCAR Next alumnus built a solid platform in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East running full-time in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Between the two seasons, Hill tallied one pole, four wins, 12 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes en route to a career-best third in the championship standings in 2015. Overall, he has five wins, 13 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes in 38 starts.

Making his Truck Series debut in 2014 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway driving for Ricky Benton Racing, Hill has made 26 additional starts since with a career-best 10th place finish earned twice at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (October 2016) and Kentucky Speedway (July 2017) respectively.

Knowing he’ll have the opportunity to compete for his first series’ championship in three years, he’s confident about 2018.

“Chad (Kenrick) is a very accomplished crew chief and I think we can do great things together,” added Hill. “The ability as a driver to run every race next season, will help my consistency and allow me to provide better feedback to Chad and my team.

“When we ran in the K&N East Series with my families team, we saw the same progression in our results from running part-time to competition full-time in 2014 and 2015, and I expect the same results next season in the Truck Series.”  

This weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway, the Georgian will make his first Truck Series start at the 1.0-mile oval. However, he has one lone NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start in the Copper State in 2014, qualifying fifth before finishing 15th.

For the second consecutive race, Hill will have support from United Rentals for his No. 02 Ford for Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150, the penultimate Truck Series race of the season.

Fans can follow Hill on social media for updates at Austin Hill Racing (Facebook), @_AustinHill (Twitter), and _Austin_Hill_ (Instagram).

For more on Tyler Young and Young’s Motorsports, please visit or click on his Facebook page. Young is also active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with him @TylerYoung02.

The Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps / 150 miles) is the 22nd of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Qualifying is set for later in the day, Nov. 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Mountain (MT).

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With the penultimate NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on deck this weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) steers west with his Martins Motorsports team hoping for a phenomenal finish in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150.
The Austin, Texas native returns to Martins Motorsports on the heels of a solid top-15 finish this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with Niece Motorsports, but the Texan hopes he’s able to carry that momentum in his 17th race of the season.
“Texas was a good boost for me,” said Self who locked his 12th top-20 finish of the season. “Everyone worked hard and it paid off with a solid finish. But, I’m excited to be back with the Martins Motorsports gang and getting another shot at Phoenix.”
Friday night’s race will be Self’s second start at the 1.0-mile race track where last year he qualified 29th but methodically worked his way forward to post a respectable 22nd place effort in a collaboration event with Bolen Motorsports.
This weekend however, Self believes anything less than a top-20 finish is a disappointment for himself and his Mooresville, N.C.-based team.
“Phoenix took a little to get used to but I felt like I adapted well as the race wore on,” added Self, driver of the No. 44 Don’t’ Mess with Texas Chevrolet. “It’s classic short track racing with some massive speed in the corners, especially Turns 3 and 4.
“These Martins Motorsports guys have really shined this season, especially when it comes to short tracks. I really thought we were going to have a good showing at Martinsville Speedway two weeks ago, but our day ended short with engine failure.
“Heading to Phoenix though, I think we can pick up the pieces and rebound in a fashionable way that carries us to the season finale next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
For Friday night’s race, Self is thrilled to welcome B&D Industries Inc., as a major associate marketing partner for the 22nd race of the season.
Based in Albuquerque, N.M., B&D Industries Inc. was founded in 1955 and offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

“B&D has been a great supporter of mine and I appreciate them stepping up to the plate. It sure would be nice to reward them with my third top-10 finish of the season Friday night.”
In addition to AM Technical Solutions and B&D Industries Inc., Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 39th career NCWTS race.
Self, 21, is scheduled to remain the primary driver for the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.
In 16 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, eight top-15 and 12 top-20 finishes respectively.
The Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps / 150 miles) is the 22nd of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:30 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Mountain (MT).

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit 

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For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series goes to Phoenix Raceway this week for the final race in the Round of 6, the Lucas Oil 150 (8:30pm ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).  This 150-lap race around the 1.022-mile track will set the field of contenders for the Championship 4 Round at Homestead next week. 

Defending series champion Johnny Sauter locked his spot into the Championship 4 Round last week with his win at Texas.  He will be looking to add to his momentum, and possibly his trophy case, Friday night in Phoenix.  The other five contenders still alive in the playoffs, Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric, Ben Rhodes and John Hunter Nemechek, still have some work to do to advance.  Here is a brief overview of each drivers’ prospects to make it into the Championship 4 Round at Homestead:

Johnny Sauter – 1 Win this round, 3131 Points:  Sauter is locked into the Championship 4 Round by his win last week at Texas.  He will defend last year’s championship at Homestead next week.

Christopher Bell – 0 Wins this round, 3135 Points:  Christopher will clinch a spot in the Championship 4 Round with a win or by earning six points if there is a new winner.  If Sauter were to win again this week, Bell would only need one point to advance.

Matt Crafton – 0 Wins this round, 3104 Points:  Crafton would advance by earning 32 points if Sauter wins, getting 37 points if there is a new winner, or by winning the race himself.

Austin Cindric – 0 Wins this round, 3085 Points:  If he were to win the race, Cindric would advance to the Championship 4 Round.  If not, Austin would advance with 50 more points as long as Sauter does not win.  IF Sauter does win, then Cindric would need help to advance on points.  He is currently five points above the cut line.

Ben Rhodes – 0 Wins this round, 3080 Points:  To clinch on points, Ben would need for there to be a new winner this round and he would also need help.  Rhodes would automatically advance if he were to win.  He currently sits five points below the cut line.

John Hunter Nemechek – 0 Wins this round, 3046 Points:  It would be a long shot, but John Hunter could advance on points if there were a winner other than Johnny Sauter and if he received a lot of help from the other drivers.  As with all the other contenders, Nemechek would automatically advance with a win Friday night.

There have been 16 different winners in the 26 NCWTS races held over the series’ history at Phoenix Raceway.  Six times those winners came from the pole, with Erik Jones being the last to do so (11/7/2014).  The race record was set by Kevin Harvick on 11/8/2002 (108.014 mph).  Joe Ruttman is the oldest winner at Phoenix.  He was 55 years, 4 months old when he won the race held on 3/18/2000.  The youngest winner ever is Erik Jones.  When he won on 11/8/2013, Erik was aged 17 years, 5 months.

The qualifying record was set at Phoenix by William Byron on 11/11/2016 (138.254 mph).  Erik Jones (18 years, 5 months) is Phoenix’s youngest ever pole winner with his run on 11/7/2014.   With his qualifying attempt on 3/18/200, Joe Ruttman became the oldest pole winner (55 years, 4 months).

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series runs the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday, November 10 at 8:30pm ET.  (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)