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Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Wastequip Ford F-150

Start: 14th

Stage 1: 17th

Stage 2: 18th

Finish: 28th

 

Hailie Deegan qualified in the 14th position for Friday’s Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. The Wastequip Ford F-150 fell to 16th on the initial start, dropping one more spot before settling into 17th by stage end. On the ensuing restart, the Temecula, CA native suffered contact, prompting the crew to keep an eye on a potential tire rub and aero damage. Following a lap 68 caution, Deegan pitted for tires, cleared her fenders and would rejoin the field in 21st. On an advantageous pit strategy call by Crew Chief Mike Hillman, the No. 1 would stay out for stage three, picking up valuable track position – sitting in 12th for th'e races final stage. Despite nearly cracking the top-ten, a restart with just over ten laps to go marked the end of Deegan’s good fortune after she was turned into the outside wall. The team was able to send her out for the race’s final laps, crossing the line in 28th.

 

Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150

Start: 22nd

Stage 1: 22nd

Stage 2: 33rd

Finish: 30th

Tanner Gray qualified 22nd for the 200-lap event at Nashville Superspeedway. During the pace laps, Gray believed he had a tire going on and pitted for new tires. The team received a one-lap penalty for fueling during the stop. The New Mexico driver battled from a lap down to finish 22nd at the end of stage one. He had advanced from 20th to 15th early in stage two before a flat right front tire sent him into the wall on lap 60. The damage left the No. 15 hampered on speed and Gray finished 30th, multiple laps down.

 

Ryan Preece, No. 17 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford F-150

Start: 1st

Stage 1: 2nd

Stage 2: 1st

Finish: 1st

Ryan Preece began his defense of the Rackley Roofing 200 by earning the pole and leading the field to green. The veteran driver settled into second for the entirety of stage one and reported the truck was really starting to come to him. The Hunt Brothers Pizza F-150 rocketed to the lead from the inside lane on the start of stage two and never looked back en route to Preece's third stage victory of the season. The Connecticut driver dominated the final stage and led 74 laps to earn his second career NCWTS win in eight starts. The win marked Preece's second consecutive win at Nashville Superspeedway and the second straight win for the No. 17 truck and DGR in 2022.

 

Next event: O'Reilly Auto Parts 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

DGR PR

Chase Purdy turned in his best result at Nashville Superspeedway (NSS) on Friday night with a 13th-place finish. The driver of the No. 61 BAMA Buggies Toyota Tundra TRD Pro delivered his eighth top-15 result of the 2022 season to extend his career high mark and remains 15th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.
 
Purdy began his second appearance in “Music City” from the 20th position and immediately wrestled with a loose handling condition in his Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. The Meridian, Miss. product battled with the balance throughout the duration of the opening segment and was scored 18th at the end of Stage 1 on lap 45. Crew chief Matt Lucas and the No. 61 team went to work by supplying Purdy with four tires and fuel along with a left rear spring rubber and wedge adjustments under the stage caution.
 
The adjustments aided Purdy as he maintained possession of a top-15 position after staying out during a caution flag on lap 69. Purdy restarted 14th on lap 74 and climbed to as high as 11th on lap 75. The strategy play to stay on track proved to be a net gain as he was scored 17th at the end of Stage 2 on lap 95.
 
In the event’s final stage, Purdy methodically marched his way up the leaderboard after restarting 19th on lap 101. A caution on lap 119 allowed him to take his final set of fresh tires, which accelerated his progression through the field. He rejoined the top-15 by avoiding a multi-truck accident on lap 127 and ran as high as 12th on lap 147. Purdy took the checkered flag in 13th position to earn his best finish in two starts at NSS and earned his fourth top-15 finish in the last five races.
 
Chase Purdy Quote:
“We faced a lot tonight, but I’m proud of this group for staying with it for another top-15. We started off really loose with our BAMA Buggies Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, but Matt (Lucas) and the guys kept at it with the adjustments throughout the night and we got the balance better. We had to hit the reset button after halfway, reset our focus and it helped. We were able to take advantage of some of those restarts towards the end and we ran the best we had all night in the last 25 laps or so. We’re consistently a top-15 team and we need to keep building towards those top-10’s on a consistent basis and I think we can get there. We’ll take a week off to regroup and get back to road course racing in a few weeks.”
 
HRE PR
Tyler Ankrum gained two positions in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings after scoring a seventh-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday night. The driver of the No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota Tundra TRD Pro moved to 12th in the championship standings by tying his season-best result and earned his third straight top-10 finish. Ankrum also moved to within 50 markers of the playoff cutline with two regular season races remaining.
 
The San Bernardino, Calif. native began the evening from the 16th position and stepped forward from the drop of the green flag. Despite a tight handling condition, Ankrum moved to 13th position by lap 17. He radioed to the LIUNA team that his balance was beginning to free up, but still required an adjustment for being too tight. He ran 14th at the end of Stage 1 on lap 45 and came to pit road for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments under the caution period.
 
When Stage 2 restarted on lap 54, Ankrum lined up 12th but continued to battle a tight balance. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli elected to take advantage of a caution on lap 69 to activate an alternate pit strategy. He brought Ankrum to pit road for fresh tires, which ultimately provided a net gain and allowed him to climb to 13th by the end of the stage on lap 95.
 
The HRE pit crew produced another strong four tire pit stop under the Stage 2 caution and allowed Ankrum to restart 12th. Zipadelli called Ankrum to pit road for the final time under a lap 119 caution as Ankrum ran in 16th position. The shrewd pit call allowed Ankrum to play “offense” in the final 26 laps with fresh tires. He restarted 14th on lap 125 and cracked the top 10 on lap 127. Ankrum lined up eighth for the final restart and took full advantage to take the checkered flag in seventh for his third consecutive top-10 finish, which tied a career high mark.
 
Tyler Ankrum Quote:
“We got back up there because of strategy honestly. Somewhere in the third stage, we were running 10th to 15th and came in and pitted. We got back into the top-10 and finished seventh. We just battled back and forth all night long. It was a really difficult race, probably one of the races we had to work the hardest to get back towards the front. Really good recovery with our LIUNA Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, so it was a good night for this team. We’re getting better and better every week I'm really excited to head to Mid-Ohio, and we'll get back to work on Monday.”
 
HRE PR

Ryan Preece won Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.

Preece led 74 of the 150 laps, scoring his second straight win at Nashville Superspeedway.

For Preece, this marks his sixth truck series start of the season. He currently drives part-time for DGR Racing. DGR Racing also won last Saturday’s truck series race at Knoxville Speedway with Todd Gilliland behind the drivers seat.

Friday night’s truck series race had a total of eight cautions for 43 laps. Among the drivers eliminated due to an accident were Corey Heim, Grant Enfinger and Matt DiBenedetto.

Rounding out the top five were Zane Smith in second, Carson Hocevar in third, Ty Majeski in fourth and Stewart Friesen in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Christian Eckes in sixth, Tyler Ankrum in seventh, Matt Gutierrez in eighth, John Hunter Nemechek in ninth and Matt Crafton in tenth.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time on July 9th at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.

Stage 1 Winner: Zane Smith
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Preece
Race Winner: Ryan Preece

Rick Conoyer has competed all season long at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 but had yet to go to Victory Lane. That was, until Friday night, when he led every lap of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature, collecting his second career victory with the tour and snapping four-time and defending champion Nick Hoffman’s perfect season.

 

“To beat those guys, it’s phenomenal,” Conoyer said.

 

Prior to Friday night, The Destroyer had only one other Summit Modified victory in his career – June 30, 2018, right at I-55. Nearly four years in the making, and the Wentzville, MO-native drives back to Victory Lane in the biggest way, defeating the most stacked field of DIRTcar UMP Modifieds the track has hosted all year.

 

The race was 25 laps, but it seemed like an eternity in the cockpit for Conoyer, knowing Hoffman started one row behind him at the drop of the green.

 

“That whole race I was driving out there, the car was so good,” Conoyer said. “I was on like a Sunday cruise. But I kept looking over my shoulder like, ‘Where’s the 2 car? Where’s the 2 car? He’s gotta be coming, because I’m running like quarter-throttle, half-throttle tops.’”

 

Crossing the stripe with two-to-go, polesitter Will Krup was right on Conoyer’s rear bumper with a small cluster of lapped traffic in front. Conoyer dove into Turn 1 in the middle, opening the door for Krup down low. Conoyer defended down the backstretch and through Turns 3-4 with Krup right on him, using the lapped car as a pick.

 

“Then we got into lapped traffic and I was like, ‘Oh boy, just don’t make a stupid move,’” Conoyer said. “Will [Krup] came in there and ran me clean as a whistle, and I can’t be more happy. I just can’t.

 

“I just about gave it up when I saw the white flag. I was on the outside of that lapped car, and I just about went around the outside of him. If I would’ve, I’d have slid up, and he would’ve got me. So, I dove down to the bottom and just protected.”

 

Hoffman crossed the line right where he started, in third. This effectively ends his perfect season at seven-straight victories, though he still sits way out front in Summit Modified points.

 

“I just needed to be a little bit more compliant,” Hoffman said about what his car needed in the Feature. “I was way too stiff. I never really felt like my right-rear tire was in the racetrack.”

 

At various points through the Feature, Hoffman did get a look underneath Krup for second, but couldn’t get the bite he needed to make the pass. He eventually faded back comfortably in third, and crossed the stripe to complete the podium.

 

“My only shot was to try and clean that one lane up a little bit and get underneath [Krup], because he wasn’t gonna leave that middle where most of the grip was,” Hoffman said.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Summit Modifieds are back in action Saturday night at I-55 for the St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff finale; watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature 25 Laps | 00:09:28.266

1. 14C-Rick Conoyer[2]; 2. K9-Will Krup[1]; 3. 2-Nick Hoffman[3]; 4. 8-Kyle Steffens[13]; 5. 36-Kenny Wallace[4]; 6. 1D- Dean Hoffman[10]; 7. 25-Tyler Nicely[7]; 8. 10X-Jim Black[6]; 9. 59R-Jacob Rexing[8]; 10. 12L-Lucas Lee[9]; 11. J82-Treb Jacoby[16]; 12. 130-Chase Allen[11]; 13. 4T-Jake Trebilcock[17]; 14. 327-Chuck Goodman[20]; 15. 24D-Jesse Dill[12]; 16. 18L-Michael Long[19]; 17. 1A-Steve Meyer Jr[18]; 18. 7P-Dennis Ponder[14]; 19. 23-Dylan Sharp[15]; 20. 77S-Rick Stevenson[5]; 21. M41-Steve Maisel[21]; 22. 96-Curtis Rodenhaber[22]

 

DIRTcar Series PR

News and Notes: 

- Practice; After the completion of a 50-minute practice session on Friday afternoon, Myatt Snider would record a fast lap of 31.574 at 151.644 mph on Lap-4 of his 20-lap session making the No. 31 Superior Essex Chevrolet Camaro SS 30th fastest of the 41 cars entered for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Tennessee Lottery 250.

– Starting Position; Saturday at 12:00 PM ET teams will move into NXS qualifying to determine the starting order for Tennessee Lottery 250. In 2022, intermediate-track qualifying would consist of a single round of single car qualifying for one lap. Snider will roll off 34th to make his qualifying effort. Qualifying will be shown LIVE on USA Network.

Nashville Superspeedway StatsSaturday’s NXS Tennessee Lottery 250 will mark Snider’s second career NXS start at Nashville Superspeedway. In NASCAR’s return to Nashville after a ten-year absence last June, Snider would start in the eighth position and run inside the Top-Ten the entire first stage before a master switch failure at the beginning of the second stage would ruin his day. After replacing the switch Snider would be 23-Laps down to the leaders and would just log laps the remainder of the race enroute to a 31st place finish. Last season JAR had Tyler Reddick behind the wheel of the No. 31 after starting in the 17thposition, Reddick would run in the Top-10 the entire race before pit road mistake would put him back in the final stage. Coming to the checkered flag running in the 12th position Reddick would be spun out by Daniel Hemric to come across the finish line backwards to finish in the 15th position.

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– Chassis; Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport will bring Chassis No. 111 to Nashville Superspeedway for Snider to compete with in the Tennessee Lottery 250. Chassis No. 111 last competed for Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport at Texas Motor Speedway last month during the SRS Distribution 250. After starting in the 26th position, Snider would have a fast car all day but come away with a 22nd place finish. Prior to Texas, Chassis No. 111 competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September of 2021 for the Alsco Uniforms 250 where Ty Dillon would start in the 28thposition lead 17 laps enroute to an 8th place finish in his first start for Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport.

JAR PR

Racing legend Tom Bigelow always tries to help young drivers, so it was fitting that the winner of the 25-lap non-wing sprint car feature during the Tom Bigelow Classic Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway was a 20-year-old civil engineering student at Indiana State University. Harley Burns of Stearleyville, Ind., who won a Hoosier Auto Racing Fans (HARF) award for being the most improved driver last year, led the whole way in the non-stop race and had a whopping 5.147-second advantage over runner-up Tye Mihocko of Phoenix, Ariz., at the checkered.

 

Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio took the lead on lap 18 and went on to win the 20-lap USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Thunder midget feature. And it was a great night to be a stock car driver from Marion, Ind., as James Headley won the 12-lap street stock feature and Heisman Skeens won the 12-lap hornet feature.

 

Non-Wing Sprint Cars

 

Both Burns, who started fourth, and Dustin Ingle of Lima, Ohio, who started second, surprised defending track champion and polesitter Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind., at the start of the sprint car feature. Ingle took the initial lead with a move to the outside in Turn 1 at the start, and then Burns passed Ingle to the inside in Turn 4 to lead the first lap while Weir was relegated to third.

 

Weir passed Ingle for second on lap five. Five laps later Burns had a scary moment when he almost came to a screeching halt in Turn 4 due to a lapped car. But he continued to hold the lead, and on lap 13 Weir dropped from second to fifth, giving the runner-up spot to Cole Bodine of Rossville, Ind. Mihocko passed Colten Cottle of Kansas, Ill., for third on the following lap. The top five got further shaken up on lap 16, as both Mihocko and Cottle passed Bodine, but Burns was long gone with no yellows to tighten up the field. At the line it was Burns, Mihocko, Cottle, Bodine and Weir as the top-five finishers.

 

The winning car is a DRC chassis owned by Stacy Bussing that is powered by a J&D Performance engine. The car is sponsored by JKR, Britaero and Youngblood Farms, and it arrived at the track inside a bus.

 

USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets

 

There were three leaders of the D2 midget feature. Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Josh Yenser of Plain City, Ohio, who started second, broke away initially and had nearly a 1-second lead over the polesitter, 14-year-old Zach Wigal of Belpre, Ohio, when the fifth-place driver, Kyla Roell of Dillsboro, Ind., flipped high in the air between Turns 1 and 2. Roell, who is also 14, got out of her Beast/Honda under her own power, but it was a disappointing end to a promising evening that saw her win the second midget heat.

 

Yenser led the first four laps before Michael Magic of Indianapolis took over by charging under Yenser in Turn 2. Watson, who started ninth, was fifth by that point, but two laps later Watson passed 16-year-old Bryce Massingill of Troy, Ohio and Wigal to move into third place. On the following lap, lap number eight, both Watson and Massingill passed Yenser to make the top five Magic, Watson, Massingill, Yenser and Wigal.

 

At the halfway point on lap 10 Magic had a 1.157-second lead over Watson, but with only two laps to go Watson passed him and went on to win by 0.743 seconds. Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio came on late in the race to turn a sixth-place starting spot into a third-place finish. Massingill and Wigal rounded out the top five in a race that went non-stop after the red for Roell with one lap down.

 

Watson’s midget is sponsored by Erwin of Troy, Ohio; FK Rod Ends; Fuelab and LST.

 

Street Stocks

 

The street stock feature featured two battles. Headley and Bill Lewis of Fountain City, Ind., ran nose to tail for 12 laps before Headley won. Headley led the whole race, although Lewis set the fastest lap.

 

Behind them, James Headley Jr. of Wabash, Ind., and Matthew Baker of Kouts, Ind., duked it out, running even closer than Headley and Lewis were doing.

 

The running order didn’t change up front, but on the last lap Baker passed Headley Jr. for third, even though it was Headley Jr.’s birthday.

 

His father’s winning car, a Hobbs chassis, is sponsored by Headley Tree Service and Dudding’s Heating and Cooling, among other companies.

 

Hornets

 

Last Friday night Skeens was running fourth in the hornet feature when his car’s right-front wheel flew off and he stopped between Turns 1 and 2.

 

This Friday night all four of his wheels stayed on and the 21-year-old driver led all 12 laps of the hornet feature from the pole.

 

The race went non-stop, and Skeens had a huge, 5.264-second lead over Jeremy Jones of Gas City at the checkered for his first Gas City triumph. Landon Arcaro of Brookville, Ind., finished third followed by Alexes Spaulding of Roanoke, Ind., and Jonathon Moeller.

 

Red Flags

 

Beside Roell’s flip in the feature, three other D2 midget drivers flipped during the preliminary action. Cody Dye of Covington, Ky., flipped in Turn 2 at the start of the third D2 qualifying session. Abby Hohlbein of Cloverdale, Ohio flipped in Turn 4 at the start of the second D2 midget heat. Carl Peterson of Waterford, Mich., flipped in Turn 2 at the end of the third D2 midget heat. All got out of their cars under their own power.

 

What’s Next?

 

Gas City I-69 Speedway will be dark on Friday, July 1, but it will host a special holiday show the following night, on Saturday, July 2. Modifieds, street stocks, hornets and the Hoosier State Modlites will take the center stage. Fireworks are planned pending permission from the county, as there is currently a burn ban in place due to the recent lack of rain. Watch the track’s social media outlets for updates.

 

The track will be back to its normal Friday night schedule on Friday, July 8 with the fifth annual Jerry Gappens Sr. Classic. It will feature the Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS) non-wing sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks and hornets.

 

For Gas City’s complete 2022 schedule and more information see the track’s website at gascityI69Speedway.com and also follow its social media outlets.  The track is on Twitter (@GasCitySpeedway), Instagram (@GasCitySpeedway) and Facebook (GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas).

 

Gas City I-69 Speedway is located on State Road 22, approximately a half-mile west of exit 259 of Interstate 69, about halfway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Ind.

 

The results:

 

Non-Wing Sprint Group 1 Qualifying: 1. Jack Hoyer, 12.429; 2. Dave Darland, 12.488; 3. Harley Burns, 12.489; 4. Jack James, 12.732; 5. Brayden Clark, 12.940, 6. Bryar Schroeter, 14.924.

 

Non-Wing Sprint Group 2 Qualifying: 1. Dustin Ingle, 12.519; 2. Matt Goodnight, 12.597; 3. Tyler Hewitt, 12.687; 4. Cole Bodine, 12.934; 5. Collin Grissom, 13.059, 6. Dave Gross, no time.

 

Non-Wing Sprint Group 3 Qualifying: 1. Zack Pretorius, 12.237; 2. Tye Mihocko, 12.274; 3. Scotty Weir, 12.419; 4. Ron Dennis, 12.923; 5. Travis Hery, 13.046; 6. Brady Click, 13.201.

 

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Harley Burns, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jack Hoyer, 4. Colten Cottle, 5. Jack James, 6. Brayden Clark, 7. Bryar Schroeter.

 

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Dustin Ingle, 3. Tyler Hewitt, 4. Collin Grissom, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Dave Gross.

 

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Zack Pretorius, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Ron Dennis, 5. Travis Hery, 6. Brady Click.

 

Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Harley Burns (4);  2. Tye Mihocko (9); 3. Colten Cottle (10); 4. Cole Bodine (6); 5. Scotty Weir (1); 6. Zack Pretorius (3); 7. Tyler Hewitt (8); 8. Collin Grissom (11); 9. Ron Dennis (12); 10. Travis Hery (15); 11. Jack Hoyer (7); 12. Jack James (13); 13. Matt Goodnight (14); 14. Brayden Clark (16); 15. Bryar Schroeter (19); 16. Dustin Ingle (2); 17. Brady Click (18); 18. Dave Darland (5); 19. Dave Gross (17).

Lap Leaders: Laps 1-25, Burns.

Margin of Victory: 5.147 seconds.

Fastest Race Lap: Burns, 12.782 seconds, lap 6.  

 

USAC SpeeD2 Midget Qualifying Session 1: 1. Chett Gehrke, 13.579; 2. Taylor Nibert, 13.902; 3. Michael Magic, 13.935; 4. Jakeb Boxell, 14.133; 5. Cory Gingrich, 14.293; 6. Jim Jones, 14.399; 7. Chris Gingrich, 15.333; 8. Don Bigelow, 15.827, 9. Luke Lemons, no time.

 

USAC SpeeD2 Midget Qualifying Session 2: 1. Abby Hohlbein, 13.180; 2. Kayla Roell, 13.279; 3. Josh Yenser, 13.410; 4. Cody Beard, 13.513; 5. Ian Creager, 13.552; 6. Page Perrine, 14.152; 7. Tyler Watkins, 15.210; 8. Kyle Dager, 16.922; 9. Gunnar Lucius, no time.

 

USAC SpeeD2 Midget Qualifying Session 3: 1. Stratton Briggs, 13.143; 2. Alex Watson, 13.576; 3. Zach Wigal, 13.690; 4. Bryce Massingill, 13.781; 5. Wes Pinkerton, 13.996; 6. Carl Peterson, 14.183; 7. Cody Dye, no time, 8. Thomas Bigelow, no time.

 

USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 1 (8 lap, 5 to qualify): 1. Michael Magic, 2. Cory Gingrich, 3. Chris Gingrich, 4. Jim Jones, 5. Jakeb Boxell, 6. Taylor Nibert, 7. Don Bigelow (DNS), 8. Luke Lemons (DNS), 9. Chett Gehrke (DNS).

 

USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 2 (8 laps, 5 to qualify): 1. Kayla Roell, 2. Josh Yenser, 3. Cody Beard, 4. Ian Creager, 5. Kyle Dager, 6. Gunnar Lucius, 7. Tyler Watkins, 8. Abby Hohlbein, 9. Page Perrine (DNS).

 

USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 3 (8 laps, 5 to qualify): 1. Zach Wigal, 2. Stratton Briggs, 3. Alex Watson, 4. Bryce Massingill, 5. Wes Pinkerton, 6. Carl Peterson, 7. Thomas Bigelow (DNS), 8. Cody Dye (DNS).

 

USAC SpeeD2 Midget Feature (20 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Alex Watson (9); 2. Michael Magic (4); 3. Stratton Briggs (6); 4. Bryce Massingill (12); 5. Zach Wigal (1); 6. Josh Yenser (2); 7. Cory Gingrich (3); 8. Ian Creager (11); 9. Carl Peterson (17); 10. Chris Gingrich (7); 11. Thomas Bigelow (18); 12. Jim Jones (10); 13. Cody Beard (8); 14. Chett Gehrke (19); 15. Wes Pinkerton (14); 16. Jakek Boxell (13); 17. Gunnar Lucius (16); 18. Taylor Nibert (15); 19. Kayla Roell (5); 20. Kyle Dager (DNS); 21. Don Bigelow (DNS).

Lap Leaders: Laps 1-4, Yenser; laps 5-17, Magic; laps 18-20, Watson.

Margin of Victory: 0.743 seconds.

Fastest Race Lap: Yenser, 13.151, lap 1.

 

Street Stocks Qualifying Group: 1. Bill Lewis, 15.224; 2. James Headley, 16.159; 3. James Headley Jr., 16.401; 4. Matthew Baker, 16.451.

 

Street Stock Heat (8 laps): 1. Bill Lewis, 2. James Headley Jr., 3. James Headley, 4. Matthew Baker.

 

Street Stock Feature (12 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. James Headley (3); 2. Bill Lewis (4); 3. Matthew Baker (1); 4. James Headley Jr. (2).

Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, Headley.

Margin of Victory: 0.449 seconds.

Fastest Race Lap: Lewis, 14.785, lap 3.

 

Hornet Qualifying Session 1: 1. Landon Arcaro, 17.947; 2. Jeremy Jones, 18.071; 3. Heisman Skeens, 19.448; 4. Alexes Spaulding, 19.724; 5. Jonathon Moeller, 28.425.

 

Hornet Heat (8 laps): 1. Landon Arcaro, 2. Jeremy Jones, 3. Heisman Skeens, 4. Alexes Spaulding, 5. Jonathon Moeller.

 

Hornet Feature (12 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Heisman Skeens (1); 2. Jeremy Jones (2); 3. Landon Arcaro (4); 4. Alexes Spaulding (3); 5. Jonathon Moeller (5).

Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, Skeens

Margin of Victory: 5.263 seconds

Fastest Race Lap: Skeens, 16.491 seconds, lap 2.

Gas City PR

McAnally-Hilgemann Racing drivers Derek Kraus and Colby Howard each overcame tough battles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday night.

 

Kraus had his No. 19 Hunter Nation Chevrolet Silverado in the top 10 through most of the race, scoring important stage points along the way; then battled back after making a late-race pit stop to finish 11th.

 

Howard started the race back in the pack and had to contend with heavy traffic and handling issues, while working his way forward to finish 16th in his No. 91 Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet Silverado.

 

Kraus was fifth in practice earlier in the day and qualified fifth in time trials. He picked up bonus points, finishing seventh in Stage 1 and sixth in Stage 2. His team opted to have him stay on track during a subsequent caution, then chose to pit for fresh tires during a late caution. A restart, followed by an immediate caution, left Kraus just 10 green-flag laps to make up ground. He charged from 21st to 11th at the checkered flag.

 

Howard was also fast earlier in the day, posting the sixth quickest time in practice. A slip on his qualifying lap, however, left him to start the race in 32nd. His team worked through much of the race to resolve a loose condition. They got his Chevy dialed in and he got as high as 11th late in the race, but contact from another truck created a similar handling issue and he got shuffled back to 16th in the final laps.

 

Kraus, 11th in the championship standings, was able to close the gap and is just 29 points below the cutoff line for the playoffs – with two regular season races remaining. Howard, who is in his first full season of competing in the Camping World Truck Series, is 18th in the standings.

 

MHR welcomed two special groups at Nashville. Guests from Hunter Nation were in attendance, along with a group from Gates Corporation – which was led by Mike Gordon, Business Development Manager at Gates Corporation. Guests received a VIP Experience – with the opportunity to be with the MHR drivers and teams on the starting grid and get their photos taken next to the No. 19 and No. 91 Chevy Silverados. They had special access for driver introductions and had the chance to tour an MHR transporter.

 

The weekend was special for Gordon and his wife, Paula, who were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.

 

Quote – Derek Kraus

“We needed to pit when everyone else did. But we collected stage points and came out of here clean. We will head to Mid-Ohio with our heads high. It was cool to have Hunter Nation on our Chevy Silverado.”

 

Quote – Colby Howard

“We struggled the entire race with a loose truck. The second to last caution, we finally got it to a drivable state. But damage from another truck got us back to being extremely loose again. We fought hard all day. We will regroup and be better.”

 

MHR PR

Grant Enfinger, No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Silverado RST

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START: 7TH

FINISH: 32ND

POINTS: 9TH

Quote: "We were four wide going into turn three there, and just got wrecked. Four wide at Nashville probably ain’t going to work most of the time, and getting down to the end of the race, everyone was getting crazy like always in these truck races. Just a tough break, everyone at GMS Racing and GMS Fabrication has been working so hard. I feel like we hit on some stuff that was a little promising, we didn't get it dialed in during the race, but hopefully we've got a direction for some more promising runs this year. I just hate it. I hate it bad.”

 

Jack Wood, No. 24 ChevyLiners.com Chevrolet Silverado RST

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START: 10TH

FINISH: 35TH

POINTS: 24TH

Quote: “I think it was just hard racing there, I was trying to come down the racetrack as Matt was coming up at the same time. Matt's a good guy, I don't think he meant to do that on purpose, but for me it's just frustrating. It's been a tough season, and I thought that this was going to be the race that we turned it all around. It's tough to end up near last, but unfortunately there's nothing that we can do, and I'm proud of everyone at Team Chevy and GMS Racing for working as hard as they do. We just have to keep biding our time and hold our heads down and keep digging."

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