Trucks Category

By David Morgan, Associate Editor BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ross Chastain noted he and his team were going to “Press the Attack” in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs and starting with Thursday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet held true to his word. Chastain started the night on the outside pole, leading the majority of the first stage and taking the stage win. It was much of the same in the second stage, with Chastain and eventual race winnerRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BRISTOL, Tenn. – It wouldn’t be a race at Bristol Motor Speedway without tempers flaring at one point or another during the event. In Thursday night’s UNOH 200, it was two playoff drivers in Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton that butted heads in the final stage of the race. Battling for position on lap 152, Friesen and Crafton got together, sending Friesen for a spin in Turn 4. Though Friesen was able to gather his Chevrolet back up with minimal damage, he was quick toRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service BRISTOL, Tenn. – Top-seeded Brett Moffitt held off determined 17-year-old Chandler Smith after a restart with three laps left and took home the trophy in Thursday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. With the victory in the first event of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs, Moffitt, the defending series champion, gained an automatic berth in the Round of 6, as other Playoff contenders either overcame adversity or succumbed to it. “It was tough,” Moffitt said in Victory Lane. “Our (No. 24)Read More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chandler Smith was just one spot shy of becoming a playoff spoiler in the UNO200 at the age of 17. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver dueled with defending NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Champion Brett Moffitt on the final two restarts. Moffitt got the better of Smith’s No. 51 IBuyPower Toyota Tundra on the lap 190 restart at Bristol Motor Speedway. A caution four laps later gave the young driver a second chance. Smith lined up alongside Moffitt. He held his ownRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent BRISTOL, Tenn. – Grant Enfinger’s team made the ‘winning call’ but failed to score the win in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Jeff Hensley-led No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150 was in perfect position with 27 laps to go. Enfinger took the lead after he didn’t pit at the end of the second stage. With passing at a premium, he did everything he could to hold off eventual race winner Brett Moffitt. On a restart with 27 laps to go, Enfinger linedRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ross Chastain has always been an aggressive driver, but since making the decision to switch from competing for the championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in mid-summer, the Alva, Florida native has been showing he is a force to be reckoned with behind the wheel. As the Truck Series Playoffs start with Thursday night’s running of the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Chastain carries in a series leading three wins among drivers competing forRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent BRISTOL, Tenn. – As the only Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender on the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff Grid, Tyler Ankrum is the underdog. The David Gilliland Racing – Crosley Group driver missed three races due to NASCAR’s age limit. Ankrum also spent two races with an underfunded team because of sponsorship. He earned a playoff berth with a waiver from NASCAR due to the age limit and a win at Kentucky Speedway. In his 13 starts this season, Ankrum has threeRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent BRISTOL, Tenn. – The playoff drivers in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series swept both practices for the Food City 200. Tyler Ankrum was fastest in the first session at Bristol Motor Speedway. The David Gilliland Racing – Crosley Group driver ran a 15.178 second, 126.420 MPH lap in the No. 17 May’s Hawaii Toyota Tundra. Ross Chastain was second fastest, with a 15.249 second, 125.831 MPH lap. Matt Crafton, Raphael Lessard, and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top-five. The rest of the top-10 includedRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs get underway Thursday night with the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – the first of seven races that will crown the 2019 series champ. Brett Moffitt will begin defense of his 2018 Gander Trucks title as the No. 1 seed for this year’s edition of the Playoffs. The driver of the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet SilveradoRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Ben Rhodes may have been on the outside looking in when the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff Grid was set after the conclusion of Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway, but the Thorsport Racing driver now has a renewed vigor to turn things around over the remaining races of the 2019 campaign. Entering the regular season finale on the two-mile track, Rhodes was in a must win situation after coming up short on a trip to Victory Lane in the first 15Read More