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Triple Truck Challenge Set to Return in August

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

After an unforgettable series of races a year ago, NASCAR announced Saturday that the Triple Truck Challenge will make its return next month.

The three races that’ll be a part of the Triple Truck Challenge will be at the inaugural Daytona International Speedway road course race on Saturday, August 16 (Noon EST on FS1). Followed by Dover International Speedway on Friday, August 21 (5:00 p.m. EST on FS1) and it’ll wrap up at Gateway on Sunday, August 30 (Noon EST on FS1).

Last year, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series had a new program where series regulars can win $50,000 should they win at one of the three venues which were Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

The bonus money increases should one driver were to win more than win. Score two and the driver will earn an extra $50,000, totaling the prize money up to $150,000. The grand prize comes if a driver wins all three events as not only the competitor will earn an additional $300,000, they’ll earn a cool grand total of half a million dollars in prize money.

No one pulled off “The Trip” trifecta as three different drivers won $50,000 under memorable circumstances.

The first being 2000 Truck Series champion Greg Biffle, who came out of a three-year NASCAR hiatus to win for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Texas. This led to a wild few days to set up a plan for Biffle to run the next two races, but those plans fell threw and already the quest for $500,000 was over.

At Iowa, Ross Chastain crossed the line in first to get $50,000, but was later disqualified due to his truck being too low in the front. Therefore, the win was given to Brett Moffitt, which marked his first of four wins last year.

Chastain would bounce back with tremendous force at Gateway where he got his second win of the season. This time, he got to keep the $50,000 and began a winning tradition where he smashes the watermelon that’s carried on to his racing career.

Before COVID-19 altered the NASCAR schedule, “The Trip” was meant to take place in the spring with Richmond Raceway (April 18), Dover (May 1) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 15) being those races.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography ranging from Idaho athletics to auto racing with ambitions of having his work recognized.