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Despite a damp race track and a leery forecast that sent a number of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series packing and heading north on Tuesday morning, five teams remained for the final day of NASCAR Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway.

The ThorSport Racing trio, No. 98 Johnny Sauter, No. 88 Matt Crafton and No. 13 Ross Chastain, led Tuesday afternoon's session in a tight three-pack drafting group with defending Daytona race winner Johnny Sauter atop the board, reigning truck series champion Crafton second and Chastain third. No. 28 Ryan Ellis and No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb rounded out the top five respectively, both in single-truck runs. Sauter's best lap came early at 183.921 miles per hour, significantly slower than the fastest lap produced yesterday.-NASCAR PR
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 07:30:00 PM

On the heels of his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory last week at Daytona International Speedway, it would pay to remember where he earned his first: On the similarly configured Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dillon’s first win came as the result of fuel mileage, but he had to be in a position to capitalize. While that was his only top-10 on this track type last year, he finished off the season with four consecutive results of 16th or better.
Feb 22 - 4:51 PM

Last year, Cole Whitt started all 10 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races for Tri Star with his most productive outing coming at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Whitt started the QuikTrip 500 well back in 37th. He stayed within one lap of the leaders to finish 20th and that gave him 17 place-differential points to add to his total. Most of the remaining results were in the high-20s or 30s, but he scored one more top-25 near the end of the year at Kansas Speedway. He was 24th after starting 35th in the Hollywood Casino 400.
Feb 22 - 4:50 PM

Chase Elliott has been almost perfect on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in more than a year with seven top-fives and two more top-10s in his last 11 tries. The only two time he failed to finish that well was because of crash damage.

Elliott finished fifth in last year’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway and he should easily back that up on Sunday. He was second on this course type twice last fall with strong runs at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Once he breaks through with his first win, many more are going to come on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks—just like his teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Feb 22 - 4:49 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has only one top-10 on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in his last 43 starts, but he should be closing in on another.

Last year, Stenhouse came close on seven occasions with top-15 finishes that included a 13th in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 and a 12th at Texas Motor Speedway in the most recent race on this track type. He is looking for redemption after last week’s disappointing finish in the Daytona 500 and will be highly motivated to run well.
Feb 22 - 4:49 PM

In his second season with GoFas Racing, Matt DiBenedetto looks to pick up where he left off on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

DiBenedetto started the season with a pair of results in the high-20s, but ended with four top-25s in his last five attempts on this track type. His highlight was a 22nd at Kansas Speedway last October after starting 30th. That was also one of two times that he finished on the lead lap on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in 2017.
Feb 22 - 4:48 PM

Justin Fontaine will turn his first laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Driver Quote: "I’ve never been to Atlanta, but we’re optimistic. My crew chief Darrell (Morrow) and the guys on the Niece Motorsports team have been working hard on preparing our No. 45 Superior Essex Chevrolet, and I think start to finish from practice to qualifying and to the race, we’ll make significant gains so that we can contend for another strong finish." Recapping Daytona: Fontaine turned in a solid performance in his debut at Daytona, earning a 10th-place finish. The finish is the best to-date for Niece Motorsports.
Feb 22 - 12:49 PM

After sitting out to teammate Corey LaJoie for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, California native Cole Whitt returns to the seat of the No. 72 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).

Whitt has four previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile, oval where he scored his best finish of 20th with TriStar Motorsports at 2017 event. Ready to settle in behind the wheel of the No. 72, Whitt heads to Hampton, GA with maximum focus and refreshed energy for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500.-TriStar Motorsports PR
Feb 22 - 12:45 PM

In addition to his usual duties behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota in the Cup Series, Kyle Busch will drive the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) No. 4 Cessna Toyota Tundra in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

He will also be behind the wheel of the No. 4 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, as well as the No. 51 at Las Vegas, Charlotte Speedway and Pocono. All of Busch’s races will be sponsored by Textron Aviation with the Cessna and Beechcraft brands. His best finish at Atlanta in a KBM Tundra is second (2010 and 2012).-KBM
Feb 22 - 12:40 PM

Spencer Davis (No. 51 Rheem Toyota Tundra) finished seventh last weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start.

The Dawsonville, Ga., native considers Atlanta his home track. He is hoping a win at Atlanta will sound the famous siren atop the Dawsonville Pool Room, a tradition started when fellow Dawsonville residents Bill and Chase Elliott win NASCAR events. He will make five NCWTS starts this season for KBM. Four, Daytona, Atlanta, Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway will be in the No. 51 Tundra. He will also pilot the No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra at Las Vegas in March.
Feb 22 - 12:26 PM

Noah Gragson (No. 18 Safelite Autoglass® Toyota Tundra) heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for stop two on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.

In last year’s race at Atlanta, the rookie driver overcame an early spin to post a 14th-place finish in his first mile-and-a-half start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Gragson’s crew chief, Rudy Fugle, called the shots for Christopher Bell’s win in the Truck Series event at Atlanta last year. The 2018 Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway was unkind to Gragson and the No. 18 team. After getting caught up in two separate incidents, the Safelite Tundra headed to the garage after completing just 79 of the 100 laps and was relegated to a 23rd-place finish.
Feb 22 - 12:18 PM

Ryan Blaney enters this week’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with five consecutive results of 11th or better on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Moving into Team Penske equipment, there is no reason to believe he is going to slow down any, so he should be one of the drivers to start this week. Currently, 29 percent of NASCAR Fantasy Live players have activated him for good reason.
Feb 22 - 11:23 AM




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