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Dalton Sargeant out at GMS Racing, Spencer Gallagher to fill-in ‘until the issue is resolved’

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Citing an “unfortunate circumstance” with Sargeant Motorsports, GMS Racing President Mike Beam announced Wednesday that Dalton Sargeant would not drive the team’s No. 25 Chevrolet for the rest of the season and that Spencer Gallagher will take his place “until the issue is resolved.”

Gallagher will take over the No. 25 beginning Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

“Due to a(n) unfortunate circumstance with Sargeant Motorsports, Dalton Sargeant will no longer compete with GMS Racing full-time in the Truck Series for the remainder of the 2018 season. Until the issue is resolved, Spencer (Gallagher) will serve as the fill-in driver of the No. 25 Chevrolet entry beginning this weekend in Canada. We hope a solution can be agreed upon and to see Dalton back racing GMS equipment in the near future.”

The move comes with seven races left in the season and the series beginning its playoff this weekend. Sargeant is not one of the eight playoff drivers.

Sargeant, 20, is in his first full-time season in the Truck Series. He ended the regular season 10th in the standings after earning one top five and four top 10s.

Sargeant released the following statement on Twitter, but did not add any details regarding the “unfortunate circumstance.”

Sunday’s race will be Gallagher’s first Truck start since the 2017 season opener at Daytona.

This is the second significant driver shakeup for GMS Racing this season. The first involved Gallagher in the Xfinity Series when he was placed on indefinite suspension on May 2 for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. 

Gallagher was reinstated on July 4 after completing the Road to Recovery program. Gallagher has only made two Xfinity starts since the reinstatement.

His No. 23 Chevrolet has been driven by Johnny Sauter, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, A.J. Allmendinger and Casey Roderick. Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will pilot it Saturday at Road America (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Brett Moffitt wins Truck race at Michigan

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Brett Moffitt passed Johnny Sauter in the final corner on the last lap to win his fourth win of the season. With this victory, he was able to tie Sauter for the most wins with one race remaining in the regular season. Moffitt crossed the finish line with a bumper advantage over Sauter.

John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

The final run to the checkers was set up when a late-race caution was waved for an incident involving Myatt Snider, Dalton Sargeant and Grant Enfinger.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

STAGE 2 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

HOW BRETT MOFFITT WON: Stalking Johnny Sauter during the final 10 laps, Moffitt laid off Sauter on the final lap and got a run entering turn three. With a little aero dynamic push from John Hunter Nemechek, he was able to get a run to the inside of the No. 21 and won the drag race to the finish line.

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WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Noah Gragson finished fourth to score his ninth consecutive top-10 in the Truck series. … JH Nemechek’s third-place finish was his fourth consecutive result of seventh or better.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Matt Mills spun in a single-truck incident on lap 27 and backed hard into the wall. … Running 19th at the time, Justin Fontaine spun on lap 35 and made heavy contact with the right side. … With 22 laps to go, Snider was hit from behind by Sargeant and spun into Enfinger entering pit road.

NOTABLE: Friesen seemed to gain an advantage when he got onto pit road when caution waved, but was penalized for improper fueling on that stop because his fuel man pushed his truck out of the stall. That dropped him from first to the last car on the lead lap (19th). Friesen charged back to eighth at the finish.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I knew Johnny (Sauter) was fast. Our Toyota engine, we were lacking a little raw speed today with that. So I was really waiting to time it. … The whole last however many laps I was behind him, I was running wide open. When I’d get to him and I’d push him with that air bubble between our bumpers, so I tried to back up 1, tried to let him get out there a little bit. I knew the 8 was behind us and I was hoping, he’d actually be able to get to us and push us.” – Brett Moffitt on FS1.

WHAT’S NEXT: UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 16 on FS1.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice report from Michigan

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Dalton Sargeant posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final Camping World Truck Series practice at Michigan International Speedway.

He toured the 2-mile track at 186.466 mph.

Sargeant was followed by Brett Moffitt (186.331 mph), Matt Crafton (185.491), Spencer Davis (185.290) and Myatt Snider (185.190).

Todd Gilliland, who was ninth on the speed chart with a lap of 184.682 mph, ran the most laps in the session at 30.

Moffitt had the best average for 10 consecutive laps at 183.270 mph. He was followed by Snider (181.698 mph) and Grant Enfinger (181.457).

PRACTICE 1

Noah Gragson was the fastest in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series practice at Michigan International Speedway. He had a lap of 187.227 mph.

He was followed by Matt Crafton (185.763 mph), Todd Gilliland (185.581), Dalton Sargeant (185.567) and Spencer Davis (185.147).

Grant Enfinger, who was sixth quick at 185.119 mph, ran the most laps at 35. Sargeant ran 34 laps.

Gilliland had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 183.561 mph. He was followed by Enfinger (183.243) and Davis (182.884).

Race results, truck series points standings after Pocono

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Kyle Busch won the Gander Outdoors 150, his 51st victory in 145 Camping World Truck Series starts.

The win tied Busch with Ron Hornaday Jr. for most career wins in the truck series. It’s his second victory this season.

Erik Jones, who raced in the truck series for the first time in more than two years, finished second in place of Noah Gragson. Rookie Dalton Sargeant was third.

Click here for truck results at Pocono.

Points

Johnny Sauter maintained a 65-point lead over Gragson in the standings.

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Kyle Busch wins truck race at Pocono

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Kyle Busch fended off a charge by Erik Jones to win Saturday’s Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway.

It’s his second Camping World Truck Series victory of the season and 51st of his career, tying all-time truck win leader Ron Hornaday Jr.

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“It’s awesome,” Busch told FS1. “I can’t say enough about Kyle Busch Motorsports and everyone who’s gotten these win totals to where they’re at with racing with Billy Ballew.”

The 2015 Cup Series champion’s first 16 wins in trucks came with Ballew.

Jones, who was filling in for Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Noah Gragson, finished second in a truck that he didn’t practice or qualify. He briefly took the lead when Busch’s No. 51 Toyota got tangled in lapped traffic with eight laps remaining of a scheduled 60.

Dalton Sargeant finished third, followed by Stuart Friesen and Justin Haley.

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STAGE 1 WINNER: Todd Gilliland

STAGE 2 WINNER: Friesen

NEXT: 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at Michigan International Speedway on FS1