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39 Trucks on preliminary entry list for Eldora race

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There are 39 entries for Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

Ryan Newman and Ty Dillon are the only Cup competitors entered. Newman will drive Jordan Anderson’s No. 3 truck. Dillon will drive for Young’s Motorsports.

Among the drivers entered is 63-year-old John Provenzano, a dirt specialist who will be making his Truck debut. He’ll drive for Mike Affarano Motorsports. USAC National Midgets points leader Logan Seavey will make his Truck debut in a ride with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Dirt modified driver Kyle Strickler will make his Truck debut, driving for MB Motorsports. Dirt modified racer RJ Otto will drive the No. 97 for JJL Motorsports and make his series debut.

The No. 46 truck has been withdrawn.

Matt Crafton won last year’s race. Stewart Friesen was second and Chase Briscoe was third. All three are entered. Briscoe, who has been running in the Xfinity Series, returns to drive the No. 27 for ThorSport Racing.

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Ryan Newman pairs with Jordan Anderson for Eldora Truck race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Newman will return to the Camping World Truck Series next week to compete for Jordan Anderson Racing in the July 18 race at Eldora Speedway.

Anderson and Newman made the announcement Tuesday afternoon during the Cup Series test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course, where they unveiled the No. 3 Chevrolet Newman will drive.

Newman will be sponsored by VRX Simulators.

Newman will make his seventh career Truck Series start and his second at the dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio.

Newman competed in the inaugural Eldora race in 2013 and finished third.

The Richard Childress Racing driver has finished in the top five of every one of his Truck starts, including a win in his series debut in 2008 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“It’s kind of going back home, it’s going back to dirt racing. I enjoy all of that,” Newman said. “Ultimately, it’s just a good experience, it’s a lot of fun. I’m glad NASCAR has put a Truck race on the dirt. Still look forward to a Cup race on dirt at some point. I don’t know if it will be next year or 10 years down the road, but I might come out of retirement at some point for that one.”

Newman and Anderson, who has 68 series starts since 2014, were connected through a mutual friend.

“There’s a lot of things that have happened in this sport since (his last Truck start) with the spec motor deal and all that stuff,” Newman said, “It kind of commonizes some of the sport, which is good for some people, like Jordan who doesn’t have a huge budget, but it gives us the opportunity to work together. Him to gain some experience. … He’s got a lot of respect for me and my past, him being a college graduate and all that stuff says a lot.”

Anderson has competed full-time this season prior to Eldora. Through 11 races his best finish is ninth at Daytona.

The 27-year-old driver has made one Eldora start. He finished 32nd in 2016 due to engine problems.



Brett Moffitt passes John Hunter Nemechek on last lap to win

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On Monday, Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Competition Director Mike Greci told NBC Sports its chances of making Friday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway were slim due to a lack of sponsorship.

“We’re looking at all our options and none of them are good,” he said.

A day later, boarded Brett Moffitt‘s No. 16 truck.

Friday night, Moffitt passed John Hunter Nemechek on the last lap of the Overton’s 225 as Nemechek’s truck suddenly lost power.

“Man, this is great, this is awesome,” Moffitt told Fox Sports 1 after his third win of the year. “We didn’t know if we were coming. … To be here in Victory Lane it’s an honor and a blessing. These guys work hard, I feel like we threw away a couple of wins earlier this season. I hate it for (Nemechek) whatever happened to him. … But we’ll take them anyway we can get them now.”

Moffitt was followed by Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones.

Moffitt said the teams still needs sponsorship for races at Bristol, Eldora and Homestead.

Nemechek had led a career-best 64 laps upon taking the white flag but finished seventh.

Nemechek, who competes for points in the Xfinity Series, exited his truck and walked around it a few times before finally talking to the media.

“Just don’t have luck on our side right now,” an emotional Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “Overall, it’s a good showing. The last three weeks they knew that we were here.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: John Hunter Nemechek won after a last-lap pass of Noah Gragson.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Noah Gragson

MORE: Race results and points

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Johnny Sauter bounced back to finish third after a jack issue under the final caution and having to pit a second time to tighten a wheel … Ben Rhodes earned his fifth top five, but earned his first finish better than 16th in his last four races.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Dalton Sargeant, who started second, finished 20th, three laps down after spinning from contact with Stewart Friesen with 10 laps to go in Stage 2 … Friesen finished 19th after being involved in a wreck with Jordan Anderson with 29 laps to go. He was running fifth.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “We’re not even supposed to be here.” – Scott Zipadelli, crew chief for Brett Moffitt to FS1.

WHAT’S NEXT: Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 12 on FS1.

Johnny Sauter wins Truck Series opener for third Daytona victory

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Johnny Sauter survived a wreckfest and led the final nine laps to win the Camping World Truck Series season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.

The GMS Racing driver edged teammate Justin Haley and Joe Nemechek as a two-truck crash broke out in the tri-oval.

The victory is Sauter’s third at Daytona and his second in three years.

The top five was completed by Ben Rhodes and Scott Lagasse Jr.

The victory comes just weeks after the wife of Sauter’s crew chief, Joe Shear, Jr., passed away on Dec. 28.

“This is big, this is for Joe, obviously losing Chandra about a month-and-a-half ago,” Sauter told Fox Sports 1. “Couldn’t be more proud of him to overcome something like that.”

Shear told FS1: “This is very, very special here. … She’s looking above us and was in love with racing as much as I was. This is good. She was looking over us and helped us to this win.”

Sauter led 39 of the race’s 100 laps. He took the lead when he dove beneath David Gilliland in Turn 3 with nine to go.

“This is the most unbelievable speedway truck I’ve ever driven,” Sauter said. “My teammates tonight, I felt like we executed flawlessly. At the end there I wasn’t quite sure. I was looking in the mirror and I thought I saw them coming three-wide.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: David Gilliland

STAGE 2 WINNER: Johnny Sauter

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Justin Haley finished second in his first start on a restrictor-plate track … Joe Nemechek earned his best Truck Series finish since placing fifth in last season’s Daytona race … Pole-sitter David Gilliland led 30 laps but finished 21st after he got turned into the outside wall by Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Spencer Davis with seven to go and suffered minor damage … Despite spinning as he came to the checkered flag, Jordan Anderson finished ninth for the first top 10 of his career.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: The caution came out on Lap 56 when Grant Enfinger triggered a multi-car wreck when he got loose exiting Turn 4. That caused a chain reaction that collected Jennifer Jo Cobb, Cody Coughlin, Parker Kligerman, Noah Gragson and Dalton Sargeant. Cobb hit the inside wall on the driver’s side but was able to walk away. Enfinger went on to finish sixth … Gragson and Bo Le Mastus were involved in a wreck four laps after the ensuing restart while exiting Turn 4. Gragson finished 23rd, Le Mastus placed 30th in his Truck Series debut. … A caution was issued on Lap 74 when John Hunter Nemechek lost his right-rear tire to body damage. The ensuing crash collected Brett Moffitt, Myatt Snider and Stewart Friesen, Spencer Davis and Austin HillClay Greenfield got loose in Turn 4 with just under 20 to go and collected Matt Crafton, Bryan Dauzat, Korbin Forrister and Hill. The accident resulted in a four minute and 20 second red flag period.

NOTABLE: Sauter’s win is the third in a row for GMS Racing at Daytona. Kaz Grala claimed the victory last season. Sauter started the streak.

FAILED INSPECTION: NASCAR announced that the No. 41 truck of Ben Rhodes failed inspection after the race. The truck was found to be too low. It likely would be an L1 penalty and that carries a points deduction of 10-40 points, a suspension of one to two races for the crew chief and a fine of $5,000 to $20,000. Also the finish does not count toward playoff eligibility (if a tiebreaker is needed).

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “That was badass out there. Probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a truck.,” Justin Haley said.

WHAT’S NEXT: Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 24 on Fox Sports 1.

Jordan Anderson plans to compete full-time in Truck Series

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Jordan Anderson announced Wednesday he will compete full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for himself.

Anderson will drive the No. 3 for Jordan Anderson Racing. He will receive support from Niece Motorsports and will run a spec engine.

On SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint,” Anderson said he originally thought about driving the No. 7 to honor the late Alan Kulwicki.

While the No. 3 is synonymous with seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, Anderson was inspired to race the number based on Junior Johnson’s history with it.

Anderson has four trucks and will drive a Toyota at restrictor-plate races and a Chevrolet at intermediate and short tracks. He also acquired a Ford truck from the now defunct Brad Keselowski Racing.

“The deal with manufacturers for us just came down to dollars and cents,” Anderson said. “Before this year I wouldn’t have made the moves in acquiring those trucks because it would have made no sense to have one Toyota motor, one Ford motor and a Chevrolet motor. But now with this Ilmor (spec) motor, you can run this motor in the truck you race and it doesn’t have to be manufacturer specific.”

Last year, Anderson competed the entire season with one truck. He crowdfunded support from fans in order to compete after his Truck was wrecked in the second race of the year at Atlanta.

Anderson’s sponsors will include Lucas Oil, Bommarito Automotive Group, LTi Printing, Jacob Companies and Knight Fire.

The 26-year-old driver has 57 starts in the Truck Series since 2014. Last season he started 20 of 23 races.

His career-best finish is 11th at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2016.

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