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Johnny Sauter wins truck pole at Texas

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Johnny Sauter won the pole for tonight’s Truck series race at Texas Motor Speedway with a track record lap of 188.758 mph.

This is Sauter’s first pole of 2018 and sixth in his career. His most recent pole came at Texas in June 2016, 59 races ago.

Noah Gragson (188.594 mph) was .025 seconds slower.

Stewart Friesen (188.160), Brett Moffitt (187.905) and David Gilliland (187.761) rounded out the top five.

Playoff contender Justin Haley (186.593) qualified sixth.

In the second round of qualification, Todd Gilliland got loose exiting Turn 2 and made contact with the wall.

In the first round, Ben Rhodes slapped the wall before settling into 16th on the grid.

Playoff contender Grant Enfinger (185.179) qualified 13th.

In 14th, Matt Crafton (185.014) was the worst qualifier among the remaining playoff contenders.

Josh Reaume and Reid Wilson failed to qualify.

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Harrison Burton wins Iowa Truck pole

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With a speed of 133.085 mph, Harrison Burton scored his first career Camping World Truck Series pole and became the 12th different driver in 12 Iowa Speedway races to take the top spot for tonight’s M&M’s 200. Burton was also fastest in round one (132.850 mph)

Burton beat Matt Crafton (132.990) by 0.017 seconds. Burton gained most of his time exiting turn four.

Noah Gragson (132.945), Todd Gilliland (132.660) and Stewart Friesen (132.654) rounded out the top five.

Gilliland (133.147) had the fastest time in round two.

Josh Reaume, Bryant Barnhill and Camden Murphy failed to qualify.

In 11 previous races, only one driver who started outside the top 10 has won. Crafton started 11th in 2011.

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Brett Moffitt takes advantage of Kyle Busch’s woes to win Atlanta Truck race

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Brett Moffitt went from third to first on the restart in overtime and powered his way to his second career Camping World Truck Series win Saturday.

Moffitt’s victory marked the first for Hattori Racing Enterprises, which made its debut in 2013. Noah Gragson placed second and Daytona winner Johnny Sauter was third at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

MORE: Race results, points report

A late caution for an incident involving Josh Reaume and Dalton Sargeant set in stage a series of events that cost Kyle Busch a chance to become the second driver in series history with 50 wins.

Busch led a parade down pit road for fresh tires. Busch’s team planned to take four tires but problems on the right front led to the team telling Busch to pull out of his pit stall after the right front was secured. Only problem was that the lug nuts on the left rear were removed. Busch didn’t get too far beyond pit exit before his left rear tire rolled off. Busch finished 21st.

Stage 1 winner: Noah Gragson

Stage 2 winner: Kyle Busch

How Brett Moffitt won: He restarted third in overtime behind Myatt Snider, who had taken only two tires. Moffitt had four. Snider had no chance. Moffitt got around Snider cleanly and surged to the lead.

Who else had a good day: Daytona winner Johnny Sauter finished third to give him back-to-back top-five finishes to open the season. Sauter has finished no worse than third in each of the last six Truck races, dating back to last year. … Noah Gragson bounced back from a 23rd-place finish at Daytona to place second at Atlanta.

Who had a bad day: Justin Haley had a flat right rear tire nine laps before the end of the first stage. He lost two laps on the green-flag stop. Haley never made it back on the lead lap and finished 22nd. … The audible by Kyle Busch’s team on a slow pit stop before overtime proved disastrous. Busch took off as told after both ride-side tires were changed but the lug nuts on the left rear were removed. The left rear came off shortly after Busch exited pit road.

Notable: Jesse Little finished a career-high eighth. His previous best in 13 previous series starts was ninth.

Quote of the day: “This is unbelievable to be in a race car at this point, let alone in Victory Lane,’’ said winner Brett Moffitt, whose deal with the team came shortly before the season started.

Next: Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

John Hunter Nemechek gets first Truck win of year with Gateway victory

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John Hunter Nemechek led the final six laps following a restart with eight to go to win the Camping World Truck Series’ race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Nemechek passed Matt Crafton in Turn 2 and went unchallenged to claim his fourth Truck Series win and his first of the year.

NEMCO Motorsports is the first non-Kyle Busch Motorsports or GMS Racing team to win this year.

The win comes after Nemechek entered the race with no laps led despite two top-five finishes. Outside those two races, Nemechek had finished 21st or worse in every other race.

“It’s definitely an emotional win,” a tearful Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “All the hard work that goes in, everyone’s worked their tails off. We haven’t had the best luck this year. Getting into victory lane when we needed to, God is great, I can’t thank him enough. I knew all the hard work would pay off. This is an awesome Father’s Day present for dad here and team owner (Joe Nemechek).”

Nemechek later said, “Not knowing how many more races we’re going to get to this year, this definitely means a lot.”

Joe Nemechek said only half the team’s races for this season had sponsorship and that there was doubt whether the No. 8 Chevrolet would be able to go to the next race at Iowa Speedway.

“I hate to see John Hunter go through that, he has so much talent,” Joe Nemechek told FS1. “He’s going to be a Cup champion one of these days. Right now, we’re just trying to get to the next race. He is tough. As far as driving the racecar is one thing, but when you deal with all the financial part of it just to figure out how to keep going, that makes it hard on a young kid. … That was his will tonight. We got the truck close, but he was on it.”

Chase Briscoe, who led a race high 88 laps,  finished second for the second week in a row. The rookie was one of two drivers who pit during the final caution for tires, leading to a frantic charge through the field.

The top five was completed by Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger.

Stage 1 winner: John Hunter Nemechek

Stage 2 winner: Chase Briscoe

MORE: Race results

MORE: Points standings

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Christopher Bell was in second on the last lap, but contact with Briscoe cut his left rear tire and sent him to sixth. … Matt Crafton earned just his second top five of the year …. Ryan Truex finished seventh for his sixth top 10 in a row … Grant Enfinger earned his third top five of the year.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: The 11 trucks that failed to finish due to some sort of mechanical failure … Todd Gilliland earned his second DNF in as many starts after a transmission problem on Lap 114 … Jennifer Jo Cobb failed to start after the team discovered a hole in her radiator on the starting grid and was unable to make repairs. … Josh Reaume brought out the only caution outside of the stage endings. His No. 50 truck stalled on pit road with 12 laps to go.

NOTABLE: The No. 02 of Austin Hill failed front heights in post-race inspection. Any penalties will be announced later in the week.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “Those guys just took two tires and I was on no tires and we had a lot of laps on them right side tires and we were just done. You win some, you lose some and everybody is upset but at the same time they knew we were here tonight.” – Matt Crafton after finishing fourth.

WHAT’S NEXT:  The Iowa 200 at Iowa Speedway at 8:30 p.m. ET on June 23 on Fox Sports 1.

Kyle Busch earns 77th career Xfinity win, first time at Atlanta

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Pole sitter Kyle Busch dominated en route to victory in Saturday’s Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch led 119 of the race’s 163 laps to capture his record-extending 77th win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Ironically, it was Busch’s first career Xfinity win at the 1.54-mile AMS after five previous runner-up finishes.

“This is a pretty good deal,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “I’m glad to get it out of the way and check it off the list.”

It was also the 26th time Busch has won an Xfinity race on a 1.5-mile track.

Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Erik Jones, Paul Menard and Ty Dillon.

Brad Keselowski finished sixth, followed by Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Jeb Burton.

MORE: Results and Stats for Xfinity Series race at Atlanta

MORE: Elliott Sadler leads Daniel Suarez in Xfinity points after Atlanta

HOW BUSCH WON: Busch had the dominant car all day. No surprise there. In fact, only four drivers led a lap: Busch, Brad Keselowski (28 laps), Justin Allgaier (15) and Jeb Burton (1). Busch took the lead from Keselowski on Lap 73 and remained in control for the final 90 laps to take the checkered flag.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Kyle Larson kept tracking Busch down in the closing laps but couldn’t quite reach him, finishing .466 of a second behind. Larson had fresher tires and, had the race gone maybe an extra lap or two, may have passed Busch … Erik Jones was penalized after inadvertently jumping ahead of Busch to start the race. Jones rallied back to finish third … Ty Dillon, doing double duty this weekend (he’ll replace Tony Stewart in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race), finished a strong fifth.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Darrell Wallace’s Ford struggled the rest of the day after making contact with the No. 13 Dodge of Josh Reaume on pit road on Lap 104. Wallace was moving towards his pit box when Reaume turned left and cut down on Wallace, spinning him into the infield grass. Wallace ultimately wound up finishing 18th, the same place he started. Reaume finished 34th. … Joey Gase was having a good race until he lost a tire, ultimately finishing 32nd.

NOTABLE: For the third consecutive Xfinity race at AMS, only five cautions were called (for a total of 21 laps). … With his win, Busch has now won at least one race at Atlanta in each of the three major series: Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Trucks. … Even though the series has only had two races, the points standings are extremely tight, with just 10 points separating the top six drivers. Elliott Sadler holds a three-point lead over Daniel Suarez in the Xfinity standings. Ty Dillon is third, five points behind Sadler, while Brandon Jones is fourth (-6), Justin Allgaier is fifth (-7) and Brendan Gaughan is sixth (-10).

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It means a lot. It’s been a while, but it certainly means a lot just to accomplish some of the goals I have in racing. To come out here and do this today and beat Kyle Larson, this must be his favorite race track. He’s really good here, too.” – Kyle Busch on holding off Kyle Larson for the win.

WHAT’S NEXT: Boyd Gaming 300, March 5, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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