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Sheldon Creed wins Truck race on Daytona road course in overtime

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Sheldon Creed held off Brett Moffitt in an overtime finish to win Sunday’s inaugural Truck Series race on the Daytona road course.

The GMS Racing driver led 19 of 46 laps and scored his second win of the year.

“Going against Brett like that is really hard, he’s really good and has a lot of experience,” Creed said of his teammate. “I owe a lot to him. He’s helped me a lot in the last year-and-a-half and to be him straight up like that is really rewarding.”

The top five was completed by Raphael Lessard, Matt Crafton and Austin Hill.

The overtime finish was setup by a caution with two laps left in the scheduled distance for Carson Hocevar‘s truck stalling on the track after an incident.

With his victory, Creed also won the first $50,000 bonus of the Triple Truck Challenge.

More: Race results, point standings

More: Sunday Cup Series race start time info

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brett Moffitt won the stage under caution.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Raphael Lessard scored his best-career finish and his first career top-five finish … Matt Crafton earned his fifth top-five finish in the last six races … Parker Kligerman placed eighth for his second consecutive top-10 finish.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Zane Smith, who won at Michigan, started from the pole but overdrove the first turn on Lap 1 and fell back to 19th. He finished 13th … In her 200th Truck Series start, Jennifer Jo Cobb finished 31st after suffering brake problems on Lap 6 … Niece Motorsports driver Mark Smith brought out the caution at the end of the first stage when he spun off course and stalled. He finished 36th … Christian Eckes finished 12th after he wrecked from contact with Stewart Friesen coming to the checkered flag .. Alex Tagliani finished 22nd in his only start of the year after he was part of a wreck with Ben Rhodes and Parker Kligerman during the overtime finish.

NOTABLE: Ty Majeski was transported to a local hospital after the race for further evaluation.

WHAT’S NEXT: Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway at 5 p.m. ET Aug. 21 on FS1.

Matt Crafton wins Saturday’s Truck Series race at Kansas

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Matt Crafton won Saturday’s Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, snapping a winless streak that began in July 2017.

Crafton, the defending series champion, led the final 22 laps and held off a furious charge from Christian Eckes to score the win. His last victory came at Eldora Speedway in 2017.

The victory came in the second race of a doubleheader at the 1.5-mile track. Austin Hill won the first race Friday night.

The top five was completed by Grant Enfinger, Tanner Gray and Ben Rhodes.

MORE: Race results, point standings

“It’s very, very sweet,” Crafton told FS1. “Not a lot of give up in these guys … The 18 (Eckes) had a little bit of speed, he was making me nervous right there. … I drove it in too deep a couple times, slid the nose. I’d slide the nose and he’d make up ground.”

With his win Crafton is the fourth driver to lock themselves into the Truck Series playoffs.

Todd Gilliland fell from eighth to 10th in the playoff standings. 10th is the last spot on the playoff grid. He has a 22-point advantage over Tyler Ankrum.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Zane Smith

STAGE 2 WINNER: Zane Smith

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Christain Eckes earned his sixth career top-five finish and his third of the year … Tanner Gray earned his first career top-five finish in his 13th series start … Grant Enfinger finished third in both races of the doubleheader.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski placed 30th after he had to pit early for damage from contact with Tyler Ankum in the first two laps … Travis Pastrana, making his first NASCAR start since 2017, finished 22nd after he spun through the infield grass on Lap 73 … Johnny Sauter, Stewart Friesen and Natalie Decker were eliminated in a large multi-car wreck on a Lap 83 restart … Teammates Brett Moffitt and Tyler Ankrum were eliminated in a Lap 94 wreck. It began with contact between Ankrum and teammate Zane Smith.

 

WHAT’S NEXT: Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway at 6 p.m. ET Aug. 7 on FS1.

 

Saturday Truck starting lineup at Kansas

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Chase Purdy will start on the pole for Saturday’s Truck race at Kansas Speedway, the second race in a doubleheader weekend for the series.

The top 15 finishers from Friday’s Truck race were inverted for the start of Saturday’s race. Purdy finished 15th on Friday, putting him on the pole for Saturday’s event. Brandon Jones is on the front row with Purdy.

The race also marks the return of Travis Pastrana, who is making his first series start since 2017. He’s driving in the Truck that Ross Chastain raced Friday night. Pastrana will start at the rear of the 38-truck field for the driver change.

TO THE REAR: 

Backup trucks: Sheldon Creed (was to have started 8th), Stewart Friesen (27th), Spencer Davis (29th), Jordan Anderson (30th)

Transmission change: Ty Majeski (5th)

Driver change: Tyler Hill for Timmy Hill (19th), Kevin Donahue in 00 for Dawson Cram (25th), Travis Pastrana for Ross Chastain (34th), Ryan Huff for Kevin Donahue in 33 (38th)

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NASCAR Truck Series at Kansas 

Race Time: 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Track: Kansas Speedway; Kansas City, Kansas (1.5-mile speedway)

Length: 134 laps (201 miles)

Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 30. Stage 2 ends Lap 60

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: Fox Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Next Cup race: August 2 at New Hampshire (301 laps, 318.4 miles) 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Kansas (167 laps, 250.5 miles) 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Brandon Jones wins wreck-filled Truck race at Pocono

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Brandon Jones passed Sheldon Creed in the Tunnel Turn on the final lap to win Sunday’s Gander RV & Outdoors Truck race at Pocono Raceway.

Creed took the lead on the next-to-last lap off a restart, going between Jones and Austin Hill. Jones and Creed battled side by side on the final lap through Turn 1 and entering the Tunnel Turn before Jones pulled ahead and went on to score his first series win in his 46th career start.

Hill finished second and was followed by Creed, Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes.

MORE: Race results, driver points report

The 60-lap race was slowed by a track record-tying nine cautions.

Christian Eckes, seeking his first series win, was among the victims in the race. He crashed while leading with 12 laps to go when a tire went down. He finished 33rd.

The race saw three cautions and two red flags in the first 13 laps. Reigning series champion Matt Crafton was collected in a crash on the first corner of the first lap. He finished last. Crafton entered the race one point out of what would be the final playoff spot.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Austin Hill, who finished second, scored his seventh consecutive top-10 result but remains winless this season. … Sheldon Creed, who finished a season-best third, won both stages and scored his first top-10 finish in the past three races. … Todd Gilliland placed fourth for his best result of the year. … Ben Rhodes finished fifth for his best run of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Matt Crafton finished last after he was collected in Codie Rohrbaugh‘s crash on the first corner of the first lap. Rohrbaugh finished 39th. … Raphael Lessard hit the grass in Turn 3 and shot up into the wall and in Austin Wayne Self‘s path on the sixth lap. Lessard finished 37th. Self finished 38th. … Ty Majeski, running third, blocked Grant Enfinger and wrecked on the 12th lap. Majeski placed 36th.

NOTABLE: Kyle Busch Motorsports scored its 78th career Truck win. Thirteen drivers have accounted for those victories.

NEXT: The series races at 6 p.m. ET July 11 at Kentucky Speedway on FS1.

Call him the bounty hunter: Chase Elliott beats Kyle Busch to win $100K

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Chase Elliott may have earned a new nickname Tuesday night: the Bounty Hunter.

By winning the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Elliott won a $100,000 “bounty” put up by Kevin Harvick and Gander RV & Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis to be a full-time Cup driver to beat Kyle Busch to the finish line, snapping Busch’s streak of seven consecutive Truck Series wins.

The money goes to a charity of Elliott’s choosing, benefitting COVID-19 relief.

“It was a lot of fun,” Elliott told FS1. “It’d been a long time. It doesn’t make up for Sunday (finished second in the Coca-Cola 600) but it was still a really good night. I’m glad to win and do some good for the relief efforts for this virus.”

Busch gave Elliott all he could handle in the last 15 laps, drawing closer seemingly on every lap, but ultimately couldn’t catch Elliott before the finish line.

“He was a little better than I was there at the end; I had gotten a little tight and I don’t think we adjusted enough on the last pit stop,” Elliott said of Busch. “Luckily, the right front stayed on it long enough to get to the end.

“To be able to come out and out-run him and him finish second, I’d rather have him finish second than wreck or something, so I feel like I did something right.”

MORE: Results, standings after Truck race at Charlotte

It was Elliott’s third win in 13 career Truck Series races.

Busch was frustrated with his truck all night.

“(The truck) just never was right, so we were out in left field the whole night, never had a real great feel for the truck, a great driving truck, so I just salvaged what I could,” Busch said in a post-race Zoom media conference call. “It was self-inflicted, threw it away. We had six months to prepare and screwed it all up.”

Chase Elliott celebrates after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Busch chuckled when told that Elliott imitated Busch’s usual bow after each win he amasses.

“No, this is the first I’m hearing of it,” Busch said. “Imitation is the strongest form of flattery or I don’t know what it is. But that’s cute.”

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“It was just a spur of the moment thing,” Elliott said with a smile. “I thought we’ve had so much fun with it with Kevin (Harvick) and putting up the money, Kyle was a good sport about it.

“It was not a dig at anybody, just having fun with it. It was about beating him, so why not have some fun with it.”

Zane Smith finished third, followed by Brett Moffitt and Sheldon Creed.

John Hunter Nemechek finished sixth followed by Johnny Sauter, Ty Majeski, Austin Hill and Ben Rhodes.

Tuesday’s race was the first for the Truck Series since Busch won Feb. 21 at Las Vegas, just a couple of weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down NASCAR racing for more than two months.

It was Elliott’s first Truck race since 2017.

“It was about beating Kyle and we did that, so I guess I can quit now,” Elliott laughed.

Busch, meanwhile, saw his streak of winning the last seven Truck races he entered fall short of an eighth consecutive start and win.

Busch finished fourth in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, won Monday’s Xfinity race and was runner-up in Tuesday’s race. He goes for another win in Wednesday’s Alsco Uniforms 500, which wraps up four races in as many days at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Ross Chastain (first stage win of season)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Elliott

Who had a good race: Zane Smith was the highest finishing rookie driver, earning a career-best third-place finish. Smith has made just four starts in a Truck in his career but gave the front runners a formidable challenge, particularly in the final 15 laps. “I was so determined to get third,” the 20-year-old Smith said. “It was an awesome night.”

Who had a bad race: Brennan Poole was involved in two last segment incidents that prevented him from making his bid to collect the Harvick/Lemonis bounty. Poole finished 38th. … Matt Crafton suffered a broken track bar late in the race, ending his night prematurely. Crafton finished 35th.

Notable: Brett Moffitt continues to impress in his ongoing recovery from suffering two broken legs in mid-March. In the last five days, Moffitt has earned strong 11th (Darlington) and 6th (Charlotte) place finishes with a fourth-place finish in the Truck race.

What’s next: Vet Tix Camping World 200, Saturday June 6 at 1 p.m. ET, Texas Motor Speedway.

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