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Rookie Truck Series driver will ‘indefinitely’ step away after 2018 season

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Justin Fontaine, citing the stress of his career on his family and lack of sponsorship, stated Monday on Twitter and Facebook that “barring a major influx of sponsorship funds, I will be indefinitely stepping away from Motorsports competition” after the Camping World Truck Series finale in Miami in November.

Fontaine, 20, has two top-10 finishes for Niece Motorsports, including a 10th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway to open the season. The rookie started 30th and finished 14th last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was his best finish since placing 14th at Chicagoland Speedway in late June. Fontaine ranks 15th in points.

Fontaine wrote Monday about the stress his career has put on himself and family members.

“Following the event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, which I retired early due to (a) self-inflicted on-track accident, I went back to the hauler and literally broke down. My rookie season at Niece Motorsports started out strong with two top-10 finishes in the first three races – however our finishes plateaued in the weeks that followed.

“We had a string of poor results that I had only myself and inexperience to blame. Frankly, it was a bitter pill to swallow, but it became reality. My dad came up to the lounge after the Charlotte race to calm (me) down, and we had an honest conversation about my career and desires.

“My goals for nearly 10 years have been clear to me, however, the reality of making those dreams come true are much more complicated, and in many ways out of my control.

“The stress for me and more importantly my family is more than I can shoulder any longer.

“We often do not think about the impact our careers have on our families, but I was forced to see it firsthand when my mom, dad and brothers walked into my hospital room in tears after the ARCA crash in Daytona that nearly took away my ability to walk in February 2017.

“If I can help it, I do not want to see that again. That experience affected me very deeply and knowing that the lifestyle and career I love so much could bring that much emotional distress was overwhelming.”

 

Noah Gragson wins truck pole at Las Vegas

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Noah Gragson posted a lap of 178.036 mph to grab the pole for tonight’s World of Westgate 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas. It is his fifth pole of the season. The last time he led the field to green was on another 1.5-mile track (Kentucky) and he finished eighth in that race.

Gragson beat Stewart Friesen (176.811 mph) by more than two-tenths of a second.

Grant Enfinger (176.540), Chris Eggleston (176.240) Riley Herbst (176.056) rounded out the top five.

Points leader Johnny Sauter qualified sixth.

Tate Fogleman, JJ Yeley and Norm Benning failed to qualify. 

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Friday’s schedule for NASCAR at Las Vegas

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NASCAR’s weekend in Las Vegas continues today with Cup and Xfinity teams joining the Truck Series in action at the 1.5-mile track.

The day includes Cup qualifying and the second round of the Truck Series playoffs.

Here’s the day’s schedule.

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Sept. 14

11 a.m. – Truck garage opens

11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

Noon – 8 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN)

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

5:05 – 5:50 – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

6:05 p.m. – Truck qualifying; single car/two rounds (Fox Sports 1)

7:20 p.m. – Truck driver-crew chief meeting

7:30 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

8:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

9 p.m. – World of Westgate 200; 134 laps/201 miles (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Truck Series practice report from Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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Final Practice

Riley Herbst posted the fastest single lap of 176.534 mph in final practice for World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He beat Justin Haley (176.074 mph) by .080 seconds

Matt Crafton was third on the chart with a speed of 176.005 mph.

Myatt Snider (175.947) and Noah Gragson (175.936) rounded out the top five.

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First Practice

The Camping World Truck Series is holding two practice sessions today ahead of Friday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the second stop in the opening round of the playoffs.

Johnny Sauter was fastest in the opening session, posting a top speed of 175.718 mph.

Sauter was followed by Myatt Snider (175.313 mph), Stewart Friesen (175.177), Matt Crafton (174.921) and Austin Hill (174.469).

Crafton and Riley Herbst recorded the most laps in the session with 26.

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Weekend schedule for Las Vegas and Cup playoff opener

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NASCAR’s second visit of the year to Las Vegas Motor Speedway begins today and ends Sunday with the Cup Series playoff opener.

All three national series are visiting the 1.5-mile track.

Here’s the full weekend schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Thursday, Sept. 13

2:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series garage open

5:05-5:55 p.m. – Truck practice (No TV)

7:05 – 7:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (No TV)

Friday, Sept. 14

11 a.m. – Truck garage opens

11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

Noon – 8 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN)

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

5:05 – 5:50 – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

6:05 p.m. – Truck qualifying; single car/two rounds (Fox Sports 1)

7:20 p.m. – Truck driver-crew chief meeting

7:30 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

8:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

9 p.m. – World of Westgate 200; 134 laps/201 miles (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, Sept. 15

10:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Cup garage open

1 – 1:50 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN)

2:10 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN)

3:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting

3:30 – 4:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN)

4:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

5 p.m. – DC Solar 300; 200 laps/300 miles (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Sept. 16

9:30 a.m. – Cup garage opens

1 p.m. – Driver-crew chief meeting

2:20 p.m. – Driver introductions

3 p.m. – South Point 400; 267 laps. 400.5 miles (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)