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Stewart Friesen, wife finish 1-2 in modified race

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Saturday night was Family Night for the Stewart Friesen clan during a modified feature race at Fonda Speedway in New York.

Friesen, who competes full-time in the Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks Series, won a 30-lap feature on the half-mile dirt track.

His wife, Jessica, finished second.

After both started in the sixth row, Stewart led the final 16 laps while Jessica moved into the second position on Lap 21.

Friesen’s win was the 66th of his career at Fonda and his sixth in seven races there this year.

“It’s been a good run for us in July and hopefully we can keep it going,” Stewart Friesen said in victory lane according to The Daily Gazette. “First and second for the team is great, we had some motor issues with Jessica’s car but were able to straighten it out.”

Friesen will be back in his No. 52 Halmar Racing Toyota on Friday at Michigan International Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FS1).

NASCAR announces details for Daytona road course races

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NASCAR revealed competition details Thursday for the Aug. 15-16 races on the Daytona International Speedway road course, including the addition of a second chicane, making it a 14-turn, 3.57-mile course.

Among the details announced were the Cup rules package and the length of the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series races.

Cup teams will use the high downforce package with a 750 horsepower engine.

A chicane is being added to the exit of Turn 4 on the oval to help slow speeds before entering the infield portion of the course. There is already a chicane on the backstretch of the oval.

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“NASCAR and its OEMs ran several simulations to determine the course layout and engine/aero package for the inaugural NASCAR race on the Daytona International Speedway road course,” said John Probst, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing innovation, in a media release. “Due to the predicted high speeds and loads on the braking system, NASCAR will add a chicane off oval Turn 4 at Daytona and move to a high downforce 750 hp aero/engine package for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Aug. 16. We believe this will combine vehicle performance and safety to provide the best possible road course race for our fans.”

Track President Chip Wile said in a press release “The Turn 4 chicane gives the drivers a final shot to make a pass coming to the famed finish line. The fans in the venue are going to be in for a treat on the Daytona road course – just like the races on the old Daytona beach/road course that were put on by Bill France Sr. in the 1940s and ‘50s.”

In a Zoom press conference, Wile said the rumble strips used for the chicane are the same ones used for the Charlotte Roval. Wile also said temporary lights will be brought in for the infield in case the race has to be run into the night.

“You guys got to think three weeks ago we weren’t even running this race, so for NASCAR competition to figure out what we needed to do and give it to us to execute is pretty remarkable,” Wile said. “I think it will certainly keep the speeds down. There are a lot of folks that had a say in getting us to this place and I just applaud our competition department getting the right people in the room and making the decision quickly.”

Daytona road courseRoush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman, who once competed on the road course in an IROC race, shared his thoughts on the possibility of adding the chicane earlier this week.

“Controlling the speed is obviously very important no matter what racetrack we go to and as we get to this situation with different angles of impact and walls and things like that, that we’re not used to, I guess my personal opinion on safety is not necessarily the slower the better, but the slower the safer,” Newman said in a Zoom press conference. “That’s just something that definitely needs to be considered and obviously has been considered otherwise you wouldn’t be talking about it, but I feel like if you are gonna do this, you have to err towards the side of safety and that will be with lesser speeds and trying to calculate what risk is involved with, again, the angle of impacts that we could have to entertain.”

NASCAR reveals pit procedures for Road America, Gateway

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NASCAR announced on Wednesday the pit procedures that will be used for the Aug. 8 Xfinity Series road course race at Road America and the Aug. 30 Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

The pit procedures detail what will happen under cautions for incidents, stage break caution periods, as well as pit crew rules, restart order and pit penalty guidelines.

Xfinity at Road America

  • At stage breaks, a full pit cycle will give teams two opportunities to pit.
  • At non-stage break cautions, a full pit cycle will give teams two opportunities to pit. An optional quickie yellow provides one opportunity to pit.
  • Pit crews will consist of six crew members. Five crew members to service the car only, including one fueler and one to assist the driver.
  • Pit stops must be completed in a certain time period, measured from the yellow lines at each end of pit road: Green flag stops have a 60-second minimum; yellow flag have an 80-second minimum.
  • Teams may add fuel OR change four tires per pit stop.

Restart order

  1. Lead lap cars that did not pit.
  2. Lead lap cars that pitted one time.
  3. Lead lap cars that pit twice.
  4. Lap(s) down cars that did not pit.
  5. Lap(s) down cars that pit once.
  6. Lap(s) down cars that pit twice.
  7. Free pass, wave around and penalty cars.

Pit penalties

Restart at tail end: Exceeding yellow flag 80-second maximum on pit road; pitting after first missed opportunity to pit; cars that do not maintain speed, do not maintain position or fail to stay nose to tail at all times; Cars that do no immediately catch up to field between pit stops during full pit cycle; competitors that impede or interfere with another’s ability to enter/exit pit road.

Pass through: Leaving pit road prior to the green flag 60-second minimum.

Two-lap penalty: Changing tires and adding fuel on any pit stop; change tires under green (unless approved by NASCAR).

Xfinity Road America

Truck Series at Gateway

  • All caution periods will be Quickie Yellows. This is everyone’s opportunity to pit to add fuel and/or make adjustments (Lead Lap and Lap Down trucks all pit together). 
  • No changing tires except during stage breaks. NASCAR will work with teams on flat tires or damaged rims.
  • Fuel may be added at any time.
  • There will be three stages – Stage 1 ends at Lap 55, Stage 2 will end on Lap 110 and the final stage is scheduled to end on Lap 160.
  • During the stage cautions, teams may perform any normal pit stop adjustments. They may add fuel and change tires.
  • If teams choose not to pit during the stage caution, their trucks will stop on the backstretch behind the caution truck.
  • When instructed by NASCAR officials, teams have three minutes to complete their work. If they continue to work after the three-minute mark, they will restart at the rear of the field. The order they entered pit road is the order they will line up off of pit road.
  • Trucks that elected to pit will line up behind those trucks remaining on track – lead lap trucks followed by lap down trucks, the free pass, waive around trucks, and any penalty trucks.
  • All safety equipment is required during pit stops, including stage cautions.

“We believe these updated procedures are the best fit for the lone NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series standalone race of 2020,” Brad Moran, Managing Director of the Truck Series, said in a media release. “Given the importance of this race in the Triple Truck Challenge and the Gander Trucks playoffs, we wanted to provide our fans with more green-flag racing and place the fate of the bonus in the drivers’ hands. These procedures have worked well for us at Eldora Speedway, and we know our fans will be treated to the same type of excitement expected from the Gander Trucks.”

Results, point standings after Saturday’s Truck race at Kansas

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Matt Crafton led the final 22 laps and held of Christain Eckes to win Saturday’s Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

It is Crafton’s first win since July 2017 at Eldora Speedway.

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

Click here for the race results.

Point standings

Crafton is the fourth driver to lock himself into the Truck Series playoffs.

Todd Gilliland dropped from eighth to 10th, the final spot on the playoff grid. He is 22 points ahead of Tyler Ankrum.

Click here for the point standings.

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.