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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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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

NASCAR bulletin issues rule changes on tires and testing

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NASCAR issued a bulletin Tuesday containing various updates to the Rule Book.

The changes include a reduction in how many sets of tires a team can have for Sprint Cup races at Martinsville, Dover, Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, Kentucky, New Hampshire Indianapolis and Watkins Glen. NASCAR cut the number of sets by one at each track for those races.

Teams will be allowed 10 sets of tires for Sunday’s race at Martinsville. They’ll have nine sets of race tires available at Dover, Michigan, Kentucky and Indianapolis. Teams will have eight sets of tires for both Pocono races with seven sets available at New Hampshire’s July race and five race sets at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

With a set of tires costing about $1,900, having to buy one less set will save teams teams about $20,000.

NASCAR also reduced how many sets of tires teams are allowed for practice and qualifying by one set at Talladega (now allowed three sets), Daytona (three), Sonoma (four), Watkins Glen (four) and the August Bristol event (four). This reduction will save teams about $10,000.

NASCAR has not set the limits for tires for the races starting with Richmond in September through the end of the season. Those races could provide teams more savings.

NASCAR also clarified to teams that any driver entered in the Xfinity or Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year program is eligible for two additional tests at any track during the calendar year.

Each test can be no longer than two days. Multiple drivers can participate but all drivers must meet the definition of a rookie in that series. The tests can take place at a NASCAR-sanctioned track or any other track. Veteran drivers will be allowed to “shake down” each primary vehicle used for testing but must do so in a limited number of laps.

Drivers in the Xfinity Series who are competing for Rookie of the Year program include Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Cale Conley, Ross Chastain, Harrison Rhodes and Josh Reaume.

Drivers in the Camping World Truck Rookie of the Year program include Austin Theriault, Ray Black Jr., Korbin Forrister, Spencer Gallagher, Daniel Hemric, Justin Boston, Cameron Hayley, Cody Ware and Wendell Chavous.

 

Entry list for NASCAR Xfinity race at Phoenix International Raceway

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Forty-one cars are entered for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The entry list includes both drivers who won NASCAR races last weekend at Las Vegas. Austin Dillon is again in the No. 33 car after winning the Xfinity race last weekend. Kevin Harvick takes over the No.  88 car after claiming last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas.

 

Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 – Phoenix International Raceway

Entry List

0-Harrison Rhodes (Chevrolet/TeamJDMotorsports.com)

01-Landon Cassill (Chevrolet/G&K Services)

1-Elliott Sadler (Ford/OneMain Financial)

2-Brian Scott (Chevrolet/Albertsons + Sanderson Farms)

3-Ty Dillon (Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops)

4-Ross Chastain (Chevrolet/TeamJDMotorsports.com)

6-Darrell Wallace Jr. (Ford/Ford Ecoboost)

7-Regan Smith (Chevrolet/Axalta Cromax)

8-Blake Koch (Toyota/TBD)

9-Chase Elliott (Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts)

10-Jeff Green (Toyota/TriStar Motorsports)

13-Derek White (Toyota/Braille Battery + Grafoid)

14-Cale Conley (Toyota/TBD)

15-TBA (Chevrolet/TBA)

16-Ryan Reed (Ford/Lilly American Diabetes Association)

18-Daniel Suarez (Toyota/ARRIS)

19-Mike Bliss (Toyota/TBD)

20-Matt Kenseth (Toyota/Resers)

22-Joey Logano (Ford/Discount Tire)

24-Eric McClure (Toyota/Hefty Reynolds Wrap)

25-Dylan Lupton (Chevrolet/Zaxby’s)

28-JJ Yeley (Toyota/Texas 28 Spirits Stage)

33-Austin Dillon (Chevrolet/Rheem)

39-Ryan Sieg (Chevrolet/Uncle Bob’s Self Storage)

40-Carl Long (Dodge/Braille Battery + Grafoid)

42-Brennan Poole (Chevrolet/DC Solar)

43-Dakoda Armstrong (Ford/WinField)

44-David Starr (Toyota/Zachry)

51-Jeremy Clements (Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com)

52-Joey Gase (Chevrolet/TBA)

54-Erik Jones (Toyota/Monster Energy)

55-Jamie Dick (Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group)

56-Charles Lewandoski (Chevrolet/Ole Energy)

60-Chris Buescher (Ford/Roush Performance Products)

62-Brendan Gaughan (Chevrolet/South Point)

70-Derrike Cope (Chevrolet/Wade Tractor + Adrenalin Power Sports)

74-Mike Harmon (Dodge/TBA)

88-Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com)

89-Morgan Shepherd (Chevrolet/Courtney Construction)

90-Mario Gosselin (Chevrolet/TBA)

97-Josh Reaume (Chevrolet/Obaika Racing)

Austin Dillon cruises to NASCAR Xfinity pole, leads all-RCR front row at Las Vegas

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Austin Dillon will look to sweep the weekend with today’s Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after posting the fastest speed in Friday’s practice sessions and winning the pole Saturday.

Dillon captured the pole with a lap of 184.332 mph. Brian Scott will start second (182.753 mph) to complete the Richard Childress Racing front row.

1 – Austin Dillon …184.332 mph

2 – Brian Scott …182.753

3 – Erik Jones … 182.636

4 – Ryan Blaney …182.432

5 – Brendan Gaughan …182.359

6 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. …181.464

7 – Regan Smith … 181.427

8 – Chase Elliott … 181.385

9 – Aric Almirola … 181.311

10 – Chris Buescher … 181.269

11 – Denny Hamlin … 181.105

12 – Darrell Wallace Jr. … 180.542

13 – Elliott Sadler … 180.844

14 – Ryan Sieg … 180.662

15 – Daniel Suarez … 180.524

16 – Brennan Poole … 180.439

17 – Mike Bliss … 180.379

18 – Ryan Reed … 180.270

19 – Blake Koch … 180.120

20 – Ty Dillon … 180.114

21 – John Wes Townley … 179.247

22 – Landon Cassill … 179.229

23 – Dakoda Armstrong … 179.027

24 – Eric McClure … 177.854

25 – Jeremy Clements … 177.918

26 – Jamie Dick … 177.655

27 – JJ Yeley … 177.416

28 – Cale Conley … 176.910

29 – Harrison Rhodes … 176.547

30 – Carl Long … 174.899

31 – David Starr … 174.820

32 – Mario Gosselin … 173.980

33 – Derek White … 173.907

34 – Jeff Green … Owner Points

35 – Joey Gase … Owner Points

36 – Derrike Cope … Owner Points

37 – Mike Harmon … Owner Points

38 – Ross Chastain … Owner Points

39 – Morgan Shepherd … Owner Points

40 – Cody Ware … Owner Points

Did Not Qualify: Dexter Bean, Josh Reaume