AVONDALE, Ariz. – Harrison Burton posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice at ISM Raceway.
Burton led the way in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota with a lap of 133.492 mph. He was followed by teammate Chandler Smith (133.427 mph), Stewart Friesen (133.264), Austin Hill (133.190) and Brandon Jones (133.116).
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Ty Majeski did not run in the final practice session because the team changed engines.
Qualifying is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. ET today. The race is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET today.
Chandler Smith posted the fastest lap in Friday’s opening Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice at ISM Raceway.
Smith posted a lap of 133.740 mph in a Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. He was followed by Stewart Friesen (133.655 mph), Tyler Ankrum (133.294), Brett Moffitt (133.249) and Harrison Burton (133.033).
Smith also had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 130.800. He was followed by Ty Majeski (130.571 mph) and Austin Hill (130.184).
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The series races tonight, setting the championship field for next week’s race in Miami.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Todd Gilliland apologized for a comment he made about Kyle Busch moments after winning his first career Gander Outdoors Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
Gilliland drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports and has faced criticism from Busch this year about a lack of performance.
After crossing the finish line Saturday, Gilliland said on his team’s radio: “Kyle Busch you can stay in your (expletive) motorhome.”
Busch congratulated Gilliland in Victory Lane on his win after the race.
Gilliland was asked about the comment after the race and said: “It was just kind of heat of the moment really. Just a lot of emotions. Everyone has heard what he (Kyle Busch) said and obviously it’s true, we should’ve been running better. I’ve wanted to win for the last year and a half as well. I’m doing all I can and the guys at the shop are. It was pretty much just heat of the moment. Probably wish I didn’t say it now, but it is what it is. He said some stuff about me and it is what it is.”
Gilliland also posted an apology on Twitter:
NASCAR.com sought to reach Kyle Busch for comment but stated it was unsuccessful.
Busch first made critical comments this year about Gilliland at Atlanta in March, saying then: “I don’t know how many times (in 2018) we were in meetings and I was just yelling at him about ‘Let’s go.’ Our stuff is not that slow. You got to get up on top of the wheel and make it happen.”
Busch also said in March at Atlanta: “We’ll hopefully be able to get (Gilliland) places because, you know, his career is on the line. You don’t get very many chances at this.”
Gilliland has one win, six top fives and 13 top-10 finishes this season in 21 races.
Alex Tagliani will compete for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Aug. 25 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, the team announced Monday.
Tagliani, a former IndyCar driver, will drive the No. 51 Toyota, which will be sponsored by three Canadian companies: CanTorque, Spectra Premium and RONA.
Tagliani’s four Truck Series starts have been in four of the last five races at CTMP. He has a best finish of fifth in 2015 with Brad Keselowski Racing.
“It’s a real honor to represent KBM by driving the 51 truck, I really appreciate Kyle and the entire team’s trust in giving me the opportunity to try to win,” Tagliani said in a press release. “Carrying three Canadian companies to support the initiative at CTMP is really special. CanTorque showcasing their new tools made in Canada, driving a KBM truck equipped with a Spectra Premium Radiator and having lucky fans living a special behind-the-scenes experience feels really unique.”
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Tagliani currently races full-time in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada where he has nine wins in 78 starts wince 2007. He is fourth in the championship standings this year with one win in four races.
He also has six Xfinity starts with the most recent coming in 2016 at Road America.
Kyle Busch Motorsports has announced that Wes Ward will serve as Todd Gilliland‘s full-time crew chief in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for the rest of this season effective this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
The news comes with three races left in the regular season and with Gilliland currently eighth in points standings outside the playoff picture. Gilliland has no wins and two top fives through 13 races.
The permanent assignment for Ward comes after the team initiated a shuffle of their crew chiefs in early June, with Ward serving as Gilliland’s interim crew chief for the June 7 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Ward took over for Marcus Richmond. Gilliland started from the pole and led 31 laps before he wrecked out.
Michael Shelton then served as the interim crew chief in the next four races. Gilliland did not lead a lap in those events and had a best finish of second at Gateway.
Ward previously served as a shop foreman for KBM beginning in 2015. He has 17 starts in the Truck Series as crew chief, including two wins with Kyle Busch in 2016. He also has 302 starts as crew chief in the Xfinity Series from 1996-2015. His lone win came in 2003 with Kasey Kahne at Miami.
Todd Gilliland was fastest in the final Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice session at Pocono Raceway.
Gilliland posted a speed of 168.593 mph. He was also second fastest in the first session.
He was followed by Sheldon Creed (168.180 mpg), Austin Hill (167.870), Jordan Anderson (167.751) and Grant Enfinger (167.451).
Harrison Burton, who was 10th on the speed chart, recorded the most laps with 27.
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Burton was fastest in the first session with a top speed of 167.954 mph around the 2.5-mile track.
Burton was followed by his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Gilliland (167.184 mph).
The top five was completed by Brett Moffitt (167.041), Stewart Friesen (167.025) and Christian Eckes (166.917).
Eckes put all three KBM trucks in the top five.
Creed was sixth fastest and recorded the most laps with 23.
The final Truck Series practice session is scheduled for 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET.
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