Overton’s 225

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Brett Moffitt passes John Hunter Nemechek on last lap to win

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On Monday, Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Competition Director Mike Greci told NBC Sports its chances of making Friday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway were slim due to a lack of sponsorship.

“We’re looking at all our options and none of them are good,” he said.

A day later, Fr8Auctions.com boarded Brett Moffitt‘s No. 16 truck.

Friday night, Moffitt passed John Hunter Nemechek on the last lap of the Overton’s 225 as Nemechek’s truck suddenly lost power.

“Man, this is great, this is awesome,” Moffitt told Fox Sports 1 after his third win of the year. “We didn’t know if we were coming. … To be here in Victory Lane it’s an honor and a blessing. These guys work hard, I feel like we threw away a couple of wins earlier this season. I hate it for (Nemechek) whatever happened to him. … But we’ll take them anyway we can get them now.”

Moffitt was followed by Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones.

Moffitt said the teams still needs sponsorship for races at Bristol, Eldora and Homestead.

Nemechek had led a career-best 64 laps upon taking the white flag but finished seventh.

Nemechek, who competes for points in the Xfinity Series, exited his truck and walked around it a few times before finally talking to the media.

“Just don’t have luck on our side right now,” an emotional Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “Overall, it’s a good showing. The last three weeks they knew that we were here.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: John Hunter Nemechek won after a last-lap pass of Noah Gragson.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Noah Gragson

MORE: Race results and points

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Johnny Sauter bounced back to finish third after a jack issue under the final caution and having to pit a second time to tighten a wheel … Ben Rhodes earned his fifth top five, but earned his first finish better than 16th in his last four races.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Dalton Sargeant, who started second, finished 20th, three laps down after spinning from contact with Stewart Friesen with 10 laps to go in Stage 2 … Friesen finished 19th after being involved in a wreck with Jordan Anderson with 29 laps to go. He was running fifth.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “We’re not even supposed to be here.” – Scott Zipadelli, crew chief for Brett Moffitt to FS1.

WHAT’S NEXT: Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 12 on FS1.

Noah Gragson wins Truck Series pole at Chicagoland

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Noah Gragson qualified first for tonight’s Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, claiming his third Camping World Truck Series pole of the season.

Gragson recorded a top speed of 175.131 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

Gragson qualified ahead of Dalton Sargeant (174.543 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (174.531), Todd Gilliland (174.436) and Stewart Friesen (174.194).

The pole is the sixth of Gragson’s career. His only win this season (Kansas) came from the pole.

The Overton’s 225 is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.

Wendell Chavous will start last after spinning during his qualifying run in Round 1.

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Truck practice report at Chicagoland

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FINAL PRACTICE

With a lap of 174.972 mph, Todd Gilliland topped the charts in final practice for the Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway with the best speed of the day.

He beat Ben Rhodes (174.222) by .133 seconds.

Justin Haley (173.857 mph), Austin Hill (173.700) and Brett Moffitt (173.422) rounded out the top five.

Johnny Sauter, who had the fastest single lap in the first practice session, posted the quickest 10-lap average of 167.796 mph.

Brian Kaltreider (161.934) brought out the only caution in final practice when he spun harmlessly.

Click here for complete results from the final Truck practice

FIRST PRACTICE

Johnny Sauter posted the fastest lap in the first practice session with a speed of 174.160 mph.

He beat Dalton Sargeant (174.031 mph) by .023 seconds.

Rhodes (173.449), Noah Gragson (173.344) and Matt Crafton (172.933) rounded out the top five.

Only one driver logged 10 consecutive laps. Max Tullman posted an average speed o 162.044 mph in the No. 20.

Click here for complete results from the first Truck practice

Overton’s to sponsor all three NASCAR races at Chicagoland Speedway

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All three of Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR races this year will be sponsored by marine and watersports superstore Overton’s, the track announced Thursday.

It will sponsor the June 29 Camping World Truck Series race (Overton’s 225), the June 30 Xfinity race (Overton’s 300) and the July 1 Cup race (Overton’s 400).

That race weekend begins NBC’s portion of the Cup and Xfinity broadcast schedule.

Overton’s was purchased by Camping World Holdings in May 2017. Camping World is the title sponsor of the Truck Series.

Overton’s sponsored last July’s Cup and Xfinity races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the July Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

The company was also a primary sponsor on David Ragan‘s No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports in seven races last season.

“We are excited to partner with Chicagoland Speedway and participate in racing events that resonate with outdoor sports fans across the country,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings, in a press release. “Having Overton’s serve as the entitlement sponsor will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR, while giving fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy.”

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