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Justin Haley wins Truck race at Texas as Todd Gilliland runs out of fuel

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Justin Haley inherited the lead from Todd Gilliland when Gilliland ran out of fuel on the backstretch of the last lap in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. With the win, Haley locked himself into the championship finale in two weeks in Miami – joining GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter.

“I thought we had it lost there,” Haley said in victory lane on Fox Sports 1. “I didn’t quite maximize my pit road. God stuck with me, kept my faith behind me.”

Gilliland led by more than three seconds when he took the white flag.

“Just heartbroken.” Gilliland said in the media center after the race. “Kind of disbelief. You’re half a lap away from your first win.”

Ben Rhodes finished second with Brett Moffitt in third.

Gilliland coasted across the finish line in fourth with Austin Hill rounding out the top five.

The final battle was set up when Gilliland lost the lead to Stewart Friesen shortly before they both pitted on Lap 118. Friesen was caught speeding entering the pits. Once the pit stop cycle ended, Gilliland led by more than three seconds.

Playoff contender Noah Gragson sustained damage on the right side when he was involved in a multi-Truck incident on Lap 42, but was able to climb back to 10th at the checkers.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Haley for his first stage win of his career (under caution)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Myatt Snider for his first stage win of his career (under caution)

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WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Making his first start on a 1.5-mile track, Harrison Burton finished sixth. … Jesse Little finished seventh, one spot off his career-best finish. … Myatt Snider scored the Stage 2 win. He lost track position in the final stage and finished 13th.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Bo LeMastus crashed on Lap 3 while running 16th. He was the first driver to retire in 32nd. … David Gilliland was running in the top five before he slammed the wall. He took the truck straight to the garage and finished 30th. … Cory Roper and Joe Nemechek made contact on Lap 42 and Roper spun up the track, collecting Tyler Young and Johnny Sauter. … Making his fifth Truck start and first on a 1.5-mile track, Sheldon Creed crashed on Lap 60 after leading two laps. He finished 25th.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “Canada and here were two luck wins,” Haley said on Fox Sports 1 from victory lane. “You just can’t give up faith. You bring great trucks to the race track and that’s all you can do.”

WHAT’S NEXT: Lucas Oil 150 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 9 at ISM Raceway on Fox Sports 1.

Dominique Van Wieringen set for Truck Series debut at Phoenix

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Dominique Van Wieringen will make her Camping World Truck Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night.

Rette Jones Racing, who Van Wieringen competed for in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year, has formed a technical alliance with Young’s Motorsports for Van Wieringen to drive the No. 02.

Van Wieringen earned five top-10 finishes in 14 starts in the K&N East Series, which was her rookie year. She finished ninth in the overall points and became the first female competitor to earn three consecutive top-five finishes in addition to being the highest leading female in the series with 140 laps led.

“I’m very humbled by this opportunity to make my Truck Series debut at Phoenix,” Van Wieringen said in a team release. “We’ve been working hard on this project since the checkered flag flew at Dover in October (for the K&N Series) and I’m excited to go to Phoenix and see what we can do.”

The No. 02 has been driven by five different drivers this season. Tyler Young, the team’s primary driver, earned a season-best sixth-place finish at Daytona in February.

Friday will be the first time Van Wieringen has competed at Phoenix.

“I know Phoenix is going to be a completely different atmosphere for me, but I’m surrounded with a lot of great people who will help me with my learning curve,” Van Wieringen said. “Mark (Rette), my Rette Jones Racing guys and of course the help from Tyler (Young) will no doubt be a huge asset for me.

“I’ve never been to Phoenix, so we just have to use practice to the best of our ability and then work on just getting faster and faster from the first practice to the final practice and then qualifying. I’m pretty sure we’re locked into the race – and that’s a big relief, but I want to qualify on time and then just race towards a clean and respectable finish. If we can do that, it will be a great weekend in the desert.”

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NASCAR issues warnings to Camping World Truck, Xfinity teams

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NASCAR has issued warnings to two Camping World Truck and one Xfinity Series team following last weekend’s races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Darlington Raceway.

The truck teams of Tyler Young and John Hunter Nemechek were each issued their first written warnings after their truck trailing arms were found not to meet rule specifications. The infractions were found during opening day inspection at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Nemechek won the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Sunday afternoon while Young finished 28th.

There were no penalties issued to Nemechek or Cole Custer for their actions following the checkered flag. The two made repeated contact coming to the finish line, and Custer, who finished second, ran out onto the track and tackled Nemechek to express his displeasure.

Also given a written warning, their second, was the Xfinity team of Ryan Preece. The No. 01 failed the Laser Inspection Station twice during pre-race inspection at Darlington.

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Matt Crafton: No movement on a Drivers’ Council in the Truck series

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FORT WORTH – A year ago at Texas Motor Speedway, two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton stated he believed all three of NASCAR’s national touring series should have a Drivers’ Council.

Crafton’s statement came a month after the Sprint Cup Series’ first council formed.

“(NASCAR’s) constantly making rule changes and trying to make the sport better and sometimes we as drivers feel things whenever they make a rule change, and I think they need to hear it sometimes,” said Crafton at the time. “Not in a bad way or good way, but we need to be able to talk to them for sure.”

Crafton, in his 16th full-time season in the Truck series, now says he hasn’t heard any rumblings about the formation of similar Drivers Councils for the lower-tier series.

“I haven’t had any talks about it,” Crafton told NBC Sports in his team’s hauler Thursday. “I wish they would; they would talk to us. There’s not a whole lot of drivers in this series that they’re probably going to listen to, because they haven’t been here long enough to listen to them.”

The Sprint Cup Drivers Council currently is comprised of nine drivers, including five past champions and defending series champion Kyle Busch. In the Truck series, Crafton is the only champion from the last 10 seasons actively driving in the series. Last year’s champion, Erik Jones, is driving full time in the Xfinity Series.

Crafton said a hypothetical Drivers Council for the truck series would be comprised of series veterans.

“I know there is probably a handful of them they probably should listen to and be able to speak their minds and talk to them about things,” Crafton said. “I’m not saying the rookies shouldn’t have a voice, but at the end of the day, they need to earn the respect to have it.”

Veterans of Crafton’s caliber are sparse among the 20 drivers who have run all six races in 2016. Of those 20, Crafton is one of five drivers who have competed in every race over the past two seasons (22 races in 2014, 23 races in 2015). That includes, Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters, Ben Kennedy and Tyler Young.

John Wes Townley, who won his first Truck race last year, has missed only four races since 2012. Drivers such as John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer, both multiple race winners, likely would have attempted full-time seasons if not for NASCAR’s age limits for tracks larger than 1.25-miles.

If he officially were able to convene with his fellow veterans and a couple of younger drivers with NASCAR, Crafton knows at least one topic he’d like to discuss.

“Differences in how (the trucks) drove in traffic five years ago and how they drive in traffic now,” Crafton said “I’d like to talk about some of that stuff with them and see if we can make the racing even better than what it is already.”

Track initials ‘D.I.S.’ translate once again to W-I-N for Tyler Reddick in Trucks race at Dover (plus results, standings)

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There’s something about tracks with the initials “DIS” that seem to bring out the best in Camping World Truck Series driver Tyler Reddick.

The 19-year-old from Corning, Calif., won his first career Truck race to start this season at Daytona International Speedway.

He earned win No. 2 Friday afternoon in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Reddick took the lead from Erik Jones, who had led the previous 50 laps, on Lap 193 and held on for the remaining seven laps to earn the win.

“We just bid our time and were very patient,” Reddick said. “We played it smart, kept her in one piece and went to Victory Lane.”

Daniel Suarez finished second, while Jones finished third, making it a 2-3 finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“My Toyota was pretty strong,” Suarez said. “Something very important here was traffic, track position. It was difficult to pass.”

Added Jones, “We got so free and I just couldn’t hang on to it. I did all I could. We had a good Toyota Tundra and it was still a good points day.”

Daniel Hemric finished fourth, followed by defending series champion Matt Crafton in fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Ben Kennedy, Ryan Blaney, Brandon Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young.

How Reddick won: Reddick paced himself and saved as much fuel as he could as he followed in the track prints of Erik Jones from Lap 143 to Lap 192. Jones’ truck started to get loose and Riddick pounced at the chance, passing underneath and motoring on to victory.

Who else had a good day: Daniel Suarez once again came so close to winning for the first time ever. Although he didn’t lead a lap, Suarez stuck around the top 10 much of the race and then came on strong in the closing laps to overtake Jones for second. … Kannapolis, N.C., native Daniel Hemric recorded a career-best fourth-place finish. … Even though he fell back, pole-sitter Ryan Blaney had a strong day, leading 33 laps before finishing seventh.

Who had a bad day: He was hoping for a good day in his NCWTS debut, but Jesse Little made a costly mistake 32 laps into the race, losing his truck and collecting three other trucks with him (Mason Mingus, Justin Jennings and John Wes Townley). “This is exactly what I was trying not to do, it’s something that kind of sets us back, but I learned, that’s what it’s all about and we’ll get ‘em next time,” said Little, son of former NASCAR racer Chad Little, who is now NASCAR Managing Director, Technical Inspection/Officiating.

Notable: Jennifer Jo Cobb could be in trouble with NASCAR for her actions following a wreck on Lap 13. After wrecking, she got out of her truck and walked up on the racetrack, gesturing at Riddick, who she apparently believed tapped her. Cobb was called to the NASCAR hauler.

MORE: Jennifer Jo Cobb wrecks in Truck race at Dover, is called to NASCAR hauler for her actions

Quote of the day: “I just forced an issue that I shouldn’t have. I was driving up under the 15 and I knew the truck was real sensitive aero, but I didn’t know it was that much. I just got loose and it brought me around. There’s not much you can do after that.” – Jesse Little, who admitted the wreck on Lap 32 of his NCWTS debut was solely his fault.

What’s next: Winstar World Casino 400, June 5, Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas.

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