Friday’s Live Updates …

10:47 p.m. CT

Victory Lane b-roll and sound bites from JAG Metals 350 NASCAR Camping World Series race winner Justin Haley.

10:02 p.m. CT

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350GILLILAND RUNS DRY ON FINAL LAP, HALEY WINS JAG METALS 350

Justin Haley won Friday night’s 20th annual JAG Metals 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race when Todd Gilliland ran out of fuel half-a-lap away from Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.

Haley scored his third victory of the season by 8.133 seconds as Gilliland coasted into the pits, where he exited his No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Toyota Tundra and pounded the roof in frustration.

“We were in position to win that race…it sucks, it’s horrible. We were just a touch short on fuel,” said Gilliland, who ran 32 laps on his last fuel load. “I didn’t know there was anything happening (on fuel). I’m incredibly disappointed…but I’m super-proud to be in position to be fighting for wins. Half-a-lap away from my first win at this place…I feel like we did everything we could do.”

Playoff contender Haley, who began the night 53 points behind leader Johnny Sauter, will join his GMS teammate in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks as the victory provided him with an automatic berth.

“That was amazing. Thought we had a loss there,” said Haley, driver of the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado.

Haley was 2.5 seconds behind Gilliland on Lap 144 of the scheduled 147…and then the leader disappeared.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Haley said, “Two GMS trucks racing for the championship.”

The series will head to Phoenix next week to determine which two of the remaining four NASCAR Playoff contenders will join them in the Championship 4.

JAG Metals 350 Race Results – T1821_UNOFFRES

JAG Metals 350 Driver Points – T1821_UNOFFDRIVPTS

JAG Metals 350 Race Winner Fast Facts – T1821_RNOTES

JAG Metals 350 Cumulative Race Report – T1821_CUMUL


9:34 p.m.

Justin Haley wins Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway to earn a berth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 in Miami. Todd Gilliland was closing in on becoming the youngest NCWTS winner in Texas Motor Speedway history, but he ran out of fuel on the final lap to give the win to Haley.


9:13 p.m. CT

Stages 1 and 2 of Friday night’s 20th annual JAG Metals 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway ended under caution, with Myatt Snider earning his first stage win after 70 laps. Similarly, playoff contender Justin Haley added to his point total via his first series stage victory after 35 laps.

Snider had led 35 laps in his No. 13 Century Container Ford F-150 when the night’s seventh caution flew for debris in Turn 4 off of the No. 2 AM Ortega/United Rentals Chevrolet Silverado driven by Sheldon Creed. His truck originally was damaged when he hit the Turn 2 wall of the 1.5-mile oval on Lap 60 of the scheduled 147-lapper.

Haley, who began the night 53 points behind championship leader Johnny Sauter, led non-playoff drivers Creed and Stewart Friesen to the flag after 35 laps of the scheduled 220.5-miler. Haley, driver of the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado, led twice for 25 laps in his GMS Racing entry.

Championship leader Johnny Sauter of GMS qualified on-pole with a track-record lap in 28.608-seconds/188.758 mph and led one lap in his No. 21 ISM Connect Chevy before a flat tire sent the 2016 series champion to the pits. However, Sauter was racing with the knowledge he had clinched a spot in the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks via his victory at Martinsville Speedway last weekend.

Two-time Truck Series champion and Playoff contender Matt Crafton finished fourth in Stage 2 in his No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Ford.

The first two stages produced seven cautions for 38 laps, including an eight-vehicle incident in Turn 4 on Lap 42 that collected Sauter. The defending event winner, Sauter had rallied into eight place after 82 laps but had dropped to 12th after 100 laps.

JAG Metals 350 Stage 2 Results – T1821_CUMUL


8:20 p.m. CT

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff contender Justin Haley won the opening stage of Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 Round of 6 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Haley led 25 of the 35 laps in the opening stage. Sheldon Creed was second, Stewart Friesen third with Playoff contenders Matt Crafton and Brett Moffitt fourth and fifth, respectively.

JAG Metals 350 NCWTS Stage 1 Results – T1821_CUMUL


6:48 p.m. CT 

Ryan Blaney wins the pole with a lap of 200.505 mph for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer second, Kevin Harvick third, Aric Almirola fourth and Brad Keselowski fifth. It was Blaney’s third pole of the season and fifth of his Cup career.

Pole winner Fast Facts – C1834_QNOTES

MENCS Qualifying Results – C1834_QUALRES 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 - Qualifying

6:17 p.m. CT

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 - PracticeKYLE BUSCH, TY DILLON, TMS PRESIDENT GOSSAGE HIGHLIGHT 7-ELEVEN GRAND OPENING FESTIVITIES DURING AAA TEXAS 500 NASCAR WEEKEND

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon joined Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage for Friday’s grand opening festivities of the new 7-Eleven® convenience store on the Texas Motor Speedway grounds during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend.

The world’s largest convenience retailer opened its first location at a professional sports venue on Oct. 27 and celebrated its opening today with a throng of race fans on site for this weekend’s AAA Texas 500 activities.

Busch, the 2015 series champion and current Round of 8 playoff contender, hosted an hour-long autograph signing session at the store while his car sponsor, M&M’s, had the No. 18 show car on display as well as a race simulator for fans to enjoy. Dillon also was on hand for fans and autographing 24-ounce cans of Twisted Tea stocked in the store as a bonus to fans purchasing the product.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with 7-Eleven and Texas Motor Speedway officials, the  celebration culminated with Gossage serving one small free Slurpee drink to customers during a two-hour period.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 - Practice

The 5,000-square-foot store is located on the Lone Star Circle inner ring road outside of the infield’s North Tunnel exit. Tram service is being offered to and from the store and will give customers access to all other tram stops located throughout the Texas Motor Speedway property.

The store carries 7-Eleven fan favorites, such as Big Gulp® and Slurpee® drinks, coffee, 7-Select® private brand products and other popular items. The 7-Eleven store will operate 24 hours a day during the race week, which began Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. and will end Monday at 4 p.m. 7-Eleven is the “Official Convenience Store” of Texas Motor Speedway.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 - Practice


5:43 p.m. CT 

Ryan Truex, driver of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, posted the fastest lap once again in Friday’s final NASCAR Xfinity Series practice for tomorrow’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex, who was the fastest in the first practice with a lap of 187.162 mph, improved that lap in the second session with a lap of 187.689 mph.

Xfinity Series results from final practice – N1831_PRACFINAL

NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 - Practice


5:31 p.m. CT

KYLE BUSCH OPINES ON NASCAR “RISK-FOR-REWARD”

Allow Kyle Busch to weigh-in on the bump-and-run dust-up at Martinsville Speedway last Sunday involving Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.

To recap: Logano knocked Truex out of the lead  – but not into the wall – on the final lap to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 opener on the famed half-mile Virginia oval. Round 2 will be contested Sunday afternoon on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, with Logano locked into the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway later this month.

So, what does “Rowdy” Busch _ no stranger to NASCAR’s version of the old Chrome Horn _ think about this hot-button topic heading into qualifying for the 334-lap/501-miler?

“I think there’s opportunity to be aggressive here if you want to be aggressive,” said Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing. “But there’s a lot of risk-for-reward at this place, especially on restarts with as slick as we’ve seen it be, as narrow as we’ve seen it be the last few years since the repave. Depending on how the rubber application gets going here this weekend and how wide of a groove you kind of see between the Truck race and the Xfinity race leading into the Cup race, that kind of determines what all you should expect or how hard you feel like you can go on restarts.

“Past that, into last week’s race, obviously I didn’t go back and re-watch it. But just remembering what I remember about it, the No. 78 (Truex’s Toyota) worked hard for quite a few laps to make a move at Martinsville and at a short track as clean as he possibly could and just cleared a guy (Logano’s No. 22 Ford Fusion) too soon and got run over through (Turns) 3 and 4. With sometimes who you’re racing around, I guess you have to know what’s going to happen and expect that and try to plan for it, I guess. When you try to do too much planning, last time I checked, that’s not racing.”


4:57 p.m. CT Truck pole write-thru with starting line-up

SAUTER SETS RECORD PACE IN TRUCK QUALIFYING

Championship leader Johnny Sauter will start on the pole for Friday night’s 20th annual JAG Metals 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after a record-shattering qualifying run at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sauter toured TMS’ 1.5-mile oval in 28.608 seconds/188.758 mph during knockout qualifying, erasing the previous record of 29.004 seconds/186.181 mph set by Justin Haley last November. Sauter, driver of the No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet Silverado fielded by GMS Racing, scored his seventh career pole in 242 NCWTS races but first P1 of 2018.

Of those seven career poles, four have now come at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350 - QualifyingSauter secured a spot in the Truck Series’ Championship 4 with his victory at Martinsville Speedway last weekend.  Sauter also is seeking to sweep this season’s Truck Series events in Fort Worth after winning the PPG 400 night race in June. The 40-year-old Wisconsin native prevailed for the fifth time at TMS and has won six of the last 11 races in Cowtown.

Playoff contender Noah Gragson of Kyle Busch Motorsports will start second after lapping at 188.594 mph in the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra. Stewart Friesen, whom Sauter beat in a three-lap shootout in the June race, will start third after lapping at 188.160 mph in the No. 52 We Build America Chevrolet fielded by Halmar Friesen Racing.

Two other Playoff contenders advanced into the top 12 after the opening knockout round. Brett Moffitt – fastest in the opening round at 188.075 mph – will start fourth after lapping at 187.905 mph in the No. 16 AISIN GROUP Toyota fielded by Hattori Racing. Haley will start sixth after qualifying at 186.593 mph in the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet also fielded by GMS Racing.

Friday night’s Round of 6 Playoff race, scheduled for 147 laps/220.5 miles, will start at 7:30 p.m. CT.

For the JAG Metals 350 starting lineup – T1821_STARTCAR


4:27 p.m. CT

TRUEX JR: “I DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY”

Martin Truex Jr. said he texted Joey Logano after their final-lap, bump-and-run incident at Martinsville Speedway last Sunday because he wanted to tell the Team Penske driver how he felt about getting knocked out of the lead and a likely Round of 8 playoff victory.

“I wanted to get his point of view and what he was thinking. What he thought about it,” Truex Jr. said during a presser at Texas Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. “Now I know.”

Logano secured a spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway later this month with his controversial win in the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford Fusion. Truex Jr., who finished third, is tied with Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing above the four-driver cutoff point heading into Sunday’s AAA Texas 500. The race is scheduled for 334 laps/501 miles around TMS’ 1.5-mile oval.

Asked if intended to race Logano any differently going forward, Truex Jr. hedged.

“It’s so situational. I think it depends on what situation you’re in. What the situation is. What is on the line. How people respond to it,” said Truex, the reigning Cup champion and driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry fielded by Furniture Row Racing.

“I try to do things the right way. I try to race the way I want to be raced,” added Truex Jr., his voice cracking with emotion. “Sometimes I get taken advantage of because of that. At the end of the day, I know when I beat a guy, it’s because I out-drove him and didn’t run into him. That’s my way of thinking and some people disagree with it. Some people think it’s perfectly fine to knock a guy out of the way to get a win. My opinion it’s not.

“We all think differently. It’s the not the way I have ever done it. Whether it’s go-karts or Modified cars. No matter what it was, that’s the way I was taught to race. You race fair. You race clean and you race as hard as you can straight-up. I can say that every single win I have had, I earned it. That’s just the way it is.”


4:12 p.m. CT 

Johnny Sauter wins the pole for tonight’s JAG Metals 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway. He earned his first pole since 2016 and seventh of his career with a lap of 188.758 miles per hour in the No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet. Four of his seven career poles have come at Texas Motor Speedway.

For full qualifying results: T1821_QUALRES

For qualifying notes: T1821_QNOTES

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350 - Qualifying


3:38 p.m. CT

BELL PLEASED HE’S NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE

Christopher Bell is trying to put recent events at Kansas Speedway in his rear-view mirror.

Bell was the NASCAR Xfinity Series Round of 8 points leader heading into the 1.5-mile layout in Kansas two weeks ago. The winner of opening Playoff round races at Richmond and Dover, Bell was trailed by second-place Justin Allgaier, the regular-season champion. Both enjoyed hefty point gaps over their challengers, but all that changed when a multi-car incident on Lap 1 collected four Playoff drivers – Bell, Allgaier, Cole Custer and Austin Cindric.

The result dropped Bell to fourth in points, 13 behind leader Elliott Sadler, while Allgaier fell out of the top four. Both are looking to rebound in Saturday’s 14th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Bell, a native of Norman, Okla., stands one point ahead of Matt Tifft, who trails Sadler by 18 points. Allgaier is sixth and trails Bell by five.

“I’ll be honest, the days after Kansas I started to get pretty apprehensive just because nobody expected that and it’s just kind of a wake-up call, right?” Bell, driver of the No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, said during a press conference. ”That could have happened on a green-white-checkered restart and the outcome, hopefully I would have gained stage points, but the outcome would have been really similar.

“It can happen at any time and it’s very easy to do. I started getting apprehensive thinking about that and just talked to some of my mentors and they gave me really good advice. They just said, ‘You can’t worry about that, the only thing you can do is control what you can control.’ If we can go out here and perform like we know we’re capable of and like we should then we’ll be in really good shape, but if it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be. I’m just going to go out here and enjoy driving race cars and we have three really fun races left so I’m excited about that.”

Xfinity drivers will qualify and race Saturday.

NASCAR Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 - Practice


3:24 p.m. CT 

TRUEX FASTEST IN OPENING XFINITY PRACTICE

Ryan Truex outran four Round of 8 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff contenders during Friday afternoon’s opening practice for the 14th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex toured TMS’ 1.5-mile oval in 28.852 seconds and 187.162 mph in the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro SS. He was followed by championship contenders Daniel Hemric at 186.832 mph in the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet, with point-leader Elliott Sadler third at 186.580 mph in the No. 1 OneMain Financial Camaro.

Cole Custer was fourth at 186.387 mph in the No. 00 Autodesk Ford Mustang with Matt Tifft fifth at 186.130 mph in the No. 2 Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevy.

Christopher Bell stood seventh after lapping at 185.995 mph in the No. 20 GameStop NBA 2K19 Toyota Camry.

Rounding out the Playoff contenders were Tyler Reddick in ninth at 195.249 mph in the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevy; Austin Cindric in 12th at 184.849 mph in the No. 22 Discount Tire Mustang and Justin Allgaier 15th at 184.489 mph in the No. 7 Suave MEN Chevy.

Xfinity drivers are scheduled for a final 50-minute practice at 4:35 p.m. CT before qualifying and racing on Saturday.

FULL RESULTS FROM 1ST NASCAR Xfinity SERIES PRACTICE, CLICK BELOW

N1831_PRAC1

NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 - Practice
Ryan Truex was the fastest in Friday’s opening NASCAR Xfinity Series practice for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo credit: Getty Images.

2:51 p.m. CT

BLANEY PACES OPENING CUP PRACTICE

Ryan Blaney outran Round of 8 Playoff contenders Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch during the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Friday afternoon for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Blaney toured TMS’ 1.5-mile oval in 27.139 seconds/198.976 mph in the No. 12 Accella/Carlisle Ford Fusion fielded by Team Penske. Harvick was second-fastest at 198.456 mph in the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing, with teammate Busch third at 198.136 mph in the No. 41 State Water Heaters Ford.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 - Practice
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Accella/Carlisle Ford,  was the fastest in the opening practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: by Getty Images

Penske’s Joey Logano, who secured a spot in the Championship Four with his win last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, was sixth-fastest at 196.922 mph in the No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford.

Among the other Playoff contenders, Aric Almirola was fifth at 197.904 mph in the No. 10 Smithfield Spirals Ford; Kyle Busch was 11th at 196.457 mph in the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry; Martin Truex Jr. was 17th at 195.737 mph in the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota and Chase Elliott was 18th in the No. 9 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at 195.716 mph.

Cup teams are scheduled to qualify for Sunday’s 334-lap/501-mile race at 6 p.m. CT.

FULL RESULTS FROM 1ST CUP PRACTICE, CLICK BELOW

C1834_PRAC1


2:48 p.m. CT 

Martin Truex Jr. discusses Joey Logano’s controversial “bump and run” and Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Round of 8 NASCAR Playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.


2:46 p.m. CT

GAULDING CONTINUES TO CHASE THE DREAM

Gray Gaulding, youngest driver currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is fast-tracking his formidable quest to become “the greatest NASCAR driver of all time.”

Gaulding has partnered with SS Greenlight Racing and PURE: People United Reaching Everyone for a combined NASCAR Xfinity and Cup schedule in 2019. Gaulding will drive the No. 08 Chevrolet Camaro SS for the entire Xfinity Series schedule and a Camaro ZL1 in select Cup races, beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500.

“It’s a very exciting day in my career,” Gaulding said during a presser at Texas Motor Speedway. “The last couple years have definitely been a grind in my career. Racingin the Cup Series, racing on Sunday _ that’s the goal. This is probably going to be the most exciting year of my career because I’m going to show up knowing I’m here to compete and I’m here to go after wins and hopefully make the playoffs.

“I did a lot of soul-searching on what do I want to be? I always went back to my roots as a kid…you want to win. This opportunity here is a shot for me to get that edge back. I’m very fortunate to be here.”

A 20-year-old native of Colonial Heights, Va., Gaulding competed in his 50th Cup race earlier this season at his hometown track in Richmond, Va. He returned to TMS Friday to announce his future plans, nine years after competing in his first Legends Car race in the No. 08 entry in Fort Worth at age 12.

Gaulding, of Standout Management Group, Inc., was joined during his press conference and car unveiling by Bobby Dotter, owner of SS Greenlight Racing; Barry Tisdale, president of Fort Worth-based SMG and Shay Kiper, director of marketing for PURE _ an innovator in health and wellness products headquartered in nearby Frisco, Texas.


1:33 p.m. CT 

LOGANO DEFENDS “CLASSIC BUMP-AND-RUN” MOVE ON TRUEX JR.

Joey Logano received a text message from Martin Truex Jr. Sunday night following their controversial bump-and-run encounter on the final lap at Martinsville Speedway, an incident that secured Logano’s spot in NASCAR’s Championship Four lineup later this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

While the contents of Truex’s personal message were not revealed, Logano acknowledged that the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was “a little frustrated.” At the same time, Logano defended his aggressiveness that is inherent to short–track racing.

“That bump-and-run move, although that was probably the most popular one of the whole race because it was for the win on the last lap, probably happened 10 or 15 times before that and it didn’t get covered,” Logano said during a presser Friday morning previewing the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. “It’s a classic move in NASCAR that happens a lot, every time we go there, whether it is on Lap 20 or Lap 499.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, make contact racing out of Turn 4 on the final lap of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2018 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Sunday’s 334-lap/501-mile race on TMS’ 1.5-mile oval is the second of three events in the Round of 8. Truex, driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, remains in contention based upon points.

“You’re in the playoffs and have an opportunity to lock yourself into the Championship Four,” said Logano, driver of the No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion fielded by Team Penske. “You don’t know what‘s going to happen the next two races (TMS and ISM Raceway outside Phoenix). It’s Martinsville. It’s classic short-track racing that we have seen 100 times. Like I said, some fans love it and some don’t.

“Either way you are going to have plenty of questions afterwards. If you don’t do it they want to know why you didn’t do it. If you do it, half are happy and half aren’t. I’m not here to make everyone happy. I’m here to do my job for my race team and they did such a great job all day long and we led 300 laps. If you don’t try to win the race, I would expect them to be very disappointed in me as a driver for them. It was a classic bump-and-run. There was no crashing or cars in the wall. It was a bump-up to get there and then that classic drag race and that cool finish for everybody.”

Logano added that while Truex Jr.’s text “broke the ice” between them, he was driving home when the message arrived. “I had to wait until I got home to respond,” Logano said. “It worked out well. It wouldn’t make any sense if the AAA driver texted on the way home. That would be really bad.”

Along those lines, Logano began his day in Fort Worth connecting with students from nearby Northwest High School in AAA’s “InTEXTicated Driving Program.

“It was a great little experiment,” Logano said.  “We had a closed-course set up out there and a lot of young drivers that just got their licenses and teaching them what it’s like to drive distracted. They made a lap without being distracted and then I started texting them to see if they would hit something or forget how to spell. A lot of times it’s so easy for us to pick up our phone when we have a text or call coming in. It’s better to just put your phone down for 10 minutes until you get home or wherever you are going and finish it later.

“It was a good eye-opening experience for them and also for me, too. We hit a lot of cones.”


1:30 p.m. CT

CHEVROLET RE-UPS WITH TMS, UPDATING CAMARO AND SILVERADO 

Chevrolet will campaign an updated Camaro SS coupe in the NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and a new Silverado in the re-badged NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series™ in 2019, company officials announced Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Additionally, Chevrolet has extended its partnership via a “multi-year agreement” as official vehicle of Texas Motor Speedway. Chevrolet’s relationship with TMS dates to before the facility’s inaugural NASCAR race in April 1997.

“We’re finishing our 22nd season here and Chevy was the very first sponsor to sign, technically before the first shovel was stuck in the ground,” TMS President Eddie Gossage said. “We had over 16 Chevys delivered and no place to park ‘em, because we didn’t own the land or a building. So I had to hide things for a while. Chevy has been a loyal partner with us for 22 years, so it looks like we’ll continue to be working together. I hope we continue that long into the future.”

In addition to racing, Chevrolet utilizes TMS to engage with race fans, display its latest trucks, crossovers and cars in the midway. Chevy also regularly uses the venue for training and new-vehicle launch events.

This marks the third time the Xfinity Series Camaro SS has received an update since its competition debut in 2013. But this marks the first time since 2014 the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Silverado has been redesigned.

The most notable changes to both the Xfinity Series 2019 Camaro SS and Gander Outdoors Series Silverado are the upper front fascia, fenders, hood and tail regions, which reflect the look of the all-new production models.

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When the Xfinity Series Camaro SS was introduced in 2012, it was modeled after the fifth generation Camaro SS. This update will reflect the most recent changes to the sixth-generation Camaro SS. The Camaro SS, which made its on-track debut with a win at Daytona International Speedway in February 2013, has visited Victory Lane 67 times, ranking it third among Chevy nameplates to have competed in the Xfinity Series.

Silverado is the only nameplate Chevrolet has campaigned in the Truck Series since the inaugural race 23 years ago. Since then, Silverado has delivered 231 race wins, eight Manufacturers’ Championships and 12 Drivers’ Championships, making it the most successful truck to compete in the series.

Trucks

With three races remaining in the 2018 season, Silverado drivers have collected 10 Truck Series wins.

Chevrolet leads the Manufacturer Standings, while Johnny Sauter leads the Driver Standings.

 

 

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