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Vankor 350

Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race #5 of 23

Friday, March 29, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 9:16pm/et
Laps/Stages: 147 laps total. Stages end on laps: 35/70/147


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 9:00pm/et,, FOX and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Thursday, March 28, 4:05-4:55pm/et, TV-TBA;
Thursday, March 28, 6:05-6:55pm/et, TV-TBA.
Qualifying:
Saturday, March 29 at 5:10pm/et, TV-TBA.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, March 28
10:30 AM-12:30 PM NGOTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
12:30 PM-7:30 PM NGOTS GARAGE OPEN
2:00 PM NGOTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWIN
3:05 PM-3:55 PM NGOTS 1ST PRACTICE
5:05 PM-5:55 PM NGOTS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, March 29
11:00 AM NGOTS GARAGE OPENS
4:10 PM (5:10 PM/ET) NGOTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
6:00 PM NGOTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
7:30 PM NGOTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM (9:00 PM) NGOTS RACE (STAGES 35/70/147 LAPS = 220.5 MILES)

NGOTS = NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumulative Race Report
Penalty Report
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

#51-Kyle Busch won the Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The win is his 4th win of 2019, 4th win at Texas and 55th career Truck Series win.
#52-Stewart Friesen finished 2nd followed by #13-Johnny Sauter, #98-Grant Enfinger, #88-Matt Crafton, #1`7-Tyler Ankrum, #45-Ross Chastain, #02-Tyler Dippel, #30-Brennan Poole, and #99-Ben Rhodes.
Enfinger won the first stage, Busch won the second.
There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers and 9 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 106.923mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Texas
Kyle Busch(i) won the 21st Annual Vankor 350, his 55th victory in 149 Gander Outdoors Truck Series races.
This is his fourth victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his fourth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Stewart Friesen (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2019.
Johnny Sauter (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 22 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Tyler Ankrum (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Stewart Friesen leads the point standings by 6 points over Grant Enfinger.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-29-2019)

2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff Standings after Texas:
#16-Austin Hill [1 win]
#52-Stewart Friesen, 200pts
#98-Grant Enfinger, 194, -6
#99-Ben Rhodes, 184, -16
#13-Johnny Sauter, 178, -22
#24-Brett Moffitt, 174, -26
#88-Matt Crafton, 171, -29
#4-Todd Gilliland, 149, -51
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

#98-Grant Enfinger won the Busch pole for the Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedwaywith speed of 187.350mph for his 1st pole of 2019, 1st at Texas and 4th of his career.
#24-Brett Moffitt will start 2nd followed by #2-Sheldon Creed, #51-Kyle Busch, #16-Austin Hill, #17-Tyler Ankrum, #13-Johnny Sauter, #99-Ben Rhodes, #52-Stewart Friesen, and #18-Harrison Burton.
Driver who will miss the race: #6-Norm Benning.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-29-2019)

Texas Motor Speedway- Qualifying Fast Facts:
Grant Enfinger won the Pole Award for the 21st Annual Vankor 350 with a lap of 28.823 seconds, 187.350 mph. This is his fourth pole in 65 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2019. This is his first pole in five races at Texas Motor Speedway. Brett Moffitt (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2019 and his third in three races at Texas Motor Speedway. Sheldon Creed # (third) posted his second top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fifth in five races this season. Sheldon Creed (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(3-29-2019)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#16-Hill 185.816
#24-Moffitt 185.778
#30-Poole 185.452
#52-Friesen 185.408
#4-Gilliland185.338
Slowest: #34-Iwuji 173.188 & #6-Benning 162.079mph.
Most laps run: #51-Busch, #18-Burton, #44-Ruch, 33 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 6 drivers): #16-Hill 182.020mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-28-2019)

First practice for the Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#13-Sauter 185.580
#98-Enfinger 185.376
#99-Rhodes 184.489
#51-Biffle / -Busch 183.723
#24-Moffitt 183.082
Slowest: #33-Reaume 167.989mph.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 1 driver): #20-Boyd, 176.804mph
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Opening Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-28-2019)

Entry List for the Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 34 teams/drivers [for 32 spots] are listed.
Since 34 trucks are entered, 2 drivers will miss the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for race;
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event;
Truck: 5 sets for the event 

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4798;
Right-side — D-4796 

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.);
Right-side – 2,251 mm (88.62 in.) 

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi;
Right Front — 52 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi

Storyline – It’s “smooth” sailing at Texas: Track repaves, like the one Texas went through before the 2017 season, create a racing environment that poses several challenges – (1) fresh asphalt has a lot of grip, which generates a lot of speed and heat in the tires, (2) because the new surface is very smooth it doesn’t allow the opportunity for the tires to shed rubber, which could also cause heat problems, and (3) because little rubber gets worked into the track it is harder to create multiple racing grooves.  Goodyear held two tire tests at this track during 2018 – January and August – which resulted in a new tire set-up for last fall’s race at this track, including a right-side tire that is designed to wear more and run cooler.

“The smooth track surface at Texas dictates that we bring a tire set-up that runs as cool as possible because tire wear will be at a minimum,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “We tested extensively there last year and learned a lot about that new surface.  This being only the fifth race for the Cup cars on this repave, the track has not had a chance to weather in like it will over the next few seasons.  While it’s important for us to bring the right tire, it also becomes quite a team effort between Goodyear, NASCAR and the track to make sure that the asphalt is prepared even before teams arrive for race weekend.  We provide the speedway with tires for them to run on their “tire monster” and rubber-in the surface.  Doing that goes a long way to creating a second groove, and that has a positive impact on the racing.”

Notes – New left-side tire debuts at Texas: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Texas this week will run the same tire set-up . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup and Xfinity teams ran at this track last November, but it is the first time Gander Outdoors Truck teams have run this set-up at Texas . . . for the Trucks, compared to what was run at Texas last year, both this left-side and right-side feature construction and compound changes, which will add grip for those teams . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.