Saturday, May 22, 2021 - Circuit of the Americas
Laps: TBA - Stages: TBA
TV: FS1 - Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Todd Gilliland overcomes early penalty to win inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at COTA: Todd Gilliland was so fast and so determined out front in Saturday’s Toyota Tundra 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race his own team had to remind him to slow down and take care of his tires in the closing laps of the series debut at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) race.(Read More)(5-22-2021)
#38-Todd Gillland won the inaugural Toyota Tundra 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas Saturday afternoon.
The win is his first of the season and second of his career. Gilliland, driving the #38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports, will go down in the history books as the first driver to win a NASCAR-sanctioned event on the 3.41-mile Texas track.
#02-Kaz Grala, driving the #02 Chevrolet, usually piloted by Kris Wright, finished runner-up.
Pole winner #26-Tyler Ankrum finished third.
#9-Grant Enfinger, #2-Sheldon Creed, #32-Sam Mayer, #42-Carson Hocevar, #21-Zane Smith, #16-Austin Hill, and #99-Ben Rhodes were the remainder of the top-10.
Gilliland won the opening stage. #99-Rhodes won stage 2.
There were eight lead changes among six drivers and two cautions for two yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 70.79 mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Point Standings, Owner Point Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report
Race Fast Facts – COTA
Todd Gilliland won the Inaugural Toyota Tundra 225, his second victory in 80 Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at Circuit of The Americas.
Kaz Grala (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one race at Circuit of The Americas. It is his second top-10 finish in 2021.
Tyler Ankrum (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one race at Circuit of The Americas.
Carson Hocevar (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
John Hunter Nemechek leads the point standings by 31 points over Ben Rhodes.
Truck Series Playoff Standings after COTA:
1) #4-John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins)
2) #99-Ben Rhodes (2 wins)
3) #2-Sheldon Creed (1 win)
4) #38-Todd Gilliland (1 win)
5) #16-Austin Hill, 303, -93
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 285, -111
7) #21-Zane Smith, 259, -137
8) #52-Stewart Friesen, 257, -139
9) #42-Carson Hocevar, 225, -171
10) #13-Johnny Sauter, 215, -181
See the Driver Point Standings and the Owner Point Standings
Despite a downpour, #26-Tyler Ankrum won the Cometic Gasket pole for the Toyota Tundra 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut race at Circuit of the Americas road course with speed of 75.041mph. It is Ankrum’s first career pole.
#02-Kaz Grala will start second, followed by #2-Sheldon Creed, #88-Matt Crafton, #38-Todd Gilliland, #4-John Hunter Nemechek, #33-Cameron Lawrence, #51-Parker Chase, #16-Austin Hill, #98-Christian Eckes closing out the top-10. #99-Ben Rhodes was 11th, the final truck to clock a lap in round two of qualifying.
The top-12 fastest trucks from round one transferred to the final round. #40-Truex was ninth fastest in round one, but lost an engine just seconds from the completion of the round. His team had to change an engine and he will drop to the rear for the start of the race.
Failed to qualify: #10-Cobb #20-Boyd, #41-Cram, #44-Bearden, E49-Atwell, #72-Lecomte, #83-Gross.
See the complete Toyota Tundra 225 Starting Lineup and check out complete Qualifying Results.(5-21-2021)
Circuit of the Americas – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Tyler Ankrum won the Pole Award for the Inaugural Toyota Tundra 225 with a lap of 163.591 seconds,75.041 mph.
This is his first pole in 54 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2021.
This is his first pole in one race at Circuit of The Americas.
Kaz Grala (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2021 and his first in one race at Circuit of The Americas.
Sheldon Creed (third) posted his first top-10 start at Circuit of The Americas. It is his eighth in nine races this season.
Carson Hocevar (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Practice for the Toyota Tundra 225 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
Slowest: #9-Reuse 20.820
Most laps run: #30-Abbate, 16
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 2 drivers): #4-Nemechek 81.487
Notes: Aside from a few spins, stalled trucks, there were no major incidents.
See complete results on the First Practice speeds page(5-21-2021)
There will be practice session and qualifying for the Toyota Tundra 225. Qualifying will be road course group qualifying: One 25 minute round with all drivers and one 10 minute round with the top 12 from the first round.
Entry List for the Toyota Tundra 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 36 spots] are listed.
Since 44 trucks are entered, 8 drivers will miss race. 31 trucks will be locked in on time, while the remaining spots will be selected based off of owner’s points.
Some notes: #02-Kaz Grala, #3-Roger Reuse, #11-Camden Murphy, #24-Jack Wood, #30-Michele, Abbate, #34-Lawless Allen, #44-Logan Bearden, #45-Bayley Currey, #49-John Atwell, #51-Parker Chase, #66-Paul Menard, #72- Samuel Lecomte, #83-Brad Gross
See the full entry list on the Entry List page
Weekend On-Track Schedule
Thursday, May 20
5:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
5:30 PM 7:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, May 21
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
11:00 AM 4:30 PM NCWTS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
11:00 AM 9:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM 12:30 PM DRIVER TRACK WALK
11:30 AM 12:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
1:00 PM NCWTS RANDOM DRAWING (QUALIFYING LINEUP) (VIRTUAL)
2:05 PM 2:55 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
Saturday, May 22
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
4:30 AM 2:00 PM OPERATIONS ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
6:00 AM 2:00 PM NCS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
6:00 AM 10:30 AM NCWTS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
6:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
8:05 AM (9:05 AM) NCWTS QUALIFYING (IMPOUND) (MULTI-VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
11:35 AM NCWTS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
11:40 AM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY TRUCKS)
12:00 PM (1:00 PM) NCWTS RACE (STAGES 12/26/42 LAPS = 143 MILES)
2:30 PM Approx NCWTS HAULERS EXIT