GMS Racing NCWTS Michigan Recap

by Official Release On Sat, Aug. 11, 2018

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet
START: 7th


— Sauter collected his 11th top-five and 12th top-10 finish of the 2018 season with a second-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

– The Necedah, Wis., native has a 56-point lead over Noah Gragson in the NCWTS driver point standings with one race remaining, Bristol Motor Speedway, before the regular season champion is crowned and The Playoffs begin.


“I blew it today. The mistake is on me, I thought if I stayed high I’d be okay. That’s where I had the most momentum all race and where my truck was more comfortable but that just didn’t work out when the 16 got to me. He had a such a run. This ISM Connect team worked hard last night and this morning to make adjustments before qualifying. We were a little off in practice yesterday and knew we needed to do something big. It worked out and they gave me a great Chevy, I just didn’t do what I needed to do at the end.”


Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet
START: 22nd (Rear)


– Haley was forced to start today’s race from the rear of the field when the No. 24 team had to change engines after discovering an issue during qualifying.

– Today’s ninth-place finish is Haley’s 11th top-10 finish of the season, as well as his sixth consecutive top-10 finish dating back to his win at Gateway Motorsports Park in June.


“We blew a motor in qualifying and had to start in the back for the race. I drove from last to second, and came down pit road for a green flag pit stop with 30 laps to go. The caution came out before green flag stops had cycled through and we got stuck a lap down. We took the wave around to get back on the lead lap but just didn’t have enough time to make it back to the front. I love the fight from my Fraternal Order of Eagles team and I can’t thank GMS Racing and Team Chevy enough for all their support.”


Dalton Sargeant, No. 25 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet
START: 16th
FINISH: 12th
POINTS: 11th


– Sargeant’s 12th-place finish in his first NCWTS start at Michigan International Speedway was his 10th top-15 finish of the 2018 season.


“The Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevy had a lot of speed today. I expected that the trucks would race a lot different than the ARCA cars here at Michigan, so I had a lot to learn as far as moving around and finding the best place to pass and use momentum. We got some damage to the nose early on and I think that may have hurt us a little, but overall it was a great day for the No. 25 team. We’ve got one more race to get something done.”


Cody Coughlin, No. 2 Chevrolet
START: 9th
FINISH: 14th
POINTS: 10th


– Coughlin’s ninth-place qualifying effort and 14th-place finish today at Michigan International Speedway was a NCWTS track-best start and finish for the driver of the No.2 Chevy.

– After the 15th race of the 2018 NCWTS season, Coughlin collected his 10th top-15 finish after rallying to a 14th-place finish at Michigan.


“Today was a tough day. We really just need some luck on our side. Everyone on the No. 2 team is working so hard. I’m super proud and honored to be a part of this team though. I really wanted to bring our Chevy to victory lane today since we had ‘God Bless the Broken Road’ and #BlessAVet onboard. I still loved be able to have Harold (Cronk, director) and Edgar (Struble, producer) here as well. They are great. Now it’s on to Bristol.”



GMS Racing competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with drivers Cody Coughlin, Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley and Dalton Sargeant, and in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Since the team’s start in 2014, GMS Racing has grown to occupy several buildings located in Statesville, N.C. The campus also includes operations for GMS Fabrication.


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