NCWTS Advance: Texas Motor Speedway

by Official Release On Wed, Oct. 31, 2018

NCWTS Advance: Texas Motor Speedway

Track: Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5 mile oval
Event: JAG Metals 350 (220.5 miles, 147 laps)
Entries: No. 17 Crosley Brands Toyota Tundra, David Gilliland
No. 54 Crosley Brands Toyota Tundra, Bo LeMastus
Date: November, 2 2018
Broadcast: FS1, MRN Radio

Schedule: Thursday, Nov. 1
4:05 p.m………….Practice
6:05 p.m………….Final Practice
Friday, Nov. 2
4:10 p.m…………Qualifying (FS2)
8:30 p.m…………Race
(all times ET)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2018) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will head to Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, Texas) this weekend with three races remaining in the 2018 season. DGR-Crosley will field two trucks in the JAG Metals 350 for team owners, David Gilliland and Bo LeMastus. Gilliland will pilot the No. 17 Toyota Tundra, while LeMastus will be back behind the wheel of the No. 54 Crosley Brands Toyota.

Friday’s race will mark Gilliland’s fifth NCWTS start of the season, his third for DGR-Crosley. In his four previous races, he started on the pole twice and secured three top-five finishes. Gilliland has a pair of fourth-place finishes in both of his attempts behind the wheel of a DGR-Crosley truck. While this will mark his first Truck Series start at the mile-and-a-half track in Texas, the veteran driver brings a wealth of experience to the No. 17 team with 19 career Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. He also tested at the track earlier this spring.

LeMastus will be making his 12th NCWTS start of the season and looks to build off of the experience he gained at Texas Motor Speedway in the spring race. The 55-year-old driver had his best qualifying effort of the season at the track in Fort Worth, Texas after advancing to the final round and securing a 12th-place starting position. After a strong qualifying effort, the Louisville, Ky. native’s debut at the 1.5-mile track didn’t go as planned. He was involved in a race-ending accident on lap 72 and went on to finish 26th. Aside from Texas Motor Speedway, LeMastus has four other NCWTS starts at 1.5-mile tracks, and earned a career-best Truck Series finish at Chicagoland Speedway earlier this season.

Gilliland on Texas: “I’m really excited to get back in a truck this weekend. Talladega was actually the last race that I had scheduled for this season, but the opportunity came up for me to run the 17 truck at Texas and I couldn’t turn it down. I haven’t been in one of our DGR-Crosley trucks since June, so I think this weekend will really help me get a feel for our equipment and evaluate where we are as team. We had two really fast trucks in the spring race so hopefully we can put together a solid race and get a good finish for the guys. It would be really cool to get Toyota to Victory Lane this weekend with there headquarters being right up the road in Plano.”

LeMastus on Texas: “I’m excited to have another shot at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. We had a very fast truck when we came here in June, but our day was ended early after we blew a tire and got into the wall. I know Bono [Manion, Crew Chief] and the guys will bring me another solid piece this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun having David in a truck and having him to lean on with all his experience at Texas.”

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