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Ben Kennedy passed William Byron with 18 laps to go Wednesday night and held off Brett Moffitt to claim his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Behind Kennedy and Moffitt was Daniel Hemric in third, followed by Byron and Johnny Sauter. Read more
William Byron to Move to XFINITY, JR Motorsports in 2017
William Byron may have lost Wednesday night's truck race at Bristol by getting just a little bit too high on-track, but he won Thursday morning. Hendrick Motorsports announced that Byron has signed a multi-year deal with the organization that will see the 18-year old move to JR Motorsports in the XFINITY Series next season. Read more
That said, we had 200 laps of racing to run. How did FOX Sports 1 handle the race?
During the entire day (practice, qualifying and the race), one of the biggest stories was the new track polishing and tire dragoning that took place on the lower line. No one had any idea what that would create. The first practice session was essentially a game of keep away at nearly 125 mph for an average.
Since a fair amount of both the feature and the blog itself was shielded in regards to details, I can add a little to this. Yes, K-Automotive Motorsports effectively went bankrupt. Keselowski has discussed this in detail on his blog in the past. That's indisputable. Based on who was using the No. 29 after the points sale, it can be assumed that the building once belonged to Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. At the time of the points sale, they had one full-time truck (No. 85 for Dennis Setzer with Shell Rotella-T and Flex Fuel E85 sponsorship), but they also had a second truck, the No. 47 for Kraig Kinser. The son of the 20-time World of Outlaws champion crashed out at Daytona (in the same crash that also eliminated Keselowski), then DNQ'd in Fontana a week later.
I didn't really learn anything from the piece. However, the feature does go a ways to show how dedicated Keselowski is to the Camping World Truck Series.
I do believe that FOX Sports needs to take advantage of what they have at their disposal. Back in 2009, Carl Edwards had issues that led him to go behind the wall for a stretch. Viewers could hear Edwards talking about the issues via his radio, but the commentators were acting like everything was fine. You had a somewhat similar issue Wednesday night when Ben Rhodes slowed late in the race. The booth was convinced that Rhodes had run out of fuel, which was plausible because he hadn't pitted from the start of the race and it was lap 126.
Frontstretch Line of the Week
From Beyond the Cockpit: Garrett Smithley on His Accelerated Ride up the NASCAR Ladder
"I'll be honest, I was really, really nervous for that first Truck race at Atlanta. I had been on it with the Petty experience and had been around that track several times with those cars but it's completely different thing. I had never driven a truck before at 180 mph. I was watching interviews, watching tape and trying to learn as much as possible before going in there. And everybody was saying that Atlanta is one of the hardest 1.5-mile tracks.
I was just thinking 'Am I ready for this? Am I ready to go at Atlanta in a truck? Am I going to wreck it first lap?' There is a lot of pressure, because if I go out and wreck it, then nobody is going to give me a shot after that.
I was going into it really cautious. But I knew, as soon as I did 3/4 of a lap, I got through turns three and four, I was completely comfortable. I said 'Oh, OK, I got this. This is good.' I just think doing that first start, we started 29th and finished 18th. We were super happy with that." - Garrett Smithley on his first experience in a truck at Atlanta.
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Q: Ernie Irvan earned his first career Winston Cup win in the 1990 Busch 500 at then-Bristol International Raceway. The 1991 edition didn't go quite as well since Irvan was caught up in someone else's mess. What happened?
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