Gilliland Pushes Forward – Todd Gilliland has competed in three races so far in the 2018 season and placed in the top 10 in two of them. Gilliland, who just turned 18 on May 15, only has nine races under his belt in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and already has five top 10s and two top fives. Striving for his first career win, Gilliland will head to Texas Motor Speedway to race in the PPG 400 on Friday, June 8 (9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Crafton Still Craving a Win – Matt Crafton is still struggling to get his first win of the year. His most recent win was last season at Eldora, which was also his only win of the season. The veteran ruled on 1.5-mile tracks in the past, but has not had any success so far this year.
He has visited Texas 34 times, the most of any driver in the series, but only has two wins at the track.
However, he has 13 top fives and 23 top 10s under his belt to go with those two wins (2014 and 2015). Crafton has only finished outside of the top-10 in 11 of his 34 starts at Texas. Since the second race at Texas in 2013, he has placed in the top five eight times. He led the most laps of his career at Texas in 2016 with 133, a race in which he finished second. The last time Crafton finished a season without winning a race was in 2012, although there are still 16 races left in the season for him to fight back. Right now, Crafton sits in sixth place in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings down 92 points from the standings lead.
Moffitt Shows His Worth – Brett Moffitt has been a key contender in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, hanging onto third place in the points standings and posting one win so far this season. As he heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the first time, Moffitt hopes to keep himself in the top three and take home a trophy. So far this season, Moffitt has raced in seven of the eight races and has placed four top fives and four top 10s.
Driver Standings Update – As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes on the ninth weekend of the season on Friday, Johnny Sauter remains in the points lead with 329 points. Behind him with 270 is Noah Gragson followed by Brett Moffitt in third place. Ben Rhodes isn’t too far behind in fourth place and Grant Enfinger is holding onto fifth place.
Team Owner Standings Update – GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet took a sizeable lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after three wins and two stage wins. GMS Racing leads Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 and No. 18 by 59 points. Shigeaki Hattori’s No. 16 takes fourth place, only six points behind second and third place. Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 clinches the fifth position in owner standings. GMS Racing doesn’t place again until 11th with the No. 24 and 12th with the No. 25.
GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet won the owner standings last season seven points over Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4.
OEM Battle – So far, Chevrolet leads with four wins and 263 points and Toyota is behind them with 3 wins and 253 points. Ford has accumulated 228 points, but no wins, putting the manufacturer in third place. Heading into Texas Motor Speedway, a Ford has only three victories at the track and the last one was in 2000. Since then, Chevrolet and Toyota have dominated the track. From 2014 to the first race at Texas in 2016, a Toyota has won five times. The second race at Texas in 2016 was won by a Chevrolet and the same thing happened in 2017.
Texas Motor Speedway Quick Facts
Oval: 1.5 miles
Width: 58 feet (minimum)
Turns: 750-foot radius
Banking: 20 degrees in Turns 1 and 2, 24 degrees in Turns 3 and 4, five degrees in straightaways
Frontstretch: 2,250 feet long
Backstretch: 1,330 feet long
Fastest Race: 158.002 mph/1 hr., 23 mins., 44 sec. – Erik Jones (2015)
Slowest Race: 109.988 mph/2 hr., 20 min., 44 sec. – Ron Hornaday Jr. (2008)
Qualifying Record: 185.134 mph/29.168 sec. – Noah Gragson (2017)
Closest Winning Margin: 0.116 of a second (Tom Bodine over Mike Skinner, 2006)
Largest Winning Margin: 13.302 seconds (Matt Crafton over Justin Lofton, 2014)
Winner’s Best Starting Position: 1st – Jay Sauter (1999), Greg Biffle (2000), Bryan Reffner (2000), Clint Bowyer (2006), Todd Bodine (2007)
Winner’s Furthest Starting Position: 22nd – Todd Bodine (2004)
Most Laps Led by Winner: 140 – Ron Hornaday Jr. (2008)
Most Laps Led by Non-Race Winner: 133 – Matt Crafton (2016)
Fewest Laps Led by Winner: 1 – Todd Bodine (2006)
Youngest Winner: William Byron, 18 years, 6 months, 13 days (2016)
Oldest Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr., 52 years, 11 months, 21 days (2011)
Most Lead Changes: 19 (2011, 2015)
Most Leaders: 11 (2011)
Fewest Lead Changes: 1 (1997)
Fewest Leaders: 2 (1997, 2006)
Most Cautions: 10 (2011, 2017)
Most Caution Laps: 46 (1998, 2011)
Fewest Cautions: 1 (2015)
Fewest Caution Laps: 5 (2015)
Most Cars Finishing on Lead Lap: 24 (2005)
Fewest Cars Finishing on Lead Lap: 6 (2000, 2002, 2007)