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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway

Here are “5 Things You Need To Know” about Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway:

BET ON THE KID? WHY NOT?: Rookie Noah Gragson qualified his No. 18 Switch Toyota Tundra on-pole for tonight’s 167-lapper less than two hours before he was scheduled to receive his high school diploma in a special graduation ceremony before thousands of fans. So, why not complete the script by winning the race…and celebrating with a pizza party for the ages? Gragson, 18, is just the latest phenom discovered by team-owner Kyle Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

SAUTER WILL BE LURKING: Series veteran Johnny Sauter served notice he is not resting on his 2016 championship laurels when he scored his first victory of 2017 last weekend at Dover International Speedway. Sauter used a fuel strategy to hold off rookie GMS Racing teammate Kaz Grala for the win. Sauter, who logged his fifth consecutive top-three finish by taming the “Monster Mile,” has a 52-point lead in the standings over Christopher Bell of Kyle Busch Motorsports. Sauter, driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado, has the most wins at TMS among active series drivers at three.

THE STAGE IS SET: Two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and 2017 playoff hopeful Ryan Truex both won their first stages this season at Dover International Speedway. Truex won Stage 1 in the Bar Harbor 200 by leading every lap after starting second. He ultimately finished 10th in the race. Truex’s performance at Dover moved him three spots in the standings to sixth. Truex is starting fourth tonight in the No. 16 H.E.B. Grocery Store Toyota – alongside Crafton in third. Driver of the No. 88 Hormel Gatherings/Menards Tundra, Crafton won Stage 2 at Dover and finished 11th in the race. Crafton has yet to finish outside the top-16 this season through six races.

CINDRIC SETTLING-IN AT BKR: Austin Cindric, another Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, posted his best career Truck Series finish in the Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway _ a solid fifth. The son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric has yet to finish outside the top-21 in his last five races and has two top-10s in his last three starts (fifth at Dover and 10th at Kansas Speedway). The Brad Keselowski Racing driver currently sits third (-11) in Sunoco Rookie of the Year points behind leader Kaz Grala and Grant Enfinger (-5). Cindric will start ninth n the No. 19 Draw-Tite/Reese Brands Ford F-150.

MANUFACTURERS RACE IS TIGHT: Chevrolet and Toyota continue to trade paint in the Manufacturer Standings. Both have scored three wins, but the “Bowtie Brigade” leads Toyota by one point in the overall standings, 224-223. Ford, meanwhile, sits in third place with 175 points and has yet to win this season. 

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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