Historic Win at Martinsville for CWTS

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a double header weekend with 200 laps around the half mile paper clip shaped track in Martinsville with the Texas Roadhouse 200.

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This is the first race in the round of six for the CWTS drivers.

Along with the playoff drivers and veterans are some teen aged rookies looking for an upset to win the coveted Grandfather Clock trophy.

After three rounds of qualifying with a lap time of 19.77 seconds, Chase Briscoe wins the pole and will bring the field to the green.

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The starting lineup for the Texas Roadhouse 200:
Chase Briscoe
Matt Crafton – in the playoffs
Ben Rhodes – in the playoffs
Johnny Sauter – in the playoffs
Noah Gragson
Austin Cindric – in the playoffs
Ryan Truex
Kaz Grala
Mason Diaz – CWTS debut
Harrison Burton
Stewart Friesen
Gray Gaulding
Todd Gilliland
Cale Gale
Christopher Bell – in the playoffs
Grant Enfinger
John Hunter Nemechek – in the playoffs
Ty Dillon
Justin Haley
Cody Coughlin
Jeb Burton
Regan Smith
Austin Hill
Austin Wayne Self
Jefrey Abbey
Bayley Currey – CWTS debut
Jordan Anderson
Wendell Chavous
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Normbennng
Chris Windon

Mike Senica failed to qualify for the race.

Stages one and two of the race are only 50 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps to make up the 200 laps of the race.

Pole sitter Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes nose to nose with Matt Craftn with Briscoe finally taking the lead on lap three.

At only half a mile around, the leaders will be in traffic and lapping trucks fairly quickly.

Lap five Chris Windom is off the track.

Lap seven Chase Briscoe has a lead of two tenths of a second on former CWTS champion Matt Crafton.

Lap nine eader Chase Briscoe has already begun lapping trucks with 31 trucks on the lead lap

Lap eleven Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Matt Crafton in second and Ben Rhodes in third; there are 28 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 22 Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with 26 trucks on the lead lap and two trucks two laps down.

Lap 27 Chase Briscoe has increased his lead to half a second on Matt Crafton with 25 trucks on the lead lap.

Points leader Christopher Bell is mired back in the middle of the pack in eleventh place after starting the race in 15th.

Lap 30 Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead of the race with Gray Gaulding off the track.

John Hunter Nemeched brings out the first caution flag of the race when he spins out and hits the wall making heavy contact. He has significant damage to his truck and has to take it to the garage.

Chase Briscoe leads the field down pit road for some fresh tires and fuel. There are 10 laps remaining in the stage.

Chase Briscoe leads the race off of pit road.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 44 with Matt Crafton taking the lead of the race. After making a stop on pit road Chase Briscoe is in ninth place.

The trucks get three wide across the track with only three laps remaining in the stage. There are 24 trucks on the lead lap with three trucks off the track.

Matt Crafton wins stage one.

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John Hunter Nemechek reports that he had no brakes prior to his crash and is out of the race.

After staying out on the track, Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 61 and holds on to the lead of the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Truex
Noah Gragson
Kaz Grala
Austin Cindric
Mason Diaz
Chase Briscoe
Harrison Burton

While Matt Crafton earns 10 points for winning the stage, he does not earn a playoff point. This is the final round before the final four point leaders will compete for the championship in Miami and no more playoff points will be awarded.

Lap 68 Matt Crafton leads Johnny Sauter by two tenths of a second with 24 trucks on the l ead lap and three trucks off the track.

Lap 70 Johnny Sauter and Noah Gragson are challenging Matt Crafton for the lead.

Lap 73 Johnny Sauter passes Matt Crafton for the lead of the race.

Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a two second lead on Matt Crafton with Noah Gragson in third. There are 24 trucks on the lead lap. Austin Wayne Self is off the track.

Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Noah Gragson have yet to make a pit stop with 15 laps remaining in stage two.

Lap 86 Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Matt Crafton. There are 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 88 points leader Christopher Bell has moved into fifth place.

Lap 90 Johnny Sauter has a lead of nearly three seconds on Matt Crafton.

Lap 93 Sauter’s lead is not over three secnds on Matt Crafton with 22 trucks on the lead lap.

After qualifying in 15th place Christopher Bell has moved up to fourth place.

With a lead of nearly four seconds, Johnny Sauter wins stage two. This is Sauter’s eighth win of the season.

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Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Noah Gragson finally make their pit stops; along with other drivers on pit road.

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road. Johnny Sauter and Chase Briscoe had slow stops on pit road and lost a number of positions on the track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 112 and edges out Ryan Truex for the lead.

In just two laps Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Matt Crafton.

Lap 117 Christopher Bell leads the race by nearly half a second with 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 119 Matt Craftn has closed the lead on Christopher Bell to two tenths of a second.

Leader Christopher Bell brings out the caution flag out on lap 122 when he spins out after making contact with Matt Crafton.

Matt Crafton brings the field dow nfor the green flag restart on lap 129 and jumps out in front for the lead. Christopher Bell restarts the race in 20th place.

Lap 132 Matt Crafton has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second. The trucks are getting three wide on the track.

Lap 135 Christopher Bell has moved up to 14th place. Matt Crafton has a lead of nearly half a second on Noah Gragson.

Pole sitter Chase Briscoe brings out the fifth caution flag when he gets into the wall after making contact with Justin Haley. Ty Dillon made contact with Haley prior to Haley making contact with Briscoe.

Chase Briscoe brings his truck down pit road for a second time to make repairs to his truck. He is one lap down in 25th place.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 144 and edges out oah Gragson to take the lead. Christopher Bell restarts the reace in 12th place.

Lap 146 Matt Crafton has a four tenth of a second lead on Noah Gragson. Christopher Bell is in the top 10 in ninth place.

Lap 150 Matt Crafton has a half second lead on Noah Gragson.

This CWTS race is a first for the Burton family, cousins Jeb and Harrison Burton are in the same race for the first time. The boys are excited to be racing against each other as their faters Ward and Jeff did for so many years.

Lap 158 Matt Crafton has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson. Christopher Bell is mired back in nineth place.

Lap 170 Matt crafton has a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson. Christopher Bell remains in ninth place.

Lap 175 Jeb Burton brings his smoking truck down pit road.

Lap 176 Matt Crafton’s lead is over half a second on Noah Gragson.

Twenty to go and Matt Crafton leads Noah Gragson by over a second. Christopher Bell has been unable to move up any further in the field and is still in ninth place.

Rookie Bayley Curry brings out the caution flag on lap 183 when he spins out. This was Curry’s first CWTS start.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 190 with Crafton and Noah Gragson going nose to nose. Noah Gragson takes over the lead of the race from the outside lane.

Lap 194 Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Matt Craaton with Johnny Sauter in third. Christopher Bell has moved into eighth place.

Three to go and Noah Gragson has a lead of over a secondon Matt Crafton with only 18 trucks on the lead lap.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag.

Las Vegas teen Noah Gragson wins his first ever truck race by over a second on Matt Crafton. He is the tenth first time winner at Martinsville – the most of any NASCAR track.

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The unnoficial results of the Texas Roadhouse 200:
Noah Gragson
Matt Crafton
Johnny Sauter
Harrison Burton
Todd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen
Kaz Grala
Christopher Bell
Ben Rhodes
Austin Cindric
Justin Haley
Grant Enfinger
Ryan Truex
Regan Smith
Ty Dillon
Austin Hill
Landon Huffman
Cale Gale
Chase Briscoe
Cody Coughlin
Wendell Chavous
Jeffrey Abbey
Mason Diaz
Jordan Anderson
Bayley Curry
Jeb Burton
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Wayne Self
John Hunter Nemechek
Gray Gaulding
Chris Windom


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