Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet
Championship 4 Contender
– Sauter will compete for his second NCWTS title next weekend at Homestead-Miami. The Necedah, Wisconsin native has participated in the final round of the playoff system since it was put into use in the Truck Series.
“I’m not really sure what to say about how tonight went. We just couldn’t get the handling right, something we struggled with in practice as well. It started off loose, then it was tight and it swung back loose at the end. But it doesn’t concern me as far as Miami goes. My guys are good, they know what we need to do and we’ve got a truck we’re taking that is really good. We’ve been saving it for that last race so hopefully we’ll be bringing home another champion for GMS and Chevy.”
Sheldon Creed, No. 2 United Rentals / A. M. Ortega Chevrolet
OWNER PTS: 14th
– In just his third start with GMS Racing, Creed’s 10th-palce finish in his debut at ISM Raceway is a NCWTS career-best finish.
– This weekend Creed announced that he would return to GMS Racing next season to compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS).
“I felt like we struggled all day with the balance on the United Rentals Chevy. I’m content though with leaving Phoenix after a 10th-place finish considering the handling issues we fought. I’m just trying to gain all the experience I can this year so that I’m in position to be able to contend for wins next season with GMS Racing.”
Tyler Dippel, No. 25 Alesso Chevrolet
OWNER PTS: 13th
“I felt like we had a really good truck tonight but it was taking a little longer for me to make passes as I figured out how to get around guys. Eddie (D’Hondt, spotter) and Jerry (Baxter, Crew Chief) really helped out with feedback on what was working as I tried to move around the track. I just started to get loose in the second stage and then it tightened up on entry toward the end. I think I learned a lot tonight and we’ve got one more race to go out and close this out strong.”
Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet
Championship 4 Contender
– After running top-five all night, an oil leak with 19 laps to go ended Haley’s night early, resulting in a 28th-place finish.
– Unfortunately with his misfortune, Haley’s streak of consecutive top-10 finishes ends at 12 races, starting with his first win of the season at Gateway Motorsports Park and lasting through his win at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. With one race remaining in the 2018 NCWTS season, Haley has three wins, nine top-five, and 17 top-10 finishes.
– With the final race of the Round of Six complete, Haley is one of the final four drivers left in the NASCAR Playoffs who will contend for the NCTWS championship when the series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.
“Tonight’s race was just a tough deal. I had a fast Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet but a cut oil line ended our night early. It’s things like this that make me glad that we locked in to the Final Four last weekend. I’ve got a good group of guys on the 24 team, and we’ll regroup and get ready to race for a championship in Homestead next weekend. We’ve got nothing to lose now, and it’s all on the line.”