After taking several weeks off – Martinsville 40 days ago – the Camping World Truck Series returns to the track to take on Miles the Monster at Dover International Raceway with the Jegs 200.
After three rounds of qualifying Noah Gragson put his number 18 truck on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.
The starting lineup for the Jegs 200:
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Todd Peck did not make a qualifying run.
Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 200 miles around the one mile track.
Taking the outside lane Noah Gragson brings the field down for the start of the race and takes the lead of the race as the drivers get three wide across the track..
The first caution flag comes out on lap two when Stewart Friesen and Brett Moffitt got involved in a wreck with several others avoiding damage by threading their way through the maylee.
Brett Moffett is reporting possible tow issues on his truck.
Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap six and holds on to his lead of the race.
Lap nine Parker Kligerman and Noah Gragson battle for the lead and swapping it back and forth before Noah Gragson keeps the lead.
Lap eleven Grant Enfinger brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire. During the pit stop, the fuel man touched a tire, which is an infraction and Enfinger had to serve a penalty.
Todd Peck is out of the race.
Lap 13 Noah Gragson has a quarter second lead on Justin Haley with Johnny Sauter, Parker Kligerman, and Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.
The second caution flag comes out when Myatt Snider’s truck got loose and makes contact with Austin Hill.
Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 21 and holds on to the lead with Todd Gilliland in second.
Lap 24 Noah Gragson has a lead of over a second on Todd Gilliland with Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
Lap 27 Noah Gragson’s lead is up to over a second and a half on Todd Gilliland.
Lap 29 Noah Gragson’s lead is down to just over a second on Todd Gilliland. Grant Enfinger is the only truck on the track that is not on the lead lap.
Lap 30 Noah Gragson’s lead is now less than a second on Todd Gilliland; with Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
Lap 37 the top five are Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter, and Jesse Little.
Lap 41 Noah Gragson’s lead is over a second on Todd Gilliland.
Parker Kligerman had been reporting vibration issues; he had a flat tire.
Noah Gragson wins stage one for his third of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Taking only fuel, Parker Kligerman wins the race off of pit road. The pit road in Dover is a tight one and some of the drivers made contact with each other as they came off of pit road.
Noah Gragson comes out in eighth place after having some issues on pit road.
Todd Gilliland was caught speeding on pit road and Brett Moffett’s team had an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Parker Kligerman brings the field down for the green flat start of stage two on lap 5 and edges out Johnny Sauter for the lead.
Lap 58, the top five are Parker Kligerman, Johnny Sautr, Justin Haley, Matt Crafton, and Noah Gragson.
Lap 61 Johnny Sauter passes Parker Kligerman for the lead of the race.
Lap 63 Johnny Sauter has a half second lead on Parker Kligerman.
Lap 66, there are 21 trucks on the lead lap.
Todd Gilliland is reporting a very tight condition.
Lap 68, Johnny Sauter is in the lead by over a second with Justin Haley, Matt Crafton, and Noah Gragson rounding out the top five.
Lap 78 Johnny Sauter has nearly a second lead on Parker Kligerman.Eight laps remaining in stage two, Johnny Sadler has a lead of over two seconds with Justin Haley, Matt Crafton, and Noah Gragson rounding out the top five.
Second place driver Parker Kligerman has been black flagged for a smoking truck with a possibility of leaking oil.
Three laps remain in stage two, Johnny Sauter leads the race wit Justin Haley in second, Matt Crafton in third, Noah Gragson in fourth, and Jesse Little in fifth.
Lap 88 Josh Reaume brings out the caution flag which will end stage two under yellow flag conditions.
Johnny Sauter wins stage two. Johnny Sauter has scored points in the top 10 at the end of a stage for the past 26 stages – 13 races.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Johnny Sauter wins the race off of pit road.
Cody Coughlin’s team had an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Johnny Sauter brings the field down fro the green flag start of stage three on lap 98 and jumps out in front of the field from the outside lane.; Jesse Little takes second and Justin Haley takes third.
Lap 101, Johnny Sauter has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Jesse Little with Justin Haley, Matt Crafton, and Harrison Burton rounding out the top five.
Lap 106 Johnn Sauter continues to lead the race with Jesse Little in second, Justin Haley in third, Matt Crafton in fourth, and Harrison Burton in fifth.
The sun has come out from the clouds and is baking the track…and the trucks.
Lap 111, there are 16 trucks on the lead lap.
Lap 113, Johnny has been out in front for 53 laps – his most ever at Dover.
Lap 120 Johnny Sauter is out in front but gets challenged by Jesse Little wit Little taking the lead after the leaders encountered lapped traffic.
Lap 123 Johnny Sauter passes Jesse Little to retake the lead.
Lap 125, Johnny Sauter is in the lead while father David and son Todd Gilliland battle for position with Dad taking the spot.
Lap 131 Johnny Sauter is out in front with Jesse Little in second, Matt Crafton in third, Justin Haley in fourth, and Harrison Burton in fifth. There are 15 trucks on the lead lap.
Lap 135 Johnny Sauter has a second and a half lead on Jesse Little with only 12 trucks on the lead lap.
Lap 140, the top five are Johnny Sauter, Jesse Little, Matt Crafton, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton.
Fifty-seven laps remaining in the race, but the drivers still have to make at least one more pit stop.
Lap 144, Johnny Sauter’s lead is nearly two seconds on Jesse Little.
Lap 148 Johnny Sauter passes Cody Coughlin to make only eleven trucks on the lead lap.
Seventeen year old Harrison Burton was more concerned about his presentation in Biology class this week then he was running in the truck race on Friday.
Lap 151 Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race by over a second on Jesse Little with Matt Crafton, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton rounding out the top five.
Lap 154 Johnny Sauter’s lead is now over two seconds on Jesse Little.
The caution flag comes out on lap 155 when Stewart Friesen hits the wall after what appears to be a flat tire.
Taking only two tires, David Gilliland wins the race off of pit road.
Jesse Little was penalized for his crew pitting outside of his pit box. The penalty is one lap.
David Gilliland and Harrison Burton were charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 162 and holds on to the lead. There are only 10 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 164 the top five are Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland, Matt Crafton, and Justin Haley.
Lap 170, Johnny Sauter is in the lead with pole sitter Noah Gragson a second behind.
With only 27 laps remaining in the race, Noah Gragson is very slowly closing the gap on leader Johnny Sauter.
Lap 179 Johnny Sauter is in the lead with only nine trucks on the lead lap.
The caution flag comes out on lap 180 as trucks in front of the leads wreck. Justin Fontaine and Jordan Anderson make contact and spin out.
Todd Gilliland’s team had to change a battery during the caution, but it only cost him one lap.
Taking the outside lane, Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 187 but gets edged out by Noah Gragson for the lead.
NASCAR is reviewing the restart.
Ten to go and Noah Gragson holds on to the lead as NASCAR gives the restart the thumbs up.
There are only nine trucks on the lead lap.
Lap 193, Noah Gragson holds on to the lead over Johnny Sauter.
Only five laps remaining in the race and Noah Gragson holds off Johnny Sauter to hold on to the lead.
Three to go, Johnny Sauter challenges Noah Gragson for the lead and on lap 198 Gragson makes contact sending Gragson into the wall as they run side by side.
The crash sends the race into overtime.
Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the restart on a green/white/checker shootout. Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton – the past two Dover winners – go nose to nose but Johnny Sauter gets out in front for the lead.
Johnny Sauter takes the white flag.
Johnny Sauter gets his second win of the season and goes back to back at Dover. Earlier this week Sauter turned 40; he and Crafton are now the only drivers 40 or over to win at Dover.
The unofficial results of the Jegs 200:
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb
feature photo credit: By Sector001 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21545910