RELATED: Full practice 2 results Cole Cluster led the final Camping World Truck Series practice for tonight's UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP with the top speed of 126.528 mph. Following the JR Motorsports driver on the leaderboard was Ryan Blaney (126.104 mph) who was second-fastest in the session. John H. Nemechek (125.708 mph), Ty Dillon (125.609 mph) and Brandon Jones (125.609 mph) round out the top-five fastest. Jones was the fastest driver in the first Truck Series practice on Tuesday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Dalton Sargeant, who will be making his NCWTS debut in tonight's race, ranked sixth in the final practice with a time of 124.971 mph. The 17-year-old was 21st-fastest in the first practice on Tuesday. Points leader Tyler Reddick had the 10th-fastest time in Wednesday's practice (124.170 mph).
RELATED: Michigan entry list for Truck Series race Alex Bowman will make his first career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in the Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Bowman will drive the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, the Dale Earnhardt Jr .-owned team that fields entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series as well as one Truck in the Camping World Truck Series . "The experiences I had racing for JR Motorsports last year were a lot of fun," Bowman said in a release provided by the team. "It'll be a learning experience for me being my first time in a truck . Watching the 00 team so far this season, I know it’s going to be a fast truck and we'll have a shot to run up front. The main goal is to help these guys continue learning and improving on their overall program, particularly at the big tracks, so we'll try to do that and see if we can pick up a win at the same time." Bowman ran two races (at Charlotte and Phoenix) in 2014 for JRM in what is now known as the XFINITY Series in the team's No. 5 Chevrolet. Bowman, 22, currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing . He is currently 34th in points in that series . The No. 00 Truck has run in seven of 12 races this season, the team's first in the Camping World Truck Series . Cole Custer has made five starts, while Sprint Cup Series regulars Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne have made one start each. Custer won at Gateway in June, while Kahne won at Charlotte in May. Custer is just 17 years old and is not yet of age to be able to compete at all tracks on the circuit. He is expected to compete in five more Truck Series races this season (Bristol, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, New Hampshire, Martinsville and Phoenix).
RELATED: NASCAR Home Tracks " More on Sargeant At 17, Dalton Sargeant is a little old for the school-time tradition of "show and tell." But when he returns to Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale just a week or so after entering his first NASCAR national series race, he should have a whale of a story to tell about what he did during summer vacation. Wauters Motorsports announced Tuesday that Sargeant, a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next development class, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Aug. 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He'll drive the No. 5 GALT Toyota in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "This is a huge opportunity to go up against some of the big guys in the series ," Sargeant said. "I think going into Bristol, it's going to be a tough race track, but definitely a good place to start with it only being half a mile. Looking at the team's experience, (team owner) Richie Wauters has a pretty good background at Bristol, so definitely looking forward to being able to go and run there for my first truck series start. Just looking to go out there and learn as much as I can really, and just try to have the best result." Since Wauters Motorsports will have no championship points as the team makes its first truck series effort of the season, Sargeant will need to qualify on speed for the 32- truck field or hope that 32 or fewer trucks are entered in the midweek 200-lapper. He tested the No. 5 Toyota at the .533-mile track Aug. 4 in preparation for his debut. Familiarity with Wauters' operation may help, too. Sargeant, a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, first paired up with Wauters for an impressive runner-up finish last December in the prestigious Snowball Derby. Since then, the partnership has grown as Sargeant has gained experience wheeling Wauters' Super Late Model cars. "Richie's a really good crew chief and he's taught me a lot while I've been driving for him," Sargeant said. "Every time I feel like I'm in a car with Richie, I learn more and more, so it's really cool to be able to make my first truck start with him." Sargeant prevailed in the K&N West opener at Kern County Raceway Park to start the season on an up note. In his full-time ride with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks on the K&N East circuit, he's finished second or third in half of the season's 10 races, logging "definitely too many runner-ups than I'd like to have," he said. Though he's come oh-so-close to victory, Sargeant said he's learned plenty, both on the driving side and through the NASCAR Next program. "I think the Next program, really what it's done is given me an opportunity to meet all the other NASCAR Next drivers and see what it's going to be like as you make the transition up through the multiple levels of NASCAR," Sargeant said. "It's just opened up my eyes and given me a perspective maybe some of the other drivers aren't able to see, just being able to work with some of the NASCAR media group as well as just being with some of the other drivers." RELATED: Meet the drivers of this year's NASCAR Next class Though he'll soon be dipping his toe into the national series waters, Sargeant still has designs on making a late charge for a championship in K&N East, where he ranks fourth with four races remaining. But soon, his other focus will be centered on hitting the books for his final year of high school. Even though his racing schedule often takes him far away from his Florida home, Sargeant said he's learned to balance the demands of school and his racing career. It's also helped to have a built-in rooting section of classmates offering support when he returns. "It can only help you more on the racing side of things to be able to have a good education," Sargeant said. "Whenever I'm at the race track, I'm always super-focused on just racing. I never really worry about the school side of things, but as soon as I'm away from the track, I give my attention 100 percent focused on my homework and my schoolwork aspects of everything, just to get all that done. Whatever I'm doing, it's one or the other -- I never try to mix the two because I always feel like it hurts me." Photos: Sargeant Motorsports
RELATED: Race results " Series standings BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Not even a pit road speeding penalty could keep Kyle Busch from his appointed rounds on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. With drafting help from Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones entering Turn 1, Busch regained the lead from Ryan Blaney on Lap 97 of 100 in the Careers for Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and held on to win by .157 seconds. Blaney held the second spot, and Jones finished third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon . Two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton battled a buckling windshield, a penalty for pitting too soon to correct it and a late spin after contact from John Wes Townley 's Chevrolet to finish sixth. Crafton gained three points on series leader Tyler Reddick , who ran ninth, and now trails by eight. Jones is third in the standings, nine points back. The victory was Busch's first at MIS after four runner-up finishes in the series , and it was his second in two starts since returning from an injury that sidelined the driver of the No. 51 Toyota from all racing activity from Feb. 21 through mid-May. "First win for me, first win for KBM here," said Busch, who won for the 44th time in the Truck Series . "I loved racing with those guys up there -- Jones, Blaney and Dillon. It was pretty hectic on how all that was going to shape up and play out. "Just cool to finally get that monkey off my back here in the Truck Series and notch another race track where I've won in all three divisions here at Michigan." Under caution on Lap 27, Busch was penalized for speeding while entering pit road and restarted at the back of the field on Lap 31. By Lap 51, Busch had worked his way back to fifth in the running order, and after an exchange of green-flag pit stops, he regained the lead on Lap 69. "We were trying something new with our tach settings, and it didn't really work," Busch said of the speeding infraction. Drivers gauge pit road speeds with their tachometers and a series of lights on the dashboard. In essence, Busch was seeing two sets of lights at the same time, calibrated to different settings, and that led directly to the speeding penalty. Once Busch passed Blaney with fewer than four laps left, Blaney -- without a teammate to help -- was resigned to a second-place finish. "When we got the lead (after a Lap 95 restart), I knew it was going to be hard to keep him behind us, because he can lay back to the 4 (Jones) and just get a big run and get by you," Blaney said. "There's nothing, as the leader, that you can do about it. "You're wide open. You can break the draft all you want, but when he's got a partner, it's just like speedway racing -- he can go by you."
RELATED: Full lineup for Sunday's race Wheeling the No. 29 BK Racing Ford at 110.539 mph in a second-lap attempt, road course veteran Alex Tagliani earned the Keystone Light Pole Award at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Saturday's two-round qualifying session. The Quebec native and road course veteran shattered the previous track record with a 80.084-second lap around the track. This marks Tagliani's first Camping World Truck Series start of 2015 and his second consecutive pole win in this event. Tagliani's late run took the top spot away from Erik Jones , who settled for second with a fastest lap of 110.492 mph in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Reigning series champion Matt Crafton (110.113 mph), BKR's Tyler Reddick (110.002 mph) and JR Motorsports' Cole Custer (109.777 mph) rounded out the top five. Reddick led the first round, propelling his No. 19 Ford at 110.276 mph, while teammate Tagliani drafted with him. Robert Mitten brought out the red flag in the first round of qualifying when he smacked the tire wall off Turn 8, leaving his No. 53 Dodge nearly vertical. Mitten climbed out unharmed and ultimately secured a 22nd-place starting position. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back on track Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 (FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM).
No one would blame Cameron Hayley for getting homesick. The 19-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver resides in Sandusky, Ohio where his ThorSport Racing team is based -- 1,891.3 miles away from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Most of the tracks he races at are even farther away. Distance has not stopped Hayley from chasing his NASCAR dream. Although it's located on the opposite side of Canada, Hayley will have a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of his fellow countrymen in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) -- the NCWTS' only road course race of the season. "Not only is this a track I've been to before, it's also in my home country," said Hayley, who ranks sixth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. "I just hope that I will have a good run for all of my Canadian fans." An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers, Hayley is still searching for his first NASCAR national series win. If he takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would be the first Canadian to win a NASCAR national series race since Ron Fellows visited Victory Lane in Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008. Racing in his first full-time NCWTS season, Hayley has gained momentum lately, logging six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Pocono. He made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, finishing 11th and believes his prior experience there will help him on Sunday. "We've done really well at tracks that I've been to in the past this year, already," Hayley said. "I've been to Sonoma a couple times and that place was really difficult. You look at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and think, 'it can’t be as difficult as Sonoma ,' but it's a very fast race track, and fast race tracks are not forgiving. It takes a lot of finesse and a lot of guts to go out there and get it done. We are bringing a really good truck , so I think this will be another good race for us to go out and get a solid top five, if not a win."
RELATED: Full Practice 1 results Defending Chevrolet Silverado 250 pole winner Alex Tagliani got off to a hot start at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday, topping the opening practice session of the weekend by a landslide. Tagliani's best speed of 109.853 mph topped runner-up Erik Jones ' effort of 108.916 mph, making his way around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn course at a 1:20.584 clip. It's just Tagliani's second career start in the Camping World Truck Series , but he has experience at the Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada track in the Canadian Tire Series . Reigning champion Matt Crafton was third (108.894 mph), with Ben Kennedy (108.584 mph) and Gray Gaulding (108.509 mph) rounding out the top five. RELATED: Full Practice 2 results Tagliani again was fast in the final session, but it was Jones who topped the leaderboard with an even faster pace at 110.436 mph. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver was just off Jones' pace at 110.364 mph. Canada native Cameron Hayley was third at 110.273 mph, followed by teammate Johnny Sauter at 110.177 mph. Ben Kennedy rounded out the top five with a best speed of 110.132 mph. The practice was halted twice for drivers who ran into the tire barriers. Both Jennifer Jo Cobb and John Wes Townley were checked and released from the infield care center after their respective incidents. Tune in Sunday to see the Chevrolet Silverado 250 , when trucks hit the track for a 1:30 p.m. ET start on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice was held up Wednesday due to one of natures furry friends running on to the track. Watch as officials and track workers try to catch the now infamous Bristol rabbit.
Ryan Blaney takes control on a late-race restart to capture his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of 2015 in a green-white-checkered finish.
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Matt Crafton soared atop the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series leaderboard Friday afternoon, posting the fastest lap in final practice at Michigan International Speedway. The two-time defending series champion registered a fast lap of 186.659 mph in the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota. His time was almost a tenth of a second faster than Daniel Hemric , who was fastest in Friday's opening practice for Saturday's Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation (Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Hemric turned a slightly faster 186.210 mph lap in final practice in the NTS Motorsports No. 14 Chevrolet. Cameron Hayley also backed up his second-fastest speed in the first session with a third-best 185.907 in the final session behind the wheel of the ThorSport No. 13 Toyota. Cody Coughlin , a 19-year-old development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing , was fourth-fastest in preparation for just his second Truck Series start, driving the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota. He was just ahead of Austin Dillon , who rounded out the top five in the GMS Racing No. 33 Chevrolet. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch was sixth-fastest, just ahead of points leader Tyler Reddick . Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 9:40 a.m. ET Saturday (FOX Sports 1). Hemric hangs on to top spot in first practice Daniel Hemric shot to the top of the leaderboard in opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Michigan International Speedway. Hemric, driving the NTS Motorsports No. 14 Chervrolet, turned a fast lap of 185.009 mph on the 2-mile track. The 24-year-old driver is scheduled to make just his 16th start in the series in Saturday's Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). NASCAR Next product Cameron Hayley was second-fastest in the ThorSport Racing No. 13 Toyota at 184.186 mph. Michigan native Erik Jones was third-fastest at 184.082 mph on his home track in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota. Alex Bowman , set to make his truck series debut for JR Motorsports, was fourth-best, followed by fellow Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch to complete the top five. Johnny Sauter , last year's winner at Michigan, was sixth-fastest in the ThorSport Racing No. 98 Toyota. He was slightly faster than two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton , his ThorSport teammate in the No. 88 Toyota. Spencer Gallagher 's scrape with the Turn 2 wall halted practice with approximately 13 minutes left in the 55-minute session. His GMS Racing team unloaded a new No. 23 Chevrolet after his primary truck suffered significant right-rear fender damage.