RELATED: Race results from Canada " Updated series standings BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Two weeks ago in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , Alex Tagliani got turned out of the lead by Regan Smith and lost his shot at a win. Today in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park , Tagliani had a chance to be the one doing the turning. Heading into Turn 5B on the final lap, Tagliani says he was in a position to push Erik Jones aside and claim victory for himself. But he didn't. Instead, Tagliani held back as Jones cruised to his second win of the season and vaulted to the top of the NCWTS point standings. "If I would have stayed where I was he would have been gone in (Turn) 5B," Tagliani said. "I don't drive that way. I just want to continue the trend." Tagliani thought he would have time to take one more clean shot at Jones through the final series of turns, but a broken third gear took that chance away. "It shredded completely," he said. "It was pretty much good all race. I felt a couple of times it was kind of scratchy on the downshift, but no sign it was going to be bad. As soon as I put third gear on the back straight, it just went. "I put it in fourth and it just kind of limped all the way back home." The 19-year-old Jones felt the pressure from veteran road course racer Tagliani down the stretch, but maintained his concentration to become the first driver to lead the entire last lap of a NCWTS race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . "It was a blast," Jones said of the race. "It was nerve-wracking. It's a little intense when you’ve got a guy like that running you down for 15 laps." It turned out that Jones and Tagliani had shared a parade truck before the race and had a philosophical discussion about racing with respect. Tagliani told Jones he knew he was in a heated points battle and that Jones didn’t have to worry about him trying the same thing Smith had done to him at Mid-Ohio. "We had a pretty long talk about racing people the way you want to be raced," Jones said. "I’ve never been one to want to move somebody to win a race, and he hasn't, either. It's nice to see that respect, especially from a veteran like that to me. "It's not something he had to do. It means a lot to me that he did." Jones worked hard to improve his road course craft coming into this weekend. Time spent at a pair of driving schools paid off, as did a strong effort by the team to improve their truck . "We had a good truck last year, and we were able to do some improving on our Tundra to get it to where it needed to be for this year," Jones said. "I was able to improve on myself and fix some of my mistakes this year as well and get a little bit better." Matt Crafton finished in second place, which keeps him second in the point standings behind Jones, who now holds a three-point advantage. Tyler Reddick , the standings leader entering the race, placed 19th and is now third (15 points behind Jones) in the championship hunt. Ben Kennedy , Daniel Hemric , and Tagliani rounded out the top five in Sunday's race. Cole Custer mounted one of the strongest challenges to Jones in the late going, but contact between he and Tagliani took him out of the running with 11 laps to go. He ended up in 10th.
After Race 15 of the 2015 season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
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).
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, August 31 3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, Sept. 1 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 2:30 p.m., Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Title (re-air), FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., A Perfect Storm: The 1979 Daytona 500 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 4 p.m., Being: Stewart-Haas Racing (re-air), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 Wednesday, Sept. 2 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 Thursday, Sept. 3 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: Virginia International Raceway (tape), NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America: The States of NASCAR (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 Friday, Sept. 4 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 6:30 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 9:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN Saturday, Sept. 5 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (re-air), NBCSN 11:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBC 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, NBC Sunday, Sept. 6 1 p.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Virginia International Raceway (tape), FOX Sports 1 5 p.m., NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series : Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 , NBC 11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN Midnight, NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 2:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FOX Sports 1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
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.
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.