Toyota NGOTS Gateway Post-Race Recap – 6.22.19

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NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS)

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

Race 11 of 23 – 200 miles, 160 laps

June 22, 2019

TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS

1st, Ross Chastain*

2nd, TODD GILLILAND

3rd, Stewart Friesen*

4th, CHANDLER SMITH

5th, Brett Moffitt*

11th, AUSTIN HILL

12th, ANTHONY ALFREDO

14th, CHRISTIAN ECKES

16th, HARRISON BURTON

27th, NATALIE DECKER

*non-Toyota driver

  • Todd Gilliland (second) was the highest finishing Toyota driver in Saturday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
  • Sixteen-year-old Tundra driver Chandler Smith finished fourth-place in just his second NGOTS race.
  • Christian Eckes led a race-high 57 laps (of 160) and was running in the top-three before being involved in an incident on the final lap and finished 14th.

TOYOTA QUOTES

TODD GILLILAND, No. 4 Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

Finishing Position: 2nd

How was your race tonight?

“In practice I thought this was going to be our night. Starting in the back didn’t help us there. We had to do some pit strategy. We executed a really good race, so that’s one thing I’m really proud of and I felt like I drove a good race. Overall, like I said, just a well-executed weekend, really smooth. This is a brand new truck so a good job to everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. This is one of the fastest Tundras I’ve had yet, and we just need to keep this momentum rolling.”

CHANDLER SMITH, No. 46 iBUYPOWER\828 Logistics Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

Finishing Position: 4th

How was your race tonight?

“Overall a really good learning night. Hats off to the whole 46 crew. They definitely needed this performance. Got a top-five with a fourth-place finish for them so hats off to Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) and all of the guys back at the shop. Thank you to iBUYPOWER\828 Logistics for all they’ve done for me to make this possible. It was an adventure, but it definitely paid off. I’m wore out, but it paid off and looks good on my resume. Racing last week helped a lot, driving through the field twice. That paid off a lot tonight and it obviously showed driving through the field, especially later in that run tonight.

CHRISTIAN ECKES, No. 51 SiriusXM Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

Finishing Position: 14th

What happened on the last lap to take you out of contention?

“I made a mistake down in (turns) three and four and we lost some track position there. The 4 (Todd Gilliland) got by me and I was looking to make a crossover move and I’m not really sure what happened. Man, it’s unfortunate. These SiriusXM guys work too hard for this. I got a few more and I’m really looking forward to getting back with Rudy (Fugle, crew chief). We had a great run tonight. I honestly felt like we had the best truck there at the end. I just need to work on myself a little bit as far as the aero aspect of it. We’ll do that and move on to Pocono.”

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