OBSERVATIONS: Chevrolet Silverado 250
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has produced a thrilling finish each season, and the 2018 edition of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 was no different with a pair of Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates clashing.
It will debated for the weeks to come until the next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as to whom is at fault for the contact. Did Noah Gragson dive in a hole that wasn’t there? Did Todd Gilliland throw a block on his teammate? Regardless, though, the outcome is the same and that falls on the shoulders of Gragson.
Gragson is one of the eight drivers in the playoffs this season, and just cost himself seven points falling from second to ninth with the spin. If he misses the Round of 6 by that margin, he will look back on this day with regret. Sure, it’s win and you’re win to the next round, but being smart and scoring as many points as possible is just as important to move forward. He had already gotten 20 points via winning stages, and running ahead of all his playoff contenders would have lent him a nice gap moving to the next two races.
Furthermore, it’s one thing to get into a fellow driver, but it’s another to get into a fellow teammate. The other competitor you can just avoid and apologize without much fault, but now you have to face Gilliland on Monday at the shop, along with the crew members from both teams. Everybody on both teams poured everything into preparing two fast Toyota Tundras as they were clearly the class of the field, to see all of their hard work go up in flames in a split second.
Should we also mention that their third teammate Harrison Burton spun in the chaos as well? Oh to be a fly on the wall for the competition meeting in hearing what Kyle Busch has to say.
The real winner out of this deal is Justin Haley, as he scored the victory to lock himself into the next round of the playoffs. Not originally discussed with the likes of Gragson, Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt as someone likely to move forward, he will be able to breath easy going into the next two races. That’s really important when you consider Talladega Superspeedway is one of those. With no finishes outside of the top-10 including a pair of wins in the late eight races, you may want to keep a closer watch on the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado.
Outside of the debatable last-lap maneuver, the racing was great as always on the road course with battles for position throughout the day, which NASCAR on FOX did the duty of showing correctly. Who knew you could go three-wide down the frontstretch, eh?
That said, it is worth admitting that there were times the production of the event could be less than desired. Who goes to commercial when there’s six laps to go under green flag conditions?
Wow. @FS1 crew had to overcome multiple power outages in the tv compound today in Canada. Huge thanks to the production & engineering crew frantically getting us back on-air for that unbelievable @NASCAR_Trucks finish.
— Vince Welch (@vincewelch) August 26, 2018
Okay, so maybe we can let that incident go as technical glitches are bound to happen here and there. But it’s hard to do so when they were other problems during the broadcast, like way too many commercial breaks and failing to come back in time to catch a late-race restart. Normally NASCAR on FOX does a good job at producing the truck races, so hopefully this is fixed for the final stretch.
The other side is thanks to NASCAR.com for airing a live stream of the event via their website for Canadians who may not get Fox Sports 1. With only a few cable providers carrying the specialty channel under the name FOX Sports Racing, the majority of fans often get left out north of the border in seeing some of the best action in NASCAR. Often, they have to illegally stream the event.
Hopefully seeing the numbers from the event will finally encourage TSN to carry all three of NASCAR’s premiere series, and not just the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series alongside the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. That, or maybe we can get the rest of the cable providers to jump on-board in carrying the channel. Comwave, you’re next!
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