THREE TAKEAWAYS: Alpha Energy Solutions 250
After nearly a month-long absence, the Camping World Truck Series returned to action at Martinsville Speedway. As expected, there was plenty of hard racing, with Chase Elliott scoring the win.
The GMS Show
GMS Racing dominated the Alpha Energy Solutions 250, with Chase Elliott and Johnny Sauter
leading 161 laps. They each won a stage 1 and 2, settling the win between them. With a block on the late-race restart, No. 23 edging out the No. 21.
After their first championship with Sauter last year, there has been no sign of slowing down. They have won inning two of the three races run, as well as four of the six stages.
Top-Five for Gragson
After being involved in Lap 1 accidents at Daytona and Atlanta, rookie Noah Gragson needed a solid run. The Nevada native was strong at Martinsville, battling for the win in route to his first top-five.
The finish didn’t come easy, though, he spun on Lap 100 due to contact with Chase Briscoe. After falling back, the 18-year-old used strategy to be on Elliott’s bumper for second with 50 to go.
While it wasn’t a win, his fourth-place finish will serve as moral boost for his team.
While GMS Racing dominated, Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Christopher Bell had the upper hand late in the event.
After pitting late in stage two, Bell stayed out during the break to take over the top spot. The 22-year-old had held off Elliott for 89 laps until he caught the tail end of the field.
Going into turn one, Austin Cindric fought to remain on the lead lap, blocking Bell’s No. 4 Toyota Tundra. The pair made contact, causing Cindric to spin with Bell falling back to third.
With a beat up truck, Bell settled for a third-place finish.
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