Top Gander Outdoors Truck Series finishes
By George Winkler | Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has produced plenty of great finishes as you'll see further down in these photos. The most recent came on August 26, 2018 when Noah Gragson initiated contact with teammate and race leader Todd Gilliland in the final corner that turned both trucks around and allowed Justin Haley (in third at the time) to grab the win. The race was the start of the 2018 playoffs and locked Haley into the Round of 6. Gragson was also a playoff driver, while Gilliland was not. We've seen several fantastic finishes over the years in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Relive some of the recent top endings here. -- RJ Kraft
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Dirt flying, fenders rubbing, photo finish. It's hard to top the July 18, 2018 finish at Eldora Speedway, which saw Chase Briscoe beat Grant Enfinger to the line by 0.038 seconds in a NASCAR Overtime finish that was both thrilling and demonstrated clean racing between the two teammates.
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Brett Moffitt pulled up alongside then-leader Johnny Sauter on the final lap of the race at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 11, 2018. The pair raced each other side by side, with Moffitt edging Sauter across the start-finish line for the checkered flag. The finish gave Moffitt his fourth victory of the season and stopped Sauter from clinching the regular season championship that day. -- Jessica Ruffin
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Just one month before the Eldora ending, Noah Gragson's dive-bomb move on eventual race-winner Brett Moffitt had folks buzzing at Iowa Speedway. Gragson's gutsy move shot him into the lead ... and then into the outside wall as Moffitt slipped by for the win.
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The NFL had 'the tackle' when the Rams' Mike Jones took down the Titans' Kevin Dyson at the 1-yard line in the closing moments of Super Bowl 34. But NASCAR's version of 'the tackle' came 16 years later in 2016 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park when Cole Custer busted loose from his truck and took down John Hunter Nemechek after a physical ending where the competitors went off-road and finished the race beneath the flagstand. This was the stuff of legend, and we will see some retrospectives in coming years.
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Send in the clowns, said Johnny Sauter, who called Ben Rhodes a 'bozo' after the two made contact in the closing lap in 2016 at Kansas. The melee opened the door for William Byron to cruise past for his first victory in the series. Sauter later recanted, but we'll never forget his scary clown reference.
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Before he was 'Erik Jones, Monster Energy Series winner' he was 'Erik Jones, full-time Truck Series driver.' Jones went door-to-door with veteran Kasey Kahne in the waning laps at Charlotte in 2015, with Kahne clipping him for the win by .005 seconds -- tied for the third closest finish in series history. It was an early look at the mettle of Jones, who now drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Monster Energy Series.
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It's back to Canada for more Truck Series excitement. This time, in 2014, Young Ryan Blaney outduels German Quiroga in great back-and-forth action. Quiroga grabs the lead in Turn 8, but two turns later, Blaney pulls even and the two drag-race to the finish, where Blaney wins by a whisker.
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In the 2014 season opener, Kyle Busch claims his first Truck Series win at Daytona by edging Timothy Peters at the finish. Busch is behind Peters coming out of Turn 4, but he jumps to the outside and nips Peters with a perfectly timed pass.
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It's the homestretch at Homestead in 2012 and Cale Gale is battling for the lead with a hard-charging Kyle Busch. Gale and Busch bang together after coming out of Turn 4 with Busch getting crammed into the outside wall, and the two ride against each other to the finish. It was an unbelievable duel that with a 0.014-second margin of victory ranks eighth-closest of all time in the series.