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Special Article

They Said It: Atlanta, Tucson and Kansas

May 10 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race at KansasThey Said It: Atlanta, Tucson and Kansas

After three runner-up finishes at Road Atlanta, Fredric Aasbø finally came out on top in the Formula DRIFT battle this weekend aboard his Toyota Corolla Hatchback. He earned the top qualifying spot for the second-straight event, and raced his way to the win after defeating Toyota teammate Ryan Tuerck in the Finals.

"It feels great to finally come out on top at Road Atlanta. It has been my favorite stop since the first time I drove it: the track is challenging, the fans are die-hard and it has an incredible atmosphere. I love everything about this place."

Across the country there was no stopping Derek Kraus. The Toyota driver swept both races at Tucson Raceway this weekend, giving him the points lead in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and East. In the first race, Kraus took the lead going into turn 1 and never looked back, leading all 100 laps. In the second event, Kraus passed Toyota teammate Brittney Zamora just after the halfway point, and led the remainder of the event for his fourth win this season across both K&N series.

“That was the goal coming into this race. Now we have the points lead going into the next K&N West race. That was really good and we’ll look to stay consistent the rest of the season. We just had to stay patient and it paid off at the end.”

That Jones boy flexed his driving muscles in Kansas. Erik Jones tied his season-best finish of third in Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. Jones bounced back from handling woes mid-race to earn points in both stages before being scored on the front row for the last restart of the evening.

“When it started, we were kind of off and then we got better. Then we got off again and got better at the end. It was a good night and it was nice to have a shot at the win. The DeWalt Camry was for sure capable of winning. We just weren’t in the right situation and didn’t have some runs work out. Everybody did a great job, but it’s good momentum going on to two weeks now having good runs and having shots to run up front. It’s been nice after a rough month. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

Todd Gilliland scored a season-best third-place finish in the Truck race at Kansas Speedway on Friday night. After struggling at the start of the season, this finish proved crucial for Gilliland as he looks to keep up the momentum heading into Charlotte race weekend.

“We’ve really struggled over the last few weeks, but that is what a team is all about - staying together through everything. It’s definitely the best run we have had in a long time. We just have to try and take this momentum into next week. I think my crew chief and whole team is very excited with the truck we are bringing to Charlotte.”