Tyler Reddick picks up Texas pole for tonight’s NASCAR Trucks race

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Tyler Reddick won out after a frantic ending to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway ahead of tonight’s Winstar World Casino and Resort 350.

No one from the final round group of 12 drivers chose to head out onto the 1.5-mile oval until there was less than one minute remaining in the five-minute session. Johnny Sauter led a mad dash out of the pits, and all 12 drivers were able to make the start/finish line before time expired so they could log an official Round 3 lap.

In the end, it was Reddick, driving the No. 19 Ford F-150, that earned his second Truck Series pole in the last three races with a lap of 181.959 miles per hour.

“With how this qualifying is, it’s kind of a madhouse – you go and get out of your box as quick as you can, go sit in pit road for four minutes, and just wait until [you see] who’s gonna be the first one to move,” Reddick told Fox Sports. “We wanted to be way up there in case no one did get a lap, but once everyone went with plenty of time to go, it was all about getting the right gap.

“Once we were rolling down the backstretch – some people were probably thinking where they were at, they were not going to make it back [to start/finish] – I got enough time to make it back, so I just tried to get as big a gap as I could.

“The 20 [Brennan Newberry] stumbled a bit off of [Turn] 4, and I was able to take advantage of the draft and I had some clean air where I needed it most where lots of times you get really tight behind another vehicle.”

Starting alongside him on the front row will be Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch, who has won six times in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra this year – and all four times he’s raced on a 1.5-mile oval like Texas (Kansas, Charlotte, Kentucky, Chicago).

Defending Truck Series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton will start tonight’s race in third with Ben Kennedy on his outside in Row 2. Crafton’s main rivals for this year’s title, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ryan Blaney, will start in eighth and ninth respectively.

Green flag for the 147-lap event is scheduled to drop shortly after 8:30 p.m. ET this Halloween evening.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”