With the popularity of pickup trucks among consumers, it seemed only natural that NASCAR could successfully introduce a series for these vehicles. The concept of a championship using tube-frame trucks made its debut in 1995 with twenty events. Winning the first NASCAR SuperTruck title was Mike Skinner in a Chevrolet. The current schedule is made up of twenty-three events with most races taking place on the traditional paved ovals – the two exceptions are the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Eldora Speedway which is a dirt track.

The trucks are constructed using a formula that is similar to the cars. Bodies are hung on a steel tube-frame chassis built to NASCAR specifications. The vehicles are powered by 6-liter V8 engines which produce approximately 700-horsepower using the unrestricted regulations and about 450-horsepower in the restricted rules. The naturally aspirated motors are fitted with a four-barrel carburetor and run on 98-octane E15 unleaded gasoline. The minimum weight for a truck without a driver is 3,400-pounds.

Manufacturers participating in the series are Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Toyota.

2016 was the NASCAR Camping World’s series fourth visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was not the first road course to host a NASCAR Truck race but was the only event of this type on the current schedule. Drivers would compete for sixty-six laps around the ten-turn 2.459-mile track.

A strong field of thirty-two entries started the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 250. Leading the field through Canadian Tire Motorsport Parks very fast turn one is pole-sitter Cole Custer. Directly behind Custer is the Ford F150 of third fastest qualifier Daniel Hemric. Trailing Hemic is the Ford of front row starter Austin Cindric and point’s leader William Byron.
Driving the No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado was Cole Custer. Custer was tenth in points entering the event and looking for his first win of the season. It appeared that he was setting himself up for success by qualifying on the pole. Custer dominated the race, leading thirty-nine of the sixty-six laps. He was leading the final circuit but an incident involving contact between Custer and John Hunter Nemechek resulted in a second place finish.
John Hunter Nemechek was having a good season in the family operated Chevrolet Silverado. Fifth in the driver standings entering the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event Nemechek had a win in round two. In qualifying, he turned the thirteenth quickest time. Nemechek moved up the race order and was second on the final lap. He made the pass for the lead and won after making contact with Cole Custer.
The big story at the Chevrolet Silverado 250 was the last lap incident between race leader Cole Custer and eventual winner John Hunter Nemechek. As the contest came to a conclusion, the pair were running first and second. On the last lap, in corner nine Nemechek was close enough to tap the rear of Custer’s truck – upsetting the balance. Entering the final turn Nemechek hit him again causing Custer’s truck to veer left entering a right-hand turn.
Slowed by the contact Nemechek was able to get alongside Custer. The pair moved off the racing surface with Custer pinned against the concrete wall on the front straight. The two drivers drag raced to the finish line with Nemechek being the first to arrive. The incident was not without controversy. Initial thoughts were that Nemechek would be penalized for his actions but that was not the case and he was declared the winner.
Daniel Hemric driving the Draw-Tite sponsored Ford F150 made his first series start in 2013 but did not compete full time until 2015. Hemric was having a good season and entered the event sixth in points. He qualified third and was at the top of the running order during the race. On the final lap, he was fourth but spun Austin Cindric in the last turn and finished third. With all the excitement occurring at the front of the race this incident received little notice.
The only Canadian competing full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series, Cameron Hayley, made it through to the second round of qualifying. Hayley was eighth fastest in the first session and moved to seventh in the final twelve. With twelve laps remaining in the race, he was in the top-ten but Rico Abreu entered Moss corner too fast and hit Hayley. The contact forced him to pit for repairs but Hayley was able to salvage a ninth place finish.
NASCAR newcomer, Austin Cindric demonstrated his road racing prowess during the event. Cindric the son of Team Penske president, Tim Cindric already had some success at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In 2015, he shared a Grand Sport class victory in the Continental race. Starting second, Cindric ran with the leaders but on the last lap in the final corner, he was spun by Daniel Hemric. The entire field passed before he could continue – he was classified twenty-third.
Former series champion, Matt Crafton in the Menards sponsored Toyota Tundra had problems during qualifying and started seventeenth. Crafton’s season had been good so far; he had two wins (Dover International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway) and was second in the points chase. Crafton was in the seventh position during the fourth caution period but on restart when he was involved in a turn one incident. He was able to recover and finished fourth.
One of many competitors having a difficult weekend was Ryan Truex. Truex is the younger brother of Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. He started from the twentieth grid position but was involved in the race’s fourth caution. With fourteen laps remaining Truex got caught up in an incident at Moss corner with several other trucks. The damage to Truex’s Toyota required a pit-stop and dropped him from twelfth to twenty-first at the checkered flag.
During the first qualifying period, Christopher Bell entered Moss corner too fast and clipped the wall damaging the right rear. The incident prevented Bell from moving on to the second session which determined the top twelve starters. However, his time was good enough to be gridded mid-pack in sixteenth position. The driver of the No. 4 Toyota Tundra made excellent progress during the race and was fifth at the checkered flag..
During the overtime, third and fourth place competitors - Spencer Gallagher and Austin Cindric - were battling for position when the two made contact between the last two corners. Cindric was able to continue but Gallagher in the Lixar Chevrolet Silverado spun and made contact with the outside wall. The incident dropped him to twenty-third – Gallagher was only able to make up one position before the finish.

113John Hunter NemechekNEMCO Motorsports / Chevrolet Silverado66-
21Cole CusterHaas Automation / Chevrolet Silverado66-
33Daniel HemricDrawTite / Ford F15066-
417Matt CraftonMenards / Toyota Tundra66-
516Christopher BellToyota / Toyota Tundra66-
68Tyler ReddickCooper Standard / Ford F15066-
711Johnny SauterAllegiant Travel/Alamo / Chevrolet Silverado66-
814Ben KennedyWheelwell / Chevrolet Silverado66-
97Cameron HayleyRide TV/CBH / Toyota Tundra66-
105William ByronLiberty University / Toyota Tundra66-
1115Gary KluttJEGS/UDMC/Bothwell-Accurate / Toyota Tundra66-
1221John Wes TownleyJive Communications/Zaxbys / Chevrolet Silverado66-
1324Jordan AndersonBolen Motorsports / Chevrolet Silverado66-
1423D.J. KenningtonCastrol Edge / Chevrolet Silverado66-
1522Austin Wayne SelfAM Technical Solutions / Toyota Tundra66-
166Brett MoffittPinty's Grand Slam of Curling / Toyota Tundra66-
1726Cody WareLilly Trucking / Chevrolet Silverado66-
1812Timothy PetersRed Horse Racing / Toyota Tundra66-
1928Tommy Joe MartinsCross Concrete Construction / Chevrolet Silverado66-
2030Norm BenningTBD / Chevrolet Silverado66-
2120Ryan TruexWeins Canada / Toyota Tundra66-
229Spencer GallagherLixar / Chevrolet Silverado66-
232Austin CindricPirtek / Ford F15066-
2432Jennifer Jo CobbPitStopsForHope.org / Chevrolet Silverado64-
2527Travis KvapilHigh Country Grizzlies / Chevrolet Silverado60Engine
264Kaz GralaDescartes / Chevrolet Silverado56Accident
2719Rico AbreuCURB Records / Toyota Tundra52Accident
2825Tyler YoungYoung's Building Systems / Chevrolet Silverado28Electrical
2918Justin HaleyDynamiClear / Chevrolet Silverado9Clutch
3010Ben RhodesAlpha Energy Solutions / Toyota Tundra6Accident
3129Camden MurphyAmerican Club / Chevrolet Silverado3Clutch
3231Caleb RoarkDriven2Honor.org / Chevrolet Silverado3Brakes

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