Sunday – As forecast, the weather was cooperative. That allowed the Camping World Series to venture outside the United States for the first time. The fans at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park got their money’s worth. Chase Elliott took his first win in the Camping World Truck Series after sending a low-on-fuel Ty Dillon spinning on the final lap. The ensuing chaos on the track made for a dramatic finish for the series’ inaugural trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, with several teams — including those of James Buescher, Max Papis and Dillon — exchanging harsh words with fellow competitors. A caution came out with six laps to go as Johnny Sauter slowed to a halt on the Andretti straightaway. The caution laps helped ease concerns that Dillon would run out of fuel in the final laps, but the tank was never put to the test as Dillon hit the wall and finished 17th.
Papis, his RCR teammate, got into a last-lap battle with Mike Skeen as the two raced for a podium finish before contact between the two dropped them to sixth and 13th respectively.
“It was just an amateur move,” Papis said. “I don’t have time for guys like that.” As Papis walked away from a post-race interview with FOX Sports 1, a woman identifying herself as “Mike Skeen’s girlfriend” slapped Papis, reminiscent of Papis’ slap of Billy Johnson after Papis and the Roush Fenway Racing driver got into it on the track and then on pit road after June’s Road America race.
Besides Sauter’s late-race yellow, there were only three other caution flags thrown during the 64-lap race, two others for slowed trucks as Max Gresham and Alex Guenette lost speed on the track and one as Jennifer Jo Cobb’s No. 10 took a trip through the grass.
Saturday – Practice at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this morning was followed up by the afternoon qualifying session. James Buescher won the pole for Sunday’s Chevy Silverado 250. Ryan Blaney in the #29 will start second, followed by Mike Skeen, Chase Elliott, and Miguel Paludo.
Friday – In a season of firsts for the Camping World Truck Series, this is a weekend of firsts. This is the first race the Truck Series has had outside the United States. This is the series’ first road course action since 2001 – not quite a first but you get the idea. While we’re talking about firsts, Mike Skeen ran the fastest practice laps today – this is his first Camping World Truck Series race. Other series regulars’ ran towards the front with German Quiroga being second quick, followed by Ryan Blaney, Miguel Paludo, and Ty Dillon.
There are two more hours of practice tomorrow. The 9 AM session could have a risk of showers, but afternoon qualifying (5:05 PM ET) should go off without a hitch.