Track: Watkins Glen International – Road Course (2.454 Miles)
Race: United Rentals 176 at The Glen
Date: August 7, 2021
Format: 72 Laps –20/25/27; 176.4 Miles
No. 3 I Heart Mac & Cheese Chevrolet Silverado – Bobby Reuse
Stage 1: 29
Stage 2: 31
Laps Completed: 61 of 61 (Race Cut Short 11-Laps Due to Lightning)
Laps Led: 0
Stage One Recap:
– Bobby Reuse would start the United Rentals 176 at The Glen from the 35th position after the use of the NASCAR performance matrix to determine the starting order, the matrix is based off the No. 3 team’s ranking in the owner points standings, as well as the finishing position and the fastest lap turned during the Camping World Truck Series’ previous race at Knoxville Raceway.
– As the green flag waved for the start of the race Watkins Glen International turn one would quickly become troublesome as the No. 38 and No. 18 would get spun around and out of the top-five right away allowing Reuse to move up into the 33rd spot.
– Lap-2 would see the No. 12 and No. 26 spin through the grass. Both drivers would need to come to pit lane for repairs moving Reuse up another two spots into 31st.
– The No. 13 would also need to pit on Lap-5 for removal of grass on the grill. Reuse would advance into the 29th position.
– First caution flag of the day would be displayed on Lap-9 when the No. 45 would also find trouble in turn-1 and would become stuck in the tire barrier.
– Running in the 27th position at the time of the caution Reuse would remain on track.
– With many front runners use the caution period to pit in hopes of flipping the stage. With Reuse staying on track he would gain ten positions restarting in 17th.
– The restart on Lap-10 would see Reuse quickly loose position to the trucks who stopped for new tires falling back to 19th by Lap-11.
– By Lap-13 he would lose another five-positions fading to 24th.
– Lap-16 would see Reuse loose the handle on the No. 3 truck and spin around doing multiple 360’s but managing to not hit anything or anyone.
– The caution would not be displayed and Reuse would fall back to the 31st position.
– As more trucks would begin to pit the No. 3 would earn a couple more spots before the end of the Stage.
– At the Green and Checkered flag would wave on Lap-20 Reuse would finish the first stage in 29th.
Stage Two Recap:
– At the stage break, Reuse would come to pit lane for fuel, four tires an adjustment and would restart the stage in the 25th position.
– However, just two laps into the stage Reuse would fall back four spots to 29th by Lap-25.
– As Stage 2 would run caution free Reuse would hold his ground and remain in the 29th position as the leaders would put him a lap down on Lap-35.
– At some point during the stage Reuse’s fresh air hose would come undone and Reuse would report to Crew Chief Teddy Brown of feeling ill and would request for a replacement driver.
– As the team would prepare for driver Jordan Anderson to take over at the stage break Reuse would finish out the stage in the 33rd spot one lap down.
– Under the stage break, the team would prepare for a driver change as Jordan Anderson would now get behind the wheel of the No. 3 for Reuse.
– Anderson would strap into the truck prior to a four tires, and fuel pit stop. Anderson would rejoin the field in the 33rd position on Lap-49 one lap down.
– The third caution of the day would fly on Lap-53 when the No. 19 would cut down a tire and spin making contact with the wall and stopping on track.
– Running in the 33rd position Anderson would come to pit lane to top off fuel, and to make an adjustment and would restart in 30th.
– As inclement weather would begin to move into the area of Watkins Glen International on Lap-60. NASCAR would call all the trucks to pit road and the race would be put under weather delay for lightening.
– After about a 45-minute delay the decision was made by NASCAR to make the race official.
– In post-race technical inspection, the No. 18 would be deemed illegal for failing height requirements and would be scored in the last position. Bobby Reuse would move up one position in the final run down into 29th.
United Rentals 176 at The Glen Recap:
– #16-Austin Hill won the United Rentals 176 at The Glen NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday after lightning forced the event to be cut short on lap 61 of the originally scheduled 72 lap race.
– The win is his second win of the season, first at Watkins Glen, and his eighth career win. Hill started from the pole and also won stage 2.
– Regular season champion #4-John Hunter Nemechek finished second. #2-Sheldon Creed was third, followed by #38-Todd Gilliland, who won stage 1, #75-Parker Kligerman, #21-Zane Smith, #26-Tyler Ankrum, #66-Paul Menard, #32-Sam Mayer, and #42-Carson Hocevar.
– There were seven lead changes among six drivers and five cautions for 10 yellow flag laps.
– The average speed of the race was: 87.298 mph.
– The Watkins Glen race put an end to the regular season and locked in the Playoff drivers moving on to the Round of 10, which begins at the next series event at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings:
After 15 events, JAR remains in the 32nd position in the NCWTS Owner Standings after Bobby Reuse’s 29th place finish on Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Anderson will be back behind the wheel of the Jordan Anderson Racing No. 3 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Silverado when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action in two weeks at the Worldwide Technology Raceway; Friday, August 20. LIVE coverage will be on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Motor Racing Network (MRN), and SiriusXM Channel 90 at 9:00 P.M. EST.