NASCAR has denied ThorSport Racing’s solicitation to restore its two Gander Outdoors Truck Series groups that were wiped out at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in light of an engine issue that Illmor Engineering asserted obligation.
ThorSport Racing sent NASCAR a letter Sept. 27 looking for reestablishment into the playoffs for Grant Enfinger, the standard season champion, and Johnny Sauter. Both neglected to complete at Las Vegas as a result of motor issues and were wiped out from the playoffs.
Ilmor Engineering gives the NT1 motor that is controlled by almost every group in the Truck arrangement. After numerous motor disappointments during the Sept. 13 Las Vegas race, Ilmor and NASCAR explored the issue. Ilmor Engineering refered to the reason as “the blend of the high motor burden condition joined with the outrageous climate conditions in Las Vegas brought about certain motors enduring serious explosion.”
ThorSport Racing sent a one-page letter Sept. 27 to NASCAR with its solicitation.
“We feel the proper thing for us is we were never permitted to race at Vegas for the playoff positions,” David Pepper, head supervisor of ThorSport Racing, disclosed to NBC Sports on Sept. 27. “We’re not requesting to reset Vegas. We’ll assume our last-position wraps up. We’re simply requesting to move the cutoff date to Phoenix, dispense with four of us rather than two (after Vegas) and two (after Phoenix.)
“Enable it to be chosen the race track and not by an outside source that has transparently stated, ‘Hello, we committed an error.’ I would prefer not to beat on them. They committed an error, however we shouldn’t be the casualties of the mix-up.”
The six drivers staying in the Truck playoff are: Reigning arrangement champion Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, Ross Chastain, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton and Tyler Ankrum.
The second round of the playoffs start Oct. 12 at Talladega Superspeedway.