Gilliland truck fails post race after third place finish

Christopher Bell picked up max points in the opening race of the Camping World Truex Series playoffs.

Bell won both stages and picked up his seventh-career truck victory - and his fifth of the season - on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the UNOH 175.

After leading a race-high 73 laps, Bell held a 1.248-second advantage over Ryan Truex at the line.

"I did everything I could to hold him off," said Truex, who lost the lead after 28 laps at the point. "I just didn't have the grip he had."

Todd Gilliland finished third followed by Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Austin Cindric, Johnny Sauter and Kaz Grala. Other Playoff notables - Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek - finished 11th and 20th, respectively.

Following inspection, NASCAR discovered improper air intake modifications on the No. 51 Pedigree Toyota piloted by third-place finisher Todd Gilliland. It was his first top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series. There were no trucks taken back to the R&D Center. Any penalties will be issued later next week.

The No. 51 KBM truck is currently second in the owner standings, 38 points behind the No. 4 KBM truck piloted by Christopher Bell.

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UPDATE: The #51-Todd Gilliland 's Kyle Busch Motorsports team was found to have violated Section - Rear Brake Cooling Assembly I-1 d. I-2c. I-2e.

The team's third place finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.

Rear brake cooling assemblies must be sealed from air inlet to exhaust.

Penalty: Crew chief (Kevin Manion) has been fined $5,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Points Event. Team assessed with the loss of 10 driver points and 10 owner points.

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