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Kyle Martel returns to Long Pond to give Central Pennsylvania fans the opportunity to see one of its own - compete against some of the best in NASCAR. Martel will drive the white BMR Chevrolet Silverado #59 sponsored in part by Hanover Cold Storage, Finish Line Express and Finish Line Transportation. This will be the team's second race of 2015.
"It's always special to return to Pocono -- I cut my teeth here in the ARCA Racing Series and I look forward to seeing the awesome fans. This will be our 6th start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and winning would be monumental. I like the track and know it well - but we will need to perform flawlessly to win or finish respectively." commented NASCAR Driver Kyle Martel.
Following the ARCA Racing Series, Presented by Menards, "ModSpace 125", Kyle Martel and team will lead walkers in "Go Pink @ Pocono 4" - a benefit track walk for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
"This will be our fourth Go Pink track walk which is great! It's a rare opportunity to walk and take pictures on a NASCAR track -- while raising money for a great cause. It's rewarding for me to be able to give back -- and have some fun with the fans. I sincerely thank Pocono Raceway and NASCAR for giving us all this opportunity." Concluded Martel.
"It's not often you can watch a truck fly 190+ mph down the longest front stretch in NASCAR -- then walk and talk about it with the driver afterwards. Then you turn around and see hundreds of pink shirts spread out across the track -- walking with the same purpose -- its at that moment you realize just how great NASCAR fans really are." commented Rob Ziemba, Team PR.
Fans interested in "Go Pink @ Pocono 4" must pre-register at the Bill Martel Racing Tent located at the Start/Finish Line under the Main Grandstand on Friday, July 31st from NOON to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 1st from 8:00 a.m. until walk. The donation to walk is $10.00 per person & $5.00 for kids 2 to 8. (under 2 free!) A $20.00 donation includes the walk and commemorative tee-shirt, while supplies last. All walkers must sign a waiver and no pets
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Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) rallied from two laps down to score a respectable 12th place finish in the American Ethanol 200 Friday night at Iowa Speedway.
Theriault has been running at the finish in all five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. He has completed all but two laps this season (792 of a possible 794) a key factor in the learning process for a young driver.
Theriault qualified 18th and was running just outside the top 10 at the time of his first pit stop under caution on lap 27. While most of the leaders chose to pit during the third caution period on lap 42, crew chief Chad Kendrick kept Theriault on the track in an effort to gain track position. He lined up third when the race went green on lap 50.
By lap 52 Theriault had settled into sixth place and ran there during the following long green flag run. Austin was sixth when he made a scheduled four tire stop under green on lap 118. But just a few moments after completing his service, the fourth caution of the race came out on lap 122, pinning the No. 29 team two laps down. Theriault took the wave around on lap 126 and restarted 15th one lap later.
From this point Austin's sour racing luck began to improve.
The fifth caution on lap 152 gave him the opportunity to wave around back to the tail end of the lead lap. He was 13th in line when the race went green on lap 156.
The sixth and final caution was also a fortunate turn of events for Theriault. The final yellow waved on lap 159 and Kendrick called his driver to pit road one lap later for four tires and adjustments. Austin restarted 12th on lap 164 when the race went green and did an admirable job down the stretch to hold off Ben Kennedy for the position.
Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) bounced back from early race struggles to grab a third place finish in the American Ethanol 200 Friday night at Iowa Speedway. Reddick collected his sixth top five in eight races this season and remains second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 12 points behind the leader.
Tyler started third and had maintained that position when he struggled to come up to speed following the first caution on lap 11. He briefly dropped outside the top 20 but recovered and was moving through the field when he pitted under the second caution on lap 27 for four tires and adjustments and restarted 16th on lap 30.
Shortly after the race went green Reddick radioed his crew that he thought he had a loose wheel. The third caution period gave the team an opportunity to pit on lap 43 to make sure the right side wheels were secure. Reddick lined up fifth for the restart on lap 50.
Reddick was eighth when the fourth caution gave him the chance to pit for four tires and adjustments on lap 123 and was fifth when the green flag waved on lap 127.
He was seventh when the fifth caution waved on lap 152. Reddick pitted for four tires and adjustments one lap later and was sixth for the restart on lap 156. He quickly picked off two spots on the restart and was fourth when the sixth and final caution on lap 159 set up the restart.
Reddick restarted fourth on lap 164 and was third one lap later. As the race entered its closing laps, Reddick and Matt Crafton waged an entertaining battle for third. Crafton nudged Reddick off Turn 2 with two laps to go and pulled alongside on the final lap but Reddick held him off, edging his rival to the finish line by one truck length.
Black’s day at Iowa Speedway had its ups and downs, as the driver had almost identical spins in both practice and the opening laps of the race, but he managed to make incredible saves both times to prevent his Chevy Silverado from receiving any damage other than some flat-spotted tires.
“That was just one of those racing incidents. We were racing hard and that will just happen sometimes,” said Black. “The team recovered from it well, and we made the right adjustments to prevent it from happening again. We were chasing the truck’s handling all night. It was free and then tightened way up on us at the end, so it was a battle tonight.”
After settling back down into the race, Black focused on fighting his way back inside the Top-20. He was successful in his pursuit after finding his groove at the track and almost raced his way into the Top-10 before finishing in 15th place. Despite the roller coaster of the night, Black had nothing but praise for the Midwestern track.
“Iowa is a fun place! I really like the track, especially how bumpy and fast it is. It's a blast to drive and race on,” he said. “Plus we brought the truck home in one piece and got another Top-15 out of the night! Really a solid race for Team Scuba.”
With this finish, Black now has an average finishing position of 13.8 in the last four races of the season. While he remains in 11th place in the NCWTS championship standings, Black stays within striking distance of 10th place driver, Ben Kennedy.
Despite having a couple of off-weeks coming up, Black will still find himself at a racetrack. The rookie driver plans to compete in a late model race at Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven, Florida before returning to NCWTS action at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 9.
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The 25-year-old Townley drove his No. 05 Zaxby’s Chevrolet to a solid tenth-place finish in Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. But considering that he’s fifth in driver points, Townley viewed the 200 lap race on the .875-mile oval as a missed opportunity.
“I felt like we had a really good truck after the first and second rounds of qualifying on Friday,” said Townley, who posted the third and seventh-fastest speeds in the first two rounds only to start 12th in the race after his Silverado got loose on his qualifying run in round three. “So I thought we’d be able to get after those guys in the race.
“But we struggled with the handling on the truck most of the night.”
Just when it looked like Townley might be saddled with a finish outside of the top 15, he benefitted from some smart calls from crew chief Michael Shelton that resulted in two wave arounds. Quick service from his over-the-wall team put Townley into top 10 on a late-race restart. But after charging through the field when the green flag was displayed, the handling woes returned leaving Townley to settle for a tenth-place effort.
“I enjoy racing at Iowa and really wanted a top-five,” he said. “But we’ll take a tenth and our truck team will get ready for Kentucky next month.”
Townley will get back into action on Friday night July 4th when he climbs behind the wheel of the No. 25 Zaxby’s Chevrolet to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Subway 250 at Daytona International Speedway.“I’ve always loved the tight racing at Daytona,” said Townley, who owns a win at Daytona in the ARCA Series. “It can get a little nerve-wracking, but I think it gives me a chance to excel. I can’t wait to get there to kick off the second half of the racing season.”
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After ending the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' (NCWTS) only practice session of the weekend in the 13th position, Hemric narrowly missed advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying, earning a 13th-place starting spot for the American Ethanol 200. Crazy opening laps led to the first yellow flag of the day being displayed on lap seven, with Hemric scored in the 14th spot after two close calls for contact in front of his Chevrolet Silverado. Hemric reported to crew chief Ryan McKinney and competition director Chris Rice that his California Clean Power Chevy was sliding the nose getting into the turns, but it was not until the third caution flag of the day waved on lap 42 that the team was in a window to visit pit road. Entering the pits in the 13th position, McKinney called for four tires, fuel and a spring-rubber adjustment. Because several competitors were on different pit strategies, Hemric returned to the track in the 19th spot for the lap-51 restart. While the No. 14 Silverado had improved slightly, the next long green-flag run proved that the truck was still too tight on entry. When the next caution finally waved on lap 122, Hemric had worked his way up to the 12th position. The NTS Motorsports crew called for four tires, fuel and both track-bar and wedge changes, maintaining their position despite the double adjustment. The California Clean Power Chevy was now scored a lap down after the leader passed Hemric on the previous green-flag run, but a caution on lap 152 would allow the young driver to remain on track and receive the wave around, putting him back on the lead lap for the lap-157 restart. Still battling a tight truck, as well as worn tires, the field was fortunately slowed by a yellow once again on lap 159, allowing the NTS Motorsports team to make the 'money stop' for four tires, fuel and another track-bar adjustment. The California Clean Power Chevy came alive in the closing 35 laps, with Hemric going from 12th to ninth in just three laps. Hemric took over the eighth position with just over 15 laps remaining, maintaining the spot until the checkered flag waved.
Daniel Hemric on Iowa Speedway
"I really can't thank everyone at NTS Motorsports enough; they made big swings at our California Clean Power Chevrolet all night and battled hard until the end. By that last run, we were extremely fast. With some more laps, I think we would have been up in the top five competing for the win. My first race at Iowa Speedway was definitely an experience. The track has a lot of character, which makes it fun to drive as a racer. I was really surprised that none of us were really able to make the high line work at all tonight; after watching the [NASCAR] K&N Pro Series East and [NASCAR] XFINITY Series running up on the wall, I figured the trucks would be able to as well, but I guess they punch too big of a hole in the air to really run the same way. This four-race stretch has been a lot of fun, and we've run so well. I hate that we have to take these next two weekends off when we have so much momentum. I can't wait to get to Kentucky."
Hemric remains eighth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, just one point behind seventh place. The Truck Series takes two weekends off before returning to action at Kentucky Speedway. The UNOH 225 airs live on FOX Sports 1 on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
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In what he deemed "a remarkable night," 20-year-old Christopher Bell fulfilled a childhood dream Friday by making his first NASCAR National Series start in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The open-wheel dirt standout overwhelming exceeded the expectations he set for himself going into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of being able to complete all of the laps and finishing the race with his Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra in one piece. After qualifying 10th, Bell ran inside the top 15 for 189 of the race's 200 laps, recorded an average running position of 7.685 and ended the night with an impressive fifth-place finish.
"It was a remarkable night for me -- really proud of all my Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) guys and I can't thank Toyota Certified Used Vehicles enough for the opportunity," said Bell of his Truck Series debut. "Coming here I just had one expectation and goal and that was just to finish the race. I really didn't know what to expect and to come out with a top-five I'm just thrilled about it. Obviously being in a KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) truck definitely puts on a lot of pressure on you because they're expected to run good and they have really nice trucks. The truck was probably a little bit better than the driver tonight and I think Erik (Jones) proved that. I'm just really thankful to be here and hopefully this will lead to some more opportunities."
The 2013 USAC Midget National champion, who began his pavement-racing career driving Late Models for KBM last September, had never turned a lap in a truck prior to Friday morning. At the halfway mark of the lone Truck Series practice he stood 13th on the leaderboard, but of the course of making a total of 63 laps around the .875-mile oval became increasingly more comfortable with the handling of his Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra. Crew chief Jerry Baxter and his crew put a mock-qualifying setup on Bell's Toyota in the closing minutes of practice and the talented youngster turned a lap of 23.216 seconds at 135.682 mph, which ranked second to KBM teammate Erik Jones overall in the session.
Bell advanced to the final round of Friday afternoon's knockout qualifying session by posting the second- fastest time (23.258 seconds at 136.022 mph) in round one and the sixth-quickest time (23.291 seconds at 135.245 mph) in round two. The Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra got really loose in the final round and after turning a lap of 23.520 seconds at 133.929 mph, the No. 51 team earned the 10th starting position for the race.
When the green flag dropped Friday night, Bell communicated that the handling of his Tundra was "a little snug," but by the time the second caution of the race occurred on lap 24 he had maneuvered his way up to the sixth position. He advanced one more position, to fifth, when the field was slowed for the third time on lap 41. Baxter summoned his young driver down pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop with a chassis adjustment. Due to a combination of a slow stop and other teams electing to replace just two tires, the Oklahoma native returned to the track scored in the 17th position for the ensuing restart on lap 50.
Having made mostly single-truck runs in the morning practice session, Bell had to learn on the fly about the aero dependency of the trucks in traffic over the course of 72-lap green-flag run that ensued. He reported that his Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra was "really good, but aero-tight" as he advanced up to the 10th position at the halfway mark of the 200-lap event. The rookie was running ninth when the field was slowed for the fourth time on lap 121.
On this trip down pit road, the over-the-wall crew redeemed themselves and returned their young driver to the track in the seventh position after the completion of a four-tire and fuel stop. With increasing confidence, Bell advanced two positions to the fifth spot after the race went back green and was turning laps as fast as the leader when the fifth caution of the race occurred on lap 151. Baxter once again summoned his driver to pit road for four fresh Goodyear Racing tires and full tank of fuel.
With teams on varying pit strategies, the No. 51 Toyota returned to the track scored in the eighth spot for the ensuing restart, which came with 36 laps remaining. Bell quickly made his way up to the fourth position, but with 20 laps to go reluctantly surrendered the spot after a multi-lap side-by-side-battle with two-time reigning Truck Series champion Matt Crafton. He settled in behind Crafton the remainder of the way and crossed the finish line in the fifth spot.
"Tonight definitely was a dream come true," Bell proclaimed post race. "As a kid growing up I think pretty much every short track driver in the United States wants to drive in NASCAR. So, whenever I got the call to be able to run a Truck race it was definitely a dream come true and hopefully this fifth-place finish will turn into some other races for me."
Bell's KBM teammate Erik Jones picked up his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of 2015 and fifth victory in just 26 career starts in NASCAR's third division. Brandon Jones finished 5.860 seconds behind Erik Jones in the runner-up spot. Tyler Reddick crossed the stripe in the third position, Crafton came home fourth and Bell rounded out the top-five finishers. Justin Boston in the KBM No. 54 ROK Mobile Tundra came home 11th.
The ninth race of the 2015 season featured six cautions for a total of 36 laps. There were six lead changes among five drivers.
With nine of 23 races completed, the No. 51 Tundra team sits fourth in the owner's championship standings - 37 tallies behind points the series leading No. 88 team.
Daniel Suarez will be back behind the wheel of the No. 51 ARRIS Tundra when the Truck Series resumes action July 9 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Live coverage of the UNOH 225 begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Bell's next start for KBM will come July 5 in the Pro All Star Series Super Late Model event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Justin Boston came to Iowa Speedway hoping to put his bad luck last week behind him. Although he did not get the finish he was hoping for, Boston did have a good run throughout the night with an 11th-place finish at the 0.875-mile track.
Boston started the 200-lap event 11th and quickly moved up through the field. He told the KBM team the ROK Mobile Tundra was tight, but it was getting better the longer he ran. Within the first 30 laps he was up to seventh place.
He ran in the top 10 nearly the entire race, and after each pit stop the Tundra would start out tight but eventually the balance would improve. Boston was ninth after his final pit stop of the race on lap 152 and was up to eighth with 35 laps to go. Unfortunately he lost some track position on the final restart on lap 165 and could never get it back since the ROK Mobile Tundra became too tight. He finished the race in 11th place.
"Tonight was disappointing," Boston said. "I felt like we had a really good ROK Mobile Tundra in the middle part of the race there, we just didn't have track position and it seems like we went the wrong way on it. We were just way too tight to make anything happen at the end of the race. The other guys just got a little bit faster and we didn't get any faster. It was just one of those things that we have to build off of and go to Kentucky, and hopefully contend for a top five because we should've just easily ran in the top 10 tonight and it's a shame we didn't."
KMB's Erik Jones won the race, followed by Brandon Jones, Tyler Reddick, Matt Crafton and making his NCWTS debut for KBM, Christopher Bell rounded out the top five. Boston remains 12th in the driver's championship point standings.
Jones started from the fourth position for the 200-lap event, but quickly picked up two positions on lap one. Remaining in the second position until the third caution period on lap 42, Jones pulled his Air Management Supply / AGRA Industries Chevrolet down pit road where crew chief Shane Huffman elected to take four tires and fuel to help Jones with a loose handling condition. Jones restarted in the eighth position behind several trucks that took only two tires.
By lap 110, Jones had made his way back into the top five and patiently hunted down the trucks that ran ahead of him. Huffman made a late race gamble to take two tires during the lap 152 caution period, placing Jones in control of the lead with 44 laps to go and no complaints about the balance of his Chevrolet Silverado. Jones battled to keep the lead in the final laps, but ultimately finished second to race winner Erik Jones.
“This was a huge night for GMS Racing and the No. 33 Air Management Supply / AGRA Industries Chevrolet," stated Jones. "We had so much speed and the handling was never too far off, but the two-tire call that Shane (Huffman, crew chief) made at the end gave us just what we needed to bring home a good finish. Two weeks in a row, a GMS Racing truck has been in the top two at the end of the race and this won’t be the last time. I’m excited about where we’re headed with the rest of the season.”
Friday night’s second-place finish is his best result of the 2015 season, and his second career top-five finish. The result advanced the No. 33 truck to ninth in the NCWTS Owner Standings.
Gallagher took the green flag in the American Ethanol 200 from the 14th position, and recovered from an early spin to stay on the lead lap. As crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz and the Allegiant Travel team made adjustments to subdue his loose handling condition, Gallagher cracked the top 15 by lap 53. Just after the halfway point, an elongated cycle of green-flag pit stops began, and as Gallagher stayed on track, he advanced inside the top 10 by the caution flag on lap 122. Four tires, track bar and air pressure adjustments allowed Gallagher to hold his position inside the top eight on the ensuing restart, and took two tires under a lap 150 caution to gain track position and move up to third.
While running amongst competitors with fresher tires, Gallagher comfortably ran seventh for the final 35 circuits. The seventh-place effort is Gallagher’s second-best finish of the season and his third top ten of 2015. Erik Jones took the checkered flag with GMS Racing teammate, Brandon Jones notching a career-best second-place finish.
"Tonight was a great recovery, and a great finish for our Allegiant Travel Chevrolet," stated Gallagher. "Our GMS Racing team made strides on the balance all night, but for the most part, we were just too loose. The long runs really helped us, and we maintained our speed as the balance improved throughout a fuel run. Jeff (Stankiewicz) made a great call for two tires to gain track position and we had the speed on a long run to maintain our position. Each week we keep improving and gaining on the top five in points. Also, congratulations to my teammate, Brandon Jones, on a career-best finish. I’m really encouraged by the recent races for GMS Racing, and I can’t wait to get to Kentucky (Speedway) in a few weeks.”
After nine of 23 events, Gallagher has progressed to a career-high, sixth position, in the NCWTS championship standings.
For an in depth interview with Spencer Gallagher, check out episode 42 of Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/speedwaydigestradio/2015/06/19/thursday-night-thunder-with-adam-sinclair!