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Kyle Weatherman / Lira Motorsports Post-Race Report: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200Written by Steven B. Wilson Monday, 23 November 2015 14:41
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Brandon Jones’ Strong Rookie NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season Ends Early at Homestead-Miami SpeedwayWritten by Steven B. Wilson Sunday, 22 November 2015 09:48
Brandon Jones wrapped up a 17-race schedule in his rookie season of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Driving the No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet for GMS Racing, Brandon Jones started Friday night’s 200-mile race from the 17th position after a tight-handling condition prevented him from advancing to the final round of qualifying. With a good jump on the initial start, Jones suffered extensive damage after contact with another competitor sent him into the outside retaining wall. Jones brought his Silverado down pit road twice during green-flag conditions to allow his team to assess the damage and begin repairs, and again returned to the pits during the caution period for additional work.
In the following laps, the damage created an extremely loose-handling condition on the Lucas Oil Chevrolet. With plenty of time left in the race, Jones continued to work closely with his GMS Racing team to strategize adjustments during upcoming pit stops. On lap 48, he reported that the loose-handling condition was getting worse, and he visited pit road just laps later for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. With the earlier damage limiting the team’s ability to make changes, Jones returned to pit road to check for chassis damage under the third caution of the night on lap 62. Still fighting an extremely loose condition, Jones pulled into the garage on lap 67 following a spin exiting turn four. Unable to repair the chassis damage, the Lucas Oil team had an early end to the evening to record a 31st-place finish.
Friday night’s 31st-place finish was only Jones’ fourth time finishing outside the top-25 positions in a 17-race rookie season that included four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The No. 33 team finished the season 12th in the owner championship point standings.
BRANDON JONES QUOTE:
“This was an unfortunate end to what was a great season for our Lucas Oil team. We had a tough time finding the right balance early in practice, but felt like we had the right set up for the track conditions we would face once the sun went down. I wish I could’ve added another top-five for GMS Racing here at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but tonight’s result doesn’t take away from the strong season we had. We finished in the top 10 in almost half of our starts and had really started to hunt down a win over the last month.”
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Handling was a key challenge during Black’s race weekend. The truck was too snug during the series’ only practice session, forcing the team to make some big changes to it. During qualifying, Black then worked hard with a very loose truck to line up 27th for the Ford EcoBoost 200.
“It was tough to nail down the handling for this truck, but we managed to get it just right in time for the race,” explained Black. “I constantly communicated with the team what I was feeling and what their adjustments were doing to the truck, and we were able to come together and get it ready for the main event. It was really a pleasure to work with this team all season long! I appreciate all their time and effort spent over the past year.”
Once the green flag dropped Friday night, Black made quick work of the field and moved up 10 spots by Lap 50. As the laps wound down, Black’s lap times got faster and matched trucks running in the Top-10. After a strategic call during the third pit stop of the night to take fuel only, Black lined up sixth for what would be the final restart of the night.
Unfortunately, a poor restart by the leaders of the race caused a pile-up to spread throughout the field and resulted in some left rear damage for Black. Despite a little bit of a tire rub, Black persevered through the final laps of the race to secure a Top-20 finish and 11th place in the NCWTS standings.
“I’m so proud of my team and how the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet handled in the Ford EcoBoost 200,” said Black. “We really had a fast truck out there! That was a Top-10 truck for sure, we just got caught up in someone else’s mistake at the end. We managed to stay in it though and kept 11th place in the championship standings, which was our goal for the weekend!”
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Gallagher Finishes Top-10 in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Championship Points Following HomesteadWritten by Steven B. Wilson Saturday, 21 November 2015 17:37
Spencer Gallagher’s first full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season concluded with a top-10 finish in the driver championship standings following a track-best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver of the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, capped off his rookie season with an 11th-place finish in South Florida.
Gallagher exhibited his prowess during the only practice session of the weekend, posting the third-quickest lap and followed it up with an eighth-place qualifying effort. From the outset of the 200-mile finale Gallagher immediately advanced into the top five with a brave, three-wide move on the top side of the 1.5-mile oval on the opening lap. While Gallagher boasted short-run speed, he struggled with a tight condition in the center of the corners through the race’s first fuel run, until he pitted from 10th position on lap 46.
Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz called Gallagher back to pit road under a lap 61 caution for wedge and air pressure adjustments to account for a loose condition on corner exit. As a result, Gallagher ran inside the top seven until a lap 84 caution. Gallagher pitted from the fifth position and restarted in 12th with 46 laps to go. After a jumbled restart on lap 88, Gallagher advanced from 16th to earn an 11th-place finish, his best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Gallagher finished the season 10th in NCWTS driver championship points standings and closed out the season with three-consecutive top-12 finishes. In total, Gallagher’s rookie season ended with one top-five, six top-10, and 14 top-15 finishes.
SPENCER GALLAGHER QUOTE:
“This was a real year of growth for our Allegiant Travel team. Everyone at GMS Racing put such good stuff together every week. This was my first full-time season in a truck. It was our first full-time season as a team running two trucks. I love how far we’ve come (with our program). It’s been pretty impressive, and I can’t wait to see what we can do in 2016.”
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Topping the speed charts from his first run in the only practice session of the weekend, Hemric qualified his No. 14 Chevrolet Silverado in the seventh position. Finding his truck to be free in the opening laps, Hemric was running in the eighth position when it came time for green-flag pit stops on lap 49. Crew chief Ryan McKinney called for four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and wedge adjustments before Hemric returned to the track in the eighth spot. The caution flag waved on lap 62 for a spin, and the team made the call to continue to hone in on the handling of their Silverado, providing four tires, fuel and a spring-rubber adjustment. Taking the green flag from the ninth spot on lap 67, Hemric found that his Chevy Silverado had better forward bite but was feeling "numb" in the center of the turns. A caution on lap 84 provided the team with one final chance to adjust on the California Clean Power machine, and McKinney called for four tires, fuel and both track-bar and spring-rubber adjustments. Returning to the track in the 15th position after several competitors opted not to pit, Hemric was able to pick up seven positions in the final green-flag run, taking the checkered flag in the eighth position.
Daniel Hemric on Homestead-Miami Speedway
"Overall, I'm really proud of everything we accomplished this season. My NTS Motorsports crew and I worked really well together and I feel like I learned so much about the ins and outs of these trucks. I obviously would have liked to finish off the season with a win, but we can hold our heads high when we look back at the season. We brought a fast truck to the racetrack this weekend, we just didn't have as much speed on the long runs as we did on restarts. I'm so thankful to California Clean Power, Bob Newberry, my spotter Rick Carelli, Chris Rice, my crew chief Ryan McKinney and everyone at NTS Motorsports. We fought hard all year and never gave up. I'm grateful for everything we accomplished as a team and I'm looking forward to what the future holds."
Hemric ends the season seventh in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings with a total of four top fives and 13 top-10 finishes, putting the No. 14 10th in the NCWTS Owner Point Standings. The 2016 Truck Series season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
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