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After a solid Martinsville debut back in March, Justin Jennings returns to the legendary Martinsville Speedway in MB Motorsports’ #63 Mittler Brothers Machine and Tool / Papa Murphy’s / Excel Bottling Chevy Silverado.

“We had a solid run here in the spring for Justin’s first Martinsville attempt,” notes team owner Mike Mittler. “We’ve got folks from Papa Murphy’s here with us, so hopefully we can take what we learned from that and give our team’s new sponsor a strong finish.”

Adds Jennings, “We were able to improve our lap times during the spring race, so with all the work we’ve done on our Martinsville truck, we should be able to pick up some speed. As long as I can keep the truck pointed in the right direction, which can be a challenge with all the beating and banging that goes on at Martinsville, we should be fine.”

MB Motorsports will once again be supporting Eagle Rock Camp, a faith-based, holistic sports camp where military families learn to re-connect and re-integrate. “We’re just trying to do what we can to help out,” states Mittler. “Lynn Miller and everyone at Eagle Rock Camp does a great job helping our military families. They’re trying to raise the monies so they can move into a facility that would help them establish a base in the Midwest. We’re just trying to do what we can to help.”

Last season at Martinsville, Darrell Wallace Jr. made history.

The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver led the final 50 laps of the Kroger 200 all the way to the finish at the .526-mile oval to become the second African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series race. His triumph occurred nearly 50 years after Wendell Scott became the first African-American victor of a NASCAR national series race at Jacksonville Speedway on Dec. 1, 1963.

Ironically, Martinsville is located about 30 miles east of Danville, Virginia – the late Scott’s hometown.

“This (win) means everything,” a teary-eyed Wallace said after the race. “This is an emotional win for me, especially to do it in Wendell Scott’s backyard. I love coming here to Martinsville. It’s always good to me. It finally paid off.”

Wallace will attempt to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ fall race at Martinsville again on Saturday in the Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). He finished second in the March event at “The Paperclip” after winning the pole.

For the race weekend, Wallace has decided to honor Scott and his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wallace will pay tribute to Scott at Martinsville by temporarily changing his red, white and black No. 54 Toyota Tundra to the No. 34 Toyota Tundra with a throwback blue and white paint scheme, reminiscent of the No. 34 car Scott drove. He will also sport a retro firesuit.

"I’m really excited to run the No. 34 Toyota Tundra this weekend at Martinsville to honor Wendell Scott’s Hall of Fame induction, as well as honor the entire Scott family,” Wallace said. “Martinsville is a track I have run well on and will always be special to me since I got my first win there last year.”

Championship implications are on the line for Wallace, who moved up to third in the standings after a ninth-place showing at Talladega. He trails series leader Matt Crafton by 28 points with four races left in the season.

The 21-year-old feels ready to further reduce his standings deficit on Saturday.

“Anytime you mention Martinsville, I get excited,” Wallace said. “Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys have worked really hard to give me the best Toyota Tundra, and I know if we unload with the same speed we have the last few races, we will be just fine. It’s time to get us another win and another Grandfather clock.”

In an 11th hour agreement, short track racing ace Peyton Sellers will drive Win-Tron Racing’s No. 35 Danville Toyota / Pembelton Forrest Products Toyota Tundra in Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

 

The pairing seems like a natural fit, as Win-Tron Racing hails from the short track ranks, while Sellers will compete at his hometown track, often dubbed as the paperclip. Sellers will make his third start at the 0.526-mile oval, while his Mooresville, North Carolina-based Win-Tron Racing team will do the same.

Together, the pair hopes to make the best of what Sellers calls a “good situation,” and deliver a top-10 finish in the penultimate short track race of the season.

“This is a great opportunity for myself and I’m thankful to Win-Tron Racing,” said Sellers, who recently competed at Martinsville in the annual highly publicized MDCU 300 Late Model event. “We put this deal together last minute, but that’s not always a bad thing. I know Win-Tron Racing fields’ good equipment, I’m just hoping to make the best of this.”

While Sellers does have limited experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, his lack of knowledge of Martinsville is polar opposite. From trucks, to Late Models and everything in-between, the recently turned 31-year old has logged more laps around the track, than he can count. With his eighth career NCWTS start on-deck, the Danville, Virginia native hopes it will pay off Saturday.

“As thankful as I am for this shot, I’m my own worst critic,” offered Sellers, who not long ago earned the Virginia triple-crown title for his efforts at three of Virginia’s premier short-tracks. “It’s my hometown track, so I want to do well. Anytime you race in front of your hometown crowd, I believe it gives you an advantage. We’re aiming for a top-10 finish this weekend, and we’ll do everything we can to achieve that.”

With the eye of many locked on Sellers potential in the 19th race of the season, the 2014 South Boston (Va.) Speedway NASCAR Whelen-All American Series Late Model champion knows that without the last minute support of many, Saturday’s race would not have been possible.

“It’s like a late birthday gift,” added Sellers, who celebrated it on October 20. “Without the help of Danville Toyota and Pembelton Forrest Products, the chance to drive for Win-Tron Racing would not be possible.”

Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing knew it made sense to put Sellers behind the wheel.

“When it comes to Martinsville and late model racing, Peyton Sellers is atop of the list,” Thiesse sounded. “We’re a team all about opportunities and hope Saturday’s race will be the platform for Peyton to showcase his talent even more in the No. 35 Toyota Tundra. We’re excited about the race and hope he is too.”

The Kroger 200 is the 19th of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Saturday afternoon, October 25 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop at approximately 1:46 p.m. All times Eastern. 

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Following in the footsteps of his uncle, Carlos Contreras, Enrique Contreras III is poised to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in this weekend’s Kroger 200 from Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

In a joint partnership between SS Green Light Racing and Rick Ware Racing, the younger Contreras will pilot the No. 07 RaceTrac Chevrolet Silverado in the highly anticipated 200-lap slugfest Saturday afternoon.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates more than 370 convenience stores locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.

The 22-year old driver advances his career to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, after participating in the full 2014 NASCAR Toyota Series season, where four top-10 finishes contributed to his 18th place championship standings placement.

With the goal of acquiring seat time, Contreras, the 2011 NASCAR Toyota Series rookie of the year, will utilize his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut to strengthen his racing resume, but also make a bid for participation in further NCWTS races next season.

“I’m very humbled by the opportunity to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend,” said Contreras. “Typically, the fall Martinsville race has been one of the most competitive short track races on the schedule, but we’re hoping to find ourselves in that mix with a lot of hard work and some luck.”

While the Mexico City, Mexico native has never competed in a national series race at Martinsville, he is determined to earn the respect of his competition, but also find his niche on the racetrack.

“Our goal is to finish the race on Saturday,” Contreras added. “You have to be prepared for anything. Sometimes, the races at Martinsville can by physical or calmer than normal. However, if we keep our initial goals in check, we should be able to give RaceTrac and everyone who supports us, something to be proud of when the checkered flag waves.”

Despite no prior starts at the 0.526-mile paved oval, the Hispanic is hoping that his prior experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), not to mention his racing campaign in his native country of Mexico will prove to be beneficial.

“Some will argue that the K&N Series has some of the stoutest competition in racing throughout the year and even though it may have been a little bit since I’ve run on the tour, I remember the races like yesterday. I’m used to competing on short tracks for most of my life, so I’m hoping what I’ve learned over the year will (hopefully) pay off in a truck. Most of all, I’m looking forward to learning a lot.”

Rick Ware, team principal of Rick Ware Racing and often known for developing new talent across NASCAR’s national series’ offered his thoughts on Contreras’s impending Truck Series debut.

“Enrique knows the challenges that competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series brings, but he’s a talented young-man with a lot of passion and motivation,” he said. “Collectively, we felt Martinsville was a good opportunity to turn some laps in a truck and learn from some of the best. We’re extremely thankful to have RaceTrac’s support this weekend. If we can take the green flag and see the checkered flag in relatively good shape, we’ll consider the weekend a success.”

The Kroger 200 is the 19th of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Saturday afternoon, October 25 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop at approximately 1:46 p.m. All times Eastern. 

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Hill to make NCWTS debut with RBR

Written by Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:38

Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises announced today that Austin Hill will be behind the wheel of its No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear FleetHQ/A&D Welding/Wynn's Ford F-150 in this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

 

Hill, a two-time winner in 2014 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, will be making his first NCWTS attempt.

 

"Austin is a remarkable talent," said RBR owner Ricky Benton. "He has proven his meddle with the season he had in the K&N Series this year.

 

"We have a great Ford Racing F-150 to load up and take to Martinsville and I am confident we can put together a good run and a good finish."

 

Despite being a newbie to the series, Hill believes that he and the team can put together a good effort at Martinsville.

 

"It means the world to me to be able to drive a truck at Martinsville with RBR," said Hill. "I really appreciate all the hard work everyone has put in to make this happen.

 

"The biggest difference I've faced so far in my career going from a bias-ply tire to a radial tire and the trucks are a little more top heavy but other than that the K&N car helped me prepare for the truck a lot."

 

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Hill follows Corey LaJoie in the seat of the No. 92. LaJoie had an RBR season best 10th place finish in the team's last effort at Bristol in August, but is focusing on the Nationwide Series for the remainder of 2014.

 

Knowing that RBR needed a driver to finish its season, racing veterans Phil Parson and Mike Herman reached out to Benton to make a pitch for putting Hill behind the wheel of the No. 92.

 

"Those guys have been around this sport a long time and their recommendations go a long way," said Benton. "Couple that with the fact that we are talking about a three-time winner in the K&N Series in the last 17 races and I'm excited about our chances at Martinsville."

 

Tempering Expectations

Knowing the reputation that Martinsville has as a tough track, especially for your young drivers, Hill has realistic expectations for the Kroger 200.

 

"I'm mainly wanting to finish all the laps and get a good understanding about the trucks as we try to move forward in my career," said Hill. "Keeping the truck clean and drive a smart race will help me and hopefully we can come how with a pretty good finish."

 

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Eighteen year old driver Camden Murphy of Itasca, Illinois will make his inaugural start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 25th for SS Green Light Racing in the No. 08 Ronald McDonald House Chevy Silverado.

 

Murphy gained national attention after winning the Midwest Truck Series event at the famed Milwaukee Mile during ARCA Fest back in June taking the lead at the nation’s oldest speedway with a bold three-wide pass with eleven laps to go. Murphy’s racing resume includes an impressive array of experience behind the wheel that drivers twice his age would envy competing at several NASCAR-level tracks including the Milwaukee Mile, the Nashville Superspeedway, Rockingham Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis.

 

A three-time Mini-Cup champion, Murphy finished 2014 with top five finishes in both the Midwest Truck Series and Madison International Speedway Truck Series final point standings. He has also competed in UARA and ASA Truck Tour competition.

 

Murphy has been working closely with the SS Green light team in preparation for his debut on the Martinsville short track. While Camden has been racing a truck for the past five seasons, he understands racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a whole new experience. “The trucks are completely different than what I am used to; they are heavier and have more power, which is huge!” said Murphy.

 

Murphy will be under the watchful eye of NASCAR veteran Bobby Dotter. Murphy knows if he is patient, races smart and brings the truck home clean, he will come out of Martinsville with a good finish. “It’s all about finishing and finishing clean. NASCAR has a strict policy on approval for larger tracks and I hope to have no problem with it,” said Murphy.

 

The SS Greenlight team is completely behind their talented young driver and feels Murphy will turn a few heads in the Ronald McDonald House No. 08 Silverado. “I’ve been watching Camden for a while, he’s from my hometown (Chicago) and he has been running very well in the Midwest Truck Series” said Dotter. “We were able to work out a deal to give him the opportunity to drive one of our trucks at Martinsville. He’s really a great kid, I think he has some talent and we’re going to try to help him show his ability in the NCWTS.”

 

Car Doctor, Jr., Mark Signs, and O’Hare Auto body are providing additional support for Murphy’s No 08 Ronald McDonald House Silverado for the Kroger 200.

 

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Earlier this season, Erik Jones visited Iowa Speedway in Newton for his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the venue and led 131 of the American Ethanol 200 en route to victory. Saturday, Jones will be in search of a similar result as he takes to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in his No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra for his third start at the .526-mile oval.

 

Last April at "The Paperclip," Jones became the first 16-year-old to compete in a Truck Series event since his team owner Kyle Busch did so in October of 2001. In his Truck Series debut, the talented teenager advanced from the 19th starting position to as high as fourth in the closing laps. The Michigan native was in position for a top- five finish with under 10 laps remaining, but lost a handful of positions in the closing laps after he found himself on the wrong end of a Martinsville bump-and-run.

 

Jones returned to Martinsville for his 2014 Truck Series debut in March and put together another strong run. When qualifying was rained out, he earned the fourth starting position based on practice speeds per the NASCAR rule book. He worked his way up to the third position mid race and was scored in the fifth spot for the field's first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.  Shortly after the restart, he got turned by Johnny Sauter as the field headed down the backstretch and his Tundra was sent spinning hard into the inside wall. After a quick trip down pit road to allow his over-the-wall crew to clear the fenders, Jones took the second attempt to finish from the 20th position and was able to gain two spots over the final laps to end the day with an undeserving 18th-place finish.

 

The disappointing finish at Martinsville was part of a rough start to the 2014 season for Jones. After earning top-10 finishes in all five of his Truck Series starts in 2013, his win at Iowa in July was his only top-10 result across his first five starts this season, despite registering an Average Running Position of 7.1 during those events. The racing prodigy has rebounded to finish inside the top 10 in each of his last five Truck Series starts this season, including his third career win at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in late September.

 

Jones now heads to Martinsville in search of Kyle Busch Motorsports fourth consecutive win in the Kroger 200. Denny Hamlin won the fall Truck Series event at Martinsville back-to-back in 2011 and 2012 and Darrell Wallace Jr. claimed his historic victory there last October. Jones is hoping that the third time is the charm, as it was in Iowa earlier this season, and he leaves Virginia with the iconic grandfather clock in tow.

 

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Cole Custer Mission Accomplished

Written by Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:10

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado for Haas Racing Development (HRD), had a handful of goals at the onset of the 2014 racing season. Those goals were lofty, but Custer proved that he was more than capable of reaching each of them. In his most recent start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, at the age of 16 years, seven months and 28 days, Custer checked the biggest box on the list – to become the youngest driver in NASCAR national touring series history to win a race.

For Custer, earning that first win wasn’t just for his own personal achievement. It was also for Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation and owner of HRD in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. With the win at Loudon, Custer delivered Haas his first victory in NASCAR’s third-tier series. And, with that win at Loudon, Haas Automation Chevrolets have now been to victory lane in NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series competition.

The first win for Haas Automation came in June 2004, when the late Jason Leffler took the checkered flag at the Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. Almost 10 years later, Kurt Busch was able to deliver a Sprint Cup victory for the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world when he was able to hold off six-time Sprint Cup champion and eight-time Martinsville (Va.) Speedway race-winner Jimmie Johnson to win the STP 500 this past March.

Haas Automation had been a sponsor in the Nationwide Series for two years before getting its first victory in that series, and for 12 years in the Sprint Cup Series. It took Custer just seven starts into his first limited Truck Series season to score his victory.

Custer will hope to ride the wave of momentum generated by his victory into Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville when, for the first time in his brief Truck Series career, he will return to a racetrack where he’s raced previously this year. In his series debut at the Virginia short track in March, Custer ran inside the top-10 for much of the race, but a number of beating-and-banging incidents and late-race caution flags led him to an 11th-place finish.

As Custer rolls into Martinsville, he looks to improve on his finish in March. And if he’s able to make a little more history along the way by winning another race, he certainly wouldn’t mind at all. While that accomplishment wasn’t necessarily on his list of preseason goals, he certainly isn’t opposed to amending the list and giving his No. 00 team another box to check.

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Talladega, a name synonymous with high speeds, hosted the 18th race of 2014 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the beginning of a five week stretch to the season finale in Homestead, Miami. NTS Motorsports teamed up with Armour Vienna Sausages and Bad Boy Buggies to take to the track with one of the most successful drivers in the series, Ron Hornaday. After proving that the team had not only a fast piece, but a strategy to get to the front, Hornaday only turned a handful of laps in practice and qualifying, leading into the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola. Being fast right off of the hauler, is something NTS Motorsports has accomplished multiple times throughout the season and Friday in Talladega was another one of those times. The speed carried over to the race on Saturday also, as Ron posted the fastest lap of the race, before getting caught up in a Talladega tangle that ended up taking the No.9 Chevrolet Silverado out of contention for the rest of the day.

 

The first on track activity was held early on Friday morning, as the garage opened to prepare for a single two hour practice session for the NCWTS. Hornaday hit the track in practice, alongside his NTS Motorsports teammate, Brennan Newberry in the No.20 truck. They joined the rest of the drivers in the Chevrolet Silverado camp, with the veteran as the lead truck in the pack. Turning only six laps total, the group of Chevrolets went to the top of the board. The Armour Vienna Sausages and Bad Boy Buggies truck posted a time of 50.729 and a top speed of 188.768, which stood solid throughout the entire practice, placing Hornaday 6th on the board. Hornaday and the No.9 team elected to end practice early and begin preparations for the knockout qualifying sessions later that afternoon.

 

After meeting with fans during the series autograph session and taking in the sights and sounds of Talladega, Ron Hornaday Jr. strapped back into his No.9 Chevrolet Friday ready for the NASCAR's new qualifying format. Qualifying would consist of three five minute rounds, two rounds of elimination, with the first round split into two separate groups of eighteen trucks, with the overall top 24 times advancing into the second round. Rounding out the second group in the first round, Hornaday advanced into the second round easily, posting a time of 50.827, which was third on the speed charts. As knockout style qualifying has proven to be a perpetual chess match during each round, lining up to go out for the second five minute segment, Chevrolet drivers were not able to hook up together to get the drafting help needed to set a fast lap. When the clock expired, the No.9 Chevrolet earned a starting spot in 14th, for Saturday afternoon's race along his NTS teammate Brennan Newberry in the No. 20.

 

As the Talladega sun began to break over the 'Alabama Gang Superstretch', teams were already preparing for battle on the biggest and fastest track on the circuit. Ron Hornaday Jr. received handshakes from distinguished guests, a kiss for good luck from his c  ontinual side-kick and wife, Lindy, and pulled down his visor to go for the win. When the flag was displayed, positions immediately began to shift and change every time the field crossed the start-finish line. By lap seven, Hornaday was maintaining a spot with the front pack and reported to his spotter, "This truck is great, I can drive it anywhere I want to on the track". This was further proven when Hornaday posted the fastest lap of the day at that point just one lap later. Unfortunately, living up to its reputation, Talladega Superspeedway struck a hard blow to the team's weekend. Coming through the backstretch on lap 11, several competitors made contact in front of the four-time NASCAR Champion and Hornaday's No. 9 Silverado was collected in the melee. Once in the garage area, the damage was accessed and unfortunately the No.9 Armour Vienna Sausages / Bad Boy Buggies team was done for the day. After displaying some of the top speeds and times of the weekend, Hornaday was forced to end his weekend early but proved that he continues to be a formidable force in the truck series. The next event on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is Martinsville Speedway on October, 25th.

 

From the Driver's Seat from Ron Hornaday Jr: "I had one of the best race vehicles I've ever had at Talladega this weekend.  I could drive this Chevy Silverado anywhere I wanted to on the race track.  I was having fun and working on our teams' plan for the race and hated that we got collected in someone else's wreck so early.  We had the truck to win this one!  I can't thank Armour Vienna Sausages and Bad Boy Buggies enough for this opportunity and Bob (Newberry), Chris (Rice) and everyone at NTS Motorsports for making sure we had one of the best speedway trucks I've ever driven."

 

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For the 4th total time in his career, Brennan Newberry took the track for some restrictor plate racing. Superspeedway racing is one of the jewels of NASCAR but a top challenge for all competitors. After grabbing the pole at Daytona in 2013, Newberry proved to everyone that he has what it takes to be fast on the high banks and he continued to drive that point home this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The No.20 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado team filed into the garage bright and early on Friday morning for 120 minutes of practice and looked to execute fast laps in the draft with NTS Motorsports teammate Ron Hornaday Jr. in the No.9 and the rest of the Chevrolet drivers in the pack. Executing their blueprint throughout practice, qualifying, and the race, Newberry and crew chief Ryan McKinney showed plenty of speed and overcame every obstacle thrown their way, to rebound for a solid finish at the end of the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola after they had to overtime laps in a green-white-checkered finish.
 

Once the track was opened for Friday's lone practice session, Newberry and McKinney headed out to join the other Chevrolet Silverados, to test their setup and see how it would work in the draft. The answer was a positive one, as the pack of Chevrolet Silverados rose to the top of the board. Turning only nine total circuits on the 2.66 mile tri-oval, Crew Chief, Ryan McKinney elected to end practice early and began preparing the truck for 3 rounds of knockout qualifying. With a lap time of 50.730, the No.20 crew ended practice in 7th and carried their speed into qualifying later that afternoon.
 

With the sun beating down on the massive Talladega tri-oval, Newberry would hit the track in the second group for round one qualifying, with five minutes to determine the top 24 for the 2nd round. When time expired, the No.20 Chevrolet was posted 4th, with a time of 50.841 and three total laps. As knockout style qualifying has proven to be a perpetual chess match during each round, lining up to go out for the second five minute segment, Chevrolet drivers were not able to hook up together, to get the drafting help needed to set a fast lap. When the clock had expired on the second round, the No.20 Chevrolet had earned a solid 15th place starting spot, alongside NTS teammate Ron Hornaday in the No. 9 Chevrolet.
 

On a hot Alabama day with clear skies, Newberry strapped in for 250 miles of high speed chess in the draft and picked his way to the front quick during the first green flag run. By lap 34, Newberry has picked his way to inside the top-10 and was running single file with the leaders, biding his time, and working with spotter Tim Fidewa and Ryan McKinney, atop the pit box, to find the right partners to keep moving up the leader board.  When the caution was displayed with just over 30 laps to the finish, Newberry came to pit road to the service of his NTS Motorsports pit crew who executed perfectly during the entire event and placed the Qore-24 truck on the outside of the front row to restart in the 2nd spot.
 

Sticking to the plan and maintaining a spot in the top-10 throughout the later point of the race, Newberry was poised to make a run for the checkered flag when, by all account, disaster struck and threatened to end a fast and competitive weekend for the NTS Motorsports entry. On lap 83, a multi-truck crash ensued on the 'Alabama Gang Superstretch', sending Newberry through the grass at a high speed before returning to the racing surface at the entry of turn 3. With multiple trips down pit road, Crew Chief McKinney kept his crew and driver calm and collected and got the damage repaired, without every losing a lap and rejoining the field to salvage as much as they could. Newberry pulled his belts tights, pulled back on the gloves one more time, and knew he could still pick his way forward.

 

Restarting just inside the top-20 with only 6 laps to go, the task seemed unsurmountable to some, but NTS Motorsports and their young driver looked to bounce back. With just 3 laps remaining, Newberry had made his way up to 15th when the caution was displayed again, sending the event into overtime and a first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. Taking the white flag after the restart, Newberry was racing his way forward looking for the right partners and managed to make a run to the checkered flag. Coming across the line 5-wide at the conclusion of the race, Newberry regained 9 spots in the last 7 laps to finish 11th in the Fred's 250 at Talladega. Newberry's next event with NTS Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series will be at Martinsville on Saturday, October, 25th in the No.9 Qore-24  Chevrolet Silverado.

 

From the Driver's Seat with Brennan Newberry: This was by far the best overall SuperSpeedway weekend I have had in my career. It was awesome that Chevrolet had a plan for all of it's bow tie teams to work together on track, and it worked flawlessly. Qualifying was completely wild and while I didn't get the starting spot I wanted, we were all very pleased with our starting position. I have to give it up to my No.20 Qore-24 pit crew, as they gained spots for me on every stop and had zero mistakes. The ENTIRE NTS Motorsports team helped me recover late in the race, after some heavy damage during a small Big One'. My crew chief, Ryan McKinney and spotter, Tim Fedewa, kept me calm all day to make sure we executed our game plan effectively. Getting the pole at Daytona last year was great, but having pure speed all weekend, running up front all day and coming home with a good finish at 'Dega trumps it all. We will keep the fun times rolling in Kernersville heading into Martinsville next week.

 

Atop the Pit Box with Crew Chief Ryan McKinney: I am very proud of my team after Talladega, Plate-racing can be stressful on everyone in the garage, but the fans love it. It takes an entire team to pull off a great run in Talladega and we all worked together and got it done.  Our pit-crew was incredible all day long, they gained us spots after every stop and that is invaluable during any race. I have to say thank you to Bob Newberry for making sure we always have everything we need to run up front every weekend, and to the guys for working so hard back at the shop, and to Qore-24 Antimicrobial Hand Purifier for their continued support as we keep working toward our first win as a team.

 

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