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NCWTS: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Preview

Written by Friday, 19 September 2014 16:28

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 17th running of the UNOH 175. This marks the first time since 2011 that the series made a stop at the 1.06-mile track.

The entry list features a total of 30 drivers, which means nobody will fail to make the race. Some of the drivers on it, include: Caleb Roark, Cole Custer, BJ McLeod, Ray Black Jr., John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Gray Gaulding, Erik Jones, Ted Minor, JR Heffner and Brandon Brown.

When race at the Chicagoland Speedway ended, Matt Crafton found himself with the points lead by five over teammate, Johnny Sauter. Crafton, who led 14 laps last Saturday night, finished the event in the runner-up spot for the fourth time of the year. Sauter, which went into the event last weekend first in the standings, left the 1.5-mile oval with a 14th-place finish after starting from the pole. This weekend will be interesting to see which of these two will come out on-top. The No. 88 truck still leads the owner points standings by four points over the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51.

German Quiroga looks to leave the New Hampshire Motor Speedway with his first career win in the series. With the run at the Gateway Motorsports Park in June, and many drivers have said this track drives very similar, he very well potentially could. He also nearly captured the win at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park but was beat by Ryan Blaney by 0.05 seconds, which was the second closest finish in the series.

Joe Nemechek has had some great memories at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In 1999, he drove to his first victory and made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut there in 1992. Also in 1992, Nemechek took home a Nationwide Series victory. This weekend, the son, John Hunter Nemechek, will look to score his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. The last time out at the Canadian Motorsports Park he finished a career low of 25th.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Et. The live radio coverage of the race will be provided by the Motor Racing Network.

GMS Racing driver Spencer Gallagher will compete at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway with Coulter Motorsports this weekend in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South. Driving for teammate Joey Coulter, Gallagher will make his PASS South Super Late Model debut in Saturday's 150-lap event with Coulter Motorsports.

 

Veteran crew chief Randy Renfrow will sit atop the pit box for the Las Vegas native.

 

“I'm super excited for my first race with Coulter Motorsports and the PASS South Super Late Models.” Gallagher said. “These cars are so much fun to drive, and they remind me of exactly why people get into our sport. The fact that I get to race at one of the most revered short tracks in existence in my No. 23 Chevrolet SS, at Hickory Motor Speedway, just makes it all the better.”

 

“I am really glad to see Spencer progressing the way that he is,” Coulter said. “The fact that he wants to run these extra races shows his dedication, his desire to constantly be better, and his drive to gain more experience.

 

“I think that Spencer and (crew chief) Randy Renfrow are going to have a blast together, along with Trevor (Noles) who is having a great year in our No. 2 entry”.

 

Gallagher decided that gaining more experience with valuable seat time is the best thing he can do to pursue the challenges of advancing his career in NASCAR’s top series.

 

Over the past eight years, Coulter Motorsports has fielded entries in a variety of late model divisions throughout the south east. The late model program began when NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Joey Coulter joined with veteran driver Randy Renfrow in 2007. The duo has collected a number of top five and top 10 finishes, as well as a victory at the Southern National Speedway Thanksgiving Classic in 2008. As Coulter focused on his career as a driver within the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the family team shifted their efforts to create a driver development program.

 

Coulter Motorsports has had great success with developing drivers, including such notable drivers as Gray Gaulding and Justin Allison. Currently, Trevor Noles is fielding an entry for Coulter Motorsports.

 

In addition to his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series schedule for GMS Racing this season, Gallagher has made four starts for Lee Faulk Racing. The Nevada native picked up a ninth place finish at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. He has four more scheduled races with Lee Faulk Racing in addition to a number of tests.

 

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Matt Crafton found himself back in familiar territory following his second-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion reclaimed the top spot in the standings where he holds a five-point lead over ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter.

He can further distance himself from the field with a strong showing in Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1 p.m. on FOX Sports 1) where the NCWTS returns after a two-year hiatus. With so many young drivers on the circuit, the 38 year old has the advantage of having 11 previous starts on the 1.058-mile oval and boasts two top-five and six top-10 finishes there.

“The [shorter] tracks are what I grew up on so I'm looking forward to the Truck Series getting back to Loudon,” Crafton said. “It's been [three] years since the trucks have raced there, but I've had some good runs there in the past; we even got our first pole there in 2005.”

If he can stay out front, Crafton will become the first back-to-back champion and the fourth multi-title winner since the series began in 1995. At the moment, Crafton doesn’t even have the points race on his mind, claiming he is only focused on winning events until the final race at Homestead.

“Homestead is going to be when we are going to worry about (the points race),” Crafton said. “We are going to go to each and every race trying to win, each and every darn race.”

MB Motorsports returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time since 2006.  Making his NHMS debut will be dirt track veteran J.R. Heffner, who will be behind the wheel of the #63 ACS / Park East Sales / Snap On Tools / Upstate Utilities Chevy.

Heffner, a native of Kinderhook, NY, has been named Mr. DIRT Track USA three times. The UNOH 175, however, will mark his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on asphalt.  “We ran The MudSummer Classic at Eldora back in July and to be able to run on dirt in NASCAR was really neat experience.” says Heffner. “But, now I get my first chance to race on a paved NASCAR track- at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which is my ‘home’ track.  That’s very special and something I will never forget.”

“Having run Eldora with J.R. will help us,” states team owner Mike Mittler.  “We know how to communicate with each other, which is very important.  Although this will be J.R.’s first race at Loudon, [Crew Chief] Trip Bruce has done quite well there, so we should be in pretty good shape.”

“I’m just hoping it’s warm and dry after last Friday,” jokes Bruce. “We lost a day due to the weather at Chicagoland, so the crew’s had to work extra hard to get our Chevy Silverado ready for Loudon.  Hopefully the set up we’ll unload with will give us a good starting point and then we’ll adjust to get the truck handling like J.R. wants it.”
 
“All of our sponsors are based in that area, so my goal is to put on a good show for ACS / A. Colarusso and Son, Park East Sales, Snap On Tools and Upstate Utilities,” notes Heffner. “I’m really looking forward to getting on that pavement.”

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Billy Boat Motorsports (BBM) today announced it will field a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entry with 19-year-old driver Mason Mingus beginning next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The Brentwood, Tennessee native will complete the remaining six-race schedule in the No. 15 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Silverado with BBM, a team that currently runs part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with rookie Chad Boat.  Mingus is currently 11thin NCWTS championship points standings and second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle.

“I am really looking forward to Las Vegas and my first race with Billy Boat Motorsports,” said Mingus.  “They have brought quality equipment to the track in both the ARCA Racing and NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I know their transition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be no different.  BBM has built great trucks, and with the help of ECR Engines and my sponsors Call 811 Before You Dig and Diamond Equipment, I know I can run up front.  I believe we will come out of Vegas with a strong finish, and it will be a great foundation to build on for the remaining five races of the 2014 season.”

Mingus began racing at the age of 10 competing in Quarter Midgets around the greater Kentucky-Tennessee area where he grew up and showed success in every series he entered, including winning championships in both the MMRA Baby Grand Series and Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series.  Mingus made his ARCA Racing debut in 2011, but 2013 proved to be his break-out year in the ARCA series.  In 21 starts, he scored two poles, five top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes, as well as finishing second in championship points standings.  Mingus made his NCWTS debut that same year, and has competed in all NCWTS events thus far in 2014.

“My goal has always been to run multiple cars or trucks and multiple drivers out of our shop,” said team owner Billy Boat.  “We have been building the foundation of our team, hiring talented people and building quality race cars and trucks.  Having raced against Mason last year in the ARCA Racing Series, I was very familiar with his talent and determination.  I hope to use these six races as a springboard into 2015, with Billy Boat Motorsports running full time entries in the NCWTS.”

NASCAR Nationwide Series championship-winning crew chief Dan Deeringhoff will call the shots for the No. 15 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Silverado in the Rhino Linings 350 on Saturday, September 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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For the second consecutive week Ray Black Jr. will be behind the wheel of the SS Green Light Racing Scubalife/NASE Worldwide Silverado as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to the Granite State for the UNOH 175 on Saturday afternoon.

 

Black is coming off his career best finish last week at Chicago where he completed 148 of 150 laps bringing home the ScubaLife/NASE Worldwide in 18th place in the rain delayed Lucas Oil 225. “We ran really well for a while last week before it got tight mid-race, but we had it really good again at the end and we were running some really good lap times,” Black said. “We had a lot of fun.”

 

“We have made a lot of progress,” he continued. “I think the team is getting more comfortable with me in the truck and I’m getting comfortable with it. I’m spending some time in the shop this week with the guys and that’s good for all of us to work together and get to know each other better; it’s a good time.”

 

“The SS Green Light Team is bringing the same truck I ran at Martinsville and Gateway to New Hampshire this weekend, so I’m real familiar with it,” Black explained. “It’s a good truck and I think we will come out with a good finish again this week.”

Black is working hard to blend his two passions in racing and diving, promoting his sponsors each and every race. “Every time we race somewhere new we try to hook up with local divers in the area. I think we found some divers to hang out with us this weekend. We are always trying to spread the word about the underwater world of diving.”

 

“After New Hampshire, we’ll go back home to Florida and run some late model races and then get ready to go to Texas in a few weeks.”

 

The UNOH 175 will prelude Sunday’s Sylvania 300 and is the 329th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team, a streak that dates back to 2001.

 

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Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado for Haas Racing Development (HRD), has been a model of consistency as of late in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He’s scored four consecutive top-10 finishes, and will be looking for a little more magic this weekend as he heads to “The Magic Mile,” better known as New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, for Saturday’s UNOH 175.

New Hampshire was the site of Custer’s second of four NASCAR K&N Pro Series wins. The Ladera Ranch, California native started from the pole and led a race-high 60 laps en route to claiming the checkered flag.

So, it makes sense that Custer will be looking for a little more magic this weekend when he races at New Hampshire for the first time in Camping Word Truck Series competition. A driver with a penchant for getting around quickly on the flat racetracks, it would be tough to rule Custer out of contention this weekend.

In fact, three of Custer’s four K&N Series victories have come at relatively flat racetracks – Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and New Hampshire. Given his history of success on the racetracks that put a premium on driver ability, Custer could be poised for a breakthrough Truck Series victory at The Magic Mile.

Already in NASCAR competition, Custer has set records as the youngest winner in Pro Series history by scoring his first win at Iowa on Aug. 2, 2013, at the age of 15 years, 6 months and 10 days. He followed that up earlier this season by becoming the youngest pole winner in national touring series history at 16 years, 4 months and 22 days when he claimed the honor at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

A win this weekend would not only be another first for Custer, it would also place his name in the record books as the youngest race winner in Camping World Truck Series history.

TSC PR

The No. 20 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been penalized for a rules infraction that occurred during post-race inspection Sept. 13 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates sections:

·         12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;

·         20B-12.8: Truck failed to meet post-race body height/ground clearance requirements of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.

Since crew chief Chris Rice was currently under probation through the end of the year from a P3 level penalty that occurred during a NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 15, the applicable Recurrence Multiplier as outlined in the rule book can be used when assessing the severity of this penalty. As a result Rice has been fined $7,500 and suspended from NASCAR through Sept. 24. His NASCAR probation remains intact through Dec. 31.

Bob Newberry, owner of the No. 20 truck, has been penalized with the loss of 10 series championship owner points.

NASCAR PR

Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Mason Mingus (@Mason_Mingus) is used to challenges in his first season of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

This weekend though, Mingus and his Win-Tron Racing team hope to conquer their newest challenge with flying colors, as the tour returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the first time since 2011.

And since neither Mingus nor his Mooresville, North Carolina-based Win-Tron Racing team, who also competes full-time on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule with 10-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel, has ever visited the 1.0-oval of NHMS in a truck, they refuse to let their inexperience hamper them in Saturday afternoon’s UNOH 175.

“I’m excited and ready for New Hampshire,” said Mingus. “It’s always fun when we get to go short track racing. I think we should have a strong No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra and hopefully with a little luck we can turn this wad of top-20 finishes into another top-10 run Saturday.”

Mingus, the Brentwood, Tennessee native, will be the first to tell you that even though he has yet to turn a lap on the track’s surface, he once again has turned to the ever popular and realistic iRacing game to get acquainted with the track’s layout.

“iRacing will for sure help me this weekend,” Mingus added. “It really is a neat game, where you cannot only have fun, but also learn (a ton) too. It seems like a tight racetrack, but a place that will attract good racing. I think track position will be key, so we have to be on our game to make sure we’re doing everything in our power to stay near the front.

“It’s also a relatively short race, so we don’t have a lot of time to just lay back. I feel wherever we qualify, we have to go and keep going and hope our strategy plays out. The team had a good run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race last season, so maybe there’s something we can take from that performance and apply it to our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra. ”

For the second consecutive week, Mingus will work alongside Dennis Connor, who’s taken the reins as crew chief of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra. Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Mingus unloaded strong, but handling woes kept the Mooresville, North Carolina-team from contending for a top-10 finish.

Despite their 16th place finish, the team was satisfied with the progress they made.

“Dennis worked hard throughout the weekend to get our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota better. We started a little off in the race, but the truck finally came around, but it was a little too late to make an impact on our finish. Despite the minor setback, I think as a team we learned a lot and we can build on that for New Hampshire this weekend.”

Not only will Mingus rely on Connor for feedback, his own intuition from his iRacing races, but the former champion wrestler says he’s also been studying previous races, hoping it will provide any additional insight that would allow the 19-year old driver to have a magical performance at the track dubbed “The Magic Mile.”

“The odds are stacked against us a little bit, but this team has risen to the top of adversity throughout the season, and there’s no doubt we can do it again this weekend at New Hampshire,” Mingus sounded. “The more information I can inhale about the track, the better off I feel we will be. Watching previous races not only teaches me more about the track’s preferred groove, but also other driver’s maneuvers to have that extra edge over the rest. Like I said, I think it’s going to be a fun and exciting race for us.”

Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing, offered his thoughts entering this week’s race.

“New Hampshire is a unique track with a lot of history, but it’s a track that we feel like Mason can adapt to quickly and have a strong run,” he said. “Short tracks have been his strength over the last couple of years and we expect Mason to be patiently aggressive, as he (hopefully) wheels our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra to our second top-10 finish of the year on Saturday.”

Entering New Hampshire, Mingus sits 11th in the championship standings, 85 markers from 10th place held by Jeb Burton. Mingus unofficially sits second in the Sunoco rookie of the year standings, behind current leader Ben Kennedy.


WinTron Racing PR

Erik Jones returns to the No. 51 ToyotaCare/Project Pink: Protect Your Pair Tundra this weekend for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the 'Magic Mile' for the first time since 2011, the 18-year-old phenom will be looking to continue the success that owner-driver Kyle Busch established at the one-mile flat track and earn the team its third consecutive victory at the venue.

 

In KBM's two trips to New Hampshire with Busch behind the wheel, to say that the team dominated the races is an understatement. The Las Vegas native captured the pole in the team's inaugural trip to the 1.058-mile, was the fastest truck on the track for 50 of the 135 green-flag laps and led 156 of the 175 total laps en route to the victory and a near-perfect Driver Rating of 149.8. What did he do for an encore? In the 2011 event he captured the pole again, was the fastest truck on the track for 60 of the 166 green-flag laps and led 165 of 175 total laps en route to the victory and a perfect Driver Rating of 150.

 

Coming into an event on a flat one-mile track with big shoes to fill is nothing new for Jones. He entered his first start at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway last year on the heels of two impressive wins by KBM. Busch led 107 of 150 laps en route to victory in 2011 and Brian Scott became the first non-Sprint Cup Series regular to win for KBM leading a race-high 48 laps en route to victory in 2012. Jones was equally impressive in the dessert, where at the age of 17 years, five months and nine days, he became the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series event by leading a race-high 84 laps en route to his first Truck Series victory.

 

The talented youngster will be racing a familiar Tundra in Saturday's 175-lap event. KBM-12 is the same chassis that Jones led 131 of 200 laps en route to his second career Truck Series victory earlier this season at Iowa Speedway in Newton. What is new this week, however, is the Project Pink: Protect Your Pair logo adorning the bed top and tailgate of his Toyota. The logo will be on the No. 51 truck the next two races, promoting the Kyle Busch Foundation's second-year initiative to help raise money and awareness for the Pretty in Pink Foundation - a Raleigh, N.C. based foundation whose mission is to provide financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients who are in active treatment, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more about the Project Pink initiative, which last year successfully paid the bills for 48 breast cancer patients undergoing treatment in North Carolina, fans can visit KyleBuschFoundation.org.

 

Jones hopes that the rest of the field will get a good look at the Project Pink logo on the tailgate of his Tundra on Saturday, as he is ready to 'Protect a Pair' of KBM victories and pick up the team's third consecutive victory at the "Magic Mile."

 

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