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NASCAR has reinstated Troy Cupples, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.
On Aug. 11, 2014, Couples was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book.
Daniel Hemric made his first start of 2014 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Friday night in the series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The main goal for Hemric's first time racing on a 1.5-mile track, was to complete all the laps and learn as much as possible while doing so. Daniel posted the 15th fastest time in Thursday's opening practice and 10th quick in final practice and followed it up with a 13th place qualifying effort in Friday's knockout qualifying session.
The green flag dropped shortly after 8:20pm with Daniel starting on the inside of row seven. With an early caution on lap four, crew chief Chris Rice brought Hemric down pit road for four tires, fuel, and chassis adjustment after the initial report was he was too free. The green flag dropped for the second time on lap nine and by lap twenty Hemric was knocking on the door of breaking back inside the top-20, before the second caution flag flew at lap twenty-three. Hemric pitted with the leaders, once again for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, with a great pit stop Hemric was able to pick up two positions on pit road.
When the green flag flew once again at lap twenty-eight it saw Hemric just inside the top-20. Hemric continued to race, log laps, and learning throughout the evening and was scored in eighteenth at the halfway point. When the fifth caution flag flew at lap seventy, Chris Rice brought Hemric down pit road for a major swing which included four tires, fuel, track bar, and an air pressure adjustment, once again the pit crew helped Hemric out picking up an additional two positions. Hemric continued to race inside the top-20 reporting "tight in traffic"as the laps closed down. At lap one hundred Hemric pitted for the last time, a four tire, fuel, track bar, and wedge adjustment.
With several cautions in the closing thirty laps, Hemric found himself racing inside the top-15 and was able to race his way to a twelfth place finish in only his third NCWTS start.
From the Driver's Seat with Daniel Hemric: "It was great to get back into the NCWTS! Thank you to Bill Gallaher, Bob Newberry, and everyone at NTS Motorsports for giving me this opportunity. It was great to work with Chris Rice and Ty (Dillon). It seem as if all the guys at NTS Motorsports click together well and it made for a very successful weekend."
On top of Box with Crew Chief Chris Rice: "I had a blast working with Daniel (Hemric). He is an awesome kid with a tremendous amount of talent. He did a great job after not being in a truck in over a year and this being his first time at a mile and a half speedway. He completed all the laps and learned something on each and everyone one of them. Once again the teamwork at NTS Motorsports showed that we are all headed in the right direction as we head into the off season."
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Tyler Young's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) campaign came to a conclusion with a 24th-place finish at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway (HMS), his 12th track debut of the 2014 season.
While the Midland, Texas driver entered HMS looking for his first NCWTS top-10 finish, he left south Florida with a season of irreplaceable experience. Young took the green flag in the season finale from the 25th position and immediately moved forward. He cracked the top-20 by lap 10 following the event's first caution for an accident in Turn 2. Five laps later, Young reported that his Randco Industries / Young's Building Systems Chevrolet was "really loose" and welcomed a caution on lap 25 to make his first pit stop. Crew chief Bryan Berry, who called his 200th career NCWTS race on Friday, gave Young four tires, fuel, a trackbar and air pressure adjustment on the pit stop.
Young challenged to run inside the top-20 from the lap 28 restart, but was unable to make up significant track position due to a free handling condition. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender would need a shock adjustment on a fuel-only pit stop under the lap 40 caution to make improvements on the balance. Before the halfway point, Young yielded a lap to the race leaders, and reported his truck was "still too loose" and "free in traffic."
Berry called Young down pit road under caution at lap 71, and would make a spring rubber adjustment along with taking four tires and fuel. Young would go two laps down to the leaders on the following green-flag run, but would take advantage of the wave around to regain a lap under caution on lap 100. Two laps later, a fortuitous yellow flag waved on lap 106, allowing Young to pit for four tires and fuel. The race would conclude on a 20 lap green-flag run in which Young would take the checkered flag from the 24th position, concluding his first full-time NCWTS season with five top-15 finishes and a 13th-place finish in the 2014 driver point standings.
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Germán Quiroga and the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra team arrived at Homestead-Miami Speedway eager to end the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a high note. The team was quick during the first practice session, finishing fifth, but worked to find speed during the second practice. The team returned to the Homestead, Florida race track for the final round of knock-out qualifying of the season. The No. 77 team advanced to the second round of qualifying where they qualified in the 22nd position for the NASCAR 200. When the green flag was displayed at the 1.5-mile race track, Quiroga commented to his crew chief that he was battling a loose-handling Toyota Tundra. The crew worked hard during scheduled pits stops throughout the race to improve the handling, making wedge and track bar adjustments. Quiroga found himself as high as ninth during the race, but was marked in the 15th-position when the checkered flag was displayed. The Mexico City native finished the season sixth in the driver points standings, with three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. This marks the highest finish for a Latin American driver in a national series of NASCAR.
Start - 22
Finish - 15
Driver Points Position - 6
Laps Led - 0
Germán Quiroga Quotes:
"I have to thank everyone who has supported me this year, from my fans and followers to my sponsors and everyone at Red Horse Racing who has worked so hard. It's been a good year for us. We had some ups and downs but I learned a lot. We finished sixth in driver points, which is the highest finish for a Latin American driver at a national series so I'm really proud of that!"
Timothy Peters started the NASCAR 200 from the 15th position, and drove his way forward to finish third in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. On Thursday, November 13 Peters turned the 10th and 11th-quickest laps, respectively, in two practice sessions. The No. 17 Red Horse Racing team returned the following day and earned the 15th-starting position in knockout qualifying. After the sun set over the 1.5-mile Homestead, Florida race track, Peters climbed into the red and white Toyota Tundra for the final race of the 2014 season. After the green flag flew he quickly drove into the top 10; however, he reported a loose-handling condition that was preventing him from exiting the turns aggressively. While under the yellow flag, he came to pit road on laps 25 and 100, each time for four Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco fuel, and slight adjustments. With the truck's balance improved, Peters was able to break into the top five and run faster lap times than the leaders. Despite still being a little too loose early in a green-flag run, the No. 17 would jump to life after a few laps. Peters powered to a third-place finish to close out the 2014 Camping World Truck Series season, earning his ninth top-five and 13th top-10 result of the year. The Danville, Virginia resident concluded his sixth season of full-time competition in the Camping World Truck Series ranked fifth in the driver championship point standings.
Start - 15
Finish - 3
Driver Points Position - 5
Laps Led - 0
Timothy Peters Quotes:
"Finishing third at Homestead (Miami Speedway) is a great way to end our year. This team did a great job and really clicked the second half of the season, and now we have great momentum heading into next year. A good finish in the last race gives the entire organization a boost going into the off season."
If we had had a few more laps, I think we would have caught the Nos. 54 (Bubba Wallace) and 42 (Kyle Larson). Our lap times were better, and they were busy racing each other hard for the lead. I am so proud of this team and grateful for the opportunity that Tom DeLoach has given me. I am already excited for next year."
Jeb Burton, driver of the No. 13 Estes Express Toyota Tundra qualified a track-best ninth for Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS), but contact with another competitor early in the 134-lap event relegated Burton to a 13th-place finish in his second start at the 1.5-mile track.
Starting from the inside of row five in the ninth position, Burton made contact with the No. 05 machine in Turn 2 to bring out the races first caution at lap 6. Crew chief Jeriod Prince brought the No. 13 Toyota Tundra to pit road twice to fix damage to the right side splitter and nose of the Estes Express machine and change tires. When racing resumed on lap 9, Burton was scored 33rd.
The ThorSport driver worked his way up to the 17th position before the races second caution flag was displayed on lap 25 for a spin in Turn 2. Prince would bring the Estes machine back to pit road for four tires and fuel, including adjustments, to aid in a "free on entry and tight center to exit" feel. When racing resumed on lap 28, Burton was scored 16th.
The Halifax, Va. native would work his way up to the seventh position by the races half-way point, but fade back to a top-12 position in the closing laps, fighting a "tight center and off" feel, causing him to lose time on entry into the corner. After 134 laps, Burton would cross the stripe in the 13th position, his 14th top-15 finish in 22 starts this season.
Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, scored a fourth-place finish in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, his 12th top five of the season. Blaney finished the season 21 points behind the leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings but his night in south Florida was anything but uneventful.
Blaney started second but wrestled an inconsistent truck during the first half of the 134-lap, 200-mile race. He was running fifth when the fourth caution of the race came out on lap 71, setting up a round of caution flag pit stops one lap later. Blaney pitted for four tires and adjustments but was slow leaving his pit stall - the victim of a broken shifter. He restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 75.
Ryan had climbed up to 10th place by lap 79 and was eighth when the fifth caution slowed the race on lap 100. Ryan pitted on lap 101 for four tires and adjustments plus a pair of vice grips for their driver to attach to the shifter handle, which Blaney did under caution. He lined up fourth when the race went green on lap 104.
The sixth caution of the race slowed the field on lap 106. Blaney restarted fourth on lap 109 and two laps later teammate Tyler Reddick spun off Turn 2, bringing out the seventh and final caution. Ryan restarted third for the final 20 lap sprint to the finish. He aggressively battled for positions inside the top five, even briefly going three-wide for the lead on lap 119. As the laps ticked away so did his truck's improved handling characteristics but he held on for fifth place when the checkered flag waved.
Reddick qualified fourth and ran solidly among the top 10 during the early stages of the 134 lap, 200 mile event. He climbed back inside the top five after a sequence of pit stops following the fourth caution on lap 72.
Tyler lined up fifth when the race went green on lap 109 following the sixth caution. Two laps later Reddick stacked it three-wide in Turn 2 racing for fourth place. The No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 slipped sideways and spun off the corner but fortunately didn't hit a wall or one of his fellow competitors. Reddick pitted on lap 112 for four tires and restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 114.
From there the Reddick rally was on. Over the next 20 laps he sliced his way through traffic, gaining a total of 15 positions. He grabbed 10th place on lap 121 and picked off sixth position on the final lap of the race to earn his ninth top 10 finish.
Despite a red hot late season stretch that saw Reddick rack up seven top 10 finishes in his last eight starts (plus win two pole positions), he came up just short in the battle for Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Reddick and Ben Kennedy tied in the final rookie points with Kennedy earning the tiebreaker due to a better finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.
Matt Crafton drove into the NASCAR history books on Friday night when he cruised to a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway (HMS). With the top-10 result, his sixth at the 1.5-mile oval, the ThorSport Racing driver clinched his second-consecutive NCWTS title, becoming the first driver in the series' 20-year history to win back-to-back championships. The Tulare, Calif. native now joins the likes of Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Jack Sprague as multi-time champions.
Starting from the sixth position, his eighth top-10 start at HMS, Crafton spent 100 percent of the 134 laps in the top-15, running as high as second and as low as 11th. The Menards driver stayed quiet on the radio most of the night as he looked for a place to "ride." Crew chief, Carl "Junior" Joiner brought the No. 88 Toyota Tundra to pit road three times under caution at laps 25, 71 and 100, respectively, for four tires and fuel only making an adjustment on the final stop to aid a "free on entry, tight on exit" feel.
Crafton's only scare throughout the 134-lap race came at lap 111, when the 19 truck slid sideways in front of him on the exit of Turn 2. Crafton moved high and avoided Reddick's truck, which slid down to the apron. Crafton restarted in the seventh position with 20 laps remaining and crossed the stripe ninth behind race winner Darrell Wallace, Jr., his 17th top-10 finish in 22 starts this season.
On a warmer than average day in the growing farming and residential community of Homestead, Florida, tens of thousands of fans crowded through the gates to witness the first day of Ford Championship Weekend.
From the moment the gate opened until the last drop of champagne was spilled in victory lane, track promoters as well as NASCAR offered up a full schedule of events for fans to enjoy. As would be expected, the Ford Fan Zone dominated the area. It offered up a chance to view the entire line-up of Ford vehicles, as well as on-stage interviews wih Ford drivers, including BKR stand-out Tyler Rddick.
You were also able to enter numerous contests in the exhibit areas, and sample the wares of several brand name sponsors, including Smithfield bacon, 5 hour energy, and Nesquik!
For those of us who enjoy auto racing as well as trying to save money, the track also offered several meet-n-greet experieces that included the opportuity to meet one of the drivers in the race as well as admission at a substantial discount. Joey Coulter, driver of the #21 machine, was very generous with his time and his opinions.
The day allowed race fans the chance to not only see the truck race, but also Nationwide practice and Spint Cup qualifying. It is for this reason that I strongly recommend visiting NASCAR weekends on the first day.
Of course, most people were there strictly for the racing, and it did not disappoint. The majority of the Ford EcoBoost 200 was dominated by Kyle Larson, who took the pole position in mid afternoon qualifying. He led the event almost flag to flag, but Kyle Busch Motorsports had other plans, with Bubba Wallace taking the lead late and never looking back.
The event also saw Matt Crafton clinch his second NCWTS title in a row. Racing continues on Saturday with the NASCAR Nationwide Ford 300, and concludes with the Ford 400 on Sunday.