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Timothy Peters and the No. 17 team have had Bristol Motor Speedway circled on the calendar all year. With a win in 2012 and a close second-place finish in 2013, the team was anxious to return to the 0.533-mile short track. Rain shortened the practice time on Wednesday, and limited the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams to a single session, where Peters turned in the seventh-fastest lap. However, following a 20th-place qualifying effort the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team opted to work on the impounded Toyota Tundra and start the UNOH from the rear of the 36-truck field. Rain delayed the start of the 200-lap race to the following morning. Under sunny skies the green flag was displayed and Peters climbed to 25th in the running order, but had nowhere to go when two trucks spun in front of him on lap 15. The red and white machine received front-end damage, requiring multiple visits to pit road for repairs. The Marcus Richmond-led team kept the veteran driver on the lead lap during the first caution period of the day. The damage created an extreme tight-handling condition, and Peters fought to maintain track position. The team worked throughout the morning to make additional repairs to offer reprieve during routine pit stops, but the tightness persisted, relegating the No. 17 team to a 26th-place finish.
Start - 20
Finish - 26
Driver Points Position - 8
Laps Led - 0
Timothy Peters Quote:
"This was not what we expected from ourselves here at Bristol (Motor Speedway). We've had such success here that this finish is a big disappointment to all of us. We just need to learn from it, not beat ourselves up or get down, and move forward."
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams took to the track early Thursday, August 21, for a rain delayed UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway. The No. 77 NET10 Wireless team was forced to rely on only one practice session due to inclement weather on Wednesday morning, and after struggling to find the right set up, they were scored the13th fastest. Quiroga advanced to the second and final round of the knock-out qualifying session, where he earned a top-10 starting position, securing the sixth spot. Once weather delayed the start of the race, the teams knew that they would be faced with changed track conditions due to going from a night race to a day race. The sun was shining on Bristol Motor Speedway once the green flag dropped the following morning, and Quiroga found himself inside the top-five, but handling conditions of his Toyota Tundra quickly changed. Crew chief Butch Hylton called for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment for the blue and white machine in an effort to tighten the truck up. Quiroga remained in the top-10 for the majority of the 200-lap race. The team made a wedge adjustment during the final pit stop of the day, in an effort to give the Mexican-born driver a truck he could fight for positions with. Unfortunately, not enough laps remained in the race, and he was marked in the 14th position when the checkered flag was displayed.
Start - 6
Finish - 14
Driver Point Position - 6
Laps Led - 0
Germán Quiroga Quote:
"It was a complicated day for our NET10 Wireless team. We had a great qualifying effort of sixth, and I was battling in the top five when the race started, but as the day went on we slowly began to lose the balance of our Toyota Tundra. I can't thank all the Red Horse Racing guys enough for their hard work. I'm looking forward to doing some road course racing next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park."
Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 overcame an ill handling truck to post a 13th place finish in the UNOH 200 Thursday afternoon at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway .
Blaney started 14th and pitted on lap 19 during the event's first caution for adjustments. He restarted outside the top 20 when the race went green on lap 23 and was able to work his way to 17th place when the competition caution slowed the race on lap 52. Ryan pitted again for tires and another round of adjustments and excellent pit work moved him up to 10th for the restart on lap 57.
Blaney held his own during the next segment of the race and he was 11th when the third caution slowed the pace on lap 112. One lap later Ryan hit pit lane for four tires and another round of adjustments. He restarted ninth when the race went green on lap 118 but just a few laps into the run he was battling a tight handling condition.
When the fourth and final caution waved on lap 145, Blaney again pitted for adjustments and topped off the fuel tank. He restarted 11th but as the race neared its final quarter his truck became more and more loose. Ryan gamely held on down the stretch and was credited with a 13th place finish.
Keselowski qualified fourth but ran no lower than second place during the 200 lap race at the .533-mile speedway. He grabbed the lead for the first time on lap 12, and held the top spot until the leaders pitted under a competition caution on lap 52. Keselowski restarted second when the race went green on lap 57 and took the lead two laps later. Brad fell in line just behind the 51 truck on lap 61 and stayed in the tire tracks of the race leader for the next 64 laps. During the third caution on lap 113, Keselowski and the other leaders made their final stops for four tires and fuel. Brad restarted second when the race went green on lap 119. He took the lead for the final time on lap 125 and never looked back, taking the checkered flag .776 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
The victory was Brad's first in 62 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He and his father Bob are now the only father-son duo to win in the NCWTS. Keselowski claimed his first victory and third top 10 finish in seven races at Bristol (he also has two Cup victories and one Nationwide win at Bristol).
Justin Boston made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, and despite an early end to the afternoon due to involvement in another driver's incident, Boston left knowing he had achieved many of his goals for the weekend. Boston and the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota Tundra were credited with 30th at the finish. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski was the winner.
Boston started 27th but methodically worked his way through the field and into the top 20 by lap 60. He hovered inside the top 20 and was poised to potentially score a top-15 finish in his series debut but was swept into a crash on Bristol's narrow backstretch when several trucks in front of him collided, leaving him no escape route.
“We had several goals this weekend, the first and foremost to make the race and run all 200 laps,” he said. “We made the race but we didn't get to finish, but that's racing. We were competitive all day long, we gained positions on the track and on pit road. Working with Rick Ren and Johnny Benson was a huge help. We learned a lot about the trucks, and how they react to changes. We wanted to go out and not start any trouble, and we did that. It was great to get out there and race against the drivers in the Camping World Truck Series. Hopefully they saw what we did and we gained some respect from some of the other drivers and teams.”
Boston was running comfortably in 20th as the field completed lap 150, but before Boston could get back around three trucks in front of him came together on the backstretch. He made an evasive move to the inside but with Bristol's steep banking – even on the straightaways – his escape route was quickly blocked and he was forced into the inside wall. The contact wasn't severe, but it was enough to sideline the team for the remainder of the day with terminal radiator damage.
“As fast as we go out there and as tight as this track is you don't have a chance to even think about what to do when there's a wreck in front of you,” he said. “We went to the low side and it looked like there was a chance we could make it through but it just closed up on us and we got into the wall. Not much you can do about it when they wreck in front of you but that's all just part of racing. We're excited to get a chance to run a few more Truck races before the end of the year. We'll take what we learned this weekend and come out of the box at the next one even better.”
Boston returns to action in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this Sunday, August 24 in the Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200 at the Madison International Speedway just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. The race will be televised live starting at 3 P.M. Eastern on the CBS Sports Network. He and the Venturini Motorsports team will return to action in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, October 31.
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Jimmy Weller and the No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet Silverado team finished 19th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway yesterday. After heavy storms passed through the area on Wednesday night, the race was postponed until 10 a.m. on Thursdaymorning. Making his very first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at "The World Fastest Half-Mile," Weller was able to hold on for a 19th-place finish marking his fourth top-20 result of the year.
With his agreement to drive the No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet Silverado coming together just days before the race, Weller had just mere hours to prepare for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway. However, when the Hubbard, Ohio native arrived at the track on Wednesday morning, he was ready to go and excited to take on the challenge of yet another new track in his Chevrolet Silverado. Weller fought with the balance of his truck throughout practice and qualifying, but his crew made several changes after each session, to ensure that Weller would be comfortable in his vehicle when the green flag waved.
The Sunoco Rookie contender rolled off 30th in the UNOH 200 on Thursday afternoon. He radioed into his crew early in the race to report some challenges with the balance in his truck--namely a tight truck through the center of the corners. The Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet team took advantage of an early caution period to make a series of chassis adjustments that would help Weller's truck. During a second pit stop near the halfway point, Weller's team took right side tires, and during a third pit stop with 50 laps remaining, Weller's SS Green Light Racing team applied fresh left side tires.
The No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet got better with each pit stop, but really came to life when the new left side tires were applied. By the time the checkered flag waved, Weller was running the best he had all day and was scored with a 19th-place finish.
"I had a lot of fun today in the No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel Chevrolet Silverado," commented Weller. "We worked really hard all week and took some huge swings at the truck, but we saw big improvements from practice to qualifying, and again from qualifying to the race. During the first half of the race, we still fought the truck trying to drive through the corners, but it got much better once we put a different set of tires on. The truck was really hooked up that last run--it was a lot of fun racing there at the end."
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In a season outlined on gaining experience, Tyler Young continued his consistent rookie season at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS), posting a track best 18th-place finish in the rain delayed UNOH 200 on Thursday morning. The Young's Motorsports driver had two previous starts at the .533-mile oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), and dramatically improved his performance and result, earning the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award for the second consecutive week.
Young illustrated his team's improved performance and experience at BMS by putting up the first sub-15 second lap in Wednesday afternoon's lone practice session. After having to wait through a long rain delay that postponed the event, Young took the green flag from the 26th position and immediately moved forward, advancing as high as 21st on the score board. After losing a lap under green, Young received the "free pass" at the lap 50 competition caution, placing the Sunoco Rookie back on the lead lap. The Young's Motorsports driver battled a tight-handling Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 200-lap event to cross the stripe in the 18th position behind race winner Brad Keselowski. The solid effort marked Young's eighth finish inside the top-20 in the last nine NCWTS races, and his career best BMS result.
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Jeb Burton earned a hard fought 11th-place finish in the rain delayed UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Thursday morning, his track best finish in two starts at "Thunder Valley."
Burton started the 200-lap event from the 15th position after fighting a perpetually loose condition in Wednesday afternoon's lone practice session. However, the tides were turned at the drop of the green flag and the Estes Express Toyota Tundra swung to the tight side. Burton, who was initially trapped on the bottom side of the racetrack on the start, found himself outside the top-20 when the competition caution flew on lap 50. During the first half of the event, Burton radioed in to crew chief Jeriod Prince that his Toyota Tundra was, "really tight through the center and off the corner." Prince and the ThorSport Racing team went to work trying to improve the handling through numerous chassis adjustments.
By the race's third yellow flag at lap 112, Burton had gone a lap down to the race leaders, but that's where the rally began. Prince made a gutsy strategy call to keep the No.13 Tundra on the race track and take the "wave around" to cycle back to the lead lap. On lap 147, the Estes Express team caught the caution they needed, and came to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel, and another round of adjustments. After the lap 153 restart, Burton took advantage of the changes, driving through traffic and capturing his career best Bristol finish, finishing 11th in the 13th event on the 2014 NCWTS schedule.
Ben Kennedy was ready to do battle in his return to the 'Last Great Colosseum' of Bristol Motor Speedway before brake issues early on hindered the No. 31 Heater.com team. After a strong start to the rain-delayed UNOH 200, Kennedy reported a braking problem only 34 laps into the 200-lap event. Despite the best efforts of the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) crew, braking hampered the performance of the team for the remainder of the race, ultimately resulting in a 21st-place finish.
Fresh off a recent test at the 0.533-mile oval, Kennedy and his No. 31 team were anxious to return to one of the few tracks on the 2014 schedule where Kennedy had previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) experience. After making it to the final round of knockout qualifying, Kennedy took the green flag from the 12th position. Holding steady in the opening laps, Kennedy was scored in the 14th position when the first caution flag of the day waved on lap 16. Opting to remain on the racetrack, Kennedy restarted in 13th when racing resumed on lap 24. Despite his truck needing a little help rotating on initial throttle, Kennedy held his position until lap 34, when the Rookie of the Year candidate keyed his radio to report that he had "no brakes." With little stopping power, and without the ability to maneuver his Chevrolet Silverado through the turns with his brakes, Kennedy quickly dropped back to the 20th position. With a scheduled competition caution coming on lap 50, Kennedy's crew encouraged him to hold strong until the yellow flag and ride around the outside line of the racetrack, requiring less braking. Coming to pit road under caution, the Heater.com team provided him with four tires and fuel while trying to troubleshoot the brake issue. The team was able to keep Kennedy on the lead lap, but could not find the issue with the braking system. This continued throughout the race, with the team employing several methods to diagnose the problem and radically adjusting the handling of the No. 31 Chevrolet to tackle the high-banked turns of the World's Fastest Half Mile with limited braking. Despite the team's hard work and Kennedy adapting to the challenge, the Heater.com Silverado ultimately fell multiple laps down, resulting in a 21st-place finish.
Ben Kennedy on Bristol Motor Speedway:
"Today was a challenge. I've been looking forward to coming back to this track since I made my Truck Series debut here last year, and this was a really disappointing way to return. My guys worked so hard to try to figure out what our braking problem was and help me out in every way they could, but ultimately, I was running with very little braking power for most of the race. As contradictory as it sounds, you need brakes to go fast. Regardless, I'm really proud of this entire team for their hard work today, and I'm looking forward to mixing it up next weekend with the road course race in Canada."
Kennedy is now ninth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings. The series next heads to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park outside of Toronto, Canada for the only road course race of the season. The Chevrolet Silverado 250 will air live on Sunday, August 31 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1.
Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado for Haas Racing Development (HRD), started second and finished eighth in the rain-delayed UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Thursday morning. It was Custer’s third consecutive top-10 result in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in his fifth start of the 2014 season.
Despite handling issues that made his Haas Automation truck loose into and off of the track’s corners while staying tight in the center, Custer was able to make the most of his first Truck Series start at the .533-mile oval.
“We were pretty decent at the start,” said Custer. “We just didn’t really have a good short-run truck. We got a little bit behind. We got more and more loose in and tighter in the center as the racetrack rubbered in, and we wound up over-adjusting on it when we came to pit road. We were really trying to battle back the whole time. We had a good strategy call when we came to pit road the second time and just took right-side tires, but we were just too tight to run with the leaders. All in all, we had a decent Haas Automation Chevrolet, and a top-10 finish isn’t too bad for my first time racing at Bristol in the Truck Series.”
Custer, who is running a nine-race Truck Series schedule for HRD in 2014, maintained a presence among the top-five for the opening 50 laps of the 200-lap race before coming to pit road under the competition caution to get four fresh tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments to adjust the handling of his black-and-red machine. Custer returned to the track in eighth-place due to a misreading of his pit road speed. Despite the setback, Custer was able to maintain the position until the next caution period on lap 114, when he would hit pit road for what would be his final stop of the day.
With track position always playing a big factor in determining the outcome of races at Bristol, crew chief Joe Shear Jr. elected to change right-side tires and add fuel in an effort to advance Custer towards the front of the field. The gamble paid off as the No. 00 was scored fourth for the lap 118 restart. With a truck that handled better on the long runs, Custer struggled to maintain pace with the leaders once green-flag racing resumed. He gave up positions early in the fun, falling to eighth, where he would eventually take the checkered flag.
“I was really surprised that there wasn’t a late-race caution,” Custer said. “We got faster as that run went on, and I think we would have been able to do something if the field would have been bunched back up. We just lost too much track position at the end. I know we were recording some fast lap times, but we were too far back to be able to make a run at the end.”
Brad Keselowski won the UNOH 200 to score his first career Camping World Truck Series victory.
Darrell Wallace Jr. finished behind Keselowski in the runner-up spot while Ron Hornaday Jr., Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-five. John Nemechek, Joey Coulter, Custer, Ben Rhodes and Corey Lajoie comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were four caution periods for 27 laps with eight drivers failing to finish.