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“Champion Power Equipment has been an invaluable partner to GMS Racing, both on the track and back at our race shop. Their equipment has become synonymous with dependability and without it our teams would feel the void, week in and week out,” said Nic Moncher, Team Manager. “There is no better way for our two organizations to expand our already strong partnership, than to see the No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet SS take to the track at Kansas Speedway, with Grant Enfinger behind the wheel.”
Champion Power Equipment is a market leader in power generation equipment. Champion has years of experience providing dependable and durable power products designed and engineered in the United States for the North American and world markets. For work, recreation or home use, Champion products are the standard of performance excellence.
“I am excited to represent Champion Power Equipment in the ARCA Racing Series season finale at Kansas Speedway.” Said Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet SS. “Champion is widely acknowledged for supplying customers with high-quality, durable, engine-driven products, and I have come to rely on my Champion generator several times at my home. They are a great organization and I look forward to bringing them (Champion Power Equipment) and GMS Racing their first ARCA Racing Series championship title.”
“Champion began our partnership with GMS Racing at the beginning of 2014 and immediately realized we had partnered with a winning team.” Said Todd Welzbacher, Champion Vice President – Business Development. “We are very excited about our primary sponsorship of Grant Enfinger and GMS Racing as they race for the ARCA Championship and win at Kansas Speedway.”
Enfinger leads the driver championship point standings going into Kansas with a 320-lead over second place, Josh Williams. Leading up to the finale, Enfinger has claimed six victories, 12 top five, 15 top-10 finishes, three pole awards, and has 792 laps led. Enfinger and GMS Racing also played a monumental role in earning Chevrolet their 13th manufacturers championship, since 1988, in the ARCA Racing Series.
The ARCA Racing Series returns to action next Friday night, October 16 at Kansas Speedway for their 2015 season finale. Enfinger and his No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet SS team will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 PM Central, and it can be seen LIVE in its entirety on FOX Sports 1.
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The No. 1 LandWorks Solutions Chevrolet started off practice struggling with a high pitch vibration and issues with the rough racing surface. The schedule allowed for plenty of practice time and the crew went to work improving the Chevrolet Silverado for Travis Kvapil. They changed the driveshaft and front shocks to alleviate the issues. Kvapil would start the Rhino Linings 350 in the 21st position. Travis began his march forward running decent top-15 lap times, which would stay consistent through out the night. After the hard hit of Austin Theriault, Travis and team opted to pit later in the caution period allowing him to lead a lap gaining a bonus point. Kvapil fought a truck that had very little front grip. During the next two cautions the team would make adjustments and fueling to help with this handling issue. Travis was now in the top 20 and the race was settling into a fast pace. Having fueled during the later cautions allowed for the No. 1 LandWorks Solutions Chevrolet to run several more laps than most of the other trucks bringing Kvapil up to 4th at one point on the night. However the cautions did not fall in the No. 1’s favor so the Chevrolet Silverado had to make one last stop on pit road for four tires and fuel but was good to go until the checkered flag. There was a moment of worry for the entire team as Travis Kvapil reported that he might have a flat left rear tire with roughly 30 to go. The crew scrambled and Kvapil was able to diagnose it as possibly something different so he chose to stay out. The No. 1 LandWorks Solutions Chevrolet of Travis Kvapil Finished up Rhino Linings 350 in the 18th position.
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Taking the green flag from the 17th position, Pastrana navigated up to the 14th spot by lap 10, but reported that his No. 31 Silverado was extremely free. When the first caution flag of the day waved on lap 15, crew chief Chris Rice called Pastrana down pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. Restarting 15th, Pastrana dropped back to 19th before the next yellow flag was displayed on lap 38. Stating that his truck was still very loose, Pastrana once again visited pit road for fuel and another track-bar adjustment. Scored 12th when green-flag racing resumed, Pastrana was 14th when the third and final caution flag waved on lap 49, and the NTS Motorsports team once again used the opportunity to adjust the GunBroker.com machine, providing fuel and a wedge adjustment. A long green-flag run followed, with Pastrana dropping to 19th and eventually going one lap down. However, the team's decision to pit under the last caution allowed Pastrana to remain on track 17 laps longer than the leaders, and he advanced up to the ninth spot before pitting under green for four tires and fuel. Stating that his truck's handling now felt "great," Pastrana was consistently making laps faster than the leaders, but was unable to make up any ground being off the lead lap. Pastrana remained on track as several competitors ran out of fuel, allowing him to advance to the 16th position before crossing the finish line.
Travis Pastrana on Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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Laying down the sixth-fastest lap in the weekend's only practice session on Saturday morning, Hemric advanced to the final round of knockout qualifying, putting the No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet in the 12th position for the green flag. Hemric initially jumped up to the ninth position when racing began, but quickly found his Silverado to be too free, preventing him from attacking entry. A caution flag on lap 15 allowed crew chief Ryan McKinney to call his driver into the pits, ordering four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment, sending Hemric back onto the track in the 14th position. Still fighting a free truck after the lap-26 restart, Hemric had dropped back to 17th when the leaders began visiting pit road under green on lap 91. Having come to pit road under the previous caution for a splash of gas, the NTS Motorsports truck had more fuel than most in the front of the field, allowing Hemric to stay out on the racetrack until lap 101 and move up into the top five. Still struggling with the free condition by the time he came in for service, the young driver requested that the team take the extra time on pit road to make a big swing at handling. McKinney called for four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and spring-rubber adjustments. With the field already spread out, the time on pit road under green cost the team a lap, but Hemric was now making lap times competitive with the leaders and working on inheriting the free pass. However, with the race remaining green until its conclusion, Hemric had to earn his lap back on the racetrack instead. Hemric was scored in the 11th position when the frontrunners who had pitted before him began to run out of fuel, costing them time on pit road and allowing him to pass the leader for his lap back. With speed in the final laps and many contenders struggling with fuel mileage, Hemric was able to stay on track until the race's conclusion, crossing the finish line in the sixth position when the checkered flag waved.
Daniel Hemric on Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Hemric remains fifth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings heading into the final five races of the season. The Truck Series takes a two-week break before returning to action at Talladega Superspeedway. The Fred's Pharmacy 250 will air live on FOX on Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
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After starting the Rhino Linings 350 from the back of the field, Black quietly made his way up by consistently gaining positions during the long green flag runs. Strategy also allowed him to lead a lap under a cycle of green flag pit stops, gaining a bonus point towards the championship standings.
“Vegas was great! The track has its own character to it with unique bumps and grooves. You can gamble on the track a little bit which is always fun and fits in with being in Vegas,” said Black. “We had to get a handle on the truck during practice, but once the race started we were solid. I was really impressed with what we were able to do in the middle of the race and our passing capabilities tonight.”
As the laps began winding down, fuel strategy came into play for the leaders but was not a threat to the end of Black’s race. He was able to run without any worry of running out and finish 13th.
“We were good on fuel at the end there. I know other teams had to worry, but we were in the clear,” Black explained. “It was really nice to just go hard to the finish and grab every spot we could without worrying.”
Black also continues to chip away at 10th place in the championship standings, as he now sits 28 points outside of it in 11th with five races remaining in the 2015 season.
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Jones started from the third position after a strong showing in both NCWTS final practice and qualifying. Throughout the opening 15 laps of the race, Jones fought a loose RSD Chevrolet while navigating traffic, and also noted being tight on exit. Jones relinquished the third position to visit pit road under caution on lap 21 to receive two tires, fuel and both an air pressure and track bar adjustment. The No. 33 RSD Chevrolet returned to the track in the fifth position, as the leaders performed fuel-only stops. When the race restarted, Jones immediately began battling an extremely loose handling condition. Crew chief Shane Huffman brought Jones to pit road for his final stop of the night on lap 93, while servicing the truck with four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment under green flag conditions. As the field cycled through pit stops, Jones settled into the top 10 and ran just outside the top five until the final laps of the race. Jones ultimately finished in the fifth position, recording his third top-five finish of 2015. The No. 33 is now eighth in the NCWTS owner championship point standings.
Jones’ next start for GMS Racing will be October 24 at Talladega Superspeedway.
BRANDON JONES QUOTE:
“We had a really fast RSD Chevrolet today. I felt like we were chasing the track throughout the entire race. We went from being tight to really loose and never quite got a hold of the right balance. Shane (Huffman, crew chief) made some really great calls to get us the track position we needed to be running up front at the end. I’m glad we were able to pick up another top-five finish for GMS Racing and the No. 33 team.“
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At the start of the event, the Texas native battled tight conditions, but as track conditions began to change the Chevrolet started to lose rear grip. Crew Chief Harold Holly called the 24-year-old to pit road under the second caution of the night; however, Poole missed the commitment line and had to come back to pit road on lap 38. Poole then took four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to help gain rear grip, and had to start from the back of the field due to a penalty incurred during the stop. As green flag pit stops began to cycle through, Poole battled his way up the sixth position before having to pit for fuel on lap 96, rejoining the field in the 19th position. Poole broke into the top 15 before the last lap of the race, when leaders began running out of fuel. The No.21 MTO Café/ DC Solar Chevrolet crossed the finish line in the 11th position, one-lap down in his NCWTS debut with GMS Racing.
BRENNAN POOLE QUOTE:
“I had an awesome time out there tonight. GMS Racing is a great organization to work with. They supplied me with a great truck and a hard working crew. I wish we could have grabbed a top 10 but we brought home a truck in one piece and had a strong finish. Late in the race, I began to feel free on entry and lost grip in the rear. Harold (Holly, crew chief) made an adjustment that helped a lot, but not long after it just went in the opposite direction and put us back to square one. I can’t thank everyone enough for this tremendous opportunity and experience. This would not have happened without the support from my sponsors DC Solar and MTO Café.”
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For the second-consecutive week, the Las Vegas native advanced to the final round of qualifying, and earned a solid 10th-place starting position. From the drop of the green flag, Gallagher advanced to seventh place in the opening laps, narrowly avoiding the event’s first caution on lap 15. Gallagher came to pit road for right-side tires under the first yellow, and returned to pit road under the second caution at lap 38 for fuel only and a wedge adjustment to aid a tight handling condition.
From the lap 42 restart, Gallagher reported he had developed a “terrible tight” condition in the center and on corner exit, which forced him out of the top 10, and back to 15th position by lap 63. The race’s second-half was highlighted by long green flag runs, during which the field would make green flag pit stops. Gallagher came to the attention of his Allegiant Travel team on lap 92 after the extremely tight condition caused him to shred a right-front tire. Because of the flat tire, Gallagher was too close to the pit wall, and could only change right side tires. As a result, he revisited pit road on lap 128 to refuel and take left side tires.
Over the final 18 laps, Gallagher advanced his position from 17th to take the checkered flag in the 15th position. Following the Rhino Linings 350 at LVMS, Gallagher still resides in the top 10 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points, in 10th position, as the tour resumes action on October 24 at Talladega Superspeedway.
SPENCER GALLAGHER QUOTE:
“I always enjoy racing at home, but tonight, our Allegiant Travel Silverado was too tight to really make up time on a longer run. We had some decent short run speed, qualified well, but we just got really tight throughout the race. Even after we had to pit twice under green, we were still able to make it back to where we were running before that pit cycle. We had a great fan base here this weekend, and wished for a little different result, but our GMS Racing team kept tuning on this Chevrolet all night and still salvaged a top-15 finish. We’ll head to Talladega (Superspeedway) in a few weeks, and see if we can’t mix it up for the win there.”
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