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The No. 00 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection on May 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The infraction is a P2 penalty and violates the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:

12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing Top Splitter Shelf Heights. Vehicle did not meet the minimum post-race splitter height.

As a result of this violation, crew chief Joe Shear Jr. has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Additionally, owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been docked 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship owner points.


The box score following Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 lists Brad Keselowski starting fourth and finishing fifth.


But Keselowski's (@keselowski) night at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a bit more hectic than what those numbers indicate.  Three times he came from deep in the field with his final rally landing him a fifth place finish.


The driver of the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 qualified fourth but started on the front row when the top two starters were penalized and sent to the rear of the field.  Keselowski led the first four laps before settling into second place, but his truck was considerably loose by the time the first caution slowed the race on lap 21.  He pitted for four tires and major adjustments one lap later. 


Keselowski restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 25 and climbed to 10th place by lap 39.  He moved up to eighth when the second yellow came out on lap 64.  Keselowski pitted on lap 65 for four tires and adjustments and lined up 12th when the race went green on lap 69.


Once again Keselowski went to work slicing his way through traffic.  He climbed back to 10th place by lap 71 and was seventh by lap 88.  His truck was loose on entry by the 100 lap mark, but the third caution on lap 106 gave he and crew chief Chad Kendrick an opportunity to pit for four tires and more adjustments.  Brad restarted 11th when the green flag waved on lap 109. 


Over the final 30 laps of the 139 lap race the team's hard work began to pay off.  Once again Keselowski efficiently worked his way through traffic, climbing up to 10th by lap 113, and using a restart following the fourth caution on lap 116 to move up to seventh position by lap 123.  He had marched up to fifth place by the time the final caution waved on lap 134 setting up a green-white-checkered flag finish.  
Keselowski survived the final restart and two lap dash to finish fifth, his third top five in six NCWTS starts at Charlotte.   


The thin line of yellow paint on the right side of Tyler Reddick's Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 following Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway looked like a mere blemish.


Looks can be deceiving.  


Reddick's (@TylerReddick) contact with the outside SAFER barrier early in the race changed the aerodynamic characteristics of his Ford F-150.  Despite having his hands full with a tight handling truck, Reddick ran inside the top five throughout the race and entered the closing stages of the event with an outside chance to win.


Tyler qualified seventh and jumped up to fourth by lap 6 and ran there until the first caution of the race came out on lap 21.  He pitted on lap 22 for four tires and adjustments and restarted third when the race went green on lap 25.


Reddick settled in line fourth by lap 32 and the truck returned to a tight handling condition by the time the second caution slowed the race on lap 64.  He pitted for four tires and adjustments on lap 65 and restarted fourth on lap 69.


He quickly moved up to third place then settled back into fourth by lap 82 as his truck once again struggled to turn.  By lap 96 Reddick's truck started to loosen up and he was running fourth when the third yellow flag waved on lap 106, the first of three cautions over the final 33 laps.  One lap later he pitted for four tires and adjustments and, thanks to speedy service on the pit lane, he restarted second.  Tyler had a clean restart and settled into third place.  


The fourth caution came out on lap 116 and Reddick survived the ensuing restart on lap 122 to maintain third place.  He was running third when the final caution of the race waved on lap 134, pushing the race to a green-white-checkered finish.  Tyler lined up third for the dash to the finish, but couldn't turn as well as he wished entering Turn 1 on the final lap, leaving the bottom lane open and shuffling him back to fourth place at the checkered flag.


Reddick scored his fourth top five in five races this season and is third in the series championship standings, 18 points behind the leader.    


Ray Black Jr.’s debut race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a bit of a roller coaster, as the rookie NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver secured his highest starting spot of the season but struggled to overcome a late race spin during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

Despite making an engine change during the first practice of the weekend, Black rebounded to finish in the Top-12 for the final practice. He then secured his best starting spot of the season when he qualified eighth.

“The team really came together to get our No. 07 Chevrolet Silverado ready for qualifying after the engine change, and it certainly paid off,” said Black. “It feels great to see the guys’ hard work pay off in such a huge way.”

After the drop of the green flag, Black found his truck to be extremely tight and struggled to get it to handle well in Turns 3 and 4. With the fast pace being set by the leaders, Black fell one lap down at Lap 58. The team then received a pit road penalty for being over the wall too soon during their second stop of the night but remained determined to keep their heads up.
On Lap 104, Black was racing in 18th place when the No. 74 truck of Jordan Anderson came down the track on him, causing Black to spin out and collect some serious damage to his truck. From there on out, Black focused on avoiding any last lap wrecks and bringing the truck home in one piece. He finished the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in 22nd place.

“I don’t know what the No. 74 was thinking. He just moved down on me,” said Black. “Overall, I’m proud of my team. We battled back from a lot this weekend, and it certainly paid off at times. I’m taking this as a sign of good things to come. We just need to get a little luck on our side, and we will be good to go.”

Black now holds 11th place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points standings. He is just two points behind 10th place driver, Daniel Hemric.

The next race for Ray Black Jr. and the No. 07 Chevrolet Silverado team will be the Lucas Oil 200 at the Dover International Speedway on May 29.

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Scott Lagasse, Jr. was off to a strong start in the Queen City after posting the second-fastest time in final practice and securing a sixth-place starting position in qualifying. However, Lagasse battled the handling of his Chevrolet Silverado for much of the night, ultimately resulting in a 12th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Posting the seventh and second-fastest times in the weekend's two extended practice sessions, Lagasse advanced to the final round of knockout qualifying, earning a sixth-place starting spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Holding his starting spot until the first caution flag of the night on lap 21, Lagasse explained that his Chevy started the race free all around, but eventually tightened up as the run progressed. Crew chief Chris Rice provided his driver with four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, and Lagasse restarted in the seventh spot on lap 26. Lagasse initially reported that his truck felt better after the adjustments, but by lap 49, his machine was loose in and tight on exit. Scored in the eighth position, a yellow flag on lap 64 gave his NTS Motorsports crew a chance to service Lagasse with four fresh tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. Following the adjustments, Lagasse found his Chevy Silverado to be extremely loose, and kissed the wall on lap 98. However, the St. Augustine, Florida native persevered until the caution was displayed on lap 106 with Lagasse in the 12th position. Asking Rice to tighten him back up, the NTS Motorsports crew made a track-bar adjustment in addition to fresh tires and fuel. Another caution quickly followed seven laps later, and wild three-wide racing on the lap 122 restart allowed Lagasse to advance as high as the ninth position. A caution just prior to the white flag bunched up the field and sent the race into overtime with a Green/White/Checkered restart on lap 138. Lagasse fought door-to-door in the final two laps, crossing the finish line 12th in a wild finish.


Scott Lagasse, Jr. on Charlotte Motor Speedway:

"It was a good run for our Chevy Silverado. We had a solid top-ten truck all night long. I cannot thank Bob and Brennan Newberry and this entire NTS Motorsports team enough for all of their hard work this weekend at Charlotte."

NTS Motorsports PR

Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 33 PROSTOCK Chevrolet, finished the 13th position in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Jones persevered through several challenges to grab his best finish of the 2015 season.
Jones started the race mid-field and held his position until the first caution of the night on lap 21. Requesting slight adjustments the crew prepared for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment during their first pit stop, only to have the shifter get caught between gears on pit road. An extended stop relegated Jones to the 28th position for the restart. Eventually falling two laps down due to a vibration caused by loose exhaust pipes, Crew Chief Shane Huffman called for a gamble that could put Jones back on the lead lap with enough time to pull out a top-15 finish. 
When the caution flag waved on lap 104, the No. 33 truck did not pit. Jones would need to pit once more before the end of the race, but the team was willing to take the wave-around to put them only one lap down while betting on a late race caution. The yellow flew just 10 laps later and Jones received the free pass to put him back on the lead lap in the 18th position. Jones avoided one last scuffle when trucks just in front of him began to spin during the green-white-checkered to close out the race.
“Our PROSTOCK Chevrolet was fast all weekend.  We ended up getting caught a couple laps down early in the race, but we knew our lap times were still good enough to place us in the top 10. Shane (Huffman, crew chief) felt they could get me back on the lead lap, so we gambled a little, but it paid off. The GMS Racing team works hard to bring strong, fast trucks to the track each weekend, so I’m glad I could keep it clean and give them the finish we all deserve.” 

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The lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event in at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway resulted in the first top-10 of the season for Spencer Gallagher, driving the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet. After bouncing back from a spin in pole qualifying, Gallagher used patience and consistency over the 139 laps to score his best-career non-restrictor plate NCWTS finish.
After slight contact with the outside wall in qualifying, the GMS Racing team made timely repairs to the Allegiant Travel Chevrolet before the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 thanks to prior preparation. Gallagher took the green from the back of the field due to unapproved adjustments, but found himself inside the top 20 by the race’s first caution at lap 21. Battling a tight condition, Gallagher came in for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco race fuel, and a track bar adjustment, and restarted in 12th. 
The Las Vegas native’s progress towards the front was temporarily halted after a pit stop under a lap 64 caution when a cut left-front tire brought him back to pit road under yellow. Gallagher quickly climbed back into the top 15, and into the top 10 by lap 110. After precise and poignant adjustments by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, Gallagher ran as high as eighth in the race’s closing stages. On the Green-White-Checkered finish, Gallagher survived the three-wide racing and hectic restarts to notch a 10th place finish, his first top-10 of the 2015 season.
Race winner Kasey Kahne captured the 200th NCWTS victory for Chevrolet in the series’ 21st season of competition. 
"Those last restarts were just absolutely wild. Everything was a game of getting good position into Turn 1, then you just had to fight it out before the tires started giving up. We were three-wide, stuck in the middle, but brought our Allegiant Travel Chevrolet home with our first top-10 finish of the season, and that’s something we can build on.”
“We spent the whole night freeing the truck up. We needed to go further with our adjustments and it really paid off. On the second-to-last restart, we made a real surge after we improved the handling and earned a solid top-10 tonight.”

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Daniel Hemric appeared to have momentum on his side after a top-10 finish at Kansas Speedway last week, topping his career-best start with a top-five starting berth at his home track. Unfortunately, a flat tire with the white flag in sight caused Hemric to hit the outside wall, damaging the No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet Silverado and resulting in a 17th-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


After laying down the third-fastest lap in the weekend's opening practice session, Hemric's NTS Motorsports entry advanced to the final round of knockout qualifying, earning a career-best fifth-place starting spot. Following the wave of the green flag, the Kannapolis native quickly relayed that he was too tight in the center and on exit, dropping to the 12th spot. A caution flag on lap 21 would allow Hemric and his crew to make their first swing at adjustments. Crew chief Ryan McKinney called for four tires, fuel and a spring-rubber adjustment, and fast work by the crew gained Hemric three spots on pit road. Restarting on lap 26, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender still struggled with a tight-off condition, but McKinney promised his driver that the No. 14 crew would take another swing at it. The yellow flag waved on lap 64 with Hemric in the 10th spot, and the NTS Motorsports team provided him with four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. Once again, the pit crew picked up spots on pit road, with Hemric returning to the track in ninth. The California Clean Power Chevy was considerably better on the next run as a result of those adjustments, and when Hemric visited pit road for the final time on lap 106, he asked for "a little more of that." With four fresh tires, fuel and an additional track-bar adjustment, Hemric took the green flag from the ninth position on lap 110. Hemric initially appeared to be on his way to a top-10 finish, but 20 laps later, a right-side tire began to go down, ultimately going flat and sending Hemric into the outside wall on lap 134. Suffering minor damage, the 24-year-old brought his California Clean Power machine to pit road for right-side tires. Restarting from the tail end of the longest line for the Green/White/Checkered restart, Hemric did not have enough laps to recover, crossing the finish line in the 17th position.


Daniel Hemric on Charlotte Motor Speedway

"Taking the green flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway, my home track, was really special. This was certainly not the way I hoped tonight would end, but we have a lot to be proud of this weekend. We had a very fast California Clean Power Chevrolet in practice and qualifying, but when the race started we were tight in the center and on exit. We kept getting better all night, to the point where we were going to be solidly inside the top 10, but we had some issues there at the end. I could feel my right-front tire starting to go down a little, and I thought I'd be able to nurse it home, but it just went flat when I was getting into Turn 1 and I got up into the fence. I hate it for my NTS Motorsports guys and everyone at California Clean Power. We had awesome pit stops tonight; we gained spots every single time we stopped. We're getting stronger each week, and we're getting really close to being able to put together a win. "


Hemric moves up to 10th in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, nine points behind ninth place. The Truck Series takes one week off before returning to the track at Dover International Speedway. The Lucas Oil 200 airs live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

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Ben Kennedy and the No. 11 Local Motors team were 'home' this weekend as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Prior to Thursday's two practice sessions, Kennedy and Local Motors unveiled the winning design of the Ben Kennedy Helmet Challence - winner Serdo Miletec. The No. 11 team returned to the 1.5-mile speedway on Friday and Kennedy advanced the black and white Toyota Tundra into the final round of knockout qualifying. His fast time of 30.521 seconds earned the 10th starting position for the evening's event. Once the green flag flew, Kennedy had his hands full with a loose-handling machine. Unable to accelerate at full throttle, he fell back to the 16th position. Throughout the 134-lap race, crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Kenned to pit road on four occasions for tires, fuel, air pressure and chassis adjustments in an effort to improve the truck's balance. On each visit, the pit crew also cleaned a large amount of garbage off the grille which was causing the water temperatures to rise during the green-flag runs. The caution flag on lap 133 set the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Kennedy ultimately took the checkered flag in the 16th position. 


Start - 10

Finish - 16

Driver Points Position - 12

Laps Led - 0


Ben Kennedy Quote:

"Scott (Zipadelli) and the team worked hard to make adjustments on the No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra all night, but we were just a little too loose to make up the ground we lost early on. It wasn't the finish we had expected tonight, but we'll move forward and start getting ready for Dover (International Speedway)."


As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to the heart of NASCAR country, Timothy Peters piloted the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra to a seventh-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Peters posted the 18th and 17th fastest laps in first and second practice, respectively, on Thursday evening. On Friday, the team returned to the track for knockout qualifying and Peters advanced to the second round, securing a 17th-place starting position for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. When the sun set on the 1.5-mile facility and the green flag flew, Peters quickly moved into the 13th position, but was fighting a tight-handling condition. The caution waved on lap 20, and Peters brought his Tundra to the attention of crew chief Marcus Richmond and the No. 17 team, who changed four tires, filled it full of fuel and made several adjustments. Peters restarted 11th in the lineup and continued to fight a tight condition. The team continued to make adjustments with another four-tire stop and by the halfway point in the race, Peters had climbed into the top 10. With a third fast pit stop, the No. 17 team helped Peters gain track position and he moved into the top five with 25 laps to go. A late-race caution resulted in a green-white-checkered finish, and Peters crossed the finish line in seventh place. 


Start -17

Finish - 7

Driver Points Position - 6

Laps Led - 0


Timothy Peters Quote:

"The pit crew really did a great job tonight. The guys did a great job adjusting on it. We just never gave up all night. Our Red Horse Tundra, it's showing what we are capable of. Definitely a seventh-place isn't what we want - definitely isn't what we want, but kudos to everybody at the shop and everybody here working hard."


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