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Lira Motorsports driver David Levine and the No. 59 Furman University / Momo / Roush-Yates Engines team finished 17th on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway in both the team and driver’s debut race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). 
After the race, Levine commented “That was awesome! P17 in my first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start! I learned even more than I can begin to explain in the first 12 laps! I can't thank my sponsors Furman University, Roush Yates, Momo and TraqGear enough for making this possible. I also want to acknowledge Andy Houston, who has spotted for me at several ARCA Races this year. He was up on top of the grandstands all day, coaching me. I don’t think I would have made the race without his help.”
Earlier in the day on Friday, Levine posted the 26th fastest time in the Ford EcoBoost 200's only practice session. The session was his first time behind the wheel of the team’s newly-built NCWTS Ford F-150. “The biggest adjustment in coming to the Truck Series from the ARCA Racing Series is the engine,” Levine stated. “The tapered spacer in the trucks is different than I’m used to. I need to work on keeping it wound-up more.”
Levine qualified for the 134-lap season finale for the series in the 22nd position. At the end of qualifying, the team let out a collective sigh of relief that practice and qualifying were not affected by the threat of rain that was constant throughout the day. 
In the race, Levine had worked his way up to the 19th position when the team called him to pit road for four tires and fuel during a green flag run on lap 47. After pit stops cycled through for the rest of the field, David found himself in 20th, one-lap down when a caution came out on lap 62.
While all of the lead-lap trucks made pit stops under the caution, Sam Schram, Levine’s Crew Chief, made the decision for David to stay out and take the wave-around, putting the No. 59 truck back on the lead lap. 
The next caution period on lap 75 gave the team the opportunity to come in once again for tires and fuel. A mis-step by one of the crew member, going over the wall too early, sent Levine to the tail end of the longest line on the restart. However, another caution came out a few laps later, and Levine stayed out while most of the leaders made pit stops.
After the caution, Levine restarted the race from the 3rd position on lap 89. Now racing on older tires than the rest of the field, he battled to remain in the top 20 while trucks with fresh tires made their way to the front of the field.
With laps winding down and the race on-track to finish with a 46 lap green flag run, Schram asked Levine to begin saving fuel. Levine responded by easing off the gas earlier in the turns, which saved enough gas for the Highland Park, IL driver to take the checkered flag in the 17th position.
“That was a good, clean race for us, being our first time in the Truck Series,” Levine concluded. “The only a mark on the truck was from when I got a little loose off two and nudged the fence. Thank you to everyone at Lira Motorsports. They poured their hearts and souls into this truck, and I am so proud to have been part of their debut in the Truck Series.  I’m still working on securing sponsorship, but I’m hoping to get back in the truck series again next year!”

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Kyle Weatherman made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night, driving the No. 58 Ford F-150 in what was also the Truck Series debut for Lira Motorsports. The 18-year-old driver raced to a 23rd place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 200.
Despite having a fast truck, Weatherman could advance no further in the finishing order after going down two laps to the leader while serving a pit road drive-through penalty during green-flag racing, following his first pit stop of the day on lap 50 of 134.
Earlier in the day on Friday, Weatherman posted the 24th fastest time in the only practice session before the race. The session was the young driver’s first time behind the wheel of the newly-built race truck, and his first time on-track at Homestead Miami Speedway. 
In qualifying, the Wentzville, MO native took his LifeXist / Massage Luxe / / Jersey Mike’s Subs / Roush-Yates Engines / Supplement Superstores Ford F-150 to the top of the speed chart following his lap early in the session. At the end of qualifying, Weatherman was 21st quickest of the 36 trucks that attempted to make the race. 
Following his pit rod penalty for driving through more than three pit stalls while entering his pit stall on lap 50, Weatherman was in the 27th position. He drove a clean, incident-free race for the rest of the event, but was unable to make up the laps he had lost during his drive through penalty. He took the checkered flag running in the 23rd position.
“I am so proud of the effort everyone on this Lira Motorsports team put in to make our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut together,” Kyle commented after the race. “I’m disappointed with the result, but I made a few mistakes that got us into the hole that we did our best to get out of. We win and lose as a team though, and we will recover and be back next year even stronger. Huge thanks to my sponsors for their support, and to everyone at Lira Motorsports for all of their hard work.”
Kyle is planning to make more NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2016, and is actively seeking full-season sponsors to help him compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the 2016 Truck Series championship.

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Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) was back behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 in the Ford EcoBoost 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.  After being sidelined since an October crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the young driver erased any doubts about his health or ability during the 134 lap, 200 mile race.
Theriault raced three-wide in traffic while battling for position and nicked the outside SAFER barrier in an effort to squeeze every bit of speed possible out of his truck.  He was rewarded with a respectable 12th-place finish but like a true racer, the Fort Kent, Maine native was hoping for a better result, saying he wanted to post a top 10 finish in the season finale.
Theriault earned the 18th place starting position during qualifying after his truck skated loose between Turns 3 and 4.  He held his ground during the opening laps of the race but steadily began to move closer to the front.  Austin was up to 15th position by lap 25 but was hindered by a truck that was simply too free.  Theriault made his first scheduled pit stop under green on lap 41 for four tires and adjustments.
He remained 15th after the cycle of stops was complete but moved up to 14th when the second caution slowed the race on lap 62.  Theriault pitted one lap later for four tires and adjustments.  Excellent pit work moved him up to 13th position when the race went green on lap 66.
The third caution slowed the race on lap 75 and Theriault immediately pitted for four tires and adjustments.  He restarted 15th when the green flag waved on lap 78 and immediately began to move forward.  Austin was up to 12th place when the fourth and final yellow waved on lap 84.  A mix of strategies among the leaders moved Theriault up to fifth when the race went green on lap 88.
Despite only a handful of laps difference between his tires and others on the lead lap, Theriault, despite his best efforts, couldn't stay among the top 10.  He was 14th on lap 99 but picked off 13th place on lap 104.
The final 30 laps featured intense racing between Theriault, Spencer Gallagher and Cameron Hayley for positions just outside the top 10 with the trio going three wide at the entrance to Turn 1 on lap 114.  As the event entered its closing laps Austin was able to hold on to 12th position. 

In the moments following the Ford EcoBoost 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, one could easily have understood if Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) showed a bit of frustration.
The driver of the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 had just fallen 15 points shy of  capturing his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title despite the fact the young driver had a series best 14 top five finishes, including a third place effort at Homestead.
Though young in age, Reddick handled the disappointment with the poise of a veteran.  He sincerely thanked partners Broken Bow Music Group, Cequent and Ford Performance plus praised Roush Yates Engines and his Brad Keselowski Racing teammates.  He then spoke about what he can do to improve and make an even stronger run at the title in 2016.
The Ford EcoBoost 200 was in many ways a reflection of Reddick's 2015 season.  He qualified fourth and ran among the top three for the majority of the 134 lap, 200 mile event.  Tyler ran third during the early stages of the race and was up to second when he made his first scheduled pit stop under green on lap 49 for four tires and adjustments.  When the pit sequence was complete on lap 52, Tyler was fourth in the running order.
Reddick was up to third when the second yellow flag slowed the pace on lap 61.  Two laps later he made his second stop for four tires and adjustments.  Excellent pit work put Tyler third when the race restarted on lap 66.  
He remained third through the third caution on lap 75 but when the race went green on lap 78 he began to battle a loose handling truck.  Reddick made a pit stop under the fourth and final caution on lap 84 for four tires and adjustments.  A variety of pit strategies among the leaders shuffled him back to ninth place when the race restarted on lap 88. 
He sliced his way through traffic moments after the green flag waved on lap 89 to grab fourth position.  Within one lap he had picked off third and on lap 94 he was up to second place.
By lap 108 Reddick found himself in a close battle with John Hunter Nemechek for second.  The two raced hard before Tyler settled into third position on lap 110.  Over the final 24 laps Reddick couldn't mount another challenge and was forced to settle for a third place finish. 


Brandon Jones wrapped up a 17-race schedule in his rookie season of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Driving the No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet for GMS Racing, Brandon Jones started Friday night’s 200-mile race from the 17th position after a tight-handling condition prevented him from advancing to the final round of qualifying. With a good jump on the initial start, Jones suffered extensive damage after contact with another competitor sent him into the outside retaining wall. Jones brought his Silverado down pit road twice during green-flag conditions to allow his team to assess the damage and begin repairs, and again returned to the pits during the caution period for additional work.

In the following laps, the damage created an extremely loose-handling condition on the Lucas Oil Chevrolet. With plenty of time left in the race, Jones continued to work closely with his GMS Racing team to strategize adjustments during upcoming pit stops. On lap 48, he reported that the loose-handling condition was getting worse, and he visited pit road just laps later for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. With the earlier damage limiting the team’s ability to make changes, Jones returned to pit road to check for chassis damage under the third caution of the night on lap 62. Still fighting an extremely loose condition, Jones pulled into the garage on lap 67 following a spin exiting turn four. Unable to repair the chassis damage, the Lucas Oil team had an early end to the evening to record a 31st-place finish.

Friday night’s 31st-place finish was only Jones’ fourth time finishing outside the top-25 positions in a 17-race rookie season that included four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The No. 33 team finished the season 12th in the owner championship point standings.


“This was an unfortunate end to what was a great season for our Lucas Oil team. We had a tough time finding the right balance early in practice, but felt like we had the right set up for the track conditions we would face once the sun went down. I wish I could’ve added another top-five for GMS Racing here at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but tonight’s result doesn’t take away from the strong season we had. We finished in the top 10 in almost half of our starts and had really started to hunt down a win over the last month.”

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NASCAR driver Ray Black Jr. rounded out his debut year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with his ninth straight Top-20 finish when he placed 18th during the series finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway this past Friday. The driver of the No. 07 Chevrolet, who hails from Flagler Beach, Fla., finished the season strong in front of a home-state crowd by fighting off his competition to maintain the 11th place position in the championship standings.

Handling was a key challenge during Black’s race weekend. The truck was too snug during the series’ only practice session, forcing the team to make some big changes to it. During qualifying, Black then worked hard with a very loose truck to line up 27th for the Ford EcoBoost 200.

“It was tough to nail down the handling for this truck, but we managed to get it just right in time for the race,” explained Black. “I constantly communicated with the team what I was feeling and what their adjustments were doing to the truck, and we were able to come together and get it ready for the main event. It was really a pleasure to work with this team all season long! I appreciate all their time and effort spent over the past year.”

Once the green flag dropped Friday night, Black made quick work of the field and moved up 10 spots by Lap 50. As the laps wound down, Black’s lap times got faster and matched trucks running in the Top-10. After a strategic call during the third pit stop of the night to take fuel only, Black lined up sixth for what would be the final restart of the night.

Unfortunately, a poor restart by the leaders of the race caused a pile-up to spread throughout the field and resulted in some left rear damage for Black. Despite a little bit of a tire rub, Black persevered through the final laps of the race to secure a Top-20 finish and 11th place in the NCWTS standings.

“I’m so proud of my team and how the No. 07 Chevrolet handled in the Ford EcoBoost 200,” said Black. “We really had a fast truck out there! That was a Top-10 truck for sure, we just got caught up in someone else’s mistake at the end. We managed to stay in it though and kept 11th place in the championship standings, which was our goal for the weekend!”

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Timothy Peters earned his eighth top-five finish of the season with a fifth-place result at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final event of the 2015 season. In the single practice session on Friday morning, Peters was eighth fastest at the Homestead, Florida facility. After advancing to the second and final round of knockout, single-truck qualifying, Peters earned the 12th starting spot for the 134-lap event. After the green flag dropped for the final time in 2015, Peters climbed to the ninth position by lap 20. The veteran driver visited pit road on lap 47 under green-flag conditions for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel, as well as adjustments to correct a free handling condition. When the yellow flag was shown on lap 62, Peters again drove down pit road and received four fresh tires, fuel and further adjustments to his Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra. By the next caution period on lap 75, Peters had moved into seventh. After a final four-tire pit stop while under caution on lap 86, Peters restarted in 13th, but moved into ninth position within a single lap. With 30 laps to go, Peters maneuvered into fifth place behind teammate Ben Kennedy, where he finished the event.
Start - 12
Finish - 5
Driver Points Position - 5
Laps Led - 0
Timothy Peters Quote:
"We've just had a lot of momentum. It was so cool to get on the roll at Chicago (Chicagoland Speedway) and then in the last four races win two of them. It was just an unbelievable year. Thanks to everybody at Red Horse Racing for what they do - and Toyota, Triad (Racing Technologies) horsepower. This is the kind of streak you dream about. I wish we could go to Daytona (Superspeedway) next week and start all over. It was a strong effort by everybody involved, including the guys back at the shop." 

Making his 50th NASCAR Camping World Series start and carrying the Florida Lottery on the No. 11 Toyota Tundra this weekend, Ben Kennedy started third and finished fourth in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In a one-day show at the southern Florida facility, Kennedy posted the ninth-fastest practice speed in the morning's only session. Later that afternoon, the Daytona Beach, Florida native advanced to the second and final round of single-truck run qualifying to earn a third-place starting position for the final race of the season. Kennedy took the green flag under the lights and remained in the top-10 of the running order. As expected with the changing track conditions, Kennedy reported that he was a little loose on entry and exit. During routine pit stops on laps 48 and 63, crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for four tires, fuel, and track bar and air pressure adjustments to assist with the Tundra's balance. The Florida Lottery team was able to successfully keep up with the track's changes with Kennedy maintaining a spot in the top five. He came to pit road one final time while under the yellow flag on lap 84 for four tires and fuel. Restarting 11th due to varying team strategies, Kennedy powered to sixth in only one lap and continued to gain positions during the long green-flag run to take the checkered flag in fourth.
Start - 3
Finish - 4
Driver Points Position - 9
Laps Led - 0
Ben Kennedy Quote:                                            
"This was a great race to close out the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season with. Our Florida Lottery Toyota Tundra was really fast and the guys did a great job on pit road. I've always liked racing here at Homestead (Miami Speedway). I had a ton of fun tonight and am really proud of these guys. Thanks to Florida Lottery for coming on board the No. 11 truck this weekend."


Spencer Gallagher’s first full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season concluded with a top-10 finish in the driver championship standings following a track-best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver of the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, capped off his rookie season with an 11th-place finish in South Florida.

Gallagher exhibited his prowess during the only practice session of the weekend, posting the third-quickest lap and followed it up with an eighth-place qualifying effort. From the outset of the 200-mile finale Gallagher immediately advanced into the top five with a brave, three-wide move on the top side of the 1.5-mile oval on the opening lap. While Gallagher boasted short-run speed, he struggled with a tight condition in the center of the corners through the race’s first fuel run, until he pitted from 10th position on lap 46.

Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz called Gallagher back to pit road under a lap 61 caution for wedge and air pressure adjustments to account for a loose condition on corner exit. As a result, Gallagher ran inside the top seven until a lap 84 caution. Gallagher pitted from the fifth position and restarted in 12th with 46 laps to go. After a jumbled restart on lap 88, Gallagher advanced from 16th to earn an 11th-place finish, his best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Gallagher finished the season 10th in NCWTS driver championship points standings and closed out the season with three-consecutive top-12 finishes. In total, Gallagher’s rookie season ended with one top-five, six top-10, and 14 top-15 finishes.



“This was a real year of growth for our Allegiant Travel team. Everyone at GMS Racing put such good stuff together every week. This was my first full-time season in a truck. It was our first full-time season as a team running two trucks. I love how far we’ve come (with our program). It’s been pretty impressive, and I can’t wait to see what we can do in 2016.”

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Daniel Hemric and his NTS Motorsports team came into the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale with speed, topping the charts in the weekend's only practice session and advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying. Battling the handling of his California Clean Power Chevrolet on the long run, the 24-year-old rookie was unable to capture the win, ultimately finishing eighth at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Topping the speed charts from his first run in the only practice session of the weekend, Hemric qualified his No. 14 Chevrolet Silverado in the seventh position. Finding his truck to be free in the opening laps, Hemric was running in the eighth position when it came time for green-flag pit stops on lap 49. Crew chief Ryan McKinney called for four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and wedge adjustments before Hemric returned to the track in the eighth spot. The caution flag waved on lap 62 for a spin, and the team made the call to continue to hone in on the handling of their Silverado, providing four tires, fuel and a spring-rubber adjustment. Taking the green flag from the ninth spot on lap 67, Hemric found that his Chevy Silverado had better forward bite but was feeling "numb" in the center of the turns. A caution on lap 84 provided the team with one final chance to adjust on the California Clean Power machine, and McKinney called for four tires, fuel and both track-bar and spring-rubber adjustments. Returning to the track in the 15th position after several competitors opted not to pit, Hemric was able to pick up seven positions in the final green-flag run, taking the checkered flag in the eighth position.

Daniel Hemric on Homestead-Miami Speedway

"Overall, I'm really proud of everything we accomplished this season. My NTS Motorsports crew and I worked really well together and I feel like I learned so much about the ins and outs of these trucks. I obviously would have liked to finish off the season with a win, but we can hold our heads high when we look back at the season. We brought a fast truck to the racetrack this weekend, we just didn't have as much speed on the long runs as we did on restarts. I'm so thankful to California Clean Power, Bob Newberry, my spotter Rick Carelli, Chris Rice, my crew chief Ryan McKinney and everyone at NTS Motorsports. We fought hard all year and never gave up. I'm grateful for everything we accomplished as a team and I'm looking forward to what the future holds."

Hemric ends the season seventh in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings with a total of four top fives and 13 top-10 finishes, putting the No. 14 10th in the NCWTS Owner Point Standings. The 2016 Truck Series season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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