Monday, Jun 05
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Sheldon Creed and the No. 2 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Team Fight Through Adversity at Charlotte Motor Speedway





“While the result wasn’t what we wanted, it was an honor to carry the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund colors on our Whelen Engineering Chevrolet. Law enforcement officers are a vital part of our community and paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty was a small token of appreciation. Our No. 2 Camaro had decent fire off speed, and we were able to finish fifth in both stages, but we still had room for improvement. Our overall balance was a struggle throughout the race and unfortunately, we didn’t make it better. At the beginning of the run, we would hit the splitter and the car would go straight up the track. We settled in the back half of the top-10 and I would do my best to find speed. The pit crew was solid all night long and were a key reason why we ran the way we did. I made contact with a couple of cars on pit road when leaving our box in Stage 3, which caused damage to our right front fender. My Richard Childress Racing guys tried to fix it the best they could, but we lost a couple laps in the process. While we want a better finish, stage points are important for our team, so I’m glad we were able to earn those. Our road course program is strong, and we showed that at Circuit of the Americas earlier this year, so I’m looking forward to getting to Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway the next two weeks.” 


-Sheldon Creed

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet Team Charge to Strong Fourth-Place Finish after Late-Race Pit Stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway





“Our Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet was fast tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It took a handful of laps for our car to come in at the beginning of a run, but once we got going, the handling would come alive. We made gains all day and made it better on the short run. Before our final pit stop under green, I was starting to run the No. 7 and No. 20 down when they got to battling, but every time I would get closer to them, our No. 21 Camaro would get really tight. The track then went through a change and our car would get loose. We didn’t think there was any way that the front guys could make it on fuel, so we were simply trying to jump them and be the first on pit road. They started slowing the pace way down and somehow made it though. Overall, it was a solid effort for everyone at Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines. Another top-five finish for our team. We have finished fourth three weeks in a row now, which shows consistency, but we want to win. If we keep running this way, we will be back in Victory Lane soon. Now it’s time to go left and right for a couple of weeks out west.” 


-Austin Hill


Justin Allgaier expertly managed fuel, tires and patience in the final laps of Monday's Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and was rewarded with his and JR Motorsports' first victory of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

In a race rescheduled from Saturday due to inclement weather – and later moved to after Monday's Coca-Cola 600 due to rain showers – Allgaier led a race-high 84 laps and beat John Hunter Nemechek to the finish line by 7.83 seconds. Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs rounded out the top five. Gibbs also ran Monday's Coca-Cola 600, finishing 26th after being involved in an accident.

Allgaier stretched his final fuel run long enough to maintain the lead for the final 33 laps without losing focus and letting Nemechek or Custer close in on him.

Allgaier's win was the 20th of his Xfinity Series career. 

Parker Retzlaff ended the race in sixth, while Jeb Burton, Carson Hocevar, Brandon Jones and Sammy Smith completed the top 10.

JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 7 JR MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET (RACE WINNER): “This whole weekend's been kind of a hectic weekend. To stand here tonight, to get a win, it's truly special. To have 20 (Xfinity Series) wins in my career, it's definitely not Kyle Busch-status, but to be in this sport, to be with a team like JR Motorsports and to have an opportunity to do this for a living and go to victory lane for seven straight years, it's truly special. To win on Memorial Day, to be here, is just truly special. The car that we had today, I told the whole No. 7 team I'm so proud of the job they did."

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, NO. 20 JOE GIBBS RACING TOYOTA (RUNNER-UP): "Hindsight's 20/20, right? You could've raced (Allgaier) for it (instead of saving fuel), and you could've ran out. We had a goal to make it to the end there. I'm not sure how (Allgaier) made it. We'll go back and look at some things. Still a solid finish for us."

COLE CUSTER, NO. 00 STEWART-HAAS RACING FORD (THIRD-PLACE FINISHER): "It was an interesting race. I felt like we had a really fast car. In the second stage, we really woke the car up. That was the first time this year where we really got it working. That gave us some hope that we can take that to the other places. I was saving as much as I could in that last stage."

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Notes of Interest


●  Kevin Harvick will make his 805th career NASCAR Cup Series start on Sunday when he takes the green flag for the Enjoy Illinois 300 at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. The driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is already one of just 10 drivers in NASCAR’s 75-year history to reach 800 career starts, a milestone Harvick reached April 23 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. At 805 starts, Harvick will tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for ninth all-time. Harvick is on track to finish the year with 826 career starts, which will put him eighth all-time. He’s part of an impressive lineup that includes Richard Petty (1,185 starts), Ricky Rudd (906), Terry Labonte (890), Dave Marcis (883), Mark Martin (882), Kyle Petty (829), Bill Elliott (828), Darrell Waltrip (809) and Gordon (805). At age 47, Harvick was the fifth-youngest driver to make 800 starts.


●  What has Harvick done in his 804 NASCAR Cup Series starts prior to St. Louis?

    ●  He won the 2014 Cup Series championship.

    ​●  His 60 point-paying wins ranks 10th all-time.

    ​●  His 63 runner-up finishes ranks sixth all-time.

    ​●  His 249 top-five finishes ranks ninth all-time.

    ​●  His 436 top-10 finishes ranks fifth all-time.

    ​●  His 1,277 starts across NASCAR’s top-three series – Cup, Xfinity and Truck – is the most all-time (and 80 more than the next best driver in this category, Joe Nemechek, who has 1,197 starts).

    ​●  His 121 wins across NASCAR’s top-three series ranks third all-time.


●  Harvick comes into St. Louis on the cusp of 16,000 laps led in his NASCAR Cup Series career. With his 19 laps led on Monday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Harvick’s career tally is 15,999 laps led across 804 Cup Series starts. He is a single lap away from being one of just 11 drivers who have led 16,000 laps in their career. Harvick has led 11,584 laps since joining SHR in 2014 (72.4 percent).


●  The NASCAR Cup Series made its first visit to St. Louis last year with the Enjoy Illinois 300, but it was not Harvick’s first visit to the 1.25-mile oval located just across the Mississippi River in Madison, Illinois. The Bakersfield, California-native first competed at Gateway International Raceway on Sept. 19, 1998 in a NASCAR Truck Series race. A 22-year-old Harvick started 21st and finished 11th in his 39th career Truck Series start. Harvick returned to Gateway a year later for his second Truck Series start at the track, starting 10th and finishing 27th. But it was his third start at Gateway – this time in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car on July 29, 2000 – that proved to be Harvick’s breakthrough moment. In his 21st career Xfinity Series start – and first in an Xfinity Series car at Gateway – Harvick won to score his first Xfinity Series victory, beating Jeff Purvis by 1.338 seconds. Harvick would go on to win two more Xfinity Series races that year en route to a third-place finish in the championship standings. In his return to Gateway the following year, Harvick successfully defended his Xfinity Series win by beating Jason Keller for the victory by .165 of a second. It was his third win of a five-win season that culminated with the 2001 Xfinity Series championship. Harvick won a second Xfinity Series title in 2006 and he has 47 career Xfinity Series wins.


●  In all, Harvick made five Xfinity Series starts at Gateway, leading a total of 332 laps and completing all but two of the 1,000 laps available.


●  Harvick also has three Truck Series starts at Gateway, with his third and final start on July 17, 2010 being his best. Harvick won the pole and dominated, leading 143 of the race’s 160 laps to beat Brad Keselowski by 5.241 seconds. It was the ninth of his 14 career Truck Series victories.


●  Harvick finished 33rd in last year’s Enjoy Illinois 300 after a brake rotor failure on lap 236 jettisoned a likely top-10 result by sending Harvick into the turn three wall.


Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang 


You had a good run going last year at Gateway before a broken brake rotor ended your day. Does that performance buoy your expectations leading into this year’s race?

“I think last year is probably fairly consistent with what we need to work on just because of the spoiler size and the type of track that it is. I think the disadvantage for us is just with the aero situation where the Fords, in general, have to be spot on. They’ve done a good job with the cars week in and week out, and we just have to go there with last year’s notes and try to make it a little bit better than what we had and not blow a rotor apart and smash into the wall.”


The first of your 47 career NASCAR Xfinity Series wins came at Gateway on July 29, 2000. You beat Jeff Purvis by 1.338 seconds. What do you remember about that win?

“The thing I remember the most was that week, Richard (Childress, team owner) brought me into his office and told me that we needed to stop crashing cars and that we needed to figure out how to finish races. I think it was the 12th or 13th race of the season and he was tired of tearing stuff up. And then we go out and win that week and I remember what a relief it was to finally get that first one out of the way. We built a team and had our good moments and bad moments – we missed a race at Rockingham (North Carolina). So we had gone through a lot of things at the beginning of that season and, to finally get that first win, it was really the momentum that finally kicked off all the things that happened after that. From that point forward, Gateway was always a great track for me and we’ve had a lot of success there.”


You spent 14 years driving for Richard Childress. What does Richard Childress mean to you?

“Richard and I have always had a great relationship because Richard is just a racer. From the very beginning, Richard has run his business by putting competitive cars on the racetrack, and he’s made a living at it. And when we started our company (Kevin Harvick Incorporated), I mimicked a lot of the things that Richard did because of the fact that he ran it with a budget and was able to keep his cars competitive. Richard really taught me how to race professionally. He taught me to never quit until the checkered flag, even if you were 100 laps down. It was always about finishing races and putting yourself in the best position possible. You may not have the fastest car, but if you can keep yourself in contention to the end, you would be able to have a chance to win races just by kind of grinding them down. We did that a lot, and it’s really transitioned over from the business standpoint – that never-give-up attitude – and just really how to race. And Richard knows everybody, and that’s really who introduced me to everybody in the industry. He was always very adamant about shaking a hand, putting a name with a face, and being in front of people. So there were definitely a lot of lessons learned there.”


You’re very interested in the business side of the sport. Did that stem from Richard Childress too?

“Every time I look back at things, Richard played a role in some way, shape or form. Richard was always very supportive, but he would always tell you when you were crossing the line and when he wasn’t happy with something. He always kept it honest, and I think as we went through the years, the business side was always very much centered on Richard knowing what was going on and how you should and shouldn’t do things. When it was right, he was supportive, and when it was wrong, he was honest and he would tell you, so you always knew where you stood.”


You made a total of five Xfinity Series starts at Gateway, winning two of them. What does it take to be good there?

“Well, it’s two drastically different ends of the racetrack. The thing that we always concentrate on is trying to make our car turn really well to and through the center of the corner on both ends, and being able to do that is difficult at Gateway because the two ends of the track are so different. For the most part, you want to be right next to the curbs and carry as much speed as you can through the center of the corner, and use as much partial throttle until you can get the car rotated enough to be wide open. But you have to get through the center of the corner there.”


You’ve represented Anheuser-Busch since 2011, which means you’ve made a lot of trips to St. Louis over the years. What are some of the experiences you’ve had in that city and what are some of your favorite parts of that town?

“Going to watch the Cardinals’ World Series game with them. I don’t remember which game it was, but it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had at a sporting event just because of the atmosphere and the way that they support their team there. It was pretty awesome.”


You’re a two-time Busch Series champion too. Did those titles back when Busch was the series sponsor (before Xfinity) send you to St. Louis for some promotional activity?

“I remember going to the brewery and going down into the basement where they first started a lot of the deliveries after Prohibition, and just taking a complete tour of the whole thing was pretty cool.”


Do you have a sense of pride racing in St. Louis knowing your history with the track and with Anheuser-Busch?

“I know it’s an important place for A-B, obviously, being their home. But for me, personally, it’s a cool place because of the history that it has with my first win in the Xfinity Series and everything that goes with that. So, yeah, I’m excited about going there for a number of different reasons.”



Race Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Ty Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Ty Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)


SHR Race Finish:         

●  Cole Custer (Started 4th / Finished 3rd, Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

●  Riley Herbst (Started 13th / Finished 14th, Running, completed 199 of 200 laps)


SHR Points:

●  Cole Custer (4th with 403 points, 74 out of first)

●  Riley Herbst (9th with 337 points, 140 out of first)


SHR Notes:      

●  Custer earned his fifth top-five of the season and his third top-five in six career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte.

●  Custer has only finished outside the top-10 at Charlotte once in the Xfinity Series.

●  This was Custer’s sixth straight top-10. He finished fifth April 1 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, third April 15 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, fourth April 22 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, seventh April 29 at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway, and third May 13 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

● Custer finished ninth in Stage 1 to earn two bonus points and ninth in Stage 2 to earn two more bonus points.

●  Herbst earned his seventh top-15 of the season and his third top-15 in four career Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte.

●  Herbst has only finished outside the top-15 once at Charlotte in the Xfinity Series.

●  Herbst finished 10th in Stage 1 to earn one bonus point.


Race Notes:      

●  Justin Allgaier won the Alsco Uniforms 300 to score his 20th career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Charlotte. His margin over second-place John Hunter Nemechek was 7.829 seconds.

●  There were four caution periods for a total of 31 laps.

●  Only seven of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

●  Nemechek leaves Charlotte as the championship leader with a 10-point advantage over second-place Austin Hill.


Sound Bites:

“Proud of this No. 00 Haas Automation team. I feel like we really woke the car up in the second stage. That was the first time this year where we really got it working like that. It gives us a lot of hope because I think we can take that and apply it to other places. That last stage, I was honestly just saving as hard as I could. I don’t think I had anything for the No. 20 or the No. 7, so I just wanted to save more than they could. Looking back, we probably saved a little too much since they were also able to make it. That’s the first time I’ve ever had to save like that, so I’ll be interested to see what we end up with in the fuel tank so I know for next time what I can save and what we can get away with. It was fun and definitely a different kind of racing for me.” – Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 3D Systems Ford Mustang


“That was a tough final stage. We were a top-10 car for sure, but a couple of incidents put us back in the pack and a lap down. We were able to play the fuel game a little bit to get back up into the top-15, but we had a really fast No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang all day. Hopefully, this is a sign of our luck turning around a little bit. We’ll go to Portland and try to get a good run there." – Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang


Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Portland 147 on Saturday, June 3 at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway. The race begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.




Zane Smith will return the ever-popular ARRMA RC brand to the track this weekend. Smith will debut the new-look ARMMA Kraton 4S design fans voted on earlier this year at the World Wide Technology (WWT) Raceway.


ARRMA is a brand of Horizon Hobby, the global leader in RC products and accessories. ARRMA is known as the leader in the high-speed, super-tough RC world. ARRMA offers a wide range of performance trucks, buggies, and all-terrain vehicles designed with the enthusiast in mind such as Smith. Smith is the proud owner of an ARRMA Infraction 6S.


Truck activity will begin Friday with practice and qualifying at 6:00 p.m. ET. Saturday’s 200-mile race is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1.



Smith has an impressive record at the flat oval. He has three top-10 finishes in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series at the track and one pole in the truck. Smith made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at the track last season and finished 17th. Smith’s best truck series finish at WWT Raceway is fifth.



“This is always a favorite race of ours. We’ve had fast trucks with Todd and now with Zane, but we always find a little trouble that takes us out of winning. We want to change that this weekend.”



“It’s always cool to have ARRMA on the Ford F-150. They are just making killer schemes, and this is another one. The fans voted for it and the RC world is a big one and passionate. I started off racing RC cars and we just want to get more fans involved.


“We’re going to Gateway looking for more wins. This regular season in the truck series comes to an end quickly. It’s a matter of getting wins for us to collect playoff points.”


 Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney claimed his first victory of the season and 8th of his NASCAR Cup Series career after winning the 64th running of the Coca-Cola 600. This Monday’s win marked the first time that team owner, Roger Penske, has ever won the Coca-Cola 600 and Indy 500 in the same year.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Tim, Jonathan, Ryan, and everyone at Team Penske on winning one of NASCAR’s crown jewel events to add to their monumental weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Jonathan and Ryan worked well together throughout the race to lead 7 times and secure the win.”
“What a weekend with Newgarden and Roger winning at Indy and us winning the 600, I mean that’s just so cool. That kind of snaps our winless streak right there and that’s even better. I’m just really thankful to everybody who stuck around with us. It’s huge to have BodyArmor on the car. It’s such a cool car and looking forward to celebrate with these guys and I’m just really proud of the car and the effort that we had and was able to hang on,” commented Blaney.
Monday’s 600-mile race was initially scheduled to begin on Sunday evening but postponed due to rain. Rainfall stayed away until the middle of Stage 2 when the race was stopped. When the race resumed, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Chris Buescher raced to win Stage 2 for a Ford Performance sweep of the top-4 including Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in P2, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Brad Keselowski in P3, and Team Penske’s Joey Logano in P4. NASCAR’s longest race of 2023 featured 31 lead changes with 13 different leaders and 16 cautions, which was the third-most ever in the 600-mile event. Blaney, who started in eighth, led a race-high 163 laps, and won Stage 3. Although several cautions came out late in the race, Blaney was able to hold off William Byron by .663 seconds to win the race.
Ford Performance teammate Chris Buescher with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P8, while Zane Smith with Front Row Motorsports finished P10.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 followed Monday’s Coca-Cola 600. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer finished P3, while RSS Racing’s Kyle Sieg finished in P11.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Midwest next weekend and races at World Wide Technology Raceway while the Xfinity Series travels to Portland.



Michael McDowell and reunite as they head to the World Wide Technology (WWT) Raceway in Madison, Illinois for Sunday’s Enjoy Illinois 300., the Atlanta-based Asset Liquidation Firm that auctions excess freight inventory, returns as the primary partner of the No. 34 Ford Mustang. Fr8Auctions is an anchor partner of McDowell and Front Row Motorsports (FRM).


The No. 34 Ford will also carry the #BraveLikeWyatt decals. Wyatt is an inspiration to FRM. Wyatt was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and had a heart transplant early in his life. He was then diagnosed with cancer and chemotherapy unfortunately damaged his heart. Wyatt passed, but his legacy lives today through #BraveLikeWyatt and the Be Your Own Hero Foundation. The Foundation aids families who have children in hospital care. Fans are encouraged to visit and donate at


Cup activity will begin with practice and qualifying on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET. The 240-lap race is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.



McDowell and the No. 34 Ford team head to the World Wide Technology Raceway looking to better last year’s 18th-place result.


The team led 34 laps last season and nearly won a stage. The team was shuffled back late in the race and now want to get back to the track and complete their success.



“How this race went for Michael, this is how we feel right now. We have good speed, good races, but need to get to the finish with a better result. We need to run an entire race in the top-10. We don’t want to keep shuffling through the field.”



“This is track where we know a good finish is possible. We were fast last year, but we just need to close it out. The cars are fast and our Ford Mustang will hopefully be good on Sunday.


“It’s just the smallest things in these races that really determine so much. Just having a clean race should put us in a good spot at the end.


“Every year, each race we race for Wyatt and the Be Your Own Hero Foundation. And, for us, it’s important to bring awareness and ask fans to donate if they can. It’s such a wonderful cause.”


Coca-Cola 600


AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Camaro ZL1


  • Per the rulebook, AJ Allmendinger started 27th for the Coca-Cola 600 after qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather.
  • Allmendinger moved up to 21st before the competition caution came out on lap 35. He was happy with the way his No. 16 Action Industries Camaro fired off, and the team made an air pressure adjustment under caution to help his stability in the corner. This adjustment upset the balance in the rear of the car and freed Allmendinger up too much. The team received a penalty for equipment interference on the pit stop under caution. Allmendinger would restart lap 79 at the tail end of the longest line in 34th place and go on to finish the opening stage in 28th.
  • Allmendinger restarted stage two 22nd and worked through the stage to get comfortable with the rear as he continued to free up as the run went on. Near the end of the stage after the red flag, Allmendinger felt more comfortable with the entry and told the team he builds tight in the corners. After multiple cautions at the front of the field, Allmendinger restarted 15th with nine to go. The No. 16 Camaro tightened up in the closing laps and finished stage two 20th.
  • The No. 16 Camaro fired off with good balance but quickly lost rear grip and Allmendinger fought to keep his track position. The caution on lap 231 gave the team an opportunity to make adjustments. When the caution came out again on lap 274, Allmendinger said he had the best throttle that run and felt the team was headed in the right direction, but he needed a little more rear security. Allmendinger went on to finish 19th in stage three.
  • Allmendinger continued to make gains in stage four despite the No. 16 building tight as the runs went on. Under caution on lap 359, the No. 16 pit crew gained Allmendinger six spots to put him in 12th for the restart. Making his way up to ninth on the first lap back green, Allmendinger continued to hold his own in the top 12 before contact with the No. 47 from 10th place, sending Allmendinger into the wall and spinning. He came down pit road for four tires and minor repairs before restarting 26th with 32 laps remaining. Allmendinger fought back to finish 14th, claiming his third top-15 finish of the season.



“Our No. 16 Action Industries Chevy showed improvements from the last couple weeks, but we still need a little bit more. Our pit crew was on it today and gained us spots on pit road when we needed it. I thought we could make something happen there, but after spinning with 30 or so laps to go, I’m happy we were able to fight back to get a top-15 finish at the end of the day.”



- AJ Allmendinger


Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1



  • Per the rulebook, Justin Haley started 16th for the Coca-Cola 600 after qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather.
  • Although the No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1 fired off slightly tight, Haley felt his No. 31 team had the car close to where it needed to be. At the competition caution on lap 35, Haley felt his car was slightly free but was otherwise extremely happy with the car. He went on to finish the stage in 22nd.
  • During the first stage break, the No. 31 team went back on a previous adjustment during the pit stop, as the track did not change as expected. A quarter of the way through the second stage, Haley’s crew chief, Trent Owens, remarked that this was the best the No. 31 car’s setup had been all year. Haley went on to finish the stage in 14th place.
  • The first caution of the third stage fell on lap 231. Haley pitted for tires and fuel only, as he was still happy with the handling of the No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1. He went on to finish the third stage two positions better than the previous stage: 12th.
  • In a caution-filled final stage, Haley made it as high as eighth place before being shuffled back to 15th, where he would finish the race, earning his fourth top-15 finish of the season.


"We fired off tight today, but the No. 31 team made some great adjustments and had good pit stops. We made it as high as eighth and thought we would get a top 10 there but just got shuffled at the end. A top 15 is not a bad day, but our car was by far the best car we’ve had all year. We made some major gains today as a team."


- Justin Haley

Alsco Uniforms 300


Chandler Smith, No. 16 Quick Tie Products Chevrolet


  • Chandler Smith qualified 10th for the Alsco Uniforms 300.
  • Smith crawled up the leaderboard to seventh before heading down pit road during the competition caution halfway through the 45-lap opening stage. The No. 16 Quick Tie Products machine finished sixth in the stage before a red flag postponed the race.
  • Following the resumption of the race, Smith ran a clean second stage, finishing sixth once again.
  • After a caution just before the final pit stops would take place, the No. 16 took four tires and fuel but couldn’t make it on fuel for the remainder of the final green flag run. Smith finished 13th after pitting for a splash of fuel to make it to the end.


"I’m frustrated with where we ended up after the day started out positively. We had a good racecar, but unfortunately, the caution fell in a weird spot and we weren’t getting the best fuel mileage. We definitely had a top-10 car, and I felt like a top five was a realistic result. That’s just how it goes sometimes."


- Chandler Smith


Justin Haley, No. 10 LA Golf Chevrolet


  • Justin Haley started at the tail of the field to start the Alsco Uniforms 300, as he replaced Kyle Busch in the No. 10 LA Golf Chevrolet.
  • As Haley got his bearings, he felt confident he would fire off better following the competition caution on lap 20. He pitted under caution for four tires and fuel, gaining six spots on pit road. With a 14-lap shootout to the stage end, Haley radioed that his No. 10 Chevrolet began feeling tight. He finished the opening stage in 16th place.
  • Haley pitted for four tires and fuel before the start of the second stage went green on lap 56. The No. 10 Chevrolet was extremely loose-handling throughout the entirety of the stage. He finished the second stage in 14th place.
  • Fighting more handling issues to start the final stage, Haley was able to pit for adjustments on lap 69 after a caution came out. Haley radioed with 42 laps remaining that he was struggling to finish the corner due to being tight-exit. Making it as high as sixth before pitting, Haley pitted for fuel only with eight laps to go. He went on to finish the race 12th.



"I definitely wish I could have been better at the end of the day. It's a tough transition after 600 miles in the Cup car. I didn't quite fit in the seat, so I felt like I was sliding around quite a bit. I think that was my biggest issue. Physically, I feel fine – I just wish we had a better outcome.”


- Justin Haley


Daniel Hemric, No. 11 Cirkul Chevrolet


  • Daniel Hemric qualified 11th for the Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Hemric was able to quickly move up the field and into the top five, finding more speed in the middle of the track in the later laps of the stage. The red flag was displayed on lap 48 for rain. Once the race resumed, Hemric was able to keep his track position throughout the restarts and finished fourth in the opening stage.
  • At the start of stage two, Hemric fell back on the restart but was able to recover quickly. Shortly after, a loose wheel brought Hemric back down to pit road for new left-side tires. Not able to regain track position before the end of the stage, Hemric finished stage two in 32nd place. 
  • In the final stage, Hemric fought a tight car early on and was never able to regain the same track position that he had earlier in the race . He pitted for fuel only with laps six laps remaining and eventually finished the race in 22nd. 



 “It was a tough home outing for us. That was one of the better Kaulig Racing Cirkul Chevrolets we have had all year, which is encouraging. We still have a lot of work to do but I'm proud of the effort from this team. We win together and lose together, and that is big time auto racing. I appreciate the effort and look forward to doing some road course racing the next two weeks.”


- Daniel Hemric

Kaulig Racing PR

GMS Racing and the Wendell Scott Foundation are proud to unveil a special paint scheme for Rajah Caruth in a cooperative effort to promote the debut of a new children's book, Born Driven. Caruth will race the book-inspired paint scheme on his No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado RST in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series event at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Born Driven is based on the true story of the first African-American NASCAR Driver and Team Owner, Wendell Scott. The book follows Scott as a young boy facing the challenges of growing up in the South trying to chase his dream of becoming a professional race car driver. The uplifting story will teach children how having the persistence and willingness to make a difference can overcome seemingly impossible feats.

"In honor of my grandfather, Wendell Scott, I'm excited to introduce a new generation to his legacy as the first African American NASCAR Driver and Team Owner. As part of the mission of the Wendell Scott Foundation, our hope is that Born Driven will inspire today's youth with the message that anything is possible with enough drive and willpower." said Warrick Scott, CEO of the Wendell Scott Foundation.

Currently in a pre-sale phase, Born Driven will be made available for purchase at book retailers nationwide by late November, just in time for it to be the perfect Christmas gift idea for young race fans. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Wendell Scott Foundation, which provides job-skill training, STEM education opportunities, and mentoring to at-risk and underprivileged youth. Pre-orders can be made online at all major book retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, Simon & Schuster, and more.

Joining Caruth as featured associate partners for Saturday's race at World Wide Technology Raceway will be iconic fashion retailer, Neiman Marcus; local Missouri-based HBCU, Lincoln University; and the racetrack's own Confluence Music Festival.

“It’s a true honor to represent the Scott name and Foundation every race weekend, and to do it specifically this weekend with the release of Born Driven, is a blessing! When I was a kid, I would always try to read as many NASCAR-related books as I could. I think it’s pretty obvious to say that reading those helped fuel my passion for the sport. I just couldn’t get enough of them. So to me, having a children’s book about Wendell Scott is really cool, and I think it will hopefully help to bring some young eyes into the mix. The Wendell Scott Foundation has done such a great job with showing kids that there are so many possibilities out there, which is something I admire very deeply. I also can’t wait to return to WWT Raceway with a little bit of vengeance in mind. We’ve clearly got the speed in our team and I think this type of track will suit us, so I’m excited for it.” exclaimed Caruth.

The NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series heads to the greater St. Louis area for the twelfth round of the 2023 season at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday, June 3rd. Live coverage of the Toyota 200 will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 (TV), the Motor Racing Network (Radio), and Sirius XM NASCAR (Channel 90) at 1:30 PM ET. Follow GMS Racing on social media for continued partner updates and announcements.

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Noah Gragson, No. 42 Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet Camaro ZL1





Noah Gragson suffered a mechanical failure at Lap 117 ending his day.

Post-Race Quotes: “Bummer day for the No. 42 Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevy team. We made it through the first stage clean. Something went through the radiator. We replaced the radiator and the motor blew up. Just frustrating. Thank you to Black Rifle Coffee Company and the Menusa family for coming out here. Wish we could have had a better run for them, but it was an honor to have GySgt. Menusa on the windshield. It makes this weekend all worth it. Wish we could have given him and his family a better run, but we’ll try again at St. Louis."


Erik Jones, No. 43 United States Air Force Chevrolet Camaro ZL1





Erik Jones finished the race 59 laps down due to an earlier incident where the No. 43 suffered damage to the radiator. The team replaced it and sent Jones back out for the remainder of the event.

Post-Race Quotes: “We had a fast No. 43 U.S. Air Force Chevy, but nothing to really show for it. Appreciate the U.S. Air Force and their support, as well as the family of Major Del Bagno. Just hate that we had the radiator issue, but hopefully we’ll go to St. Louis with the same speed and have a good day.


Jimmie Johnson, No. 84 Club Wyndham Chevrolet Camaro ZL1





Jimmie Johnson was caught up in an accident on Lap 115 which ended his day.

Post-Race quotes: “I just didn’t know we were put in that three-wide situation. There were a bunch of us cars that were wrecked and just trying to limp it home. Unfortunately I ended up in a situation I wasn’t aware of and got turned around. It’s a bummer for the Murphy family, the family of Sgt. Frederick and for the No. 84 Club Wyndham Chevy team.”



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