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With a never give up attitude, James Buescher and the Rheem Crew overcame major adversity at Dover International Speedway this weekend. During the two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon, the Rheem crew made many wholesale adjustments to their No. 31 chassis in a effort to tighten up the Rheem Chevrolet Silverado. With a new setup in the truck for qualifying, Buescher was still too loose and, on his second qualifying lap, lost control of the Rheem truck and slapped the outside retaining wall. The damage was excessive to repair and forced them to unload the backup Silverado. During the 200-lap race, Buescher was forced to make his way up from the rear of the field and at one point found himself running inside the top three. As the race went on, the handling on the truck went away and Buescher and the Rheem team were able to salvage a top-15 finish at Dover International Speedway.

Nearing record breaking heat in Dover, Del., the Rheem team went to work to tighten up the handling on their Chevy Silverado during the two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon. While on his qualifying attempt, Buescher felt the truck was stable after the first lap and drove the truck into the corner harder on the second lap. That was when the truck got very loose and got Buescher out of the groove and eventually into the outside retaining wall. This contact with the wall forced the Rheem team to unload their backup truck, featuring the new Ruud paint scheme for the Lucas Oil 200. In order to make the green flag of the race, it was a total team effort from Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) crews to get the No. 31 set up. This backup truck was the truck that the Rheem team previously used at Kansas Speedway earlier this season. 

Scheduled to roll off 20th, as a penalty for having to go to a backup truck, Buescher had to start at the rear of the field. During the first yellow flag of the day, Buescher developed a power steering problem and ducked down pit road to the attention of his crew. The crew found a loose power-steering line and was able to fix the issue for Buescher. After the race got back to green, Buescher wasted no time in working his way through the pack and was running just outside the top 20 within the first 20 laps.

Racing on a different strategy than many of the teams up and down pit road, Buescher was able to climb inside the top three for a period of the race. With no practice laps on the backup truck, the Rheem team struggled with a tight-handling truck and was too ill handling for Buescher to stay on the lead lap. Hoping for quick caution periods, the race didn’t pan out as planned for the Rheem team, and Buescher fought hard to the checkered flag and came home with a top-15 finish at Dover International Speedway.

“We had a rough weekend for sure at Dover but I’m proud of everyone on my Rheem and Turner Scott Motorsports team for never giving up,” said Turner Scott Motorsports driver James Buescher. “I thought I had a decent truck during my first qualifying lap, and I tried to get a little bit more but the truck got loose on me and I eventually found the wall. There will be days like today, but my team never gives up and we will rebound for this and come back even stronger next time out.” said Buescher.  


Penske Racing announced today that AJ Allmendinger will pilot the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in two upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series road course events at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The move will allow Allmendinger a chance to return to Penske Racing’s NASCAR program. This season, Allmendinger has been competing in a part-time schedule with the Team Penske IndyCar program.  In three races behind the wheel of the No. 2 Team Penske IndyCar, Allmendinger has a best finish of seventh, which came in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend. Allmendinger, making his first start in the historic race, led 23 laps as a rookie at the speedway.

“I think this is a great opportunity for us to have AJ drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford,” said team owner Roger Penske. “He is a great talent on road courses and has been doing a great job for Team Penske already this year in the IZOD IndyCar Series. With his stock car experience and his road course experience, we think this is the perfect opportunity for him and for the team.”

Allmendinger, a Los Gatos, Calif. native, raced in the Champ Car World Series from 2004-2006 when he earned five wins, two poles and 14 podium finishes over a three-year period before eventually moving full-time to NASCAR.  He has amassed 177-career Sprint Cup Series starts, including nine on road courses (Sonoma and Watkins Glen).  In those nine events, he’s scored one top-five and four top-10s, his best being a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen in 2010.

“I’ve always really enjoyed the road course racing in NASCAR, so to get the opportunity to compete in two events in the Nationwide Series with Penske Racing is amazing,” said Allmendinger, who has just eight-career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.  “I’ve had the chance to test with the No. 22 Discount Tire team at Virginal International Raceway and the guys are great.  They work hard to make sure they put an amazing piece on the track and that shows in the results.”

The Road America event is set to take place on June 22nd while the Nationwide Series’ first trip to the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will run August 17th.

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Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the Brad Keselowski Racing (@TeamBKR) No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series, made his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Dover International Speedway Friday after posting a 4th place qualifying run earlier in the day.


Blaney got off to a strong start, consistently staying within the top five for the first long run of the night and only complaining of being loose in and tight off exit. The No. 57 spun on lap 45 bringing out the caution which prompted crew chief, Doug Randolph, to bring Blaney, who was in the fifth position at the time, to pit road for fuel, four tires, grill tape off and a track bar adjustment. The No. 29 pit crew did an exceptional job of retaining the fifth position for Blaney before the restart on lap 50.


Randolph brought the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series machine, which was in the second position, to pit road under green on lap 123 for fuel, four tires and up two rounds on the track bar. Blaney exited the pits and grabbed the fourth spot on track before closing in on third during lap 179.


Blaney continued to battle hard against the No. 17 and the No. 94 for third place as the Lucas Oil 200 closed in on the final laps. During the final restart of the night, with Blaney in the fourth position, he made one final push for third as the checkered flag fell, providing him his second third place finish of the 2013 season.


Miles the "Monster" tried to tame Blaney, but the youngster had other reservations in mind, as he was the highest finishing rookie -- posting a top five in his first ever NCWTS start at Dover.


The No. 29 BKR team currently sits fifth in the NCWTS drivers point standings, 44 points back from first and only 14 back from second. 



"I am so proud of my Cooper Standard team. We all stuck to our game plan and executed thoroughly here today at Dover. I wish we could have been in victory lane, but I'll take a top three finish any day at a track as tough as this place. This is exactly the type of caliber team we have and I couldn't be happier with my guys. We will build on this success and carry it over to Texas next week." - Ryan Blaney 





Ross Chastain (@Ross Chastain), driver of the Brad Keselowski Racing (@TeamBKR) Melon 1 Ford F-Series, started in the 11th position Friday at Dover International Speedway during the Lucas Oil 200. It was Chastain's fourth start for BKR after finishing in the top 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway a few weeks ago.


Chastain had an outstanding save on lap two, when the No. 7, the No. 8 and the No.17 trucks got tangled up in turn three, bringing out the first caution of the evening. Spotter, T.J. Majors, came on the radio as the madness was occurring, warning Chastain to back off the throttle immediately and stay high, which in turn saved his night from ending early.


All night long Chastain had been complaining of a loose Ford, telling his crew chief, Chad Kendrick, he needed to tighten up the Melon 1 Ford F-Series machine. Kendrick brought Chastain to pit road on lap 123 under green, changing all four tires, adding fuel and making a track bar adjustment. NASCAR radioed in shortly after Chastain made it back on to the track telling the No. 19 BKR team they had to make a pass through under green, due speeding infraction on pit road. The pass through penalty put the No. 19 Ford F-Series two laps down, all but ending Chastain's night.  


The Monster Mile handed the No. 19 BKR team a tough night to swallow, with the combination of bad luck on pit road and a mechanical failure with the track bar, Chastain and his Melon 1 team finished in the 16th position.


The No. 19 BKR team now sits 11th in the NCWTS owners point standings, 66 points back from first. 



"It was disappointing to say the least for our Melon 1 Ford team at Dover today. We just couldn't stay out of our own way. With a mechanical failure that hurt us early to a pit road penalty mid-race, we will go back to the drawing board and be ready for a solid run next week in Texas." - Ross Chastain 





The 'Monster Mile' lived up to its name for Miguel Paludo in the Lucas Oil 200. Paludo battled the handling of the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet for the duration of the 200-lap event, putting him a lap down early in the race and ultimately resulting in an 18th-place finish at Dover International Speedway.


After laying down the fourth-fastest lap in final practice, the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team believed they had what it would take to tame the Monster. However, a 23.717 second qualifying lap put Paludo 21st on the starting grid. After the drop of the green flag, the field hadn't completed the first lap before a multi-truck wreck brought out the yellow flag. Scored in the 17th position, Paludo had little time to assess the handling of the AccuDoc Solutions Silverado.


Racing resumed on lap eight, and within ten circuits around the concrete track, Paludo remarked that he was free on landing and in the middle at both ends of the racetrack. With the leader pulling out a considerable distance from the field, it was not long before Paludo was taken off the lead lap. When the caution flag waved on lap 45, the Brazilian was scored in the 22nd position, one lap down. Paludo reiterated his free condition to crew chief Jeff Hensley, and the crew took the opportunity to provide their TSM truck with four tires, fuel, a track-bar adjustment and an air-pressure adjustment.


Paludo remained in the 22nd spot for the lap 51 restart and initially remarked that the handling of his AccuDoc Solutions machine had improved, but by the time the caution waved 15 laps later, it was once again getting free in the middle. Unfortunately, a long green-flag run kept Paludo on the racetrack until lap 133, when fuel necessitated green-flag pit stops. Paludo brought his truck down pit road for four tires, fuel and more chassis adjustments before returning to the track. Still scored in 22nd, it wouldn't be until lap 160 that Paludo saw the yellow flag.


The adjustments made on the previous stop had improved the No. 32 to the point of maintaining speeds comparable to the top five, but the truck remained too free. Now two laps down, Hensley opted to call his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment, and Paludo returned to the track in 20th for the lap 164 restart.


Once green-flag racing resumed, Paludo's truck was competitive enough to compete with the leaders, but the laps wound down before the No. 32 could return to the lead lap. Paludo picked up two spots before the wave of the checkered flag, crossing the finish line 18th.


"I'm really surprised by how much we struggled here today," said Paludo. "After final practice yesterday, I thought we had a really good piece for today's race. The good part is that this team never gave up. We learned a lot by the end of the race and we made a lot of improvements. We just couldn't accomplish much without being on the lead lap. Fortunately, we head straight to Texas, which is one of my favorite tracks. I feel like we can redeem ourselves and get our first win next week."


Paludo remains ninth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, four points behind eighth. The NCWTS heads west to Fort Worth, Texas for a shootout at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7. The WinStar World Casino 400 will air live on SPEED at 9:00 p.m. EDT.


Mike Bliss and MTM Technologies, Inc. will team up for today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. MTM will serve as primary sponsor on Bliss’ Toyota Camry for 200 action packed laps on Dover’s concrete surface.

“I’m really excited to have MTM on board for today’s 5-Hour Energy 200. I am confident we can have a great race in the MTM Toyota Camry and bring home a good finish,” said Bliss.

MTM is well known for designing, implementing and supporting virtualized and mobile computing solutions allowing today’s workers, including NASCAR fans, to have access to their applications and data in a secure manner. When they want, where they want and on any device they want.

“While MTM and I may be in different businesses, we have much in common -- we are seasoned veterans with proven track records, who always strive for excellence and win our respective races by being innovative, and technically sound  with a relentless focus on meeting the needs of our team members and our loyal fans/clients,” said Bliss.  MTM is headquartered in Stamford, CT and is Making Technology Mobile. Catch the 5-Hour Energy 200 on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. EST.


Kyle Busch led twice for 50 laps en route to his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory this season and second consecutive win at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in NASCAR's third division. Busch, who started the race from the fifth spot, took the lead for good on lap 169 and held serve on two late restarts to pick up his 32nd career Truck Series victory, third truck win at "The Monster Mile" and his 10th win across NASCAR's top three divisions in 2013.


"This Toyota Care Tundra was awesome today," said Busch, who picked up his 15th Truck Series win as a driver-owner for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). "Rudy (Ryan Fugle, crew chief) and the guys did a great job making really good adjustments to it and getting it to where it was less evil to drive.  They were evil -- all of them were.  Ours was a little bit better there towards the end, for sure. Have to thank ToyotaCare, Flexco, All Metal Fabricators, Monster Energy, all the guys in the shop at KBM and the guys at Joe Gibbs Engines - can't say enough about everyone that makes it possible to come out here and race in the Camping World Truck Series in front of these fans." 


Busch found his No. 51 Tundra loose handling in the early stages of the race and ran just inside the top five. When the second caution of the race occurred on lap 44, he came down pit road for four tires, fuel and the insertion of a spring rubber.


The only multiple-race winner in the Truck Series at Dover took the lap-50 restart from the eighth spot. Despite continuing to battle a loose-handling Toyota, the 28-year-old driver slowly but surely advanced through the field. The boss was chasing down his employee, Darrell Wallace Jr. - who led the first 119 laps - when he surrendered the runner-up position to come down pit road for a regularly-scheduled stop on lap 117.


After the completion of a four-tire and fuel stop, KBM's over-the-wall crew returned Busch to the track ahead of Wallace Jr. when lead-lap trucks' pit stops had cycled through. Rowdy took the lead for the first time on lap 142 and began to set sail on the field. He had opened up a six-second lead when Fugle asked him to save fuel for several laps. The lead had narrowed to three seconds when the field was slowed for the fourth time on lap 159.


When pit road opened, Fugle summoned his No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop with a wedge adjustment. The crew had an unusually-lengthy stop and when Busch returned to the track he was scored in the second position for the lap-163 restart.


On lap 169, the Las Vegas native worked his way around fellow Toyota driver Matt Crafton to reassume the lead. The second winningest driver in the history of NASCAR's top three divsions would lead the final 32 laps - holding off Crafton on two late restarts -  en route to his 115th career NASCAR National Series victory.


Busch's victory was the 20th Truck Series victory for KBM, and his 16th as an owner-driver in the series. Crafton finished 1.484 seconds behind in the runner-up position. Second-generation drivers Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott finished third and fourth, respectively, and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top-five finishers. KBM drivers Joey Coulter (eighth) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (10th) both finished inside the top 10.


There were six caution periods for 29 laps. Seven different drivers led, exchanging the lead six times - with KBM's Toyota pacing the field for a total of 169 of the 200 laps. Ten drivers failed to finish race number six on the 2013 Truck Series schedule.


With its second win and fifth top-10 finish of 2013, the No. 51 ToyotaCare Racing team moved up one position to second in the owner's championship standings after six races. The team heads to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for next Friday's WinStar World Casino 400. Live Television coverage on SPEED beings at 8:30 p.m. ET with the NCWTS Setup Show. The driver of the No. 51 Tundra for Texas will be officially announced on Monday.






Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fifth (Brendan Gaughan) and 31st (Ty Dillon).
  • Gaughan now ranks third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Matt Crafton by 35 markers, while Dillon ranks 7th, 57 points back.
  • The No. 62 Chevrolet team ranks fourth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 3 team 8th.
  • According to NASCAR's post-race loop data statistics, Gaughan tied for second in Laps in Top 15 (198).
  • Gaughan earned the sixth-best Average Running Position (7.470), had the seventh-best Driver Rating (100.2), was the seventh-Fastest Driver Early in a Run (145.488 mph), seventh-Fastest on Restarts (142.027 mph) and posted six of the Fastest Laps Run, tying him for eighth in the loop data category.
  • Dillon made 13 Green Flag Passes during his 23 laps of competition, eight while running in the top 15 (Quality Passes).
  • Kyle Busch earned his second victory of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series season and was followed to the finish line by Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Gaughan.
  • The next Camping World Truck Series race is the Texas 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7. The seventh race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.




Motor Problems Make for a Short Day for Dillon at Dover International Speedway


Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado team had a great race going for the first portion of the 200-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway on Friday afternoon After qualifying sixth earlier in the day, Dillon had to start near the rear of the field for not being on time for the driver's meeting, which was immediately after he climbed from the No. 33 Chevrolet in Nationwide practice. It didn't take the NCWTS regular long to show he was undaunted by his new starting spot and ready to contend on the high banks of the one-mile concrete oval. He went from 36th to 23rd in the first seven laps, then up to 15th by lap 15.While coursing through turns one and two on lap 21, he lost power and radioed to crew chief Marcus Richmond about the problem. After bringing the Silverado to pit road, the crew lifted the hood to see if the problem could be rectified. Realizing it needed a more thorough look, the crew pushed the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet into the garage. Upon further inspection, it was determined the motor would not function and Dillon was forced to accept a 31st-place finish.


Start - 6         Finish - 31          Laps Led - 0          Points - 7th


Ty Dillon Quote:

"That was not the finish we were looking for or what this Bass Pro Shops team deserved. We worked hard in practice and qualifying and looked pretty strong in the early laps of the race. I came out of two there (lap 21) and it just lost power. I brought it to pit road and Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) pushed it to the garage and the team said we were done. I hate it, but the good news is we'll be back again and race even harder to make up what we lost today."




Gaughan Finishes Fifth at "The Monster Mile", Earning Fourth-Consecutive  

Top-Five Finish


Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team collected their fourth-consecutive top-five finish on Friday in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. The Las Vegas native started the 200-lap event from the 15th position and quickly began his charge toward the front of the field, settling into the top 10 by lap eight. Gaughan remained in the top 10 for the majority of the race as he battled a loose-handling black and gold Chevrolet. The pit crew made chassis adjustments during two scheduled four-tire pit stops, on laps 46 and 121, in an effort to remedy the handling issue. The problem persisted for the duration of the event as Gaughan worked his way into the top five during the final laps, crossing the finish line fifth. Following the sixth race of the season, Gaughan gained one position moving up to third in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.  


Start - 15          Finish - 2         Laps Led - 0          Points - 3rd



"This was another great job by Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and the entire team. Our South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet was fast all day, but just a little too loose. My pit crew did a great job today along with my spotter. I've got to thank all of them for helping us bring home this top-five finish."



Starting from the 27th position and continuously working to find the right balance in race trim all afternoon, Dakoda Armstrong recovered from missing pit road under the green flag claim a 21st place finish at Dover International Speedway. Crew chief Gere Kennon made a last minute call to come to pit road under yellow with five laps to go, getting the fresh tires Armstrong needed to gain a few valuable positions before the checkered. The finish drops Armstrong unofficially from eighth to 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings. 

"We struggled on new tires all day, but the Turn One Racing team and my crew chief Gere Kennon never gave up and kept making the right changes every pit stop," Armstrong explained. "Our WinField Silverado wasn't too bad in the closing laps and kept getting better, but it was just too late in the game. We learned a lot today though so we can take that with us and build on it for the rest of the season."

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