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The next seven days will be a dream week for Parker Kligerman. The talented youngster will be pulling double duty at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, running the O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday in his No. 77 ToyotaDreamBuild.com Camry for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday in the Swan Racing No. 30 Camry. Monday, the 23-year-old will head to Las Vegas, Nev. for the SEMA Show, where his CamRally will be on display as part of the Toyota Dream Build Challenge and the winner of the competition will be revealed next Tuesday.
In his first full season in NASCAR's second division Kligerman has collected three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes and ranked inside the top 10 in the championship standings for 28 of the 30 weeks. The Connecticut native has held the 10th position for 14 straight weeks, but in recent weeks has closed the gap on Kyle Larson for ninth. When the series left Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Larson held a 67 point cushion in the battle for the ninth spot, but over the past five races KBM's talented wheelman has mounted a 'rally' thanks in part to four top-10 finishes and has closed the gap to just 17 points with three races remaining.
The No. 77 team with Kligerman behind the wheel heads to Texas Motor Speedway, a track which he dubs as one of his favorites, which is probably because of his success at the 1.5-mile oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In five Truck Series starts in the Lone Star State, he collected two top-five and four top-10 finishes. In last November's event in NASCAR's third division, the Toyota driver started from the 10th position, made his way to the front for 16 laps before being passed by eventual race winner Johnny Sauter with 11 circuits remaining and ended up with a runner-up finish.
The talented youngster hopes that he can add another historic occasion to his "Dream Week" and bring home his first career Nationwide Series win on Saturday. If Kligerman can do that, it will most certainly help as he continues to 'rally' his way towards ninth-place in the championship standings.
David Starr and the SS Green Light Racing Team will carry the momentum of a second place finish at Talladega to Friday nights NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Winstar World Casino 350 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Chasco Constructors and Striping Technology will back David’s homecoming in the No. 81 Toyota Tundra.
“We’re going to bring the momentum from that second place finish at Talladega to Texas and try to get another great finish. With the Truck Series being so competitive, if we can get out of here with a top-ten it will feel like a victory for our small team,” Starr said. “I’m going to give 110% and the team will give 110% and hopefully when they drop the checkered flag our Chasco Constructors/Striping Technology No. 81 Toyota will be somewhere near the front.”
Now one of the elder statesmen of the NCWTS, this will be David’s thirty-first start at the track just miles from his home. He has seven top-fives over the last sixteen years with a best finish of third. “It’s always exciting to race at the Texas Motor Speedway, my home track,” Starr continued. “Racing at night, under the lights is just magical at the Texas Motor Speedway. The whole speedway is just beautiful when it’s lit up and it’s just a cool night of hard racing.”
In addition to Chasco Constructors and Striping Technology, BYF, Steely Lumber and Niece Equipment will have a presence on David’s Tundra Friday night. “We’re going to have a lot of our partners, sponsors and great fans at the race and I’m looking forward to them enjoying a great night of truck racing.”
“Seventy-five percent of the people who come to the races here in Texas drive up in pick-up trucks; the fans here in Texas love their pick-up trucks and they love truck racing. The Truck Series is so competitive; there are a lot of veterans mixed with a lot of young talent. There are twenty-two trucks that can win on any given weekend and the series is just exciting,” he continued. “Anytime these trucks race it’s a great race.”
It will be a busy week for Starr who will be and speaking to 985 juniors and seniors from the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Wednesday at the 3rd Annual Construction Career Day. David will also be racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday in the No. 55 Chasco Constructors/Striping Technology L.P. Chevrolet Camaro for Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci.
The Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is the 311th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 316th career start for Starr in the Truck Series. Veteran JJ Yeley will be behind the wheel of the No. 07 for SS Green Light Racing.
“There is always a big crowd at Texas and it’s magical, just magical to be racing these trucks and putting on a good show for all those fans. The racing has been so good at Texas over the years and it’s just magical to race there under the lights,” David concluded. “It’s my favorite race of the year.”
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Max Gresham's week is filled with the anticipation to become an electric cowboy this Halloween weekend, as he makes his semiannual visit to the Texas Motor Speedway.
For Gresham and the No. 8 Leviton / Made in USA Brand (MIUSA) Chevrolet, the time to 'cowboy up' is now as he heads to Texas Motor Speedway for Friday's WinStar World Casino 350.
A country boy at heart, the Milner, Ga., native knows what it means to pull up his bootstraps and keep on riding. Leviton will join this weekend in association with the Made in USA Brand. This weekend at Texas, he plans to show everyone how to 'cowboy up.'
With just three races remaining in the 2013 season, the Sharp-Gallaher Racing (SGR) driver will pilot a special green and blue paint schemed No. 8 Leviton / Made in USA Brand Chevrolet at the Fort Worth track, with Leviton bringing the electricity to this electric cowboy. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create intelligent environments with a variety of Made in the USA solutions including switches, wallplates, and standard and tamper resistant receptacles.
In three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Gresham has one top-12 finish with an average finish of 18.3. During his trip to the intermediate track in November 2012, Gresham passed 11 trucks in 100 laps before scoring his career-best Texas finish of 12th-place. In June of this year, he qualified 14th before a vibration signaled an end to any hopes of winning, resulting in a 22nd-place finish.
"The recent success we had at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where we finished 10th makes me very optimistic going into this weekend," Gresham said.
Even more reason for optimism is that Gresham and the Leviton / Made in USA Brand team are coming off a solid 11th-place finish Saturday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. In his first full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the 20-year-old Gresham has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in 19 races.
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Texas for a Halloween weekend celebration, will it mean a trick or a treat for Gresham this Friday night? Gresham has reason to believe it might finally be time to grab the ultimate treat in the Lone Star State - the Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat and a trophy in victory lane - as momentum has been building for the Sharp-Gallaher Racing driver with three consecutive top-11 finishes.
You can skip the trick or treating on Halloween on October 31 and opt to enjoy the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' practice sessions on Thursday. Flag-to-flag coverage of the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Friday, November 1 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.
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Darlington Raceway and NASCAR have once again partnered to donate 80 trees to the local Darlington, S.C. community through the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program Delivered by UPS.
This year, the recipient of the 80 trees is the Darlington County School District. Darlington Raceway will also plant an additional 10 trees on its property, bringing the total donation to 90 trees.
A ceremonial tree planting took place at Carolina Elementary School in Hartsville, S.C. on Tuesday to celebrate the donation. Several schools throughout the Darlington County School District will receive a part of the tree donation.
“We love partnering with NASCAR Green on this program. It’s a great opportunity to be environmentally friendly by planting trees in our local communities,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “Being a green partner with NASCAR is something we take tremendous pride in. It’s important that we continue to participate in these programs and serve as an industry leader with our green initiatives every year.”
Over the past two years, the program has planted over 160 trees in the local communities surrounding the track.
The program was developed to plant trees in various communities around NASCAR-sanctioned racing facilities to help offset the carbon emissions that occur during an event weekend.
Darlington has continued it long-standing commitment to the environment through a variety of different green initiatives over the years. The track Too Tough To Tame was recently honored at the 2013 NASCAR Green Summit in September with the Track Operator Award for its efforts in partnering with Clemson University to plant switchgrass on the speedway property for future use in the production of bio-fuels.
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NASCAR fans at Phoenix International Raceway will be treated to a star-studded line-up of drivers taking time to visit with them prior to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov 10.
Guests for fan Q&A appearances on Sunday include 2013 Sprint Cup Contenders Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick, as well as 2013 Rookie of the Year contender Danica Patrick.
Sunday’s schedule of appearances is listed below; as events are added the schedule will be updated. Please note that events scheduled within the ROLL-BAR Club, Trackside Club or Octane requires patrons to purchase a ticket to those areas. The full race weekend entertainment schedule, including concerns will be released later this week.
After a two week pause, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to action at Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday. It will be the sixth mile-and-a-half track on the schedule since August. In the previous five mile-and-a-half starts, Annett has earned two top-10 finishes and four top-15 finishes.
Annett will make his ninth start at the Ft. Worth track this weekend. His best finish at the track came in the spring of 2012 after finishing ninth, giving him his only top-10 at Texas. Annett will look to improve his average finish of 16.4.
The Pilot Travel Centers Ford will have a new look this weekend as Pringles® makes their debut on the side of the No. 43. For almost 50 years, Pringles® has been providing original snacking fun to consumers from young to old. As the fastest-growing potato crisp in both dollar sales and volume, this brand continues to drive sales in the salty snack category. The Pringles® brand is now part of the Kellogg's portfolio.
Starting in October through December customers can purchase two large cans of Pringles® for $4.00 at any Pilot Flying J store. On Friday, November 1st, stop by the Pilot Travel Centers in Ft. Worth (Pilot Travel Center 2400 Alliance Gateway Ft. Worth, TX 76178) from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CT to meet Annett and check out the No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers Pringles Ford.
Comments from the No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers Pringles Ford Mustang driver Michael Annett:
"After two weeks off, I'm ready to get back to the track. It was a nice break and it was great to get re-energized, but we only have three races left this season and I'm ready to continue working towards that win in 2013. It's also important for us to continue to build our notebook for 2014. Texas always leads to good racing with multiple grooves, so it should be fun.
"We have a great looking car this weekend with Pringles coming on board. It's been really cool to have such great products on our car this year, and Pringles is another great partner to add to the list. Who doesn't love Pringles?"
Comments from Crew Chief Philippe Lopez on Texas:
"We ran really well at Texas last year with Michael, and we were happy with the way the car ran. With the stuff that we've done lately with our mile-and-a-half program, we're all looking forward to this race. I am especially excited since Texas is home for me. I think we can do really well at Texas.
"I feel better about our mile-and-a-half program than I did in the summer, but we still have room for improvement. When we go to the short-tracks, we can be one of the cars that contend for the win, but at Texas, we'll have to do everything right. The biggest thing about Texas is that you can get really aggressive with the set-ups. Fuel mileage will play a part in it as well, which is to our advantage over the other manufacturers. There's about 15 cars that really have a lot to lose and will be racing very carefully. It tends to lead to a lot of long green-flag runs."
Houston native David Starr is set to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race on Saturday, November 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. Starr, who has 38 starts across NASCAR's top three national touring series at the 1.5-mile track, now resides in Fort Worth, Texas and identifies Texas Motor Speedway as his "home track." With funding from several Texas-based partners, Starr will compete in the No. 55 Chasco Constructors / Striping Technology L.P. Chevrolet Camaro for Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to race at Texas Motor Speedway," commented Starr. "It means a lot to me to be able to race at my home track where all of my friends and family come out to watch the race. We have so many great partners on board to make this opportunity possible, and I can't thank them enough--from Chasco Constructors, to Striping Technology L.P., Texas Farms and Ranches, Texas Pride Trucking and Oil Field Services, Steely Lumber Company, A-Affordable Office Furniture, Niece Equipment, Aubrey Healthmart Pharmacy, Brandon Hightower Racing, Lance Fenton, Tommy Merritt for Agriculture Commissioner, Build Your Future, Larry Hilderbrand and Jennifer Nunez--so many great companies and individuals came together to make this opportunity possible. We had a great race with Viva Motorsports at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this season, and I'm looking forward to pairing with the team again this weekend. My crew chief, Jason Miller, and the team build great cars and I'm happy to be behind the wheel."
Starr will pilot the No. 55 Chasco Constructors / Striping Technology, L.P. Chevrolet Camaro for Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci. It will be Starr's second race of the season for the China Grove, N.C.-based team, and his eighth NNS race of his career at his home track. Starr has three top-25 finishes in NNS competition at Texas Motor Speedway including his last two races at the 1.5-mile track.
"Chasco Constructors first partnered with David in 2010," commented Chaz Glace, owner of Chasco Constructors. "Time and again it has proven to be an excellent decision for our company. David is a fierce competitor on the race track, and an excellent brand ambassador away from the track. Chasco Constructors has been a proud partner of David Starr for the last three years and we look forward to continuing that relationship this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway."
"At Striping Technology, L.P., we think the world of David Starr," commented Linda Rudd, owner of Striping Technology, L.P. "David is such a nice man, he is always smiling and great with people, he handles himself well and is very professional. He's not only a great driver, but he's also an excellent brand ambassador. Striping Technology, L.P. is very happy to support David Starr, and we are proud to be a part of his racing program."
In addition to funding from Chasco Constructors and Striping Technology, L.P., several other Texas-based companies will back Starr's efforts in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Those companies include: Texas Farms and Ranches, Texas Pride Trucking and Oil Field Services, Steely Lumber Company, A-Affordable Office Furniture, Niece Equipment, Aubrey Healthmart Pharmacy, Brandon Hightower Racing, Lance Fenton, Tommy Merritt for Agriculture Commissioner, Build Your Future, Larry Hilderbrand and Jennifer Nunez. The support from Texas companies will also be apparent in the team Starr chose to partner with, as El Paso-based Viva Auto Group is one of the major supporters behind Viva Motorsports with Frank Cicci.
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Fort Worth Fun...After a two-week break, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for their final stop at the 1.5-mile track this season. Kyle Larson will compete in the No. 32 NTT DATA Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Larson has one previous start at Texas Motor Speedway; in this year's spring race, the 21-year-old was relegated to a 32nd-place finish after a blown left-side tire caused significant damage to Larson's No. 32 machine and necessitated several laps of repairs.
Third Time's The Charm...In addition to running the No. 32 NTT DATA Chevy in the NNS race for Turner Scott Motorsports, Larson will also compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 3, driving the No. 51 Visit Dallas Chevy SS for Phoenix Racing. Sunday's race will mark Larson's third race at the Fort Worth, Texas track as well as his third NSCS race.
Welcome Aboard NTT DATA...This weekend, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) sponsor NTT Data will be aboard Larson's No. 32 machine. After serving as primary sponsor on the No. 02 NTT DATA BMW in the Brickyard Grand Prix and the No. 8 NTT DATA Honda in the Indianapolis 500, NTT DATA joins CGRT partners Target and Cessna as the only sponsors to have run primary paint schemes in NASCAR, IndyCar and GRAND-AM during the 2013 season.
Drink. Drive. Go To Jail...The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail." campaign will appear on the No. 32 NTT Data Camaro this weekend, in support of a statewide effort to save lives and crack down on impaired driving. TxDOT has partnered with NTT Data to improve IT and other customer services for Texans.
This Week's Camaro...Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 32 NTT Data team have prepared TSM-409 for this weekend's race. This chassis has been utilized just once, having made its on-track debut in the most recent NNS race at Charlotte.
Watch and Listen...The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will air live on ESPN2 on Saturday, November 2 with race coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The race will also be broadcast on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Larson looked poised to earn his first NNS victory under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After starting in the eighth position, Larson consistently ran some of the best lap times on the track, leading 17 laps and showcasing his strong Chevrolet Camaro. Unfortunately, contact with the wall late in the 200-lap race damaged Larson's right rear and his spoiler, which affected the handling of his No. 32 Target Chevy and led to a 13th-place finish.
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Deep In The Heart Of Texas...This weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the final time this season. Allgaier has 10 starts at the 1.5-mile oval, with five top-10 finishes. Three of his top-10 finishes have come in the last three races at Texas. He finished 10th in the spring race.
This Week's Camaro...The No. 31 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet team will utilize chassis TSM-407 this weekend. This weekend will be the third time TSM-407 will be used. In its debut at Kansas Speedway, Allgaier qualified second, led 14 laps and finished fifth. He finished sixth with the same chassis at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS).
Watch and Listen...The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will air live on ESPN2 on Saturday, November 2 with race coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The race will also be broadcast on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Recapping Charlotte Motor Speedway...The NNS completed its last night race of the season at CMS. After laying down a lap of 29.966 seconds in qualifying, Allgaier earned the 12th-starting spot for the Dollar General 300. The BRANDT racing team brought the same chassis he finished fifth with at Kansas Speedway. After staying in the top-15 all night at CMS, Allgaier drove the No. 31 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Camaro home to a sixth-place finish for Turner Scott Motorsports.
Crew Chief Scott Zipadelli on Texas Motor Speedway:
"I'm ready to get back to the track. We've had two weekends off and that has given us some extra time to really focus on the last three races of the season. We also tested at Texas [Motor Speedway] earlier in the season, so we have a good notebook to work from. We are taking a car we've run the past couple of races and it has had good results, so I think we will have a smooth weekend."
Justin Allgaier on Texas Motor Speedway:
"I always look forward to racing at Texas [Motor Speedway]. It's a fast mile-and-a-half and puts on a good show for the fans. We are taking the same car we've run the past two races and have had good results with, so that adds a little extra confidence. We also tested at Texas back in the spring, and it went really well. My guys have been working really hard back at the shop over the break, and I'm excited to head into the last three races of the season. "
This Week's Camaro...The No. 30 Qualcomm team will have chassis TSM-405 for Saturday afternoon's race at Texas. TSM-405 has been on the track two other times this season: Atlanta Motor Speedway (August) and Kentucky Speedway (September).
Charlotte Recap...Making his second career NNS start at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11th, Nelson Piquet Jr. looked to head into the two-week NNS break on a good note in the Dollar General 300. Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 WORX Yard Tools team started the weekend by qualifying 28th at the 1.5-mile oval. Piquet Jr. battled all evening and brought the WORX Yard Tools Chevrolet Camaro home with a 25th-place finish.
Welcome Back...For the sixth time in 2013, Turner Scott Motorsports partner Qualcomm will be the primary sponsor for Piquet Jr. and No. 30 team in this week's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Qualcomm Incorporated is the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies. For 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of wireless communications, connecting people more closely to information, entertainment and each other. Today, Qualcomm technologies are powering the convergence of mobile communications and consumer electronics, making wireless devices and services more personal, affordable and accessible to people everywhere. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.
Watch and Listen...The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge can be seen live on Saturday, November 2 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to Texas:
"I am looking forward to getting back on the track and returning to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. We've had a long two week break, and while it has been nice to take a step back and relax, I'm ready to get back in the car! Texas is a very fast and competitive mile-and-a-half track. We tested there back in the Spring so hopefully we can take those notes and have a good weekend. My guys have worked hard during the break at the shop to get this car ready to race. We have Qualcomm back on board to finish out the season; they have been great partners of ours, so hopefully we can reward them with a trip to victory lane on Saturday."