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When it comes to preparation for the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions on October 28 at Martinsville Speedway, many young Camping World Truck Series Drivers look outside their organizations for tips and tricks on how to master driving at the notorious half-mile Speedway.

For drivers at Brad Keselowski Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports, however, that advice can come straight from the top as both organizations are owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Martinsville.

Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch both agreed that tips can only take a driver so far, with Keselowski comparing the learning process to getting ready for prom.

“There’s a little bit you can help them out with at a track like Martinsville, but it’s really like teaching someone how to dance,” Keselowski said. “You can teach them a few of the steps, but eventually they have to pick up the rhythm and the pace. Those guys are real sharp, they’ll figure it out.”

For Busch, it’s more a matter of understanding the language of short-track racing, something he said he struggled with when asking five-time Martinsville winner Denny Hamlin questions early in his career.

“I think I can help (truck drivers) out quite a bit. They have to be able to understand what I’m saying and the lingo of getting around Martinsville,” Busch said. “When Denny talked to me when I first came to Joe Gibbs Racing it was difficult to understand what he was saying, but following him around more and more it was easier to understand. You can listen to somebody but it might take a couple times figuring it out.”

Brad Keselowski Racing driver Chase Briscoe, who comes from a dirt-racing background, said that getting laps under his belt is the key to success, but help along the way from his team owner and others is crucial, as well.

“Brad’s really good about giving any advice we need, but at the same time there is that difference in driving style. Brad’s always the first guy I reach out to, but I’ll get as many opinions as I can,” Briscoe said. “Knowing how to race at Martinsville and how to be consciously aggressive is important. You have to know when to block and when a guy is there so you don’t get spun out.”

Briscoe’s teammate, Austin Cindric, echoed those sentiments.

“Brad (Keselowski) is a great guy to have a phone call away. He’s got a lot of experience and he is a great resource for Chase and I to use for advice,” Cindric said. “At Martinsville, if you’re not passing someone, you’re getting passed and if you’re not hitting someone, you’re getting hit. You have to be the guy making passes.”

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ youngest driver this year, Harrison Burton, will be fresh off his 17th birthday when he arrives in Martinsville for the Texas Roadhouse 200. He said that Busch has helped him learn the nuances of Martinsville, but pointed the finger at himself when asked for the key to success at the Speedway.

“You always have to look at yourself and see how you can get better,” Burton said. “It’s a huge help to have Kyle as a team owner, he is one of the most talented drivers in the sport. When you have someone like that at your disposal it’s good to use that, especially as good as he has been at Martinsville. He’s helped me a lot, but he can only get you 25% of the way there. You’ve got to go find the other 75% out there on the track yourself and find out what works for you.”

In the case of NEMCO Motorsports driver John Hunter Nemechek, whose father Joe has competed at Martinsville in multiple divisions in NASCAR, the tables were turned this spring. After John Hunter spent a few races picking Joe’s brain, it was the father coming to the son for advice.

“He’s been a huge help to my career and sped up my learning curve,” John Hunter said. “But, it was funny at the spring race, he ran in the truck race and he was asking me questions instead of me asking him. The roles had kind of turned.”

All of the youngsters will be looking to put  the information they gather on “how to dance” at Martinsville Speedway to good use on October 28 for the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions, which is the first race in the second round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. Last year, Johnny Sauter won the race, on his way to winning the series championship.

Kids 12-and-under are admitted free to the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions.

Adult tickets to the race are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Martinsville Speedway PR

Fresh off his best finish for Martins Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway this weekend looking to keep his recent swing of momentum rolling in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350.
 
Last Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Self soundlessly maneuvered from his 19th place qualifying effort at the 1.058-mile track to navigate a 14th place finish, his fourth top-20 finish for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team in five races.
 
Now, Self, 21, returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway eyeing a jackpot finish for Martins Motorsports, Faith Motorsports and his marketing partners.
 
“We had a good weekend at New Hampshire,” said Self. “The truck was really solid and we ran our race. We had to make some changes to our truck throughout the race and those changes worked allowing me to move through the field and earn our best finish together.
 
“I really think our team flies under the radar. Martins and Faith Motorsports are full of talented people who have a huge heard and love for NASCAR racing. We may not have the biggest budget, but we have the heart and desire to do big things. Quietly, we’ve been able to do that and hopefully this is just the start of what’s to come for the rest of the season.”
 
This weekend, Self returns to Sin City where he hopes the fast speeds of Las Vegas offers an opportunity to earn his third top-10 finish of the year.
 
“I like Las Vegas,” added Self. “Of course, I love the city and its entertainment it brings, but the track is awesome too. “It’s a fast place, where speed is important, but drafting can be a great equalizer to make up any speed you’re missing.
 
“I think you’ll see a lot change between the teams throughout the day. Practice is really early in the morning, then we qualify later in the day and darkness will soon fall after taking the green flag. The team(s) able to keep up with those changes will have a great opportunity to contend for a good finish.
 
“I hope we’re included in that group.”
 
Saturday night’s race will mark the Austin, Texas native’s second run at the 1.5-mile speed plant. Last October, he qualified 25th and raced hard to a respectable 21st place finish. This weekend, however, Self says anything less than a top-20 finish is unacceptable.
 
“I feel I’ve grown as a driver over the past year and I think that has shown with our finishes this year. I know when I can push the truck and when I can’t. I know when to makes moves and when to back off and try again later. That said, I feel like the more experience I have returning to Las Vegas will be a big plus for us.
 
“Of course, anything can happen in the race, but I feel like we have a good enough team where we have the capabilities of finishing better if everything works out. I feel like it’s going to be a fast-paced race on Saturday night, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”
 
Before Self turns his attention towards Las Vegas, he’ll detour to Dallas, Texas where he’ll help kickoff the start of the Texas State Fair with partner GO TEXAN.
 
The State Fair begins September 29 and runs through October 22 at the Fair Park in Dallas.
“I’m very excited to come back home and attend the State Fair of Texas,” said Self who recorded a career-best second place NASCAR finish at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season.

“The atmosphere, events, rides, games, food and all really do a good job at showcasing the pride that Texans have at this fair and I’m looking forward to spending some time there over the next couple of weeks.”
In addition to AM Technical Solutions, Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 35th career NCWTS race.
 
Self, 21, is scheduled to remain the primary driver for the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.
 
In 12 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, seven top-15 and nine top-20 finishes respectively.
 
The Las Vegas 350 (146 laps / 219 miles) is the 18th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Sat, Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m., with a final practice session is set for 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Pacific).

For more on the Texas State Fair including discounted tickets, hours of operation and more, please log onto bigtex.com/bigtexinsider.

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. 

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

AM Racing PR

By winning the first race in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Christopher Bell and the No. 4 Toyota Racing team have already punched their ticket to the Round of 6 that begins Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. With nothing to lose in Saturday's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the team will be able to concentrate solely on winning stages and the race and adding more chips to their stack of 47 playoff bonus chips that they'll bring with them to the next round.
 
Bell will be sporting primary sponsor DC Solar - a clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar products - once again this year on his No. 4 Tundra at Las Vegas. In last year's event, Bell started 16th but was able to bring the DC Solar Tundra home to a sixth-place finish. The California-based company was also his primary sponsor for his win in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway in January.
 
The 22-year-old became just the second Oklahoma native to bring home the Golden Driller in the 31 years that the prestigious event has been held in his home state. The win was so special to Bell that he bought the winning car from Keith Kunz Motorsports and has it on display in the dining room of his current residence in North Carolina. A video of Bell and his friends transporting the vehicle from his garage into his dining room was posted on his Facebook page in May and has over 440,000 views to date.
 
The Chili Bowl victory in January was the start of what has been an extremely successful year for Bell. The talented wheelman has collected five wins and three poles across 17 starts in his second full-time season in the Truck Series and won the first-ever regular season points championship in the Truck Series. He also leads the series in nearly every other statistical category, including laps led (666), top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (15), average starting position (4.5), average finish (6.2) and fastest laps run (332).
 
In addition to his Truck Series accomplishments, Bell has been successful in a variety of forms of racing in 2017. He made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut in May and across four starts for Joe Gibbs Racing this season has earned one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. The Toyota Racing driver won his lone ARCA Racing Series start at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., earlier this month and on dirt has combined to win 10 races between Midgets (seven) and Sprint Cars (three).
 
Bell is hoping to continue his 2017 winning spree Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With his ticket to the Round of 6 already punched, via his win last week at New Hampshire, he's playing with house money this week and can go all in to win.
 
KBM PR

While juggling a busy NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule, Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) will carve time to attend the highly popular State Fair of Texas set to launch on September 29 and run through October 22 at the Fair Park in Dallas.

Before competing in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the Texan will detour to his home state where he’ll attend a VIP event this Thursday, Sept. 28 to officially kick off the three-week festival.

“I’m very excited to come back home and attend the State Fair of Texas,” said Self who recorded a career-best second place NASCAR finish at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season.

“The atmosphere, events, rides, games, food and all really do a good job at  showcasing the pride that Texans have at this fair and I’m looking forward to spending some time there over the next couple of weeks.”

In addition to attending the VIP event this week, Self will return to the State Fair of Texas for two additional weekends making appearances at the GO TEXAN pavilion.

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.

Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture. 

One of the featured partners with GO TEXAN is Texas Grain Sorghum.

In the United States, and other countries across the globe, sorghum grain is primarily used for livestock feed and ethanol production, but is becoming popular in the consumer food industry and other emerging markets.

Traditionally, nearly one-third of the U.S. sorghum crop is used for renewable fuel production. In fact, sorghum produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel as comparable feedstocks while using up to one-third less water.

With ethanol drawing a more hefty presence in NASCAR, the partnership is a win-win for all parties involved.

At the pavilion, Self will meet with attendees, sign autographs, take pictures, and draw for tickets to the JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 3.

Additionally, AM Racing’s No. 22 GO TEXAN truck will be on display for the entire Texas State Fair allowing go-getters an up close and personal view of Self’s 3,400-pound machine.

His appearance schedule at the pavilion is as follows:

Saturday, October 7:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 8:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 20:

  • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 21:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 22:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“GO TEXAN has been a tremendous partner at AM Racing and I’m honored that they have asked me to spend some time with the fair attendees over the next couple of weeks,” added Self. “I’m looking forward to bringing a little bit of the NASCAR world to the pavilion and its going to be a great time!”

For more on the Texas State Fair including discounted tickets, hours of operation and more, please log onto bigtex.com/bigtexinsider.

For more on The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program, please visit www.gotexan.org.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

AM Racing PR

Wienerschnitzel is at it again. A noted supporter of Action Sports, the famous hot dog chain fulfills its promise to fuel the return of eleven-time X-Games Champion Travis Pastrana to NASCAR by sponsoring his Sept. 30 appearance at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Las Vegas. The sponsorship, initially announced in June, will be showcased at this weekend’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Pastrana will be racing his No. 45  Truck for Niece Motorsports. The race begins at 5:15 p.m. following a 12:15 p.m. media Q&A session at the NASCAR Media Center.

 “We are honored to be a part of Travis returning to NASCAR,” said J.R. Galardi, Wienerschnitzel executive vice president. “Travis is the ultimate hot-dogger – and since nothing goes together like hot dogs and motor sports, it makes sense that Wienerschnitzel supports Pastrana at this NASCAR event.”

Galardi also confirmed Travis will host a meet and greet at the Las Vegas Wienerschnitzel, located at 4470 E. Charleston Blvd., approx.10 miles from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on Friday, Sept. 29, from 1-3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out to the restaurant to meet the action sports star, get an autograph and see his No. 45 Truck.

Wienerschnitzel launched the partnership with Pastrana at the World Nitro Games in Salt Lake City with a contest for one lucky fan to win a trip for two to see Pastrana compete in Las Vegas. “We’re delighted to welcome Travis and motorsports fans Tim Reiter and Collin Nichols this weekend as the lucky winners,” added Galardi.

For tickets to see Pastrana at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race, go to https://www.nascar.com/nascar-camping-world-truck-series/schedule/. The Las Vegas Wienerschnitzel can be reached at (702) 452-4227.

Niece Motorsports PR

Timothy Peters’ exciting Late Model Stock victory under Martinsville Speedway’s new LED lights last Saturday night was an equally big win for Henry County.

Henry County, home of Martinsville Speedway, will be featured on the hood of Peters’ Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday’s Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Peters’ Late Model car owner, Barry Nelson, is backing the driver’s efforts at Las Vegas this weekend. A Henry County native, Nelson saw an opportunity to showcase his community on a national stage through the partnership with Henry County.

“Barry and I spoke Saturday at the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 about perhaps placing our new logo on the truck for the Las Vegas race,” said Tim Hall, Henry County administrator. “Then karma steps in and Timothy wins that race. Barry and I spoke again in Victory Lane and we said ‘yep, this is a good idea.’ So here we are.

“Our community has a great story to tell. We are looking forward to telling it through this new opportunity.”

Peters, who has 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories in his 12-year career, was the pole-winner for the Las Vegas 350 a year ago. He won the event in 2013. But the veteran driver, who was in the truck series final four a year ago and finished fourth in the series standings, has been without a ride since Red Horse Racing folded in May.

He has long worked with Nelson’s late model program, Nelson Motorsports, and occasionally drives for the team in big events. That was the case last weekend when he wheeled his way to a win in NASCAR Late Model racing’s biggest event, the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, in the debut of Martinsville Speedway’s new, permanent lighting.

The county will utilize a logo it unveiled earlier this year to recognize Martinsville Speedway’s 70th anniversary in 2017.                                          

“I’m proud of the community I live in and thought this would be a little way I could give back,” said Nelson, owner of AutosbyNelson, a group of seven dealerships based in Henry County. “We hope people will see it at the track or on television, ask questions and hopefully do some business in our county.”

“Henry County is thrilled to be part of the Timothy Peters’ race team this weekend,” said Hall. “Racing is in our blood, with the Martinsville Speedway and the Racing College at Patrick Henry Community College in our community. This is the perfect way to support our efforts in racing  and in marketing our region.”

Peters will compete this weekend for Young’s Motorsports, which has fielded entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a fulltime basis since 2014

Nelson brings several other partners to the truck for the weekend, including AutosbyNelson.com, Honda Generators and Blue Ridge Color Company.

The Las Vegas 350 will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Henry County/Timothy Peters PR

In sports it is usually considered an advantage for a team to play at home. Everything is familiar and the fans are rooting for the home team. This weekend, Noah Gragson gets to experience that feeling racing at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Although he has never turned a lap at the 1.5-mile oval, he started his career racing next door at The Bullring. In fact, he won there earlier this month. Will the home field advantage help Gragson achieve his first win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Saturday night? He sure hopes so.
 
Gragson began racing Bandoleros and eventually late models there at the age of 13 at The Bullring. He earned 14 wins there, including the most recent one on Sept. 9 in the 50-lap NASCAR Super Late Model race. If Gragson can take the checkered flag in the Las Vegas 350, it would also be a hometown win for his owner, Kyle Busch. Much like Gragson, Busch began his driving career shortly after his 13th birthday at The Bullring. From 1999 through 2001, Busch won over 65 races in legends cars and two track championships there, before moving up to late models. Busch scored 10 victories in late model competition at The Bullring during the 2001 season.
 
Not only is Las Vegas the hometown of Gragson and Busch, but also the team's sponsor, Switch. Founded in 2000, this global technology solutions company, headquartered in Las Vegas, is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company's world-renowned data centers and technology solution ecosystems. Gragson and the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports team will tour the Switch facility on Friday before getting to work at the track on Saturday.
 
Gragson is looking forward to his first race under the lights at the big track, after seeing it in the distance from The Bullring early in his career. He will have 146 laps to enjoy the home-track advantage and knowing he is the local favorite. It will be a night he won't soon forget, especially if he can cap it off with his first NCWTS win.
 
KBM PR

Officials from Young’s Motorsports confirmed today that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) veteran Timothy Peters (@TimothyPeters_) will drive the team’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

Peters, the defending Las Vegas pole winner will be reunited with former Red Horse Racing crew chief Chad Kendrick, where the two hope they can rekindle their potent driver-crew chief combo and earn Young’s Motorsports their second top-10 finish of the season.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Young’s Motorsports,” said team principal and driver Tyler Young. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Timothy not only as a competitor but as a pure talent behind the wheel. I’m excited to see him behind the wheel of one of our trucks and hope that it can bring one of our best finishes of the year.”

Peters, 36, invades Las Vegas on the heels of capturing a stunning victory in this past Saturday night’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 prestigious NASCAR Late Model race under the lights at the historic Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. It was the Danville, Virginia’s native second victory in the crown jewel Late Model race.

With the sweet celebration still refreshing, Peters returns to the Truck Series for the first time in nearly four months and eyes his fourth top-10 in seven races in 2017.

“I can’t thank Young’s Motorsports enough for the chance to drive their truck this weekend at Las Vegas,” sounded Peters. “I’ve known Tyler a long time and I know he works hard to keep his team going at every race. Hopefully, we can go to Las Vegas this weekend and have a strong showing and some fun too.”

Longtime Peters supporters Autos by Nelson and Honda Generators will adorn the No. 02 Chevrolet for the 18th NCWTS race of the season.

Autos by Nelson strives to meet customers’ needs by offering award-winning sales, service, rental, collision and wrecker service. They have seven rooftops that carry new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota vehicles. Those are complemented by a huge selection of nearly 500 pre-owned vehicles.

In nine previous starts at LVMS, Peters owns one pole, one win (2013), five top-five and seven top-10 finishes with an average finish of 9.3 during an 11-year span.

Overall, in 236 NCWTS starts, Peters has earned eight poles, 10 wins, 57 top-five and 121 top-10 finishes and has led over 1,500 laps in competition. In a span of 13 years, Peters has crafted an average start and finish of 12.7 respectively.

The Las Vegas 350 (146 laps / 219 miles) is the 18th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Sat, Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m., with a final practice session is set for 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Pacific).

Young Motorsports PR

AUSTIN CINDRIC BREAKDOWN

Austin Cindric rallied back from a spin with less than 50 laps to go to claim an eighth-place finish in the UNOH 175 on Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
Cindric is fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, five points ahead of the first round cutoff position. He claimed his tenth top-10 finish in 16 races this season. 
 
Cindric started sixth in the first NCWTS Playoff race at the 1.058-mile speedway. The driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 picked off two positions on the initial start and held firm to the spot throughout Stage 1, finishing fourth when the opening segment of the race concluded on lap 55. Two laps later, Cindric pitted for four tires and adjustments. A mix of pit strategies among the leaders shuffled him back to eighth place for the start of Stage 2 on lap 63.
 
Rapid fire cautions on laps 65 and 73 didn’t work to Cindric’s advantage. Hectic restarts paired with a truck that didn’t fire off on well shuffled the young driver outside the top 10 when the race settled into a long green-flag run. He was running in 13th position at the conclusion of Stage 2 on lap 110.
 
A round of pit stops under caution followed during the stage break on lap 112 and crew chief Doug Randolph decided to change right-side tires only, a move the put Cindric second in line to begin Stage 3 on 119. Once again, Cindric was wrestling a tight-handling truck that didn’t come up to speed quickly. He was sixth when a tap from Kaz Grala sent him for spin, bringing out the fifth and final caution of the race on lap 128. Cindric pitted on lap 130 for four tires and lined up 12th when the race went green on lap 132.  
 
The restart and the laps that followed were kind to Cindric, as the young driver picked up three positions by lap 134. He grabbed eighth place on lap 144 and was in hot pursuit for seventh position when the race concluded.     
 
CHASE BRISCOE BREAKDOWN
 
Chase Briscoe and his Brad Keselowski Racing team struggled to find speed in the opening race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, but still managed a solid day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Fighting with an extremely tight Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and facing a lugnut issue late in the race, Briscoe managed to have a clean race and bring home an 11th-place finish.
 
Taking the green from the ninth position, Briscoe immediately fought with his handling, reporting to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that his No. 29 F-150 was “really, really tight.” Dropping back as far as 15th, Briscoe was scored 13th when the first stage came to an end. Briscoe’s team provided him with four tires, fuel, a spring rubber and both air-pressure and wedge adjustments. Restarting 13th on lap 63, Briscoe dropped to 14th and reported that his Cooper Standard machine was still too tight in the center.
 
At the conclusion of the second stage, Briscoe’s team took another swing at the truck, but while attempting to provide four fresh tires, the tire changer reported that a lugnut on the right-rear tire was flawed and could not be removed with the air wrench. Forced to make two pit stops, the team still could not remove the tire, and returned to the racetrack with one old tire for the lap 119 restart. Fortunately, a caution on lap 128 gave the opportunity for Briscoe to once again visit pit road, and the team was prepared to manually remove the offending lugnut and change the fourth tire, in addition to providing a track-bar adjustment. 
 
Restarting 13th on lap 132, Briscoe was able to advance up to the 11th spot with 25 laps to go. Briscoe began to run impressively fast lap times, and was much faster than the trucks in front of him, but the field was too spread out for him to advance any further, and he ultimately crossed the finish line in the 11th position. Briscoe is currently seventh in the Playoff standings three points behind the sixth-place cutoff spot. 
 
BKR PR

Returning to his home track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), for the second time in his NCWTS career, Kaz began the weekend ninth and tenth-fastest in Friday’s practice sessions, as well as qualifying 12th for Saturday’s UNOH 175.

 

Throughout the first 55-lap stage of the race, Kaz battled a NETTTS Chevrolet Silverado that was too tight in the center of the corner but too loose when on the throttle. Holding on to the 11th position when the stage ended, crew chief Jerry Baxter made the strategy call to bring Kaz down pit road for two tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to try to aid in the Chevy’s handling as well as gain track position. Lining up second for the restart on lap 62, Kaz was able to use the clean air to hold off most of the trucks behind him with fresher tires. Scoring valuable stage points at the conclusion of Stage Two by finishing fifth, Kaz reported that his No. 33 had a neutral feel to it that allowed him to position the truck where he needed to on track. Coming down pit road under the stage break, Kaz got four tires and fuel, returning to the track fifth for the final 57 laps of the race. As a long green run ensued, the handling on Kaz’s NETTTS Chevy began to go away, swinging to the loose-side once again. Battling to maintain his position in the top-10 despite handling woes, Kaz crossed the finish line with a 10th-place finishing position at NHMS.

 

Quote
"As much as I wanted a top-five finish today at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway), I think this was one of the best races I have run all year. We had a solid day of no mistakes. Jerry (Baxter) made a great strategy call to get us some clean air early on, the handling just started to go away on the NETTTS Chevrolet towards the end of the race. These are the types of races we need to have if we want to go further in The Playoffs.”

 

Additional Info
- After the first race of The Playoffs, Kaz is seeded sixth in the NCWTS Playoff Standings, 3 points above the cutoff line.

 

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