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David Starr survived a spin just before the midpoint of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series F. W. Webb 175 to finish fourteenth Saturday afternoon in the ASI Limited/Zachry Toyota at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
In the morning qualifying session, David qualified the No. 81 sixteenth on the flat one-mile track posting a lap of 29.74 seconds at 128.06 mph putting the ASI Limited/Zachry Toyota on the outside of the eighth row at the start of the 175-lap race.
The action started even before the field came to the starting line as the outside lane had troubles getting up to speed causing an accordion of trucks. David was the sandwich in the middle getting caught between Cole Whitt and Johnny Sauter ahead of him. The contact at start of the race damaged the nose of Starr’s Toyota but David held on to the sixteenth position.
“It’s just bad luck. We put a hole in the front of the truck at the start; they jammed-up and I hit the 13 truck and put a hole in the nose and then the truck was really aero tight.” Starr said.
There was very little passing through the first third of the race as Kyle Busch set a torrid pace pulling away from everyone except for Austin Dillon. David held the sixteenth position and was able to stay on the lead lap until Busch caught him on lap 50. The first caution would fly on lap 60 for debris with Busch lapping all but the top-thirteen trucks.
David would restart fifteenth as the first truck one lap down and was fortunate enough to earn the “lucky dog” award on the second caution, which was also for debris on lap 71 putting David back on the lead lap at the tail of the longest line.
As happens often on restarts, the traffic can get bunched up and David was caught behind several trucks that made contact on lap 75. As he checked-up to avoid the mess in front of him he was hit from behind by another truck and the contact sent the ASI Limited/Zachry Toyota sliding sideways through the corner. Using his years of experience David would turn into the spin and prevent the truck from spinning completely around and he continued back on the track.
However the long spin on the track left Starr over a half a lap behind the leaders and by lap 100 Busch would again catch the SS Green Light Racing entry putting David a lap down again.
“When the first caution finally came out we were a lap down because Kyle Busch was so fast. After some awesome pit stops by the team making repairs to the front and with some adjustments the truck came alive. It was really fast and then we got the lucky dog.” David explained. “But unfortunately then you have to start in the back, behind everybody and one of the trucks that was not even on the lead lap spun me out and we just kind of battled from that point on. The tires were flat spotted but we didn’t catch another caution. Finally when we were able to put two right sides on it our ASI Limited/Zachry Toyota was fast.”
The race would go green over the laps one hundred laps with rare green flag stops for all the NCWTS teams. Busch would continue to dominate over the last half of the race lapping all but six trucks through the green flag run. Busch’s Toyota led 165 of the 175 laps while winning his sixth NCWTS race of 2011.
“If we did not have that bad luck, I believe we would have finished in the top-ten, we had a pretty good truck.”
“The team did a great job, it was just unfortunate that we had some more bad luck. We need to get this luck behind us to get the finishes we need to get into that top-ten at the end of the season," Starr concluded. "The team did a great job, everyone did a great job it's just unfortunate the circumstances took us out of the race.”
Starr gained one spot in the NCWTS driver’s standings, back up to eleventh behind new points leader Austin Dillon. He is 45 points behind Todd Bodine for the tenth spot.
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Miguel Paludo earned his second top-10 finish in two weeks at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Paludo piloted his No. 7 Stemco/Duroline Toyota Tundra to a top-10 finish after a two tire pit stop late in the race which allowed the rookie of the year contender to get back in sequence with the leaders.
"It was a tough race with long green flag runs," said Paludo after the 175-lap event. "We made the right adjustments and Rick (Gay, crew chief) made an awesome call with two tires at the end and that paid off. I don't know why, but four tires took like 10 laps for the pressure to build up and to help the truck handle. With two tires the truck was awesome right away. It was another good day for the No. 7 team, another top-10 finish. I want to gain as many points as I can for the end of this season. Days like this are good to finish in the top-10."
Paludo started the F.W. Webb 175 from the 15th starting position. Paludo picked up one position at the start of the race, but was unable to make much forward progress due to the tight turns at the "magic mile."
On lap 40, Paludo reported to the crew the No. 7 Toyota Tundra was pushing in the center of the corner. Despite running in the 14th position the leader set a blistering fast pace and Paludo went one lap down to the leader on lap 49. The pilot of the No. 7 truck was able to hold onto the "lucky dog" position until the caution flew for the first time on lap 60.
Paludo came down pit road under the caution period on lap 62 to take on four tires, fuel, and make a chassis adjustment. Paludo restarted the F.W. Webb 175 from the 14th position. The caution flew for the second time a few laps later on lap 69 for debris.
The No. 7 team decided to take the opportunity to come to pit road to top off on fuel and pull a windshield tear off. Paludo gained one spot while on pit road and restarted in the 13th position. As the race went back to green, Paludo radioed to his crew that the truck was still pushing through the corners; however, the longer the No. 7 truck made laps, the better it handled.
At the half-way point, on lap 88, Paludo continued to run solidly in the fourteenth position. Green flag pit stops began on lap 120. The No.7 team had an advantage due to the fact they had stopped and topped off for fuel. Once stops had almost cycled through Paludo found himself running in the third position. The team desperately wanted the good fortune of a caution, which would have trapped many of the leaders' one lap down. It was not to be. Paludo gave up the third position to hit pit road on lap 145. Crew chief Rick Gay made the call to take only two tires and add fuel. The strategy paid off as Paludo returned to the track in the 11th position. With passing so difficult at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 7 Stemco/Duroline Toyota Tundra skillfully maneuvered the truck past another competitor to earn his second top-10 finish in two weeks. Paludo also took home the title as top finishing rookie.
Red Horse Racing PR
After a few tough weeks, Timothy Peters and the No. 17 team returned to a 1.0-mile race track nestled in the heart of New England, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Peters and the No. 17 team were able to overcome a late-race pit road mishap to battle back and earn their ninth top-10 finish of 2011.
"It feels good to be back in the top-10," said Peters after the race. "We didn't really have our GearWrench Tundra like we wanted, but we finished ninth. We fought tight all weekend long. We gave up a lot of track position on pit road, but that's just the way our year has been. There is no "I" in team -- we win as one and we lose as one. We will just go to Kentucky next week and try to get the best finish we can."
Peters started the F.W. Webb 175 from the ninth starting position. By lap 15, the driver of the No. 17 GearWrench Toyota Tundra had not been able to make any forward progress, despite running lap times comparable with the leaders. Peters rode in the ninth position until the first caution of the day waved on lap 60. Peters had reported to the No. 17 team that the truck was too tight. Under the caution period Peters brought the truck to the attention of the crew for four tires, fuel and several chassis adjustments.
A quick stop by the team placed Peters back on track in the seventh position for the restart on lap 65. A few laps later the second caution of the day waved on lap 69 for debris. Unwilling to give up track position the No. 17 team made the call to stay out. Peters reported that his truck was maybe a little worse handling wise despite the improved lap times on the speed chart. The race restarted on lap 73, with Peters scored in the seventh position. At the half-way point on lap 88, Peters rode comfortably in the eighth position. The team was forced to give up the eighth position on lap 117 and "short-pit" before the rest of the field, due to the fact that the truck had not gotten full of gas on the previous pit stop.
Peters brought the No. 17 GearWrench Toyota Tundra to the attention of the crew for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. The pit crew's second and final stop of the afternoon was lengthy resulting in time lost on the track for the driver of the No. 17 truck. Peters returned to the track scored in the 15th position, two laps down to the leader.
As the round of green-flag pit stops cycled through, Peters was scored running in the ninth position one lap down to the leaders. Despite his best efforts, Peters was unable to gain his lap back by passing the leader on the track, even though his lap times were as good as, if not better, than the lead pack. Peters continued to battle but could not make any forward progress as a result of being one lap behind the leader. Peters crossed the finish line in the ninth position, his ninth top-10 finish of 2011.
Peters is currently fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings, 25 markers out of the first position.
Red Horse Racing PR
Kyle Busch Motorsports General Manager Rick Ren knows a thing or two about what it takes to be successful in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. After guiding two-time defending NASCAR Mexico Series Champion German Quiroga to a 16th-place finish in his Truck Series debut Saturday, the series' all-time winningest crew chief believes that the 31-year-old driver showed that he has what it takes to compete full-time in NASCAR's third division.
"German did a really good job for his first time driving a heavy vehicle with a lot of horsepower," said Ren, who has been a part of three Truck Series championships. "Driving in this series is not that easy and I think that he showed the skills and maturity that will allow him to be competitive should he chose to come here full-time. From the time practiced started Friday morning until the race was over, we saw steady improvements from German. We didn't make any adjustments during the race and his lap times just keep getting faster. You could tell that he was figuring out how to drive into the corners, changing his breaking points and picking up the gas earlier as the race progressed. At the end of the race, he got a little racier and started passing people. If we could come back and run this race again tomorrow, I'm confident that the result would be a top 10-finish. We're really happy with the job he did for us this weekend and hopeful that we can find a way to get him back in one of our Tundras for another race before the end of the season."
Quiroga, who started the race from the 17th position, lost a few spots in the early stages of the race as he worked on getting comfortable driving his Telcel Tundra in traffic. While Quiroga was just trying to get comfortable, Kyle Busch was more than comfortable with his No. 18 Tundra and set a blistering pace as the race proceeded under green-flag conditions. The boss worked his way around his newest employee on lap 40, putting Quiroga one lap down.
When the first caution of the race occurred on lap 61, the 31-year-old driver had settled back into the 17th position. He communicated to Ren that the handling of his Telcel Tundra was "very good" and did not want the crew to make any changes during the first pit stop. Quiroga brought his truck down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel and returned to the track scored one lap down in the 17th position.
The Mexico City native continued to run in the top 20 as the race proceeded caution free towards the finish. Ren brought Quiroga down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel on lap 134 and returned his driver to the track scored two laps down in the 20th position.
Over the last forty laps, the 31-year-old appeared to find the feel for his No. 51 Telcel Tundra as he posted improved lap times and maneuvered his way around competitors for position. By the time he crossed the finish line, Quiroga had worked his way into a respectable 16th-place finish.
"Overall, I am very happy with the end result and I believe that Telcel will be happy with my performance as well," said Quiroga. "The guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports were a pleasure to work with and provided me with a Telcel Tundra that was definitely a top-10 truck. I got caught up in traffic and went a lap down in the early stages of the race. When the race stayed green for a long period, I was never able to get back on the lead lap. I enjoyed my first experience racing in the Truck Series and hope to be back soon."
Busch led 165 of 175 laps en route to his third-consecutive Truck Series victory at "The Magic Mile." Dillon, who took over the lead in Truck Series driver points, finished second, 3.816-seconds behind Busch. Kevin Harvick finished third, Ron Hornaday Jr. was fourth and Johnny Sauter fifth. Matt Crafton, James Buescher, Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters and Miguel Paludo rounded out the top 10.
Kyle Busch started the F.W. Webb 175 from the pole, led a race-record 165 laps, scored a perfect driver rating and lapped all but six competitors en route to his third-consecutive victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The win was the 26-year-old driver's sixth in the Truck Series this season, the 30th of his career and his 104th all-time NASCAR National Series victory.
"The Toyota/Traxxas Tundra was awesome today," said Busch, who picked up his 18th National Series win this season. "I can't say enough about everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports. They worked their butts off. We haven't had the best of runs at the mile-and-a-half tracks and the faster places, but feel really good about where we were today and how our short track stuff is. This is cool to come out here and run like this again. I can't say enough about Toyota, Traxxas and all the guys that support us -- M&M's, Dollar General, DuPont, Flexco, Triad Racing engines and Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oils -- of course Camping World. Can't say enough about the fans too -- thank you guys. Appreciate the support and it was a fun race today at New Hampshire. Put on a great performance like that and it goes back to these guys."
Busch's near-perfect day began Saturday morning when he captured his second-consecutive pole for the Truck Series race at New Hampshire with track-record lap of 28.917 seconds at 131.715 mph.
The Las Vegas native slowly pulled away from the field as the race proceeded caution free for the first 60 laps. By lap 45, the No. 18 Toyota/Traxxas Tundra had opened up a four-second lead on Austin Dillon. As Busch worked his way through lap traffic, Dillon had closed to within a second of the lead when NASCAR officials spotted debris on the race track and summoned the first caution of the race on lap 61.
Busch, who had communicated to crew chief Eric Phillips that his Tundra was too tight in traffic, brought his No. 18 Tundra to the KBM over-the-wall crew when pit road opened. The crew put four fresh tires, with an air pressure adjustment, filled the truck with fuel and returned their driver back to the track at the front of the field.
A second debris caution occurred on lap 70 and when the race restarted on lap 74, Dillon posed his biggest challenge of the race. The second-year driver dove to the inside of Busch and the two raced fender-to-fender for three laps. Busch held off Dillon's challenge and maintained the race lead.
The Toyota/Traxxas Tundra continued to pace the field as the race proceeded toward the finish under green flag conditions. Busch was just over one second ahead of Dillon when he surrendered the lead for the first time on lap 131 when Phillips ordered his driver down pit road for a four-tire green-flag pit stop.
Dillon led for five laps before making his final pit stop of the day on lap 136. When pit stops cycled through on lap 141, the KBM over-the-wall crew's lightning-quick pit stop allowed Busch to stretch his lead on Dillon to four-and-a-half seconds with just over thirty laps remaining.
Busch cruised to his eighth win across NASCAR's top three divisions at "The Magic Mile." He has visited victory lane after each of the last three Truck Series as well as the last three NASCAR Nationwide Series races at the 1.058-mile oval.
The win was the No. 18 Tundra's seventh of the season and allowed the team to gain seven points on Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 2 truck in the Truck Series owners' point standings. KBM now trails KHI by 33 points with the five races remaining on the schedule.
Busch now has won five of six races with Traxxas as a primary or co-primary sponsor on his No. 18 Tundra. The primary chassis for the race, KBM-7, has two wins in three races and has led 336 of the 575 total laps available with Busch behind the wheel.
Dillon, who took over the lead in Truck Series driver points, finished second, 3.816-seconds behind Busch. Kevin Harvick finished third, Ron Hornaday Jr. was fourth and Johnny Sauter fifth. Matt Crafton, James Buescher, Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters and Miguel Paludo rounded out the top 10.
Two-time defending NASCAR Mexico Series Champion German Quiroga finished 16th in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut driving the No. 51 Telcel Tundra for KBM.
Already, at only 20 years old and in his second NASCAR season, Cole Whitt sounds like a veteran. He finished 15th in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway — fighting the good fight for track position, which he never had after starting 18th and losing a lap under the furious pace set by the leaders.
“We never went backward, which is a good thing. But we never went forward, either,” Whitt said. “We just can’t to put together a full weekend. Track position is so important here, and we never had any of it.
“We’ll keep trying. Right now, we’re tying to get a win. We have a good group. We can do it … just need to put a full together. The good thing is we have a series of tracks coming up that we’ve run well at.”
Whitt ranks eighth in the championship — 66 points out of the lead, but only 19 out of fifth.
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Justin Lofton and the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team had a solid weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, resulting in a 13th place finish in the F.W. Webb 175. The race was only the second event for Lofton behind the wheel of a Chevrolet.
"We've gained a lot on this No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet Silverado over the last two weeks. We had a really good qualifying run here, and we had a good truck, but we fell off early and with it being only a two stop race, we just didn't have time to dial it in," Lofton said.
After practicing and qualifying under overcast skies, the weather conditions switched drastically for the start of the race on Saturday afternoon. Lofton took the green flag from the seventh position, which was his highest qualifying effort to date this season, but early on noted that the sunshine altered the track and the truck's setup quite a bit. The end result left Lofton struggling with a tight condition. Despite the issue, he maintained the eighth position through the first round of pit stops following a caution flag on lap 60.
Under the stop, crew chief Dan Bormann called for four tires and a slight air pressure adjustment. However, under the stop, the team had an issue with the nozzle on the gas can, dropping Lofton to 11th for the restart.
Once back under the green flag, Lofton noted that the changes altered the truck's entrance to the turns. Even though the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet didn't feel as though it was handling the best, Lofton laid down his fastest lap of the race, up to that point, on lap 77.
An extended green flag run led up to lap 130 when Bormann called Lofton down pit road for his second and final pit stop of the day. The call was for two tires in order to gain some track position, but as Lofton drove towards his pit stall, Bormann opted to go for four fresh tires for the final 45 lap run.
Less than 10 laps later however, Lofton radioed to Bormann that he felt a vibration. After describing the feel and response of the truck, the two, along with championship driver turned spotter David Green, diagnosed the problem as a warped rotor.
Lofton kept on digging and went on to finish 13th.
The result allowed Lofton to maintain 15th in the driver point standings while boosting team owner Eddie Sharp to 18th in the owner standings.
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Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records/Carrier Chevrolet Silverado, started the F.W. Webb 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 14th position after a self-professed "head-scratching" set of practice sessions. The short track wheelman once again showed his stripes at the Magic Mile, matching his previous best finish here in 2010 with another top five. Maintaining the third place in driver championship points going into Kentucky Speedway, team 13 is still very much in the hunt. A mere seven points separates the top spot occupied by Austin Dillon, second spot of James Buescher and Sauter's third.
"We really were scratching our heads during practice with a lot of changes, so to pull off a top five here at New Hampshire is awesome. The first pit stop the guys pulled off a super fast round of changes to the trackbar and air pressure, and they put me out in eighth. I was still loose throughout the last 75 laps, but it gave me enough to take on the corners and hold onto that fifth spot. I'm proud of the guys - we're staying in the hunt for a championship and staying on top of quick changes. We'll be consistent in Kentucky, a place that we're typically super strong."
As early as lap three, Sauter radioed to the box that he was "extremely, extremely tight in, tight middle, sliding in the corners." He maintained his position, moving up to tenth position for the first green flag run. After a fast first pit stop, Sauter emerged in eighth and passed up to fourth position. When front tire chatter called for conservative driving, he settled into the fifth positon and remained there for the rest of the race - to include through a second round of pit stops.
"I'm looking forward to getting to Kentucky - we got through this one with a lot of good pit calls and diagnosing the issues on the truck during the race. Joe and I have a great relationship when it comes to heated situations, and he makes the calls to put us in the contention. I've said it all year - wins bring championships, and consistent finishes help tick up the points lead. We're still looking for another win."
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Matt Crafton earned a top-10 finish for the third week in a row in a wreck-free race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After running in the top five for most of the event, strategy in the final pit stop of the day resulted in a sixth-place finish for the No. 88 Menards/Great Lakes Wood Floors Chevrolet.
After taking the green flag from the 10th position, it took only two laps for Crafton to advance his position and nine laps before he worked his way into the top five. Once in the fifth position, Crafton relayed that the truck was too tight in the center of the turns, but he continued to run times consistent with the race leader. With the field spaced out over a long green-flag run, Crafton remained in the fifth position through the first caution flag of the day waving for debris on lap 62. Still too tight, the team called Crafton into the pits for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment.
A quick stop put Crafton back on the track in the fifth position once again when the field went green on lap 66. The caution waved for the second and final time for debris on lap 71, just as Crafton overcame the No. 33 truck for the fourth spot. Remaining on the track through the quickie yellow, Crafton picked up another position immediately after green-flag racing resumed. Crafton maintained the third spot for over 50 laps, only slipping into the fourth position right before green-flag pit stops began.
Coming to pit road on lap 131, the team serviced Crafton with four fresh tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment to improve the truck's handling, which had continued to be tight off the corner throughout the previous run. With several of the leaders opting for two tires, Crafton was scored in the sixth position when pit stops cycled through. With the field too spread out to gain any ground, Crafton took the checkered flag in sixth place.
"I absolutely think we could have had a better finish today, we were in the top-five all night, but we've been consistent through the entire month of September and we just need to keep this consistency up," said Crafton following the event. "The guys built me another fast truck this weekend and I'm looking forward to heading to Kentucky next week where we can hopefully get back into victory lane."
Thorsport Racing PR
The Magic Mile gave Kyle Busch a chance to show his mastery.
Busch dominated Saturday’s F.W. Webb 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a race in which only six Camping World Truck Series entries finished on the lead lap.
Busch crossed the finish line 3.816 seconds ahead of runner-up Austin Dillon to post his sixth win in 14 starts this season and the 30th victory of his career. Behind Busch and Dillon, Kevin Harvick finished third, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr. and Johnny Sauter.
Busch led the first 130 laps and didn’t surrender the top spot until he came to pit road for tires and fuel on Lap 131. That handed the lead to Dillon, who didn’t pit until Lap 135.
By the time pit stops cycled through, Busch had opened his advantage over Dillon to nearly six seconds. Harvick was running third at that point, more than 12 seconds back.
Though Dillon closed the gap over the final 30 laps, Busch was able to cruise to the win, breaking a string of five straight Chevrolet victories in the series. Dillon now is atop the truck standings by two points over James Buescher, who finished seventh, the first driver one lap down.