NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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In a Nutshell: Timothy Peters took the checkered flag 0.225 seconds ahead of 17-year-old Erik Jones to grab his second Iowa Speedway victory in Saturday night’s American Ethanol 200. Peters narrowly held off a hard-charging Jones, who might have caught him with another lap or two, to score his second consecutive win in the July race at Iowa. James Buescher, Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Chase Elliott rounded out the top 5.
Who Should Have Won: Timothy Peters. While both German Quiroga and Ty Dillon showed their strength in the earlier parts of the race, both drivers struggled with on-track contact that ultimately took them out of contention for the win. With those two aside, it was the two-tire strategy call and some hard racing on the restarts that allowed Peters to hang on for his first win of the 2013 season.
Did you miss the race? In this section of Tracking the Trucks, you’ll find the major storylines that went on all in one place.
Dillon, Jones Tangle
Following a career-best runner-up finish, Erik Jones found himself face to face with an upset Ty Dillon. In the closing laps, the two were racing hard for position behind eventual winner Timothy Peters when Dillon made a move to the outside that ultimately ended with him bouncing off of the wall multiple times, ending his hopes of a third consecutive solid finish. As a result, the driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet dropped to a 16th-place finish. Jones was honest and almost sounded confused as to why Dillon was so upset.
“It was just kind of a racing deal,” Jones said. “We tried to go to the outside and when you get up on a truck like Ty did … it’s going to take the air off his nose and it’s going to get tight. He might have thought I ran him up into the wall, but everyone I’ve talked to said the opposite. “He got up there just trying to make something happen with a few laps to go and got tight, and got into the wall. I feel like we did what we were supposed to do and didn’t do anything wrong there.”
Though he appeared to have calmed down, Dillon clearly saw the incident differently.
“I just told him, ‘Man, next time you race don’t use your mirrors so much,’” Dillon said of his meeting with Jones on pit road. “He was starting at bottom of the race track and running at the bottom, then shooting up to the top. The first time it happened, we about wrecked in the frontstretch and then he did it again. He’ll learn, it’s his first couple of races, but I just had to make a point because if he does it again, it’s not going to be good.”
Simply put, Dillon was right to be upset. After all, he’d just been racing for the win before bouncing off the wall in the closing laps. But with that being said, Jones was in the same situation, running for a victory in the late stages of the race. It really was just as Jones called it: a racing incident. It’s happened before and will happen again, but in the end, it’s a product of good, hard competition that allows the series to remain as entertaining as it has been for many years.
Armstrong, Turn One Making Progress
After losing the Red Bull sponsorship for promising young rookie Cole Whitt at the end of the 2011 season, Turn One Racing resorted to start-and-parking just to make a little money and remain in the series. Enter Dakoda Armstrong and WinField that provided the financial backing to allow a full season, and once again Turn One hopes to rekindle some of the success they found with Whitt two years ago. On Saturday night, Armstrong scored his second top-10 result of the year; his first came at Martinsville in early April.
“This weekend was really a case of never giving up and tonight was a big comeback for us,” Armstrong explained. “The guys on our Turn One Racing team made a ton of changes in practice and we really turned our WinField Silverado around. Thankfully, the ‘lucky dog’ helped us get in position to capitalize at the end of the night when some others had issues. It feels good to get a top 10 after the weekend we had, and hopefully, we can carry some momentum into Eldora.”
While most of television’s focus is on the front-runners in the race and championship battle, you’ve got to look a little deeper to see the smaller success stories. Armstrong may only have two top 10s, however he has just two finishes outside the top 20 in the first nine events. While it’s not exactly championship caliber results, it’s substantially better than the 25th-place average finish the 21-year-old posted in the same number of races last year. Though the team is far from running for the championship, they should definitely take pride in the little steps they’re taking.
- Earlier this month, Todd Bodine told SiriusXM’s “Tradin’ Paint” that he had made a “decision based a lot on performance” not to drive the No. 13 ThorSport Toyota any more. But in what turned out to be a brilliant move by SPEED, they tapped Bodine to fill in for Michael Waltrip, who had prior commitments for Saturday night’s American Ethanol 200. Not all drivers providing their thoughts throughout a race broadcast have hit the ball out of the park, however I was very impressed with Bodine’s presence. He was able to share valuable insight from his current knowledge, something that’s very important when commenting on what a driver is feeling or thinking. Though I do believe he’s not done racing, I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Bodine involved in future race broadcasts when he isn’t on the track.
- German Quiroga became the first Mexican-born pole-sitter in the Truck Series on Saturday afternoon. After leading the first 56 laps uncontested, the driver of the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota found hiimself involved in two different on-track incidents that caused damage to his truck and dropped him to a 14th-place finish.
- Early in the running of Saturday night’s race, it became clear that Ross Chastain had a problem with his truck. As he dropped several positions, he just hung on until he was able to get to pit road and allow the No. 19 team to diagnose the issue. Later in the race, it was reported that Chastain had suffered a broken valve spring, a failure that wasn’t terminal and allowed him to continue racing. But despite the loss of power from the broken part, Chastain still finish a respectable 13th.
Truck Rookie Report
No. of Rookies in the Race: 13 (add Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Frank Kimmel, Jimmy Weller, Josh Reume, Tyler Young, Justin Jennings and Steve Wallace)
No. of Rookies to Finish in the Top 10: 3; Erik Jones, finished second; Chase Elliott, finished fifth; Darrell Wallace, Jr., finished eighth
Rookie of the Race: Darrell Wallace, Jr., finished eighth
Note: Erik Jones and Chase Elliott are ineligible for the Rookie of the Race award.
“We had a great Toyota Care Toyota Tundra all night long. Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) made the right calls in the pits. We got a little tight in the middle of the second run, but we got back out of it. At the end there we had to be a little aggressive on the restart and that’s what we did. Got up in the second position and actually started running Timothy (Peters) down there at the end. I thought we could have had a shot at him, but we couldn’t quite get there. It was a great day for us. Great to get up in the top-five and great for the owner’s points for the 51. I just want to say happy birthday to my grandpa down in Florida, he’s turning 81 today.” Erik Jones
“It was a good run. Up and down night for us in our Camping World Good Sam Toyota Tundra team. It was a hard fought battle from lap one to lap 200. First we started in the back, made our way up there and spun out kind of mid-pack and then made our way back to a top-10 finish with an eighth-place finish. I’m super proud of my guys. We just missed it by a little bit. They stayed fighting hard and so did I to get a top-10 finish — a lot better than where we’ve been finishing.” Darrell Wallace, Jr.
“We’ve learned two things out of this. We got a truck that we weren’t really happy with in qualifying, made it right and fought back, and we’ve got to be extra careful on restarts. It happens. We were one of the fastest trucks out there tonight. I’m glad I learned this track because I’ll be ready in September. I’m not going to get discouraged. I’m learning as I go. My focus now: Eldora.” Jeb Burton, finished 22nd
Biggest Winner: Timothy Peters may have four top-6 finishes this year, but pair those with a trio of sub top-25 results and he’s far from where he was at this point last season. Leading the points nine races in at this point last year, Peters now finds himself celebrating a jump up two positions to eighth. But it isn’t the win this weekend alone that has helped that. Since moving from 16th to 12th following a solid 12th-place run at Dover, Peters has now jumped four more spots on the strength of three top-15 results. While he’s far from really mixing it up for the championship at this point, it’s hard for Peters not to be happy with the progress he and the No. 17 Red Horse Racing team have made over the last four races.
Biggest Loser: Once again, Brendan Gaughan is the biggest loser, this time dropping another two spots to ninth in the standings after a disappointing 31st-place result following contact with German Quiroga that resulted in both right and left-front damage to the No. 62 Chevrolet. Now 77 markers out of the point lead in ninth, Gaughan is little more than a longshot at the title in a season he entered with high hopes.
Points Update: Matt Crafton maintained his spot atop the standings and actually expanded his lead over rookie Jeb Burton to 38 points. Defending champion James Buescher’s third-place result moved him up one spot, while Ty Dillon dropped to third. Johnny Sauter rounds out the top 5.
Ryan Blaney remains in sixth, followed by Miguel Paludo, who moved up one yet another position on the strength of his fourth top 10 in five races. Timothy Peters’ victory allowed him to jump two spots to eight, 76 markers behind the leader. Brendan Gaughan, who dropped two spots and Darrell Wallace, Jr., who’s down one position, round out the top 10.
“Butch (Hylton, crew chief) made a great call at the end there to put two (tires) on and it tightened it up where I could get that great restart and hustle into (turn) one like I needed to. I can’t thank these guys enough. I told the guys earlier, we were having a ‘Days of Thunder’ moment. Butch (Hylton, crew chief) had to keep me calm on the radio because I was not really going to pieces, but couldn’t go into the corner like I wanted to. All in all, it was a great night and glad to be back in victory lane.” Timothy Peters
“It was another great race for our Rheem team and a overall solid points night. It was fun to run out front, and I think we had something for the top two but we just ran out of laps. I ended up getting a little too tight there at the end. I think I made the mistake by calling for a chassis adjustment when I we could have left our truck how it was coming off our last pit stop. Our Rheem team was awesome all weekend, and I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work they always put in.” James Buescher, finished third
Up Next: The Camping World Truck Series heads off to Eldora Raceway for their first race on dirt July 24th. The inaugural Midsummer Classic will be televised on live SPEED beginning at 8:00 PM ET; it can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90.
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This was a really entertaining race with some good passing. Still can’t believe Peters snookered everyone on that last restart from the INSIDE.
Its was nice not having to listen to M. Waltrip.
And even better that we didn’t have to hear Jeb Bush instead of Jeb Burton at all in this race…