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After a hard fought night in Clearfield, PA, Rev Racing continued its impressive team performance in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with three top five finishes in Saturday night's Samuel 150, at CNB Bank Raceway Park.  Rookie, Kyle Larson remains a championship contender with a second place finish, followed by veteran driver, Ryan Gifford, in fourth and fellow rookie of the year contender, Bryan Ortiz, in fifth.

 
With  good qualifying runs, resulting in three top-10 starting positions for Larson, Ortiz and Gifford, and a 15th for teammate Jorge Arteaga, the team was poised for a good night of racing at the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at this challenging and fast track.
 
As Larson battled a loose race car during the first half of the race, teammates Ortiz and Gifford made their march to the front before Ortiz scraped the outside wall while attempting to move into the third position on lap 66.  Although losing a few positions, Ortiz was able to remain inside the top-10, along with teammates Gifford and Larson as the race reached its midpoint break.
 
As the second half of this race began, Gifford was able to hang onto a top five position, with teammates Larson and Ortiz following close behind, while teammate Arteaga remained in a solid position just outside the top-10.  With the adjustments and repairs made to his No. 6 L&M Ethanol Maintenance Contracting, Inc. Toyota Camry, Larson began a strong move through the field and would find himself in third with just 30 laps remaining in the race.
 
With just four laps remaining, an unexpected blackout on the backstretch placed the race in a red flag situation setting up a green-white-checker finish.  With the wave of the green flag, Larson, Gifford and Ortiz all advanced their positions and crossed the finish line in second, fourth and fifth, respectively. 
 
With his second place finish, Larson was able to move back into second place in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point’s battle, just four points behind race winner and new points leader, Brett Moffitt.  
 
“Although the start of this night was difficult, this was a good race,” said Larson.  “After receiving some damage at the start, my team was able to make the right adjustments during the midpoint break and put my Camry back into contention for a win.”  
 
Following a disappointing night at Langley Speedway, Gifford said that he was happy with the progress that his team made this week.  
 
“The No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry was very competitive tonight and this team continues to put me in a car capable of winning,” said Gifford.  “We just need to remain consistent and avoid other peoples mistakes to see the type of results we all know we can achieve.”
 
Like Larson, teammate, Ortiz continued to show his driving skill by overcoming early damage and steadily moving through the field for another top five finish.
 
“We had a strong night and I am very happy for both my team and sponsors,” stated Ortiz.  “Although I feel we had a car to compete for the win before my incident, I am happy to bring home a top five and close the gap a little in the points chase.”
 
Sporting a new sponsor for the race, Arteaga had another good outing for the second straight race and brought his No. 8, Sign Innovations, Camry home in 13th position, moving him into 14th in the Series points race.
 
“We chased the car most of the night and then got loose going for position late,” said Arteaga.  “I hate it for the team and new sponsor, Sign Innovations. We had a solid top-10 car but I just drove it in a little too hard there at the end and lost it in turn two.  Fortunately we gained some ground in the points race and I can’t wait to get back on the track.”
 
Rev Racing's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will make their return to the track in the Jegs 150, at Columbus Motor Speedway, in Columbus, OH, on Saturday, July 21.
 
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Travis Pastrana NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Recap: No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota driver Travis Pastrana finished 31st in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The RAB Racing driver had high expectations going into the 200-lap race after a good final practice on Friday afternoon. However, the No. 99 received minor front-end damage at the start of the race when the field stacked up coming to take the green flag for the initial start. Pastrana's bad luck didn't end there, as the Maryland native suffered right-front flat tire failures on Laps 35 and 80. The second flat tire sent the No. 99 into the Turn 4 outside wall, extensively damaging the right front of his Toyota Camry, resulting in a premature end of the day for the action sports star. The 28-year-old driver will be back behind the wheel of the No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

 

 

  *   Pastrana started 20th and finished 31st

  *   Went a lap down to the leaders on Lap 31

  *   Suffered a flat right front tire on Lap 35 and Lap 80

  *   Received extensive damage at Lap 80 that eliminated him from competition

  *   Received his first DNF (did not finish) of his NASCAR career

 

PASTRANA QUOTE:

"The tire went flat coming into the corner. It bogged up real bad on that first restart -- I guess it wasn't green yet, but everyone took off like it was green so I started shifting through the gears and it just stacked up. We knocked the car out of alignment and it got really tight in the front. I couldn't turn the car at all. They gave me such a great car to start out there. I hate that I just went too soon on that first green when everyone started going. With it tight all day, that's what we had the first time and it just wouldn't turn so I was locking up the brakes a lot trying to get the car in and eventually just wore out that right-front tire."

 

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Justin Lofton continued his battle for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Championship this weekend at Iowa Speedway in the No. 6 J.D. Heiskell & Co. Chevrolet Silverado.  With a new sponsor on board, Lofton fought the competition with a fast truck all weekend recording times inside the top-five throughout both practice sessions, qualifying fourth and ultimately crossing the finish line in the fifth position. 

Lofton rolled off in the third position for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.  With the sun still beating down on the track, Lofton's No. 6 J.D. Heiskell & Co. Chevrolet was a little loose off the green flag.  As the driver raced in the fifth position, the J.D. Heiskell & Co. team utilized the lap 51 caution to fine tune the handling of their Chevrolet.  After receiving an air pressure adjustment and a slight chassis adjustment, Lofton was back on track to battle the competition. 

As the track cooled off, the J.D. Heiskell Chevrolet began to dial itself in.  Track position proved to be critical in America's Heartland as many drivers struggled to pass on the 0.875-mile speedway.  Still, Lofton slowly worked around the competition and began picking up positions. 

Things got interesting on lap 169 as Ron Hornaday, "the King of Restarts," dive bombed the competition going into turn one, which pushed Lofton up to the high groove of a three-wide pack.  In a chain reaction, Lofton had to lift off the throttle a little more than usual and lost a few positions.  From there, it was a fight to the finish as the driver of the J.D. Heiskell & Co. Chevrolet raced for a position inside the top five.  By the end of the 200-lap race, Lofton crossed the finish line in the fifth position scoring his fourth top-five finish of the 2012 NCWTS season. 

"I had a great time in Iowa this weekend," commented Lofton following the race.  "We had around 50 guests from our sponsor J.D. Heiskell & Co. join us for the race.  We had a great time getting to know them, and loved having them there to support us.  Our Chevrolet was so good and fast off the truck.  We hoped for a stronger finish, but we just couldn't get the clean air that we needed." 

Justin Lofton PR

Ryan Newman finished 10th in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, scoring his fifth top-10 result of 2012.

Newman started sixth and was in the top-10 for much of the race, but never could get his car to compete with the likes of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne, who led most of the laps at New Hampshire.

“Our Army Strong Soldiers have to overcome adversity and solve problems every day,” said Newman, who won in September 2002 and 2005 and July 2011 at New Hampshire. “Today, our Army ROTC team did all we could to figure out how to get our car to handle just a little bit better. We were able to get a top-10 out of it, but we’ll look to complete the mission and win in two weeks at Indianapolis. We had a 10th-place car today; that was the bottom line. We just never could get it better. We got it better than that at times, but it was never consistent through a run. We just on average had a 10th-place car, and that is what we got out of it. Not a good points day for us. It was a good finish, a decent finish, but not what we needed.”

Newman’s SHR teammate, Tony Stewart, finished 12th in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet.

Kahne won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 to score his 14th career Sprint Cup victory, his second of the season and his first at New Hampshire. With the victory, Kahne moved into the No. 1 wild-card position with seven races left before the 10-race, 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. He has more victories than any other driver outside the top-10 in series points, as the final two wild-card entrants come from the two drivers among the top-20 in points who have the most victories.

Hamlin finished 2.738 seconds behind Kahne in the runner-up spot, while Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Newman comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were three caution periods for 15 laps, with 11 drivers failing to finish the 301-lap race.

With round 19 of 36 complete, Stewart continues to lead the SHR duo in the championship point standings. He dropped two spots to seventh and has 618 points, 89 back of series leader Matt Kenseth and one point ahead of eighth-place Martin Truex Jr. with a 51-point cushion over 11th-place Carl Edwards. Newman climbed one spot to 14th and has 536 points, 171 behind Kenseth and 77 behind 10th-place Keselowski.

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It was a far cry from the domination Tony Stewart laid down last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon when the driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet finished second and first, respectively, in the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the 1.058-mile oval. But Stewart’s 12th-place finish in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday still provided yet another example of Stewart’s tenacity behind the wheel of a racecar.

Stewart started 10th in the 301-lap race and rose to eighth after just 15 laps. But that was as high as Stewart would climb on the leaderboard. His Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevy quickly became a handful, with Stewart describing it as a “soapy dishrag.” The car wallowed through the corners with an overall lack of grip. Goodyear brought a new tire to New Hampshire, and Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington struggled with its nuances. What worked so well in 2011 did not work nearly as well in 2012.

“The balance of our car was never bad,” Stewart said. “It was actually pretty good. We just had no grip out there. Steve made one last change there at the end, and it definitely helped. We were finally able to make up some ground.”

After falling off the lead lap, Stewart and Addington used a caution period on lap 191 to take advantage of NASCAR’s “wave-around” rule, where any car that doesn’t pit under caution can get a lap back if every car on the lead lap does pit.

When the race restarted on lap 197, Stewart was still mired in 19th but back on the lead lap.

Stewart continued to manhandle his racecar until the team’s final pit stop on lap 235 during the race’s third and final caution period. Addington took a big swing at the car’s handling, ordering a track bar adjustment and two spring rubbers out of the right-front and left-front wheel assemblies.

The impact was noticeable, as Stewart began to rally. After starting 16th when the race restarted on lap 240, Stewart climbed all the way to 11th with less than 50 laps to go. Just ahead of him in 10th was his Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate, Ryan Newman. The duo ran together until lap 260 when Jimmie Johnson passed Stewart and dropped him to 12th. Stewart, however, hung tough and held the position right through the final lap.

Newman came home 10th to collect his second straight top-10 finish and fifth this season. The driver of the Army ROTC Chevrolet also picked up his 14th top-10 in 21 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Kasey Kahne won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 to score his 14th career Sprint Cup victory, his second of the season and his first at New Hampshire. With the victory, Kahne moved into the No. 1 wild-card position with seven races left before the 10-race, 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. He has more victories than any other driver outside the top-10 in series points, as the final two wild-card entrants come from the two drivers among the top-20 in points who have the most victories.

Denny Hamlin finished 2.738 seconds behind Kahne in the runner-up spot, while Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five. Jeff Gordon, Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Newman comprised the remainder of the top-10.

The three caution periods tallied 15 laps, with 11 drivers failing to finish.

With round 19 of 36 complete, Stewart continues to lead the SHR duo in the championship point standings. He dropped two spots to seventh and has 618 points, 89 back of series leader Matt Kenseth and one point ahead of eighth-place Martin Truex Jr. with a 51-point cushion over 11th-place Carl Edwards. Newman climbed one spot to 14th and has 536 points, 171 behind Kenseth and 77 behind 10th-place Keselowski.

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Race Recap:

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made its first stop of the season in "America's Heartland" for the fourth running of the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. As the series all-time short-track winner, Ron Hornaday embraced the 0.875-mile track, bringing home his track-best finish of second in Saturday night's feature event.

 

The No. 9 Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet was quick off the truck and after the first practice session on Friday evening, Hornaday sat 13th on the speed charts, the first truck that did not make a mock-qualifying run. In final practice on Saturday afternoon, Hornaday bettered his efforts and turned heads when he jumped up to fourth quick on the board.

 

With confidence, Hornaday backed-up his efforts in practice navigating the mid-western track in a prompt 23.265 seconds (135.397 mph). His efforts landed him eighth on the starting grid and accounted for the four-time champion's best start in four attempts at Iowa Speedway.

 

When the green flag turned the field loose for 200 miles of racing under the lights in the Hawkeye State, Hornaday rocketed into the top-five by lap 10 and maintained a competitive pace inside the top-five for the remainder of the event.

 

It wasn't until a lap 168 restart that Hornaday, starting third, made it three-wide going into turn-one and took the lead from Timothy Peters with 32 laps remaining in the event. While setting a blistering pace to the field, Hornaday was also instructed by crew chief, Jeff Hensley to save fuel. Having last pitted on lap 136, the Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet was about six laps short.

 

Fortunately for the No. 9 Joe Denette Motorsports team, a quick caution flag was displayed on lap 176 for an accident in turn-two. Just two laps later, Hornaday led the field back to green and once again charged out front to lead the 36-truck field for another 12 laps.

 

In what looked like a blessing in disguise, the seventh and final caution flag was displayed on lap 183 for a two-truck accident in turn-three. This caution was exactly what Ron Hornaday and his team needed to make it on fuel. However, because the series veteran was trying to save fuel, he turned off his engine under this last caution. While the action guaranteed him enough fuel to the end, he was unable to scuff his tires for the final restart. Therefore, when the field when back to green on lap 190, Hornaday spun his tires which allowed Timothy Peters to make a pass for the lead coming out of turn-one.

 

Hornaday would settle in behind eventual race winner, Timothy Peters for the remaining 10 laps to finish second in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. The strong showing was his second top-five finish of 2012 with Joe Denette Motorsports.

 

Ron Hornaday Quotes:

"It was not a win, but it was a tremendous step in the right direction for everyone on this Joe Denette Motorsports team. We didn't have the strongest truck to beat all night, but once we got out front we were good. We were a little short there on fuel at the end so I was doing my best to save fuel by turning the engine off on those last cautions. I didn't get a chance to clean my tires off before that last restart so I spun my tires and Timothy (Peters) got by me on that last one. We had a heck of a run tonight; at least people knew we were here. It was fun!"

 

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Furniture Row Racing driver Regan Smith finished 26th in Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

After starting 17th, Smith fought handling issues for the majority of the 301-lap event and never could get uncorked at the 1.058-mile oval. 

"Despite the struggles today, we all battled hard but could never find the proper grip to make a move," said Smith. "Once again the over-the-wall crew had fast stops and it was too bad we couldn't capitalize on their performance. We made adjustments throughout the race and the Furniture Row/Farm American Chevy did get better but by the time it did we were a couple of laps down."

Though it wasn't the performance Smith and the Denver-based team were seeking, Smith, who remains 26th in points, feels there's time to salvage the season. 

"Today's race marked the second half of the season and we have 17 more to go, which is enough time to turn things around," noted the 28-year-old Smith. "We're going to work harder to find the rhythm that has escaped us."

The race winner was Kasey Kahne. Rounding out the top-10 in order were: Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman. 

There were three cautions in the race for 15 laps and there were 16 lead changes among eight drivers.

The Sprint Cup Series will have next weekend off before heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the July 29th Brickyard 400. 

FRR PR

Miguel Paludo battled a tight-handling truck and frustrating restarts in the first of two 2012 events at Iowa Speedway, scoring a 13th-place finish in the American Ethanol 200. The result was his seventh-consecutive top-15 finish of the season, allowing him to maintain his top-10 status in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) point standings.

 

After running ninth fastest in both practice sessions, a tenth-place qualifying run showed promise of a top-10 weekend for the No. 32 team. Upon taking the green flag in the Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet, Paludo dropped one spot before the first caution of the night came out on lap six. With pit strategy dictating that it was too early for a pit stop, Paludo remained on track for the lap 10 restart. It would be the first of many problematic restarts for the Brazilian native, as competitors in front of him stacked up and cost him precious track position, relegating him to 14th before lap 11.

 

Paludo slipped to 15th by lap 20 of the 200-lap event, and relayed to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that his Turner Motorsports machine was tight off both corners. The leader of the No. 32 crew assured his driver that they'd have his truck fixed up as soon as they had the next opportunity to pit under yellow, which would not come until lap 51. When the caution flag waved, Paludo brought his truck to pit road where his team serviced his Chevy with four tires, fuel, track-bar and air-pressure adjustments before sending him back onto the track in 12th.

 

The restart cost him a position, but Paludo worked his way back up into 11th-place by the next yellow flag on lap 63. However, a struggling competitor in front of him once again marred his restart, and Paludo slipped back to 14th, a position he held through a very long green-flag run which ended on lap 136.Though making good lap times, Paludo's Duroline truck was still tight on exit, making it difficult for him to get back on the throttle coming out of the turns. With the opportunity to visit pit road, Hillman Jr. opted to give his driver a chance at track position, calling for only two tires, one can of Sunoco racing fuel and another chassis adjustment. The quick stop put the No. 32 in the seventh position for the lap 143 green flag.

 

Unfortunately, the restart held the same results as the ones prior to it, and when his entire lane checked up in front of him, it cost him several positions. Paludo was scored 11th by a lap 165 yellow, but while under caution, an encouraging Hillman Jr. told him that a top-10 finish was "staring him in the face." After a very dicey restart with three-wide action at the front of the pack, Paludo dropped to 12th place. The No. 32 Chevrolet was now experiencing tightness on entry in addition to exiting the turns, but he held his spot on the scoring pylon through the seventh and final caution period of the evening.

 

With only 10 laps remaining when green-flag racing resumed, Paludo was determined to have a strong restart and break into the top 10. Unfortunately, another wild restart cost him a position, and he took the checkered flag in the 13th spot. Paludo remains 10th in the NCWTS point standings, 91 points behind leader and race winner Timothy Peters, and 22 points behind ninth place.

 

Miguel Paludo:"We just couldn't catch a break tonight. It seemed like the only time you could really gain track position was on the restarts, and on every single one we were in the lane that stacked up or behind a truck that was having issues. That was honestly our biggest problem all night. We needed to make some handling adjustments throughout the race, but I think if we'd gotten one or two good restarts, we'd be looking at a top-10 right now. Fortunately, our finish tonight was enough to keep us in the top-10 in points, and hopefully we can have a few good races and chip away at those points."

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next heads to Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, July 21st for the American Ethanol 225.

 

Turner Motorsports PR

Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 98 EverFi Toyota Tundra team traveled to Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200 on Saturday night, one year after the rookie's first career series start. Maintaining a top-10 running position for the majority of the evening, a three-wide tangle following a restart with less than 20 laps remaining caused right front damage and a blown tire. With no control over the steering of his EverFi Tundra, Armstrong was sent into another competitor and the turn three wall, cutting his night short in 27th place. 

 

Quick times in both practice sessions and a 16th place qualifying effort gave Armstrong confidence prior to the drop of the green flag. He quietly moved up from his starting spot outside row eight into the top-12 by lap 50. Reporting that his EverFi Tundra was a little tight on the first run, crew chief Dan Stillman made some adjustments to free him up on the first pit stop that helped Armstrong take off for the next segment of the race. 

 

ThorSport Racing teammate and spotter Frank Kimmel fed the rookie driver advice throughout the race to help him with his line around the Midwest short track and gave him some pointers that helped him get a great restart on lap 142. Propelling himself from the 11th to the sixth position in one lap, Armstrong held steady for the next 40 laps running times consistent with the leaders. 

 

"I really have no complaints about this truck, we just need some longer green flag runs to keep moving up," Armstrong radioed to his crew. 

 

The restart following the sixth caution of the night gave Armstrong and the competitors nearest him trouble on the exit of turn two, when he and two other trucks came together after going three wide. The contact caused right front damage to the EverFi Tundra, which lead to a blown tire in the next corner. With no control over his machine, Armstrong was sent into the No. 33 truck next to him and eventually into the wall. The damage to the No. 98 Toyota was irreparable, ending Armstrong's night in the garage with a 27th place finish. 

 

"We had a great run going tonight and our EverFi Toyota was really fast. I hate it for our guys because they worked so hard this weekend and gave me a great Tundra. The restarts were pretty crazy tonight and we got three wide. We all got together there and it gave us some damage. I thought the right front tire was just going down and I was going to be able to hang on to it, but it just blew going into the next corner and I had no control over it at that point," Armstrong recapped. 

 

"I have to apologize to Cale Gale because I definitely didn't mean to run into him.  It stinks for both of us because we had a great night going. We'll just have to regroup at the shop and the EverFi team will head to Chicago next week." 

 

The disappointing finish at Iowa Speedway moved Dakoda Armstrong back one spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings to 17th. Armstrong and his team will have just a few short days off before returning to NCWTS competition at Chicagoland Speedway for the American Ethanol 225 on Saturday, July 21st. Live SPEED Channel coverage of the event is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST. 

 

Dakoda Armstrong PR

The old saying that nothing replaces hard word was very true for Mike Wallace and the No. 01 Team Fox Charity Chevrolet team of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.

Team Fox is a charity headed up actor Michael J. Fox bringing awareness to Parkinson’s disease. The team contacted them, through long-time racing participant Sonny Whelen of Whelen Industries, and said they would bring awareness by donating the space on their No. 01 Chevrolet to help them out.

When the 200-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series race started on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Wallace was lined up 27th in his Chevrolet and teammate, Danny Efland was lined up 36th in his for the initial green flag. From the start, Wallace and crew chief Newt Moore stuck to their plan to settle in, see how the car and track conditions changed and adapt as the race continued.

Going a lap down early on the flat track didn’t bode well for Wallace. However, their hard work was benefitted by some luck when the caution waved on lap 42 with him as the first car one lap down.

Via the Lucky Dog rule, Wallace and team were back on the lead lap for the restart four circuits later. From there, the team utilized their pit stops to bolt on four new tires, take on fuel and make adjustments to improve their Chevrolet’s handling. The adjustments started to pay off as the race went on with the team picking up positions and holding their own.

While he was doing his best to run in the top-20, Efland was trying to get as many positions as possible in the TradeBank Chevrolet, as well. However, on lap 122, he and the No. 88 car of Cole Whitt got together in Turn 2.

The damage was enough to end the night for Efland and team giving him an undeserved 29th-place finish. He is now 24th in Driver’s Points, running a limited schedule.

Wallace continued on and remained on the lead lap picking up more spots on the scoring pylon. When the checkered flag waved on lap 200, he and the team were rewarded with a very commendable 15th place. This equals his season’s best finish, which was achieved at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.

He remains 15th in points, but now trails 14th by only four markers and 13th by 12 points.  Next up on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is Chicagoland Speedway for a special Sunday afternoon race, with the Cup Series being off.

Mike Wallace Quotes: “First, I would like to thank Team Fox for working with us to come on the car at the last minute. We were glad to help them out and hope fans saw their decals on our car and will help them out, in turn.

“As far as the race goes, we had an average day going there and were very fortunate to take advantage of the Lucky Dog there on lap 42. From there, Newt and the team did a good job on pit road with stops and making adjustments.

“We just kept to our strategy and made it work for us as the race continued. With the type of track New Hampshire is in layout, it was fun to be on the lead lap battling for positions.

“For us to have a top-15 finish on this type of track, for this team, shows our hard work is starting to pay off. This was good for us in many ways, and we just need to keep building on these things for the future.”

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