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Joey Coulter Iowa Speedway - A Field of Dreams
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has 20 Truck Series victories since making its debut in 2010, however, Iowa Speedway is one of nine tracks on the 2013 schedule that the young organization has not yet conquered. Joey Coulter and his No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation team hope to change that stat in this weekend's American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway. Although the team has had their share of heartaches in the first eight races of the season, Coulter feels as though the team is focused and has what it takes to make a little noise in the remaining 14 races - starting with this weekend's first of two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event's in the Hawkeye State.
Coulter has 55 Truck Series starts since 2010, including 11 starts on a short track (anything under a mile in length), and boast the highest percentage rate (36%) for finishing in the top five than any other type of track on the circuit. In nine superspeedway (2 miles +) starts, Coulter has finished in the top five 11% of the time and in 35 intermediate (1-2 miles in length) starts, has finished in top five 26% of the time.
As a veteran or a rookie you know that planting a garden requires work. Coulter and the No. 18 Toyota team feel as though the soil has been prepared, the seeds have been sown, and the garden watered. Their field of dreams would be seeing the crop bud in the cornfields of Central Iowa this weekend in an effort to harvest a victory for KBM and cross another track off their hit list.
Kyle Larson NNS Preview: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
There's A Lobster Loose...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the halfway marker of the 2013 season. Kyle Larson will be making his first NNS start at the 1.058-mile New England track, but he won't be making his first laps at the facility. Larson has one start in theNASCAR K&N Pro Series East, impressively starting third and winning his first and only stock car event in Loudon, N.H.
Craving A Burger...For the first time this season, Larson's No. 32 Camaro will sport the McDonald's golden arches. McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with more than 34,000 locations serving more than 69 million customers in 119 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women. To learn more about the company, please visit www.aboutmcdonalds.com.
This Week's Camaro...Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 32 McDonald's team have prepared chassis TSM-323 for competition this weekend at NHMS. TSM-323 has hit the track four times this season, most notably scoring top-five finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway.
DASH 4 CASH...Last weekend's sixth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway qualified Larson for the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash for the second week in a row, making him one of the four competitors competing for a $100,000 bonus at NHMS. The top-four finishers from the Daytona NNS race running for Nationwide Series Driver Points [Austin Dillon, Elliot Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr. and Larson] will compete in the second Dash 4 Cash event this weekend. The highest finisher among the four drivers will receive the $100,000 prize and will also automatically qualify as one of the four in the following week's Dash 4 Cash in Chicagoland.
Watch and Listen...The CNBC Prime The Profit 200 can be seen live on Saturday, July 13 on ABC. Race coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Larson returned to Daytona International Speedway to claim the strong finish that eluded him in the February event at the 2.5-mile superspeedway and left with his eighth-consecutive top-10 finish. Larson managed to stay out of the characteristic "big one," earning his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) top 10 at a superspeedway and Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors with a sixth-place finish.
Kyle Larson on New Hampshire Motor Speedway
"I've been really looking forward to Loudon; I'm seeing so many of these tracks for the first time, so whenever you can go to a track that you've not only raced, but won, you're going to circle that race on the calendar. It's a fun track to race, it's really unlike anywhere else we go; it's got very long straightaways, it's very flat and your braking points are critical. It's a challenging track but I definitely feel like having a quicker learning curve this weekend could put us in a position to win our first Nationwide race."
Justin Allgaier NNS Preview: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
New Hampshire...Allgaier will be making his fifth start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). He has three top-10 finishes at the 1.058-mile track, finishing eighth there last year. This weekend's race marks the only time the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will visit the track this season.
Crew Chief Returns Homes...This weekend is a "home" race for crew chief Scott Zipadelli. He was born and raised about three hours south of NHMS in East Haddam, Conn. Zipadelli has five starts as a crew chief at NHMS, with two top-10 finishes.
DASH 4 CASH...This weekend's race at NHMS will serve as the Qualifier for the third Dash 4 Cash race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21. The top-four finishers in the CNBC Prime The Profit 200 running for NNS championship driver points are eligible for the third Dash 4 Cash bonus at Chicagoland.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet team will utilize chassis TSM-333. TSM-333 has been used four times this season: Phoenix International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Iowa Speedway.
Recapping Daytona...The NNS completed its final restrictor plate race of the season at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Allgaier qualified in the sixth position for the Subway Firecracker 250. After going into NASCAR's version of overtime and completing 101 laps, Allgaier finished 12th at DIS in the No. 31 TradeMark Nitrogen Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. Allgaier is currently fourth in the NNS Driver Point Standings.
Motorsports Monday...Next Monday, July 15, Allgaier will co-host Motor Racing Network's Motorsports Monday radio show from 12-1 p.m. with Woody Cain. This is Allgaier's second time co-hosting the show this season. For more information, you can visit www.mrnradio.com.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli on New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"New Hampshire [Motor Speedway] is a home track for me, so I will get to see a lot of family and friends and it would be really special to get a win. On the racing side, we are bringing a car that we've run a few times this season and have had pretty good success with. New Hampshire is basically a big Martinsville. To pass someone you have to move them out of the way, or wait for them to make a mistake."
Justin Allgaier on New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
Nelson Piquet NNS Preview: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
This Week's Camaro...The No. 30 Qualcomm team will have chassis TSM-335 for Saturday afternoon's race at NHMS. TSM-335 has been on the track four times this season, most previously at Iowa Speedway in June.
Rally Cross...Piquet Jr. will participate in the fourth leg of the Global Rallycross schedule this week at NHMS. Piquet Jr. previously participated in the Global Rallycross race at X Games Foz do Iguacu in April where he finished 11th overall in the event. Practice gets underway at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Coverage of the Heat races, Last Chance Qualifier and Supercar Final can be seen live on ESPN beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
Daytona Recap...Making his second NNS start at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, Piquet Jr. looked for a solid finish in the Subway Firecracker 250. Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 WORX Yard Tools team started the weekend by qualifying 20th at the 2.5-mile superspeedway on Friday afternoon after finishing 18th in their lone practice session on Thursday. After a late-race caution, Piquet Jr. and the WORX Yard Tools Chevrolet Camaro were credited with a 21st-place finish.
Welcome Back...For the fourth time in 2013, Turner Scott Motorsports partner Qualcomm will be the primary sponsor for Piquet Jr. and No. 30 team in this week's CNBC Prime The Profit 200 at NHMS. Qualcomm Incorporated is the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies. For 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of wireless communications, connecting people more closely to information, entertainment and each other. Today, Qualcomm technologies are powering the convergence of mobile communications and consumer electronics, making wireless devices and services more personal, affordable and accessible to people everywhere. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.
Watch and Listen...The CNBC Prime The Profit 200 can be seen live on Saturday, July 13 on ABC. Race coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to New Hampshire:
"I am looking forward to getting back on the track and making my return to New Hampshire this weekend. We have a busy weekend ahead of us starting with the Global Rallycross event on Thursday. It has been a few years since I have raced at New Hampshire, but we have had some success on short tracks this year so I am really looking forward to it. My guys have worked hard all week and hopefully we can bring the Qualcomm Chevy home with a good finish."
Hackenbracht Geared Up for Debut in the Granite State
Chad Hackenbracht is boiling over with anticipation and excitement, as he approaches his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend in the CNBC Prime’ s The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hackenbracht, who was supposed to make his debut last month at Iowa Speedway but instead made his first Camping World Truck Series start in Texas, is geared up and ready for his debut in the Granite State.
Hackenbracht’s family owned company, Tastee Apple, Inc., will be on the hood of the No. 44 Toyota Camry and veteran Crew Chief Greg Conner will be calling the shots. Hackenbracht previously competed in the ARCA Racing Series for three seasons and showed a lot of success with a win at Pocono Raceway in 2012 and eight top-five and 22 top-10 finishes in 47 career starts.
With no fear of learning the weathered 1.058-mile oval, coined the “Magic Mile”, in New Hampshire’s countryside; the 21- year-old Hackenbracht is eager to be back in the driver’s seat.
“I’ve been waiting for this race for a long time,” said Hackenbracht. “To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m confident my team has put together a great car for me and I will lean on my veteran teammates for advice.”
Saturday’s 211.6 mile event will be the 24th NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hackenbracht will hit the speedway for the first time on Friday, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series has their first practice at 11 a.m. ET. Tune in Saturday July 13th on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET to watch Hackenbracht and his TriStar Motorsports teammates take to New Hampshire’s “Magic Mile.”
Cassill hopes to revisit past success at Loudon
At slightly more than one mile in length, New Hampshire Motor Speedway technically isn’t a “short” track, but it races like one from the drivers’ perspective.
And that’s a good thing, in Landon Cassill’s view.
“I look forward to shorter tracks because I think we have a better shot to be more competitive at short tracks,” Cassill said of his JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team. “We ran really well at Richmond, and I also have a Nationwide pole at Loudon. I feel like I can run well there.”
Cassill returns to NHMS this week for Saturday’s CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” 200.
Cassill won the pole for the Nationwide race at NHMS in June 2008 but finished 34th in the race after an accident.
JD Motorsports PR
"Flat" Loudon track offers challenges
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a deceptive place, Mike Wallace says.
“When you walk around it, it has banking, but when you’re in a car it’s like, where did the banking go?” Wallace said.
NHMS has seven-degree banking in its turns, but drivers generally consider it a “flat” track. Cars reach high speeds down the two straightaways and must be slowed suddenly for the turns.
“It’s a challenging race track,” Wallace said. “I wish it had about 10 more degrees of banking. Handling is such a premium. And you’ve got to have power there because you slow down and then drive up off the corners.”
Wallace, who has three top-10 finishes in 11 Nationwide races at NHMS, will give the track another go in Saturday’s CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” 200. He’ll be in the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet.
Practice is scheduled at the track at 11 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. (ET) Friday, with qualifying at 10:05 a.m. Saturday. The race is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Annett Ready for Short-track Showdown at Loudon
Michael Annett and the No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers team head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the only NASCAR Nationwide series (NNS) race on the schedule at the flat-banked track.
Annett has four starts at the one-mile track with one top-10 finish. In those four starts, his average finish is 14th and his best finish of seventh came in 2011. Annett ranks sixth among drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in green flag passes at the track with 112 and 12th among drivers in number of laps ran in the top-15 during the race.
Annett may have an advantage with spotter Tim Fedewa guiding him around the track this weekend. Fedewa has one pole and one win, two top-fives and three top-10 finishes at New Hampshire as a driver in the NNS.
If you're attending the race at New Hampshire this weekend, stop by the Ford Racing display on Saturday from 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. ET with your questions for Annett.
Comments from the No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers Ford Mustang driver Michael Annett:
"I'm looking forward to going to New Hampshire. I finished seventh there in 2011 and just outside of the top-10 last year. We've had some good cars and solid finishes since Charlotte, but I'm hoping that Loudon is the track where we really start to turn some heads. This summer stretch is always fun, and it's where we really excelled last year.
"The track is a little more challenging than the other short-tracks because of the bumps, especially in Turn Three. I feel like we got a pretty good handle on that last year and if we start our practice day where we left off last year and use the two practices to work on it we'll be set for a solid top-five finish."
Comments from Crew Chief Philippe Lopez on New Hampshire:
"We run the same car or very similar cars at Richmond, Phoenix and Loudon; those are all very similar types of tracks. Loudon is a little bit different because it's a bit flatter in the corners and has a lot of bumps going into Turn Three. It's a challenge trying to get the car as soft as possible to handle well, but the bumps dictate that you get the car off the ground. It poses problems unlike the other two short tracks.
"Because tire wear has generally been good at New Hampshire, you definitely have to work on the long runs. It's not so much about being fast on the short run, although you can't give it up, but the long run cars tend to do well there because New Hampshire ends up being a fuel mileage race, three times out of five. You have to go a long way on tires and a long way on gas.
"On the Nationwide side, I think the Ford's have the advantage on fuel mileage. It seems like every week when we're trying to figure out when we can come in, we always start hearing radio chatter about the other manufacturers coming in about three, four, five laps sooner than us. Sometimes it makes us second guess our calculations, but we always seem to be right on and it's becoming a weekly occurrence. We definitely get good gas mileage, so hats off to Doug Yates and his team."
Miguel Paludo NCWTS Preview: Iowa Speedway
A Little Corny...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to Iowa Speedway for the first of two shootouts at the 0.875-mile track in America's heartland. In his three previous starts in Iowa, Paludo has earned three top-15 and one top-10 finish, completing 100-percent of all scheduled laps at the track.
Green, Green...The No. 32 Chevrolet is once again going green, sporting the colors of AccuDoc Solutions this weekend at Iowa Speedway. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, ADS enables patients to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals. Notable North Carolina based clients include Carolina's Healthcare System, the UNC Healthcare System, Sentara Healthcare, Baptist Health Care Pensacola, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare System and WakeMed. To learn more, visit www.AccuDocSolutions.com.
This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team will unload chassis TSM-227 this weekend. This chassis made its on-track debut earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway where Paludo ran in the top five for much of the race.
Stop and Say Hi...If you're at the track this weekend, stop by and meet Paludo and his Turner Scott Motorsports teammates at the NCWTS autograph session located under the Turn 4 grandstands from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. CDT.
Watch and Listen...The American Ethanol 200 can be seen live on Saturday, July 13 on SPEED. Pre-race coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Paludo and the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team showed consistency from beginning to end in the eighth race weekend of the season at Kentucky Speedway. After two solid practice sessions and a top-10 qualifying run, Paludo brought home a seventh-place finish and gained a position in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, now sitting eighth following the UNOH 225.
Miguel Paludo on driving at Iowa Speedway
"Iowa Speedway is somewhere that I feel we've had a lot of consistency in the past. We've always run pretty well there, both the No. 32 team and Turner Scott Motorsports as a whole. It's a track I feel pretty comfortable at and we're bringing our Martinsville truck, which I was really happy with when we ran it earlier this year. We're so close to that first win and Iowa has one of the coolest trophies of any track. I'd love to bring that gas pump home with me."
James Buescher NCWTS Preview: Iowa Speedway
Return to Short-Track Racing...Buescher returns to Iowa Speedway this weekend coming off his first top-five finish of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season at Kentucky Speedway. In their two most recent trips to Iowa Speedway, Buescher and his No. 31 team looked like they would end up in victory lane until the bad luck bug bit the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team, effectively ending their races with disappointing finishes. Buescher comes into Iowa with four top-10 finishes in his five starts, leading 98 laps in the last two.
Gotta Have a Rheem...The No. 31 TSM entry will once again run the familiar Rheem colors this weekend at Iowa. Buescher looks to use the momentum that the Rheem team has built in recent weeks and bring Rheem their first win with Turner Scott Motorsports. Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem, now in its seventh consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor, is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Turner Scott Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing. Rheem also sponsors RCR's No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series car driven by Paul Menard.
Kentucky Recap...When the green flag turned the field loose, Buescher got caught up in a three-wide battle with his TSM teammates Jeb Burton and Miguel Paludo. Near the halfway mark of the race, the No. 31 F.O.E. Chevrolet came to life and Buescher worked his way inside the top five. Running fourth for the last green-flag run, Buescher and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) star Kyle Busch put on a show for the fans as they had a back-and-forth battle for a podium finish. Buescher came up just inches shy at the line, bringing home the F.O.E. team's first top-five finish of the season.
No Off Week...Buescher used the NCWTS off week to return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and went down to Daytona to make his second series start of 2013. After starting the Subway Firecracker 250 in the 17th position, Buescher was looking to make some friends and searched around for a drafting partner during the first half of the race; however, when it came down to when it counted, Buescher was able to get hooked up with NSCS standout Matt Kenseth and the two rocketed to the front of the field. With a green/white/checkered restart, Buescher was able to push Kenseth out to the lead and brought the Florida Lottery Camaro home in the second-place finishing spot.
Chassis Info...The Rheem team will bringChassis TSM-601 with them this weekend to Iowa Speedway. The only previous race on this chassis was at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season, where Buescher drove it to a top-10 finish after starting in the back of the field.
Now Appearing...On Saturday, come and get an autograph from Buescher and his TSM teammates during the NCWTS autograph session located under the Turn 4 grandstands from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. CDT.
Watch and Listen...The American Ethanol 200 can be seen live on Saturday, July 13th on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
James Buescher on returning to Iowa Speedway
"Iowa has always been a great track for our Turner Scott Motorsports team; we just haven't been able to close it and put our truck in victory lane. My Rheem team has had a couple strong weeks as of late, and I really feel we have built up a lot of momentum coming into this weekend's race. I feel like we have a legitimate chance of winning and continuing our march up the standings."