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Rowdy doubles down at Dover
Kyle Busch led twice for 50 laps en route to his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory this season and second consecutive win at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in NASCAR's third division. Busch, who started the race from the fifth spot, took the lead for good on lap 169 and held serve on two late restarts to pick up his 32nd career Truck Series victory, third truck win at "The Monster Mile" and his 10th win across NASCAR's top three divisions in 2013.
"This Toyota Care Tundra was awesome today," said Busch, who picked up his 15th Truck Series win as a driver-owner for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). "Rudy (Ryan Fugle, crew chief) and the guys did a great job making really good adjustments to it and getting it to where it was less evil to drive. They were evil -- all of them were. Ours was a little bit better there towards the end, for sure. Have to thank ToyotaCare, Flexco, All Metal Fabricators, Monster Energy, all the guys in the shop at KBM and the guys at Joe Gibbs Engines - can't say enough about everyone that makes it possible to come out here and race in the Camping World Truck Series in front of these fans."
Busch found his No. 51 Tundra loose handling in the early stages of the race and ran just inside the top five. When the second caution of the race occurred on lap 44, he came down pit road for four tires, fuel and the insertion of a spring rubber.
The only multiple-race winner in the Truck Series at Dover took the lap-50 restart from the eighth spot. Despite continuing to battle a loose-handling Toyota, the 28-year-old driver slowly but surely advanced through the field. The boss was chasing down his employee, Darrell Wallace Jr. - who led the first 119 laps - when he surrendered the runner-up position to come down pit road for a regularly-scheduled stop on lap 117.
After the completion of a four-tire and fuel stop, KBM's over-the-wall crew returned Busch to the track ahead of Wallace Jr. when lead-lap trucks' pit stops had cycled through. Rowdy took the lead for the first time on lap 142 and began to set sail on the field. He had opened up a six-second lead when Fugle asked him to save fuel for several laps. The lead had narrowed to three seconds when the field was slowed for the fourth time on lap 159.
When pit road opened, Fugle summoned his No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop with a wedge adjustment. The crew had an unusually-lengthy stop and when Busch returned to the track he was scored in the second position for the lap-163 restart.
On lap 169, the Las Vegas native worked his way around fellow Toyota driver Matt Crafton to reassume the lead. The second winningest driver in the history of NASCAR's top three divsions would lead the final 32 laps - holding off Crafton on two late restarts - en route to his 115th career NASCAR National Series victory.
Busch's victory was the 20th Truck Series victory for KBM, and his 16th as an owner-driver in the series. Crafton finished 1.484 seconds behind in the runner-up position. Second-generation drivers Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott finished third and fourth, respectively, and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top-five finishers. KBM drivers Joey Coulter (eighth) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (10th) both finished inside the top 10.
There were six caution periods for 29 laps. Seven different drivers led, exchanging the lead six times - with KBM's Toyota pacing the field for a total of 169 of the 200 laps. Ten drivers failed to finish race number six on the 2013 Truck Series schedule.
With its second win and fifth top-10 finish of 2013, the No. 51 ToyotaCare Racing team moved up one position to second in the owner's championship standings after six races. The team heads to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for next Friday's WinStar World Casino 400. Live Television coverage on SPEED beings at 8:30 p.m. ET with the NCWTS Setup Show. The driver of the No. 51 Tundra for Texas will be officially announced on Monday.
RCR Post Race Report -- NCWTS Dover International Speedway
- Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fifth (Brendan Gaughan) and 31st (Ty Dillon).
- Gaughan now ranks third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Matt Crafton by 35 markers, while Dillon ranks 7th, 57 points back.
- The No. 62 Chevrolet team ranks fourth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 3 team 8th.
- According to NASCAR's post-race loop data statistics, Gaughan tied for second in Laps in Top 15 (198).
- Gaughan earned the sixth-best Average Running Position (7.470), had the seventh-best Driver Rating (100.2), was the seventh-Fastest Driver Early in a Run (145.488 mph), seventh-Fastest on Restarts (142.027 mph) and posted six of the Fastest Laps Run, tying him for eighth in the loop data category.
- Dillon made 13 Green Flag Passes during his 23 laps of competition, eight while running in the top 15 (Quality Passes).
- Kyle Busch earned his second victory of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series season and was followed to the finish line by Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Gaughan.
- The next Camping World Truck Series race is the Texas 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7. The seventh race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
Motor Problems Make for a Short Day for Dillon at Dover International Speedway
Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado team had a great race going for the first portion of the 200-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway on Friday afternoon After qualifying sixth earlier in the day, Dillon had to start near the rear of the field for not being on time for the driver's meeting, which was immediately after he climbed from the No. 33 Chevrolet in Nationwide practice. It didn't take the NCWTS regular long to show he was undaunted by his new starting spot and ready to contend on the high banks of the one-mile concrete oval. He went from 36th to 23rd in the first seven laps, then up to 15th by lap 15.While coursing through turns one and two on lap 21, he lost power and radioed to crew chief Marcus Richmond about the problem. After bringing the Silverado to pit road, the crew lifted the hood to see if the problem could be rectified. Realizing it needed a more thorough look, the crew pushed the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet into the garage. Upon further inspection, it was determined the motor would not function and Dillon was forced to accept a 31st-place finish.
Start - 6 Finish - 31 Laps Led - 0 Points - 7th
Ty Dillon Quote:
"That was not the finish we were looking for or what this Bass Pro Shops team deserved. We worked hard in practice and qualifying and looked pretty strong in the early laps of the race. I came out of two there (lap 21) and it just lost power. I brought it to pit road and Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) pushed it to the garage and the team said we were done. I hate it, but the good news is we'll be back again and race even harder to make up what we lost today."
Gaughan Finishes Fifth at "The Monster Mile", Earning Fourth-Consecutive
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team collected their fourth-consecutive top-five finish on Friday in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. The Las Vegas native started the 200-lap event from the 15th position and quickly began his charge toward the front of the field, settling into the top 10 by lap eight. Gaughan remained in the top 10 for the majority of the race as he battled a loose-handling black and gold Chevrolet. The pit crew made chassis adjustments during two scheduled four-tire pit stops, on laps 46 and 121, in an effort to remedy the handling issue. The problem persisted for the duration of the event as Gaughan worked his way into the top five during the final laps, crossing the finish line fifth. Following the sixth race of the season, Gaughan gained one position moving up to third in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.
Start - 15 Finish - 2 Laps Led - 0 Points - 3rd
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"This was another great job by Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and the entire team. Our South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet was fast all day, but just a little too loose. My pit crew did a great job today along with my spotter. I've got to thank all of them for helping us bring home this top-five finish."
Miscue Under Green Leaves Armstrong in 21st at Dover
Starting from the 27th position and continuously working to find the right balance in race trim all afternoon, Dakoda Armstrong recovered from missing pit road under the green flag claim a 21st place finish at Dover International Speedway. Crew chief Gere Kennon made a last minute call to come to pit road under yellow with five laps to go, getting the fresh tires Armstrong needed to gain a few valuable positions before the checkered. The finish drops Armstrong unofficially from eighth to 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings.
"We struggled on new tires all day, but the Turn One Racing team and my crew chief Gere Kennon never gave up and kept making the right changes every pit stop," Armstrong explained. "Our WinField Silverado wasn't too bad in the closing laps and kept getting better, but it was just too late in the game. We learned a lot today though so we can take that with us and build on it for the rest of the season."
Dakoda Armstrong PR
Goodyear Kicks Off 4th Annual 'Gives Back' Campaign
Continuing its long history of supporting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR's three major national series, is waving the green flag on the fourth annual "Goodyear Gives Back" charitable program benefitting the Support Our Troops® organization.
To launch this year's program, Goodyear transformed its race tires by replacing the "Eagle" sidewall design with desert camouflage lettering that read "Support Our Troops" on all NASCAR tires used during Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The commemorative tires are one of a number of initiatives planned as part of this year's program, which includes a charity auction featuring autographed NASCAR memorabilia and VIP experiences, along with at-track activities and multiple opportunities for racing fans to participate. All proceeds from the program benefit Support Our Troops®, a nonprofit nationwide organization that works to bolster the morale and well-being of America's troops and their families.
Fans can get involved in this year's "Goodyear Gives Back" program by visiting www.Goodyear.com/GivesBack to bid on authentic Goodyear NASCAR tires autographed by the drivers who used them, as well as other unique items including VIP motorsports experiences and memorabilia, and rides on the iconic Goodyear Blimp. All auction proceeds go directly to Support Our Troops®, and Goodyear will match the funds raised through the charity auction up to $50,000.*
During the program, which runs through July 8, 2013, consumers can also make direct donations to Support Our Troops®, send messages to troops through the Goodyear website and purchase Goodyear Gives Back merchandise through the auction link (while supplies last).
To date, the Goodyear Gives Back program has provided more than $700,000 in cash and product donations that have gone directly to supporting the troops and their families.
Goodyear, the largest producer of military tires in the U.S.,has a longstanding history with the U.S. Armed Forces, with more than 100 years of commitment to building innovative and reliable tires and equipment to support and protect our troops. Goodyear's commitment extends beyond products and charitable donations; priding itself on hosting events at U.S. military bases throughout the year, bringing service men and women and their families a chance to interact with drivers and take rides on the Goodyear Blimp.
Hertz Gets Ready To Take On The Monster Mile
Hertz(NYSE: HTZ) announces its entry into NASCAR with this weekend's debut of the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway. At the helm is Joey Logano, who won both of the NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Dover last season. Logano has finished fourth, third and second in his three Nationwide Series races this year. To celebrate its debut, Hertz is offering Joey Logano, Penske Racing and NASCAR fans discounted rates of up to 22% off their Hertz rental.
"Hertz is excited for our debut with Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series," commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Dover is a formidable race track, however we're confident that Joey Logano will be able to bring home a first place win for the team while driving at the speed of Hertz."
Since making his season- and Penske Racing-debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series just a few weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway, Logano has racked up strong finishes behind the wheel. Logano has helped move the No. 22 up in the Owner's Standings from sixth to third since he took over the ride. Logano comes into the Dover race weekend as the winner of the last two Dover Nationwide Series events. Logano won both races at the high-banked, mile-long track last season, leading 338 of the 400 laps over the two events. He also has a pair of poles at the track, as well as two runner-up finishes. Logano made his much anticipated Nationwide Series debut just a week after his 18th birthday in 2008 at Dover, where he started ninth and finished sixth.
"Dover International Speedway is one of my favorite tracks and I'm excited to be driving the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang this weekend," commented Penske driver Joey Logano. "The track has a lot of speed and g-load through the corners. We've had some pretty good success there over the years. I'm confident that the chemistry the team has been building will serve us well this weekend."
This year, Hertz and Penske Racing teamed up with Hertz serving as a 2013 primary sponsor for select races on the No. 22 Penske Racing car competing in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. Under the agreement, Hertz is the primary sponsor on the No. 22 Ford Mustang for seven races in the Nationwide Series. The No. 22 Hertz Ford will compete at Dover International Speedway (two races), New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Homestead-Miami Speedway this season. In addition, Hertz is co-primary sponsor on the No. 22 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series at the fall race hosted at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Under the new partnership, Hertz is also an associate sponsor for the Penske Racing No. 22 Cup Series and Nationwide Series teams with branding presence on the team's uniforms and equipment as well as on the Nationwide Series car.
To receive the Joey Logano/Penske Racing discount on Hertz rentals, customers must mention corporate discount number (CDP#): 2222222 at time of reservation. The Joey Logano/Penske Racing discount is subject to all applicable terms and conditions and blackout dates may apply.
Hertz is committed to offering its customers the most technologically innovative products and services available to keep customers "Traveling at the Speed of Hertz." This includes Hertz 'Carfirmations'; 'Gold Choice', which gives Gold members the power to keep the car they reserved or simply choose a different car from the Gold Choice area; and e-Return, with the fastest car rental drop-off that includes an email receipt within hours. These are all complimentary services for Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members, which is currently free to join. In addition, Hertz continues to expand the presence of its ExpressRent Interactive Kiosks that let customers rent a car, with or without a reservation, through a live, face-to-face video kiosk.
Phoenix International Raceway announced today that tickets will go on-sale June 1 for the fall AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Semi-Final Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting Phoenix Raceway.com or calling 866-408-RACE (7223).
The popular fall weekend at PIR historically sells out and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including racing from NASCAR’s top-three series. The AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race takes place on Sunday, November 10. The event weekend also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 on Saturday, November 9 and the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, November 8.
Race fans can take advantage of PIR’s ‘Value Pricing’ period and receive extra savings by purchasing their tickets for the AdvoCare 500 early. The ‘Value Pricing’ period takes place June 1 through July 7. Regular pricing begins on July 8 and runs through the start of the November event weekend.
An Ollie's Bargain Outlet employee can take a summer vacation in style this year with a brand-new 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe courtesy of the Kevin Harvick Foundation.
The Kevin Harvick Foundation, founded in 2010 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, is partnering with Ollie's Bargain Outlet to give a Chevrolet Tahoe to one lucky full-time associate as part of a three-pronged in-store customer donation program that kicks off June 2 in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.
The campaign consists of the car giveaway, an in-store customer fundraiser for the Kevin Harvick Foundation and a special event at the June 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover.
"Dover always is a track the No. 29 team and I look forward to, but we've got even more incentive there this weekend," said Harvick, who won last Sunday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has enjoyed a four-year relationship with Ollie's. "Ollie's has really stepped up to the plate to help out the Foundation with the 'Red Out' at Dover and the in-store customer fundraiser. Hundreds of needy children will benefit from their commitment to others, not to mention the one employee who will be the envy of everyone in a brand-new Chevrolet Tahoe."
Kicking off the campaign June 2 is the in-store "Helmet Campaign," in which Ollie's offers shoppers an opportunity to donate $1 during their in-store purchase through July 13 to the Kevin Harvick Foundation. Of 139 stores nationwide, employees from the 29 that collect the most money will be eligible for the Chevrolet giveaway. One associate from these 29 stores will be randomly selected as the winner.
Additionally, Ollie's and the Kevin Harvick Foundation are teaming up for a "Red Out" at Dover on Sunday in support of the Helmet Campaign's commencement that day. Race fans who purchase a ticket at an Ollie's store for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway will receive a complimentary red t-shirt (red is one of Ollie's corporate colors) at Sunday's race. "Red Out" participants wearing the t-shirts will be eligible to win valuable prizes during the race.