Kyle Larson NCWTS Preview: Rockingham Speedway

First 2013 NCWTS Start...Kyle Larson, a 20-year-old NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) regular and Rookie-of-the-Year contender, will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the season behind the wheel of the No. 30 Autism Speaks Chevrolet Silverado for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday. In just four previous career NCTWS starts, Larson has collected three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up designation, and led over 90 laps.

Larson will race in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night in his No. 32 Chevy Camaro and travel immediately following that event to Rockingham for NCWTS practice the following day. Larson's NNS crew chief, Trent Owens, will also make the trip from Texas to Rockingham and call the race on Sunday afternoon. This weekend will mark Larson's first "Double Duty" attempt in NASCAR's top-three series.


Autism Speaks...To bring attention to Autism Awareness Month, TSM has designed a special paint scheme for the No. 30 Silverado to honor Autism Speaks. Larson's machine will feature the signature Autism Speaks blue puzzle pieces, and the name of five-year-old Gray Owens, who is affected by Autism and is the son of crew chief Trent Owens, will be placed above the passenger-side door.


"We are grateful to Turner Scott Motorsports for its commitment to our cause and will be cheering on Kyle Larson as he raises awareness in the No. 30 Autism Speaks Chevy Silverado," said Alec Elbert, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Autism Speaks. "The efforts of our friends at Turner Scott Motorsports to honor Gray Owens exemplify the NASCAR community's ongoing support of the one in 88 families affected by Autism."


Championship Memories...Larson's last visit to Rockingham Speedway in November 2012 produced one of his most memoriable racing experiences to date. Entering the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season finale in a heated battle for the championship title, Larson ran a competitive race and put himself in position in the final laps. Larson was able to score a sixth place finish that day and hoist the championship trophy.


This Week's Silverado...Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 30 Autism Speaks Chevy team have prepared chassis TSM-218 for competition at Rockingham Speedway. This specific Silverado helped Nelson Piquet Jr. capture three pole awards in 2012, along with a victory at Michigan International Speedway.


Trent Owens on Rockingham Speedway

"Based on what I've seen so far this season with Kyle, I think Rockingham will suit his driving style really well. I'm really excited about this race especially because last year all of the Turner Scott Motorsports trucks were really fast and won the race. So it's really going to be a lot of fun for us to just come in knowing that we have a lot of good notes to start with. Rockingham is special to me too because I grew up watching a lot of races there as a kid, and this will be my first time actually crew chiefing a race there."


Kyle Larson on Rockingham Speedway

"I've actually done a lot of testing there for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in the Sprint Cup Series cars, so I have a lot of laps around Rockingham Speedway, and I'm pretty familiar with it. I think all of that track time will definitely help us get the Autism Speaks Silverado dialed in faster on Saturday during practice, and I had solid run here in the K&N East Pro Series last fall when we captured the championship. I have a lot of good memories at Rockingham, and I really hope we can keep that going and have a good run for Autism Speaks. It's special to be able to honor Trent Owens' son Gray on the passenger side as well, and hopefully we can get a win for him and Autism Speaks."
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