NTS Motorsports Rookie Brennan Newberry went into Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with great confidence and came out with his career-best finish in the NCWTS with an 18th-place finish, as well as some great experience racing in the top 10.
As the sun went down Friday night, Newberry would roll off the grid with his Qore-24 truck in the 15th position.
The first caution came on lap 17 and Newberry radioed to the team that he was really tight on the first green-flag run. Crew chief Eddie Pardue called him down pit road for four tires and fuel. Newberry would restart in the same position as his truck number, 24.
After a quick caution where Newberry stayed out, he began to find his groove with help from spotter Rick Carelli.
The trucks raced for 40 laps before the next caution. Newberry explained to the crew he was too tight and the guys behind him were catching him. Pardue brought Newberry down pit road for four tires and a full tank of fuel for the Qore-24 truck. When they went back green, Newberry would be racing the No. 5 truck for the lucky dog position. He was able to gain that position and as the caution came out on lap 84, he returned to the lead lap after another set of four tires and topping off with fuel. Newberry restarted from the 17th position. Just as Newberry was racing through the field and gaining positions, teammate Ron Hornaday blew a tire and was hit in the rear-end by a competitor causing another caution.
The Qore-24 ambassador would gain great track experience running in the top 10 for 20 laps in the closing laps of the race. Unfortunately, Newberry was unable to avoid damage to his No. 24 truck after two competitors collided in front of him to bring out the caution on lap 123. After examining the truck, the team realized it had only slight damage. Newberry would restart 16th with eight laps to go and after dropping a few spots before the checkered flag, he earned his best finish of the season and his career with an 18th-place finish.
“That was so much fun; I can’t get over how much fun it is to race up there in the top 10. Eddie (Pardue, crew chief) and the Qore-24 crew gave me a great truck and we were hauling it. Not quite the finish I wanted, but it was such a cool night of racing where I was able to get up on the wheel and drive.”
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