Returning to the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after missing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Chicagoland Speedway, Brennan Newberry started with top-five finishes in both practice session on Saturday before qualifying in the 13th position for the Smith's 350.
Immediately after the 146-lap event started, Newberry moved in to the top 10 and reported to crew chief Eddie Pardue he was struggling with the handling of his Chevrolet.
The first caution waved on lap 13 and provided the No. 24 team with their first opportunity to adjust on the Qore-24 Silverado. Newberry pitted from the 12th position for fuel and a trackbar adjustment. Loosing no positions on pit road, the race restarted in lap 13 with Newberry in 13th.
Running good lap times and with encouragement from his spotter, Newberry remained in the top 15 before encountering his first obstacle of the race on lap 28. Battling a loose-handling Silverado, Newberry found himself in a spin off turn four, but sustained no damage. Pardue called Newberry to pit road for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to help with the handling. The team made a second stop to top off with fuel and assess any possible damage to the No. 24 Silverado. The team restarted the race on lap 32 in the 21st position and quickly found himself in the middle of three-wide racing.
Continuing to work with a loose-handling truck, Newberry was able to pit again under the lap 46 caution for fuel and another round of adjustments. Several laps after returning to green-flag racing, Newberry found himself in a tight battle with his teammate while racing for position on lap 60. Unfortunately, the No. 9 and No. 24 trucks got together on the next lap, and each sustained minor damage, but were able to continue on competitively. Newberry pitted for tires, fuel and to assess the damage to his No. 24 Qore-24 Silverado. The race restarted on lap 64 with Newberry 24th, a lap down to the leaders.
Fortunately for the team, the caution waved again on lap 74 allowing Newberry to receive the 'Lucky Dog' award and return to the lead lap. Newberry pitted for fuel, adjustments and four tires. The race restarted on lap 78 with the team in the 24th spot.
Racing hard for position, Newberry returned to the top 20 before the caution waved again on lap 91. Newberry pitted for fuel only, but received a speeding penalty on pit road. Pardue opted to bring Newberry back down pit road and top off with fuel. When the race restarted, Newberry was at the tail end of the field and on the restart, received damage from the 81 truck resulting in a flat tire. The team made two stops under the caution for tires, fuel and assess for damage to the No. 24 Silverado.
With 40 laps remaining in the race, Newberry was scored in the 23rd position on lap 106 while running his fastest laps of the race. Staying out under a late caution, Newberry was able to gain track position and finished the Smith's 350 in the 15th position.
Brennan Newberry Post Race Thoughts:
"I cannot say enough about how great my NTS Motorsports team is. The Qore-24 Chevrolet was the fastest it's been all season, and we truly showed our speed in both practice sessions. We had a great race truck and knew we would qualify around where we did - which was fine. The race was a tough battle that is typical of great NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing, and my night was not an exception. Our top-15 finish is a testament to NTS Motorsports' resilience. I am excited to go back to a Super Speedway and battle for my best finish yet."
NTS Motorsports PR