Gale Comes Home Sixth at Phoenix

Making his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on Friday night, Cale Gale looked to get back to racing and build some momentum in the Lucas Oil 150. Gale and his No. 33 Ruud team started the day by qualifying sixth at the 1.0-mile oval. Gale was able to battle and keep his Ruud Silverado in the top 10 all night, crossing the finish line with a solid sixth-place finish.

 

Shortly after the green flag dropped at PIR, the first caution of the day came out on lap two for a spin in Turn 3. After a quick caution, Gale and the rest of the 36-truck field settled into the 150-lap race. The Mobile, Alabama native would maintain his starting position until the second caution of the day came out on lap 36. During the caution, crew chief Chris Carrier called Gale down pit road to change two right-side tires and add fuel to the No 33. Ruud Silverado. With other teams on different pit strategies, Gale gained three spots and restarted the race in the third position. Gale would continue to battle and maintain a top-five running position until the third caution of the day came out on lap 87. During the caution, Carrier again called Gale down pit road for the last pit stop of the night to change four tires, add Sunoco race fuel and make a track-bar adjustment to the No.33 Turner Scott Motorsports machine. Again, with teams on different pit strategies, Gale restarted in the seventh position.

 

A few laps after the restart, Gale radioed to his crew that his Ruud Silverado was a tick tight in Turns 3 and 4, but overall, he was happy with his truck. Battling a tight truck, Gale slipped to the 11th position when the fifth caution of the day came out on lap 112. With track position being too important at PIR, Carrier decided to keep the No.33 Silverado out on the track during the caution, telling his driver that it was going to be a 40-lap shootout. Quickly after the restart, Gale made his way to the front, and would continue to battle for the remaining portion of race, bringing the No. 33 Ruud Silverado home with a sixth-place finish.

 

"I would like to thank everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports for working so hard on the Ruud Silverado," Gale said. "We had really fast truck coming off the hauler and it was really fun to drive. We got a little tight during the middle portion of the race, but we all continued to battle and came home with a solid top-10 finish. I really enjoy racing in the Truck Series and I am looking forward to making my next start soon."

 

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