For the season finale of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Brennan Newberry and the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet team unloaded at Homestead-Miami Speedway with high hopes of finishing the season on a high note.
Qualifying in the 23rd position, Newberry strapped in to his Qore-24 Silverado prepared for 134 laps of action-packed racing under the lights on the 1.5-mile track. With the race under way, Newberry remained pretty quiet on the radio as he found himself in the middle of three-wide and close racing while running in the top 25 and battling for his position.
As the Qore-24 team began to devise a plan for their first stop, they caught a break when the caution was displayed on lap 41 keeping the field from being forced to make green-flag stops. Under the caution, crew chief Eddie Pardue brought Newberry to pit road for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to help with the handling of the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado. Newberry restarted the race on lap 45 in the 23nd position and was immediately in a three-wide battle for position.
Running in the 23rd position, Newberry pitted for the second time on lap 63 under a debris caution. The team made a routine four tire and fuel stop. With a solid stop, the team restarted the race on a lap 69 in the 16th position.
Reporting to the team that his Silverado was "too free from the center of the corners off," Pardue and the team created a plan to tighten the Qore-24 machine during the next stop. When the caution waved for the No. 29 truck, Newberry pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the handling. Newberry restarted the race in the 21st position.
As the field crossed the 100-lap mark, a multi-truck incident brought out the caution on lap 101. The race restarted with 25 scheduled laps remaining with Newberry in the 19th position.
Continuing to fight a loose-handling Silverado, the No. 24 team was able to make one more round of adjustments when the caution waved on lap 130. The team changed tires, added fuel and made adjustments. The race restarted with the first attempt at a green-white-checker finish, but the race was immediately slowed again for a multi-truck accident which included Newberry.
The race utilized three attempts at a green-white-checker finish, extending the race 14 laps beyond the scheduled 134-lap event. Newberry was credited with a 29th-place finish to end the 2013 season.
Brennan Newberry's Post-Race Thoughts:
"I hate to end the 2013 season by being taken out in an accident, but I am proud of my Qore-24 team for working hard. We had a fast truck that was capable of a strong finish. I want to thank all of the Qore-24 team for their dedication this race and the entire season. I can't wait to get back to racing in 2014."