Truck Series returns to Canada for second tilt

29 Aug 2014 NASCAR Wire Service
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Last season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made its inaugural visit to Canada, providing high-octane entertainment and making history for all those involved. Chase Elliot shook Ty Dillon on the final lap at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the trucks’ first go-around at a road course since 2000 to become the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history (17 years and nine months) – a record broken two months later by NASCAR Next member Erik Jones (17 years, five months, nine days).

In the NCWTS’ return to Canada for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 (1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1), history can be written again, possibly by the young prospects of NASCAR or the quartet of Canadians making their truck series debuts.

John Hunter Nemechek (17 years and two months) and NASCAR Next members Gray Gaulding (16 years and six months) and Cole Custer (16 years and seven months) are all candidates to break Jones’ record for youngest race winner.

Momentum is on Nemechek and Custer’s side following respective sixth and eighth-place finishes at Bristol, but Gaulding might have the strategy down pat after competing in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series road course races this month.

“I have always loved road racing and when the schedule came out and I knew I could run this race I was pumped,” Gaulding said. “It’s extremely fast and very technical.”

First-time truck series entrants Alex Tagliani, Ray Courtemanche Jr., Cameron Hayley or Andrew Ranger could become just the third Canadian winner in NASCAR national series history and the first since Ron Fellows came up victorious in the 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Of the four, Ranger has the most NASCAR national series experience with 17 starts on the Nationwide circuit and one appearance in Sprint Cup action. No stranger to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he owns two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in seven starts on the ten-turn track as a competitor in NASCAR’s Canadian Tire Series.

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