Making his first oval start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), Gray Gaulding wants a rock-solid finish in the Granite State. Coming off a seventh-place finish in the K&N Pro Series East race at NHMS in July, Gaulding plans to take that experience and improve on it for an even better finish in Saturday's UNOH 175.
Gaulding has four previous starts at NHMS, three in the K&N Series and one in the Truck Series last year. He has three top-10 finishes and led 53 laps in his three K&N starts, while his start in last year's truck race resulted in a 16th-place finish. This will be his second start for KBM this season. His first was at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., last month where he finished 11th, rebounding after late-race contact with another competitor.
Gaulding will certainly have some good notes to work from at the flat oval since his boss, owner-driver Kyle Busch, captured the pole and led 156 of 175 laps in KBM's inaugural trip to New Hampshire in 2010. In 2011 he captured the pole and led 165 of 175 laps, cruising to a victory of over three seconds. KBM teams have an average finish of 5.4 across five starts at the 1.058-mile track.
This weekend the No. 54 Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee team will unload KBM-014. This Tundra has raced twice this year finishing 10th at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and 27th at Gateway Motorsports Park after the truck sustained heavy damage in an early-race accident. This will be the first race for this particular Tundra since it was rebuilt.
In the children's game Rock-Paper-Scissors, paper covers rock, but Gaulding hopes his Tundra will cover the field in the Granite State for a rock-solid finish.