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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is pleased to announce that 9-year old Dalton Griffin of Spring Hill Tenn. has been selected as the winner of the "Riding Shotgun With Kyle Busch Motorsports" essay contest for the Greater Nashville area. Griffin's name and picture will adorn the area above the passenger side window of Kyle Busch's No. 18 Dollar General Toyota for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway this Friday, April 22. Additionally, Griffin will receive a $100 gift card from Goodlettsville, Tenn. based Dollar General, KBM's primary sponsor for the race.
Griffin, a student at Wright Elementary School in Spring Hill Tenn., had his essay selected as the winner among submissions from children age 5-12 in the Greater Nashville area. The contest called for children to submit an essay of 150 words or less that described an experience and/or achievement that occurred within the past 12 months and affected their lives in a positive way. Griffin's essay described the pride he felt from winning his first-ever trophy in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby in his third year participating in the event.
A motivational letter that Kyle Busch received during the off season from Kyle Savoie (sa-VOY), a 12-year old fan, inspired Busch to develop a program that will recognize children for experiences and achievements that had a positive effect on their lives. To recognize Kyle Savoie for inspiring the contest, a decal with his name and picture adorned the area above the passenger window of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra driven by Busch in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
Nashville is the first of 10 races throughout the 2011 season that an essay contest winner will follow in Savoie's footsteps and "Ride Shotgun" with Kyle Busch Motorsports. The other races scheduled are Dover (May 13), Kansas (June 4), Kentucky (July 7), Michigan (Aug. 20), Bristol (Aug. 24), Chicagoland (Sep. 16), Talladega (Oct. 22), Texas (Nov. 4) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 18).
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration, Curb Records and ThorSport Racing will celebrate Mike Curb's historic 500th NASCAR start at Nashville Superspeedway's Bully Hill Vineyards 200 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet Silverado and recent winner at Martinsville Speedway, will pilot the entry as he also celebrates a long-standing relationship with Curb as a sponsor throughout his career. Sauter is also the driver points leader going into the race.
The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the 40th President of the United States of America. A series of substantive and celebratory events, partnerships and initiatives - such as this - sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation are planned throughout 2011.
As President, Ronald Reagan started the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona where he gave the command, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" from aboard Air Force One. Later that day, Air Force One landed at Daytona International Airport behind the speedway in full view of the fans. That day, Richard Petty captured his historic 200th victory in a car owned by Mike Curb."I have been proud to be a part of the Ronald Reagan President Foundation since its inception. We are particularly excited about the newly renovated Library that coincides with President Reagan's 100th birthday. I am also very proud of my longstanding relationship with Johnny and his success over the years. We are excited to be celebrating this Centennial with both Johnny and ThorSport Racing," said Mike Curb Owner of Curb Records.
"Like President Reagan, Mike Curb's vision of America that is optimistic, patriotic, and proud is as alive today as it was when he served as Lt. Governor of California from 1979-1983," said Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Centennial Celebration. "As many Americans take a moment this year to remember the life, lessons and legacy of President Reagan, we are honored to have this special tribute."
Sauter's relationship with Curb goes back over ten years, when he first raced in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series and Sprint Cup Series with his team. 2011 marks the third year of co-primary sponsorship of the No. 13 truck with Sauter and ThorSport Racing in the NCWTS. Nashville Superspeedway also marks ThorSport Racing's 327th consecutive race, matching Circle Bar Racing for second all-time in the series and the longest-standing operation dating to 1996.
"It's very cool to see Mike Curb making his 500th start in NASCAR, and I'm proud to be the one making it for him," said Sauter. "We've been racing together a long time, and he's been a huge supporter of mine over the past 10 years. It would be great to win such a momentous race for him, especially seeing as how it's in the Curb Records backyard of Nashville. I hope we can keep our momentum going coming off the win at Martinsville. I want to bring home the Gibson guitar for the Curb contingent."
A motivational letter that Kyle Busch received during the off season from Kyle Savoie (sa-VOY), a 12-year old fan, has inspired Busch to develop a program that will recognize children for experiences and achievements that had a positive effect on their lives.
The "Riding Shotgun With Kyle Busch Motorsports" Essay Contest will allow one child, age five to 12, in the Greater Kansas City area to have a decal with their name and 2.5" x 3.5" photo above the passenger window of Busch's No. 18 Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 4.
"The message behind Kyle Savoie's letter was how dreams are important and to never give up on your dreams," reflected Busch. "He even sent us his five dollar-allowance with the letter in an effort to help support our KBM truck team. He suggested that if other kids followed his lead, they could serve as the sponsor for a race. In return, he suggested that we would put their names and school pictures on the truck. I obviously don't want kids to send us their allowances, but I loved the idea of recognizing kids for positive experiences and achievements by putting their name and picture on my truck! Too many stories in the news these days are about negative issues. This essay contest will be a great way to create a positive news story with the help of children in the Greater Kansas City area."
To recognize Kyle Savoie for inspiring the contest, a decal with his name and picture adorned the area above the passenger window of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra driven by Busch in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
The Kansas Speedway race will be the third of 10 select races throughout the 2011 season that an essay contest winner will follow in Savoie's footsteps and "Ride Shotgun" with Kyle Busch Motorsports. The other remaining races scheduled are Kentucky (July 7), Michigan (Aug. 20), Bristol (Aug. 24), Chicagoland (Sep. 16), Talladega (Oct. 22), Texas (Nov. 4) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 18).
Kyle Busch Motorsports
351 Mazeppa Rd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28115
Attn: "Riding Shotgun" Essay Contest
"RIDING SHOTGUN WITH KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS"
ESSAY CONTEST RULES
Essay Topic: In 150 words or less, describe an experience and/or achievement that occurred in the last 12 months that has affected your life in a positive way.
Eligibility: Children age five to 12 who reside in the United States are eligible.
Essay Deadline: The winning essay for Kansas Speedway will be selected on May 21, 2011. Sorry, but entries submitted after the deadline (deadline in parentheses) will not be considered due to time constraints.
Prize: One winner in each race market will have their name and a 2.5" x 3.5" photo displayed above the passenger side window of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra for the selected race. Within six weeks of the completion of the race, the winner will receive an autographed 8" x 10" photo of the No. 18 KBM Toyota Tundra from the race in which their name appeared on the truck.
Kyle Busch Motorsports
351 Mazeppa Rd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28115
Attn: "Riding Shotgun" Essay Contest
In addition to your essay and 2.5" x 3.5" photo*, please be sure to include the following information:
*Parent or legal guardian must approve submission of the contestant's photo. By submitting a photo, parent or legal guardian grants Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) the right to display submitted photo and child's name on the No. 18 Toyota Tundra and the company website and/or marketing materials. Photos will become the property of KBM and will not be returned to the contestant. No purchase is necessary to submit an entry.
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Randy Moss Motorsports will achieve a significant milestone April 22 at Nashville Superspeedway, becoming just the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization to field at least one truck in 300 consecutive races.
Known previously as Dollar Motorsports, the team has competed in 15 of the series’ 16 seasons. Its No. 5 Toyota is driven by 2003 champion Travis Kvapil.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to reach this milestone in my career as a team owner,” said team founder and co-owner David Dollar. “As a young racer competing on dirt tracks back in Oklahoma, I always heard about Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, and now here we are competing against their drivers and equipment every week.”
Randy Moss, the National Football League wide receiver, became a team principal in mid-2008. “I can sleep every night knowing David really cares about the sport, making it better and educating me; that has made the transition a lot smoother,” said Moss.
Kvapil, one of more than 30 to drive for the organization, said, “I’ve been racing in the (series) on-and-off for the last 10 years, and have had some intense battles with drivers from Randy Moss Motorsports. David and Randy have always put in a lot of time to make this team one of the strongest in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series garage.”
The Randy Moss Motorsports timeline:
• Oct. 7, 1996 Marc Robe starts and finishes 33rd as Dollar Motorsports debuts at Infineon Raceway.
• Rob Morgan and Dollar form Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in 1999. The team begins its current streak on March 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Morgan finishes 18th in the championship standings.
• Dennis Setzer scores the team’s first victory on June 23, 2001 at Memphis Motorsports Park and adds a first pole two weeks later at Kansas Speedway.
• Setzer is the team’s most successful driver, winning 11 times and finishing runner up in the championship standings from 2003-05. Three other drivers - Mike Skinner (three wins), Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte - contribute to the team’s 16 wins, ranking 11th all-time among owners.
• A virtual who’s who of NASCAR has been at the controls of a Randy Moss Motorsports truck contributing to 70 top-five and 164 top-10 finishes and six poles. They include AJ Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Scott Speed and Tony Stewart.
Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today a three-race partnership with Pennsylvania-based company Utz Quality Foods. Utz will join four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday and the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado team for two events in May, at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 14 and at NASCAR's 'home track' to 90% of the sport's teams and drivers, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21. Utz will also serve as the primary sponsor for the race in their home state at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on August 7.
"We are really excited to help bring Utz Quality Foods back into the racing circuit," said Hornaday. "Our No. 33 truck has visited victory lane at both Dover and Charlotte. We will definitely be on a charge to bring home a victory for Utz at in their home state of Pennsylvania at the Pocono Mountains 125 in August."
"Utz Quality Foods is excited to be partnering with four-time champion Ron Hornaday," said Alec Sivel, Vice President of Marketing for Utz Quality Foods. "The No. 33 truck looks great with our Utz branding and we are really looking forward to some exciting racing. A special thank you goes out to the entire KHI staff, as they have shown a great passion in our relationship and in the NASCAR industry. We couldn't be more excited about the partnership."
Just two days after finalizing a partnership to run a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), IceOne Racing's Kimi Raikkonen participated in a two-day test in the team's Toyota Tundra's at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson. Ga.
Rick Ren, General Manager Kyle Busch Motorsports:
"Overall the test went really well. We ran about 400 laps total between Monday and Tuesday. Kimi provided good feedback that allowed us to make our Toyota Tundra go faster. He is very methodical with his acceleration, braking and steering and there is no doubt that he has a good feel for a race vehicle. We threw a lot at him over the two days. We made a lot of chassis changes to both the front and rear. Shock adjustments, air pressure adjustments and trackbar adjustments so he could get a good feel for how these adjustments affect the handling of the truck. For being unfamiliar with a truck and unfamiliar with the track, he did an outstanding job. We made both race runs and qualifying runs and there is no doubt that making the truck go fast will not be a problem."
"It was a lot of fun, I really had no expectations or anything to compare it to beforehand but at the end of the day, I am really looking forward to the first race. It seems like KBM is a top team and I am excited to work with them."
Kyle Busch Motorsports
Brendan Gaughan steered the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra to a ninth-place finish after starting deep in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field in Saturday afternoon’s Kroger 250. Gaughan qualified 31st, led seven laps and earned his third top-ten finish at the low-banked but high-action Martinsville Speedway.
“The only time I ever have a good finish is if I start behind 30th-place. All my top-10s at Martinsville have come from 30th or worse in
qualifying and it really drives me nuts because Germain Racing is giving me great Toyotas and this Tundra was very good,” said Gaughan, who correctly stated his results – both of his previous top-ten’s at Martinsville came from starting spots in the back of the field.
Gaughan loves to hate the Virginia track because the style of racing is frustrating for a driver who cut his teeth off-road – not on short, tight ovals. He admits that Martinsville got the better of him after qualifying on Saturday morning.
“I was mad in qualifying because I kept saying that the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra was a good race truck and I just feel or I get all flustered here at Martinsville. I don’t feel like I’m good at it, but when the race comes, I’m fine,” explained the Las Vegas native.
After the completion of the 250 lap event, Gaughan and his crew wondered if he passed more vehicles than any one else out there on route to his ninth-place finish. According to NASCAR’s Loop Data, Gaughan ranked seventh. He passed 63 trucks under green flag conditions. The racer that passed the most actually overtook 80 race trucks under the green flag.
“Germain Racing gave me good stuff. I think we definitely got the deal for passing the most vehicles today because I know I went back to 25th at least three times,” exclaimed Gaughan, who had no complaints about the tires that many others were questioning. “I like the Goodyear tires. This reminded me of the old school tire where the tires wear out and that’s where I won my race is when you had tires that were old and worn out and sliding.”
All in all, Gaughan enjoyed his 250-lap Martinsville adventure. The ninth-place effort boosted him eight places to 13th in the Truck Series standings.
“Had a great time, had a great Martinsville race and came out of here with a top-10. This is what we needed to get ourselves back on track and I can’t believe I did it at Martinsville,” smiled Gaughan.
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Jason White, driver of the No. 23 GunBroker.com Chevrolet, was on the fast track to being the biggest mover in Saturday afternoon’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway until a flat tire with three laps remaining in the 250-lap event derailed the freshmen team to a 22nd-place finish in the fourth event on the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.
While the end result missed the mark of expectations, the Joe Denette Motorsports team moved up four positions to 26th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner point standings, a mere one point outside the top-25. As a result, the No. 23 machine will be required to qualify in the field on time at Nashville Superspeedway.
White, who struggled in qualifying due to engine woes, would start the 13th Annual Kroger 250 from the 35th position because of an unapproved adjustment on the GunBroker.com Chevrolet. Gaining modest ground on the competition, White was sitting in the 27th position just 14 laps into the event. However, struggling with a tight handling Chevy Silverado, White made a quick trip down pit road during the first of 13 cautions for a chassis adjustment. When racing resumed on lap 22, the GunBroker.com machine was scored in the 32nd position.
Making his way around the .526-mile oval, White began to complain about brakes and was still not happy with the handling of his No. 23 Chevy. Crew Chief Chad Kendrick made the call to bring White down pit road during the afternoon’s second caution at lap 45 for another chassis adjustment, four tires and fuel. When the field went back to green at lap 47, the GunBroker.com machine was sitting 28th.
Finally pleased with the handling of his No. 23 Chevy, White ran consistently in the top-10 over the next 90 circuits, running as high as second. When the field was slowed for the seventh time for an accident in turn-1, White made his way down pit road for what should have been the last stop of the day for a chassis adjustment, four Goodyear tires, including an air pressure adjustment, and fuel.
The Virginia-native restarted 14th with just over 100 laps left in the event, and was set-up nicely for a top-5 finish considering the leaders still had to pit. However, the handling on the GunBroker.com machine went away and White was forced to pit at lap 162 under caution for a chassis adjustment and fuel.
Continuing to run in the top-15, but battling a loose handling machine, White held on to his GunBroker Chevy for the next 40 laps and was forced back down pit road under caution at lap 204 for a used set of Goodyear tires. Due to the unscheduled stop by the JDM team, White started 18th with 40 laps remaining in the 250-lap event.
Running in the 12th position with three laps remaining, a left rear tire went down on the GunBroker.com Chevrolet leading White to a 22nd-place finish, one lap down to race winner, Johnny Sauter.
“Our bad day started off in qualifying.” said White, “Plug wires were crossed on our GunBroker.com Chevrolet and we weren’t running on all eight cylinders when we took the green flag. The mishap caused us to start in the back of the field which is never a good place to start at Martinsville. We did a good job all day in the pits and were positioned for a good finish at the end, but when our left rear tire went down with three to go it really hurt us. This finish does not reflect the effort that we put in this weekend and it’s hard to swallow that we are this far back in points. I know this team will bounce back, and a solid run at Nashville will put us back in contention.”
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Every driver has certain tracks that he circles on the schedule, knowing that with his past experience, the race can be a highlight reel of good runs. For Max Papis, one of those tracks circled in red is Martinsville Speedway. The Como, Italy native has raced at the Virginia short track four times prior to Saturday’s Kroger 250 – three times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and once in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – recording his second career Truck Series top-10 finish the last time Papis visited Martinsville.
After two successful practice sessions on Friday afternoon, Papis took to the track for his qualifying run under sunny skies on Saturday morning. Papis clocked a lap of 20.212 seconds, placing the No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in the 11th starting position. As the winds picked up, the green flag waved on the 250-lap race and the bumpin’ and bangin’ started early. Papis quickly reported to Crew Chief Randy Goss that his Toyota was tight in the center of the corners. When the first caution was displayed on lap 19, Papis came to the attention of his pit crew for a track bar adjustment and for the rear bumper bar to be cut off as it was flapping from contact in the beginning laps.
Because of the varying pit strategies that each team used throughout the race, Papis was forced to restart on lap 23 from the 31st position. Patience became the name of the game for the GEICO Racing driver as Papis carefully made his way back towards the front. In just six laps, the No. 9 Germain Racing entry was inside the top-25 and by lap 40, Papis had driven his way into 20th-place. The third caution slowed the pace on lap 57 as Papis radioed to Goss that his truck was free on entry and continued to be tight in the center of the corner. The Italian driver came down pit road once again for four fresh tires, Sunoco fuel, and one round down on the track bar.
Due to the changing strategies that continued up and down pit road, Papis restarted on lap 62 from the 22nd position and began his trek to the front once again. In a handful of laps, Papis had returned to the top-15 and wasn’t looking back. A wreck occurred directly in front of Papis on lap 73 and he did a phenomenal job of dodging the spinning trucks, while moving into 13th-place. With help from Spotter Jason Jarrett, Goss made the decision to stay out on the track as no damage occurred. As the majority of the leaders made their pit stop, Papis restarted on lap 78 from the fourth position.
Ten laps passed and Papis battled with defending Truck Series Champion Ron Hornaday, while continuing to run in the top-four. As the next yellow flag waved on lap 89, Papis was then stuck on the outside lane for the restart at a track where the inside lane is the preferred groove. The GEICO Toyota lost a few positions on the restart but Mad Max was on a mission and regained the spots and found himself in the sixth position by lap 137. Goss brought Papis to the attention of his pit crew for the final time of the event for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment.
Restarting on lap 144, Papis was ready to attack and move back inside the top-10, where he had run the greater part of the race. In a short 30 laps, the GEICO Toyota Tundra had moved into the top-five and was in position to pounce on an opportunity. That chance presented itself on lap 176 as another caution flew and the trucks in front of Papis came to pit road, placing the No. 9 in second-place. Papis challenged Austin Dillon for the lead over a 10-lap period before another caution flag waved, forcing the driver to restart on the outside lane once again. The final three cautions in the last 50 laps dealt Papis with restarting on the outside each time as the intensity picked up. On lap 250, Papis crossed the finish line and took the checkered flag in the 10th position. This was Papis’ second top-10 finish at Martinsville Speedway and third overall in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“I feel today was one of my best NASCAR races since I started,” said Papis after the race. “My GEICO Racing team and I fought hard on the track and in the pits all race long and I am very proud of the effort. I got caught on the outside lane a lot of times. It killed our momentum and hurt us with the marbles up on the top of the track, but we never gave up and kept fighting. We, as a team, are getting better and it feels great to get a top-10 finish.”
After this strong performance by Papis and the entire GEICO Racing team, Papis remains in the ninth position in the point standings, only one point behind eighth-place Todd Bodine. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take a two-week break before returning to action at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway on Friday, April 22nd.
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Kevin Harvick and the No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) team headed back to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with a mission: to win back-to-back spring NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the famous short track.
The team found great success in seasons past, and hopes were high during the first of two practice sessions on Friday, as Harvick set the fastest time of 20.104 seconds (94.190 mph). During the final practice session, Harvick expressed that the truck was incredibly loose. The No. 2 team worked tirelessly to get the truck back to Harvick's liking, making several adjustments to get the truck race ready.
Harvick rolled off from the third position for the start of the 250-lap event, but as the field went green Harvick slowly began to fall back in the pack. In those opening laps Harvick relayed to crew chief Bruce Cook that his truck was extremely loose. The team made a chassis adjustment and air-pressure adjustment during the first pit stop in hopes of tightening up the truck. Harvick pulled back onto the track in the 25th position for the restart, but back under green-flag conditions quickly relayed the handling was still off on the KHI machine.
Major adjustments were made to the No. 2 truck during the second pit stop of the day, along with four tires and fuel. The time needed to make the adjustments ultimately put the truck one lap down. As Harvick pulled back onto the track it was noticed that a hood pin was loose, forcing Harvick to pull back into the pits going down a second lap during the caution period. Harvick would restart the race in the 27th position on lap 77.
The team fought hard as they worked their way back onto the lead lap, and by lap 108 the No. 2 Chevrolet was only one lap down. As the race advanced past the halfway point, Harvick radioed to Cook and the KHI crew that the truck's handling had significantly improved. With the seventh caution period of the day on lap 158, Harvick was awarded another lap back placing the No. 2 team on the lead lap.
Only 76 laps remained when Harvick pulled in for his final pit stop of the race. The crew went with four tires, fuel and a minor chassis adjustment to slightly free up the truck's handling.
With 55 laps to go, Harvick and the No. 2 team had worked their way up to the tenth place position. Happy with his truck's handling, Harvick continued to work his way to the front of the field moving all the way back up the third position. During the final laps Harvick fought hard to stay among the top three, but came across the finish line in fourth place.
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After scoring his second consecutive top-10 qualifying position, tight short track racing took its toll on the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado of Nelson Piquet Jr. Following major damage received from being caught up in an early-race incident caused by two of his competitors, the No. 8 team quickly repaired the Qualcomm/Autotrac machine and Piquet Jr. fought hard until the checkered flag, crossing the finish line 30th.
Taking the green flag from the ninth position, Piquet Jr. remained in the top 10 through the first caution of the race on lap 19. Piquet Jr. stated that the truck was a little tight on exit, but crew chief Chris Carrier determined that it was too early to bring the No. 8 down pit road for adjustments.
Green flag racing resumed on lap 23 with Piquet Jr. in the 10th position, but the truck's tightness worsened and the No. 8 slid back to 22nd by lap 28. Ten laps later, the truck was back to 27th but by lap 41, Piquet Jr. came on the radio and stated that the truck's condition had quickly gotten looser. As the handling improved, Piquet Jr. began a march back to the front, working his way up to 19th by lap 54.
Unfortunately, on lap 57, contact between two trucks in the top 15 caused a chain reaction, which suddenly slowed several trucks in front of Piquet Jr. With nowhere to go, Piquet Jr. ran into the back of the No. 17 of Timothy Peters, causing heavy damage to the front end of the No. 8 truck. Piquet Jr. immediately came to pit road to fix the damage, but the team's assessment determined that damage to the radiator was extensive and the truck would soon overheat. The team brought the truck behind the wall, working feverishly to replace the radiator and make body repairs.
By lap 99, the team sent Piquet Jr. back onto the track, now 42 laps down in the 34th position. But the team and driver never gave up, and Piquet Jr. was making lap times competitive with the rest of the field, logging laps and gaining both valuable points and experience on the challenging paperclip-shaped track. Demonstrating themselves as true competitors paid off, and Piquet Jr. picked up four spots during the remainder of the race, crossing the finish line in 30th place.
"This was a very difficult race for all of us," said Piquet Jr. following the event. "This season has been off to a difficult start and this obviously isn't the finish we wanted, but we still got something out of this race. We come back here in the fall, so it was important for me to make as many laps as possible. Hopefully we can come back in October with some better luck and win it because of what we learned today."
The Truck Series has two weekends off from competition before returning to the track at Nashville Superspeedway on April 22nd for the Bully Hill Vineyards 200.
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