Justin Boston made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, and despite an early end to the afternoon due to involvement in another driver’s incident, Boston left knowing he had achieved many of his goals for the weekend. Boston and the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota Tundra were credited with 30th at the finish. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski was the winner.
Boston started 27th but methodically worked his way through the field and into the top 20 by lap 60. He hovered inside the top 20 and was poised to potentially score a top-15 finish in his series debut but was swept into a crash on Bristol’s narrow backstretch when several trucks in front of him collided, leaving him no escape route.
“We had several goals this weekend, the first and foremost to make the race and run all 200 laps,” he said. “We made the race but we didn’t get to finish, but that’s racing. We were competitive all day long, we gained positions on the track and on pit road. Working with Rick Ren and Johnny Benson was a huge help. We learned a lot about the trucks, and how they react to changes. We wanted to go out and not start any trouble, and we did that. It was great to get out there and race against the drivers in the Camping World Truck Series. Hopefully they saw what we did and we gained some respect from some of the other drivers and teams.”
Boston was running comfortably in 20th as the field completed lap 150, but before Boston could get back around three trucks in front of him came together on the backstretch. He made an evasive move to the inside but with Bristol’s steep banking – even on the straightaways – his escape route was quickly blocked and he was forced into the inside wall. The contact wasn’t severe, but it was enough to sideline the team for the remainder of the day with terminal radiator damage.
“As fast as we go out there and as tight as this track is you don’t have a chance to even think about what to do when there’s a wreck in front of you,” he said. “We went to the low side and it looked like there was a chance we could make it through but it just closed up on us and we got into the wall. Not much you can do about it when they wreck in front of you but that’s all just part of racing. We’re excited to get a chance to run a few more Truck races before the end of the year. We’ll take what we learned this weekend and come out of the box at the next one even better.”
Boston returns to action in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this Sunday, August 24 in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at the Madison International Speedway just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. The race will be televised live starting at 3 P.M. Eastern on the CBS Sports Network. He and the Venturini Motorsports team will return to action in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, October 31.
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