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OFF TO THE MIDWEST: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take its first trip to a Midwestern state for the fourth race of the season at Kansas Speedway. Timothy Peters and his Red Horse Racing team made great strides during the 2012 season on their 1.5-mile track program. But there is still one trophy missing from the trophy case - an intermediate track win.

 

This weekend, Peters and his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team will utilize the notes they gained from 2012 and the research and development during the off season in hopes to secure the top podium spot.

 

PROUD PARTNER - PARTS PLUS: Timothy Peters No. 17 Toyota Tundra will once again proudly represent the Parts Plus brand featuring the orange and red color paint scheme at Kansas Speedway. The primary sponsorship has been activated throughout the first three races of the season and president of the Automotive Distribution Network, Mike Lambert is thrilled for the opportunity.

 

"Mainstream exposure like this to one of the most enthusiastic fan bases in racing is a tremendous opportunity for the brand, further enhancing the professional image of our Parts Plus members, auto stores and Car Care Centers nationwide."

 

CHASSIS HISTORY: Timothy Peters and his No. 17 Toyota Tundra team will break in brand new Red Horse Racing chassis No. 010 this weekend at Kansas. The newly constructed chassis just rolled out of the body shop with specialized craftsmanship for the team's 1.5-mile program.

 

REARVIEW MIRROR - ROCKINGHAM: Timothy Peters and the No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra started today's race in the 20th position but was prepared to work his way back to the lead by doing what he does best - working through the pack and making a move toward the end. Peters fought both tight and loose conditions depending on the line he chose around the race track. Crew chief Butch Hylton and the No. 17 Parts Plus team were battling the worn out surface at The Rock to get Peters Tundra to the front of the field. Just as Peters was making a move catching those in the top-10 an accident occurred ending his day with a 26th place finish.

 

Timothy Peters talks about Kansas Speedway:

The organization worked really hard on the 1.5-mile package last season with great gains. What are you still looking to achieve this season?

"A win. That's it. We've worked harder as an organization starting from the top with Tom DeLoach, Terry Cook, and Butch (Hylton, crew chief) all the way back to the fab shop. This season we know we will really benefit from having Mike Beam and Dan Stillman on board because they are really knowledgeable. We are still looking for that win but I am confident that we will find it this season.

 

A win at a 1.5-mile track is the only type that eludes Red Horse Racing. What will it take to win at Kansas?

"We've shown that we are capable of a win on 1.5.-mile tracks. It's important for me as the Parts Plus Toyota Tundra driver to get information back to Butch. We know we've worked hard on bodies and chassis, but it's all about balance. Some places we had it and some we haven't. But it sure wasn't from lack of effort. It's a combination of lots of little things that will make us better in the end."
 
RHR PR

KEEP ON TRUCKIN': For the third consecutive week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will put on some of the best racing on the circuit. Red Horse Racing will take over Kansas Speedway for the series first visit to a 1.5-mile venue this season. This will be the second visit for John Wes Townley to the D-shaped oval in his Zaxby's Toyota Tundra. The driver collected a 16th-place finish last spring in the 167-lap event and is anxious to showcase his talent during the SFP 250.

 

In addition to his Truck Series stats, Townley has two ARCA Racing series starts at the track and was found leading the ARCA Racing series race last season after his third place qualifying attempt.

 

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CHASSIS HISTORY: Chassis No. 085 will battle this weekend at Kansas with John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Tundra team. Chassis 085 saw action at four tracks in 2012 including Chicagoland Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. During the off season, the chassis was rebuilt to prepare for 2013.

 

REARVIEW MIRROR - ROCKINGHAM: John Wes Townley and his No.7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra earned the top finishing position for the Red Horse Racing stable. The young driver started the 200-lap race from the 26th position and raced a free Tundra for most of the race. With some great coaching by crew chief, Mike Beam and Spotter Chris Lambert, Townley was able to fight his way to the front and collect an 11th place finish.

 

The 11th place finish is the highest finish this season for the team and Townley's third highest Truck Series finish, which bodes well for constant improvement over the rest of the year.

 

John Wes Townley talks about Kansas Speedway:

This is the first 1.5-mile track of the season. How do you feel going to Kansas?

"I love the 1.5-mile track program. These are the type of tracks that I've worked up to from racing late models. Racing on the 1.5-mile tracks makes you feel like you've finally made it to the big leagues. Especially at a place like Kansas. With the recent repave it's going to be really fast. I love when a track gets repaved and you can go full throttle.

 

After three races, how do you feel about your season so far with Red Horse Racing?

"I feel great. We are coming into Kansas with some momentum from our 11th place finish at Rockingham. I feel proud of that finish but am eager for more. Looking forward to Kansas to see what we can do with our Zaxby's Toyota Tundra."

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Miller Lite is bringing the ultimate tailgate party to all fans,free of charge, at Richmond International Raceway prior to the Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, NASCAR races. The Miller Lite Party Zone features live music, tailgate games, a mechanical bull, the Miller Lite show car, a full-service cash bar serving great tasting Miller Lite and food items for sale.

Located near the Midway on the Amphitheater Hill, the Miller Lite Party Zone is the place to be before the Friday, April 26,ToyotaCare 250 and the Saturday, April 27, Toyota Owners 400. This festive and enjoyable destination is open to the public on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a band performing Saturday beginning at noon.

While in the Miller Lite Party Zone, fans have access to the Miller Lite Party Bar, which is loaded with big screen televisions, a full-service bar and specials on Miller Lite draft beer, as well as a food menu.

For directions to the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate, please click here for a property map and locate item #13

RIR PR

 

 

Looking to repeat last year’s success at Rockingham Speedway, James Buescher and the entire Rheem Turner Scott Motorsports team brought TSM-214, the chassis that Buescher won four races with in 2012. During NASCAR’s return to “The Rock” in 2012, Buescher also drove this chassis to a second-place finish. After a very strong qualifying effort that put him in the second starting spot, Buescher found himself jumping out to an early race lead. During the latter half of the race, while in heavy lap traffic, Buescher made contact with a lap-down truck, which sent Buescher spinning in turns one and two. After falling one lap down and running as low as 23rd place, Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem team battled back to finish on the lead lap and in 14th, earning the team’s third top-15 finish of the season.

After two up-and-down practice sessions on Saturday, Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem team felt like they hit on a good setup for the 200-lap race that would take place on Sunday afternoon. Before the race on Sunday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the track for their qualifying session, where Buescher narrowly missed recording his first pole of the 2013 season. Starting in the second position, Buescher was joined at the front of the field by teammates Jeb Burton and Kyle Larson, whom qualified first and third, respectively.

When the green flag flew, Buescher jumped out to an early lead over his teammate Burton. Buescher went on to lead a total of 17 laps of the scheduled 200-lap race. He eventually slipped back to the seventh spot before getting an opportunity to make a pit stop on lap 64. Buescher brought the Rheem Chevrolet Silverado down pit road for their first stop of the afternoon. Looking to tighten the truck up, the crew made a wedge and air pressure adjustment while taking four Goodyear Wrangler Tires and Sunoco fuel.

Still battling a loose race truck, Buescher found himself battling just outside the top five after the field went back to green. It was at the halfway mark of the race when Buescher brought his No. 31 back down pit road, under yellow, to reverse some of the changes from the previous pit stop and make a track bar adjustment. The Turner Scott Motorsports crew completed the stop, and Buescher restarted the event in the sixth position.

Knowing that that the team had to make one more pit stop, crew chief Michael Shelton and Buescher talked strategy for the late race push. Unfortunately, that race strategy didn’t pan out as planned. Running in the seventh spot on lap 143, Buescher tried to weave his way through heavy lapped traffic when he came into contact with another truck that sent his No. 31 Rheem Chevrolet spinning down turns one and two. In order to not sustain any more damage from a blown tire, Buescher decided it was best to fall a lap down to race leaders and take the time to fix the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado on pit road.

With just under 50 laps remaining, Buescher found himself fighting to get back on the same lap as the leaders. Buescher finally fought his way back up the lucky dog position after a pit stop on 170 that gave him fresh sticker tires. A late race push from the No. 31 Rheem team leaped Buescher up to the 14th-running position and earned the team’s third top-15 finish of the season.

“It wasn’t the finish we were hoping for this weekend for the Rheem team,” said Buescher. “The guys worked really hard all weekend to give me a great truck, and unfortunately we got caught up in some trouble. We struggled with a loose truck most of the day, but I felt my Rheem team was making gains on it for the late-race run. When we start having some luck on our side, we will be really, really good.”

TSM PR

Kyle Larson made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the 2013 season and completed a dominating effort at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday afternoon in the NC Education Lottery 200 presented by Cheerwine. Starting from the third position, Larson pushed his No. 30 Autism Speaks Chevy Silverado to the lead on lap 18 and never looked back. Leading a race-high 187 laps, Larson held off a last-lap charge by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano en route to his first NCWTS victory.

 

After the drop of the green flag, Larson moved forward from his starting position of third and overtook teammate James Buescher for the lead on lap 18. Telling crew chief Trent Owens over the radio that he was really pleased with the handling of his Autism Speaks Silverado, Larson led until the first round of pit stops on lap 65. Taking four tires and no adjustments, Larson's Turner Scott Motorsports pit crew performed a quick pit stop to help maintain his first-place position.

 

Conserving his equipment throughout the mid-portion of the event, Larson continued to hold a comfortable lead over the remainder of the NCWTS field. Larson's only radio communication to Owens and his No. 30 Autism Speaks crew was to report that he was very pleased with his Silverado and was just running a smooth race to the finish. The third caution of the day provided the opportunity for Larson to come down pit road for a second time, with his pit crew once again getting him back out in the lead.

 

An extended green-flag run following the third pit stop under caution on lap 145 allowed Larson to stretch his lead until the final caution came out with three laps remaining, setting up an intense green-white-checkered finish. When the green flag was displayed once again, Larson and the Autism Speaks Silverado got a great restart on the rest of the field. Second-place Logano mounted a charge with help from much fresher tires, but Larson and was able to fend him off to take the checkered flag. The win marked Larson's first career NASCAR national series triumph.

 

"It feels good to finally get my first NASCAR national series win, especially at a place like Rockingham Speedway," Larson explained. "It's even more special today with Autism Speaks on our Turner Scott Motorsports Silverado, and I'm really proud to carry Trent's son Gray to victory lane with us. We had a really great Silverado all day long, and I can't thank this No. 30 team enough for putting together this effort. In the past, as soon as I get my first win, it really helps with my momentum. This win means a lot to me and to this team, and hopefully the momentum will carry over to our Nationwide Series effort to run for the championship this season."

 

"This win means so much on a lot of different levels," said crew chief Trent Owens. "It's special to get my first win with Kyle since we'll be running together all year in Nationwide, and it's going to definitely help our momentum. But I can't even begin to describe how special it is to get this win with Autism Speaks on our Chevy Silverado, and I can't thank our owners Harry Scott Jr. and Steve Turner enough for making this possible and putting my son's name on the door. This is definitely a race I will never forget."

 

TSM PR

Miguel Paludo fought back from an 18th-place starting position and battled an initially loose truck to finish 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' (NCWTS) second trip to Rockingham Speedway. With extremely fast pit stops and effective adjustments combined with skillful driving and tire preservation, the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team earned their second top-10 finish of 2013, leaving Paludo tied for sixth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.

 

Taking the green flag from the 18th spot after a 25.073-second qualifying lap, Paludo began his charge to the front of the field immediately. Breaking into the top-10 within the first 15 laps of the 200-lap event, he held his position until the second caution flag of the day waved on lap 64, despite an ever-loosening condition. Radioing crew chief Jeff Hensley that the AccuDoc Solutions machine was "getting freer and freer," the No. 32 team provided Paludo with a lightning-fast four-tire pit stop with track-bar adjustment, sending him back onto the track in ninth for the lap 68 restart.

 

The adjustments to the AccuDoc Silverado greatly improved the truck's entry, but Paludo now found that his handling was too tight off, causing his truck to snap loose. Running in the 12th position, a caution on lap 95 allowed the No. 32 team to take another crack at adjustments. Calling for four sticker tires and a slight reversal on the previous track-bar adjustment, the team once again performed an extremely fast pit stop, picking up three positions and sending Paludo back onto the track in ninth. "We're killing them on pit road," remarked Hensley before the lap 103 restart.

 

Paludo's truck reverted back to its free condition, and despite impressively fast laps, the No. 32 slipped back to 14th over the course of the next 40 laps. The team had one final set of sticker tires necessary to combat Rockingham's surface, providing one more chance to adjust the AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet when the caution flag waved on lap 144. The team performed their best pit stop of the race, gaining four spots on pit road during the four-tire stop with track-bar adjustment.

 

Taking the green flag in 10th on lap 149, Paludo battled hard in the top 10, working his way up as far as eighth before the field was slowed by a spinout on lap 174. Paludo explained that his Chevy Silverado was good on entry but still a little free in turns one and two. Presented with the option to pit for heavily scuffed tires, Hensley made the call that the Brazilian's best chance was with the tires he had, and the No. 32 opted to stay on the racetrack.

 

The action heated up with the lap 179 restart, and Paludo was scored 10th when a late-race spin set up the field for a green-white-checkered finish. Paludo fought hard on the wild lap 204 restart, maintaining his 10th-place position for the wave of the checkered flag.

 

"We were really good today, especially compared to where we were in practice and qualifying," said Paludo. "We just need to keep having races like this every weekend. My pit crew was unbelievable this weekend: we picked up a ton of spots in the pits, we made good calls and we got the top 10 we deserved. We've been competitive every race so far this season and we're getting closer and closer to that win. We're only seven points outside of fourth in the points: we can realistically be in fourth after Kansas. I can't wait."

 

Paludo is currently tied for sixth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, just two points behind fifth and seven points behind fourth. The Truck Series next hits the track at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, April 20 in the SFP 250.

TSM PR

Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team stormed into the Lone Star State looking to continue the growth of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. The team has captured the attention of fans and media members alike with their persistence, resilience and passion. They’ve consistently outpaced some of NASCAR’s best and brightest and Texas offered Mears and company the opportunity to continue their trek through the 2013 NASCAR season.

The week began with a one-day test in which Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat eighth on the speed chart at the close of Thursday’s test session. He quickly picked up where he left off when he hit the track for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, landing 10th on the board when it came to a close. The only challenge Germain Racing faced on Friday was the qualifying draw, where numbers drawn from a hat dictate the qualifying order. Mears drew 17th, which would send him out amidst the balance of the hot Texas sunshine when qualifying got underway on Friday at 5:40 PM local time. Nose-to-nose with a slick racetrack, Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion navigated the 1.5-mile superspeedway in just 28.038 seconds at a rate of speed of 192.596 miles per hour, placing him 24th on Saturday night’s starting grid.

The race started in the bright sunshine on Saturday evening, but ultimately ended under the cover of darkness. Somewhere between that transition, Mears and his GEICO team gave fight to the toughest day of racing they’ve had this season. Starting 24th, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion quickly dropped through the field, bottoming out in the 34th position on lap eight. The Bakersfield, CA, native immediately fell victim to an ill-handling racecar as he circled around the bumpy racing surface of Texas Motor Speedway. By lap 16, Mears was alerting his crew, “I cannot get into the corner at all.” The event’s first caution flag of the evening waved on lap 38 for debris on the frontstretch, allowing Mears the opportunity to bring his #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road for service. The Germain crew quickly provided Mears with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and adjustments.

The adjustments were of no avail and Mears would do battle against an angry racecar for the balance of the evening. On lap 107, he was heard over the team’s radio frequency saying, “It’s driving like I have a flat tire. Something’s bad wrong here, it feels like something’s broken.” Despite the handling issues, crew chief Bootie Barker was successfully executing a strategy to get Mears back on the lead lap before the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was forced to visit pit road under green with just 55 laps to go. The evening became further complicated when Jeff Burton and Marcos Ambrose brought out the caution flag just one lap later, sending Mears down two laps with little time to make it up.

The Germain Racing crew worked feverishly throughout the evening while Mears continued pedaling the #13 GEICO Fusion hard around the racetrack; neither willing to concede regardless of obstacles faced over the course of 500-miles of racing. When the checkered flag was displayed, the team was recorded as finishing 31st. More importantly, through seven races, Mears and his GEICO team have never failed to see a checkered flag, completing every race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, a stat not enjoyed by some of NASCAR’s top teams. Texas would serve as the team’s first tough race of the season, marking the strength of the team and the significant progress made from just a year ago. Although the 31st place finish was frustrating, it leaves Mears just three points out of the Top 20 in the Driver Point standings.

“It was a tough night for sure, but we all kept working hard trying to get our #13 GEICO Fusion where it needed it to be and even though we had a hard time we stayed focused,” Mears said. “This is really the first bad race we’ve had, so it’s important we put it behind us quickly. We’re already focused on Kansas.” He then lightly joked, “In racing, you’re going to have very good days and very bad days, so I’m glad we now have the bad behind us.”

The Germain Racing team will next journey to the Sunflower State for race number eight of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

PMI PR

Making his 50th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start, Joey Coulter had high hopes of a rock solid finish in the 2nd Annual N.C. Education Lottery 200 presented by Cheerwine at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. Although the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team didn't have the day they would have hoped for, Coulter was able to doctor an ill-handling Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra to a 13th-place finish in just the second series start at "The Rock." The solid finish allowed the team to advance two positions, to 13th, in the driver point standings.

 

"It was a long day at the office for this No. 18 Toyota team, but that's Rockingham and you will have that," Coulter said. "My Tundra was pretty loose most of the race and was definitely better on the long runs, which hurt us at the end of the race. At the end of the day, track position was key and the restarts just didn't work in our favor. A 13th-place finish isn't what we came here to do, but it was a solid points day and we will regroup for Kansas next week."

 

The No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra took the green flag from the 17th position and after falling back to 18th in the early laps, Coulter radioed into crew chief Harold Holly, that his machine was, "really loose in the center of the corner and on exit." As the 22-year-old driver settled in, his Tundra came to life and was running lap times as fast as the leader. When the second caution flag waved on lap 64 for a spin in Turn 2, the Florida native was scored 14th, but still complained of a loose condition on exit. Once the pit road opened, four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment were administered and when racing resumed on lap 67, the No. 18 machine was scored 15th.

 

 

Getting back into his rhythm, Coulter was able to settle into the 13th position by lap 85 and remained there until the field was slowed for a third time at lap 95 for smoke on the backstretch. Still complaining of being "loose on exit," the No. 18 KBM over-the-wall crew went to work on a chassis adjustment followed by a four-tire and fuel stop. Coulter would restart from the 12th position on lap 102.

 

 

Coulter maintained his position within the top 15 over the next 42 circuits and welcomed the fourth caution on lap 144 as his Toyota Tundra began to get tight in the center of the corner. Making his last stop of the day, Holly was forced to go with a major chassis adjustment, four tires and fuel for the final 52 laps of the 200-lap event. Due to a lengthy pit stop, Coulter took the green flag from the 17th position.

 

 

Back under green, Coulter was able to capitalize on his new sticker tires and gained four positions on track before the fifth caution of the afternoon slowed the field on lap 174 for four laps. With no sticker tires remaining behind the wall, the No. 18 machine stayed out with the leaders to once again restart 12th on lap 178.

 

 

The field was slowed two more times for six laps in the final stages of the race and went into overtime for the first time this season. Coulter, who was able to manage his tires on long runs, didn't get the storybook ending he needed to break into the top 10 and when the field took the checkered flag at lap 203, the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra was scored 13th, his second top-15 finish of 2013.

 

 

Kyle Larson won the 2nd Annual N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Rockingham Speedway, his first NCWTS victory in just his fifth series start. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano, finished second, posting his first top-five finish in only his second series start. Brendan Gaughan, Johnny Sauter and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. KBM teammate Erik Jones came back from a 36th-place qualifying effort to finish ninth and Darrell Wallace, Jr., who spent most of the 200-lap event in the top 10 was taken out under the seventh and final caution and relegated to a 27th-place finish.

 

 

There were seven caution periods for 33 laps and three different drivers led at least one lap, exchanging the lead four times.

 

KBM PR

 

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series, made his 12th career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and first career start at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday afternoon after posting a 6th place qualifying effort earlier in the morning.

 

Blaney saw the caution wave for the first time of the day on lap four, after dropping one position to his teammate, Joey Logano. The No. 29 was directed by Crew Chief, Doug Randolph, to stay out and continue to build rhythm, something Randolph preached heavily to Blaney throughout the entire race.

 

Blaney radioed in to his team on lap 30 saying he was too tight and having issues with turns one and two as he entered and exited. Randolph assured Blaney they would make adjustments once there was a chance to bring the Cooper Standard F-Series down pit road.

 

Spotter for the No. 29 F-Series, Joey Meier, radioed in on lap 41 telling Blaney that he had just ran the fastest lap on the track, providing some reassurance for Blaney.

 

When the caution came out on lap 62, Randolph brought the F-Series down pit road for four new tires and fuel. Once the green flag fell again on lap 67, with Blaney in the 8th position, he started to fall a bit saying his No. 29 Cooper Ford was still struggling in turns one and two asking for a track bar adjustment during the next round of pit stops.

 

Randolph added two rounds of wedge in the rear, rubber in the right rear, fuel and four fresh Goodyear tires while under caution on lap 142 with the intention of helping Blaney swiftly defeat turns one and two and get the No. 29 F-Series to the front. The green fell on lap 148, with Blaney in the 12th position, after a very efficient pit stop with all the adjustments made to the Truck.

 

With positive radio communications buzzing between Randolph, Meier and Blaney, it was evident the adjustments made were slowly and surely paying off for the No. 29 BKR team, as Blaney made a final push into the top ten for a 8th place finish during his first NCWTS race at The Rock.

 

Blaney and the No. 29 Cooper Standard team now sits 5th in NCWTS driver point standings, 35 points back from first.

 

 

"It wasn't the finish we were hoping for the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series, but we made up for a lot as the race came to us. Instead of pressing, we let the track and everything come to us as I battled turns one and two all day, but got better and my team supported me throughout the afternoon. It was definitely as exciting as I thought it would be racing here at Rockingham. Eighth place isn't horrible, especially since we were running outside of the top 10 for a good portion of the afternoon. This team is pumped up and we can't wait to get to Kansas next weekend." - Ryan Blaney

BKR PR

 

Joey Logano (@JoeyLogano), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Carbon Forged Ford F-Series, made his inaugural start for Brad Keselowski Racing (@TeamBKR) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during the North Carolina Lottery 200 at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday. Logano qualified in the 7th position. Logano's close friend, Coleman Pressley, practiced the Truck Saturday while Logano raced his Penske Racing No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion to a 5th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

Logano got off to a decent start, hanging around the top 10 when the caution flag fell on lap 62 for debris in between turns one and two. Crew Chief Chad Kendrick brought the Reese Towpower Ford F-Series down pit road, changing all four tires, making a track bar adjustment and topping it off with fuel.

 

The yellow flag waved again on lap 93. Kendrick elected to bring Logano back down pit road for four new tires and fuel. The crew had a stellar stop, positioning Logano 8th before the restart on lap 102.

 

Kendrick and Logano continued to build chemistry as they communicated back and forth on their radios, with Kendrick soaking in the Penske Racing driver's feedback and putting it use throughout the afternoon on the No. 19 Reese Towpower F-Series.

 

A spin in turns one and two brought out the caution flag on lap 142. Logano came to pit road and left with four scuff Goodyear tires and fuel, a strategy move that Kendrick felt would position the No. 19 very well for a thrilling finish and a shot at a BKR victory.

 

A long overdue caution flag for the No. 19 BKR team waved on lap 172 for a spin in the frontstretch. Kendrick brought the F-Series back to pit road for a final stop, stocking it full of fuel and four fresh tires, making it the only Truck left on the lead lap with new tires -- an advantage Logano would try to capitalize on for the win.

 

When the green waved on lap 178, Logano moved all the way from the 18th position to 2nd, before the final caution waved, making for a green-white-checker finish between Kyle Larson and Logano, where Larson squeezed Logano for a close win at Rockingham Speedway's second NCWTS in the past two seasons.

 

The No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing entry currently sits 9th in NCWTS Owner's points, 39 points behind the leader.

 

 

"I was passing a ton of cars on the newer tires, that's Rockingham for you. That's what makes this race track so cool, because you can play a strategy like that. When we got the last caution, I thought it was playing out perfect for us. I just got beat (on the restart). I spun my tires, so it was all my fault. I was so mad at myself. I felt like we should have won this race. We might not have had the truck to win, but we had the strategy to win. I want to thank Brad (Keselowski) for the opportunity, looking forward to Kansas next weekend."- Joey Logano

 

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