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After a spin in qualifying forced Joey Coulter to start in the rear of the field for the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (BMS), the driver had his eye on the target and was ready to shoot up the leaderboard in the 13th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race of 2013. Starting 34th, the Toyota Racing driver advanced more positions than any other driver in the field - gaining 24 spots - to finish 11th in just his third start at the .533-mile concrete oval.


"I love racing here - it's fun," said Coulter. "We had a good Tundra tonight. I hate that I got spun around in qualifying - not sure if there was something on the track or not. The guys did a really good job of getting the left side damage repaired and the truck put back together - they didn't miss a beat. It was fun racing and passing all those trucks. We were up to 10th when that last caution came out and Harold (Holly) made the call to come down pit road for four tires and fuel. I know some of those guys stayed out and we restarted 11th. On those last few restarts, we were just in the wrong lane every time and lost a bunch of spots. I think we could have had a top-five finish - we had a really good hot rod, especially on the long runs."


Coulter was the 24th truck to take time during Wednesday's NCWTS time trials at BMS. As the Miami Springs, Fla. native entered Turn 2 for the first time, his Tundra spun - making contact with the wall. With only minor damage to the left side nose and tail, his No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports team was able to make repairs before the start of the 200-lap event, but Coulter was relegated to a 34th-place starting position for the 16th Annual UNOH 200.


Taking the green flag from the outside of row 17, Coulter made quick work of the trucks in front of him and was up to the 20th position when the second caution flag of the night was displayed on lap 71 for a spin in Turn 4. With a "free on entry, tight in the center" Toyota Tundra, Harold Holly brought the No. 18 machine down pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. When racing resumed on lap 77, the Tundra was scored 18th.


Six laps after the ensuing restart, the No. 18 Toyota Tundra was up to the 12th position when the No. 7 Tundra brought out the third caution for an accident in Turn 4. Following the lap-89 restart, Coulter settled in to race pace - using the long green-flag run to click off positions. As one of the fastest trucks on the track, Coulter made a pass on his owner and eventual race winner, Kyle Busch, for ninth before the fourth caution flag was displayed for an accident on the frontstretch.


With only 21 laps remaining in the 200-lap event - pit strategy was the buzz on pit road for the final stint. When the top-three trucks opted to stay out, Holly opted to bring his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to help his Tundra that was, "loosing grip." Coulter would restart 12th for the final 12-lap shootout.


Restarting on the inside of the sixth row, Coulter made ground on the restart when the No. 88 machine stalled coming to the green - causing multiple trucks to check-up and ultimately bringing out the fifth and final caution of the night. After three short caution laps, the field was lined up for the final seven laps. Coulter would take the lap-193 restart from the ninth position.


With only four laps remaining, Coulter went three-wide with the No. 88 and 19 machines in Turn 4 and as Coulter made his way around his fellow Truck Series competitors, Crafton slid in behind the No. 18 machine as they entered Turn 1 - forcing the Tundra up the track and ultimately back to the 14th position. In the closing laps, Coulter would fight his way back through traffic and would ultimately cross the line in the 11th position - his 10th top-15 finish of 2013.


Kyle Busch, owner-driver of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra, won the 16th Annual UNOH 200, his third NCWTS victory of 2013 and his fourth victory in eight Truck Series starts at BMS. Timothy Peters (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at BMS. Ryan Blaney (third) was the highest finishing rookie and posted his second top-10 finish in two starts in "Thunder Valley." Johnny Sauter and Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five finishers.


KBM teammate Darrell Wallace Jr was forced to bring his Liberty Tire Recycling Toyota Tundra down pit road under green for a mechanical issue and relegated to a 28th-place finish, six laps down to race winner Kyle Busch.


The field was slowed five times for 32 laps and the lead was exchanged seven times by four different drivers.  


Following his 11th-place finish Coulter moves up to 10th in the 2013 NCWTS driver's point standings after 13 races; 27 markers behind fifth-place Timothy Peters and 99 points behind series point leader Matt Crafton.


The NCWTS will head north of the boarder for its inaugural trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Mosport, Canada - a 3.957 km road course - for race No. 14 of 22. Coulter has three ARCA Racing Series starts on a road course including two laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes.







A challenging weekend at one of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season's 'wild card' stops, Bristol Motor Speedway, was a proving ground for Miguel Paludo and the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions truck, keeping the team in the championship hunt. Paludo and his crew battled for track position throughout the 200-lap UNOH 200, fighting their way back from a lap down to earn a top-15 finish and keep the NCWTS Driver Point Standings tight.


After two practice sessions where times on the board did not reflect the speed of the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions machine in race conditions, Paludo rebounded with an 11th-place qualifying lap, putting him in the first third of the field at a facility which favors track position. Upon taking the green flag, the field was soon slowed on lap four for a spin in Turn 4, with Paludo scored in the 14th position. Paludo reported to crew chief Jeff Hensley that his Chevrolet Silverado was good on the bottom of the track but snug in the middle of the turns, especially in the top groove.


Paludo worked the bottom line to the best of his ability, but as the sun set and the concrete track began to cool, handling at the top became increasingly necessary to move around the track. By the time a caution flag waved on lap 71, Paludo had dropped to 18th. The Brazilian told his crew chief that his truck remained tight in the middle but free on entry when running side-by-side. The No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports team provided Paludo with four tires, fuel, an air-pressure adjustment and a track-bar adjustment, sending him back onto the track in 14th after a quick stop.


Green-flag racing resumed on lap 78, but the action was slowed once again on lap 83 for a wreck. Paludo told Hensley that the adjustments helped, and that he was able to get a good arc and a good rhythm. Remaining on the racetrack, the green flag waved on lap 90, beginning a nearly 90-lap caution-free run. Now able to start working the top line, Paludo was running solid laps within the top 15 until lap 124. However, a side-by-side battle caused Paludo to drop to 17th, where he remained until the yellow flag waved on lap 179. Passed by the leader 20 laps before the caution but running competitively with him, Paludo was now one lap down, missing the free pass position by one spot. The team decided to stay out of the pits in an effort to earn the wave around, but one truck opted not to pit, eliminating the provisional and keeping the No. 32 one lap down.


The green flag waved on lap 189 and Paludo fought hard to remain the first truck one lap down. It paid off when the restart bunched the field, resulting in a multi-truck incident which brought out the final caution of the night. Paludo was awarded the lucky dog, and was able to pit for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment for the remaining laps of competition. The field went green on lap 194 with Paludo 13th, where he remained until the yellow flag ended the race on lap 200.


"All in all, this wasn't a bad night for us," said Paludo. "I look at where we were this time last year. The race was very similar; we went a lap down because of a very long green-flag run. The difference between our team then and now, is that we were able to recover, get back on the lead lap, and be competitive. Everyone, including myself, was able to keep fighting until the checkered flag, and we never gave up and settled for finishing a lap down. This track has always been a challenge for me, so walking away with a 13th-place lead-lap finish is an accomplishment. The points from second to 10th are so close. No one is out of this championship."


Paludo's is now sixth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, four markers behind fifth. The NCWTS goes international for the first time in history when the series heads to Canada's Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The Chevrolet Silverado 250 will air on FOX Sports 1 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.



While Bristol Motor Speedway might be one of the shortest tracks on the NASCAR calendar, the famed banked oval delivered a big moment as Ben Kennedy made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in the UNOH 200 on Wednesday night.

Driving the No. 96 ModSpace Motorsports/Fresh From Florida Chevrolet Silverado, Kennedy soaked up every lesson that he could learn in each of his 199 laps of tough competition on the way to a 20th place finish in his first-ever start in the highly competitive category.

Kennedy opened the race from 19th on the grid, and fought on the lead lap until the long green flag run saw him cede the spot to the leader just ahead of a caution on lap 70.

After moving back to lead lap contention, a pit stop on lap 87 for new Goodyear tires and some adjustments at the left rear to free up the Silverado saw Kennedy restarting from 24th. Once again moving back up into the top-20, a pair of cautions, first at lap 177 and then again for a final run to the checkered from lap 187, saw Kennedy learning as much as the young college student could in his first run in the Camping World ranks.

The final 13 laps were full of tempers and paint trading in traditional NASCAR Camping World style, but Kennedy kept his nose clean and his focus clear as he was able to come home 20th with the Silverado, which proudly carried the colors of ModSpace and Fresh From Florida.

“I can’t thank my team enough and everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports who supported us,” said Kennedy. “I learned a lot tonight at Bristol [Motor Speedway], which was my main goal. I was able to run consistent lap times and avoided all of the spins on the track, so overall I would consider it a successful race. I can’t wait to get back in the truck in a few weeks at Iowa [Speedway]. I’ve run there a few times in the K&N Pro Series East, so I’m excited to get back there and get more seat time in the truck.”

But the young racer, who was recently named as part of the “NASCAR Next” field of stars to watch, is far from done for the week.

Wednesday night’s first chance to take on the national level competition will be followed up closely by Kennedy’s immediate focus this year--the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship. And this Sunday, Kennedy will be making another debut as he looks forward to being a part of his first road race at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia for the Biscuitville 125.

Sunday Group PR

On the heels of this week’s “under the lights” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing excitement at Richmond International Raceway, even more stars return to America’s Premier Short Track,  August 26-27. Prior to the September 7 Federated Auto Parts 400– “One Last Race to Make The Chase” – at America’s Premier Short Track, drivers will prepare their cars at RIR, and grandstands will be open free to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. each night.

Drivers will get precious track time “under the lights” in preparation for one of the most anticipated races of the season. Only the top 10 drivers in the point standings and two Wild Cards (drivers who are in positions 11-20 with the most wins) will earn a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The way things are shaping up, there could be more than 10 drivers on the proverbial “bubble.”

Participating Monday, August 26 & Tuesday, August 27:

  • Danica Patrick
  • Mark Martin
  • Ryan Newman
  • David Reutimann
  • David Stremme
  • Travis Kvapil
  • Parker Kligerman (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Fans may enter Richmond International Raceway through the Main Gate, located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Meadowbridge Rd. Parking will be on the Midway, outside of Gate 70. A concessions stand will be open with food and beverages, and fans are allowed to bring in their own food and beverage (no glass allowed).


Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that NASCAR driver Jeb Burton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks game vs. the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, August 27.  First pitch for Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MST at Chase Field.

In addition to the first pitch, Burton will also lead the seventh-inning stretch, will wave the checkered flag for the Legends Race in the fifth inning and will show off his arm in a sixth-inning t-shirt toss atop the D-backs dugout.  He will also be available for interviews with Phoenix-area media before and during the game.

Burton earned his first career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when he took the checkered flag in the WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7.  He currently sits in third place in the Truck Series season points standings with nine races remaining in the season.  Burton will make his Truck Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Lucas Oil 150.

“We are thrilled that the D-backs have invited Jeb to throw out the first pitch,” Sperber said. “This will be an opportunity for D-backs fans to meet one of NASCAR’s promising young stars.”

Burton, 21, is the youngest member of one of the most recognizable and most successful families in NASCAR history.  His father, Ward Burton, won the 2002 Daytona 500; and his uncle, Jeff Burton, was the 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year and is a 21-time winner in Cup Series races.


Jeb Burton and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) put on an impressive show under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) in Wednesday's UNOH 200. Making multiple adjustments throughout the day, the No. 4 Arrowhead Chevy landed outside the top 10 in both practice sessions and qualified 18th, despite a spin during the warm-up lap. Burton remained patient during the race and managed to fight his way into the top 10 just before a last-lap incident forced the No. 4 truck into the wall, resulting in a 12th-place finish and one-position drop inthe NCWTS Driver Point Standings.


Tweaking the handling throughout the first practice session, the No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team made numerous adjustments to correct the truck's tightness, placing Burton in 14th position on the speed charts. During the second practice session, Burton reported a slight chatter in the front nose, leading the No. 4 crew to another adjustment; one they felt was a game-changer. With only minutes remaining, Burton returned to the track, feeling comfortable for the first time of the day. As Burton prepared to make his qualifying run, however, the No. 4 truck got loose in Turn 2, causing him to spin. Burton avoided contact with the wall and resumed his qualifying run, laying a time of 15.630 seconds, placing him to start in 18th position for the UNOH 200.


As the green flag dropped at what's known as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" track, the action quickly led to the first caution of the night on lap three. Burton reported to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that his No. 4 Chevy Silverado felt a bit free on entry but controllable. By lap 35, Burton had climbed his way into the top 15 and, according to spotter Kevin Hamlin, was running smooth and hitting his marks flawlessly. The No. 4 team was able to make adjustments on lap 71 as the second caution came out, pitting for four new tires and fuel, along with a slight air-pressure and track-bar adjustment. Jumping to the 11th position, the third caution of the night arose on lap 83 as Burton reported that the No. 4 truck felt a little off balance. At the halfway mark of the UNOH 200, the Arrowhead Chevy had fought its way into the top 10 but dropped back to 13th position after a tight battle with Ty Dillon and Dakota Armstrong on lap 157.


With less than 30 laps remaining in the UNOH 200, the fourth caution flag of the night came out on lap 179 and Burton quickly relayed that his Chevy truck was way too tight. The No. 4 team pitted for four new tires, fuel and a slight track-bar adjustment, leaving pit road in 12th position and receiving the Lucky Dog. In true Bristol fashion, the final 10 laps were action-packed, with the fifth caution of the night dropping on lap 190, leaving only seven laps for the field to gain track position. As Burton quickly climbed to ninth position, the field began to race three wide. Unfortunately, on the final lap, Burton was collected by Ron Hornaday Jr. and his Arrowhead Chevy was forced into the wall, ending their night with a 12th-place finish and a disappointing points drop.


"It's just really disappointing," said Burton. "We gave it all we had tonight and to see it end like this, it's just tough. It was out of our control. We wanted a top 10 and we should've had it."


Trailing only four points behind TSM teammate James Buescher, Burton lands in third-place in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings following his finish at BMS. Burton also dropped to second-place in the Rookie of the Year standings, which he has led all season.


Hoping for redemption, Burton and the NCWTS will make their 2013 road course debut next weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for The Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Sunday, September 1 live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.



Coming off their first win of the 2013 season, James Buescher and the Rheem team looked to continue their momentum in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) Wednesday night. After posting solid practice times, Buescher was able to follow up with an eighth-place starting position. When the green flag flew on the 200-lap event, Buescher wasted no time in moving up into the top five within a couple of laps. Buescher stayed close to the top five the majority of the night, and held his ground during the wild restarts at the end of the 200-lap race., Buescher brought his No. 31 Rheem Chevrolet home in the seventh position and moved into second-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Driver Point Standings.


During the one-day NCWTS show at BMS, the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports team unloaded with a fast Rheem Chevy showing that they would be a contender once again. Backing up their practice times in qualifying, Buescher started the UNOH 200 in the eighth spot. When the green flag released the 36-truck field, Buescher wasted no time in gaining three spots within four laps, just before the first of five yellow flags slowed the field. Restarting fifth, Buescher was caught on the bottom line and gave up a couple spots before settling into the seventh position for the first long green-flag run of the night. The race saw its second yellow flag on lap 71, which put the No. 31 Rheem team in their fuel window. The team relinquished their sixth running spot and ducked down pit road for four Goodyear Wranglers, Sunoco fuel and a chassis adjustment to help cure the loose condition that Buescher was feeling in the corners of the half-mile oval. With a stellar pit stop by the Rheem team, they were able to come back out of the pits where they entered in the sixth position. When the field went back green, it was only for a couple laps as the field was once again slowed for an accident in Turn 4.


During the second long green-flag stretch of the UNOH 200, Buescher found himself in fierce battles for a top-five running position. With an accident on lap 179, crew chief Michael Shelton had to make a decision whether to pit and give up the fifth position for fresh tires, or stay out. Buescher and the No.31 team opted for the four fresh tires and a little extra fuel. Buescher restarted seventh with just over 10 laps remaining in the 200-lap race. As the green flag waved, the field struggled to get going when the front row stumbled and sent trucks behind them spinning, immediately bringing out another yellow flag. This set up a short shootout for Buescher and NCWTS field, with Buescher restarting in the sixth position. After the restart, Buescher battled side-by-side with competitors on the short high-banked oval, ultimately bringing his Rheem Chevy home in the seventh spot. With the effort, Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem team moved up to second-place in the NCWTS point standings with nine races remaining.


"I'm really proud of my entire Rheem team," said Buescher. "With this track being so fast, anything can happen in a hurry and I'm really excited that we battled for a top five all night long. Last week's win was such a momentum boost for us. We know what lies ahead of us in this championship hunt, and we scored a top-10 finish in one of the "wild card" races. We also moved up a position in the point standings and narrowed the points lead, which was huge. We'll continue to work hard at our goal of bringing home the championship."


The NCWTS will head north of the border for the inaugural race Chevrolet Silverado 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 1 at 2 p.m. EDT live on FOX Sports 1.



16-year-old Brandon Jones made his first start in one of NASCAR's top-three national series Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Jones and his No.33 Katy Springs team worked on getting familiar with the famed 0.533-mile concrete oval during both practice sessions held on Wednesday. The Atlanta, GA. native and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team were able to learn information that would carry over into the race during the two practice sessions. Jones made his first qualifying attempt in the NCWTS and earned the 26th starting spot in his No. 33 Katy Springs Silverado for the UNOH 200. After 200 laps, Jones was able to gain valuable experience and brought his Katy Springs Silverado home with a 27th -place finish.


Jones and the rest of the 36-truck field took the green flag under the lights at BMS. Shortly after the green flag waved, the first caution of the day came out on lap 3 for a spin in Turn 4. Crew Chief Mike Greci decided to stay out during the caution and Jones restarted the race in the 25th position. Following the restart, the field settled into the 200-lap race. During the long green flag run, Jones passed multiple trucks and worked his way up to the 18th position until another competitor got into the back of his No.33 Katy Springs Silverado causing Jones to spin and bring out the second caution of the day on lap 70. During the caution, Greci brought the No.33 down pit road to change four tires, add Sunoco race fuel and make adjustments to his Katy Springs machine. After the pit stop, Jones restarted the race in the 28th position, one lap down.


The third caution of the day came out on lap 81 for a spin on the frontstretch. Jones was the beneficiary of the caution and was able to gain his lap back after receiving the free pass. Jones restarted the race in the 25th spot on lap 89. After the restart, the field settled into another long green flag run, and Jones worked his way up to the 22nd position until making an unscheduled green flag pit stop on lap 119 for a flat tire. After bringing in his Silverado to pit road to fix the problem, Jones was scored in the 30th position, four laps down. The 16-year-old however did not let the problem frustrate him, as he would turn lap times as good as the leaders for the remaining portion of the race, bringing home his No.33 Katy Springs Silverado in the 27th position


"Today was a very special and exciting day for me," Jones said. "I had a lot of fun out there tonight, and it was amazing taking the green flag here at Bristol. I would like to thank all my guys at Turner Scott Motorsports for the hard work they put into the No.33 Katy Springs Silverado. We learned a lot today that I think we can carry over to our next race and I am already looking forward to my next start."



New advancements in fan-centric traveling technology, designed to enhance the fan's enjoyment at live events and entertainment venues, will be tested this week at Bristol Motor Speedway during the IRWIN Tools Night Race NASCAR Weekend.

The "Digital Signage, Mobility & Security" kiosks, devised and operated by the Heads and Tails Company of Southern California, will be showcased during NASCAR's visit this week to Bristol Motor Speedway, owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI). During the four-day event, track guests stopping by one of the digitally automated and unmanned kiosks will be able to explore a multitude of value-added, venue-enhancing experience features in advance of wider deployment in 2014 at other SMI facilities.

Tony Loiacono, founder and CEO of Heads and Tails, stated the multiple technologies used are powered by Cisco Systems and Meraki along with eco-partners VieDrive, Industry Weapon, and Babelpay. Meraki and Ovideon were utilized to create the kiosks in order to provide an access to new fan and venue centric mobile technologies.  While each unit stands alone, they are interconnected onsite via an easily-managed localized wireless network."

Like a futuristic mall directory, these traveling kiosks are eight-feet tall and fitted with HD video screens and customized "Bristol Battles" graphics. The units provide an interactive display experience of event news, content, and full interoperability with the mobile phone gateway allowing users to interact through mobile GPS and in-venue Wayfinding.

Kiosk and mobile network-based communications allow for local level delivery of content offers, schedules, track maps, NASCAR standings and current track results, while the Wayfinding feature guides app users to locations around the venue utilizing a sensor based facilities location map.

"This first-of-a-kind traveling DSMS system enhances the fan experience to entertain and inform our guests in remote and convenient locations around our tracks as if wireless broadband access and speeds are as plentiful as air," said Jerry Caldwell, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Bristol Motor Speedway.

Beyond a static board, the SMI mobile kiosk supports connectivity to a smartphone/tablet app to serve fan interaction throughout venues. While various service needs will be gauged during the test at Bristol Motor Speedway, the fan kiosk is capable of providing GPS guidance to: seating, food, refreshments, restrooms, souvenirs, friend locations, and much more.

Optimum times to see how the units operate and talk with officials from Heads and Tails are August 21 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and August 22 9 a.m. until 6 p.m at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Heads and Tails PR


International Speedway Corporation ("ISC")today announced that it has named Chip Wile as President of Darlington Raceway (“DAR”) effective immediately.  Wile accepts the role from his most recent position as Director of Business Development for the Motor Racing Network (“MRN”).  Current DAR President, Chris Browning, has resigned to pursue other career opportunities.

Wile joined MRN in 2012, bringing with him over a decade of experience in the motorsports industry servicing partners such as Caterpillar, Verizon, Exide Technologies, and Dollar General.  His responsibilities at MRN included developing and overseeing new business opportunities; acting as the network's primary liaison to ISC’s sponsors and integrated media sales; directing MRN’s overall marketing and promotional efforts; and managing its annual budget. Wile received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Georgia. 

“We are excited to announce Chip Wile as President of Darlington Raceway,” stated John Saunders, ISC’s President.  “He is a respected and seasoned motorsports executive and is well prepared to accept the leadership position at Darlington Raceway. We were fortunate to have such a high-caliber individual to transition into a strategic position within our organization. We congratulate Chip on his new position and look forward to his continued success within our organization.

 “I would also like to thank Chris for his many years of service at Darlington.  We wish him much success in his future endeavors.”

ISC/Darlington Raceway PR



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