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No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer has the makings to be one of the coolest school teachers ever, but it appears he’d probably be pretty tough handing out grades. He gives himself and his Michael Waltrip Racing team only a B+ for its 2013 season so far despite sitting fourth in the point standings — eight spots higher with more laps led, top-fives and top-10s than at the same point last year. While he might not celebrate an A grade for the season, he’ll likely blow out some candles Thursday in celebration of his 34th birthday.
ON THE SEASON SO FAR:“I’d give the 5-hour ENERGY team, myself included, a B+ so far. I think to give yourself an A you need to win races and we haven’t been able to do that yet. Certainly in the points with all the things that have happened – we crashed out a couple races, like Talladega – we blew up at California. I mean, there’s been some setback and through all that we’re still good in points, so we’re happy so far.”
MONTH OF MAY:“The month of May has been tough on me historically and we got through it half-way decent. We didn’t have the finishes we wanted, but we didn’t have terrible finishes and that goes a long way towards moving forward to the summer months and not having to look over your back. Now we can continue to hone in and work on speed and racing for wins.”
DOVER:“At Dover you just have to race hard. That’s not a track that you can let your guard down at all. You have to be up on the wheel every lap and you have to have to whole package. You can’t be off in any way, shape or form in any area or you’re in trouble.”
BRIAN PATTIE ON MONTH OF MAY: “We had good speed in the month of May. That month is historically a challenge for Clint, so we were pretty happy that we had a top-10 car at Darlington, obviously we had a good car at Talladega and it didn’t work out as we planned there – and we finished top-10 at Charlotte. That’s decent. We’re ahead of where we were last year by quite a bit and that’s the goal. The end result is the same as last year. We have to make the Chase and continue to pay attention to 11th, so that hopefully we lock in before Richmond.”
DOVER:“Clint is fast at Dover. That’s one of his better tracks. June is full of tracks that he’s pretty good at and he likes a lot, so we have to capitalize on that. He had two solid races at Dover last year and we just need to find a tic more speed and execute throughout the event and I’m sure we’ll run really well.”
Charlotte…James Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem team came into Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) looking to continue the momentum they started to build last month in Kansas. Starting the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 from the 12th spot, Buescher quickly worked his way up to the top five. During a late-race restart, Buescher came into contact with another competitor when running three wide close to the wall, which caused Buescher to suffer slight damage. Dropping as far back as 19th in the running order, Buescher masterfully picked his way through the field to bring home the team’s second-consecutive top 10 in 2013 with a sixth-place finish.
Monster Mile, Monster Milestone...After two solid top-ten finishes, Buescher and his Rheem team head to the ‘Monster Mile’ of Dover International Speedway, where Buescher will make his 100th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start with hopes of claiming the team’s first victory of the 2013 season. As of late, Buescher and the Rheem team have been creeping up the point standings and now currently sit tied for fourth, just 31 points out of the lead., heading into this weekend’s Lucas Oil 200.
Gotta Have a Rheem...The No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) entry will run the familiar Rheem colors once again this weekend at Dover. Buescher looks to cap off the special milestone of 100 career NCWTS starts with a victory at the ‘Monster Mile’. Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem, now in its seventh consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor, is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Turner Scott Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing. Rheem also sponsors RCR’s No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series car driven by Paul Menard.
Chassis Info…TSM will bring Chassis TSM-221 with them to Dover International Speedway. The last time TSM utilized this chassis was at Phoenix International Speedway last fall where Buescher and the No. 31 team brought home a top-10 finish.
Now Appearing…On Friday, come and get an autograph from Buescher and his TSM teammates during the NCWTS autograph session located in the Lucas Oil display from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Leading into the Texas weekend, James will make an appearance at the Texas Mesquite Grill in Katy, Texas on Monday, May 3and Tuesday, May 4 from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. for a family-friendly event. Visit TexasMesquiteGrill.com for more details.
Watch and Listen…The Lucas Oil 200 can be seen live on Friday, May 31st on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
James Buescher on returning to Dover International Speedway
"It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I made my first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, and now to have 100 starts under my belt is really cool. The truck series has taught me a lot, and to be able to represent them as a champion is a dream come true. I am excited about returning to Dover; it’s a great track with some awesome fans, and I hope we can get Rheem their first truck win of 2013.”
Taming the Monster...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to Dover International Speedway where Miguel Paludo will attempt to tame the 'Monster Mile' for the third time in his career. In his two previous starts at the 1-mile oval, the 29-year-old Brazilian's best performance came in 2012. Paludo started the race ninth and ran in the top five for much of the event before rain shortened the race, resulting in a 12th-place finish for the Turner Scott Motorsports team.
Acc Is Back...The No. 32 Chevrolet is once again going green, sporting the colors of AccuDoc Solutions this weekend at Dover International Speedway. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, ADS enables patients to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals. Notable North Carolina based clients include Carolina's Healthcare System, the UNC Healthcare System, Sentara Healthcare, Baptist Health Care Pensacola, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare System and WakeMed. To learn more, visit www.AccuDocSolutions.com
Come Say Hi...Paludo and his NCWTS teammates will be signing autographs at the Lucas Oil display in the Dover International Speedway fan midway on Friday, May 31 from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. EDT.
This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 AccuDoc Solutions team will unload chassis TSM-216 this weekend at the Monster Mile. TSM-216 most recently went to battle at another one of NASCAR's historic tracks, earning a 10th-place finish at Rockingham Speedway in April.
Watch and Listen...The Lucas Oil 200 can be seen live on Friday, May 31 on SPEED. Pre-race coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90. The race will also repeat in prime time on SPEED, with a replay of the event at 9:30 p.m. EDT.
Previous Race Recap...Paludo and the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports team continued their strong start to the 2013 season, exhibiting clever strategy and skillful driving in the fifth race on the NCWTS schedule at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earning their third top-10 start of the year, Paludo went on to lead 33 laps and dominate on late restarts before bringing home a seventh-place finish in the Levine Children's Hospital Chevrolet. As a result, the team gained three spots in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, advancing to ninth, just three points behind eighth and 10 points behind seventh.
Miguel Paludo on driving at Dover International Speedway
"Dover is a lot of fun, and we ran really well there last year. If the rain hadn't cut the race short when we were off-cycle, we probably would have wound up with a top-five finish. This is a strong track for Turner Scott Motorsports as a whole, so I feel really confident going into this weekend. The No. 32 team has been doing so well this season; we haven't gone into a single race that we couldn't have won. We were so close that we could taste in in Charlotte; our first win is coming. I'd love to take home that Miles the Monster trophy."
This Week's Silverado...Jeb Burton and the No. 4 Arrowhead team will utilize powerhouse chassis TSM-229 for Friday afternoon's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway (DIS). Under the direction of veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., this truck helped claim Burton's first career pole at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season.
Come Say Hi...Burton will be signing autographs and saying hello at the Lucas Oil display in the DIS fan midway on Friday, May 31 from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. EDT. Make sure you grab one of Burton's Arrowhead hero cards.
Follow Along...Make sure you stay in the loop with all things Burton and the No.4 Turner Scott Motorsports team by following along on Twitter and Facebook, @JebBurtonRacing and Facebook.com/JebBurtonRacing.
Take Two...This will be Burton's second race at the 'The Monster Mile.' After a qualifying effort of seventh in the then 19-year old's fifth career NASCAR start, Burton went on to finish 19th in the rain-shortened event.
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Jeb Burton on Racing at Dover International Speedway
"I'm ready to head to Dover International Speedway this Friday and go for a win. My team has been working so hard, and it's completely evident in how great my trucks have been. Having won three pole awards in just five races is proof of that. All of Turner Scott Motorsports deserves a win right now and I want to be the one who gets it for them. We're bringing the same truck that led laps and captured the pole at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year, so I don't doubt we'll be highly competitive."
Off To The Races...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Dover, Del. for the 11th stop on the 2013 schedule for a meeting with the 'Monster Mile' of Dover International Speedway. Larson has some previous experience with the 1.0-mile concrete oval, running one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at the track in 2012. Larson fought back from a 19th-place starting position to finish fifth in the event.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend, the No. 32 team will unload chassis TSM-324 at Dover International Speedway. TSM-324 last hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Autism Speaks....Larson and the rest of his Turner Scott Motorsports Nationwide teammates will run a special Autism Speaks puzzle piece decal this weekend at DIS. This will mark the seventh-consecutive year the track has worked with Autism Speaks to raise awareness and funds for the cause. Autism Speaks holds a special place in the No. 32 team's heart, as crew chief Trent Owens' son is on the autism spectrum. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more, visit www.autismspeaks.org.
Larson In HD...VIZIO, Inc. and Hulu Plus return for this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway. VIZIO, America's #1 Large Size HDTV company, is committed to delivering the best entertainment experience with its full range of consumer electronics that combine innovative technology with clean and modern design, backed by an award-winning U.S.-based customer support team that has made VIZIO a fan favorite.
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Previous Race Recap...Larson kept his momentum from Darlington Raceway alive, coming from the middle of the field to finish fourth in his first ever race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Larson's No. 32 VIZIO/Hulu Plus Chevrolet went from loose to tight in the initial runs, but once the team dialed in the handling of his Camaro, the 20-year-old broke into the top five, earning his second consecutive top-10 finish.
Watch and Listen...The 5-hour ENERGY 200 can be seen live on Saturday, June 1 on ESPN. Race coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Kyle Larson on Dover International Speedway
"Dover is really a driver's track; you can really make up a lot there as a driver. There isn't a lot of grip and you really have to perfect your entry to make a good lap. I enjoy getting back to the tracks that I've raced in the past. The cars are obviously different, but when you go into a track you've raced before, you feel like it cuts down your learning curve a little bit. We've been having a good few weeks, so hopefully we'll be able to continue that at Dover."
Meeting the Monster...Following a "home" race in Charlotte, N.C. for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM), the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Dover International Speedway (DIS) for the first of a 20-consecutive race stretch this season. Allgaier has eight previous starts at DIS and has led 16 laps. This will be the second concrete track the NNS has raced on this season, the first being Bristol Motor Speedway, where Allgaier started from the pole and finished in the top 10.
Charlotte Recap...Allgaier qualified 14th at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro. After receiving a late-race penalty for speeding on pit road, which resulted in Allgaier going one lap down, he brought the No. 31 BRANDT Chevy home in the seventh position. With another top-10 finish, Allgaier moved up one spot to third in the NNS Driver Point Standings.
Drive for Autism...On Thursday, May 30, Allgaier, along with his crew chief Scott Zipadelli, TSM teammate Kyle Larson, and crew chief Trent Owens will participate in the Drive for Autism Charity Golf Tournament at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. The annual golf tournament is hosted to raise awareness and funds to serve people affected by autism and their families throughout Delaware.
Autism Speaks...This weekend at DIS, the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro will sport the Autism Speaks puzzle piece in support of Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more, visit www.autismspeaks.org.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet team will utilize chassis TSM-320. TSM-320 has made two previous starts this season: Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli on Dover International Speedway:
"We are taking chassis No. 320 to Dover [International Speedway], which we have run twice before. We have a long practice session on Friday that we will use to try different setups in preparation for the race. Overall, I expect us to have a good run at Dover."
Justin Allgaier on Dover International Speedway:
This Week's Camaro...The No. 30 WORX team will have chassis TSM-329 for this Saturday afternoon's race at DIS. TSM-329 was previously used by Piquet Jr. at Auto Club Speedway and Darlington Raceway, where he earned two 16th-place finishes.
Autism Speaks...Piquet Jr. and the rest of his Turner Scott Motorsports Nationwide teammates will run a special Autism Speaks puzzle piece decal this weekend at DIS. This will mark the seventh-consecutive year the track has worked with Autism Speaks to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
Charlotte Recap...Making his first career NNS start at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend, Piquet Jr. looked to start the summer portion of the schedule out on the right foot in the History 300. Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 WORX Yard Tools team started the weekend by qualifying 13th at the 1.5-mile oval. Piquet Jr. was able to battle all afternoon and bring home a 16th-place finish.
Familiar Face...For the ninth time this year, Piquet Jr. will display the No. 30 WORX colors on Saturday afternoon at DIS. Established in 1994, WORX Yard Tools USA, based in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the fastest growing companies serving the global power equipment market today. A diversified manufacturer and marketer of a complete range of electric-powered lawn and garden equipment and related products, WORX has over 4000 employees worldwide. The WORX line-up includes innovative grass trimmers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, blowers and more. All WORX products are emission-free and feature intuitive functions, tool-less adjustments and best-of-industry ergonomics. You can find WORX yard tools at retailers such as Lowe's, Walmart, Sears, Amazon.com and local lawn & garden dealers. More information is available on the company's website, at www.WORX.com.
Watch and Listen...The 5-hour ENERGY 200 can be seen live on Saturday, June 1st on ESPN. Race coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to Dover:
The No. 40 e-Swisher racing team with driver Reed Sorenson will tackle the mighty Dover International Speedway this Saturday, June 1, for the third e-Swisher race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
Partner of the week: DOT Discount Stores... With 27 stores across four states, DOT is a tobacco outlet offering adult tobacco consumers a wide array of premium and quality products at affordable prices. DOT will adorn the lower rear quarter panel of the No. 40 e-Swisher Chevrolet this weekend.
Meet the driver... From 4 to 5 pm this Friday, May 31, Reed Sorenson will be greeting fans for autograph and photo opportunities at the DOT Discount Store located at 702 Townsend Blvd. in Dover.
Reed Sorenson at Dover... Reed Sorenson has finished seventh or better at Dover in his last six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at "The Monster Mile." He has averaged a finish of 7.2 in 11 races dating back to 2005 with his best performance (a second-place finish after leading seven laps) coming in his debut race in '05.
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