Kyle Busch Is Trying To Off “The Triple Play” At Bristol

Kyle Busch & Kasey Kahne

In baseball, triple plays are rare. In fact, there have been 713 triple plays in the history of Major League Baseball, dating back to the first triple play in 1876. On average, there are 3.5 triple plays turned during the more than 2,400 games played each year, with the most recent coming this past Aug. 3, when the Baltimore Orioles turned one against the Detroit Tigers.

With that in mind, NASCAR’s version of a triple play is much more rare than baseball’s version. Of course, NASCAR’s version of the “Triple” is a driver winning all three races of NASCAR’s top national series – Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck – at the same track on the same weekend.

Only one driver has been able to pull off that feat – Kyle Busch. Back in 2010, Busch brought home all three trophies during a magical August weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Before and since then, the Las Vegas native had come close by winning two of the three races several times. But he only accomplished the coveted triple that one week in August 2010.

So as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shop Night Race, the 2015 Cup Series champion will again attempt to pull off something only he has ever accomplished – a weekend triple. Busch is entered in Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series race in the No. 46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). He’ll continue Friday night in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and then finish off the weekend in NASCAR’s top series Saturday night.

The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Caramel Toyota Camry for JGR in the Cup Series has a stellar record at the .533-mile high-banked bullring with five Cup Series wins. In fact, there will only be one other driver in the field Saturday night who has the same number of Bristol wins – his brother Kurt Busch. He would like nothing more than to sit alone atop the list of active drivers with six career Bristol wins.

In addition to his five wins, Busch has notched eight top-fives and 13 top-10s in 24 career starts at Northeast Tennessee’s “Thunder Valley.” Amazingly enough, three of Busch’s wins there came over a four-race span at the .533-mile short track in 2009 and 2010.

While he is a factor any time he travels to Bristol, it’s interesting to note Busch didn’t immediately take to the place. During his rookie year in 2005, he posted finishes of 28th and 33rd, but his record since then has been impressive, to say the least. After bringing home finishes of eighth and second in 2006, Busch captured his first Bristol Cup Series win in March 2007. The track was resurfaced after that race and, from 2008 to 2011, nobody has been better at the concrete oval than Busch. He scored four wins and six top-10s from 2008 until another change to the track surface prior to the August 2012 race weekend. Busch is looking to recapture the magic from his four years of dominance there on the current surface.

So as Busch and the M&M’S Caramel team head to Northeast Tennessee this weekend, they’ll be focused yet again on another possible “Triple Play” in hopes of taking yet another checkered flag at a Bristol track that has treated him quite well over the years.

KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Caramel Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: 
Would you like to break the tie between yourself and your brother for most wins here at Bristol among active drivers?

“I remember watching when I was a kid – I wasn’t here yet – watching Kurt win his first race here at Bristol and then having the epic battle with Jimmy Spencer there. That was a lot of fun to watch and see how Kurt was able to get his first win here and of course the years that I’ve been able to put cars in victory lane or wishing I could go back and get a few more of those wins that I missed out on – I’d have a heck of a lot more than just five. I think nothing comes close to the race that we had here in 2010 in the fall when I won the Truck race, the XFINITY race and the Cup race all in the same weekend. That was awfully special to pull off and with as much things as can happen here and as much carnage that can happen here, it certainly made for an awesome weekend and one for the record books.”

What is your most memorable experience at Bristol?

“The one that stands out the most for me is August 2010 – being able to do the sweep. We won the Truck race on Wednesday night, backed it up in the Xfinity Series race Friday and took home the trophy from the Cup race on Saturday night. We would certainly like to give it a shot again this weekend and get our M&M’S Caramel Camry to victory lane on Saturday to finish it off.”

Do you think anyone will ever win another seven races in a row at Bristol, like Darrell Waltrip did from 1981 to 1984?

“No, I don’t think so. I think the way the sport was then is certainly different than the way the sport is now. When you hit on something back in that day, you might have been able to keep it at that particular racetrack for a lot longer than you can now. The way that tech goes and the way you have to tear down your car here at the racetrack and having people looking at it from not very far away, they can see what you’re doing and, then again, they go to the tech center and they pull apart the shocks and they pull apart the bump stops and they basically give away to everybody else what you’re doing. I don’t think you’ll ever see seven in a row at a particular racetrack again, but I could be wrong. Deep down, I would like to say that I could do it, but I know that, even with the team I have and the crew and the talent and everything we’ve got going on with the M&M’S Caramel car, that’s going to be hard to do. It’s fun to reminisce about those days and about what it’s all about but, sometimes you hear these comments about our sport. And they talk about how great it was in the ’70s or the ’80s, and you look at some of the results and there’s eight cars that finish and the second-place car is three laps down and this guy has now won five in a row at a particular racetrack and it’s, like, ‘How is that the good old days?’ Is that really what would be exciting these days? I don’t think so. Not unless it’s your favorite driver, and there are a lot of fans out there who pull for different drivers.”

How much do the changes to the track impact your capabilities at this track?

“Every time we come here it seems like there’s something changing. With the bottom grip strip let’s call it, it certainly makes for a unique race track – more unique than it was already and when they first re-concreted this race track and did a new layout to it, more of a bowl-type to where you can run all over the race track, I was a huge fan of that – that you could race and race cleanly and not have to knock people out of the way and you could run three wide through the corners or two wide most all the way around the race track. That’s boring apparently so they changed it again and ground the outside groove and that really through me and my team for a loop and we were never really able to find something that we could work with up there and get it to work the way that we needed it to win races here. Now that they have the bottom groove going back again, that seems to open it again for the bottom and the top and you can run two lanes and you can have the lanes be more equal to one another rather than the top just being so much faster and having to run up there.”

What makes Bristol Motor Speedway so unique and a place that fans love?

“Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best racetracks on the circuit. All the fans love it because of the excitement, the run-ins and the close-quarter action with all the cars being packed on top of one another at a half-mile racetrack with us 40 lunatics running around in a tight circle. With the fans, the atmosphere there always makes for a good time.”

M&M’S Caramel Racing

Race 24 of 36 – Bass Pro Shops Night Race – Bristol

Car No.: 18 – M&M’S Caramel Toyota Camry

 

Teammates:  Denny Hamlin – No. 11 Toyota Camry; Daniel Suarez – No. 19 Toyota Camry; Matt Kenseth – No. 20 Toyota Camry.

 

At-Track PR Contact: Bill Janitz, True Speed Communication (704-875-3388 ext. 803 or Bill.Janitz@TrueSpeedCommunication.com).

Primary Team Members:

Driver: Kyle Busch

Hometown: Las Vegas

 

Crew Chief: Adam Stevens

Hometown: Portsmouth, Ohio

 

Car Chief: Nate Bellows

Hometown: Fairfax, Vermont

 

Race Engineer: Ben Beshore

Hometown: Hometown York, Pennsylvania

 

Engine Specialist: Mike Johnson

Hometown: Bozeman, Montana

 

Spotter: Tony Hirschman

Hometown: Northampton, Pennsylvania

Over-The-Wall Crew Members:

Gas Man: Tom Lampe

Hometown: Beatrice, Nebraska

 

Front Tire Changer: Josh Leslie

Hometown: Mount Clemens, Michigan

 

Jackman: TJ Ford

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Front Tire Carrier: Brad Donaghy

Hometown: Orange County, Virginia

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Kenny Barber

Hometown: Hoosick Falls, New York

 

Rear Tire Changer: Jake Seminara

Hometown: Steubenville, Ohio

 

Pit Support: Marcus Bonicelli

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Pit Support: Jeff Koons

Hometown: Greenfield, Indiana

Road Crew Members:

Truck Drivers: Brendan Greene and Jamie Price

Hometowns: Midland, North Carolina, and Choteau, Montana, respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Jon Desrocher

Hometown: Plattsburgh, New York

 

Interior Mechanic: Wesley Lape

Hometown: Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

 

Race Engineer: Tyler Allen

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

 

Ride and Handling Engineer: Chris Chase

Hometown: Nichols, New York

 

Rear End Mechanic: Chris Jones

Hometown: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

 

Mechanic: Todd Foster

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

 

Front End Mechanic: Brandon Griffeth

Hometown: Pittsfield, Illinois

Notes of Interest:
  • The Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway will mark Kyle Busch’s450th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 25th NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol.
  • Busch has career totals of 39 wins, 24 poles, 155 top-five finishes, 232 top-10s and 13,505 laps led in 449 career Cup Series racesHis most recent Cup Series win came three races ago at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Busch’s most recent pole, the 25th of his career, came two races ago at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. He now has six poles this season, a career high.
  • Busch has five wins, eight top-five finishes and 13 top-10s and has led a total of 1,960 laps in 24 career Cup Series starts at Bristol. Busch’s average Bristol finish is15.1.
  • 13,000: After leading 100 laps at Pocono in June, Busch bested the 13,000 mark in laps led in NASCAR’s top series. With his current 13,505 Cup Series laps led, Busch is just the 11th driver to best the 13,000 mark.
  • 100th: Busch brought home Toyota’s maiden Cup series victory in March of 2008. Fast forward nine years later and Busch’s recent Pocono win was the 100th for the Toyota Camry brand in NASCAR’s top series. Busch has brought home 35 of those 100 victories for the manufacturer. The win was also Toyota’s 400th victory among NASCAR’s top three series. Among those 400 wins, Busch has 155.
  • Starting Up Front: Busch captured his third consecutive pole two races ago at Watkins Glen, which was the sixth of 2017 for the Las Vegas native. Six poles is the most Busch has captured during any season of his career. In fact, prior to 2017, the most poles Busch had captured in a season was three, which he did on two different occasions during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
  • All-Star Winner: In addition to the Pocono win, Busch brought home a non-points victory in May’s All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, as the M&M’S Caramel brand is now two for three in races so far this year. The win was Busch’s first victory in his 12th start in the All-Star Race, the largest number of starts before an All-Star Race win. The previous high was held by Tony Stewart with 11 All-Star starts before his win in 2009.
  • 39 Career Cup Series Wins: With his Cup Series win at Pocono, the 39th points-paying win of his career, Busch now sits tied for 18th on the all-time Cup Series win list with NASCAR Hall of Famer Tim Flock.
  • Trimming the List: With wins at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City added to the list last season, and now Pocono crossed off the list two weeks ago, Busch has won Cup Series points races at 22 of the 23 tracks at which the series competes. The only track remaining to conquer in the Cup Series is Charlotte. Busch, of course, was the winner of the All-Star non-points race at Charlotte back in May but is still chasing a points-paying Cup Series victory there. During his 2015 Cup Series championship season, Busch checked off Indianapolis and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Five of Busch’s last seven Cup Series wins have been his first at each track in NASCAR’s top series (Indianapolis, Homestead, Martinsville, Kansas, and Pocono). Of the 22 different tracks where Busch has won, he has multiple wins at 11 of them.
  • All-Time JGR Wins Leader: With his Brickyard 400 win last July, Busch passed three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart for most all-time Cup Series wins for JGR. Busch now has 35 wins for JGR to Stewart’s 33 following last month’s Pocono win.
  • 177 and Counting: Busch enters Bristol with 177 career wins among NASCAR’s top three divisions – Cup (39), Xfinity (90) and Truck (48) following his Xfinity Series victory at Watkins Glen two weekends ago.

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Blake Koch And Kaulig Racing Prepares For Bristol

Blake Koch

Blake Koch at Bristol Motor Speedway… Blake Koch has 12 previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). He earned a track-best start of 16th in April of 2016 and tied that earlier this season when the NXS visited BMS in April. He earned a track-best finish of eighth in this race last year (August 2016) after starting 17th. The last time Koch visited BMS in April, he finished ninth, earning his first top-10 of the 2017 season. Koch has recorded a total of two top-10 finishes at BMS.

Sounding Off – Blake Koch… “Statistically, Bristol seems like it’s our best racetrack after finishing eighth and ninth in the last two races there. We have good notes to go off of from  and I really like the PJ1 substance that Bristol put down on the track last race and plan to put down again. I love short tracks and think this weekend is a good opportunity for us to secure some more points and our position in the playoffs.”

2017 Season… Koch is currently tied for ninth in the NXS Championship standings after 21 races. He has recorded one pole position, six top-10 starts, two top-10 finishes and nine top-15 finishes. The Kaulig Racing driver has led 32 laps so far in 2017. Last week at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Koch scored a track-best start of third and finish of 11th after winning Stage 1, finishing 10th in Stage 2 and suffering major damage in the final stage before battling back to capture a top-15 finish. The stage win was his second of the 2017 season, earning him an additional playoff point.

Meet Blake…Koch and crew chief Chris Rice will serve as grand marshals for Thursday night’s Speedway Children’s Charities Night Race 5K presented by Bojangles at BMS. Koch will address the crowd, take photos and meet with fans at 8:15 p.m. ET before joining Chris Rice to give the command for the 8:30 p.m. ET start time. Registration is $25 with all proceeds benefitting local children through Speedway Children’s Charities. 

Koch will visit the NXS XFINITY Zone presented by Comcast at BMS on Friday, August 28th at 2:30 p.m. ET for a Q&A and autographs.

Koch will meet with fans and sign autographs at the LeafFilter Gutter Protection display in the BMS FanZone on Saturday, August 18th at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 202nd NXS start this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. To date, Koch has a career-best NXS starting position of first at Talladega Superspeedway (May 2017), and a career-best NXS finish of eighth at RIR (April 2016), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2016), Phoenix International Raceway (November 2016) and Iowa Speedway (July 2017).

Tune-In… The 300-lap Food City 300 from BMS will be televised live Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be broadcasted live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.

Keeping up with Kaulig Racing… To receive up-to-date information on the No. 11 NXS team, follow @KauligRacing on Twitter as well as on the Kaulig Racing™ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kauligracing, and the team’s website, www.kauligracing.com.

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Hendrick Motorsports Announces Leadership Promotions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS STRENGTHENS ORGANIZATION WITH EIGHT LEADERSHIP TEAM PROMOTIONS

CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2017) – Hendrick Motorsports has elevated eight senior leaders into new positions designed to strengthen the 12-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champions and enhance the team’s overall management structure. The eight executives, who will assume their new roles immediately, have more than 150 combined years of service with the organization.

“I believe the best leaders serve their teammates, not the other way around,” said , owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “Servant leadership is an approach that’s been successful for us in both racing and the automobile business, and it’s something our organization has wholeheartedly embraced. These people have grown in our culture and are trusted throughout our company. I’m proud to see them expand their responsibilities as we look toward the future together.”

Vice president and chief financial officer Scott Lampe has been promoted to executive vice president, making him Hendrick Motorsports’ third-ranking officer after owner Hendrick and team president Marshall Carlson. The Appalachian State University graduate will continue as CFO with responsibility for core business functions that include accounting, aviation, human resources, information technology, legal affairs, purchasing, and real estate. The Durham, North Carolina, native has been with the company for 18 years.

Veteran racer Ken Howes, who has 32 years of service with Hendrick Motorsports, has been named vice president and chief of staff to provide leadership, coordination and support across the organization’s senior executive team and all racing operations. The Johannesburg, South Africa, native previously was vice president of competition and is the company’s most experienced team executive with a decorated auto racing career that spans NASCAR, Formula 1 and IMSA.

Director of engine operations Jeff Andrews has been elevated to vice president of competition. With 25 years of experience with Hendrick Motorsports, Andrews is now the organization’s senior competition executive supporting its crew chiefs and four NASCAR Cup Series teams. His responsibilities include oversight of the company’s engine operation and the newly formed competition systems group. The Fresno, California, native will be the organization’s representative on the NASCAR competition committee and serve as its co-chair representing Chevrolet teams.

Nos. 5 and 24 team manager Brian Whitesell has been promoted to the new position of vice president of operations. He will oversee the organization’s vehicle engineering group and direct all vehicle-related production, including chassis, bodies, composites and other unified vehicle production functions. The Stuarts Draft, Virginia, native holds a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech and has 25 years of service with Hendrick Motorsports.

Lampe, Howes, Andrews, Whitesell and longtime vice president of marketing Patrick Perkins will report to Carlson, along with crew chiefs Alan GustafsonGreg IvesChad Knaus and Keith Rodden.

“Without question, our greatest strength is the more than 600 people working at every level inside Hendrick Motorsports,” Carlson said. “We’ve spent a great deal of time listening to team members throughout the organization, front to back, and identified ways to better align management and organize capabilities to take full advantage of our talent. The first priority is our people, and the best way we can serve them is to continue winning races and competing for championships for many years to come. We believe these decisions will help to ensure we meet that goal.”

Other new assignments include:

·  Longtime director of engine engineering Jim Wall has been promoted to director of powertrain. In conjunction with Andrews, Wall will continue managing the development and delivery of championship-caliber engines with the added responsibility of overseeing the gear and transmission unit, which will be integrated with the engine operation. The Concord native holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. He has more than 30 years of service with Hendrick Motorsports.

·  Vehicle production director Darian Grubb has been promoted to director of competition systems, reporting to Andrews. The Floyd, Virginia, native will work to enhance team capabilities that directly support at-track competition with day-to-day oversight of the new competition systems group, which includes the organization’s simulation programs, analytics platforms, data acquisition and communication technologies, and at-track research and development.

·  Manager of aerodynamics Diane Holl, a former principle engineer at the McLaren Formula 1 team, has been promoted to director of vehicle engineering, reporting to Whitesell. The Guildford, England, native will lead the vehicle engineering group and integrate the design-and-build processes employed in race car development and production.

·  Nos. 48 and 88 team manager Michael Landis has been promoted to director of operational support, reporting to Lampe. The New York City native will provide responsive business services to the competition and operations units with oversight of essential support functions including purchasing, apparel, travel, and logistics and transport.

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KBM Enters Kyle Busch In The UNOH 200 At Bristol

Kyle Busch

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event:  UNOH 200 (Round 14 of 23)

Date:  Aug. 16, 2017

Location:  Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway

Layout:  .533-mile oval

 

Three Things You Need to Know:
● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 46 BANFIELD® Pet Hospital Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), will make his seventh and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the 2017 season this weekend in the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In six starts this year, Busch has scored two wins – May 12 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and May 19 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Busch has led 285 of the 741 laps (38.4 percent) run during the six races in which he has competed.

● While Wednesday night’s race is Busch’s seventh Truck Series start of the season, it will be his 11th start in the series at Bristol. In 10 previous starts, Busch has four wins (2008 to 2010, and 2013), six top-five finishes, seven top 10s, three poles and has led a total of 435 laps. Additionally, it will be the 140th start of Busch’s Truck Series career, which features 48 wins, 88 top fives and 109 top-10s. He’s scored 17 pole positions and has led a total of 6,131 laps.

● Wednesday night’s Truck Series race is the second of two in which Busch is racing with Banfield on the hood of his Toyota Tundra. Busch finished sixth in the No. 46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota Tundra last month while competing at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Kyle Busch, Driver Q&A
Are you looking forward to coming back and running the Truck Series race at Bristol?

“Yeah we haven’t run the Truck Series race at Bristol in a couple of years, so I’m looking forward to being able to do that again. It’s my last race in the series this year and we’re running all three this weekend. So, it’s the last chance to try to complete the triple this season. I’m always up for the challenge of racing, running all three series and trying to win. I would really like to try to get Banfield its first win. We have them back on the truck this weekend, so it would be a great way to get things started.”

This is your second Truck Series race with Banfield Pet Hospital on the hood. How special would it be to get the win for them this week?

“Yeah, we kind of missed it with some setup problems at Kentucky last month, but we feel like we figured out what went wrong there. It definitely would be great to get a win for Banfield. We have a lot of their guests coming to watch us, so a win would make that extra special. We usually have our dog Lucy with us, so it’s always nice to know that, if an issue comes up, there is likely a Banfield Pet Hospital not too far away from wherever we are. Banfield also is big into preventive care for our pets, which is important. I think everyone knows we’ve been dog lovers our whole lives – my mom, dad, grandparents. Everyone feels like our pets are our children. I know a lot of NASCAR fans feel the same way about their pets.”

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Martin Truex, Jr. Is Closing On The Regular Season Championship

Martin Truex, Jr.

After two consecutive drama-filled races that saw Martin Truex Jr. score a win at Watkins Glen International and runner-up at Michigan International Speedway, the Furniture Row Racing driver is now in position to mathematically clinch the regular season championship.

Truex enters Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race with a 129-point lead over second place Kyle Larson. Truex will need to leave Bristol with at least a 121-point margin to clinch the NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship with two races remaining.

Winning the 26-race regular season championship is significant not only for prestige, but more importantly for securing an additional 15 playoff bonus points. Truex currently leads the NASCAR Cup Series with 35 playoff points. The 10-race playoffs start Sept. 17 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Truex’s current series lead of 35 playoff points has been the result of winning four races (5 playoff points for each win) and claiming 15 stage victories (1 playoff point for each stage win).

“It might appear that we have a safe margin, but I’ve been around long enough to know that points can dwindle fairy quickly,” said Truex, who will drive the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Toyota at Bristol. “The next three races – Bristol, Darlington and Richmond – are at tracks where the odds are higher of your day ending prematurely.  So that’s why I am not looking ahead or counting points. All the focus right now is getting a good result in Bristol.”

The half-mile Bristol short track hasn’t been one of Truex’s best over the years with two top fives and three top 10s in 23 starts. But his performance at this year’s spring race at Bristol did show that he can be a contender at the high-banked, all-concrete oval. Truex qualified third, won the first stage and finished eighth overall. He led more laps – 116 – than he did in his previous 22 Bristol starts.

“We all know the consequences of Bristol,” noted Truex. “It’s a place where you can go from having a good day to a bad day rather quickly. Staying on the lead lap and not suffering any major damage to your car are key to having any kind of success there. The luck factor also comes into play. We had a good run there in the spring and look forward to the same in our Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Toyota.”

Heading into Bristol Truex leads the NASCAR Cup Series in the following categories: race wins (4), top-10 finishes (16), driver points (933), playoff bonus points (35), stage wins (15), stage points (312), laps led (1372), miles led (1970), fastest laps (825), average starting position (7.3), average finishing position (10.7), average running position (7.8) and driver ranking (114.4).

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Cody Coughlin On Bristol: “I Love Racing These Kinds Of Tracks”

Cody Coughlin

Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 13th

Owner Point Standings: 15th

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

2017 Stage Wins: 0

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 1

2017 Playoff Points: 0

Chatting with Cody Coughlin:

“I’m really looking forward to Bristol. It’s a high-banked, short track, and I love racing those kinds of tracks. I’ve tested at Bristol before, but never raced there. I’m really looking forward to racing under the lights there on Wednesday night.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 36 for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This is the same chassis the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender piloted to a 12th-place finish at Iowa Speedway earlier this season.

  • Thunder Valley Stats… Although Cody Coughlin will be making his 26th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Wednesday night, the RIDE TV driver will be making his track debut in “Thunder Valley.”

  • Chasing Rookie of the Year… Coughlin, who finished 21st, due to a late-race accident, in the series’ last stop at Michigan International Speedway, is currently seventh in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, after 13 of 23 races.

  • Truck Series Stats… Coughlin has made 25 NCWTS starts since 2015, with a career-best start of seventh at Talladega (Al.) Superspeedway (2016), and a career-best finish of eighth at Pocono Raceway (2017).

  • Rearview Mirror – Michigan… Starting 15th in the 100-lap event, Coughlin finished 13th in Stage 1, 14th in Stage 2, and 21st in the LTi Printing 200 on Saturday, due to a lap 66 accident, on the frontstretch.

  • Catch Cody at Bristol… Coughlin, along with his ThorSport Racing teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET at BMS.

Bristol Stages:

Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSupdates #UNOH200

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Grant Enfinger Returns To His Roots, A Bullring

Grant Enfinger

Team Information:

Driver Point Standings: 7th

Owner Point Standings: 9th

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

2017 Stage Wins: 0

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 57

2017 Playoff Points: 0

Sounding Off – Grant Enfinger:

Are you looking forward to making your track debut at Bristol Wednesday night? 

“I’m definitely a short-track racer at heart, so I’m really looking forward to Bristol. I don’t really know what to expect – whether they do the tire dragon all the way up and down the race track, or what they will do with the VHT. There will be a lot of factors that play into that, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to a short track.”

Does your experience at Winchester or Salem, in the ARCA Racing Series, help you at a place like Bristol?

“Absolutely. Those are the only two tracks that you can compare it to. Those really super fast, high-banked tracks. I’ve had a good bit of success at both, so I’m really look forward to Bristol in a couple days.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 55 forWednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This is the same chassis the Champion Power Equipment driver raced at Pocono Raceway (13th), Charlotte Motor Speedway (7th), and Atlanta Motor Speedway (8th), earlier this season.

  • Thunder Valley Stats… Although Grant Enfinger will be making his 28th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start, the TSR driver will make his track debut in the 200-lap event in “Thunder Valley.”

  • Powering Champions Challenge…Enfinger will take on his Champion powered teammate, and Bassmaster Elite Angler, Jason Williamson, in a head-to-head battle for bragging rights on Tuesday, August 15. The duo will compete in a one-hour fishing challenge on South Holston Lake, and then take on the high-banks of BMS in the new NASCAR Heat 2 game, from the grandstands on Colossus.

  • Playoff Status… Enfinger has three races remaining on the 2017 NCWTS schedule to lock his No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra into the first round of the Playoffs, which kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. With the top-8 drivers moving on, the TSR driver is currently on the outside looking in. Enfinger is currently seventh in the NCWTS driver point standings, but seeded ninth in the Playoff standings, entering the 14th race on the 2017 NCWTS schedule.

  • Rookie Stripe: Enfinger is currently second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after 13 of 23 races this season.

  • Race Rewind – Michigan…. In his second start at Michigan International Speedway, in the NCWTS, the TSR driver started sixth, finished 15th in Stage 1, 10th in Stage 2, and eighth in the 100-lap LTi Printing 200 at the 2-mile D-shaped oval.

  • Catch Grant at Bristol…Enfinger, along with his ThorSport Racing teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET at BMS.

Enfinger’s 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 13

  • Wins: 0

  • Poles: 0

  • Laps Completed: 1858 of 1968 (94.4%)

  • Laps Led: 23

  • Top-5 Finishes: 5

  • Top-10 Finishes: 8

  • Best Start: 5th (Texas)

  • Best Finish: 3rd (Dover & Texas)

Enfinger’s Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 27, since 2010

  • First Start: Talladega (2010)

  • First Full-time Season: 2017

  • Poles: 1 (Daytona, 2016)

  • Wins: 1 (Talladega, 2016)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 7

  • Top-10 Finishes: 13

  • Laps Completed: 3,513

  • Laps Led: 73

  • Avg. Start: 12.2

  • Avg. Finish: 12.2

Bristol Stages:

Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSupdates #UNOH200

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

John Hunter Will Be In His Element At Bristol

John Hunter Nemechek

Event: UNOH 200

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Venue: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Bristol Motor Speedway … This weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Bristol, Tenn., facility. The organization posted a team best third-place finish at the track with driver John Hunter Nemechek on August 19, 2015. Four starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 15.8 and an average finish of 11.5.

Welcome Plan B Sales, Inc. … The NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado returns to the Bristol Motor Speedway with Plan B Sales, Inc., as the primary sponsor in a single race partnership with NEMCO Motorsports and driver John Hunter Nemechek. Plan B Sales was founded in 2010 by Brent and Ladonna Powell and quickly became the largest distributor of Lionel die-casts. Based in Concord, N.C., Plan B Sales also serves the retail market with products from Lionel, Chase Authentics, Auto World, Greenlight Collectables and Wincraft Racing for licensed motorsports related product lines.

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, the Mooresville, N.C.,-based organization has logged 113 starts from five drivers, resulting in strong performances that include six victories (Watkins Glen, Chicago, Atlanta, Canada, Gateway, and Iowa) and 26 top-five finishes, as well as 53 top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 13.9 and an average finishing position of 13.2.

Collective NEMCO Motorsports … In the season’s first 13 events, NEMCO Motorsports’ two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have posted two victories (Gateway and Iowa), seven top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverados have completed 2,142 total laps and lead 92 of those laps. John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek rank eighth and 26th respectively in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points.

All in the Family … Team owner Joe Nemechek has two top-five and four top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 20 starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway – all as a driver-owner. In addition, Nemechek has 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track since 1994. John Nemechek had two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 0.533-mile oval – in 1995 where he finished in the 29th-place, and in 1996 where he finished in the 20th-place.

Follow NEMCO Motorsports on Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit NEMCO Motorsports’ Twitter page – @NEMCOMotorsport. Also, follow the NEMCO Motorsports drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @FrontRowJoe87 and @JHNemechek. You can also “like” Joe Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /NASCARJoe, and John Hunter Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /JohnHunterNemechek.

Local Connection … Gere Kennon, a Memphis, Tenn., native, is the crew chief on NEMCO Motorsports’ No. 8 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. Kennon can boast of a well-developed racing résumé; he led the legendary Sam Ard to back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series championship titles in 1982 and 1983, and served as the general manager of Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program in 2012. In his 30-plus year career, Kennon has served as a crew chief in all three national NASCAR series, and has worked with such legends as Mark Martin, Brett Bodine, Rick Mast, Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Sterling Marlin.

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … John Hunter Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, August 16 under the Bristol Motor Speedway grandstands – at the Waltrip Concourse inside of Gate 14 (outside of Turn 4). Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing display located in the midway at the Bristol Motor Speedway for a question and answer session with Nemechek on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Keys to the Cities … Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek are scheduled to participate in an autograph session at the 30th Anniversary Food City Family Race Night on Thursday, August 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET) on State Street located in Bristol, Tenn. On behalf of Food City, Steve Smith, president and CEO, will make a donation to the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis as the charity of choice of honorees Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek. The father-son duo will then be presented keys to the cities, and given a proclamation from the mayors of Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va.

Catch the Action … The UNOH 200 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Wednesday, August 16 starting with the pre-race show at 8:00 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 14th event of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air at 4:45 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 2. In addition, both practice sessions on Wednesday will be televised live on FS1 with the first session starting at 9:00 a.m. (ET), and the final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 11:00 a.m. (ET).

The UNOH 200 at the Bristol Motor Speedway will re-air on Thursday, August 17 at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1.

John Hunter Nemechek
No. 8 Plan B Sales, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Bristol Motor Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 034 in the UNOH 200 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 1 where Nemechek finished in the 28th-position after starting in the 12th-position in the chassis’ first appearance of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Since 2014, Chassis No. 034 has an average finishing position of 11.5 in 13 starts at the Martinsville Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Bristol Motor Speedway and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The chassis has two previous starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway with Nemechek.

Battle in the Last Great Colosseum … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s fourth Bristol Motor Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 12.0 and an average finishing position of 5.7 at the Bristol, Tenn.,-facility. He made his track debut on August 20, 2014.

Short Track Stats: In 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on short tracks (less than one mile in length), John Hunter Nemechek has recorded one win, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.5 and an average finish of 11.1 on these racetracks.

Race Rewind: Bristol Motor Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished eighth in the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway on August 17, 2016. Nemechek started in the 16th-place for the UNOH 200, and by Lap 50 he was scored in the 20th-place. The 19 year-old maneuvered to the third position with less than 30 laps remaining in the 200-lap event. With no radio communication to his spotter on the final restart on Lap 194, Nemechek was shuffled back and ultimately finished in the eighth-place.

In the Rearview Mirror: Michigan International Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, scored a 29th-place finish in the Lti Printing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, August 12 at the Michigan International Speedway. Nemechek started third, and was scored in second-place by Lap 4. On Lap 5, Nemechek was involved in a single-truck incident and his Chevrolet Silverado sustained enough damage to send it to the garage, resulting in a 29th-place finish.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs … With his win at the Gateway Motorsports Park on June 17, John Hunter Nemechek claimed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff eligibility with a victory during the regular season. Nemechek is second in the Playoff standings, with two wins and 11 playoff points.

Season-to-date … Through the first 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek has completed 1654 of 1968 laps contested (84.0 percent) and has led 92 laps. Nemechek is currently eighth in the driver point standings and 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points. In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports driver has collected two victories (Gateway and Iowa), six top-five and six top-10 finishes, has spent 1,343 laps running in the top 15 and has made 407 green-flag passes thus far this season.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Ben Rhodes: “The Stress Level Is Really High At Bristol”

Ben Rhodes

Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 6th

Owner Point Standings: 7th

2017 Stage Wins: 1 (Kentucky)

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 100

2017 Playoff Points: 1

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

You’ve got quite a few laps around “Thunder Valley.” Are you looking forward to getting back there this week?

“Yeah, I’m really excited to get back to Bristol. We ran really well there last year, up to the point where we had a motor problem, which ended our race prematurely. Up until then though, we were running second, and I felt like we had the opportunity to compete for a win. We’re taking a different truck to Bristol this year, and a new setup that we have been working hard on. I feel like if you’re not trying to innovate with setup this year, you’re going backwards. Everything we’ve done this year, has been new – never done at ThorSport (Racing) – I think that’s shown. We’ve had a lot more speed this year.”

As a driver, what is the stress level like at a place like Bristol?  

“I would say its probably the most active track that we have on the schedule. Everything happens so quickly. You don’t get a break on the straightaways, you don’t get those extra few seconds to slow down, take a breath, look in your mirror – do the things you would like to do. Your driving by the seat of your pants there. Lap times are so fast at a place like Bristol, that I find myself holding my breath, reminding myself that I need to breathe. It’s such a tough track. I do enjoy it, but you really do have to be on your game the whole time – no mistakes – the stress level is definitely high.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Information…The No. 27 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will utilize   for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This particular chassis will make its 2017 debut in the 200-lap event in “Thunder Valley.”

  • Thunder Valley Stats… The Safelite AutoGlass driver will make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at BMS on Wednesday night. Additionally, Rhodes has two starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at the .533-mile track.

  • Playoff Status… Ben Rhodes has three races remaining on the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule to lock his No. 27 Safelite Tundra into NASCAR’s first round of the Playoffs, which kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. With the top-8 drivers moving on, the TSR driver is currently in, on points. Rhodes is currently sixth in the NCWTS driver standings, but seeded eighth in the Playoff standings.

  • Take Me Back – Bristol, 2016... Making his second start at BMS in the NCWTS, Rhodes started fourth, a track-best, ran as high as second, and finished 30th, due to an engine problem.

  • Rearview Mirror – Michigan… Starting from the 14th position, Rhodes finished fourth in Stage 1, fifth in Stage 2, and 11th in the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

  • Catch Ben at Bristol...Rhodes, along with his TSR teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET at BMS.

Rhodes NCWTS Bristol Stats:

  • Starts: 2; since 2014

  • Laps Completed: 328 of 400 (82.0%)\

  • Laps Led: 0

  • Top-Five Finishes: 0

  • Top-10 Finishes: 2

  • Best Start: 4th (2016)

  • Best Finish: 9th (2014)

Rhodes Bristol K&N East Stats:

  • Starts: 2

  • Poles: 1 (2014)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 1

  • Top-10 Finishes: 2

  • Laps completed: 257 of 257 (100%)

  • Laps Led: 130 (2014)

  • Best Finish: 3rd (2014)

Rhodes 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 13

  • Poles: 1 (Pocono)

  • Laps Completed: 1736 of 1968 (88.2%)

  • Laps Led: 121

  • Best Start: 5th (Charlotte & Kentucky)

  • Best Finish: 2nd (Pocono)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 4

  • Top-10 Finishes: 6

Rhodes Career NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 40 since 2014

  • First Full-time Season: 2016

  • First Start: Martinsville-1, 2014 (8th)

  • Poles: 2 (Martinsville-1, 2016 and Pocono, 2017)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 7

  • Top-10 Finishes: 14

  • Laps Completed: 5649

  • Laps Led: 176

  • Best Finish: 2nd; (Gateway, 2016 and Pocono, 2017)

Bristol Stages:

  • Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

  • Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

  • Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSUpdates #UNOH200

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Matt Crafton Is Excited To Return To Bristol

Matt Crafton

Stats:

2017 Driver Point Standings: 3rd

2017 Owner Point Standings: 3rd

2017 Stage Wins: 2

2017 Stage Points: 136

2017 Playoff Points: 7

Sounding Off – Matt Crafton:

“Bristol is a unique, half-mile, high -banked, bullring-type race track. You are flying around the place, and it gets crowded with 32 other trucks vying for position. It’s a fun race to drive, but an even better track for the fans. We have been close there. 2015 was a heartbreak, for sure. We were leading it, and I felt like I had a pretty comfortable lead, and then we had a yellow for whatever reason. We thought we were gonna win it. Then when it started raining, I was leading the race, and then when we went back green after the rain, I think it was like 7 to go, 10 to go, something right in there, if that. On that restart, the fuel just didn’t pick-up in the fuel cell. I went thru the gears and I took-off okay, and then just before the start/finish line it laid over on its nose, and we ended up finishing seventh. We were running inside the top-five there last year, until we had engine problems. It’s on the bucket list to win, that’s for sure.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 88 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 48 for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This is the same chassis Crafton piloted at Iowa Speedway (19th), Dover International Speedway (11th), and Charlotte Motor Speedway (6th), earlier this season.

  • Thunder Valley Stats…The Menards driver will make his 15th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Wednesday night at BMS. Among active series drivers, Crafton has the most starts (14), the most top-10 finishes (8), has completed the most laps (2684), and has the most lead lap finishes (11).

  • Playoff Status… Following Crafton’s first win of the 2017 NCWTS season at Eldora Speedway, the TSR driver has locked himself into the first round of the Playoffs, that kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. Crafton was in the inaugural Chase in 2016, finishing third overall.

  • Take Me Back – Bristol, 2016…Making his 14th career start at BMS, Crafton started 17th, ran as high as eighth, and finished 30th, due to an engine problem.

  • Rearview Mirror – Michigan… Starting first, Crafton finished second in Stage 1, fourth in Stage 2, and sixth in the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Crafton’s Bristol Stats:

  • Starts: 14, since 2003

  • Laps Completed: 2684 of 2821 (95.1%)

  • Laps Led: 39

  • Poles: 0

  • Wins: 0

  • Top-5 Finishes: 3

  • Top-10 Finishes: 8

  • Best start: 5th (2003)

  • Best finish: 2nd (2009)

Crafton’s 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 13

  • Laps Completed: 1949 of 1968 (99.0%)

  • Laps Led: 106

  • Poles: 1 (Michigan)

  • Wins: 1 (Eldora)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 3

  • Top-10 Finishes: 9

Crafton’s Career Truck Series Stats:

  • Starts: 397, since 2000

  • Wins: 14

  • Top-five Finishes: 100

  • Top-10 finishes: 235

  • Poles: 13

  • Laps Completed: 61,249

  • Laps Led: 2241

  • Average start: 12.5

  • Average finish: 11.4

Bristol Stages:

Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSUpdates #UNOH200

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!