This weekend will be a busy one for NASCAR driver Ray Black Jr., as he will be doubling the amount of racing for himself and SS Green Light Racing at Chicagoland Speedway while they compete in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and XFINITY Series (NXS) races. The 25-year-old driver will pilot the No. 07 RTFT All Star Racing League Chevrolet Silverado in the American Ethanol E15 225 Friday night before jumping into his No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet Camaro for the Drive for Safety 300 on Saturday.
“I’m really excited to be returning to the truck series this weekend and pulling double duty for Bobby (Dotter)!” said Black. “I had a lot of fun in the trucks last year and wanted to do one or two races this year if I could, and this is the first chance we’ve gotten. I got to do double duty once last year at Texas and having that extra track time helped a lot throughout the weekend, so I’m hoping it’ll help out this time too!”
Black competed full-time in the NCWTS during the 2015 season. He recorded 11 Top-15 finishes, including a career-best fifth place result at Daytona International Speedway before finishing 11th in the championship points. During last year’s NCWTS event at Chicagoland Speedway, Black finished 11th after gambling on a fuel mileage strategy.
“We had a solid race last year at Chicagoland,” Black stated. “We were so close to a Top-10 finish that weekend but our fuel mileage strategy was off just a little bit! I really liked racing this track in the truck – it’s fast and fits my driving style, so I’m hoping coming back to it with all this experience I have now will put us in contention for a great finish.”
Black will be coming off his fourth consecutive Top-25 finish in the NXS after finishing 25th at Richmond International Raceway last Friday night. He has seven Top-20 finishes this season, with a career-best result (14th) coming a couple of weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway. He’s now looking to use this double duty opportunity to propel himself into a Top-10 finish.
“We’ve been running really well lately in the XFINITY Series and have a lot of momentum right now,” explained Black. “Running two races in one weekend has really helped a lot of drivers this year, so I’m hoping this extra track time will help us find that little bit more we need. This track is fun – it’s fast and bumpy and you really have to wheel it around, so I’m really excited for this weekend.”
Fans can catch Black’s first race of the weekend, the American Ethanol E15 225, on Friday, September 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET via FOX Sports 1 and MRN Radio. Black’s second race of the weekend, the Drive for Safety 300, can be seen on Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC or MRN Radio.
Fans can keep up with Ray Black Jr. by following him and his sponsor, ScubaLife, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RayBlackJr and@TeamScubaRacing. Learn more about Ray Black Jr. and Team Scuba by visiting www.rayblackjr.com and www.teamscuba.com.
About Ray Black Jr.
Ray Black, Jr. grew up in Florida after relocating from Montgomery, Alabama at age 9. It was here that Black fell in love with deep sea diving after a couple of scuba trips with his father. His passion for motorsports came later at age 14 after playing some racing video games. He began competing in the Florida Mini Cup Racing Association (FMCRA), where finished in the Top-5 in every race and secured the FMCRA Junior All Star Championship. In 2013 Black moved up to racing pro late models and then into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014. During that year, he got his first taste of true NASCAR racing when he competed in seven races for SS Green Light Racing. In 2015, Black competed in his first full season of NASCAR in the Camping World Truck Series, where he finished 11th in the championship standings with one Top-5 and 11 Top-15 finishes. Black will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2016 season. Learn more at www.rayblackjr.com.
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