As the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) returns to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, driver Ray Black Jr. is ready to add another Top-20 to his stat sheet. The driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet Camaro is now nearing the end of his rookie NXS season and is able to lean on experience to help him put together solid finishes in the remaining three races.
Black has been to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) more than any other track on the NASCAR circuit and secured a 22nd place finish at TMS earlier this season. Out of his five starts at the 1.5-mile track, he has three Top-20 finishes and four Top-25’s.
“Texas Motor Speedway is one of my favorite tracks. It’s one of the fastest tracks we visit,” explained Black. “Texas does have challenges to it. It’s really bumpy in Turns 1 and 2 but then smooth in Turns 3 and 4, which can make it tough but also a lot of fun to run. You can run really well on the outside lane and just take off after Turn 2. It’s a nice challenge.”
Black’s debut season in the NXS has not come without its challenges, but the 25-year-old driver and his SS Green Light racing team have persevered to collect 19 Top-25 finishes, nine of which are Top-20s.
“Since moving up to the XFINITY Series, I’ve learned a lot more about racing,” states Black. “One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is when to be aggressive and when to be patient. Knowing when to race hard and when not to is important to being successful on the track, so having learned that lesson early on has helped me a lot.”
Black will have a chance to secure his 10th Top-20 finish of the season at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, November 5th at 3:30 p.m. ET. Fans can tune in via NBC or the Performance Racing Network for live race coverage.
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