No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Team:
Driver: Kris Wright
Primary Partner(s): America’s Auto Auction
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado
Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis
2021 Driver Points Position: 31st
2021 Owner Points Position: 18th
Chassis Intel: YMS Chassis No. 21
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies
Notes of Interest:
Magic Eight: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year candidate Kris Wright will pilot the No. 02 America’s Auto Auction Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for his eighth career start.
In addition to his six Truck Series races this season at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, Richmond (Va.) Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Wright made his NCWTS debut last summer at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course.
Welcome Aboard: For the first time this season, America’s Auto Auction Pittsburg will serve as the primary partner on Wright’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Home Turf: Texas Motor Speedway is considered the hometown race of Young’s Motorsports. The family-owned team has been fielding entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2012.
Team principal Tyler Young is a native of Midland, Texas, approximately 320 miles west of Texas Motor Speedway.
The Young’s Motorsports team has achieved three top-10s at Texas Motor Speedway, including a track-best of fifth with Austin Hill in 2018. Young and Tyler Dippel delivered additional top-10 finishes of seventh 2018 and eighth in 2019 respectively.
Kris Wright Truck Series Texas Motor Speedway Stats: Saturday afternoon’s SpeedyCash.com 220 will mark Wright’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.
Kris Wright Truck Series Intermediate Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a speedway, Wright has made four starts throughout his rookie season, carrying an improved average finish of 30th,
Charlotte Motor Speedway | N.C. Education Lottery 200 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Wright piloted the No. 02 FNB Corporation Chevrolet Silverado.
Starting 21st based on the metrics set by NASCAR without qualifying, Wright hovered inside the top-25 throughout much of the race and pedaled to a solid 23rd place finish, his best effort on an intermediate track in the Truck Series.
Driver Intel: Road racing standout Kris Wright continues his rookie season with Young’s Motorsports with Saturday afternoon’s SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas.
The former IMSA and Formula 3 driver invades the Truck Series scene this season after spending much of the 2020 season competing in the ARCA Menards Series competing for Chad Bryant Racing and GMS Racing, respectively.
Wright earned three top-10 finishes in six races, including a career-best seventh in the season finale at Kansas Speedway last October.
Solid Pace For Young’s Motorsports: With 12 races remaining in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, Young’s Motorsports sits a solid 18th in the series’ owner standings with a handful of drivers.
In addition to Wright, former Truck Series winner Kaz Grala, NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Josh Berry and NASCAR Cup Series’ standout Daniel Suarez have all piloted the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet in the opening 10 races of 2021.
In one of the most competitive Truck Series seasons on record, the team has collected one top-five, two top-10s, three top-15s and seven top-25 efforts collectively.
Calling the Shots: Guiding Wright as crew chief of the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado is longtime crew chief Eddie Troconis.
Troconis is a two-time winning crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and comes to Young’s Motorsports after tenures at ThorSport Racing, AM Racing and Sam Hunt Racing (Xfinity Series) respectively.
He will crew chief his 133rd NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday. In his previous 132 races, he has two wins, 23 top-five and 46 top-10 finishes to his resume.
Troconis touted as a gifted engineer will make his 12th crew chief start at Texas this weekend. In 2018, Troconis led Ben Rhodes to a runner-up finish in the Nov’ edition of the JAG Metals 350.
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Kris Wright Pre-Race Quotes:
On Texas Motor Speedway: “I’m certainly optimistic about going to Texas. I feel like as a team we made some gains together at Charlotte Motor Speedway a couple of weeks ago and I look forward to continuing that progression on Saturday afternoon.
“I know what Texas Motor Speedway means to the Young’s Motorsports family being from the state of Texas, so I’m hoping we can have a good finish and give us additional momentum for the races ahead.”
On 2021 Season: “We needed that solid run at Charlotte to help turn the tide of our No. 02 Young’s Motorsports team. The last couple of races before that we haven’t had the finishes we wanted, but it has not come from a lack of effort from everyone on the Young’s Motorsports team.
“We take the Charlotte finish in stride and hope it’s a sign of better things to come for us.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!