Caruth Readies For 250

Rajah Caruth

Rajah Caruth – Driver, No. 71 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado

Rajah Caruth will pilot Spire Motorsports’ No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado in Friday night’s 250 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Caruth started 16th and finished seventh last week in the Long John Silver’s 200 at Martinsville Speedway. is the online home for everything Hendrick Automotive Group. Visitors can shop thousands of new or pre-owned vehicles, locate centers for service and collision repair, receive a value to sell or trade their car, chat online with customer service, discover career opportunities, learn more about vehicle protections programs, and explore how the company gives back to the community.

Caruth started 15th and finished 19th in last season’s annual NCTS stop to the Fort Worth oval.
With his first career NCTS win and pole position earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Caruth became the third African American driver, alongside NASCAR Hall of Famer, Wendell Scott and current NASCAR Cup Series regular Bubba Wallace, to win a NASCAR National Touring Series race.

Caruth is currently seventh in the NCTS championship point standings after six races. He has logged one pole, one win, five top-10’s and six top-15 finishes. He’s recorded a 11.0 average start, a 7.0 average finish and completed 100 percent of the laps contested this season.

Caruth started racing professionally online for the first time in the eNASCAR Ignite Series. He finished 20th in points. Caruth still races with iRacing for recreation.

Rajah Caruth Quotes

How are you feeling about Texas this week?

“I feel similar to how I did going into Vegas. I know that tracks like these are not only a strength for our program but also myself in terms of my driving style with the higher speed on mile-and-a-half race tracks. I’ve only been to Texas once though, whereas Vegas I’d been to four or five times before, but I do feel pretty dang good going into the race this weekend.”

What is it about mile-and-a-half tracks that make them your favorite?

“They just come more natural to me. The short tracks have been something I’ve had to work towards just because I don’t think I’m as good as I need to be, yet. Whereas, mile-and-a-half tracks, I feel like I’m further along in my progression. So, for my driving style and kind of track I enjoy, it is more of my bread and butter at the moment.”

The 250 will mark the first time Spire Motorsports will field a NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (NCTS) entry at Texas Motor Speedway (LVMS). Spire Motorsports fields the Nos. 7, 71 and 77 Chevrolet Silverados full time in the NCTS. An all-star driver lineup will rotate throughout the 2024 season in the No. 7 Chevy. Rajah Caruth will drive the No. 71 entry and Chase Purdy rounds out the team’s fleet of Chevrolets in the No. 77.

The 250 will be televised live on FS1 Friday April 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The seventh of 23 NCTS races on the 2024 schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Chad Walter – Crew Chief, No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado

Chad Walter has over two decades of experience and began his career with Hendrick Motorsports in 1996.

Walter guided Caruth to his first NCTS win March 1, 2024 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Some of his most notable accomplishments include a pair of Daytona 500 victories (2001 & 2003) with Michael Waltrip, along with Cup Series wins with Steve Park and Terry Labonte.


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