Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race: 13 of 22 — August 21st, 2014
Driver: Gray Gaulding
Truck: No.20 Gemini Southern Chevrolet Silverado
Owner’s Point Standings: 15th (-106)
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Race: UNOH 200
Distance: 200 Laps / 106.6 Miles
Kernersville, N.C. (August 25th, 2014) Gray Gaulding and the No.20 Gemini Southern Chevrolet team led by veteran Crew Chief, Chris Rice, knew track position and patience would be the key points of interest throughout the UNOH 200 race weekend. With rain showers moving in and out of the Bristol, Tennessee area , mother nature would take control of the day. The NCWTS teams were finally able to get on track just before 12:00pm noon on Wednesday for one 90 minute final practice session and Gaulding would end the session third quick overall. With track position being a key element to the weekend, a lot emphasis was placed on qualifying, but still having an overall balance for the transition into the night. After qualifying second in round one and fifth in the final round of NASCAR Knockout Qualifying, Gaulding and Chris Rice felt like they had a solid Gemini Southern Chevrolet Silverado for the evenings UNOH 200. With more storm cells moving into the area at race time, NASCAR made the decision to postpone the UNOH 200 until Thursday morning at 10:00am.
When the green flag waved shortly after 10:00am, Gaulding starting on the inside of row three and worked to get into the upper groove. When the first caution flag flew at lap 15, Gaulding was scored in 10th and radioed in “just too free on entry.” Chris Rice elected to stay out and keep the track position. Gaulding would hold onto a top-10 position until the lap 50 competition caution, where he pitted for four tires, fuel, and a chassis and air pressure adjustment. The field received the green flag once again at lap 57 and Gaulding restarted 12th on the outside or row six.
At the halfway point, Gaulding was running 14th and came over the radio saying he was hearing a burp in the motor when he would get the truck running wide open, while battling hard to keep track position for later in the race. When the third caution of the day came out at lap 111, Chris Rice brought Gaulding down pit road for four tires, fuel, and a spring rubber adjustment. The field received the green flag once again at lap 118 and Gaulding raced hard to stay inside the top-15 until lap 147, when the 05 got loose on exit of turn two, getting into the side of the No.20 Krispy Kreme truck. After a tremendous save, Gaulding would come down pit road to repair the damage. The field would receive the green flag for the last time at lap 153 and Gaulding hoping to just salvage a good finish, would maintain his spot inside the top-20, before cutting down a right rear tire on lap 184, forcing him to pit under green and loose valuable track position. Gaulding would come home with a 23rd place finish.
Fastest Time – 15.478
Position – 3rd
Laps Completed – 58
NASCAR Knockout Qualifying
Fastest Time – 15.465
Position – 2nd
Fastest Time – 15.515
Position – 5th
UNOH 200 Race
Position – 23rd
From the Driver’s Seat with Gray Gaulding: “It definitely wasn’t the finish me or my team wanted. We had really good speed all weekend and I thought we were a solid top-10 truck if not top-5. I wish we could have raced at night, it might have all been different as we was just to free on entry and tight on exit, but we will keep our heads held high and move on to Canada.”
On top of Box with Crew Chief Chris Rice: “I thought it was a positive weekend for us all, to be top-5 in practice and in qualifying, shows that we have the speed, we just need to work on pulling all the pieces together. We will get back to the shop, get with the engine tuner to diagnose the engine issue and keep building to be better.”
Looking out the Windshield Gray Gaulding and the No.20 Gemini Southern team head north of the border to
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the second annual Chevrolet Silverado 200 on August 31st.
About NTS Motorsports: Established in Bakersfield, California by Bob Newberry, NTS Motorsports is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPSE) team based in Kernersville, North Carolina. NTS Motorsports began as a family racing team and has quickly emerged as one of the most competitive teams in NASCAR. Continuing to develop talented drivers, NTS fields cars on the West Coast in the Spears SRL South West Tour and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In 2014, NTS will field two full-time cars in the NKNPSE and two full-time trucks in the NCWTS.
About Krispy Kreme: Krispy Kreme (NYSE: KKD) is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(r) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme can be found in over 850 locations in more than 20 countries around the world. Connect with Krispy Kreme at www.krispykreme.com.
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