Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race: 7 of 22 – June 14th, 2014
Driver: Gray Gaulding
Truck: No. 20 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Chevrolet Silverado
Driver’s Point Standings: *29th (-189) *has only compete in three of the seven NCWTS events
Owner’s Point Standings: 14th (-59)
Track: Gateway Motorsports Park
Race: Drivin’ For Lineman 200
Distance: 160 Laps / 200 Miles
Kernersville, NC (June 16th, 2014) Gray Gaulding was set for part two of his double header weekend after setting fast time and finishing 5th in the K&N Pro series event in Pensacola, FL.
Justin Lofton filled in for Gaulding during Friday’s first and second practice sessions helping tune on the No. 20 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Chevrolet. Lofton posted the second quickest time in opening practice a 33.211 at 135.497 mile per hour. In second practice Lofton worked with crew chief Jeff Hensley, the two worked on the front end and Lofton posted the fast time of 32.906. “It’s a really fast and staple Krispy Kreme Chevrolet” said Lofton “it fires off good, and stays very consistent even after fifteen laps.”
Gray Gaulding made it to the track in time for Saturday’s final practice session. Gaulding was able to turn 13 laps, but noted he was very happy with the balance of his Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Chevrolet. Gaulding posted the 5th quickest time a 33.077 at 135.046 miles per hour.
Qualifying was a new obstacle for Gray Gaulding. It was his first attempt at the new style “knockout qualifying” that NASCAR has implemented. Gaulding turned one lap, a 33.310 in the first twenty-five minute session which put him 5th on the speed charts and transferred him into round two. Round two would be ten minutes, with the top twelve transferring. Gaulding again only turned one lap, a 33.030 which set him second on the speed charts. The third and final round, a five minute round to set the top-12 starting positions. With a time of 33.107 at 135.923 miles per hour, Gaulding set the fourth fastest time and was the highest qualifying Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
When the green flag dropped for the first annual Drivin’ for Linemen 200, it was the first race at Gateway Motorsports Park since 2010, Gaulding emerged running third on lap one. Gaulding would continue running between third and fifth through the sixty-five laps, until Gaulding got ready to come down pit road for green flag pit stops when his No.20 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Chevrolet stopped on the backstretch bringing out the caution.
Gaulding made it to pit road with assistance from a push truck, but lost four laps to the leaders. When the field when back green Gaulding running 26th, needed a miracle to get back into contention. Gaulding was able to pick up several position and run times faster then the leaders but never able to regain the laps he lost.
Gaulding would bring home a 20th place finish in the first annual Drivin’ for Linemen 200.
From the Driver’s Seat with Gray Gaulding:
“It’s just racing; you will have highs and lows. We had a good Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Chevrolet Silverado and I know we could have been a factor for the win especially after the adjustments Jeff (Hensley) made during the race. We will chalk it up and go back after them next time.”
From the Box with Crew Chief Jeff Hensley:
“I was impressed just how well Gray and this entire Krispy Kreme Doughnuts team handled the weekend.
We had Justin Lofton driving during the first two practice sessions while Gray was down in Florida and
then for Gray to get here and be that quick amazes me. We qualified top-5 and was running there before
we ran short on fuel. Everyone at NTS Motorsports worked extremely hard and continues to work hard to
get better each and every week, our time is coming.”
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.
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 trucks in the NKNPSE and two full-time trucks in the NCWTS.
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