Gray Gaulding | Pitt Lite 125 Race Recap

Series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Race: 3 of 14 — April 18, 2015

Driver: Gray Gaulding

Driver Point Standings: 4th (-12)

Owner Point Standings: 17th (-53)

Car: No.12 Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

Race: PittLite 125

Distance: 125 Laps / 66.625 Miles

Broadcast: Tape Delayed on NBCSN on Thurs., April 23 at TBD

Statesville, N.C. (April 20, 2015) An electrical malfunction during qualifying forces Gray Gaulding and the No. 12 Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota team to start at the tail end of the field and race his way to an eleventh place finish. Gaulding posted the ninth and fifteenth fastest times in Thursday’s dual forty-five minute practice sessions.

With a quick turnaround from final practice to qualifying, Gaulding posted the nineteenth quick time and pulled down pit road with a cockpit full of smoke. After a quick diagnosis, crew chief Charles Denike noticed an electrical issue and the team opted to make the necessary adjustments and fix the wiring harness forcing Gaulding to start Saturday’s Pitt Lite 125 from the tail end of the field.

When the green flag dropped shortly after the concluding on the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Gaulding used his experience along with the leadership from spotter Jason White and crew chief Charles Denike to quickly move through the field and came knocking on the door of the top-10 before the halfway break at lap sixty-five. With slight chassis adjustments to help his corner entry and center, Gaulding moved as high as seventh during the second half but would come home with an eleventh place finish.

From the Driver’s Seat with Gray Gaulding: “The track didn’t free up as much as we had planned for and it kept us too tight during the race. I was as good as anyone on short runs but after five laps it was a handful. We’ve built a pretty good program in a short amount of time and will be in good shape heading to Iowa.”

On top of Box with Crew Chief Charles Denike: “After having to start at the rear of the field due to a problem with the wiring harness in qualifying, Gray did an excellent job patiently working his way forward to the top 10. By the end of the race we were too tight in the center and finished 11th. We were very strong after restarts and on the short runs, but were too tight on the long runs.”


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About Gray Gaulding:  Gray Gaulding is a seventeen year old NASCAR driver from Colonial Heights, Virginia. Gaulding currently competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series as well as a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and is a second year member of the NASCAR Next program. Learn more at or follow him on Snapchat Gray_Gaulding Instagram and Twitter @GrayGaulding as well as

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme 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 1000 locations in more than 20 countries around the world. Krispy Kreme is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKD). Visit us at

About Precision Performance Motorsports: PPM is owned by Richard Gdovic and managed by Charles Denike who will also serve as the Crew Chief for the No. 12 Krispy Kreme Toyota. PPM fields cars in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and Whelen All-American Series – Late Models and Modifieds. PPM provides a comprehensive driver development program, race car rentals, setup and pull down rig services, test consultation, and driver coaching.  For more information about PPM, visit

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