Race 17 of 33: Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway
Track Details: 1.5-mile oval / 200 laps
No. 08: Gray Gaulding Result: 15th
Team 08 Panini Chevrolet Camaro:
Gray Gaulding and his No. 08 team rolled into Kentucky Speedway off of the heels of a solid 8th place finish last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The team was determined to carry the momentum into Kentucky Speedway with the push for playoffs heating up.
Gaulding would start from the 16th position for the 300 mile race after another solid qualifying effort. The green flag waved and the 08 took off. Gaulding quickly settled into the top 15, staying there for the entirety of the first stage. At the end of stage one Gaulding was in the 15th position. The only complaint from the driver of the 08 was that he needed to be a little tighter getting into turn three. Donahue called for four tires, fuel, and adjustments to secure Gaulding’s entry into turn three.
Three cautions waved throughout the second stage. (2 Cautions for wrecks & 1 for stage break.) Gaulding would be scored as high as the 12th position during stage two. At the end of the second stage, the 08 was in the 14th position.
The final stage went entirely caution free. When it was all said and done, Gray Gaulding brought home his No. 08 Panini Chevrolet in the 15th position. The result marked the team’s eighth top 15 finish of the season. With only 9 races remaining until the playoffs, Gaulding remains (13th) the first car below the cut line. Gaulding trails 12th place Brandon Jones by 95 points after Kentucky.
“Can’t say enough about my guys and SS Green Light Racing. We started off the race pretty loose, but after the first pit stop got it better. As the track cooled down, we just got a little too tight at the end to get any more spots. Overall it was another solid points day and we were able to make up some ground on the 19. Thanks to Panini. I appreciate them coming on board and everything they do for our race team.”
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:
“It was another solid night for the 08 team. The team continues to bring fast race cars to the track and Gray continues to perform. We’ll take another top 15 finish and move on to New Hampshire.”