* Returning to Bristol Motor Speedway looking for his first win of 2013, Ron Hornaday and the No. 9 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff team started the UNOH 200 from the 15th position and after 200 laps of action-packed racing, crossed the finish line in the eighth spot.
* In his first appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brennan Newberry finished 25th after an incident in qualifying forced the team to a back-up No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado.
* Kyle Busch won the UNOH 200 followed by Timothy Peters, Ryan Blaney, Johnny Sauter and Chase Elliott.
* Next up on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule is the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Hornaday Continues Strong Run with 8th-Place Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway
Fresh off a solid finish at Michigan International Speedway, Ron Hornaday and the No. 9 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Silverado team hoped to capitalize on Hornaday’s success at Bristol Motor Speedway for their first win this season in the 13th stop of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season.
Securing the 15th starting position for the UNOH 200, Hornaday slipped to the 17th position early in the race. As he made his way to the bottom groove, his spotter let him know his truck seemed to like to the bottom the best and Hornaday was able to move his No. 9 machine up to the 12th position by lap 57.
As the race continued under a long green-flag run, Hornaday moved up to 11th on lap 70 when the second caution of the race waved for a spin on the track. Happy with the handling of his Silverado, Hornaday pitted for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 77 and following a fast stop by the Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff team, Hornaday restarted the race from the eighth spot.
Charging up to sixth, after the restart, the race was quickly slowed again as the caution was displayed on lap 81 for an incident on the front straightaway. The race restarted on lap 88 with Hornaday in the fifth position.
Focused on the front of the field, Hornaday moved his No. 9 Silverado into the fourth position on lap 93, running lap times comparable to the leaders.
Closing in on the final 50 laps, Hornaday maintained his spot in the top five as the racing heated up and Hornaday found himself in heavy side-by-side racing. Slipping a few positions, Hornaday was scored in the seventh position with 25 laps remaining in the UNOH 200.
With 22 laps remaining in the race, the fourth caution flag waved for another incident on the front straightaway. Hornaday radioed the team that his Silverado still felt good, just a tick tight on the long green-flag runs. The team called Hornaday to pit road for four tires and a splash of fuel. The race restarted on lap 186 with Hornaday in the eighth position, but as quickly as the green flag waved, the yellow was again displayed. The team opted to keep Hornaday on track for position and the race restarted on lap 193.
Over the final seven laps, Hornaday found himself in the middle of two and three-wide racing and was able to survive a wild finish to cross the finish line in the eighth position.
“Our Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff team made great progress throughout the race and Bruce Cook made the right calls to put us in the top five for a lot of the race. The racing was typical hard short-track racing. While we didn’t get the win, I am proud of how our NTS Motorsports team is improving and I’m excited to go to Canada next weekend.”
Start: 15th Finish: 8th Driver Points Standing: 12th Owner Points Standing: 12th
Newberry Finishes 25th in Bristol Motor Speedway Debut
Looking to continue his strong run for the third week in a row, Brennan Newberry entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway with momentum on his side.
For the first practice session to prepare for the 200-lap event, Newberry secured the ninth position on the leader board and followed up with 12th place in final practice. Moving to qualifying the Wednesday night race, Newberry had a fast No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado, but an on-track incident in turn two, forced the team to unload the back-up truck.
Prepared to make his move from the back of the field from the 35th starting position, Newberry strapped in to his Qore-24 Chevrolet focused on moving up one position at a time in his march to the front of the field.
With the lights on and the green flag in the air, the NCWTS started the UNOH 200 and Newberry quickly began using patience with his Chevrolet as he made his first laps on the track in the back-up truck.
The first caution of the race came on lap two for a spin and crew chief Eddie Pardue called Newberry to pit road to top off with fuel. The race restarted on lap seven with Newberry in the 35th position.
Settling in for a long green-flag run, Newberry was able to work his way up to 30th when the second caution of the race waved on lap 70. Reporting to the team his truck was very tight, Newberry pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the handling. The race restarted on lap 77 with Newberry running 30th.
With a quick caution on lap 81, Newberry radioed the team that his Chevrolet was handling better after the initial set of changes. Newberry opted to pit again for another quick round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 88 and by the half-way point, Newberry was scored in the 28th position as spotter Rick Carelli encouraged him to keep doing what he was doing and run the guys in front of him down.
As the race closed in the on the final 50 laps, Newberry was able to move up to 27th with Carelli telling him his lap times were better when he ran the bottom of the race track. Newberry gained one more position as the laps ticked off and the field moved into the last 25 laps of the 200-lap event.
The fourth caution came out on lap 178 and Newberry quickly radioed his team that he needed a small adjustment to help tighten up his Silverado. He pitted for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. The race restarted on lap 186 with Newberry in the 23rd position, but as soon as the green flag was displayed, the yellow was again flying for the final caution of the race.
Following clean up, the race was restarted for the final time on lap 193 and Newberry finished 25th in his first trip to Thunder Valley and the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”
“My first Bristol race was nothing short of exciting. I was thrilled to have the Qore-24 Chevy run in the top 10 in practice, but I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me for the race. The UNOH 200 reminded me a lot of my short-track roots, so it was no surprise to me that our NTS Motorsports team would need to work hard every lap. I was fortunate to bring the truck home unscathed, and I’m thrilled to head to Canada for our first NCWTS road-course race of the season.”
Start: 35th Finish: 25th Drivers’ Points Standing: 18th Owners’ Points Standing: 21st
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