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2014 Charlotte: Tyler Young NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 13, 2014 - 03:49 PM
2014 Charlotte: Tyler Young NASCAR Truck Race Preview

Tyler Young, driver of the No. 02 Young's Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, has had the type of start to his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie season that most would like to "scratch off" and start over. Following three impressive runs in the first three events on the 2014 schedule, Young's luck has been anything but rewarding.


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Young had a top-10 run going in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway when he was involved in the "big one" and relegated to a 34th-place finish in his track debut. The Midland, Texas native turned a track-best start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway into a 31st-place finish, when he was involved in an accident under caution early in the 250-lap event. In the series' most recent stop at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Young qualified 15th under NASCAR's new multi-segment, elimination-style qualifying format and ran as high as eighth before being collected in a mid-race accident relegating him to a 23rd-place finish in his track debut.

Friday night's N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (CMS) will not only mark the 12th Truck Series event at the Concord, N.C. track, it will also mark the second intermediate track for the series and Young's second start at the 1.5-mile quad-oval. In an effort to turn his luck around, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender is going "All In" and hopes to cash in with a solid finish in the fourth Truck Series race on the 2014 schedule.

A penny for your thoughts: Tyler Young, Driver, No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado -
What did you learn at Kansas, the series' first intermediate track on the schedule that you can transfer to Friday night's race at Charlotte?
"We sure didn't get as much as we wanted to out of the race at Kansas, but between the two practice sessions, qualifying and the 86 laps I was able to complete I really feel like I learned a lot that I could apply to not only our trucks, for our intermediate track program, but also for Friday night's race. I think learning how the truck reacted on the track from an aero dynamics perspective - the guy on the inside may lose the side force he has and run up the track when running side-by-side with another truck - so you have to learn to give them some room. I also learned that we need to get our truck a little more free when we are in the pack. Thanks to Chevrolet, we are learning more and more about these trucks through wind tunnel time, so I think we will be able to pick up where we left off at Kansas and have a solid run Friday night."

Bryan Berry, Crew Chief, No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado -
As a rookie, what can Tyler expect going into Friday night's Truck Series race at CMS?
"Unfortunately, Young's Motorsports was unable to participate in the Truck Series test at Charlotte a few weeks ago. I know that as a rookie he doesn't need to lose sight of his #1 goal - getting the truck ready for 134 laps of racing under the lights. We race at night and we practice and qualifying at the hottest points during the day. There is a huge swing in these trucks between the day and night, so you need to have a good feel of what you need, so you don't over adjust. Turns 1 and 2 are completely different than Turns 3 and 4, so you have to approach them differently and these new truck bodies are so aero sensitive in traffic, so just finding the right balance is key. He did a great job in Kansas last weekend, so he should be able to carry what he learned there to Friday night's race."

Fast & Fun Facts:
• Young will make his second start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Friday night's N.C. Education Lottery 200
• Young's Motorsports did not participate in the Truck Series test at CMS in April
• In his first series start at the 1.5-mile quad-oval, Young qualified 26th and was credited with a 29th-place finish following a crash on lap 104 of 134
• Calling the shots for the No. 02 Young's Motorsports team is veteran crew chief Bryan Berry. As an 11-year veteran of the NCWTS, Berry has 181 starts to his resume, including six starts at CMS. His success includes one top-five finish with Brendan Gaughan (2008)
• Due to a successful launch in Daytona, Arthur Krenzel Lett Insurance Group, a risk management solutions firm specializing in auto, home, life and commercial insurance products, has increased their presence on the No. 02 Chevrolet for the West Virginia company's second scheduled race of 2014 and will adorn the hood of Young's Silverado for Friday night's Truck Series race under the lights at CMS. For more information on how AKL Insurance Group can save you money visit: AKLInsuranceGroup.com
• Young has signed on to participate in the Racing 4 Vets charity go-kart race at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, N.C. on Monday night, May 19. Young will join other drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck Series, K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and prominent motorsports journalists for a one-of-a-kind kart racing event to support service-disabled veterans. For more information on the event, which includes an autograph session, or to buy your tickets visit: Racing4Vets.org

Rookie Race:
Following the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway, Young has moved up to third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, a mere five points behind second place Mason Mingus and 16 points behind leader Tyler Reddick.

Chassis History:
Young's Motorsports will unload chassis 008 for Friday night's N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis, built in-house, for the Young's Motorsports team and was recently at the wind tunnel in preparation for this weekend's event.

Rearview Mirror-Kansas:
Making his track debut at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Young made it to the second round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying session to secure the 15th starting position for the SFP 250. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender fell as far back as 23rd in the early stages of the event, when he was forced to pit road under caution to repair right front damage after running over a rear bumper bar from a damaged truck. However, the Midland, Texas native rallied to a top-10 position before being collected in a lap-86 accident in Turn 2 and eventually sent to the garage and credited with a 23rd-place finish.

Truck Series Fast Facts:
• 2014 marks Young's first full-time season in the NCWTS
• Young has made 14 starts in the series since 2012
• First start - Rockingham (2012)
• Best start - 13th, Bristol (2012)
• Best finish - 19th, Texas Motor Speedway (June, 2013)

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