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Brennan Newberry Concludes Double Duty Weekend at Bowman Gray Stadium
Posted by: newsla on Jun 03, 2014 - 06:19 AM
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Brennan Newberry Concludes Double Duty Weekend at Bowman Gray Stadium


Brennan Newberry and the No.24 Qore-24 Hand Purifier Chevrolet Impala crew took to the home track of their Kernersville Based NTS Motorsports team in Winston-Salem, NC. Bowman Gray Stadium sits just over ten miles from where Newberry and Crew Chief John Monsam hang their hats during the week. While it is always a pleasure to be able to race in front of friends and family, and to represent a location rich in so much NASCAR history, The Madhouse is always a daunting task and an event that is known for being more about survival than speed. Speed, for Newberry and Monsam was, as always, not hard to find. Survival is something you can't plan for and can only hope comes your way.

 

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As one of only a few drivers to do "double duty" this weekend, Newberry hopped on a quick flight back to North Carolina, after competing in the Lucas Oil 200 NCWTS event held Friday evening at Dover International Speedway, to be ready to compete in the NKSPSE event at the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday. Monsam knew the legend of the Madhouse well and had witnessed how tough the quarter-mile flat track could be on a driver and his race car, but he knew his crew was up for the challenge. The Crew Chief and Driver of the No.24 were set to make their career debut at the infamous track located in Winston-Salem, just fifteen minutes from NTS Motorsports headquarters.

90 minutes of practice were allotted in order for teams to acclimate their drivers and their race cars to the unique racing environment that has become infamous with teams and fans. The Qore-24 team had tested at The Stadium and had found what worked for their driver behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Impala. When practice came to a close, Newberry had posted a lap of 14.68 and was ninth on the chart. Monsam left the setup a little loose because practicing under the intense North Carolina heat was a stark contrast to the cool conditions for the race. With the sun still glaring during time trials, Newberry was chasing an intentionally loose race car but was still able to be inside the top ten after two laps with a time of 14.701 to line up tenth.

After a wild finish to the night's opening Bowman-Gray Modifieds event, a tone was set and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division drivers filled onto a track, encompassed by grass that doubles as a football field, known for igniting excitement and flaring tempers. Newberry kept calm and thanked his crew for their hard work, "We've learned a lot today guys and even during the pace laps this car feels awesome. This is going to be a wild but fun ride!" With 150 laps equaling just over 37 miles, Bowman-Gray tests patience, persistence, and poise just as much as preparation. With the drop of the green flag, Newberry displayed that he and his crew had all four. Completing only 5 laps on track Newberry moved into 8th position and was showing that he had truly figured out Bowman-Gray early in his track debut. After quickly adapting to the track, he then learned how The Madhouse got its name. On lap 23, Newberry was spun from behind and lost a lap to the leaders. After a quick visit to pit road the No.24 team got held up by pedestrians inside the small pit area and lost an additional lap, after being beaten to the line by the pace car. Digging until the end and avoiding additional damage to the Qore-24 machine, Newberry brought home a hard fought 15th place finish. The NTS Motorsports No.24 team is looking forward to continuing their momentum going into the Pensacola 150 at Five Flags Speedway in Florida in two weeks.

Brennan Newberry's Post-Race Thoughts:
"The Madhouse" stood true to it's name and Saturday's event at Bowman Gray Stadium was crazy indeed. If the track wasn't challenging enough, avoiding spun cars and keeping my own car pointed straight was thrown on top of it all. Our Qore-24 Chevrolet Impala was very fast and we were making our way to the front when disaster struck. I am very proud of all of my NTS Motorsports guys and I am looking forward to getting on with the rest season of the K&N Pro Series East season and continuing to show our fast cars and bring home good finishes."

John Monsam's Post-Race Thoughts:
"My first time on the box at Bowman-Gray Stadium was a challenge for both myself and my Qore-24 NTS Motorsports crew. We made changes and made the car better throughout practice and found a setup that was fast after the track cooled under the lights. Unfortunately, we didn't get the finish I feel we deserved yet Brennan did an outstanding job of maneuvering a very tough track. Looking ahead to Five Flags Speedway, my team and I are confident our first win together is within our reach."

Start: 10th/Finish: 15th
Drivers' Points Standing: 11th (-89)
Owners Points Standing: 11th (-89)


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