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2014 Kentucky: Tyler Young NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 24, 2014 - 06:26 AM
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2014 Kentucky: Tyler Young NASCAR Truck Race Preview


Known as the "Bluegrass State," Kentucky is home to horse racing, bourbon and Kentucky Speedway, an annual stop on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule since June of 2000.

 

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The 1.5-mile tri-oval is a flat, rough, asphalt track with a lot of character, and after 16 Truck Series events in the Commonwealth of Kentucky it's said that, "the best drivers love it, others fear it."

While the jury is still out on Tyler Young's "love affair" with the Sparta, Ky. track, it's at least a venue that the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has visited in his 18 series starts since 2012. Although it's been two years since the Young's Motorsports' driver raced at Kentucky Speedway, Young hopes to capitalize on his past track experience and follow in Carl Edwards footsteps following Thursday night's 150-lap UNOH 225. The 23-year-old driver would like to be the second rookie to win his first Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in his first full-time season in NASCAR's third division. Edwards, was the first to accomplish the feat, winning the 2003 Truck Series event - his first series win in his first full-time season in the NCWTS.

A penny for your thoughts: Tyler Young, Driver, No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado -
Some drivers love Kentucky and others fear it. What's so challenging about racing at Kentucky?
"Kentucky Speedway is a flat, bumpy mile-and-a-half track. I would say the most challenging thing about the track is the bumps. When I was there a couple years ago, my ear buds actually feel out of my ears going over the bumps during the race, that's how rough it is. The groove isn't very distinct and the track is wide, so you have to move around to dodge the bumps and find grip. The last time we were there, it was so hot and we practice, qualify and race on Thursday, so it makes for a long day. Therefore, you have to have your truck set up for that transition into the night. At least when we unload and get on track for the first time on Thursday, I will know what I'm looking for out of my truck versus spending time learning the track."

Fast & Fun Facts:
• Kentucky Speedway is one of only 10 tracks on the 2014 NCWTS schedule that Young has experience racing on
• Young has one start at the 1.5-mile tri-oval (June, 2012) - started: 34th/Finished: 23rd
• 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 185 starts to his resume, including nine starts at Kentucky. His success includes one top-five finish, finishing third with Brendan Gaughan in 2011
• Chevrolet has the most series wins at Kentucky Speedway (8), including the last four

Chassis History:
Young's Motorsports will unload chassis 008 for the third time this year in Thursday night's UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. This chassis was built new, in-house, for the 2014 season and was last seen at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth earlier this month, where the Midland, Texas native turned a track-best start into a career-best finish, finishing 15th.

Rookie Race:
Following a 17th-place finish at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., Young is third in the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, a mere five points behind second-place Mason Mingus.

Rearview Mirror - Gateway:
Young started the Inaugural Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway from the 22nd position and battled a Chevrolet Silverado that was "free-in" for a majority of the 160-lap event and lost ground to the leaders early on. Utilizing two-time NCWTS champion Todd Bodine, who was in the spotter stand for the rookie, Young was able to learn how to improve his trucks handling by, "arching it more in to the corner." In the final 83 circuits, the 23-year-old driver would improve on his line, running competitively inside the top-20, with lap times as fast as the top-12. Mired multiple laps down, Young would not be able to gain anymore positions and settled for a 17th-place finish, his third consecutive top-20 finish.

Truck Series Fast Facts:
• 2014 mark's Young's first full-time season in the NCWTS
• Young has made 18 starts in the series since 2012
• First start - Rockingham (2012)
• Best start - 13th, Bristol (2012)
• Best finish - 15th, Texas Motor Speedway (June, 2014)


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