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2014 Kentucky: GMS Racing NASCAR Truck Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Jun 30, 2014 - 04:04 PM
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2014 Kentucky: GMS Racing NASCAR Truck Race Recap


Max Gresham, driver of the No. 23 AmWINS Group Inc. Chevrolet Silverado, scored an 11th place finish in Thursday night's UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway in his second start for GMS Racing this season. Gresham started 13th and had his hands full throughout the race with the handling characteristics on his No. 23 AmWINS Group Inc. Chevrolet Silverado. However, he and crew chief Ryan "Pickle" London worked together and steadily improved the truck during the 150-lap race.

 

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The team made strides with every adjustment, and coupled with the good work on pit road Gresham was able to score as high as second during the 225-mile event. Closing in on Lap 50, the field began to make green-flag stops, and Gresham followed suit, bringing his Silverado to the pits on Lap 50 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Gresham returned to the track in 20th position, and immediately after the field cycled through green-flag stops, the caution was displayed on Lap 61. The team opted to bring Gresham to pit road for a reported vibration. After a stop to check the lug nuts and top off with fuel, he restarted the race from the 13th position on Lap 66. Patiently making moves through the field, Gresham reported that his black and blue Chevrolet Silverado was too free and lacked grip. After the caution waved on Lap 98 for a spin, London called Gresham back to pit road for fuel, more adjustments, and four tires. Gresham restarted the race on Lap 104 from the tenth position. Preparing for the final dash to the finish, Gresham and London chose to pit for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment under caution, and when the race went green on Lap 142, he restarted 14th and quickly began slicing his way through the field. Gresham rallied back to 11th over the final seven laps.


Start - 13 Finish - 11 Laps Led - 0


Max Gresham Quote:

"It is relieving to have finally finished a race at Kentucky Speedway! We had a very strong AmWINS Group Inc. Chevrolet and it made a strong statement of how competitive GMS Racing can be. Our result at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a tough pill to swallow, but our team didn't quit and it showed. We had a top seven truck this past week, but just ran out of time. We will carry that momentum into my next race at Bristol Motor Speedway."

Kentucky Speedway Put Joey Coulter through his Paces Finishing in 12th place


After competing in the top ten for the majority of the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, Joey Coulter drove the GMS Racing No. 21 Allegiant Travel / Vertx Chevrolet Silverado to a 12th-place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. Coulter started the No. 21 Allegiant Travel / Vertx Chevrolet Silverado from the ninth position and charged to the seventh spot by Lap 20 before settling in to that position. Coulter focused on hitting his marks and keeping the team informed of how his No. 21 Silverado was handling - reporting that the track was greasy. The six caution periods throughout the 150-lap event prevented the 24-year-old driver from advancing through the ranks as the truck suffered in traffic but was fast in clean air. Coulter battled handling issues that shifted from loose on entry to tight in the center, so crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz called for routine two and four-tire pit stops with chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues Coulter was facing. While in 13th position, he and Stankiewicz chose to pit on Lap 78 during the fourth caution for left-side tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel, a strategic move designed to allow Coulter to stay out longer in the event of a lengthy green flag. With teams opting for various strategies of two-tire stops and staying on track, Coulter restarted the race from the 10th position. The Stankiewicz-led team was called to pit road for their final stop of the night on Lap 100, servicing the Miami Springs, Fla., native with four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Coulter restarted from the eighth position on Lap 104, and he had enough fuel to go the distance. Coulter regained the seventh position with 10 laps remaining in the event, but the dirty air plaguing the GMS Racing machine in the final stages of the race drug him down to a 12th-place finish.


Start - 9 Finish - 12 Laps Led - 0


Joey Coulter Quote:

"Even though we were disappointed with our finish, we made even more gains on our mile and a half program. For the fourth week in a row our No. 21 Allegiant Travel / Vertx Chevrolet Silverado has been fast off the trailer and ran inside the top 10 most of the night. Track position hurt us bad Thursday night but we still had plenty of good speed. We also have a good balance we can work from and continue to get better each week."


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