NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Preview Notes and Quotes
Event: Chevrolet Silverado 250
Date: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013
Location: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
> Sharp-Gallaher Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park… The Chevrolet Silverado 250 will be Sharp-Gallaher Racing and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Sunday’s race is not only the first for the Camping World Truck Series north of the border, but it has also been 13 years since the NCWTS competed on a road course. None of the drivers entered in this inaugural race participated in the 2000 event at Watkins Glen International.
> SGR’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History… Since entering the Camping World Truck Series in 2011, SGR has logged 98 starts, earning two wins, nine top-five finishes, 28 top-10 finishes and two pole awards, with an average starting position of 14.7 and an average finishing position of 16.3. SGR claimed the 2009 Automobile Racing Club of America Racing Series title with Justin Lofton.
> Left and Right Turns with SGR… This weekend marks the first appearance of a Sharp-Gallaher Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry on a road course. However, SGR’s ARCA Racing Series teams turned left and right at New Jersey Motorsport Park with drivers Ken Butler III (2008), Scott Speed (2008), Justin Lofton (2008-2009), Tim George Jr. (2009), Tom Hessert III (2009), Craig Goess (2009-2010) and Kyle Belmont (2010). The collective group earned one top-five and six top-10 finishes in nine starts.
> The SGR Lineup in Canada… Mike Skeen makes his Camping World Truck Series debut in the No. 6 Hawk Performance Chevrolet, and teammate Max Gresham will be behind the wheel of the No. 8 Made in USA Brand Chevrolet at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
> Welcome Aboard Hawk Performance… The No. 6 entry will showcase new SGR partner Hawk Performance. Hawk Performance is an industry-leading supplier of brake products to the performance street and motorsports markets, offering a wide variety of application-specific brake pads, rotors and calipers for domestic and import cars, trucks and SUV’s. Their products provide improved braking, increased fade resistance and superior pad and rotor life for high performance brake applications. Headquartered in Chino, Calif., Hawk Performance also manufactures an extensive line of motorsport brake products for virtually any form of racing.
> The Collective SGR in the NCWTS… Throughout the season’s first 13 races, SGR’s Camping World Truck Series entries have notched two top-five and four top-10 finishes. In 2013, SGR teams have completed 2,966 out of 3,389 total laps (87.5 percent) with drivers Danny Efland, Max Gresham, Devin Jones, John King, Jared Landers, Lofton and Tyler Young. The group has led a combined nine laps.
> SGR on Other Tracks… SGR’s Will Gallaher and Devin Jones will compete this weekend in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
> Follow SGR on Social Media… To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit Sharp-Gallaher Racing’s Twitter page – @SGRracing_ and Facebook page – Facebook.com/SharpGallaherRacing. Also, follow the SGR NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @MaxGresham and @MikeSkeenRacing
> Catch the Action… FOX Sports 1’s live coverage of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 begins Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
This Week’s Hawk Performance Chevrolet at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park…
Mike Skeen will pilot chassis No. 133 from the Sharp-Gallaher Racing stable in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 64-lap event marks the first appearance of this Silverado in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as a road-course entry. Prior to being retrofitted from an oval-track entry, this truck was last seen on track at Eldora Speedway where Max Gresham started 14th and finished 10th. Gresham also drove this truck to an 11th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in October 2012.Skeen in NASCAR…The Chevrolet Silverado 250 marks Skeen’s debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has one previous start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Tooele, Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park, where he started fifth and finished in the 17th position.
Skeen at CTMP…
Skeen claimed the pole position and won the last four consecutive races in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
A Little More About Skeen…
Skeen currently drives the Hawk Performance/CRP Racing Corvette in World Challenge in addition to being a sought-out professional driving instructor. He began racing go karts at the age of 10, progressing through the motorsports ranks, and has victories to his name in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT Series, Trans-Am, SCORE Baja 1000, NASA, as well as experience in GRAND-AM and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Bryan Berry Heads the No. 6 SGR Team…
Veteran crew chief Bryan Berry joins SGR to lead the No. 6 team. Since 2000, Berry has over 200 starts as a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, working mostly with veteran drivers Brendan Gaughan and Jason Keller.
Mike Skeen Quotes:
On making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Sharp-Gallaher Racing…
“I’m excited to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Sharp-Gallaher Racing. SGR puts strong trucks on the track and I feel that with my road-course experience, we’ll be able to put the No. 6 Hawk Performance Chevrolet in contention for the win.”
On returning to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park…
“I’m looking forward to racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park again. We swept the pole positions and wins here in 2011 and 2012 in our Chevrolet Corvette in the World Challenge GT Series. Fortunately NASCAR is allotting us a lot of practice time to get used to the course. I’ll be taking that time to adjust to driving the Hawk Performance Silverado. My SGR teammate Max Gresham and I had a good test session at Kershaw (Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, S.C.) to get ready for this weekend’s race. It will be a team effort this weekend as I lean on him for advice on the truck, and hopefully I can help him in his first road-course race.”