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Outlaw Fasteners to Sponsor Kaz Grala at Charlotte

Making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kaz Grala will welcome a new sponsor along for the journey on his #33 Chevrolet Silverado, Outlaw Fasteners.

Transforming the construction industry, Outlaw Fasteners prides itself on having a screw and drive system that allows for no stripping or dropped screws and a “one bit fits all” ability. This technology makes Outlaw Fasteners’ screws “The World’s Best Screw.”

“We are excited to have teamed up with Kaz and the No. 33,” said David Sitton, a representative of Outlaw Fasteners’ distributor. “The NCWTS is ideally aligned with our product, and we believe that both Kaz and Outlaw are emerging standouts in their respective fields. We look forward to the growth ahead for both Kaz and Outlaw Fasteners’ in NASCAR.”

While this may be the NCWTS rookie’s first start at the 1.5-mile track, he has a long racing history at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Before he was old enough to race in NASCAR, Kaz cut his teeth in the Summer Shootout Series and Winter Heat, winning championships in both bandeleros and legend cars at the quarter-mile oval and road course in the track’s infield. Now Kaz has graduated through the ranks and finds himself returning to his roots, but this time in the NCWTS.

“I’m very excited to have Outlaw Fasteners on board this weekend in Charlotte,” said Kaz. “Their company is a great fit in the racing industry and I’m proud to be a part of their introduction to NASCAR. After the test at Charlotte a few weeks ago, I feel better about my first race there. Between that and an awesome new paint scheme, hopefully we can put on a good show for Outlaw Fasteners.”

Earlier this year, Kaz made history by becoming the youngest pole award and race winner in series history at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Since then, Kaz has collected one top-10 and two top-15 finishes and sits sixth in the NCWTS driver point standings.

-GMS Racing Press Release

NASCAR will investigate Almirola’s accident

NASCAR officials will do a thorough inspection of the #43 Ford of driver Aric Almirola following the Richard Petty Motorsports driver’s fiery crash during Saturday’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Car can be seen below…

AA Car

“It’s currently at the (NASCAR) R&D Center, and our safety experts will … look for anything that might give us clues or some indication of exactly what the challenge was there with Aric and his back,” Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said Monday morning on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR.

“I’m certain they’ll interview him and ask him about all the particulars of how tight his belts were and all the rest of that.

“When we have these situations or even situations where someone doesn’t get hurt, we really like to investigate as best as possible into the accident and see how we can get better.”

Miller praised the work of the safety crews and medical personnel.

“To take the precautions that they did, fortunately Aric was able to talk with them over there and explain the situation so they acted accordingly and we were really happy with the way all that went,” he said.

Article via NASCAR.com

Gilliland makes it 4 in a row at Spokane County Raceway

Starting from pole for the sixth consecutive week, Gilliland went on to lead every one of 150 laps to score his 11th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory as well as his fourth consecutive win.

It was the second straight race the 16-year-old from Ford Sherrills, North Carolina, has led flag-to-flag after a dominating performance last time out at California’s Irwindale Event Center.

His teammate Derek Kraus was his closest competitor of the night, having multiple runs at the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota after the first half of the 150-lap feature. Despite the potential, the 15-year-old Rookie of the Year candidate came home second, tying his best career finish in the series.

Though it didn’t affect Gilliland, the weather had quite the impact on the day’s on-track events. Delaying the start of the race by nearly two hours, the race did not go green until the cars turned 102 laps behind the pace truck as an effort to dry the racing surface.

Stopping for fuel before the green, it was the Gilliland show from there on.

Behind the reigning champion, however, was some close competition and tough breaks for his competitors. A crash on Lap 14 with Blaine Perkins and Rich DeLong III brought out the race’s first of two red flag periods.

Following the lengthy rain delay, the race didn’t see the checkered flag until well after midnight on the West Coast.

Chris Eggleston came home third with Michael Self and Nicole Behar rounding out the top five.

Matt Levin ties his career-best K&N Pro Series West effort in sixth followed by Garret Archer, Owen Riddle, Julia Landauer and Braeden Havens completing the top 10.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from Spokane County Raceway will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 18 at 10 p.m. PT.

Conley joins JGL Racing’s “Young Guns” Lineup

JGL Racing has announced Cale Conley as the latest addition to their popular “Young Guns” program. Conley will be behind the wheel of the teams No. 24 Toyota at the Hisense 300 on May 27th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“The time I have spent out of a car has helped me appreciate this opportunity more than ever,” said Conley. “I am glad to be partnered with JGL Racing as our goals of speed and performance are the same. I have had to learn patience and how to trust the process while I have been away from NASCAR. I am very happy to make my return with JGL Racing and James Whitener (team owner).”

Conley has 41 career NASCAR XFINITY Series starts to go along with 36 starts in the NASCAR K&N Series. He has a career best XFINITY Series finish of sixth which came at Kentucky Speedway in 2014

“The addition of Cale to our Young Guns program makes for a great compliment to the drivers we already have”, added JGL Racing team owner James Whitener. “I watched Cale closely when he competed in the XFINITY Series a few years ago and he has proven he is a very talented driver when given the right equipment. We aim to give him just that and let him shine in this No. 24 Toyota.”

Conley and JGL Racing are working on additional races beyond the May 27th event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and expect a future announcement on that expanded schedule as well as sponsors.

Self to make 2nd start of the season with Niece Motorsports

Officials from Niece Motorsports and AM Racing jointly announced today that Texas native Austin Wayne Self will drive the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado in this Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

Self, 21, is set to make his second start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season after earning a career-best second place finish in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway in February driving for AM Racing.

“Niece Motorsports is very excited to have Austin drive for us at Kansas Speedway,” said team Principal Al Niece. “We’ve seen him drive at other tracks last year and we were very impressed. We are looking forward to having him in the truck at Kansas Speedway and maybe some more races down the road.”

In addition to Niece Equipment serving as the primary marketing partner at Kansas, AM Racing partner Precision Air Technology will serve as a major associate for the 167-lap race. Precision Air Technology tests HEPA filter systems of all types. Performing air balancing, selling air filters and HEPA filtration equipment, and providing turnkey cleanroom retrofits are some of the services and products they offer.

With Kansas Speedway not on AM Racing’s initial schedule, Self is thankful for the opportunity to make his second start at the 1.5-mile speedway and second start of the season.

“I’m very appreciative for this opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports,” said Self, a 23-time NCWTS competitor. “Thanks to Niece Equipment and Precision Air Technology, I’ve been given an opportunity to get in a truck and go out and earn a strong finish. I enjoy racing at Kansas Speedway and look forward to a flashy finish under the lights.”

Stenhouse with new sponsor after spectacular win at Talladega

Just days after a spectacular win at Talladega Superspeedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing have announced a multi-race partnership with Little HUG Fruit Barrels. The iconic barrel-shaped fruit drink will serve as a primary sponsor for two races with Stenhouse and the No. 17 team in June at Dover and at Pocono.

“This is even more great news,” said Stenhouse, who scored his first MENCS win on Sunday at Talladega. “I loved the Little HUG fruit barrels growing up, and it was a good day when mom would put one of those in our lunches. It will be a lot of fun reaching for one to cool down at the track on a hot summer day.

“It’s been a crazy week for sure,” added Stenhouse. “But, part of our success is a strong partner base that has remained loyal to myself, Roush Fenway and our 17 team.  We are very pleased to have Little HUG join that group, and we can’t wait to get them on the track and hopefully we’ll put the 17 back in victory lane soon.”

Stenhouse is currently 12th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings. His win from the pole last weekend, qualified him for the NASCAR All-Star race in May and next season’s Clash in Daytona.

Little HUG will make its debut at the track at Dover International Speedway on June 4 and will ride again with Stenhouse the following week at Pocono Raceway on June 11.

Paint Scheme as seen below…

17 HUG

Event preview: Dogwood 300 at SNMP

Lucama, NC-

This weekend marks race #2 of the 11 PASS South Series races in 2017, which will be hosted at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC. The event will consist of 150 Laps of PASS Super Late Models, along with 150 Laps of NASCAR Late Model Stocks. This event format is similar to what you might see at a CARS Tour Race. Race #1 of the Season was won by Jared Irvan, son of former NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan, in his #28 Chevrolet.

The last time the series visited SNMP was on July 12th, 2014 in which Preston Peltier came home with the Victory over the hard charging Tyler Church in the 150 Lap SLM Feature. So far we know the following will be competing this weekends in the PASS Feature… Jared Irvan, Bradley McCaskill, Tanner Thorson, Matt Craig, Tate Fogleman, and many others

The Last time the Late Model Stocks were on track at SNMP was at the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic in which Tommy Lemons Jr. came home with the victory. Among the drivers competing this weekend are… Lee Pulliam, Tommy Lemons Jr, Deac McCaskill, Tyler Hughes, Haley Moody, Mason Diaz, among others.

We will be at the track all weekend taking photos of the event. Be sure to like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ShortTrackCentral