For the first time since 2000, the Camping World Truck Series will test the twists and turns of a road course, and for the first time, it races north of the border: the inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 takes place August 30th through September 1st at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Kyle Busch Motorsports will be fielding three Toyota Tundras at the event, with Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr. being joined by Chad Hackenbracht this weekend.
Hackenbracht, in the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Tundra, makes his second road course start in a matter of weeks after having raced at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Nationwide Series. He also as two ARCA Racing Series starts at New Jersey Motorsports Park, with a pole and a top 10 finish. Hackenbracht will compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race prior to the Truck Series event to gain even more experience navigating the twists and turns of the 2.459-mile track.
"I really love road course racing and have had some success with it in the ARCA Series,” said Hackenbracht on the KBM website. “I had the opportunity to run Mid-Ohio earlier this month in the Nationwide Series and although the two tracks are different in terms of layout, just having the fundamentals of road course racing fresh on my mind will be helpful. I know most of these guys in the Truck Series have never raced on a road course or haven't done so in a while, so I feel like I will have an advantage. I'm also running the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race before the Truck Series race on Sunday, so the added track time above and beyond what we are getting in the trucks under race conditions and figuring out passing zones will be really helpful. I'm looking forward to a solid weekend with this 51 KBM team."
Coulter also has some road course experience from his ARCA Racing Series days, with three starts and three top 12 finishes. Coulter is debuting the No. 18 Monster Energy Tundra paint scheme this weekend, and hopes to have the same kind of good luck he had earlier this season when the Truck Series ventured onto dirt for the first time at Eldora Speedway.
“I like it a lot – it’s something I enjoyed when I was racing in the ARCA Series too,” said Coulter. “I like knowing that the Truck Series has a little bit for everyone - a variety of flavor. Much like the drivers – a mix of veterans and rookies – we have road courses, superspeedways, short tracks, dirt, concrete and pavement tracks. To win the championship at the end of the year, you have to be a well-rounded driver – be able to adapt to new tracks and surfaces – that’s what makes them the best. I know the trucks used to race on road courses and I’m excited to see the series get back to its roots, just like we did at Eldora earlier this year. I’m especially excited about the trip north to Canada this weekend – there is a huge NASCAR fan base up there and I felt like the Truck Series was missing out on it. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a really cool looking road course – I’ve watched a lot of races there and I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun up there in my Monster Energy Toyota Tundra."
Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Tundra, made one road course start while racing in the K&N Pro Series East at Lime Rock Park; Wallace Jr. finished sixth in that event.
“I’ve got some confidence going in to this weekend’s race in Canada,” said Wallace Jr. “I’ve run one big road-course race in the (K&N Pro Series) East car in 2010 at Lime Rock (Park) - that was a lot of fun. I learned a lot there and I’ve also done a lot of Legends car stuff - me and my dad over at Charlotte (Motor Speedway) during the winter. I’ve got some experience, but I’m not the best on it. I kind of hold my own.”
Qualifying for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 takes place Saturday at 5:05 p.m. ET, with the race going green on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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