The Camping World Truck Series has a stand-alone race this Saturday, September 28th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr. are joined by Chad Hackenbracht in Sin City.
Coulter finished third last year at LVMS, and could use a good outing in the No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra – he’s on a streak of three finishes outside the top 20, and sits 13th in points, 26 points behind Brendan Gaughan in 10th. Coulter is hoping Lady Luck shines on him in Vegas.
“I think to win at Vegas or on any track for that matter, you have to roll the dice,” said Coulter on the KBM website. Whether it’s with tires or fuel mileage, at some point you are going to gamble. That is one of the fun things about Vegas, you never really know how the race will shake out. It seems to be different every time we go back. With the point’s position we are in this year, we have to take chances, gamble a little bit, see what’s out there – we have nothing to lose.”
Wallace Jr., currently third in the Rookie of the Year standings in the Truck Series, visits LVMS for the first time in the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Tundra, and the team is taking a relatively new KBM chassis to the track.
“We’re taking truck No. 18 this weekend to Las Vegas, the same truck we ran as Michigan,” said crew chief Jerry Baxter. “It was built new for Michigan and we wrecked early in the race. It now has a new body, front clip, everything. This is another track where he’s (Darrell Wallace, Jr.) never been, so we’ll spend the first part of practice getting him familiar with the track. Good thing is that the tires are not an issue at Las Vegas, so that’s a good thing. This should be a good weekend for the team.”
Hackenbracht makes his fourth and final appearance of the season for KBM in the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Tundra, gradually improving each time out: a 26th-place finish at Texas, a 15th-place finish at Pocono, and a runner-up finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of this No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Toyota Tundra this weekend in Vegas,” said Hackenbracht. “The truck race in Canada was a lot of fun but it was almost a month ago, way too long ago, and I’m ready to get back to it. Although Canada and Vegas are two totally different tracks, every time I get back into these trucks I learn something. I’ve never been to Vegas, but I have a really strong support system around me and I know we will be strong. Now that I have a few truck races under my belt, I know what to expect. My expectations are to complete all the laps this weekend and finish in the top-10. I want to keep this No. 51 Toyota team competing for the Truck Series owner’s title.”
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