Only once each year does the Camping World Truck Series take to a road course, and only once does the series venture north of the border into Canada. Both things happen this weekend, as the Trucks visit Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada for the Chevrolet Silverado 250. Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones will be making his road course debut in the Truck Series, while his teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. will look to improve on last year’s inaugural race.
Jones, in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra, began preparing for his CTMP debut last season, when he attended last year’s inaugural race and spotted for Chad Hackenbracht, who finished second in the No. 51. Jones attended the Ron Fellows’ Performance Driving School in Pahrump, Nevada earlier in the year, and this month, KBM conducted a one-day test at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, where Jones made approximately 60 laps in the same Tundra he will drive in this weekend’s event.
“I’ve been looking forward to making my first start on a road course for a long time and now that I’m finally am getting the chance, I think it is going to be pretty fun,” said Jones on the KBM website. “It’s always tough going into a new situation in a race car, but I attended the Ron Fellows school and that helped out a lot. Recently, we went and tested at Road Atlanta and that went really well. I felt really comfortable right away at the test and we had a really fast ToyotaCare Tundra. Hopefully, even though it’s a different track, we can transfer that over to this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. I feel like when we unload we are going to be really close.”
Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra, finished fourth in last year’s race at CTMP. Already a winner this year on the other “special” track on the schedule, Eldora Speedway, “Bubba” is ready to conquer Canada.
“The race at Canada is definitely high on my list,” said Wallace Jr. “Last year was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get back there this year and turn left and right. Last season Eldora and Canada were two tracks where I had the most fun racing because they were both so different from what we normally race. We definitely have momentum on our side following some strong runs the last few weeks in our No. 54 Toyota Tundra. I’m pumped to get back to Canada, turn left and right, and hopefully leave with some hardware to add to this year’s finishes.”
Qualifying for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park takes place Saturday at 5:40 p.m. ET, with the green flag flying at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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