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August 21, 2014

Joey Coulter takes Third-Place in “Tricky” Finish at Pocono Raceway

Joey Coulter and the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet team finished third in the Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, scoring his third top-five result this season. The Miami Springs, Fla., native started the 11th race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season from the 11th position and worked his way into the top 10 during the early laps. Under the first caution of the day at the 2.5-mile triangle, crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz attempted to remedy Coulter’s handling woes with a two right-side tire stop along with fuel. Coulter was a mainstay at the front of the field throughout the first half of the race and by the halfway maker he was in ninth place, despite struggles with a tight-handling condition during the 60-lap affair. Due to varying pit strategies, Coulter found himself running fourth as scheduled green-flag pit stops began on Lap 35. Stankiewicz called his driver to pit road one final time, on Lap 36 under green-flag conditions for left-side tires, a variety of adjustments and fuel, positioning Coulter strategically in between varying pit strategies among other teams. By Lap 50, Coulter was running eighth, but the Florida-native wouldn’t stay there for long, as he was able to drive his GMS Racing machine toward the front of the field each time he found himself mired in race traffic. Following a series of late-race caution flags, Coulter rallied from sixth on the final restart to finish third, posting his fourth top-10 finish in four races at the “Tricky Triangle.” Following the event at Pocono Raceway, Coulter remains ninth in the NASCAR Camping World Series driver championship point standings.
Start – 11 Finish – 3 Laps Led – 0

Joey Coulter Quote:
“It was a great day for us. I can’t thank Chevrolet enough for all the support they have given us. I’m really pumped about our GMS Racing team and what we’ve accomplished.”

Spencer Gallagher Earns Top-15 Finish at Pocono Raceway

Driving the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing, Spencer Gallagher earned a top-15 finish in his career-first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Pocono Raceway by finishing 15th in the Pocono Mountains 150 at the Long Pond, Pa. facility. The Las Vegas native started from the 12th position, right next to teammate Joey Coulter, and reported the Chevrolet Silverado’s handling was tight during the early laps of the scheduled 60-lap event. When the caution flag displayed on Lap 18, crew chief Ryan “Pickle” London called Gallagher down pit road for four Goodyear tires, an air pressure adjustment, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. He restarted the Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado 17th on Lap 21 and worked his way into the eighth position by Lap 35. As green-flag stops began at the 2.5-mile track, Gallagher advanced to fifth across the next five laps. While running third, the caution flag was displayed on Lap 48, so London called his driver to pit road for the final time, swapping out four tires, making adjustments, and reloading the truck with fuel. This stop positioned Gallagher in 18th for the restart on Lap 52, but the 24-year-old radioed to his crew that the truck was still tight as laps wound down, until the caution flag was displayed with approximately three laps remaining in the scheduled race. For the final restart, Gallagher restarted 12th as he was shuffled back in the field, and he finished 15th in the green-white-checkered finish.

Start – 12 Finish – 15 Laps Led – 0

Spencer Gallagher Quote:
“Wow, what an afternoon! We set goals all weekend and with the effort of this GMS Racing team, we were able to achieve them and leave here with a top-15 finish.”

Grant Enfinger’s Day Ends Early at Pocono Raceway

Grant Enfinger had disappointment and frustration apparent on his face as he walked out of the Pocono Raceway infield care center only a few laps into Friday’s rain-delayed ModSpace 125. The Fairhope, Ala., driver started the 50-lap ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event from the sixth position and finished 26nd after being involved in an early-race accident on Lap 13. Early in the race, on Lap Three, Enfinger moved into the top-five. An early yellow flag on Lap Five provided Enfinger and the GMS Racing crew the opportunity for pit strategy when crew chief Ryan “Pickle” London told his driver to stay out under caution. Under caution, Enfinger communicated about rain drops in Turn One to the No. 90 Motor Honey/Casite, Allegiant Travel team. Enfinger restarted sixth on Lap 12, but shortly after, Enfinger’s Chevrolet was knocked into the outside wall, an incident resulting from contact with another competitor. Enfinger was running his line and had committed to his turn, and did not anticipate a car on the inside. Enfinger’s GMS Racing team briefly looked over the car in hopes of repairing it enough to return to the track and salvage any championship points, but ultimately there was too much damage to the car, and Enfinger finished the day in 26th-place. In his 64 ARCA Racing Series career-starts, this was the first time Enfinger would not finish due to an accident. More significantly, the 29-year-old came to Long Pond, Pa. as the ARCA Racing Series points leader, with Mason Mitchell trailing by 40 points, thanks to four victories and seven top-five finishes in the first 13 races. However, his early end to the race this weekend leaves him in second place, 75 points behind the leader.

Start – 6 Finish – 26 Laps Led – 0

Grant Enfinger Quote:
“I did not know that the other car had dived below me until I felt the impact and started spinning. We were both racing hard. This sort of thing happens when both drivers are trying hard to win – especially with the anticipation of a possible rain-shortened event. We’ll put this behind us and stay friends.”

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American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway

July 10, 2014

GMS Racing’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at Iowa Speedway … This weekend will mark GMS Racing’s first start at the Newton, Iowa, facility.

GMS Racing’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2013, the Charlotte, N.C.-based organization has logged 15 starts, earning one top-five finish, and two top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 19.2.

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Meet GMS Racing Drivers … Joey Coulter and Spencer Gallagher are scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, July 11, from 1:15-2:00 p.m. at Iowa Speedway, where they will sign autographs on the concourse under the Turn 4 grandstands. Fans can also visit the Team Chevy Racing display in the fan midway area for a question and answer session with Coulter and Gallagher on Friday from 2:15-2:45 p.m. CT.

Catch the Action … The American Ethanol 200 will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, July 11, starting with the pre-race show at 8:00 p.m. ET. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the ninth event on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

Joey Coulter
No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s GMS Racing’s Chevrolet Silverado at Iowa Speedway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 021 “Slim Shady” in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. This Chevrolet Silverado made its first paces with the Jeff Stankiewicz-led team this season at Martinsville Speedway, finishing in 17th-place. Prior to being in the GMS Racing fleet, Chassis No. 021 spent time at Richard Childress Racing (RCR).

Coulter in the Hawkeye State … Although this weekend marks Coulter’s first Iowa Speedway appearance with GMS Racing, the Miami Springs, Fla., driver has made five other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 7/8-mile tri-oval track. He earned a career-best fifth-place finish at the track in July 2011, and has also earned one top-five finish, and three top-10 finishes. He has rated an average starting position of 10.8 and an average finishing position of 12.0 at the track. Coulter is currently ranked third in green flag passes with 195 among NCWTS drivers.

In addition, Coulter has two starts in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series and two starts in the X-1R Pro Cup Series at the track.

Come Fly with Me … The No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado team will sport a new paint scheme with the white, blue and orange colors this weekend at Iowa Speedway, with Allegiant Travel adorning the hood and quarter panels. The inspiration for the paint scheme was to mimic the Allegiant fleet. With low-low fares, nonstop, all-jet service and premier travel partners, Allegiant provides a complete travel experience with great value without all the hassle.

In the Rearview Mirror: Kentucky Speedway … After competing in the top ten for the majority of the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, Joey Coulter drove the GMS Racing No. 21 Allegiant Travel / Vertx Chevrolet Silverado to a 12th-place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Joey Coulter Quote:

“Iowa Speedway is my favorite track on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for sure. The track has multiple racing grooves and has enough grip to race side-by-side all night long. I am really feeling good about the progress we have made over the past few weeks at GMS Racing. The trucks are getting faster and the team is getting stronger as a whole. If we can put all of the puzzle pieces together, we are going to have a really good shot at victory this weekend.”

Spencer Gallagher
No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s GMS Racing’s Chevrolet Silverado at Iowa Speedway … Spencer Gallagher will pilot Chassis No. 009 in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. This Chevrolet Silverado has served as a backup at Martinsville Speedway on March 29 to the Ryan “Pickle” London-led team but this will mark the first laps for the chassis in 2014. Prior to being in the GMS Racing fleet, Chassis No. 009 spent time at Richard Childress Racing with Brendan Gaughan.

Third Season Start … Iowa Speedway will mark Gallagher’s third start of the 2014 season with GMS Racing. Gallagher will compete in seven additional events in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado, including events at Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Phoenix International Raceway and at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Iowa Speedway Debutant … Friday will mark Gallagher’s first career start at the Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Las Vegas native has two ARCA Racing Series starts at the Newton, Iowa, facility. He has a career-best finish of eighth-place in July 2012.

In the Rearview Mirror: Kansas Speedway … Spencer Gallagher last piloted the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado on May 9 at Kansas Speedway, finishing in the 30th position due to an incident on the first lap.

Spencer Gallagher Quote:

“I’m really looking forward to taking my Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado to Iowa Speedway for my first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there. I have been to Iowa Speedway with the ARCA Racing Series, and it’s really one of my favorite tracks. The 7/8-mile size is perfect for the short-track racing that everybody loves. The multiple race grooves mean that you can make a truck work almost anywhere around the track, which helps make passing much easier for the driver. Additionally, having my teammate, Joey Coulter, there racing alongside of me is going to make the transition from driving an ARCA Racing Series car to a truck much smoother. So, I’m really looking forward to getting out there!”

Champion Racing Partnership Announced

July 2, 2014

Champion Power Equipment Announced as Official and Exclusive Power Equipment Supplier for GMS Racing

Charlotte, N.C. (July 2, 2014)—GMS Racing is proud to announce an ongoing partnership with Champion Power Equipment as the official and exclusive power equipment supplier for GMS Racing. In addition, Champion Power Equipment will serve as a full-season associate sponsor of the GMS Racing teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) as well as in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series with drivers Joey Coulter, Spencer Gallagher, and Max Gresham.

Champion Power Equipment specializes in the design, manufacture and support of dependable, durable, and affordable portable generators, inverters, log splitters, pressure washers, transfer pumps, and winches.

“Champion Power Equipment is excited to announce a very special partnership with GMS Racing,” Travis Black, marketing director for Champion Power Equipment, said. “We are looking forward to the partnership with great anticipation in what we believe will be a great campaign for both companies. Champion Power Equipment is a force to be reckoned with in the portable power equipment industry and GMS Racing is a force to be reckoned with on the track. It’s a match made in heaven.”

Under the new partnership, Champion Power Equipment has already outfitted GMS Racing’s garage and pit box with their latest generators, and the Charlotte, N.C.-based racing team will also use the company’s pressure washers and other various power tools at the team’s facilities as well as trackside.

“GMS Racing is pleased to welcome Champion Power Equipment into our family of dedicated and indispensable partners,” GMS Racing team manager Nic Moncher said. “As the sole, official and exclusive Power Equipment supplier of GMS Racing, our team can continue to excel both on and off the track, and never have to worry about the portable power equipment that helps keep us going at racetracks across the country.”