Countdown to the Snowball Derby

As we watch who will be crowned the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, the Wauters Motorsports team is preparing for the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in early December.

The team will test at the Pennsacola, FL track this week with Daniel Hemric.  He and Dalton Sargeant are slated to drive for Wauters in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby. image image

Sargeant Scores 19th in Wauters Motorsports Tundra after Being Caught Up in an Accident at PIR

Started: 20th

Finished: 19th

Laps: 148 of 150

Avondale, AZ (November 14, 2015)-Dalton Sargeant piloting the No. 5 GALT Wauters Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota Tundra posted a 19th place finish after being caught up in an accident in the running of the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) Friday night.

KWB_Loudon-Practice-09521Sargeant placed the Tundra in the 20th place on the starting grid after making it to the second round of qualifying on the one-mile Avondale, Arizona track.  The 17-year-old driver had already advanced to the 18th place position when the first of seven caution flags came out on lap seven.  Sargeant was able to avoid the collision in front of him and restarted 15th on lap 12.

Caution returned on lap 17 for a spin back in the pack, Sargeant had been picking up spots but got very loose while passing the No. 05 truck, losing a few spots.  The green flag was shown again on lap 22 with Sargeant in the 16th position.  The Wauters Motorsports team encouraged the young driver to exercise patience as it was only lap 23 of 150 in the NCWTS event.

Sargeant began making moves after he fell back on the restart advancing to the 15th position on lap 29.  On lap 31 Sargeant was able to wheel the Wauters Motorsports entry to the 14th position and was chasing down the truck in front of him, even running the fastest lap on the track on lap 33.  Sargeant posted six of the fastest laps in the 150 lap race.

The caution flag was flown on lap 40 while Sargeant was underneath the 05 truck for the 13th position.  Sargeant called into the No. 5 GALT team that his Toyota Tundra was loose on entry and tight in the center of the corners.  The Wauters Motorsports team brought the truck down pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar and brake bias adjustments.  The pit crew was flawless, picking up one position on the stop, allowing Sargeant to restart in the 13th place position.

On the restart on lap 45 the No. 15 truck locked up and got into Sargeant sending him spinning down the track into two other NCWTS trucks in turn two causing heavy damage to the No. 5 GALT Toyota Tundra.

The Wauters team brought the No. 5 GALT Tundra down pit road to start repairing the damage on the driver’s side door.  The teams stop came while pit road was still closed, relegating Sargeant to the tail end of the longest line for the restart on lap 52 in the 20th position.

Sargeant returned to the pits for right side tires after Sargeant reported in that he felt something wrong with the right side of the truck.

Sargeant was still able to maintain, despite the heavy damage to the No. 5 GALT Toyota Tundra, even gaining one spot at the end of the NCWTS event to finish in the 19th place in the Lucas Oil 150 at PIR.

Dalton Sargeant Makes his Fourth NCWTS Start with Wauters Motorsports at Phoenix International Raceway

17-Year-old Driver Pulls Double Duty in NCWTS & K&N West Series Events at PIR

Charlotte, NC – (November 9, 2015) Dalton Sargeant will make his fourth career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday, November 13, 2015.

KWB_Loudon-Practice-09521This will be the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver’s first start on the one-mile flat tri-oval piloting the No. 5 GALT Wauters Motorsports Toyota Tundra.  Sargeant will also compete in the NASCAR K&N West Series on Thursday, November 12th at the Avondale, AZ racetrack.

Sargeant has impressed with his first two NCWTS starts during the 2015 season with a 10th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and a ninth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Sargeant had been running 10th in his third NCWTS start at Martinsville Speedway but was caught up in an incident breaking the streak of three consecutive top-10 finishes.

Dalton Sargeant:  “It’s been a really great season in 2015 with Wauters Motorsports, we’ve always run upfront and been in contention to win in the super late model ranks and his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effort is no different. This will mark our last NCWTS start of 2015 and I couldn’t be more excited about going to Phoenix, a track I’ve never seen before. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this unique track layout, and really looking forward to getting up to speed in the GALT Toyota Tundra.”

Richie Wauters in his tenure as crew chief has an exceptional track record boasting one win (Kyle Busch 2007), five top-five and six top-10 finishes in just nine starts on the Avondale, Arizona flat track.

Richie Wauters:  “We are pretty optimistic about Phoenix.  We had a rough day at Martinsville after two outstanding top-10 finishes in Dalton’s (Sargeant) first two NCWTS starts in the GALT Tundra and I think he will do much better at Phoenix.  He is racing in the K&N West race which should help him learn the nuances of the flat track.  Phoenix can be tricky however; you have to make sure you the right balance in the truck.  You can’t be too tight or too loose.  You really need to make sure the truck is stable from the inside with shocks, springs and such since the tires they run there are typically really hard.  We are bringing back the chassis we ran in New Hampshire and Martinsville, so I know we have a good Tundra put together for him.  Hopefully, we can put it all together and pull off a top-10 for Dalton and GALT Friday night.”

Practice for the Lucas Oil 150 from PIR will not be televised but you can watch live timing and scoring at   Fox Sports 1 will televise NCWTS qualifying on Friday, November 13th at 12:30 pm ET.  Fox Sports 1, MRN & Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 prerace coverage beginning at 8:00pm ET.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Dalton Sargeant on Facebook and twitter: @WautersMotors5, @DaltonSargeant.

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Sargeant 28th in Martinsville after Late Race Accident

Dalton Sargeant posted a 28th place finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway after a late race accident.

Full race report to follow.

Dalton Sargeant Makes his Third NCWTS Start with Wauters Motorsports at Martinsville Speedway

Charlotte, NC – (October 27, 2015) Dalton Sargeant will make his third career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Martinsville Speedway, Saturday, October 31 in the Kroger 200.

Sargeant, the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver and full-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East participant will be piloting the Wauters Motorsports No. 5 GALT Toyota Tundra.

KWB_Loudon-Practice-9706Sargeant has impressed with his first two NCWTS starts during the 2015 season with a 10th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and a ninth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The last driver to score three top-10 finishes in their first three career NCWTS starts occurred in 2013 with Erik Jones.

Martinsville Speedway offers a unique set of challenges for the rookie driver as he only has one career start at the historic .526-mile short track originally built in 1947.  That one career start came in a late model stock car during the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 just one month ago, Sargeant was knocking on the door of a top-10 performance when a succession of two right front tire failures ended his day.

KWB_Loudon-Practice-10004Dalton Sargeant:  “Making my third career NCWTS start at a place like Martinsville Speedway will definitely be the biggest challenge of the year for me. Competing in the late model event at Martinsville was a real eye opener that mere practice laps by yourself just can’t simulate. It is truly a tough short track and racing side by side with cars the entire length of the event is a huge challenge.  I personally loved the track, and the mentality you have to have to pass and get around competitors.  If anything, the driving style required suits me a little better because of my road-racing background and brake management mentality, it reminds me a lot of hauling down a straightaway and getting to a hairpin, but just repeat that for 200 laps.  Either way, racing at such an historic venue as Martinsville Speedway on a Saturday in front of the Cup garage will be a great way to showcase this GALT Wauters Motorsports Toyota Tundra team.  We are all looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started with practice on Friday.”

KWB_Loudon-Practice-09306Richie Wauters has twenty-two starts as a crew chief at Martinsville Speedway, posting three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes with drivers Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin and Shane Hmiel.

Richie Wauters:  “I’m excited to bring Dalton (Sargeant) to Martinsville to run the No. 5 GALT Toyota Tundra.  He is definitely a talented driver, posting two top-10 finishes in just two starts in the NCWTS.  Martinsville is a difficult track though; you have to manage your tires, keep your brakes cool and frankly, just try to bring the truck home with all the fenders on it.  Dalton has raced in a late model there, so he has some experience on the paperclip shaped track.  Hopefully we will be able to bring home another top-10 or better finish for the team this weekend.”

KWB_Loudon-Practice-10533Practice for the Kroger 200 from Martinsville Speedway will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 at 1pm Friday, October 30 and final practice at 2:30pm.  Qualifying will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 at 10:00am Saturday, October 31 with prerace coverage beginning at 1:00pm.  MRN & Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 will begin live coverage Saturday at 1:00pm.
Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Dalton Sargeant on Facebook and twitter: @WautersMotors5, @DaltonSargeant.