Dalton Sargeant Scores Fourth and Daniel Hemric 10th in Snowball Derby with Wauters Motorsports at 5 Flags Speedway

12310440_721345384631839_6555815682352380801_nPensacola, FL (December 7, 2015)-Dalton Sargeant piloting the No. 5S GALT Toyota Camry posted a fourth place finish in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby Sunday afternoon.  His Wauters Motorsports teammate for the weekend, Daniel Hemric in the No. 5H First Community Bank of Santa Rosa, California, scored a 10th place finish after breaking a left shock during the 300 lap race at 5 Flags Speedway.

12341153_1215720738441877_4805500486981750993_nSargeant qualified in the fourth place position, with Hemric starting 11th in the famed Snowball Derby.  Both were able to advance and not have to participate in the last chance race on the half-mile paved Pensacola, Florida track.

Team Owner/ Crew Chief Richie Wauters:  “We had a great race with Dalton (Sargeant) but we were just too tight at the end of the race.  I should have freed him up a little more on that last pit stop.  We didn’t come in for tires on the first caution – thinking the race would never go 60 plus laps of green flag racing.  That hurt us but Dalton was able to do what he always does behind the wheel and get back up to the front. He is a very talented driver and two top-five finishes – in just two Derby runs is pretty impressive. We all worked hard, we’ll take fourth and see what we can put together to get a win in 2016.

Speed51 photoI was really hoping for a better finish for Daniel (Hemric). Bobby (Gill) who was the crew chief for Daniel said a left front shock broke during the race so they weren’t able to get him his first Derby win.  I have to thank Daniel for racing with us these last few late model races and wish him all the best as he goes to Brad Kesolowski Racing for the 2016 NCWTS season.”

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

Dalton Sargeant & Daniel Hemric Look to Take the Tom Dawson Trophy Home in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby with Wauters Motorsports

Kern County photoPensacola, FL (December 1, 2015)-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers, Dalton Sargeant and Daniel Hemric will be piloting the Wauters Motorsports Super Late Model (SLM) entries in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway, December 6, 2015.

Sargeant, the 17-year-old high school senior, was the runner-up in the 2014 Derby piloting the No. 5 GALT Toyota Camry for Wauters Motorsports and hopes to advance one spot this year and claim the Tom Dawson Trophy.

“The best short track race all season is right around the corner so we’re all really looking forward to the Snowball Derby, it’s something we’ve been working towards all year. Every time we’ve been on track this year at 5 Flags Speedway with the GALT Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry it’s been toward this weekend.  We’re taking a brand new car which we’re really confident in but at the same time it’s really hard not to bring last year’s car that we finished 2nd with. I replay last year’s Derby over in my head all the time, how I could’ve beat Nemechek because we were so close there at the very end. This year hopefully we’ll be in that same position and contend for the win.” Dalton Sargeant said.


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Hemric has three previous Derby starts leading in two of the three events and was considered a serious contender for the win in 2014 but he was caught up in a crash in the late stages of the 300 lap race.

“The Snowball Derby is the pinnacle for super late model racing, and short track racing in general. Every year that there’s an opportunity to go run this event; I find it to be a huge honor. As a team, we have to go south and focus on trying to lock ourselves into the show qualifying night, and if we can do that, Sunday will be all about execution and putting ourselves into position late in the race to have a shot at it. Just really thankful for “First Community Bank of Santa Rosa, California” for making it a reality to go chase the Snowball one more time!” Daniel Hemric said.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2.  On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby SLM cars.  Qualifying for the Snowball Derby will be Friday, December 4th.

Saturday’s SLM action features the 50-lap last chance event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap SLM race.

The green flag is set to drop for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby Sunday, December 6 at 2:00pm CT at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.  Speed 51 www.Speed51.com will have complete coverage of the week’s races.

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


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 www.NASCAR.com.   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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