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Noah Gragson Gets Ready for Second NCWTS Start at Homestead-Miami Speedway

dsc_1430Homestead, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2016) — Noah Gragson will make his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in the Nov. 18 EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 18 SPEEDVEGAS / AlertID Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters.

The 18-year-old Las Vegas native made his series debut at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) last week, posting a 16th place finish after starting 14th in the Lucas Oil 150.  The NASCAR NEXT driver had advanced to a highest running position of 12th place, finishing on the lead lap. He completed the entire event, gaining experience with each lap.  Additionally, according to NASCAR Loop Statistics, Gragson made the highest number of green flag passes (29) on the Avondale, Ariz. track.

This will be Gragson’s first start on the 1.5 oval track located in Homestead, Fla., where the inaugural  NCWTS Championship Chase will be finalized.

dsc_0986Noah Gragson: “I learned a tremendous amount last week in Phoenix. Learning the aero, the way the trucks handle and how to work around the field were all new to me. I have a lot to learn about racing in the NCWTS, but I am excited about the future. Richie (Wauters) and the team did an incredible job of giving me a great truck. I got myself in a little pinch early, but we were able to recover our Tundra well, thanks to the hard work of everyone at RWR, KBM and Toyota.”

dsc_0993The Ford EcoBoost 200 is slated to begin Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.  Fox Sports 1 will have live televised coverage of NCWTS practice at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., qualifying at 3:30 p.m. and pre-race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.

MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 will also have live coverage of the race.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @NoahGragson.

Noah Gragson Makes NCWTS Debut at Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Ariz. (Nov. 7, 2016) –Noah Gragson will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in the running of the Lucas Oil 150 Friday, Nov. 11.

Gragson will pilot the No. 18 SPEEDVEGAS / AlertID Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters at the Avondale, Arizona track.

unspecifiedThe 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver started in the Bandoleros at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, eventually moving into late models.  In 2015, Noah joined the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West making his series debut at Kern County Raceway Park. He finished third after qualifying eighth. At Tucson Raceway Park, Gragson battled with his teammate for his first career victory. Later in the season at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway, he recorded his first pole position and led 176 laps to win.

In his first season of stock car racing, Gragson finished second in the final points standings with two wins, seven top fives, and 11 top 10s, becoming the ninth driver in series history to finish runner-up in points and win Rookie of the Year.

2016 would mark a full-season return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, as well as competing in 13 of 14 races in the NKNPS East. In 27 races between the two series, Gragson would put up an impressive four wins, 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.

Gragson has also competed in several Super Late Model events with Wauters Motorsports and is looking for additional experience prior to his 2017 full season in the NCWTS for KBM.

18-truckNoah Gragson:

“I am excited about my debut in the Truck Series (NCWTS) in Phoenix and moving to the next level of racing from the NASCAR K&N Series to one of the top-tier NASCAR touring series in 2017.  I want to thank Kyle & Samantha Busch, KBM, Richie Wauters and Toyota for the opportunity to run the final two races this season in preparation for next year.   I am proud to represent my sponsors SPEEDVEGAS and AlertID at Phoenix and Homestead (HMS). My goal is to learn a lot these next two events, run all the laps and build towards next season. I’ve run PIR in the K&N Series where I was able to learn the track but I know driving the Toyota Tundra will be a new experience and I am certainly looking forward to it.”

Gragson will also pilot the KBM Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Nov. 18 NCWTS Season Finale.

Richie Wauters:

“We are excited to have Noah (Gragson) in the truck at Phoenix.  We ran this truck (chassis 23) at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) and Phoenix (PIR) last year with Dalton (Sargent) where he finished ninth in New Hampshire and was caught up in a wreck at Phoenix.  Kyle (Busch) and I go back a long ways in the Truck Series (NCWTS) and I’m glad we were able to get Noah behind the wheel of a truck in the last two races before his full season next year.  Noah is a great driver, we’ve had a lot of fun running in the Super Late Models the past couple years and we are anxious to see how he converts his style to a truck.  Hopefully, we will have a great finish at Phoenix and Homestead for SPEEDVEGAS, AlertID and Toyota.”

16t18-sv-rev-a4-014The Lucas Oil 150 NCWTS at Phoenix International Raceway is slated to begin at 10 pm ET Friday, Nov. 11.  Fox Sports 1 will have live televised coverage of practice (11:30 am and 3 pm); qualifying (8:30 pm) and the NCWTS Setup Show beginning at 9:30 pm. MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90 will also have live coverage of the race.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Noah Gragson on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @NoahGragson.

Tough Luck for Forrister & Wauters after a Multi-Truck Accident at Talladega Superspeedway

img_2466Lincoln, AL. (October 24, 2016)-Korbin Forrister in his first start with Wauters Motorsports, posted a 27th place finish after a multi-truck accident at Talladega Superspeedway in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race.

Forrister placed the No. 5 All Secure Document Disposal Company Toyota Tundra in the 10th place position on the starting grid after advancing to the second round of qualifying on the 2.66-mile Alabama racetrack.

The Cedartown, GA native was able to stay in the top-10 during the opening stages of the 94 lap race advancing as high as the third place position until on lap 27 where he was knocked out of the draft sending him out of the drafting pack.

The Wauters Motorsports team brought Forrister down pit road on lap img_248036 taking four tires and fuel, coming in 27th and restarting 19th.  At the caution on lap 52, the veteran NCWTS crew chief, Richie Wauters called for a fuel only stop placing Forrister in the 16th position for the restart on lap 56.

Forrister advanced to the 11th place position and was looking at taking on the top 10 when another truck was tapped and sent into the high banked wall and back down across the track collecting Forrister and 13 other NCWTS teams.  The damage to the No. 5 All Secure Document Disposal Company Toyota Tundra was too severe to continue relegating Forrister and Wauters Motorsports to a 27th place finish in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola NCWTS race at Talladega Superspeedway.

img_2455“We just got collected,” Korbin Forrister said.  “There was no place to go, unfortunately it destroyed the truck.  We were bad fast and knew we had a top-five or a winning truck.  When I got knocked out in the draft early in the race, we wanted to stay a little further back to avoid “the big one” but when it was time to go, there was no place to go and we were in it.  I can’t thank All Secure Document Disposal Company for coming onboard this weekend.  A huge thank you to Richie (Wauters) and all the guys on this No. 5 team, they are a topnotch team.  We were able to run with the Series’ regulars and it just shows the quality of what Wauters Motorsports trucks are capable of.  I just hope to get an opportunity to race with them in a full season and be a part of the (NCWTS) Chase next year.”

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Korbin Forrister on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5 and @KorbinForrister.

 

 

Bear Boasts 10th at 5 Flags Speedway in Southern Super Series Race with Wauters Motorsports

Pensacola, FL (April 30, 2016)-Quinnton Bear in his second start at 5 Flags Speedway posted a 10th place finish in the Deep South Crane Blizzard Series #1 Southern Super Series (SSS) race Friday night.

IMG_3165Bear piloting the No. 5 Sparco Wauters Motorsports Super Late Model (SLM) Toyota Camry was fastest in final practice, qualified seventh and with the invert started the 125 lap race on the outside front row.

Bear dropped back in the top-10 to preserve his Sparco Camry but midway through the race the car became free, not allowing the Avon, IN driver to get back up to the top-five.

Quinnton Bear:

“The Sparco Camry was really good early on (in the race).  I dropped back to save my stuff and was just cruising.  During the long run the car started to get free around lap 60.  After that, I could never find a rhythm and put together consistent laps.  I feel like I learned a lot and will be better when we come back, for sure.  I have to give a huge thank you to everyone at Wauters (Motorsports) for giving me a good piece.  Driver just wasn’t 100%, but we will be back for the next Blizzard race and will be a lot better.”

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Quinnton Bear on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5, @QuinntonBear94.

 

 

Bear Ready to Sizzle in Southern Super Series Race at 5 Flags Speedway with Wauters Motorsports

IMG_1225Pensacola, FL (April 28, 2016)- Quinnton Bear will take to 5 Flags Speedway in the No. 5 Sparco Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry Super Late Model (SLM) in the Deep South Crane Blizzard Series #1 Southern Super Series (SSS) race Friday night.
This will be Bear’s second start at the half-mile Pensacola, Florida racetrack, but his first with his Wauters Motorsports team.

Quinnton Bear:

“I’m looking forward to going to a track that I have struggled at in the past.  Being able to learn from Richie (Wauters) experience will definitely benefit me and help me understand the track a lot better.  We plan on running a few of these Blizzard races to get me more seat time in a super late model, as well as, seat time at 5 Flags Speedway.  This is all in preparation for the car and me for the famed Snowball Derby.  I am just so excited to get back behind the wheel again and have the opportunity to do what I love, race.”

12688318_1267079729972644_1380690098921854324_nDeep South Crane Blizzard Series #1 is slated for Friday, April 29th with the SLM Universal Fabricators 125 SSS race beginning at 8pm.

Speed51.com will have live updates from 5 Flags Speedway Friday.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports and Quinnton Bear on Facebook and Twitter @WautersMotors5, @QuinntonBear94.