NCWTS: Chevy Silverado 250 Race Preview

Hayley leading Tagliani into Turn 3 at CTMP.  Photo:  John Wally Nesbitt

NCWTS: Chevy Silverado 250 Race Preview

Colene Evans-Allen

Port Perry, ON – August 29, 2014
Photo Courtesy of John Wally Nesbitt

There was a truth in racing in the early 2000’s that went something like this:  “Put a bunch of stock car drivers on a road course track, and comedy, bad race lines, and strange manoeuvres will happen.”

While that premise has a changed a bit over the years, it still holds a grain of truth watching the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series running at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend.  Here’s a preview of who to watch for and when to watch direct from the CTMP Media Centre.

Returning Drivers From Last Year:
There are 9 returning drivers from last year’s race.  They are Brennan Newberry (9), Jennifer Jo Cobb (10), Jeb Burton (13), Joey Coulter (21), Ryan Blaney (29), Bubba Wallace (54), German Quiroga (77), Matt Crafton (88), and Johnny Sauter (98).  Out of those nine, 5 qualified in the top ten and 5 of those drivers were in the top ten in final practice.  Both Quiroga and Blaney were in the top ten in both practice sessions.

The Canadian Factor:

There are four Canadians in the race tomorrow.  Two are definite ringers – Alex Tagliani (19) and Andrew Ranger (53).  Cameron Hayley (32) is a top-ten probable, and Ray Countremanche Jr. (07) is likely to be a mid-pack runner.  Both Tagliani and Ranger know CTMP very well, both are excellent road course racers, and both are skilled at racing trucks and stock cars on road courses.  With Ranger qualifying 6th and Tagliani qualifying on pole, they are both good possibilities to take the win in this race.  However, don’t count out the possibility that Cameron Hayley will show well, given that he’s talented and motivated to perform at this race.  The only Canadian to have won a NASCAR Truck Series race to date is CTMP co-owner Ron Fellows.

New Guys That Look Good:

There are two drivers that looked good on the time sheets and the track that have a shot at this race.  Those two drivers are Cole Custer (00) and Gray Gaulding (20).  Custer was looking interesting down the famous Turn 2 in final practice and may find that corner will defeat his efforts to win the race.  Gaulding was firmly inside the top five in both practice sessions and qualified 2nd, with Custer sitting 5th for the start of the race.

The Prediction:  With the depth of talent between Tagliani and Ranger, it’s very possible that a Canadian may take the win and the trophy in the race tomorrow.  The other drivers to watch in the race will be German Quiroga and Ryan Blaney.

The Race:  Watch it live on Sunday August 31, 2014 at 1:30pm on FoxSports 1 in the USA and TSN in Canada.