Chicagoland Speedway, September 13, 2014
The anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania bring a somber mood of reflection to the track. We remember those that lost their lives to terror thirteen years ago. We honor the service and commitment of the first responders and our military for answering the call of duty during that dark period in our history.
As we reflect, we ready our NASCAR Camping World truck to participate in the 6th Annual Lucas Oil 225. Justin Jennings ran a few shakedown laps and we posted some quick times. Jennings brought the truck in for adjustments, including the rear spring package. By the end of first practice, we posted 19th quickest time at 168.98/mph in the 10 laps we were able to run.
The crew continued adjustments between practices. The shock ratio was adjusted to tighten the rear of the truck. The cool temperatures also tightened the truck considerably.
During second practice, Jennings ran the third best 10 consecutive lap average behind Tyler Reddick and German Quiroga, which bodes well for the race itself.
We want to thank Ritos Mexican Bar and Grill for coming on board as a sponsor and catering lunch for the team. If you’re ever in Chicago (Aurora, IL.) make sure you check them out, you won’t be sorry. They’re the home of the Big Margarita.
This weeks challenge is the Chicagoland Speedway. This 225 miles 150 lap race a track Jennings was at before. Jennings said, “It is really an advantage when you can come back to a track for the second time. You are not spending the practices, learning the track and you have notes in which to go on for your setup. I am really looking forward to racing here this weekend.”
Although his finish does not show how well he ran last time after being involved in an accident. He was, however, making good progress and getting a feel for the track, according to the owner Mike Mittler.
Jennings seems to have a knack for intermediate tracks in his career. He had delivered some of his best finishes on ovals between one and two miles in length. Examples of that are finishes of 16th and 18th at Kansas Speedway and an 18th place finish at Kentucky Speedway.
One area of focus for this race will be qualifying where he has an average starting spot of 27.33 according to Jennings, “if I can qualify better it sets us up for a good start to the weekend.” Jennings went on to say, “Kansas Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park are considered my home Tracks but I always circle Chicagoland Speedway as one of my favorites.”
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