The "Ragin Cajun" is Back Behind the Wheel of the No. 44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry this Weekend at Iowa Speedway

Mooresville, NC (July 28, 2014) - TriStar Motorsports is excited to announce that NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Hal Martin will be back behind the wheel of the No. 44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway. This will be the "Ragin Cajun's" second start at the 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval speedway.

"It's an honor to represent American Custom Yachts again this season behind the wheel of the No. 44 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports," said Hal Martin. "I can't thank Mark and Kathy Smith enough for giving me another opportunity to drive for them. I am looking to build off of the experience I gained racing at Iowa Speedway earlier this year and hope for a strong finish for both TriStar Motorsports and American Custom Yachts."

American Custom Yachts has partnered with Hal Martin and TriStar Motorsports once again for the 2014 season. The Stuart, Florida-based, operation encompasses a 63-acre marine facility providing a full range of marine services on site, including yacht construction, repair, repowering and refitting. Located at mile marker 46 on the Okeechobee Waterway, ACY is a one-stop shop for all marine service needs.(complete release)


Lilly Diabetes 250 Post-Race Report Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, IN (July 27, 2014)- The 250-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is complete. The Lilly Diabetes 250 post race notes below:

Mike Bliss and the No. 19 Tweaker Energy Shot Camry Finished 22nd
Tweaker Energy Shot was back on board this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss qualified 29th after battling a tight racecar during practice and qualifying. Bliss and the No. 19 team made the adjustments needed during qualifying to help free up his Camry. By lap 5, Bliss had gained six positions and continued to battle a tight racecar. Bliss was scored in the 17th position on lap 34 and continued to gain positions on track. During the competition caution, Bliss brought the No. 19 Tweaker Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar adjustments, wedge adjustments and a windshield tear off. With 21 laps to go, Bliss was running 21st and would advance one position to finish the race 22nd.

David Starr and the No. 44 Hard Hat Heroes Camry Finished 25th
David Starr qualified 24th for the Lilly Diabetes 250 in the No. 44 Hard Hat Heroes Camry. Starr reported early into the race that his No. 44 Camry was tight. When the caution came out at lap 15, Starr brought his Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small track bar adjustment. With 65 laps to go, Starr was running 15th and was quiet on the radio. The No. 44 Camry came to pit road on lap 48 for four tires, fuel and a windshield tear off. Starr was happy with the cars handling and with 40 laps to go, he brought his Camry to pit road for Sunoco fuel only. With 16 laps remaining, Starr was running 25th and brought home a 25th place finish at the 2.5-mile speedway.

Eric McClure and the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry Finished 36th
The No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry qualified 28th for Saturday afternoon's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, Eric McClure felt something break during qualifying, so when the team went to the garage they found out that the right front wheel hub broke during his qualifying run. After starting from the rear of the field, McClure quickly advanced his position and by lap three he was scored in the 31st position. When the first caution flag was shown at lap 15, McClure came to pit road for four tires, fuel, air-pressure and track-bar adjustments. After his pit stop under caution, McClure radioed in to the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® team that he had a bad vibration and the team went to the garage. After looking over the car, McClure returned to the track, but unfortunately returned to the garage with a vibration. The team diagnosed the issue as a power steering pump failure and did not return to the track. McClure finished the race in the 36th position.(complete release)


Part Failure Relegates McClure to 36th-place Finish at IMS

Indianapolis, IN (July 26, 2014)-Eric McClure faced an uphill battle in Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It started when the team discovered a broken right-front hub following time trials Saturday afternoon that made them forfeit their 28th starting spot and ended with a power steering pump failure during the 100-lap race that relegated the team to a 36th-place finish. Despite the finish, McClure was able to maintain the 19th position in NASCAR Driver Standings.

Starting from the rear of the field, McClure quickly advanced his position in the running order and, by lap three, he was scored in the 31st position. Reporting that the car lacked rear grip on entry and was tight in the center and on exit of the turns, the team took advantage of the first caution flag on lap 15 to service the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry with four tires, fuel, and air-pressure and track-bar adjustments. After quick work by the pit crew, McClure was able to restart the event in the 26th position.

Slipping to 28th on the restart, McClure settled into position and began chasing down the cars in front of him. Four laps later, McClure informed the crew of a bad vibration, one that was so bad, he wasn't able to see clearly out of his visor. As a result, he fell to the 33rd position to get a better feel for the car's handling and to help the team diagnose the root of the vibration. Unfortunately the vibration progressively worsened over the next six laps and McClure brought the No. 14 car to the attention of his crew on pit road. When the cause of the vibration couldn't be determined, McClure drove the car to the garage area where the team worked diligently to diagnose the issue. After checking over almost every component of the car and not being able to determine the cause of the vibration, the team sent McClure back on the track, several laps down in the 36th position, to finish the event.(complete release)