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
David Starr and the No. 44 Hard Hat Heroes Camry Finished 25th
Eric McClure and the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry Finished 36th
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)