Track: Kansas Speedway
Race: SFP 250
Date: April 21, 2012
No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet News and Notes
Back to Kansas… With one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Kansas Speedway on his resume, Cale Gale is ready to get back to the Midwest track with the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet and his Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team. Gale raced at Kansas Speedway in April 2007 under the Kevin Harvick Inc. banner where he qualified sixth and finished 32nd after suffering brake problems. Gale also made an Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series start at Kansas Speedway in October 2011; he qualified fourth and crossed the finish line in the fifth position.
ESR Shows Strength on Track… After purchasing the assets of two Kevin Harvick Inc. teams over the winter, Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) took off running when the green-flag fell on the 2012 season. The Denver, N.C.-based operation competes in multiple series from the NCWTS to ARCA and various late model series across the Southeast. With fast trucks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, and Rockingham (N.C) Speedway, Cale Gale has been the top ESR qualifier in each of the first three NCWTS events, while teammate Justin Lofton has been the organization’s top finisher and is currently ranked second in the series’ standings. Gale earned his first victory of the season, and his first win with ESR, at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway in the ARCA Series with the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet.
Cale & Jennifer Gale on “The Setup”… Tune in to The Setup from Kansas Speedway this weekend to see a special segment featuring Cale and Jennifer Gale. The newlyweds will compete against Matt & Ashley Crafton and James & Kris Buescher in “Just Married!”-a newlywed game show with host Rick Allen. The couples will go head-to-head to find out who knows their new spouse best.
Watch and Listen… With a short turnaround between events, the NCWTS is off to Kansas Speedway for the SFP 250 this Saturday, April 21st. Tune in to SPEED for final practice (3:00 p.m. ET, Friday, April 20) and qualifying (10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 21) from Kansas Speedway. Live coverage of the 250-mile race will be broadcast on SPEED, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21.
From the Driver’s Seat:
Cale Gale Quotes
On racing at Kansas Speedway:
“Kansas Speedway is a really cool track. It’s a flatter track than some mile-and-a-half speedways, which enables it to provide good two-by-two racing throughout the entire field. Drivers will need a fast truck to be successful there, and teams will need to have good solid pit stops all day. The bigger challenge that teams will face will be keeping up with their truck all day and making the right adjustments on pit road.”
On visiting Kansas City:
“The track in Kansas City is a lot of fun, but I also like going there because the city atmosphere is so cool. The race fans there are great-they’re always excited to have NASCAR in town and everybody comes out to support us.”
From the Pit Box:
Jerry Baxter Quotes
On what to expect in Kansas:
“This weekend is critical because it’s our first visit to a mile-and-a-half track, which makes up the majority of the NCWTS schedule. Kansas Speedway is a place where track position is extremely important. It’s very difficult to catch up there-a driver can’t just drop to the back and easily race back through the field. It could very well come down to a fuel mileage event, so that is something that we will consider while we plan our race strategy for the Rheem team.”
On working with Cale:
“Last week was an eye opener for me and Cale. We have three races under our belt working together now. I think I learned a ton about what Cale really needs from his truck. We talked a lot since the race in Rockingham and I feel like I have a much better understanding of what he needs. As a result, we made some changes in our setup for Cale’s Kansas truck to make it run the way he likes.”
On preparing the Rheem Chevrolet for Kansas:
“The Rheem team is taking a really good Chevy Silverado to Kansas Speedway. We took our truck to the wind tunnel to get ready for the race and it got really good wind tunnel numbers. We think it will perform well on the track-definitely looking forward to this weekend.”