American Ethanol 200
Date: July 14, 2012
No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet News and Notes
Racing in America’s Heartland… Cale Gale will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Iowa Speedway this weekend in the American Ethanol 200. Gale, who grew up racing on short tracks, has had Iowa’s race date circled on his calendar all season looking forward to the event on the 0.875-mile track. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender competed in the ARCA Racing Series race at the Newton, Iowa facility in 2011, when he both started and finished the 200-lap event in the second position.
Top-Five Finish at the World Crown… Gale and the No. 83 Rheem team brought home a fifth-place finish for Gale Force Racing in the World Crown 300 at Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park on the Fourth of July. Gale surrendered his 13th-place starting position as the result of a penalty and rolled off in the back of the field. The 27-year-old worked hard to keep his No. 83 Rheem Chevrolet on the lead lap throughout the opening two segments to transfer into the third and final segment of the 300-lap event. By the end of the first segment Gale was scored in the sixth position and he started the third segment in fifth place. Without air conditioning most of the night, Gale endured tough driving conditions to be in position to compete for the win. After racing inside the top-three, Gale spun his Rheem Chevrolet with just 14 laps remaining when two other competitors spun on the track leaving Gale no way to advance his position. The driver came down pit road for an air pressure adjustment and returned to the track to battle for the finish. By the conclusion of the 29th annual World Crown 300, Gale was scored in the fifth position.
Meet Cale Gale… Gale will make appearances at the Chevy Stage and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series autograph session this weekend to meet fans. Come out to the NCWTS autograph session on Saturday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. Cale Gale will join Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) teammate Justin Lofton and other NCWTS drivers to sign autographs for fans at the hour-long session. Gale and Lofton will then go to the Chevy Stage to answer fans’ questions during a brief question & answer session from 3:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
ESR on NCWTS Setup… On this weeks’ episode of NCWTS Setup from Iowa Speedway Ray Dunlap sits down with Eddie Sharp, Justin Lofton and Cale Gale to tell fans the story of Eddie Sharp Racing. Sharp talks about his racing background as a driver and team owner, and how he transitioned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) just two years ago. Lofton talks about winning the 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship with ESR and coming back to join Sharp in the Truck Series. Gale tells the story of how he teamed up with Sharp this season to make a bid at the Rookie of the Year title. Be sure to set your DVR!
Race for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year… Gale continues to hold his ground ranking second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year rankings. Currently trailing leader Ty Dillon, Gale has been named the “Sunoco Rookie of the Race” in one event this year.
Watch and Listen… The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series moves to Saturday night this week for a primetime feature at Iowa Speedway. Practice from the Midwest track will air on SPEED at 7 p.m. ET on Friday night with qualifying broadcast at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday evening. Live coverage of the American Ethanol 200 from The Corn State will be broadcast on SPEED, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 14.
From the Driver’s Seat
Cale Gale Quotes
On what makes Iowa Speedway unique:
“I really enjoy racing at Iowa Speedway-in some ways it drives a little bit like a short track, but it definitely isn’t your typical short track. It’s a 7/8-mile speedway-it’s small enough where you use quite a bit of brake, but it still carries a lot of momentum in the corners. It’s what a lot of people call a momentum short track-like a big Richmond. There are usually two grooves of racing there, so expect to see some side-by-side racing. It’s a little rough in turns one and two, but it’s a really fun track. I’m really looking forward to racing there this weekend with the Rheem Chevrolet.”
From the Pit Box
Jerry Baxter Quotes
Looking forward to Iowa Speedway with the No. 33 Rheem team:
“The whole Rheem team is really looking forward to this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway. We’re taking the same Chevrolet that we raced at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season. We had a really strong run during that race weekend, and we’re looking for another one this coming weekend. We took the Rheem Chevrolet to the seven-post last week to prepare for this weekend’s race. It’s somewhat bumpy in turns one and two, but you need as much forward bite as you can get off the corners. In my opinion, Iowa Speedway is one of the coolest places that we go to race. My team has always run well there in the past and the whole Rheem team has a lot of confidence that we’ll have a strong run with Cale this weekend-we’re ready to go.”