NCWTS: GRAY GAULDING Hopes to be Grandfathered in at Martinsville with a Clock

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2015) – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway is a track that divides most drivers. Many enjoy racing at the flat, paperclip-shaped half-mile track, while others have never developed a fondness for it. What every driver can agree on is wanting to win the prestigious Martinsville grandfather clock, one of the most unique trophies in NASCAR. The majority of 17-year-olds would not give much thought to a grandfather clock, but Gray Gaulding certainly does. Making his fourth start at Martinsville in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in the Kroger 200, the Virginia native would treasure a clock of his own.
In Gaulding’s three previous races at Martinsville, he has an average starting position of 9.7 and an average finish of 16.7, his best finish of 14th coming in last year’s fall event. He has completed 99.9 percent of the laps there (713 of 714), which is an impressive statistic considering the intense racing typical at Martinsville.
Gaulding will be making his fourth NCWTS start this season, his third for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), in the No. 54 Krispy Kreme Tundra. His best result in 2015 came last month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where he finished the race in 10th place with the same Tundra he is racing this weekend. KBM-14 has 11 starts since 2011, three of which were at Martinsville. Its’ best Martinsville finish came in last year’s fall race when Erik Jones drove it from a 15th-place starting position up to a fourth-place finish.
Since this year’s race happens to fall on Halloween, most drivers will be hoping for treats rather than tricks from the Virginia short track. The best treat Gaulding could receive will not fit in a candy bag – a grandfather clock of his own.
Gray Gaulding, Driver of the No. 54 NCWTS Krispy Kreme Tundra:
What have you learned about Martinsville from your previous three starts there in the Truck Series?
“I’ve learned a lot all three times as far as putting myself in position to win late in the race. I’ve been fast there but have no finishes to show for it because of late-race incidents, so that’s the main thing I’ve learned. Hopefully this time there we can still be in a position to win, but avoid the accidents at the end of the race.”
Since you will be racing the same Tundra which you finished 10th with at New Hampshire last month, does that give you more confidence?
“I definitely have a lot of confidence going into this race. I have a great feel for that truck and I’m really looking forward to getting back in it. We had a good run at Loudon in that Tundra, so I hope we can be in a position to win and get a grandfather clock.”
Describe a lap around Martinsville:
“Turns one and two are all about being able to drive in deep, get it pointed and hammer the gas without losing a lot of grip off the corner. Turns three and four are hard in and hard off, and hammer down to be able to pull out to pass getting into one. It’s definitely a unique track and you need to get in a rhythm there to maintain consistent laps.”
Eddie Troconis, Crew Chief of the No. 54 NCWTS Krispy Kreme Tundra:
What is the most challenging aspect of setting up a truck for racing at Martinsville?
“Martinsville is the shortest track we race on with no grip, and the tires go away quickly but you have to try to make them last for 100 laps. The best scenario is to have a truck that is good on the long runs, 80-100 laps. That is a combination of braking, turning in the center and saving the rear tires so you can actually get the bite off the corners. That combination is what is going to give you the best drivability and durability. The most challenging thing is to make sure the truck is going to last to be there at the end of 200 laps.”
Gray Gaulding’s No. 54 Krispy Kreme Tundra:
KBM-014: The No. 54 Krispy Kreme team will race KBM-014, for Saturday’s race. This is the same Tundra Gaulding finished 10th with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.
KBM-014 Performance Profile
 
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
9/26/2015
New Hampshire
Gaulding
8
10
175/175
0
Running
6/13/2015
Gateway
Boston
19
27
51/160
0
Accident
3/28/2015
Martinsville
Boston
21
10
258/258
0
Running
10/25/2014
Martinsville
Jones
15
4
200/200
0
Running
6/14/2014
Gateway
Jones
3
23
153/160
4
Accident
3/30/2014
Martinsville
Jones
4
18
256/256
0
Running
11/15/2013
Homestead
Coulter
25
27
142/148
0
Running
11/1/2013
Texas
Coulter
19
12
147/147
0
Running
8/3/2013
Pocono
Coulter
10
4
54/54
0
Running
5/17/2013
Charlotte
Coulter
17
32
90/134
0
Running
4/20/2013
Kansas
Coulter
11
2
167/167
15
Running
Totals
11 starts, 0 Wins
13.8
15.3
19
Notes of Interest:
Gray Gaulding @ Martinsville Speedway:
  • Has three prior starts at Martinsville in the Truck Series, finishing 14th in last year’s fall event
  • Has completed 99.9 percent of the laps at Martinsville (713 of 714)
Date
Series
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
3/28/2015
NCWTS
12
17
257/258
0
Running
10/25/2014
NCWTS
6
14
200/200
0
Running
3/30/2014
NCWTS
11
19
256/256
0
Running
Gray Gaulding 2015:
  • Has three starts this season in the NCWTS; at Martinsville in the spring, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and New Hampshire with a best finish of 10th at New Hampshire (9/26/15)
  • Has eight starts in the K&N Pro Series East with four top-five and five top-10 finishes
Gray Gaulding NCWTS Career Stats:
 
Year
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
Earnings
AvSt
AvFn
RAF
Miles
LLF
2014
9
0
1
1
0
1491
5
$112,602
9.3
17.1
8
1251.8
5
2015
3
0
0
1
0
496
0
$49,935
9.3
12.7
3
477.7
2
Totals
12
0
1
2
0
1987
5
$162,537
9.3
16.0
11
1729.5
7
Gray Gaulding 2014:
  • Competed in nine NCWTS events with one top-five finish at CTMP (fourth)
  • Collected one pole, four top-five, nine top-10 finishes and led 229 laps across 16 NASCAR K&N East starts for an average finish of 9.4
  • Finished second at Phoenix in one of his two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts
Gray Gaulding 2013:
  • At the age of 15 won the K&N West Series race at Phoenix (Az.) International Raceway. In only three starts in the West Series, he scored one win, one pole (Bakersfield, Ca.), two top-10 finishes and led 60 laps.
  • Ran 14 K&N East Series races earning one pole (Richmond, Va.), three top-five and eight top-10 finishes
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 54 Tundra:
  • Is currently 12th in the Owner’s Championship standings with one win, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 19 starts
  • Earned six wins, four poles, 1,074 laps led, 16 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes across 63 starts since 2013
KBM NCWTS Program:
  • Has collected three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championships, 44 Truck Series victories and 23 poles across 258 starts since originating in 2010
  • 44 career Truck Series victories as an organization ranks second all-time behind Roush Fenway (50)
  • 14 victories as an organization during the 2014 season broke the Truck Series record of 12 set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001
  • Seven different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 28. Erik Jones has collected six victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin produced two victories and Christopher Bell, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott all collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2015 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway
KBM NCWTS @ Martinsville Speedway:
  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, three poles, 494 laps led, 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 7.3 across 22 starts at Martinsville
  • Denny Hamlin and Darrell Wallace Jr. each have two wins for KBM at ‘The Paperclip’
  • All four of KBM’s wins at the Virginia track have come in the fall event
  • At least one KBM Tundra has finished inside the top three in nine of the 11 events the team has entered at the track since its inaugural season in 2010 and the team’s drivers have combined to complete a remarkable 99.9% (5039 of 5042) of the total laps
The Troconis Transcript:
Eddie Troconis will take over atop the pit box of the No. 54 Tundra for the final five races of the 2015 season. Since joining KBM in 2013, the native of Mexico City, Mexico has contributed to seven wins in his role as a race engineer under crew chief Jerry Baxter. Troconis crew chiefed a combined seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for Eddie Sharp Racing during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, where his drivers earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
Troconis has one prior start as a crew chief at Martinsville when he called the shots for Justin Lofton at Eddie Sharp Racing in 2012. Lofton recorded a 19th-place finish in the 200-lap event.
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota Tundra 2015 NCWTS Box Score:
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Owner Pts./Pos.
Money Won
2/20
Daytona
Boston
25
29
18/100
0
Accident
15/28th
$14,550
2/28
Atlanta
Boston
6
16
129/130
0
Running
43/22nd
$15,168
3/28
Martinsville
Boston
21
10
258/258
0
Running
77/16th
$17,191
5/8
Kansas
Boston
9
7
166/167
0
Running
114/13th
$19,064
5/15
Charlotte
Boston
22
9
139/139
0
Running
149/13th
$16,342
5/29
Dover
Boston
8
25
65/200
0
Accident
168/16th
$16,273
6/5
Texas
Boston
11
8
167/167
1
Running
205/14th
$16,841
6/13
Gateway
Boston
19
27
51/160
0
Accident
222/16th
$11,786
6/19
Iowa
Boston
11
11
200/200
0
Running
255/16th
$15,591
7/9
Kentucky
Bell
16
17
144/145
0
Running
282/16th
$15,188
7/22
Eldora
Bell
4
1
154/154
106
Running
330/14th
$37,273
8/1
Pocono
Tifft
14
8
69/69
0
Running
366/13th
$15,475
8/15
Michigan
Coughlin
18
20
96/100
0
Running
390/14th
$15,988
8/19
Bristol
Busch
1
2
202/202
4
Running
433/13th
$31,811
8/30
Canadian Tire
Gaulding
8
11
64/64
0
Running
466/12th
$19,441
9/19
Chicago
Tifft
18
9
149/150
0
Running
501/12th
$18,640
9/26
New Hampshire
Gaulding
8
10
175/175
0
Running
535/12th
$16,831
10/3
Las Vegas
Bell
5
14
145/146
0
Running
565/12th
$16,044
10/24
Talladega
Bell
10
13
98/98
0
Running
596/12th
$18,318
 
 
 
 
 
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