Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 – April 13, 2012
Venue: Texas Motor Speedway
News & Notes:
A Weekend of Firsts … Ryan Truex will make his debut for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard this weekend, driving the No. 09 Grime Boss Toyota Camry in Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. It will also mark the 20-year-old driver’s first start at the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway.
This Week’s Grime Boss Toyota… Truex will pilot RAB Racing chassis No. 42 in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. This chassis last saw action at Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago, when Kenny Wallace piloted this Toyota Camry to a seventh-place finish.
Movin’ on Up … Following Wallace’s seventh-place finish in the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway on March 24th, RAB Racing moved forward ten positions in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner points standings, from 30th to 20th.
RAB Racing at Texas … RAB Racing has competed in six Nationwide Series events at Texas Motor Speedway since their inaugural year of competition in 2009. RAB Racing has three top-20 finishes, including a best showing of 13th, with driver Kenny Wallace in 2011’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.
Zipadelli at Texas … Crew chief of the No. 09 Grime Boss Toyota Camry, Scott Zipadelli, has sat atop the pit box at Texas Motor Speedway ten times in his Nationwide Series career, amassing one top-five and four top-15 finishes with drivers Kelly Bires, Jason Leffler, Brian Scott, Wallace, and Jon Wood.
New Website… Not only is RAB Racing expanding on the track, but also off the track with the launch of our new website. Our updated site makes it easy for fans and media to follow along throughout the 2012 season. Visit www.TeamRAB.com for news, releases, results, and multimedia.
Catch the Action … Friday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live Friday, April 13th beginning at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN 2 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying will be televised live Friday, April 13th beginning at 5 p.m. EDT on ESPN 2.
Ryan Truex Quotes:
“I can’t thank Grime Boss enough for supporting the development of my career. We’re working hard to gain as much experience by running as many tracks as possible this year with the hopes of running a full Nationwide Series schedule in 2013. I appreciate RAB Racing for giving me the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their No. 09 Toyota. They’ve had strong cars every week, and I can’t wait to get to Texas.”
Scott Zipadelli Quotes:
“Texas Motor Speedway is really fast and with Ryan being a rookie, it may take him a while to get used to the track. But it isn’t really that much different than Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway; the same principles will apply. We have had good finishes here in the past, so I’m confident that our team will continue to improve here and run well this weekend.”