No. 7 CONSOL Energy Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race 4 of 22
Kansas Speedway – SFP 250
TACKLING KANSAS A FIRST FOR KING: This weekend will mark King’s first visit to the 1.5-mile track of Kansas Speedway. King, under the direction of crew chief Chad Kendrick has had an impressive season thus far. The Truck Series rookie has notched one win, one top five and two top-10 finishes, while being the first Truck Series rookie to hold the series points lead for consecutive weeks.
FROM VICTORY LANE TO THE SPOTTER’S STAND: No. 7 spotter Terry Cook knows his way to victory lane at Kansas Speedway. He claimed victory in 2006 after cutting a tire down early in the event, but aggressively drove back to the front to victory. Cook describes the track as hot and slick, which could bode well for a driver and crew chief combo that may not qualify well, but will race competitively. He’s excited to be working with King, after having much success as a driver, and hopes to pass his insights to the Kingsport, TN native.
CONSOL ENERGY: CONSOL Energy returns as primary sponsor for the No. 7 Toyota Tundra this weekend at Kansas. The leading diversified fuel producer in the Eastern United States, in both coal and natural gas, is nearing its 150th anniversary. The Pennsylvania based company, began production in 1864 and holds safety and environmental compliance as its top values and imparts those values to the more than 9,000 employees it has companywide as well as the thousands of contractors who work for the company.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 7 team will utilize chassis No. 110 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. This chassis has a best finish of third and starting spot of ninth coming last year at Michigan International Speedway. Additionally this chassis was run at Darlington Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway last season.
COME OUT AND SEE KING IN KANSAS: King and his Red Horse Racing teammates, Timothy Peters and Todd Bodine, will visit the Toyota Pitpass stage Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Toyota racing drivers will answer fan questions and discuss how the season is progressing thus far.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: King entered the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine at Rockingham Speedway as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader. After an early-race incident, King made contact with the outside retaining wall and was relegated to a 33rd-place finish. The rookie left the inaugural event eighth in the point standings.
John King talks about Kansas Speedway:
You have not been to Kansas Speedway prior to this weekend, how are you preparing for the 250 mile event? “I’m excited about running at Kansas Speedway. I haven’t run there before, but my learning curve is greatly advanced being affiliated with a team like Red Horse. The crew has worked hard on the truck for this weekend and we feel that once I get comfortable and get a few laps under my belt, we’ll be in solid shape.”
This is the most consecutive truck series races you’ve run, how is it so far? “It makes all the difference in the world; it’s really shown in the first three races. I’m gaining a lot of ground getting used to these trucks, the tires and the grip level they have each week. I learned a lot in Rockingham and will make a huge difference going week to week being at the track. It’s my first time at a many of these tracks and I’m learning a lot to be able to push these trucks to their limit.”
About CONSOL Engery:
CONSOL Energy Inc., (NYSE:CNX) the leading diversified fuel producer in the Eastern U.S., is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. It has 12 bituminous coal mining complexes in four states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.5 billion tons. The company also has proved gas reserves of nearly 3.5 trillion cubic feet.
About Red Horse Racing: Founded in 2005 by former Mobil Corporation executive Tom DeLoach and NASCAR veteran Jeff Hammond, Red Horse Racing aims to be a professional racing team that strives for excellence on and off the race track. Red Horse Racing hopes to build and maintain solid, mutual relationships with its partners to win races and championships and to represent itself in a professional manner. The team has six victories and five poles in its brief existence. DeLoach and Hammond also own Performance Instruction Training (PIT), the number one pit crew training center in the world that also has many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more.
Kansas Speedway Truck Series Statistics:
-No Previous Starts-
April 21, 2012
1.5-mile D-shaped Oval
167 Laps, 250.5 Miles
TV: SPEED will broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. ET
Engine: Joe Gibbs Racing Engine