Cale Gale Kansas Speedway Event Preview

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No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado

Kansas Speedway –¬†SFP 250


American Muscle

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. Plans for the Off-Weeks… Despite having time off from the NCWTS, fans will still be able to find Cale Gale at a racetrack during the off-weeks prior to the race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 18, 2012.¬† The 27-year-old Alabama native will return to his home state for a weekend of racing at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway.¬† On Saturday, May 12, Gale will take on his father, short-track racing legend, Bubba Gale in the Rheem 100 Pro Late Model race. 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. Follow Cale… Follow Cale Gale, driver of the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado, on twitter @CaleGale and Facebook (facebook.com/CaleGale), and check out the new CaleGale.com for the latest news and updates. Get the Inside Scoop…¬† Follow Eddie Sharp Racing on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook to get real-time updates and behind the scenes information:¬† @TeamESR or facebook.com/teamesr. 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.”

On the upcoming off-weekends: ¬†“I have a couple of plans to help break up the off-weeks after Kansas, but what I’m looking forward to the most is racing down in Montgomery, Ala.¬† My friend Chris Carter is the track promoter at Montgomery Motor Speedway and it’s always a lot of fun to go race at his track.¬† I’ll actually be racing in a late model race against my dad, Bubba Gale, and we’ll have Rheem there as the title-sponsor for the race.¬† It should be a really fun weekend.”

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.”

Cale Gale By the Numbers

Cale Gale’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Career Stats

Races

Wins

Top-Fives

Top-10s

Poles

Money Won

13

0

0

2

0

$144,824

Cale Gale at Kansas Speedway

Series

Date

Race

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

NCWTS

4/28/2007

O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

6

32

82 / 167

brakes

ARCA

10/7/2011

Kansas Lottery 98.9

4

5

99 / 99

running

Total / Average

2 Races

5.0

18.5

181 / 266 (68.0%)

No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado Truck Information

The No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet team will compete at Kansas Speedway with chassis No. 051 as their primary truck.  The chassis was built by Kevin Harvick Inc. and last raced at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November 2011 when Nelson Piquet, Jr. drove the truck to a fourth-place finish after starting from the third position.

No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet / Eddie Sharp Racing Team

Driver:  Cale Gale                                             Crew Chief:  Jerry Baxter                      Owner:  Eddie Sharp

Truck Chief / Rear Tire Changer:  Ray Holm     Gasman / Hauler Driver: Ben Smith      Engineer:  Eddie Troconis

Rear Tire Carrier:  Manning Gregory                  Pit Crew Coach: Nick Sutton                 Shock Specialist:  Jeff Keller

Front Tire Changer:  Joey Forgette                    Mechanic:  Jori Heilbrun                         Motor Tuner:  Howie Frazier

Front Tire Carrier:  Greg Powell                        Mechanic: Justin Peiffer                         Spotter:  Rick Carelli

Jackman:  Kevin Teague                                    Mechanic: Beau Wilkes                         PR Rep:  Ashleigh Aungst


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