HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi News and Notes
Race: NASCAR XFINITY Series – Food City 300 – 300 laps / 159.9 miles
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) (.533-mile oval)
Driver: Kyle Larson
Car: No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro
Television: Friday, August 21 – NBC Sports Network (7:30 p.m. EDT)
Social: @KyleLarsonRacin @TeamHSMCG @ENEOSUSA #ENEOSRacing #FoodCity300
SETTING THE SOCIAL SCENE
Larson during last week’s Knoxville Nationals: Cool to have everyone from @ENEOSUSA here at Knoxville to see @shanestewart_2 put it in victory lane tonight.
LARSON THUNDERS INTO THE LAST GREAT COLISEUM
Kyle Larson makes his eighth XFINITY Series start of 2015 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday. In four previous starts at the .533-mile high-banked short track, Larson has three top-five finishes, including two runner-up finishes in the Spring races in 2013 and 2014. He has an average starting position of 5.3, average finishing position of 8.8 and has led 70 laps at BMS. He won the pole for the Spring XFINITY Series race at BMS in 2014. This is Larson’s fifth XFINITY Series start in the ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro in 2015 (Daytona, Atlanta, Auto Club and Charlotte) and he has finished in the top 10 three times.
Road-course veteran Justin Marks made his second XFINITY Series start of 2015 and first with HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi (HSMCG). This was the first time that Belkin’s Linksys brand served as the primary sponsor of the HSMCG entry. After setting the quickest time in the final practice session on Friday afternoon, hopes were high for a strong run at the 2.4-mile road-course. Marks started 14th and in the opening laps of the race quickly moved into the top 10. Utilizing an off-sequence strategy, the team stayed out under an early caution to gain track position. The strategy proved to pay off early as Marks moved into the top five near halfway. In a race that saw three cautions in the final 22 laps, Marks was in position for a top-10 finish when he made contact with another competitor. This forced him to restart outside the top 20. Marks managed to move back up to 15th place, where he ultimately finished.
LARSON ON BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
“Bristol is a track that has multiple grooves, which is good for us as drivers. It’s one of my favorite tracks. Qualifying will be key because passing is a challenge. I am very excited to be back behind the wheel of an XFINITY Series car and especially with ENEOS on the side this weekend.”
CREW CHIEF MIKE SHIPLETT ON BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
“In Bristol you need to turn the center and have good forward drive. With the track having progressive banking, drivers are able to run the top, bottom and middle grooves. Traffic will play a huge factor, so the driver who can navigate it the fastest will be successful. Kyle’s record in Bristol in the XFINITY Series is very impressive, so we feel like we have a chance to win.”
Max Jones – Team Manager
John Probst – Technical Director
Tony Lunders – Competition Director
No. 42 XFINITY Series
Crew Chief: Mike Shiplett
Front Tire Changer: Nick Krizmanich
Chief Mechanic: Ryan Shea
Front Tire Carrier: Aaron Schields
Race Engineer: Davin Restivo
Jack Man: Graham Molatch
Tire Specialist: Justin Grosser
Fort Atkinson, WI
Rear Tire Changer: Steven Tautges
Interior Specialist: Matt House
Rear Tire Carrier: Gene Cornwell
Mechanic: Travis Young
Gas Man: Ed Watkins
Mechanic: Jonathan Ellis
Spotter: Derek Kneeland
Truck Driver: Dan Collins
Engine Tuner: Eric Meade
ENEOS AND MOTORSPORTS
The largest oil company in Japan, ENEOS brand motor oil is developed to exceed the highest standards of the automotive industry and has had a long, successful history in numerous racing series around the world. ENEOS product ranges from motor oil that offers optimal performance protection under the most extreme temperature variations, to ecologically friendly motor oil that provides superior fuel saving capacity.
For more information, please visit www.eneos.us.
HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS WITH CHIP GANASSI
HScott Motorsports, which was established in 1989 as Phoenix Racing, is owned and operated by Harry Scott Jr. and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with technical support from Hendrick Motorsports. The team competes full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Justin Allgaier driving the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet and Michael Annett driving the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. Scott also owns HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi, which fields the No. 42 Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and is the co-owner of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, which fields five entries in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. His vision is to build a championship contender by developing talented young drivers, partnering with dedicated sponsors and competing hard every week.
For more information, visit www.hscottmotorsports.com.