Turner Scott Motorsports NNS Previews: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Turner Scott Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series News & Notes:
Atlanta Motor Speedway

Nelson Piquet Jr.
No. 30 WORX Chevrolet Camaro
Atlanta Motor Speedway | Great Clips/Grit Chips 300

August 31, 2013

American Muscle

Georgia On My Mind…The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will make its first and only trip of the 2013 season to Hampton, Ga. and Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) Saturday night for the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300. Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his first NNS start at AMS this weekend, but is no stranger to the 1.54-mile oval. Piquet Jr. has two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at AMS with one top-10 finish.

This Week’s Camaro…The No. 30 WORX team will have chassis TSM-405 for Saturday night’s race at AMS. TSM-405 is a brand new chassis for the No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsports team.

Bristol Recap…The NNS made its second and final stop of the 2013 season last weekend at the famed 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 250. Working with new crew chief Pat Tryson for the first time, Nelson Piquet Jr. and his WORX Yard Tools team looked to get familiar with one another during the 250 lap race. Piquet Jr. and his Turner Scott Motorsports team started the weekend by qualifying 22nd at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” After losing a cylinder during the middle portion of the race, Piquet Jr. and the No. 30 WORX Yard Tools team were credited with a 24th-place finish.

Yard Tools…Piquet Jr. will again display the WORX Yard Tools colors on the No. 30 this weekend at AMS. Established in 1994, WORX Yard Tools USA, based in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the fastest growing companies serving the global power equipment market today. A diversified manufacturer and marketer of a complete range of electric-powered lawn and garden equipment and related products, WORX has over 4000 employees worldwide. The WORX line-up includes innovative grass trimmers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, blowers and more. All WORX products are emission-free and feature intuitive functions, tool-less adjustments and best-of-industry ergonomics. You can find WORX yard tools at retailers such as Lowe’s, Walmart, Sears, Amazon.com and local lawn & garden dealers. More information is available on the company’s website, at www.WORX.com.

Come and See…Piquet Jr. will participate in a Q&A session at the Coca-Cola Fan Stage on Saturday, August 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Watch and Listen…The Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 can be seen live on Saturday, August 31 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Nelson Piquet Jr. on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

“I am looking forward to getting back on the track and racing under the lights again at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.  Atlanta is a very fast, high banked mile and a half oval. I have had some success there in the truck series, so hopefully some that success can carry over to the Nationwide Series.  This will be the second weekend that Pat Tryson (new crew chief) and I are working together, so I am looking forward to our first practice on Friday evening.  I think if we can find the right set-up and have a good couple practice sessions, we can bring the WORX Yard Tools Chevy home with a good finish on Saturday night.”

NNS results at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

Nelson Piquet Jr. will be making his first NNS Start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300

Justin Allgaier
Wolf Pack Energy Services Chevrolet Camaro
Atlanta Motor Speedway | Great Clips/Grit Chips 300
August 31, 2013

The Peach State…The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to its one and only stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) this Labor Day weekend for Saturday night racing. Justin Allgaier will make his fifth start this weekend at the 1.54-mile oval. Last year, he led 13 laps and finished in the fifth position in the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro.

This Week’s Camaro…This weekend the No. 31 Wolf Pack Energy Services Chevrolet team will utilize chassis TSM-404. TSM-404 has raced one time this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Wolf Pack Energy Services…This week the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro welcomes aboard Wolf Pack Energy Services. Wolf Pack Energy Services is a diversified company supplying a wide range of products and services to the oil and gas industry – from top-quality wellsite accommodations to oil and gas industry rental equipment and pipe storage, inspection, threading and refurbishing. To learn more, visit www.WolfPackEnergy.com.

Meet Justin…Allgaier will appear for a fan Q&A at AMS’s Club One on Saturday, August 31 at 3:15 p.m. Allgaier will also appear at the Chevy stage located in the AMS Fan Zone on Saturday, August 31 at 6:15 p.m.

Recapping Bristol…The NNS made its second and final stop of the 2013 season at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for racing underneath the Friday night lights. The one-day show meant a long day for Allgaier and the BRANDT racing team with a two hour, 50 minute practice session to start Friday morning. After running 146 laps in the only practice session of the weekend, Allgaier finished second on the practice chart. Qualifying for the Food City 250 began in the afternoon on Friday. After a short delay due to rain, Allgaier laid down a lap time of 15.382 seconds which put him in the fourth starting position for the 250-lap race and continued his streak of all top-10 starts in the fall race at BMS. After four cautions, three pit stops and staying in the top-10 all night, Allgaier brought his No. 31 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Camaro home in the fourth position for TSM.

Crew chief Scott Zipadelli on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

“Atlanta [Motor Speedway] is another mile-and-a-half track and we’ve been working on our program. We went to Nashville [Superspeedway] this week with a few of the other Chevrolet teams to work on our program, and we learned a lot. We have a couple of practice sessions this weekend, one in the evening which will be closer to race conditions and one in the morning. Justin has consistently improved every time he’s been there, so I look forward to a great weekend.”

Justin Allgaier on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

“I’m ready to go to Atlanta [Motor Speedway]. I always enjoy night racing and it puts on a good show for the fans. We tested at Nashville [Superspeedway] this week to help with our intermediate track program. I’ve been able to improve my finishing position every time I’ve been to AMS, so I hope to do the same again this race weekend.”

NNS results at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
Starts: 4
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 1
Top 10: 2
Laps Led: 15
Average Start: 20.0
Average Finish: 10.3

Kyle Larson
No. 32 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro
Atlanta Motor Speedway | Great Clips/Grit Chips 300
August 31, 2013

Pickin’ Them Peaches…The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) for their only stop at the 1.54-mile track this season. Kyle Larson will make his NNS debut at AMS in Saturday night’s Great Clips/Grit Chips 300; however, the young driver does have one previous start at the Hampton, Ga. track. Larson competed for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) at AMS last season, finishing sixth in only his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start.

Lookin’ Fly…Cessna returns as primary sponsor on the No. 32 this weekend at AMS. This marks the sixth time Cessna has adorned the No. 32. In the previous five starts, Larson has three top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at Michigan in June. Cessna, the world’s leading general aviation company, has designed, produced and delivered more than 193,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,300 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world.

This Week’s Camaro…Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 32 Cessna team will bring chassis TSM-403 to this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This chassis has been used only once, earlier this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Larson overcame a part failure to bring home an 11th-place finish.

Watch and Listen…The Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 at AMS will be broadcast on ESPN2, with pre-race coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The race will also be broadcast live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Previous Race Recap…After finishing second in the spring race, Larson and his No. 32 Cottonelle team traveled to Bristol Motor Speedway with high hopes for the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ second and final trip of the 2013 season to the 0.533-mile track. Larson was consistently fast, setting the fifth-fastest time in practice and qualifying in the top five for Friday night’s event. The 21-year-old spent the entire 250-lap race in the top 10, leading 22 laps before finishing the Food City 250 in the fifth position.

Trent Owens on Atlanta Motor Speedway

“The team is ready to head to Atlanta and see what our car can do. We went to Nashville to test this week and continue to work on our mile-and-a-half program. Kyle has impressed me all season, so I have no doubt he can go out and contend in his first Nationwide Series race at Atlanta.”

Kyle Larson on Atlanta Motor Speedway

“I am excited to get back to Atlanta. It’s always fun when you can do some Saturday night racing. I’ve never raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a Nationwide Series car, but I did race in the Truck Series there last season, so I feel like my team and I will be ready for the race. I’ve been qualifying a little better the past few weeks, so hopefully we can keep that going at Atlanta and set ourselves up to have a good race.”

NNS results at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

Kyle Larson will be making his first NNS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300

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