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Josh Richards NCWTS Kentucky Speedway Advance


Jul 07, 2011

 

 

 

RACE: UNOH 225

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

SPONSOR: Joy Mining Machinery

PRIMARY CHASSIS: KBM-3

BACKUP CHASSIS: KBM-2

MOTORS: Triad Racing Technologies

BROADCAST: Thursday, July 7, 8 p.m. ET SPEED/PRN/Sirius NASCAR 90

 

NOTES AND QUOTES:

Richards Hits the NASCAR Ranks: Two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series (WoO LMS) champion Josh Richards will make his first career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this week in Thursday’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Joining forces with the reigning NCWTS owners’ champions, Richards will pilot Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 15 Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra in his debut in the series. The 23-year-old West Virginia native is scheduled to compete in several races under the Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joy Mining Machinery banners throughout the remainder of the 2011 NCWTS season.

 

NASCAR Welcomes Joy Mining Machinery: New to the NASCAR community, Joy Mining Machinery will also be making their debut in Thursday’s 150 lap NCWTS event. Joy Mining Machinery has over 90 years of experience as a global leader in the development, manufacture, distribution and service of underground mining machinery for the extraction of coal and other bedded materials. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, Joy Mining Machinery employs over 8,000 employees worldwide. For additional information, visit www.joy.com.

 

Richards at Kentucky Speedway: Richards has one career start on Kentucky Speedway’s 1.5 mile oval in the ARCA Racing Series where he qualified fourth in 2009. Preparing for his NASCAR debut, the weekly dirt racer has made two pavement attempts this season in the ARCA Racing Series. Starting from the pole position, Richards finished third at Chicagoland in June before tallying a top-10 just two weeks later at Michigan after qualifying sixth.

 

Driver Josh Richards on his NCWTS Debut:

We've been talking about this for what seems like forever, and it's finally here. I'm ready to get the Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra on track with KBM. I know that the guys from Kyle Busch Motorsports build great trucks, and I'm really looking forward to working with them. We tested at Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago and I had the chance to get to know the team and get comfortable in the truck. The test went great and I am ready to get on track and race. It's such a great opportunity to drive for Kyle Busch, and his team is really a first class operation. Once we get out on the track I know I'll learn a lot from Kyle.” 

Kyle Busch Motorsports Testing with Richards and Joining the Team:

Rick Ren, General Manager and Director of Competition

We tried to get two full days of testing in for Josh, but of course mother nature didn’t cooperate, but we did finally get about 105 laps in the first day and 70 or 80 (laps) the second day. We ran through a whole gamut of changes with him just to let him feel different versions of changes you need to make at the racetrack. We even made a qualifying run, and I think Josh did really well. He ran about the same speeds as another weekly competitor in the truck series, who was also testing that day. The good thing is, I notice some things about his driving style and talked to him about it, he understood what I was talking about. He knows he’s going to have to adapt his style to be a little different from a dirt car to a truck. I think it’s been helping that he’s been running some ARCA races so that’s given him more experience around feeling aerodynamic changes and traffic. I think all in all things went really well. Now we’ll get to see how we do at Kentucky when we’re in race mode and run side-by-side in a truck.”

 

Joy Mining Machinery on Joining the Sport:

Chuck Fickter, Marketing Information Manager

The employees of Joy Mining Machinery have really embraced this new racing program. I know that many of them will be watching this week as Josh Richards takes the Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra to the track for the first time at Kentucky Speedway. All of us at Joy wish Josh the very best and a safe race.”

 

CHASSIS SELECTION:

Primary Chassis: KBM-3: Chassis 3 was the Toyota Tundra that Kimi Raikkonen drove in his NCWTS debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Raikkonen qualified 31st, but made his way as high as fifth before coming home with a respectable 15th place finish in his first ever start in the series. Before Charlotte, Chassis 3, was last raced in the NCWTS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by Brian Ickler in September 2010. Ickler qualified ninth and finished seventh.

 

ABOUT KBM:

NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch added a second career within NASCAR in December 2009 when he announced his Kyle Busch Motorsports team would compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010. KBM is a leader on and off the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, becoming the first team since the series originated in 1995 to capture the owners’ championship in their inaugural season. In October of 2010, the team moved into a brand new 77,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C., which boasts state-of-the-art equipment and its pending LEED certification make it unmatched among its peers. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the latest KBM news online at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com, by liking the team on facebook (www.facebook.com/KyleBuschMS) and following the team on twitter (@KyleBuschMS).

 

For more information on Josh Richards and Joy Racing visit joyracing.net or follow on Twitter @joyracing.

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