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Blown Tire Brings An Early End To A Great Run At Nashville For Gray Gaulding

Blown Tire Brings An Early End To A Great Run At Nashville For Gray Gaulding

by October 8, 2012 0 comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 8, 2012) – Severe damage sustained after the right front tire blew out relegates Gray Gaulding an the Coulter Motorsports No. 2 Krispy Kreme Toyota to a disappointing 31st place finish, after running as high as second at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.

Kicking off the week leading to the 28th running of the All American 400, Gaulding along with his Coulter Motorsports crew arrived at the historic track Thursday to begin practicing their No. 2 Krispy Kreme Toyota with the PASS Super Late Model Series.  The Series would hold eight practice sessions between Thursday and Friday, with Gaulding showing continued improvement every time out. Crew chief Randy Renfrow worked closely with Gaulding on his long green flag race runs, knowing conservation would pay a huge part in finishing the 400 green flag laps. Gaulding went out third in Friday evening’s qualifying run and would lay down the 14th fastest time, locking the Statesville, N.C. native into the prestigious field.

After two early morning practice sessions Saturday morning, PASS officials waved the green flag to kick off the festivities around the .596-mile short track. Gaulding, with Coulter motorsports teammate and mentor Matt Lofton on the spotter’s stand, set in for the long haul to the end.

With the evening’s first caution waving on lap 29, Gaulding used the time to digest his car’s handling and radio Renfrow. The No. 2 Krispy Kreme Toyota was loose on entry into the turns, but Gaulding felt it would get better with the expected longer runs. When the green flag waved again, Lofton reminded Gaulding to be cautiously aggressive as he continued his charge towards the front. Gaulding would move into third by lap 67 before eventually taking over second on lap 76. Caution flew once more on lap 77 and with Gaulding being one of the lone drivers to hit pit road. His Coulter Motorsports crew, normally Matt Lofton’s pit crew in the ARCA Racing Series, gave Gaulding four fresh Hoosier tires and fuel before sending him on his way.

Gaulding restarted in 28th but wasted no time charging back through the field. The young racer maneuvered his Toyota in and out of traffic, cracking into the top-15 by lap 84. Continuing his trek towards the front, Gaulding positioned himself in 12th on lap 95. Gaulding, looking to settle in until the next pit stop, around the halfway mark, again found himself conserving his car and tires. Unfortunately Gaulding’s right front tire would blow out on lap 105, sending him hard into the turn one wall. The damage sustained would be too much to fix and Gaulding was forced to retire early from his first ever All American 400. The crew would later learn that the tire had blistered, causing the failure. Gaulding and the No. 2 Krispy Kreme Toyota, Coulter Motorsports team would be credited with a 31st place finish.

“We were definitely a contender all weekend,” commented Gaulding. “We had to start mid pack after going out third in qualifying and I am proud of the entire Krispy Kreme, Coulter Motorsport team. Randy (Renfrow) and the crew all worked really hard and gave me a fast hot rod. I am looking forward to coming back for the 29th running of the All American 400 at non other than the Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville.”

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