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Cory Roper – No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc./Carquest Ford F-150 Review Toyota Care 250 at Richmond Raceway No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc./Carquest News and Notes · Tough Break in Richmond: Cory Roper crossed the finish line with a 31st place finish in his Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc./Carquest Ford F-150 for Roper Racing in the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond Raceway. · Throttle Problems: Roper started 21st but battled issues with his throttle early in the race which forced him to pit early to fix the problem and lost a lot of laps in the process. · Picking Up Spots: Despite the issues, Roper was able to pick up a few more spots with other drivers having issues during the race, which helped the team gain a few more points. From the Driver’s Seat: Cory Roper: “It was a frustrating day not being able to compete with a great truck. Not happy with the finish but excited about the way the truck handled and the speed we had. Shane, Chris and all the guys are building fast trucks and we will keep pushing.” From the Pit Box: Shane Whitbeck: “We had some issues right at the start of the race and it was just hard to overcome that. Cory did a good job and stayed with it all day. We learn a lot about the truck and what he needs on the short tracks. I feel good about going to more of them and I can’t wait to get to Kansas.” Roper’s 2021 Camping World Truck Series Stats Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish 5 0 1 1 0 0 23.8 26.2 Roper’s Career Camping World Truck Series Stats Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish 32 0 1 2 0 0 22.4 22.8 About Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. is a national industrial engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and maintenance company that is located in Baytown, Texas. They execute turnkey capital, and maintenance projects from scope development through construction, and they can maintain your facilities. PIC proudly serves a vast range of industries including the power, chemical processing, petroleum refining, food and beverage, and biotechnical facilities. For more information go to preferredindustrialcontractors.com About Carquest Carquest Auto Parts is a part of the Advanced Auto Parts family which resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 85 years of experience, their combined knowledge of automobiles runs deep. They have more than 71,000 Team Members who are passionate about the industry and are committed to your success. They use state-of-the-art data and technology systems to ensure that their distribution centers have the right mix of products based on the vehicles in any common area. For more information about Carquest Auto Parts go to carquest.com About Roper Racing Roper Racing Team Headquarters is located in Mont Belvieu, Texas, just outside of Houston, where they field the No. 04 Ford F-150 truck. The core of the team has been together with Cory Roper for many years. Part of the success of the team comes from the dedication of many friends and family members. After working all day at their full-time jobs, they commit to working late nights at the race shop. The 2021 season will be the 4th year for the team. Cory Roper serves not only as the driver but the owner of the team as well. Roper’s lifelong dream had been to drive in NASCAR. For more information go to roperracingteam.com
AM Racing | NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Richmond (Va.) Raceway | ToyotaCare 250 - No. 22 AM Racing Team - Driver: Austin Wayne Self - Primary Partner(s): GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions - Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado - Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon - 2021 Driver Points Position: 10th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 11th - Chassis Intel: AMR Chassis No. 117; previously raced at Martinsville on October 30, 2020 (Start: 13th | Finish: Ninth) - Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies Notes of Interest: Back To Familiar Territory: In his fifth full-time season of Truck Series competition, Self returns to Richmond (Va.) Raceway looking to improve on his track-best 14th place run at the 0.875-mile short track in September 2020. Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 will be Self’s second start at Richmond. Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Short Track Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a short track, Self has made 16 starts throughout his career with one top-10 finish (Martinsville 2020) while also carrying an average finishing position of 19.4. Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway | Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the highly anticipated Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self made his 112th NCWTS start. After Mother Nature canceled the heat races, Self-started the race 17th but showcased his dirt track skills to move forward throughout the 150-lap race to finish 10th and claim his first top-10 finish of the 2021 Truck Series season. The performance was also the second top-10 for the Austin, Texas native on the dirt. In 2016, he netted his first career top-10 finish on the dirt at Eldora Speedway finishing ninth. Overall, it was his 10th career top-10 finish. To The Point(s): Entering Richmond, Self sits 10th in the championship standings, a gain of four spots since Bristol. Just 47 points separate Self from fifth in the championship standings currently held by Stewart Friesen with 17 races remaining this season. AM Racing also secures 11th in the NCWTS owner standings. Calling the Shots: Ryan Salomon will continue to lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team this weekend at Richmond. This weekend marks his ninth race as crew chief for Self and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During his tenure, he guided Self to an average finish of 15.3 during the 2020 and 2021 seasons respectively. Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 112 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018. Spanning six years of Truck Series competition, he maintains an average finish of 18.5. Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes: On Richmond Raceway: “I feel really good about going to Richmond this weekend, especially with the momentum our AM Racing team is carrying right now. Ryan and the AM Racing guys are doing a tremendous job and bringing fast No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverados to the track and I think we can contend for our second straight top-10 finish on Saturday afternoon. Richmond is about track position and tire management. Being able to start inside the top-10 is going to help our position on the track, but we just need to make sure the balance is drivable and be as conservative as we can until its go time in Stage 3.” On Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Finish: “I had an absolute blast at Bristol with our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado. The track continued to change throughout the race – but luckily we adapted as best as we could and we still had a fast truck. I was bound and determined to bring the guys and our partners home a top-10 and that’s exactly what we accomplished. It was a great confidence booster for our team.” On 2021 Season After Five Races: “Honestly, I think we have proven a lot as a race team in 2021 but there is still more work to be done. Our trucks have been fast, but the series is extremely competitive this season. We just need to stay focused and come to the track worried about the performance of our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet and hope everything else will work out for itself.” Race Information: The ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps | 187.5 miles) is the sixth of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., Apr. 17, 2021 shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90. Follow on Social Media: For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf. About AM Racing: AM Racing is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team headquartered in Statesville, N.C. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self as its driver for the 2021 season. For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.