Gaulding Signed to Roush Fenway Developmental Program; Set to make XFINITY Series Debut in Bristol Fall Race
April 9, 2016
CONCORD, N.C. (April 7, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing has announced the addition of Gray Gaulding to its developmental program. Gaulding, who hails from Colonial Heights, Va., will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut behind the wheel of the famed No. 60 Ford Mustang in the August 19th race at Bristol Motor Speedway. He is also slated to run the NXS race in September at his ‘home’ track of Richmond.
“I’m very excited to become a part of Roush Fenway Racing’s Developmental program and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel for my XFINITY Series debut later this year at Bristol,” said Gaulding, who made his ARCA Series debut earlier this season at Daytona. “Roush Fenway has proven to be second to none in developing drivers within the NASCAR garage. I think their record speaks for itself. Jack Roush is the most successful owner in XFINITY Series history and it’s a great honor to be able to break into the XFINITY Series in a Roush Fenway Ford Mustang.”
The 18-year old Gaulding has made 13 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including a fourth-place finish at Bowmanville in 2014. He has made 38 starts in the NASCAR K&N East Series, including four starts at Bristol where he earned a pair of top-10s and posted a runner-up finish in 2014. He also has five starts in the K&N West Series, including a win at Phoenix in 2013.
“We’re pleased to be able to give Gray the opportunity to cut his teeth in the XFINITY Series this season,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “He is a talented young driver and we are happy that we can help play a role in his growth and progression as he continues forward in his NASCAR career.”
Roush Fenway Racing boasts a NASCAR record 126 wins in the NXS and has brought home series championships with Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and most recently Chris Buescher last season.
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition with drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. Now in its 29th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.
February 10, 2016
Gray Gaulding – Daytona Int’l Speedway Advance
Team: No. 38 Krispy Kreme/ Ford Performance/ MOMO Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Teddy Brown
Gray Gaulding will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Superspeedway debut this weekend in the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
When the green flag drops, Gray Gaulding will be the youngest driver to strap in behind the wheel and take laps around the World Center of Racing.
Just three days before the green flag drops of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire, NASCAR Next Alumni, Gray Gaulding turns just 18-years old. Gaulding will strap in on Saturday, February 13, 2016 behind the wheel of the No.38 Krispy Kreme adorned Ford Fusion for Carlos and Amanda Lira.
Gray on Daytona
It’s finally race week, this offseason has seemed like an eternity and I’m ready to get back racing. I knew after the first laps around Daytona (International Speedway) last month during the test I wanted to run this race and thanks to Krispy Kreme, Ford, Carols Lira, and Lira Motorsports in a few short days we will be back on track.
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Be sure to follow Gray and Lira Motorsports on social media throughout the week; Facebook /GrayGauldingRacing, /LiraMotorsportsFL; Twitter- @GrayGaulding, @LiraMotorsports.
The 53rd annual running of the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona is live on FOX SPORTS 1 (FS1) Saturday, February 13 and precedes NASCAR’s same-night Sprint Unlimited. The ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday following final practice Friday morning (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.). ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activities.
About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. The Company has more than 1,000 retail shops in 25 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.
About Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. The team competes in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Whelen All- American Late Model, and IMSA Sportscar events nationwide. Lira Motorsports’ ARCA and NASCAR Trucks programs are operated from an 18,000 square foot shop in Mooresville, North Carolina and the late model team operates from a 12,00 square foot facility in Port Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway.
February 5, 2016
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 5, 2016)—Gray Gaulding will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Superspeedway debut with Lira Motorsports in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. Gaulding will pilot the No. 38 Krispy Kreme, Ford Performance, MOMO Ford Fusion.
“This is a dream come true, the opportunity to race at Daytona International Speedway,” Gray Gaulding said.
The 17-year old from Colonial Heights, VA will turn 18, just three days before the Lucas Oil 200.
“I’ve been going down to Daytona every year and supporting Jason (White) in the truck series and telling myself one day I will race here and thanks to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Carlos Lira, Lira Motorsports, and Ford Racing that opportunity is now reality.”
Veteran Crew Chief and fellow Virginia native, Teddy Brown will call the shots for Gaulding in his ARCA Series debut. This will mark Brown’s second season on top the box for Lira Motorsports.
“We are excited to have Gray join our team for his debut in the ARCA Series,” Teddy Brown said, “We have gained a valuable relationship with him, his family, and sponsor, Krispy Kreme and I believe that Gray has an excellent shot at being up front during the race and taking the No.38 Ford to victory lane for everyone at Lira Motorsports.”
The Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway will be broadcasted live February 13th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET on FOX SPORTS 1 (FS1).
About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. The Company has more than 1,000 retail shops in 25 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.
About Lira Motorsports:
Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. The team competes in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model, and IMSA Sportscar events nationwide. Lira Motorsports’ ARCA and NASCAR Trucks programs are operated from an 18,000 square foot shop in Mooresville, North Carolina and the late model team operates from a 12,00 square foot facility in Port Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway.
January 13, 2016
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 13,2016)— Gray Gaulding, a 17-year old Virginia native and NASCAR Next alumnus, will join the Lira Motorsports team for the annual testing event later this week at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards.
“I’m super pumped to get behind the wheel of an ARCA car at the most prestigious track on the circuit.” said Gaulding. “It’s always been a childhood dream to win at Daytona.”
Gaulding, comes to the team with superior experience behind the wheel. During the 2015 season, Gray competed in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events for the famous Kyle Busch Motorsports, and in 2014 competed in nine races. In 2013, Gray competed in the NASCAR K&N Series earning two poles becoming the youngest pole winner in NASCAR history (15 years, 2 months, 15 days), one win, and was named as part of the NASCAR Next program for the 2014 season.
“I can’t wait to get in a pack and learn the draft, but most importantly I want to learn the “Can’s”, and “Cannot’s” of the draft to know how to do it the right way and not get myself in trouble. Overall I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at Lira Motorsports.”
Fellow Virginia native and team Crew Chief, Teddy Brown, will over see the Ford Fusion that Gray will wheel around the 2.5-mile superspeedway, better known as the “World Center of Racing”.
“We are excited to have Gray come aboard for the ARCA test this week.,” said Brown. “The team is looking to help out and provide Gray with some of the best results in the garage as he will take his first laps around Daytona.”
Follow Gray Gaulding on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/graygauldingracing. Also follow his Twitter and Instagram page – @graygaulding. For more information about Gray, visit his website at graygaulding.com.
To keep up-to-date with the latest news, and information, visit Lira Motorsports’ Twitter and Instagram page – @LiraMotorsports. Also, follow the Lira Motorsports official Facebook page at /LiraMotorsportsFL. For more information about Lira Motorsports, visit our website at LiraMotorsports.com.
October 29, 2015
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2015) – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway is a track that divides most drivers. Many enjoy racing at the flat, paperclip-shaped half-mile track, while others have never developed a fondness for it. What every driver can agree on is wanting to win the prestigious Martinsville grandfather clock, one of the most unique trophies in NASCAR. The majority of 17-year-olds would not give much thought to a grandfather clock, but Gray Gaulding certainly does. Making his fourth start at Martinsville in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in the Kroger 200, the Virginia native would treasure a clock of his own.
In Gaulding’s three previous races at Martinsville, he has an average starting position of 9.7 and an average finish of 16.7, his best finish of 14th coming in last year’s fall event. He has completed 99.9 percent of the laps there (713 of 714), which is an impressive statistic considering the intense racing typical at Martinsville.
Gaulding will be making his fourth NCWTS start this season, his third for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), in the No. 54 Krispy Kreme Tundra. His best result in 2015 came last month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where he finished the race in 10th place with the same Tundra he is racing this weekend. KBM-14 has 11 starts since 2011, three of which were at Martinsville. Its’ best Martinsville finish came in last year’s fall race when Erik Jones drove it from a 15th-place starting position up to a fourth-place finish.
Since this year’s race happens to fall on Halloween, most drivers will be hoping for treats rather than tricks from the Virginia short track. The best treat Gaulding could receive will not fit in a candy bag – a grandfather clock of his own.
Gray Gaulding, Driver of the No. 54 NCWTS Krispy Kreme Tundra:
What have you learned about Martinsville from your previous three starts there in the Truck Series?
“I’ve learned a lot all three times as far as putting myself in position to win late in the race. I’ve been fast there but have no finishes to show for it because of late-race incidents, so that’s the main thing I’ve learned. Hopefully this time there we can still be in a position to win, but avoid the accidents at the end of the race.”
Since you will be racing the same Tundra which you finished 10th with at New Hampshire last month, does that give you more confidence?
“I definitely have a lot of confidence going into this race. I have a great feel for that truck and I’m really looking forward to getting back in it. We had a good run at Loudon in that Tundra, so I hope we can be in a position to win and get a grandfather clock.”
Describe a lap around Martinsville:
“Turns one and two are all about being able to drive in deep, get it pointed and hammer the gas without losing a lot of grip off the corner. Turns three and four are hard in and hard off, and hammer down to be able to pull out to pass getting into one. It’s definitely a unique track and you need to get in a rhythm there to maintain consistent laps.”
Eddie Troconis, Crew Chief of the No. 54 NCWTS Krispy Kreme Tundra:
What is the most challenging aspect of setting up a truck for racing at Martinsville?
“Martinsville is the shortest track we race on with no grip, and the tires go away quickly but you have to try to make them last for 100 laps. The best scenario is to have a truck that is good on the long runs, 80-100 laps. That is a combination of braking, turning in the center and saving the rear tires so you can actually get the bite off the corners. That combination is what is going to give you the best drivability and durability. The most challenging thing is to make sure the truck is going to last to be there at the end of 200 laps.”
September 28, 2015
Date: September 26, 2015
Event: UNOH 175 (Race 17 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 8th / 10th (Running, completed 175 of 175 laps)
Winner: Austin Dillon of GMS Racing (Chevrolet)
Gray Gaulding came to the Granite state looking for a rock-solid finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). While it was not quite the finish he was hoping for, he was able to overcome a few obstacles along the 175-lap race to earn his first top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on an oval track. His fourth-place finish last year came on a road course.
Gaulding started the race in eighth place and moved into the top five within the first 32 laps. Following a lengthy red flag to clean up oil on the track, he pitted on lap 40 for new tires and a wedge adjustment to help the tight condition of the No. 54 Krispy Kreme Tundra. He returned to the track in seventh place when the race resumed on lap 45.
The Tundra started loose, but improved as the green-flag run continued. By lap 100 Gaulding was sixth and the team made a green-flag pit stop for fuel and tires on lap 112. Unfortunately a caution came on lap 137 before the entire field had cycled through green-flag stops which left him in 17th place, one lap down. Gaulding took the waive-around to return to the lead lap, but was still back in 16th for the restart.
He spent the remainder of the race trying to gain back his lost track position. Never one to give up, he moved into 10th place with one lap to go and was able to finish the race there.
“I feel like we had a really good Krispy Kreme Tundra all weekend,” Gaulding said. “We knew top five, top six is where we probably would have finished, but we had a bad pit stop and unfortunately that kind of put us back and then we got a caution we didn’t need to get, so that put us behind. We never quit fighting. We still ended up in the top 10.
“I can’t thank Krispy Kreme, Toyota, Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), Shannon (Rursch, crew chief) and all these guys enough. It was really fun to have a solid truck as soon as we unloaded. It was good we got a top 10, but I know we should have been better. You’ve just got to roll with the punches sometimes.”
Austin Dillon won the race followed by Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and John Hunter Nemecheck rounded out the top five. KBM’s Erik Jones was seventh and owner-driver Kyle Busch was 11th. The No. 54 team remains 12th in the owner’s championship point standings.
The Truck Series returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Live coverage of the Truck Series race will air on Fox Sports 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET.