October 20, 2016
Gray Gaulding set to make NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Martinsville Speedway
Gray Gaulding announces new partner, new series, and new team
Statesville, NC (October 20, 2016) — 18 year old NASCAR Next alumnus, Gray Gaulding will take the next step in his career making a debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS.) Gaulding will drive the No. 30 Feed the Children Chevrolet for The Motorsports Group (TMG) at Martinsville Speedway on October 30, 2016.
“It’s exciting bringing a new partner into the series and to be making my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at a track like Martinsville (Speedway) where we’ve had a really good history in the past is honestly unfathomable” said Gaulding. “I’m excited to partner with Feed the Children and use NASCAR as a platform to deliver our message and work to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. A lot has happened in a short period of time but I’ve never been as excited to debut this beautiful Feed the Children car next week at Martinsville Speedway.”
“We are pleased to sponsor Gray Gaulding, the youngest NASCAR driver in the Martinsville field and one of the most promising and fierce competitors among the many legendary NASCAR drivers who have made NASCAR one of the most exciting sports in America,” said the Hon. J.C. Watts, Jr., president and CEO of Feed the Children. “He’s not only bold in his approach, he’s also blazing new trails, and we at Feed the Children strive to do the same. Gray knows firsthand the value of family, especially the NASCAR family who has joined us in our work as we have brought disaster relief to those whose lives and livelihoods have been severely affected by Hurricane Matthew and all the subsequent flooding.”
“We’re grateful to be partnering with Feed the Children in their mission to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials” said Stephen Lynn, chief executive officer for GGR Enterprises.
Along with their debut at Martinsville Speedway, Gaulding and the No.30 Feed the Children team will also make starts at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20. Help take action and donate to end hunger by texting FEED30 to 41444.
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About Feed the Children: Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to end child hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education, essentials and disaster relief. Domestically, it operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).
In fiscal year 2015, Feed the Children distributed 107 million pounds of food and essentials valued at $302 million to people in the U.S., and internationally, it sponsored nearly 24,500 children, addressing the root causes of poverty through child sponsorship and school sponsorship. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and is rated by Charity Navigator.
Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.
About GGR Enterprises: A leading athlete management and corporate consulting agency in the motorsports industry headquartered fifteen minutes north of “Race City, USA” in Statesville, N.C. GGRE has been built on deep personal relationships with influential leaders and decision makers in motorsports with a range of expertise in client representation, creative services, hospitality, and event management.
September 12, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 9, 2016) – Gray Gaulding, driver of the No. 60 Krispy Kreme Ford Mustang, battled through a long green flag run after being trapped a lap down to finish 13th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) event at his home track Richmond International Raceway.
“We could’ve had a top-ten finish if we could’ve just gotten back on the lead lap,” Gaulding said. “We had a good car, and it handled great on the first run. We started to lose the turn on the final green flag run, but a caution would’ve given us a chance to pick up a few more spots.”
Gaulding led the Roush Fenway Racing qualifying effort, taking the green flag from the 11th position. He would maintain that track position through the initial run of the race, utilizing the high line to gain one position before the first caution of the day flew on Lap 48. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer brought Gaulding down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and chassis adjustments, but lost time on pit road forced the Colonial Heights, Va. native to restart from the 15th position.
As the race continued, Gaulding would try both the top and bottom grooves of the racetrack, maintaining his position but ultimately losing a lap to the race leaders during a round of green flag pit stops on Lap 141. After the pit stops cycled through, Gaulding found himself off of the lead lap in the 13th position.
A second caution would come out with Gaulding the second car one Lap down. Though he restarted in the lucky dog position on Lap 163, the race would run green the rest of the way, with Gaulding protecting his track position to take the checkered flag 13th.
September 8, 2016
Series: NASCAR XFINITY Series
Race : 25 of 33 — September 9, 2016
Driver: Gray Gaulding
Car: No.60 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Ford Mustang
Track: Richmond Int’l Raceway
Race: VA529 College Savings 250
Distance: 250 Laps | 187.5 Miles
Broadcast: LIVE on NBCSN
September 8, 2016 (Statesville, N.C.) — Gray Gaulding is set to make his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start Friday night at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. Gaulding has made two previous starts at RIR, he earned his first career pole in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013.
Gaulding and the No.60 Roush Fenway Racing team led by veteran crew chief Drew Blickensderfer tested at RIR last month in preparation for Gaulding’s return to his hometown track. “I’ve gotten to know Drew over the last few months and we clicked immediately” said Gaulding. “I know he has my back and I trust in his decisions, I really feel like we can win races together.”
Gray Gaulding will races his famed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts colors on the No.60 Ford Mustang in this weekend’s VA529 College Savings 250. Joining Gaulding and the No.60 team this weekend is ORCA Coolers along with new partner KBM Commercial Properties.
Hometown race for Gaulding… Gaulding grew up in Colonial Heights, VA a small town just 25-miles south on I-95 from RIR will have friends, family, and classmates in the stands to cheer on the No.60 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Ford Mustang.
In the Driver Seat with Gray Gaulding: “I don’t think I’ve ever been more pumped to get to the race track. I’ve spent a lot of time this summer with the guys inside the shop at Roush Fenway Racing and I have that confidence in myself and the team that we will be a force Friday night. I thought we executed well at Bristol (Motor Speedway) and after the test last month feel like we have a great notebook to start from.”
On Track… The NASCAR XFINITY Series will have all on-track activity done in one day. One practice session starting at 8:00 a.m. to start the day. On track activity will resume with three rounds of multi-vehicle qualifying at 4:15 p.m. followed by the VA529 College Savings 250 at 7:30 p.m. All times are listed in local eastern standard time.
Meet Gray… Gray will participate in the NASCAR XFINITY Series autograph session inside the RIR Amphitheater at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9.
Keeping up with Gray… For the latest news, notes, and appearance information follow @GrayGaulding on Twitter or facebook.com/GrayGauldingRacing
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September 6, 2016
September 6, 2016 (Statesville, NC) — American business leader Stephen Lynn joins GGR Enterprises as a new owner and chief executive officer (CEO.) Lynn has spent the majority of his career in the franchising and chain restaurant industries. Some of his notable stops included 12 years as Chairman CEO of Sonic Corporation (Sonic Drive In), 11 years as majority owner and Chairman of Cummins Inc (the oldest largest manufacturer of signage for branded chain accounts), and Chairman CEO for Shoney’s (Shoney’s, Captain D’s, Mrs Winners, Mike Rose Salad Dressing). In Lynn’s early career he served as Director of Supply Chain for Kentucky Fried Chicken. He is a Past Chairman of the International Franchise Association and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Lynn was exposed to Gray Gaulding during the last half of his 10 years serving on the Board of Directors for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
“GGR has always been a family run business, but Steve Lynn fits into our family and we are excited to welcome Steve to the GGR team” said Gray Gaulding. “Steve and I recently went on a racing related trip to Boston. I knew right away that he was an ideal fit with me and our team. As an owner and CEO, Steve will oversee the daily operations for GGR Enterprises and use his extensive experience and contacts to make sure we select the right partners to move my career forward.”
“Gray has been racing since he was 3 years old, won his first national title at 12, and has been Krispy Kreme’s outstanding spokesperson and NASCAR driver since turning 13 years old” said Lynn. “My five years of exposure to him assured me that he not only has the giftedness to succeed at the highest levels of NASCAR, but he has the discipline character and values to deal with the challenges that success will bring. I am grateful and honored to be a new part of the GGR Enterprises family.”
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About GGR Enterprises: GGR Enterprises is a marketing agency representing brand image, likeness, and persona of professional athletes and performers.
August 23, 2016
Bristol, Tenn. (Aug.19, 2016) – Gray Gaulding, driver of the No. 60 Krispy Kreme Ford Mustang, recovered from a blown tire to finish 13th in his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“We could have had a top-ten finish if not for that cut tire,” Gaulding said. “We had a good car, and I learned a lot in my first XFINITY race. We can’t wait to go to Richmond and do it again.”
Gaulding took the green flag from the 21st position and immediately began driving forward through the field, passing teammate Ryan Reed for the 18th position on Lap 26. He radioed to crew chief Drew Blickensderfer that his Krispy Kreme Mustang was loose on entry as his tires began to wear down. He lost several positions and a lap to the leaders on the long green flag run. The first caution of the event came out on Lap 75, allowing Blickensderfer to bring Gaulding down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and chassis adjustments.
As the race continued, Gaulding would try both the top and bottom grooves of the racetrack, maintaining his 19th position but losing a second lap to the lead car before a second caution flew on lap 151. Continuing to advance through the field after four new tires and more adjustments, Gaulding was running in the 16th position when he cut a left rear tire on Lap 192 and hit the outside retaining wall. With no one on the same lap, the No. 60 crew was able to take additional time to repair the left rear damage and put four new tires on.
Four laps down to the leaders, Gaulding restarted in the 21st position on Lap 200 and was told to keep his car clean and maintain his position. The young driver was able to pick up eight positions in the closing laps to finish 13th.
Gaulding’s next start with Roush Fenway Racing will come Sept. 9 at Richmond International Raceway, close to his hometown of Colonial Heights, Va.
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.