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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.

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Gray Gaulding
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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.

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GG.comStoryPreview

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.”

UNOH175RecapStory

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.

UNOH175PreviewStory

September 24, 2015

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Race: 17 of 23 — September 26, 2015

Driver: Gray Gaulding

Driver Point Standings: 38th (60) *has only competed in two races in 2015

Owner Point Standings: 12th (501)

Car: No. 54 Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota Tundra

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Race: UNOH 175

Distance: 175 Laps / 185.15 Miles

Broadcast: TV – LIVE on Fox Sports 1 | Radio – Motor Racing Network (MRN) and NASCAR Sirius XM Ch. 90

On-Track…The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) garage will open for technical inspection and two practice sessions on Friday, Sept. 25 at 10:30a.m. opening practice is scheduled for 1:30p.m. followed by a final 85 minute practice session at 3:00p.m. Knockout qualifying is schedule for 10:10a.m. followed by the UNOH 175 at 1:00p.m. All on track activities will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 1.

Gaulding is no stranger to The Granite State… with three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Gaulding has picked up three top-10 finishes. Gaulding has also made one start in the NCWTS at NHMS.

Meet Gray… on Friday, September 25 between 5:15 – 6:00p.m. during the NCWTS driver autograph session, Saturday, September 26 at 9:15a.m. at the Toyota Pit Pass, and on Sunday, September 27 between 11:00 – 11:30p.m. in the Fanatics Fan Zone.

Track Facts — New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Nicknamed “The Magic Mile”

1.058—mile asphalt and granite oval

2-7 degrees of banking

Chassis Facts: Crew Chief Shannon Rursch has chosen chassis KBM-014 for this weekend’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

From the Driver’s Seat with Gray Gaulding: “New Hampshire is one of my favorite tracks, we always raced good there in the K&N Pro series car but was just to tight last year in the truck (NCWTS) race. Shannon, myself, and the engineering staff have talked about what we can do different and I can’t wait to hit the track Friday afternoon.”

On top of Box with Crew Chief Shannon Rursch: “New Hampshire is a really flat race track so one of the keys to running well is getting the truck to turn through the center of the corner while still maintaining good forward drive on the exit of the corners.  The driver has a big impact on how the truck handles throughout the course of a run at Loudon, and Gray does a really nice job of managing his equipment so all the guys on the 54 team are really looking forward to having Gray back behind the wheel at an oval race.”

Stay Social with Gray

For the latest news, notes, and appearance information follow @GrayGaulding on Twitter

Track Twitter: @NHMS

Event Hashtag: #UNOH175

– Gray Gaulding Racing –

About Kyle Busch Motorsports: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has quickly established itself as one of the most successful teams in all of NASCAR. Owned by NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch and fueled by his passion for winning, the team has already collected three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championships and entered 2015 with a remarkable 39 Truck Series victories across its five-year existence, including a single-season series’ record 14 wins in 2014.

KBM prepares a fleet of race-winning Toyotas out of its state-of-the art 77,000-square-foot facili- ty in Mooresville, N.C. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the latest KBM news online at www.KyleBuschMotorsports.com, by liking the team on Facebook (KBMteam) and by following the team on Twitter (@KBMteam) and Google+ (+KBMteam).

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme 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 is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme has more than 1,000 retail shops in 24 countries. Krispy Kreme is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKD). For more information about Krispy Kreme visit www.KrispyKreme.com. Also visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme, and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/KrispyKreme.

For more information about Krispy Kreme Doughnuts visit KrispyKreme.com

Follow us on Twitter @KrispyKreme and @GrayGaulding

CTMP_StoryRecap

August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015 (Statesville, N.C.) In his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of 2015, while making his first start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Gray Gaulding and the No. 54 Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota team returned to the site of Gaulding’s career best finish from 2014.

With two practice sessions on Saturday, August 29 Gaulding and the No. 54 Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota team led by crew chief Shannon Rursch used this time to fine tune on their Toyota Tundra. Posting the fifth quickest time in the opening 55 minute practice session, Gaulding noted the truck had too much roll in it. In the final 80 minute practice session, Gaulding and team worked on more race runs and ended the session happy with their Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota Tundra.

With two knockout qualifying sessions on deck to end the first day at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Gray Gaulding made an initial run posting a time well inside the top-12 and when the 25 minute first round ended Gaulding and the No.54 team transferred into the final 10 minute round of qualifying. With a time of 80.854 second at an average speed of 109.486 mph Gaulding qualified 8th for the third annual Chevrolet Silverado 250.

Before the green flag dropped on the Chevrolet Silverado 250 crew chief Shannon Rursch had Gaulding start saving fuel. Gaulding got into line in eighth and started working his way towards the top-5. Gaulding had made his way inside the top-5 before pitting for fuel only on lap 14, the first caution flag flew as Gaulding was leaving pit road putting him eighth for the lap 17 restart. Gaulding made his second green flag pit stop on lap 38 for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment after noting his Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota Tundra was just a little too tight.

Racing inside the top-10 with less than 10 laps to go, Gaulding was working his way back inside the top-5 before getting turned around and making contact with the tire barriers in turn eight. With only cosmetic damage, Rursch brought Gaulding down pit road for four tires and fuel as the crew pulled away sheet metal clearing the tires from any rubs.

Setting up for a green, white, checkered restart Gaulding was lined up 17th at the tail of the field with two laps and 4.918-miles of racing to go, he muscled his way back to an 11th place finish.

From the Driver’s Seat with Gray Gaulding: “I felt like we had a pretty good Drink Krispy Kreme Coffee Toyota Tundra. Shannon (Rursch) and the entire KBM team worked hard to fine tune on the truck and we were in contention for a top-5 finish but unfortunately sometimes things happen and we ended up backwards in the tire barrier. We will move on and get ready for New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a few weeks.”

On top of Box with Crew Chief Shannon Rursch: “I’m proud of the effort Gray and everyone on this Krispy Kreme Tundra team put in this weekend. It wasn’t the result we wanted, but Gray really worked hard those last two laps to get as much track position back as he could. I think we all learned a lot working together for the first time this weekend, and will be even stronger when we race with Gray again at New Hampshire next month.”

– Gray Gaulding Racing –

About Kyle Busch Motorsports: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has quickly established itself as one of the most successful teams in all of NASCAR. Owned by NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch and fueled by his passion for winning, the team has already collected three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championships and entered 2015 with a remarkable 39 Truck Series victories across its five-year existence, including a single-season series’ record 14 wins in 2014.
KBM prepares a fleet of race-winning Toyotas out of its state-of-the art 77,000-square-foot facili- ty in Mooresville, N.C. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the latest KBM news online at www.KyleBuschMotorsports.com, by liking the team on Facebook (KBMteam) and by following the team on Twitter (@KBMteam) and Google+ (+KBMteam).
About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme 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 is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme has more than 1,000 retail shops in 24 countries. Krispy Kreme is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKD). For more information about Krispy Kreme visit www.KrispyKreme.com. Also visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme, and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/KrispyKreme.
For more information about Krispy Kreme Doughnuts visit KrispyKreme.com
Follow us on Twitter @KrispyKreme and @GrayGaulding