Race 21 of 33: B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Track Details: 2.26-mile road course / 75 laps
No. 08: Gray Gaulding Result: 14th
No. 07: Ray Black Jr. Result: 19th
Team 08 GPS PURE Chevrolet Camaro:
After a strong performance last weekend at Watkins Glen International, Gray Gaulding and the No. 08 GPS PURE team came into Mid-Ohio looking to duplicate their road course performance from last week. Gaulding would roll off from the 15th position for the 75 lap race. The first caution of the day waved on lap 5 after Gaulding’s teammate stalled out on track. With four laps remaining in the opening stage, Crew Chief Patrick Donahue played some strategy and called his driver to the pits under green flag racing. The caution waved on lap 20 for the conclusion of stage one. Gaulding was in the 30th position, but would stay out under caution to gain his track position back.
Gaulding started the second stage from the 10th position. The second stage was filled with excitement. On lap 29 the caution waved after the 68 car got stuck in the sand trap. The fourth caution of the day came out after the 90 car sustained heavy damage on the restart. With four laps remaining in the second stage, a multi-car wreck in the key hole triggered the fifth caution. Gaulding was able to sneak through the incident without any damage. The stage would end under caution with Gaulding in the 6th position, which gained the team five valuable stage points.
Gaulding pitted under caution before the start of the final stage. Several cars stayed out on track, which shuffled the 08 team back in the middle of the pack for the restart. Gaulding was able to claw his way forward throughout the final stage. The checkered flag fell and Gaulding brought home his No. 08 GPS Pure Chevy Camaro in the 14th position. The result marked Gaulding’s eleventh top-15 finish of the season. Gaulding remains 13th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Point Standings with only five races remaining until the 2019 playoffs.
Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro:
Ray Black Jr. would roll off from the 26th position for the B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Black came into the weekend after a 22nd place finish at Watkins Glen International. The first stage did not go as planned for the 07 team. On lap 5 Black stalled out on track after the ignition switch broke, which killed the engine. The team was able to fix the problem under caution by tapping the ignition switch in the proper position, but lost a lap in the process. At the conclusion of the first stage, Black was in the 34th position, but would receive the free pass.
Black started the second stage from the 34th position, but quickly went to work. Black was able to keep his No. 07 Chevy clean and avoid all the carnage of the second stage. At the end of stage two, Black had worked his way back up to the 27th position.
Black started the final stage in the 28th position, but continued to work his way forward. Several cars went off track during the final stage, but Black got into a rhythm and set sail. After the ignition trouble early, Black was able to rebound and finish in the 19th position. The result marked the team’s twelfth top-20 finish of the season. Black remains 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Point Standings with only five races remaining until the 2019 playoffs.
Ray Black Jr:
“We had a pretty eventful day starting in the first stage. We worked hard and were able to rebound for a top-20 finish. Looking forward to going back to Bristol!”
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team:
“The 07 team fought through a lot of adversity today, but never gave up! They were able to get the lucky dog after an ignition issue early in the race, and fight back for a top-20 finish.”
SS Green Light Racing drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. are currently 13th and 16th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The Xfinity Series will take a break from the road course action this week and head to Thunder Valley for a Friday night show in ‘The Last Great Colosseum.’ Coverage of the Food City 300 from Bristol Motor Speedway will begin Friday August 16th at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN.