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It will be a busy weekend for NASCAR driver Ray Black Jr., as the 24-year-old is set to compete in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and XFINITY Series (NXS) races this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Black will return to his normal red, white and blue paint scheme for the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet in the WinStar World Casino 350 on Friday night and make his debut XFINITY start during Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge in the No. 15 Burnie Grill Chevy Camaro.
“I’m thrilled to be making my XFINITY Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Black. “I’ve been to Texas a couple of times now and know the track’s racing style and characteristics, so I think it’s a great place for me to take this next step. I can’t wait to get out on the track.”
Black has two previous starts at the 1.5-mile track, both of which occurred in the Truck Series and resulted in top-20 finishes. He now looks forward to adding two more starts at Texas this weekend as he is set to run both in the Truck Series race on Friday night and the XFINITY Series race on Saturday.
“I think running both races and getting all that extra seat time will be extremely beneficial for me,” explained Black. “I’ll get to experience different speeds and different racing lines throughout the weekend, which will really help me strengthen my driving skills. I’ll be interested to see if there is anything I can learn from the XFINITY side that I could bring back to the truck series to help give me just a little bit more of an edge on the competition.”
Despite the step up in competition levels and added pressure of running two races, Black remains confident in his abilities to secure solid finishes in both the WinStar World Casino 350 and O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge this weekend.
“On the truck side, I’d love to secure a top-10, top-15 finish. I know we are more than capable of doing so, so I really expect the best this time around at Texas,” Black stated. “As for XFINITY, I really don’t feel any added pressure on the race. It’s a very competitive field, but I’m really excited to see how I stack up against them. I’m looking forward to running all the laps during Saturday’s race and seeing what I learn from those drivers.”
On the car sponsoring Black’s XFINITY Series debut will be Burnie Grill, an all wood self-burning grill. Burnie Grill provides powerful, portable fires that light with one match, ignite evenly and burn for hours. When done, the Burnie burns itself out, making it great for the environment.
“We are excited to be sponsoring Ray Black Jr. in his debut XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Carl Spadaro, owner of Burnie Grill, LLC. “You want your product to be placed with a good-minded and good-hearted person who has all the integrity to achieve, and in this case, win races. The Burnie Grill is also debuting in America and, like Ray debuting in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, both have a desire to compete in the challenge of building a world class brand and be the best in class in their respective industries.”
CREDIT: Zerolight Communications