NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event: PPG 400, Race 8 of 23, 167 Laps – 40/40/87; 250.5 Miles
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast: June 8, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Davis finished seventh at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2/16/18) in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start. He finished 13th at Atlanta after a pit equipment failure on the final stop. Davis was 13th at Las Vegas in the No. 4 Tundra due to a caution shortly after a green-flag pit cycle.
- In addition to his limited schedule in the Truck Series, Davis has posted one top-five and four top-10 finishes across the five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events that he has competed in this season.
- Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief of the No. 51 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra, has six NCWTS wins at Texas. Five of them were with Todd Bodine and one with Jeb Burton.
- Davis posted one top-five and four top-10 finishes in seven ARCA Racing Series starts in 2017 and also recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes across three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races. The Dawsonville, Ga., native made multiple starts in Super Late Models last year, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the prestigious All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. Despite competing in only 13 of the 14 K&N Pro Series East races in 2016, the NASCAR Next alum finished eighth in the championship standings after posting one win (Old Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Va.), one pole, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
- The 19-year-old driver will make one more NCWTS start in the No. 51 Tundra for KBM this year at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 11.
Spencer Davis, Driver Q&A
Have you done any racing since your last truck start for KBM at Las Vegas in March?
“I’ve been running some NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts for a little team I run for and I’ve been having fun doing that and working on race cars.”
What did you learn from racing at Atlanta and Vegas that you can use at Texas?
“I’ve learned qualifying at a mile-and-a-half to shorten up the track to try to get some more speed, and definitely side drafting and all that for the mile-and-a-halves will be big. I’ve really been studying that too.”
Do you have extra confidence at Texas knowing Mike Hillman Jr. (crew chief) has six truck wins there?
“It’s a big confidence booster because any time you go to a track where someone is really good, whether it’s the crew chief or the driver, it gives the opposite person a boost. Knowing he’s got so many cowboy hats at his house on his shelf means a lot.”
Spencer Davis Career Highlights
- Finished seventh in his first NCWTS start at Daytona (2/16/18), 13th at Atlanta (2/24/18) and 13th at Las Vegas (3/2/18)
- Has posted one top-five and four top-10 finishes in five starts in the K&N Pro Series East races this season
- Has recorded one win, one pole, 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 25 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts from 2015-2018
- Made seven ARCA starts in 2017 with one top-five and four top-10 finishes
Spencer Davis’ No. 51 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra:
KBM-043: The No. 51 JBL/SiriusXM team will race KBM-043, for Friday’s PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Brandon Jones finished ninth with this Tundra at Kansas in May.
KBM Notes of Interest
- KBM drivers have collected five wins, two poles, 566 laps led, 11 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.1 across 35 starts in the Lone Star State
- Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected two of his team’s wins (2010 & 2014), Erik Jones earned the victory in November 2015, William Byron took the checkered flag in June 2016 and Christopher Bell went to Victory Lane in June 2017
- After Kyle Busch’s second-place finish at Charlotte, the No. 51 team has one win and one pole, both with Busch, three top-five and six top-10 finishes. The team is ranked second in the owner’s championship standings.
- KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (67) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).