Nelson Piquet, Jr. Joins NTS Motorsports for Season Finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race: 22 of 22 – November 15, 2013
Driver: Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Truck: No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado
Driver’s Point Standings: N/A
Owner’s Point Standings: 13th
Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Race: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200
Distance: 134 Laps/201 Miles
• Brazilian Nelson Piquet, Jr. will take over driving duties of the No. 9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making his first career start for NTS Motorsports. Piquet has two previous starts at the 1.5-mile Florida track, finishing fourth in both the 2011 and 2012 races while running the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) seasons. His average start is 3.5 and average finish is 4.0. He has led 33 laps (2012) and completed 100 percent of laps attempted (259 of 259 laps). This weekend will mark Piquet’s second NCWTS start of the 2013 season, as well as the 90th NASCAR race that he has competed in after moving over from Formula One racing in 2010.
• The No. 9 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet team is 13th in the NCWTS Owner Point Standings heading in to the final race of the 2013 season with four top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes.
• For the 21st race of the 2013 season, NCWTS teams made their final trip to the west coast to race under the lights at the 1.0-mile Phoenix International Raceway. The No. 9 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Silverado team started from the 21st starting position, but only completed 85 of the scheduled 150 laps. A blown tire shortly after passing the halfway mark of the race sent the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado into the wall and with too much damage to continue and ended the team’s day. Following the accident, the team retired to the garage and was left with a disappointing 28th-place finish.
• Catch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200 from Homestead-Miami Speedway on MRN, Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 90 and Fox Sports 1 on Friday, November 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET with the race set to start at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Thoughts from Driver Nelson Piquet, Jr.:
"I have some good friends and relatives in Miami, where I lived in 2010. So it is like a second home race for me and I hope to do well in the final event of the year. I'm happy to be back in a truck race and thankful to NTS Motorsports and the sponsors for this opportunity."
Words of Wisdom from Crew Chief Bruce Cook:
"Homestead-Miami Speedway is the finale for our season and I am confident our NTS Motorsports team will be very competitive. Nelson Piquet, Jr. is a proven driver, so I have all the faith in the world that he will drive our No. 9 truck to the front of the field."
Notable Notes from Owner Bob Newberry:
"NTS Motorsports is excited to have Nelson Piquet, Jr. compete in the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 9 truck. We feel strongly that Nelson is capable of contending for a victory and will help NTS Motorsports finish the 2013 season on a high note."
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