This weekend will be my first time racing at Texas Motor Speedway, and seems like it’s going to provide some great racing for us in the Nationwide Series. I was fortunate enough to come with my Turner Scott Motorsports team to the track on the first of the month to test our Cessna Chevy Camaro, and I really think we learned a lot that we’ll be able to use this weekend. If you didn’t see the GoPro footage from inside the car, it’s a cool opportunity to see what we do inside the race car going almost 200 mph. We worked a really long day on Monday because it was going to rain on Tuesday, so we were on track for almost 10 hours. It was actually a good thing though, because we were able to test around the same time of day that our race will be this weekend, so track conditions should be similar.
I’m so used to racing almost every night that I did a lot of open wheel and go kart racing during our couple weeks off. After the test, I came back to North Carolina for a couple days and raced my kart at Mooresville Motorplex in the RACERSITES Cup. I messed up on one of the restarts so I could’ve had a better finish than sixth, but it’s always a lot of fun to race out there every Wednesday night. We’ve got the final race for the championship tonight, so I’m sure it’ll be another exciting race.
After karting last week, I went back to California to see some of my friends before the summer stretch of NASCAR racing begins. When I’m home, I always try to get back behind the wheel of an open wheel car somewhere, and this time I was able to go to Antioch to race with the Outlaws, and Placerville Speedway with a 360 sprint car. We had a good battle at Antioch and finished fifth, and the next night went to Placerville. I hadn’t raced there in a few years, so it was really cool to go back because the fans there are really into the racing. I was able to pick up the win and then got the chance to meet with all of the fans afterwards. It was a really fun night.
We’ve had a few things going on in the shop over the past couple weeks too that have been fun to be a part of. We did an ESPN feature that will tell a little bit of my story, so stay tuned for that. We also decided last week I was going to run the Rockingham Speedway Camping World Truck Series race, which I’m especially excited for. After I run the Nationwide Race in Texas on Friday night, I’ll get on a plane and fly straight to Rockingham for practice and qualifying on Saturday. I’ve turned a lot of laps there in testing and during the K&N East race last year, plus the Turner Scott trucks were really fast and won the race with Kasey Kahne last Spring. Harry Scott and Steve Turner gave Autism Speaks the opportunity to be on our No. 30 truck, so it’s going to be a really special race for a lot of people. My crew chief, Trent Owens, has a five-year-old son, Gray, who is affected by Autism, so we’ll be racing in his honor on Sunday and I hope I can pick up a win for him and everyone affected by Autism.
If you’re coming out to Texas Motor Speedway to see our race, I’ll be at the SPEED Stage on Friday at 1 pm to film Trackside Live, and then the Chevy Stage right after my appearance on the Trackside show. Go out and buy your tickets if you haven’t yet, and make sure to stop out and see me. It’s going to be a wild show on Friday night.