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RAY BLACK JR. GEARING UP FOR BATTLE AT BRISTOL
FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (April 13, 2016) – Everyone knows that NASCAR racing has one of the most passionate fan bases, and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Ray Black Jr. has gotten to experience that loyalty firsthand as he has progressed through the sport’s rankings. As the series gets set to visit Bristol Motor Speedway, a favorite track amongst fans, the driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com<http://scubalife.com> Chevrolet looks forward to continuing to meet fans at every race stop.
“NASCAR has some of the rowdiest, hard core and loyal fans out there,” stated Black. “It has been great getting to know them over the past couple of years. Fans in this sport are weekend warriors! It’s not like an NFL or MLB game where you just get one day of tailgating and a game. These people come out for the entire weekend. It’s a lifestyle to them.”
Since starting his career in NASCAR, Black has always taken a direct, personable approach when it comes to meeting fans at the track each weekend. He’s done everything from racing young fans in go-karts to competing in cornhole tournaments against them at their campsites.
“I really enjoy getting out there and hanging out with fans throughout the weekend!” explained Black. “We raced some young fans at Gateway Motorsports Park’s go-kart track last year and had a lot of fun with them. This year we’ve gotten in the habit of seeking out fans at the track campsites when we have some off-track time and playing cornhole against them. It’s a great way to really get out there and get to know fans away from just a short meeting in an autograph line.”
“Fans have been really accepting and supportive of me from the start,” he continued. “They recognize me and what I’m trying to do and then go tell their friends about me and have them get involved. I’m really thankful for all that they do throughout the season.”
Black will be looking to continue building his fan base as the NXS makes their first stop at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. He has one previous start at the short track from last August where he finished 21st in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This time around Black and his NXS competitors will face a new challenge at Bristol, as the race will be divided into two heat races and a main in conjunction with the new Dash 4 Cash format.
“This race at Bristol is going to be a challenge with the new format, but I’ve always had fun with challenges,” said Black. “It’s cool to see NASCAR bring an extra level of excitement to racing and I think the fans will really enjoy this new format.”
The Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 is scheduled to go green on Saturday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and can be heard via the Performance Racing Network (PRN).
Fans can keep up with Ray Black Jr.’s battle at Bristol by following him and his sponsor, ScubaLife, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TeamScubaRacing<http://www.twitter.com/teamscubaracing> and @RayBlackJr<http://www.twitter.com/rayblackjr>. Learn more about Ray Black Jr. and Team Scuba by visiting www.rayblackjr.com<http://www.rayblackjr.com/> and www.teamscuba.com<http://www.teamscuba.com/>.
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About Ray Black Jr.
Ray Black, Jr. grew up in Florida after relocating from Montgomery, Alabama at age 9. It was here that Black fell in love with deep sea diving after a couple of scuba trips with his father. His passion for motorsports came later at age 14 after playing some racing video games. He began competing in the Florida Mini Cup Racing Association (FMCRA), where finished in the Top-5 in every race and secured the FMCRA Junior All Star Championship. In 2013 Black moved up to racing pro late models and then into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014. During that year, he got his first taste of true NASCAR racing when he competed in seven races for SS Green Light Racing. In 2015, Black competed in his first full season of NASCAR in the Camping World Truck Series, where he finished 11th in the championship standings with one Top-5 and 11 Top-15 finishes. Black will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2016 season. Learn more at www.rayblackjr.com<http://www.rayblackjr.com/>.
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