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RAY BLACK JR. SECURES FIRST TOP-25 FINISH IN NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 6, 2016) – After two tough races in a row, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ray Black Jr. and his SS Green Light Racing team finally had the solid weekend they were looking for at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet battled a tough-handling race car all weekend long but consistently made gains on the track to finish in 25th place in the Boyd Gaming 300.
Black and his team had their work cut out for them, as they arrived in Las Vegas with a brand new Chevrolet Camaro with no real knowledge of how it would perform on the track. Throughout practice the team worked on loosing up the car for Black as it was extremely tight in practice sessions before he secured a 27th position starting spot for the race.
Once the green flag dropped, Black raced between 24th to 27th place for the majority of the event. Handling swayed back and forth throughout the day for the team, going from being too tight one lap to snapping loose on the next. Regardless, Black kept after it, and the team was able to see a respectable finish come as a result of their efforts.
“It was a learning weekend for us,” explained Black. “We had no idea how this car was going to handle but everyone really stepped up and worked hard to get it race ready. Out on the track, I felt really good about our race. We were able to get some data on what works and doesn’t work for future races. I also felt like we earned a lot of respect out there this weekend and that will be huge for us during the rest of the season. Overall, a great weekend for the team and we’ll look to continue the improvements in Phoenix!”
Black’s next race in his 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 on Saturday, March 12 at Phoenix International Raceway.
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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.
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