|Silas is going full-time Truck racing|
Officials from T3R Motorsports announced today that the team will tackle the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a full-time basis in 2012, beginning with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway next Friday.
Bryan Silas, a native of Stuart Florida will be locked into his third appearance at the “World Center of Racing” as the driver of the No. 99 Rockingham Speedway Ford F-150. The 24-year old Silas, a Rookie of the Year candidate, will be guided by veteran crew chief Cal Boprey, who has worked with the Floridian for several years including a stint in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
“I’m excited to be going back to Daytona in a truck,” said Silas. “I feel it’s truly one of the best shows of Speedweeks. From the moment that green flag drops, there’s no room for error and little time to rest; the competition is that fierce. It will be fun though and I’m looking forward to putting on a good show for the fans and everyone at T3R.”
Silas, who recorded his first career stock-car victory at Rockingham Speedway in the CARS Pro Cup (formerly USAR) Series last November, said his team has the capability to maintain a healthy on-track presence this year. “We’ve been building this program up for a while,” said Silas, who made six NCWTS starts last year. “I spent a lot of time racing in the ARCA Racing Series and I feel the experience there is going to help me in a truck. While the vehicles are different, we compete at a lot of the same types of tracks and that is extremely beneficial. It’s also a good feeling that a lot of the drivers I competed against in ARCA are now over here in the trucks too, so there’s that comfort zone as far as who I’m racing around.”
Opening practice for the Truck Series is set for Thursday, February 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A final “happy hour” practice session will take place, under the lights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day (Friday) at 4:00 p.m., with the 36-truck starting field taking the green flag just after 7:30 p.m. Live coverage is available on SPEED, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).