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Rookie Driver Secures His Best Starting Spot of the Season

 Ray Black Jr.’s Debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway Full of Ups and Downs

 
Rookie Driver Secures His Best Starting Spot of the Season


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 16, 2015) – Ray Black Jr.’s debut race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a bit of a roller coaster, as the rookie NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver secured his highest starting spot of the season but struggled to overcome a late race spin during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.


Despite making an engine change during the first practice of the weekend, Black rebounded to finish in the Top-12 for the final practice. He then secured his best starting spot of the season when he qualified eighth.

“The team really came together to get our No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet Silverado ready for qualifying after the engine change, and it certainly paid off,” said Black. “It feels great to see the guys’ hard work pay off in such a huge way.”

After the drop of the green flag, Black found his truck to be extremely tight and struggled to get it to handle well in Turns 3 and 4. With the fast pace being set by the leaders, Black fell one lap down at Lap 58. The team then received a pit road penalty for being over the wall too soon during their second stop of the night but remained determined to keep their heads up.
 
On Lap 104, Black was racing in 18th place when the No. 74 truck of Jordan Anderson came down the track on him, causing Black to spin out and collect some serious damage to his truck. From there on out, Black focused on avoiding any last lap wrecks and bringing the truck home in one piece. He finished the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in 22nd place.
 
“I don’t know what the No. 74 was thinking. He just moved down on me,” said Black. “Overall, I’m proud of my team. We battled back from a lot this weekend, and it certainly paid off at times. I’m taking this as a sign of good things to come. We just need to get a little luck on our side, and we will be good to go.”

Black now holds 11th place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points standings. He is just two points behind 10th place driver, Daniel Hemric.

The next race for Ray Black Jr. and the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet Silverado team will be the Lucas Oil 200 at the Dover International Speedway on May 29.

About Ray Black Jr.

Ray Black, Jr. mostly 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 also 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. The 2015 season marks Black’s first full year in one of NASCAR’s national touring series.

About ScubaLife

ScubaLife is a social network focused on building an online community for divers of all levels of experience and passion. Its goal is to attract new divers and keep current divers active by creating a space for them to connect and share their experiences online.  ScubaLife looks to promote the diving lifestyle as something fun and exciting for people of all ages. Users can connect with other divers, instructors and retailers within the community. Having grown up deep sea diving, Black and ScubaLife have an easy, natural partnership. ScubaLife will appear on Black’s No. 07 Chevy Silverado for the entire 2015 season.

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