Team Scuba, Ray Black Jr.

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Ray Black Jr. Overcomes Adversity to Secure a Top-20 Finish

 FORT WORTH, Texas (June 6, 2015) – Ray Black Jr.’s second trip to the Texas Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) was a hard-fought one, as a loose wheel served as a bump in the road for the driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet Silverado. Black’s truck was fast all night, but a mid-race vibration altered Team Scuba’s race plan and caused the rookie driver to secure a 16th place finish.
 

After qualifying in the Top-20, Black was looking forward to the WinStar World Casino 400, as he felt his truck was fast enough in race trim to run with the leaders. Once the green flag dropped, he quickly moved up through the field. Thanks to the strategy of crew chief, Jason Miller, Black managed to lead a lap during an early race caution and earned a bonus point in the championship standings.
 

Right after a green flag stop at Lap 75, Black came over the radio to report a severe vibration in the truck and immediately came back to pit road. While the move put the team a few laps down, it was the right call to make as it was discovered there was a loose wheel on the truck. Once back out on the track, Black fought hard to make up ground but ultimately ran out of time in the end.
 

“It’s a bummer the vibration happened because we had a really fast truck. When I did run next to the leaders, I was able to keep up with them and even pass a few. I know we could have scored a Top-10 finish tonight if we had stayed on the lead lap,” said Black. “But I’m proud of the way my team hung in there. We really fought for every position we could get tonight. If we keep bringing fast trucks to the tracks and working hard each weekend, we are bound to hit our stride and grab some more solid finishes.”


With this finish, Black falls to 12th in the NCWTS driver standings. It’s still a tight race for the championship, as he is only eight points behind 10th place driver, Justin Boston.

 
Next up for Ray Black Jr. and Team Scuba Racing is the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at the Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 13.

 

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. 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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