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Ray Black Jr. Survives the Chaos at Gateway Motorsports Park to Secure a 13th Place Finish

MADISON, Ill. (June 14, 2015) – It got wild there at the end, but Ray Black Jr. held on at the Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night to earn a 13th place finish during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ (NCWTS) Drivin’ For Linemen 200. The driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet battled back from being a lap down to racing with the leaders and secured his fourth Top-15 finish of the season while doing so.

After starting 18th due a rained out qualifying session, the combination of Black’s truck being too loose and the blistering pace of the leaders put him one lap down until he earned the free pass just before Lap 100. Once back on the lead lap, Black remained in the Top-15 for the majority of the night. He raced as high as 12th before getting shuffled back to 16th after his final pit stop of the night.

From there, Black pushed his way back up through the field to his finishing position of 13th. In order to do so, he had to survive a string of late-race cautions and wrecks, as his fellow drivers were getting antsy about the finish. While some of the drivers like Matt Crafton, Erik Jones and Justin Boston saw their nights cut short due to on-track accidents, Black navigated his way through the field by making smart decisions and brought his ScubaLife.com truck home in one piece.

“I felt like a wheelman tonight! We were so loose in the beginning and it caused us to fall a lap down, but we fought back from that and worked our way up there,” said Black. “We focused on saving our truck when others may not have been and that paid off for us in the long run. We will definitely take the momentum from this finish and move on to the next race.”

With this finish, Black moves up to 11th place in the NCWTS championship standings and is 10 points behind 10th place driver, Ben Kennedy. 

Next up for Ray Black Jr. and Team Scuba is the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on Friday, June 19.

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.  Visit www.RayBlackJr.com for more information.

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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