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Ray Black Jr. Completes Double-Duty Weekend at Texas Motor Speedway

 FORT WORTH, Texas  (November XX, 2015) – NASCAR driver Ray Black Jr. enjoyed three days of racing at Texas Motor Speedway, as he competed in two of the three races in the Lone Star state. Black drove his No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet to a 19th place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on Friday night. He then made his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut the following day and piloted the No. 15 Burnie Grill Chevrolet Camaro to a 27th place finish.


Black fought handling issues with his No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet from the start of the weekend, as the truck was extremely tight. The team and driver worked hard on making adjustments throughout two practice sessions, qualifying and the race, but nothing seemed to free up the truck as they would have liked. Black battled through the handling issues for all 147 laps of the race and went on to secure a 19th place finish in the WinStar World Casino 350.

“The truck race didn’t quite go how all of us had hoped it would,” explained Black. “We tried everything on this truck, and it never really loosened up. The team did great working with what we had though, and we managed to turn it into a good points day and stretch the gap between us and 12th place in the championship standings!”

Once the truck race was complete, it was time for Black to focus on his NXS debut. Black had just one practice session for the XFINTY Series, which took place on Friday. Black secured a fast time during the session, putting himself 22nd on the speed charts. He would go on to start the race from the 22nd spot, as qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge was cancelled due to a rain-soaked track.

After the green flag dropped, Black focused on each lap that passed, making sure he met all his marks on the track. While the No. 15 Burnie Grill Chevy Camaro was a tad loose, Black managed to hold position around 25th place for the majority of the race. Unfortunately, a problem with the right front shock developed in the closing laps of the race, forcing Black to drop a couple of spots to 27th in order to save the car from picking up any damage.

“I really appreciate everyone who was involved in getting this XFINITY deal put together for me!” said Black. “I enjoyed being able to take this next step in my racing career at Texas this past weekend. The goal was to run all the laps and focus on running our own race, which I think we did well at. I learned a lot this weekend and can’t wait for my next opportunity to run in the XFINITY series!”

Next weekend, Black will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13.

Learn more about Ray Black Jr. by following him and his sponsor, ScubaLife, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TeamScubaRacing and @RayBlackJr. Fans can also visit www.rayblackjr.com and www.teamscuba.com.

 
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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. 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.


About Burnie Grill
Burnie Grill’s ingenious construction is borrowed from the ancient Nordic technique for burning wood stumps. This method has been used for centuries, unleashing powerful, portable fire that lights with one match, ignites evenly and burns for hours. Burnie is 100% All Natural Alder Wood, Zero Chemicals. When users are done, the Burnie burns itself out. No waste or cleanup, making it great for the environment. To learn more about Burnie Grill, visit www.burniegrill.com.

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