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Gaulding Rallies for 13th in XFINITY Debut

Gray Gaulding made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut in the Food City 300 on Friday night and after a late-race spin, he rallied for a 13th place finish.

Gaulding signed with Roush Fenway Racing earlier this season to drive the No. 60 Ford in a two-race deal at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and Richmond International Raceway in September.

He qualified 21st at the high-banked half mile and settled into the top 20 for most of the night. On Lap 193, he had a left rear tire go down, and the car spun on the exit of Turn 2, backing into the outside wall to bring out the fourth caution of the race.

“We could have had a top-10 finish if not for that cut tire,” Gaulding said. “We had a good car, and I learned a lot in my first XFINITY race. We can’t wait to go to Richmond and do it again.”

Gaulding, the 18-year-old from Colonial Heights, Va., has 13 career Camping World Truck Series starts, including four in 2015. His best career finish in a national series race is fourth, which came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 250.

In 2013, he competed in both the K&N Pro Series East and West and became the youngest winner in series history when he won the season finale at Phoenix International Raceway at 15 years old.

After the race at Bristol, Gaulding tweeted:

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By John Haverlin

John Haverlin is currently studying Communication at Arizona State University. He has been a reporter at Phoenix International Raceway for three years and has written news stories for the track's official site. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Haverlin has lived in Arizona the past three years.