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ASHLEY ASKS…… Shane Lee

Continuing to get stronger on a weekly basis, Shane Lee hit a milestone a couple weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, with a career-best finish in the Kansas Lottery 300. The Richard Childress Racing driver recently talked about his season, and more, with POPULAR SPEED.

POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts looking back on Kansas?

SHANE LEE: It was definitely really good, as I don’t think we were any worse than eighth on the speed chart through the weekend counting practice and qualifying. We ran no worse than sixth the whole race. It’s definitely one of the best cars that I’ve unloaded with this whole year, which definitely helps. These last couple of weeks getting to run a couple races in a row and getting more comfortable with the car and the guys is definitely paying off, and hopefully we can carry that momentum to Texas and run just as good there.

PS: I was just going to ask. What are your thoughts going into Texas?

BARRY CANTRELL | NKP

SHANE: We’ve been doing a lot of simulator work. We still we need that look bit more speed, a tenth or two tenths, to be a little more competitive and run with the top-two, three guys. I felt what we were lacking at Kansas at the end was the two-tenth range. We got a little bit to find, but if we find it, we’ll be in really good shape. Texas with the new reconfiguration is a little bit more of a one-groove track compared to Kansas where you can run all over the place, so it might be a little bit hard to pass with everybody on the bottom. The car is getting a lot of speed in it, so we’ll see what happens.

PS: With having the career-best fourth at Kansas, how much does it boost your confidence heading into the final three races this year?

SHANE: It’s a pretty big confidence boost. A lot of these races this year we’ve ran in the top-five; it’s just something always happened at the end of the race that was just bad luck and cost us a good finish. Kansas is the first race that we’ve ran all clean, and finished pretty much where we ran pretty much the whole race.

PS: You’ve had some solid runs this year. How would you rate your season overall to date?

SHANE: I think it’s been pretty good for the most part. I think if we could just have races go clean and not have a couple issues that took us out of some good runs and strong finishes. We defiantly had the speed to run in the top-10 no matter what type of track that we went to, so that’s been my biggest thing for confidence in knowing that we can run with these guys. If we can put the whole race together, we’ll be in a good spot.

PS: What’s been the biggest surprise for you this year?

SHANE: A couple of the tracks, and coming from the ARCA Series in how stiff the competition is. Like, when you’re running in the top-10, you’re only looking for a tenth to a tenth and a half to run in the top-three or four. That’s how close the field is once you get in the top-12 to 15 cars. Everybody is running real close together, and it takes just a little bit to get up there more.

PS: Could we see your schedule expanded for 2019?

RUSSELL LABOUNTY | NKP

SHANE: I hope so. We’re definitely trying to work on that stuff. We’re seeing how these four or five races go. Kansas and Richmond have been pretty good starts to that, and we’ve got three more left on the schedule to keep impressing people, even Richard and them, to see if we can get more races. 

PS: How did you get started in racing?

SHANE: I started racing go-karts when I was seven years old. It was something my dad got me into. Then we moved into the Limited Late Model and Late Model ranks at my home track of Hickory (Motor Speedway). From there, we went to the ARCA Series and ran there for a couple years, and then ran a couple truck races and here we are now. 

PS: What’s been your most memorable racing moment to date?

SHANE: Probably this year, getting in the (No.) 3 car for these races and being able to run up front, and that’s been pretty cool in having Richard there, my dad, Nick, and all of them. Even having Richard talk to you on the radio is pretty cool.  

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XFINITY

5 Drivers to Split RCR XFINITY Series Entry

You could dub it the all-star team line-up if you wanted, but it’s certainly full of talent one way or another, as Richard Childress Racing announced the five drivers that will split time behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season.

“Our goal with the multi-driver Chevrolet Camaro SS is to win races and put ourselves in a position to be in the NASCAR Playoffs at the end if the season to compete for the owner’s championship,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors Austin and Ty Dillon will each run their fare of share of events, hoping to build on their winning history in the series. Older brother Austin won the series championship in 2013, and has scored eight wins and 99 top-10 finishes to date, while younger brother Ty has 86 top-10’s, highlighted by a victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014.

ARCA Racing Series regular Shane Lee will make his series debut as part of his time in the seat this year. Running the full ARCA schedule for the first time last year, he placed third in the year-end standings.

Jeb Burton and Brendan Gaughan will round out the line-up. Burton has 19 top-10 XFINITY top-10 finishes on his resume, while Gaughan enters his seventh year in association with RCR. While he won’t run the full schedule this year, he is set to run Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 11th and Elkhart Lake’s Road America on August 25th, building upon the success he has had at both venues, including a victory at Road America.

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Trucks

Shane Lee to Join GMS in Texas

On Monday, GMS Racing announced 23-year-old late model veteran Shane Lee will join their Camping World Truck Series stable of Chevrolets at Texas Motor Speedway in the Longhorn 350 on Friday, Nov. 4.

The Newton, N.C. native will wheel the No. 24 Silverado, marking his third career Truck start. His previous two starts came this season at Gateway Motorsports Park and Martinsville Speedway driving for Kevin Cywinski.

“I’ve been working on getting back in a truck for a while now, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do that with GMS Racing,” Lee said. “Mike Beam and his team have really shown this year and to think that I get a shot at competing in their equipment is something I would have never guessed would happen.”

Lee has found success running late models on short tracks in the Southeast, winning two late model titles. In 2013, he was named Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. This year, he has run a partial schedule in the ARCA Racing Series, with a season-best eighth-place finish coming at Kansas Speedway.

Jeff Stankiewicz has been named the crew chief for Lee and led Kyle Larson to victory at Eldora Speedway in July, which has instilled a sense of confidence in his driver.

“Jeff Stankiewicz is a proven winner, and after seeing what he’s done with Grant Enfinger, Kaz Grala, and Kyle Larson, I have no doubt that we will unload strong and ready to compete,” Lee said.

The team will announce sponsorship details at a later date.

The Longhorn 350 from Texas Motor Speedway can be seen on FOX Sports 1, Friday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Shane Carlson is a POPULAR SPEED Development Journalist

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