Vegas Recap: Piquet Jr. and the WORX team had a strong showing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, earning a hard fought 13th-place finish. After starting in the 11th spot, Piquet Jr. worked inside the top-15 most of the 200-lap event. Late in the Sam’s Town 300, race strategy took over and looked like it would notch the WORX team their first top-10 finish of 2013 season. However, a late race bobble moved Piquet Jr. back to a respectable 13th finishing position.
This Week’s Camaro: The No. 30 WORX team will have chassis TSM-335 this Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for its second race. TSM-335 was previously used at Phoenix International Raceway, just two short weeks ago, where it racked up a top-15 finish.
Wilson “Barão” Fittipaldi 1920-2013:Brazilian motorsports founding father, Wilson “Barão” Fittipaldi passed away this week. Fittipaldi, who is Emerson Fittipaldi’s father, had a major role in developing the racing culture in Piquet Jr.’s native Brazil. Fittipaldi, who founded CBA (Brazilian national motorsport federation), was also a very influential journalist, endorsing motorsport racing from the 1950s onward. Fittipaldi introduced Formula One to his country of Brazil, a place where Fittipaldi’s son, Emerson along with Nelson Piquet Sr. and Piquet Jr. went on to race during their careers. This weekend in Bristol, Piquet Jr. will honor the late Fittipaldi by running a decal with ‘Barao Fittipaldi 1920-2013′ over his door. Fittipaldi was 92 years old.
WORX Yard Tools: For the fourth week in a row, Piquet Jr. will display the black and orange No. 30 WORX colors at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” this weekend at BMS. Established in 1994, WORX Yard Tools USA, based in Charlotte NC, is one of the fastest growing companies serving the global power equipment market today. A diversified manufacturer and marketer of a complete range of electric-powered lawn and garden equipment, and related products, WORX has over 4000 employees worldwide. The WORX line-up includes innovative grass trimmers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, blowers and more. All WORX products are emission-free and feature intuitive functions, tool-less adjustments and best-of-industry ergonomics. You can find WORX yard tools at retailers such as Lowe’s, Walmart, Sears, Amazon.com and online at worxtools.com. More information is available on the company’s brand website at www.WORX.com.
Bristol High Banks: Piquet Jr. will make his fifth start at BMS, having previously raced the high banks in three different NASCAR series. In the spring of last year, Piquet Jr. visited victory lane in his first ever start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), a victory that would start the trend for three other wins in the NASCAR ranks.
Watch and Listen: The Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 300 can be seen live on Saturday, March 16 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to Bristol: “Bristol is a another special track for me. Winning in the K&N car last spring was my first NASCAR win, and that started the ball rolling for the rest of last year in Nationwide and Trucks. I think the WORX crew has been meshing very well, and last week we were on the verge of our first top 10., I hope we can go into Bristol and contend not only for a top 10 but possibly a top-five finish.”