Cale Gale and the No. 33 Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team will continue to promote the Rheem Chasing the Cure program this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. In its second year, the month-long program is designed to promote breast cancer awareness and benefit the Young Survival Coalition (YSC). The YSC is an organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the highlights of the program is the Chasing the Cure Video Contest, which enables fans to share their story about their personal victory over breast cancer. Extended through Wednesday, Oct. 24, the first 100 entrants to post a video on the Rheem Racing Facebook page (Facebook.com/RheemRacing) will receive a free “Check Your Headlights” t-shirt from Rheem Racing.
Rheem Chevrolet goes pink and black for breast cancer awareness… The No. 33 Rheem Chasing the Cure Chevrolet driven by Cale Gale in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will remain pink and black to promote breast cancer awareness for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. The ESR Silverado utilized the same paint scheme, which highlights Rheem’s Chasing the Cure program, in the NCWTS race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway earlier this month.
Back at the short track… Gale will make his third career NCWTS start at the historic Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 27. In the spring race, Gale qualified in the fourth position and ran inside the top 10 all afternoon. While running sixth with less than 10 laps remaining, the Rheem Chevrolet suffered a flat tire and forced Gale down pit road for a four-tire stop resulting in a 15th-place finish. Gale has one top-10 finish (seventh) at the short track from October 2011.
Battling for points… With just four races remaining in the 2012 NCWTS season, Gale is currently ranked inside the top 15 in both the championship driver and owner point standings. Gale, who has scored six top-10 finishes this season, is ranked 12th in driver points and 14th in owner points. Currently second in the Rookie of the Year points, Gale is in hot pursuit of leader Ty Dillon.
Watch and listen… Entering its last four-race stretch of the year, the NCWTS heads to the historic Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 200 on Saturday, Oct. 27. Stay up to speed as SPEED broadcasts practice (Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EDT), and qualifying (Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. EDT) from the 0.526-mile oval. Then, tune in to “NCWTS Setup” on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 p.m. EDT to see a short feature about Cale Gale and the Rheem Chasing the Cure program as they paint the curbs pink at Martinsville Speedway. Live coverage of the Kroger 200 will follow on SPEED, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Cale Gale on getting back to Martinsville: “I’m really excited to race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend with our No. 33 Rheem Chasing the Cure Chevrolet. We had a great truck there earlier this season and our team has a lot of positive momentum going into this weekend, so I’m excited to see what we can do. The races at Martinsville are all about staying out of trouble-if we can keep the nose and fenders on it, we should be there to battle it out at the end.”
Gale on Chasing the Cure with Rheem: “It’s been really cool to be a part of the Rheem Chasing the Cure program. We were able to bring a lot of attention to the truck with a top-10 finish at my home track [Talladega Superspeedway] earlier this month, and hopefully we can run up front with it again this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Through the Chasing the Cure program, I’ve been able to meet several breast cancer survivors and I’ve had a lot of people come up and tell me about their personal battles, so it has meant a lot to see how this program has personally affected those individuals. We even joined a couple survivors to paint the curbing pink at Martinsville Speedway earlier this month. That was a lot of fun, but I’m more excited to race around those curbs this weekend.”
Crew chief Jerry Baxter Quotes… On racing at Martinsville: “We’re really excited to go back to Martinsville Speedway with Cale Gale and the No. 33 Rheem Chasing the Cure Chevrolet this weekend. The spring race at Martinsville was just the second race of the season, and my second race as a crew chief in the Camping World Truck Series. Cale and I have learned a lot about each other, and I’ve learned a lot about the trucks since then. We qualified fourth in that race and had the chance to finish inside the top five; we’ve come a long way since then and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together this weekend.”