On the heels of his first career top-10 finish in one of NASCAR’s top-three national divisions, Sports Car standout Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) heads to Kansas Speedway for Saturday afternoon’s Kansas Lottery 300 looking for another strong performance for Tullman Walker Racing (TWR).
Last weekend, Tullman made his third Truck Series start for Young’s Motorsports and showcased patience throughout the Fr8Auctions 250 to earn a strong ninth-place finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
As his craft improves, Tullman hopes to adapt to the skills he learned not only at Talladega, but his most recent Xfinity Series start at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last month, where he finished a career-best 23rd after starting 20th.
“I’m looking forward to Kansas this weekend,” said Tullman, a native of Chester Springs, Pa.
“It’s been a really good couple of weeks. We were able to fight hard and persevere with a solid effort at Las Vegas and I learned a lot about the draft and most importantly patience to avoid the late race chaos to bring home a top-10 finish at Talladega. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum rolling on Saturday.”
Tullman also hopes that his experience on the intermediate tracks in ARCA and Xfinity will prove to be beneficial for his third career Xfinity Series start.
The 21-year-old has gained big track experience this year at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and most recently Las Vegas.
Adapting to the faster speeds and layouts, he showed resilience to earn a seventh at Michigan and noteworthy efforts at the others. When the green flag falls, for his third Xfinity race, Tullman is hoping that his experience in his 13th stock car start in 2018 will begin to pay off.
“The intensity and competition increase several notches from ARCA to Xfinity,” added Tullman. “The experience at the bigger tracks will allow me to get comfortable quickly on Friday during practice and then work hard with my crew chief Doug Richert to dial in our No. 26 Ford Mustang and get it fine-tuned for the race on Saturday.
“Doug is one of the best in the business and his composure with my learning curve has proven to pay off on the track.”
As for their outlook for the team’s Kansas debut, Tullman said it’s about seeing the checkered flag with the goal of a top-20 effort to close out their inaugural season.
“Las Vegas was immensely challenging because of the heat and a flat tire early in the race,” he said. “As a team though, everyone stayed confident and we came out of there with a solid result. This weekend, we want to raise the notch just a little bit and see if we can end our first Xfinity season on a high note with a top-20 finish.”
Tullman and TWR will also use the 30th race of the Xfinity Series season to raise funds for Tullman’s crew chief’s wife Robin Richert. She is the wife of longtime industry veteran Doug Richert. Robin was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer.
Members of the racing community and race fans can help contribute their financial support by visiting their Go Fund Me donation page.
“Robin is a very special and caring person,” sounded Tullman. Even through her challenges, she has been our number one supporter. We are all wishing her a successful and speedy recovery.”
The makers of Eskata® (hydrogen peroxide) topical solution, 40% (w/w) will support the team this weekend at Kansas. Longtime TWR partners Zoomi, Myota and Yurpal will serve as associate sponsors.
The Kansas Lottery 300 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 30th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Oct. 19 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Oct. 20 beginning at 10:40 a.m. The 40-car field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on NBCSN, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).
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