BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (September 5, 2017) – While the standings will show World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong as 12th following Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a consistent top-10 performance in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return demonstrated the potential of the program, maligned by a series of non-stop incidents with a largely rookie field which has become inherent in the series.
“Overall I think we should be satisfied with our run, even if the racing out there was pretty insane” stated Wong. “Everyone at MDM Motorsports put together an excellent Truck, and we had the strategy that put us in real contention. This series is tough, as not only is there a high level of talent, but with the majority of drivers being young rookies with fast machines that can take a lot of contact, the format lends itself to really rough driving. It only takes one hit from behind to send you back, but we gave it our all. It wasn’t the type of race I expected, to be honest, as the level of avoidable contact was really high, but I’m proud of the effort, and I think we demonstrated our potential to run even stronger.”
Starting from the eighth row, the No. 99 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado was instantly on pace, moving up the field as soon as the green flag fell, and with a very specific strategy in place. Knowing that spending little time in the pits would be critical to the team’s performance, it became apparent early on that team strategists designed Wong’s race to run with only one pit-stop, forcing the Californian to manage his tires and fuel throughout the event, but setting him up well for the end.
Driving patient, by the end of Stage One, the 25% mark, Brian was just outside of the top-10, sticking to the team’s strategy and managing his Truck. An untimely yellow, just a few laps from Brian’s only scheduled pit stop, would unfortunately work against him as the re-bunched field would send him back to 19th by time his stop cycled through, however with the knowledge that he would gain track position as much of the field stopped during the mandatory caution at the end of Stage Two.
True to form, by time Stage Two came to a close, he was cycled back to P19, but with much of the field pitting, Brian found himself in seventh and within sight of the leaders by time racing resumed.
With the race now in his hands, the consistent theme of drivers forcing each other out of the way to gain position, rather than the tradition of “clean” passing that Brian is accustomed to, became the norm during the final half. With Wong threatening for the top-five as the race came closer to the finish, a spat of incidents around him would catch out the Newport Beach native, forcing him to fall back, eventually settling in to 12th by time the checkered flag fell.
It was an impressive drive by Wong, in spite of what effectively became a racing version of ping pong, courtesy of a strong strategy from MDM Motorsports and all organized under the umbrella of World Stage Racing.
While the next race for Brian remains a work in progress, World Stage Racing and their partners are proud to continue the effort.