BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (September 1, 2015) – Following a race that included everything from passing several machines to multiple moments of contact to a hard fight to the finish, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong took an impressive 12th place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut during Sunday Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“This was definitely a crazy race,” stated Wong. “We basically experienced everything you could experience in one run. We went down a lap, fought to get it back, made contact with several people, and then it all came down to a green-white-checker. It was a lot of fun and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have had the chance. Everyone at Venturini Motorsports ran a great program, and I appreciate what everyone at World Stage Racing did to make this come together. Hopefully all of our partners had a great time, it was great having companies like Momofuku, GT Channel, Nitty and Purist on board.”
Starting from the 10th row in the No. 25 Momofuku / GT Channel / Nitty / Purist Toyota Tundra, Wong, who had never competed in the series before, knew that patience would be key during the opening laps of the sixty-two scheduled. Making a solid start, the 26-year-old held his own when the green flag fell keeping himself in line with the top twenty and trying to avoid major calamity during his opening stint.
Running without error, the Newport Beach native would pit after twenty-one laps with the Venturini Motorsports team performing flawlessly until Brian’s truck stalled trying to exit the pits. Struggling to get his machine re-fired, what should have been a routine stop turned into a fight to get him back on track with the Venturini team eventually getting the vehicle back out and running, albeit a lap down.
As the race resumed, Wong would steadily work his way up the pack, passing several cars in the fight to regain positions. As luck would have it, an opportune caution would make Wong eligible for NASCAR’s famed “lucky dog” opportunity, in which the first car a lap down is allowed to un-lap himself while under yellow.
Back at the tail end of the lead lap, the 26-year-old once again made work of the field in front of him, hunting down several competitors until he reached the No. 05 machine of John Wes Townley. As the two approached the next corner side by side, heavy braking would result in both making contact with one another, with Townley running off road and Wong cutting his left rear tire in the process. Slowly making his way back to the pits, an onslaught of cars passing by right at the pit entryway forced Brian to miss the entrance to pit lane, meaning he’d have to circle another lap at a slow pace before pitting and losing a lap in the process.
Following a visit to the pits and quick work by his No. 25 team, Wong would return to the track, and as it turned out, he would be the recipient of the series’ lucky-dog award during the next caution, meaning he’d once again return to the lead lap.
As the race hit the closing stages, Wong once again made his way up through the field, passing many of the same cars for the second or third time, and finally getting himself within the top ten. When a late-race caution came out, the real potential of Brian and the World Stage Racing became most evident with the Chinese-American up to eighth when a final caution would come out, setting the stage for a final green-white-checkered finish.
Unfortunately, as the racing action resumed, the truck’s cooled temperatures and tires would catch Wong off guard, with the vehicle performing differently than expected and with a heated field behind him doing their best to gain ground.
As the final two laps ran by, late race contact and aggression would slowly move Wong back, eventually falling to 12th on the final lap where he’d eventually finish.
Looking poised for a top ten finish in his first ever race, the event was largely considered a success for the entire World Stage Racing team. Beyond the team’s on-track exploits, they also entertained several guests from Momofuku, a group of fine-dining restaurants by celebrity chef David Chang with a number of international locations, including nearby Toronto. The partnership brought about a number of new viewers and interested parties, showcasing World Stage’s continued interest in pursuing unique markets.
While Sunday’s race served as the highlight of the team’s summer schedule, there are still several events slated for the Fall, with announcements coming shortly.