Race Recap: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Chris Windom, No. 54 Baldwin Brothers Racing / Central Abrasives Toyota Tundra
Practice:   5th
Qualifying:  10th
Race Result: 24th

Race Recap:  The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season concluded over the weekend at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Chris Windom and the  No. 54 Baldwin Brothers Racing / Central Abrasives team were strong early on before being relegated to a 24th-place finish after a late race incident. 

Windom took to the 1.5-mile track on Friday morning for two practice sessions where he was scored in the top-five on speed. The No. 54 team unloaded a fast Toyota Tundra, and just needed to make minor adjustments to help with the tightness in the truck. Windom ended final practice with a fast lap time of 32.131 seconds and was one of only five trucks to reach a speed of over 168 mph. 

When single truck qualifying rolled around later Friday afternoon, Windom and the No. 54 team were eighth quick in the first round allowing them advance to Round 2. After laying down a 32.468 second lap, Windom secured a 10th-place starting position in Friday night's 200 mile race. 

Windom started the 134 lap race from the 10th position and settled into 13th on the initial start. The truck starting getting more free as the long green flag run went on, and he took the green white checkered flag at the conclusion of the first stage in the 15th position. During the stage ending caution, Windom's team called him down pit road for adjustments. The next 30 lap stage also went caution free and Windom crossed the line 16th. He brought his No. 54 Toyota Tundra back down pit road for more adjustments after reporting that he needed the truck to get through the corners better in turns three and four. Windom was maintaining the 15th position with 50 laps to go and was gaining ground on the trucks ahead of him. On lap 36, Windom was running the high lane and got into the wall. To add insult to injury, during the pit stop to fix the damage, the truck wouldn't fire off resulting in a lengthy pit stop. With 10 to go Windom was running 22nd before getting into the wall again. The team was forced to pit again, relegating them to a 24th-place finish in the NCWTS season finale. 

Windom on Homestead: "We had a good day going until I got into the fence about halfway through the race. The DGR-Crosley boys brought me a great Toyota Tundra. We were strong from the time we unloaded until we took the green flag. Disappointed that I didn't get them the finish they deserved, but I can't thank them enough and everyone that helped put this deal together."


              Windom, No. 54 Toyota Tundra at Homestead

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