St. Louis: TJ Bell preview

* Bell at Gateway...The Copart 200 will mark TJ Bell's fourth start at Gateway International Raceway. In three previous starts Bell has experienced his share of bad luck, finishing 28th, 24th, and 29th due to accidents and transmission failures....

* Bell at Gateway...The Copart 200 will mark TJ Bell's fourth start at Gateway International Raceway. In three previous starts Bell has experienced his share of bad luck, finishing 28th, 24th, and 29th due to accidents and transmission failures. He is hoping for a better result this weekend since he will be racing the same chassis he sat on the outside pole and finished seventh with at Iowa Speedway.

* Keeping the Momentum Going... Bell and the #11 team are keeping the momentum going with yet another top-10 finish at Iowa Speedway. That makes five races in a row where Bell has finished in the top-15, including three top-10 finishes. He also made history in Iowa Speedway when he captured the outside pole and earned his best career start. Bell feels confident that with the streak they have going, it won't be long before his team is contending for wins.

* Pit Crew U Grad to #11 Tire Changer...Adam Hartman used to watch NASCAR races on TV and now he is a part of the action, changing rear tires for the #11 Toyota Tundra. With nothing more than a dream to be a member of a pit crew, Hartman sought out a school to teach him the trade and found a home at Pit Crew U, part of the Pit Instruction and Training (PIT) school, also owned by Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond. Hartman completed the eight week course and graduated on to the Five Off/Five On program, also under the PIT umbrella. After eight months in that program, Hartman began changing tires for the #11 machine at Daytona in 2008. One year later, he was asked to join the team full-time and serve as a mechanic both in the shop and on the road. Having no formal automotive training, learning the ins and outs of the trucks has presented a steep learning curve for Hartman but he's thrilled to be living his dream and not just watching it anymore.

TJ Bell on racing at Gateway International Raceway "I really like Gateway. It's a fun track to drive because both ends of the race track are so different. You have to really compromise on your set-up because you won't be able to get the truck perfect in every corner. I almost won an ARCA/REMAX race at Gateway in 2005. I was running second and ran out of gas with two laps to go. I guess I feel like Gateway owes me one and hopefully it will pay up this weekend."

Crew Chief Rick Gay on Gateway International Raceway "After seeing how well our Iowa truck ran last weekend we made a last minute switch to bring that one instead of the truck we planned to take. Gateway offers its share of challenges for a crew chief because it's hard to find the right balance at both ends of the race track. In one end it drives like Martinsville and the other end drives like Phoenix. We are going to try and get TJ as comfortable as we can and see what the race holds. Hopefully we can keep this string of good finishes going.

Equipment Information The #11 Red Horse Racing team will compete with chassis # 136 in the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway. This is the same chassis that Bell raced at Iowa Speedway last weekend where he started second and finished seventh.

-credit: rhr

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