CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR K&N Pro Series West racer Kelly Admiraal will make his first start with RAB Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this Saturday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway driving the No. 29 Swan Rentals Toyota Camry.
Eighteen-year-old Admiraal, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, will make just his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start, the first coming at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in November of 2013. Admiraal plans to compete in multiple races in the No. 29 Swan Rentals Toyota Camry for RAB Racing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
Swan Rentals is a premier provider of equipment rental solutions to the Energy and Commercial Construction Industries in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. They supply rental equipment such as matting, tank farms, oilfield equipment, construction and rig mats.
Admiraal, who most recently competed in the K&N West race at Phoenix Int’l Raceway, was running in the third position with just a small handful of laps remaining until a flat right-front tire relegated the Canadian native to a 19th place finish. In just seven starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Admiraal has two top-10 finishes, coming at Phoenix and Sonoma in 2013.
“I’m really excited to have this opportunity with RAB Racing along with the support of Swan Rentals,” said Admiraal. “Swan came on board for 2014 and I’m honored to be able to represent them this weekend in Bristol. Having this opportunity to race at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway is a dream come true! Over the past couple of months I’ve been able to spend some time in Concord at the RAB Racing facility and get to know crew chief Matt Lucas. Lucas is definitely a huge asset to me and this team, they are definitely top-notch and highly competitive. I’m really looking forward to working with them.”
Bristol Motor Speedway will also mark the second event for crew chief Matt Lucas at RAB Racing. Lucas recorded two wins in 2013, and to date has 21 top-five finishes and 35 top-10 finishes in 49 starts as a crew chief, along with 36 NNS wins as an engineer.
“Everyone here at RAB Racing is really looking forward to having Kelly Admiraal in one of our Toyota Camry’s at Bristol Motor Speedway,” said crew chief Matt Lucas. “Our first goal is to get him comfortable running around the high banks at Bristol with the different lines and characteristics of a race track that he’s never seen before. Once he’s comfortable we’ll work on getting the No. 29 Swan Rentals Toyota Camry faster and getting Kelly to the checkered flag. A track like Bristol will be great experience for Kelly moving forward in his career.”