After a couple of promising starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Cory Roper had high hopes for his third start in Bristol.
Those hopes were dashed at the Tennessee track as Roper came in 25th. There has been little time to wallow in disappointment of Roper’s schedule called for him to return to the track this weekend.
Baytown-based Roper Racing will make its fourth start of the season in the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday. The race will be the team’s first start at a 1.5-mile track. Roper is no stranger to Vegas, having spent his honeymoon there as well as numerous trips. But the track is a different story.
“I’ve watched lost of YouTube videos and studied many, many laps around there to get a better sense of what to expect this weekend,” he said. “I talked with Brad (Keselowski) last week and he gave me a few tips on how to get around the place that will hopefully help us a bit on Friday.”
Roper said the focus would be mainly on qualifying. From that point, the goal will be to complete all of the laps and finish on the lead lap in the race.
Shane Whitlock, Roper’s crew chief said the goals are conservative because this is the first time to race in Las Vegas and a lot of trucks are expected to compete.
“Our first goal will be to make the race,” he said. “Beyond that, we’re focused on getting Cory as much seat time as we can to help him understand the aerodynamic challenges a track like this presents a driver.”
The race will be at 8 p.m. Friday and televised on FS1.