Roper Racing Team

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway NC Education Lottery 200

Charlotte Motor Speedway 2019
  • Truck: No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. Ford F-150 for Roper Racing Crew chief: Shane Whitbeck

Charlotte Motor Speedway Notes of Interest

  • Team owner and Driver, Cory Roper, and the #04 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Team will be traveling 1,013 miles this week to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NC Education Lottery 200 truck race. Roper Racing Team has been preparing for this race since the teams last race at Texas Motor Speedway in March where Roper had a 12th place finish. The race team missed the last two races in Dover and Kansas due to funds. Lake Side Media came on with us this weekend to partner with Roper Racing Team. This race will be Roper’s 12th start in the NASCAR truck series and his first time to run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • The Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway is 1.5-mile track located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is known as “America’s Home for Racing”.
  • Last Race: At Texas Motor Speedway in March, the team’s home state track, Roper started 29th after getting loose in qualifying but was able to race his way back up to finish 12th. • The Team: Roper Racing headquarters are located on the outskirts of Houston, Texas in Mont Belvieu. Roper Racing fields the No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. Ford F-150 and 2019 season marks the team’s second year into competing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The team planned to run a full season for 2019, but due to the need for a business partner for sponsorship, they had to scale back to a part time season.
  • The Driver: Cory Roper is currently in contention for Sunoco’s Rookie of the Year for the 2019 NGOTS season. Roper is no stranger to racing. He grew up watching his dad, Kenny Roper, compete. At the age of 14, Roper got his first racecar and started competing at the local and regional levels at short tracks in Texas and Oklahoma, where he won Points and Track Championships. The Vernon, Texas, native now resides in Mont Belvieu, Texas with his wife, Cherie and daughters Megan and Britney.
  • The Crew Chief: NASCAR veteran Shane Whitbeck serves as crew chief for the No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. Ford F-150. The Sarasota, Florida, native previously worked at Brad Keselowski Racing for 10 years. Whitbeck relocated to Texas at the end of 2018 season as a full time Crew Chief for Roper Racing.
  • The Trucks: At the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Roper Racing Team purchased 16 Ford F-150 trucks and a number of additional assets from the Brad Keselowski Racing stable to build Roper Racing Team.
  • About Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc.: Owned by Cory Roper, Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. (PIC). PIC is a global industrial construction, fabrication and maintenance company, headquartered in Baytown, Texas. The company executes turnkey construction projects from scope development, safety management, project controls, project management, procurement, staffing, fabrication and construction. Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. serves the power, chemical processing and refining industries.

Cory Roper, Driver No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, INC. FORD-150

What are your goals for Charlotte Motor Speedway?

“Our last race at Texas was a good one. Even though I started 29, we were able to finish 12th at our home track where most of our fans, friends, and family live. We are now ready to compete at Charlotte. The team has had a few weeks off to work on building a fast truck and we are looking forward to this weekend. This is my first time at this track so I’m hoping to get a good feel for the track early on in practice. Our goal for Charlotte is a top 10 finish and bring the truck home in one piece.”

Shane Whitebeck, Crew Chief of the No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. Ford F-150

What are your goals for Charlotte Motor Speedway?

“It is good to be heading back to the track for this weekend’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200. It was a hard decision to miss the last two races but the team put their heads down and went to work on getting us a
really good Preferred Industrial Contractors Ford F-150 for this weekend. I feel we should be able to qualify in the top 10 and back that up with a strong finish as well. I am really excited to have Lake Side Media on the truck this weekend. They have come on to help take care of social media on the next level with their videos.”

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