LEBANON, Tenn. – Former NASCAR Mexico Challenge Series champion Max Gutiérrez will return to AM Racing this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway looking to kick off an essential double-duty effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 on Friday night.
Set to make his second Truck Series start of the season, Gutiérrez will look to improve on his Charlotte Motor Speedway debut and earn a top-20 finish under the Nashville lights before trekking back to his home country of Mexico.
On Sunday, he’ll compete in the NASCAR Mexico Series race at Cajititlan International Trioval where Gutiérrez’s younger brother Fico Gutiérrez will also be participating at the same Jalisco, Mexico race track, but in the developmental NASCAR Challenge Series class.
“This weekend is probably one of the most important race weekends of my life,” said Gutiérrez. “A lot of traveling, a lot of racing but a prime opportunity to compete for strong finishes in both races and I’m incredibly grateful. I’m excited about competing at a new venue at Nashville Superspeedway with AM Racing and building on what we started at Charlotte Motor Speedway and keep progressing forward during my limited schedule as we build a platform for the future.”
Gutiérrez admits that his Truck Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month had its challenges but his commitment to overcome adversity is something the rookie driver knows he’ll continue to face and conquer with more track time in the future.
“The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is very competitive and I don’t expect Nashville to be any different,” explained Gutiérrez. “We don’t have a lot of practice time before qualifying and the race, so it is important to take the important steps to get a good balance with our truck and then continue to make adjustments throughout the day and night that will help us be competitive and contend for a top-20 finish.
“A top-20 finish isn’t going to be a sinch. It’s going to take a lot of effort, but I believe that the trucks that AM Racing brings to the track are plenty capable of allowing me to conquer my goal. If we can have a successful second showing at Nashville then it just makes the trip to Jalisco that much easier and gets me amped up for what can be accomplished on Sunday too.”
Gutiérrez’s Tsecond ruck Series start of 2022 will be supported by a roster of his longtime supporters not only in ARCA competition but throughout his racing career in his homeland of Mexico.
Veteran AM Racing crew chief Jamie Jones will serve as crew chief for Gutiérrez at Nashville on Friday night. The two worked together in two ARCA Menards Series races earlier this season at Daytona and most recently at Talladega Superspeedway where the Mexico City, Mexico native produced an impressive 10th-place finish after starting 24th.
“We are thrilled to continue to be a part of Max’s next chapter in making the transition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and taking on Nashville this weekend,” said AM Racing team principal Kevin Cywinski. “Through our great relationship with Rette Jones Racing Development, we have been able to have some success with Max this year and we look forward to continuing his steady progression and success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series not only at Nashville but other select races in 2022.”