Ahead of his very first race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Rajah Caruth qualified in 19th place. The truck series is in St. Louis on Saturday for the Toyota 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Caruth was selected to drive for the Spire Motorsports team earlier this week.
Driving his #7 Chevrolet, Caruth lapped the track in 33.284 seconds with a top speed of 135.2 miles per hour. Corey Heim, who also faces Caruth in the ARCA series, led qualifying with a time of 32.554 seconds on his pole run.
There were 39 trucks in qualifying, which put Caruth in the top half of the field with speed. It showed even more prowess in practice as the fourteenth fastest truck at 133.988 miles per hour. Caruth ran 21 laps in Friday’s practice session.
The big break
Caruth spoke earlier in the week about what this opportunity means to him.
“I am thrilled to be making my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway with Spire Motorsports and Chevrolet. Driving the Confluence Music Festival Chevrolet Silverado and representing the Steward family and World Wide Technology is truly an honor. “I’m grateful to represent them on and off the circuit. It’s the big break I’ve been hoping for and I’m going to make it count,” he said.
The No. 7 Silverado driven by Caruth will be sponsored by World Wide Technology, the largest black-owned company in the United States. The company, a leading systems integrator and supplier of supply chain solutions, was founded by David L. Steward. Forbes magazine lists Steward as one of the few black billionaires in the world. He has an estimated net worth of $5.8 billion.
“Raj Caruth is a rising star in the racing world, and the Steward Family and World Wide Technology are thrilled to sponsor Raj on his St. Louis debut on June 4 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Steward, Founder. and President of World Wide Technology. “St. Louis also debuts the NASCAR Cup Race on Sunday, and we have a wonderful mix of racing, music, and high-level science, engineering, technology, and math activities for students. Friday , Saturday and Sunday will be a celebration of all that is possible in running, music and community.
Saturday’s race will be televised at 1:30 p.m. EST on FS1. Rajah Caruth is currently a student at Winston-Salem State University.