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Kostecki closing in on NASCAR deal

SUPERCARS championship leader Brodie Kostecki is vying to follow in Shane van Gisbergen’s footsteps in securing a NASCAR gig.

Van Gisbergen will fly out later this week in preparation for his Cup Series debut with Trackhouse Racing at the Chicago Street Course on July 2.

Kostecki and his management are working on an opportunity of their own after being part of a recent Erebus Motorsport trip to the States to be guests of Richard Childress Racing at World Wide Technology Raceway, where they won via Kyle Busch.

“It looks good at the moment,” Kostecki’s manager Nathan Cayzer told Supercars Trackside.

“Hopefully over the next week we’ll get something locked away and we’ll see the young fella in one which is exciting for him.”

Kostecki has a background of racing in the United States, and has kept up his versatility with sporadic speedway appearances Down Under.

“It’s just in his blood to want to do it,” added Cayzer, who expressed his gratitude for Erebus’ support of Kostecki’s endeavours.

“It’s just a matter of time when we can get him in one and I’m sure he’ll do us all proud and do well.”

Brodie Kostecki in action at the Darwin Triple Crown. Pic: Ross Gibb

Kostecki’s Supercars title hopes were dented in the Darwin finale yesterday, coming home 26th after sustaining damage owing to first-lap contact at Turn 6 with Anton De Pasquale.

“I just remember one of the Shell cars almost sort of stopping, it’s a bit of an awkward down-change there so I’m not sure if they just missed a shift down or locked a front, I’m not really too sure,” said the #99 driver.

“Just wrong place, wrong time.

“When you qualify bad, that’s what happens… not an awesome weekend for us, it has probably been our worst weekend this year, but we’ll get back together and see how we can move forward for Townsville.”

NASCAR road course races remaining this year are Indianapolis Motor Speedway (August 13), Watkins Glen (August 20) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (October 8) – the latter two of which clash with Supercars events.

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