NHMS announces sponsor for NCWTS race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced today that The Charity Splits Company, of Joliet Ill., will sponsor TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 18. Charity Splits has been established in motorsports by benefitting multiple NASCAR Charities and Foundations including: The Tony Stewart Foundation, Victory Junction, The Petty Family Foundation, The Greg Biffle Foundation, The Ryan Newman Foundation, The Dale Jarrett Foundation, and The Kyle Busch Foundation. This new and innovative model for charitable fundraising is a win-win for NASCAR enthusiasts. Not only do fans have the opportunity to support their favorite drivers' foundations, but this fall, they will also have the chance to get a big win for themselves, a brand new Camping World RV courtesy of Camping World of New Hampshire. Beginning August 31, the Race Day Raffle Series enters its own "Chase" format much like the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup." Fans can purchase raffle tickets, with proceeds from the raffle will be put into a pot for the fan's preferred foundation. [Visit RaceDayRaffleSeries.com for complete details.] "Our goal for the 2010 Race Day Raffle Series and TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 is to raise over $1,000,000 for our foundation and charity partners, and to give away an RV to one lucky fan," stated Ryan West, Director of Marketing for The Charity Splits Company.(NHMS PR)(8-31-2010)
Carmichael hosting second annual charity golf tournament: Ricky will be hosting his second annual charity golf tournament on Monday, September 13th in Tallahassee, Fla., to support ECHO, a local non-profit organization that supports homeless families in the Tallahassee-area with food, clothing, job training and even housing assistance. Last year, Carmichael's tournament raised enough money to be the organization's largest contributor, and he hopes to do the same again in 2010. [For more information on the tournament visit the Jayski Charities Page.] Prior to the event, Carmichael heads to Kentucky Speedway where he scored his highest finish in 2009 by qualifying in the third position and finishing in seventh. The #4-Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting two associate sponsors this weekend in Kentucky; hornton's convenience stores and Remke Bigg's grocery stores.(Turner Motorsports PR)(8-31-2010)
Will Kimmel to make series debut at Kentucky: UPDATE Images added: Will Kimmel, nephew of 9 time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel, will be making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck start at Kentucky Speedway this Friday, September 3rd. The Sellersburg, Indiana native chose to make his debut at the Kentucky Speedway because of the close proximity to his home town. Kimmel will be driving the number 44 Ford F-150 owned by his father, Bill Kimmel and will have sponsorship from Lucas Oil, Ansell Gloves and Checkmate Boats.(Will Kimmel Racing PR)(8-31-2010)
UPDATE: Images of the #44 Lucas Oil/Ansell/Checkmate Boats Ford are posted on the #44 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(8-31-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes - Kentucky:
*Justin Lofton was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 27 Enjoy Illinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Lofton scored a fifth-place finish, his second consecutive top-five and fourth of the 2010 season. He claimed top rookie honors for the sixth time this season and moved up to 10th-place in the series championship standings, a gain of two positions.
*Austin Dillon scored a ninth-place finish at Chicagoland, his 11th top-10 in 17 races this season. Dillon led once for six laps at Chicagoland and was the only Raybestos Rookie to lead a lap in the event.
*Dillon leads Lofton by 42 points (214-172) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 3 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
*Ricky Carmichael was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky, scoring a seventh-place finish.
*A Raybestos Rookie has scored a top-10 finish in seven of the 10 races at Kentucky including the last FOUR consecutive.
*Carl Edwards is the only Raybestos Rookie to score a win in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kentucky Speedway. Edwards won the 2003 event by 3.568 seconds over Ted Musgrave. He led the race once covering the final 40 laps.
*The best start by a Raybestos Rookie at Kentucky is second, shared by Ricky Hendrick (2001) and Todd Kluever (2005).
[Complete Rookie point standings are posted on the Kentucky Race Page]
White switches to Ford for Kentucky: Jason White's season of surprises in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continues this weekend at the Kentucky Speedway. The Virginia native will make his fifth start at the track outside of Cincinnati, this time it will be in the Built Ford Tough 225 driving the ASI Limited/Akzo Nobel Ford #23. Whites previous four starts at Kentucky Speedway were all in Dodges, but a rash of mechanical problems have the SS Green Light team looking for answers to gain a competitive advantage. Last week at Chicago, White drove a Chevy Silverado to an eleventh place finish and this week the team will bring a Ford to the mile and a half track in hopes of finding the right combination. White has improved with each visit to the Kentucky Speedway finishing eighteenth and fourteenth the last two seasons.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-31-2010)
Mule Deer Fdn forms alliance with GunBroker/SS Green Light: Hunters, habitat and wildlife will benefit from a new strategic alliance announced today by the Mule Deer Foundation, GunBroker.com and SS Green Light Racing. The partnership program's first initiative is an MDF/GB NASCAR promotion open to the public. See Gunbroker.com for details on this conservation fund-raising VIP package via online bidding featuring four passes to spend the day with the GunBroker.com racing team on Saturday, Sept 25th for the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The MDF logo will be on White's #23 GunBroker.com entry for some races shown live on SPEED TV, including this Las Vegas event. The Mule Deer Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization with about 100 chapters across the United States and CanadaMDF's mission is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-30-2010)
Jeffrey Earnhardt set to make 2nd career start at Kentucky: When the NASCAR Camping World Truck series heads to the Bluegrass State for the Built Ford Tough 250 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Jeffery Earnhardt, making his second career start, will pilot the #47 Fuel Doctor Chevy under the Rick Ware Racing banner. Per NASCAR rules for driver eligibility, Earnhardt's performance in Kentucky is a critical step in the young driver's development. The big picture goal is to get approved for a superspeedway. NASCAR doesn't allow anyone to just jump behind the wheel of a truck and go 180 miles per hour. There are steps I have to go through. Showing that I'm capable to drive in Kentucky is one of those steps, so I know the weight this weekend carries," said Earnhardt. (Rick Ware Racing PR)(8-30-2010)
Skinner wins at Berlin Raceway: [Mike] Skinner, a veteran on the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series, won Modified Night, capturing the 50-lap main [Berlin Raceway]. It was his first trip to the Marne half-mile. The Ontario, Calif., native was invited to drive the Racingawareness.com 97L Modified fielded by local car owners Jeff Striegle, Norm Jelsma and Mike Bursley. Skinner qualified second in the car, which raises funds for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation. He later beat out Billy Shotko of West Olive for the feature win. "Man, oh man, it was everything Johnny Benson told me it was," Skinner said of Berlin, which is celebrating its 60th season this year. "It is a fun, fun race track. It's scary over there (on the backstretch) with no mirrors and no spotters. I just wanted to have a good, clean race. Skinner is the second NASCAR driver to park the car in Berlin's Victory Lane this season, after Sprint Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger won in June.(MLive.com)(8-30-2010)
Howard to make final 2010 start in #2: Shelby Howard will be behind the wheel of the No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. entry for the second week in a row, making his third and final start of 2010 in the Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet Silverado. In his two previous starts, Howard earned an 11th-place finish at O'Reilly (Ind.) Raceway Park at Indianapolis, and a 31st-place finish after engine failure at Chicagoland Speedway. Hollywood Casino and its newly-formed night club, Boogie Nights, will serve as associate sponsors on the #2 and #33 KHI Chevrolet Silverados at Kentucky Speedway, becoming the Official Hotel of Kevin Harvick. Inc. this weekend.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(8-30-2010)
Park plans to run at least two more in 2010: During the qualifying session on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap spoke with Steve Park regarding what's next for #41-Sharp Hartman Toyota. Park said they are planning on running Kentucky next week and Phoenix later in the season. They are also trying to put sponsorship together for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and working toward more races next season.(8-27-2010)
RMM shuts down #81 truck: UPDATE 4: return at Kentucky? Starr to announce future plans soon: Hearing today that Randy Moss Motorsports has shut down its #81 Camping World Truck Series team effective immediately due to lack of funding. The team, which has been running with David Starr this season, had only partial sponsorship to begin the season. We are also hearing that several employees have been laid off, including crew chief Doug Wolcott. There have been a ton of rumors floating around about RMM in the last several weeks, many of them mentioning a possible merger or sale of the team. Mike Skinner's #5 truck has full sponsorship for the season from International Trucks, Monaco Coaches, Exide, and PC Miler but Starr only had a partial deal with Zachry.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)[Post news on Randy Moss Motorsports is posted on the July News Archives Page.](8-23-2010)
UPDATE: David Starr's #81 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota will be sidelined for at least the next two races, as the team attempts to regroup. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a team source told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway that Starr will not compete in the next two events at Chicagoland and Kentucky Speedways, with a possible return at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 18. The team has suffered a number of crashed trucks in recent weeks -- most recently in a 23rd place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway - and with Starr's Zachry sponsorship covering only part of the season, the team has fallen behind financially and in terms of equipment. Some members of the #81 team were laid off this week, but others have been retained in hopes of returning to competition later this season.(Sirius-Speedway.com)(8-24-2010)
UPDATE 2: Hearing that David Starr will miss this weekend's race at Chicagoland, but he will be entered in the #81-Toyota for the race at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 3rd.(8-25-2010)
UPDATE 4: When questioned about future plans by SPEEDtv's Ray Dunlap during the qualifying session at Chicagoland, David Starr said his goal is to stay in the top ten in poionts and an announcement will be made in the next couple of days regarding his plans for the rest of the year.(8-27-2010)
Additional 2011 event; second race at Kentucky? From Pete Pistone's twitter page: "Hearing mystery 25th truck race in 2011 goes to Kentucky as a tripleheader with Cup and NW in July."(Twitter-Pete Pistone)(8-26-2010)
Multi-truck qualifying at Chicagoland: NASCAR has informed truck teams that qualifying for this weekend's event at Chicagoland will be under multi-truck qualifying procedures, similar to the procedures used at Pocono. Only two trucks will be allowed on track at the same time.(8-24-2010)
Johanna Long makes third start in Ballew's #15: Johanna Long will make her third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in this week's EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Long will be returning behind the wheel of the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra to tackle the 1.5-mile race track. Chicagoland Speedway will be the first mile-and-a-half venue that Long has competed at in NCWTS competition.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(8-24-2010)
White switches manufacturer for Chicago: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to the mile and a half Chicagoland Speedway for the second time in series history on Friday night. The SS Green Light Racing entry of Jason White will again have a much different look, as White will be behind the wheel of a Chevy Silverado for the first time in several years.White's #23 Chevy will carry the colors of ASI Limited, an Indianapolis based leader in the building enclosure industry with associate sponsorship from Akzo-Nobel. "We're looking at all our options for the rest of the year, but for this week at Chicago, I'll be in a Chevy," White explained. "We had a pretty good truck at Chicago last year, I think we qualified ninth but we got out of sequence on green flag stops and that put us a lap down. I'm ready to get back to the track and turn this thing.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-24-2010)
Jackson back behind the wheel of #07: After five weeks away from the high-speeds and high-banked tracks of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Tony Jackson Jr. is ready to get back behind the wheel of the SS Green Light Racing No. 07 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Jackson's #07 Chevy, along with teammate Jason White will carry the colors of ASI Limited, an Indianapolis based leader in the building enclosure industry with associate sponsorship from Akzo-Nobel. Chicagoland is the fifth of seven scheduled races for Jackson with the SS Green Light #07 team this season. By running a seven-race schedule in 2010, Jackson will retain his status for NCWTS rookie of the year in 2011. Jackson and the SS Green Light team are actively pursuing marketing partners for next season.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-24-2010)
Crawford teams up with Superseal for Chicagoland: UPDATE image added: Rick Crawford and SUPERSEAL Construction Products are teaming up again for this weekend's Chicagoland 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Crawford will be behind the wheel of the #73 SUPERSEAL Chevy supplied by Ron Crosby and Joey Sonntag's Tagsby Racing. After a successful pairing in Kansas, Travis Sharpe will return to the top of the pit box for Crawford in Chicago. SUPERSEAL Construction Products is the North American market leader in dimpled membranes for dampproofing and waterproofing systems for construction applications.(Rick Crawford PR)(8-23-2010)
UPDATE: Rendering of the #73-Superseal Chevy being driven by Rick Crawford at Chicagoland is posted on the #73 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(8-24-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes - Chicagoland:
*Justin Lofton was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 18 O'Reilly 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Lofton scored a fifth-place finish, his third top-five and fourth top-10 this season. He claimed top rookie honors for the fifth time in 2010.
*At least one Raybestos Rookie has finished inside the top-10 in 12 of 16 races this season.
*Austin Dillon leads Justin Lofton by 49 points (211-162) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 27 EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway.
*Dillon is seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookies. He is six points behind sixth-place Matt Crafton and 56 ahead of eighth-place Mike Skinner.
*Johnny Sauter was the top Raybestos Rookie in the 2009 EnjoyIllinois.com 225, scoring a fifth-place finish.
*Two Raybestos Rookies led the 2009 race at Chicagoland: Brent Raymer and Tayler Malsam. Each driver led the race once for one lap. *Top-five finishes by Raybestos Rookies at Chicagoland, 2009: Johnny Sauter, fifth(Raybestos PR)(8-24-2010)
Howard returns to the #2: Shelby Howard will return to Kevin Harvick Inc. this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, piloting the No. 2 Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet for the second time this season. The Greenwood, Indiana native made his KHI debut at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in July, where he started and finished in the 11th position. This weekend will be Howard's second start of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. Howard competed at the track in the July Nationwide Series race for ML Motorsports, scoring a 20th-place finish after starting 10th.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR) [Photo of the #2 Foretravel Chevy is posted on the #2 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](8-23-2010)
ShopEZGO.com sponsoring #33 at Chicagoland: This weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Hornaday will be piloting the #33 Shopezgo.com Chevrolet. Throughout the 2010 season fans can visit Shopezgo.com for all their E-Z-GO genuine parts and accessories needs and by entering coupon code "KHI25" customers can receive a 10 percent discount off their purchases. Although Hornaday only has one Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway under his belt, he has competed several times in the Nationwide and Cup Series on the 1.5-mile oval. Hornaday has four Nationwide Series starts with his highest finishing position of fifth, a career-best effort at Chicagoland.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(8-23-2010)
Racing Resources - Monday Rundown:
*Kyle Busch won the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was his 19th career Truck series victory in 77th starts. His three wins in 2010 tie Kevin Harvick and Todd Bodine for the most this season.
*Busch has won the past three races at Bristol.
*Busch led once for 116 laps.
*Busch posted his 14th NASCAR win in 2010, 76th all-time.
*Kyle Busch Motorsports scored its third series victory.
*Toyota posted its ninth victory in 2010 (Chevy won the other seven).
*Aric Almirola (second) posted his sixth top-5 finish this season.
*Ron Hornaday (third) had his eighth top-5 finish in 2010.
*Mike Skinner (fourth) had only his second top-5 finish this season.
*Rookie Justin Lofton (fifth) posted his third top-5 finish this season.
*Austin Dillon (17th) snapped an eight-race streak of top-10 finishes.
*Miguel Paludo (ninth), John King (15th), Jerick Johnson (27th) and Jake Crum (31st) made their series debuts.(ESPN.com)(8-23-2010)
Lia and SS Green Light Racing part ways: With nine races left in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule SS Green Light Racing and Donny Lia have mutually agreed to seek other opportunities for the remainder of the 2010. The two-time Whelen Modified Tour Champion has run twelve of the first sixteen races of the 2010 NCWTS season for the Mooresville based team with a best finish of twelfth coming at Nashville earlier this month. The team has endured more than their fair share of bad luck having blown tires in no less than four of those races. "Sometimes you can put a bunch of good people together and for whatever reason just don't get the results you were expecting," said SS Green Light Racing co-owner and general manager Bobby Dotter. "Donny and I sat down after the race at Bristol and decided it was in each of our best interests to look for new opportunities for the rest of 2010. "We know Donny is a great race driver and I am very confident of the ability of our team, but sometimes things just don't mesh how you expected," Dotter added. "We are parting on good terms and we will leave the door open should the correct situation arise." Tony Jackson Jr. is scheduled to run three of the remaining nine races in the SS Green Light Racing No. 07. The team, which is currently eighteenth in NCWTS owner's point standings, is looking at several options for filling the remaining races in the 2010 schedule.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-21-2010)
Bristol images added: Added 25 images taken during the O'Reilly 200 event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Check them out via the 2010 Camping World Truck Schemes page.(8-20-2010)
Bristol TV ratings up: SPEED coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Bristol scored a Nielsen Household Rating of .69 (530,000 households), an almost three-percent increase from last year's .67 (492,000 households) and up 10 percent from 2008's .63 (460,000 households). Wednesday night's race coverage peaked at a .79 (604,000 households). After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical), the Truck Series has been building momentum with viewers lately, scoring increases in three of the last four events (Pocono up 78%, Darlington up 19% and Bristol). The Trucks return to SPEED next week in Chicago, with live coverage beginning with NCWTS Setup at 8:30 p.m. ET and race coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.(SPEED PR)(8-20-2010)
NASCAR announces 2011 schedules: NASCAR announced today the 2011 schedule for its three national series, highlighted by several key changes for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All three national series, NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will begin their seasons at Daytona International Speedway's "Speedweeks," with a weekend culminated by the Daytona 500. All three national series, NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will begin their seasons at Daytona International Speedway's "Speedweeks," with a weekend culminated by the Daytona 500. The traditional "non-points" Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will provide fans a NASCAR Sprint Cup preview, on Saturday night, Feb. 12, followed by qualifying for the "Great American Race" to be held on Sunday, Feb. 13. All three series will end their seasons with another tradition, Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 18-20.
The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will consist of 25 races, one of which will be announced at a future date. Phoenix International Raceway, which traditionally hosted the penultimate race in November, will host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, Feb. 25. Darlington Raceway, which returned to the schedule in 2010 after an absence of six years, moves from August to Saturday, March 12. Michigan International Speedway's truck race, previously held in June, will accompany its late-summer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, Aug. 20. Two additional date shifts in the fall have stand-alone events at Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, moving a month later on the schedule. The series races at Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 1 followed by Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 15. Complete schedule is posted on the 2011 Camping World Truck Series Schedule page.(8-18-2010)
Ruby Tuesday onboard with Keselowski: Brad Keselowski will make his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2010 this Wednesday nigh at Bristol Motor Speedway driving the #29 Ruby Tuesday/Miller Lite Dodge for BKR. If Keselowski can find his way to Victory Lane on Wednesday night, he will join two exclusive driver groups. 19 drivers have won a race in all three touring series. Ruby Tuesday will make their Camping World Truck Series debut with Brad Keselowski Racing on Wednesday night. Ruby Tuesday considers this their home track as they are based in Maryville, Tenn.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(8-18-2010)
Lofton Rookie of the Race at Bristol: Justin Lofton [#7-VisitPit.com Toyota] scored a fifth-place finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, capturing top Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fifth time this season. He claimed his third top-five of the 2010 season and his first on a short track. At least one Raybestos Rookie has now finished inside the top-10 in 12 of 16 races this season and seventh or better in the last nine consecutive events. Lofton is just the third Raybestos Rookie to score a top-five in 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol.(Raybestos PR)(8-19-2010)
Papis to trucks full-time in 2011: Official announcement: NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway has confirmed that Casey Mears will replace Max Papis in the #13 Germain Racing GEICO Sprint Cup Series Toyota, beginning at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 5. [See prior news on the Cup News page]. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source close to the team said the deal will be completed and contracts signed within the next 48 hours. Papis, meanwhile, will run the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series slate next season in a GEICO-sponsored Toyota, also out of the Germain Racing stable.(Sirius Speedway)(8-9-2010)
UPDATE: Max Papis, who has occupied the seat of the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will take a new opportunity to race full-time in NASCAR. Papis will be piloting the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series beginning in 2011. The effort is fielded by Germain Racing, who, aside from winning the 2006 Truck Series championship, currently holds the points lead in the Truck Series with driver Todd Bodine. Papis will turn his attention to the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra effective immediately beginning this week in Bristol. In addition, Papis will compete in three additional races of the remaining 2010 Camping World Truck Series season in an effort to lay a solid foundation heading into 2011. (Max Papis/GEICO PR)(8-18-2010)
Busch picks up additional sponsorship: In addition to teaming with Kyle Busch to promote short-course racing, Traxxas is also supporting Kyle in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. After racing the TORC series mid-week, Kyle will strap into a NASCAR truck for Friday's speedway race [Chicagoland]. His truck will be fully outfitted with Traxxas racing livery, introducing fans to The Fastest Name in Radio Control. Traxxas will also sponsor Kyle in two additional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events: Talladega on October 30, and Homestead on November 19. Race fans who can't make it to Chicago can watch Kyle Busch make his TORC debut on Discovery HD Theater, which will premier the first of 26 episodes of "The Off-Road Championship" on September 2.(Traxxas.com)(8-19-2010)
Almirola joins JRM: UPDATE official announcement from JR Motorsports: Aric Almirola on Tuesday signed a multiyear agreement to drive JR Motorsports' No. 88 Nationwide Series Chevrolet, beginning in 2011, multiple sources close to the team told ESPN.com. Sources said, too, that there's a chance Almirola could run some races toward the end of 2010. JR Motorsports officials had no comment. Attempts to reach Almirola were unsuccessful. One year ago Almirola was unemployed, and told ESPN.com recently that he felt "cancerous" during the humbling attempt to find a ride. But after a breakthrough season in the Camping World Truck Series, during which he has two victories and ranks second in the point standings, he became a hot commodity this year.(ESPN.com)(8-18-2010)
UPDATE: JR Motorsports cemented an integral part of its future Wednesday by signing Aric Almirola to a multi-year driving contract for the company's flagship No. 88 NASCAR Nationwide Series team starting in 2011, general manager Kelley Earnhardt announced today. A 26-year-old native of Tampa, Fla., Almirola has 32 career Nationwide Series starts, including one for JR Motorsports in which he finished third at O'Reilly Raceway Park in July. Almirola's full-time duties as the No. 88 driver will officially begin in 2011, but he could potentially fill the seat in select races this season while he continues to run for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.(JR Motorsports PR)(8-18-2010)
Germain Racing adds Miguel Paludo to driver lineup: UPDATE more info: Germain Racing is adding more international flair to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Brazilian racer and two-time Porsche GT3-Cup champion Miguel Paludo to its Truck Series lineup. Paludo has driven this year in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East for Hattori Racing Enterprises. He will race the #77 Stemco Duroline Toyota Tundra in four Truck Series events and the #77 Stemco Duroline Camry in one ARCA RE/MAX Series event for Germain Racing. "Since I was a little boy, I have dreamed of being a professional race car driver, and my goal has been to race in NASCAR. I often get asked about driving in open-wheel competition, but, for me, my love is truly stock car racing. It's what I've done for many years and it's what I want to do for my career. I'm very fortunate to have Stemco Duroline on this journey with me to drive for Toyota and Germain Racing in the Truck Series and ARCA," said Paludo, a native of New Silver, Brazil, who's first NCWTS race will be Bristol Motor Speedway, Wednesday, August 18th. For Paludo, adding five events with Germain Racing to his 2010 racing schedule has been another great step toward his goal of being the first full-time Brazlian race car driver in NASCAR's highest level. "I'm really excited to take these next steps in my career. I am preparing to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I hope that we can do a good job for Stemco Duroline and Toyota in these five races this year to build a good foundation for the 2011 racing season. My goal is to learn something new with every single lap," said Paludo.(Germain Racing PR)[Rendering of the Germain Racing #77-Stemco Duroline Toyota is posted on the #77-NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](8-13-2010)
UPDATE: Bristol is one of five events with Germain Racing that Paludo has added to his 2010 racing schedule. He has three races remaining in his K&N Pro Series East schedule with Hattori Racing Enterprises. The Truck Series races at Bristol, Kentucky, Texas and Homestead and the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kansas are all just more steps for Paludo's career path in NASCAR.(Germain Racing PR)(8-17-2010)
Additional sponsors for Gosselin: DGM Racing and Mario Gosselin, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular, have joined forces with the University of Northwestern Ohio, HT&S Mulch Products, and S&S Volvo & GMC Truck Sales. Their first race together will be the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The University of Northwestern Ohio, which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year, is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit institution of higher learning, preparing students for careers and productive citizenship that encompass the business, professional, corporate and technological communities by providing quality education and training in response to the needs and aspirations of our constituents.(Mario Gosselin PR)(8-17-2010)
Crum to make series debut at Bristol: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce that Statesville, North Carolina's Jake Crum will pilot the Honey Do Service, Inc. No#21 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly 200 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In 2007, Crum became the youngest driver to win a UARA-Stars Late Model Touring Series event and backed that accomplishment up by winning the 2008 UARA-Stars Championship. In 2009, Jake made his ARCA Re/Max Series debut, which resulted in a sixth place finish at Mansfield Motorsports Park. The 2009 season culminated for the talented teen with a victory in the prestigious Bailey's 300 at the Martinsville Speedway, one of the biggest paydays in Late Model racing. The Honey Do Service, Inc. is a "one-stop" full-service, home improvement franchise offering a business of home repair and maintenance all under one roof.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-17-2010)
Buescher picks up Bristol sponsor: James Buescher will be making his second NCWTS start at Bristol Motor Speedway. In his prior attempt, he started in the 22nd-position and finished in 13th.Buescher will have Volunteer Chevrolet on the hood of his Silverado truck as he takes to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway. The dealership has been serving the Great Smokey Mountain region for 16 years.(Turner Motorsports PR)(8-17-2010)
Lia in a Toyota for SS Green Light at BMS: The SS Green Light team will complete the manufacturers sweep Wednesday night when 2007 and 2009 Modified Champion Donny Lia get's behind the wheel of the #07 SS Green Light Racing Toyota in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Lia has driven Dodges, Chevrolets and now a Toyota while teammate Jason White has piloted both Fords and Dodge trucks this season as the team looks to find the winning combination each week. SS Green Light General Manager Bobby Dotter commented on the team's decision to add a Toyota to the teams stable. "With the economy the way it is, there is a lot good equipment that is idle. Our goal is to put our drivers in the best equipment we can each week. The truck series does not have the level of factory support that we had a few years ago. It's up to the teams to make it happen on the track.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-17-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes -- Bristol:
*Austin Dillon was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 14 Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway. Dillon scored a fifth-place finish, his fifth top-five in 15 races this season. He claimed top rookie honors for the 11th time in 2010.
*Dillon has finished seventh or better in each of the last eight consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*At least one Raybestos Rookie has finished inside the top-10 in 11 of 15 races this season.
*Dillon leads Justin Lofton by 57 points (209-152) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 18 O'Reilly 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
*Scott Speed (2008) is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole position in 12 previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Races at Bristol.
*No Raybestos Rookie has led a lap in 12 Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol.
*The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in 12 previous races at Bristol is third-place by Speed and Jay Sauter (1996).
*The most Raybestos Rookies to finish in the top-10 at Bristol are three in 1996: Jay Sauter (third), Bobby Gill (seventh) and Lance Norick (ninth).(Raybestos PR)(8-17-2010)
Busch returns to the #18 with new sponsor for BMS: When Busch takes the green flag under the lights at Bristol for Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200, his #18 Toyota Tundra will feature the logos of NASCAR.COM RaceView. TrackPass RaceView is an online subscription product that allows fans to view a live, virtual video rendering from three camera angles of every Sprint Cup race, listen to live in-car audio and review race stats for all 43 drivers. RaceView is $79.95 per year with special discounted pricing throughout the year. Busch would like nothing more than to take the #18 NASCAR.COM RaceView Toyota Tundra to victory lane - and also continue to stay in the championship fight. While no driver from KBM is going for the driver's championship, the #18 Toyota is competing for the owner's title and is third in the standings, just 113 points behind the first-place #30 truck of Germain Racing and 85 markers back of the second-place #2 truck of Kevin Harvick Inc.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(8-16-2010)
New sponsor for Starr at Bristol: Randy Moss Motorsports would like to welcome CHASCO Constructors to the hood of the #81 Toyota Tundra for the race this week at Bristol Motor Speedway. The event at Bristol Motor Speedway will mark CHASCO Constructors partnership debut with Randy Moss Motorsports. CHASCO Constructors is a progressive commercial general contracting and construction management firm committed to delivering the highest level of quality and services to our clients. Prior to Tuesday's tech inspection, David Starr will make a pit stop to have lunch with members of the Rotary Club of Unicoi County. The group is composed of key members of the Bristol community and supporters of the eastern Tennessee speedway. Starr is expected to briefly address the crowd to thank them for the continued support of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and talk about racing the #81 CHASCO Constructors Toyota Tundra at BMS.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(8-16-2010)
Vavoline adorns #30 at Bristol: In June, when Germain Racing was heading to Texas, the team announced their new partnership with Valvoline. Todd Bodine drove the Valvoline logo into victory lane at Fort Worth, capturing his first win of the 2010 season. Since then, Bodine and the #30 Tundra team of Germain Racing have collected two more victories and they are looking very forward to having the Valvoline logo back on board this week at Bristol Motor Speedway.(Germain Racing PR)(8-16-2010)
Exide onboard with Skinner at Bristol: The #5 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota Tundra team welcomes Exide Batteries back to the hood of their Toyota Tundra for the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the Georgia-based company's second year partnering with the #5 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. Mike Skinner is the all-time lap leader at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The driver of the #5 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra has led 509 laps around the "World's Fastest Half-Mile," meaning that he has paced the field for nearly one-third of his career laps at Bristol Motor Speedway.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(8-16-2010)
Bristol next stop for Sweet: Brad Sweet himself has been extremely busy since his NCWTS career best 8th place finish at ORP, with back to back race weeks with his Kasey Kahne Racing team racing in the Belleville Nationals as well as the Knoxville Nationals. Although plagued with some bad luck in Knoxville, his overall weekend at Belleville was outstanding after a sweeping victory night one of the Belleville Nationals and finishing 2nd on the final night. This week Sweet returns to the Camping World Truck Series in the #90-Great Clips Racing Team Toyota for Stringer Motorsports. Following the Bristol race, Sweet will take off for North Dakota where he will be racing his #49 Kasey Kahne Racing World of Outlaws car this weekend.(Stringer Motorsports PR)(8-16-2010)
Jerick Johnson makes first start at Bristol with DRM: Daisy Ramirez Motorsports has anounced that ARCA Series driver Jerick Johnson will make his first Camping World Truck Series start at Bristol this week driving the KOMA UNWIND "Chillaxation Drink " Chevy #01 , Mark Jane-O'Rourke will Crew Chief the effort with K&N East Driver Jody Lavander looking on as a Consultant. DRM has also anounced that Carl Long will be back behind the wheel of the KOMADRINKS.com Chevy #00 at Bristol with Morris Van Vleet looking over the crew chief duties.(Daisy Ramirez Motorsports PR)(8-16-2010)
Sadler returns to #2 at Bristol: Elliott Sadler will return to Kevin Harvick Inc. this weekend for the first time since his first-career Truck Series win at Pocono Raceway in July. Sadler has 24 Cup Series starts and seven Nationwide Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. When Sadler drove the #2 Chevrolet Silverado to victory lane at Pocono Raceway on July 31, he became the 21st driver to win in all three of NASCAR's top three series. Grand Touring Vodka will return as sponsor of the #2 Chevrolet Silverado at Bristol Motor Speedway. Grand Touring Vodka made its Truck Series debut at Pocono Raceway where Elliott Sadler scored KHI's fifth Truck Series race of the 2010 season.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(8-16-2010)
BBM looks to continue streaks at sponsor's hometown: In three previous starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Billy Ballew Motorsports #51 team has visited victory lane twice (Kyle Busch, 2008 and 2009). Aric Almirola, driver of the Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, is aiming to continue that streak in this Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Almirola has finished inside the top-10 at Bristol in all three of NASCAR's top series. The team is also hoping for a strong finish for Graceway Pharmaceuticals. The company is headquartered in Bristol.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(8-16-2010)
Bristol Fast Facts -- Ron Hornaday Jr:
*Hornaday will be driving the #33-Tide/Kroger Chevrolet Silverado for KHI.
*In the 10 Truck Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Ron Hornaday and Kyle Busch are the only two Truck Series drivers to have two Truck Series victories.
*Hornaday and Busch each have two wins and each scored their two victories back-to-back.
*Hornaday and Mark Martin are the only two Truck Series drivers to win a Bristol Motor Speedway Truck Series event from the pole.
*Throughout the history of the Truck Series, Hornaday has collected the most wins at short-tracks. To date he has a total of 21 short-track wins to his credit.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(8-16-2010)
Monday Rundown -- Racing Resources:
*Todd Bodine won the Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway. It was Bodine's 20th Truck series victory in his 155th career start and his third win in 2010.
*Bodine led once for 47 laps.
*Germain Racing posted its 21st Truck series victory but first win at Darlington.
*Toyota recorded its eighth victory of 2010 (Chevy has won the other seven).
*Timothy Peters (second) posted his fifth top-5 finish this season. It was his first Darlington start.
*Ron Hornaday (third) posted his seventh top-5 finish in 2010.
*Johnny Sauter (fourth) scored his seventh top-5 this season.
*Austin Dillon (fifth) scored his eighth straight top-10 finish, the longest current streak.
*Peters and Bodine both led 47 laps, and they both received five bonus points for leading the most laps.
*This was the first truck race at Darlington since 2004.(ESPN.com)(8-16-2010)
Ken Butler in seat for two with RWR: Rick Ware Racing and KIDSEmbrace, a cutting edge manufacturer of children and toddler automobile safety seats have named Ken Butler III (KB3) as the driver for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at Chicagoland Speedway on August 27th and Texas Motor Speedway on November 5th. KIDSEmbrace has taken their commitment to NASCAR and safety a step further and their first edition seat is a Dale Earnhardt Jr., National Guard seat, featuring the same uniform that Dale wears himself once he is strapped into race. KB3 looks to have a great run at Chicago and is excited to get back behind the wheel with a sponsor that perfectly fits his commitment to family safety and motorsports.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(8-16-2010)
George looking to run season finale; still working on 2011 plans: Tim George Jr. is currently working with RCR to run the season finale Truck race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Frontstretch has learned. George, a University of Miami graduate that ran a Hurricane-themed paint scheme in ARCA's February race at Palm Beach, mentioned when asked about the paint scheme that he is working to run a Truck entry sporting the UM colors to promote the Buoniconti Fund to cure paralysis at Homestead. George also mentioned during pre-race ARCA radio coverage this morning that he in discussions with RCR to remain in their stable for 2011, though it has yet to be determined whether he would remain in ARCA or move up to the Truck ranks in some capacity.(Frontstretch.com)(8-15-2010)
Rogers & team headed to trucks in 2011? It is appearing more and more likely that Hampton Roads will house a Camping World Truck Series team during the 2011 season. Jamie Mosley, crew chief of Lamb & Robinson Motorsports in Cheseapeake, said he is virtually certain his team will compete in NASCAR's third most popular series on a near regular basis next season. For now, the team and driver Clay Rogers will continue their pursuit of the USAR Pro Cup Series championship. Rogers might not be the kind of young guy Cup Series sponsors are looking for, but Mosley thinks he'll be a great television presence in the Truck Series marketing the team's sponsors: construction materials-oriented companies USG, Building Specialties and Tidewater Interior Products. Mosley said Lamb & Robinson expects to run 15-to-20 of 25 Truck Series races next season. And, in a series where most of the cars are garaged in the Charlotte area, Lamb & Robinson will prepare for every truck from its garage in Chesapeake.(DailyPress.com)(8-14-2010)
Sadler working on 2011 plans; some trucks with KHI: Elliott Sadler said he's trying to find a Sprint Cup ride but would consider driving in the Nationwide or Camping World Truck series if those were his only viable options. Sadler announced a month ago he didn't expect to be back at Richard Petty Motorsports after this season. Although an RPM official said publicly that the team had interest in keeping Sadler, the Virginian said he's not had much dialogue with the organization. Sadler said that some plans have fallen through in the last month and that he's focused talks with one Cup team that he wouldn't name. Sadler said that plans are being put together to have him run a few more truck races for Kevin Harvick Inc. next season. If his Cup plans falter, Sadler said he would look to other series. "I'd rather go somewhere and win then go somewhere and just ride around,'' Sadler said. "If I have to go back to Nationwide or go back to the Truck (series) and get my chance and opportunity to win races, you'll see Elliott Sadler do that instead of go somewhere where there's a start-and-park (car) or ride around. That's not me. I'm way too competitive for that. I don't have a big enough ego to where I have to be labeled a Cup driver. I want to be a driver that's competitive.''(Roanoke Times)(8-14-2010)
Sad news - Frank "Scoop" Vessels: Frank "Scoop" Vessels, a prominent Southern California breeder of racehorses and the grandson of the founder of Los Alamitos Race Course, died Wednesday in a twin-engine plane crash in southeastern Oregon. He was 58. Before taking over the family's horse breeding enterprise, Vessels excelled in a different form of racing - off-road trucks. He competed in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 desert races among others, was voted the sport's rookie of the year in 1974 and in the late '70s won a string of off-road class championships. Vessels, also, was among a small group of Southern California truck driver-owners who persuaded NASCAR to add a truck division to its stock-car racing series. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Bonnie; and three sons, Bryan, Colt and Kash. [Mike Chase and PJ Jones drove for him in 1995. Jones had best finish - 2nd at Tucson/NASCAR PR] (L.A. Times)(8-14-2010)
Good Year Tire Notes - Darlington: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Darlington earlier this season . . . this tire set-up was confirmed for the trucks at a Goodyear test at Darlington on March 9 . . . drivers participating in that test were Aric Almirola and Timothy Peters . . . while this is the first time truck teams will race on this left-side tire code (D-4328), they have run on this right-side code (D-4234) at Charlotte (2009 and 2010) and Las Vegas (2009) in the past . . . . they are also scheduled to run this right-side at Las Vegas again next month . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. [Complete tire specs are posted on the Darlington Race page.](Goodyear PR)(8-12-2010)
DRM & Aramendia part ways: UPDATE Petty to drive: Daisy Ramirez Motorsports has mutually agreed to part ways with Driver Joe Aramendia the Texas short track ace. DRM locked in the top 25 in points is evaluating driver options for the upcoming events at Darlington and Bristol and beyond. Part time DRM driver Carl Long is attempting the COT Nationwide race at Michigan.(Daisy Ramirez Motorsports PR)(8-10-2010
UPDATE: Jeremy Petty has been named as driver for the #01. Petty finished thirteenth in the 2009 ARCA Series Driver Point Standings with only 20 starts.(DRM PR)(8-12-2010)
Piquet plans three more races in 2010: Quotes from an interview with Nelson Piquet Jr. on Frontstretch.com:
Q: What will the rest of your schedule this year look like? A couple more ARCA races, a couple more in the Truck Series?
Piquet: We're going to do three more Truck races, and hopefully one more Nationwide race, in Montreal.
Q: And for the three Truck races, back with Billy Ballew Motorsports?
Piquet: I'm not sure. It's dependent on what deals we get with sponsors and stuff like that.(Frontstretch.com)(8-11-2010)
Almirola participating in tire test at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced today that the Goodyear Tire Test on August 24 will be open to the public. Drivers scheduled to participate are Justin Allgaier, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler. "Our close relationship with Goodyear has allowed us to open our grandstands for a test session that normally would be closed to the public," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "This is an important test for Goodyear as they work on tire combinations for the AMP Energy 500 on Oct. 31 and next year's Daytona 500." Parking lots open at 8:30 with the test officially kicking off at 9:00am local time.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(8-11-2010)
Setzer & RBR set for next two: RBR Motorsports has announced they will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event in Darlington, SC with veteran driver, Dennis Setzer, behind the wheel. Setzer will pilot the #92 fleetHQ/BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Chevrolet Silverado Saturday night, August 14th at Darlington Raceway. A team representative has also confirmed that they will also be competing at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18th. fleetHQ will be the primary sponsor on the #92 Truck. fleetHQ is a business solutions provider for commercial trucking fleets and servicing tire dealers all across North America. BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors and Black's Tire Service will continue to serve as associate sponsors.(RBR PR/BlacksTire.com)(8-11-2010)
Darlington Fast Facts -- Todd Bodine:
*Bodine leads Truck Series Championship battle by 174-point margin
*Has earned more top-10 finishes at Darlington than any other NASCAR track
*Collected Germain Racing's first NNS top-five finish at Darlington (2008)
*Bodine has 15 NNS top-ten finishes at Darlington, one in NSCS and has led laps in each of these series
*Bodine won at Darlington in NNS in 2003
*Bodine earned three consecutive top-5 finishes at Darlington in his first three NNS races
*Bodine has raced Darlington in each of NASCAR's three national divisions. He has led laps in the two highest divisions, and in his one Truck Series race, he spent most of the 150-lap event running in the top-five before finishing 20th.(Germain Racing PR)(8-11-2010)
Congrats to Cory White & Wendy Simpson: Red Horse Racing congratulates #17 team mechanic and tire carrier, Cory White, and Wendy Simpson on the birth of their second son, Ian. Born at 9:30am on Wednesday, Ian weights 6.5 lbs and measures 18 inches long. Mother and baby and doing great and big brother Tyler couldn't be more excited.(Red Horse Racing PR)(8-11-2010)
Special guests join #3 RCR team at Darlington: On Saturday, South Carolina residents Deric Hanna and Tyler Vickery will join the #3 Bass Pro Shops team and driver Austin Dillon as special guests for the Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway as part of a special RCR project with the Outdoor Dream Foundation. The Outdoor Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization that grants outdoor adventures to children who have been diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. Hanna and Vickery will participate in a fishing adventure with Dillon at Ramsey's Pond, located on the property of Darlington Raceway, from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday. The boys will also tour the Darlington Raceway Museum, watch qualifying from pit road, have dinner with the Bass Pro Shops team at the team transporter and serve as special guests of the team for the race as part of their Racing and Fishing adventure.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(8-11-2010)
Zachry returns to #81 at Darlington: Zachry Holdings Inc. returns to the hood of the #81 Toyota Tundra for this weekend's 147-lap event at the lady in black. The San Antonio based operation has been a partner of Randy Moss Motorsports since the start of the 2010 season.David Starr is one of six drivers to have achieved three top-ten finishes at Darlington Raceway. The driver of the #81 Zachry Toyota Tundra will race for a record four top-10 finishes in four starts at the historic track on Saturday night.(Randy Moss Motorsports)(8-11-2010)
Bell to run Darlington with Make Motorsports: UPDATE 2 Starland truck chief at Darlington: MAKE Motorsports will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Darlington Raceway in the August 14th race with driver TJ Bell & sports beverage powerhouse All Sport as an Associate Sponsor on the #50 Chevy Silverado. All Sport joins the growing marketing partnership team with MAKE Motorsports, to include ProGold Lubricants, JetPool & TwinOaks South.(Make Motorsports PR)(7-27-2010)
UPDATE: MAKE Motorsports will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Darlington Raceway in the August 14th race with driver TJ Bell & a new Primary Sponsor on the hood, the nation's largest tire recycling provider, Liberty Tire Recycling. The #50 Liberty Tire Recycling Chevy Silverado will first take to the track in Darlington, with a continued partnership during the 2010 season. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Liberty Tire Recycling is the premier provider of tire recycling services in the United States. By reclaiming more than 33 percent of the nation's discarded tires, Liberty Tire annually transforms more than 110 million tires into raw materials for smart, sustainable products that improve people's lives.(MAKE Motorsports PR)(8-3-2010)
UPDATE 2: In addition to Primary Sponsor Liberty Tire Recycling, AllSport Beverages, Jetpool, ProGold Lubricants & Engine Treatments, Twin Oaks South & newcomer Dedmon's Trucking join MAKE Motorsports for the Too Tough to Tame 200. Dedmon's Trucking, based in Shelby, NC, is a last minute associate-level partnership. MAKE Motorsports is enlisting the help of veteran crew chief Kevin 'Cowboy' Starland, who will be handling the truck chief duties for the #50 Chevy Silverado. Starland, well-known as crew chief for the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports truck. Crew Chief Scott Weaver said, "it's a great opportunity for us to work with a very talented truck chief. He knows the different styles & communication patterns of drivers, and Darlington is known for quick changes & tricky conditions. We're one foot ahead with him on our team."(MAKE Motorsports PR)(8-10-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes - Darlington:
*Austin Dillon was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 7 Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Dillon scored a second-place finish, his fourth top-five in 14 races this season, and claimed top rookie honors for the 10th time in 2010.
*Dillon has finished seventh or better in each of the last seven consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*Justin Lofton scored a ninth-place finish at Nashville, his third top-10 of the season and second consecutive.
*Dillon leads Lofton by 48 points (198-150) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 14 Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington.
*The Too Tough to Tame 200 is the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington since Nov. 13, 2004. Robert Huffman was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in that race, scoring a ninth-place finish.
*The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Darlington is sixth by Travis Kvapil in 2001.
*The most Raybestos Rookies to finish inside the top-10 in a race at Darlington are four in the inaugural 2001 race: Kvapil, Matt Crafton (eighth), Billy Bigley (ninth), and Nathan Haseleu (10th).
*Only one Raybestos Rookie has led a lap in four races at Darlington: Matt Crafton (once for four laps in the 2001).
*The best qualifying effort by a Raybestos Rookie at Darlington is second-place by Ricky Hendrick in 2001.(Raybestos Rookie PR)(8-10-2010)
Billy Ballew Motorsports #15 temporarily suspends operations: A team representative for Billy Ballew Motorsports has informed us that due to lack of funding for the upcoming races at both Darlington and Bristol, the team has temporarily suspended operations. The #15-truck has been on track for every race since 2004, and the hope is to return to the track as soon as funding is found. The team is aggressively looking to put together sponsorship for as many races as possible for the remainder of the 2010 season, including working with Johanna Long as well as other drivers toward that effort. The goal for Billy Ballew Motorsports is to gain funding for the #15-truck and return following Bristol, while at the same time, keeping the focus on the #51-Zyclara/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota, with driver Aric Almirola, as they pursue the 2010 Truck Series Championship.(Nancy/Jayski.com)(8-9-2010)
E-Z-GO onboard with Hornaday: Not only will Hornaday be making his first laps in a truck around Darlington Raceway, he will also be sporting new colors on the #33 Chevrolet. E-Z-GO, a Textron company, will join Hornaday and the #33 team for the first time in 2010 at Darlington Raceway. The Atlanta, Georgia based company, which sponsored Kevin Harvick for his second Truck Series win of 2010 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Ken Schrader at Kansas Speedway earlier this season, will unite with Hornaday at Darlington for the first of seven primary races this season. Hornaday's new sponsor partner E-Z-GO will be debuting their new street legal vehicle, the 2Five, on the quarter panels on the #33 truck this weekend at Darlington. The 2Five is the first street legal golf car, and it is named the 2Five because it will travel up to 25 miles per hour.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(8-9-2010)
Onion Slice golf tourney nets $68K for Allied Services: More than 200 golfers participated in the inaugural "Onion Slice Open," hosted by Todd and Janet Bodine at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountaintop. The 27-hole public course yielded to some very good golf as many teams in the inaugural Onion Slice Open scramble format shot 56, with the winning team led by Mike Skinner shooting a 19 under par 53. The golf event was the largest fundraising golf tournament in Blue Ridge Trail history and more than $68,000 in proceeds will be invested in services to help pediatric patients at the Allied Services John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine who are treated for brain injuries and other neurological impairments. More than $11,000 was raised at the post-golf auction which included autographed sports memorabilia.(PoconoRecord.com)(8-9-2010)
Stubb's returns to sponsor #2 at Darlington: Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q returns to the #2 Chevrolet Silverado with driver Ken Schrader this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Stubb's made its Kevin Harvick Inc. and Truck Series debut in July at Gateway International Raceway where Kevin Harvick earned his first-career Truck Series pole and drove the #2 to a dominating victory. Austin, Texas-based Stubbs Legendary Bar-B-Q is the maker of Stubb's, the #1 premium Bar-B-Q brand of sauces, rubs and marinades in the country. Stubbs products are all-natural, feature gluten free ingredients and are available in over 80% of grocery stores nationwide. Ken Schrader is no rookie at the track that's "Too Tough to Tame," having made 14,488 laps over 55 starts at the egg-shaped oval in NASCAR's top-three series. Schrader has earned four pole awards and has a best finish of second, which he earned in 2001 in the Truck Series.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(8-9-2010)
Monday Rundown - Racing Resources:
*Todd Bodine won the Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. It was his 19th career Camping World Truck Series victory in his 154th start and his second win of 2010. Bodine is the fourth multiple winner in 2010. He led two times for 91 laps, including the final 89.
*Bodine extended his points lead to 174, the second largest with 11 races to go.
*On Lap 17, Bodine was falling through the field with a flat tire when a caution came out for fluid on the track, allowing Bodine to change tires under caution and not go a lap down. On Lap 64, Bodine was about to pit when there was a wreck on the frontstretch and he was able to get back on the track before the commitment line, retaining the lead instead of being caught a lap down.
*It was the 20th series victory for Germain Racing and its second win in 2010. All but one Germain Racing win has come with Bodine behind the wheel. Bodine's win was the seventh of 2010 for Toyota. Chevrolet has won the won the other seven series races this season. It was Toyota's fourth win at Nashville.
*Austin Dillon (who finished second) scored his seventh straight top-10 finish.
*Aric Almirola (third) had his 10th top-10 finish this season, but lost 25 points on the leader Bodine and is 174 back in the standings.
*Johnny Sauter (fifth) scored his sixth top-5 this season but fell one spot to fourth in points.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (sixth) is seventh in points, 313 back.
*The race had just three leaders and three lead changes, both tying records for the fewest at Nashville.(ESPN.com)(8-9-2010)
Park returns at Chicagoland: UPDATE more info: From Steve Park's website: [Steve] Park to drive in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225, Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on August 27th for Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) More details to follow. [It was previously reported that Park would make his series return at Darlington, see July News Archives.](Steve-Park.com)(7-29-2010)
UPDATE: Eddie Sharp Racing will make its team debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway on Aug. 27 with veteran Steve Park behind the wheel. In collaboration with Sharp Hartman Racing, ESR will make its entrance into the NASCAR ranks at the 1.5-mile track. Park will pilot the #41 Bollegraaf Van Dyk Baler and Lubo USA ESR Toyota Tundra. ESR, which has built one of the top ARCA Racing Series teams, including the 2009 championship team with driver Justin Lofton, began its journey into the NCWTS at the beginning of 2010. Team owner Sharp and Carl Hartman, friends for 20 years, began the Truck team as an extension of ESR at the beginning of 2010. The ESR #41 will stay in the Toyota family, much like the Toyota Camry vehicles in ARCA. Park, a former Sprint Cup driver, made his debut in the NCWTS in 1996. He has collected one win in the NCWTS in 2005 at Auto Club Speedway. He also has three wins, 15 top-fives and 29 top-10s in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Park has two wins, 12 top-fives and 35 top-10s while driving for various teams including Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Richard Childress Racing.(SPEEDtv.com)(8-6-2010)
Pocono images added: Added several images from the inaugural event at Pocono Raceway including; #2-Ellott Sadler, Grand Touring Vodka Chevrolet; #18-Kasey Kahne, Toyota of Scranton Toyota; #88-Matt Crafton, Tide/Menards Chevrolet; #5-Mike Skinner, International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota; #6-Bobby Hamilton Jr., Matthews Mobile Media Chevrolet, #64-Pepsi Max/SafeAuto Insurance Chevrolet; #60-Stacy Compton, SafeAuto Insurance Chevrolet; plus many more... check them out via the NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(8-5-2010)
Goodyear Tire Notes -- Nashville: Teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be running the same Goodyear tire codes they ran at Nashville earlier this season (April 2) . . . this is the only track at which Truck Series teams will run either of these two tire codes in 2010 . . . it is also the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have run twice at Nashville this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Nashville . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Nashville Race Page.](8-6-2010)
Buescher sports scheme to celebrate Nashville Rhythm & Race Festival: UPDATE more info on Festival: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver James Buescher will be driving for a worthy cause when his #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet rolls into Nashville to celebrate the Second Annual Nashville Rhythm and Race Festival benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee.. The new paint scheme was partially designed by 12-year-old Luke Robinson of Dickson, Tenn. Buescher will be helping make Luke's wish come true by having him as a part of the #31 crew. On Thursday, August 5, the Nashville Rhythm and Race Fest kicks off in Music City with entertainment by Trent Tomlison, Mickie James and Reno Collier. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers Stacy Compton, Mike Skinner, David Starr, Jennifer Joe Cobb and James Buescher will make an exclusive appearance at Limelight to raise funds, celebrate and spend time with the fans. The event, brought by The Professional Race Truck Transporters Association (PRTTA) and Powerhouse Entertainment Group, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee.(Turner Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #31 Rhythm & Race Festival Toyota is posted on the #31 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](7-31-2010)
UPDATE: More info on the Rhythm & Race Festival is posted on the Jayski Charities Page.(8-5-2010)
Ickler makes first Nashville start: For the first time in the history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the trucks will make a second stop at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn. Since 2001, the series had competed at the 1.33-mile concrete oval in April and not returned until the following spring. So, for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Saturday's Nashville 200 will be round two at Nashville, but for KBM driver Brian Ickler, it will be round one. In the April race, KBM driver-owner Kyle Busch, who had never competed in a truck at Nashville, started on the pole and led 131 of 150 laps en route the first-ever victory for the team in just its fourth-ever race. Ickler, who is splitting time in the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for KBM with Busch (Kasey Kahne and Johnny Benson have also driven one race each), is hoping his first Truck Series start at Nashville will be as successful as his team owner's was in April. He has just one Nationwide Series start at Nashville.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(8-5-2010)
Outdoor Channel Outfitters onboard with White: For the next three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Jason White and the SS Green Light Racing team will have a special guest on the decklid and TV panel of the GunBroker.com No. 23 Dodge RAM as the popular TV show Outdoor Channel Outfitters joins the team for Nashville, Darlington and Bristol. Outdoor Channel Outfitters airs three times each week on the Outdoor Channel; Thursday's at 6:30am and twice on Saturday, at 1:00am and 1:30pm Eastern.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-4-2010)
Sauter wins ASA race at WIR: Johnny Sauter, racing at Wisconsin International Raceway for just the third time, held off Steve Carlson and Chris Wimmer to win the American Speed Association Dixieland 150 late model race Tuesday night.S auter had raced only twice before at WIR, including last year's ASA race, when he had to quit due to mechanical problems, , but he is racing on some of NASCAR's highest circuits this season. Sauter, of Necedah, is third in the NASCAR Camping World [Truck] Series point standings, and has raced in three Nationwide races and four Sprint Cup events.(PostCrescent.com)(8-4-2010)
Hermie Sadler returns at Bristol: Hermie Sadler will return to the track in the O Reilly 200 on August 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It will be Sadler's 4th start of the season in Fast Track Racing's #48 Chevrolet. Sadler's entry will be sponsored at Bristol by www.heatredefined.com, a subsidiary of England's Stove Works. Heatredefined.com is the newest domain name for England's Stove Works, and will be used to promote the fact that, after 35 years in the industry, England's Stove Works is still on "the cutting edge" of design and performance for wood, pellet and multi-fuel stoves.(Fast Track Racing PR)(8-3-2010)
Nestle Purina and Kroger join up with Hornaday at Nashville: Kevin Harvick Inc. announced today Nestle Purina PetCare, along with retail partner Kroger Food Stores, will feature several Purina brands on the #33 Chevrolet of four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday at Nashville Superspeedway. To complement the vibrant green and white color scheme, the Beneful logo will adorn the hood and quarter panels along with Kroger Food Stores and Nestle Purina's other featured brands, Beggin and Friskies. The primary sponsorship on the #33 Chevrolet will mark Nestle Purina's first venture into the sport of NASCAR racing. Nestle Purina promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(8-3-2010)
Cash America sponsoring Starr at NSS: David Starr will make his third NASCAR start with sponsorship from Cash America this weekend in Nashville, but it will be the first time in the Camping World Truck Series. After backing Starr in two Nationwide Series races at Daytona and O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Cash America is on board with Starr and his #81 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota team in the Truck Series where Starr has racked up 253 career starts, four wins, 45 top-five finishes, and 104 top-ten finishes. Cash America International, Inc. provides specialty financial services to individuals in over 1,000 locations in the United States and Mexico and over the Internet in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.(Randy Moss Motorsports/Cash America PR)(8-3-2010)
Inaugural Pocono TV ratings score well: SPEED scored a Nielsen Household Rating of 1.05 (803,000 households) for Saturday's inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Pocono Raceway, up 78 percent from last year's equivalent race from Nashville. The broadcast ranked No. 2 in basic cable during the time slot, coming in behind only TNT's airing of the 2005 movie King Kong. The Pocono NCWTS event, which peaked at 1.28 (979,000 households), was the fourth of the season to score a 1-rating or better, with Daytona, Atlanta and Martinsville also topping the mark. The Trucks are in the middle of a nine-consecutive weekend run, with the next event live on SPEED Saturday from Nashville; 9 p.m. ET, with NCWTS Setup at 8:30 p.m. ET.(SPEEDtv PR)(8-3-2010)
Johanna Long makes 2nd start at Nashville: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will make its second trip to Nashville Superspeedway for the running of the Nashville 200. The event will mark Johanna Long's second race in NCWTS competition. Long drove the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports-fielded Tundra at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) last July, starting 15th and finishing the day in 17th-place. Long will be carrying two special sponsors on her Tundra this week. Adorning her truck bed will be the decals of country music singer Sunny Sweeney who will be performing the post-race concert following the race at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday. Long wants to thank everyone from her hometown, Pensacola, Florida. The Long family appreciates the city's support throughout Johanna's racing career and is showing their gratitude by donating the space on the 1#5 truck's hood to the city of Pensacola.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)[Rending of the #15 BBM Toyota being driven by Johanna Long is posted on the #15 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](8-3-2010)
Karthikeyan wins crash stopped Superleague Formula race: Narain Karthikeyan won the second Superleague Formula race at Brands Hatch for PSV Eindhoven, but the event was marred by a huge accident for Chris van der Drift that meant it was curtailed prematurely. Following his early exit from race one, Karthikeyan not only started from pole but had the luxury of two sets of fresh tyres. He nailed the start as soon as he could, and pulled out a seven-second lead before his mandatory pitstop. On a run towards Hawthorns, Chris van der Drift went over the back of [Julien] Jousse, hitting his right-rear wheel which sent him into a massive airbourne accident that stopped the race.(AutoSport.com)(8-3-2010)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes - Nashville:
*Justin Lofton was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the July 31 Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Lofton scored a fifth-place finish, his second top-five this season, claimed top Raybestos Rookie honors for third time in 2010.
*Austin Dillon scored a seventh-place finish at Pocono, and has now finished seventh or better in each of his last sixstarts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
*Dillon is the only Raybestos Rookie in series history to win three consecutivepole positions, capturing the top starting position for the 2010 WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway and Lucas Oil 200. The most poles by a Raybestos Rookie in series history are FOUR by Greg Biffle (1998) and Kurt Busch in (2000).
Dillon leads Justin Lofton by 40 points (178-138) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 7 Nashville 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
*Dillon was the top Raybestos Rookie in the 2010 Nashville 200, claiming a 14th-place finish.
*Johnny Sauter was the top Raybestos Rookie in the 2009 August race at Nashville, grabbing a sixth-place finish.
*Carl Edwards is the only Raybestos Rookie to win in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Nashville. Edwards won the 2003 race by 1.209 seconds over Ted Musgrave in 2003. He is also the only Raybestos Rookie to lead the most laps at Nashville, leading twice for 76 of 150 laps.(Raybestos Rookie PR)(8-3-2010)
ThorSport drivers to visit Ronald McDonald House: ThorSport Racing drivers Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton will visit the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville prior to next weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. Sauter and Crafton, along with Sauter's #13 Country Music Television/"Roll the Gold" Chevrolet will be on site on Friday August 6 from 4 to 6 P.M. World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse "Roll the Gold" will also be on site for the families to visit up close as well. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to "keep families close" by providing essential resources and a "home away from home" for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals.(ThorSport Racing PR)(8-2-2010)
Homecoming for Hamilton; new sponsor onboard: With the new sponsor, Direct Auto Insurance on board, Bobby Hamilton Jr. will strap into his #6 Rick Ware Racing entry at the Nashville Superspeedway for the NASCAR Camping World Series Nashville 200 in front of a welcoming hometown crowd. "It's a big weekend for us. Nashville is always a special place for me. It seems like half the grandstand is either friends or family, and we've brought on Direct Auto Insurance as a new primary sponsor. I can't thank them enough for stepping up to the plate and making this weekend that much more special," Hamilton said. Success is no stranger to Hamilton Jr. at Nashville. With only 3 total starts in the truck series at Nashville, Hamilton Jr. has scored a pole, two 4th place finishes, and he has three top 5's in the NASCAR Nationwide series.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(8-2-2010)
Monday Rundown -- Racing Resources:
*Elliott Sadler won the inaugural Truck series race at Pocono Raceway. It was his first career series victory in his eighth start. his previous best finish was fifth at Charlotte earlier this year. Sadler, who started on the pole, became the sixth driver to win from the first starting position this season. He is the 21st driver to win in all three major NASCAR series.
*Sadler led three times for 31 laps, including the final six.
*Kevin Harvick Inc. posted its 31st series victory and fifth win in 2010. KHI has won the past three races with different drivers (accomplished the same feat in 2008).
*Chevrolet posted its seventh win in 2010 (Toyota has won the other six).
*Kasey Kahne (second) scored his worst series finish -- he won in his other two starts (Darlington and Homestead in 2004).
*Matt Crafton (third) scored his fourth straight top-5 finish.
*Aric Almirola (fourth) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 2010.
*Justin Lofton (fifth) posted his second career top-5 finish.
*Points leader Todd Bodine spun on Lap 40, restarted 24th on Lap 45 and finished 12th.
*Ron Hornaday finished 29th after being involved in a Lap 51 caution.(ESPN.com)(8-2-2010)