Congrats: #17-Timothy Peters and his wife Sara are the proud new parents of their first baby, a boy, Brantley Tony Peters. Brantley Tony came into the world late Monday night, weighing in at 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Mom, Dad and baby are doing great. Ironically, Brantley Tony was born on the 17th, Peters drives the number 17 truck.(WSET) (12-21-2012)
Greenlight Racing looking for drivers: Coming off a highly successful 2012 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with rookie driver Ross Chastain in the #08 Toyota, the SS Green Light Racing team finds itself in the unenviable position of replacing the talented young driver. Chastain had numerous outstanding runs with the veteran team including a seventh at Martinsville in just his second start with the team and a very impressive third at Bristol in August, which has given him the chance to drive for a hi-profile team in 2013. With Chastain's departure, the SS Racing team now has full and part-time opportunities available for both the #07 and #08 trucks for the upcoming 2013 season. The SS Green Light Racing team has two guaranteed starting spots in the first three events of the 2013 NCWTS campaign including the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway on February 22nd, Martinsville on April 6th and Rockingham on April 14th. The team boasts experienced leaders with Bobby Dotter along with a supporting cast lead by crew chief Bryan Berry and has a stable of Toyota Tundra trucks ready for the upcoming racing season. "We've been able to prove over the last several seasons that we can a accomplish a lot with limited resources. We can provide drivers and marketing partners an exceptional value in competitive equipment to maximize their budgets," explained Dotter. "2012 was another solid season for the SS Green Light team, we had several great runs and received a lot of attention from the national media outlets." Dotter is currently recruiting fully or partially funded drivers wishing to compete in top-tier equipment for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Full season, multiple race packages and single races are available. More information about SS Green Light Racing at www.SSRacingonline.com.(SS Racing)(12-20-2012)
Holly to serve as crew chief for Coulter; Kyle Busch running partial schedule in #51: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that veteran crew chief Harold Holly has joined the organization and will lead Joey Coulter in his quest for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. Additionally, the team announced that Coulter will pilot the team's flagship truck, the #18 Tundra, while team owner Kyle Busch will run a partial schedule in the team's second entry, the #51 Tundra. Busch's schedule and the rest of the driver lineup that is being formed to compete for the Truck Series owner's championship will be announced at a later date. With Holly calling the shots in 2012, Coulter earned his first Truck Series win at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in August and captured three pole awards. Under the veteran's guidance, the talented youngster posted eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes en route to a third-place finish in the final driver's point standings in his sophomore Truck Series campaign. Coulter's 749 driver's points accumulated over the final 20 races this season were more than any other Truck Series driver during that span. Overall in two Truck Series seasons together, the duo has accumulated one win, 14 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes over 47 Truck Series starts and one top-10 finish in two Nationwide Series starts. Holly also served as the crew chief for Coulter's two full-time seasons in the ARCA Racing Series (2009 and 2010), during which they registered one win, two poles, 14 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes across 41 events. A fixture in the Nationwide Series garage during the late 1990's and 2000's, Holly led Jeff Green to the 2000 series championship.(KBM)(12-19-2012)
NASCAR makes personnel changes; Chad Little becomes Series director: In an effort to strengthen and grow its racing series for 2013 and beyond, NASCAR announced several revisions to its Competition personnel structure. The following changes will take effect in 2013:
• Joe Balash, who has served as the NASCAR Nationwide Series director since 2004, will be assuming a new role as International Competition Liaison. This position will be the NASCAR point of contact for competition-related matters relative to the NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the Euro Racecar, NASCAR Touring Series and other international competitions and series in which NASCAR may be involved and/or considering involvement. Balash now will report to Richard Buck, who has been promoted to managing director, Competition GRAND-AM and managing director, Touring Series NASCAR.
• Wayne Auton, who has served as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director since 1995, will assume the role of NASCAR Nationwide Series director. Auton will continue to report to John Darby, managing director, competition and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series director.
• Chad Little, currently NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series director and director of Racing Development, Mexico, will serve in the role of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director. Little also will report to Darby.
Brad Moran, currently NASCAR Canadian Tire Series director, will serve in the role of director of Touring Series, NASCAR, reporting to Buck.
With the increasing integration between NASCAR, GRAND-AM, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Euro Racecar, NASCAR Touring Series, these moves are designed to strengthen all of the sport's racing series, both at the national and international levels.(NASCAR)(12-18-2012)
Townley to Red Horse Racing's #7? UPDATE: John Wes Townley will reportedly fill [Parker] Kligerman's vacated seat next season, running the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule in 2013 with Red Horse Racing. Townley competed in 21 of 22 Truck Series races this season, finishing 16th in points despite missing the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. While he managed only two Top-10 finishes in those 21 starts, he showed dramatic improvement over previous seasons, sustaining only two crash-related DNFs. He will reportedly carry his family-based Zaxby's sponsorship to Red Horse Racing, driving the #7 Toyota that won twice this season, including the season-opener at Daytona with driver John King. (Godfather Motorsports.com)(11-21-2012)
UPDATE: After closing out the organization's most successful season to date, Red Horse Racing has signed John Wes Townley to join the team in 2013. Townley is slated to drive the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota with Zaxby's serving as the primary sponsor for the 22-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. After competing for Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and collecting his best series finish of eighth at Pocono Raceway, Townley enters his second full-time season credited with 28 series starts. Veteran crew chief Mike Beam will join John Wes Townley at Red Horse Racing on the #7 Toyota Tundra. Beam has been atop the pit box since the early 80's and is credited with 25 national series victories.(Red Horse Racing)(12-18-2012)
Schrader to run dirt race at Eldora: Short-track and NASCAR racing veteran Ken Schrader shared the stage in the SPEED SPORT Industry Center Friday afternoon at the IMIS trade show with fellow short track racers Brad Doty, Jimmy Horton and Shane Carson. While all four shared entertaining stories that left a standing-room crowd laughing out loud, Schrader's typical antics provided more than a few belly laughs with lines that shouldn't be repeated in most circles. But Schrader not only talked about the cars he's wrecked, the races he's won and the beer he has drank, but discussed his plans for the coming season. The 57-year-old Schrader, who drove Frank Stoddard's #32 in 13 races in 2012, says he will be back behind the wheel of that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car in 10 races next season. "We run 28th or 32nd most of the time, but we still have fun out there racing, well, I guess we have fun out there running around," Schrader said. "We're going to run 10 races next year. The only bad thing about that is that it shoots the hell out of 10 weekends that we could be out running the modified somewhere." Schrader will also travel the Midwest with his modified as has became his annual trek of summer. But he also has also added a new race to his 2013 calendar. "We're putting a truck together to go over and run the race at Eldora," said Schrader of the July 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. It will be the first race for the series on a dirt track.(National Speed Sport News)(12-10-2012)
Devin Jones to Make Truck Debut in 2013: Late Model Stock driver, Devin Jones will launch into 2013 with plans to race his #35 VeriStor Chevy Truck during the NASCAR weekend at Martinsville Speedway on April 6. This will be the start of a limited 2013 schedule for Devin Jones Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. Jones is moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck series after cutting his teeth on tracks across the southeast in both the PASS Super Late Model and UARA-STARS Late Model Stock touring series. He is signed to drive for Young Motor Sports, a team that has expanded their truck effort to two trucks for the next season. Devin Jones' teammate will be Tyler Young in the #02 truck. For 2013, Devin Jones Racing is planning to run a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule so that Jones can maintain his Rookie status for 2014. When Jones isn't racing the NASCAR Camping World Truck, he will again run his #35 VeriStor Late Model Stock car in the UARA-STARS series throughout the Southeast as he looks to capture the series title.(Devin Jones Racing PR)(12-7-2012)
Gresham returns to ESR for 2013; plans full season: Max Gresham has re-signed with Eddie Sharp Racing to drive the #8 Made In USA Brand (MIUSA) Chevrolet Silverado for the 2013 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 19-year-old driver from Griffin, Ga. made five selected starts with Eddie Sharp Racing this year at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway. The successful relationship resulted in race-by-race progress, including an 11th-place finish at Martinsville in October and a 12th-place effort at Texas. It was this progress that led Eddie Sharp, Gresham, and the Made In USA Brand to continue their growing relationship next season. Gresham said he plans to compete in all 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races next year with Eddie Sharp Racing, including a series-first visit to Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway, a half-mile dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio, as well as the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park road course near Toronto, Canada. Chris Showalter will return as Gresham's crew chief. The team plans to open the season with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22.(ESR/Max Gresham PR)(12-6-2012)
Bodine out at Red Horse Racing? UPDATE ride there if sponsorship found: Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine appears to be out of a ride at Red Horse Racing. Multiple sources say the team laid-off a number of employees today, with plans to field only two full-time Truck Series Toyotas next season. Bodine, the 2006 and 2010 NCWTS champion, finished 14th in the 2012 championship standings with one win -- at Dover on June 1 -- along with five Top-5 and seven Top-10 finishes. He appears to be the odd-man-out at Red Horse Racing, with his #11 machine set to be parked due to a lack of sponsorship. Peters, who finished second behind champion James Buescher, and John Wes Townley, who brings sponsorship from the family-owned Zaxby's fast food chain, will drive the team's #17 and 7 Toyotas in 2013. Calls to both Bodine and Red Horse Racing seeking comment were not immediately returned.(GodfatherMotorsports.com)(11-26-2012)
UPDATE: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Todd Bodine is in familiar territory this off-season -- facing an unsettled 2013. For the second consecutive year, the 48-year-old from Chemung is looking for sponsorship to keep his driving ambitions alive. After earning Truck Series titles in 2006 and 2010 with Germain Racing, Bodine was let go from the team after the 2011 season because of a lack of sponsorship Bodine found a home with the three-truck Red Horse Racing team in 2012 after he secured a sponsor for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. With limited sponsorship, they managed to complete a full season. Now, without a sponsor in place for Red Horse Racing to run a third truck in 2013, Bodine is once again scrambling. Bodine said he's "optimistically hopeful" his wife [Janet] will put a deal together. If she does, Bodine said he will be able to return to the Red Horse team. That is contrary to other reports, which speculated the team would run only two teams -- one for the returning Timothy Peters and the other for self-funded driver John Wes Townley. If we get sponsorship, we are more than welcome to race there," Bodine said. "I'm a Toyota guy, and there are very few Toyota Teams. They are obviously one of the best and they would be more than happy to have me back." Bodine confirmed, though, that the Red Horse team has laid off personnel. Bodine struggled in the series this year with eight non-finishes out of 22 events. He ended up a career-low 14th in the final standings. Bodine had not finished below fourth in the Truck Series standings from 2005 to 2010 before finishing sixth in 2011. Bodine did pick up a win this year, his 22nd in the series, along with five top-five finishes.(Elmira Star-Gazette)(12-6-2012)
Gaughan to drive full 2013 NCWTS season for RCR: Brendan Gaughan will reunite with crew chief Shane Wilson to run a full season and compete for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in Richard Childress Racing's #62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado. Driving for RCR in 2012, the Las Vegas native competed in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races (three top-five and five top-10 finishes) and 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He has competed in six full seasons in the Camping World Truck Series since he made his series debut in 1997. In 195 races, Gaughan has earned eight victories, 67 top-10 finishes and three pole awards. He is also scheduled to run two races on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 9) and Road America (June 22). Gaughan and Wilson first teamed up in 2000, running four Camping World Truck Series races that year and three more in 2001, earning a third-place finish at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. They ran a full season in 2002, winning both races (June 7 and Sept. 13) at Texas Motor Speedway and finishing 11th in the driver championship point standings. The next year was a breakout season for the duo, winning six races, earning 18 top-10 finishes and three pole awards on the way to a third-place finish in the driver championship point standings. Together they made the move in 2004 to a full season the Sprint Cup Series, earning one top-five and two other top-10 finishes. The #62 South Point Hotel & Casino team will begin the 2013 Camping World Truck Series season with the owner points earned by RCR's #22 entry in 2012.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(12-5-2012)
JDM & NTS Motorsports join forces to form three-truck team in 2013: Joe Denette Motorsports is pleased to announce a merger with NTS Motorsports to create a three-truck "powerhouse" for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The team will field three full-time NCWTS entries under the NTS Motorsports banner with Ron Hornaday back behind the wheel of the #9 Chevrolet Silverado and Brennan Newberry continuing in the #14 Chevrolet Silverado. The team will also field the #24 entry full-time with a full driver lineup to be announced at a future date. However, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran, Kevin Harvick will pilot the machine in both Martinsville Speedway events in April and October, respectively. Joe Denette will remain owner of Hornaday's #9 Chevrolet and Bob Newberry will continue as owner of the #14. The two will become co-owners of the #24 entry.
Veteran Ron Hornaday has inked a two-year contract to remain with the team behind the wheel of the #9 Chevrolet Silverado. It will mark Hornaday's 14th full season of NCWTS competition. Bruce Cook has been named NTS Motorsports Director of Competition. Cook, who has six NCWTS victories to his credit, including two with Ron Hornaday, will also assume the role of crew chief for Hornaday's #9 machine. Hornaday, a four-time NCWTS champion and the series' most-winning driver, was paired with Cook for four of the final six races of the 2011 season. The duo was able to capture, two wins, one pole and four top-five finishes
Dan Deeringhoff, who guided Clint Bowyer to a NASCAR Nationwide Series title in 2008, will remain as crew chief for Brennan Newberry on the #14 truck for a second year. Next season will mark Newberry's first full-time NCWTS season. Newberry made his NCWTS debut at Martinsville Speedway in March of 2012 and competed in 10 of the 22 series events in 2012.
The crew chief for the #24 entry will be determined at a later date. However, the team is already looking forward to having Kevin Harvick behind the wheel at Martinsville Speedway where he has previously led 584 laps en route to three victories and two poles in 15 starts. All three NTS Motorsports teams will utilize ECR Engines for the 2013 season; a move that team officials feel will give them a competitive advantage. NTS Motorsports will operate out of the former Kevin Harvick Inc. shop in Kernersville, North Carolina. Bob Newberry and Wes Furrh jointly purchased the property in November, boasting 70,000 square feet of shop space. The three-team "powerhouse" looks to continue the success in 2013 that KHI produced in the building in previous seasons with two NCWTS championships and 43 series victories. Sponsorship announcements will be forthcoming in the following weeks.(JDM/NTS Motorsports PR)(12-5-2012)
Congrats to Joe & Meagan Denette: Joe Denette, owner of Joe Denette Motorsports, and wife Meagan have something to be thankful for tonight [Dec. 4]. The couple welcomed their second child, Brooklyn Paige Denette, to the world via a gestational carrier, Heather Childress, at 5:10 p.m. Brooklyn is 9 pounds, 11 ounces and 21.5 inches.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(12-5-2012)
2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top Performances: For seven consecutive seasons, from 2004 through 2010, the man who raised the championship trophy at season's end had already celebrated his 40th birthday. But last year, Austin Dillon continued his meteoric ascent to stardom, becoming the series' youngest champion at the age of 21 years, six months and 22 days. Graduating to the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season, Dillon ran away with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor. And 2012? This season's follow-up to a 2011 youth movement was yet another one -- this one even more pronounced. James Buescher won the title at the age of 22 years, seven months and 21 days -- the second-youngest champion in series history. Buescher battled Austin's younger brother, Ty, throughout the 2012 campaign. Ty Dillon, 20 years of age, finished fourth in the series. In fact, four of the top five final points finishers -- Buescher, Dillon, Joey Coulter and Parker Kligerman -- have yet to turn 23. The youth movement continues. As is always the case in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, there were some outstanding performances and spectacular highlights that took place during the recently completed 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck season. The following is a look back at some of those standout performers and memorable races.
James Buescher -- The Lone Star State rocked, as Buescher became the first Texan to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. A winner of a series-high four races, Buescher especially excelled on the intermediate tracks. All four of his wins, including a sweep of Kentucky Speedway, came at 1.5-mile venues. This season was one of retribution for Buescher. In 2011, he failed to qualify at Phoenix, the second race of the season. Though finishing third in points, the Phoenix setback spoiled a campaign that otherwise saw Buescher chip in one championship-worthy performance after another. This season, however, he started all 22 races, stationed in the top five points for 20 of them.
Timothy Peters (Honorable Mention) -- Peters, the oldest member of the final top five at only 32 years of age, was the picture of consistency during the 2012 season. Peters, who finished second in the championship points and never fell out of the top three, tallied two wins, 10 top fives and 16 top 10s. His personal highlight of the 2012 season came at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he turned in one of the most dominating performances in the last 15 years. There, he led all 204 laps, becoming the first driver to lead every single lap in the truck series since Ron Hornaday Jr. did it in 1997.
Comeback Driver of the Year
Justin Lofton -- Lofton personified the "sophomore slump" phenomenon in 2011. After a solid 2010 rookie season where he scored four top fives and eight top 10s en route to a 12th place points finish, Lofton failed to score a single top-five in 2011. There was little reason to believe he'd be a factor in 2012. He shirked those beliefs, big time. Driving for Eddie Sharp Racing, Lofton captured his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Charlotte and finished eighth in points. Scoring a career-high 13 top 10s, Lofton also won his first Keystone Pole Award, at Chicagoland Speedway.
Red Horse Racing -- It's rare that the championship winning team wouldn't also win the "Top Team" award in a rundown like this, but there's good reason to give it to Red Horse Racing. Actually, there are four good reasons: Timothy Peters, Parker Kligerman, John King and Todd Bodine. All four drivers, who strapped in for owner Tom DeLoach this season, and won at least one race. That's never happened in this 18-year history of the series. Better yet, the team had two legitimate championship threats in Peters and Kligerman, who finished second and fifth, respectively.
Turner Motorsports (Honorable Mention) -- The championship winning team won a series-high seven races in 2012, with three different drivers. Champion James Buescher won four, Nelson Piquet Jr. won two and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kasey Kahne won the inaugural series race at Rockingham Speedway. Team owner Steve Turner accomplished all of that after coming into the 2012 season without a single victory to his credit.
Top Breakthrough Performance
Ty Dillon -- Talk about pressure. For his rookie season, Dillon was stepping into a truck owned by his grandfather (Richard Childress) that just won the championship with his brother Austin driving, and was sporting one the sport's most iconic numbers -- the #3. So, it would be understandable if there were some rookie jitters. There weren't any. At all. He opened up the season with nine consecutive top-10 finishes, and eventually took the points lead after race #15. He nabbed his first series win -- at Atlanta -- and threatened to become the first driver in series history to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year and the championship in the same season. He came close, but a late-race wreck in the season-finale crushed any hopes of a title. Still, he did win rookie honors, easily.
Parker Kligerman (Honorable Mention) -- Few handled adversity with the type of determination that Kligerman showed in 2012. After losing his ride with Brad Keselowski Racing midseason, Tom DeLoach offered Kligerman a job at his Red Horse Racing organization. Kligerman made DeLoach look smart, scoring eight top 10s in 11 starts including his first win (Talladega) and a fifth-place points finish.
Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16) -- Five drivers entered the season finale with a mathematical chance at winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. James Buescher ended the night as champion – but it was far from a sure thing throughout the race. Ty Dillon posed the biggest threat, but his hopes evaporated after colliding with NASCAR Drive for Diversity product Kyle Larson for the lead with less than 10 laps remaining. Larson led the most laps in the event, with Cale Gale capturing his first series victory. Gale became the 16th different winner and ninth different first-time winner of the season, both series records.
American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway (Sept. 15) – Iowa Speedway has quickly developed the reputation of providing unmatched entertainment and drama when hosting NASCAR national series event. This one was no different. The race was a battle of young guns, as Parker Kligerman and Ryan Blaney proved to be the class of the field. Kligerman led the most laps, but his hopes for a first win were dashed after a late race spin. Blaney went onto became the youngest winner in series history at 18 years, eight months and 15 days in only his third career race.(NASCAR IMC)(12-4-2012)
Ty Dillon, Ryan Blaney among candidates for ESPN's "NEXT" Class: Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes the magazine calls NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real. 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie-of-the-Year winner, Ty Dillon and Ryan Blaney are among the nominees. To be selected for the newest NEXT class, the drivers must win a vote against four other drivers from various disciplines. The five candidates are; Ty Dillon, Khalid alBalooshi, Ryan Blaney, Conor Daly, and Corey LaJoie. The magazine will also select winners from the categories of action sports, baseball, basketball, fighting, football, golf, hockey, the Olympics, soccer, and tennis.(ESPN The Magazine)(12-4-2012)
NASCAR penalizes #57 team for Talladega infraction: UPDATE Appeal results and statement: NASCAR has penalized the #57 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during opening day inspection last Thursday, Oct. 4 at Talladega Superspeedway. The #57 truck was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR Officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20B of the NASCAR Rule Book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the Event); Section 20B-2.3A: (any weight added to the truck must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR Officials: Improperly attached weight to the truck bed cover) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Ted Walters has been fined $5,000, and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(10-9-2012)
UPDATE: On Dec. 3, 2012, the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties of the No. 57 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. The penalties concern Sections 12-1: (Actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J: (Any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20B of the NASCAR Rule Book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20B-2.3A (Any weight added to the truck must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officials – improperly attached weight to the truck bed cover) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. The penalties stemmed from a failed opening-day inspection in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday, Oct. 4. The results of the appeal hearing were as follows: upholding the NASCAR probation of crew chief Ted Walters until Dec. 3; reducing the fine of crew chief Ted Walters from $5,000 to $1,000.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(12-3-2012)
Paludo returning to Turner Motorsports in 2013: Turner Motorsports and Miguel Paludo announced today that the top-tier NASCAR team and the rising Brazilian talent will extend their partnership in 2013. Paludo, who joined the championship-winning team in 2012, will compete full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season. Paludo will return to the seat of the #32 Chevrolet Silverado with sponsorship from long-time partner Duroline Brakes and Components, along with additional marketing partners to be announced at a later date. Crew chief Jeff Hensley will continue to lead the team from atop the pit box. A two-time champion in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil (2008, 2009), Paludo made his NASCAR debut in 2010 with a partial NCWTS schedule before joining the full-time ranks in 2011. Paludo has made 51 starts in the Truck Series, accumulating four top-fives, 14 top-10s, one pole and a best finish of third (Michigan International Speedway, August 2011). Paludo also made history in the 2012 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway by becoming the first Brazilian driver to win a pole in one of NASCAR's top-three series. Paludo concluded the 2012 season 10th in the NCWTS point standings, his best points finish in two full-time seasons of Truck Series competition.(Turner Motorsports PR)(12-3-2012)