Starr withdraws Pocono entry: Despite being 16th in Camping World Truck Series points, the #81 entry for David Starr has been withdrawn for the Pocono Mountains 125 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. "We have been very lucky this season with the partners that we have, Zachry, AdvoCare, and BYF to name a few, who have all gone above and beyond to support us this season," Starr said. "But right now, we don't have the money lined-up for a handful of races. We are fortunate and thankful to our partners this season and we're looking forward returning strong with those same partners to our next race this season."(David Starr PR)(7-31-2012)
Hamlin in #18 at Pocono; GNC to sponsor; image added: Denny Hamlin will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2012, driving the #18 GNC Franchising Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. KBM's flagship Tundra will be sporting a new primary sponsor this week, GNC Franchising. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., GNC Franchising has been the #1 Vitamin Retail Franchise for 22 years in a row with more than 7,100 retail locations throughout the United States and 45 international markets. Hamlin, who has competed in 13 career Truck Series races, made two starts in his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate's Tundra during the 2011 season. In his KBM debut last October, he became the 23rd driver in history to collect at least one win in each of NASCAR's top three divisions when he drove the #18 Toyota to victory in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. He returned to the truck for the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, and came home with a runner-up finish in the rain-shortened event. The third-year team is hoping that Hamlin's expertise at the "Tricky Triangle" can help propel them to their first win in the Pocono Mountains, as the challenging three-turn track is one of just seven venues on the 2012 Truck Series schedule where KBM has yet to claim victory. The #18 Tundra has come up one spot short in each of its first two Truck Series starts at Pocono Raceway - Kasey Kahne piloted the team's Toyota to a runner-up finish in the inaugural event and owner-driver Kyle Busch duplicated that finish in last year's race.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR) [Image of the #18-GNC Franchising Toyota is posted on the #18 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.(7-31-2012)
George back in the #2 for Pocono: Tim George Jr. will pilot Chassis #025 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Pocono Mountains 125. This RCR Chevrolet was utilized by Kevin Harvick at Dover International Speedway earlier this season where he earned the pole award and finished third. This weekend's 50-lap affair will mark George's first Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway. Although the New York City native has yet to make any competitive laps at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in the Truck Series, he has made six ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts, garnering one victory, two top-five and three top-10 finishes.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-31-2012)
Martel to make series debut at Pocono: UPDATE more info: Go PINK at Pocono is a joint awareness event of Bill Martel Racing and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). Through this partnership and the assistance of sponsors and the Pocono Raceway, the goal is to raise $125,000 for the PBCC. The Pennsylvania 400 Weekend is scheduled for August 3-5, 2012. Kyle Martel will race a PINK truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountain 125 and a PINK car in The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 . Presented by Menard's. [Martel has made 12 ARCA Series starts. The most recent in 2011; both at Pocono.](GoPinkAtPocono.org)(7-26-2012)
UPDATE: Martel will be competing in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series [#59-PBCC/Hanover/Finish Line Chevrolet] race and the Pennsylvania 125 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race [#43-Hanover Cold Storage-Finish Line Transport Chevrolet] which run back-to-back, with the Truck race at 1:00pm and the ARCA race at 3:00pm/et. "The reason we elected to do both races is that we'll be racing for a great cause - the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition to promote breast cancer awareness. The ARCA car and the truck are black with hot pink accents with a very large pink ribbon on both. We hope to bring awareness across the state for breast cancer. Both efforts will be fielded out of family-owned Bill Martel Racing's Lebanon shop headquarters.[Crew Chief, Gene Roberts](ARCA Racing Newsletter)(7-31-2012)
Dillon prior ARCA winner, first Pocono trucks: This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway ... Ty Dillon will pilot the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125. This week's 50-lap race marks Dillon's third appearance at the Long Pond, Pa.-based facility. Although the RCR driver has yet to compete at the 2.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, Dillon earned a fourth-place finish in his first event at Pocono Raceway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in June 2011. In the series' second appearance at the track in August 2011, Dillon led for 34 circuits and made a trip to Victory Lane, marking one of his seven ARCA Racing Series wins last season. Dillon is second in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 23 points behind leader Timothy Peters. Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings by 51 points ahead of driver Cale Gale.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-31-2012)
Armstrong family racing featured on Pocono setup: Returning to his racing roots during the off weekend, Dakoda Armstrong raced his USAC midget in the Mopar National Midget Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway last Saturday. SPEED channel was along for the weekend and documented Armstrong and his family racing operation, C&A Motorsports. The feature will air on this week's NCWTS Setup show, broadcast on SPEED at 12:00pm/et, prior to the Pocono Mountains 125. Heading to a newly paved "Tricky Triangle" this weekend for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, Armstrong and the #98 EverFi Toyota Tundra team will have the confidence of a new truck on their side. Armstrong will start the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday with a brand new chassis underneath him, built exclusively by his team. Armstrong has three previous starts at Pocono to his credit, all in the ARCA Racing Series. His best finish of second came in the fall of 2010, but the rookie of the year contender knows that due to its repaved surface, the unique Pennsylvania track will have a new set of challenges this weekend.(Armstrong/Thorsport Racing PR)(7-31-2012)
Koike Aronson returns to #31 for Pocono: The #31 Koike Aronson Chevrolet Silverado team will bring chassis TMS-214 to the "Tricky Triangle" for Saturday's 50-lap race. TMS-214 last saw racing action two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway where James Buescher wheeled it into victory lane. TMS-214 has three victories so far in 2012 (Kansas Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and Chicagoland Speedway). Turner Motorsports welcomes back Koike Aronson Ransome to the #31 truck for Saturday's race at Pocono Raceway. Koike Aronson Ransome designs and manufactures one of the world's broadest lines of welding positioners and thermal cutting products, as well as supplying portable and gas apparatus equipment. Buescher will visit the international headquarters of Koike Aronson, Inc.in Buffalo, N.Y. on Thursday, August 2nd. In two previous starts at Pocono Raceway, posted an eleventh place finish in 2010 and finished third in 2011.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-31-2012)
Piquet busy during series off-week: Nelson Piquet Jr. enjoyed his NCWTS off week. After completing the Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon the Sunday after the NCWTS Chicagoland Speedway race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 43 seconds, the Brazilian driver then celebrated his 27th birthday later that week. Piquet Jr. also made a quick trip up to Pennsylvania on Friday, July 27th for a media advance for Pocono Raceway. The tour included a stop at the Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital where the Brazilian spent time with some very deserving young patients. The tour concluded at the Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp where Piquet Jr. went long for a pass from NFL star Michael Vick. The #30 Autotrac Chevrolet Silverado team will bring chassis TMS-218 to Pocono Raceway for Saturday afternoon's Pocono Mountains 125 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. This is a brand-new chassis for the Turner Motorsports team. Piquet has one previous start at Pocono Raceway, in 2011, where he finished 14th.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-31-2011)
Bodine hosting golf tournament; NE PA Toyota Dealers to sponsor: For two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine, Pocono Raceway is home away from home. The Chemung, N.Y. native and driver of the #11 Northeast Toyota Dealers Toyota Tundra is anxious to be in Long Pond, Pennsylvania after spending many years racing with older brothers Brett and Geoff at the 2.5-mile Tri-oval. Collectively, the Bodine brothers have 87 Sprint Cup Series starts, with brother Geoff collecting three wins at the raceway. Bodine and wife Janet will host the Third Annual 'Onion Slice Open' on Thursday, August 2nd. The golf tournament will be held at Blue Ridge Trail Golf course located in Mountaintop, PA. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the pediatric patients suffering from traumatic brain injury at Allied Services Rehabilitation in Wilkes Barre, PA. The Northeast Pennsylvania Toyota Dealers will serve as the presenting sponsor of the tournament alongside the primary sponsorship on Bodine's #11 Toyota Tundra during Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125. (Red Horse Racing PR) [More information on the 'Onion Slice Open' is posted on the Jayski Charities page.](7-30-2012)
Advance Payment Systems joins Kyle Busch Motorsports: Advanced Payment Services is teaming up with Kyle Busch Motorsports as an associate sponsor with NASCAR Nationwide Series #54 Monster Energy Toyota and the Camping World Truck Series Dollar General/Shore Lodge #18 Toyota, with continuing business solutions for Kyle Busch Retail and the Kyle Busch Foundation. Advanced Payment Services is a Long Island based company in New York and a registered ISO/AGENT of HSBC Bank USA, National Association, Buffalo, NY that provides Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover merchant services.(KBM)(7-27-2012)
Herring to make series debut in KBM's #18 at Iowa: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today that Drew Herring will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut driving the team's flagship #18 Tundra in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Sept. 15. Herring has eight career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series , including an 11th-place finish after qualifying fifth in his most recent start at Iowa Speedway last August. Last season, the Benson, N.C. native finished 12th or better in all four of his NNS starts for Joe Gibbs Racing, collecting two top-10 finishes while leading 39 laps and completing all 929 laps available. The addition of Herring completes the driver lineup on the #18 Tundra for the 2012 season. Jason Leffler will drive the truck in six of the remaining 12 races, Brian Scott will be behind the wheel four more times while Herring and Denny Hamlin will each compete in one race.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-25-2012)
WESCO to sponsor Ty Dillon in two NNS races: WESCO Distribution, Inc., a leading full-line wholesale distributor of electrical, industrial, utility and data communications products and advanced supply chain procurement services, has entered a sponsorship with Richard Childress Racing for the 2012 season. The Pittsburgh -based company will serve as primary sponsor of the #51 Chevrolet driven by Ty Dillon in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season. The 20-year-old driver's first scheduled race in the WESCO Chevrolet is set to take place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, marking a historical weekend for the Nationwide Series as they make their inaugural visit to the famed 2.5-mile track. Dillon is slated to return to the WESCO Chevrolet this fall under the lights in the Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-25-2012)
Bodine speaks out on Bristol layout changes: Todd Bodine is not happy about the facelift to Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the veteran NASCAR driver, track owner Bruton Smith went too far in reacting to the complaints of disgruntled fans. "To be quite honest I was pretty disappointed with the whole process," Bodine said. "I'm not going to say they ruined things because this is Bristol and it's always going to have great racing -- but to take that outside groove away wasn't the answer. The answer was for Goodyear to fix the tires." Bodine and Timothy Peters were in Bristol on Monday to promote next month's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at BMS. It was announced Monday that the University of Northwestern Ohio will sponsor both the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified event and UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series event Aug. 22. For Bodine, the transformation of BMS is personal. In 2006, Bodine met with officials from Speedway Motorsports, Inc., and discussed the nuances of the variable banking that was put in place at the half-time BMS layout in 2007. While the drivers in all three of NASCAR's top series enjoyed the gentler version of BMS, fans grew increasingly disenchanted over the lack of cautions at a track once famous for mayhem. Bodine followed both sides of the Bristol debates. And he feels the critics of BMS overlooked a couple of key factors. "I know that the fans didn't like all the green flag laps," Bodine said. "But that wasn't a product of the track, it was a product of great race car drivers not making mistakes. Hopefully these changes won't cause any wrecks," Bodine said. "There are still two grooves - in the middle and on the bottom. And eventually that top groove will come back in. Once everybody gets up on the edge of it and tip toes into the side of it, the rubber will start building up and we will get the grip back. So we will have some side-by-side racing, I'm sure."(to read complete article, go to TriCities.com)(7-25-2012)
White to co-drive in Rolex Series at Indianapolis: O'Connell Racing has announced that Jason White of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be the co-driver with Kevin O'Connell for the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis this weekend. Jason, along with sponsor partner GunBroker.com will be making their debut in the Rolex Series in the Rick Ware Racing Ford BOSS Mustang. This will be the first professional sports car race for White and Gunbroker.com and both will be included for the balance of the year in the RWR North American Tour presented by Poynt. GunBroker.com will be joined by marketing partners Poynt Corporation, General Pacific Partners (GPP), Adia Nutrition and SHANIA KIDS CAN, the 2012 cause related effort supported by Rick Ware Racing and GPP.(O'Connell Racing PR)(7-25-2012)
Hamlin to drive #18 for KBM at Pocono: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today that Denny Hamlin will drive the team's #18 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 4. Hamlin has collected one win, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 13 career Truck Series starts, including a win and a runner-up finish in two starts for KBM last season. The Virginia native became the 23rd driver in history to win at least one race in all three of NASCAR's top three divisions last October, when he drove the #18 Tundra to victory at Martinsville Speedway. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the rain-shortened Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November. The 31-year-old boasts an impressive resume at "The Tricky Triangle," registering four wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes over 13 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.5-mile venue. He finished ninth driving Billy Ballew's Toyota in his lone Truck Series start at the Pennsylvania track in 2010. The #18 Tundra has finished in the runner-up spot in each of its two visits to Pocono Raceway. Kasey Kahne led 17 laps but finished second in the inaugural Truck Series event in the Keystone State and KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch duplicated that finish in last year's race.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-24-2012)
NCWTS ratings up for Chicago: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Chicago enjoyed a Household Ratings increase of 4% when compared to the equivalent race date from last season (.59 vs. .57), while NCWTS qualifying was up 76% (.37 vs. .21) and the popular pre-race show, NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda was up 22% (.33 vs. .27) according to Nielsen Media Research. During the time period of the Trucks race, SPEED was the highest-rated sports network in basic cable and was the 7th highest-rated network overall among M35-54. It was also the highest-rated Trucks race on SPEED with HHs in three months (since the 0.73 from Charlotte on 5/18/12). The next race is scheduled for Aug. 4 from Pocono Raceway with NCWTS Setup at 12:30pm/et and green-flag racing at 1:00pm/et.(SPEEDtv PR)(7-24-2012)
UNOH extends sponsorship to include Bristol truck race: The University of Northwestern Ohio, like many drivers during a NASCAR race weekend, will be doing double duty at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, sponsoring two events. The sponsor of the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified event at BMS since 2009, the college also will sponsor the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series event Aug. 22, the second half of the Wednesday night doubleheader. Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis, the president of the University of Northwestern Ohio, says the partnership with BMS continues to be extremely beneficial for the university. "Everyone at the University of Northwestern Ohio is very excited about extending our partnership with Bristol Motor Speedway to the Camping World Truck Series," he said "We've been sponsoring the Modified event since 2009 and the opportunities it has given our students, staff and facility since we started have been immeasurable. Steve Farmer, Vice President of Business Development at UNOH, feels moving to the Camping World Truck Series made perfect sense. "With the success we've had sponsoring the Modified race, it just makes more sense for us to be associated with the Truck Series because it is a higher profile event," he said. "It'll be more exposure for the University of Northwestern Ohio and our students and our programs." UNOH is on board as sponsor of the Truck Series race through 2016. This will be the final year of its sponsorship of the Modified event.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(7-23-2012)
Crafton enters ARCA event at LOR: UPDATE more info: From the ARCA News Bulletin: The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will re-engage its short track roots for the upcoming Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 Friday night, July 27 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton has already filed an entry, as has his ThorSport Racing teammate and nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel of Clarksville, Indiana.(ARCA Racing PR)(7-9-2012)
UPDATE: NASCAR veteran Matt Crafton will make the fifth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of his career in next Friday's Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Crafton will drive the #88 Messina Wildlife Management/Menards Toyota for ThorSport Racing, joining teammate Frank Kimmel, driver of the #44 Ansell/Menards entry. The number on Crafton's ARCA car will match that on his ThorSport truck, the #88 Menards Toyota.(ARCARacing.com)(7-22-2012)
Mayhew to BKR's #19 for four: During the Chicagoland race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Phil Parsons reported that Brad Keselowski Racing is planning to run David Mayhew in the BKR #19 truck for four races later this season. [What races Mayhew will run were not announced.](7-21-2012)
Illiana Watermelon Association to back Chastain at Chicago: As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes it's way across the country, Ross Chastain and the SS Green Light Racing team have partnered with another local association to help promote the benefits of the delicious, juicy fruit that is grown throughout the country as the Illiana Watermelon Association (Illinois and Indiana) have joined to support the young farmer from Florida on Saturday night in the American Ethanol 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Chastain has never raced at the Chicagoland Speedway but is looking forward to some better luck than the first few races this season on mile-and-a half speedways where mechanical gremlins have slowed the #08 Toyota on several occasions. "We're going to have four different Watermelon Queens at the track this weekend. The Illiana board will have a booth in the midway and we'll have the National Queen, the Illiana Queen as well as Florida and South Carolina Queens and they'll all be handing out watermelon this weekend." There are 36 trucks on the entry list for the American Ethanol 225, which will prelude the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Johnny Chapman is set to pilot the #07 for SS Green Light Racing.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(7-20-2012)
Starr makes 300th series start at Chicago: When David Starr starts the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday he will be starting his 300th career NASCAR Truck Series race. The driver of the #81 Zachry Toyota has many accomplishments during his fifteen full seasons in the NASCAR Truck Series, but this one is special. Starr, has been extraordinarily fortunate in his NASCAR Truck Series racing career. In 299 starts he has won at four different tracks -- Las Vegas, Martinsville, Gateway and Phoenix -- has 47 top 5's and 115 top 10s. Over the fifteen-year career he has raced 45,801 laps and 52,147.3 miles. This milestone puts Starr 5th on the all time career starts list for the Truck Series. "This is a significant accomplishment." Starr reflects, "I'm proud of what I do and I can't believe I've reached 300 starts. There have been times in my career that I was not sure what the plan was for the weekend but through the help of a lot of people and sponsors, I've made it here. Ever since I was three years old going to the races with my dad I wanted to accomplish the dream I'm living today. I'm proud to be a part of the sport of NASCAR. I'm also thankful for all of the team owners and team members who have helped me achieve this milestone. I have a lot more racing left in me and I wouldn't mind being at the top of the all time career starts list." What is next for Starr to accomplish? He wants another win, and then a few more.(David Starr PR)(7-18-2012)
UPDATE:Several new sponsors have joined in this week to help David celebrate his 300th start including: Niece Equipment, Thoroughbred Contractors, LLC, Jerry Squires, HR Fix, Aubrey Health Mart Pharmacy, ASC Environmental Services, John Avary with Light Tower Rentals, Don Hanvey with Oil Interests Inc., BRG Motorsports, A - Affordable Office Furniture, RedTopRacing.net, and season supporter the Build Your Future campaign and NCCER.(Starr/Arrington Racing PR)(7-20-2012)
MB Motorsports & Lafferty team up for Chicago: MB Motorsports and Lafferty Motorsports have teamed up for the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Chris Lafferty will make his 16th Nascar Camping World Truck Series start and first on the fast, mile and a half tri-oval. The black #65 Chevy Silverado will feature his nationally syndicated television program, "Chris Lafferty's Motorsports TV", which has been given the green light for a second season on FOX Sports Network. Sitting atop the pit box, making the calls will be MB Motorsports owner Mike Mittler. Mittler has been a fixture in the truck series since its inaugural 1995 season.(MB Motorsports PR)(7-19-2012)
Crafton racing TORC Series along with trucks at Chicagoland: Matt Crafton, driving the #88 Schrock Cabinetry/Menards Toyota Tundra, heads to Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday July 21st. This will be Crafton's 4th start at this venue, including one pole and two top ten finishes. Currently Matt is one point out of the 5th position in the driver point standings and has his eye on obtaining that spot this weekend. The #88 will be utilizing chassis #36 at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the same chassis that finished 2nd in Texas and 4th in Kentucky. Matt Crafton will also be racing in the TORC Series at Chicago. He will be racing a TORC PRO 2 truck sponsored by Nitro Circus on Thursday night.(ThorSport Racing PR)(7-19-2012)
Gresham & Joe Denette Motorsports part ways: UPDATE Gresham to Eddie Sharp Racing for five: Max Gresham and Joe Denette Motorsports announced to part ways today, effective immediately. The mutual decision by both parties will end the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series association between the Griffin, GA driver and Kernersville, NC based team after just eight races this season. Gresham's best finish behind the wheel of the #24 JDM Chevrolet Silverado this season was 18th at Rockingham Speedway in April. The team posted an average finishing position of 23.8 in their first eight starts together and Gresham is currently 20th in the 2012 NCWTS championship driver point standings. "I know everyone expected to do better than that," stated Gresham. "The guys at JDM are some of the hardest working I have ever been around and they did their best to give me great equipment week in and out. Joe (Denette) is a really, really nice guy and he's dedicated to the sport and his team and committed to making both as good as possible. Honestly, everybody did their best this year. Unfortunately, we just didn't have the results to show for it." JDM will continue to campaign the #9 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ron Hornaday, Jr. throughout the remainder of the 2012 NCWTS season. Gresham, the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, indicated he and his advisory team are currently weighing other NASCAR opportunities for the remainder of this season and beyond. "I'd like to do some more Truck Series races this year, maybe some Nationwide too," Gresham stated. "The big thing will be to stay in the seat and stay as fresh as possible. I know we're going to run some Late Model races for now and continue to do that until we sort out what what kind of NASCAR opportunities I have later this year and next season in 2013."(Joe Denette Motorsports/Gresham PR)(7-9-2012)
UPDATE: Just days after parting company with the Joe Dennette Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, Max Gresham will make five starts in a third Chevrolet fielded by Eddie Sharp Racing. Reliable sources say Gresham will make his ESR debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, with additional starts scheduled at Kentucky (Sept. 21), Martinsville (Oct. 27), Texas (Nov. 2) and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16. Officials at Eddie Sharp Racing were not immediately available for comment.(Motorsports-Soapbox Blog)(7-19-2012)
Lofton running Lofton Cattle colors at Chicago: Justin Lofton will make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend in the American Ethanol 225. Lofton has accumulated an impressive resume at the mile-and-a-half track with two NCWTS starts, one NASCAR Nationwide Series start and two ARCA starts. Lofton went to victory lane in his first career start in the Windy City when he recorded an ARCA Racing Series win in 2009. In the NCWTS at Chicagoland, Lofton has one top-five finish (fifth, 2010) and a top-10 starting position (10th, 2010). For the second week in a row, the #6 Chevrolet Silverado will feature another new look this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. After racing with a blue paint scheme last weekend, Lofton's Chevrolet turns orange for Saturday night's American Ethanol 225. The #6 Chevrolet will feature the logos of Lofton Cattle and SPEED Energy Drink on the bed top in Joliet, Illinois.(Justin Lofton/ESR PR.)(7-19-2012)
Iowa images added: Added several images from the Iowa race including: #2-Tim George Jr., Applebee's Chevrolet; #3-Ty Dillon, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet; #6-Justin Lofton, J.D. Heiskell & Company Chevrolet; #09-John Wes Townley, Toyota; #11-Todd Bodine, Toyota Care Toyota; #14-Brennan Newberry, NTS Motorsports Chevrolet; #15-Todd Shafer, Thunder Exhaust.com Toyota; #18-Jason Leffler, Shore Lodge Toyota; #22-Joey Coulter, American Ethanol Chevrolet; #27-Travis Miller, Hillman Racing/Hot Torque Chevrolet; #29-Parker Kligerman, Reese Towpower/Mopar RAM; #31-James Buescher, AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet; #65-Justin Jennings, LG Seeds Ford; #97-Jeff Choquette, Liz Girls Logistics/Adrian Carriers, Inc. Chevrolet. Check them out by clicking on the individual link or check them all out via the Jayski 2012 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(7-18-2012)
Gaughan returns for double-duty weekend: Brendan Gaughan returns to the driver's seat of the #2 South Point Hotel & Casino RCR Chevrolet this Saturday evening for the American Ethanol 225, his fourth of eight scheduled appearances in the 2012 season. Thus far this season, the Las Vegas native has collected one top-five and one top-10 finish, maintaining an average starting position of 9.3 and a 12th-place average finishing position. In addition to competing in the Camping World Truck Series event at Chicagoland Speedway, Gaughan will also drive the #33 & Casino Chevrolet Silverado for RCR during the Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-17-2012)
Leffler and KBM finally hitting stride: After an unusually rough start to the 2012 season, the #18 Dollar General Racing team seems to finally be hitting its stride. Four races into its third campaign, the team had collected just one top-10 finish, failed to finish two races and found themselves ranked 24th in the Truck Series Owner's point standings. Behind four straight top-10 finishes from Jason Leffler, and a 13th-place finish from Brian Scott in his KBM debut, the team has moved to 11th in the point standings with nine races completed. Leffler will be making his first start in a truck at Chicagoland, and has found the 1.5-mile D-Shaped oval to be one of his most productive tracks in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. The veteran driver posted three straight top-five finishes from July of 2009 to June of 2011 and over nine career NNS starts has registered four top-10 results.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-17-2012)
Kligerman to race #29 Laitner & Planitdiy Ram at Chicagoland: Parker Kligerman, NASCAR driver of the #29 Laitner Cleaning Tools, PlanItDIY.com Brad Keselowski Racing RAM Truck will be racing in the Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday July 21st. There are two reasons Kligerman's truck is special this week. One - is the debut of the new logo for Laitner, a company recently purchased by Cequent who is for the first time replacing its "Reese Towpower" towing products brand on the truck's hood. The other reason Kligerman's truck should attract attention is that it represents a new partnership between Cequent Consumer Products and PlanItDIY.com with the addition of the PlanITDIY logo on the side panel of the truck. "We are excited to partner with NRHA PlanItDIY and welcome them to a fun NASCAR weekend as a partner on the #29 truck, during which we will also proudly debut the new logo for our Laitner quality cleaning tools brand," said Shannon Ketvertes, Communications Manager, Cequent Consumer Products. To celebrate the partnership, Kligerman and the #29 Laitner, PlanItDIY RAM truck will make a special appearance at Village True Value Hardware located Western Springs, Illinois on Friday. [See the Jayski Driver Appearance page for details.](BKR/Laitner PR)(7-17-2012)
First Chicagoland truck start for Dillon; but yet a prior winner: This week's 150-lap race marks Ty Dillon's second appearance at the Joliet, Ill.-based facility, although the driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops RCR Chevrolet has yet to compete at the 1.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series. A year ago when Dillon made his first start at Chicagoland Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series, the 20-year-old driver missed practice due to his high school graduation and didn't turn any laps on the racing surface until qualifying. Earning a fifth-place starting position, Dillon maintained his running position in the top 10 for a majority of the event. With 16 laps remaining in the 100-lap event, Dillon took the lead earning his third victory en route to the 2011 ARCA Racing Series driver championship title. After a seventh-place showing at Iowa Speedway last weekend, Dillon is third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 14 points behind leader Timothy Peters. (Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-17-2012)
Piquet to feature Polen Designs at Chicagoland; image added: Nelson Piquet Jr. will be making his 40th NCWTS start this Saturday night under the lights in Joliet, Ill. In his 40 starts, Piquet Jr. has captured an impressive nine top-fives and 15 top-ten finishes. The title sponsor for the Turner Motorsports #30 Chevrolet this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway is Goodland, Indiana-based design company Polen Designs. The mastermind behind the company, artist Austin Polen, paints Piquet Jr.'s Bell helmets. Austin Polen is a former racer himself, making his unique and trendy designs especially eye-catching at the racetrack. In addition to the 225 miles Piquet Jr. will be racing on Saturday evening, he will be completing an extra 13.1 miles during his stay in Chicago, Ill. The 26-year-old Brazilian will be competing in the Chicago Rock and Roll Half-Marathon the Sunday morning after the American Ethanol 225.Turner Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #30 Autotrac/Polen Designs Chevrolet is posted on the #30 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.] (7-17-2012)
Hornaday heads to Chicagoland with momentum; Anderson's back onboard: After last weekend's second-place finish at Iowa Speedway, Ron Hornaday Jr. proved he can still lead laps and contend for wins. Hornaday capitalized on a track-best start (eighth) to bring home a track-best finish of second in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. After leading 22 of the last 32 laps, Hornaday spun his tires on a final restart at lap 190 to finish second behind Timothy Peters. The strong showing was his best finish of the 2012 season. The #9 Joe Denette Motorsports team welcomes Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup back on board the #9 Chevrolet Silverado of Ron Hornaday for this weekend's event at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be the Northwood, Wisconsin-based company's fourth event with Hornaday and JDM this season. Hornaday is up to seventh in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings heading into this weekend's American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, a mere 10 points behind fifth-place, Parker Klingerman and 57 points behind leader, Timothy Peters.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(7-17-2012)
Townley to promote Family Farmers at first Chicagoland truck start: John Wes Townley and the #09-RAB Racing Toyota head to Chicagoland for the team's first truck race. Family Farmers will be represented on the truck to promote the interests of corn farmers in Illinois. The Illinois Corn Growers Association [a coalition of farmers] and Illinois Corn Marketing Board ICGA works to constantly improve the business climate along with the regulatory and policy environment for corn production at the local, state and national level. Townley's fifth top-20 finish of the 2012 season in last Saturday's American Ethanol 200 allowed him to advance two positions, to 20th, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.(RAB Racing PR) [Image of the Family Farmers truck is posted on the #09 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](7-17-2012)
Armstrong adds sponsors for Chicagoland: Dakoda Armstrong will travel to Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday to make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Joliet, Illinois track. After a disappointing end to a solid run at Iowa Speedway last weekend, Armstrong and his #98 ThorSport Racing team are ready to pick up their momentum and come home from the American Ethanol 225 with a strong finish. Returning as an associate sponsor this weekend at Chicagoland, Syngenta will adorn the back TV panel of the #98 Toyota Tundra. Syngenta is the largest agribusiness company in the world, with the widest portfolio of chemicals and seeds in the industry. Mudd Advertising will partner with Armstrong for the first time in his career, Mudd Advertising will be displayed across the hood of the #98 this weekend. Mudd Advertising is one of the largest family-owned agencies in the creative marketing and audio-visual production fields for over 30 years.(Armstrong/ThorSport Racing PR)(7-17-2012)
Bodine makes 200th truck start: The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine, driver of the #11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, has many emotions about this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Bodine will make his 200th Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile speedway for the American Ethanol 225 on Saturday evening, one that makes him feel very fortunate. The Onion has three starts and three collective poles in each of NASCAR's three premier series at the speedway. Bodine captured the Sprint Cup Series pole in 2001, followed by a Nationwide pole in 2002 and his Truck Series pole in 2010 during his championship season. The veteran driver has two top-five and two top-10 finishes with 70 laps led in the Truck Series at the D-shaped oval. With an average start of 4.0 and an average finish of 5.7. This weekend's start will mark the veteran's 766th NASCAR sanctioned start, including 241 Sprint Cup series starts, 325 Nationwide series starts and 200 Truck series starts. Bodine is ranked 20th in combined series starts, with Richard Petty topping the list at 1185 starts. Bodine is the only driver in NASCAR's three premier series to have earned over 200 starts in each series.(Red Horse Racing PR)(7-16-2012)
Monday Rundown -- Racing Resources:
*Timothy Peters won the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday. It was his fourth career Truck series win in his 127th start. He hadn't won since July 2011 at Lucas Oil Raceway, 20 starts between. Three of his four career wins have come on short tracks.
*Peters became the eighth different winner of 2012. It was his first Iowa win in his fourth start there and his first win from the pole.
*Peters led four times for 87 laps, including the final 10.
*Peters increased his points lead to 12 over Justin Lofton.
*Red Horse Racing posted its eighth career win and first victory at Iowa. RHR has three wins in 2012, all by different drivers.
*Toyota posted its second win at Iowa and fourth win of 2012.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (second) had his best Iowa finish in his fourth start there. It was only his second top-5 finish of the season.
*Matt Crafton (third) has top-10 finishes in all four Iowa races. It was his fifth top-10 finish of 2012, including the past four races.
*Johnny Sauter (fourth) is the only driver to finish in the top five in all four races at Iowa. It was his fourth top-10 finish of the season, including the past three races.
*Justin Lofton (fifth) has top-10 finishes in eight of the nine races this season. It was his first Iowa top-10 in his third start there.
*Jason Leffler (sixth) posted his fourth straight top-10 finish of the season.
*Ty Dillon (seventh) has top-10 finishes in the past 11 races.
*James Buescher finished 30th after leading a race-high 91 laps.
*Jeff Choquette (11th), Justin Jennings (23rd) and Travis Miller (31st) all made their Truck series debuts.(ESPN.com)(7-16-2012)
Empire Racing & Corr making series debut at Pocono; to pay tribute to fallen soldier: Empire Racing and driver Sean Corr will be making their debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting with the Pennsylvania Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. This is the first in a few selected races in 2012 for Sean. "Leonard Bus Sales, a long time marketing partner, is coming back with us at Pocono with a very special military tribute to SSG Justin Whiting. Staff Sgt. Justin R. Whiting, 27, was killed in action on his third tour when his vehicle was struck by an IED while conducting combat operations. He was a Special Forces medical sergeant assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group Airborne. His awards and decorations include: two Bronze Star Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Special Forces Tab. The team will be testing at Nashville Superspeedway next week to prepare for the upcoming races.(Empire Racing PR)(7-15-2012)
Starr questionable on Chicagoland entry: During the Iowa race broadcast, SPEED's Ray Dunlap reported that David Starr may not be racing at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21st. Next week would mark Starr's 300th start in the series, but lack of sponsorship make keep him sidelined for the event.(7-15-2012)
Series drivers lobby for expanded schedule: A drive for 25. At least that is what some NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers would relish. With the 2013 NCWTS season schedule expected to be released soon, some drivers shared their opinions for the series to expand back to 25 races in a Friday news conference before opening practice for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. "I'm hearing a lot of that chatter in the garage," Points leader Timothy Peters said. "I think it would be great to get back to 25 races." The last time the season consisted of less than 25 races was 22 in 2002. This season started Feb. 24, and the 22-race season is a little more than one-third finished. June was the first month this season with three race weekends, competing only once in February and March. Fewer races spread out the first part of the schedule. If a driver falters, he doesn't receive a quick chance to rebound. "Hopefully next year they'll get 25," Matt Crafton said. "If you race and have a bad weekend, usually back to back weekends you can recover the next weekend, but we have to have salt in the wound for a whole month." Races are more frequent from here on out, squeezing 14 in from today until Nov. 16. The drivers prefer race weekends over extended ones. "I'm looking forward to the rest of the season," Rookie Ty Dillon said. "I'm really excited to get to some races where we race back-to-back weekends and stop having so many long weekends off." Crafton said he would like to see an addition of road courses and even an extra race at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway on the new schedule. Peters has heard the possibility of a schedule that suits his short-track history. "Everybody is curious for a couple weeks when it does come out," Peters said. "I can't wait. Hopefully, we get that mixture of short tracks and road courses."(NASCAR) [Past news about road courses possibly being added to 2013 schedule is posted on the NCWTS March 2012 Archives page.](7-14-2012)
Miller to make series debut at Iowa: for Travis Miller is ready to take the next step in his racing career when he climbs into the #27 Hillman Racing Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at Iowa Speedway. The 24-year-old Chesapeake, Va., native will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the American Ethanol 200 on Saturday night at the 7/8-mile oval in Newton, Iowa. In addition to his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East experience, Miller has 23 CARS Pro Cup Series starts to his credit at tracks like The Milwaukee Mile, South Boston Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Miller started his racing career behind the wheel of a Legend Car before progressing to the Late Model ranks, turning laps on some of Virginia's toughest short tracks. Additionally, HotTorque.com will ride along the quarter panels of the #27 Hillman Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Iowa Speedway.(Hillman Racing PR)(7-13-2012)
Goodyear Tire Notes - Iowa: This is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Iowa last season, this left-side tire (D-4546) features a mold shape change, while this right-side tire (D-4562) features a construction change to bring this set-up in line with what is run at similar tracks, as well as a compound change for better wear . . . NASCAR Nationwide teams ran this same left-side tire at Iowa in May, though this is a different right-side tire . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Iowa Race page.](7-13-2012)
Jennings set to debut with MB at Iowa: Justin Jennings will make his Nascar Camping World Truck Series debut in the #65 LG SEEDS Ford F-150 with MB Motorsports at Iowa Speedway. Jennings, a native of LaGrange, MO, has made a name for himself in late models and made his ARCA debut last July in the scorching heat at Iowa Speedway, scoring a Top 20 finish. MB Motorsports Advance: American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. LG Seeds is headquartered in Elmwood, IL and is a brand of AgReliant Genetics, LLC, the fourth largest corn seed company in the USA. LG Seeds offers corn, soybean and alfalfa seed to farmers throughout the Corn Belt.(MB Motorsports PR)(7-13-2012)
Lofton & sponsors CollegeComplete.com/JoinAPS.com part ways UPDATE new sponsor for Iowa: It has been nearly one year since CollegeComplete.com and JoinAPS.com joined Justin Lofton just as he made his switch over to Eddie Sharp Racing. In that time Justin Lofton has won his first race and led the series for a number of weeks. While College Complete and Justin Lofton have enjoyed the success to date College Complete announced today that all parties agreed to part ways after eight weeks into the 2012 season. "We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Justin Lofton and the team," said College Complete CEO Dan Haim. "We wish Justin, his family and the team only the best as they continue their pursuit of the championship this year. This is such a hard working team, with such passionate people, that we fully expect them to continue to do well."(CollegeComplete.com PR)(7-10-2012)
UPDATE New sponsor for Iowa: Justin Lofton, driver of the #6 Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet, will be sporting a new paint scheme and a new sponsor at this weekend's American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Dawning a new blue paint scheme with J.D. Heiskell & Company's logo, Lofton is looking to fight back to regain the top spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. Saturday's race at Iowa Speedway will be J.D. Heiskell's first race sponsoring a NCWTS race team. The 125-year-old company will have their logo displayed on the rear quarter panels and bed top of Lofton's #6 machine. Privately held and professionally managed, J.D. Heiskell and Company is among the top trading companies in the United States and is the country's fourth largest feed manufacturing company by volume. Lofton is currently ranked second in the point standings, just four points outside the top position.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(7-12-2012)
Crafton heads to Iowa as defending race winner: Matt Crafton and the #88 Menards/Ideal Door Toyota Tundra head to Iowa Speedway on Saturday as the returning winner of the summer 2011 race. After a rough start to the 2012 season, the #88 team has been on an uphill battle to get into the top-ten in finishes and has done just that in the past three races. Continuing with this momentum, Iowa will be a promising venue for this team with the past history at the track. Saturdays start will be the fourth for Matt Crafton in Newton, IA. Past races include one win, two top-5's and 3 top-10's and has led a total of 56 laps.(ThorSport Racing PR)(7-12-2012)
Reynolds to attempt first truck start at Iowa: For area stock car racer Ben Reynolds and his family, competing in a top level NASCAR series has been a long-time dream. Reynolds, 27, of Trumansburg [NY], will have that opportunity this weekend when he plans to make his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series event with the #47 Diversified Consulting Solutions Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Why did they choose to debut on the Iowa oval, which is so far away? Reynolds said the 5/8-mile track compares well to tracks he's run in the northeast, including the 1/2-mile Shangri-La II oval and the 5/8-mile Oswego Speedway. Reynolds hopes to do well enough to attract some sponsors to continue to race in the NASCAR series. "If we get a sponsor, we'll try to go further and try to go to the next level with the Nationwide Series," Ben Reynolds said. "I believe I have a shot at it and that I am good enough to hang with them." For now, this race might be their only chance to make an impression to attract a sponsor to continue their season.(StarGazette.com)(7-12-2012)
Eddie Sharp Racing to be featured on Iowa Setup: On this Friday's NCWTS Setup just prior to the race from Iowa Speedway, Ray Dunlap sits down with Eddie Sharp, Justin Lofton and Cale Gale to tell fans the story of Eddie Sharp Racing. Sharp talks about his racing background as a driver and team owner, and how he transitioned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series just two years ago. Lofton talks about winning the 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship with ESR and coming back to join Sharp in the Truck Series. Gale tells the story of how he teamed up with Sharp this season to make a bid at the Rookie of the Year title. [Set to air on SPEEDtv at 8:00pm/et].Cale Gale will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Iowa Speedway this weekend in the American Ethanol 200. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender competed in the ARCA Racing Series race at the Newton, Iowa facility in 2011, when he both started and finished the 200-lap event in the second position.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(7-11-2012)
McCumbee new driver for RBR's #92: Chad McCumbee will be behind the wheel of the Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises #92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/ fleetHQ.com/QMI Chevrolet Silverado when the team returns to the track later this month at Chicagoland Speedway. McCumbee, a native of Supply, N.C., replaces David Reutimann who made four attempts with RBR in 2012 after replacing Clay Rogers in the off season. "We are very appreciative of David (Reutimann) and all that he did to help move our program forward," said RBR owner Ricky Benton. "We just felt that with the commitments that he has at the Sprint Cup level, it would be best for us to go with Chad for the remainder of the season." The move to RBR keeps the 27-year old McCumbee working with Kevin "Cowboy" Starland, who came on board as crew chief of the #92 last week. he duo was together briefly at Turn One Racing before coming to RBR. According to Benton, the team plans to run four or five more NCWTS races this year. That could expand if additional sponsorship is secured.(RBR Enterprises PR)(7-10-2012)
NASCAR Mexico Champion Quiroga to pilot NET10 Toyota for four with KBM: Kyle Busch Motorsports has announced that it will field a second entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with three-time NASCAR Mexico Series champion Germán Quiroga in four races this season. Quiroga will pilot the #51 Tundra with primary sponsorship from prepaid wireless provider NET10 beginning at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 6, and concluding with the final three stops on the schedule; Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Nov. 9 at Phoenix International Raceway and Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Quiroga, the only driver in the history of the NASCAR Mexico Series to win multiple championships, captured three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011 after finishing in the runner-up spot in the final series standings in both 2007 and 2008. After the Mexico Series became officially sanctioned by NASCAR in 2007, the talented wheelman collected 16 wins, 52 top-five and 60 top-10 finishes over 70 starts. The 32-year-old posted a respectable 16th-place finish in his Truck Series debut with KBM at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon last September, and then finished 26th - after losing a lap due to a loose wheel - in the 2011 series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NET10 is a prepaid wireless service offering all local, long distance and roaming calls. All NET10 prepaid wireless service is provided by TracFone Wireless Inc., America's largest "No-Contract" cellular service provider in the U.S. with over 19.3 million subscribers. "We're excited to have NET10 onboard as a partner and honored that they chose KBM for their first partnership in NASCAR," said KBM General Manager Rick Ren, who will also serve as the crew chief on Quiroga's #51 Tundra. "Germán showed a lot of promise in his two starts last year and our staff has been working really hard to try and secure the sponsorship needed to get him back in a truck this season.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR) [image of the Kyle Busch Motorsports #51-NET10 Toyota is posted on the #51 NCWTS 2012 Paint Scheme page.](7-18-2012)
Coulter to sport American Ethanol colors at Iowa; image added: For the first time in 2012, the #22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with driver Joey Coulter will sport the black and green colors of sponsor American Ethanol. American Ethanol, a renewable source of cleaner burning energy from the bounty of America's farmers, helps create new green jobs and a renewed sense of pride for the American worker, while helping to achieve greater energy security for our country. Led by Growth Energy, more than 100 different entities, from farmers and state corn growing boards to ethanol producers and biotech companies, are working with NASCAR to introduce a cleaner-burning fuel to America. The partnership with American Ethanol takes NASCAR's environmental commitment to the next level. Coulter has one previous start at the 0.875-mile facility in the Camping World Truck Series. After qualifying second for the 2011 Coca-Cola 200, Coulter finished the 200-lap event in the fifth position. Coulter has two starts at the Newton, Iowa-based track in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, with his best finish of fifth in 2009. After recording his fourth top-10 finish of the 2012 season at Kentucky Speedway last month, Coulter improved one position, to seventh in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.(Richard Childress Racing PR) [Image of the #22 American Ethanol Chevrolet is posted on the #22 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](7-10-2012)
Dillon brings impressive stats to first Iowa truck start: Ty Dillon will pilot the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday's American Ethanol 200. This week's 200-lap race marks Dillon's third appearance at the Newton, Iowa-based facility. Although the RCR driver has yet to compete at the 0.875-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, he holds impressive stats in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the track. In the last two ARCA Series showings at the track, Dillon earned two pole awards, one victory and a runner-up finish. He has completed 100 percent of the contested laps and led for 201 circuits. Dillon's last appearance at Iowa Speedway ended in victorious fashion by leading all but seven laps of the 200-lap ARCA Racing Series event, claiming his seventh win of the season. The Welcome, N.C., native qualified on the pole and crossed the finish line in the top spot with a 1.643-second lead over the second position. After a third-place showing at Kentucky Speedway in June, Dillon is tied for third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, sitting four points behind leader Timothy Peter.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-10-2012)
AccuDoc sponsoring Buescher at Iowa: Long time Turner Motorsports partner, AccuDoc Solutions, will again adorn the sides of the #31 Chevrolet Silverado this weekend at Iowa Speedway. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing-statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. In addition to paper-based billing statements, ADS enables patients the ability to choose electronic statement delivery and make payments through secure online payment portals. James Buescher captured his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the 2012 season two weeks ago at Kentucky Speedway. The 22-year-old Texas native led 119 of 150 laps en route to the decisive victory in the "Bluegrass" state. With the win, Buescher now sits only nine points out of the championship lead.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-10-2012)
Anderson's onboard with Hornaday for two more: Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup has added two races to their 2012 schedule with Ron Hornaday and Joe Denette Motorsports and the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway is one of them. The third-generation, family-owned and operated business was on board the #9 Chevrolet at Daytona in February and Dover in May. The Northwood, Wisconsin-based partner will once again be on board with Hornaday at Chicagoland Speedway later this month, Bristol Motor Speedway (August), Talladega Superspeedway (October) and Phoenix International Raceway (November). Hornaday is up to eighth in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings heading into the NCWTS event this weekend, just 19 points out of fifth and 53 points behind leader, Timothy Peters.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(7-10-2012)
Leffler/KBM -- Iowa Fast Facts: Jason Leffler will be behind the wheel of the #18-Shore Lodge Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Iowa Speedway.
*This will be Leffler's first Camping World Truck Series start at Iowa.
*Finished third in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 2009; followed it up with another third-place finish in the 2010 NNS event.
*Qualified in the top ten for each of his last three NNS starts.
*Has finished eighth or better in each of his last three starts, including a season-best fourth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
*Iowa Speedwayis one of just seven tracks on the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule that the Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Tundra has yet to conquer.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-10-2012)
Fontaine heads to Iowa for first time: Lakeland, Florida native Chris Fontaine, driving the #84 Glenden Enterprises Chevy Silverado, will be making his 37th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 14th. This will be his first career start at Iowa Speedway. In February at Daytona, Fontaine started 22nd and got his first NCWTS career top ten finish of 7th. Fontaine heads to Iowa locked-in to the field and will not have to qualify on speed.Chris Fontaine PR)(7-10-2012)
Peck Motorsports returns to Iowa for 2012 debut: This weekend, Peck Motorsports and driver Todd Peck, will make their 2012 debut at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway located in the city of Newton. This is the second consecutive season the team has made their racing start at Iowa. Announced in May, Peck Motorsports will unload their #96 Chevrolet with new colors of primary sponsor, Stopain. They truck will also carry the team's familiar colors and logos of the Arthritis Foundation. Stopain, an all-American company, is the first official primary sponsor of the race team for the season. The company is working closely with Peck Motorsports and their strong collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation. The team and Stopain will host two families whose children suffer from juvenile arthritis. The families will be guests of Peck Motorsports Saturday at the track. It is part of the team's continued goal to raise awareness for juvenile arthritis and the Arthritis Foundation's "Kids Get Arthritis Too" platform. Peck will be looking to make his fourth start in the Camping World Truck Series this weekend.(Peck Motorsports PR)(7-10-2012)
Choquette making series debut at Iowa: On Saturday, July 14th Jeff Choquette will debut the #97 Adrian Carriers, Liz Girl Logistics sponsored Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. When NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Cale Gale recommended West Palm Beach, Florida's, Jeff Choquette to the Adrian Carriers Racing Team a few years back, he had no idea that his recommendation would be the start of something great. hoquette, a 2005 participant on the Roush Racing: Driver X show, won four out of his first five races in the Super Late Model Challenge Series with the Adrian Carriers Racing Team. On August 5th, 2011, the team entered their first race with the ASA Midwest Tour. Jeff Choquette and the entire team found themselves celebrating in none other than the Pizza Ranch Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway, Jeff's first ever visit to the seven-eighth's mile. All of the members of the Adrian Carriers Racing Team spend their days working full-time jobs, but when it comes to the evenings and weekends it is all about racing, and this weekend will be no different. Come on out and cheer on Jeff Choquette and the entire Adrian Carriers Racing Team for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.(RacingOnline.com)(7-9-2012)
Harraka to Iowa with prior experience: Paulie Harraka and Wauters Motorsports head west to America's heartland, for the running of the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Iowa Speedway Saturday, July 14, 2012. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie driver, Paulie Harraka, has three previous starts at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West division. Harraka's best finish was in 2009 where he scored a second-place finish. The team will be missing one member this weekend in Iowa. Super Late Model driver and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew member, Spencer Wauters, son of team owner Richie Wauters, was injured in a freak accident with a firework July 4th. Spencer is recovering from extensive hand surgery at home. The #5 Wauters Motorsports Ford will adorn a decal wishing Spencer a speedy recovery.(Wauters Motorsports PR)(7-9-2012)
Peters again points leader -- Fast Facts: After a solid fifth-place run at Kentucky Speedway, Timothy Peters regained the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead for the second time this season. The #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra team races into Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200, full of momentum. In eight starts this season, Peters has piled up an impressive five top-five and seven top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 8.0. Peters remains the Series highest average finisher with a 6.0. He is one of only four drivers to have completed 100% of the laps raced this season, with 24 laps led to his credit. Peters announced at Kentucky Speedway during post-race interviews on SPEED, that he and his wife Sara are expecting their first child. Baby Peters is already accustomed to the number 17 - the couple's due date is December 17.(Red Horse Racing PR)(7-9-2012)
Crew member & late model driver Spencer Wauters injured: Wauters Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew member and super late model driver, Spencer Wauters [son of team owner Richie Wauters], is recovering after a freak accident with a firework on July 4th. Spencer had extensive hand surgery and is resting at CMC Main in Charlotte, North Carolina. The family is hopeful he will be released Saturday. The plan is to have Spencer race again but that will be determined once healing has begun. The team is asking for prayers for a quick and full recovery.(Wauters Motorsports PR)(7-6-2012)
Kentucky images added: Added a few images taken during the UNOH 225 event at Kentucky Speedway. Check them out via the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes page.(7-5-2012)
Starland named crew chief for RBR's #92: Kevin "Cowboy" Starland will be making the pit calls for the Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises #92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com/QMI Chevrolet when the team returns to the track in the next few weeks. Starland replaces Jason Overstreet, who oversaw RBR's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series efforts for the team's first four races of 2012. A veteran of the NCWTS, Starland comes to RBR from Turn One Racing, where he served as crew chief for the #60 Chevrolet driven in 2012 by Grant Enfinger, J.R. Fitzpatrick and most recently Chad McCumbee. Starland has five wins as a crew chief in the series; three with Carl Edwards and two with Rick Crawford. He has also served as crew chief for Boris Said, Johnny Benson, Denny Hamlin, Johanna Long, Nelson Piquet, Ted Musgrave and Steve Wallace in the NCWTS. RBR has attempted four races of their scheduled 10-12 in 2012. After a DNQ in the season opener at Daytona, the team reeled off three straight top-20 finishes at Martinsville, Rockingham and Charlotte.(Ricky Benton Racing PR)(7-2-2012)
Monday Rundown - Racing Resources:
*James Buescher won the Unoh 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night. It was his second Truck series win in his 80th start. He became the first repeat winner in eight races of 2012. His previous best Kentucky finish was third in October 2011.
*Buescher became the youngest driver to win a Truck series race at Kentucky (22 years, 3 months, 2 days).
*Buescher led three times for 119 laps, including the final 43.
*Turner Motorsports posted its third overall Truck series wins, all three coming in 2012. The three victories in 2012 lead all teams.
*Chevrolet posted its fifth victory of 2012 and sixth win at Kentucky.
*Brad Keselowski (second) tied his career-best finish for the third time.
*Austin Dillon (third) has finished in the top 10 in the past 10 races. He started the race in the rear after an engine change.
*Matt Crafton (fourth) got his third top-5 finish of 2012.
*Timothy Peters (fifth) got his fifth top-5 in eight races of 2012. He reclaimed the points lead by four over Justin Lofton and Ty Dillon.
*Kyle Larson finished 10th in his Truck series debut after starting the race in the rear after an engine change.
*Justin Lofton (14th) had his first finish outside of the top 10 this season.
*Parker Kligerman (19th) had his worst finish of the season. He finished in the top 11 in the first seven races.
*The top four drivers in points are separated by nine points.(ESPN.com)(7-2-2012)