Series Champions honored at Awards Banquet in Miami Beach: Four of NASCAR's brightest young stars occupied the spotlight Monday night as champions in two national series were crowned. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 25, and James Buescher, 22, officially were proclaimed champions of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, respectively, on the Americana Ballroom stage at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Stenhouse was honored for becoming just the sixth competitor in series history to win consecutive NASCAR Nationwide titles. Buescher becomes the second-youngest champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' 18-year history. Stenhouse won six times during the 2011 season while Buescher's four victories were most in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Joe Gibbs Racing's #18 Toyota Camry won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owners Championship, with Joey Logano winning seven times in the car. The title is JGR's fourth in the last five seasons matching Richard Childress Racing for most in the series. Its last came in 2010. Turner Motorsports won its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Championship. Texan Steve Turner's #31 Chevrolet Silverado, with Buescher behind the wheel, won the title in the organization's fifth season in the series.
Austin Dillon, 22, won NASCAR Nationwide Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Dillon is the third competitor to win rookie championships in both NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck series. Ty Dillon, 20, won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. The Dillon brothers are the first siblings to capture NCWTS freshman titles.
Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael Annett finished second through fifth in the championship standings and were honored along with Stenhouse in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Timothy Peters, Joey Coulter, Ty Dillon and Parker Kligerman were second through fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final points and joined Buescher on stage.
After a fan vote on NASCAR.com in which nearly 120,000 combined votes were cast, each series' Most Popular Driver was revealed. Danica Patrick and Nelson Piquet Jr. were chosen by fans in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck series, respectively. Each was honored for the first time.
SPEED'S Rick Allen and Krista Voda hosted the event, which will air 8:00 to 10:00pm/et Thursday, Nov. 29 on SPEED. Rock band NEEDTOBREATH provided entertain for during the show.(NASCAR IMC)(11-29-2012)
NASCAR announces 2013 NCWTS Schedule: NASCAR today announced the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, a slate that includes two exciting firsts: the series' first race on dirt and its inaugural international event. On July 24, the trucks will make their dirt debut at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the.5-mile track owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. This event will be the first of two Wednesday night races for the series, joining Bristol Motor Speedway's popular mid-week race on Aug. 21. "We've had talks about getting the trucks on dirt in the past," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "The door-to-door racing that our truck series is known for plus Eldora's popularity and Tony's dedication to putting on great shows for the fans is a perfect fit. We'll have a maximum starting field of 30 trucks at Eldora. More details on the race format are still being developed." Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), a 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course in Bowmanville, Ont., will host its inaugural truck event on Sept. 1, becoming the first road-course track for the series since 2000, and ensuring a NASCAR national series presence in Canada for a seventh-consecutive season. "It's very important that we maintain our national series presence in Canada," O'Donnell said. "We've accomplished that goal while also bringing a world-class venue like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on board. The Canadian fan base is so passionate and has a high regard for NASCAR. We're excited to increase our role with our great partners at Canadian Tire while also introducing the truck series to our fans in Canada. CTMP, which has hosted NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events since 2007, becomes the fifth different track to hold a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series road-course event, and first since Watkins Glen International on June 24, 2000. Also beginning in 2013 as was recently announced by NASCAR, at road courses and tracks measuring 1.1 miles in length or less, the driver age restriction will be lowered to 16 years old. Currently, the minimum age to compete at the national series level is 18. The balance of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule, the series' 19th season,maintains a familiar feel, opening with Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22 and culminating on Nov. 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Next year's schedule also includes a return to Rockingham Speedway for the second consecutive season. Earlier this season, Rockingham re-joined NASCAR national series competition for the first time since 2004.(NASCAR IMC) [Complete schedule is posted on the 2013 NCWTS Schedule page.](11-28-2012)
NASCAR working to change look for trucks by 2014: NCWTS series director Wayne Auton said on Tuesday's edition of SIRIUS/NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" the sanctioning body was working with current truck manufacturers to possibly incorporate an updated look to the trucks in time for 2014. The move would follow similar updates in both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series to give NASCAR vehicles more identity for fans to have better brand recognition with each manufacturer.(CBS Sports.com)(11-27-2012)
Kligerman unsure of 2013 plans: UPDATE 2 Nationwide with KBM? After changing teams in 2012, does Kligerman look to stay with Red Horse Racing in 2013? He still has not decided. "You've gotta be open to all opportunities," Kligerman told News/Talk WSB Tuesday. "There [are] a lot of irons in the fire." Kligerman has run each of his six races with RHR with only sponsorship from Toyota, meaning that team is searching for funding. RHR already has pieced together sponsorship to keep Todd Bodine's #11 Toyota on the track all season and has space available on Peters' #17 machine. Kligerman did not rule out returning to the [#7] team, but says he is open to all opportunities in Trucks, the Nationwide Series, or the Sprint Cup Series.(WSBRadio.com)(10-3-2012)
UPDATE: Kligerman's time in the Truck Series may be coming to a close. As most people know, he was slated to split the #22 Penske Racing Nationwide Series ride with Brad Keselowski this year, but was only able to race that car three times with two top ten finishes. Kligerman's effort in the Nationwide Series has apparently caught the eye of an owner in the series which should enable him to make the jump to that series in 2013. He claimed that it is a "big opportunity in NNS. If not, trucks with RHR." Kligerman wasn't able to comment on what team nor manufacturer he would be racing for in 2013, but did show optimism for his future.(Rant Sports.com)(10-18-2012)
UPDATE 2: Expect an announcement next week that Parker Kligerman will compete full-time on the Nationwide Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013. While Kligerman declined to confirm the deal today, he did say he is "excited about my prospects for 2013" and feels he will "have every opportunity to be successful" with his new team. "It's the right place for me, at the right time." KBM General Manager Rick Ren was unavailable for comment today.(Godfather Motorsports.com)(11-21-2012)
Jeb Burton signs two-year deal with Turner Motorsports: Turner Motorsports has announced the signing of Halifax, Virginia native Jeb Burton. Burton has signed a two-year contract with Turner Motorsports to run a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2013 and 2014. Burton, who made his first Truck Series start at Martinsville Speedway this past March, has a total of five starts in the NCWTS. In those five starts, Burton has recorded one top-10 finish. Steve Turner, who has been known to give opportunities to up-and-coming stars, said "I'm really excited that we will have Jeb under the Turner Motorsports umbrella. Everyone at Turner Motorsports feels he has the skills to be successful in NASCAR and we are eager to welcome him to our team." Turner, also noted, that he is proud to have Jeb's father, Ward Burton onboard to assist with driver development at Turner Motorsports.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-21-2012)
NASCAR annouces lower minimum age for trucks: During the annual "state of the sport" address at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Steve O'Donnell, Vice President of Racing Operations, made the following statement as he announced that the minimum age requirement for the Camping World Truck Series would be lowered from 18 to 16. "One of the things I think that was evident to everybody was the influx of young talent that we've got coming up through the ranks," said O'Donnell. "We announced previously an age limit change in the tours where we went to 15, and based on the opportunities for a lot of young drivers out there that are coming up through our system faster and faster, you're seeing it in the tours, you're seeing it in our Drive for Diversity program. We're going to move the age restrictions that currently exists for the trucks from 18 down to 16, and that rule will be in place for road courses and any tracks 1.1 mile or less."(NASCAR IMC)(11-18-2012)
Another new track in 2013 - Greenville Pickens; possibly heat races? NASCAR tentatively plans to add Eldora Speedway in Ohio and Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina to the Truck Series schedule in 2013, NASCAR officials confirmed on Friday. The series is looking to move to Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina in 2014. NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell said on Saturday that experts from the University of Nebraska that developed the SAFER barriers used at all tracks in the top three series are scheduled to visit Eldora Speedway after Thanksgiving. O'Donnell said that if plans to design a barrier that can be anchored to dirt is financially feasible for track owner Tony Stewart, the series will schedule a race at the half-mile track next season. It will be the first time NASCAR has scheduled a race on dirt since 1970. O'Donnell said Nebraska officials already have visited Greenville-Pickens Speedway, a half-mile paved track in South Carolina, and plans are moving forward to add barriers. O'Donnell also said NASCAR is considering heat races in the Truck Series, another way for the sport to get back to its roots. O'Donnell said the Truck schedule should be released in the next week or two.(ESPN.com.)(11-17-2012)
Ty Dillon named 2012 NCWTS Rookie of the Year: Richard Childress Racing's Ty Dillon was officially named the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 20-year-old grandson of Richard Childress claimed the Sunoco rookie honors with his 25-place finish at the Homestead, Fla., facility following a season-long battle with two other drivers. Dillon entered the season finale race at Homestead with a 74-point lead in the rookie standings over Cale Gale and Ross Chastain. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year award is calculated using a driver's 14-best finishes and a vote by a Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year panel that considers a driver's competitive abilities and interaction with other drivers and the media. It is the third consecutive year that RCR has earned the year-end rookie award. Joey Coulter earned the 2011 Rookie of the Year award for RCR, and Ty's older brother, Austin Dillon, claimed the honors in 2010 prior to winning the championship last year. RCR is the only team to win three consecutive Rookie of the Year awards in the Camping World Truck Series. Driving the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for his first full season of competition in a NASCAR series, Dillon finished fourth in the championship point standings on the strength of one victory, three pole awards, seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C., native also added the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship to his resume last season.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-17-2012)
Sauter & Crafton returning to ThorSport in 2013: During Friday night's race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Phil Parsons reported that ThorSport Racing will again field two teams in 2013 and that both Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton would be returning next season.(11-16-2012)
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park added to 2013 schedule: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is thrilled to announce that it has been included on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2013 schedule on Labour Day Weekend (September 1). This will mark the first ever Canadian stop for the truck series. This Labour Day weekend race will also mark the first time in 13 years that a Camping World Truck Series race will take place on a road course. The historic significance of the track in Canada, combined with its thrilling 3.957 km road course makes Canadian Tire Motorsport Park the perfect place to make truck series history. "We at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park are thrilled to be able to bring the Camping World Truck Series to Canadian motorsport fans," said Myles Brandt, President and General Manager of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. "We're looking forward to creating an unforgettable experience for both fans and drivers alike this Labour Day weekend as we mark yet another milestone in the history of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park." "We're excited to announce the addition of a world-class facility like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for 2013," said Steve O'Donnell, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for NASCAR. "We're looking forward to working with Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as we introduce the truck series to our great fans in Canada. Their enthusiastic response to our sport has helped grow its popularity in Canada significantly throughout the years."(Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.com)(11-16-2012)
Davis enters Homestead-Miami in BRG's #20; image added: Dusty Davis will make his third start of the season at Homestead Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this Friday. The 20 year old rookie driver from Las Vegas, Nevada has run a limited schedule in the NCWTS this year and hopes to secure sponsorship enabling him to run a full season in 2013. Davis will pilot the #20 Bragg Racing Group/Speedy Polish/Thunder Exhaust/Millennium VIP Group Toyota Truck at Homestead(Dusty Davis Racing PR) [Rendering of the #20 Speedy Polish/Thunder Exhaust/Millennium Toyota is posted on the #20 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](11-16-2012)
ESR & Lofton welcome new partner for Homestead-Miami; image added: Eddie Sharp's path to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series didn't start with four wheels and an oval track like it does for most team owners in the motorsports world. Instead, Sharp's career in motorsports began racing hydroplane boats in his home state of Florida. This weekend, Sharp's two racing worlds will collide as the logos of Mercury Marine and Walker's Marine take over the #6 Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet for the NCWTS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications. Walker's Marine of Marco Island, Florida., is a major dealer of Mercury products in the South Florida region.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR) [Rendering of the Mercury & Walker's Marine Chevrolet is posted on the #6 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](11-14-2012)
EGR's Larson picks up Homestead sponsor: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has announced a partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific, the manufacturer of Thermo Scientific portable x-ray fluorescence analyzers for nondestructive elemental analysis for accurate alloy grade identification. In addition to a technical partnership with EGR, Thermo Fisher Scientific will have a one race primary sponsorship of the #4 Thermo Scientific Chevy Silverado, piloted by 2012 K&N Pro Series East Champion and EGR development driver Kyle Larson. Larson will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale November 16, 2012 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Earnhardt Ganassi Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
Leffler to Hillman Racing's #27 for HMS: Hillman Racing today announced that Jason Leffler will finish out the season behind the wheel of the #27 Hillman Racing entry with this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Leffler, a 14-year NASCAR veteran that spent the early part of the 2012 season in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck, will pilot the #27 www.LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet Silverado in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200. The 37-year-old Long Beach, California, native will make his 10th truck series start of the season on Friday, and in his previous nine starts, Leffler has recorded six top-10 finishes, including a season's-best fourth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rookie Travis Miller, who has three truck series starts for Hillman Racing this year, will pilot a recently updated Hillman Racing #25 Chevrolet this weekend as well. The 24-year-old Chesapeake, Va., resident posted a season's-best 24th-place finish at Kentucky in September and looks to build his intermediate track resume with a strong performance in the 2012 series finale.(Hillman Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
Ty Dillon -- Homestead preview: This week's 134-lap event marks Ty Dillon's, #3-Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, second appearance at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series. The 20-year-old driver collected a sixth-place finish last November in his first start at the track. Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 026 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday's season finale race. This is the same chassis that Dillon drove to Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Dillon also utilized this RCR machine at Kentucky Speedway in September where he finished third and Texas Motor Speedway in November where he finished in the fifth position. Dillon is third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 12 markers behind the leader going into the final race of the season. Dillon also leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over driver Cale Gale.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
Gale making first Homestead truck start: Cale Gale will make his first start at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, Nov. 16. The rookie contender has attended races at the mile-and-a-half oval in Homestead, Fla., but has never competed at the speedway. The #33 Rheem Chevrolet driven by Cale Gale will sport its traditional red and black paint scheme for this weekend's 201-mile race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While many drivers enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families, Cale Gale will already be back at a race track. The week following the NCWTS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Gale will be at Concord Motorsports Park with Eddie Sharp Racing development driver Brandon Jones. Gale worked closely with 15-year-old Jones as the driver began his career, and will once again call the shots as Jones' crew chief in the Pro All Star Series Thanksgiving Classic / Mason-Dixon Meltdown on Saturday, Nov. 24.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
Homestead a homecoming for Chastain: Ross Chastain is looking forward to Friday night's season ending Ford EcoBoost 200, not because the 2012 campaign is complete but rather to celebrate his rookie year driving the SS Green Light Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Florida teen will be racing in front of dozens of family, friends and supporters, as the Chastain's family farm is just several hours from the Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I'm really happy to have a local sponsor; Custom Cooling and Heating step up to help us this weekend. We'll have a couple hundred guests coming Friday from the Watermelon Associations and Promotion Board and people from our new sponsor this week Custom Cooling and Heating along with Ft. Meyers Marine who will be an associate," said Chastain. "We also have some new people coming to the track to see what it's all about and we want to give all of them something to be excited about." The Ford EcoBoost 200 is the 292nd consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the twenty-seventh career start for Chastain in the Truck Series. Ross is seventeenth in the NCWTS point standings and has three top-ten finishes in sixteen starts 2012 including a career best third at Bristol on August 22nd.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
George returns to the #2 for Homestead season-ender: Tim George Jr. returns to the seat of the #2-Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet for this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale this Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tim George Jr will pilot Chassis No. 025 from the Richard Childress stable this weekend in the Ford EcoBoost 200. George drove this Chevrolet to 15th-place and 21st-place finishes in the August events at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, respectively. This RCR Chevrolet was also utilized by Kevin Harvick at Dover International Speedway in June where he earned the pole award and finished third in the rain-shortened event. George will make his first start at the 1.5-mile facility in the Camping World Truck Series this weekend in the 2012 season finale race.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
Lynch making second series start at Homestead: Ryan Lynch, a 26 year-old driver from New Boston, Texas, will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start during the 2012 season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend. Ryan will be driving the #93 BlankHood.com Chevrolet and will be mentored by Rick Crawford, a five-time winner and 16-year veteran of the Truck Series. "I worked with Ryan during his first Truck Series start at Iowa, and I am looking forward to working with him again at Homestead. He gained some valuable experience during the Iowa race, and he will have the chance to sharpen his skills again this weekend," said Crawford. The Ford EcoBoost 200 is slated to take the green flag at 8:00 pm/et Friday.(Ryan Lynch Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
Truck race considered at Eldora: UPDATE 2 Eldora likely: NASCAR may be considering adding a dirt race at Eldora Speedway to its Truck Series schedule. Multiple sources within the series said they've been told a dirt track could be added to the schedule in 2013. Sources also said a Richard Childress Racing truck was prepared for a test at Eldora, owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. The test was scheduled to take place Monday or Tuesday, the sources said. Officials at Eldora could not be reached for comment. Stewart has been asking NASCAR to add a race at his half-mile track in Rossburg, Ohio, for several years. It is the site of his annual Prelude to the Dream charity event. NASCAR officials declined to address specifically whether Eldora was under consideration for a truck race, but the series is looking at potential venues it hasn't been to before. "We've made several site visits over the past few months to look at possible future venues for our Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series," spokesman Kerry Tharp said on Tuesday. "We expect the 2013 schedules for both of those series to be finished up and released within the next couple of weeks."(ESPN.com)(10-17-2012)
UPDATE: Stewart comments: The rumor about the Trucks, trust me I would be ecstatic if we could get any NASCAR race at Eldora that would be great. I have talked to NASCAR they have been looking at all kinds of different tracks. It has been brought up in conversation but that is about as far as it has come right now."(Team Chevy Racing PR)(10-19-2012)
UPDATE 2: The NASCAR Truck Series will race next season on the half-mile dirt track at Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio, multiple sources confirmed. An official announcement of the move could come as early as Wednesday. The race would be the first on dirt for any of NASCAR's three national series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks - in its "modern era." The track, owned by Cup driver #14-Tony Stewart, does not have energy-absorbing SAFER barriers installed and no permanent medical facility on property. Sources said NASCAR is expected to waive its policy -- adapted beginning in 2005 -- that SAFER barriers be installed at all oval tracks hosting its three national series. Why NASCAR is willing to make an exception in this case is unclear.(Charlotte Observer)(11-13-2012)
NASCAR suspends #38 truck crew chief: UPDATE: Appeals Panel upholds penalty: Charles J. Henry, crew chief for the #38 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. On Nov. 7, Henry was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19-4A (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(11-8-2012)
UPDATE: The penalties concern Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing; Section 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. 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 original penalty assessed was: Crew chief (Ted Walters): $5,000 fine; placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31; the Appellant appealed the above penalty assessed to the #57 team. Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR. Therefore, the $5,000 fine and probation for crew chief Ted Walters will be effective immediately. The Appellant has the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.(NASCAR IMC)(11-13-2012)
Double-duty for Coulter at Homestead: Rip It Energy Fuel will adorn the hood of the #22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet for this Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Coulter has one previous start at the 1.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, earning a fifth-place finish after starting from the 10th position and completing 100 percent of the contested laps in the 2011 edition of the race. The 21-year-old RCR driver also will make his first Nationwide Series Homestead start driving the #21 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet. Coulter made his Nationwide Series debut earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he finished 10th. Coulter is very familiar with the Homestead, Fla.-based facility as he grew up in nearby Miami Springs, Fla. A large contingent of family members and friends will be in attendance at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend to support the 2011 Rookie of the Year in the Camping World Truck Series season finale.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-14-2012)
Florida Lottery on board with Piquet at Homestead: Turner Motorsports welcomes FlaLottery.com to the #30 truck with driver Nelson Piquet Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Friday. The Florida Lottery is "hot" right now, with new games, bigger prizes and more winners. If you're looking for information about our games, how to become a retailer, or how the Florida Lottery maximizes its funds to contribute to education, visit FlaLottery.com. The #30 FlaLottery.com team heads to the 1.5-mile Florida track with chassis TMS-222 for Friday night's event. TMS-222 last saw action on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as it cruised to victory lane after helping claim Piquet Jr.'s second NCWTS win.(Turner Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #30 FlaLottery.com Chevrolet is posted on the #30 NCWTS 2012 Paint Scheme page.](11-13-2013)
Buescher to debut new paint scheme for Homestead-Miami finale; image added: James Buescher and the #31 Great Clips Turner Motorsports team will head down to Homestead-Miami Speedway looking to close out the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as champions. Buescher enters this week's race with a total of 777 points, leading second place by 11 points. Buescher and the #31 team will need to finish seventh or better to clinch Turner Motorsports' first ever NASCAR championship. Last week in Phoenix, the #38 NASCAR Nationwide Series ride of Kasey Kahne debuted the new Great Clips colors. This week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, James Buescher will carry that same paint scheme on his truck which features vibrant colors and angular shapes based on Great Clips' newly branded salons. Turner Motorsports will bring chassis TMS-214 aka "Honey Badger" with them down to South Florida. Honey Badger has an impressive four victories in 2012, all coming on the intermediate 1.5-mile speedways on the NASCAR circuit.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-13-2012) [Rendering of the #31 Great Clips Chevrolet is posted on the #31 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.]
Kyle Busch returns to the #18 for season finale: Owner-driver Kyle Busch returns to the seat of the #18-Dollar General Tundra Friday night for the Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team comes into this weekend's event riding the momentum of Brian Scott's win last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, the first for the #18 team this season after leading the series in wins in each of its first two campaigns. Busch's third-year Truck Series program, which finished first in the Owner's points in its inaugural season and followed that with a runner-up finish last season, has recovered from a slow start to the 2012 season to put itself in a position to finish in the top-five in Owner's points for the third straight year. With Scott's win last weekend at Phoenix and Denny Hamlin's win in the #51 Tundra two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, KBM enters this weekend's Truck Series finale having collected victories in two of the last three races. Busch looks to get in on the act this weekend in the series finale and make it three out of four for his Truck Series program. The goal -- as always -- will be to sit on the pole, lead the most laps and end the night in victory lane. Then, with maximum points, hope his team has done enough to overcome a six point deficit it currently faces for the coveted fifth-spot in the Owner's standings. Busch has collected one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes in five career Truck Series starts at HMS.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(11-13-2012)
Quiroga focused on second trip to Homestead-Miami: NET10 Wireless Racing driver Germán Quiroga has his mind focused on his second Camping World Truck Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Friday's Truck Series finale will be the 32-year-old's sixth career start in NASCAR's third division and his first repeat visit to a track. The NET10 Wireless driver has shown progress over his first three races this season. Quiroga looks to continue his progress Friday night at the 1.5-mile oval that is located just over 30 miles from NET10 Wireless' corporate headquarters in Miami, Fla. With many employees of his sponsor expected to be in attendance for the race, Quiroga is hoping to net his second Truck Series top-10 finish and end the 2012 season on a positive note.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(11-13-2012)
Hornaday HMS preview; working on 2013 plans: Ron Hornaday will pilot JDM 5 in this weekend's Ford EcoBoost 200 at HMS. This is a brand new chassis built by Turner Motorsports specifically for this weekend's season finale. Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff returns to as sponsor for the #9 Chevrolet Silverado. Hornaday has led 126 laps at the speedway en route to one win (November 2008) as well as four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the Homestead, Florida track. Hornaday boasts an average start of 12.5 coupled with an average finish of 6.9 and has completed 100 percent of laps attempted (1739 of 1739). "I know it's all about the championship contenders this weekend, but for me, my season isn't over just because I'm not contending for a title. It's been a tough year to say the least, but we still have a lot to prove in the final race of the season at Homestead. We were proud to welcome Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff on board earlier this year and I hope to have a strong run for them this weekend. We are in the process of getting plans ironed out for next year and it would be rewarding to go out on top, to give Joe and all the employees at JDM something they have struggled to find in the last two seasons, a win."(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(11-13-2012)
Townley making first HMS truck start: John Wes Townley , #09-Zaxby's Toyota, has not yet raced at Homestead-Miami Speedway in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition before, but he has competed here. In 2009's 300-mile Nationwide Series race, Townley posted a 24th-place finish. He will pilot RAB Racing with Brack Maggard chassis No. 48 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This chassis last saw action at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month, where the 22-year-old driver posted a career-high eighth-place starting position before he piloted the #09 Toyota Tundra to a 16th-place finish. Townley's 13th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend allowed him to remain steady at 15th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.(RAB Racing PR)(11-13-2012)
Peters looking for win at HMS: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2012 season will come to a close this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Ford EcoBoost 200. For Timothy Peters and the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota team, Friday night's main event will be their last shot to overcome an 11 point deficit and take over the championship lead. Momentum will be on their side with a fourth place finish last weekend. Peters has his strategy laid out as well, and knows his team will stop at nothing to get their Tundra into victory lane and do all they can to capture the championship trophy in the process. "We're focusing on nothing but a win. We know that we have to be aggressive to get out there and have a shot at this championship, so there's nothing we can do but focus on winning. Before Phoenix, mathematically we were in, but we needed a legitimate shot heading into this weekend. My crew chief, Butch Hylton, made a great call during the race at Phoenix to get us a good finish and now we have a shot going into Homestead and that's all we can ask for. We've got a shot," Peters explained. Peters has five starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway resulting in 1 top-five and 2 top-ten's.(Red Horse Racing PR)(11-12-2012)
Bodine to sport special paint scheme showcasing Endeavor project; image added: Todd Bodine will head to the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 16, with a new paint scheme for the #11 Toyota Tundra. The two-time champion will continue his long-standing relationship with Toyota by representing the Tundra Endeavour Project, an event that showcased the power of the 2012 Tundra Crewmax pickup when it towed the space shuttle "Endeavour". The Tundra towed the 292,000-pound shuttle and its custom tow dolly across a Los Angeles freeway bridge en route to the California Science Center, where it was placed on permanent display on October 13, 2012. Bodine's Toyota Tundra will have a unique paint scheme designed by Toyota, dedicated to the Tundra Endeavour Project and featuring graphics of the Endeavour. Bodine is currently the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving a Tundra in the series since 2004. He's scored 22 wins and two championships while driving for the manufacturer.(Red Horse Racing PR) [Rendering of the #11Toyota is posted on the #11 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.] (11-12-2012)
Monday Rundown -- Racing Resources:
*Brian Scott won the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday. It was his second career win in his 62nd start. His only other win was at Dover in May 2009, 22 starts since.
*Scott is the 15th different winner of 2012, a series record for most in a season. He is the 13th different winner at Phoenix.
*Scott led three times for 48 laps, including the final two. *Kyle Busch Motorsports posted its 18th career victory and second win of 2012. It was KBM's second victory at PIR.
*Toyota posted its fourth overall win at Phoenix and ninth victory of 2012. *Kyle Larson (second) had his best finish in his third start, losing the lead with two to go after leading 43 laps.
*Joey Coulter (third) earned his seventh top-5 this season -- his best finish at Phoenix.
*Timothy Peters (fourth) gained 14 points on points leader James Buescher and now is only 11 back.
*Ryan Blaney (fifth) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight starts.
*Ty Dillon (15th) had only his fourth finish outside the top 10, He gained three points on the leader and now is 12 back.
*Buescher (17th) now leads the standings by 11, and can clinch the series championship with a seventh-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(ESPN.com)(11-12-2012)
NASCAR Championship clinch scenario set for Homestead: James Buescher [#31-Turner Motorsports Chevrolet] has an 11-point lead over Timothy Peters [#17-Red Horse Racing Toyota] heading into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale. Buescher guarantees himself his first championship with a finish of 7th or better with no laps led; or 8th or better with one lap led; or 9th or better with the most laps led. The clinch scenarios for the NCWTS owners championship is the same, with Buescher's points-leading #31 leading Peters #17 by 11 points.(NASCAR IMC)(11-11-2012)
EGR's Larson to run final two with Turner; talks about future: Kyle Larson, a development driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will run the #4 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead Miami Speedway. The 2012 NASCAR K & N Pro Series East Champion, Larson won his first NASCAR title with a sixth place finish in the season finale Saturday at Rockingham Speedway, also taking Sonoco Rookie of the Year honors. Below are a few excerpts from recent NASCAR teleconference:
Q: I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about your racing background before you started racing in the K & N Series?
Larson: I started racing Outlaw Karts in California there. They're really light and have no suspension and they have a roll cage and a wing on top. They have a lot of horsepower for how much they weigh, so they really kind of beat you up and let you get used to how much horsepower they have. After I did that until I was 14, I moved into wing sprint cars with 360 and 410 cubic inch engines and got a lot of experience doing that, racing those for I think this was my sixth season. I won a lot of races and won a championship out there in the King of West Series, and last year I moved on into racing in the Midwest a lot with the USAC series in the Midgets, Sprint car and Silver Crown cars and gained a lot of experience there racing for Keith Kunz and a bunch of different car owners really. I ran for a lot of different people. I think last year was really my breakout season. I won a lot of big races and I got picked up by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing this year, so that helped out, and this year is my first year in the K & N Series. It's been a quick road, but it's been really fun.
Q:You've been really good in both of the truck races you've run this year, 10th at Kentucky and 6th in your other race. What are your goals for the last two races of the season?
Larson: Well, my goals are to do better than I did in my last race, which was a 6th, but if I could come away with two top 10s again that would be really good to get four top 10s in only -- only having four truck starts. If I could get a win, that would be great. That would be really cool. I'm just looking to go out there and gain some more experience and get used to the bodies and the different types of tires and get some experience racing on bigger tracks like Homestead. That's going to be really fun. Phoenix should be a lot of fun, too. I've been there to watch before when the USAC cars raced there. Hopefully I can take a little bit of what I've learned by watching open wheel cars into the trucks.
Q: What is your schedule looking like for next year? Do you have any full-time rides set up for next year?
Larson: I don't really have anything set up for next year yet. I know these guys at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing are working on some different things for me and hopefully will have an answer here shortly and can hopefully be racing anything, whether it's moving up into trucks or Nationwide and hopefully I'll still be able to race Sprint cars and Midgets. As long as I'm racing, I'll be having fun.(NASCAR IMC)(11-8-2012)
Goodyear Tire Notes -- Phoenix: Teams in all three NASCAR national touring series in action at Phoenix this weekend will be running the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Phoenix this past March, as well as last November . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix . . . Goodyear held a tire test with the 2013 Sprint Cup cars at Phoenix last month . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 2 Penske Racing Ford with Brad Keselowski, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith and No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford with Carl Edwards.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Phoenix Race Info page.](11-8-2012)
Reynolds looking to be among the mix at PIR: Ben Reynolds of Trumansburg will attempt to qualify for Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The 27-year-old finished 27th in his NASCAR debut in the truck series in September in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The Reynolds Racing team, owned by his father, Don Reynolds, made the cross-country trek to Arizona earlier this week. Scott Coyle serves as the crew chief on the #47 Chevrolet pickup. Reynolds is one of 38 entries vying for a spot in the 36-car field for the Lucas Oil 150, which begins at 8 p.m. Friday. Reynolds is one of 13 drivers who have to qualify on speed. By competing in the race, Reynolds is hoping to qualify to run on the 1.5-mile tracks in the series next year. That would allow Reynolds, who is looking for sponsorship, to compete on an additional 17 tracks next year.(pressconnects.com)(11-8-2012)
Lofton to promote upcoming charity event at PIR: The #6 Chevrolet Silverado will promote the Third Annual Justin Lofton Boys & Girls Clubs Charity Golf Tournament that is being held on Jan. 5, 2013 in Brawley, Calif. Lofton will carry the official banner of the tournament on the hood during the Phoenix race. Interested participants can sign up for the tournament by Brent@JustinLoftonInc.com to request an order form. This is the third time that Lofton has raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Phoenix International Raceway, but it will be the first time that he runs on the newly designed track and surface. Although a native of Southern California, Lofton calls Phoenix International Raceway his "home track," as he grew up less than 250 miles away from Avondale, Ariz. With only two races left in the NCWTS 2012, Lofton goes in to the weekend in the eighth position in championship points.(Lofton/Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(11-07-2012)
First trip to Phoenix for Gale: Cale Gale will make his first start at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Nov. 9. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has attended races at the one-mile oval in Avondale, Ariz., but has never driven on the circuit and has not been to the track since it was reconfigured in 2011. Gale, who grew up racing on short tracks, has one pole and a pair of top-five finishes at tracks one-mile or less during the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The #33 Rheem Chevrolet driven by Cale Gale will return to its traditional red and black paint scheme for this weekend's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Additionally, the Rheem Chevrolet will keep its standard look for next week's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(11-7-2012)
Weber to drive #74 at PIR; to showcase Red Cross NE relief: Brian Weber, will climb behind the wheel of the Mike Harmon #74 truck for the Lucas Oil 150 on November 9th at the Phoenix International Raceway. The team's primary sponsor with be KOMA UNWIND liquid relaxation developed by Weber in 2009. The #74 truck will also carry the colors of the American Red Cross in a big way to support the organization during the trying times in the Northeast. "Now that this election is over, I think it is incredibly important to shine a light back on the Northeast and the effort of the American Red Cross. I urge all Americans to join us and donate $10 and help out," said Brian Weber.(Koma Unwind PR)(11-7-2012)
Daytona winner, King returns to the #5 Fairway Ford for Phoenix: John King returns to Wauters Motorsports to pilot the #5 Fairway Ford in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Richie Wauters in his term as crew chief has an exceptional track record boasting one win (Kyle Busch 2007), five top-five and six top-10 finishes in just seven starts on the 1-mile flat-track in Avondale, Arizona. King will be making his first start at Phoenix International Raceway and his second start for Wauters Motorsports. He debuted with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team at Kentucky Speedway in September.(Wauters Motorsports PR)(11-6-2012)
Blaney making first PIR truck start: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Draw-Tite RAM, will make his eight career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday evening at Phoenix International Raceway. Draw-Tite returns for their final race of the season as the primary sponsor on the #29 Brad Keselowski Racing RAM. Friday evening will mark Blaney's first career NCWTS start at PIR, however, in his only other start at the track, he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at PIR in 2011. The #29 team sits sixth in the owner point standings trailing the leading #31 entry by 75 points heading into race 21of 22 of the 2012 season.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(11-6-2012)
Scott back to KBM's #18 for Phoenix: Friday's race will be the fifth and final start for Brian Scott behind the wheel of Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra. The 24-year-old driver has produced top-10 results in each of his last two series starts, a 10th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway and a fifth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Scott has three NCWTS starts posting one top-five and two top-15 finishes and qualified in the top 10 twice. ollar General is giving fans an extra reason to cheer for Brian Scott at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night. If the No. 18 Dollar General Tundra brings home a top-10 finish in the Lucas Oil 150, everyone will receive 10% off all online products purchased at DollarGeneral.com next Monday, Nov. 12, and if he wins, the savings increase to 20% off.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(11-6-2012)
Mayhew making final 2012 start for BKR: David Mayhew, driver of the 19 Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM, will make his forth and final start of 2012 for Brad Keselowski Racing on Friday night in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mayhew will be making his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. He also has eight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts at PIR winning the spring 2012 race.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(11-6-2012)
American Eurocopter sponsors Coulter at PIR: American Eurocopter joins RCR as the primary sponsor of the #22 Chevrolet for this weekend's Camping World Truck Series event at Phoenix International Raceway. Based outside of Dallas, American Eurocopter manufactures, markets, sells, assembles, supports and provides training solutions for Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft in the United States. Coulter has one previous start at the one-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, earning a ninth-place finish after starting from the 10th position and completing 100 percent of the contested laps.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-6-2012)
Buescher teams up with Exide for Phoenix: James Buescher and the #31 head out to the desert for the second to last event on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. This will mark the first time the NCWTS has returned to Phoenix International Raceway since the track went through a transformation in 2011.Buescher and the #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team welcome back the Exide Batteries colors in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series semi-final event of 2012 at Phoenix International Raceway. The #31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet Silverado team will unload a brand new chassis, TMS-221. Phoenix will mark this chassis' first race.(Turner Motorsports PR)(11-6-2012)
Double-duty for Gaughan at PIR; final 2012 truck start: Brendan Gaughan will drive RCR's #2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 Friday night. Gaughan will climb behind the wheel of the #2 RCR Chevrolet for the final time of the 2012 season this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. In seven starts this season, he has earned four top-five and four top-10 finishes and has led 83 laps thus far this season. Gaughan will also drive the #33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet in the Great Clips 200 Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-6-2012)
Ty Dillon making first truck start at Phoenix: This week's 150-lap event marks Dillon's first appearance at Phoenix International Raceway in the Camping World Truck Series. Although the 20-year-old driver has yet to make any laps in the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, he has two starts at the one-mile facility in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West car, garnering a third-place finish in 2010 and a fourth-place finish in 2011. Dillon is second in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 15 markers behind the leader.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(11-6-2012)
Truex back to the #27 for Hillman Racing at PIR; image added: Ryan Truex will step back behind the wheel of the #27 Hillman Racing Chevy this Friday evening at Phoenix International Raceway. This will mark his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and first series start at the recently-paved Phoenix track. Truex made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway and was on tap for a strong finish before a failed transmission ended his day early. This weekend Truex will compete at Phoenix for the first time in the Truck Series, but it will not be his first start at the one-mile speedway. Truex has three NASCAR Nationwide Series starts with Michael Waltrip Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. His best finish came in the fall event in 2011 where he started and finished in the eighth spot with Joe Gibbs Racing. New Jersey and home is always on the mind of. The recent events of Hurricane Sandy ripped apart the Jersey Shore and his hometown of Mayetta, N.J. Older brother Martin [Truex Jr.] and Ryan are encouraging fans to step up and donate to assist with relief efforts. Fans can contribute to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation where funds will go to relief efforts in the Garden State.(Truex/Hillman Racing PR) [Image of the #27 Martin Truex Jr Fdn/Hurricane Sandy Relief Chevrolet is posted on the #27 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](11-6-2012)
Anderson's/Bashas' on board with Hornaday at Phoenix; image added: Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup along with Bashas' Supermarkets will be on board the #9-Joe Denette Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado, with driver Ron Hornaday Jr, for this Friday's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. With one of the most unique layouts on the NCWTS circuit, PIR is a one-mile, D-shaped oval that also boasts a challenging dog-leg off the fourth turn. Hornaday is the only active, full-time competitor whose career dates back to the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Phoenix International Raceway on February 5, 1995. He has led 152 laps at the speedway en route to two wins (April 1998 and March 1999) as well as 10 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 17 starts at the Avondale, Arizona track.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR) [Image of the #9-Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup/Bashas' Chevrolet is posted on the #9 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](11-6-2012)
Peck to race SS Green Light Racing's #8 at Phoenix: Peck Motorsports announced today that their driver, Todd Peck, will race the #08 Stopain/Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, the Lucas Oil 150 at the Phoenix International Raceway. The truck will be fielded by veteran truck series team SS Green Light Racing. Peck will be making his debut at the one-mile oval. Peck will be looking to make his fifth start in the series.(Peck Motorsports PR)(11-6-2012)
Kyle Busch Motorsports signs Coulter for 2013: Kyle Busch Motorsports has announced that the team has signed Joey Coulter to compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver's championship in 2013. Coulter currently ranks fifth in the 2012 Truck Series driver point standings and is tied for the series lead with three poles. The 22-year-old driver picked up his first career Truck Series win at Pocono Raceway in August and has collected six top-five and 13 top-five finishes in 20 starts this season. Overall in two Truck Series campaigns, the Florida native has recorded one win, three poles, 11 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes across 45 career starts and earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2011. Coulter made his lone NASCAR Nationwide Series start in May, posting a 10th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "With the addition of Joey Coulter to KBM's Truck Series program for the 2013 season we have accomplished our goal of having a talented young driver competing full-time for a driver's championship," owner Kyle Busch said. "Joey has been running up front, competing for wins this year and we feel like he is ready to have a breakout year. With the personnel we have in place at KBM and the support we receive from Toyota, we're going to do everything possible to make sure that he is in a position to bring home a championship next season."(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(11-6-2012)
Monday Rundown - Racing Resources:
*Johnny Sauter won the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday. It was his sixth Truck series win in his 106th start and his second victory of 2012. His previous win was at Texas in June (12 starts between).
*It marked the fourth time a driver swept both races at Texas in a season.
*Sauter has finished in the top 10 in seven of the past eight Texas races.
*Sauter led twice for 28 laps, including the final 11.
*Thorsport Racing posted its ninth Truck series victory and second win of 2012. Thorsport Racing has two victories at Texas.
*Toyota posted its 11th win at Texas, tying Chevrolet for the most. Toyota has eight wins overall in 2012.
*Parker Kligerman (second) posted his sixth career second-place finish, including four in 2012 and two at Texas.
*Nelson Piquet Jr. (third) earned his best Texas finish and fourth top-10 in five races there.
*Kyle Busch (fourth) got his seventh Texas top-5 finish in 10 races. He posted top-5s in both starts this season.
*Ty Dillon (fifth) has top-10 finishes in all three Texas races.
*Timothy Peters (10th) recorded his 14th top-10 this season.
*James Buescher (11th) had only his second finish outside the top 10 in the past 11 races.
*Brandon McReynolds finished 18th in his Truck series debut.
*The race speed of 154.752 mph was the fastest race in series history.(ESPN.com)(11-5-2012)
Chevrolet clinches 2012 NCWTS Manufacturers' Championship: Chevrolet has clinched the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturers' Championship. With Nelson Piquet, Jr.'s third place finish in the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, Chevrolet captured the prestigious title for the eighth time since the 1995 inception of the Series. With 20 of 22 races in the 2012 record books, Chevy Silverado drivers have gone to Victory Lane 11 times with James Buescher scoring a series-high four wins to this point in the season. Nellson Piquet, Jr. (two wins), Ty Dillon (one win), Joey Coulter (one win), James Lofton (one win), Kevin Harvick (one win), Kasey Kahne (one win) and Ron Hornaday, in addition to Buescher, contributed valuable Manufacturers' points to Chevrolet's title-winning effort. With just two races remaining in the season, Team Chevy has three drivers in the top-five in point standings. Buescher leads Dillon by 15 points in the battle for the championship following the Texas race.(Team Chevy Racing PR)(11-2-2012)
Busch interested in Ross Kenseth? May run three teams in 2013: Kyle Busch would love to offer Ross Kenseth a Camping World Truck Series ride in 2013. While Busch is quite impressed with Kenseth and has raced against the 19-year-old in various series, the biggest stumbling block for inking a deal could be sponsorship. "I'd like to do something with Ross," Busch said. "It's just a problem trying to get funding. There's no backing for some of the drivers that are here right now. Ross Kenseth, the son of 2003 Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth, is currently studying engineering at Clemson University, but is earning quite the reputation on short tracks. In July, he won the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway. Last month he was victorious in the All American 400 (Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville) and in the Winchester 400, besting Busch in both events. Ross Kenseth's father, who will be Busch's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing next season, said on Friday he was out of the loop regarding Ross' plans for next year. But considering he made the move to NASCAR at 24 with Robbie Reiser, he feels that Ross is ready to take that next step. As for the remainder of the Kyle Busch Motorsports lineup for 2013, Busch says he's "getting closer" to an announcement. Busch intends to keep a Nationwide deal at KBM, however, there could be as many as three trucks next year.(Fox Sports.com)(11-2-2012)
Buescher looks to extend points lead at home track: In NASCAR racing, a bad finish hurts a driver a lot more than a good one helps. No one knows that better right now than James Buescher, driver of the #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado. Buescher went into last Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway a single point behind leader Ty Dillon. But a deflating tire left Dillon 28th at Martinsville, while Buescher came home sixth. That made Buescher the new points leader, with a margin of 21 points over the Richard Childress Racing driver. The Texas native will be looking to extend his lead over Dillon when the Truck Series battles it out in Friday's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Buescher has had a stellar 2012 season, with four victories -- all at 1.5-mile tracks -- 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 19 starts. He also leads all Truck Series drivers with 474 laps led on the year. Needless to say, Buescher is geeked about racing on his home turf, especially with a big points lead and just three races left on the 2012 Truck Series schedule.(SPEEDtv.com)(11-1-2012)
Goodyear Tire Notes -- Texas: While NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will run the same left-side tire code (D-4392) as those in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Texas this weekend, they run a distinct right-side code (D-4418) . . . these are the same left- and right-side tire codes that Camping World Truck Series teams ran at Texas earlier this season and twice last season . . . while this right-side code is unique to Texas, these teams have run this left-side code (D-4392) twice already this season (Darlington and Chicagoland), as well as seven times in 2011 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Texas Race Info page.](11-1-2012)
KOMA UNWIND primary sponsor for Cobb for next two: BeBevCo CEO and part time NASCAR competitor, Brian Weber, will continue their support behind NASCAR Camping World Truck series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb [#10 RAM] for the next two events. KOMA UNWIND and BeBevCo will be the primary sponsor for Cobb in the WinStar World Casino 350 on November 2nd at the Texas Motor Speedway and at the Lucas Oil 150 on November 9th at the Phoenix International Raceway.(BeBevCo PR)(11-1-2012)