Truck Series Entry List: There are 31 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway. A few notes:
The #05 and #07 are TBA;
Brett Moffitt returns to the #11;
Ryan Ellis is in the #28;
Tommy Joe Martins returns to the #44;
Kyle Martel is in the #59;
Carlos Contreras is in the #71;
Norm Benning is in the #63;
UPDATE: John Wes Townley returns to the #05;
See the complete list on the Pocono entry list page.
NASCAR announces 2017 start times: NASCAR, along with FOX Sports and NBC Sports, today announced 2017 race start times and network coverage for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - based on the previously released schedule dates. Through collaborative efforts with its broadcast partners, race teams and tracks, NASCAR was able to finalize full 2017 start times for all three national series almost six months earlier than in recent seasons. Seventeen national series events will start closer to primetime, helping to bring NASCAR's photo finishes and close, side-by-side racing to larger audiences. Seventeen NASCAR Cup Series points races will air on broadcast television next year, including the DAYTONA 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on FOX; and the Brickyard 400 and the NASCAR Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, on NBC. Since the initial release of the 2017 schedule, NASCAR and its partners have shifted two dates for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America will move to Sunday, August 27, on NBC. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will now take place on Sunday, September 3, airing on FS1 prior to the NASCAR Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway on NBCSN. Looking ahead to the 2018 season, the DAYTONA 500 will move to Sunday, February 18, during Presidents Day weekend. NASCAR and its partners are working collaboratively on the remainder of the 2018 schedule, which will be finalized and released at a later date.(NASCAR)See the 2017 Truck Series schedule(7-27-2016),/P>
Townley cleared to race: John Wes Townley received medical clearance earlier today to resume racing in NASCAR and ARCA. He will compete in this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA events at Pocono Raceway. Townley had been sidelined for the past four weeks while being treated for mild concussion-like symptoms. "I'd like to thank Parker Kligerman, Cole Custer and Brady Boswell for filling in for me," Townley said. "I feel great and I'm looking forward to racing at Pocono this week."(Athenian Motorsports)(7-26-2016)
UPDATE: John Wes Townley will return to the Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Pocono Raceway and said on Wednesday morning he's feeling "a whole lot better." Townley joined "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and revealed he believes the concussion-like symptoms that resulted in him missing the last two races stemmed from his two crashes at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25. The first incident involved contact with Spencer Gallagher, who sent Townley spinning into the Turn 2 wall with a driver's-side impact. "It wasn't too bad, but it was enough to ring my bell a little bit," Townley said. Just a few laps later, he would wreck again after he got into Gallagher going into Turn 1. The contact wasn't retaliatory as Townley said his brakes were damaged from the first wreck. He said he got into Gallagher after his brake pedal went to the floor entering the turn. "After that, I saw lots of stars, and it kind of dazed me, so I think that's what did the damage," said Townley, who engaged in an on-track scuffle with Gallagher after the incident. "I didn't really think much of it to start out with, but after a few days, the symptoms hadn't really subsided, so I decided in light of things to just hang out and not race the Daytona Xfinity race (on July 1). "But even after a week had passed, the symptoms were still there, so that's kind of when I decided to go and follow up with the NASCAR medical community and do whatever they recommended, and that's when I got evaluated and figured out what was going on."
After Daytona, Townley missed the truck races at Kentucky and Eldora Speedway, as well as ARCA Racing Series events at Iowa Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway. Townley, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, said that condition led him to not think of much of his symptoms at first, but then realized they were more than what he had come to expect as normal. Those symptoms included dizziness and never feeling as if he were 100 percent.In the immediate aftermath of Gateway, Townley admitted he was not completely honest about how he was feeling.
"When I got out of the truck at Gateway and got to the med center, I had all kinds of things going through my head because I knew (in 2014) when I had the symptoms it was two or three weeks that I was pulled out," Townley said. "I remember the long process of getting reintegrated and back and approved. Those thoughts were definitely crossing my mind, so I'll be the first to say I wasn't completely honest - I didn't tell them about seeing stars or being dazed.
"But I did take it upon myself that within the next few days if I'm not feeling better I'm definitely not going to race Daytona, which I didn't, and the symptoms lasted longer than I expected. So I ended up going back and being completely honest. That's the important thing I guess. Coming back and being honest and not going out there and taking that chance. At the end of the day, I think it's worth it because you can go out there and keep going."
Townley praised NASCAR for the cautionary procedures in place, believing it helps prevents unchecked symptoms from worsening. However, the driver must be honest about their symptoms and willing to get help - even if it means sitting out. Part of the process with NASCAR was taking cognitive performance tests through a computer-modulated program, which tests a driver's reaction time and memory. The results are compared to the driver's baseline test that they are required to take before each season. He took his last test on Tuesday and was cleared to return to action. (NBC Sports)(7-27-2016)
DC Solar sponsoring Las Vegas Truck race: DC Solar, Las Vegas Motor Speedway's official off-grid mobile solar partner, has been named title sponsor of the track's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for 2016. The DC Solar 350 will take place at LVMS on Saturday, Oct. 1, with John Wes Townley returning to defend his title from a year ago. It will be the 20th staging of the popular NASCAR series race at LVMS. LVMS and DC Solar partnered earlier this year to provide solar-powered EV charging stations and LED mobile solar light towers during this Spring's NASCAR Weekend. This newly expanded partnership will dramatically increase the number of LED towers in use throughout the LVMS property. DC Solar is a clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar products. Its flagship product, The Solar Eclipse, is the most widely distributed mobile solar generator in the U.S., and it has revolutionized the solar industry by taking the technology off-grid. DC Solar serves a variety of industries, including emergency preparedness, disaster relief, construction, entertainment, sports and agriculture, to name just a few.(LVMS)(7-26-2016)
Eldora paint schemes: Added images of most of the trucks that ran at Eldora to the Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes pages.(7-24-2016)
Larson wins Truck Series Race at Eldora #24-Kyle Larson overcame a one-lap deficit to win the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday. Larson was penalized one lap for intentionally bringing out a caution just 50 laps into the race. In the closing laps, he was able to hold off the defending race-winner, #4-Christopher Bell, to get the win. Bell finished second, followed by: #98-Rico Abreu, #11-Jake Griffin, #29-Tyler Reddick, #00-Cole Custer, #13-Cameron Hayley, #19-Daniel Hemric, #22-Austin Wayne Self, and #88-Matt Crafton.
#63-Bobby Pierce led the field to green and held the position for 102 of the event's 150 laps. With just over 25 laps remaining however, Pierce bounced hard off of the wall while chasing down Larson. The damage was done and he ended the race in 25th.
There were 9 cautions for 52 laps and 3 lead changes among 2 leaders.
The average speed was 41.971mph.
Complete results are on the Eldora race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Eldora Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-20-2016)
Eldora Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson(i) won the 4th Annual Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby 150, his second victory in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Eldora Speedway.
Christopher Bell (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Eldora Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2016.
Rico Abreu (third) posted his first top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway and best of his NCWTS career.
Christopher Bell (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
William Byron # leads the point standings by 9 points over Matt Crafton.
Driver standings following Eldora:
1) #9-William Byron #, 282
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 273, -9
3) #19-Daniel Hemric, 271, -11
4) #21-Johnny Sauter, 253, -29
5) #17-Timothy Peters, 252, -30
6) #4-Christopher Bell #, 245, -37
7) #29-Tyler Reddick, 243, -39
8) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 232, -50
9) #33-Ben Kennedy, 225 -57
10) #13-Cameron Hayley, 220, -62
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-20-2016)
Owner Standings following Eldora are posted (pdf).(7-20-2016)
Townley to miss Eldora UPDATE: John Wes Townley has not been medically cleared to drive after suffering what the team calls a "possible concussion" and will miss his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, a team spokesman confirmed to NBC Sports. Brady Boswell is expected to drive Townley's Athenian Motorsports ride in Wednesday night's race at Eldroa Speedway, as Catchfence.com first reported. Townley missed the July 7 Truck series race at Kentucky because of the injury. He had competed in 40 consecutive Camping World Truck Series races, dating back to 2014, before missing that event. Parker Kligerman drove for Townley at Kentucky. Townley last drove in the June 25 Truck race at Gateway Motorsports Park. He was involved in two incidents with Spencer Gallagher. The second accident ended with them fighting. NASCAR confirmed that Townley was treated and released from the track's care center after the second crash. After Eldora, the series next races July 30 at Pocono Raceway.(NBC Sports)(7-18-2016)
UPDATE: John Wes Townley remains under treatment for a possible concussion and will not compete in Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. ARCA competitor Brady Boswell will drive the #05 Zaxby's/Jive Communications Chevrolet at Eldora for Townley. The 19-year-old Boswell, like Townley, is a resident of Watkinsville, Ga. Both drivers are graduates of North Oconee High School in Bogart, Ga. Veteran driver and NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will substitute for Townley in Friday night's ARCA Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway. Townley is scheduled to be re-evaluated by his physician on Monday July 25th, when he anticipates gaining medical clearance to return to competition in ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for events next week at Pocono Raceway.(Athenian Motorsports)(7-18-2016)
Cobb gets Eldora sponsor: WestsideVapor.com, an Ohio-based E-Cigarette company with dozens of Vapor Station stores throughout the state as well as an online store will be the primary sponsor of the #1 MAKE Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry driven by Jennifer Jo Cobb at Eldora Speedway this Wednesday, July 20 for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby. Westside Vapor is a returning sponsor for Cobb, who is enthusiastic about the company's desire to help American's "Kick-Ash" and reduce the harmful effects of tar and nicotine. According to The American Heart Association, "vaping" is a safer alternative to smoking. Recently, the government has passed legislation, however, that may make that mission extremely difficult. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives (CASAA) is urging the vaping community and those who support it to contact their congressmen, congresswomen and senators to share their vaping stories and let them know the positive effects of vaping.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(7-18-2016)
Local company joins Nemechek as associate for Eldora: Delphos Discount Drugs, an independent drug store established in 2003 that offers retail pharmacy products, will adorn the #8 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John Hunter Nemechek at the Eldora Speedway as an associate sponsor. Based in Delphos, Ohio, Delphos Discount Drugs is family-owned and operated.(NEMCO Motorsports)(7-18-2016)
XPO Logistics joins Rhodes for Eldora, Talladega: Alpha Energy Solutions, ThorSport Racing, and Ben Rhodes are pleased to announce that XPO Logistics, one of the world's largest providers of transportation and logistics services, will co-sponsor two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races in 2016. The global XPO Logistics brand will be featured on the #41 Toyota Tundra of Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ben Rhodes, as he makes his track debut at the 4th Annual Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Wednesday, July 20. XPO will also sponsor Rhodes at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Saturday, October 22.(See an image of the truck on the #41 Team Paint Schemes page)(ThorSport Racing)(7-16-2016)
Friesen to run Eldora: Stewart Friesen, formerly of Ontario, but now living in Sprakers, N.Y., will attempt to make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Eldora Speedway on July 20 in the Aspen Dental 150. Halmar Racing, Friesen's regular team in the Super DIRTcar Series and on a regular basis at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, has purchased a chassis and acquired an engine from Richard Childress Racing for use in the effort. Sponsorship will likely be provided by Halmar International, a construction company that focuses on mass transit, road construction and industrial construction. Heading up the effort for Friesen will be a familiar face in NASCAR circles. Harold Holly, a former champion crew chief in the XFINITY Series with Jeff Green, will serve as Friesen's crew chief. Friesen also noted the presence of Gary Balough behind the scenes. Balough, who briefly drove very early in the history of the Camping World Truck Series, is a controversial figure in the history of both Big Block Modified racing and NASCAR. In Modified circles, he's best known for racing the "Batmobile," a supposed Lincoln Continental that dominated Super Dirt Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in 1980.(Frontstretch)
AND: Without officially announcing a number, Friesen tested a #16 Chevy earlier this week.(Facebook)(7-15-2016)
Griffin in for Red Horse at Eldora: Jake Griffin will get behind the wheel of the Red Horse Racing #11 Toyota Tundra for the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on July 20. Griffin has four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and has raced extensively in dirt late models and open-wheeled modifieds. The 17-year-old Quincy, Illinois native has recorded wins on dirt tracks all over the Midwest.(Red Horse Racing)(7-15-2016)
Hunt Brothers Pizza to sponsor Schrader at Eldora: Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for Ken Schrader and the #71 Contreras Motorsports (CMS) Toyota Tundra for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby July 20 at Eldora Speedway in Ohio as part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Schrader currently holds the fastest truck lap record at Eldora-19.709 seconds-from 2013. Currently sitting in fourth in driver points, he and his team have already had a very impressive run this year in the ARCA Racing Series. In his Modified, Schrader has 20 top five finishes, nine second place finishes and a trip to victory lane in Idaho.(See an image of the truck on the #71 Team Paint Schemes page)(Ken Schrader Racing)(7-14-2016)
Mayhew Tools partners with MB beginning with Pierce at Eldora: It's only logical that one of America's oldest tool companies, Mayhew Tools, would partner up with the sole surviving original NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, MB Motorsports. Founded in 1856, Mayhew Steel Products (Mayhew Tools) is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States. As they've grown from a small tool house to the industry leader, there's only one thing that hasn't changed-their dedication to quality, reliability, and craftsmanship. That's why they've become the tool of choice for certified technicians and professional mechanics across the country, and have found a home in the belts of do-it-yourselfers as well. The Mayhew Tools logo will adorn the #63 Chevy Silverado for the first time at the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby on July 20th at the famed Eldora Speedway. Bobby Pierce finished second in the MB Motorsports truck at last years' race and is a heavy favorite in 2016.(MB Motorsports)(7-14-2016)
Larson to run Eldora with GMS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson will return to the Camping World Truck Series, and to the dirt, when the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver competes for GMS Racing in next week's stop at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. It will be just the second Truck Series start this year for Larson, 23, and his 12th overall in the series. He finished fourth with the GMS team earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway. Larson has two previous Truck starts at Eldora, finishing second in 2013 and 26th the following year. The well-known dirt track was also the site of a record-equaling run by the Elk Grove, California, native. In 2011, Larson became only the second driver to win all three races on the same night in the Four Crown Nationals. DC Solar, which sponsors Chip Ganassi Racing driver Brennan Poole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will sponsor the Larson entry at Eldora.(NASCAR)(7-14-2016)
Brown crew chief penalized following Kentucky: Crew chief Adam Brenner has been fined $5,000, suspended from all NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points events through July 27 and placed on NASCAR Probation through Dec. 31. The #86 driven by Brandon Brown was found to have lug nuts not properly installed during post race inspection.(NASCAR)(7-13-2016)
Moran to replace Sawyer as Managing Director of Truck Series: NASCAR announced that Elton Sawyer has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Officiating and Technical Inspection and John Probst has joined the organization as Managing Director, Competition and Innovation. Additionally, NASCAR made the following promotions within its competition team: Brad Moran will transition to Managing Director, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Brandon Thompson will become the Senior Director, Touring Series, George Grippo will join the competition team as Managing Director, Competition Technology and Timing & Scoring, and Jusan Hamilton will become Manager, Racing Operations & Event Management.
Sawyer, who will continue reporting to Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller, transitions to his new role after serving the last two seasons as Managing Director of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He will oversee multiple functions to ensure NASCAR events are the best in motorsports, including inspection/officiating; officials training and development; and the events and transportation groups. Sawyer joined NASCAR in 2015 after serving as Director of Team Operations for Action Express Racing in the IMSA Series. Prior to that role, he held competition positions at Red Bull Racing and Evernham Motorsports. Sawyer also spent a portion of his racing career competing in the NASCAR national series as a driver.
Moran will oversee the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after serving in a similar capacity over the NASCAR Touring Series. The Canada native brings more than 25 years of motorsports experience into the role, including serving as owner of Barrie (Ontario) Speedway.(NASCAR)(7-12-2016)
Eldora race dubbed Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby: A race that has made everyone smile since its inception in 2013 has earned an appropriate new name. The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby is the official name of the fourth annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event July 20 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby will take place on a Wednesday night at the half-mile, clay oval. The Camping World Truck Series is the only national NASCAR series event contested on dirt, with the 150-lap feature broken into three segments of 40 laps, 50 laps and 60 laps. Five qualifying heat races set the 32-truck field, a nod to dirt-track tradition.Aspen Dental is one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the United States, with more than 550 locations across 33 states.(Eldora Speedway)(7-11-2016)
Byron wins Truck Series race at Kentucky: #9-William Byron won the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night, and with it claimed his fourth win of the season, and 51st for his Kyle Busch Motorsports team. KBM now holds the record for most team wins in series history. #8-John Hunter Nemechek finished second, followed by: #19-Daniel Hemric, #4-Christopher Bell, #21-Johnny Sauter, #13-Cameron Hayley, #71-Brandon Jones, #88-Matt Crafton, #17-Timothy Peters, and #29-Tyler Reddick.
Pole sitter #51-Daniel Suarez led for 59 laps and finished 11th.
There were 5 cautions for 32 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders.
The average speed was 116.698mph.
Complete results are on the Kentucky race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf). (7-7-2016)
Kentucky Race Fast Facts:
William Byron won the 6th Annual Buckle Up In Your Truck 225, his fourth victory in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his fourth victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
John H Nemechek (second) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
Daniel Hemric (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
Byron (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Byron leads the point standings by 13 points over Matt Crafton.
Byron's victory was the 51st for Kyle Busch Motorsports. KBM passed Roush Fenway Racing for the series record.
Driver standings following Kentucky:
1) #9-William Byron #, 263
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 250, -13
3) #19-Daniel Hemric, 246, -17
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 246, -17
5) #21-Johnny Sauter, 233, -30
6) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 223, -40
7) #29-Tyler Reddick, 215, -48
8) #4-Christopher Bell #, 214, -49
9) #33-Ben Kennedy, 203 -60
10) #41-Ben Rhodes, #, 201, -62
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-7-2016)
Owner Standings following Texas are posted (pdf).(7-7-2016)
Heffner to drive for Martins at Eldora: JR Heffner will return to Eldora Speedway in Ohio for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on July 20th. He will also compete in the Super Dirt Car Big Block Modified. During the 4th annual NASCAR Camping World Series truck race his entry will be the #44 Chevy Silverado. JR will partner with Martin Motorsports, a regular truck team for logistics and operations. Current Modified race team partners A Colarusso & Sons and Park East Sales will join the truck program. JR Heffner Racing is a New York based race team that races Big Block Modified's at Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta NY, and both Big Block and Small Block Modified's at Lebanon Valley Speedway in Lebanon, NY, halfway between Albany and Pittsfield. Massachusetts. JR has won 4 track Championships, is a 3 time Mr. Dirt Track USA, and has won the Hagerstown 350 twice. He has competed in the ARCA Racing Series and raced at tracks such as Daytona, Talladega, Kentucky, Chicago, and New Hampshire.(See an image of the truck on the #44 Team Paint Schemes page)(JR Heffner Racing)(7-9-2016)
Date announced for XFINITY, Truck banquet, stays in Miami: Whoever wears the crown of 'NASCAR champion' unquestionably will earn it, following a 2016 season that has already featured some of the toughest and most thrilling competition the sport has ever seen. The year-end celebration will be deservedly grand, and it will take place at familiar sites built upon major moments.Continuing a fan-favorite culmination to its national series seasons, NASCAR announced today the return of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to Las Vegas and the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards to Miami Beach.The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will take place Monday, Nov. 21 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel located in the heart of South Beach. This year's event will honor the champions of the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, both of whom will be crowned during the Homestead-Miami Speedway race weekend, November 18-20. Currently, two NASCAR Next graduates - Daniel Suárez and William Byron - lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points, having locked up their respective spots in the Chase with stirring victories. Both captured their first NASCAR national series victory in 2016. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will air on NBCSN on Dec. 2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET. MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Channel 90, will carry the awards show live. The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will air on NBCSN on Nov. 27 starting at 8 p.m. ET.(NASCAR)(7-8-2016)
Ren takes over as crew chief for Self: Rick Ren, a two-time championship NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief has joined AM Racing and driver Austin Wayne Self, effective immediately. Ren has joined AM Racing in an effort to boost the overall performance for rookie Austin Wayne Self in the #22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra. Ren started his new role during practice on Wednesday at the 1.5-mile speedway. Ren who won two NCWTS championships in 2007 and 2009 with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has 324 recorded starts as crew chief, 28 wins, 114 top-fives and 199 top-10 finishes over a span of 19 years. Before pairing with AM Racing, Ren was serving as a consultant with Mike Mittler's MB Motorsports and their various drivers. Stepping up from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards series last year, Self, the Austin, Texas native has competed in all nine races thus far with a best finish of 13th at his home track of Texas Motor Speedway in June. He failed to qualify in the third race of the season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, but when Tommy Joe Martins crashed his own truck during qualifying, a NASCAR approved agreement was worked out where Self drove Martins' "back-up" truck to a 15th place finish. The 20-year-old Self sits 19th in the championship standings entering his Kentucky debut in Thursday night's Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. He starts 23rd. Ren replaces Marc Browning who started the year as crew chief.(Catchfence)(7-7-2016)
Update on KBM Lawsuit: Kyle Busch Motorsports scored a big federal court decision when its $4 million lawsuit against its former driver Justin Boston was sent back to North Carolina court. Boston had argued that his sponsor -- his father's company, Zloop -- is in bankruptcy and the claims against him should be part of those proceedings. A federal judge ruled Zloop's liability can be determined by federal bankruptcy court, but the claims against Boston belong in North Carolina court. KBM claims it is owed $4.025 million for an alleged default on a two-year contract originally worth $6.4 million that Boston would pay to drive a KBM truck. Boston claims KBM breached the contract clause to provide a "well-trained crew."(ESPN NOW)(7-7-2016)
Tifft sidelined with injury UPDATE 2: Matt Tifft's scheduled double-duty weekend at Iowa Speedway has been derailed by injury. Tifft was scheduled to drive the #11 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing in Saturday night's Speediatrics 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Iowa, and the #18 Toyota-backed Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in Sunday's Xfinity Series American Ethanol E15 250. Multiple sources say Tifft is battling a disc problem in his back, and will not compete in either of this weekend's events. He will be replaced in Sunday's Xfinity race by veteran Sam Hornish, Jr., making in his first NASCAR start of the 2016 campaign. No replacement has been confirmed for Saturday night's Truck race. Tifft, a native of Hinckley, Ohio, has run six of 13 races this season on the Xfinity Series, with back-to-back eighth-place finishes in his last two starts at Talladega and Dover. He has also made three Truck Series starts in 2016, with a best showing of fifth at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Godfather Motorsports)(6-14-2016)
UPDATE: Driver German Quiroga will return to Red Horse Racing again at Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park. Quiroga will sub for Matt Tifft at Iowa and pilot the #11 Toyota Tundra as scheduled at Gateway. In addition to finishing in eighth place at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season, Quiroga piloted the #77 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing in 2013 and 2014, recording five top-five finishes, 16 top-10s and one pole position.(Red Horse Racing)(6-15-2016)
UPDATE 2: Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series driver Matt Tifft is out indefinitely after doctors found a brain tumor while treating him for a disk condition in his back. Tifft, 20, will have surgery for what the team described as a slow-growing, low-grade glioma in the brain. He will need to spend time in rehabilitation before being cleared to race. Tifft has competed in six Xfinity races this year, including three in the JGR #18 car. He sat on the pole in April at Talladega, where he finished a career-best eighth. He also finished eighth two weeks later at Dover. In addition to his part-time Xfinity schedule, Tifft was driving a part-time Camping World Truck Series schedule in the Red Horse Racing #11 truck. He finished a career-best fifth in his most recent outing in May at Charlotte. He has seven top-10 finishes in 18 career truck starts.(ESPN)(6-28-2016)
VIDEO: Tifft tweeted this and posted a video "Video update! Thanks so much to everyone for all the positive thoughts and prayers"(7-2-2016)
UPDATE 3: Fantastic news from Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Tifft: He's out of the hospital after successful brain surgery. Friday, the 20-year old racer underwent surgery to remove a low-grade glioma in his brain, and around midnight on Saturday night he was released. Tifft Tweeted that he had begun walking and had eaten solid food as well, both great signs. And he Tweeted a fairly graphic picture of what his skull looks like after the surgery. He is expected to resume his racing career once he completes rehabilitation and receives medical clearance. So far this season, Tifft has run six NASCAR XFINITY Series races and three more in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(FOX Sports)(7-3-2016)
Townley, Gallagher have altercation following crash UPDATE 4: John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher wrecked, then wrestled and finally threw a number of punches in Saturday night's Drivin for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.Townley was the aggressor, coming down the track after he and Gallagher exited their respective wrecked trucks on Lap 154, grabbing Gallagher in a headlock and threw him to the ground. They clinched and tossed each other around several times, falling to the pavement again, and then Townley appeared to land at least five punches to Gallagher's head, while Gallagher appeared to land just one punch in retaliation. None of the safety workers interceded, prompting a lengthy delay before a NASCAR official arrived on scene and broke up the pair. The race was red flagged for a third time so that the track could be cleaned up. Both drivers were taken to the infield care center to be examined for injuries - in separate ambulances.(NBC Sports)(6-26-2016)
UPDATE: Spencer Gallagher issued a statement regarding his role in the incident: "I would like to take time to address my actions at Gateway Motorsports Park this past weekend. First, I would like to apologize to John Wes Townley. Additionally, to his team and fans, I am sorry. The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event. My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way. My teammates and all of the guys back at the shop deserve more respect than was shown Saturday night. I would also like to apologize to my team owner, who wholeheartedly believes in this organization and expects all of us to perform at our best at all times, no matter the situation. And finally, I would like to extend a sincere apology to the NASCAR community - representatives and fans. I love this sport just as much as all of you and I am ashamed that I was part of an incident that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light."(GMS Racing)(6-27-2016)
UPDATE 2: A NASCAR executive stated Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that "there will be repercussions" for the incident between John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher during Saturday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park. Townley and Gallagher had contact during the race that caused Townley's truck to hit the wall. They both wrecked in the final laps. After exiting their vehicles, they soon began scuffling, tumbling to the track and throwing a few punches.
"We'll look at the all the video feeds we have, we certainly talked to both drivers postrace," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We'll have our discussions. We'll kind of have an evaluation and talk to everyone about where we stand from that. Certainly not our best moment, for sure, two passionate drivers. That's part of things sometimes when emotions run high, but certainly don't like to see that to occur when they're especially on the racetrack."
"We certainly like to see drivers who are going to express their emotions be outside of a race car, that's where we really, really jump in and react when it's drivers using their race cars beyond what is normal for a race," O'Donnell said. "We're going to react heavily when we have to. There will still be repercussions for sure. We want to make sure drivers, if they're going to do anything, are outside of their car but certainly don't encourage what happened at Gateway." (NBC Sports)(6-27-2016)
UPDATE 3: John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher have been fined and penalized following their physical altercation at Gateway last Saturday. Driver (John Wes Townley) has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Driver (Spencer Gallagher) has been fined $12,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(6-29-2016)
UPDATE 4: On Wednesday, NASCAR levied a $15,000 fine against John Wes Townley and placed him on probation for the remainder of the season for his involvement in a late-race incident at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night. Townley, who will not appeal the ruling, said his sole focus now is preparing for next week's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. "I want to apologize to NASCAR and my fans," Townley said. "That's not the way I want to represent myself, Zaxby's or Jive Communications. I'll try my best to make sure it never happens again."
Townley originally planned on competing in tonight's NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Daytona Beach, Fla. But following a day-long meeting with his Athenian Motorsports team earlier this week, the decision was made to withdraw from the event. "Honestly, we went into this season with our sights sets on running strong in the Truck Series and ARCA. We've always said that. And we, as a team, don't need to overlook those goals. We were getting ready to pull guys off our Truck and ARCA teams to go run an Xfinity race in Daytona. I love racing at Daytona. I've won there twice in ARCA. But considering that we have a Truck race and an ARCA race next week (at Iowa Speedway), we felt it was better to pour our time and resources into getting ready for next week." Townley is ready to put last weekend's incident, and the publicity that followed, behind him. "It's been an interesting week, to say the least," he said. "But I'm eager to get to Kentucky on Wednesday to practice on their new racing surface. We'll have Jive Communications onboard our Chevrolet for this race and I feel like this will be the place we jump start our season."(Athenian Motorsports)(7-1-2016)
Griffin plans more races with MB: After four promising runs in MB Motorsports' #63 Chevy Silverado, the team has signed 17 year-old Jake Griffin to drive in two more races this season. Griffin will next take to the track for the team at Bristol Motor Speedway, in the UNOH 200 on August 17th. Then, just two days after Griffin turns 18, he will get to race on the biggest track of his career in the season finale at Homestead - Miami Speedway in the Ford Ecoboost 200 on November 18th. Griffin made an impressive debut at Martinsville Speedway in 2015, when he stunned the crowd with his ability to run with the leaders on worn out tires. He continued to cut his lap times as the race progressed, earned him the opportunity to race for the team at Iowa Speedway later that season. Flash forward to 2016. Griffin is once again behind the wheel at Iowa Speedway for MB Motorsports and, for the first time in his young career, at Gateway Motorsports Park. At both races, Griffin continued to find speed in both practices and in the races, impressing the crew and team owner Mike Mittler.(MB Motorsports)(6-30-2016)
ThorSport fire ruled accidental: The June 13 fire at ThorSport Racing was accidental, starting in mulch underneath stairs of a patio and causing an estimated $10 million in damages, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ohio State Fire Marshal. ThorSport fields four entries in the Camping World Truck Series and, thanks to the help of firemen, was able to salvage 15 of 18 trucks from the early-morning fire. However, the team will be forced to rebuild approximately 40 percent of its 100,000-square-foot shop in Sandusky, Ohio. The report, by assistant state fire marshal Jeff Koehn, stated that investigators could not rule out smoking materials as the heat source for the fire, but the interviews investigators conducted offered no proof that anyone was smoking in that area that day, and the water used to fight the fire washed away a large portion of the mulch from the building. The automatic sprinkler system and fire alarms did not activate because the fire spread from the exterior into the roofline and the walls -- above and beyond the reach of the sensors and sprinkler heads, according to the report. The fire, reported at 12:51 a.m., was discovered by the lone shop employee working in the building, who had gone to the suspension room to get a phone charger and could see and smell the smoke coming from the basement. He went to the basement, where he could see the fire through holes in the block basement wall, and then he traveled approximately 500 yards to find a security guard to report the fire. The team has relocated to various buildings in the Sandusky area as the current shop is being rebuilt. The suspension and fabrication shops were destroyed in the fire.(ESPN)(6-29-2016)
Bell wins Truck Series Race at Gateway: #4-Christopher Bell won a memorable Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night, holding off #41-Ben Rhodes following a restart two laps from the finish. The win was the 50th team win for Kyle Busch Motorsports. #19-Daniel Hemric, #21-Johnny Sauter, #51-Erik Jones, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #11-German Quiroga, #24-Kaz Grala, #33-Ben Kennedy, and #17-Timothy Peters followed in the top-10.
Rhodes started from the pole after rain forced NASCAR to set the field based on the 2016 rulebook. He led 4 laps throughout the night.
There were 9 cautions for 44 laps and 8 lead changes among 6 leaders. There were also three red flag periods for extended cleanup following on-track incidents. The final red flag occurred with just over 5 laps remaining when #05-John Wes Townley and #23-Spencer Gallagher wrecked. The two exited their vehicles, and Townley confronted Gallagher. Safety workers failed to intervene as they exchanged their displeasure with one another, displaying potentially penalty-worthy behavior.
After all of the yellow flags slowed the event, the average speed was 89.021mph.
Complete results are on the Gateway race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Gateway Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-25-2016)
NEMCO team fails post race in Iowa UPDATE: After finishing 12th, John Hunter Nemechek failed post-race inspection with his #8 NEMCO Chevy found to be too low in the right rear. Any penalties will be announced next week.(Motorsport)(6-19-2016)
UPDATE: The #8 team crew chief Gere Kennon has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points. Caleb Holman, driver of the #75 has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. for exiting the Truck and approached the racing surface or apron before being attended to by track safety team.(NASCAR)
See the Iowa Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf)(6-22-2016)
Penalties following Texas UPDATE: Following post-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway, the #11 truck was found to have "lug nut(s) not properly installed," leading to crew chief Scott Zipadelli being fined $5,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through June 22, and placed on NASCAR
probation through Dec. 31. The #23 truck received a warning following qualifying inspection due to truck trailing arm U-bolts and U-bolt mounting saddles that did not conform to specified rule book drawings.(NASCAR))
UPDATE: Butch Hylton is serving as crew chief on the #11 in Iowa. (6-18-2016)
Cleanup begins at ThorSport, as they plan to stay in Ohio UPDATE: David Pepper tries to laugh, tries to make sense of the fire that damaged about a third of ThorSport Racing's shop on Monday, decimated its fab department and destroyed three of its Camping World Series trucks. The basement is under about 5 feet of water, and the shop floor is under about a foot of water. Nineteen fire units from four Ohio communities converged on the Sandusky shop Monday. The last crew didn't leave until more than 16 hours after the initial call. No one was injured. Pepper admits the four-truck team faces many challenges in the coming days and months, but they will be at Iowa Speedway this weekend planning to win with either two-time series champ and current points leader Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley, Rico Abreu or Ben Rhodes. When they arrive at Iowa, they'll be greeted by fellow competitors offering assistance. Pepper said about five teams will bring equipment to help the team get through the weekend and beyond.
"Multiple different race teams, not only our Toyota partners, have reached out offering trucks and transporters and shop space and pull-down (rig) time,'' Pepper said. "The outpouring of concern for us as competitors, it is nothing less than overwhelming. I want to tell everyone thank you.''
The team cannot work in the building because of the damage. "We are a race team without a home,'' Pepper said. Their home Tuesday was the parking lot of a nearby Kroger grocery store. All four teams were there with their haulers and the trucks they'll race this weekend. Pepper said local restaurants have helped, bringing the team food and drinks. He noted one woman no one knew brought the team cookies.For all that was lost, some items were rescued. Firefighters helped save the four haulers by allowing the team to drive those out. Three of those haulers had a truck in it. Firefighters also pushed 12 trucks out of the shop to ThorSport Racing employees. The employees then pushed the trucks into the grass near the shop, leading Pepper to joke the scene looked like a "ThorSport yard sale.'' Those trucks will not return to the shop anytime soon.
Pepper said the team is looking for a place to work. The plan is to stay in Sandusky. Although teams in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area offered space in their shop for the team to work, Pepper said team officials didn't want to uproot their employees from their homes. One option for the team is to relocate to the old Kroger location the grocery store recently left for its current spot near the shop. Pepper said he hopes that in six months they can be working in about half the race shop but there's much that must be done. Smoke damage, along with the water and fire damage will take time to repair. Some walls buckled after an excavator ripped a side of the building down so firefighters could combat the blaze, which had gone through the wall to the roof. Yet, as they do that, Pepper and the rest of the organization can't escape the realty of their situation.
"I was just over with the restoration company looking at the offices ... it looks like a bomb went off,'' Pepper said. "It's devastating. We got all of our trophies out front that have to be cleaned. Some of the stuff, like victory lane flags. I don't know if we can ever save those. You can never replace them.''(NBC Sports)(6-15-2016)
UPDATE:ThorSport Racing General Manager David Pepper spoke to the media at Iowa Speedway regarding the fire damage and moving forward:
"We have a plan. We're scattered across a couple of buildings in the community. The community really rallied behind us. Pegasus Trailer company (Pegasus Race Trailers) is letting us use about 40 percent of their shop. Another gentleman has offered up his race shop that's down the street from there, so we're putting some things in there - putting some surface plates in. We've got the water out of the building, temporary lighting back up, we're already starting the rebuilding and renovation process to try to clean up what happened. Painting bodies at another location, so we're kind of scattered all over Sandusky (Ohio) and a lot of people in the community have helped and the NASCAR community - just bringing us pieces and parts on multiple trailers here to get to this race - but we have a plan and we're here. No one was hurt and we're going to be racing."
"We plan to compete on schedule. All four trucks will be at every race. Obviously, I don't know to answer on schedule - we'll be at every race."
"We can make up timelines - we'd like to be in there in six weeks, 10 weeks - until we get all these folks that have to make sure the building is safe and we can move back in. The one thing I can promise you, Duke and Rhonda Thorson (owners) had a breakfast catered in for their team and Duke stood up in front of all of us and (expressed) his appreciation for all of us and what we had to do and told us, 'Hey, you keep going, we go to the races, we go to win every week and we're going to rebuild. We're going to rebuild it better than it was before and we'll be stronger for it.' We will be back in that building. I joked we had about 5,000 people a couple years ago in the community at the grand opening. I'm hoping we have about 5,000 at the grand-reopening. I just don't know when that date is."(Toyota Racing)(6-18-2016)
MB lands new sponsor for multiple races: Dirty Hand Tools, which sells a complete line of log splitters, chain saws, pumps, tillers, snow blowers, mowers and agricultural implements, has partnered with MB Motorsports for multiple races during the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Dirty Hand Tools will sponsor the #63 MB Motorsports Chevy Silverado at the upcoming races at Iowa Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Eldora Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway. Dirty Hand Tools. DHT products are available at Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, Bomgaars, Big R and many other fine retailers nationwide.(MB Motorsports)(6-15-2016)
ThorSport shop catches fire UPDATE 6: Fire gutted the Ohio home of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team early this morning. It happened overnight at ThorSport Racing on Campbell Street in Sandusky, OH. Video shows flames shooting from the roof of the team's 100,000 square foot facility. According to the Sandusky Register, multiple fire departments are on the scene. The extent of the damage was not immediately clear.(NBC4i)(6-13-2016)
UPDATE: A fire broke out early Monday morning at the ThorSport Racing shop in Sandusky, Ohio. The Sandusky Register reported that multiple fire departments were called to the 100,000-square foot race shop. A team official confirmed to NBC Sports that no employees were injured. The team official said fire crews still were working to extinguish the fire at 7 a.m. ET. The four-truck team - the longest tenured in the Camping World Truck Series - raced last Friday at Texas Motor Speedway with two-time series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton, Rico Abreu, Ben Rhodes and Cameron Hayley. The series races this weekend at Iowa Speedway. A team official said the organization plans to compete this weekend.(NBC Sports)(6-13-2016)
UPDATE 2: Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, a fire broke out in the basement of the ThorSport Racing shop, located in Sandusky, Ohio. At this time, we can confirm that no one was injured. We are currently working with the fire department and local officials to contain the blaze, and assess the damage. We do not expect this to impact the team's competition schedule. Our next race is at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday, June 18. Further details will be forthcoming.(ThorSport Racing)(6-13-2016)
UPDATE 3: Photos of the fire damage can be found on Sandusky Register photographer, Jilly Burns' Twitter page, as well as photos and videos on the Sandusky Scanner Live Facebook page.(6-13-2016)
UPDATE 4: Hotspots are still burning at ThorSport Racing after a fire gutted a large portion of the building overnight. Perkins fire Chief Keith Wohlever said the fire was well under control at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday - but a small amount of smoke was still rising from the structure, and some pockets were still burning. The Ohio State Fire Marshal has been on scene since about 9 a.m. this morning, and crews were already working to salvage items from the building. A large excavator could be seen removing debris from the area, including toolboxes and car lifts.
"It doesn't appear to be suspicious (in origin), but with this kind of dollar loss, we want to be diligent in (our investigation)," Wohlever said.
According to ThorSport Racing Team Manager David Pepper, the portion of the building destroyed by the fire housed the company's car fabrication shop.
Bystander Simon Stout said he spotted personnel removing two partially-constructed racing vehicles from the rubble on Monday morning. Even so, the team doesn't suspect the fire will impact any of their upcoming races. Said Pepper: "We're going to get the fire put out and assess where we're at. In four days, we're going to go to Iowa and race like we always do."
While he was unable to comment on how or if the fire would affect ThorSport's future plans or current location, he did thank first responders, and the community for their support. "There has been an outpouring of support already this morning. I can't thank the people in the community enough," Pepper said.
Details on the fire's cause and the total monetary loss will be provided by the Ohio State Fire Marshal in the coming days.(Sandusky Register)(6-13-2016)
UPDATE 5: As some crews battled a fire in one portion of ThorSport Racing's shop early Monday morning, other firefighters went inside the building and saved the team's Camping World Trucks and other equipment. Capt. Jim Johnson of the Perkins Township Fire Department in Sandusky, Ohio, provided new information about how 12 Trucks or chassis were saved in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports. Three more Trucks were saved when the haulers they were in were evacuated. A team spokesperson said three Trucks were destroyed in the fire and one was under water in the basement - where the fire originated. He told NBC Sports that while some units battled the fire, he sent crews into a portion of the building not threatened to push the team's Trucks out of the shop. Johnson said this took place around 3 a.m., about three hours after the first units arrived. "I had the manpower, so I was able to get about six guys at a time sent in and they would push the Trucks to the door and then the ThorSport employees would grab it where there was no smoke and push it down the ramp and to the grass," Johnson told NBC Sports. A spokesperson for Kyle Busch Motorsports, a fellow Toyota team, stated that they had reached out to ThorSport Racing officials and offered whatever assistance is needed from parts and pieces to a place to work. A Toyota spokesperson told NBC Sports that many teams, including those from competing manufacturers, were offering their assistance to ThorSport Racing.(NBC Sports)(6-13-2016)
UPDATE 6: ThorSport Racing crewmen spent Tuesday working in various parking lots on the street that once housed a glistening, 100,000-square-foot shop of a championship-winning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team based in Sandusky, Ohio. The shop is unusable, with about 40 percent destroyed from fire and the rest with smoke and water damage, according to team general manager David Pepper. A couple of crewmen doing wiring on one of the team's race trucks smelled smoke in the building shortly after midnight Monday and found the fire, which would eventually take more than 16 hours to put out with 14 fire trucks and four ladder trucks responding. Firemen also helped push race trucks out, allowing the team to salvage 15 of the 18 race trucks in its fleet, Pepper said. The fabrication shop and the suspension shop were destroyed, and the paint shop and the machine shop, where they would make parts and pieces for the trucks, are all unusable. Offices and areas where the teams would work on mostly completed trucks to set up for races were not a total loss. Any piece for the race trucks that would be considered potentially compromised cannot be used to race, Pepper said. Pepper said he hopes the team can return to some areas of the shop in four to six weeks, but it will take possibly 18 months to rebuild. The team is looking for a temporary home, and it has gotten an incredible response from the Sandusky community and the racing community, who have offered help, including shop space, Pepper said. Some teams will bring parts and pieces the team needs for this weekend but the teams are ready to race, Pepper said. The cause of the fire and an estimate of damages will be determined by the Ohio Fire Marshal, which will conduct an investigation. The shop, completed in 2011, is part of a complex owned by team owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson family, which operate coatings company ThorWorks Industries.(ESPN)(6-14-2016)