Truck Series Entry List: There are 38 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. A few notes:
Austin Cindric is in the #2;
Korbin Forrister is in the #5;
Clay Greenfield is in the #10;
Bobby Gerhart s in the #36;
Reed Sorenson is in the #49;
Ryan Ellis is in the #63;
Parker Kligerman is in the #75;
The #30 and #71 are TBA.
UPDATE: Dylan Lupton will be in the #02 in place of Tyler Young;
UPDATE 2: Brandon Hightower will be in the #71;
UPDATE 3: The #30 has withdrawn;
See the complete list on the Talladega entry list page.
Gallagher to run Snowball Derby: GMS Racing, in conjunction with Michael House Racing, announced that Spencer Gallagher will pilot the #23 Chevy late model entry in the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. Michael House will serve as acting crew chief for Gallagher with help from veteran driver Willie Allen. Gallagher will be testing at Five Flags Speedway on November 14 and 15 in preparation for the event that begins on December 1. Information regarding sponsorship will be announced at a later date.(GMS Racing)(10-21-2016)
Reeves plans debut: Josh Reeves' dream of racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway is nearing fruition. The Virginia-born 23-year-old is slated to drive a truck fielded by Mike Harmon during the Oct. 29 Texas Roadhouse 200 at the .526-mile oval. Reeves, who earlier this year made a handful of ARCA Racing Series starts with a best finish of 10th at Indiana's Winchester Speedway driving a car owned by Bo LeMastus. Those starts not only helped him gain valuable experience, but also earned him NASCAR's blessing to attempt his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Reeves said the team could still use some help preparing for Martinsville from a sponsorship standpoint. In particular, he said the team could use help paying the tire bill for the race. He already has sponsorship from companies such as Great Valley Thrift Tire of Alaska, Crosley Brands and Glad Precision, but he admitted that the team still needs more to do things right.(Speed Sport News)(10-20-2016)
JJL to run Texas, possible 2017: Team Little Racing has been rebranded JJL Motorsports and will make its first appearance under its new name when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) hits Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4. NASCAR Next alumnus Jesse Little will pilot the #97 Toyota Tundra in the Longhorn 350 before ending their season with the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway two weeks later on Nov. 18. JJL Motorsports is owned by Jason Little, uncle of Jesse Little and brother of former NASCAR driver now executive Chad Little. The family affair has kept the racing niche in their blood with a recent emphasis on building JJL Motorsports into a namesake within the NASCAR industry for years to come. Founded in 2005, Team Little Racing has fielded entries in the NCWTS, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West divisions, NASCAR Late Model Stock, Legends, Bandoleros and quarter midgets. Through their heavy on-track presence, the organization noted its long history and track record of success in the K&N Pro Series with 48 starts, two wins, three poles, 14 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes. Most recently with JJL Motorsports equipment and crew chief the team is fresh off a second-place finish at Dover in the K&N Pro Series East. Once the checkered flag waves at Homestead, JJL Motorsports vision will saturate on finding the right partner for a full NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule with a new driver for 2017, while opting to complete in select NCWTS events as well with the Jesse Little.(JJL Motorsports)(10-20-2016)
Injury forces team to withdraw: In the interest of safety, Rette Jones Racing (RJR) has decided to withdraw their #30 Jones Group International / J-AAR Excavating Ford from Saturday afternoon's fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Talladega Superspeedway. Team co-owner and part-time driver Terry Jones was attempting to make his sixth career start this weekend, but a leg injury while working on a jobsite in Canada last week will force the Amherstburg, Ontario native to be sidelined for what he hoped was his first NCWTS start of 2016. "The motor is in, the truck is ready, the guys are ready, but after talking to Terry this morning, we just decided to postpone the launch of our new truck while he heals," said RJR co-owner Mark Rette. Despite sitting out Saturday's 94-lap race, the team will now engage on competing in the 2017 season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, Feb. 24, 2017.(Rette Jones Racing)(10-19-2016)
New crew chief for Abreu: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie Rico Abreu will have a new crew chief for Saturday afternoon's freds' 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Longtime ThorSport Racing employee and veteran crew chief Bud Haefele will serve as interim crew chief for Abreu and the #98 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra replacing Doug George who is no longer with the organization. Haefele served as crew chief for teammate Matt Crafton at ThorSport for a span of seven seasons from 2005 - 2011 and called the 2015 NCWTS season finale for NASCAR Next alumnus Jesse Little. Haefele has called 180 races to date, since 2004, 175 of them with Crafton. His success includes two wins with Crafton at Charlotte Motor Speedway (2008) and Iowa Speedway (2011), six poles, 42 top-five and 96 top-10 finishes. Abreu, the two-time Chili Bowl Nationals winner is looking to Haefele to resurrect his rookie season in trucks. Despite enormous success on dirt, including the 2014 USAC Midget National championship, the St. Helena, Calif. native has struggled in his freshman season of truck competition. After 18 races, the 24-year-old is 14th in points with one top-five (third at Eldora Speedway) and four top-10 finishes. Following the dirt race at Eldora, the 2013 USAC Gold Crown Midget Nationals winner finished sixth at Pocono Raceway the following race, his last top-10 finish on the tour, seven races ago. George will return to the track this weekend working with Hattori Racing Enterprises with driver Ryan Truex. The younger brother of Sprint Cup racer Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona this past February.(Catchfence)(10-19-2016)
Hightower to run Talladega: Brandon Hightower will be racing this weekend at Talladega in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He will be making his second start in the truck series. He has already raced in the Xfinity Series four times this year, with his best finish at Dover in 25th place. The first time he raced in the truck series was at the fall Martinsville race last year.(See an image of the truck on the #71 Team Paint Schemes page)(Let's Talk Racing)(10-19-2016)
Lupton in for Young at Talladega: Focused on expanding his racing resume, Wilton, Calif. native Dylan Lupton will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this Saturday's fred's 250 fueled by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway for Young's Motorsports. Lupton, a NASCAR Next alumnus will become the fourth driver to compete in all three of NASCAR's national series this year aboard the #02 Young's Motorsports / Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet Silverado. The Californian has made two NASCAR XFINITY Series starts for RSS Racing and two Sprint Cup Series starts for BK Racing. Lupton will pilot the same truck Young's Motorsports driver Tyler Young raced to a career-best sixth place performance in February at Daytona International Speedway. Lupton, a multiple NASCAR K&N Pro Series West winner also will be guided by his BK Racing Cup spotter Chris Monez. Although limited with restrictor plate experience, Lupton did compete in the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway for Empire Racing. After qualifying 17th, Lupton quickly drafted to inside the top-five before an engine failure resulted in a 24th place finish.(Young's Motorsports)(10-18-2016)
Bad Boy Mowers returns to MAKE: 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Travis Kvapil will sport the colors of Batesville, AR., based Bad Boy Mowers, Inc. for the final NASCAR Camping World Series (NCWTS) restrictor plate race of the 2016 season at Talladega Superspeedway. Bad Boy Inc. began operation in 2002, with the sole purpose of producing the Bad Boy zero-turn commercial lawn mower. The Bad Boy Mowers research team started working with one goal in mind: to develop the strongest, most durable zero-turn mower available and to deliver excellent quality of cut, reliability, productivity and comfort. Bad Boy Mowers are now manufactured, assembled, and stored in multiple facilities comprising over One Million square feet in Batesville, Arkansas. Bad Boy Mowers has a specially equipped fleet of tractor trailer rigs that ensure the mowers arrive directly to dealers all across the country completely assembled, factory inspected and ready to mow. The #50 of Travis Kvapil and MAKE Motorsports will sport Bad Boy Mowers as the primary sponsor for the Saturday event. Associate sponsors will continue to be CorvetteParts.com, Laird Plastics, 64 Audio, Bad Ace Trading Company, ZAK Products, WIX Filters, Beaver Bail Bonds, and Markanda Social Strategies.(MAKE Motorsports)(10-18-2016)
Shield Fire Protection,joins MB: Shield Fire Protection, headquartered in Kings Mountain, NC, has partnered with MB Motorsports, the sole surviving original team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, for the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The partnership kicks off at Talladega Superspeedway. The #63 MB Motorsports Chevy Silverado will carry the Shield Fire Protection logo in the Fred's 250 on Saturday, October 22nd.(MB Motorsports)(10-18-2016)
Boot Daddy on board with Martins: Tommy Joe Martins announced on his Twitter a new sponsor, BootDaddy.com, for this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway. "So happy to have a new partner, BootDaddy, alongside us for one of the biggest races of the year next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. BootDaddy.com is the perfect one-stop shop for all of your western style clothing needs," his post read. (See an image of the truck on the #44 Team Paint Schemes page)(10-17-2016)
Kligerman, Henderson team up for Talladega: Connecticut native Parker Kligerman will be driving the #75 Food Country USA / Henderson Motorsports truck at Talladgea for the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola Truck Series event this Saturday. Chris Carrier of Bristol, Virginia is the crew chief for the team, which is one of the oldest active teams still competing in NASCAR. Kligerman, an NBC Sports analyst and host, won his first Truck Series race at Talladega in 2012.(See an image of the truck on the #75 Team Paint Schemes page)(Henderson Motorsports)(10-17-2016)
Lee joins GMS for Texas: GMS Racing announced the addition of 23-year-old late model veteran Shane Lee to the team's driver lineup for the November 4 event at Texas Motor Speedway. The Newton, N.C., native will pilot the #24 GMS Racing Chevrolet entry for the Longhorn 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race. Lee cut his teeth at short tracks around the southeast, earning two limited late model championships and 2013 Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year honors. He made his NCWTS debut in February and completed a partial ARCA Racing Series schedule this season. Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz will lead Lee in his first start at the Fort Worth mile-and-a-half track. Stankiewicz earned his first NCWTS win at Eldora Speedway with Kyle Larson in July. Additional details regarding sponsorship will be announced at a later date.(GMS Racing)(10-17-2016)
Wauters, Forrister partner for Talladega Truck race: Korbin Forrister, making his first NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series (NCWTS) start of the 2016, will pilot the #5 All Secure Document Disposal Company (ASDDC) Wauters Motorsports Toyota Tundra at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, October 22 in the running of the Fred's 250. The Cedartown, GA native is no stranger to the 2.66-mile superspeedway having two prior NCWTS starts. He also made his second start in an ARCA Racing Series race on the Lincoln, AL track earlier this year. Forrister teamed up with veteran NASCAR crew chief and owner, Richie Wauters earlier this year and went back to asphalt racing. The Wauters Super Late Model team and Forrister competed in the CARS Tour event at Myrtle Beach Speedway (Myrtle Beach, SC), the final Blizzard Series event at 5 Flags Speedway (Pensacola, FL) and the All-American 400 at Fairground Speedway Nashville (Nashville, TN). Wauters has one win (Kyle Busch 2009), three top five finishes in just five starts on Talladega Superspeedway as a NCWTS crew chief.(See an image of the truck on the #5 Team Paint Schemes page)(Wauters Motorsports)(10-17-2016)
NASCAR considering further limiting Cup drivers in lower series: For fans who don't like Sprint Cup drivers competing in Xfinity and Camping World Truck races, a NASCAR executive says "stay tuned" for an announcement "fairly soon" on the issue. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, uttered those words Monday on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio when asked about limiting Cup drivers in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. "It certainly is on our radar," O'Donnell said. "We've heard the fans. It's interesting, it's been a balance throughout the years. We've always had Sprint Cup drivers come into the Xfinity Series and sometimes dominate, back in the Mark Martin days. As the sport has evolved one of the great things is we've got more of a fan following in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. They like seeing those drivers come up through the ranks and it's our job to make sure that Xfinity is where names are made. We've got to do on that on the racetrack. That is something we're taking a really hard look at for next year, I'd say stay tuned. We're going to look at and probably have something to announce fairly soon." NASCAR prohibits any Cup driver who was in last year's Chase from competing in this year's season finale for the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One possibility could be for NASCAR to extend such a ban for all future Chase races in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Since 2011, Cup regulars have won 138 of the 196 Xfinity races (70.4%).(NBC Sports)(10-17-2016)
Plugfones joins Enfinger for Talladega: Plugfones, a supplier of OSHA-compliant noise limitation and ear protection earplugs and earbuds, will serve as primary sponsor of GMS Racing driver Grant Enfinger for the fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 22, 2016. Plugfones the revolutionary flagship product of Innate Devices, LLC, combines earplugs and earbuds in one, providing ANSI certified hearing protection with top quality audio for their customers. The partnership with Enfinger and GMS Racing marks Plugfones first NASCAR sponsorship.(See an image of the truck on the #24 Team Paint Schemes page)(GMS Racing)(10-13-2016)
Most Popular Driver voting open: In the midst of the inaugural Chase for both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, drivers from each series will begin chasing more than just the championship as voting has officially opened for the 2016 Most Popular Driver Award. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Most Popular driver race is wide open with past two-time winner Chase Elliott advancing to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. Notable drivers who made their name in the series by winning the Most Popular Driver Award include Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1999), Kevin Harvick (2001), Martin Truex Jr. (2004-05), Carl Edwards (2007), Brad Keselowski (2008-10) and Danica Patrick (2012). John Hunter Nemechek will try to defend his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver Award. If Nemechek were to win the award, he would become only the second driver in series history to be honored multiple times, joining former series champion Johnny Benson Jr. Other notable Most Popular Driver Award winners include Greg Biffle (2000), Austin Dillon (2011), Ty Dillon (2013) and Ryan Blaney (2014). Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 18, for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 19, for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at NASCAR.com/mostpopulardriver. The winners will be announced at the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards. The combined postseason gala will take place at the Loews in Miami Beach, Florida, on Monday, Nov. 21. To be eligible to receive Most Popular Driver votes, drivers must have selected either the NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to receive 2016 championship driver points. Additionally, drivers must have attempted at least half of each series' races this season.(NASCAR)(10-10-2016)
Busch working on KBM's 2017 lineup; UPDATE Gragson announced: While he still has two drivers competing for the Camping World Truck Series championship, team owner Kyle Busch has already turned his attention to his 2017 lineup. Busch confirmed Friday that Christopher Bell will return next season to Kyle Busch Motorsports and compete again for the Truck series title in the #4 Toyota. William Byron, who drives the #9 Toyota, is moving to Hendrick Motorsports next season and will compete fulltime in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports. Busch said he has already started lining up a replacement for Byron.
"We've got another driver kind of in the works and then we'll keep our #51 team as driver of the week program let's call it with a few of them in there. It's coming along," Busch said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"I think we're close to being able to finish some things up and being able to put all that out there. We've talked to a few guys about the opportunity to drive fulltime in the - we'll call it the #9. It'll probably change for next year."
Byron, a rookie, has won six races already this season and entered the inaugural championship Chase in the Truck series as the No. 1 seed.(Motorsport)(10-6-2016)
UPDATE: NASCAR Next driver Noah Gragson is set to join Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series next season, Motorsport.com has learned. Gragson, who like team owner Kyle Busch is a native of Las Vegas, has emerged as the leading candidate to take over the #9 Toyota team next season, replacing William Byron. An official announcement of Gragson's addition to KBM could come soon.
Gragson, 18, has won four NASCAR races this season - two each in the K&N Pro Series East and West. At one point, he won three consecutive races he entered, all on road courses.Gragson finished fifth in the K&N East series standings this season and he is third in the West division heading into next weekend's finale All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. He has six career K&N wins over the last two seasons.The former Bandolero and Late Model standout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has also made two ARCA starts and will make his third career start next weekend at Kansas Speedway for Venturini Motorsports. In May, Gragson was one of 11 drivers named to the NASCAR Next program, an industry-wide initiative designed to showcase rising young stars in racing.(Motorsport)(10-7-2016)
UPDATE 2: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that 18-year-old Las Vegas native Noah Gragson will compete full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season driving one of the team's Toyota Tundras.The NASCAR Next product cut his racing teeth on the same grounds as KBM owner Kyle Busch, getting his start at the age of 13 in the Bandoleros division at the Bullring - a 0.375-mile paved oval at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. After finding success in the Bandoleros, Gragson moved up to the Legends division in 2014 where he won the Young Lion Road Course championship and also began racing in the Super Late Model division at the Nevada track.Gragson graduated to the K&N Pro Series West as a 16-year-old in 2015 and visited victory lane at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway in just his third start. He went on to earn Rookie of the Year honors after producing two wins, one pole, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 starts while finishing second in the championship standings. In 2016, he has collected a combined four wins, 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes across 26 starts while competing in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West divisions. Gragson's sponsors, truck number and crew chief will be announced at a later date.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(10-7-2016)
New sponsor for MB: Gaither Tool Co., Inc. has joined MB Motorsports as a marketing partner for the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Gaither Tool Co. was founded in 1988 and its North American headquarters are based in Jacksonvile, IL. The company has grown into an international organization that remains committed to serving the tire and trucking industry.(MB Motorsports)(10-7-2016)
Self to run Trump scheme in Talladega: With the Presidential election heating up, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing announced today their joint support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence. Self, a native of the great state of Texas, along with his AM Racing NASCAR truck team, plan to unveil their red, white and blue #22 'Trump-Pence, Make American Great Again' tribute truck at the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Fred's Pharmacy 250 event at Talladega Superspeedway on October 22. The Talladega race date which falls three weeks before the United States presidential election of 2016, provides a timelystage to show support.(See an image of the truck on the #22 Team Paint Schemes page)(AWS Racing)(10-6-2016)
Texas Roadhouse partners with Rhodes for Martinsville race: Ben Rhodes and Alpha Energy Solutions, in conjunction with ThorSport Racing, are pleased to announce a partnership with Texas Roadhouse for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, October 29. Rhodes, a 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, earned his career first pole at the half-mile paperclip earlier this season, and will make his third career start at the Virginia track later this month piloting the #41 Texas Roadhouse Toyota Tundra for the 36th annual event. Based in Louisville, Ky., Texas Roadhouse opened its doors on February 17, 1993 and has now grown to more than 500 locations in 49 states and 6 countries. Known for their hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs, made-from-scratch sides, and fresh-baked bread, the Texas Roadhouse story is simple. Legendary Food, Legendary Service - all with Legendary Fun.(See an image of the truck on the #41 Team Paint Schemes page)(ThorSport Racing)(10-5-2016)
White to pilot Cobb entry at Martinsville: United States Marine Corp (USMC) Veteran and Charleston, West Virginia native Josh White has dreamed of racing in NASCAR for as long as he can remember. His opportunity will come this October 29th at the Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Alpha Energy Solutions 200. After serving in the USMC for five years, Lance Corporal Josh White resumed his struggling career in racing dirt late models with 12 starts in which he earned 10 Top 5's and 5 feature victories as well as 19 ARCA Racing starts. Known as "White Lightning" in his hometown, White will attempt to qualify the#10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) Chevrolet. Cobb, who supports our nation's military through her Driven2Honor.org non-profit charity, is excited to grant a U.S. Marine the opportunity to race her truck at Martinsville. This historic event makes White the first Marine to become a NASCAR national touring series driver. White is currently on Ready Reserve (IRR) duty for the USMC. The opportunity to race at the NASCAR level came about when JJCR Business Development representative and Driven2Honor Board Member, David Pack, a Gulf-War Veteran, came upon White's Facebook plea for help in raising funds to race. Pack recognized White's frustration and his unique stance as a Marine and thought he could work through JJCR to make White's dream come true. Response to White's mission has been encouraging - he has already secured a primary partner, to be announced, that will allow him to attempt to qualify at Martinsville. He is still working diligently to find more funding, whether through corporate sponsorships or individual donations, so that he can have the best effort possible.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(10-3-2016)
Reddick wins Truck Series Race at Las Vegas: #29-Tyler Reddick won the DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Daniel Hemric finished second, giving BKR the team's first ever one-two finish in the Camping World Truck Series. #00-Cole Custer finished third, followed by #33-Ben Kennedy, #9-William Byron, #4-Christopher Bell, #21-Johnny Sauter, #88-Matt Crafton, pole-sitter, #17-Timothy Peters, and #24-Grant Enfinger.
There were 3 cautions for 14 laps and 12 lead changes among 5 leaders.
The average speed was 143.163mph.
Complete results are on the Las Vegas race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Las Vegas Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-1-2016)
Las Vegas Race Fast Facts:
Tyler Reddick won the 20th Annual DC Solar 350, his third victory in 58 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2016.
Cole Custer (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Cole Custer (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
William Byron # leads the point standings by 18 points over Christopher Bell #.
Driver standings following Vegas:
1) #9-William Byron# [6 wins], 2080
2) #4-Christopher Bell# [1 win], 2062, -18
3) #88-Matt Crafton [2 wins], 2061, -19
4) #33-Ben Kennedy [1 win], 2055, -25
5) #17-Timothy Peters, 2053, -27
6) #21-Johnny Sauter [1 win], 2052, -28
Bottom 2 drivers will be eliminated from the Chase after Talladega:
7) #19-Daniel Hemric, 2037, -43
8) #8-John Hunter Nemechek [2 wins], 2037, -43
* will advance to the Round of 6 by winning a Round of 8 race
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-1-2016)
Owner Standings following Las Vegas: are posted (pdf).(10-1-2016)
NASCAR expands penalties that can lead to "encumbered finish": Despite all three championship Chases already underway in its three national series NASCAR on Thursday increased the number of penalties that it will trigger an "encumbered finish" going forward. Until Thursday, only post-race penalties involving failure of the Laser Inspection Station and improperly attached lug nuts could trigger an encumbered finish, which prevents the driver involved from using the finish from qualifying for or advancing in the Chase, or using the finish for eligibility in non-points races. Three more violations were added on Thursday, all of which will be in effect for Friday's Truck race at Las Vegas and Saturday and Sunday's Xfinity and Cup races at Dover International Speedway. They are: Post-race incorrect ground clearance violations; Post-race incorrect body height violations; and Failure to meet minimum weight. Truck series Chase participant John Hunter Nemechek, who's No. 8 Chevrolet failed postrace body height measurements this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, would have been the first victim of the new policy, but NASCAR elected not to apply the new rules retroactively.(Motorsport)(9-30-2016)
New Hampshire penalties / warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2016.
#8-John Hunter Nemechek was issued a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 18.104.22.168.2 (Top Spitter Shelf Height). Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Crew chief (Gere Kennon) has been fined $6,000 and NASCAR probation continues through Dec. 31, 2016; team owner and driver assessed with the loss of 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship points.
#50-Travis Kvapil (1) Failed template inspection four times in pre-race inspection, written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
() -- total current warnings.
See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-29-2016)
Anderson to miss Vegas: Jordan Anderson posted on his Twitter that he would not make the trip out west to compete in the #66 Chevy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week."Unfortunately won't be racing the 66 truck this weekend in Vegas. Out of my control. Working hard to figure out plans for the rest of 2016. I'm torn... hope to be back on track later this year. Thank you all for the incredible support, prayers, and encouragement," he wrote.(9-27-2016)
Nemechek truck fails post race in Loudon: John Hunter Nemechek's Chevrolet Silverado flunked post-race inspection Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Following his ninth-place finish in the UNOH 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at NHMS, Nemechek's truck did not meet NASCAR's height rules during post-race inspection. Any penalties handed out likely will come on Wednesday, when NASCAR typically issues its penalty reports. At the moment, Nemechek is fourth in the Truck Series points standings, but a points penalty would move him down in the standings.(FOX Sports)(9-24-2016)
Winning Chicagoland truck fails post race UPDATE: NASCAR says Kyle Busch's winning truck in Friday night's race has failed inspection for being too low in the rear. Any penalties for the #18 Toyota will be announced in the coming week.Busch won his 46th Truck Series race when he pulled away on an overtime restart at Chicagoland Speedway, ending the hopes for many full-time series drivers needing a win to quality for the Chase for the championship playoff. NASCAR didn't announce any technical issues after the race but confirmed the failed inspection Saturday morning.(FOX Sports)(9-18-2016)
UPDATE: Crew chief Wes Ward has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR Probation through December 31, 2016; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points for post-race height measurements outside NASCAR allowed tolerances.
See the Chicagoland Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf)(9-21-2016)
Rhodes, Abreu join Rhino Wipe as brand ambassadors: National Wiper Alliance, manufacturers of Rhino Wipe is pleased to announce a partnership with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) drivers Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu. Focusing on the automotive industry and the harsh racing environment, Rhino Wipe's reusable cleaning wipes offer superior cleaning ability and are well matched to conquer the rigors of a weekend at the race track. The Rhino Wipe system combines the superior strength of reusable dry wipes in a patented refillable tote system. This system maximizes Rhino Wipe's portability and accessibility by attaching to nearly anything including, boats, ladders, and car headrests. Abreu and Rhodes demand exceptional performance in their gear at the racetrack and Rhino Wipe delivers every time. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Rhino Wipe goes to the International Rhino Foundation to stop the illegal poaching of rhinos around the globe.(Spire Sports)(9-20-2016)
Kennedy bruises hand in wreck: Ben Kennedy had to wait around to conduct post-race interviews for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase field after an early exit Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. As he did, he nursed a bandaged right hand that included a splint on his middle finger, the result of a heavy late-race crash that left him 26th on the results sheet. Kennedy heads into next weekend's Chase opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway hoping to heal up for the seven-race run to the championship. The 24-year-old driver said he hoped his bruised hand wouldn't pose a problem at the demanding 1.058-mile track. Kennedy was nudged into a spin after a tightly contested challenge from GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter just under 50 laps from the end Friday night. Kennedy's #33 Chevrolet was then clipped by the ThorSport trucks driven by Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton before it nosed into the Turn 2 retaining wall. Kennedy's hand was wrapped up after he emerged from the infield care center. He was scheduled for X-rays Saturday morning, but said he thought his injuries were no more serious than bruises or a sprain.(NASCAR)(9-18-2016)
Hemric to Childress in 2017: Richard Childress Racing has signed Daniel Hemric to a multi-year agreement to become a full-time driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series beginning with the 2017 season. Hemric, now in his second full season of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, is currently second in the championship point standings and on the Chase grid. On the strength of eight top-four and 13 top-10 finishes, he holds an average starting position of 10.9, coupled with an average finishing position of 7.9 through the first 16 races. Prior to making his NASCAR debut, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native earned multiple championships across various Legend Car and Late Model series. He was crowned the track champion at Concord Speedway, recorded back-to-back Legend Car Pro championships (2008 and 2009), two Summer Shootout Series championships (2009 and 2012), Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship (2012) and the Southern Super Series championship (2013). "Daniel has proven his talent with his numerous wins and championships throughout the years," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "He has had an impressive start to his NASCAR career in the Camping World Truck Series, and we're thrilled to add his incredible talent to our lineup for 2017. I look forward to watching him contend for championships under the RCR banner." Hemric's sponsor, crew chief and team will be named at a later date.(Richard Childress Racing)(9-17-2016)
UPDATE: Team Owner Brad Keselowski commented on today's announcement that Daniel Hemric will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Richard Childress Racing beginning in 2017. "We are very happy for Daniel and I'm really proud of what he's accomplished with Brad Keselowski Racing in 2016," Keselowski said. "One of the things we wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity to take the next step in their career. He has proven to me that he's capable of being an elite level guy at the top of this sport. We hope to finish off this season with our first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship."(Brad Keselowski Racing)(9-17-2016)
Stewart Haas to field XFINITY team in 2017 UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will expand into the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017. The organization will field a full-time, single-car team in the XFINITY Series with a driver and sponsor lineup to be announced prior to the conclusion of the 2016 season. The XFINITY Series team will be run from SHR's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina. "In order to maintain the competitiveness that has earned SHR two championships since our debut in 2009, we needed an outlet to develop drivers and team personnel for the Sprint Cup Series," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. "People make the difference between winning and losing. An XFINITY Series team gives us added depth that will allow us to promote from within whenever necessary."
"An XFINITY Series team has always been something we would consider when the time was right, and that time is now," said Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. "Staying successful in this sport means staying ahead of the curve, and having an XFINITY Series team provides an in-house driver development program and a new channel for personnel to make a positive impact with our race team."
"This is a natural progression of SHR's growth and one that allows us to be more self-sufficient," Haas said. "If you look at all the teams that are successful in Sprint Cup, they have a direct connection to the XFINITY Series where drivers, engineers, mechanics and pit crew members are developed. We're an established team with a strong infrastructure that is ready for this endeavor."(Stewart Haas Racing)(7-25-2016)
UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing has named Cole Custer as the driver for its NASCAR XFINITY Series team that will debut in 2017. Custer, who will turn 19 prior to the start of the 2017 season, will pilot the team's #00 entry fulltime and compete for rookie of the year honors. Haas Automation, the largest machine tool manufacturer in North America, will be the primary sponsor. "Cole Custer has accomplished a lot at a very young age and is well positioned to make the next step to the NASCAR XFINITY Series," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. "Our goal with our XFINITY Series program is to develop young talent, and that includes behind the wheel. Cole has earned this opportunity and we look forward to working with him." Custer currently competes fulltime in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Stewart Haas Racing)(9-16-2016)
MAKE to honor fallen officer: Travis Kvapil and MAKE Motorsports will honor the fallen Officer, Tim Brackeen, this Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. The #50 Chevrolet Silverado will honor the Shelby (NC) Police Department (SPD) K9 Officer on both the hood and decklid. K9 Officer Tim Brackeen was shot while attempting to serve a warrant during the early morning hours of September 10th, 2016. Brackeen succumbed to his injuries the following Monday. Brackeen was a 12-year veteran of the SPD and a friend to MAKE, Cleveland County, Shelby, and the entire law enforcement community. The #50 #TeamBrackeen Chevrolet will honor Brackeen by displaying the image that is now known to represent the support of Brackeen and his family. The deck lid will display his badge number, 763. MAKE Motorsports has contributed over 4000 #TeamBrackeen decals to fundrasing efforts for Brackeen's family. These efforts were led personally by MAKE Co-Owner, Tracy Lowe. The # 50 #TeamBrackeen Chevrolet Silverado will also feature several associate sponsors such as CorvetteParts.net, Laird Plastic, 64 Audio, Beaver Bail Bonds, Wix Filters, Zak Products, and Markanda Social Strategies.(MAKE Motorsports)(9-15-2016)
TechLine Manufacturing joins AM for remainder of 2016, 2017 season: AM Racing is teaming up with TechLine Manufacturing, an industrial support manufacturer for the 2016 and 2017 NASCAR Season . Joining other Industrial and Construction partners such as AM Technical Solution, JB Henderson and B&D Electric, TechLine Mfg is the latest company to take advantage of the 'Commercial Representation' business model offered by AM Racing. TechLine Mfg, a company based out of Spanish Fort, Alabama, is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of tubing and instrument support systems. With over 30 years in industry, TechLine Mfg has prided themselves on Professionalism, Quality, Customer Service and Integrity. Through the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, TechLine Mfg will be an associate partner on the #22 AM Racing Toyota Tundra. In addition, TechLine Mfg is committed to as an associate partner for the entire 2017 NCWTS season.(AM Racing)(9-14-2016)
NASCAR looking to clarify penalties issued in Chase UPDATE: NASCAR officials are considering a plan on how they will address potential race winners and others competing in the Chase who are caught for rules violations. This season, NASCAR has unveiled several new rules - new lug nut penalties and the use of the laser inspection station in pre- and post-race inspections are among them - that could possibly come into play in racing for a championship. NASCAR officials say they want clarity for teams and fans on how these rules will be addressed when it comes to finishes in the Chase, which largely determine which of the 16 drivers advance through the three rounds and into the championship race at Homestead, Fla. The goal of the plan, which they hope will be completed this week but is not yet set in stone, will be to strike a balance between egregious issues and ensuring a team doesn't receive something akin to a "death penalty" for a small issue with no realistic impact on the finishing order. If the plan is adapted, it would be put into effect prior to the start of next weekend's Chase in the Cup series at Chicagoland Speedway but would apply to all three national series.(Motorsport)(9-11-2016)
UPDATE: NASCAR introduced rules changes for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs on Wednesday, giving competition officials the power to issue more stringent rulings on technical infractions involving post-race laser inspections and lug nuts. The developments were announced just days before the series visits Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the opening event in the 10-race Chase playoffs. Similar changes, where applicable, will also be in place for the inaugural Chase events in NASCAR's XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series, which get underway in two weeks, at Kentucky and New Hampshire, respectively.
The changes allow NASCAR officials to strip race-winning teams of the benefits associated with a Chase victory, which include the automatic advancement into the next elimination round and any tiebreaker implications, should those teams fail the post-race lug-nut check or the post-race Laser Inspection Station (LIS) platform. Previously, lug-nut infractions have resulted in a one-race suspension and a fine for the crew chief while LIS failures have carried a point deduction in the drivers' and owners' championship points in addition to the crew chief fine.
Going into the Chase, post-race failure of the LIS platform will now be deemed a P4 level penalty if a vehicle's rear toe measurements exceed the allowed measurements on both sides. In the Sprint Cup Series, the first violation would result in an encumbered finishing position, the loss of 35 championship driver and owner points, as well as a three-race suspension and $65,000 fine for the crew chief.
In the XFINITY Series, the penalties would be the same, but the crew chief fine would be $20,000. The LIS platform is not a part of the NCWTS inspection process.
The penalties will be the same as those for an LIS infraction if a vehicle is found to have 17 or fewer lug nuts in place following the completion of the event (in Sprint Cup, XFINITY or Camping World Truck). (NASCAR.com)(9-14-2016)
UPDATE 2: Included in NASCAR's new "encumbered" finish rules that go into effect this weekend was news that crew chiefs will no longer be suspended for one race if one lug nut is missing on a wheel in post-race inspection. Scott Miller, NASCAR's senior vice president of competition, said in a teleconference that it had determined that one missing lug nut did not give a team a "serious competitive advantage." In the Sprint Cup Series, the first offense for one missing lug nut would be a P2 penalty with a $10,000 fine. The second offense would be a $20,000 fine. Now it will take two or more missing lug nuts for a crew chief to be suspended one race. If there are only 18 properly secured lug nuts, the P3 penalty will result in a one race crew chief suspension, the loss of 15 championship owner and driver points and a $20,000 fine.(NBC Sports)(9-14-2016)
Nemechek adds primary for five races: NEMCO Motorsports announced today a continued relationship with Fire Alarm Services, Inc., (FAS). As part of the agreement, the NEMCO Motorsports #8 Chevrolet Silverado will carry the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., brand as the primary sponsor for five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition events with driver John Hunter Nemechek. Fire Alarm Services, Inc., a partner with NEMCO Motorsports since June, will receive primary branding on John Hunter Nemechek's #8 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and the Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. For the UNOH 175 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado will feature a neon yellow and black paint scheme. The yellow paint scheme will also be featured at the Talladega Superspeedway and the Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. In the primary appearance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as at the Phoenix International Raceway, the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado will be neon green and black.(See an image of the truck on the #8Team Paint Schemes page)(NEMCO Motorsports)(9-13-2016)