KBM changes crew chief lineup: When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in two weeks, the #54 truck team of Kyle Busch Motorsports will have a new leader. Shannon Rursch who joined the organization earlier this year to lead Justin Boston parted ways with the Mooresville, North Carolina following this past Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the team confirmed to CATCHFENCE.com Thursday. Boston and Kyle Busch Motorsports separated in early July after KBM noted that Boston's sponsor ZLOOP failed to maintain its financial agreement with the organization. KBM subsequently filed a lawsuit against ZLOOP for breach of contract. ZLOOP, headquartered in Hickory, North Carolina filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August. Since Boston's departure, Rursch led dirt track standout Christopher Bell to his first NASCAR win at Eldora Speedway in July. Bell finished 14th at Las Vegas after starting fifth. Eddie Troconis will serve as the new crew chief of the #54 for the final five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, the team confirmed. Troconis has been the engineer for crew chief Jerry Baxter at KBM since start of the 2013 season. The two were paired with Darrell Wallace Jr for 2013 and 2014, while they switched to the team's #51 truck this season with drivers Daniel Suarez, Kyle Busch and Matt Tifft. Troconis will make his debut as crew chief in the Oct. 24 running of the fred's 250 at Talladega, one of three remaining races with Bell and new sponsor JBL.(CATCHFENCE.com)(10-8-2015)
Most Popular Driver voting open: As on-track competition heats up, there's another showdown on the line in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR's seven touring series, as voting for the Most Popular Driver Awards begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Chase Elliott looks to defend his NASCAR XFINITY Series Most Popular Driver title while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is guaranteed a new winner. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at www.NASCAR.com/mostpopulardriver. Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 20 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 21 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Voting for the seven NASCAR touring series will also conclude Saturday, Nov. 21.The winners will be announced at the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards. The combined postseason gala will take place at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida on Monday, Nov. 23. The Most Popular Driver Award winners for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and NASCAR Mexico Series will be honored at the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame/Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 12. To be eligible to receive Most Popular Driver votes, NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers must have selected to receive 2015 championship driver points in their respective series. Additionally, drivers in every series must have attempted at least half of each of their series' races this season.(NASCAR)(10-6-2015)
Theriault airlifted after Vegas crash UPDATE 2: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Theriault was airlifted to a local hospital Saturday night after a high-speed, head-on wreck into an unprotected concrete wall at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Just 14 laps into the Rhino Linings 350, Tyler Reddick got loose in Turn 4 and was unable to correct his truck, catching the rear of Theriault and sending him into an area of the wall not protected by SAFER barrier. After the wreck, Theriault was able to climb out under is own power, but was placed on a backboard before being loaded into an ambulance. He will undergo further treatment at the hospital.(Sporting News)(10-3-2015)
UPDATE: Brad Keselowski Racing driver Austin Theriault was transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Theriault underwent a comprehensive CT scan of the upper body, which showed a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back. Theriault was released and will travel back to North Carolina where he will follow up with an orthopedic specialist for further treatment. No further updates are expected today.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(10-4-2015)
UPDATE 2: Austin Theriault expects to race again this season despite suffering a compression fracture in his lower back after hitting the wall head-on during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "He fully intends to race again this season," his father, Steve Theriault, said Monday. "He is still extremely sore. But he is in good spirits." Theriault said his son will see a doctor on Tuesday in North Carolina and will get a clearer picture of his status and a treatment schedule. "He is resting today, but he has been walking around," he said. The 21-year-old Austin Theriault is wearing a back brace that he was outfitted with at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He flew home to North Carolina on Sunday.(Bangor Daily News)(10-5-2015)
Townley wins Las Vegas #05-John Wes Townley won his first Camping World Truck Series race, the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on Saturday night after taking the lead with less than five laps to go. #88-Matt Crafton held the lead before pitting for fuel, relinquishing the top spot to Townley, who started second. #17-Timothy Peters finished second after #13-Cameron Hayley ran out of gas as Townley took the white flag. Peters was followed by: #11-Ben Kennedy, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #33-Brandon Jones, #14-Daniel Hemric, #19-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, #4-Erik Jones, and #13-Cameron Hayley.
There were 3 caution flags for 19 laps and 15 lead changes among 9 leaders.
#29-Austin Theriault was airlifted to a local hospital for further evaluation after a wreck on lap 14. He climbed from his truck under his own power. Complete results are on the Las Vegas race results page (pdf). (10-3-2015)
Las Vegas Race Fast Facts:
John Wes Townley won the 19th Annual Rhino Linings 350, his first victory in 87 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Timothy Peters (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
Ben Kennedy (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
John H. Nemechek (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Erik Jones # leads the point standings by 4 points over Matt Crafton.
(NASCAR Statistics) (10-3-2015)
Driver standings following Las Vegas:
1) #4-Erik Jones, 701
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 697, -4
3) #19-Tyler Reddick, 685, -16
4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 650, -51
5) #14-Daniel Hemric, 596, -105
6) #17-Timothy Peters, 595, -106
7) #13-Cameron Hayley, 584, -117
8) #05-John Wes Townley, 565, -136
9) #11-Ben Kennedy, 545, -156
10) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 533, -168
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-3-2015)
Owner Standings following Las Vegas are posted (pdf).(10-3-2015)
Crafton on pole at Las Vegas: #88-Matt Crafton will start from the pole for the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lap of 176.396mph. #05-John Wes Townley will start second. #33-Brandon Jones, #17-Timothy Peters, #54-Christopher Bell, #13-Cameron Hayley, #29-Austin Theriault, #15-Mason Mingus, #11-Ben Kennedy and #23-Spencer Gallagher close out the top-10 qualifiers. Crafton was also fastest in the first round of qualifying. 32 trucks entered the race, so there are no DNQs. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(10-3-2015)
Las Vegas Qualifying Notes:
Matt Crafton won the Keystone Light 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 19th Annual Rhino Linings 350 with a lap of 30.613 seconds, 176.396 mph.
This is his ninth pole in 356 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2015.
This is his first pole in 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
John Wes Townley (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2015 and his first in four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brandon Jones (third) posted his first top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his eighth in 12 races this season.
Brandon Jones (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics) (10-3-2015)
Pierce to return to the 63 for Martinsville: Bobby Pierce, the dirt track phenomenon that turned heads with a superb runner-up performance on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in July for MB Motorsports will soon make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Pierce, 18, will drive the #63 on October 31 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for his asphalt NASCAR debut in the Kroger 200.Pierce, a native of Oakwood, Illinois recently tested and raced a JR Motorsports Late Model after Eldora at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Considered one of the brightest upcoming dirt track racers in the country, Pierce wowed NASCAR Nation when he captured the 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic pole and battled Christopher Bell for their first career NCWTS victory. Mittler said more NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races are possible in the future, but nothing past Martinsville has been set in stone.(Catchfence.com)(10-3-2015)
Byron moving to trucks: For all practical purposes, William Byron's racing career is just getting started. A rookie of the year title and championship in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East is certainly a solid foundation from which to launch. Byron, 17, won four of 15 races and his ninth-place finish in Saturday's rain-delayed series finale at Dover (Del.) International Speedway easily allowed him to clinch the series title. Byron is already set to move up the NASCAR ladder. He said he will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season and he hoped a deal with a team would be finalized very soon.(Motorsport.com)(10-3-2015)
Crafton fastest in practice: #88-Matt Crafton was fastest during practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 177.719mph. #98-Johnny Sauter was second, followed by #17-Timothy Peters, #33-Brandon Jones, #29-Austin Theriault, #14-Daniel Hemric, #19-Tyler Reddick, #13-Cameron Hayley, #51-Matt Tifft, #23-Spencer Gallagher. 32 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-3-2015)
Entry list: There are 30 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Chad Boat in the #16;
Brennan Poole in the #21;
The #31 is TBA but Travis Pastrana has already announced he will be driving the truck;
Christopher Bell in the #54;
Wayne Edwards is in the #94:
UPDATE: Kvapil has been added in the 1 and Tanner in the 50;
See the complete list on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway entry list page.
Titled Kilt re-joins Forrister for 5 races: The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is thrilled to announce a partnership with NASCAR driver Korbin Forrister, beginning with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 3. Tilted Kilt Race Team will additionally participate in the Talladega Superspeedway on October 24th, Martinsville Speedway on October 31st, Texas Motor Speedway on November 6th and Phoenix International Raceway on November 13th.(See an image of the truck on the #08 Team Paint Schemes Page)(PR Newswire)(10-1-2015)
Poole to debut in Vegas: Brennan Poole will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut with GMS Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Saturday, October 3 in the Rhino Linings 350. Though Poole is new to the NCWTS circuit, he is no stranger to the racing world. The 24-year-old has accumulated 216 wins and nine Championships in 24 different states with a background in dirt and asphalt racing. Before making his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut this season. Poole cut his teeth in his Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) debut in 2011, winning in his first ever start at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. The Texas native will return to the site of his NASCAR debut and first career top-10 finish, which occurred in March in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Poole has long been sponsored by DC Solar, a green energy company that specializes in mobile solar products, including generators, light towers and electric vehicle charging stations.(See an image of the truck on the #21 Team Paint Schemes Page)(GMS Racing)(9-29-2015)
Peters pulling challenging weekend double: Timothy Peters plans on covering almost 5,000 miles and hopefully another 500 or so laps next weekend. He's attempting the Las Vegas-Martinsville double and two things are certain: it's a first and it's going to be exciting to follow. Peters is one of the top stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He also loves Martinsville Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model Stock race. And that's why he's decided to be a road warrior next weekend. He has quite the itinerary next week. He flies to Vegas Friday and is on the track Saturday morning for practice and then qualifying for the Rhino Linings 350 truck series race. The green flag falls on that race 10 o'clock eastern time Saturday night. When the race is over, he will hurry to the airport for a redeye back to Statesville, NC. Optimistically he will get to Martinsville by 3 a.m., in time to get a couple hours of sleep and head to the track for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. Getting back to Martinsville in time for Sunday's race may be the easy part. Making the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will be a totally different story. Because he will miss practice and qualifying on Saturday, he will have to start at the rear of a heat race and hopefully drive forward enough in 20 laps to transfer to the feature. And if he doesn't qualify in his heat race, he'll have one more opportunity in a 20-lap last chance race. If there is a track where Peters could be successful after a full day of racing in Vegas and overnight travel, it's Martinsville. It's his home track, but more than that he's been very successful there with both a truck series and a late model win at the historic speedway.(Relevant Public Relations)(9-28-2015)
Austin Dillon wins New Hampshire #33-Austin Dillon won the UNOH 175 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. He started on the pole and led 80 laps for his 7th career win. #88-Matt Crafton finished second followed by: #98-Johnny Sauter, #17-Timothy Peters, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #14-Daniel Hemric, #4-Erik Jones, #29-Austin Theriault, #5-Dalton Sargeant, and #54-Gray Gaulding. There were 6 caution flags for 32 laps and 6 lead changes among 5 leaders.
Complete results are on the New Hampshire race results page (pdf). (9-26-2015)
500 races for the series, lone crew member: Calling Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 truck chief Chris Showalter a veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is an understatement. He has competed as a crew member in all 499 NCWTS races and will try to help field the fastest truck for a 500th time in Saturday's UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In order to make it to every race, he has survived a couple of near misses. During the 2004 season, he had ACL surgery on Tuesday and was at the track on Thursday. In 2013, he passed a kidney stone the morning of the race at Bristol Motor Speedway and still was able to make it to the track that day.(NASCAR)(9-23-2015)
Pastrana to run Vegas: Travis Pastrana announced on Instagram that he will run the #31 Chevy for NTS Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pastrana has a wide history of motocross, supercross, rally car, and X Games wins to his credit. He ran the 2013 XFINITY Series schedule for Roush Fenway Racing and scored four top-10s. He has one Camping World Truck Series start at Las Vegas from 2012. He started 17th and finished 15th for ThorSport Racing.(See an image of the truck on the #31 Team Paint Schemes Page)(9-23-2015)
Peck plans to run season-finale: Peck Motorsports, a family-owned race team from Glenville, Penn., is excited to announce a new partnership with BoobiTrap, the cell phone holder that combines hands-free convenience and proven radiation protection. BoobiTrap will serve as the primary sponsor of driver Todd Peck at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-ending event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 20. The hot pink colors of BoobiTrap will also be an associate sponsor of the #40 Chevy Silverado for the remainder of the year.(See an image of the truck on the #40 Team Paint Schemes Page)(Peck Motorsports)(9-21-2015)
Hemric to run throwback scheme to honor Carelli: In conjunction with NTS Motorsports, California Clean Power is pleased to announce that the #14 Chevy Silverado driven by Daniel Hemric will sport a special throwback paint scheme for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' 500th race on September 26th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. As a tribute to all those who contributed to the success of the NCWTS over the past twenty years and Rick Carelli, his spotter and NTS Motorsports General Manager, Hemric's #14 will carry the design and colors of the iconic Chevy Silverado that Carelli drove in the inaugural truck race at Phoenix International Raceway on February 4, 1995. Carelli, a time-honored fixture in the NASCAR garage known as "The High Plains Drifter," has been an integral part of the Truck Series since its inception, when it was called the NASCAR Super Truck Series. Long time fans of the sport and the Truck Series will instantly recognize the red, blue, white and orange colors of Carelli's Chevy. He was a regular in the Truck Series from 1995 until 2002, competing in 134 races, scoring four wins and 22 top fives.(See an image of the truck on the #14 Team Paint Schemes Page)(NTS Motorsports)(9-21-2015)
Nemechek wins Chicagoland #8-John Hunter Nemechek won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the rain delayed American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday. Nemechek took the lead with one lap to go after #00-Kyle Larson ran out of fuel. #19-Tyler Reddick finished second followed by: #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Daniel Suarez, #98-Johnny Sauter, #4-Erik Jones, #00-Kyle Larson, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #54-Matt Tifft, and #05-John Wes Townley.
There were 3 caution flags for 23 laps and 11 lead changes among 7 leaders.
#00-Larson started the race from the pole after rain knocked out qualifying, a precursor to the postponement of the race from Friday night to Saturday.
Complete results are on the Chicagoland race results page (pdf). (9-19-2015)
Tifft named as game ambassador: Dusenberry Martin Racing (DMR) has signed a multi-year agreement with 19-year-old Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) to serve as a Game Ambassador. Tifft, a Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) development driver, will join other DMR Game Ambassador drivers, including 2015 Daytona 500 Champion Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr. Tifft's initial interest in becoming a NASCAR driver came from playing the original NASCAR Heat video game, which was published by Hasbro in 2000, while DMR founders Tom Dusenberry and Ed Martin were part of the Hasbro team. Tifft will use his expertise and experience as a driver to assist DMR, a NASCAR Team Properties licensee, in the development of certain NASCAR-branded video games. Tifft will take to the track Friday (Sept. 18) at Chicagoland Speedway in the KBM #54 NASCAR '15 Victory Edition Toyota Tundra. The American Ethanol E15 225 marks the first of several this season in which DMR will partner with Tifft in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series" competition.(Dusenberry Martin Racing)(9-18-2015)
Sargeant to make second series start in New Hampshire: Dalton Sargeant will make his second start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday, September 26 in the UNOH 175. Sargeant, the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver and full-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East participant will be piloting the Wauters Motorsports #5 GALT Toyota Tundra. Sargeant impressed with his debut in the NCWTS just last month when he finished 10th at Bristol Motor Speedway after qualifying in the 18th position.(Wauters Motorsports)(9-18-2015)
Ogata joins MB for 3 races: Kanagawa, Japan's Akinori Ogata will compete in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this fall for MB Motorsports. ENEOS, a brand of JX Nippon Oil & Energy, will be the primary partner on Ogata's #63 Chevy Silverado in races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct. 24. Ogata is also slated to compete on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. ENEOS, Japan's largest oil company, first partnered with Ogata in 2012 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Ogata, who has one prior Truck Series start (at Phoenix International Raceway in 2014), began his racing career in Japanese Motocross at age 14. After a decade of riding that included around 30 feature victories, he shifted to Dirt Midget Car racing, becoming a winning driver at Twin Ring Motegi.Ogata's assimilation to American racing began in 2003, driving Late Model Stock Cars at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. He continued in Late Models after moving to the United States in 2010, and later graduated to the NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East, where he competed in 12 races over three years, scoring five top-20 finishes. MB Motorsports, owned by Mike Mittler, has participated in every NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season since the series' inception in 1995 and has fielded entries for drivers Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray, among others. Ogata will be the second international driver for MB this year, following England's Daniel Brown, who drove the #63 earlier this month at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.(Rising Star Management Group)(9-18-2015)
Loudon will mark the 500th truck race: At New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 26, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run its 500th race. The NCWTS began in 1995 and is in its 21st season of operation. Ron Hornaday Jr. has won the most NCWTS championships (4) and races (51). Mike Skinner earned the first series title driving for legendary owner Richard Childress. Over the years, many of NASCAR's stars have matriculated in the NCWTS, including Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challengers: Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Brad Keselowski.(NASCAR)(9-16-2015)
Peters set for 200th start: Competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 11th consecutive season, Timothy Peters will make his 200th start in Friday's American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. For his career, Peters owns eight wins, 42 top fives, 94 top 10s and six Keystone Light Pole Awards. His high championship finish was a runner-up showing in 2012. This season, the 35-year-old Toyota driver ranks seventh in the NCWTS with two top fives and eight top 10s. In six starts at Chicagoland, he claims two top 10s with a high finish of third (2012). Peters made his first career start at his home track - Martinsville Speedway - on April 9, 2005. Coincidentally, he won his first career race at Martinsville on Oct. 24, 2009, defeating two-time NCWTS champion Todd Bodine by 1.815 seconds.(NASCAR)(9-16-2015)
KBM adds four races to Bell's schedule: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today Christopher Bell will run an additional four races in the #54 JBL Tundra this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 20-year-old has already made three Truck Series starts for KBM in 2015 resulting in one win (Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio) and two top-five finishes. With partnership from JBL, Bell will pilot the #54 JBL Tundra at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on Oct. 3, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Oct. 24, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Nov. 6 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on Nov.20. The open-wheel dirt standout, who was crowned the 2013 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion, began his pavement-racing career last September driving for KBM's Late Model team. Since then he has scored six wins and 12 top-five finishes in 18 Late Model starts. The talented youngster picked up his first marquee Late Model victory in March when he led 203 of 250 laps of the prestigious Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, dominating a field which included reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott. Bell made his NCWTS debut in June with KBM at Iowa Speedway in Newton, where he finished fifth. Then in only his third start, he led 106 of 154 laps at Eldora to bring home the trophy. The Eldora win made Bell the seventh different driver to win in the Truck Series for KBM since its inception in 2010. In addition to his pavement schedule for KBM in 2015, Bell continues to tour dirt tracks across the country racing Midgets and Winged Sprint Cars. Bell has collected six POWRi Midget wins, one USAC National Midget win and also collected his second-career World of Outlaws Sprint Car triumph in the Spring Classic Winged Sprint Car race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., in April.(See an image of the truck on the #54 Team Paint Schemes Page)(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(9-16-2015)
Charlotte wants dirt race: Charlotte Motor Speedway officials are interested in hosting a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at its neighboring Dirt Track at Charlotte. Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and CMS president Marcus Smith confirmed to Motorsport.com on Tuesday he has talked to NASCAR about hosting a Truck race at the 4/10th-mile dirt oval. The event would not take place before 2017. NASCAR is finalizing its 2016 schedules for Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Trucks and they are expected to be released in two to three weeks.(Motorsport.com)(9-15-2015)
Mingus planning string of late model events: Brentwood native Mason Mingus, 20, will be back at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Saturday for the Tennessee State Fair Race in the Pro Late Model division. The last time Mingus ran at the track was in the 2013 All American 400 when he crashed and finished 21st. So why would he come back? Mason, who wrestled and played football at Franklin Road Academy, said it's because he credits the Fairgrounds track for helping him launch his career.He has fond memories from the track no matter how challenging it was, and he learned valuable lessons there that are paying off today. Mingus currently is competing for Billy Boat Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He is 16th in the points standings after finishing 11th in the truck series championship last year. Mingus has had two top-10 finishes and seven top-15s over the past two seasons. Saturday's race will serve as a precursor, Mingus said, for the Winchester (Ind.) 400 in October and then the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla., in December. "We're going to shake the car down and work all of the bugs out of it (Saturday)," Mingus said. "And then get ready for Winchester and the Snowball Derby." Mingus isn't ruling out returning to the Fairgrounds on Oct. 4 for the 31st annual All American 400. (The Tennessean).(9-14-2015)
Sad News - Kathy Kearns: Kathy McCarver's life was defined by the multitude of friends she made and the thousands of students she served. Kathy, who passed away on Aug. 31 following a short illness, never met a stranger. Her sense of humor was infectious. She followed her mother's path into the teaching profession and a single sentence explains the joy of interacting with her classes. "I love to help students light up when they learn something new," she would say. Mrs. McCarver's class room was a magnet for current and former students after the day's final bell had rung. In addition, she was drill team leader, drama coach, yearbook advisor and a PTA Teacher of the Year. Born Cora Kathleen McCarver on February 2, 1950, Kathy grew up in Arvin and Weedpatch, Calif. She was member of the Arvin High School Class of 1968, subsequently graduating from Bakersfield College and California State University Bakersfield. She held a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology and a Master of Arts in education with emphasis in reading/literature. Kathy also earned a Certificate of Technology in Education from the University of California Santa Cruz. She taught elementary and junior high school in Bakersfield's then-Greenfield Union School District, where she was a California Demonstration Reading Project teacher; and elementary and middle schools in the Sunnyvale (Calif.) School District, retiring in 2003 after 30 years as an educator. She was an educator with the Professional Tutors of America. Kathy met her future husband and love of her life, Owen A. Kearns, in 1982. The two were joined in marriage in December 1985, residing in Scotts Valley, Calif., where Owen - who she called my "Fuzzy Face" - was employed as senior manager of communications with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). He introduced her to the motorsports industry, with which Kathy traveled throughout America, Canada and Australia as announcer and public relations assistant, banquet coordinator and lap scorer for NASCAR, ESPN and The Nashville Network. She proudly claimed membership in the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nation. Kathy loved to travel, spending many Christmases with Owen at their timeshare in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i as well as in a Morro Bay, Calif. weekender. The couple cruised to Alaska before settling into The Greens at Seven Oaks in Bakersfield where Kathy enjoyed her Koi pond, scrapbooking and reading. As a child, Kathy learned to love The Lord at Arvin's First Congregational Church and followed Him throughout her life. She is at peace in His arms, released from the earthly body that frequently failed her. Kathy was a member of the California Retired Teachers Association and the California State University Bakersfield Alumni Association. Kathy was pre-deceased by her parents, William and Jean (Hayes) McCarver and a sister, Ruth McCarver, who also was an educator. She is survived by her husband; a brother, William S. McCarver of Columbus, Ohio; and a foster daughter, Teri Gleghorn Cantieni of Bakersfield and her children Lindsey Ray, Randal, Cody, Ethan and Jaclyn Rayann. Kathy's childhood desire was to become a veterinarian, however, family circumstances dictated otherwise. She adopted many feline companions over her lifetime and belonged to several groups that advocate for animal rights and care. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Drs. James F. Campbell, Kimberly Hoffman and Don Yutzler and asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Kathy's name to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or an animal rescue group of the donor's choice. A celebration of Kathy's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield CA 93313.(9-10-2015)
Theriault takes over at BKR: Austin Theriault will take the reins of the #29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford for the final eight races of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The 21-year-old Maine native has piloted the #29 five times already this year, earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes. Theriault's best result was a fourth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona. The #29 has visited Victory Lane twice this year (Joey Logano at Martinsville and Ryan Blaney at Bristol). It ranks sixth in the owner points standings.(NASCAR)(9-9-2015)
New location for awards banquet: NASCAR announced today that the annual NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will take place Monday, Nov. 23 at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. The Diplomat Resort and Spa also will host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Championship 4 Media Day on Thursday, Nov. 19. At the event, the four remaining eligible drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship will take center stage to preview the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This is the first year the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will be held at the venue, one of South Florida's premier beachfront resorts. In its inaugural year, the NASCAR XFINITY Series has proven that it is indeed the series "Where Names Are Made." The current leaderboard is crowded at the top with Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott leading the points standings, and a pair of NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduates in Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez engaged in a close battle for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. The rough-and-tumble racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series promises to produce a battle-tested champion. Contenders include two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and 19-year-old future stars Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick. If Crafton clinches the 2015 title, he would become only the third driver in NASCAR national series history to win a championship in three consecutive seasons. The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards will air on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 29.(NASCAR)(9-9-2015)
New sponsor for Nemechek in Chicagoland: NEMCO Motorsports announced today that it has partnered with Riley's Brewing Company, Inc. as a multi-year associate sponsor with drivers Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek. Joe Nemechek will pilot the Riley's Brewing Co. Hard Hand Crafted Root Beer Chevy with NEMCO Motorsports, and Riley's Brewing Co. Hand Crafted Root Beer will adorn the side of the #8 Chevy driven by John Hunter Nemechek, debuting at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 18. Launched into full production this year, Riley's Brewing Co. Hard Hand Crafted Root Beer is a product of Madera, California. Riley passed down his family's beer making tradition by working tirelessly from his garage to craft beers. At 5% ABV, the sweet, and smooth finish is created by Riley's grandfather's original root beer recipe. Riley's Brewing Co. non-alcohol root beer logo will be display as an associate sponsor on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series #8 Chevy of John Hunter Nemechek.(NEMCO Motorsports)(9-9-2015)
Nemechek plans to venture from family team for advancement: If John Hunter Nemechek is to eventually become a star at the highest levels of NASCAR, he knows the path will eventually take him away from the familiar confines of NEMCO Motorsports. His father, Sprint Cup Series veteran Joe Nemechek, spent the past decade building up his family organization to prepare for the debut of John Hunter. A year and a half into his Truck Series career, the younger Nemechek has made good on that investment - posting 10 top-10s in 22 career starts. And while he would like to win races and perhaps win a championship next season for his team and family, the younger Nemechek admitted on Popular Speed TearDown Radio that he is looking to eventually join a larger team sooner rather than later. "Dad and I have definitely talked about our long term goal and that's to move out of NEMCO Motorsports so we can run XFINITY and make it to the Sprint Cup Series," Nemechek said. "That's where I want to be - at the top of the sport. "In order to get there, you're going to have to branch out and spend some time with a bigger team. I feel like we might have some opportunities coming up so hopefully we can run better in the second half and get some good finishes."Like everything in racing, any talks of Nemechek graduating to the XFINITY Series or another team must start with funding and sponsorship and that's something he is working hard to acquire prior to next season. "That would be neat so hopefully we can get some talks started about moving up," Nemechek said. "Everyone says this but we're taking this day-by-day and week-by-week so everything is about sponsorship. We're trying to find that funding needed to keep moving up the ranks and find a bigger team for sure." Even if Nemechek left NEMCO, the Truck Series team would continue on as the older Nemechek still wants to continue driving at some point while also fielding a truck for development driver Dominique Van Wieringen.(Popular Speed).(9-8-2015)
Cobb could be penalized for having cell phone UPDATE: Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb may face a penalty for having a cell phone in her Truck during final practice Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. After crashing into a tire barrier and exiting her Truck, Cobb could be clearly seen on the Fox Sports 1 broadcast reaching back into her Truck and grabbing her cell phone while track workers assisted her to a waiting ambulance. NASCAR officials said Saturday they would review the incident as part of their normal post-race review early next week. In 2012, NASCAR banned drivers from having cell phones or any other computer-like devices in their vehicles. The ban was prompted after Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski tweeted pictures from his phone during a red flag in the 2012 Daytona 500. Later that same season, Keselowski was fined $25,000 for again tweeting photos from his phone during a red-flag stoppage in action in a race at Phoenix. "Smart devices and smartphones and other devices can have an effect on manipulating the technology that is now going to be in the cars, and we have to be careful with that," NASCAR Chairman Brian France said at the time. "And so that's why our policy is that you're simply not going to be able to take a device into the car with you." There was no immediate response for a request for comment from Cobb or her representatives.(Motorsport.com).(8-29-2015)
UPDATE: The #10 team has been assessed a P3 level penalty for having a non-engine electronic component in the truck during the event on August 30 (Section 20.18.13.b). Driver Jennifer Jo Cobb has been fined $5,000, plus an additional $2,500 for an infraction occurring while on probation (Section 12.5.2 - Recurrence Multipliers).(NASCAR)(9-1-2015)