Camping World Truck Series

Camping World Truck Series News & Rumors

  • NASCAR could add second road course race: NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio NASCAR has considered adding another road course race to the Truck Series, and Road America - which has proven to be a very popular venue for the Xfinity Series - would likely be on the short list of potential candidates."You never know with Trucks. Right now, you've only got one road course in an ideal situation (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, site of Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250, won by Erik Jones). "You'd like to have at least two (road course races) for the race teams, and I think it's consistent that we've put on some great racing on the road courses. So that is something we could look at down the road."(NBC Sports).(8-31-2015)

  • Jones wins Canada: #4-Erik Jones won the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday and took over the points lead courtesy of the win. Jones held on to win his second race of the season following a late race restart. #88-Matt Crafton finished second followed by: #11-Ben Kennedy, #14-Daniel Hemric, #29-Alex Tagliani, #98-Johnny Sauter, #13-Cameron Hayley, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, and #00-Cole Custer. There were 5 caution flags for 13 laps and 14 lead changes among 6 leaders.
    #29-Tagliani started the race from the pole and was running second before having issues on the last lap, which dropped him to fifth.
    Complete results are on the Canada race results page (pdf). (8-30-2015)

  • Canada Race Fast Facts:
    Erik Jones won the 3rd Annual Chevrolet Silverado 250, his sixth victory in 32 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
    Matt Crafton (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Ben Kennedy (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
    Erik Jones (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Erik Jones # leads the point standings by 3 points over Matt Crafton.
    (NASCAR Statistics) (8-19-2015)

  • Driver standings following Canada:
    1) #4-Erik Jones, 590
    2) #88-Matt Crafton, 587, -3
    3) #19-Tyler Reddick, 575, - 15
    4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 535, -55
    5) #14-Daniel Hemric #, 500, -90
    6) #13-Cameron Hayley, 489, -101
    7) #17-Timothy Peters, 470, -120
    8) #05-John Wes Townley, 466, -124
    9) #23-Spencer Gallagher #, 452, -138
    10) #11-Ben Kennedy, 451, 139
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-30-2015)

  • Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf).(8-30-2015)

  • Peters honors Virginia shooting victims: The Red Horse Racing Camping World Truck Series of driver Timothy Peters honored the shooting victims of a Virginia television by carrying a commemorative decal during Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. "It's 30 minutes from the house," said Peters, who lives in Danville, Va. "It really hit close for me and my family. I'm a proud local boy and up here we consider everyone family, so we wanted to do something to show the families and friends of the victims that were are thinking of and praying for them. They are not forgotten." Virginia television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed on live television by a disgruntled former colleague who later killed himself. Parker and Ward were murdered while conducting an on-air interview about tourism outside Roanoke, Va., where their station, WDBJ, is based. Their interview subject, Vicki Gardner, was wounded but survived the shooting.(FOX Sports).(8-30-2015)

  • Tagliani on pole at Canada: #29-Alex Tagliani will start from the Keystone Light pole for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, qualifying with a speed of 110.539mph. He will be followed by: #4-Erik Jones, #88-Matt Crafton, #19-Tyler Reddick, #00-Cole Custer, #11-Ben Kennedy, #13-Cameron Hayley, #54-Gray Gaulding, #98-Johnny Sauter, and #17-Timothy Peters.
    #19-Tyler Reddick was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 110.276 mph.
    See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(8-29-2015)

  • Canada Qualifying Notes:
    Alex Tagliani(i) won the Keystone Light 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 3rd Annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 with a lap of 80.084 seconds, 110.539 mph.
    This is his second pole in two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in two races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2015 and his second in two races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
    Matt Crafton (third) posted his second top-10 start at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It is his 11th in 15 races this season.
    Erik Jones (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-29-2015)

  • Cobb could be penalized for having cell phone: 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)

  • Jones fastest in final practice: #4-Erik Jones was fastest in final practice for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a speed of 110.436mph. He was followed by # 29-Alex Tagliani, #13-Cameron Hayley, #98-Johnny Sauter, #11-Ben Kennedy, #88-Matt Crafton, #00-Cole Custer, #54-Gray Gaulding, #17-Timothy Peters, and #19-Tyler Reddick. 30 drivers practiced during the session. #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb and #05-John Wes Townley had separate wrecks. See complete results on the Canada practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-29-2015)

  • Tagliani fastest in first practice: #29-Alex Tagliani was fastest during opening practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a speed of 109.853mph. #4-Erik Jones was second, followed by #88-Matt Crafton, #11-Ben Kennedy, #54-Gray Gaulding, #98-Johnny Sauter, #19-Tyler Reddick, #17-Timothy Peters, #14-Daniel Hemric, #00-Cole Custer. 26 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Canada practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-29-2015)

  • FOX Sports to air road race online for Canadian fans: FOX Sports Racing, which carries the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season live in Canada, is live streaming this weekend's Chevrolet Silverado 250 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, making the event available without restriction to all viewers in Canada through FOXSportsRacing.com. The Chevrolet Silverado 250 begins Sunday, Aug. 30 (1:30 p.m. ET) with Tyler Reddick (Brad Keselowski Racing) atop the points standings, followed by Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) and Erik Jones (Kyle Busch Motorsports). Only seven points separate the top three racers with nine races left in the season. The FOX Sports pre-race show, "NCWTS Setup," also is available via live unauthenticated stream, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.(FOX Sports)(8-29-2015)

  • Wong to debut in Canada: Highlighting a busy summer of racing for the Californian, Brian Wong and World Stage Racing are pleased to announce their entry in to the next phase of the program's development, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Partnering with the renowned Venturini Motorsports, the program will debut at this weekend's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Canada. Continuing the team's ethos of exploring new avenues for marketing and engagement, the team's Toyota Tundra will also debut a new partnership with Momofuku. Continuing World Stage Racing's tradition of engaging unique brands and non-traditional forms of partnership, the team's alignment with Momofuku provides a perfect symbol of the effort. Established by chef and founder David Chang in 2004 with the opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku has grown to include restaurants in New York City, Sydney and Toronto. Momofuku has a total of nine restaurants (Noodle Bar, Ssam Bar, Ko, Ma Peche, Seiobo, Noodle Bar Toronto, Daisho, Shoto, Fuku), a sister bakery with multiple locations throughout New York City and in Toronto (Milk Bar), two bars (Booker and Dax, Nikai), and a Culinary Lab. While this will be Wong's first race in Truck Series competition, the 26-year old will have the benefit of vast road racing experience combined with excellent support from Venturini Motorsports in the No. 25 Momofuku Toyota Tundra. While the series normally runs 22 of their 23 events on oval tracks, the visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be the lone visit to a road course for the year. Seen as a road course specialist, including being the first Chinese American to see a podium in the American Le Mans Series as well as first Chinese American to earn a podium in ARCA Series competition, Brian is hoping his experience in "turning right" will play to his favor.(See an image of the truck on the #25 Team Paint Schemes page)(World Stage Racing)(8-26-2015)

  • KBM sues Boston, Zloop: For those who ever wondered if Kyle Busch is exaggerating when he says it takes $3 million to $4 million to field a competitive Camping World Truck Series team on an annual basis, there are now public documents to prove it. Kyle Busch Motorsports is suing its former driver Justin Boston and Zloop, the computer recycling company co-founded by Justin's father Bob, alleging they missed $650,000 in payments as part of their $3.2 million annual deal that had Boston driving a KBM truck. Boston and Zloop made their first five payments on time for a total of $1.55 million but are alleged to have missed payments due in May and June, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in North Carolina Superior Court in Iredell County. KBM claims it is owed $4.025 million for the alleged default on the contract, a two-year deal originally worth $6.4 million. The contract was based on a 23-race schedule, so the 46 races work out to Boston paying KBM $139,130 a race. The KBM lawsuit includes the contract between the team and Boston, who had three top-10 finishes in his nine starts. While he was bringing the sponsorship, Justin Boston was getting paid $3,000 per race plus 40 percent of the purse (not including the television portion of the purse, which all went to KBM). He would also get $50,000 if he won the truck title, $7,500 for a race win, $1,000 for a pole and $15,000 if he finished second through fifth in the points for the season. It could be a while before KBM gets any of the money it claims it is owed. Zloop filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early August to reorganize its finances. Bob Boston is mired in a $28 million lawsuit from a former Zloop investor who claims Boston lied to him about the value of Zloop and did not use his investment as intended, including spending money on Justin's racing career as part of a Zloop marketing program. Because Zloop is in bankruptcy, all of KBM's claims against Zloop will be determined in Delaware bankruptcy court. The claims against Justin Boston could continue in North Carolina. KBM isn't the only company affiliated with racing that is looking for money out of Zloop. According to its bankruptcy filing, Zloop owes Bristol Motor Speedway $131,250, Kentucky Speedway $75,000 and Pocono Raceway $36,601. Zloop also owes the Carolina Panthers $87,000 for its annual suite, a contract that Zloop is trying to get out of for this upcoming football season. An attorney for Boston in his bankruptcy proceeding declined comment on the suit. Kyle Busch Motorsports also had no comment.(ESPN)(8-26-2015)

  • Truck teams to remember IndyCar driver: According to his brother, the organs from IndyCar Series Justin Wilson were donated to six different people. Stefan Wilson revealed the news on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after his brother died from a head injury he sustained at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Wilson, 37, was hit in the helmet by debris from Sage Karam's car. Karam had crashed while leading and pieces of his car were strewn across the track. A bouncing piece of debris was in the path of Wilson's car and after impact, his car swerved to the left and hit the inside wall. NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series teams will run decals this weekend honoring Wilson (The Sprint Cup Series is off). Wilson's death was the first in the IndyCar Series since Dan Wheldon died in the final race of the 2011 season. Sunday's race at Sonoma is the final race of the 2015 season. With the offseason just a week away, there's plenty of time for conversations about what the series can do to increase protection for drivers' heads. Wilson was killed because his head was exposed with the IndyCar Series' open-cockpit design.(Yahoo Sports)(8-25-2015)

  • KBM team supporting Rally for Kids With Cancer: Matt Tifft will make his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series road-course start behind the wheel of the #51 Rally for Kids With Cancer Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Sunday's 64-lap event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Tifft's Tundra will be promoting a great cause this weekend, carrying the logo of Rally for Kids With Cancer, which is a unique car rally held each year in Toronto that has raised over $14 million for children's cancer research and care at SickKids, a hospital for sick children affiliated with the University of Toronto.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(8-25-2015)

  • Brown to debut with MB: When Englishman Daniel Brown slides behind the wheel of the #63 Brown & Geeson Chevy Silverado of MB Motorsports for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, it will be a little different than the Aston Martins, Ferrari's and BMW's he is used to racing across the pond. Brown has been quite successful in British GT, FIA GT3 and GT Open, as well as the Blancpain Endurance Series and Historic Racing events among many others. "I am really excited for this opportunity to race in the NCWTS with MB Motorsports and have to say a big thank you to Mike Mittler for trusting me to drive the truck at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park," says Brown. "I have primarily driven GT sports cars in Europe, so the truck is certainly going to be a very different animal to tame. There are some big names taking part in this event, so I am under no illusions that it is going to be tough and will involve a very steep learning curve, but if I keep out of trouble and listen to all the advice Mike and the team can give me, then I hope we will be able to achieve a strong result."(MB Motorsports)(8-25-2015)

  • Peters adds sponsor for Canada: Red Horse Racing announced today that its #17 Toyota Tundra driven by Timothy Peters will be sponsored by Gaunt Collision Centres for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Gaunt Collision Centres is a family business with 30 years of experience specializing in automotive body repair owned by Marty and John Gaunt in Barrie, Ontario. The brothers Gaunt grew up around short track racing in Canada and have maintained a close connection to the sport. Marty is president of Triad Racing Technologies, which successfully builds racing engines and is a primary vendor for Toyota Racing Development in NASCAR. Triad has helped its clients win seven manufacturer championships, five driver championships, and over 100 victories since 2004. Over the years, Marty has owned and entered trucks in the NCWTS; he has sponsored trucks in the series; and, has become a premier engine builder. In short, he is considered one of the series' biggest supporters. Peters, who turns 35 on Saturday, is in his seventh full-time NCWTS season and is currently seventh in points with two top-5 and eight top-10 finishes this season.(See an image of the truck on the #17 Team Paint Schemes page)(Red Horse Racing)(8-24-2015)

  • Tagliani joins BKR for Canada: Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that Alex Tagliani will drive the team's #29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 in the August 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Tagliani made his NCWTS debut in 2014 at the 2.459-mile Canadian road course behind the wheel of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150. He won the pole in his first start and made it look easy, capturing the top starting spot with a lap (80.558 seconds) that was both a track record and a whopping .433 seconds better than the second place starter. The native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, had such an enjoyable experience last year he jumped at the chance to return to the truck series with BKR. Tagliani has seven NASCAR Xfinity Series starts sprinkled over seven seasons dating back to 2009. He enters the NCWTS event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on the heels of a strong performance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Lexington, Ohio) where he won the pole and finished second after leading 38 of the event's 75 laps. Alex has 32 starts in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series over the past seven seasons. In June he grabbed his second victory in the series in dominating fashion, leading 193 of 300 laps at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario, finishing over a lap ahead of his nearest competitor. His other victory in the series came on a road course event at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008. Tagliani has a diverse racing portfolio, which includes the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar, NASCAR Xfinity Series, road racing and Champ Car competition. In 2015 Tagliani made his seventh start in the Indianapolis 500 leading two laps and scoring a 17th place finish for A.J. Foyt Racing. In 2009 he earned Rookie of the Year honors in the race with an 11th-place finish and won the pole for the race in 2011 driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. His best finish was 10th place in 2010.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(8-20-2015

  • Blaney wins at Bristol: #29-Ryan Blaney won the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night after recovering from an early penalty while leading. He came back from a one-lap deficit and took the lead for the final time following a green-white-checkered flag run to the finish. #54-Kyle Busch, who started the race from the pole, finished second. He was followed by #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #14-Daniel Hemric, #33-Brandon Jones, #4-Erik Jones, #88-Matt Crafton, #19-Tyler Reddick, #98-Johnny Sauter, and #5-Dalton Sargeant, in his series debut, closed out the top-10.
    There were 5 caution flags for 41 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders. The field also had a 45-minute red flag period due to rain.
    Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf). (8-19-2015)

  • Bristol Race Fast Facts:
    Ryan Blaney(i) won the 18th Annual UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP, his fourth victory in 57 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2015.
    John H. Nemechek (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    John H. Nemechek (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Tyler Reddick leads the point standings by 6 points over Matt Crafton.
    (NASCAR Statistics) (8-19-2015)

  • Driver standings following Bristol:
    1) #19-Tyler Reddick, 550
    2) #88-Matt Crafton, 544, -6
    3) #4-Erik Jones #, 543, -7
    4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 497, -53
    5) #14-Daniel Hemric #, 460, -90
    6) #13-Cameron Hayley, 451, -99
    7) #17-Timothy Peters, 448, -102
    8) #05-John Wes Townley, 447, -103
    9) #23-Spencer Gallagher #, 416, -134
    10) #11-Ben Kennedy, 410, 140
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-19-2015)

  • Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf).(8-19-2015)

  • Busch on pole at Bristol: #54-Kyle Busch won the pole for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed at 125.683 mph. #29-Ryan Blaney will start second, followed by: #33-Brandon Jones, #4-Erik Jones, #00-Cole Custer, #88-Matt Crafton, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #75-Caleb Holman, #13-Cameron Hayley, and #92-David Gilliland.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #29-Blaney with a speed of 125.683mph.
    #4-Jones was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 126.262mph.
    #74-Jordan Anderson, #0-Caleb Roark and #45-BJ McLeod #27-Cody Lane failed to qualify. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(8-19-2015)

  • Custer fastest in final practice: #00-Cole Custer was fastest in final practice for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 126.528mph. He was followed by #29-Ryan Blaney, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #31-Ty Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, #5-Dalton Sargeant, #11-Ben Kennedy, #13-Cameron Hayley, #75-Caleb Hollman, and #19-Tyler Reddick.34 drivers practiced during the session. #51-Daniel Suarez wrecked his truck and moved to the team's backup. See complete results on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-19-2015)

  • Jones fastest in first practice: #33-Brandon Jones was fastest during opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.751mph. #88-Matt Crafton was second, followed by #4-Erik Jones, #98-Johnny Sauter, #29-Ryan Blaney, #00-Cole Custer, #13-Cameron Hayley, #17-Timothy Peters, #19-Tyler Reddick and #05-John Wes Townley. 36 of the entered 37 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-18-2015)

  • 125 starts for NTS: When the green flag waves at Bristol Motor Speedway this week, NTS Motorsports will earn Bob Newberry his 125th NCWTS start as a team owner. Newberry's NTS Motorsports NCWTS team made its debut at Martinsville Speedway in March of 2012 with Brennan Newberry behind the wheel. In the last 124 starts, Newberry has accumulated two poles, 11 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes with a total of 16 different drivers, leading 118 laps and completing more than 20,000 miles of competition.(NTS Motorsports)(8-17-2015)

  • Busch wins Michigan: #51-Kyle Busch won the Careers for Veterans 200 at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. #29-Ryan Blaney finished second followed by #4-Erik Jones, #98-Johnny Sauter, #33-Austin Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton, #14-Daniel Hemric, #17-Timothy Peters, #19-Tyler Reddick, and #13-Cameron Hayley.
    There were 6 caution flags for 26 laps and 15 lead changes among 6 leaders.
    #88-Matt Crafton started the race from the pole, overcame a late race incident, and finished sixth.
    Complete results are on the Michigan race results page (pdf). (8-15-2015)

  • Sargeant to debut with Wauters in Bristol: 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver, Dalton Sargeant will make his first top-tier NASCAR touring series debut with Wauters Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in the UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP. Sargeant, who currently sits in the fourth position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings, will pilot the #5 GALT NASCAR Camping World Truck SeriesToyota Tundra. The Boca Raton, Fl high school senior already has a vast amount of racing experience all around the world. In 2015, Sargeant has been competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series with several Super Late Model and Late Model starts all around the country. Sargeant has one win, two pole position starts and an astonishing eight top-three finishes in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series rookie season. 2015 being only his second full season in stock car and oval competition, Sargeant has also picked up several wins in Super Late Model and Late Model competition all across the United States including a second-place finish in the 2014 Snowball Derby. Richie Wauters will be making his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage but is no stranger to victory lane. Wauters began his career as a crew chief and has amassed 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins with Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Shane Hmiel. He's also amassed 24 NASCAR Southeastern Elite Division wins, one NASCAR Southeastern Elite Division Championship in 2006, and won the Snowball Derby win in 2004. Wauters has worked with a long list of NASCAR stars including Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler, Scott Hansen, Kenny Wallace and Steven Wallace.(See an image of the truck on the #5 Team Paint Schemes page)(Dalton Sargeant)(8-12-2015)

  • Braun Motorsports to debut in Bristol: Newly-formed Braun Motorsports is proud to announce that the organization will make its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut later this month at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driver J.J. Haley will be behind the wheel of Braun Motorsports' #32 truck for the UNOH 200 presented by Zloop on Wednesday, August 19.Haley gears up to make his first-career NCWTS start for Braun Motorsports at Bristol, marking the second time the Indiana native will race on the World's Fastest Half Mile. Earlier this season, the 16-year-old competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, bringing home a top-10 finish. Throughout 2015, Haley has competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, bringing home four top-five and seven top-10 finishes through ten races. Haley has also competed in two ARCA events with Braun Motorsports to date this season, along with select TransAM races for the organization. Great Clips will serve as the sponsor for Haley's #32 truck in his debut at Bristol Motor Speedway. Great Clips has a long history with team owner Todd Braun that dates back to Todd's days as the owner of Braun Racing, an organization that competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series from 2003 to 2010. The organization intends to run the #32 Great Clips Chevy in two additional NCWTS events this season. Haley will be back at the wheel for the team at Martinsville Speedway in October and Phoenix International Raceway in November.(See an image of the truck on the #32 Team Paint Schemes page)(Braun Motorsports)(8-11-2015)

  • Trucks returning to Eldora in 2016: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will once again compete on the dirt at Eldora Speedway next season, sources confirmed to Motorsport.com on Friday. In 2016, however, the Eldora event may not be the only dirt race on the schedule. Following last month's race at Eldora, NASCAR surveyed Truck series teams as to whether they would be amenable to adding a second dirt track to the Truck series schedule. The response was overwhelmingly positive, several sources and team officials confirmed, in part because it would be fiscally beneficial to teams to run the dirt-prepared truck at more than one event. In addition, NASCAR plans to extend the use of the original 2013 truck design beyond its original three-year approval window, so teams will not have to design a new version. NASCAR has considered a second dirt event since the success of Eldora's inaugural Truck series race in 2013, which was the first NASCAR national series race held on dirt in more than 40 years. Eldora officials said they do not have a confirmed date as yet, but sources told Motorsport.com the race is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - the Wednesday night before the annual Brickyard 400, as in years past.
    The most-often mentioned possibility for a second Truck series dirt race is Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, home to the famed Knoxville Nationals sprint car event. A Truck race could be paired the same weekend as one of the Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway, which is located in Newton - about 30 miles north of Knoxville.(Motorsport.com)(8-7-2015)

  • Jones to move to XFINITY, Cup in 2016: Coach Joe Gibbs shed light on Erik Jones' NASCAR career arc Tuesday morning, saying that a full XFINITY Series schedule and some Sprint Cup events were planned for 2016. Gibbs, appearing on "The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, said that advancing the 19-year-old driver through the NASCAR development ladder was a top priority at Joe Gibbs Racing. Jones already has one Sprint Cup start to his credit, making an impressive drive at Kansas Speedway in May in place of the injured Kyle Busch. He also logged a hefty relief stint the month before, substituting for an ailing Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gibbs, 74, said plans to get Jones into a full-time ride are taking shape, though his organization currently stands at the NASCAR-mandated maximum of four teams, with Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth on the JGR driver roster. Jones is in his first full season driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Michigan native ranks third in the series standings, with four pole positions and one victory in 12 races thus far. Jones has also competed in 17 of 19 XFINITY Series events this season, with four poles and two wins splitting time between JGR's Nos. 20 and 54 Toyotas.(NASCAR.com)(8-4-2015)

  • Crafton loses points lead after wreck he calls intentional: Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway was shaping up as a battle between the Sprint Cup ringers and truck series regulars. Expected to battle hard throughout the 60-lap event, it did not take long for fireworks to erupt on the track and in the garage. While Erik Jones was able to get the lead on the initial start of the race, the fight for second through fifth was intense between Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. Racing hard out of the Tunnel Turn on the fifth lap of the race, Harvick made a bold three-wide move to the bottom of Crafton and Keselowski to take the fourth spot. As Harvick made his move, Crafton's right rear made contact with Keselowski's left front, sending both trucks hard into the outside wall to bring out the first caution of the race. Both drivers took their heavily damaged trucks directly to the garage area, where Crafton climbed from his truck and stormed over to Keselowski's garage stall. Entering Saturday's race with a 14-point advantage in the series standings over Brad Keselowski Racing's Tyler Reddick, Crafton was none too happy with the Sprint Cup Series regular. "The idiot hooked me in the right rear, that's all there was to it getting into Turn 3," said a frustrated Crafton. "I guess that's maybe how he wants to win a championship with that 19 truck (Reddick). He's got another thing coming. I promise you that truck won't win it. If that's how he wants to do it, we'll get it done."
    Keselowski chalked it up to hard racing early in the event, and said he would never wreck someone on purpose. "These trucks are expensive and it's going to cost a lot to fix," he said. "I feel bad for Matt and his team, but I don't really know what to do differently." As far as Crafton's claims, Keselowski brushed them off by saying he is not that kind of driver. "I have no interest in coming to the Truck Series and wrecking someone on purpose," said Keselowski. "Tyler Reddick is doing a good job, but he has a ways to go to run with Matt. Matt's an awesome driver and that's a great team. The last thing I want to do is go out and wreck them. I want my team to earn it if they are to run up front. I have no interest in going out and wrecking someone intentionally and that's not what happened."
    With Crafton behind the wall, Reddick was able to take the lead in the series standings for the time being.(Fox Sports)(8-1-2015)

  • Gaulding joins KBM: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today 17-year-old NASCAR Next alumnus Gray Gaulding will pilot the #54 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Tundra for three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2015. Gaulding's first race will be on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Aug. 30, followed by New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 26 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 31.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(7-30-2015)

  • Sad News - Larry Addington: Larry C. Addington, passed away on July 23, 2015. That competitive spirit carried Larry through many business ventures. His business objective was always to provide jobs for people, as many people as he could. He would say that the most important thing one person can give another is a job. Throughout his long career, Larry succeeded in providing thousands of jobs to people all over the United States and in Belize. One of Larry's biggest motivations was to make money in order to help the less fortunate. Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Sandy Hook High School and served for two years in Korea. He then returned to Kentucky and attended college at Morehead State University with his brother, Robert, and sister, Virginia. After college, Larry began work as an engineer in highway construction. After a while, Larry started his own engineering firm. It was during this time the brothers learned about coal mining, so whenever highway construction slowed down, Larry and Robert formed their first coal company, Addington Brothers. This was the beginning of many ventures into the coal industry.
    Larry's thrill of speed was legendary. He delighted in giving people a thrill, whether it was on a farm tractor, in an automobile or on a speedboat. Larry and his son, Michael, had a NASCAR truck racing team [5 wins in 123 races with Andy Houston and Travis Kvapil in the #60 Chevy].(see full obituary at Sandy Hook Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home)(7-30-2015)

  • Congrats to Hemric, Ruston: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric and Kenzie Ruston, who competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series, are engaged. Both announced the news Tuesday on Twitter. Hemric, 24, finished fifth last week at Eldora and is seventh in the points standings in his rookie season. Ruston, 23, is 14th in the K&N points standings in her second full season in that series.(NBC Sports)(7-28-2015)

  • Viens, Affarano partner for four races: Tim Viens will be driving the Affarano Motorsports #03 RacedaySponsor.com NASCAR Camping World Truck for the Pocono, Michigan, New Hampshire and Chicago races. Racedaysponsor.com helps connect racer drivers with the sponsorship they need to get them on the track and in front of their fans.(Mike Affarano Motorsports)(7-24-2015)

  • Mittler relishing best run in team history: The pit crew swarmed the truck; the driver climbed out and threw his hands high into the night air; the owner ran around screaming and handing out hugs. In the background of this scene, as fireworks exploded over Eldora Speedway's half-mile dirt oval, race winner Christopher Bell turned victory donuts that sent plumes of dust skyward. The fact that Bobby Pierce finished second didn't dampen the celebration on pit road. In fact, it heightened it. In his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, Pierce chased Bell all over the track in a thrilling conclusion to the third annual event at the Tony Stewart-owned facility in western Ohio. He did so in a battered #63 MB Motorsports Chevrolet that, by the end, looked like something from a nearby junkyard. Pierce led 39 of 154 laps after starting from the pole. He was in the top five throughout the entirety of the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic, including the frenzied finish that saw four cautions -- and thus four harrowing restarts -- over a 42-lap span and resulted in a green-white-checkered finish. Team owner Mike Mittler was fine with second. A team owner in the Truck Series since its inception in 1995, Wednesday was his best finish. His only other career top 10 in 213 starts was an eighth-place showing with Carl Edwards in 2002. It was a wait of 13 years for a man well-regarded in the NASCAR community, one who helped drivers such as Brad Keselowski (who finished 28th Wednesday), Edwards, Jamie McMurray and Justin Allgaier start their careers. After celebrating with Pierce and the crew, Mittler took a congratulatory phone call and helped wheel the truck across the infield for inspection before pausing to consider what the runner-up result meant. "I thought if it stayed green, we'd have every opportunity to work (Bell) and get by him, but it just didn't go that way," Mittler told NASCAR.com. "I just thought, 'Wow, what a phenomenal opportunity after 20 years, to be in position to finally have an opportunity to win a race.' " The opportunity came with a driver Mittler has known for years -- he is friends with Pierce's father outside of racing -- and one who watched the inaugural Eldora race on television at home, and took in last year's event from the grandstands.(NASCAR.com)(7-23-2015)

  • Bell uncertain if he will run more truck races: The cool factor was on display from start to finish Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway. The half-mile dirt track, owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, plays host to the only dirt race in NASCAR's three national series. It evens the playing field -- no one talks much about "aero" -- and with the dirt surface naturally changing daily and even throughout the night, it nearly guarantees the unpredictable. Take this unpredictability as an example: Christopher Bell had no idea he would be in this race two weeks ago, but when Justin Boston and Kyle Busch Motorsports parted ways, Bell got the nod for the July 9 race at Kentucky and he parlayed it into the start Wednesday night in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic. Bell has no idea if he will race the truck again this year. He has made a name for himself in sprint cars, and he had hoped Saturday night to capture the Kings Royal, one of the biggest sprint-car races of the season.(ESPN.com)(7-23-2015)

  • Crafton, Dillon heated after Eldora: The chaos of the green-white-checkered that marked the ending of the Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway also resulted in a confrontation between Ty Dillon and Matt Crafton in the immediate aftermath of the event. Dillon was ahead of Crafton on the final restart and made an aggressive move to clear Dillon that ended with slight contact between the two. Following the move, Crafton claimed that Dillon attempted to wreck him, a move that infuriated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship leader. Following the conversation, Crafton said the heightened emotions were just a byproduct of dirt track racing. Both Crafton and Dillon didn't want to discuss the confrontation in detail and it is unclear when the drivers will be on the same track at the same time as they compete in two different divisions. For his part, Dillon said he was more upset at torn up equipment and a possible top five squandered. Crafton and Dillon went on to finish in ninth and 10th respectively.(Popular Speed)(7-23-2015)

  • Forrister chooses own truck design without sponsor UPDATE: Korbin Forrister, a 22-year-old race car driver from Georgia, has developed an interest in politics the past couple of years. At the Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway, he will combine those two passions. Forrister, who didn't have a sponsor for the race, decided to decal the SS Green Light Racing #08 truck with "Trump For President" -- the first but likely not the last time NASCAR drivers will carry messaging for candidates in the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump's presidential campaign is not paying for nor does it have any connection to the truck for the race, which is notorious as the only dirt-track race in NASCAR's three national series. Forrister, who typically has Tilted Kilt logos on his truck, is competing in his first full truck season and sits 15th in the standings with a best of 12th this year in the 2015 season opener at Daytona. All paint schemes must be submitted and approved by NASCAR, which typically allows political ads on race vehicles. One twist the Trump truck faces is that the series and the race -- the 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic -- are sponsored by companies owned by Marcus Lemonis, who recently wrote to NASCAR saying he would not participate in the series awards banquet if it remained at the Trump National Doral in Miami. NASCAR announced a couple of weeks ago that it would not have its banquet at the Trump-owned resort after Trump made controversial remarks regarding immigrants when he announced he was running for president. Truck sponsorships generally vary widely depending on teams -- they can range anywhere from $15,000 to $150,000 a race.(ESPN.com)(7-23-2015)
    UPDATE: Forrister added on his Twitter account,"Going to run the #trumpforpresident scheme as long as I can, no funds."(7-23-2015)

  • Changes made to qualifying UPDATE: NASCAR announced on Wednesday revisions to its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole qualifying procedures at all intermediate tracks. Effective immediately, qualifying on tracks 1.5 miles or longer will consist of two rounds with trucks taking one timed lap in each round. The new format will first take place at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 9. "This revision puts renewed emphasis back on the pure speed of the trucks and team strategy during qualifying," said NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Managing Director Elton Sawyer. "The trucks have unique aerodynamics at the intermediate tracks, and after discussions with drivers and teams and reviewing past qualifying sessions, we've found a more competitive and efficient format with the single-truck runs." Intermediate track qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will mirror superspeedway qualifying and consists of the following:
    Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 fastest eligible trucks advancing to the final round;
    Trucks taking one timed lap in each round of qualifying;
    Each truck will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time;
    Qualifying order for the first round will be determined based on slowest to fastest single lap speeds posted in the first practice session; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round;
    A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round;
    Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed;
    The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round.(NASCAR.com)(7-1-2015)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials told NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams on Wednesday that it plans to use the superspeedway qualifying format at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend and Michigan International Speedway next month. Beginning in May at Talladega Superspeedway, there were two rounds of qualifying with drivers turning one timed lap. The top 12 advanced to the final round. Each driver took a warm-up lap, the timed lap and a cool-down lap before returning to pit road. Last weekend, the format was scheduled to be run by the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, but rain forced the field to be set per the rule book by practice speeds.
    Based on a random draw at Indianapolis, vehicles will line up on pit road for the first round -- rather than nose in or nose out in a pit stall -- and NASCAR will release drivers at a predetermined interval. The sanctioning body reserves the right to have more than one vehicle on track at a time. It's likely that two vehicles will be on track at the same time, but the second vehicle won't impede or help the one it follows on track. Following each lap, NASCAR will impound vehicles, and there will be a 10-minute break between rounds. Only during that break may teams make adjustments, and they will only be allowed to adjust tape and use a cool-down unit at that time. The final round qualifying order will be set from slowest to fastest speeds in the first round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in that second session.(NASCAR.com)(7-15-2015)

  • Lafferty planning Bristol run: Chris Lafferty and Lafferty Motorsports are pleased to announce a partnership with rocker superstars Saving Abel. Those who know Chris Lafferty know that when he is not driving a race car he can be found singing with his own band 89 Reasons. 89 Reasons will be opening several shows as direct support for Saving Abel beginning August 11th in Midland, TX. In addition, Saving Abel will come on board for several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races as a primary sponsor of Chris Lafferty on his #89 truck beginning with the August 19th UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Lafferty will also pilot the Saving Abel car in the ARCA Racing Series' Allen Crowe 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 23rd.(Lafferty Motorsports)(7-14-2015)

  • NASCAR shortens Truck race after catchfence damage: In a race that ended five laps short of its scheduled distance, polesitter Matt Crafton was declared the winner of Thursday night's UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event after Ben Kennedy's Toyota damaged the catchfence at Kentucky Speedway beyond the track's capacity to repair it expeditiously. With a shove from the Ford of Ryan Blaney, Crafton had taken the lead from eventual runner-up Erik Jones on Lap 145 moments before Kennedy was launched into the fence from contact with David Gilliland's Ford.
    "I thought I was clear," Kennedy said on his radio. The driver of the #11 Tundra had moved up the track into Gilliland's Ford after being cleared by his spotter. "I heard 'Clear' on the radio, so I moved up to the wall and as soon as I went to the wall," Kennedy said after leaving the infield care center. "I guess Gilliland had a run on the outside and pretty much hit me in the right rear - and I went up. I guess I was on top of the wall. I remember being on top of the wall for quite some time. I didn't see much - just a bunch of dust and debris flying. Then came down. The ride from the wall to the ground was pretty hard. But I'm OK. Thank God for everything that NASCAR has done to keep this sport safe. 'Cause for me to get out of my car on my own power after a hit like that is pretty incredible."
    Two support poles in the catchfence had to be replaced, a process that would consume 90 minutes. Accordingly, NASCAR called the race with five laps left.(NASCAR Wire Service)(7-10-2015)

  • Bell to run fourth KBM truck in Kentucky UPDATE 3: Kyle Busch confirmed Saturday at Daytona International Speedway that his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, Kyle Busch Motorsports will run four trucks next Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. Twenty-year-old Christopher Bell, who wowed in his Truck Series debut finishing fifth after starting 10th at Iowa Speedway last month, will drive the #52 Toyota Tundra in the UNOH 225. As of now, Busch says Wes Ward is scheduled to serve as crew chief.(Catchfence.com)(7-4-2015)
    UPDATE: Bell will drive the #54 at Kentucky with crew chief Shannon Rursch, in place of Justin Boston. Boston was listed on the preliminary entry list, while Bell, who was said to drive the #52, was absent. The team announced the change on Wednesday, via their Kentucky race advance. No further information was provided regarding Boston, who is 12th in driver standings with four top-10s and three DNFs.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(7-8-2015)
    UPDATE 2: The marriage between Kyle Busch Motorsports and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Justin Boston is over after nine races. Boston, a native of Baltimore, Maryland won't drive the team's #54 Toyota in Thursday night's UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway and the former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie of the Year has no plans to seek a ride for the 10th race of the season either. "I don't think it's a matter of why to leave or not," said Boston of the recent decision made. "It really comes down to what is best for my career as well as what is best for my sponsors. I would love nothing more than to keep driving for KBM, but it's no secret our performance had been lacking compared to the other KBM teams. It just didn't work out." Approaching the halfway point of his rookie season, Boston who sits 12th in the championship standings wasn't happy with his performance on the track and swayed for some internal changes on his #54 ROK Mobile Toyota team, but when those requests were not met, they mutually agreed to part ways. "Changes needed to be made, and weren't," Boston added. "I really do wish all the best for everyone I worked with at KBM. It just boiled down to what was best for me and what was best to keep my sponsors happy."(Catchfence.com)(7-8-2015)
    UPDATE 3: The Camping World Truck Series garage area will be missing a familiar face this weekend after Kyle Busch Motorsports has parted with Justin Boston. After nine races this season, Boston had earned four top-10 finishes and sat 12th in the points entering Kentucky. "Zloop breached its agreement with Kyle Busch Motorsports and failed to cure, forcing Kyle Busch Motorsports to terminate the agreement," the team said in a statement. "Notwithstanding this disappointing turn of events, the Kyle Busch Motorsports  54 Toyota Tundra will continue to compete for the remainder of the year."(PopularSpeed.com)(7-9-2015)

  • MAKE swaps teams: The #1 Burnie Grill Chevy will unload a chassis named "Petunia" as all of MAKE's Chassis are named after pigs. Petunia was last seen on track at Iowa Speedway as the #50 driven by Travis Kvapil. This week the Burnie Grill Chevy will be sporting the #1 as part of an in house team swap. Ryan Ellis will be in the #50.(MAKE Motorsports)(7-8-2015)

  • NASCAR plans new location for banquet: NASCAR will not return to the Trump National Doral Miami resort for its postseason Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series banquet after Donald Trump's recent comments on the presidential campaign trail. NASCAR moved that postseason awards ceremony to Trump's resort last year. It had not announced the location for the 2015 event. NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday at Daytona International Speedway that the decision not to return was made earlier in the day. One of the biggest NASCAR sponsors lobbied to have the event moved. Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis wrote in a letter dated for Tuesday that neither he nor anyone from Camping World would participate in an event at any Trump property "due to recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments from Donald Trump in regards to immigrants of the United States." Trump has made several comments about immigrants while on the campaign trail. An immigrant from Lebanon, Lemonis has seen success as the owner of Camping World and other businesses. He is the star of the CNBC show "The Profit" where he invests in struggling businesses. Trump attended the banquet last year, mingling with several drivers before the event and welcoming the crowd at the start of the program.(ESPN)(7-4-2015)

  • MB hits 20th anniversary: Missouri-based MB Motorsports celebrates its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, July 1. MB Motorsports is the sole surviving original team from the inaugural year of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which began its first season in 1995. Since its first race at the Milwaukee Mile, MB Motorsports has gone on to become the only team to compete in every season of the series. In its 20-year history, MB Motorsports has hosted a "Who's Who" of NASCAR behind the wheels of its trucks. The list includes 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Carl Edwards, Justin Allgaier and Jamie McMurray, all of whom drove for the team during their young careers.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-1-2015)

  • Behar may attempt trucks: Nicole Behar is a bright and friendly 17-year-old who just finished high school a year early in Spokane, Washington. She has started classes at Eastern Washington University and has a firm plan. It's her Plan B. Nursing school and working in pediatrics holds a strong appeal, but what Behar really wants to do is a drive a race car in NASCAR' s major league series. The dream isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Behar already is racing in a respected NASCAR regional series, and on at least one occasion she's turned heads so fast she's caused whiplash. In April, she became the highest-finishing female driver in the 61-year history of the K&N West series when she finished second in a race at Irwindale Event Center in Southern California. (Kenzie Ruston has a second in the K&N East series.) A month later, Behar was introduced as the only female driver in the 12-member 2015-16 NASCAR Next class in a presentation at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR Next -- not to be confused with NASCAR's Drive for Diversity developmental program for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members -- spotlights potential future stars of stock car racing. Drivers must be between the ages of 15 and 25, have "tangible and expressed goals" of competing in the Sprint Cup series and be showing the potential to get there. Selectees receive marketing and promotional help that can connect them to sponsors and other opportunities. Twenty-one of the 28 drivers selected before this year have raced in Sprint Cup, Xfinity or the Truck series, and 11 are competing full time in one of those series this year. So the designation bodes well for Behar's prospects. "Hopefully, I can make it to Sprint Cup in the next five years," Behar said. "Next year, I'd really like to be in a truck. Or maybe even the K&N East Series [generally considered a step up], and then kind of work my way up to Sprint Cup."(ESPNW)(6-29-2015)

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