Hornaday, Little getting inducted: This week will be one to remember for Ron Hornaday Jr. and Series Director Chad Little. Both men with be inducted in to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday night at The Meritage in Napa, Calif. Occasional NCWTS driver and owner Derrike Cope also is among the five 2013 inductees.(NASCAR PR)(6-18- 2013)
Buescher to run Nationwide road course in preparation for Canada UPDATE 2: Reigning Camping World Truck Series champion and past Nationwide Series winner James Buescher will attempt to make his first NNS start of 2013 in the Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America on June 22nd.
Buescher goes to Road America with limited experience on road courses, with just one road course start in the NNS at Watkins Glen in 2011. Buescher took part in an open test session last month at Virginia International Raceway. Buescher looks to gain road course experience for the upcoming NCWTS race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on September 1. Crew chief Michael Shelton and his NCWTS crew will come over and call the shots for Buescher in the NNS race at Road America.
(Turner Scott Motorsports PR)(6-17-2013)
UPDATE: Brendan Gaughan is also entered for Road America, driving a Chevy for Richard Childress Racing. Gaughan's Truck Series crew will also be working on his entry this weekend.(6-18-2013 )
UPDATE 2: Although he doesn't compete in his truck for another week, Brennan Newberry is taking advantage of his time off to get a little road course experience in advance of the race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sept. 1. He will participate in Saturday's K&N Pro Series West Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway as well as attending Ron Fellows' driving school.(NASCAR PR)(6-18-2013 )
Moffitt to replace Bodine? UPDATE: Todd Bodine tweeted on Tuesday that he would be replaced in the #13 Toyota next week at Kentucky Speedway by Brett Moffitt. Moffitt drives for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the K&N Pro Series East and was initially scheduled to make five starts for the team in trucks this season beginning in Charlotte, but that was pushed back to Kentucky.
UPDATE: Hattori Racing Enterprises confirmed on the team's Twitter that Moffitt will be in the #13 in Kentucky.(6-18-2013)
Stolen vehicles siezed from Harmon's garage UPDATE 2: Rowan County Sheriff's deputies are watching NASCAR driver Mike Harmon closely, after recovering two cars and five trucks from his two garages Tuesday afternoon. Deputies say Harmon stole the cars from racer Jennifer Jo Cobb at the end of last year. The vehicles were seized from Harmon's shop in Mooresville, and from a storage facility in Catawba County, officials told WBTV. Harmon was arrested two weeks ago in a separate incident, also involving Cobb. Authorities say Harmon broke into Cobb's Mooresville headquarters, and stole her hauler to transport cars and trucks. WBTV spoke with Harmon just moments after he posted bail on the initial charge. "I've never stolen as much as a piece of bubble gum. To be arrested for a felony is ridiculous," Harmon said. Last week, a judge ordered Harmon to stay away from Cobb, though the two both say they plan to finish this year's racing season. As of Tuesday night, Harmon had not been charged for the seven vehicles, and Cobb's hauler was still missing.(WBTV)(5-28-2013)
UPDATE: Arrest warrants have been issued for a NASCAR driver, and his business associate, after investigators say they stole at least seven vehicles from a competitor. According to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, warrants were issued for driver Mike Harmon and business associate David Novak. Each man is wanted on breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. WBTV was there as deputies recovered two cars and five trucks from Harmon's two garages in late May. Deputies say Harmon stole the cars from racer Jennifer Jo Cobb at the end of last year. The vehicles were seized from Harmon's shop in Mooresville, and from a storage facility in Catawba County, officials told WBTV. Harmon was arrested in mid-May in a separate incident, also involving Cobb. Authorities say Harmon broke into Cobb's Mooresville headquarters, and stole her hauler to transport cars and trucks. Harmon and Novak had not been arrested as of Monday afternoon. At last check, Cobb's hauler was still missing.(WBTV)(6-17-2013)
UPDATE 2:NASCAR driver Mike Harmon was released on $10,000 bond Monday evening after turning himself in to authorities in Shelby, NC. Arrest warrants were issued for Harmon and former Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing partner David Novak early Monday, charging both men with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. The warrants pertain to two NASCAR Nationwide Series cars and five Camping World Truck Series entries stolen from Cobb earlier this year and recovered from Harmon's Mooresville, NC, race shop and a storage facility in Catawba last month. Harmon formerly served as team manager for Cobb's Nationwide Series team. He professed his innocence yesterday, telling Sirius XM Speedway, "I'm innocent. I haven't stolen anything and this is a civil matter." Novak remains at large.(Godfather Motorsports)(6-18-2013)
Special scheme for Gresham: Today, on Flag Day, the Made in USA Brand announced a special paint scheme on the #8 Made in USA Brand Chevy for Max Gresham. The scheme will showcase the NASCAR: An American Salute initiative at the Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on June 27. Eddie Sharp Racing, Gresham's Camping World Truck Series race team, will showcase their support by displaying patriotic-themed elements from NASCAR, along with the current Made in USA Brand paint scheme on the #8 Chevy Silverado. The #8 Made in USA Brand Chevy will feature a red, white, blue patriotic paint scheme, along with red stars and stripes accents on the splitter, rear spoiler and side skirts.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(6-14-2013)
Jason Leffler killed in Sprint Car wreck: NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an
accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport
Speedway. The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the NASCAR
Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side
window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9:00pm/et,
New Jersey State Police said. After losing his NASCAR ride, Leffler had
been racing dirt car events most of this year, including the 410 Sprint
Car race Wednesday that promised a $7,000 prize to the winner at the
0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval. On Sunday, Leffler finished last at
Pocono in his lone NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year.(see much more at
Statement from NASCAR on the passing of Jason Leffler: "NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."(NASCAR)
MORE: Jason Leffler died in a crash Wednesday night during a 410 sprint car event at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway. He was 37. Sgt. Adam Grossman, public information officer for the New Jersey State Police, confirmed to Motor Racing Network that a 37-year-old driver was pronounced dead at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Sgt. Grossman would not confirm the name until next of kin had been notified. NBC10 in Philadelphia first reported that Leffler had been killed in the accident. Bridgeport Speedway confirmed in a tweet that the evening's racing program had been canceled after a crash involving Leffler. Sgt. Grossman said the accident happened about 8:30 pm. He stated that the driver was extricated from the car and transported by ambulance to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation.
Leffler competed in 73 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since 2001. He finished 43rd at Pocono last weekend in his only start this season. He also ran 294 Nationwide races, winning two. He won at Nashville in 2004 and what is now O'Reilly Raceway Park in 2007. He competed in 56 Camping World Truck Series races from 2000-12, winning at Dover in 2003. Leffler was a member of the National Midget Hall of Fame in 2003. He won four USAC championships, winning three consecutive USAC midget titles (1997-99). He also won the USAC Silver Crown championship in 1998. After running four Nationwide races in 1999, he ran the full season in 2000 for Joe Gibbs Racing. Leffler moved to the Sprint Cup Series in 2001, driving for car owner Chip Ganassi with a best finish of 10th at Homestead. It would be the only top-10 in his Cup career. He did not drive a full season in Cup again. He ran 19 in 2005 for JGR before being replaced in the ride that would go to Denny Hamlin. Leffler had better success in the Nationwide Series with 107 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best third in the points in 2007 for Braun Racing. Leffler finished behind champion Carl Edwards and runner-up David Reutimann that season. Leffler leaves behind a son Charlie Dean Leffler.(Motor Racing Network)(6-12-2013)
Valvoline NextGen joins Red Horse: Red Horse Racing is proud to announce a new partnership with Valvoline, the manufacturer of NextGen recycled motor oil made with 50% re-refined oil technology, for the remainder of the 2013 season. Valvoline NextGen will serve as primary sponsor of the #17 Toyota Tundra with driver Timothy Peters during two Camping World Truck Series events this season along with associate sponsorship of the #7, #17 and the #77 Toyota Tundras. Valvoline with NextGen technology and Tire Discounters will share primary sponsorship for Timothy Peters and the #17 Toyota Tundra at Kentucky Speedway on June 27 for the UNOH 225. Valvoline will be the primary sponsor for an additional race in the season to be announced at a later date.(Red Horse Racing PR)(6-12-2013)
Blaney's Ford too low post race in Texas UPDATE 2: Following Friday night's race in Texas, NASCAR officials confirmed on the official Truck Series Twitter feed that the #29 Brad Keselowski owned Ford driven by Ryan Blaney failed post race inspection for being too low, "with more details early next week." Blaney finished
eighth on Friday, and currently sits fifth in the driver point standings.(6-8-2013)
UPDATE: Penalties have been issued to the #29 team in the Camping World Truck Series as a result of violations following the June 7 event at Texas Motor Speedway. The #29 truck was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20-B of the rule book) and 20B-12.8.1A (The roof failed to meet the minimum height requirement during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book. As a result of this violation, crew chief Doug Randolph has been fined $5,000. The team has also been docked six championship driver (Ryan Blaney) and six championship truck owner (Brad Keselowski) points.(NASCAR PR)(6-12-2013)
UPDATE 2: Brad Keselowski Racing issued a statement on the team's Twitter regarding the penalties issued following Texas, stating, " BKR respects the NASCAR inspection process. We will not appeal the #29 team Texas post-race penalties issued today."(6-12-2013)
Teams testing Kentucky: Camping World Truck Series drivers representing Kyle Busch Motorsports, ThorSport Racing, Turner Scott Motorsports and T3R2 will test Kentucky Speedway in preparation for the June 27 UNOH 225 on Wednesday. Expected participating drivers include Kyle Busch, Joey Coulter, Chad Hackenbracht, Darrell Wallace Jr., Erik Jones, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Jeb Burton and Bryan Silas. (Kentucky Speedway)(6-11-2013)
New crew for Bodine: Todd Bodine, who has a series-best six career victories at the high-speed 1.5-mile quad-oval that's the site of Friday night's race, will have a completely new crew working at the racetrack on his #13 SealMaster Toyota fielded by ThorSport Racing. Bodine will also work with a new spotter at Texas, 2005 Truck Series champion Ted Musgrave. Bodine's spent the first six Truck Series races this season working with ThorSport crew chief Jeriod Prince and the crew that has concurrently been servicing Frank Kimmel's ARCA Racing Series #44 Ansell / Menards Toyota. But with ARCA practicing and qualifying on Friday in preparation for Saturday's Pocono ARCA 200 in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the Truck Series scheduled to race on Friday night, Prince's crew assembled and set up Bodine's truck before it left the ThorSport shop for Texas. ThorSport Racing general manager David Pepper and Bodine collaborated with previous connections in the sport to create a solution for this weekend. Jason Miller, who formerly worked with Pepper at Bobby Hamilton Racing and who more recently has worked as a crew chief on trucks and in the Nationwide Series, will lead Bodine's crew, comprised of some of Miller's teammates on the VIVA Motorsports Nationwide team, which isn't racing this weekend.(ThorSport Racing PR)(6-5-2013)
Hackenbracht to drive for KBM in Texas, other possible races UPDATE: Chad Hackenbracht
confirmed on his Twitter on Friday evening that he will be driving the #51 Toyota next week at Texas Motor Speedway, making his series debut. Additionally, during post race television coverage, SPEED reporter Ray Dunlap mentioned that Hackenbracht, who won the ARCA race in Pocono last season, may be behind the wheel for up to five truck races this season.(5-31-2013)
UPDATE: Chad Hackenbracht, who made a name for himself in the ARCA Racing Series, is set to make his Camping World Truck Series debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports behind the wheel of the #51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Toyota Tundra in this weekend's WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. This weekend's Truck Series stand-alone race will be the first of four Truck Series events for the 21-year-old New Philadelphia, OH. Native, which also include: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (Aug. 3), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Canada (Sept. 1) and Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (Sept. 28).(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(6-3-2013)
AND: See an image on the #51 team paint scheme page.(6-5-2013)
Buescher visiting Oklahoma: On Wednesday, June 5, reigning Camping World Truck Series Champion James Buescher, along with his wife Krishtian, will travel to Moore, Oklahoma, to assist with cleanup and rebuilding efforts throughout the community that was hit by devastating tornados last week. In addition to the Bueschers traveling to Oklahoma, Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Steve Turner is also supporting the cleanup efforts by sending heavy machinery and operators to assist with clearing the rubble that was left behind.
The devastation hits close to home for the Bueschers as James' brother Michael lives in nearby Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Michael was unharmed in the storms that ripped through the area last week.(Turner Scott Motorsports PR)(6-3-2013)
AND: Last weekend, the #60 Silverado featured logos from Gleaning for the World and the Heart of Virginia Tornado Lifeline on the rear deck lid to help raise awareness, support and donations for the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Based in team owner Stacy Compton's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia, the Heart of Virginia Tornado Lifeline is a partnership between the local ABC affiliate and Gleaning For the World that has been gathering donations and shipping supplies to Oklahoma to help those in need. The team will continue to help spread the word this weekend as the non-profit continues its efforts.(Dakoda Armstrong PR)(6-4-2013)
Ruud to serve as primary for three races with Buescher: Turner Scott Motorsports, in conjunction with Rheem Manufacturing Company, announced today that their Ruud brand will sponsor the #31 Chevy Silverado driven by James Buescher for three races during the 2013 Camping World Truck Series season. The first race to debut the special Ruud paint scheme on the #31 will be at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7. Ruud, a member of the Rheem Manufacturing Company's family of quality brands, is a leading heating, cooling and water heating solutions provider in Texas and major markets throughout in the U.S. and Canada. The #31 Ruud Chevy Silverado can be seen at the following events: The Winstar World Casino 400k at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7, the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26 and the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8.(See an image on the #31 team paint scheme page.)(Turner Scott Motorsports PR)(5-30-2013)
Camping World expands sponsorship to Wallace: This weekend beginning at Dover International Speedway, Darrell Wallace, Jr. will welcome Camping World and Good Sam to his #54 Toyota Tundra as the primary sponsor for 11 races this season in the Camping World Truck Series. Taking the next step to reach sport and outdoor enthusiasts, Camping World joined NASCAR as the Truck Series title sponsor in 2009 and also became the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR. Following this weekend's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway, Camping World and Good Sam will appear on the #54 Toyota Tundra for 10 additional races this season as the primary sponsor.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(5-29-2013)
Crew member suspended: Beaugard M. (Beau) Wilkes, a crew member in the Camping World Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's Substance Abuse Policy. On May 23, Wilkes was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.(NASCAR)(5-28-2013)
UPDATE:Eddie Sharp Racing has released Beau Wilkes, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series who was indefinitely suspended Tuesday for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy. ESR fields two full-time trucks in the series, one for Max Gresham and another that has had a variety of drivers this year. Wilkes is a tire specialist. For a first violation of its substance abuse policy, NASCAR typically issues an indefinite suspension. The violator must have an assessment by a substance abuse professional, who determines a recovery program based on that assessment. "ESR supports all NASCAR rules and mandates zero tolerance with any violations, especially concerning NASCAR's and ESR's own substance abuse policy," team owner Eddie Sharp said in a statement. "Upon learning that one of our team members violated NASCAR's substance abuse policy, we immediately released him from the team. That said, we support his Road to Recovery efforts and wish good health for him and his family." (Sporting News)(5-28-2013)
Peck to continue partnership with Arthritis Foundation for limited schedule UPDATE: Todd Peck announced today that he will return to drive his family-owned Peck Motorsports #40 Arthritis Foundation Chevy Silverado in a limited Camping World Truck Series schedule. His truck was unveiled in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Arthritis Foundation at OrthoCarolina. Peck, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at a young age, will continue using his racing platform to show everyone that you can still live an active and fast-paced life with the condition.
(See an image on the #40 team paint scheme page.)
(Breaking Limits PR)(5-18-2013)
UPDATE:Every time that Todd Peck, driver of the #40 Arthritis Foundation Chevy Silverado, suits up for a race, he'll have Briana Hutton to thank for giving him one of the best looking helmets in the Camping World Truck Series. Briana designed the scheme for Peck's helmet, which was selected in a nationwide contest among kids that are fighting juvenile arthritis. In addition to Briana's design, 13 of the design entries will be featured on Peck's truck at Kentucky Speedway, where he will make his first start of the 2013 season. Each of the team members at Peck Motorsports chose their favorite design, which are now decaled on The #40 Chevy's truck bed. Each kid who submitted the design will have his or her name below their creation.(Breaking Limits PR)(5-24-2013)
Cobb's transporter stolen from race shop UPDATE 5: On Saturday, May 11, 2013, at around 3:00 AM, the Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing team transporter was stolen from the team's race shop in Mooresville, N.C. The value with the contents included is well over $250,000. Rowan County Sheriff's Department and Detective Carl Dangerfield is pursuing leads and has issued arrest warrants in connection with this case.
"It is my sole concern to get the transporter back so that we can make Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway," said Cobb. "We are working with other teams right now to borrow the necessary items in the event our hauler and its contents are not returned. We are pleased with the diligent work that the Rowan County Sheriff's Department has shown in solving this crime."
Any information on the whereabouts of the stolen property can be directed to the lead investigator, Detective Carl Dangerfield 704-216-8711.
(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing PR)(5-15-2013)
UPDATE: The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said it has issued warrants for the arrest of Mike Joseph Harmon and Sheila Rae Rice for felony larceny and breaking and entering in connection with the case. It values the hauler and contents at $279,000. Harmon, a NASCAR driver and team owner primarily in the Nationwide Series, has worked with Cobb in the past. Harmon used to be the team manager for Cobb's Nationwide team.(Sporting News)(5-15-2013)
UPDATE 2: Mike Harmon tweeted twice Wednesday evening, "I want it known that I have never stolen so much as a piece of bubble gum in my life. I did not take JJC hauler, there is no video of me anywhere near her shop. Today she was the windshield & I was the bug, but when we get in FEDERAL court in a couple wks there's a boulder coming".(5-15-2012)
UPDATE 3: A NASCAR driver is out on bond after deputies in Cleveland County arrested him and charged him with stealing a competitor's trailer from a Rowan County business park. He says he didn't do it. According to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, Mike Harmon was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny. He was later released from the jail on a $10,000 bond. Harmon told WBTV that he has a strong alibi, he wasn't even in the state. He says he was in Darlington, SC for the race over the weekend, watching a friend drive his car in the Darlington 500. Investigators told WBTV on Thursday morning that they are still working to recover the stolen trailer. Harmon has attempted to get the trailer back in the past, through the court system, but the ruling went against him, investigators say. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office want the public to know that if someone is hiding the trailer until the situation gets sorted out, they could be charged with receiving stolen goods - a felony charge.(WBTV)(5-16-2013)
UPDATE 4: Two days after racing in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR driver Mike Harmon found himself being charged, again, by Rowan County Sheriff's detectives in an ongoing feud he's having with fellow driver and Camping World Truck Series team owner Jennifer Jo Cobb. On Sunday, Harmon was charged with obstruction of justice and released on $20,000 bond. Harmon is accused of stealing Cobb's race hauler. On Friday night he had his cell phone confiscated by deputies as they investigate the crime. Deputies are reportedly using his cell phone to track Harmon's GPS, text messages and phone calls. Another man, David Novak, is charged with conspiring to commit felony larceny and obstructing justice for admitting to deputies that he knew the location of the trailer but did not tell investigators. Novak is the former business partner of Cobb.(WBTV)(5-21-2013)
UPDATE 5: Mike Harmon knew where the Jennifer Jo Cobb hauler was located and initially told police he would release it to them as long as they didn't return it to Cobb, according to a probable cause affidavit released by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office. Cobb's hauler, is part of an ongoing property dispute between Cobb and her former business partner David Novak. Novak, who was romantically involved with Cobb before they stopped working together in 2012, claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court that Cobb took the hauler from storage at Harmon's shop in January. His motion for an injunction against Cobb and for the return of the hauler was denied in February, and Cobb alleges in a document filed Thursday that Novak "hired others to proceed to misappropriate" property from her shop. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Novak on Saturday on an obstruction of justice charge and a charge of conspiring to commit felony larceny. According to the arrest warrant, Novak allegedly conspired with Harmon to steal the hauler and he acknowledged to a Rowan County detective that he knew where the hauler was but would not reveal its location. Novak, who lives in Illinois, has not turned himself in. Harmon, who worked for Novak as a team manager for the Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing team in 2010, and Harmon's girlfriend already had been arrested Wednesday on charges of felony larceny and breaking and entering. An additional charge against Harmon of obstruction of justice was added Saturday, and Harmon also was forced to give up his cell phone, which could indicate his whereabouts when the hauler was stolen at approximately 3 a.m. May 11. Harmon told reporters Thursday he has paperwork that shows Novak is the one who bought the hauler and equipment from Circle Bar Racing. When asked Thursday if he knew where the hauler was, Harmon told reporters he did not and that he was on his way back from Darlington at the time the hauler was taken. Harmon was asked point-blank by reporters if it was his cab that pulled the hauler out. He said: "No." He also was asked if he knew what happened to the hauler: "I definitely don't (know)," he said. That is different from what a Rowan County police detective believes and what he testified Harmon told him. According to a probable cause affidavit released Tuesday, a Rowan County detective testified that two days after the hauler was stolen, Harmon "indicated he knew where the car hauler was located but would not reveal that information unless I promised him it would not be returned to the victim," according to the affidavit. The detective said Harmon told him May 14 that he would deliver the hauler to the sheriff's department at 8 a.m. the next day. "Mr. Harmon did not return the car hauler as he had promised," the detective said in the affidavit. "I called Mr. Harmon and he stated he had changed his mind and was prepared to be arrested if necessary." The detective said in the affidavit that Harmon's semi matches the video surveillance of the truck that towed Cobb's hauler away and that a car whose license plate matches that of the car of Harmon's girlfriend was seen at the Cobb shop at the time of the crime. (Sporting News)(5-21-2013)
Kwasniewski to trucks?: Dylan Kwasniewski graduates from Faith Lutheran High School on June 7, obviously a landmark day in a young person's life.
So is the day someone turns 18, and for Kwasniewski that day is May 31.
It is then that Kwasniewski, considered a potential future star driver, will be eligible to compete in a NASCAR Nationwide or Camping World Truck series race.
He will finish the season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East but will look to possibly run in one of those other series during breaks in the schedule. "I'm confident we'll have some Truck or some Nationwide or some combination of both," said Chris Newman, president of Spire Sports & Entertainment, which represents Kwasniewski.
Newman said Kwasniewski could make his debut in either of those series in Sparta, Ky., at the Truck race June 27 or Nationwide race June 28.
Kwasniewski drives for Turner Scott Motorsports, which owns three full-time Truck and three full-time Nationwide teams. Turner Scott could provide Kwasniewski with a fourth seat for either or both races, but Newman said the team would need at least three or four weeks to put it together.
(Las Vegas Review Journal)(5-17-2013)
NOTE: Kwasniewski is already of age to race in trucks since the age limit was moved back to 16 prior to the start of the 2013 season.(5-17-2013)
Sauter's fuel cell confiscated UPDATE 2: Inspectors confiscated the fuel cell from Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter this weekend at Kansas Speedway and will review it the first part of next week. NASCAR did not say what issue was found with the fuel cell, which was taken Thursday during the opening day inspection. Any potential penalties would also be handed down next week. Sauter won the first two races of the season at Daytona and Martinsville, and finished fourth at Rockingham. He stayed out of trouble in a crash-filled race Saturday at Kansas to finish fifth, maintaining a 12-point lead over Matt Crafton in the series standings.(Associated Press)(4-21-2013)
UPDATE: NASCAR announced penalties and fines to the #98 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as a result of rule infractions at Kansas Speedway. The #98 truck was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4K (if in the judgment of NASCAR Officials, race equipment that has been previously verified or previously approved and/or sealed by NASCAR for use in an event, pursuant to sub-section 8-6 and/or 8-12, has been altered, modified, repaired, or changed in any manner); 20B-16 (once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified, modifications of any kind will not be permitted to the fuel cell or fuel cell components); and 20B-16.1B (standard black, safety foam with minimum free-standing height of eight (8) inches, acceptable to NASCAR Officials, and used as provided by an approved fuel cell manufacturer, must be used: Fuel cell safety foam modification.) of the 2013 rule book. As a result of this violation, crew chief Joel Shear has been fined $10,000 and suspended from NASCAR competition until the completion of the next four (4) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. He has been placed on NASCAR probation until December 31. The team has also been docked 25 championship driver (Johnny Sauter) and 25 championship owner (Mike Curb) points. The violations involving the #98 truck occurred in opening day inspection.(NASCAR)(4-24-2013)
AND:The penalty knocked Sauter out of the points lead and dropped him into a tie with Jeb Burton with 149 points through four races. The punishment moves Matt Crafton, who won Saturday at Kansas, into first by 13 points through four races.(USA Today)(4-24-2013)
UPDATE 2: Crew chief Joe Shear begins his four race suspension at Charlotte. Jesse Saunders is listed as acting crew chief.