Logano wins at Martinsville: #29-Joey Logano won the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday after taking the lead following a final restart with 2 laps to go. The yellow waved after contact between #88- Matt Crafton and #00-Cole Custer. #88-Crafton went on to finish second followed by: #4-Erik Jones, #98-Johnny Sauter, #19-Tyler Reddick, #51-Daniel Suarez, #31-James Buescher, #05-John Wes Townley, #25-Matt Tifft, and #54-Justin Boston.
There were 9 caution flags for 61 laps and 14 lead changes among 5 leaders.
Logano started the race from the pole and led 150 of the event's 258 laps.
With the win, he became the 26th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's national series.
Complete results are on the Martinsville race results page (pdf).(3-28-2015)
Martinsville Race Fast Facts:
Joey Logano(i) won the 17th Annual Kroger 250, his first victory in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at Martinsville Speedway.
He is the 26th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's national series.
His victory was his first in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.
Matt Crafton (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2015.
Erik Jones (third) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Martinsville Speedway.
Erik Jones (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 2 points over Tyler Reddick.
Driver standings following Martinsville:
1) #88-Matt Crafton, 128
2) >#19-Tyler Reddick, 126, -2
3) #4-Erik Jones, 122, -6
4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 112, -16
5) #31-James Buescher, 100, -28
6) #05-John Wes Townley, 90, -38
7) #13-Cameron Hayley, 84, -44
8) #07-Ray Black, Jr., 58, -29
9) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 84, -44
10) #11-Ben Kennedy, 83, -45
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-28-2015)
Owner Standings following Atlanta are posted (pdf).(3-28-2015)
Logano on pole at Martinsville: #29-Joey Logano won the pole for Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 97.088mph. #00-Cole Custer will start second, followed by: ##13-Cameron Hayley, #4-Erik Jones, #05-John Wes Townley, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Tyler Reddick, #92-David Gilliland, #98-Johnny Sauter, and #02-Tyler Young.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #00-Custer with a speed 96.112mph.
#29-Logano was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 94.913mph..
#94-Wendell Chavous, #86-Brandon Brown, #74-Paige Decker and #87-Charles Buchanan Jr. failed to qualify for the race. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(3-28-2015)
Martinsville Qualifying Notes:
Joey Logano(i) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual Kroger 250 with a lap of 19.504 seconds, 97.088 mph.
This is his first pole in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
This is his first pole in one races at Martinsville Speedway.
Cole Custer (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2015 and his third in three races at Martinsville Speedway.
Cameron Hayley (third) posted his first top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second in three races this season.
Cameron Hayley (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-28-2015)
Custer fastest in practice: #00-Cole Custer was fastest during practice at Martinsville Speedway on Friday with a speed of 96.068mph. The race marks the debut for Custer's JR Motorsports team. #13-Cameron Hayley was second, followed by #98-Johnny Sauter, #29-Joey Logano, #19-Tyler Reddick, #4-Erik Jones, #02-Tyler Young, #7-Gray Gaulding, #05-John Wes Townley,and #25-Matt Tifft. 36 drivers practiced during the session. The trucks were scheduled to have three practice sessions, but rain forced NASCAR to alter the schedule, allowing just one lengthy session. See complete results on the Martinsville practice speeds page (pdf).(3-27-2015)
Rain at Martinsville UPDATE: The Camping World Truck Series was scheduled for three practice sessions at Martinsville Speedway on Friday, but rain has delayed on-track activity.(3-27-2015)
UPDATE: Rain forced NASCAR to alter the schedule. The trucks will now have one practice session, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm/et.(3-27-2015)
Earnhardt interested in running trucks, Custer auditioning for Xfinity ride: Kelley Earnhardt Miller appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Wednesday. Among other topics, she discussed JR Motorsports' first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Earnhardt Miller, co-owner of JR Motorsports, said earlier this year that there were no plans at that time to field the organization's Camping World Truck Series team for any races beyond the 10 currently in place with driver Cole Custer. On Wednesday she said that was still the case, but also said Sprint Cup Series Dale Earnhardt Jr. had broached the subject of driving the truck. "He's definitely mentioned that that's something he might be interested in," Earnhardt Miller said. "I think he would want to see how the program is going to do, and make sure we have the resources and the capability to do that. Let Cole the team get off the ground first and see how that goes." Earnhardt Miller, Earnhardt Jr. and Sprint Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick share ownership of JRM. One of the organization's three full-time XFINITY Series teams features multiple Sprint Cup drivers, Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne, behind the wheel for select events. Two other full-time teams feature drivers Chase Elliott and Regan Smith, who finished 1-2 in points, respectively, last season."He (Earnhardt Jr.) and some others have expressed interest in running the truck," Earnhardt Miller said. "We've actually gotten calls from other people saying 'do you want to fill out the balance of your schedule and run it full time?' "We really don't want to do that. We want to focus on Cole. If the opportunity exists to put a couple of the Cup drivers in there to make our program stronger, (that's) really why would we want to do that... "I won't say it's not going to happen but there aren't any concrete plans for it to happen right now."Custer, 17, made his NCWTS debut last season with Haas Racing Development and became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series event when he won the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In only nine starts, he scored six top-10s and two poles. Elliott, the defending XFINITY Series champion, will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville. The 19-year-old is scheduled to step into the Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevrolet in 2016, replacing four-time series champion Jeff Gordon. With Elliott already tabbed for the move to Sprint Cup next season, Custer could be auditioning for a full-time XFINITY Series ride with the organization. "Hopefully, that (truck effort) will roll into an XFINITY Series ride for Cole, depending on how he performs," Earnhardt Miller said. It will be the first start of the season for Custer, who is limited to competing on road courses and tracks 1.1 miles or less in length due to his age.(NASCAR.com(3-26-2015)
Decker hoping to debut at Martinsville UPDATE 2: Super late model racer Paige Decker has been approved to run Camping World Truck Series short track races and is looking to make her series debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, pending funding. Decker hopes to run truck events in order to get NASCAR approval to potentially run three Xfinity Series events later this season.(Paige Decker)(3-24-2015)
UPDATE : Decker will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon Racing at Martinsville.(3-25-2015)
UPDATE 2:Paige Decker first female to win a feature TUNDRA Series race and first female Rookie of the Year of the TUNDRA Series, makes her debut in the NASACAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday March 28th, with #74 Mike Harmon Racing. Decker's primary sponsor will be long-time supporter Sueburt Calf Ranches as her primary sponsor. Associated sponsors will be Fennetti Community Center and 20 plus business located in or associated with her hometown of Eagle River WI.(See an image of the truck on the #74 Team Paint Schemes page)(Paige Decker)(3-26-2015)
Entry list: There are 36 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. A few notes:
Cole Custer is in the #00 for JR Motorsports;
Gray Gaulding is in the #7 for Red Horse Racing;
John Hunter Nemechek is in the #8;
Joey Logano is in the #29 for BKR;
Tommy Regan is in the #35 for WinTron Racing;
Jake Griffin is expected in the #63, though it is listed as TBA;
The #74 is TBA;
Charles Buchanan, Jr. is in the #87;
David Gilliland is in the #92;
UPDATE: Paige Decker will drive the #74;(3-25-2015)
See the complete list on the Martinsville entry list page.
Tifft returns with Venturini, honoring those battling Ebola epidemic: Matt Tifft, a Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, will pilot the Venturini Motorsports prepared #25 Clinical Research Management Toyota Tundra and carry a special message honoring a vast group of partners who've collaborated with ClinicalRM and their recent global efforts fighting the Ebola Virus epidemic. Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville marks the first NCWTS event since the season opener in Daytona- it's also the site of Tifft's 2014 series debut and career best 8th place finish. ClinicalRM has been part of a large effort in West Africa to fight the Ebola Virus epidemic. Although currently on the decline, the Ebola virus disease remains a concern and is a serious, life-threatening disease with a high rate of fatality. Many partners continue to make this a priority to proactively halt the potential for new outbreaks in other countries. Tifft, also a University of North Carolina at Charlotte freshman, will make his fourth career NCWTS start and second consecutive effort with VMS. After qualifying 16th at Daytona, Tifft settled for a disappointing 19th place finish after getting caught up in a mid-race incident which knocked him out of competition early.(See an image of the truck on the #25 Team Paint Schemes page)(Matt Tifft Racing)(3-25-2015)
Griffin to debut with MB: At age 14, Jake Griffin became the youngest winner in NASCAR touring series history. On Saturday, March 28th, Griffin will make his NASCAR Camping World Series debut behind the wheel of the MB Motorsports #63 Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool / People Against Distracted Driving / Melloway Fast Wraps / Motoroso Chevy Silverado. With more than 300 top five finishes to his credit, Jake has amassed over 68 feature wins, 1 regional championship, and 6 track championships since his start in quarter midgets at age seven. Since then, he has raced in the UMP A-Modified, B-Modified, Crate Late Model, NASCAR and Super Late Model series. Griffin became the youngest driver in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history to win a Feature race with a victory at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO). Jake then added another milestone when he became the youngest driver in the history of Nashville's famed Fairgrounds Speedway to win a pole. 14-year-old Griffin out-qualified the 27-car field in the Pro Late Models portion of the 29th Running of the All-American 400. MB Motorsports will once again be supporting Eagle Rock Camp, a faith-based, holistic sports camp where military families learn to re-connect and re-integrate.(See an image of the truck on the #63 Team Paint Schemes page)(MB Motorsports)(3-25-2015)
Custer ushers JRM into truck competition: JRM enters new territory this weekend as the organization makes its debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with driver Cole Custer and the #00 Haas Automation Chevy Silverado. In addition to its NCWTS entry, JRM has competed at the regional late model level since 2002 and in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since 2006. The company amassed two track championships with its late model teams and holds a championship and 23 overall victories in NXS competition. This weekend's event in Martinsville marks the first of 10 NCWTS races Custer will compete in for JR Motorsports. Custer will also drive the #00 Haas Automation Chevy Silverado in events at Dover International Speedway (May 29), Gateway Motorsports Park (June 13), Iowa Speedway (June 19), Eldora Speedway (July 22), Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 19), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Aug. 30), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 26), Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 31) and Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 13). In 2014 alone, Custer twice etched his name in the NASCAR history books in NCWTS competition. First came a pole award at Gateway Motorsports Park, which made him the youngest pole winner in NASCAR national series history. Then by virtue of an impressive win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in which he led 148 of 175 laps, Custer became the youngest victor in NASCAR national series history.(See an image of the truck on the #00 Team Paint Schemes page)(JR Motorsports)(3-25-2015)
Jones to begin string of races: Brandon Jones, driver of the #33 MasterForce Chevy, kicks off his 17-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for GMS Racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in the Kroger 250. Jones will pilot the #33 Chevy Silverado for the next eight consecutive NCWTS races. In 2014, Jones made two NCWTS starts with GMS Racing, driving the #33 Chevy. Last October at Martinsville, Jones ran inside the top five before a late race incident negated his impressive run. At Phoenix International Raceway, Jones posted his best finish with GMS Racing of 12th last November. He competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, scoring his first-career win at Iowa Speedway. Jones also earned two consecutive victories in three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) starts at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind.(See an image of the truck on the #33 Team Paint Schemes page)(GMS Racing)(3-25-2015)
NASCAR clarifies rookie testing: NASCAR issued a bulletin Tuesday containing various updates to the Rule Book. NASCAR clarified to teams that any driver entered in the Xfinity or Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year program is eligible for two additional tests at any track during the calendar year. Each test can be no longer than two days. Multiple drivers can participate but all drivers must meet the definition of a rookie in that series. The tests can take place at a NASCAR-sanctioned track or any other track. Veteran drivers will be allowed to "shake down" each primary vehicle used for testing but must do so in a limited number of laps.
Drivers in the Xfinity Series who are competing for Rookie of the Year program include Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Cale Conley, Ross Chastain, Harrison Rhodes and Josh Reaume.
Drivers in the Camping World Truck Rookie of the Year program include Austin Theriault, Ray Black Jr., Korbin Forrister, Spencer Gallagher, Daniel Hemric, Justin Boston, Cameron Hayley, Cody Ware and Wendell Chavous.(NBC Sports)(3-25-2015)
Younger Nemechek returns at Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway will mark John Hunter Nemechek's first start of the 2015 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Nemechek will compete in a total of 18 events in the #8 Chevy Silverado as he continues to share driving duties with his father Joe Nemechek, until his 18th birthday, when he plans to finish out the remainder of the truck series schedule beginning at Gateway Motorsports Park. Nemechek will pilot Chassis #034 in the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team unloaded this chassis three times during the 2014 season, at Dover International Speedway, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and at the Martinsville Speedway. On October 25 at Martinsville Speedway, the NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis qualified 14th and finished in the 13th-position.(See an image of the truck on the #8 Team Paint Schemes page)(NEMCO Motorsports)(3-24-2015)
Gaulding, NTS part ways as he joins Red Horse UPDATE: NTS Motorsports announces that Gray Gaulding and Gray Gaulding Racing have parted ways with the team, effective immediately. NTS Motorsports, which was founded by Bob Newberry in Bakersfield, California, competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, in addition to developing young talent in the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. NTS Motorsports first partnered with Gaulding and GGR in 2014, with the 17-year-old Colonial Heights, Virginia native competing full time in the NKNPSE, in addition to participating in nine NCWTS races and two NKNPSW events. "I am very appreciative of Gray [Gaulding] and everything that Gray Gaulding Racing did to help NTS Motorsports during their time with us," said team owner Bob Newberry. "I wish them nothing but good luck in the future."(NTS Motorsports)
AND: Gaulding is entered for Martinsville in the #7 Toyota for Red Horse Racing.(3-23-2015)
UPDATE: This morning during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Clemmons, N.C. Gray Gaulding announced he will reunite with Toyota Racing in partnership with Red Horse Racing in the NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series and Precision Performance Motorsports for the remaining NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Gaulding, a second year member of the NASCAR Next class, announced that he will compete for Red Horse Racing in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway and is working on adding additional races in the #7 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Tundra. Butch Hylton will serve as crew chief of the No. 7 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Tundra, Hylton has multiple wins in the NCWTS including sweeping both races in 2010 at Martinsville Speedway. Gaulding is currently third in the NKNPSE championship point standings and will race the remaining 13-race schedule in the #20 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Camry for Precision Performance Motorsports out of Yorktown, Virginia.(See an image of the truck on the #7 Team Paint Schemes page)(White Gaulding Partners)(3-23-2015)
GMS hopes to help grow area with relocation: GMS Racing, operating at 310 Aviation Drive adjacent to the Statesville Regional Airport in Statesville, N.C., is being officially welcomed to the area by the Statesville Regional Development group on Tuesday, March 24th. Before the 2015 season, GMS Racing relocated to the 150,000 plus square-foot, three building complex, where they occupy a 51,000 square foot race shop just south of downtown Statesville. The facility is home to GMS Racing's #23 and #33 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams and their #23 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards program. For the first time in its existence, GMS Racing will operate two full-time NCWTS teams and an ARCA Racing Series program. The organization's relocation into the Statesville facility from Charlotte is vital to develop GMS Racing into a championship-caliber team in professional motorsports circuits. GMS Racing wants to play a significant role in helping to grow Statesville, and will soon be joined on Aviation Drive by Brad Keselowski Racing at the Statesville Regional Airport. In partnering with the Statesville Regional Development group, GMS Racing's relocation contributes to Statesville's growth by adding to the motorsports environment in the area. GMS Racing's main building sits adjacent to two additional buildings, also owned by the organization, that are currently available for rent which feature prime location and suitable layouts for motorsport operations.(GMS Racing)(3-23-2015)
New sponsor for Cobb: Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) announces two new sponsors for this week's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Ron's Sports Cards RonsSportsCards.com is a Witherbee, New York based, online specialty sports cards and memorabilia business and will appear on the #10 Chevrolet Silverado's TV Panel. Huntinator Huntinator.com is an online apparel brand representing all things outdoors, for men and women. Jennifer Jo Cobb will wear items from the Huntinator women's line during the weekend of the race. Driven2Honor, a charity to honor female service members will be the primary sponsor. Cobb is currently 16th in the standings and will compete in her 100th NCWTS race later this year. Her fans are celebrating the accomplishment on social media with #JJC100.(JJCR)(3-23-2015)
Sprint Cup purses down as NASCAR shifts money to XFINITY, Trucks: Sprint Cup Series teams appear to be racing for just a little bit less money in 2015 as NASCAR has quietly increased the purses for its two national developmental series while Sprint Cup purses have dropped by a tick this year. NASCAR Chairman Brian France said last year that NASCAR would consider giving Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) Series and Camping World Truck Series teams a bigger portion of the new television deal that went into effect this year. That is what NASCAR has done, although it won't say by how much. It never announced the change, but it did confirm to ESPN.com that that was the case when asked about the change in the purses after the first four races.
In comparing the purses for the first four tracks to what the purses for those tracks' races were last year, the only Sprint Cup race to have an increase in purse was the Daytona 500. It certainly wasn't much of an increase at $24,408, virtually nothing (up 0.1 percent) when considering the purse was $19.8 million. The rest have gone down, none by more than $98,000 -- the purses for the three races since Daytona have been between $5 million and $6.5 million -- for an overall season drop of 0.2 percent for the first four races. Xfinity races, though, are up 9.1 percent with increases of $60,000 to $155,000 per race; Xfinity purses this year generally are $1.1 million-$1.5 million (the opener was $2.66 million). The truck race at Daytona was up 16.4 percent to $806,373, and that was for a 32-truck field instead of a 36-truck field. There was no Atlanta truck race last year with which to compare the earlier purse.(ESPN.com)(3-21-2015)
Wauters to return with Quiroga: Wauters Motorsports is returning to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition with driver German Quiroga. The team will document their return via a web series, owner Wauters announced on a video posted to the team's social media accounts. The series is set to launch this coming Sunday. Last season, the Wauters team ran eight races before driver John Wes Townley left the team. Quiroga ran the entire 22-race schedule with Red Horse Racing and finished sixth in driver points with 10 top-10 finishes and three top-fives.((Wauters Motorsports)(3-20-2015)
Mittler Brothers adds partner: MB Motorsports is proud to announce a partnership with Motoroso (motoroso.com), a fast growing, cutting edge new website and community for auto and powersports enthusiasts. According to Alex Littlewood, Motoroso founder & CEO, "Motoroso connects enthusiasts to the products, content, people, and service providers that power their lifestyle. Motoroso aims to be the go-to platform for enthusiasts looking to discover content, engage with brands, and plan/shop for their projects." Motoroso's unique industry focused platform provides it's members with a set of tools to upload, index, and enhance images. MB Motorsports uses these innovative new tools to organize race shots and add yellow "Marker" icons to create interactive experiences that feature videos, articles, products, how-to's and most importantly, links to it's sponsors. Content uploaded to MB Motorsports profile (Motoroso.com/MBmotorsports), is then browsable and searchable across Motoroso's entire network of content to attract new and exsisitng fans to interact and engage.(MB Motorsports)(3-18-2015)
Rookies test Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway isn't the type of race track that is kind to rookies. It's technical. It's physical. And it can be frustrating. That's why three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookies were at the historic speedway Tuesday, trying to get the best possible understanding of the .526-mile oval before they return in a couple of weeks for the Kroger 250. Justin Boston, Daniel Hemric and Daniel Suarez took advantage of NASCAR's rookie testing rule, which allows first-year drivers the opportunity to get a day of testing on tracks new to them. Suarez, from Monterrey, Mexico, has several wins in NASCAR's K&N East Series, a developmental series, and is also racing in the NASCAR Xfinity season this year. Hemric had NTS Motorsports teammate James Buescher on hand to provide Martinsville pointers, and he said his teammate's advice helped the day go smoothly. Boston had a little Martinsville experience advantage on his fellow rookies. He raced in the prestigious ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model Stock race at Martinsville three years ago.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-18-2015)
Nemechek partners with Alkame: John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for NEMCO Motorsports, has entered into a personal services agreement with Alkame Holdings, Inc. wholly owned subsidiary Alkame Water, Inc. to become the newest Team Alkame ambassador, effective since February 17. Alkame Holdings, Inc. is a health and wellness technology holding company with a focus on eco-friendly, innovative, and patentable consumer products. The Las Vegas based company has developed Alkame Water, producing a patented technology and formula that alters the molecular structure of water to produce a combination of characteristics unique in the beverage industry. This advanced water treatment technology results in the ultimate health and wellness water, complete with natural antioxidants in a premium oxygenated alkaline formula that tastes great and offers more benefits than regular water. Through this new partnership, Alkame Water will be part of Nemechek's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in addition to at-track activation. Alkame Water branding will be included on Nemechek's firesuit and trackside apparel.(NEMCO Motorsports)(3-13-2015)
Little to run Dover: Jesse Little posted on his Instagram. that he will make his Camping World Truck Series debut in May at Dover International Speedway. Little was the 2013 K&N Pro Series Rookie of the Year and is NASCAR Next member, currently competing in the K&N Pro Series.(3-13-2014)
New sponsor for JRR: Acredale Vending & Coffee Service will return to Jay Robinson Racing's #94 Chevy as an associate sponsor for the rest of the 2015 season. Business owner. Scott Abshire has had a long term relationship with JRR and is proud to continue this effort. Acredale is based out of the Tidewater, Virginia area and has been providing Vending machine sales and service since 1984. Abshire also serves as a part time pit crew member.(Jay Robinson Racing)(3-13-2014)
Rookies showing early strength: A robust rookie class has taken aim at NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars like Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Norm Benning, Timothy Peters and Jennifer Jo Cobb this season. Three rookies occupy the top 10 of the driver points standings: Erik Jones (third), Ray Black Jr. (eighth) and Korbin Forrister (10th). Sitting on the cusp of the top 10 are Spencer Gallagher (13th) and Cameron Hayley (15th). Only seven points separate Jones from standings leader Tyler Reddick. A runner-up finish in the season opener and a seventh-place showing at Atlanta have catapulted Jones to the early lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-11-2014)
Hill joins MAKE UPDATE 2: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track this weekend in Hampton, Georgia for the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200. Timmy Hill will make his 1st NCWTS start at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #1 Life On The Line Movie Chevy will unload a chassis named "Babe" as all of MAKE's Chassis are named after pigs. Babe was last on track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for MAKE. Life On The Line is a major motion picture film about the hardworking men, women, and the families of the electrical line industry. This film stars John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa and Sharon Stone. The story is centered around a crew of High voltage Electrical Linemen and the struggles these linemen and their families face every day while on and off their jobs.(See an image of the truck on the #1 Team Paint Schemes page)(MAKE Motorsports)(2-27-2015)
UPDATE: Due to some changes Morgan Shepherd will be driving the #1 Life On The Line Movie Chevrolet starting today during qualifying.(MAKE Motorsports)(2-28-2015)
UPDATE 2: Hill commented on his Twitter, "Things didn't work out as we all hoped this weekend. I will not be driving in the race this evening. Thanks everyone for the support! To clarify, I made the decision after practice yesterday to not drive the Truck today. I do appreciate all the support and I hope to have something to announce very soon on some upcoming races!"(2-28-2015)
Cobb team vehicle damaged: As if Friday's Team Xtreme stolen race car and Denny Hamlin's motor home incident were not enough, more off-track news broke early Saturday morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The McDonough (Ga.) Police Department is currently investigating an incident involving a team van belonging to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb. Cobb told FOXSports.com on Saturday morning that she was awoken at 2 a.m. ET after hearing a loud bang outside her hotel. She went out to check on her personal vehicle, and when everything appeared OK, she went back to sleep.However, when her crew members gathered to head to the track for the day at 5 a.m. ET they discovered the van was involved in a hit-and-run incident. According to Cobb, a car hit two others cars in the parking lot, including the team's van. The driver left the vehicle at the scene and apparently fled. Calls to the McDonough Police Department were not immediately returned. The team was able to make their way to Atlanta Motor Speedway and work on the #10 Chevy prior to knockout qualifying. (FOXSports.com)(2-28-2015)
Cobb, Krystal form partnership: The Krystal Company and their more than 350 locations in the southeast region has teamed up with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner/driver Jennifer Jo Cobb and her #10 Driven2Honor race team for this week's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. After qualifying 11th and finishing 18th in last week's NCWTS race at Daytona International Speedway, Cobb is currently 14th in the overall points. She holds many records in the series including highest finish by a female driver, most starts by a female driver and NASCAR's only female owner/driver. She was voted by fans among the top-5 most popular drivers in the series in 2014. Krystal will be bringing Cobb to restaurants in areas without a major NASCAR track to meet fans this spring.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(2-26-2015)
Penalties issued following Daytona: The #20 and #29 teams that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules infractions discovered during post-race inspection Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway. These infractions are P2 level penalties which are outlined in Section 126.96.36.199 of the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book.
The infractions violate Sections:
12-1 - Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
20.14.5 - Jack Screws: Monoball(s), excessive taper, bevels, or other devices on the end(s) of the front and rear jack screws will not be permitted;
188.8.131.52 - Rear Jack Screws: Rear jack screws must have a minimum 0.875 inch flat surface, perpendicular to the rear jack screw, for attachment of the rear upper coil spring mounts.
As a result of these violations crew chiefs Doug Howe (#20) and Chad Kendrick (#29) have been fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the calendar year. Both teams have also been docked 10 Championship Driver and Owner Points (#20 - Scott Lagasse Jr. and Robert Newberry; #29 - Austin Theriault and Brad Keselowski).(NASCAR)(2-25-2015)
Sad News - Michael Colabucci Sr.: On Monday, February 23, 2015, Michael Anthony Colabucci Sr., passed from this world. Born to Lawrence and Angela "Tootsie" Colabucci on December 16th, 1962 in Washington, D.C., Mike attended Frederick Douglass High School. He was the beloved husband of Maureen; father of Mike Colabucci, Jr.; and survived by one granddaughter; brother of Brian, Kevin, Patrick, Lauren and Lesley. He also loved his 2 dogs, Toby and Bucci. Michael worked for 3 decades in the automotive business as a salesman, manager, general manager and dealer. He spent the majority of his career with Lustine Chevrolet in Hyattsville, MD and most recently in Waldorf, MD. He loved automobiles and in his younger days raced motorcycles, stock cars and competed in the NACAR Craftsman Truck Series. Family and friends are invited to Mike's Life Celebration on Friday, February 27 from 9:30am until a Mass of Christian Burial is offered at 11:00am at The Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 11704 Duley Station Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions my be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, 4200 Harwood Rd., N.E., Washington, DC or to Servants of the Lord, 1714 Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.(2-25-2015)
Trucks, parts taken following Daytona: ESPN.com reporter Bob Pockrass posted on his Twitter that the #19-Tyler Reddick and #4-Erik Jones trucks will be taken to NASCAR R&D, along with the rear jack bolts from the #20-Scott Lagasse truck.(2-20-2015)
NEMCO gets new partnership: NEMCO Motorsports is proud to announce a one-year agreement with Findit.net as a full-season associate partner of the #8 Chevy Silverado, driven by Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. FindIT is a wireless coin-sized device that attaches to commonly misplaced items. Using the iPhone or Android FindIT application, a user can quickly locate lost or misplaced items in seconds when the application causes the device attached to the item to ring. The company looks to increase consumer-facing sales within national retail locations as well as with business-to-business efforts. The Findit.net sponsorship agreement with NEMCO Motorsports runs for one year with an option to renew.(NEMCO Motorsports)(2-20-2015)
Australian-owned team announces plans UPDATE 2: NASCAR is coming to Salisbury (North Carolina), according to the head of an Australian based team that hopes to field a truck in the Camping World Truck Series, and a car in the Nationwide Series. Roo Motorsports is expected to announce that it will set up its racing headquarter in the Speedway Industrial Park just off I-85. The park is now home to a quarter midget race track and other businesses. Robert Van Geons, head of RowanWORKS, the economic development platform for Salisbury and Rowan County told WBTV about the announcement. Roo Racing will be the first Australian owned race team to compete in a NASCAR touring series, according to Van Geons. Scott Saunders is slated to be the driver for the team. Scott is a relatively unknown Australian Motorsports star due to most of his racing career being outside of Australia, according to his web site. Since 1996 at the age of 9, Scott has been racing and has won National and World titles in Karting. Scott holds a US Karting record as one of only a hand full of drivers to win 4 USA IKF Grand National Championships.(WBTV).(9-29-2014)
UPDATE: Roo Motorsports is officially setting up shop in Salisbury at the Speedway Business Park just off I-85. The announcement was made Monday night. In addition, the team announced the Naming Rights sponsor for the 2015 Camping World Truck Series of NASCAR. Sax Suspension is an Australian suspension manufacturer specializing in the development and production of advance suspension components for on road and off road vehicles. Their products have been available in limited supply in the USA, and this partnering arrangement coincides with a hard launch into the US marketplace.Roo Motorsports is the first wholly owned Australian NASCAR team to enter the competition. Founded by team owner, Noel Saunders, Roo Motorsports will compete in the Camping World Truck Series for 2015 and beyond.(WBTV).(9-30-2014)
UPDATE 2: Due to the financial position of Sax Suspension, unfortunately the partnership is unable to proceed. This has been an unfortunate turn of events as we looked forward to an exciting 2015, however as any good team does, we are taking stock of our current position and preparing to move forward as we continue our journey. Our sincere thanks to the rest of our team partners, family, friends and fans keeping the dream alive!(Roo Motorsports)(2-20-2015)
BBM to promote Pipeline Safety: Mason Mingus and his #15 Billy Boat Motorsports team, competing in the NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series, announced today a partnership with the Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation, whose mission is to increase safety and awareness for those who live, work, and play near pipelines and oil and gas sites. In doing so, the Smalley Foundation will be the "Official Foundation of Mingus and the #15 Team" throughout 2015.The Smalley Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2002 by Danny Smalley, the father of Danielle Dawn Smalley, who was killed in a pipeline explosion in Kaufman County, Texas, in 1996. For more than 15 years, the Foundation has been committed to preventing other people from losing their lives in such incidents. Mingus will spread the Smalley Foundation message throughout the spring and summer as he competes in the 23-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule from coast to coast. Mingus will feature the Foundation on his website, and the Foundation will use Mingus and the #15 Billy Boat Motorsports team in awareness and education tools that reach its target audiences.(Billy Boat Motorsports)(2-20-2015)