Sad News - David Garvin: David Garvin, a Bowling Green entrepreneur who founded Camping World and formerly owned Beech Bend Park and Raceway, died Saturday morning in an accidental fall at his home. Stephen Harmon, spokesman for the Warren County Sheriff's Office, said Garvin was working on the roof at his house when he slipped after getting too close to the edge. Deputies responded at 9:53 a.m. to 449 Old Richardsville Road regarding a person who had fallen from a rooftop. Garvin, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene. No suspicious circumstances existed surrounding the fall, and the death is considered accidental, Harmon said. Garvin founded the business that would become Camping World in 1966 at age 23, starting a small store and mail-order business that sold camping products and supplies.(Bowling Green Daily News)(8-31-2014)
Hornaday optimistic of return: Speaking from his home on Friday, Ron Hornaday confirmed he doesn't plan to race Sunday but said he could return to the #30 Chevy as soon as the next series race at Chicagoland Speedway in two weeks. Also, contrary to earlier reports, Hornaday said team members who were told Wednesday they had been let go by TSM were called back to the shop and are actively preparing trucks to go race. Hornaday, who joined Turner Scott ahead of the 2014 season and is fourth in the standings, just 27 points out of the lead, admitted he was surprised when he received calls Wednesday from a NASCAR reporter and his son saying that his #30 team had been shut down. "I called Mr. Turner (TSM co-owner Steve Turner) and he said he couldn't talk about it, and that's all I got out of the whole situation other than what's written and what's said on the Internet," Hornaday told FOXSports.com on Friday. "So I don't know."Hornaday's understanding upon joining the organization was that he was never guaranteed the full season in the #30, and that his deal was on a race-by-race basis. "All I know is Rheem was helping support that program," said Hornaday, 56. "They started with four races, they had picked it up to six races, and then they picked it up to 10 races and then they were filling in whatever Mr. Turner didn't have a sponsor for. Wherever it lies, I know they've been big supporters of my racing career. It started up there at Kevin Harvick's (Kevin Harvick Inc.) and then they supported us down here. And I know Chevrolet's been supporting it. So whatever happened between those two, hopefully they work it out and we're racing the next race." Hornaday says he has yet to seriously explore potential options with other teams, except for reaching out to his 2013 team owner, Bob Newberry, from whom he is still paid. "I called Mr. Newberry and spoke to him a little bit and that's about all I've done," Hornaday said. "There's not too many Chevrolet trucks out there, and my whole racing career I've been in Chevrolets, and with the support they give me and what they've done in my career, I'd be foolish to go to another manufacturer, but you never know. I'm optimistic but in all the years of me racing I've never had to chase money and never had to go through things like this. I've been fortunate enough to race for Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick and everybody that gave me awesome trucks." But Hornaday certainly isn't ruling out a return to Turner Scott -- possibly even as early as later this weekend. "Who knows?" he said. "The race ain't 'til Sunday. I could get a plane and fly it out tomorrow and start in the back of the pack. You never know. I'm optimistic."(FoxSports)(8-29-2014)
TSM closes truck operations UPDATE 6: Turner Scott Motorsports shut down its truck operation on Wednesday sources told Motorsport.com. Crew chief Mike Shelton informed the teams around 3 p.m. ET. Steve Turner started his truck operation on a limited basis in 2009 and expanded to two full-time teams in 2010. In 2012, Turner won the Camping World Truck Series title with James Buescher. TSM currently campaigns three truck teams with former champion Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ben Kennedy both competing full-time. Hornaday is currently fourth in the point standings. In five seasons, TSM has amassed 11 wins.(Motorsport.com)(8-27-2014)
UPDATE: A major shakeup is apparently underway at Turner Scott Motorsports, which fields entries on NASCAR's Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. TSM is co-owned by Steve Turner and Harry Scott, Jr., who also owns the HScott Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that fields cars for rookie Justin Allgaier. Sources speaking on the condition of anonymity say that an ownership dispute between Turner and Scott could result in the team shuttering all or part of its multi-truck NASCAR Camping World Truck Series operation, effective immediately. TSM field Camping World Trucks for former series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. and rookies Ben Kennedy, Brandon Jones and Ben Rhodes. Just days ago, youngster Cameron Hayley was added to the team's Truck Series roster for a limited schedule of races, beginning this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Sources say that only Kennedy's Chevrolet may continue to compete, but that at least some of the team's transporters have been called back to TSM headquarters in Mooresville, NC. Turner Scott also fields NASCAR Nationwide Series entries for drivers Dylan Kwasniewski and Kyle Larson. The team was founded by Steve Turner for a part-time schedule of Truck Series events in 2009, before expanding to two full-time entries the following season. Turner Motorsports won the Camping World Truck Series championship with Steve Turner's son-in-law, James Buescher in 2012. Calls placed to Turner Scott Motorsports, Steve Turner, Harry Scott, Jr. and others in search of comment were not immediately returned.
In a brief text message, Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott said only that "What's been reported is not true."
Several employees of TSM have confirmed that they were laid off -- at least temporarily -- at approximately 3 PM ET today.(Godfather Motorsports)(8-27-2014)
UPDATE 2: Statement from Harry Scott Jr. Regarding Turner Scott Motorsports: "Turner Scott Motorsports remains in operation and will compete in this weekend's NASCAR events. TSM's NASCAR Nationwide Series race teams represented by the #42 driven by Kyle Larson and the #31 driven by Dylan Kwasniewski will complete this weekend as scheduled at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"The #31 driven by Ben Kennedy and the #32 driven by Cameron Hayley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete as scheduled at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this coming Sunday.
"My investment company, a co-owner of TSM, will continue to do all that it can to keep the team moving forward with or without our business partner Steve Turner. To all TSM employees, sponsors, partners and fans I pledge we will continue to do what we can to keep the teams racing hard each and every week of the season."(Tuckahoe Strategies)(8-27-2014)
UPDATE 3: Another noteworthy item is that Ron Hornaday, Jr.'s #30 team was not mentioned in Scott's statement, meaning the veteran driver who currently sits fourth in the championship standings will likely be sitting on the sidelines for this weekend's events at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. That's because Steve Turner, not Scott was actually funding Hornaday's ride out of his own pocket. According to several sources, Rheem was on the truck only for show, with no additional funding getting injected into the program. One source explicitly stated Rheem's presence on the #30 was a thank you to the company for backing James Buescher, Turner's son-in-law. Turner is good friends with several within that company and had brokered an opportunity for the CEO's son, Brandon Jones, who was driving a part-time Truck schedule for TSM. Based on previous conversations with Scott, within his driver diary for Frontstretch it's likely he has little, if any, involvement with the #30 team. Stretching finances, in that way appears to have stretched at least Turner a little thin. Sources on the team indicated that there have been issues where crew members had either not received their paychecks or had checks delayed multiple days. (Frontstretch.com)(8-28-2014)
UPDATE 4: Scott, according to documents obtained by Sporting News, filed a notice of suit Wednesday in North Carolina Superior Court by asking for an extension of time to file a complaint against Turner. He has 20 days to file the suit. The extension of time alleges that Turner has allowed the team's funds to be depleted and left debts unpaid, that Turner did not fund the entries as he was obligated to that "he unilaterally chose to operate through TSM," and that Turner misapplied the sponsorship funds and revenues of the Nationwide and truck teams. It states that Scott will ask for the appointment of a receiver to run the team to allow it to continue operations. Scott became a partner with Turner in December 2012 in what was then Turner Motorsports. Last year, Scott bought Phoenix Racing to form HScott Motorsports, which fields a Sprint Cup car for Justin Allgaier. Turner did not respond to an email requesting comment.(Sporting News)(8-28-2014)
UPDATE 5: The legal tussling over Turner Scott Motorsports spreads over two states as co-owner Steve Turner has sued co-owner Harry Scott in Texas court, and Scott has field a notice of complaint in North Carolina court. Turner filed his suit Aug. 11, and Scott filed his paperwork Wednesday after the team announced that Ron Hornaday would not race this weekend in Canada. Hornaday is fourth in the Camping World Truck Series standings. Turner, who seeks more than $3 million in his lawsuit, alleges that he has been forced to lend money to the race team to keep it from defaulting on its bills. It alleges that Scott - who bought 40 percent of the team in 2012 - hasn't taken responsibility for payment to vendors. It alleges that Scott agreed that a $2 million debt to Turner that existed at the time the partnership was formed was to be repaid by the race team, and so far, none of that debt has been repaid. "Scott has refused to approve actions that are necessary and material to the business, leaving the Company unable to operate," the lawsuit states. Turner also asks for a receiver to be appointed to run the company and that Scott be removed from his leadership role in the race team. Scott, in turn, stated in his North Carolina filing that he will ask for a receiver to run the team without Turner. Scott, according to documents obtained by the Sporting News, filed a notice of suit Wednesday by asking for an extension of time to file a complaint against Turner. He has 20 days to file the suit.(Sporting News)(8-29-2014)
Gaunt Collision Centres joins Nemechek for Canada: SWM-NEMCO Motorsports announced today that its #8 Toyota Tundra driven by John Hunter Nemechek will be sponsored by Gaunt Collision Centres for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday August 31, 2014. SWM-NEMCO Motorsports, which is operated by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joe Nemechek and his family, has been active in NASCAR for nearly 25 years has more than 28 wins on the NASCAR circuit. Today, father Joe and son, John Hunter, represent the team on the track racing in all three of NASCAR's national series. Likewise, Gaunt Collision Centre is family business with 30 years of experience specializing in automotive body repair operated by John Gaunt in Barrie, Ontario. John Gaunt and his family grew up around short track racing in Canada and have maintained a close connection to racing. John's brother Marty, is president of Triad Racing Technologies, which successfully provides horsepower to NASCAR teams and exclusive services to Toyota Racing Development.(SWM Nemco Motorsports)(8-27-2014)
2015 schedules released: NASCAR announced today its national series schedules for the 2015 season, featuring date enhancements to races at some of its most storied tracks along with a pair of long-term broadcast partners that will provide the exciting action to the sport's fans.
"The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and storylines they so richly deserve," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "These enhancements to our race dates, particularly in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be of benefit to our fans and other stakeholders in our industry. From the start of the season at Speedweeks at Daytona culminated by our championship finales at Homestead-Miami, we're looking forward to the great racing that will be delivered through our outstanding television network broadcast partners FOX, FOX Sports 1, NBC and NBCSN."
Key date changes featuring Darlington Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, some of NASCAR's most tradition-laden tracks, highlight the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Following the 57th running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 22 on FOX, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host the season's second race weekend (March 1), while Darlington returns to its traditional Labor Day weekend date (Sept. 6). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2012 as part of a unique doubleheader on Feb. 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Additionally, Daytona's always-anticipated July race weekend takes on a different look as the Sunday, July 5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race marks the return of broadcast partner NBC.
A big "west-coast swing" during the schedule's early stages spotlights markets where NASCAR's fan base is growing and sponsor opportunities are on the rise. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series run on three consecutive weekends, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7-8, Phoenix International Raceway on March 14-15 and Auto Club Speedway on March 21-22. Bristol's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spring date moves deeper into the calendar from mid-March to April 19. Dates for the spring races at Phoenix and Texas Motor Speedway (April 11) step back one week from their 2014 schedule slots.
From the season-opening weekend at Daytona through June's events, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will combine to serve as the broadcast home of all races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Starting in July at Daytona through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including each series' championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NBC and NBCSN will carry the second-half action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. The entire 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will be broadcast exclusively on FOX and FOX Sports 1. On radio, programming surrounding the 2015 NASCAR season along with the exciting national series race calls can be heard on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's radio network will carry the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at IMS.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature 36 events including two standout non-points races - the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 14 at Daytona and the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16. Soon to have a new entitlement partner, the NASCAR Nationwide Series once again contests 33 races, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series increases to 23 events next season with the addition of the Atlanta date.
When running concurrently during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series companion weekends, the date changes are also reflected on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules. There are nine companion weekends on the 2015 schedule that feature all three national series along with 18 combination weekends between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series and seven dual events where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series run together.
There are six "stand-alones" on next year's NASCAR Nationwide Series calendar, starting May 17 at Iowa Speedway. Included among those are two road-course races, at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 15 and Road America on Aug. 29. The later Road America date takes the place of the former Atlanta date. There are seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stand-alone races and two Wednesday appearances - on the dirt at Eldora Speedway on July 22 and at Bristol on Aug. 19. Iowa hosts the trucks three weeks earlier in 2015, on June 19. And the series again runs internationally on Aug. 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.(NASCAR)See the 2015 Camping World Truck Series schedule.(8-26-2014)
Three trucks fail post race inspection at Bristol UPDATE: The winning #19 of Brad Keselowski, along with the third place truck (#30-Ron Hornaday) and eighth place truck (#00-Cole Custer) all measured too high during post race inspection, according to NASCAR's Truck Series Twitter page. Adding, "NASCAR will discuss (the) issue further next week."(8-21-2014)
UPDATE: Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - the #00, 19, and 30 - have been penalized for post-race infractions committed following the Aug. 21 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.The infraction for all three teams is a P2 level penalty as outlined in Section 12-4.1 of the rule book and violates sections:
12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
20B-12.8.1 Truck failed to meet post-race height requirements
As a result of this violation, crew chiefs Joel Shear (#00); Doug Randolph (#19); and Doug George (#30) have each been fined $5,000. Each team has also been penalized with the loss of 10 championship driver and 10 championship owner points. This includes drivers Cole Custer (#00) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (#30) along with owners Gene Haas (#00), Brad Keselowski (#19), and Steve Turner (#30).(NASCAR(8-26-2014)
2015 schedule to be released; races to remain on FS1: NASCAR formally announces its 2015 race and broadcast schedules on a special edition of FOX Sports 1's NASCAR Race Hub on Tuesday, August 26 (5:00 PM ET). In 2015, the NASCAR on FOX broadcast season includes the first 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point races, as well as the NASCAR SPRINT UNLIMITED, the Budweiser Duel at Daytona and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race. For the first time ever, NASCAR on FOX adds NASCAR Nationwide Series races, delivering the first 14 events of the season on FOX Sports 1. Live, full-season coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continues on FOX Sports 1. All races on FOX Sports 1 also are available through FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content.(FOXSports)(8-22-2014)
Cameron Hayley driving 3 races for Turner Scott: Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Cameron Hayley will compete in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season in the #32 Cabinets by Hayley Chevy Silverado, beginning at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on August 31. A Calgary, Alberta native, Hayley is currently competing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for TSM and has claimed one pole award, six top-five finishes and currently sits second in the Driver Point Standings. 18-year-old Hayley made his karting debut at the age of seven and ran a partial NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule in 2011, where he was the youngest driver to compete in the series, scoring an impressive second-place finish in his series debut. After a solid full-time rookie season in the K&N Pro Series West in 2012, Hayley finished his 2013 season with one win, six poles and a second-place finish in the Driver Point Standings. Hayley continued to impress on and off the track and was named a NASCAR Next member in 2012, a select group chosen by the sanctioning body that spotlights NASCAR's rising stars. Hayley will be under the direction of two-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. for his three events. In 2013, Hillman directed the #4 truck and claimed one victory, seven pole awards and finished the season in fifth place in the NCWTS standings. Hillman and Hayley will team up for the following races: 8/31, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park; 9/20, New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 10/31, Texas Motor Speedway.(Turner Scott Motorsports)(8-21-2014)
BKR's Michigan issues a mistake and miscommunication: Last weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway was shaping up to be a big day for Brad Keselowski Racing. Team owner Brad Keselowski's foundation was the presenting sponsor of the race, his two team trucks driven by Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney swept the front row in qualifying, there were a host of guests in attendance, and all of it was taking place at Michigan native Keselowski's home track. However, once the race got underway, both trucks struggled mightily. Falling back through the pack, the team trucks both hit pit road on separate laps with issues in the nose section of the truck. As Keselowski joined the FOX Sports 1 broadcast team in the booth, he watched as both trucks had the lower section of the nose separate from their truck, as the crew members did their best to make repairs. At the end of the day, Logano would finish 18th, while Blaney finished a disappointing 21st. Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Blaney indicated the issue was the result of a directive by NASCAR before qualifying to make a change to the nose section of the car; a directive that NASCAR would eventually apologize to BK Racing for making, according to Blaney and crew chief Doug Randolph."It's taken care of," Blaney said of the issue. "It was a miscommunication on NASCAR's and our team's part before qualifying. It wasn't anything we did different to our trucks. ... Then they came up to us after the race and said, 'Sorry, that was our fault. You didn't have to adjust your noses.' So, it was nothing that we did. It was just a miscommunication." According to Randolph, crew chief on the BKR #19 Ford, that miscommunication was a mistake by a NASCAR official prior to qualifying. "It's a strange situation," Randolph told FOXSports.com. "We were asked going through tech -- not original tech, but tech right before qualifying -- to cut the nose guard on the front of our trucks, just our two trucks. Have never had to do that before. Never really had an issue with the nose before. They asked us to do that. "At the end of the day, the inspector was just wrong," Randolph added. "She thought it was a character line instead of a seam that was already there, where the two pieces of nose come together." Randolph explained that by cutting the nose section of both trucks, air was allowed to get in the gap and -- at the high-speed, high-downforce track -- that hurt the handling of the trucks and caused the nose sections to come apart during the race. After the incident, Randolph said the team was able determine things they can do in the future that will prevent it from happening again, regardless of whether NASCAR calls on the team to make adjustments.Keselowski said NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director Chad Little came up to the team after the Michigan race to apologize to the team, something Keselowski called "a nice gesture." NASCAR officials described the incident as a miscommunication between officials and the team, and said the incident was discussed with the team after the race.(FOXSports.com)(8-21-2014)
Courtemanche to drive for SS in Canada: The La Cit Mirabel / Blackshape Aircraft team is proud to announce that Montreal-based driver Ray Courtemanche Jr. will drive the #07 SS Green Light Racing truck in the Labour-Day NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, this coming August 31. Ray Jr. will also be at the wheel of his #29 Dodge in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race held earlier the same day. After his 12th place finish at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Ray Jr. headed directly for southern Virginia where he tested a NCWTS truck at the Virginia International Raceway road course.(NASCAR.com)(8-20-2014)
Suarez to run truck races in 2015: Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that drivers Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez will join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series respectively. In addition, ARRIS Group, Inc. will sponsor Edwards in the #19 Toyota Camry for 17 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with JGR expanding its operations to include a fourth team. ARRIS also will support Suarez in a multi-year program, starting with the 2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as a partial schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Suarez is currently competing full time for Escuderia TELMEX in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, where he leads that series, and also competes in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Rev Racing Team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He has four wins and six top-five finishes in 10 starts in the NASCAR Toyota Series and has added two wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season in 12 K&N Pro Series starts. Suarez made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with JGR earlier this season at Richmond International Raceway with a 19th-place finish. ARRIS is a worldwide leader in broadband and video delivery technology. The company's solutions bring entertainment and communications to millions of people around the world.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(8-19-2014)
Sad News - Tom Mitchell: Longtime NASCAR team owner Tom Mitchell passed away yesterday in his hometown of Ozona, Texas at the age of 86. Mitchell owned and operated the Circle Bar Truck Corral in Ozona, and was an avid supporter of motorsports for more than 40 years, owning teams in all three NASCAR National Series, as well as Indy Car. His teams all carried the Circle Bar Racing banner, copying the name of one of his cattle ranches. He is best remembered for owning and sponsoring Rick Crawford's NASCAR All-Pro and Camping World Truck Series teams for many years. He also owned an Indy Car Series team for driver Chet Fillip in the early 1980s. In 1985, he sold all his Indy Car equipment to Al Unser, Jr., who won the series championship the following season. He was a major player in the Texas cattle industry - once owning more than a half-dozen ranches, the smallest measuring approximately 30,000 acres - and made a fortune from the discovery and excavation of natural gas on his ranch land. At one time, he owned the local cable TV company in Ozona, a pair of truck stops off I-10, a motel and RV Park, and many other businesses. He was not the stereotypical NASCAR sponsor/owner, however, with Crawford saying his longtime team owner never saw the inside of his race shop, or watched him race in person. Memorial services for Tom Mitchell have not yet been announced.(Godfather Motorsports)(8-19-2014)
Townley evaluated after wreck UPDATE 4: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation after hitting the wall hard in ARCA Racing Series qualifying on Friday. During his ARCA qualifying run at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, Townley made hard contact with the wall as he exited the Tunnel Turn before slowing on the track. After the incident, Townley was transported for further evaluation. As a result, Townley's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team sat out Friday's final practice session as it awaited word on their driver's condition. Townley was seventh in Friday's opening Camping World Truck Series practice session at Pocono.(Fox Sports)(8-1-2014)
UPDATE: Athenian Motorsports posted a statement on Twitter regarding Townley. "John Wes Townley was released from the hospital in good health. As a precaution, he'll be held out of competition for a week." No further information was released regarding who may drive the #05 truck in Pocono.(Twitter)(8-1-2014)
UPDATE 2: John Wes Townley was treated and released from a Pennsylvania hospital Saturday afternoon after an accident during ARCA Racing Series qualifying at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer has been named as his replacement in the #05 Zaxby's Athenian Motorsports Toyota Tundra for the running of the Pocono Mountains 150 Camping World Truck Series race Saturday afternoon. Townley is in good health but will sit out of competition for seven days as a precautionary measure. The Watkinsville, GA driver will be be medically reevaluated in Charlotte early next week and hopes to compete at Berlin Speedway in the ARCA Series next Saturday.(Athenian Motorsports)(8-2-2014)
UPDATE 3: John Wes Townley will sit out the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway this weekend after an accident at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014. 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and current Sprint Cup Series driver, Travis Kvapil, will drive the #05 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra in Michigan on Saturday. "It is really hard sitting out and watching someone else drive your truck," John Wes Townley said. "I am hoping to be back behind the wheel of the #05 Zaxby's truck Wednesday at Bristol." Kvapil has two wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes in four Camping World Truck Series starts on the 2-mile Brooklyn, Michigan race track.(Athenian Motorsports)(8-12-2014)
UPDATE 4: After a nineteen day hiatus from racing, John Wes Townley will make his return in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Townley was injured in ARCA Racing qualifying at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 and has not raced since. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Clint Bowyer piloted the #05 Zaxby's Toyota for Townley at Pocono with Travis Kvapil driving the Athenian Motorsports entry in Michigan.(Athenian Motorsports)(8-18-2014)
NASCAR adds rule to enhance track safety: In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.
Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure
During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:
* Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
* Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
*After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
* At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
* At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle
* All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development, says the rule is "part of the evolution of NASCAR's rules and regulations."
"Throughout the history of our sport, NASCAR has reviewed and analyzed situations and occurrences that take place not just in NASCAR racing but also throughout all motorsports and other sports," said Pemberton. "When we believe we can do something to make our sport safer and better for the competitors and others involved in the competition environment, we react quickly. Safety always has been priority number one at NASCAR."
As with other behavioral infractions, NASCAR will handle each instance separately when assessing potential penalties.(NASCAR)(8-15-2014)
Boston planning Bristol debut UPDATE: Justin Boston will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on the Bristol short track with Venturini Motorsports, he confirmed on his Twitter. Boston is currently competing for Venturini in the ARCA Racing Series. He is the 2013 Rookie of the Year in ARCA and has one win this season.(8-2-2014)
AND: Venturini Motorsports added that the team, along with Boston, will run four races; Bristol, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead.(Twitter.)(8-2-2014)
UPDATE: Justin Boston will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Venturini Motorsports on August 20 in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Boston, currently fifth in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship standings will also participate in NCWTS races at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and the series season finale at Homestead. Boston will drive VMS's familiar #25 ZLOOP/JACO Industries Toyota Tundra in his series debut. His team owner Billy Venturini will serve as crew chief.(Venturini Motorsports)(8-14-2014)