Rookies test Atlanta: As the Georgia 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck series race - the tail end of a NASCAR twinbill at Atlanta Motor Speedway set for Feb. 27 - looms just three weeks away, a handful of rookies got the chance to get their feet wet on the aged, historic 1.54-mile track at AMS in a two-day rookie test that wrapped up this afternoon. Five drivers - William Byron, Chris Bell and Cody Coughlin from Kyle Busch Motorsports, Grant Enfinger from GMS Racing, and Austin Wayne Self from AM Racing - turned laps, preparing for the rapidly approaching season and the challenge of driving competitively at AMS in the second week of the 2016 schedule. Combined, the five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookies have a total of just 16 truck races under their collective belt. None have raced in NASCAR at Atlanta. Important seemed to be a theme among the drivers to describe the opportunity to get some seat time on one of the truck series circuit's toughest tracks.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(2-6-2016)
Sorenson, Theme Park Connection join MB for Daytona: Reed Sorenson will team with MB Motorsports and Theme Park Connection for the season-opening race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway. This will mark Sorenson's first ever Truck Series start. The 30-year-old Peachtree City, Ga. native has competed at the NASCAR national level since 2004. He is a winner of four NASCAR Xfinity Series races and made 234 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Trip Bruce will serve as crew chief for Sorenson's #63 Theme Park Connection Chevy Silverado.(Rising Star Management)(2-5-2016)
Champion joins Enfinger in rookie effort: Champion Power Equipment (Champion) will expand their partnership with GMS Racing in 2016, as the primary sponsor of driver #33-Grant Enfinger for select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events. Champion, a leading supplier of durable engine products, will kick off the season with Enfinger at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway later this month. Champion has been a longstanding partner with the Statesville, N.C.-based team since the beginning of 2014. The 2015 season marked Champion's first primary sponsorship in the motorsports realm, seeing their notable yellow design adorn Enfinger's car while competing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway. Champion is a market leader in power generation equipment for work, recreation or home use. Champion has years of experience providing dependable and durable power products designed and engineered in the United States for the North American and world markets.(GMS Racing)(2-5-2016)
Kentucky truck race gets sponsor: Kentucky Speedway has partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in 2016 to sponsor the Thursday, July 7 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The partnership is centered on the "Buckle Up in Your Truck" (BUIYT) campaign to bring awareness to seatbelt use in pickup trucks. The Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 will kick off a NASCAR tripleheader weekend. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety's BUIYT campaign, an aspect of safety within the Transportation Cabinet, works in conjunction with "Click It or Ticket" program. Their research found that drivers and occupants of pickup trucks were less likely to use their safety belt than in any other type of vehicle. By using the Camping World Truck Series race as a platform the goal is to increase public awareness of the lack of safety belt use in pickup trucks, educate drivers to buckle up and diminish fatalities.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-4-2016)
Browning to lead Self in rookie season: AM Racing has hired veteran NASCAR crew chief Marc Browning to head the team's at-track efforts with driver Austin Wayne Self in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2016 season, the organization announced. Browning, a native of Dundee, MI, has a background rich with experience in the upper levels of NASCAR, including a stint as a member of Kyle Busch's Sprint Cup Series crew at Joe Gibbs Racing. Browning has also worked with numerous other drivers including Johnny Sauter, Landon Cassill and Parker Kligerman as a crew chief in the NCWTS and Xfinity Series. Browning is no stranger to Self or AM Racing, as he was Self's crew chief when Self won at Winchester in the ARCA Racing Series last season. AM Racing has also hired Patrick McGee (formerly of Roush Fenway Racing) as truck chief. Rob Winfield will fill the role of front-end mechanic, Perry Mitchell as underneath mechanic and Zach Yager as interior mechanic and tire specialist for the #22 truck.(AM Racing)(2-4-2016)
Disdier to return to SS team: Michel Disdier continues his adventure in the United States in 2016 by taking part in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 19th. This will mark Disdier's second NASCAR race on the famous and fast circuit on the other side of the Atlantic. This will be the second time in three years that Michel will drive a racing car from Bobby Dotter's SS-Green light Racing Team based near Charlotte, North Carolina. Michel will also support a great cause; Racing 2 Cure's (R2C) mission is to help families that are currently fighting cancer. R2C wants to treat the "Human Side" of cancer. R2C donates a portion of the funds raised to cancer organizations that do amazing work in research, treatment, and raising awareness for this horrible disease.(See an image of the truck on the #07 Team Paint Schemes page)(Michel Disdier)(2-4-2016)
Kligerman joins Benton for Daytona: Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises announced that Parker Kligerman will be behind the wheel of the #92 Valvoline/Advance Auto Parts/BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network Ford F-150 when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) makes its first stop of 2016 at Daytona International Speedway for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Daytona marks a return to the NCWTS for Kligerman, who competed full time in the series in 2011 and 2012 (winning once in 2012) before moving to the Xfinity Series in 2013. In addition, he had 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts in 2013 and 2014. Kligerman ran the full ARCA Series schedule in 2009, finishing the year with nine wins, 14 top fives and 18 top 10s in 21 races. When not racing over the past two seasons, Kligerman served as an analyst for the NBC Sports Network. Beyond the new driver, there are very few other program changes for the Ricky Benton Racing team for 2016. Mike Hester returns atop the pit box as crew chief. The team will again be running Roush-Yates-powered Fords F-150s.(See an image of the truck on the #92 Team Paint Schemes page)(RBR Enterprises)(2-3-2016)
Hayley to return to ThorSport: Canadian racer Cameron Hayley will drive the #13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in 2016. The 19-year-old Calgary native, who is currently the only Canadian to compete full-time in NASCAR's top three tours, finished sixth in the Camping World Truck Series standings last season with four top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 11th. Hayley's best result came in the fall race at Martinsville Speedway where he started on the front row and finished a career-high of third. He made his truck series debut with Turner-Scott Motorsports in 2014. He posted two top-10 finishes in three starts and earned a remarkable average qualifying effort of 5.7. Hayley's return marks the first time the Sandusky, Ohio based-operation has campaigned four truck team's since its inception in 1996. ThorSport is the longest-running organization in the NCWTS and holds the series' record for competing at least one truck in the last 454 races. Hayley joins two-time Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton as we'll as newcomers Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu. Eddie Troconis, the former engineer on the #4 Toyota Tundra at Kyle Busch Motorsports, will serve as Hayley's crew chief. In addition to Hayley's experience in trucks, he ran two seasons in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2012-2013 and the 2014 season in the K&N Pro Series East where he finished second in the standings.(Motorsport)(2-3-2016)
AND: Calgary, Alberta, Canada native, Cameron Hayley, will return to ThorSport Racing and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2016, piloting the #13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra. Hayley, who competed for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, finished sixth in the championship point standings, amassing four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Hayley's 2016 campaign will be led by crew chief, Eddie Troconis. Troconis, who has an engineering background, spent the last three NCWTS seasons as a race engineer at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and called the shots for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Gray Gaulding and Matt Tift in 2015. In 12 NCWTS races, the San Antonio, Texas native, has collected one top-five and five top-10 finishes. Hayley will complete the roster for the Sandusky, Ohio-based team for the 2016 NCWTS season. Rounding out ThorSport Racing's stable of drivers will be Ben Rhodes, driver of the # 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra. Two-time NCWTS champion, Matt Crafton, who will pilot the #88 Menards Toyota Tundra, and Rico Abreu who will pilot the #98 CURB Records Toyota Tundra. As the longest tenured team in the NCWTS garage, ThorSport Racing will kick off its 21st season of competition in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 19.(ThorSport Racing)(2-3-2016)
Ware to run some truck races: Rick Ware Racing (RWR) is preparing for their 25th anniversary racing season in 2016. RWR, owned by former racer Rick Ware is known for competing in multiple different series with unique partnerships for the last few decades. With a refreshed look, the Thomasville, North Carolina-based team is looking forward to NASCAR'S season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway next month. Additionally, RWR will also compete in a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule with the intent to grow into a full-time program to complement the XFINITY Series program. Currently, RWR plans to field a truck at both Martinsville (Va.) Speedways events, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Driver, crew chief and marketing partnership placement will be announced in the coming weeks.(Rick Ware Racing)(1-29-2016)
AM Technical Solutions,Texas-based partners join Self in rookie run UPDATE: Austin Wayne Self roars into his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016 with strong support from a circle of Texas-based companies led by AM Technical Solutions, who announced their return as a primary sponsor for Self. Austin-based AM Technical Solutions (AMTS), a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets, has been a primary partner of Texas native Self's for five seasons, including his Rookie of the Year campaign in the ARCA Racing Series in 2014 and his runner-up finish in the ARCA championship points standings (including a win at Winchester) last season. AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions, and cleanroom certification and testing. Don't mess with Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation's acclaimed longtime litter-prevention campaign, will again be supporting Self this season. The campaign will maintain branding presence on Self's truck and fire suit, and the iconic red, white and blue Don't mess with Texas trash can will be at the track with the AM Racing team. Other partners that will return to support Self this season are Texas Tea, Texas Made, AVIS Rental Car, Hoosier Scale, Ultra One Clean, Beanitos Chips, and ACE Asphalt.(AM Racing)(1-26-2016)
UPDATE: The power of Texas teamwork is on display again as AM Racing has partnered with The Texas Department of Agriculture for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, the team announced.AM Racing and driver Austin Wayne Self will promote the Texas Department of Agriculture's GO TEXAN campaign. AM Racing is a Texas-based organization and Self, 19, a Rookie of the Year candidate who finished second in ARCA Series competition in '15, is an Austin native who exemplifies what pride in the Lone Star State is all about. The GO TEXAN campaign, with its signature logo in the shape of Texas, is designed to encourage consumers around the world, including brand-loyal NASCAR fans, to seek and purchase Texas-made products. GO TEXAN membership shines a marketing spotlight on businesses based in the Lone Star State by affording them exclusive branding and networking opportunities with other member companies.(AM Racing)(1-28-2016)
Little to run select races in 2016: Three years after Jesse Little earned rookie honors in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East, limited funding has resulted in the third-generation driver splitting his time between two NASCAR series. In 2016, the UNC Charlotte freshman will focus on five NASCAR K&N races and six to eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. "It's pretty expensive to do a full year in both," Little said. "Of course, trucks are automatically out of the question with the budget we have, but K&N is also fairly expensive. We weighed the pros and cons and decided going to the quarter-mile tracks on the K&N schedule might not be teaching me much. But going to Atlanta, Texas and Charlotte (in the trucks) is a lot more valuable for my experience and trying to get exposure. That's what it's going to take for me to go to the next level, being able to perform and doing it in front of a lot of people." Little is the son of former NASCAR driver Chad Little, who's now NASCAR's managing director, technical inspection/officiating, national series.
The 18-year-old made his truck series debut last May at Dover. He qualified ninth, but had to settle for a 30th-place finish due to a crash before the halfway mark. He competed in three more truck races (Chicago, Texas and Homestead, Fla.) with his best finish of 14th coming in the season finale at Homestead. This year, the first truck race on Little's schedule is the Feb. 27 event at Atlanta. The Little family will field the truck entry out of their Sherrills Ford shop.
"Since I don't have a big sponsor (for the truck series), it's a matter of searching and finding a local business in Atlanta or relationships with people in Texas or Phoenix," Little said. "Wherever the money takes us, essentially, (is where we'll race). Our truck is also tailored more into the mile-and-a-half bracket." (Charlotte Observer)(1-27-2016)
Anderson announces 2016 sponsor, team: Jordan Anderson who captivated an audience through social media and at the track through his heroic tenure of non-stop travel, cross-country solo road trips and sleepless nights will drive for Bolen Motorsports this season. Anderson will debut with the team next month at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway driving the #66 Chevy Silverado for new series owner Jeff Bolen. Using the slogan "Columbia SC Famously Hot", the city's tourism department has also partnered with Anderson for his second-year fulltime tenure on the tour. Bolen told CATCHFENCE.com that while the team is currently based in South Carolina, they eventually plan to move their operations to Mooresville, North Carolina.(Catchfence.com)(See an image of the truck on the #66 Team Paint Schemes page)(1-27-2016)
2016 start times released: NASCAR, in collaboration with broadcast partners FOX Sports, NBC Sports Group, race teams and the 29 tracks committed to hosting races for the coming season, today announced race start times and network coverage for all three of its national series based on previously released schedule dates for 2016. Entering the second season of 10-year comprehensive media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports' coverage of the Summer Olympics. National series races also will be broadcast live by Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN), IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. (See the 2016 Camping World Truck Series schedule for start times)1-26-2016)
Nemechek to continue partnership with Alkame: Alkame Holdings, Inc., a health and wellness technology holding company with a focus on patentable, innovative, and eco-friendly consumer products, is pleased to announce that John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for NEMCO Motorsports, has renewed a personal services agreement with Alkame Holdings, Inc. As a Team Alkame ambassador, Nemechek has a continued commitment to Alkame Water, Inc.'s patented formula of premium oxygenated, alkaline and antioxidant bottled water products known as 'the ultimate health and wellness water.' The Mooresville, N.C., native began his racing career at five-years old and, today, at 18-years old, Nemechek is among an elite group of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors that continue to establish themselves in NASCAR. In addition to his successful NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign in 2015, Nemechek was named to the 2015-2016 NASCAR Next class, and was awarded the 2015 Most Popular Driver for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(CNN Money)(1-26-2016)
Coughlin to open season for KBM at Daytona: Kyle Busch Motorsports is proud to announce that Cody Coughlin will pilot the #18 JEGS.com Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opening event at the World Center of Racing. The NextEra 250 is scheduled for Friday, February 19. The 20-year-old Coughlin will race an additional 10 races for KBM in 2016 behind the wheel of a KBM Toyota Tundra as a teammate to Daniel Suarez. Veteran NASCAR crew chief Wes Ward has been named the crew chief for Coughlin's effort at Daytona, Coughlin has one prior start at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. He started on the front row and led many laps in the ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona in 2015 on his way to a fourth-place finish. Coughlin also has a pole and a second-place run at Daytona's sister track, Talladega Superspeedway, in ARCA competition last year.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)1-25-2016)
Martinsville races to be sponsored by Alpha Energy Solutions: Alpha Energy Solutions will sponsor both Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway for the next three years, Track President Clay Campbell announced. Alpha Energy Solutions is no stranger to Martinsville Speedway. In 2014, they sponsored the Pole Award for the STP 500. The Louisville-based company sees the race sponsorship as a way to grow their relationship with Martinsville Speedway and the International Speedway Corporation. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on April 2 and the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 on October 29 will be their first race entitlements. NASCAR announced last week that the Camping World Truck Series will have a seven-race, eight-driver playoff with two drivers being eliminated after the first three races and again after the second three races, setting up a four driver championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Alpha Energy Solutions 200 will be the first race in the Round of 6.(Alpha Energy Solutions)1-23-2016)
Martins to run truck schedule UPDATE: Tommy Joe Martins nearly two-year sabbatical from NASCAR racing is about to end. Martins who last competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road (Wisc.) America in 2014 will compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship title behind the wheel of the #44 Chevy Silverado. Unlike a failed attempt to run a full XFINITY Series schedule in 2014 from Tennessee, Martins Motorsports is determined not to make the same mistakes twice and will operate their latest endeavor from Mooresville, North Carolina. Martins, 29, has acquired the owner's points from Billy Boat Motorsports' #15 team and transferred them to the newly formed Martins Motorsports to secure a berth into the series-opener next month. The Como, Mississippi native also purchased the superspeedway truck that Mason Mingus soared to a career-best third place finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last October for use next month at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Martins also said the team will form a technical alliance with a powerhouse team for the 2016 season. CATCHFENCE.com has attempted to reach out for confirmation of the alliance, but the team has not yet confirmed the relationship at this time. Diamond Gusset Jeans who backed Martins for his career-best 14th place XFINITY run at Talladega in 2014 will back the team's effort for the Feb. 19 NCWTS opener in a current one-race deal. Longtime NASCAR member Kevin Eagle will serve as crew chief on the #44 Chevy.(Catchfence.com)(1-21-2016)
UPDATE: Catchfence.com writer Chris Knight followed up on his article by stating: "A GMS Racing spokesperson confirms a technical alliance with Tommy Joe Martins for 2016 season." (1-21-2016)
Crate engines for the trucks: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director Elton Sawyer confirms that his tour will offer the option of crate engines for 2016. Sawyer confirmed truck teams will have the opportunity to use the "Delta engine" for their programs starting on May 20th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truck teams were told during a meeting with NASCAR last month that engines would be available on a lease-only basis. "We've gotten great response from the industry, the teams. And we look forward to seeing it on the track in Charlotte." Sawyer said the tour could potentially test the engine prior to the Education Lottery 200 at CMS but nothing is set in stone. He would not comment on cost at this time or whether Mark Cronquest, formerly the chief engine builder for Joe Gibbs Racing, would be producing the engines. NASCAR currently uses a spec engine in the K&N Pro Series tour which was instituted to lower the expense of competition nearly a decade ago. Robert Yates has built the engines for that series since 2009. The cost is around $28,000 but teams can purchase kits and build their own engines. Ilmor Engineering builds spec engines for ARCA which run about $40,000 and can run 1,500 miles or 1,500 laps before a rebuild is necessary.
Sawyer says the manufacturers were "very much involved" in the decision-making process. "They understand we had a fundamental issue there with the cost of engines in the Truck series," Sawyer said. "They didn't have a better solution so they supported this one. "You can participate - or you don't have to. As you said, it is an option for the teams but hopefully it will bring in some new growth. Teams that were not going to run all the races, this will give them an opportunity with a much-limited budget to run some races with us."
Toyota Racing Development president Dave Wilson says his Tundra teams will not be part of the Delta engine program. Wilson added that while the truck series remains close to his heart, Toyota would have to rethink its participation in the series if forced to adopt the program. While Wilson has been in discussions with the sanctioning body over the last two seasons regarding the crate engine evolution in the NCWTS, Toyota, who has won the last three truck titles and eight of the last 10 championships, does not plan to lose its identity under the hood.
The engine was tested under competition on a limited basis during the course of the 2015 schedule. Although the engine failed in one outing, Sawyer says that's to be expected in the normal evolution of a new part.(Motorsport.com)(1-20-2016)
Chase Format Extended to NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Using the overwhelming success of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format introduced in 2014 as a guidepost, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced today the implementation of a playoff system in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. On the heels of a 2015 Chase that saw the highest season-finale viewership in nearly a decade, record-breaking page views on NASCAR.com and unparalleled volume on social media, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will each feature a seven-race Chase to decide its respective championships starting in 2016. The announcement was the first of a number of racing innovations presented by NASCAR on Tuesday.
"Fans, partners and the industry have embraced the new Chase format like nothing we've seen in the sport's history," said France. "Winning never has been this important, and the excitement generated the past two seasons in the Sprint Cup Series has led to this implementation of the Chase format in all three national series. Competition in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will undoubtedly elevate to new heights and shine a spotlight on the rising stars of our sport."
The NASCAR XFINITY Series, where "Names Are Made," and the rugged NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will implement seven-race, three-round Chase formats with unique characteristics but very much in the same spirit of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All three series will conclude the Chase with a Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to crown a champion. However, all three will begin at different tracks: Chicago (Sprint Cup Series), Kentucky (XFINITY Series) and New Hampshire (Camping World Truck Series)
Drivers still must declare a series in which they will earn points, and will only be eligible to compete for a championship in that series. The 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who qualified for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be ineligible to compete in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CHASE:
• The seven-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase will begin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 24. It will feature eight drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A win in the first 16 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, provided that the driver is in the Top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race.
• The first round, called the Round of 8, consists of the races at New Hampshire, Las Vegas, and Talladega. All drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 16 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 8, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-6) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.
• Each driver who advances to the Round of 6 (Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 6 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.
• The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will win the championship. All rules outlined above also apply to both series' owner championship structure.(NASCAR)(1-19-2016)
Caution Clock Introduced For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell announced today several racing-related innovations to the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, beginning with the 2016 season, designed to ignite and energize the growth of each series. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, where "Names Are Made," each event in the popular Dash 4 Cash program now will be comprised of Two Heats and a Main. Drivers who win two of the four Dash 4 Cash bonuses available also are all but guaranteed a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In addition, the rugged NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races now will feature a Caution Clock, which will be triggered at the start of each green-flag run. When the green flag is displayed, 20 minutes will be placed on the clock. If/when the clock expires, a caution will be thrown.
"These innovations contain the elements of racing that our fans want the most," said O'Donnell. "The enhancements put a premium on in-race strategy, and will create an unprecedented level of excitement as teams make tactical decisions that could impact their spot in the Chase."
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CAUTION CLOCK:
A Caution Clock will be utilized in each NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event (except for Eldora Speedway). The clock will be set to 20 minutes and triggered at the start of each green-flag run during race events. When the clock counts down to zero, a caution flag then will be displayed and no beneficiary will be awarded. A caution occurring before time expires resets the clock when the subsequent green flag is displayed and the first truck a lap down will be the beneficiary. • The caution clock will be turned off with 20 laps to go at all events in the series, with the exception of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Pocono Raceway, where the clock will be turned off with 10 laps remaining. (NASCAR)(1-19-2016)
No more NXS, Truck restrictor plate races for Busch: Kyle Busch said he is still working through his NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule for 2016, but he knows restrictor-plate tracks are off the table. Busch, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, is the XFINITY Series win leader with 76 career victories. He also has 44 wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But in 2015, Busch suffered a broken right leg and shattered left foot in the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The injuries kept him sidelined for months, and forced him to miss the first 11 races of the Sprint Cup Series season. Tuesday, on the opening day of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, Busch said he hopes to run between "15 to 18 races" in the XFINITY Series. "No restrictor-plate races, I'm out of that stuff," he said. "No more plate races because my wife won't let me. And (team owner) Joe (Gibbs).Joe and Samantha have made that decision. I was thinking about it but they were like 'no.'"(NASCAR.com)(1-19-2016)
Kvapil to return to MAKE: Travis Kvapil, 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Champion will continue to drive the headliner Chevy Silverado for MAKE Motorsports in the 2016 season. Kvapil is returning to the MAKE team after running with the small team full time last year. Kvapil finished the 2015 NCWTS season 16th in driver points with four top 15 finishes. He also scored MAKE's best finishing position of 14th twice at Gateway Raceway Park and Kentucky Speedway.(MAKE Motorsports)(1-19-2016)
Custer to run full season: Fresh off a 10-race schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with JR Motorsports (JRM), Cole Custer will embark on a full 23-race slate in JRM's #00 Chevy Silverado in 2016. The soon-to-be-18-year-old California native has 19 career starts in parts of two seasons in the series, all with Haas Automation sponsorship. Last season, Custer showed flashes of brilliance from the start, qualifying second at Martinsville in his debut before finishing 16th. His third start of the season, at Gateway International Raceway, saw Custer lead 19 laps on the way to victory after a tense battle with Tyler Reddick over the final six. In his 10 starts, Custer won once, added two top-five and four top-10 finishes and led 317 laps. In 2014, Custer won the pole and the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, leading 148 of the 175 laps. He won the pole at Gateway in his third career start and finished third at Phoenix International Raceway to close the season."We are all pretty confident heading into the season," said Custer. "Joe (crew chief Joe Shear Jr.) and I have been together for three years and we have a great relationship. We've shown a lot of speed in our time together, and we need to build a little more consistency. I can help that with the way I drive. Last year, we were running to win races and get experience; this year, it's going to be all about the points."I think we'll still have the speed we had last year, and I think we're going to be contenders for the championship."(JR Motorsports)(1-18-2016)
Brown adds Daytona sponsor, hopes for more races in 2016: Brandonbilt Motorsports's driver, Brandon Brown, announces an exciting new partner to add to their Camping World Truck Series team. NCASEIT announces a one race partnership for Daytona with the possibility to expand to more events within the 2016 racing season. NCASEIT is a sports display case company that has quickly grown to be one of the most recognizable display case companies in the industry today. Brown will be expanding his foundation of partners for the season and plans to race a majority of Camping World Truck Series races this year.(See an image of the truck on the #86 Team Paint Schemes page)(Brandonbilt Motorsports)(1-18-2016)
Abreu wins second straight Chili Bowl: Rico Abreu celebrated one of the biggest victories of his career a year ago at the prestigious Chili Bowl, shortly before making one of the biggest moves of his career. The 4-foot-4 Abreu, one of the fastest-rising personalities in auto racing, celebrated another major career move by winning his second straight Chili Bowl on Saturday night - passing Bryan Clauson with 10 laps remaining. Abreu's victory came much to the delight of the overflow crowd inside the Tulsa Expo Raceway, where fans chanted his name a year ago and cheered him on during his final laps on Saturday. The 23-year-old Californian and former USAC Midget car champion followed last year's victory by moving on to the K&N East Series, where he finished fifth and won his first career stock car race at Columbus Motor Speedway in July. This time around, Abreu's big career move - a full-time step up to NASCAR's Truck Series - was announced the day before his Chili Bowl victory.
After leading for much of the race, Clauson - the 2014 winner - finished second for the second straight year. Zach Daum was third. Kyle Larson was fifth, and fellow NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne 13th and Ricky Stenhouse 16th. Nearly 350 drivers began fighting their way through the grueling qualifying races on Tuesday, with 24 remaining for the 55-lap final late on Saturday night.(Associated Press)(1-17-2016)
Abreu to join ThorSport UPDATE: Rico Abreu will drive full-time for ThorSport in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Sources confirmed to Motorsport.com that Abreu is expected to layout his plans during an announcement on Friday at the Chili Bowl Nationals. Abreu also hopes to include news of a pending sponsor. After completing his first full season in the K&N Pro Series East Tour, Abreu, who turns 24 later this month, made his Camping World Truck Series debut on Nov. 13 at Phoenix International Raceway. He finished 28th on the one-mile track after being caught up in a wreck. In order to gain eligibility for the 2016 truck tour, Abreu also raced in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he finished 13th. Abreu won the 2014 USAC Midget Series title and the 2015 Chili Bowl prior to making his NASCAR debut last February at New Smyrna. His transition came quickly, with Abreu winning in just his seventh start from the pole at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. In 14 NKNPSE starts, the St. Helena, Calif. native posted one win, four top fives and eight top-10 finishes. Abreu had an average qualifying effort of 7.6 and an average finish of 9.4. He led 119 of 1,690 circuits. ThorSport has competed in the truck series since 1996, and the Sandusky, Ohio-based squad is the longest-tenured Truck team in NASCAR. Under the ownership of Duke Thorson, the organization has two championships with Matt Crafton, 12 victories, 13 poles, 98 top fives and 237 top-10 finishes. Abreu is expected to pilot the #98 Toyota Tundra with Doug George as his crew chief.(Motorsport.com)(1-13-2016)
UPDATE: Rico Abreu, USAC National Midget champion, open wheel standout, and 2015 Chili Bowl Nationals winner, will join ThorSport Racing as a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver in 2016 piloting the #98 Curb Records Toyota Tundra powered by Triad engines. Abreu's first full-time season in NASCAR's national touring division will be led by crew chief Doug George as he competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the 2016 NCWTS championship. Abreu, 23, has had the type of success in his early racing career that most drivers only dream about. In 2015 the St. Helena, California native competed in more than 100 events, with two major wins. After sweeping his Chili Bowl Nationals preliminary night, winning his heat, qualifier and A-Main, the open wheel standout went on to win the 29th annual Chili Bowl Nationals, one of dirt track racing's most prestigious events. The achievement introduced the talented racer to a new audience - NASCAR. Making just his seventh-career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), Abreu won his first NASCAR race at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway (July). The sprint-car sensation concluded his rookie season in the 2015 NKNPSE fifth in points, earning three poles, and leading 119 laps en route to four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He was also voted as the series Most Popular Driver. In November, 2015, Abreu made his NASCAR national touring debut in the NCWTS at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and went on to compete in the season-ending event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning a career-best finish of 13th. The NASCAR NEXT alum's 2016 campaign will be led by NCWTS veteran crew chief, Doug George. Entering his 12th season in the series, George is credited with five poles, two wins, 32 top-five and 65 to-10 finishes. ThorSport Racing has competed in the Truck Series annually since 1996 and has fielded at least one truck in 454 races, a series record. Additional sponsorship for the #98 Toyota Tundra will be announced at a later date.(ThorSport Racing)(1-15-2016)
Lee, WinTron team up for part-time effort: Shane Lee partners with Win-Tron Racing for partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) series schedule in 2016. Lee has competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series for the past four seasons at tracks across the southeast picking up 18 wins while racing at historic tracks across the southeast including Hickory Motor Speedway, Myrtle Beach Speedway, and Greenville Pickens. Lee picked up two limited latemodel track championships at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2012 and 2013 along with the North Carolina rookie of the year in NASCAR Whelen All-American series in 2013. Veteran crew chief Jamie Jones will oversee the Win-Tron Racing entries for Shane Lee. Jones, Lee, and the Win-Tron Racing team will kick off the 2016 racing season with the ARCA series test at Daytona International Speedway on January 15-16 in preparation for the season opening Lucas Oil 200 on February 13, 2016. Lee will make his NCWTS debut at Martinsville Speedway on April 2.(White Gaulding Partners)(1-13-2016)
Theriault confident he'll land a ride for Daytona: Austin Theriault is in preliminary talks with a couple of teams in each of the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series and is optimistic he will be in a ride for at least the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on the weekend of Feb. 19-21. And he is hoping he will also land a multirace deal. "I'm more confident about Daytona than anything else [after Daytona]," said Theriault, who will turn 22 later this month. "There's a really good chance I'll be [racing] at Daytona." Theriault had a 13-race deal with Brad Keselowski Racing in the truck series last season but he missed four races after suffering a 10 percent compression fracture in his back after crashing at the Rhino Linings 350 on Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He had two top-five and four top-10 finishes in his first eight races before the crash. He returned for the final race and placed 12th at the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2014, he landed a three-race deal in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports and he has finishes of 15th, 18th and 21st. Theriault said he is also talking to sponsors and would like to land a deal that would involve a "substantial" number of races in either series. "I'm confident something will come together," said Theriault. "I would love to run a full schedule but, at this point, it would surprise me if that happens. It is possible. "There are a lot of conversations going on," he added.(Bangor Daily News)(1-8-2016)
BKR partners with Seiki: Brad Keselowski Racing today announced a partnership with Seiki, a leading television brand in HD and the emerging 4K Ultra HD display market. Seiki markets a full range of high-definition LED televisions that feature 4K Ultra HD and HD resolutions. The company and brand offers straightforward, reliable digital entertainment experience that is affordably priced and backed by a comprehensive customer support. BKR began to utilize Seiki products during the 2015 season with timing and scoring monitors and was quickly impressed with the improved quality and screen images. Seiki product are also used at the BKR racing facility to help the team prepare week in, week out. Additional partnership details and co-marketing activities for 2016 will be announced closer to launch of the 2016 BKR racing season.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(1-7-2016)
KBM announces addition of Manion, crew chief lineup: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced the addition of Kevin "Bono" Manion to the team's crew chief lineup for the team's three-truck effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2016. Manion will call the shots for the Tundra that will be shared by drivers Daniel Suarez and Cody Coughlin. Additionally, the team announced that 2015 Truck Series champion crew chief Rudy Fugle will be paired with 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion William Byron and veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter will guide Christopher Bell's efforts. Manion brings with him 12 years of experience as a NASCAR crew chief, spending the last 10 seasons in the Sprint Cup Series. The Massachusetts native collected five victories in his time atop the pit box in NASCAR's premier series, including two marquee wins with Jamie McMurray in 2010; the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Before graduating into NASCAR's top division, he guided Martin Truex Jr., to back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series titles in 2004 and 2005. In addition to his five Sprint Cup Series victories, Manion boasts 15 XFINITY Series wins; 13 with Truex Jr., and two with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Fugle begins his third season as a crew chief at KBM and fifth overall with the team. Under his tutelage last season, Erik Jones posted three wins, five poles, 925 laps led, 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes en route to becoming the youngest champion in Truck Series history and the first driver to collect both the Rookie of the Year and the series title in the same year. The duo also nabbed KBM its record-breaking fourth Truck Series Owner's championship last season, which was the second with Fugle calling the shots. In 2013, he led KBM's #51 Tundra team to a series-leading six wins and an Owner's Championship. The New York native's Truck Series drivers have totaled nine wins, six poles, 21 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes across his 44 races atop the pit box for KBM. Baxter begins his fourth season atop the pit box for KBM. Combined in his first three seasons, the California native's drivers posted seven wins, three poles, 1171 laps led, 24 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes across 67 starts. The veteran crew chief spent the 2015 season calling the shots for KBM's #51 team, which collected two wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes with drivers Daniel Suarez (12 starts), Matt Tifft (six starts), Kyle Busch (three starts) and Christopher Bell (one start) behind the wheel. In addition to his seven wins at KBM, his resume includes a Truck Series win with Cale Gale in 2012 and a NASCAR XFINITY Series win with David Reutimann in 2007.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(1-6-2016)
Viens, Harmon partner again: Tim Viens returns to the number #74 of Mike Harmon Racing for the 2016 Camping World Truck Series. Viens will run all 23 races in 2016 for Harmon, with sponsorship from racedaysponsor.com. A crew chief will be announced at a later date.(Tim Viens Racing)(1-5-2016)
UPDATE: Viens plans on working with Harmon on a limited schedule in the Truck Series and limited or part-time schedule in the Xfinity Series.(Tim Viens Racing)(1-6-2016)
Gase may run some truck races in 2016: Joey Gase has had one heck of an off-season. No, there were no big contracts or endorsement deals. But there were headlines. And awards. And significant conversations with sponsors, who will bring dollars to his fledging car owner and race team at Jimmy Means Racing. Gase has had to go through personal hell to get to this point, but as he's told the world so many times, that personal hell has been used to try and make the real world a better place. NASCAR, Comcast and Xfinity saw the work he's done through the Iowa Donor Network and Donate Life, and recognized him for it as the first Comcast Community Champion award winner in November - and with it came a $60,000 prize. He was thrust in front of NASCAR's elite, and the whole sport once again got to see what the Cedar Rapids native was made of. It wasn't just about hearing his story again. Gase donated all $60,000 of that prize money to the Iowa Donor Network - without really a second thought. He'll be back with Means in the #52 for the Xfinity Series season again in 2016, but with loads more respect. Gase has persevered to this point, both personally and professionally. His career-best finish of fifth at Talladega Superspeedway last spring got him attention for his on-track results, which have been an uphill battle with an underfunded team that's been around for decades. He finished 21st in driver points with an average finish of 27.5, including that fifth-place at Talladega as his only top five and top 10, and an average start position of 32.9. Those numbers show improvement over 2014, though, when Gase had an average start of 34.5, an average finish of 29.4 and was only running at the finish of 22 of 33 races (27 in 2015). It's baby steps, but while he works on putting more names on the recipient list for organ donation - thereby reducing the 120,000-person donation waitlist - he can work to find sponsors that will help fund a team he's trying to help improve. His existing sponsors have been over the moon about the award and its attention, Gase said. More attention can only help, and help means those dollars. It's already paid off in the way of Iowa Donor Network, who is working with Gase right now to secure a possible Camping World Truck Series ride at Iowa Speedway for the June 18 and 19 CWTS/NXS doubleheader.(The Gazette)(1-3-2016)
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