Crafton wins Atlanta: #88-Matt Crafton won the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after leading a race high 85 of the 200 laps. It was his sixth career win. #33-Ty Dillon finished second, followed by: #11-Ben Kennedy, #33- Ty Dillon, #51-Daniel Suarez, #19-Tyler Reddick, #98-Johnny Sauter, #4-Erik Jones, #31-James Buescher, #17-Timothy Peters, and #8-Joe Nemechek. There were 3 caution flags for 13 laps and 6 lead changes among 5 leaders.
#11-Ben Kennedy started the race from the pole, led only the opening lap, but ran within the top-five throughout the day before finishing third.
Complete results are on the Atlanta race results page (pdf).(2-28-2015)
Atlanta Race Fast Facts:
Matt Crafton won the 7th Running Hyundai Construction Equipment 200, his sixth victory in 340 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ty Dillon(i) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
Ben Kennedy (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
Tyler Reddick leads the point standings by 2 points over Matt Crafton.
Driver standings following Atlanta:
1) #19-Tyler Reddick, 87
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 85 -2
3) #4-Erik Jones, 80, -7
4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 72, -15
5) #31-James Buescher, 63, -24
6) #99-Bryan Silas, 60, -27
7) #11-Ben Kennedy, 58, -29
8) #07-Ray Black, Jr., 58, -29
9) #8-Joe Nemechek, 58, -29
10) #08-Korbin Forrister, 53, -31
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(2-28-2015)
Owner Standings following Atlanta are posted (pdf).(2-28-2015)
Keselowski on pole at Atlanta: #29-Brad Keselowski won the pole for Saturday's Truck Series return to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the running of the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200. Keselowski earned the pole with a speed of 177.045mph. #11-Ben Kennedy will start second, followed by: #4-Erik jones, #13-Cameron Hayley, #51-Daniel Suarez, #05-John Wes Townely, #54-Justin Boston, #8-Joe Nemechek, #31-James Buescher, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #19-Tyler Reddick, and #14-Daniel Hemric.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #4-Erik Jones with a speed of 179.557mph.
#19-Tyler Reddick was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 178.332mph.
UPDATE: #29-Brad Keselowski will start 10th and #11-Ben Kennedy will start from the pole. NASCAR ruled Keselowski did not get back to the line before time expired in qualifying.(2-28-2015)
See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(2-28-2015)
Atlanta Qualifying Notes:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 7th Running Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 with a lap of 31.314 seconds, 177.045 mph.
This is his second pole in 63 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
This is his first pole in four races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ben Kennedy (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2015 and his first in one races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (third) posted his first top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his second in two races this season.
Erik Jones (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(2-28-2015)
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)
Keselowski fastest in practice: #29-Brad Keselowski was fastest in the lone practice session during the trucks return to Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 178.695mph. #4-Erik Jones was second, followed by #13-Cameron Hayley, #51-Daniel Suarez, #05-John Wes Townley, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #19-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, #31-James Buescher, and #54-Justin Boston. 31 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Atlanta practice speeds page (pdf).(2-27-2015)
Entry list: There are 33 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A few notes:
The #01 is TBA;
Brad Keselowski is in the #29;
The #35 is TBA;
Ryan Sieg is in the #39;
Garrett Smithley is in the #63;
The #86 is TBA;
Wendell Chavous is in the #94; (2-23-2015)
UPDATE: Brandon Brown is in the #86; Timmy Hill in the #1;(2-27-2015)
UPDATE 2: The #35 and the #82 have withdrawn, bringing entries to 31;(2-27-2015)
See the complete list on the Atlanta entry list page.
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 188.8.131.52 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;
184.108.40.206 - 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)
Smithley, HEROBOX.org partner with Mittler team for Atlanta: Garrett Smithley will be returning to his old stomping grounds at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend to make his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in the #63 HEROBOX.org Chevy Silverado. The 22 year old first started his racing career at AMS behind the wheel of a Bandolero, followed by Legend cars, just down the road from his hometown in Peachtree City, GA. Not only is Garrett a 'local', his partner for the race, HEROBOX.org also is based in Peachtree City, only 25 miles from the speedway. In addition to HEROBOX.org appearing on Smithley's #63 Mittler Brothers Chevy Silverado he continues his growing associations with SegPay, MUVI/Veho, Airtype and Enduring Gratitude. HEROBOX.org will invite veterans from the Atlanta area to the Atlanta Motor Speedway as their special VIP guests to see Garrett Smithley in action at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.(See images of the truck on the #63 Team Paint Schemes page)(Garrett Smithley Racing)(2-24-2015)
Sieg pulling double duty in Atlanta UPDATE: Georgia native Ryan Sieg will race in both the XFINITY and Camping World truck races this Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sieg, who is running full time in the NXS, only plans on racing in this truck series race this season. The Big Green Egg, Pull-A-Part, and iHeartRadio will be primary sponsors for the truck series effort which will remain the #39. The XFINITY car will have sponsorship from Uncle Bob's Self Storage. Additionally, JoeUSA.com will be an associate sponsor for both races this weekend.(RSS Racing)(2-23-2015)
UPDATE: Another Georgia based company has stepped up as an associate sponsor of the #39 Chevy for this weekends race in Atlanta. Woodard Pools of Waycross, GA will be an associate sponsor of the the Ryan Sieg driven truck. Davy Woodard and long time truck series owner Billy Ballew will assist this weekend in a joint effort with RSS Racing.(RSS Racing)(2-24-2015)
Lucy Angel partners with KBM, Boston for Atlanta: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today country music band Lucy Angel will be featured on Justin Boston's #54 Toyota Tundra in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 28. Lucy Angel is an American country music family trio consisting of mother Kate Anderton and her two daughters, Lindsay and Emily. They released their debut self-titled album in January, and are currently starring in a docu-series entitled "Discovering Lucy Angel," which premiered on AXS TV in January. "Discovering Lucy Angel" follows the mother-daughter trio Lucy Angel and the rest of their family, the Andertons, as they work to launch their music career in Nashville. This 13-episode, country music-themed docu-series captures the ups and downs of the family's lives as they make a name for themselves in country music. Follow the endearing Andertons while out on tour and in their family home in Franklin, Tenn., every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT only on AXS TV.(See images of the truck on the #54 Team Paint Schemes page)(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(2-23-2015)
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)
Reddick wins at Daytona: #19-Tyler Reddick won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday. #4-Erik Jones finished second followed by #20-Scott Lagasse, #29-Austin Theriault, #07-Ray Black, Jr., #92-David Gilliland, #99-Bryan Silas, #88-Matt Crafton, #51-Daniel Suarez, and #98-Johnny Sauter.
There were 6 caution flags for 28 laps and 14 lead changes among 7 leaders.
#33-Ty Dillon started the race from the pole and finished 11th after leading for 37 laps.
Complete results are on the Daytona race results page (pdf).(2-20-2015)
Daytona Race Fast Facts:
Tyler Reddick won the 16th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250, his first victory in 18 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 two races at Daytona International Speedway.
Erik Jones (second) posted his first top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
Scott Lagasse Jr.(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Daytona International Speedway.
Erik Jones (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
Tyler Reddick leads the point standings by 6 points over Erik Jones #.
Driver standings following Daytona:
1) #19-Tyler Reddick, 48
2) #51-Erik Jones, 42, -6
3) #29-Austin Theriault, 41, -7
4) #07-Ray Black, Jr., 39, -9
5) #99-Bryan Silas, 37, -11
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 37, -11
7) #98-Johnny Sauter, 34, -14
8) #08-Korbin Forrister, 32, -16
9) #02-Tyler Young, 32, -16
10) #6-Norm Benning, 30, -18
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(2-20-2015)
Owner Standings following Daytona are posted (pdf).(2-20-2015)
Dillon on pole at Daytona: #33-Ty Dillon won the pole for the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night with a speed of 188.774mph. #94-Travis Kvapil will start second, followed by: #19-Tyler Reddick, #29-Austin Theriault, #31-James Buescher, #11-Ben Kennedy, #4-Erik Jones, #84-Chris Fontaine, #20-Scott Lagasse, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #23-Spencer Gallagher with a speed of 190.146mph.
#13-Cameron Hayley was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 186.656mph..
See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(2-20-2015)
Daytona Qualifying Notes:
Ty Dillon(i) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a lap of 47.676 seconds, 188.774 mph.
This is his fifth pole in 50 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
This is his first pole in three races at Daytona International Speedway.
Travis Kvapil (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2015 and his sixth in nine races at Daytona International Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (third) posted his second top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first this season.
Austin Theriault (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(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)
Kvapil gets Daytona sponsor: Chargebacks911, a dynamic risk management company, will be supporting the #94 Chevy Silverado team, with driver Travis Kvapil, at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 20th in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Premium Motorsports will make its debut in The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Travis Kvapil will drive the #94 Chargebacks 911 Chevy Truck in Daytona. The new team branding mimics the goals of Chargebacks911, making this sponsorship a meaningful partnership. Both organizations strive to be the best in the industry by implementing creative solutions and unparalleled work ethic.(Premium Motorsports)(2-20-2015)
Sauter fastest in final practice: #98-Johnny Sauter was fastest in final practice for the Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 190.617 mph. He was followed by #13-Cameron Hayley, #29-Austin Theriault, #33-Ty Dillon, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #50-Cody Ware, #99-Bryan Silas, #02-Tyler Young, #8-Joe Nemechek, and #51-Daniel Suarez. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-19-2015)
BKR adds sponsor: Brad Keselowski Racing today announced its partnership with UCoat It for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. UCoat It will be an associate sponsor for both of the organization's two full-time entries in the 23 race series. The company will not only be visible on both the #19 and #29 Ford F-150 race trucks but will also play a major role in the construction of the team's new Statesville, N.C., facility.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(2-19-2015)
Hill fastest in first practice: #82-Austin Hill was fastest during opening practice of the 2015 season at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 188.509 mph. #94-Travis Kvapil was second, followed by #05-John Wes Townley, #88-Matt Crafton, #33-Ty Dillon, #20-Scott Lagasse, #14-Daniel Hemric, #17-Timothy Peters, #31-James Buescher, and #45-Matt Tifft. 36 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Daytona practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-19-2015)
Buescher happy for part-time role with NTS, hoping to expand: On Friday night, James Buescher will return to his NASCAR roots and compete in the season opener of the Camping World truck series at Daytona International Speedway. He will join Matt Crafton, going for an unprecedented third consecutive title, as former series champions in the field. Buescher will be the most thankful driver in the race. When Buescher, 24, climbed out of his car after the final race last season in the Xfinity series, formerly known as Nationwide, he wondered if his promising NASCAR career had run aground. Buescher finished 10th in his first full season in the series as his team went through the usual first-year learning experience. What mattered most was that RAB Racing had lost a major sponsor, Rheem Manufacturing. Without the resource, RAB shut down Buescher's team. As a free agent, Buescher attracted interest from teams at all three top NASCAR levels, but nothing came together. It often was a question of finances. Organizations liked Buescher for his driving skills, but the hard truth is that openings are decreasing because sponsorships have become more difficult to arrange. It is a constant headache for young drivers such as Buescher. He was on the outside looking in until about two weeks ago, when NTS Motorsports came up with a deal in the trucks series with the #31 Chevy Silverado. Buescher will be reunited with Chris Rice, his crew chief for 14 races last season. Buescher is set for five races, none at his home track of Texas Motor Speedway. The organization hopes to put together sponsorship for him to compete for another championship in the full season. The spread-out schedule for the trucks helps. After Daytona, there will be only two races in the next 11 weeks. That gives NTS time to attract the needed support for when the season begins in earnest in May.(Dallas Morning News)(2-19-2015)
Hill to run Daytona with Empire UPDATE : 2014 NASCAR NEXT inductee Austin Hill will continue his climb through the racing ranks, after an exclusive announcement to Race Chaser Online Thursday evening that he will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway for Empire Racing. Hill, who will also compete in this weekend's ARCA Racing Series event at the World Center of Racing, will make his third career Truck Series start (he ran two events during the 2014 season) with backing from the Sean Corr-led team.
Corr also revealed that the team has plans following Speedweeks as well. "I don't know if I can release the name, but I do know we have a driver running the truck for us at the Atlanta race, after Daytona."(Race Chaser Online)(2-13-2015)
UPDATE: NASCAR Next driver Austin Hill continues his climb through the racing ranks, coming off a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at New Smyrna Speedway last Sunday to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener Friday at Daytona International Speedway for Empire Racing Group. Hill, who also competed in last weekend's ARCA Racing Series event at the "World Center of Racing," will make his third career Camping World Truck Series start in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 driving the #82 Empire Racing Group Ford.(Empire Racing)(2-19-2015)
Kapoya Energy Drinks partners with Silas: After a career-best season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last year, Bryan Silas and his T3R2 team hope to stretch that momentum into Friday's season-opener with the announcement of Kapoya Energy Drinks as the primary sponsor of the team's #99 Chevy Silverado for the NextEra Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Kapoyatruck2Kapoya is a Florida based company and is known for their unique and original flavors, giving you the premium zero to five calorie(s) energy drinks. With Kapoya's unique taste, you are sure to "Feel the Kick." Unlike other energy drinks, Kapoya is sugar-free and features no taurine and essential B-Vitamins, allowing you to perform at peak levels. Friday night's race will mark their first foray into NASCAR. After a year where Silas recorded two top-10 finishes en route to a 10th place finish in the championship standings, the 27-year old driver is anxiously awaiting to see what his family-owned team can deliver this season. Cal Boprey who joined the team at Dover International Speedway last June will return as crew chief for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.(See images of the truck on the #99 Team Paint Schemes page)(T3R2)(2-19-2015)
NASCAR adjusts Daytona qualifying format: NASCAR announced on Wednesday that it will update the procedure for this week's NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying at Daytona International Speedway. "We continue to work in collaboration with the industry to implement the most exciting and competitive qualifying format, especially as it relates to Superspeedways," NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said. " As a result, we have made a few adjustments to the format for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series events later this week at Daytona. We will continue to review the qualifying format for future Superspeedway events."
For Camping World Truck Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (Friday, 4:45pm/et, FOX Sports 1) and XFINITY Coors Light Pole Qualifying (Saturday, 12:15pm/et, FOX Sports 1), the field will be broken into four groups with a quarter of the field in each group.
In Round 1, groups will be set based on a random draw. Each group will be staged by NASCAR officials at the exit of pit road, and each vehicle must have its left-side tires on the outside line of a pit boxes. The vehicles will be staged with adequate spacing between vehicles to allow each driver the opportunity to roll off of pit road at his or her discretion. Once the vehicle starts rolling, it cannot stop. It must proceed to the track. The vehicles may go one at a time or in a group, but they must keep rolling once they start.
Each group will have two minutes and 30 seconds -- half the previous allotted time -- to complete a lap. There will be a three-minute break between each of the four groups in Round 1 and then a 10-minute break between Rounds 1 and 2. The fastest 24 times advance to Round 2.
In Round 2, the 12 odd-ranked vehicles (fastest to slowest) in Round 1 will be in the first group, and the 12 even-ranked vehicles (fastest to slowest) in Round 1 will be in the second group. The staging process will be the same, and each group will have two minutes and 30 seconds to complete a lap with a three-minute break between groups. After a 10-minute break, the top 12 advance to Round 3.
In Round 3, the top 12 vehicles will have two minutes and 30 seconds to complete a lap.
All other qualifying rules will apply with normal cooling procedures and the lineup set per the rule book.
The rules update comes three days after Daytona 500 qualifying, which saw a wreck in Round 1 and drivers waiting until the last possible second to cross the start/finish line to complete a lap. On Sunday, Jeff Gordon, the last driver to cross the under the flagstand before the red and black flags waved in the final round, won the Coors Light Pole for the Great American Race.(NASCAR)(2-18-2015)
Entry list: There are 34 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. A few notes:
Donnie Neuenberger is in the #1;
Norm Benning will drive his #6 Chevy;
The #08 is TBA;
Scott Lagasse is driving the #20;
Ty Dillon will drive the #33;
The #50 for MAKE Motorsports is listed as TBA, but was announced as Cody Ware;
Daniel Suarez will drive the #51 for Kyle Busch;
Jordan Anderson will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon.(2-16-205)
UPDATE: Korbin Forrister WILL BE IN THE #08;(2-18-205)
See the complete list on the Daytona entry list page.
10th anniversary for Red Horse: Celebrating 10 years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundras will carry a commemorative 10th Anniversary decal on the B-post throughout the season. Since entering Truck Series competition in 2005, RHR has logged 429 starts, earning 13 wins, 86 top-five finishes, 181 top-10 finishes and 11 pole awards, and has an average starting position of 13.3 and an average finishing position of 14.2.(Red Horse Racing)(2-18-2015)
Tilted Kilt joins SS for Daytona: The first time Korbin Forrister ever ran on a paved racetrack he was testing an ARCA series car in the world's most famous high-banked track. Since that day the Georgia driver has dreamed of returning to the Daytona International Speedway to compete in a NASCAR race. That dream will come true on Friday night when he takes the wheel of the SS Green Light Racing #08 Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery Chevy Silverado for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250. Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery will adorn the hood and quarter panels of Forrister's Chevy Silverado for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Veteran crew chief Tripp Bruce will be calling the shots for Forrister from atop the SS Green Light Racing pit box this season.(SS Green Light Racing)(2-18-2015)
Kennedy, Local Motors team up: Red Horse Racing announced today that Local Motors, a cutting-edge technology company, will partner with Ben Kennedy in 2015. The multi-race sponsorship of the #11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra will kick off with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 20. The partnership between Local Motors and Kennedy introduces co-creation to the NASCAR world. Similar to crowdsourcing, co-creation has been perfected by the Local Motors team, who uses the concept to bring groundbreaking vehicles to market at breakneck speeds. Notable Local Motors vehicles that have been co-created include the Rally Fighter, the world's first co-created car and the Strati, the world's first 3D-printed car. Co-creation will offer fans of racing unprecedented access to interact with the driver, the race team and the #11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra. Using the Local Motors web-based application, fans will have the opportunity to be part of the race experience like never before. The fans are invited to co-create alongside Kennedy and the RHR team online, where they can join discussions about the technical aspects of the races, meet and converse with other fans, upload and share photos, offer ideas on how to improve, and participate in a variety of challenges - all to benefit the team, the sport and vehicle innovation at large. The first challenge, launching this April at LocalMotors.com, will be a Design Challenge to crowdsource a custom graphic for one of Kennedy's race helmets. The winning design will be chosen by fans, Kennedy and the RHR team, and will debut at the May 15 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Later challenges will include aspects up to and including vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, race set-ups and more.(See an image of the truck on the #11 Team Paint Schemes page)(Red Horse Racing)(2-17-2015)
Atlanta race gets sponsor: Leading earthmoving and material-handling equipment manufacturer, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., has been named the title sponsor of the Feb. 28, 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will be named the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200. The race, preceded by the Hisense 250 XFINITY Series race, will be the second in a unique Saturday NASCAR doubleheader, as the Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2012. Located in Norcross, Georgia, a key business hub in the state, Hyundai Construction's facilities include a warehouse and office space for the company's finance, sales and service operations for its construction equipment and forklift product lines. The Hyundai brand has a global reputation as a leader in providing its customers with innovative, high-quality equipment that serves all facets of the construction industry.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(2-17-2015)
Cobb starting 5th full-time season: Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing enters its 5th full-time season of competition this week beginning in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextERA Energy Resources 250 on Friday, February 20 at Daytona International Speedway. In mid-2015 Cobb will celebrate her 100th NCWTS race and is honoring female military members through her foundation, Driven2Honor, with fundraisers and events tied to the historic start. Joining JJCR to kick off this monumental season are associate sponsors Arrow Truck Sales, Black Shale Development, and Proactive Occupational Medicine. The team specializes in affordable sponsorships for small to medium size businesses and will partner with dozens of companies throughout the year.(JJC Racing)(2-16-2015)
Boat set for partial run in trucks: Chad Boat is set to run select NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2015 starting with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 21. The 2015 season will also see Boat make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the #16 Chevy Silverado for BBM. The Phoenix, Arizona native is scheduled to run select NCWTS races beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, alongside teammate Mason Mingus who will run the full NCWTS 2015 season for BBM.(Billy Boat Motorsports)(2-16-2015)
MAKE expands to two teams, plans to run full schedule: MAKE Motorsports announced today the addition of a second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team to its 2015 lineup. MAKE Motorsports will field the #50 and #1 Chevy Silverados with plans to run both trucks full time. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series newcomer Cody Ware will pilot the #50 Chevy Silverado full time with primary sponsor Burnie beginning at Daytona International Speedway. The #1 Eagle Convenience Stores Chevy will be driven by Donnie Neuenberger in the season opener with multiple drivers scheduled in 2015. A third-generation driver, Ware competed in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series in 2014, collecting two wins and receiving Rookie of the Year honors in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo class. Ware also made four starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with a career-best finish of 15th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In October, he made his NASCAR Camping World Truck series debut at Talladega Superspeedway. Burnie, the new all wood, self-burning grill, will be the primary sponsor on the #50 Chevy Silverado this season. Since Burnie officially launched in January 2015, its sponsorship with MAKE Motorsports marks the first opportunity to strategically partner with a like-minded organization to reach camping enthusiasts. The #1 Chevy Silverado will have several drivers at the helm in 2015, beginning with Donnie Neuenberger at Daytona International Speedway. Neuenberger has made 23 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including five starts at Daytona. The primary sponsor on the #1 will be Eagle Convenience Stores with Lilly trucking and Bubba Burger as associates. MAKE Motorsports will sport the following associates on both trucks: BUBBA Burger, AKL Insurance Group, Elite Holdings, Lilly Trucking of Virginia, and WIX Filters.(See images of the trucks on the #1 Team Paint Schemes page and #50 Team Paint Schemes page)(MAKE Motorsports)(2-13-2015)
Tri-Analytics joins Anderson for multi-race partnership: After a productive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut consisting of starts in the final two races of 2014, Jordan Anderson will continue his progression and make his first attempt to race at the historic Daytona International Speedway in next week's NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Feb. 20. Anderson, who hails from Forest Acres, SC, has put his past racing experience and college degree to work in creating the opportunity to go racing this year. Along with preparing the race truck in the shop, he has worked beside several new-to-the-series companies to procure partnerships for this season. Florida based technology consulting firm Tri-Analytics will serve as the primary sponsor for Anderson on his #74 entry at Daytona. The sponsorship will mark both the company's debut on a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry and the first event of a multi-race partnership with Anderson.(See an image of the truck on the #74 Team Paint Schemes page)(Jordan Anderson Racing)(2-13-2015)
Menards, partnering sponsors continue with ThorSport in 2015: Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Matt Crafton, and primary sponsor, Menards, announced today they have renewed their partnership for the 2015 NCWTS season. The extended partnership with Menards in 2015 will mark the 11th consecutive season that Crafton will drive the #88 Menards Toyota Tundra. The Tulare, California native has scored all five of his career NCWTS wins and two consecutive championships piloting the iconic day-glow Menards Toyota Tundra and enters the 2015 NCWTS season aiming to make it three in a row. Joining Menards on the #88 will be vendor partners Damp Raid, Fisher Nuts, Hormel Pepperoni, Slim Jim, Chi-Chi's, Great Lakes Flooring, Rip It Energy, IDEAL Door, and FVP.(ThorSport Racing)(2-12-2015)
Forrister to run 15 races for SS Green Light: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce that Korbin Forrister has signed to drive the #08 Chevy Silverado for a minimum of fifteen races in the 2015 Camping World Truck Series schedule starting with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona on February 20th. The schedule will be expanded if additional funding is secured. SS Green Light Racing co-owner Bobby Dotter will oversee the #08 Chevy team with veteran crew chief Tripp Bruce calling the shots from atop the pit box while B.J. McLeod will serve as team manager. B.J. McLeod Motorsports will provide additional team members and equipment for Forrister's run for NCWTS Rookie of the Year. Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery and The Wounded Warrior Project have joined in the sponsorship of Forrister's Chevrolets. Additional sponsors will be announced in the near future.(SS Green Light Racing)(2-11-2015)
Nextant returns as primary sponsor with Sauter: Cleveland, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace, a Directional Aviation Capital company and the world leader in business aircraft remanufacturing, soared into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Serie in 2014 as the primary sponsor of Johnny Sauter and ThorSport Racing. In 2015, Nextant Aerospace will continue their presence on the #98 Toyota Tundra driven by perennial championship contender, Johnny Sauter, as well as associate sponsorship throughout 2015. The partnership, which is in its second season, is due to take flight for its first primary race of the season at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway later this month. Nextant Aerospace and ThorSport Racing are proud of their shared Ohio heritage. For ThorSport Racing, its geographical location, far from the hub of NASCAR in North Carolina, makes the organization's NCWTS success, which includes two championships, 15 wins, 12 poles, 132 top-five, and 278 top-10 finishes, all the more significant. To make its competitive efforts more efficient, ThorSport Racing acquired a Nextant 400XTi to support racing logistics. In addition to Atlanta Motor Speedway, Nextant Aerospace will also adorn Sauter's #98 Toyota Tundra at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (May), Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (June), Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. (June), Iowa Speedway in Newton (June), Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (July), Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (July), Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (August), Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (August), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (August), Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet (Sept.), Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (Oct.), Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway (Nov.), and the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway (Oct.).(ThorSport Racing)(2-11-2015)
Ellis returns to FDNY team part-time: Ryan Ellis, who ran 21 races in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series last year, is set to embark on a new journey in 2015. Racing a combination of the two divisions, the Virgina-native is set to run at least four events for FDNY Racing, owned by Jim Rosenblum, along with the possibility of an extensive schedule in both divisions. "I have four to six Truck Series races," Ellis told Frontstretch.com on Tuesday afternoon. "That's just with the FDNY team, but there could be a bunch more coming. I haven't really had too many talks with truck teams as of yet. I'm focusing on XFINITY. I'm hoping to run somewhere between 10 and 15 XFINITY full races. That will come as I figure out my sponsorship because I do have a lot of offers out there. I have a couple of races at Mid-Ohio and Road America that look really promising with a really good team." Although Ellis has yet to officially sign with any team besides FDNY Racing, the former sports car racer is going to be in the XFINITY Series for nearly half of the 2015 season. Along with a partial schedule in NASCAR's second-tier division, he is hoping to run the majority of the Truck Series slate, with a potential deal in place to put him in a truck in the races he will not be with the #28 team. Rosenblum's FDNY colors will be on the track at the season-opener at Daytona for the NextEra Energy Resources 250, along with the Charlotte race in May, Pocono and Talladega.(Frontstretch.com)(2-11-2015)
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