Penalties following Charlotte: The #30 team was handed down a P3 penalty for an infraction during opening day inspection at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Crew chief Mark Rette was fined $5,000. The #41 team received a written warning following an infraction during opening day inspection: truck trailing arms did not meet specifications.(NASCAR)(5-24-2016)
Crafton wins Truck Series Race at Charlotte: #88-Matt Crafton won his second consecutive Camping World Truck Series race, taking the checkered flag in the rain-delayed NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. The lead exchanged hands multiple times over the final 10 laps after green flag pitstops cycled through for fuel. Crafton reclaimed the lead with 3 to go. #18-Kyle Busch was second, followed by #21-Johnny Sauter, #29-Tyler Reddick, #11-Matt Tifft, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #17-Timothy Peters, #4-Christopher Bell, #19-Daniel Hemric, and pole-sitter, #9-William Byron.
There were 3 cautions for 14 laps and 14 lead changes among 9 leaders.
The average speed was 141.855mph.
Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf)(5-21-2016)
Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
Matt Crafton won the 14th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his 13th victory in 367 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in ten races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2016.
Johnny Sauter (third) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Matt Tifft (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie. It is his best career finish.
Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 12 points over Timothy Peters.
Driver standings following Charlotte:
1) #88-Matt Crafton, 161
2) #17-Timothy Peters, 149, -12
3) #19-Daniel Hemric, 144, -17
4) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 139, -22
5) #9-William Byron #, 135, -26
6) #81-Ryan Truex, 129, -32
7) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 127, -34
8) #29-Tyler Reddick, 125, -36
9) #4-Christopher Bell #, 124, -37
10) #21-Johnny Sauter, 120, -41
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-21-2016)
Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(5-21-2016)
Wauters inspired to help fellow smaller team until plans materialize: Veteran team owner and crew chief, Richie Wauters is serving as the interim crew chief for the #81 Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) Toyota Tundra driven by Ryan Truex. Wauters who has his own super late model and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team took a hiatus from his shop to help the small HRE team. Since Wauters teamed up with HRE at Kansas Speedway, Truex has had sixth place finish and a eighth place finish at Dover last weekend. Wauters will again be on the box for the running of the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday, May 20th. Richie Wauters: "Right now we have some things in the works for some truck (NCWTS) starts this season but until that materializes I wanted to help out the Hattori team (HRE). I know what it is like to be a small, underfunded, underdog team so I've been able to help them during the week at the shop and then at the track."(Wauters Motorsports)(5-20-2016)
Suarez truck has issues in post race UPDATE: ESPN's Bob Pockrass posted on his Twitter that the truck of second place finisher at Dover on Friday, Daniel Suarez, was found to be too high in post race inspection. Any penalties will be handed down next week.(5-13-2016)
UPDATE: The team was penalized for a P2 infraction. Crew chief (Kevin Manion) has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points. Additionally, the #07 team received a written warning for Truck trailing arms failing to meet specifications during opening day inspection. (NASCAR)(5-18-2016)
ThorSport, Rhodes team up with USA Cares: Alpha Energy Solutions, ThorSport Racing, and Ben Rhodes are honored to announce they have joined forces with USA Cares, a non-profit organization based in Radcliff, KY, to grow awareness of veteran and military families in crisis for two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races in 2016. USA Cares, which exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need, will adorn the #41 Toyota Tundra driven by Rhodes at both Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 20, and Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on October 1. Rhodes will also continue to run the USA Cares decal on the B-Post of his Tundra for the remainder of the 2016 NCWTS season as he competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the series championship title. USA Cares is committed to its mission of providing financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans and their families. USA Cares was launched through a grassroots partnership between the management of WAVE-3 TV (NBC) in Louisville, Kentucky; Kroger Food Stores - Mid-South Division; and the Fort Knox Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. The organization was dubbed Kentuckian Cares with a goal to raise funds to help military families in financial crisis through the sale of "Support Our Troops" yard signs. While $121,000 was raised, the need for assistance proved to be greater than the original initiative could meet. In October 2003, a new 501(c)(3), national organization now known as USA Cares was created with a toll-free call center to process the increasing number of requests for assistance.Today, almost 13 years later, USA Cares has responded to over 80,000 requests for assistance with over $11.8 million in indirect-support grants in all 50 states for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard clients. Through their fast response for assistance, application screening process, and the leverage they have with other organizations to provide assistance, USA Cares goal is to help restore financial stability and self-sufficiency by giving "a hand up." The organization strives to reach families at the earliest stage of intervention to prevent further financial distress and suffering, especially for the combat injured and their families.(See an image of the truck on the #41 Team Paint Schemes page)(ThorSport Racing)(5-16-2016)
Crafton wins Truck Series Race at Dover #88-Matt Crafton won the JACOB Companies 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday despite efforts by #51-Daniel Suarez in the closing laps. He settled for second. #4-Christopher Bell, #21-Johnny Sauter, #00-Cole Custer, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #29-Tyler Reddick, #81-Ryan Truex, #19-Daniel Hemric, and #33-Kaz Grala were the remainder of the top-10.
#9-William Byron inherited the pole after rain knocked out qualifying. He ended the race 11th..
There were 6 cautions for 29 laps and 3 lead changes among 4 leaders.
The average speed was 111.369mph.
Complete results are on the Dover race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Dover Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-13-2016)
RCR interested in Nemechek? John Hunter Nemechek's hard work is paying off. While there's nothing concrete in place, yet, team owners are taking notice - including Richard Childress. Richard Childress Racing, which is under the same Chevy banner as NEMCO Motorsports and provides engines to the company, has expressed interest in the second-generation racer. Although RCR suspended its truck operation following the 2014 season, there is ample space in Childress' Xfinity Series program - and another seat will open next year when Ty Dillon moves into a full-time Cup ride. "We've talked about it," Childress acknowledged. "We've talked about putting him in cars in different places. He's got a tremendous amount of potential. We've got seven cars now, so you're always looking at drivers and he comes from a great family - a great racing family." Torrey Galida, president of RCR, feels Nemechek would fit nicely into the program. "We've done their motors for the last couple of years and have great respect for Joe. If there was ever an opportunity, he's someone we'd look seriously at. Ultimately, that's Richard's decision, but he's a real good kid."(Motorsport)(5-12-2016)
JACOB Companies partners with Dover for Truck race name: JACOB Companies, a full-service general contractor that serves many states up and down the East Coast, has agreed to a multi-year deal to be the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Dover International Speedway, track officials announced today.The first event in the new partnership takes place this Friday, May 13, when the "JACOB Companies 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race takes the green flag at the Monster Mile. JACOB Companies, established in 2006, is licensed for construction management, design and building servicing the eastern sea board stretching from New England to Florida.(Dover International Speedway)(5-11-2016)
Young's to enter second truck at Iowa: Officials from Young's Motorsports today announced that the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team will field an additional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entry in the upcoming race at Iowa Speedway on June 18. Newcomer Derek Scott Jr. will join teammate and Midland, Texas native Tyler Young for the eighth race of the season. Scott, 16, hails from Franklin, Texas and began his racing career by achieving numerous go-kart wins and titles. Accelerating his path forward, Scott also has several starts in a NASCAR Pro and Super Late Model which includes two pro feature victories on top of numerous top-five performances in both divisions. While the team is enjoying a breakout year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the family-owned and operated team is also building a foundation as a driver development organization where the team specializes on the fundamentals of a core development structure. Debuting a second truck at Iowa Speedway adds to the inner circle of Young's Motorsports growth this season which includes a part-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East program with driver Reid Wilson. Sponsorship for Scott's entry is being finalized and will be announced closer to the event date.(Young's Motorsports)(5-10-2016)
Harmon honors truck drivers charity: Mike Harmon, driver of the #74, had a new decal, truckersfinalmile.org on his CWTS truck at Kansas last weekend. Mike recently became aware of this organization when a very close friend lost a family member, a big rig driver, while on a run. With no means or finances available to bring him home, the family began a search for any organization or charity that could help bring him back to his family. That search resulted in finding truckersfinalmile.org founded by trucker Robert Palm of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The family was extremely grateful and when Mike learned of this charity and how they were able to help this family and realizing the potential connections with the drivers of the many racecar haulers, Mike decided to bring awareness to this organization by donating the hood.(Mike Harmon Racing)(5-10-2016)
Sad news - Steve Turner: Steve Turner, a Texas businessman and one-time NASCAR team owner who won the 2012 Truck Series championship with driver James Buescher, died Thursday night with his family at his side, family members confirmed. After serving in the Navy and finding a great deal of success in the oil and gas industry, Turner's hobby in racing turned into a full-time racing operation in 1999 with the formation of Turner Motorsports, competing on dirt and asphalt tracks throughout Texas. In 2009, Turner Motorsports joined NASCAR competition and later that year he acquired Braun Racing, a successful team in what is now the Xfinity Series. In 2013, Turner joined with Harry Scott Jr. and the team was renamed Turner Scott Motorsports. The owners went their separate ways at the conclusion of the 2014 season.Turner most recently lived in Houston. Funeral arrangements are not available at this time.(Motorsport.com)(5-6-2016)
AND: "Steve Turner enjoyed a prolific career as an owner in both the NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, uncovering and cultivating young driving talent for a number of years. His passion to grow the sport was rewarded with a well-deserved championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012. The accomplishment was made all-the-more special as it was earned behind the driving skills of James Buescher, a young man Steve had the good fortune to call his son-in-law. NASCAR extends its condolences to Steve's family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed."(NASCAR)(5-9-2016)
NASCAR says they made mistake following restart: Upon further review, NASCAR officials admitted Saturday that they incorrectly called a restart late in Friday night's NASCAR Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. On the next to last restart of the Toyota Tundra 250, it appeared Timothy Peters had jumped the restart and started before then-leader Matt Crafton in the restart zone. NASCAR officials immediately placed the restart "under review" but eventually cleared Peters of any wrongdoing. On Saturday in the Sprint Cup Series drivers meeting, series director Richard Buck said Peters should have been penalized, even though he gave the spot back to Crafton. "That one's on us," Buck said. In answering a question to driver Carl Edwards, Buck also reminded drivers "giving back the spot" is not a way to avoid a penalty. Crafton said the following after the race about the questionable restart:"The No. 17 (Peters) just - the No. 9 (William Byron) pushed (Peters) and had a really good restart and got by us on that one, but it's a shame because I know this thing was so good. It's a brand new truck we just brought here and these guys worked really, really hard and we had the truck to beat and that's racing." After the incident, Peters' crew maintained Crafton didn't maintain speed in the restart zone but NASCAR officials said Saturday they determined that was not the case. Byron, 18, went on to win the race in a wild two-lap shootout. Several NASCAR drivers expressed their astonishment during the race that Peters didn't receive a penalty, including 2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.(Motorsport.com)(5-7-2016)
Byron wins Truck Series Race at Kansas #9-William Byron won the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, picking up his first career win in dramatic fashion. A late caution as Byron led extended the race into overtime. He lost the lead to #21-Johnny Sauter and #41-Ben Rhodes after the restart, but the two made contact in turn 3 on the final lap and wrecked, handing the lead back to Byron.
#88-Matt Crafton finished second, followed by #19-Daniel Hemric, #4-Christopher Bell, #24-Clint Bowyer, #81-Ryan Truex, #00-Cole Custer, #17-Timothy Peters, #33-Ben Kennedy, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
#05-John Wes Townley led the field to green after earning his first career pole, but was involved in an accident early and finished 26th.
There were 11 cautions for 47 laps and 19 lead changes among 9 leaders.
The average speed was 108.511mph.
Complete results are on the Kansas race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf) (5-6-2016)
Haas driver to enter 2 events: Nick Drake, a Haas Racing development driver will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut next weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Drake, 20, will drive the #49 Haas Automation Chevy Silverado in the Dover 200 on May 13 in a collaborative effort between JR Motorsports and Premium Motorsports. Dave McCarty, a longtime veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will serve as crew chief. In addition to Dover, Drake will also compete in the June 18 American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in the same capacity. He will test at the 0.75-mile short track on Tuesday, May 30. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West winner at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in 2014 competed in the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season last year for Bill McAnally Racing where he posted two top-fives and seven top-10 en route to an eighth-place finish in the championship standings. Overall, the Mooresville, North Carolina-native has 30 K&N East starts with six top-fives and 15 top-10 runs.(Catchfence.com)(5-6-2016)
New crew chief for Townley with Shelton departure: Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway will mark the last race for Michael Shelton as crew chief for John Wes Townley and Athenian Motorsports. Shelton and the team will part on good terms as Shelton will take a new interest outside of racing, the team added. Shelton, the 2012 championship NCWTS crew chief for James Buescher has been with the Concord, North Carolina-based team since the end of the 2014 season. Jimmy Villeneuve, the team's current truck chief will replace Shelton while Athenian Motorsports says they are narrowing down candidates to take his current spot. Villeneuve who also has been with the team since the end of 2014 will assume his new role next week at Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the May 13 race. Shelton will start his 134th truck race as crew chief Friday night and look to give Townley his second career win. Overall, Shelton has seven wins, 34 top-fives and 72 top-10s, including five poles. For Townley, Shelton steered the Watkinsville, Georgia native to his first career win at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last October and has collected three top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes along the way.(Catchfence.com)(5-5-2016)
2017 NASCAR schedule released: NASCAR announced the 2017 schedules for its three national series, giving fans and stakeholders a significant head start in planning for next season's thrilling slate. A credit to unprecedented industry collaboration, specifically the five-year sanctioning agreement between NASCAR and its tracks, the sanctioning body finalized its 2017 schedules months ahead of previous years' release. The result: Three unique schedules featuring race tracks that have hosted record-setting races already this season, with the majority of the slate still remaining.
A notable change in the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series schedule includes a date swap between a track that just hosted one of the most competitive races in its history, and one that will showcase the lower downforce competition package this coming weekend.Talladega Superspeedway, which last Sunday had the second-highest total of green flag passes for the lead ever recorded (213), will become the second race in the Round of 12 in 2017 (Oct. 15). Kansas Speedway will now become the third and final race in that round (Oct. 22). Texas Motor Speedway's spring Cup race shifts to Sunday (Apr. 9), a move expected to produce great racing action like that seen after Richmond International Raceway switched to a Sunday race for the 2016 season. Other changes in the NASCAR Cup schedule include Dover International Speedway's spring date move to June 4, a week after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28). Michigan International Speedway's second race will return to its traditional early August slot, on Aug. 13. The NASCAR Cup Series 2017 schedule opens with The Great American Race, the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26. The season culminates with the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will kick off at Daytona on Feb. 25, and crown its champion at Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 18. Its schedule features four standalone events - Iowa Speedway (July 29), Mid-Ohio (Aug. 12), Road America (Aug. 26) and Kentucky Speedway, the first event in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase (Sept. 23). For the second consecutive season, Iowa will host a NASCAR XFINITY Series-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series companion weekend on June 23-24.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opens its season at Daytona on Feb. 24, and culminates at Homestead on Nov. 17. Five standalone races are included among the 2017 lineup: Texas Motor Speedway (June 9), Gateway Motorsports Park (June 17), Eldora Speedway (July 19), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Aug. 27) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 30). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase once again begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 23).(NASCAR)
See the 2017 Camping World Truck Series schedule
See the 2017 XFINITY Series schedule
See the 2017 Cup Series schedule(5-5-2016)
Rhodes partners with Delta Dental, plans visit to Derby Day: 19-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Rhodes today announced a partnership with Delta Dental of Kentucky, the oldest and largest dental carrier in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to help promote the importance of great oral health as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, Rookie of the Year, and Most Popular Driver Award winner, will appear in the Delta Dental Celebrity Green Room at the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7th. Delta Dental of Kentucky is also a sponsor of the "On Track with Ben Rhodes" show, a 30-minute weekly television show on WBKI-34 that features Rhodes and WHAS-TV Sports Anchor Kent Spencer as they interview local Louisville community and business leaders as well as documenting Rhodes' racing career. Rhodes, who pilots the #41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra with ThorSport Racing, competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the series' championship title, will race the night before the Kentucky Derby at Kansas Speedway, traveling overnight to be in the Delta Dental Celebrity Green Room on Derby day. The Kentucky Derby not only puts Kentucky in the national spotlight but also stimulates economic growth throughout the state and promotes many charitable activities during the Derby season.(Ben Rhodes)(5-4-2016)
Bell spends break in truck schedule in victory lane: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series may have been idle for four consecutive weekends, but 21-year-old Christopher Bell didn't let the break slow him down. Since the last Truck Series event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 2, Bell has managed to find himself in the seat of a race car each weekend in an effort to keep his skills sharp for when he gets back behind the wheel of his No. 4 JBL Tundra for Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Bell, who won a combined 44 feature events across a variety of disciplines of motorsports in 2014 and 2015, picked up his first two victories of 2016 during the month of April. The Oklahoma native had a dominant win in Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) Super Late Model in the CARS Racing Tour Super Late Model Tour Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C., on April 16. After qualifying second, he took the lead on lap 10 and remained out front for the remainder of the 150-lap event. The win marked his third in as many starts at the .375-mile paved oval since making his transition to pavement racing late in 2014. After a two-day Truck Series Rookie test at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 18 and 19, Bell headed to Salem (Ind.) Speedwayon April 24, where he made his ARCA Racing Series debut with Venturini Motorsports. The talented youngster started the 200-lap event at the high-banked .555-mile oval from the second position and went on to lead of race-high 91 laps en route to victory. The open-wheel dirt standout nearly collected a third victory last weekend while making his first start of the season in the Performance Open Wheel Racing Inc. (POWRi) National Midget Series at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill. After starting on the front row, he held a sizable lead with just over 10 laps remaining in the 30-lap feature, but ended upside down on the exit of Turn 4 after contact from a lapped vehicle. After restarting at the tail end of the field, the former USAC Midget National champion was able to work his way back into the top 10 before the end of the race.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(5-3-2016)
Cobb celebrates 25 years of racing: In May, 1991 a 17-year old graduate of Schlage High School named Jennifer Jo Cobb made her first start as a race car driver at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Little did she and her supporters know that 25 years later she would be one of only two females to compete consistently full-time at the big leagues of NASCAR and even more uniquely so, be a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owner. Jennifer Jo Cobb returns to the Kansas Speedway in her Mark One Electric Chevrolet Silverado to compete in the Toyota Tundra 250 on Friday evening, May 6. The race will mark her 118th start in the series. In her 25 years of racing Cobb has many notable accomplishments in the NCWTS including highest finishing female driver, (6th, Daytona), highest female points finisher (17th in 2010 and 16th in 2014) and the woman with the most starts in the series (117). In 2016 Jennifer is running a full season in NCWTS and select races in NASCAR's XFINITY Series. Between race events, Jennifer makes appearances for her sponsors, is a public speaker and runs the daily operations of her racing businesses.
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