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  • Lucas Oil to sponsor Chicagoland truck race: Chicagoland Speedway today announced Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this September. The Lucas Oil 225 will hit the track for a night race on Friday, Sept. 12, as part of a triple-header weekend to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. In recent years Lucas Oil has produced a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. "Lucas Oil has made good racing oil for a very long time that really works," Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas said. "We are very excited to be the title sponsor for the Lucas Oil 225 in September and look forward to presenting thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing for the enjoyment of the Chicagoland fans."(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-15-2014)

  • Minor planning multiple races: It's taken some time and a lot of work, but Ted Minor has joined the world of NASCAR. Minor took part in a practice session in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville, Va., late last month. Due to some mechanical problems, he was unable to race, but Minor said he learned a lot during his time in Virginia. After working at the Pentagon in the Air Force, Minor returned to Dallas to work in the telecommunications field. Upon his return, he turned his love of watching racing into racing itself, competing on local dirt tracks at Kennedale Speedway Park and Cowtown Speedway in 2001. Over the next several years, Minor continued to develop the rental property business and race locally, moving from dirt to asphalt tracks at Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls and Altus Speedway in Altus, Okla., with a goal of taking part in a NASCAR race. At the end of 2013, after a long application and approval process, Minor was able to get his NASCAR clearance and license as a driver with the condition that he started at Martinsville Speedway under the strong evaluation of NASCAR pending further approval. Minor's next race is scheduled to be at Gateway in St. Louis on June 14, and then possibly Iowa Speedway July 12.(Weathorford Democrat)(4-11-2014)

  • Suspension parts taken following Martinsville UPDATE: Following Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR confirmed on the Truck Series' Twitter account that suspension parts were taken off of the #54 truck of Darrell Wallace, Jr., the #31 truck of Ben Kennedy, and the #98 truck of Johnny Sauter for further evaluation.(3-30-2014)
    UPDATE: Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules violations discovered during post-race inspection last Sunday (March 30) at Martinsville Speedway. All three teams - the #31, #54, and #98 - have been assessed a P3 level penalty for violating Section 20B-12.5 (D) (offset front hubs found in post-race inspection) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, each team's crew chief - Michael Shelton (#31); Jerry Baxter (#54); and Gene Wachtel (#98) - have been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(4-1-2014)

  • Sieg scales back schedule: The #39 RSS Racing team has turned its focus to the Nationwide Series where the team currently sits 15th in owner points. RSS Racing is still planning a part time truck schedule with Ryan Sieg going forward.(RSS Racing)(3-28-2014)

  • Rhodes to run 5 races with TSM: Turner Scott Motorsports is pleased to announce that Ben Rhodes will run five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races during the 2014 season in the #32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy Silverado, beginning at Martinsville Speedway. The 17-year-old is currently competing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for TSM and has received three pole awards and one win in just four starts this season. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rhodes made his TSM debut last year when he ran a partial NKNPSE schedule and received two top fives and five top 10s in seven starts. Rhodes was also selected as a member of the 2013 NASCAR Next class, a select group chosen by the sanctioning body that spotlights NASCAR's rising stars with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series potential. Most recently, Rhodes claimed his first NKNPSE victory at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Rhodes will be under the direction of three-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. throughout the five races. Hillman and Rhodes will team up for the following races: Martinsville (March), Dover (May), Bristol (August), Martinsville (October), and Phoenix (November).(TSM)(3-24-2014)

  • Gresham joins GMS: GMS Racing is pleased to announce the team has signed 2011 K&N Pro Series East Champion Max Gresham to pilot the #23 AmWINS Chevy Silverado for five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2014. Gresham is coming off his first full NCWTS season, where the 20-year-old captured one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Gresham's first NCWTS race of 2014 will come at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, followed by Kentucky Speedway in June, Bristol Motor Speedway in August, Martinsville Speedway in October, and Texas Motor Speedway in November. When not behind the wheel, Gresham will attend ARCA Racing Series and NCWTS events, spotting and lending a helping hand to fellow GMS Racing drivers Joey Coulter and Spencer Gallagher.(GMS Racing))(3-21-2014)

  • Team owner's wife recovering: Thoughts, prayers and well wishes going out to Kay Wauters, wife of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner Richie Wauters, who had heart surgery today in Charlotte, NC. Kay is out of surgery and doing well. The doctors feel that it was a tremendous success and should be leaving the hospital within the next few days. The Wauters Motorsports #5 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra will carry a special decal wishing Kay a 'Speedy Recovery' when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Martinsville Speedway next Saturday.(Wauters Motorsports)(3-20-2014)

  • Dollar General with KBM for four races: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today Dollar General, the nation's largest small-box discount retailer, will be the primary sponsor of the #51 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for four races in 2014. Owner-driver Kyle Busch will be behind the wheel for three of the events with Erik Jones driving the fourth. Dollar General will sponsor the #51 Toyota Tundra in the following races: Kentucky (June) with Kyle Busch, Bristol (Aug.) with Kyle Busch, Chicagoland (Sep.) with Kyle Busch, and Phoenix (Nov.) with Erik Jones.(KBM)(3-18-2014)

  • NTS announces addition of Pistone: Chase Pistone inks new deal to race fourteen NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2014 in the #9 ChevySilverado. Pistone is set to make his debut for NTS Motorsports in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29th. Pistone will be testing with his #9 NTS Motorsports team on March 18th and 19th at the half-mile along with NTS teammate Gray Gaulding. Pistone's schedule will go on to include NASCAR's return to Gateway Motorsports Park, Kentucky Speedway on June 26th, Iowa Speedway, Pocono Speedway and the remainder of the 2014 NCWTS season with the exceptions of Eldora Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Homestead-Miami Speedway where a driver is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Pistone's #9 Chevy Silverado will be led by veteran crew chief Gere Kennon.(NTS)(3-17-2014)

  • Red Horse owner's pit school now licensed: Retired Mobil executive Tom DeLoach's affinity for racing didn't end when the Statesboro, Ga., native left the company in 2000. He simply channeled his passion for the sport in a different direction. A year after retiring, DeLoach realized the over-the-wall crews were attaining a new level of professionalism and a training facility was needed for those seeking that type of motorsports career. The Mooresville resident partnered with NASCAR championship crew chief Jeff Hammond, who had recently accepted a TV analyst job with FOX Sports, and together they implemented the training facility the personable DeLoach envisioned. They purchased the pit crew school known as 5 Off 5 On, created the Performance Instruction and Training facility, and constructed a state-of-the-art complex in Mooresville. Earlier this month, school officials were notified they were now licensed by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges, an objective that took at least five years to achieve. Four years after DeLoach retired from Mobil, PIT opened its 33,000-square-foot facility on slightly more than five acres in Mooresville. The facility includes a 24,000-square-foot building, a 9,000-square-foot garage and a quarter-mile track. Pit Crew U, an eight-week course that involves classroom and hands-on training, recently graduated its 98th class. In addition to learning pit stop choreography and each of the six positions on an over-the-wall crew, the students studied race-day preparation, equipment maintenance and selection, and pit road rules. Those who excel in that course receive an invitation into PIT's 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance program. In that program the person receives athletic training, skills coaching and the opportunity to serve on an over-the-wall crew in stock car racing.(Lake Norman News)(3-14-2014)

  • NASCAR to allow cooldown units during qualifying: NASCAR notified its teams this afternoon that effective immediately the following modifications apply to all elements of its national series qualifying including the breaks:
    - One cool down unit connected through either the left side or right side hood flap/cowl flap is allowed to cool the engine
    - The hood must continue to remain closed
    - Plugging in the generator will not be allowed
    - Two crew members will be allowed over the wall to support the car and driver
    - No cool down laps will be permitted
    NASCAR instituted a new group qualifying format for its three national series in January and has continued to evaluate the process through the first three races of the season. The new format has been well-received by fans, competitors, race tracks and other key stakeholders. NASCAR believes that the modifications announced today should help make the qualifying even better and more compelling.
    "The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects," said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. "Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds."(NASCAR)(3-11-2014)

  • Custer set for Martinsville debut: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular Cole Custer will attempt to make his first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Mar. 29. He will arrive in Martinsville on a hot streak after winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 27. In Phoenix, Custer edged truck series regular Brennan Newberry for his third series victory. Custer, son of Stewart-Hass Racing Executive Vice President Joe Custer, will compete in a total of nine races in the series this season. In addition to both races at Martinsville Speedway, Custer will also compete in events at Dover, Gateway, Iowa, Bristol, Canada, Loudon and Phoenix.(NASCAR)(3-11-2014)

  • Black joins SS for six races: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce that Florida late model standout Ray Black Jr. has joined the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. Black will make a minimum of six starts for the veteran team beginning with the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway on March 29th. Having enjoyed racing on video games, Ray decided to give the real thing a try at age 14 in the Florida Mini Cup Racing Association. After a couple seasons he progressed through the asphalt ranks running in the Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck series and various late model series throughout the Southeastern United States over the last six years. Black will continue to run his Team Scuba super late model through 2014 when not competing in the SS Green Light Racing Silverado in the NCWTS. Black is a life-long scuba diver and his 2014 NCWTS entries will run with support from a variety of diving related entities including ScubaLife, the CDA Technical Institute and the National Academy of Scuba Educators.(SS Green Light Racing)(3-10-2014)

  • Crawford now working as crew chief: Team Stange Racing owners John and Ashley Stange have announced they have hired Rick Crawford as crew chief for Team Stange for the 2014. Effective immediately, Crawford will be taking on duties of crew chief for Team Stange and their driver Maryeve Dufault in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Crawford, a veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began his racing career as a short-track racer in the southeastern United States. As a Mobile, Alabama native, he accumulated several championships at local area tracks including Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway and collecting sixty-one-top 10's, and five victories in the Slim Jim All Pro Series. In 1997, Crawford made the move to the Craftsman Truck Series now known as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racking up five wins, six poles, seventy five-top 5's and one hundred sixty-top 10's.(Team Strange)(3-10-2014)

  • Burton, ThorSport to run Martinsville: ThorSport Racing, the 2013 drivers' champion team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will field a #13 Toyota Tundra for Virginia favorite Jeb Burton in the March 29 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. ThorSport hired Burton last month to drive at Speedweeks 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. In his 28th career Truck Series start, Burton had an impressive seventh-place finish in his debut run in a ThorSport Tundra but the team is still seeking sponsorship to continue the season with Burton.(ThorSport Racing)(3-6-2014)

  • Efland joins RCR as race engineer: Danny Efland posted on his Facebook page that he has joined Richard Childress Racing as an engineer."For those who didn't know, I am now working for Richard Childress Racing as the team 33 engineer. We are running a part-time Cup and Nationwide schedule. It was tough to commit to a position outside the driver seat but it's also a great opportunity to learn from and work with the best racers in the industry. I look forward to what's ahead of me and appreciate everyone's support thus far," he explained. Efland ran eight Camping World Truck Series races last season.(3-6-2014)

  • Phillips one win away from record: Eric Phillips stands on the verge of history. One more victory, and he'll be the all-time winningest crew chief in the 20-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Phillips called the shots for Kyle Busch's season-opening win at Daytona International Speedway to give him 28 for his career, tying Rick Ren for the most wins in series history. Eighteen of Phillips' 28 wins have come while working at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and his list of drivers who have won with him is quite impressive. Dennis Setzer picked up four of his 18 career wins with Phillips and former series champions Mike Skinner (3) and Travis Kvapil (2) have also scored wins with Phillips. Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott have each scored a NCWTS win with Phillips. Phillips' most prolific driver? Not surprisingly, it's Kyle Busch (15). Phillips will try and have the record all by himself when he leads Erik Jones in the #51 Toyota at Martinsville on March 29. If Jones can pick up his second win in as many starts, he would become the ninth different driver to win a race with Phillips on the pit box.(NASCAR)(3-4-2014)

  • NASCAR reinstates crew members: NASCAR has reinstated Ryan Hess, a former crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Curtis Martin Jr., a former crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, upon their successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. On June 18, 2013, Hess was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book. On Nov. 19, 2013, Martin also was found to have violated Sections 12-1 and 19.(NASCAR)(3-4-2014)

  • Camping World to extend title sponsorship UPDATE: Camping World, which has sponsored NASCAR's truck series since 2009, will announce in about a month an extension to its original seven-year deal, company chairman Marcus Lemonis said Sunday. Lemonis, whose reality television show "The Profit" was the sponsor of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, revealed the plans when talking about the company's involvement in NASCAR. The original contract went through 2015."In about a month, we'll be announcing a significant extension to that contract," Lemonis said. "It's been great for us." Last year, Lemonis said he wanted to see how Fox Sports 1, the network rebranded from the former Speed network and the channel that now handles truck telecasts, treats the series. The network has more viewers but also more sports. "I'm happy enough with what I've seen and NASCAR has reassured me they're going to stay very involved in that process," Lemonis said. "Week 1 of ratings for the truck series down in Daytona were up 11 percent. "I was told it was going to be closer to 40-50 percent, so the jury is still out. But the coverage I thought was fantastic."(Sporting News)(3-2-2014)
    UPDATE: "We are interested in extending our agreement with Camping World and we know the company is as well. While we don't have a signed agreement yet, we are very pleased with the direction in which our discussions are headed. We love our partnership with Camping World and as soon as we have news to share, we will let you know."(NASCAR)(3-2-2014)

  • Gallaher joins Wauters with plans to run trucks: Wauters Motorsports announced today that Will Gallaher will join Wauters Motorsports driver development program. Gallaher, a California native, will drive for Wauters in the Southern Super Late Model Series in 2014. Gallaher at age 18 began racing in F-1600 Formula Cars competing at tracks along the West Coast. He then moved into the United Auto Racing Association Series, as well as, making three starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Wauters Motorsports will focus on bringing Gallaher up through the Super Late Model racing series and then into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Will Gallaher is slated to make his first start later this spring in the Southern Super Late Model Series.(Wauters Motorsports)(2-26-2014)

  • NASCAR considers limiting drivers on "double duty": Kyle Busch's thrilling move in the final few hundred feet of the Truck Series season opener led to his 99th win outside NASCAR's top series. The victory infuriated many fans. NASCAR heard them loud and clear. NASCAR said Saturday it is looking at potentially limiting the number of second- and third-tier event Sprint Cup regulars can run during the season. Officials have already talked about a potential rules adjustments, and Busch's win Friday night surely will lead to more discussions. Maybe even a change. "We're definitely aware of the fan messaging we get," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations. "There's a balance, especially talking to the tracks, of having a Cup driver or two in the Trucks or Nationwide.We have had discussions with the race teams about ownership and should Cup drivers get points and we've looked at should they be limited in the number of races. It's something we are really studying." Busch has 63 wins in the Nationwide Series and 36 more in the Truck Series. Busch and fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski own Truck teams, and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns a Nationwide team. And with sponsorship key to funding those operations, corporations often agree to sponsorship deals with the guarantee that the driver/owners will get behind the wheel in a handful of races or more. Tracks, television rights holders and NASCAR also all benefit from the draw of racing's top drivers. Of course, that usually means young and upcoming drivers get overlooked or left out of the car.(Associated Press)(2-22-2014)

  • BKR sponsor Cooper Standard launches new venture : Cooper Standard announced today that the company is building on its community involvement activities with the formation of the "Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans" program. The program will leverage Cooper Standard's partnership with Brad Keselowski and Brad Keselowski Racing throughout the 2014 NASCAR season. Novi, Michigan based Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, has been a primary partner of BKR since 2011. The BKR team, which fields multiple entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series including the #29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, is owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Keselowski. Cooper Standard originally partnered with Brad Keselowski based on his Michigan heritage (Rochester Hills, Michigan-native) and the shared interests in assisting military veterans returning to civilian life. Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation strives to support those who have sacrificed greatly including military members and veterans. The overall objective of the "Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans" program is to provide career opportunities for military veterans and those transitioning from active service. Keselowski, as well as Ryan Blaney, the driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, will help serve as spokesmen of the Cooper Standard program. The #29 BKR truck with Blaney at the wheel will feature a special "Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans" paint scheme that will take to the track at four races in 2014 - Daytona (February 21st), Charlotte (May 16th), Kentucky (June 26th) and Michigan (August 16th).(Brad Keselowski Racing)(2-20-2013)

  • Kvapil to run up to four races with MAKE: Travis Kvapil, whose career had seemed stalled, will race Friday night in the Camping World Truck Series opener and plans to announce a Sprint Cup deal within the week. The Janesville native will drive for tiny MAKE Motorsports at Daytona, "run the first three, four, five races with them, whatever; just kind of take it from there," he said before practice Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.(Journal Sentinel)(2-20-2013)

  • Goodyear changes tire branding for trucks: After 10 years of branding its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tires with the "Wrangler" name, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has made a switch for the 2014 season. Responding to the changing tide of its passenger truck tire buyers, the Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker will now brand its truck series tires as "Eagle" to match how it identifies its products in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. "What we've found, as a company, is that more of our customers who buy tires for their street trucks are now buying 'Eagles,'" said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales. "While our 'Wrangler' line is still an extremely popular choice for those consumers that need a more rugged tire, the 'Eagle' brand is a performance tire, which goes along with today's changing demands. Since we have branded our Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires as 'Eagle' since 1980, race fans also identify that as our racing brand." The move is effective as of Daytona Speedweeks 2014, marking the first time Camping World Truck Series teams will have run Goodyear Eagles since the season ending race of 2003 (Nov. 14) at Homestead Miami Speedway.(Goodyear Racing)(2-19-2014)

  • NASCAR officially unveils new truck bodies: At an event today at the SPRINT Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officially unveiled newly designed bodies for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race trucks - set to debut on Friday night in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. The newly redesigned bodies will now match the look of their respective showroom counterparts. Today's introduction of the new truck bodies follows successful launches of race vehicles in NASCAR's other two national series - the Gen-6 car last year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the new models in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2010. "Each manufacturer has designed distinctly different trucks that they can use to promote their showroom models through their involvement with NASCAR racing," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development. "We have worked closely with all three manufacturers for the past several years, and we're excited to unveil a new truck body that will make one of NASCAR's most exciting series even better." Extensive research and testing went into the development of the new bodies, with the goal of continued close competition while allowing specific features from each model. The new trucks have a unique design that will make it easier for fans to recognize their favorite model. "The truck has a new look that fans can relate to with their own truck at home," said Chad Little, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director. "The competitors have been happy with the new trucks in testing in January and we expect to continue to have some of the best racing in NASCAR for our fans at Daytona."(NASCAR)(2-19-2014)

  • Paint Schemes: 2014 Camping World Truck Series paint schemes are rolling in. Check them out on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes page.(2-18-2014)

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