Entry list: There are 34 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Thursday's UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
Cody Coughlin will debut in the #25;
Ryan Blaney returns to the #29;
The #36 is TBA;
Daniel Suarez is in the #51;
Christopher Bell is not listed primarily, but expected in the #52 for KBM;
Caleb Holman is in the #75;
Brandon Brown is in the #86;
David Gilliland is in the #92;
See the complete list on the Kentucky entry list page.
Bell to run fourth KBM truck in Kentucky: Kyle Busch confirmed Saturday at Daytona International Speedway that his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, Kyle Busch Motorsports will run four trucks next Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. Twenty-year-old Christopher Bell, who wowed in his Truck Series debut finishing fifth after starting 10th at Iowa Speedway last month, will drive the #52 Toyota Tundra in the UNOH 225. As of now, Busch says Wes Ward is scheduled to serve as crew chief.(Catchfence.com)(7-4-2015)
Coughlin to debut in Kentucky: Cody Coughlin will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway on July 9. Coughlin, a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, will make his debut with Venturini Motorsports in the #25 sponsored by JEGS. Coughlin has six starts this season in the ARCA Racing Series, with two top-fives and three top-10s.(Venturini Motorsports Facebook)(7-3-2015)
Changes made to qualifying: NASCAR announced on Wednesday revisions to its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole qualifying procedures at all intermediate tracks. Effective immediately, qualifying on tracks 1.5 miles or longer will consist of two rounds with trucks taking one timed lap in each round. The new format will first take place at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 9. "This revision puts renewed emphasis back on the pure speed of the trucks and team strategy during qualifying," said NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Managing Director Elton Sawyer. "The trucks have unique aerodynamics at the intermediate tracks, and after discussions with drivers and teams and reviewing past qualifying sessions, we've found a more competitive and efficient format with the single-truck runs." Intermediate track qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will mirror superspeedway qualifying and consists of the following:
Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 fastest eligible trucks advancing to the final round;
Trucks taking one timed lap in each round of qualifying;
Each truck will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time;
Qualifying order for the first round will be determined based on slowest to fastest single lap speeds posted in the first practice session; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round;
A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round;
Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed;
The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round.(NASCAR.com)(7-1-2015)
MB hits 20th anniversary: Missouri-based MB Motorsports celebrates its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, July 1. MB Motorsports is the sole surviving original team from the inaugural year of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which began its first season in 1995. Since its first race at the Milwaukee Mile, MB Motorsports has gone on to become the only team to compete in every season of the series. In its 20-year history, MB Motorsports has hosted a "Who's Who" of NASCAR behind the wheels of its trucks. The list includes 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Carl Edwards, Justin Allgaier and Jamie McMurray, all of whom drove for the team during their young careers.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-1-2015)
Behar may attempt trucks: Nicole Behar is a bright and friendly 17-year-old who just finished high school a year early in Spokane, Washington. She has started classes at Eastern Washington University and has a firm plan. It's her Plan B. Nursing school and working in pediatrics holds a strong appeal, but what Behar really wants to do is a drive a race car in NASCAR' s major league series. The dream isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Behar already is racing in a respected NASCAR regional series, and on at least one occasion she's turned heads so fast she's caused whiplash. In April, she became the highest-finishing female driver in the 61-year history of the K&N West series when she finished second in a race at Irwindale Event Center in Southern California. (Kenzie Ruston has a second in the K&N East series.) A month later, Behar was introduced as the only female driver in the 12-member 2015-16 NASCAR Next class in a presentation at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR Next -- not to be confused with NASCAR's Drive for Diversity developmental program for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members -- spotlights potential future stars of stock car racing. Drivers must be between the ages of 15 and 25, have "tangible and expressed goals" of competing in the Sprint Cup series and be showing the potential to get there. Selectees receive marketing and promotional help that can connect them to sponsors and other opportunities. Twenty-one of the 28 drivers selected before this year have raced in Sprint Cup, Xfinity or the Truck series, and 11 are competing full time in one of those series this year. So the designation bodes well for Behar's prospects. "Hopefully, I can make it to Sprint Cup in the next five years," Behar said. "Next year, I'd really like to be in a truck. Or maybe even the K&N East Series [generally considered a step up], and then kind of work my way up to Sprint Cup."(ESPNW)(6-29-2015)
Skinner returns to England with familiar truck UPDATE: Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion Mike Skinner will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the fifth time in his career. Looking to improve the record he set in 2014, Skinner will return with a Toyota Tundra truck that has previously competed in the NCWTS. Skinner and business partner Andrew Franzone will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed with two trucks, both carrying the #5 that represented so much success throughout Skinner's NCWTS career. The partners will have one truck with the historic #5 Toyota Tundra paint scheme that Skinner raced in the NCWTS from 2005-2008. After Skinner used the truck in 2014 to break the record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the team will return with the same truck this year. This time, Franzone will use the historic #5 in an exhibition run. A second truck donning the #5 number will showcase partnerships with Textron Aviation, Cessna, Beechcraft, Remington, Venus Over Manhattan, Sentinel, Maui Jim, Justin Boots, Charlie 1 Horse Hat Company, C&R Racing and Racecar Solutions. Additionally, a special decal for Hope For The Warriors will showcase the charitable organization that both Skinner and Franzone support. Prepared by Skinner and his two sons, Jamie and Dustin, the truck was purchased from Bill Davis and was originally driven by Johnny Benson during his 2008 NCWTS championship run. In 2014, Skinner broke the record for a NASCAR-style stock car to win the Early Rally Cars division at the iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed. Driving the 10th Toyota Tundra racecar ever built, Skinner paced the eight-car race against the clock to shatter the record formerly held by Rusty Wallace, and to complete the 1.16-mile hill climb in just 50.75-seconds. Hosted by Lord March at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England, the 23rd annual event will feature every kind of car imaginable from the 1800s through today and will attract some of the most accomplished drivers in motorsports. From the NASCAR garage, this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will also feature competition-used NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars from Richard Childress Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing, as well as show cars from Sprint Cup Series team Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR XFINITY Series team JR Motorsports. Additionally, Richard Petty, "The King", will showcase the famous Plymouth Superbird. This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will take place June 25-28, 2015.(A2B Strategies)(6-8-2015)
UPDATE: Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner was back to his winning ways on Sunday as he broke his own record time for the NASCAR class of competition at the iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed. After damaging his primary truck on Saturday afternoon, Skinner entered the final round of competition driving the 10th Toyota Tundra racecar ever built. He paced the race against the clock for the NASCAR division to beat the record time he set in 2014 by more than half-a-second and was identified as the "Driver Of The Day" at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, making for a storybook ending for the American NASCAR driver on his birthday.Participating in his fifth Goodwood Festival of Speed event, Skinner had to overcome adversity throughout the weekend en route to his record setting run. Skinner was originally slated to compete in the #5 Cessna / Remington Toyota Tundra, but that truck sustained competition-ending damage when it made contact with the chicane during Skinner's Saturday morning practice run. As a result, Skinner's teammate and business partner, Andrew Franzone handed over the wheel of his historic Toyota Tundra entry to enable Skinner to make a timed-run in the final round of competition on Sunday afternoon. Climbing back in the truck he nicknamed "Old Faithful," Skinner recorded a 50.22-second lap to improve his 2014 record time by more than half-a-second. In a tight competition, Skinner's small team, composed of Chris Paulsen of C&R Racing, and Jamie and Dustin Skinner of Racecar Solutions, brought home a 0.05-second win against some of the most successful teams in NASCAR. The effort earned Skinner the "Driver Of The Day" title for the first time in his Goodwood career.(A2B Strategies)(6-29-2015)
Pierce to drive for MB at Eldora UPDATE: Dirt Late Model racer Bobby Pierce will make his series debut on the dirt track at Eldora Speedway in July with MB Motorsports. 18-year-old Pierce is no stranger to the Ohio track. He led every lap at Eldora last year in the DIRTcar Fall Nationals en route to the DIRTcar Late Model championship.(STL Motorsport Magazine)(5-26-2015)
UPDATE: It's hard to believe, but 16-year-old Jake Griffin and 18-year-old Bobby Pierce have raced each other hundreds of times on dirt tracks across America's Heartland. On Wednesday, July 22nd these two young men will once again go into action on the dirt, but this time it will be on a much bigger stage- and as teammates. The pair of talented young drivers will look to catch the eyes of the racing world, when they pilot a pair of MB Motorsports Chevy Silverados in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Pierce, who was the 2014 DIRTCar National Late Model champion, has made a handful of pavement starts over the past few seasons. This event, however, will mark his first NCWTS start. MB Motorsports is the sole surviving original team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Their history with the tour dates back to the inaugural season in 1995.(MB Motorsports)(6-23-2015)
Crafton grabs 200th career top-10 in Iowa: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Chi Chi's/Menards Toyota Tundra, continued his consistent ways in 2015, finishing fourth in Friday night's American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The 2011 race winner started ninth, his fifth top-10 start at the 7/8-mile track, led the field for 33 laps, and brought home his fifth top-five finish in nine starts at the "Fastest Short Track on the Planet." The solid run marked the ThorSport Racing driver's 200th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series top-10 finish in 347 starts since 2000.(ThorSport Racing)(6-20-2015)
Jones wins at Iowa: #4-Erik Jones won the American Ethanol 200 at the Iowa Speedway on Friday. #33-Brandon Jones finished second followed by: #19-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, ##51-Christopher Bell, #17-Timothy Peters, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #14-Daniel Hemric, #00-Cole Custer, and #05-John Wes Townley.
There were 6 caution flags for 36 laps and 6 lead changes among 5 leaders.
Jones started from the pole and led a race high 112 laps en route to his first win of the season.
Complete results are on the Iowa race results page (pdf). (6-19-2015)
Gattina to announce truck ride: Alabama racer Joey Gattina posted on his Facebook page that he would be announcing his plans to debut in the Camping World Truck Series. "I've found my home in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and plan to make our announcement tomorrow after we get everything turned into NASCAR. This could have me in the field for most of the remaining races on the schedule in 2015 ... I can't wait to share the details and get to Gateway for my first event this weekend." Gattina has experience in the ARCA Racing Series and works as a driving instructor at Talladega Superspeedway through the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure.(Joey Gattina Facebook)(6-8-2015)
UPDATE: Gattina will make his debut with Norm Benning Racing in the #57 Chevy with sponsorship from Truckworx Kenworth.(Joey Gattina Facebook)(6-13-2015)
New crew chief for Mingus: Mason Mingus heads to Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend in the #15 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 20-year-old earned his second top-15 of the 2015 NCWTS season last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway where he finished 13th. Billy Boat Motorsports would like to welcome Brandon McSwain, the newest addition to the team and the Crew Chief of the #15 Chevy.(Mason Mingus Racing)(6-10-2015)
Bell announced for KBM: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 20-year-old Christopher Bell will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut June 19 driving the #51 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The open-wheel dirt standout, who was crowned the 2013 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion, began his pavement-racing career last September driving for KBM's Late Model team. In just his fourth-career Late Model start, Bell outdueled second-generation NASCAR driver John Hunter Nemechek to win the Orange County 150 Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Super Late Model race last October at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. In 2015, Bell has collected four victories and a pair of runner-up finishes en route to an average finish of 1.7 across seven starts behind the wheel of KBM's #51 Late Model. The talented youngster picked up his first marquee Late Model victory in March when he led 203 of 250 laps of the prestigious Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, dominating a field which included reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(6-10-2015)
Ellis recovers following physically challenging Texas race: After the checkered flag flew over Friday night's WinStar World Casino & Resort 400, MAKE Motorsports driver Ryan Ellis had to be pulled from his truck and carted off to the infield care center where he was treated and released for the flight home. Throughout the race, the driver of the #1 Chevy complained of burning in his feet and his seat. As it turned out, the exhaust was sitting on the floorboard, and it heated up the floor, the seat and pretty much everything else in the car. It even melted part of the shoes Ellis was wearing during the race and boiled the water that he had with him inside the truck. As if the heat and dehydration wasn't enough, exhaust was coming into the truck throughout the race, reducing his oxygen levels and compounding an already demanding race. After getting oxygen, cooled down and re-hydrated, Ellis was able to make the flight home but not before ensuring he was "going to live through the night." Turn the clock forward nearly 24 hours and Ellis is feeling "a little bit better, a little bit messed up" but was able to make a successful trip to the gym Saturday afternoon.(Frontstretch.com)(6-6-2015)
Dillon ready for Eldora return: Ty Dillon is looking forward to getting down and dirty once again. The Xfinity Series driver confirmed Friday that he'll take part in the Mudsummer Classic Camping World Truck Series race July 22 at Eldora Raceway in Rossburg, Ohio. "I'm excited to go back" Dillon said Friday at Pocono Raceway, where he'll compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race. Dillon will drive the No. 33 truck for Gallagher Motorsports at Eldora. This will be Dillon's third consecutive run at Eldora, and he hasn't forgotten what happened to him last year. He had a good chance to win, but was penalized one lap for pitting for fuel too early, relegating him to an eventual fifth-place finish.(NBC Sports))(6-5-2015)
Harvick to run truck race: Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick will enter the Aug. 1 NASCAR Truck series race at Pocono, driving the #00 Chevy for JR Motorsports, the team confirmed Friday to the Observer. Harvick last competed in the series in 2013, when he ran both races at Martinsville Speedway for NTS Motorsports. His most recent win in the series came in 2012 at Martinsville. JRM is fielding the #00 for the first time this season. Rookie Cole Custer is running 10 of the races with a handful of other races run with a variety of drivers.(Charlotte Observer))(6-5-2015)
Nemechek may enter second truck: Just because Joe Nemechek is about to hand his keys over to his son in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doesn't mean that he is simply going to ride off into the sunset and never be seen again.John Hunter Nemechek will turn 18-years-old next week, making him eligible for every track on the schedule. As a result, the elder Nemechek is suddenly (but willingly) without the competitive part-time ride that has reinvigorated him over the past two seasons. While neither Nemechek has won since joining the Truck Series last season, "Front Row Joe" is adamant that he has had a lot of fun sharing the #8 Chevy with John Hunter. He's having so much fun, in fact, that he wants to keep racing on the tour and ultimately race side-by-side with his highly-touted teenager. Nemechek says NEMCO Motorsports has the equipment and resources to run a second truck from time-to-time and that the 30-year-veteran hopes to find the funding to keep racing as long as it doesn't take away from John Hunter. In fact, Nemechek also hopes to enter two or three races with their 18-year-old female development driver, Dominique Van Wieringen, who has been impressive in Super Late Model competition across the Midwest and Deep South.(Popular Speed))(6-5-2015)
New pit road rules raise concern, cost for teams: The new NASCAR rule that goes into effect Friday requiring over-the-wall crewmen to wear extensive fireproof clothing comes with concerns about dehydration, mobility and peripheral vision. It likely will cost a multicar organization more than $10,000 to outfit its crew, and it will cost the glove manufacturer possibly $250,000. It will cost the crewmen more than 10 pounds in sweat on hot days. The cost in time on pit road remains a mystery. Not that anyone will complain too much about a rule intended to protect them from fire, but those whom the rule impacts the most certainly have angst, starting with the Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway and the Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR mandated in mid-May that starting this week, anyone who goes over the wall (including engine tuners and mechanics) must have fireproof underwear, a fireproof head sock that covers the nose and face, and -- likely the biggest impact -- fireproof gloves. Violating the rule will result in immediate ejection from pit road for the remainder of the race.The gloves cause the most hand-wringing. Teams participate in a contingency award program by glove manufacturer Mechanix Wear, which provides gloves to any team that runs the company's sticker on the car that also makes the pit crew eligible for a $100,000 prize at the end of the season. In turn, the crewmen must wear the gloves provided by no one other than Mechanix Wear. Mechanix Wear racing director Ted Abdon said that his company, as of Wednesday, had manufactured nearly 1,600 pairs of gloves since NASCAR announced the rule. At $85 at a pair, that comes to $136,000. With approximately $100,000 in now-obsolete inventory and additional cost of continuing to develop new gloves, it likely will cost the company at least $250,000. The fireproof gloves have 2-millimeter thickness in the palms and fingertips, compared to a half-millimeter for nonfireproof gloves.
Most tire changers wear glasses for protection from flying lugnuts. With the increased clothing comes the possibility of glasses fogging during a pit stop. With cars whizzing by them on pit road, optimizing peripheral vision with the head sock also ranks as a concern along with whether to go with protective eyewear or shields. Teams are looking at helmets with fireproof socks in them or more luge-style helmets than the BMX-type helmets many use. "They're all afraid of the helmet," said Tom DeLoach, a truck series team owner and co-owner of a pit road crew training school. "They want to be able to see around the corners. The changer down there likes to see the carrier reaching in at the right moment so he knows when to follow the wheel in. DeLoach's Red Horse Racing, a three-truck operation, has its own pit crews and it will cost him $300 to $500 individually to outfit each of the crewmen - the six who go over the wall plus any additional mechanics -- before possibly buying new helmets. What would really impact DeLoach is if NASCAR begins to require a one-piece firesuit rather than a two-piece. The form-fitting one-piece suits go for $1,200 -- a possible $30,000 investment -- and often can't be used from one crew member to the next. DeLoach regularly has crew members who leave for better Cup opportunities, so a one-piece firesuit would come with a significant cost.(ESPN.com)(6-4-2015)
Cobb visits with NASCAR officials following Dover incident UPDATE 3: NASCAR officials beckoned Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb to the infield hauler following an incident in Friday's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Cobb was involved in a wreck on Lap 14. It was unclear from TV replays if she made contact with Tyler Reddick or not, but Cobb apparently felt that was the case. On Reddick's next lap around the one-mile, all-concrete track, Cobb stepped onto the racing surface and appeared to shout at Reddick. NASCAR passed new rules last season that prohibit drivers from stepping onto the racetrack to confront a driver while racing is underway, even under yellow caution situations. The rule change came shortly after Kevin Ward Jr. was killed while walking down on a racetrack when he was struck by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's car during a sprint car race in upstate New York last August. Ward appeared as if he wanted to confront Stewart in the belief that Stewart forced Ward to crash into a wall. NASCAR has the option to issue penalties against Cobb for her actions. If that occurs, the penalties would be announced next week, most likely Tuesday or Wednesday.(NBC Sports)(5-29-2015)
UPDATE: Jennifer Jo Cobb could become the first driver to be penalized under a rule NASCAR revised last year following the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy. Cobb left her wrecked truck Friday on the fronstretch at Dover International Speedway and walked about halfway across the racing surface toward Tyler Reddick's truck as Reddick and the other trucks drove by on the high line under caution. Reddick was attempting to lap Cobb when her car hooked left and crashed into the inside wall just 13 laps into the Lucas Oil 200. Reddick went on to win the race for his second victory of the season. NASCAR created a new rule six days after Stewart struck and killed 20-year-old Ward, who approached Stewart's sprint car during an Empire Super Sprints race Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. The rule is that drivers should remain in wrecked vehicles, unless there are extenuating circumstances such as fire, until safety personnel get to the driver. Also included in the rule is the directive "at no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron." The rule is considered a "behavioral rule" with any penalties determined on a case-by-case basis. While NASCAR has generally still allowed drivers to leave their vehicles before safety personnel arrive and has allowed them to take a couple of steps to gesture at others while safety personnel watched, Cobb was the first driver to take several steps toward the vehicles running under caution. NASCAR instructed Cobb to meet with series officials after the race Friday. Typically, if NASCAR issues any penalties, they would not be determined until Tuesday.
"We take safety very serious and discussed it with her. ... It's a serious infraction," NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director Elton Sawyer said. "She understands what she did, and there will be consequences."
Cobb, who owns her truck team and runs it on a $300,000 annual budget (the top teams spend $3-4 million a year), said she has a reputation of giving respect to the lead-lap trucks and had given Reddick plenty of room to pass her. Damage on the right-rear corner of her truck shows that Reddick made contact with her, she said. "I completely forgot [the rule]," Cobb said. "And the fact that I forgot is such a shame because the reason it is in place likely stems from a tragedy that none of us should forget. ... It was a huge error in judgment on my part. "The fact that we had a very stern meeting [after the race] will keep it top of mind with me for sure." Cobb indicated she would be penalized for her reaction. "We'll see what happens," Cobb said. "There's repercussions, and I hope it didn't make a bad day worse. It wasn't that I knew and didn't care. I forgot. In the moment you're just like, 'What just happened?' ... I wasn't thinking about any of that. I was just mad."
Reddick said he didn't believe he had contact with Cobb but, as a former owner of the car he raced on dirt tracks, he can relate to the frustration a driver/owner feels in that situation. "We were lapped traffic early on in the race and Jennifer was trying to pass another vehicle and she looked like she was going to give me three-wide and then she closed the door so I whoa'd up to try and avoid from getting in the back of her," said Reddick, who drives for Brad Keselowski Racing.(ESPN)(5-30-2015)
UPDATE 2:Jennifer Jo Cobb, driver of the #10 truck, has received a penalty for her actions during the May 29 race (Sections 12-1, 12.8 b and 10.4.2.1 NASCAR rule book). Cobb has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(6-3-2015)
UPDATE 3: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb won't appeal a $5,000 penalty and probation for the remainder of the season after walking onto a hot track in last Friday's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. "I believe NASCAR has acted in a fair and necessary manner," Cobb told CATCHFENCE.com. "The irony is that there are no consequences to turning someone head first into a wall. NASCAR is diligent about our safety and that is something I have always appreciated. I hope we can continue to see improvements in rules and policies that best benefit the entire NASCAR community. "We will not appeal and now can fully shift our focus on Friday night's race at Texas." Cobb will make her 100th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.(Catchfence.com)(6-4-2015)
Buescher uncertain of when he'll race again UPDATE 2: James Buescher posted a statement on his Facebook page that he is uncertain when he will return to racing this season. The 2012 Camping World Truck Series champion Buescher, was initially listed on the entry list the last two weeks, but replaced by Scott Lagasse behind the wheel of the #31 NTS Motorsports Chevy. "I want to thank all my fans for continuing to stick behind me. I was looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the #31 NTS Motorsports Chevy, but unfortunately plans changed. I want to thank Bob Newberry and everyone at NTS Motorsports for giving me an opportunity early this season; we had a great run going and I was looking forward to seeing how it was going to turn out. At this point I'm not sure when I'll be back at the track but when I do return I look forward to being a threat to win every single time out." Buescher has two top-10s in three starts this season.(James Buescher)(5-14-2015)
UPDATE: After Thursday night's final practice, Newberry indicated that Buescher's time out of the #31 ride was only temporary. "It's not a departure," Newberry said. "When we started the season off, we knew that James was going to be a part-time situation. And then there for a little bit, it was looking real exciting, looking like it was going to be a full-time scenario. He's still going to be in the truck. James will be back in the 31 this season. He's doing a great job for us and he and I, we stayed in contact all week long, literally all through last night we were still trying to get the deal done and I'd have brought a third truck here if I had to, just to get him in here and run because I think he's an asset for the team and everything. "I care about James a lot and know he cares about us, so we're doing our best. We're working our tails off as well as he is to get him back in the seat."(NASCAR.com)(5-15-2015)
UPDATE 2: After replacing James Buescher at Charlotte due to funding, the #31 Motorsports team did not make the trip to Dover International Speedway for Friday's Lucas Oil 200 for the season reason. NTS Motorsports team owner Bob Newberry issued a statement regarding the status of the #31 team after it was withdrawn from competition. "We are extremely disappointed that our sponsor for the #31 truck did not come through as originally promised. It has always been NTS Motorsports' intention to run two full-time trucks this season. However, without a sponsor, it is in the team's best interest to focus our people and resources on the #14 California Clean Power Silverado at Dover International Speedway. We have drivers and sponsors committed to the #31 for many other races this season, and we plan for the truck to return as competitive as it has always been for those events." (NTS Motorsports' Twitter)(5-28-2015)
Little to run Dover UPDATE 3: Jesse Little posted on his Instagram. that he will make his Camping World Truck Series debut in May at Dover International Speedway. Little was the 2013 K&N Pro Series Rookie of the Year and is NASCAR Next member, currently competing in the K&N Pro Series.(3-13-2014)
UPDATE: Team Little Racing and Jesse Little have reached an agreement with Sandusky, Ohio-based ThorSport Racing that will allow the 18-year old to compete in a part-time schedule during the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. ThorSport Racing will provide engineering support as Little prepares for his NCWTS debut on May 29 at Dover International Speedway driving a Toyota Tundra. Little, a member of the NASCAR Next program is a third-generation driver who also competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for Larry McReynolds Racing. Leading Little's team on the NCWTS will be veteran crew chief, Harold Holly. The relationship between Holly and the Little family extends back to the crew chief's leadership of Jesse's father, Chad, where he led the Spokane, Wash. native's NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams. Holly has amassed 20 victories as a crew chief in NASCAR's top-3 divisions including a 2012 NCWTS win with Joey Coulter as his driver.(Team Little Racing)(5-1-2015)
UPDATE 2: The Carolina Nut Co., which specializes in unique flavored nuts, flavored peanuts, spicy nuts and candied nuts, will adorn the #97 Toyota Tundra of NASCAR Next driver, Jesse Little in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Dover International Speedway in Friday's Lucas Oil 200.(See an image of the truck on the #97 team paint schemes page)(ThorSport Racing)(5-26-2015)
UPDATE 3: For 18-year old Jesse Little, a member of the 2015 NASCAR Next class, the dream of racing in one of the sport's top three series has been with him everyday growing up as the son of a Sprint Cup Series driver. This week Little will see the dream become a reality as his Team Little Racing #97 Toyota Tundra has been entered in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.With a good race result more opportunities to run in the series will come this year. For Little keeping the goal of having a strong finish Friday night is the primary concern."We would like to compete in the series as much as we can this year without going past the rookie eligibility limit (seven races maximum) but we're only looking at the Lucas Oil 200 right now. All of the team's focus is on this race and doing well."(Team Little Racing)(5-27-2015)
Long, Affarano Motorsports part ways: From the Affarano Motorsports Facebook page, "Johanna Long is no longer driving for Affarano Motorsports. After careful consideration and conversations back and forth with Johanna, all parties involved decided that us releasing her from her contract with us was for the best. While this is certainly not an outcome we wanted and, though we have some very lofty goals, there is no mistake that we are a very small and limited funded team and we in no way want to hamper Johanna's pursuit of her own goals and career. We sincerely wish nothing but the best for Johanna and hope that she achieves the goals that she has set for herself, while we continue to actively work hard in pursuing our own."
The team had announced a part-time schedule with Long, running both Xfinity and Truck Series events. The team ran its first race of the 2015 truck season at Kansas earlier this month with Affarano behind the wheel.(5-21-2015)
Penalty for JRM team following Charlotte: The #00 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection on May 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The infraction is a P2 penalty and violates the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing 22.214.171.124.2: Top Splitter Shelf Heights. Vehicle did not meet the minimum post-race splitter height.
As a result of this violation, crew chief Joe Shear Jr. has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Additionally, owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been docked 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship owner points.(NASCAR)(5-19-2015)
Tim Viens Racing to enter trucks UPDATE: NASCAR has assigned the #27 to Tim Viens in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Viens will team up with Veteran Team Owner Wayne Peterson who will truck chief for Viens. Viens plans to enter up to 10 races in 2015 in the NCWTS, and up to 5 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, with his first race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 5th in the NCWTS. "I am very excited for this new venture and look forward to getting back behind the wheel soon." Viens said. Sponsorship comes from Viens company www.racedaysponsor.com which is a marketing and sponsorship firm that works with several NASCAR teams.(Tim Viens Racing)(4-24-2015)
UPDATE: Tim Viens was currently planning Texas as his first start, but will now drive the week prior for Mike Harmon in the #74 at Dover International Speedway on May 29th. Sponsorship comes from Connecticut Tree Sales and racedaysponsor.com.(Tim Viens Racing)(5-16-2015)
Wauters adds Miller to development program, plans truck starts: Wauters Motorsports announced today that Vinnie Miller will join Wauters Motorsports driver development program. Miller, a Brandon High School senior, will drive for Wauters in select Southern Super Late Model Series in 2015. Miller, a Metamora, MI native began racing at age five competing in the quarter midgets at tracks in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. He then moved to the pure stocks and sportsman series before moving to the pro late model series at age 16. The young driver in 2013 received the "On the Edge of Your Seat" award voted by the Owosso Speedway staff and by the fans, an award that had never been given before. In 2014 Miller was the pro late model rookie of the year and second in points out of 32 drivers at Owosso Speedway. Wauters Motorsports will focus on bringing Miller up through the Super Late Model racing series, ARCA Racing Series and then into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Wauters Motorsports)(5-15-2015)
Cobb to honor POW-MIAs: For six very special race dates this year, Jennifer Jo Cobb, NASCAR Camping World Truck Driver of the #10 Driven2Honor team will join forces with Wreaths Across America and the trucking industry to recognize our veterans by carrying the POW-MIA banner on the hood of her race truck at races in Charlotte, Dover, Gateway, Kentucky, Chicago and Phoenix. These special race dates recognize the six days each year, on a national level, in which the POW-MIA Flag is flown at all government and military installations with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act during the first term of the 105th Congress. In addition, Cobb will be working with Wreaths Across America and The National League of POW-MIA Families through her Driven2Honor.org charity to invite POW-MIA wives and families to these special race events as honorary guests. The commemorative POW-MIA logo will be carried on Cobb's race truck recognizing Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day this May, Flag Day in June, Independence Day in July, National POW-MIA Recognition Day in September and Veterans Day in November. Fans and followers are encouraged to visit Driven2Honor.org, wreathsacrossamerica.org or pow-miafamilies.org or on Facebook to purchase a commemorative t-shirt or to learn more how you can support these very worthy charities. Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board for Wreaths Across America, said "WAA is pleased to join with Jennifer Jo Cobb and America's trucking industry to bring attention to the plight of those service members still listed as POW or MIA even after over 50 years. We must never forget them or their service to this country."(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(5-13-2015)