Kaz Grala joins GMS for full 2017 season: GMS Racing announced that Massachusetts-native Kaz Grala will pilot the #33 Chevrolet Silverado full time in 2017, across all 23 races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The soon-to-be 18-year-old rookie, a part-time driver at GMS Racing in 2016, accomplished three top-10 results in only nine races and has now earned a larger opportunity to step up to full-time competition in one of NASCAR's premier racing series. In recent years, Kaz has made a name for himself in Late Model racing by breaking records. In his first race at fabled Hickory Motor Speedway, Kaz won the 2013 UARA 150 and became the youngest winner in series history. The following year, he became the youngest NASCAR winner in Caraway Speedway history when he held off the Whelen All-American Series National Champion to win the 171-lap event. In 2015, Kaz won his Pro All Stars Series debut at South Boston Speedway with a dominant performance, leading 131 of 150 laps. Kaz differentiates himself by tearing up road-course events each year. He has won the 12 hours of NJMP, the 13 hours of VIR, and competed in the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the pinnacle of sports-car racing in America. Kaz made it to the final round in NCWTS qualifying in all but one race in 2016. He scored his first top-10 finish in only his second start in the series at Dover International Speedway. In his first race at Gateway Motorsports Park, Kaz brought home yet another top-10 finish. At the rookie's home track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he brought home his best finish of 2016, a 7th-place result. Joining the GMS Racing stable in 2017 is veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter who claims time in the principal team role in all three of NASCAR's top racing series, dating back to 1986.(GMS Racing)(12-5-2016)
Sauter, Shear to return to GMS: On October 15, 2015, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) veteran Johnny Sauter announced he would be joining GMS Racing for the 2016 season in an effort to claim his first NCWTS championship. The move was unexpected and some questioned if a young team, like GMS, could outperform the more established teams of NASCAR's roughest series. In his 13th NCWTS season, Sauter raised the championship trophy alongside his family and a team that had just completed its third full-time season in NASCAR. He completed what was statistically one of his best seasons with 3 wins, 12 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. His three wins contributed to an overall total of six victories for GMS, who only had one win in the series heading into the 2016 season. Sauter has found a home with GMS and will return in 2017 to defend not only his win at Daytona International Speedway, but his NCWTS Championship as well. He will continue to build on the Sauter-Shear legacy, a history that started in the Midwest with their fathers competing against each other. GMS will release details about plans for the 2017 season, including additional drivers and sponsors, at a later date.(GMS Racing)(12-2-2016)
Gallagher moving to NXS in 2017: Statesville-based GMS Racing (GMS) announced that, beginning in 2017, the team will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) with driver Spencer Gallagher. The Las Vegas native will continue to the pilot the #23, a number that he has raced since 2006 in honor of former NASCAR driver TJ Clark and his son, Spencer Clark. Gallagher began racing at the age of 12 in Legends Cars at the Las Vegas Bullring to kick off his climb through the racing circuit. Gallagher has been with GMS since 2014, first competing in the ARCA Racing Series and most recently the NCWTS. Over three seasons and 58 starts, Gallagher earned three top-fives, 15 top-10 finishes, and two pole awards. The 27-year-old made his NXS debut this past season, earning a best finish of eighth place at Daytona International Speedway in July. The team debuted the GMS Chevrolet Camaro at Phoenix International Speedway with a goal of building the program in preparation of running a full-time season in 2017. Additional details regarding sponsorship and crew chief will be announced at a later date.(GMS Racing)(12-1-2016)
Rhodes deciding on 2017 plans: Ben Rhodes drove for ThorSport Racing in 2016, his first full season of truck competition. He tallied one pole, two top-fives and five top-10s. In an interview featured on his website, Rhodes says he has yet to decide on his racing plans for 2017. "We have been approached by a lot of really well respected teams and top teams in all three of the NASCAR Series. So while they came to us, we're trying to find out what is the best path. Right now, looking at a really good Sprint Cup opportunity, some Truck opportunities, and possibly an Xfinity opportunity. So, that is very open ended. But it is the offers we have right now," he said.(BenRhodes.com)(11-28-2016)
Sad News - Dave Malcolmson: Dave Malcolmson, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner of MRD Motorsports, passed away at the age of 67. He spent 25 years in construction and entered 92 races as a team owner in the Truck Series. Dennis Setzer, Regan Smith, and Mike Bliss were a few of the drivers to drive for him during his seven-year stint as an owner. The team tallied five top-fives and 21 top-10s. Memorial information can be found via Brewer & Sons.(11-25-2016)
Suarez, Sauter honored at banquet: Both Daniel Suarez and Johnny Sauter were honored for their crowning accomplishments Monday in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series awards gala at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Their recognition came just days after each sealed their first NASCAR titles during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Elliott Sadler (XFINITY) and Tyler Reddick (Trucks) received the Most Popular Driver Award for each series, graciously thanking fans and their teams for their support. Joe Gibbs Racing's #19 Toyota team (XFINITY) and Kyle Busch Motorsports' # 9 Toyota operation (Trucks) were toasted with team owner championships. Sauter's family -- with four decades of experience racing in NASCAR -- was top of mind in the first-time truck champion's remarks. After sealing the title in Friday night's finale, Sauter indicated over the team radio on the cool-down lap that he was dreading having to give a season-ending speech. Much like he did on the track, he performed admirably in what he termed a "pressure deal." Sauter enjoyed a career rebirth by assembling a title run in his first year with GMS Racing. After Monday's celebration, the 38-year-old driver said he was eager to keep the momentum rolling. "I've got to be honest with you, I thought that winning a championship would make me feel a little bit relieved," Sauter said, "but I feel more fired up about 2017 right now than I thought I would. Sometimes you like a break at the end of the year. I feel like I'm ready to go to the race track right now, I really do. I feel that good about where we're at."(NASCAR.com)(11-22-2016)
Sauter wins 2016 title: After eight full-time seasons of racing in the rough-and-tumble circuit, Johnny Sauter earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sauter finished third on Friday night, outdueling fellow Championship 4 competitors Matt Crafton (seventh), Christopher Bell (eighth) and Timothy Peters (ninth) at the South Florida track. This season, Sauter matched his career high in wins with three (2013) and set a personal best in single-season top 10s with 19. Sauter's 13 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories tie him for 11th most all-time in series history. The driver of the #21 GMS Racing Chevrolet started his 2016 campaign with a bang - capturing his second career win at Daytona International Speedway and becoming the first driver to clinch a berth in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. Once in the Chase, Sauter breezed through the Round of 8 with three consecutive top 10s. The veteran stole the show in the Round of 6, winning back-to-back races at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway and following those up with a runner-up at Phoenix International Raceway to set the stage for his championship-clinching performance at Homestead. Sauter's previous-best championship finish was a runner-up in 2011 with ThorSport Racing. Also on Friday, William Byron won his seventh race of the season, capturing the series owner championship for the #9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.Byron also was named the winner of the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. Along with his seven victories, Byron tallied 11 top fives and 16 top 10s.(NASCAR)(11-18-2016)
Byron wins Truck Series finale at Homestead; Sauter wins title: #9-William Byron won the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway on Friday, closing out the season with seven wins, Rookie of the Year honors, and an owner's championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports. But it was #21-Johnny Sauter, who finished third and won the inaugural Chase in the Camping World Truck Series.
Byron took the lead with 10 laps to go. Sauter passed #88-Matt Crafton with 16 to go for the third position, giving him the advantage in the championship.
#29-Tyler Reddick, finished between Byron and Sauter in second. His team opted for two tires during the final pitstop for track position. Also under that stop, the #24-Kyle Larson, lost multiple spots on pitroad. Larson was leading before the caution flag that allowed the stops. He finished fourth. #19-Daniel Hemric, #51-Daniel Suarez, #88-Matt Crafton, #8-Christopher Bell, #17-Timothy Peters, and #00-Cole Custer were the top-10.
There were 4 cautions for 18 laps and 15 lead changes among 5 leaders.
The average speed was 129.747mph.
Complete results are on the Homestead race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Homestead Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-18-2016)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Fast Facts
Driver Champion: Johnny Sauter
Team: No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado
Johnny Sauter won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship; becoming the first inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase champion.
Sauter is the 15th different driver to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.
Sauter finished third in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the title.
Sauter finished the 2016 season with three wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s and one pole.
Owner Of Driver Champion: Maurice Gallagher Jr., GMS Racing:
This is GMS Racing's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship (Johnny Sauter, 2016).
Maurice Gallagher Jr. is the 15th different owner to have a driver win a championship. In 2013, GMS Racing made its series debut with driver Spencer Gallagher in the No. 23 at Kansas Speedway.
Crew Chief Champion: Joe Shear Jr.
This is Joe Shear Jr.'s first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship; his previous best standings finish was second at Curb Racing with driver Johnny Sauter in 2011.
Shear Jr. has 13 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories with three drivers - Kasey Kahne (one), Cole Custer (two) and Johnny Sauter (10).
Owner Champion: Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, No. 9 Toyota Tundra
Kyle Busch Motorsports has won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner championship with the No. 9 Toyota Tundra team; led by crew chief Ryan Fugle and driver William Byron.
This is Kyle Busch Motorsport's fourth-consecutive and fifth all-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner championship.
Kyle Busch Motorsports' previous owner championships were in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 - KBM's No. 51 tied ThorSport Racing's No. 88 in owner points in 2013, but was awarded the championship due the tiebreaker (wins).
KBM is the first team in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history to win four consecutive owner championships.
Kyle Busch Motorsports now has the most owner titles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with five.
Homestead Race Fast Facts:
William Byron won the 21st Annual Ford EcoBoost 200, his seventh victory in 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his seventh victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2016. This is his first victory and first top-10 finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
Johnny Sauter (C) (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
William Byron (first) was the highest finishing rookie and has won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award this season.
Johnny Sauter is the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver champion.
Driver standings following Homestead:
1) #21-Johnny Sauter [3 wins], 4030
2) #88-Matt Crafton [2 wins], 4026, -4
3) #4-Christopher Bell# [1 win], 4025, -5
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 4024, -6
5) #9-William Byron# [7 wins], 2199, -1831
6) #19-Daniel Hemric, 2163, -1867
7) #33-Ben Kennedy [1 win], 2162, -1868
8) #8-John Hunter Nemechek [2 wins], 2133, -1897
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(11-18-2016)
Owner Standings following Homestead are posted (pdf).(11-18-2016)
Reddick not returning to BKR UPDATE:Tyler Reddick confirmed Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he will not return to Brad Keselowski Racing next season, ending a three-year tenure with the team owned by the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. "It's going to be a shame I'm not going to be there next year, but I've really enjoyed the time I've spent there," Reddick told SiriusXM. "Hopefully I can repay them with two more wins to add to the list." Reddick did not announce his 2017 plans.
In 61 races, which includes two full-time seasons, Reddick has won three times and logged 24 top-five finishes and 39 top 10s. His first victory was the 2015 season-opener at Daytona, setting the tone for a memorable year in which Reddick never dropped below third in the points standings.Battling Erik Jones and Matt Crafton all year, Reddick would finish second to Jones in the championship point battle. Deemed a title contender by many entering 2016, Reddick did not find the same success as the previous year. The driver did not qualify for the inaugural eight-driver NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, although he did win at Las Vegas, a postseason race.
A natural fit for Reddick may be a promotion to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, where Team Penske -- for whom Keselowski drives -- is expanding its operation to a second car. The intention, according to the team, is for Ford Performance to use the second entry as an extension of a driver development program in an effort to build for the future. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski Racing will have two new drivers in its two-truck operation next year. Daniel Hemric, who qualified for the postseason, is moving on to drive for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year.(NASCAR)(11-10-2016)
UPDATE:Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Tyler Reddick, a current driver and a three-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will pilot the #42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2017. Reddick, 20, will share the #42 Chevrolet with 2014 NASCAR Sprint Series Rookie of the Year and 2016 member of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kyle Larson. Veteran XFINITY Series crew chief Mike Shiplett will continue to lead the #42 team. Reddick competed in the NCWTS on a part-time basis in 2013 and 2014, before moving to full-time duties in 2015 and 2016. In 62 starts, Reddick has three wins, three poles, 24 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes. He finished second in the NCWTS standings in 2015 and after a win, seven top-five and 11 top-10s in 2016, Reddick currently sits ninth in the standings.(Chip Ganassi Racing)(11-18-2016)
Townley to miss finale UPDATE: Still nursing an ankle injury he sustained just over three weeks ago, John Wes Townley had hoped to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night. But unable to put full weight on his left ankle, Townley decided earlier today to turn to fellow Watkinsville, Ga. driver Brady Boswell to fill the seat of the #05 Chevrolet."The good news is I was able to get off the crutches last week. The bad news is I'm still limping some," Townley said. "Nothing is broken. But it's just going to take longer than I thought for it to heal."(Athenian Motorsports)(11-15-2016)
UPDATE: Brady Boswell will team with Athenian Motorsports for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale this Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Boswell will be taking over the driving duties of the #05 Boswell Electrical Supply / Jive Communications Chevrolet as John Wes Townley continues to recover from a non-racing related ankle injury. This will mark Boswell's second career Truck Series start, his first race was earlier this season at Eldora Speedway where he started 16th and finished 21st. The 19-year-old Watkinsville, Ga. driver will bring along longtime sponsor Boswell Electrical Supply for this weekend's race.(See an image of the truck on the #05 Team Paint Schemes page)(140 Buzz)(11-16-2016)
Staropoli to debut at Homestead UPDATE: Patrick Staropoli finished his duties at Jackson Memorial Hospital and barely made it to Homestead-Miami Speedway to witness the start of his idol Jeff Gordon's farewell race at last year's NASCAR championship weekend. He didn't even take time to change out of his scrubs. That is perfectly symbolic of the University of Miami medical student's dual passions. The aspiring doctor and racer from Plantation will push it to the max when, amid a cross-country interview process for his residency in ophthalmology, he somehow finds time to drive Friday in the Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead."Last year I showed up in scrubs and this year I'll be there in a firesuit. That's pretty cool the difference a year can make," said Staropoli, 27, who will be behind the wheel of the pink #7 AutoNation Cure Bowl Chevrolet Silverado in the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race. Don't be surprised if he's wearing scrubs under the firesuit. That's how delicate the balance is between Staropoli's competing interests. The days preceding the race have included a frantic schedule of interviews - hopping from New York to New Orleans, doubling back to New York, then to Utah and finally to Miami for a final interview at UM's Bascom Palmer eye clinic. Only after that can Staropoli turn his attention to truck racing.(See an image of the truck on the #07 Team Paint Schemes page)(Sun Sentinel)(11-14-2016)
UPDATE: This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, University of Miami medical student Patrick Staropoli will trade his scrubs for a race uniform; suiting up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut on Fri. night, Nov. 18 in the Ford EcoBoost 200. Staropoli, an aspiring doctor and racer from Plantation will drive the # 07 AutoNation Cure Bowl Chevrolet Silverado for SS Green Light Racing in this weekend's season-finale. The effort will be assisted by Young's Motorsports.
After pairing with the former Harvard University graduate last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for two races, AutoNation has teamed up again with Staropoli to raise awareness for the AutoNation Cure Bowl being held at Camping World stadium on Dec. 17, 2016 to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Currently, this is the only college bowl game to donate its proceeds to charity.Staropoli was selected because his medical background is well aligned with AutoNation's charitable focus which is to help drive out cancer.(Young's Motorsports)(11-16-2016)
Enfinger, Benton team up for finale: The last time Grant Enfinger was behind the wheel of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entry, he found himself in victory lane in his home state of Alabama at Talladega Superspeedway. The NCWTS season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Fairhope, Ala., native will look to repeat that feat in the #92 Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network Ford F-150. To make the Enfinger/RBR pairing work required a little rearranging of Enfinger's schedule for the finale weekend."Before Ricky called, I was scheduled to be at Homestead to work as a mechanic on the #24 entry with my GMS Racing crew guys," Enfinger said. "I'm thankful that those guys let me off the hook for a chance to race.(Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises)(11-15-2016)
Suarez wins Truck Series Race at Phoenix: #51-Daniel Suarez claimed his first career Truck Series win in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night. Suarez was running second when his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate, #9-William Byron, lost an engine just 11 laps from the finish. Suarez inherited the lead and Byron finished 27th. The results dropped him out of the final four in the Chase to the Championship for the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Byron won six races this season, earned the pole in Phoenix, and led a race high 112 of the 150 laps.
#21-Johnny Sauter, #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Cameron Hayley, #17-Timothy Peters, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #4-Christopher Bell, #11-Matt Tifft, #33-Ben Kennedy, and #00-Cole Custer were the remainder of the top-10.
#21-Sauter, #88-Crafton, #4-Bell, and #17-Peters are the final four contending for the Championship in Homestead.
Suarez's win secured the manufacturer's championship for Toyota.
There were 9 cautions for 49 laps and 5 lead changes among 3 leaders.
The average speed was 84.441mph.
Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-11-2016)
Toyota wins 2016 manufacturer's championship: Toyota captured the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer's championship with Daniel Suarez's victory at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night.
Tundra drivers won 13-of-23 races to date to capture the NCWTS manufacturer's championship one week prior to the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway. This is the ninth NCWTS manufacturer's championship for Toyota in 13 seasons since the Tundra joined Truck Series competition in 2004.
Three Tundra teams - Kyle Busch Motorsports, Red Horse Racing and ThorSport Racing - all contributed victories to the NCWTS manufacturer's title this season, including wins by rookie William Byron (six victories), Matt Crafton (two), Kyle Busch (two), Christopher Bell (one), Brett Moffitt (one) and Daniel Suarez (one). After 22-of-23 races, Tundra drivers combined to win 13 races and lead 1,997 laps in the NCWTS - more than 50 percent of the races and laps contested.
Following the Truck Series race at Phoenix, three Tundra drivers - Bell, Crafton and Timothy Peters - qualified for the 'Championship 4' field and will compete for the NCWTS driver's championship in the season finale. In addition to winning the NCWTS manufacturer's title and having an opportunity to capture the Truck Series driver's championship, Toyota is also in contention for the driver's and manufacturer's titles in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series. Since joining NCWTS competition in 2004, Toyota has won 157 races and captured 118 poles in 311 races. Kyle Busch (38) has the most victories driving a Tundra. Toyota also claimed manufacturer championships in the following seasons -- 2006 (12 wins); 2007 (13 wins); 2008 (13 wins); 2009 (14 wins); 2010 (15 wins); 2013 (13 wins); 2014 (18 wins) and 2015 (14 wins).(Toyota Racing)(11-11-2016)
Cindric to join BKR full-time in 2017: Brad Keselowski Racing announced that driver Austin Cindric will compete full-time for the organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2017 piloting one of the Team's Ford F-150 entries. Cindric, 18, has five NCWTS series starts dating back to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October 2015 - all with Brad Keselowski Racing. He has made three starts to date with BKR in 2016, qualifying a career-best second at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario) and will compete for the Statesville, N.C., based organization in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday night at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway. Cindric scored victories in the Sept. 23 ARCA Racing Series race at Kentucky Speedway and in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Virginia (Danville, Va.) International Raceway.The specifics of Cindric's 2017 BKR program, including sponsor partners, will be announced at a later date.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(11-11-2016)
Boyd, MAKE to salute veterans with Grunt Style sponsorship in Homestead: MAKE Motorsports is honored to fly our Nation's colors with Spencer Boyd and Grunt Style at the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Boyd will pilot the #50 Chevrolet Silverado as a teammate to 2003 NCWTS Champion Travis Kvapil in this final race of the season. Grunt Style is a lifestyle apparel brand founded by Former US Drill Sergeant, Daniel Alarik. Grunt Style believes in Pride in Self, in Military, and in Country - values that resonate with NASCAR fans. Upon special invitation, Former Combat Marine, Timothy Jensen, will be the honorary crew chief for the race. After nine years in the military, including deployment to Iraq in 2004 and 2005, Timothy Jensen is now the Chief Operations Officer for Grunt Style.(See an image of the truck on the #50 Team Paint Schemes page)(MAKE Motorsports)(11-11-2016)
Napier to run Phoenix with Premium: Bryce Napier will pilot the #49 Central Valley HHO Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports during his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday. Central Valley HHO, a family owned and operated company out of Central California, specializes in Global Hydrogen Technology. After years of moral support from Scott and Jen Smith in the lower divisions, the Smith's were committed to Napier's continuing success and wanted to become a sponsor on the larger scale. Napier made his NCWTS debut this past April at Martinsville Speedway piloting the #1 truck. As the youngest driver starting, 16 years old, Napier had an impressive finish of 23rd. Additional partnerships for Bryce Napier include: Lilly Trucking, SupportMilitary.org, Cure.org, and Pure Flix Films -showcasing the new film I'm Not Ashamed.(Bryce Napier Racing)(11-10-2016)
Snider to debut with AM at Phoenix UPDATE: Myatt Snider, son of NBC Sports sportscaster Marty Snider will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in two weeks at Phoenix International Raceway for AM Racing. Snider will drive the #22 AM Racing Toyota Tundra typically driven by Austin Wayne Self in the penultimate Truck Series race of the season. Snider will be guided by crew chief Rick Ren, a two-time NCWTS championship crew chief. Steadily, Snider has worked his way through the ranks of Motorsports, despite a late start. Finding success with strong finishes in the CARS Tour Late Model Series last season, Snider leaped to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this season competing in nine races for Cunningham Motorsports. In his series debut at Toledo Speedway, Snider started third, led 35 laps en route to his first career victory. Since then, Snider tallied two more top-five finishes at Iowa Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway before being plagued by mechanical issues and a crash in his final three races at Chicago, Kentucky and Kansas respectively.(Catchfence)(10-29-2016)
UPDATE: See an image of the truck on the #22 Team Paint Schemes page(11-7-2016)
AND: For 20 straight years, rising racing star Myatt Snider ventured from his North Carolina home out to the "Valley of the Sun" during the month of November for personal reasons. But this weekend's visit to Phoenix is different from all his past travels - much different. This time the promising young driver is mixing business with pleasure."My mom's family is from the Phoenix area and every Thanksgiving since I was born our family would load up and head out to make the annual holiday visit," said Snider, a junior at UNC Charlotte and son of noted NBC-TV Sports broadcaster Marty Snider. "So here it is November and we're going back out there again. But it's for a different reason; it's because we're headed to PIR (Phoenix International Raceway) for the opportunity to race in the (NASCAR) Camping World Truck Series for the very first time." Snider will be behind the wheel of the #22 AM Racing Toyota Tundra for Friday's Lucas Oil 150 on the low-banked 1.022-mile tri-oval track located west of Phoenix. The truck will carry sponsorship from The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce Co., who backed Snider during his nine-race 2016 campaign on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. While Snider has tasted victory in every division he has ever competed in, he certainly has realistic expectations for Friday's introduction to the tough NCWTS tour. "It'll be the first time I've raced a truck and the first time I've ever seen the track, so I'm not predicting instant success," Snider said.(Myatt Snider Racing)(11-9-2016)
Van Wieringen to debut at PIR: K&N Pro Series East rookie Dominique Van Wieringen will make her NASCAR national series debut this weekend in the Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Van Wieringen, who finished ninth in the East series standings with the help of three top-five finishes to close the season, will drive the #02 Ford fielded by an alliance between her Rette Jones Racing team and Young's Motorsports.This season, the 21-year-old student at UNC Charlotte became the first female in series history to earn three consecutive top-five finishes. Her best finish of the season was third in two of the final three races (Greenville, S.C., and Dover, Del.). Van Wieringen, a native of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, moved to her first season of competition in NASCAR after a successful run in Late Models. She was the first female driver to win an Outlaw Super Late Model championship in the United States and still holds the record at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway for the most laps led (74) by a female competitor.(Motorsport)(11-8-2016)
AND: Carrying some momentum from the end of her rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), Canadian Dominique Van Wieringen will make her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. For Friday night's penultimate race of the season, Van Wieringen and her Rette Jones Racing (RJR) team have formed an alliance with Young's Motorsports putting Van Wieringen in the #02 Durobyte Ford F-150 for the Lucas Oil 150. Van Wieringen was one of the hottest drivers on the K&N tour at the end of their 2016 season. Heading into the season finale at Dover last month, Van Wieringen carried back-to-back top-five finishes at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway and New Jersey Motorsports Park. In addition to becoming the first female competitor to score three consecutive top-five finishes in K&N Pro Series East history, she also become the highest leading female in the series with 140 laps led in three races and the most laps led in any single event with a whopping 88 laps led at Stafford Motor Speedway in June.(Rette Jones Racing)(11-8-2016)
Lupton in for Townley: As John Wes Townley continues to recover from an injured left ankle, he has opted to sit out Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Townley will turn to west coast driver Dylan Lupton to pilot his #05 Chevrolet in the desert this weekend. "My ankle is still pretty sore but I'm hoping I'll be ready to race next week at Homestead," Townley said. "Dylan competed in some XFINITY Series races for Athenian Motorsports last year and did a solid job. He's got tons of experience at Phoenix, so I'm very confident he'll give our Chevrolet a good run there Friday night." Lupton, whose hometown is Sacramento, Calif., finished 12th in his NCWTS debut last month at Talladega.(Athenian Motorsports)(11-7-2016)
AND: While John Wes Townley continues to heal from an ankle injury, Athenian Motorsports and Dylan Lupton Racing jointly announced today that Dylan Lupton will rejoin the organization for Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway. Lupton, the Wilton, Calif. native ran eight NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races for Athenian Motorsports last year led by crew chief Mike Ford. Lupton made his debut at Phoenix but earned his career-best finish on the road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he finished ninth after starting 16th. The finish remains the lone XFINITY Series top-10 run for Athenian Motorsports in 41 career starts. Lupton, a NASCAR Next alumnus returns to the Truck Series after making his series debut last month at Talladega Superspeedway driving for Young's Motorsports. After a flat tire in qualifying relegated them to a 27th place qualifying run, Lupton quickly drafted to inside the top-10 during the race, later spun and recovered for a solid 12th place finish in his series debut.This time around, the 22-year-old realizes the circumstances will be different comparing Talladega to Phoenix, but he is anxious to continue his learning curve in trucks while he begins to hash out his racing plans for the 2017 season.(See an image of the truck on the #05 Team Paint Schemes page)(Dylan Lupton Racing)(11-7-2016)
KBM's Gragson to get early start to 2017 UPDATE: Kyle Busch Motorsport's newest addition to its Camping World Truck Series lineup is going to get an early start to his career the next two weeks. NASCAR Next member Noah Gragson, who will replace William Byron in a full-time KBM Truck in 2017, will run the final two Truck races of the season at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedway, Motorsport.com has learned. Gragson is scheduled to drive the #18 Toyota from KBM but the entry will be fielded by Richie Wauters Motorsports, sources confirmed. KBM still has two drivers - Byron and Christopher Bell - competing for the Truck series championship this season and didn't want to stretch its resources. Gragson, 18, won four NASCAR races this season - two each in the K&N Pro Series East and West. At one point, he won three consecutive races he entered, all on road courses. The Las Vegas native finished fifth in the K&N East series standings this season and third in the West division. In May, Gragson was one of 11 drivers named to the NASCAR Next program, an industry-wide initiative designed to showcase rising young stars in racing.(Motorsport.com)(11-4-2016)
UPDATE: Noah Gragson will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in the running of the Lucas Oil 150 Friday, Nov. 11. Gragson will pilot the #18 Speed Vegas/ Alert ID Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Toyota Tundra entry, owned by Richie Wauters at the Avondale, Arizona track. The 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver started in the Bandoleros at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, eventually moving into late models. In 2015, Noah joined the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West making his series debut at Kern County Raceway Park. He finished third after qualifying eighth. At Tucson Raceway Park, Gragson battled with his teammate for his first career victory. Later in the season at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway, he recorded his first pole position and led 176 laps to win. In his first season of stock car racing, Gragson finished second in the final points standings with two wins, seven top fives, and 11 top 10s, becoming the ninth driver in series history to finish runner-up in points and win Rookie of the Year. 2016 would mark a full-season return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, as well as competing in 13 of 14 races in the NKNPS East. In 27 races between the two series, Gragson would put up an impressive four wins, 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Gragson has also competed in several Super Late Model events with Wauters Motorsports and is looking for additional experience prior to his 2017 full season in the NCWTS for KBM.(See an image of the truck on the #18 Team Paint Schemes page)(Wauters Motorsports)(11-7-2016)
Sauter wins Truck Series race at Texas: #21-Johnny Sauter won the Striping Technology 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night after passing #88-Matt Crafton with two laps remaining to tally his second straight win. Crafton held on to second followed by #19-Daniel Hemric, #29-Tyler Reddick, #51-Daniel Suarez, #9-William Byron, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #71-Austin Dillon, #00-Cole Custer, and #13-Cameron Hayley.
#23-Gallagher started from the pole and led a race high 88 laps but lost the lead following a pitstop with just over 20 laps to go.
There were 3 cautions for 12 laps, all were brought on by the Caution Clock, and 7 lead changes among 4 leaders.
The average speed was 148.291mph.
Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-4-2016)
Cindric to run Phoenix: Brad Keselowski Racing announced that Austin Cindric will drive a third entry for the organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on November 11 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway. PIRTEK, the industry leader in fluid transfer solution sales and service in the United States, will serve as primary sponsor of the #2 Ford F-150 driven by Cindric at Phoenix. Cindric, 18, will be attempting his sixth career NCWTS start and fourth of the 2016 season. He will be making his second start at Phoenix, the first time Cindric has competed at the same track more than once. In 2015, Cindric scored a respectable 14th-place finish at the one-mile desert oval. In 2016, Cindric has competed in NCWTS races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada) and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. His best finish came at Bristol (18th-place) and he qualified a career-best second at the Canadian road course. Cindric made his NCWTS debut in 2015 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with BKR last October where he qualified 14th and ran well before a late-race incident relegated him to a 25th-place finish.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(11-3-2016)
NASCAR will limit Cup drivers in lower series: In an announcement that will put an even brighter spotlight on the next generation of stars and bolster the identity of all three of its national series, NASCAR announced on Wednesday driver participation guidelines for the 2017 season. The new guidelines limit the number of events a premier series driver can race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Starting next season, premier series drivers with more than five years of full-time experience will be eligible to compete in a maximum of 10 races in the XFINITY Series and seven races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Additionally, drivers with more than five years of full-time premier series experience will be ineligible to compete in the final eight races in each series, as well as the Dash 4 Cash races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The final eight races are comprised of the regular season finale and the entirety of the Chase in each series. Drivers earning premier series points in 2017 also are not eligible to compete in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"The updated guidelines will elevate the stature of our future stars, while also providing them the opportunity to compete against the best in professional motorsports," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "These updated guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort involving the entire industry, and will ultimately better showcase the emerging stars of NASCAR."
Drivers with more than five years of full-time experience in the premier series still can run for an XFINITY Series or Camping World Truck Series championship, provided they have declared for championship points in the respective series.
Wednesday's announcement signals the next step in NASCAR's driver participation guideline evolution. Prior to the 2016 season, NASCAR announced that members of the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field would be ineligible to compete in the 2016 Championship Race in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2011, NASCAR implemented a rule requiring drivers to select one of the three national series in which to collect championship points.(NASCAR)(10-26-2017)
Two more races planned for Anderson: NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Ross Chastain will take advantage of an off weekend of his normal duties for JD Motorsports to return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Saturday afternoon's fred's 250. Chastain, the Alva, Florida native has teamed up with Bolen Motorsports and will drive the #66 Chevrolet Silverado in his first truck race since the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2013 driving for Win-Tron Racing. Bolen Motorsports driver Jordan Anderson was originally slated to drive the team's entry per NASCAR's entry list, but a last-minute arrangement was made putting the 23-year-old Chastain in his hopeful third Talladega start. Although disappointed not to be in the seat for his 16th start of the season, Anderson is at Talladega to support his Mooresville, North Carolina-based team and has committed sponsorship for the No. 66 seat for upcoming races at Texas Motor Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Catchfence)(10-22-2016)
Gallagher to run Snowball Derby: GMS Racing, in conjunction with Michael House Racing, announced that Spencer Gallagher will pilot the #23 Chevy late model entry in the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. Michael House will serve as acting crew chief for Gallagher with help from veteran driver Willie Allen. Gallagher will be testing at Five Flags Speedway on November 14 and 15 in preparation for the event that begins on December 1. Information regarding sponsorship will be announced at a later date.(GMS Racing)(10-21-2016)