Athenian switching to Chevy, Townley to return full-time: Athenian Motorsports, LLC is proud to announce it will field a Chevrolet Camaro full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and a Chevrolet Silverado in all 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2015 with engines provided by Hendrick Motorsports. Georgia native John Wes Townley will compete full-time for AMS in the Truck Series and run a partial schedule on the circuit previously known as the Nationwide Series. Veteran crew chiefs Mike Ford and Michael Shelton will continue to call the shots for AMS. Ford, a multiple-race winner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, will return to lead the Xfinity team. Michael Shelton, who guided James Buescher to a NASCAR Truck Series title, will direct Townley's 2015 effort in the Truck Series. Athenian Motorsports will call Concord, N.C. home, beginning in January. That's when the second-year organization will take possession of the 43,000 square foot facility adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport that currently houses Richard Petty Motorsports.(Athenian Motorsports)(11-21-2014)
FoxSports1 to have Nationwide, Truck banquet coverage: FOX Sports 1 offers coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Ceremony from the Trump National Doral Miami, the celebration's first year at the venue, on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7:00pm/et. The joint NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series celebration, hosted by NASCAR on FOX's Adam Alexander and Krista Voda and featuring musical performances by Gavin DeGraw and Jana Kramer, honors ThorSport Racing driver Matt Crafton as the first back-to-back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and JR Motorsports' Chase Elliott as the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. The top five drivers in each series also are celebrated during the banquet. Team Penske's #22 NASCAR Nationwide Series team and Kyle Busch Motorsports' #51 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team are feted as winners of the season's owner championships. Among other honors handed out, Elliott, son of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, is recognized as the Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver and Ryan Blaney as the Truck Series' Most Popular Driver.(FoxSports)(11-20-2014)
Quiroga working on 2015 plans: German Quiroga has not yet locked up his seat with Red Horse for the 2015 season. Homestead winner Darrell Wallace Jr. is in a similar position, but may end up landing a gig in the Nationwide (soon to be Xfinity Series). As for Quiroga, his NASCAR future rides on sponsorship money, just as so many others trying to make it today are. "I'm trying to put everything together to keep racing. Sponsorship wise, it's going to be hard. I'm trying so we can continue with this program and it all depends on how much money/sponsors we can have. We'll just have to see where we land."(Motorsport.com)(11-20-2014)
Crew member reinstated: NASCAR has reinstated Troy Cupples, a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, upon his successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. On Aug. 11, 2014, Couples 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.(NASCAR)(11-18-2014)
Crafton, KBM honored: NASCAR's first year celebrating its Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet at the Trump National Doral Miami feted one of the sport's newest champions and a repeat victor Monday night. But before the festivities came into full swing, it included a warm-up by the resort's namesake. The day after the thrilling conclusion to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Chase Elliott and Matt Crafton -- stock-car racing's other national series champions -- took center stage Monday as the toast of the glitzy Donald J. Trump Ballroom. But before their speeches and moments of remembrance, "The Donald" himself gave the industry a warm welcome. Participants in both series donned their formal best Monday evening, celebrating the accolades of two seasons of racing that began in February at Daytona.
Crafton's return to the head table came by virtue of his second straight title, a historic first for the Camping World Truck Series. Last season his heart-tugging acceptance speech took several emotional turns; this year, a quip beforehand about his 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Elladee, helped him channel his inner comic. "She's been around two years and I've won two truck series championships," Crafton said. "Why'd I wait so long to have kids?"
Ryan Blaney, the truck series' runner-up this year, brought home the most popular driver award in the Camping World Truck Series but waved off making an acceptance speech. The Team Penske #22 Ford (Nationwide) and Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota (trucks) were honored for their team owner championships in their respective series.
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (Nationwide) also claimed top honors in the year-end Keystone Light and Coors Light Pole Awards, leading both series in the number of poles this season. Busch was also lauded with the Mobil 1 Driver of the Year in the truck series.(NASCAR.com)(11-18-2014)
Kennedy named Sonoco Rookie of the Year: For the first time since the NASCAR Next initiative was created in 2011, three of its alumni captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Awards in NASCAR's national series. Kyle Larson took home the honor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Chase Elliott added the accolade to his resume in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Ben Kennedy earned the recognition competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kennedy, 22, was the highest rookie finisher in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-best eight races. Kennedy tied Tyler Reddick atop the rookie standings, winning the tiebreaker thanks to a final championship points position of ninth. Kennedy drove his #31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevy Silverado to a career-best third-place finish at Martinsville in March.(NASCAR)(11-17-2014)
NEMCO planning another full run in 2015 with eyes on the future UPDATE: NEMCO Motorsports announced today plans to expand their late model program to include a second driver who will compete in a full-time Pro and Super Late Model Series effort in 2015. 19-year old Dominique Van Wieringen, a native of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, has been named as driver. "We've seen Dominique race at several events and feel like she'll be a great fit to expand our program. Being able to start at this level and help young drivers grow is just going to enhance our efforts in the truck series and beyond," said Nemechek. NEMCO Motorsports, which is operated by Nemechek and his family, has been active in NASCAR for nearly 25 years and boasts 25 wins on the NASCAR circuit. Today, father Joe and son, John Hunter, represent the team on the track racing in all three of NASCAR's national series and have shared driving duties in the #8 Toyota Tundra this season. Plans for 2015 include John Hunter, who has four late model wins this season to his credit, continuing to run in select late model events as he furthers his progression in the NASCAR ranks. NEMCO Motorsports will field the late model for Van Wieringen and will make an announcement later next month regarding sponsorship for their late model program. NEMCO Motorsports' 2015 plans will continue to include running a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and select events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.(NEMCO Motorsports)(10-30-2014)
UPDATE: While proud of the efforts of his son and team at NEMCO Motorsports this season, driver-owner Joe Nemechek is actually somewhat disappointed by their overall statistics. Entering Speedweeks and the start of the 2014 season, the 20-year NASCAR veteran actually expected the first-year Truck squad to challenge for wins against the likes of Kyle Busch Motorsports, Brad Keselowski Racing and ThorSports Motorsports, regardless of which driver was behind the wheel. Combined, the father-son duo finished with an average result of 10.0 with 15 top-10s in 22 events. With that said, he doesn't want those unfulfilled expectations to get misread as disappointment in John Hunter either. Despite the lack of victories, the elder Nemechek remains proud of his son and praised him after the race on Friday at Homestead. "I thought we were going to be better than we were this year," Nemechek told Popular Speed. "John Hunter has definitely come through. All of his races on the mile or less tracks, he's been awesome. He's had 10 really good runs and was close to winning a couple of them. I came close to winning one or two of them too and we've made some big gains at the end of the year. I'm looking forward to the beginning of next year. "
Next season will again see Joe and John Hunter split driving duties at least until the younger Nemechek turns 18-years-old on June 11. By this point, Front Row Joe hopes to have found sponsorship to have a second truck to race against his son on special occasions. "There are five big track races that I have to run next year before he's eligible," Joe Nemechek said. "He'll take over once he's 18 and he'll run them all. We're desperately trying to find more sponsorship dollars and with more dollars comes the opportunity to keep this truck running full-time and maybe get us a second one for me to run on special occasions."(Popular Speed)(11-15-2014)
Championship Fast Facts:
Driver Champion: Matt Crafton
Team: # 88 Menards Toyota
Matt Crafton won his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. He is the first driver in series history to win back-to-back championships (2013-2014).
Crafton is the 13th different driver to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, and the fourth to win multiple series titles. 2013 marked Crafton's 15th year competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He leads the series in consecutive starts with 337.
Crafton finished 21 points ahead of second-place Ryan Blaney.
Crafton finished the 2014 season with two wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s, and an average finish of 7.0.
Crafton's 2014 Season-To-Date Loop Data: Driver Rating (106.0); Average Running Position (6.504).
Owner: Duke Thorson, ThorSport Racing
This is ThorSport Racing's second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship.
Owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson fielded their first truck in the series with driver Terry Cook at the Milwaukee Mile on July 6, 1996. ThorSport Racing has fielded at least one truck in 431 races, a run of 413 consecutive starts beginning at Walt Disney World Speedway in January 1998 - both are series records.
ThorSport Racing fielded one other full-time truck this season - the No. 98 driven by Johnny Sauter. Sauter finished the season fourth in the standings. He posted one win, eight top fives and 16 top 10s in 2014.
Crew Chief Champion: Carl Joiner Jr.
This is Carl Joiner Jr.'s second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. Joiner becomes the fourth all-time NCWTS crew chief with multiple championships joining Dennis Conner (1997, '99, '01); MikeHillman Jr. (2006, '10); and Rick Ren (2007, '09).
Joiner is the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief to win consecutive series titles.
Owner Champion: Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports
This is Kyle Busch Motorsport's second-consecutive and third all-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner championship. Kyle Busch Motorsports' previous owner championships were in 2010 and 2013 - KBM's No. 51 tied ThorSport Racing's No. 88 in owner points in 2013 but was awarded the championship due the tiebreaker (wins).
Two drivers competed in the No. 51 Toyota this season (Kyle Busch, 10 starts and Erik Jones, 12 starts)
KBM is the second team in NCWTS history to win back-to-back championships (Xpress Motorsports, 2002-03).The team's third title ties Hendrick Motorsports and Kevin Harvick Inc. for most all-time.
Boston to join KBM in 2015 UPDATE: Motorsport.com has learned that Justin Boston will move up into the NASCAR national touring divisions come 2015. Boston has spent the last two seasons in ARCA, piloting a car owned by Venturini Motorsports. In 2014, he won for the first time at Toledo. Kyle Busch has hired the young talent to drive a third entry in the Camping World Truck Series next season, alongside fellow young guns Darrell Wallace Jr. and Erik Jones. He will have backing from Zloop in this new venture. Oddly enough, the 24-year-old racer will be the 'veteran' driver of the trio, in terms of age. He made his Truck debut earlier this year at Bristol, finishing 30th after getting caught up in a wreck. He impressed in two starts for Gibbs at the Nationwide level though, placing inside the top 12 in both races. Kyle Busch Motorsports has dominated the Truck circuit in 2014, which is to be expected when Kyle gets behind the wheel. However, Jones and Wallace have each won three races this season as well. The team is eying it's second consecutive owner's title this weekend, hoping to hold off ThorSport and win it all tonight.(Motorsport.com)(11-14-2014)
UPDATE: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today the additions of Justin Boston and Matt Tifft to the team's driver lineup for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Boston will run a full-time schedule competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, while Tifft will run a six-race schedule and share the driving duties behind the wheel of his Tundra with KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suarez competing for the Truck Series Owner's Championship.
Boston completed his second full-time season in the ARCA Racing Series in 2014, finishing fifth in the championship standings and collecting wins at Toledo Speedway in May and Madison International Speedway in August. In addition to his two wins, he collected three poles, 241 laps led, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.6 across 20 starts this year. Overall in two seasons of ARCA action, the Maryland native has posted two wins, five poles, 15 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes across 41 starts and finished inside the top-five in the championship standings both years. The 25-year-old also made two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2014, finishing ninth in his series debut at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and following it up with a 12th-place finish at Dover International Speedway. He made one Truck Series start this season, but was relegated to a 30th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway getting caught up in a late-race accident.
Tifft has made 12 ARCA Racing Series starts the last two seasons, registering six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The Ohio native registered a career-best runner-up finish in this year's September event at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. In addition to his time in the ARCA Racing Series, the 18-year-old has competed in the NASCAR K&N East and West Series, posting one top-five and nine top-10 finishes across 24 starts. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte freshman has competed in two of the last three Truck Series races this season, including an eighth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in September, and is entered in the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.
Announcements on truck numbers, sponsors and crew chiefs for both drivers are forthcoming. (Kyle Busch Motorsports)(11-14-2014)
Sad news - Alene Brownlee: Office Manager for Billy Ballew Motorsports since 1994 passed away at home, Friday, November 7, 2014 in Sanderson, Georgia. Alene was born on December 17, 1952. Alene was a frequent friendly face at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the Billy Ballew Motorsports team and continued working as Ballew's bookkeeper since his departure from racing. Alene will be deeply missed by her NASCAR friends. A memorial will be held at her home, 766 McIntyre Street in Sandersville, on Saturday, November 15th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. with a service at 2:00 p.m.(11-13-2014)
Kennedy makes history for NASCAR: When Ben Kennedy takes the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will be the first descendant of NASCAR's founding family to complete a season in one of the sport's top-three series. Kennedy can be proud of what he's accomplished in his first full season in the NCWTS, as he comes into the final race of the year sitting eighth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings and has led the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points since the second race of the year. The 22-year-old has earned one top five and seven top 10s in 21 races, earning a best finish of third at Martinsville Speedway in the spring.(Turner Scott Motorsports)(11-10-2014)
ParkerStore kicks off multi-year sponsorship with Larson in Homestead: Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, announced today that Kyle Larson, the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, will reunite with former sponsor ParkerStore for a multi-year, multi-series partnership starting with the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of the season, the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 14. After originally partnering with Larson when he raced midget cars in California, ParkerStore will be the primary sponsor of the #42 NCWTS Turner Scott Motorsports entry driven by Larson at Homestead and will be on board the #42 NNS entry in 2015. ParkerStore will serve as a primary and associate sponsor for Larson in a number of races throughout the 2015 NNS season.(See an image of the truck on the #42 Team Paint Schemes page)(Turner Scott Motorsports)(11-10-2014)
Jones full time with KBM in 2015: Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing jointly announced today that Erik Jones will compete full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015 for KBM and run a part-time schedule for JGR in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Running a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the last two seasons, Jones has registered three wins, one pole, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.7 across 16 starts. The Michigan native picked up his first career Truck Series victory at Phoenix International Raceway last November, when at the age of 17 years, five months and nine days old, at the time became the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series event. This season, he added wins at Iowa Speedway in Newton and Las Vegas Motor Speedway and collected his first career pole in July at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Ryan "Rudy" Fugle will call the shots for Jones' championship campaign in the Truck Series next season. The New York native led KBM's #51 Tundra team to a series-leading six wins,including Jones' historic Phoenix victory, and an Owner's Championship as crew chief in 2013 and has contributed to an additional 10 wins in his role as race engineer for the organization during the 2012 and 2014 seasons. Announcements on truck number and sponsor for Jones' Truck Series effort are forthcoming as well as total number of races, his crew chief, car number and sponsors for his part-time schedule in the XFINITY Series.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(11-6-2014)
Andrews returns to MB as crew chief: Justin Jennings is set to make his first start at Phoenix International Raceway in the Lucas Oil 150 as NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Crew Chief Paul Andrews making the calls. Jennings will once again be piloting MB Motorsports' #63 Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool / LG Seeds / Roofix / Excel Bottling Chevy Silverado. Andrews last worked with the team in 2011.(MB Motorsports)(11-5-2014)
Ogata to debut in Phoenix with hopes of more in 2015: Officials from Win-Tron Racing announced today that Japanese racer Akinori Ogata will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix International Raceway. Ogata will bring longtime support from longtime marketing partner ENEOS, as his NASCAR advancement continues under the watchful eye of Win-Tron Racing. Ogata's mission is to productively accelerate his learning curve that will allow him to compete in additional races for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team in 2015. Ogata, a native of Kanagawa, Japan, started racing over 27 years ago in his home country of Japan, and through the past three decades, he's steadily built a resume and recently moved to the United States to set forth his dream of competing in NASCAR. This year, he has competed in three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races this season, as well as short track races across North Carolina. Since his last K&N race at Iowa Speedway this summer, Ogata turned his concentration towards making his debut in one of NASCAR's national series.(WinTron Racing)(11-5-2014)
Mitchell to debut in Homestead: Mason Mitchell 2014 ARCA Racing Series champion looks to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 14th. Mitchell and his Mason Mitchell Motorsports team will field the #48 New England Energy Management, Wildlife Foundation of Florida F-150. Veteran crew chief Ricky Viers will lead the operation. Viers has seven wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with four different drivers including Kevin Harvick. Mitchell captured the 2014 ARCA championship with his first year team MMM. In 20 starts Mitchell earned 1 win, 12 top-five's, 18 top-ten's and five pole positions en-route to his first championship.(See an image of the truck on the #48 Team Paint Schemes page).(Mason Mitchell Motorsports)(11-5-2014)
Phillips to move to NNS with KBM team UPDATE: They're preparing to shuffle the crew chief deck at Joe Gibbs Racing. Multiple sources say Kyle Busch and longtime crew chief Dave Rogers will end their long-running association at season's end, as part of a multi-divisional realignment involving both JGR and Kyle Busch Motorsports. While Rogers' departure from the #18 team was announced in-house on Tuesday of this week, no one from JGR has commented publically on the move. Sources close to the team say Adam Stevens will move from JGR's Nationwide Series operation to replace Rogers atop the #18 pit box. Stevens has gone to Victory Lane five times this season with Busch, and is the obvious heir-apparent to Rogers. Stevens will be replaced in the Nationwide Series garage by Eric Phillips, who has served as crew chief on the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series entry. Under his guidance, the team has won eight times in 17 starts this season with Busch (six wins) and Erik Jones (two wins). He won the Truck Series owner's championship for KBM a year ago and is solidly in the running to defend that title this season.(Godfather Motorsports).(10-3-2014)
UPDATE: The all-time wins leader among crew chiefs in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history is heading for a new home. Kyle Busch Motorsports crew chief Eric Phillips, who has earned 36 victories in the Truck Series (21 of them working with Busch himself), told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio on Monday that he'll be going to Joe Gibbs Racing at season's end to work in an as-of-now undefined position. Phillips served as crew chief for NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman in KBM's Nationwide Series program last year. When KBM was forced to shut that program down and focus solely on its two-team program in the Truck Series, Phillips said he was asked by Busch to help on the latter effort. While wanting to continue on the Nationwide circuit, he ultimately decided to stay with the KBM Truck team to take care of, in his words, "unfinished business." He feels that has been accomplished, and with two races remaining on the 2014 Truck schedule, Phillips intends to focus on finishing his tenure with KBM strong.(NBC Sports).(11-4-2014)
Sad News - Jim Sauter UPDATE: Jim Sauter, a racer and father of four drivers including NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter, died on Friday night. He was 71. Sauter competed in 82 NASCAR national series races from 1980 to 2004, including 76 premier series starts. The native of Necedah, Wisconsin, made his final NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the Milwaukee Mile in 2002, racing against his sons Jay, Johnny and Tim. Jim Jr. followed in his father's footsteps as well. A two-time champion in the ARTGO Racing Series in the Midwest, Sauter tested International Race of Champions cars with fellow Wisconsin racers Dave Marcis and Dick Trickle.(NASCAR.com)(11-1-2014)
UPDATE: The wake for Jim Sauter will be held Tuesday night, November 4 at HARE Funeral in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, located at 217 W. Pearl Street New Lisbon, WI 53950. The funeral will be held at Our Lady of Victory in Necedah, Wisconsin on Wednesday morning, November 5, N11190 17TH Ave. Necedah, WI 54646. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Jim Sauter's name to: Queen of the Holy Rosary School in Necedah, WI.(11-3-2014)
Jones joins GMS UPDATE: GMS Racing announced today that 17-year-old driver Brandon Jones will join the organization for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Jones, a former winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, will pilot the #33 Chevy Silverado in two NCWTS races this season beginning with the Kroger 200 on October 25 at Martinsville Speedway. The Atlanta, Ga native will also make his track debut in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7. Jones' 2014 campaign will be led by crew chief Shane Huffman.(GMS Racing)(10-16-2014)
UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing is adding NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Brandon Jones to their NASCAR XFINITY Series lineup on a part-time basis for the 2015 season. Jones, 17, is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and competed full time this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division earning one win at Iowa Speedway, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He finished the 2014 season fourth in points. He will share seat time next season with other RCR drivers, to be named later. Jones also plans to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Series on a limited basis in 2015.(Richard Childress Racing)(11-3-2014)
Toyota can clinch in Texas UPDATE: Toyota can clinch its second consecutive NCWTS manufacturer championship if its top-finishing driver places seventh or better in Friday's WinStar World Casino and Resort 350. A competitor in the truck series since 2004, Toyota boasts six manufacturer titles.(NASCAR)(10-29-2014)
UPDATE: Tundra driver Kyle Busch's victory in Friday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway enabled Toyota to clinch its seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series manufacturer's championship in 11 years participating in the series. Toyota remains the series' top manufacturer after previously winning last year's title (2013) and prior to that a record five straight NCWTS manufacturer's championships from 2006 to 2010. Overall, this is the 10th time Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer's trophy since the start of the 2004 season. Toyota also earned three consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series manufacturer's crowns from 2008 to 2010. In addition, Tundra racers have collected four driver's championships. Todd Bodine claimed a pair of titles in 2006 and 2010, and Johnny Benson collected the 2008 championship trophy. Last year, Matt Crafton earned his first career NCWTS championship. This season, Crafton is seeking to become the first-ever back-to-back NCWTS champion, although he's facing stiff competition from fellow Tundra racers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Johnny Sauter for the driver's title. Highlights from the season include Tundra drivers establishing a new series record by winning the first 10 races of the year - from Daytona in February to Eldora in July - and a 12-race winning streak dating back to the final two races of 2013. Three teams fielding Tundras - Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), Red Horse Racing and ThorSport Racing - all contributed to the NCWTS manufacturer's title. This season, Tundra drivers have combined for 16 wins, seven pole positions, 60 top-five results and 108 top-10 finishes - with two races still remaining on the 2014 schedule. In addition, Toyota drivers have led 2,197 laps (of 2,830) in NCWTS competition this season - more than three-quarters of the total laps. Of this year's 16 Tundra wins, 12 have been by KBM drivers - Busch, Jones and Wallace - which matches the most by a team in a single season. This year, KBM is also looking to earn a third owner's championship in its fifth year competing in the series. A total of 23 different drivers have participated in the Camping World Truck Series in Tundras this year, including six - Jeb Burton, Crafton, Peters, German Quiroga, Sauter and Wallace - who have competed in all 20 events driving Toyotas. The 16 Tundra wins this season is the most victories by Tundra drivers in a single year, surpassing the 15 set in 2010. Since joining NCWTS competition in 2004, Toyota has won 128 races and captured 98 poles in 264 races. Busch (36) has the most victories driving a Tundra.(Toyota Racing)(11-1-2014)
Shelton leaves TSM UPDATE: Hearing that Michael Shelton has left Turner Scott Motorsports where he served as crew chief on the #31 Chevy driven by Ben Kennedy in the Camping World Truck Series. Shelton led the 31 team and driver James Buescher to the championship in 2012. Doug George, who had been calling the shots for the now closed #30 team will move to the 31 with rookie Kennedy.(9-5-2014)
UPDATE: Shelton is listed as the crew chief for John Wes Townley on the entry list for Texas Motor Speedway on the #05 Zaxby's Toyota, replacing Mike Beam.(10-27-2014)
Changes made for 2015 including starting field and qualifying procedures: NASCAR today announced three key enhancements in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2015 season. The updates include:
- Beginning next season, the qualifying rule for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (currently the NASCAR Nationwide Series) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will resemble that of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and will emphasize speed.
- The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series maximum starting field will be set at 32 trucks.
- The drivers' last name will be featured on the back window of each series' cars and trucks, helping fans to better identify the drivers.
"Our mission of providing the best on-track product possible is always among our top objectives," said Robin Pemberton, senior vice president of competition and racing development. "We're confident in the direction these changes will take these series."
2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying Procedure:
Next season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will follow the same procedure for positions 1-27. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the next four positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking trucks in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a fifth truck will make the field based upon owner points. Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars and top 25 trucks in owner points in each series, respectively, were guaranteed a starting spot in each of those series' events. Starting next year, a maximum of seven cars and five trucks will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, respectively. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, each series' field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.
Maximum Field Set At 32 Trucks For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
As NASCAR continues to encourage and reward hard racing, help solidify and build the ownership base, add even more drama and intrigue to the race weekend and most importantly, provide fans the best competition possible, the maximum starting field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be set at 32 trucks starting in 2015, as opposed to the 36-truck field in previous years. A maximum NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting field continues to stand at 43 cars while the NASCAR XFINITY Series will remain at 40.
Drivers' Last Names On Rear Window:
This new design element is part of the implementation of NASCAR's Industry Action Plan, specifically in the area of Driver Star Power. This enhancement will feature the drivers' last name displayed on the upper rear window of cars and trucks, helping fans more easily identify the drivers. The window treatment will not affect the on-track competition and placing it on the back window allows for both series sponsors - XFINITY (starting in 2015) and Camping World - to continue to maintain placement on the front windshield.(NASCAR)(10-22-2014)
Sad news - Lynn Olson: Lynn Olson, retired NASCAR Camping World Truck Series official, passed away on Saturday October 4. A memorial service will be held on October 12 at Covenant Church of Harrisburg, 6900 Hickory Ridge Drive, Harrisburg NC 28075 at 5:00 p.m. Lynn retired as a truck official after working for approximately 17 years officiating in several of the NASCAR series. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to Camp Jim, a Christ-centered camp in Brainerd MN. Donations can be sent to Covenant Church of Harrisburg.(10-9-2014)
Byrnes taking medical leave, will be absent from truck coverage: Longtime NASCAR on FOX on-air personality Steve Byrnes is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, effectively immediately, to focus on his health after receiving news he has suffered a recurrence of cancer. Byrnes, who was diagnosed and successfully treated for head-and-neck cancer in late 2013, steps away from his NASCAR Race Hub co-hosting and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series play-by-play duties for FOX Sports 1 to concentrate on his upcoming medical treatment and time with his family.(FOX Sports)(10-8-2014)
Australian-owned team announces plans UPDATE: NASCAR is coming to Salisbury (North Carolina), according to the head of an Australian based team that hopes to field a truck in the Camping World Truck Series, and a car in the Nationwide Series. Roo Motorsports is expected to announce that it will set up its racing headquarter in the Speedway Industrial Park just off I-85. The park is now home to a quarter midget race track and other businesses. Robert Van Geons, head of RowanWORKS, the economic development platform for Salisbury and Rowan County told WBTV about the announcement. Roo Racing will be the first Australian owned race team to compete in a NASCAR touring series, according to Van Geons. Scott Saunders is slated to be the driver for the team. Scott is a relatively unknown Australian Motorsports star due to most of his racing career being outside of Australia, according to his web site. Since 1996 at the age of 9, Scott has been racing and has won National and World titles in Karting. Scott holds a US Karting record as one of only a hand full of drivers to win 4 USA IKF Grand National Championships.(WBTV).(9-29-2014)
UPDATE: Roo Motorsports is officially setting up shop in Salisbury at the Speedway Business Park just off I-85. The announcement was made Monday night. In addition, the team announced the Naming Rights sponsor for the 2015 Camping World Truck Series of NASCAR. Sax Suspension is an Australian suspension manufacturer specializing in the development and production of advance suspension components for on road and off road vehicles. Their products have been available in limited supply in the USA, and this partnering arrangement coincides with a hard launch into the US marketplace.Roo Motorsports is the first wholly owned Australian NASCAR team to enter the competition. Founded by team owner, Noel Saunders, Roo Motorsports will compete in the Camping World Truck Series for 2015 and beyond.(WBTV).(9-30-2014)
AND: See an image of the truck on the #49 Team Paint Schemes page.(10-2-2014)