Truck Series Entry List: There are 32 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
The #07 is TBA;
Matt Tifft is in the #11;
Stewart Friesen is in the #16;
Wayne Edwards is in the #49;
Norm Benning is in the #63;
Carlos Contreras is in the #71;
Parker Kligerman is in the #92;
(9-26-2016) See the complete list on the Las Vegas entry list page.
NASCAR expands penalties that can lead to "encumbered finish": Despite all three championship Chases already underway in its three national series NASCAR on Thursday increased the number of penalties that it will trigger an "encumbered finish" going forward. Until Thursday, only post-race penalties involving failure of the Laser Inspection Station and improperly attached lug nuts could trigger an encumbered finish, which prevents the driver involved from using the finish from qualifying for or advancing in the Chase, or using the finish for eligibility in non-points races. Three more violations were added on Thursday, all of which will be in effect for Friday's Truck race at Las Vegas and Saturday and Sunday's Xfinity and Cup races at Dover International Speedway. They are: Post-race incorrect ground clearance violations; Post-race incorrect body height violations; and Failure to meet minimum weight. Truck series Chase participant John Hunter Nemechek, who's No. 8 Chevrolet failed postrace body height measurements this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, would have been the first victim of the new policy, but NASCAR elected not to apply the new rules retroactively.(Motorsport)(9-30-2016)
New Hampshire penalties / warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2016.
#8-John Hunter Nemechek was issued a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 220.127.116.11.2 (Top Spitter Shelf Height). Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Crew chief (Gere Kennon) has been fined $6,000 and NASCAR probation continues through Dec. 31, 2016; team owner and driver assessed with the loss of 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship points.
#50-Travis Kvapil (1) Failed template inspection four times in pre-race inspection, written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
() -- total current warnings.
See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-29-2016)
Anderson to miss Vegas: Jordan Anderson posted on his Twitter that he would not make the trip out west to compete in the #66 Chevy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week."Unfortunately won't be racing the 66 truck this weekend in Vegas. Out of my control. Working hard to figure out plans for the rest of 2016. I'm torn... hope to be back on track later this year. Thank you all for the incredible support, prayers, and encouragement," he wrote.(9-27-2016)
Nemechek truck fails post race in Loudon: John Hunter Nemechek's Chevrolet Silverado flunked post-race inspection Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Following his ninth-place finish in the UNOH 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at NHMS, Nemechek's truck did not meet NASCAR's height rules during post-race inspection. Any penalties handed out likely will come on Wednesday, when NASCAR typically issues its penalty reports. At the moment, Nemechek is fourth in the Truck Series points standings, but a points penalty would move him down in the standings.(FOX Sports)(9-24-2016)
Byron wins Truck Series Race at New Hampshire: #9-William Byron won the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, marking the first race of the Chase for the Camping World Truck Series. With the win, Byron secured his spot in the next round. #4-Christopher Bell finished second, followed by #88-Matt Crafton, #29-Tyler Reddick, #17-Timothy Peters, #00-Cole Custer, #24-Kaz Grala, #11-Brett Moffitt, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, and #21-Johnny Sauter.
There were 8 cautions for 41 laps and three lead changes among three leaders.
The average speed was 95.343mph.
Complete results are on the New Hampshire race results page (pdf).
New Hampshire Race Fast Facts:
William Byron won the 19th running of the UNOH 175, his sixth victory in 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his sixth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Christopher Bell (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his eighth top-five and 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
Matt Crafton (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Byron (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Byron clinched a spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase Round of 6 with the win.
Driver standings following New Hampshire:
1) #9-William Byron# [6 wins], 2052
2) #88-Matt Crafton [2 wins], 2036, -16
3) #4-Christopher Bell# [1 win], 2035, -17
4) #8-John Hunter Nemechek [2 wins], 2030, -22
5) #17-Timothy Peters, 2028, -24
6) #21-Johnny Sauter [1 win], 2026, -26
7) #33-Ben Kennedy [1 win], 2025, -27
8) #19-Daniel Hemric, 2005, -47
See complete standings on the Chase point standings page (pdf).(9-24-2016)
Owner Standings following New Hampshire: are posted (pdf).(9-24-2016)
Winning Chicagoland truck fails post race UPDATE: NASCAR says Kyle Busch's winning truck in Friday night's race has failed inspection for being too low in the rear. Any penalties for the #18 Toyota will be announced in the coming week.Busch won his 46th Truck Series race when he pulled away on an overtime restart at Chicagoland Speedway, ending the hopes for many full-time series drivers needing a win to quality for the Chase for the championship playoff. NASCAR didn't announce any technical issues after the race but confirmed the failed inspection Saturday morning.(FOX Sports)(9-18-2016)
UPDATE: Crew chief Wes Ward has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR Probation through December 31, 2016; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points for post-race height measurements outside NASCAR allowed tolerances.
See the Chicagoland Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf)(9-21-2016)
Day to debut with Contreras Motorsports in Loudon: History will be made on September 24 when Israeli native Alon Day will drive for Contreras Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire. Day will be the first Israeli to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He will be driving the #71 FLwaterfront.com Chevy Silverado for Contreras Motorsports, which made history on its own earlier this year as the first and only Hispanic and Mexican owned NCWTS team. Day will be traveling to New Hampshire fresh on the heels of his dominating victory Sunday in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Semi Finals at Adria Raceway, Italy. He will be racing for the European Championship on October 8-9. In August, Day made an impressive debut in the NASCAR XFINITY series running as high as 6th place and finishing 13th at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, and racing in the top 10 most of the day before being forced off the course with just a few laps to go at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Day was one of eleven drivers selected to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class, and is the first driver selected from NASCAR's Whelen Euro Series. NASCAR Next is an initiative designed to feature the best and brightest rising young stars in racing. Alon's selection was announced in May of this year. Born in the port city of Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day now lives in Tel Aviv. Currently 24, Day began his motorsports career at the age of nine. He raced Go Karts and became Israel's National Champion. In 2009, he was Champion of the Formula Renault Asian Championship having placed first in six of his 12 races in that series, and was named Israeli Sportsman of the Year. Day continued to race in open wheel race cars through 2014, including six races in 2012 as the first Israeli driver competing in the Indy Lights Series in the United States. Day transitioned from open wheel to stock cars in 2015, competing in NASCAR's Whelen Euro Series. He finished second overall in his rookie season, winning three of his last four races.(See an image of the truck on the #71 Team Paint Schemes page)(FLWaterfront.com)(9-21-2016)
Viens, Vermont Bucks Football join Harmon for NHMS: Tim Viens will be back in the #74 Truck for Mike Harmon Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the UNOH 175 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Vermont Bucks Football team, a professional Indoor Football team, will begin play on March 17th of 2017 at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vermont. The Bucks will serve as primary sponsor for Viens and the 74 team.(Tim Viens Racing)(9-21-2016)
Ogata returns to MB for Loudon race: Kanagawa, Japan's Akinori Ogata will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this Saturday, Sept. 24, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The event marks Ogata's fifth career Truck Series start and takes place at the mile-long track on which he scored his career-best 18th-place finish last year. Ogata's longtime sponsor, ENEOS, will adorn the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado. ENEOS, Japan's largest oil company, first partnered with Ogata in 2012 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. In his return to the Truck Series, Ogata reunites with Mike Mittler's MB Motorsports, for whom he drove three races last season. Mittler's trucks, with partner Mayhew Tools, have competed in 16 races this season with seven different drivers. Ogata began his racing career in Japanese Motocross at age 14. After a decade of riding that included around 30 feature victories, he shifted to Dirt Midget Car racing, becoming a winning driver at Twin Ring Motegi. His assimilation to American racing began in 2003, driving Late Model Stock Cars at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. He continued in Late Models after moving to the United States in 2010, and later graduated to the NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East, where he competed in 12 races over three years, scoring five top-20 finishes.(Rising Star Management)(9-20-2016)
Rhodes, Abreu join Rhino Wipe as brand ambassadors: National Wiper Alliance, manufacturers of Rhino Wipe is pleased to announce a partnership with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) drivers Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu. Focusing on the automotive industry and the harsh racing environment, Rhino Wipe's reusable cleaning wipes offer superior cleaning ability and are well matched to conquer the rigors of a weekend at the race track. The Rhino Wipe system combines the superior strength of reusable dry wipes in a patented refillable tote system. This system maximizes Rhino Wipe's portability and accessibility by attaching to nearly anything including, boats, ladders, and car headrests. Abreu and Rhodes demand exceptional performance in their gear at the racetrack and Rhino Wipe delivers every time. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Rhino Wipe goes to the International Rhino Foundation to stop the illegal poaching of rhinos around the globe.(Spire Sports)(9-20-2016)
DiBenedetto to practice for Townley in Loudon: On the heels of a successful weekend that saw him run up front all night with the leaders and contend for wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA races at Chicagoland Speedway, John Wes Townley heads to Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week for a unique two days of racing. Following Friday's ARCA race, Townley will fly directly to New Hampshire to qualify and race his #05 Zaxby's/Jive Communications Chevrolet at the Magic Mile in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. "Matt DiBenedetto has agreed to practice our Truck in New Hampshire on Friday," Townley said. "He's got a lot of laps on that race track. So, I'm confident we'll have a good setup underneath me when I climb onboard Saturday morning."(Athenian Motorsports)(9-18-2016)
Kennedy bruises hand in wreck: Ben Kennedy had to wait around to conduct post-race interviews for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase field after an early exit Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. As he did, he nursed a bandaged right hand that included a splint on his middle finger, the result of a heavy late-race crash that left him 26th on the results sheet. Kennedy heads into next weekend's Chase opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway hoping to heal up for the seven-race run to the championship. The 24-year-old driver said he hoped his bruised hand wouldn't pose a problem at the demanding 1.058-mile track. Kennedy was nudged into a spin after a tightly contested challenge from GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter just under 50 laps from the end Friday night. Kennedy's #33 Chevrolet was then clipped by the ThorSport trucks driven by Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton before it nosed into the Turn 2 retaining wall. Kennedy's hand was wrapped up after he emerged from the infield care center. He was scheduled for X-rays Saturday morning, but said he thought his injuries were no more serious than bruises or a sprain.(NASCAR)(9-18-2016)
Kyle Busch wins Truck Series Race at Chicagoland: #18-Kyle Busch won the American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday evening.
#19-Daniel Hemric finished 2nd, followed by #13-Cameron Hayley, #4-Christopher Bell, #21-Johnny Sauter, pole sitter #23-Spencer Gallagher, #24-Grant Enfinger, #17-Timothy Peters, #29-Tyler Reddick, and #00-Cole Custer.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase drivers are: #9-William Byron, #88-Matt Crafton, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #4-Christopher Bell, #21-Johnny Sauter, #33-Ben Kennedy, #19-Daniel Hemric, #17-Timothy Peters. Hemric and Peters got in on points. The others had at least one win.
There were 9 cautions for 40 laps and 10 lead changes among 5 leaders.
There was a 14 minute red flag with 38 laps remaining after an accident did some damage to the SAFER barrier that had to be repaired.
The average speed was 108.648mph.
Complete results are on the Chicagoland race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Chicagoland Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-16-2016)
Chicagoland Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch(i) won the 8th Annual American Ethanol e15 225, his 46th victory in 133 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his fifth victory and sixth top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2016.
Cameron Hayley (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Christopher Bell (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
William Byron # is seeded first in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase.
Truck Series Driver standings following Chicagoland:
1) #9-William Byron# [5 wins], 2015
2) #88-Matt Crafton [2 wins], 2006
3) #8-John Hunter Nemechek [2 wins], 2006
4) #4-Christopher Bell# [1 win], 2003
4) #21-Johnny Sauter [1 win], 2003
5) #33-Ben Kennedy [1 win], 2003
7) #19-Daniel Hemric, 2000
8) #17-Timothy Peters, 2000
See complete standings (before the Chase reset) on the driver standings page (pdf) and reseeded points on the Chase point standings page (pdf).(9-16-2016)
Truck Series Owner Standings following Chicago: are posted (pdf).(9-16-2016)
Hemric to Childress in 2017: Richard Childress Racing has signed Daniel Hemric to a multi-year agreement to become a full-time driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series beginning with the 2017 season. Hemric, now in his second full season of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, is currently second in the championship point standings and on the Chase grid. On the strength of eight top-four and 13 top-10 finishes, he holds an average starting position of 10.9, coupled with an average finishing position of 7.9 through the first 16 races. Prior to making his NASCAR debut, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native earned multiple championships across various Legend Car and Late Model series. He was crowned the track champion at Concord Speedway, recorded back-to-back Legend Car Pro championships (2008 and 2009), two Summer Shootout Series championships (2009 and 2012), Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship (2012) and the Southern Super Series championship (2013). "Daniel has proven his talent with his numerous wins and championships throughout the years," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "He has had an impressive start to his NASCAR career in the Camping World Truck Series, and we're thrilled to add his incredible talent to our lineup for 2017. I look forward to watching him contend for championships under the RCR banner." Hemric's sponsor, crew chief and team will be named at a later date.(Richard Childress Racing)(9-17-2016)
UPDATE: Team Owner Brad Keselowski commented on today's announcement that Daniel Hemric will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Richard Childress Racing beginning in 2017. "We are very happy for Daniel and I'm really proud of what he's accomplished with Brad Keselowski Racing in 2016," Keselowski said. "One of the things we wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity to take the next step in their career. He has proven to me that he's capable of being an elite level guy at the top of this sport. We hope to finish off this season with our first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship."(Brad Keselowski Racing)(9-17-2016)
Stewart Haas to field XFINITY team in 2017 UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will expand into the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017. The organization will field a full-time, single-car team in the XFINITY Series with a driver and sponsor lineup to be announced prior to the conclusion of the 2016 season. The XFINITY Series team will be run from SHR's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina. "In order to maintain the competitiveness that has earned SHR two championships since our debut in 2009, we needed an outlet to develop drivers and team personnel for the Sprint Cup Series," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. "People make the difference between winning and losing. An XFINITY Series team gives us added depth that will allow us to promote from within whenever necessary."
"An XFINITY Series team has always been something we would consider when the time was right, and that time is now," said Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. "Staying successful in this sport means staying ahead of the curve, and having an XFINITY Series team provides an in-house driver development program and a new channel for personnel to make a positive impact with our race team."
"This is a natural progression of SHR's growth and one that allows us to be more self-sufficient," Haas said. "If you look at all the teams that are successful in Sprint Cup, they have a direct connection to the XFINITY Series where drivers, engineers, mechanics and pit crew members are developed. We're an established team with a strong infrastructure that is ready for this endeavor."(Stewart Haas Racing)(7-25-2016)
UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing has named Cole Custer as the driver for its NASCAR XFINITY Series team that will debut in 2017. Custer, who will turn 19 prior to the start of the 2017 season, will pilot the team's #00 entry fulltime and compete for rookie of the year honors. Haas Automation, the largest machine tool manufacturer in North America, will be the primary sponsor. "Cole Custer has accomplished a lot at a very young age and is well positioned to make the next step to the NASCAR XFINITY Series," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. "Our goal with our XFINITY Series program is to develop young talent, and that includes behind the wheel. Cole has earned this opportunity and we look forward to working with him." Custer currently competes fulltime in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Stewart Haas Racing)(9-16-2016)
MAKE to honor fallen officer: Travis Kvapil and MAKE Motorsports will honor the fallen Officer, Tim Brackeen, this Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. The #50 Chevrolet Silverado will honor the Shelby (NC) Police Department (SPD) K9 Officer on both the hood and decklid. K9 Officer Tim Brackeen was shot while attempting to serve a warrant during the early morning hours of September 10th, 2016. Brackeen succumbed to his injuries the following Monday. Brackeen was a 12-year veteran of the SPD and a friend to MAKE, Cleveland County, Shelby, and the entire law enforcement community. The #50 #TeamBrackeen Chevrolet will honor Brackeen by displaying the image that is now known to represent the support of Brackeen and his family. The deck lid will display his badge number, 763. MAKE Motorsports has contributed over 4000 #TeamBrackeen decals to fundrasing efforts for Brackeen's family. These efforts were led personally by MAKE Co-Owner, Tracy Lowe. The # 50 #TeamBrackeen Chevrolet Silverado will also feature several associate sponsors such as CorvetteParts.net, Laird Plastic, 64 Audio, Beaver Bail Bonds, Wix Filters, Zak Products, and Markanda Social Strategies.(MAKE Motorsports)(9-15-2016)
TechLine Manufacturing joins AM for remainder of 2016, 2017 season: AM Racing is teaming up with TechLine Manufacturing, an industrial support manufacturer for the 2016 and 2017 NASCAR Season . Joining other Industrial and Construction partners such as AM Technical Solution, JB Henderson and B&D Electric, TechLine Mfg is the latest company to take advantage of the 'Commercial Representation' business model offered by AM Racing. TechLine Mfg, a company based out of Spanish Fort, Alabama, is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of tubing and instrument support systems. With over 30 years in industry, TechLine Mfg has prided themselves on Professionalism, Quality, Customer Service and Integrity. Through the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, TechLine Mfg will be an associate partner on the #22 AM Racing Toyota Tundra. In addition, TechLine Mfg is committed to as an associate partner for the entire 2017 NCWTS season.(AM Racing)(9-14-2016)
NASCAR looking to clarify penalties issued in Chase UPDATE: NASCAR officials are considering a plan on how they will address potential race winners and others competing in the Chase who are caught for rules violations. This season, NASCAR has unveiled several new rules - new lug nut penalties and the use of the laser inspection station in pre- and post-race inspections are among them - that could possibly come into play in racing for a championship. NASCAR officials say they want clarity for teams and fans on how these rules will be addressed when it comes to finishes in the Chase, which largely determine which of the 16 drivers advance through the three rounds and into the championship race at Homestead, Fla. The goal of the plan, which they hope will be completed this week but is not yet set in stone, will be to strike a balance between egregious issues and ensuring a team doesn't receive something akin to a "death penalty" for a small issue with no realistic impact on the finishing order. If the plan is adapted, it would be put into effect prior to the start of next weekend's Chase in the Cup series at Chicagoland Speedway but would apply to all three national series.(Motorsport)(9-11-2016)
UPDATE: NASCAR introduced rules changes for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs on Wednesday, giving competition officials the power to issue more stringent rulings on technical infractions involving post-race laser inspections and lug nuts. The developments were announced just days before the series visits Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the opening event in the 10-race Chase playoffs. Similar changes, where applicable, will also be in place for the inaugural Chase events in NASCAR's XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series, which get underway in two weeks, at Kentucky and New Hampshire, respectively.
The changes allow NASCAR officials to strip race-winning teams of the benefits associated with a Chase victory, which include the automatic advancement into the next elimination round and any tiebreaker implications, should those teams fail the post-race lug-nut check or the post-race Laser Inspection Station (LIS) platform. Previously, lug-nut infractions have resulted in a one-race suspension and a fine for the crew chief while LIS failures have carried a point deduction in the drivers' and owners' championship points in addition to the crew chief fine.
Going into the Chase, post-race failure of the LIS platform will now be deemed a P4 level penalty if a vehicle's rear toe measurements exceed the allowed measurements on both sides. In the Sprint Cup Series, the first violation would result in an encumbered finishing position, the loss of 35 championship driver and owner points, as well as a three-race suspension and $65,000 fine for the crew chief.
In the XFINITY Series, the penalties would be the same, but the crew chief fine would be $20,000. The LIS platform is not a part of the NCWTS inspection process.
The penalties will be the same as those for an LIS infraction if a vehicle is found to have 17 or fewer lug nuts in place following the completion of the event (in Sprint Cup, XFINITY or Camping World Truck). (NASCAR.com)(9-14-2016)
UPDATE 2: Included in NASCAR's new "encumbered" finish rules that go into effect this weekend was news that crew chiefs will no longer be suspended for one race if one lug nut is missing on a wheel in post-race inspection. Scott Miller, NASCAR's senior vice president of competition, said in a teleconference that it had determined that one missing lug nut did not give a team a "serious competitive advantage." In the Sprint Cup Series, the first offense for one missing lug nut would be a P2 penalty with a $10,000 fine. The second offense would be a $20,000 fine. Now it will take two or more missing lug nuts for a crew chief to be suspended one race. If there are only 18 properly secured lug nuts, the P3 penalty will result in a one race crew chief suspension, the loss of 15 championship owner and driver points and a $20,000 fine.(NBC Sports)(9-14-2016)
Nemechek adds primary for five races: NEMCO Motorsports announced today a continued relationship with Fire Alarm Services, Inc., (FAS). As part of the agreement, the NEMCO Motorsports #8 Chevrolet Silverado will carry the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., brand as the primary sponsor for five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition events with driver John Hunter Nemechek. Fire Alarm Services, Inc., a partner with NEMCO Motorsports since June, will receive primary branding on John Hunter Nemechek's #8 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and the Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. For the UNOH 175 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado will feature a neon yellow and black paint scheme. The yellow paint scheme will also be featured at the Talladega Superspeedway and the Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. In the primary appearance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as at the Phoenix International Raceway, the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado will be neon green and black.(See an image of the truck on the #8Team Paint Schemes page)(NEMCO Motorsports)(9-13-2016)
Tifft back behind the wheel UPDATE 2: Joe Gibbs Racing product and NASCAR Next driver Matt Tifft appears to be progressing in his recovery from brain surgery to remove a tumor, posting a photo on his Twitter account Monday showing him in full gear and in the cockpit of a race car -- with the all-important thumbs-up. After jumping in a go-kart on Sunday, Tifft tested a late model at Hickory Motor Speedway. He originally had planned to test last month, but confirmed to NASCAR.com that Monday's test was his first action. The team announced in June that the 20-year-old would undergo surgery for a low-grade glioma in the brain, which he did in early July. Tifft tweeted an upbeat video following the surgery and updated his condition last month, addressing the media at Bristol Motor Speedway.(NASCAR)
AND: The 20-year-old was scheduled to run 13 NASCAR Xfinity Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Before being sidelined, he had run six of those races with a best result of eighth and a pole at Talladega. He was also running several races for Red Horse Racing in the Truck Series. In his absence, Brett Moffitt was able drive the #11 truck to his maiden CWTS victory at Michigan.(Motorsport.com)(9-6-2016)
UPDATE: Matt Tifft, who had brain surgery just over two months ago, has been medically cleared to return to competition, NASCAR officials confirmed to Motorsport.com on Monday.Tifft, a 20-year-old student at UNC Charlotte, underwent brain surgery on July 1 to have a low-grade, benign brain tumor removed, and has been sidelined from the race track since. The tumor was discovered in a scan that Tifft had done while he was undergoing treatment for a back issue. In recent weeks, Tifft has been taking part in various on-track testing with Late Models and in simulators hoping to expedite his return. Tifft could return to action as soon as this weekend in the Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, sources said. Tifft was originally scheduled to compete in Friday night's race with Red Horse Racing in the #11 Toyota. A final decision was expected sometime Monday. Tifft also has four races remaining this season on his original 13-race schedule in the Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing. The next scheduled race is the Sept. 24 standalone event at Kentucky Speedway. Besides Chicagoland, Tifft was also originally scheduled to run Truck races for Red Horse this season at Las Vegas, Talladaega, Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.(Motorsport.com)(9-12-2016)
UPDATE 2: Matt Tifft, who underwent surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain in June, will return to NASCAR competition in the #11 BrainGear/Surface Sunscreen Toyota Tundra at Chicagoland Speedway. Tifft has three starts in the #11 Tundra this year, with his best finish of fifth coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. BrainGear Performance Formula will be the primary sponsor on the #11 Toyota Tundra at Chicagoland Speedway. The 20-year-old rookie has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015, finishing in the ninth position.(Red Horse Racing)(9-12-2016)
Penalty for Young, Nemechek following Canada: The #02 of Tyler Young and #8 of race-winner John Hunter Nemechek were issued written warnings following the race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for having truck trailing arms that did not meet rule specifications during opening day inspection. See the Canada Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf)(9-7-2016)
Custer, Nemechek scuffle following finish in Canada: If the football season wasn't officially in full swing before, it definitely is now after Cole Custer made a flying tackle of fellow NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Hunter Nemecheck on Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Nemechek was declared winner of a wild Chevrolet Silverado 250 Sunday, but he definitely appeared to take out Custer at the start-finish line in order to take the checkered flag. Custer did not appreciate it, and showed his displeasure with Nemechek by charging him and tackling Nemechek in front of the flagstand after both drivers had climbed from their trucks. Nemechek insisted he earned the victory fairly."I caught the 00 (of Custer) there, and we didn't wreck him for the win. Rubbin' is racin'," Nemechek told FOX Sports in Victory Lane. "If I had been in the same spot, he would have done the same thing to me to get a win. You have to do everything you can to get a win here."
Custer obviously disagreed. "We had a really fast truck. We got taken out," Custer said. "He hit me going into the second-to-last corner, and he hit me again. I don't know what else to do. But that's how it is, I guess."(FOX Sports)(9-4-2016)
GMS supporting domestic violence awareness: During the month of October, the GMS Racing drivers and teams will show their support for domestic violence awareness in various ways.Spencer Gallagher will pilot the #23 Shade Tree / Noah's Animal House Chevrolet Silverado for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) DC Solar 350 on October 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gallagher's teammates, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy and Grant Enfinger, will all run a purple ribbon decal and all crew members will wear purple ribbons in support of the cause. The Shade Tree and Noah's Animal House are two local non-profits that serve families and their pets that are victims of domestic violence in Southern Nevada. September 6 through the 16, NASCAR fans can bid on unique experiences around race week, including opportunities at-track. All bidding items are listed on The Shade Tree eBay store with all proceeds benefiting The Shade Tree and Noah's Animal House.(GMS Racing)(9-2-2016)
GMS extends driver development opportunities: GMS Racing officials announced the creation of the GMS Racing Driver Development program, aimed at providing opportunities for drivers to progress from local to national level racing.GMS Racing fields four entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, a part-time NASCAR XFINITY Series entry and also partners with Mitchell Coble Racing to field dirt late model and modified entries at local tracks throughout the year. More information on the GMS Racing Driver Development program and potential opportunities for the 2017 season will be available at a later date.(GMS Racing)(9-2-2016)
Moffitt wins Truck Series Race at Michigan: #11-Brett Moffitt won the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, after making a three-wide pass for the lead on the last lap. #17-Timothy Peters finished second, followed by #19-Daniel Hemric, #9-William Byron, #13-Cameron Hayley, #41-Ben Rhodes, #88-Matt Crafton, #24-Grant Enfinger, #21-Johnny Sauter, and #02-Tyler Young.
Pole sitter #05-John Wes Townley suffered a flat tire early in the race but finished 12th.
There were seven cautions for 36 laps and 17 lead changes among 8 leaders.
The average speed was 111.732mph.
Complete results are on the Michigan race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-27-2016)
GMS adds new partner Descartes: GMS Racing officials announced that Descartes, a global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses, will sponsor the team for select races during the second half of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCTWS) season. The company's NASCAR premier will come at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in September. The Waterloo, Ontario-based organization will serve as primary sponsor for Kaz Grala, who will make his NCWTS road-course debut at CTMP. In four starts this season, Kaz has two top-10 finishes, with a career-best finish of eighth at Gateway Motorsports Park.(See an image of the truck on the #24 Team Paint Schemes page)(GMS Racing)(8-25-2016)
Coughlin to miss scheduled truck start for KBM UPDATE: Cody Coughlin has been on a quest in 2016. The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver is attempting to accomplish a feat that has never been done. Coughlin is aiming for two championships in the Champion Racing Association championship. Due to this fact, Coughlin will be unable to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series event for Kyle Busch Motorsports on Sunday, September 4th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada.The 20-year-old has five total wins so far this year between the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, and Coughlin leads the points in both divisions. On Labor Day Weekend, Coughlin has a double-header at the historic Winchester Speedway in Indiana. Coughlin was originally scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series road course debut, but will instead be headed to the high-banks of Winchester with his KBM team cheering him on. Coughlin's first race that weekend will be the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 100 that Sunday. The 2013 champion currently holds a 103-point lead in that division. He will then run another 100 laps the next day in his Super Late Model with the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Coughlin has a 17-point lead that he's looking to extend that at a track where he's already scored a victory once before. A replacement driver for Coughlin's #51 JEGS.com Toyota Tundra will be announced at a later date.(Cody Coughlin)(8-18-2016)
UPDATE: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that Canada native and NASCAR Next driver Gary Klutt will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Sept. 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park behind the wheel of the #51 JEGS/UDMC/Bothwell-Accurate Tundra.The 24-year-old driver will be filling in for Cody Coughlin, who was originally scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series road-course debut in the #51 Tundra but with KBM's blessing will instead be headed to the high-banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway to continue his quest at Late Model history. Coughlin has five total wins so far this year between the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, and leads the points in both divisions. No driver has ever won both Champion Racing Association championships in the same season. Klutt is currently in his second season driving full-time in the NASCAR Pinty's Series (NPS). He won the 2015 Pinty's Series season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) and overall has four top-10 finishes in six starts at the 1.37-mile road course. The NASCAR Next product captured the NPS Series Rookie of the Year honors and finished fifth in series points in 2015 after recording one win, two poles, one top-five and seven-top 10 finishes across 11 starts. In addition to JEGS, Klutt is welcoming a new partner for this race, UDMC/Weld-Tek Ltd., as well as his NPS team partners Bothwell-Accurate, Trailcon Leasing, Poolsuppliescanada.ca, CTL, Thermal Technologies Services Limited for his Truck Series debut.(See an image of the truck on the #51 Team Paint Schemes page)(Kyle Busch Motorsports(8-25-2016)
AM Racing, WinTron partner: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team AM Racing and ARCA Championship team, Win-Tron Racing, have joined forces for the remainder of the 2016 and for the full 2017 racing seasons.The newly formed partnership leverages the cost efficiencies associated with shared assets and resources while exploiting the knowledge and experience of its two principle members, Kevin Cywinski and Tim Self. The joint effort will deliver cost efficient quality racing programs to selected drivers in both the NCWTS and the ARCA Series. As the owner of Central Texas Speedway located in Kyle, Texas, Self has been involved in the motorsports industry for over fifteen years. Since 2013, Tim Self has acquired a, now successful, 3/8 mile asphalt track and started a new up and coming NASCAR CWTS team, with driver, Austin Wayne Self. The co-branded operation will be based out of Win-Tron's existing facility in Mooresville, NC, in the motorsports complex. In addition to providing full-time racing programs, the consolidated entity will provide race teams support services such as Logistics, Transporation, Set Up and Pull Down. Win-Tron is currently assembling a two-car program for the 2017 ARCA Series. In addition, AM Racing will field the #22 Toyota Tundra full-time, with a second truck that will run a partial season.(Catchfence)(8-23-2016)
Tracks to offer Free Youth Ticketing for XFINITY & Truck Series Races in 2017: NASCAR announced that beginning in 2017, kids ages 12 and younger will be admitted free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The announcement was made during an all-kids press conference hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The press conference also kicked off Kids Drive NASCAR, a week-long, youth initiative leading up to this weekend's national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America. Many race tracks already have in place a bevy of offerings geared towards youth, including youth autograph sessions, youth garage tours, kids' clubs and designated kids' zones. Numerous tracks also have employed various ticket platforms focused on youth, but this new program marks the first time where tracks will institute a consistent offer wherever NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races take place. Beginning in 2017, the number of complimentary tickets available for children 12 and younger will vary from venue to venue for every adult ticket purchased. Specific track policies and procedures, including sections in which the tickets are offered, will still apply and may differ for each track as well in an effort to welcome and accommodate as many families as possible.(NASCAR)(8-22-2016)
Lixar to sponsor Gallagher in Canada: GMS Racing announced that Lixar, a technology company driven by mobile and data science innovation, will serve as a primary sponsor on Spencer Gallagher's #23 Chevy Silverado for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sept. 4, 2016. Lixar creates enterprise-level connected product platforms and mobile to everything software solutions. With an air, auto, Telco and emerging tech sector focus, Lixar specializes in developing end-to-end mobile innovation that leverages data science, IoT, proximity awareness and cloud technology expertise. Earlier in the year, the Ottawa-based organization announced a multi-year partnership with NASCAR as their preferred technology partner. Lixar will work with NASCAR to enhance guest experience at national series events.(See an image of the truck on the #23 Team Paint Schemes page)(GMS Racing)(8-22-2016)
Byron signs with Hendrick, to run XFINITY in 2017: Hendrick Motorsports has signed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader William Byron to a multi-year driver agreement.Byron, who has posted a rookie record five NCWTS victories this season, will race full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Hendrick Motorsports affiliate JR Motorsports beginning in 2017.
Byron was crowned NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion in 2015, when he posted four wins, three pole positions, five top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. In 14 events, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native led 740 of the season's 1,730 total laps (43 percent). Through just 13 races this year, he has earned NCWTS victories at Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Kentucky and Pocono.
In 2017, Byron will drive for JR Motorsports, which won the 2014 XFINITY Series championship, placed second in 2015 and currently leads the 2016 standings. He is familiar with the organization -- owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Hendrick -- after winning two races while competing for JRM's late model program in 2014 and 2015. It marked Byron's first experience racing full-sized stock cars. Byron, 18, graduated as an honor roll student from Charlotte Country Day School on May 27. He is enrolled as a freshman at Liberty University, where he will take classes during the fall semester while racing full-time in the remaining 10 NCWTS events.(Hendrick Motorsports)(8-18-2018)
Kennedy's win a first for sport's founding family:Ben Kennedy became the first France family member to win a NASCAR national series race in the sport they founded over six decades ago. Kennedy, the 24-year-old great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., took the lead with 20 of 200 laps remaining and held off a wild charge from Brett Moffitt to win Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The win is Kennedy's first in the Camping World Truck Series in 63 career starts. Kennedy has driven three different trucks this season for two different teams but is now qualified for the inaugural championship Chase in Trucks.(Motorsport)(8-17-2016)