Cindric, Briscoe lineup announced: Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced its team lineup details for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season at the National Motorsports Press Association annual convention in Concord, N.C. Austin Cindric will pilot the #19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 and Chase Briscoe, who was recently named as the first driver in the Ford Performance development program, joins the organization as the driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150. Cindric and Briscoe will both compete on a full-time basis as they pursue the NCWTS championship for BKR. Doug Randolph, who has been atop the pit box at BKR since 2012, will serve as crew chief for Cindric, while two-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. will lead the effort for Briscoe. Cindric, 18, has six NCWTS series starts dating back to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October 2015 - all with BKR. He made four starts with BKR in 2016, qualifying a career-best second at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario). Cindric scored victories in the ARCA Racing Series event at Kentucky Speedway, and in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Virginia (Danville, Va.) International Raceway. The past two seasons for Briscoe read like a Hollywood screenplay. The 22-year-old Mitchell, Ind., native joined Cunningham Motorsports in 2015 as a volunteer in the team's shop, and just one year later, the rookie driver was celebrating the ARCA Racing Series Championship. Briscoe led the series in wins (six, including four-consecutive victories) and poles (six). He finished with 14 top-fives and 18 top-10 finishes in 20 races.(See an image of the #19 truck on the #19 Team Paint Schemes page and see an image of the #29 truck on the #29 Team Paint Schemes page)(Brad Keselowski Racing)(1-22-2017)
Edwards departure benefits Bell; potential to run NXS: Carl Edwards' shocking announcement of his abrupt exit from the #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has had a ripple effect that could go far beyond the promotion of Daniel Suárez to a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride. Because Suárez will fill Edwards' seat in NASCAR's premier series, he won't defend his NASCAR XFINITY Series title. Christopher Bell will be one of the beneficiaries of the changes in Suárez's schedule.
"Right now, we have a solid plan for Christopher," said Dave Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) USA. "And if circumstances play out, we really would like to get him into an XFINITY car for a couple of races."
The extent of Bell's participation in XFINITY races depends to some degree on sponsorship.(NASCAR Wire)(1-21-2017)
Joe, John Hunter Nemechek to run as teammates UPDATE: There could be a pair of Nemecheks racing against each other at Daytona International Speedway next month. If Joe and John Hunter Nemechek both qualify for the NextEra Energy Resources 250, it will mark the first time since 2006 that there will be a father-son duo in the Camping World Truck Series at Daytona. Bobby Hamliton Sr. and Bobby Hamilton Jr. were the last father-son combination to compete together at DIS. NEMCO Motorsports will field Chevrolet Silverados for both Joe and John Hunter in the first three races of 2017. Joe Nemechek, the 1992 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion will pilot the #87 Fleetwing truck. John Hunter, 19, who won at both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park last year before finishing eighth in the truck standings in his first full season on the tour, will continue driving the #8 Fire Alarm Services Chevy. The Nemecheks have raced each other three times during their careers. John Hunter bested his father in the Allison Legacy Race at Concord Speedway in 2011 with the Nemecheks coming home in first and second-place. The son outran the father again in the series at Carolina Motorsports Park with John Hunter finishing third and Joe racing to a fourth-place result. In their only start toghether in the ARCA Midwest Tour, Joe finished sixth in the 2013 Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile. John Hunter was 12th. The last time a father and son competed against one another in the truck series was Dave and Ryan Blaney in the 2013 Inaugural Eldora Speedway Dirt Derby.(Motorsport)(1-20-2017)
UPDATE: NASCAR has always been known as a family sport where the love of racing has been passed from generation to generation. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, February 24, John Hunter Nemechek will have the opportunity few sons have enjoyed: competing against his father, 1992 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Joe Nemechek. the Nemecheks will even be running for the same team - family-owned NEMCO Motorsports, which will field John Hunter Nemechek full-time in the #8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet for 2017, and will also field Joe Nemechek in the #87 Fleetwing Chevrolet in a select number of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events.(See an image of the #8 truck on the #8 Team Paint Schemes page and see an image of the #87 truck on the #87 Team Paint Schemes page)(NEMCO Motorsports)(1-20-2017)
Grala youngest driver in Rolex 24 field: Being the youngest driver in the Rolex 24 At Daytona doesn't phase Boston's Kaz Grala-he's done it before. Grala, who is halfway through his senior year of high school, will enter his second Rolex 24 next weekend as he rejoins Change Racing to drive the #16 Change Racing XBox Forza / Monster Energy / Orion Lamborghini Huracŕn GT3. Grala just turned 18, and has a history of record setting runs, having raced at the fabled Daytona International Speedway at just 15 years old as he competed in one of the lower tiered IMSA events. He finished a fighting fourth, and his record as youngest driver to compete in IMSA competition will likely stand for years to come as the age rules have since been changed. The Boston-based racer has been working to develop his NASCAR career, racing his way up the ladder from his local short track events during his summers. The 2017 season is going to be a big one for Grala, as he's set to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Sunday Group Management)(1-20-2017)
Kligerman to expand schedule with Henderson: Parker Kligerman will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017, partnering with Henderson Motorsports to compete in the organization's #75 truck for at least eight to 10 races. Kligerman attempted to make his debut with the organization at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2016, but failed to qualify. In addition to Kligerman's time in the truck, the team's primary driver since 2012, Caleb Holman, will be back for select events. Holman competed in five races in 2016, with a best finish of ninth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the team's first event of the year.(Frontstretch)(1-20-2017)
Ryan Truex gets full-time ride with Hattori: Team owner Shigeaki Hattori confirmed that Ryan Truex has been signed as the full-time driver of the #81 Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises this season, expanding his 15-race schedule from 2016. Truex will be reunited with Mike Greci, who will serve as the team's new general manager. Hattori said they will announce a crew chief soon and said that sponsorship consisting of at least 10 partners would assume a rotation role on the truck and also would be announced soon.(Catchefence)(1-16-2017)
KBM's Bell wins Chili Bowl Nationals: Christopher Bell took the lead just past the midway point and never relinquished the top spot on the way to winning the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. The victory is Bell's first at the Chili Bowl and the third in a row for a Toyota-powered car at the biggest event in midget car racing after victories by Rico Abreu in 2015 and 2016. The victory comes in the fourth straight A Main for the Norman, Okla., native after previously running a career-best third in 2014. He also won Thursday night's preliminary feature. He now has 36 national midget car victories. Bell is a full-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports.(AutoWeek)(1-15-2017)
Abreu not returning to ThorSport UPDATE; neither is Hayley: Rico Abreu will not return to full-time competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing this season. Although Abreu tried to get a deal worked out for 2017, securing sponsorship was a challenge. "I wish things could have worked out," Abreu told motorsport.com on Wednesday at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa. "The way sponsorship goes, sometimes things change. That's just the way things go. I'm not going to give up on it. I'm just going to take a step back."
Abreu, who will turn 25 on Jan. 30, finished 13th in the standings in his rookie season. He posted top-five finishes at Eldora (third) and Talladega (fourth) and five top-10s in 23 starts. A ThorSport representative confirmed Abreu's status but did not close the door on possible opportunities in the future.
This weekend, Abreu looks to defend his Chili Bowl Nationals championship. Abreu has won the last two Golden Drillers at Tulsa Expo Raceway. In the short term, his focus will be on midgets and sprint cars.(Motorsport)(1-12-2017)
UPDATE: After two full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons at ThorSport Racing, Cameron Hayley won't return in 2017, a team spokesperson confirmed. Hayley, a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada joined the Sandusky, OH-based team in 2015 after a successful stint with the now defunct HScott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three races in the Truck Series in 2013. The two seasons aboard the #13 Toyota Tundra, Hayley, 20, reeled in 10-top five and 24 top-10 finishes, including a career-best second twice this past season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway respectively. Working with crew chief Eddie Troconis in 2016, the duo earned six top-five and 11 top-10s, but without a win found themselves on the outside in the inaugural Truck Series Chase. Still, the duo closed out the season 10th in series points. In all, Hayley owns 10 top-five and 26 top-10s in 49 races.(Catchfence)(1-12-2017)
Briscoe to run full season for BKR as part of Ford development: In an effort to develop talent for its NASCAR program long-term, Ford Performance announced it is formally initiating a multi-tiered NASCAR driver development program. The first stage of that program will be a formal relationship with Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) and its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) effort, where Ford has signed Chase Briscoe as one of the drivers for BKR for the 2017 season as part of his development.The BKR effort, as well as other to-be-announced driver development efforts at different levels, will develop talent for all Ford teams in NASCAR. Current teams will be consulted as part of the selection process, but drivers in the program will have contractual obligations to Ford. In addition to their role within the NCWTS race program and related marketing efforts, drivers in the new Ford program will also assist the company as test drivers within the Ford product development program. Led by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series champion and Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski, BKR currently fields two (2) full-time entries in the NCWTS with the #19 and #29 Ford F-150s. BKR also fields the #2 Ford F-150 in select NCWTS races. The team maintains commercial relationships with long-standing primary partners Cooper Standard, Draw-Tite, and Reese Brands, as well as other industry-leading brands such as Snap-on. Briscoe, 22, is an Indiana native who is coming of a 2016 championship in the ARCA stock car racing series, where he captured six wins. He has been racing since 2001 in a variety of series, including quarter midgets, sprint cars, Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge and K&N Pro Series West.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(1-12-2017)
PIRTEK to expand relationship with BKR: Brad Keselowski Racing announced that PIRTEK, the industry leader in fluid transfer solution sales and service in the United States, will serve as a full time associate partner for driver Austin Cindric during the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. PIRTEK will also join Team Penske as an associate partner in 2017 for select races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The partnership will include driver appearances, business-to-business opportunities and licensing rights for both Brad Keselowski Racing and Team Penske. PIRTEK Service and Supply Centers stock, customize and install hydraulic and industrial hoses and fittings of all kinds.Cindric, 18, made four starts for the team in 2016 with PIRTEK as a partner, highlighted by a second-place qualifying effort at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada). Cindric also won from the pole in K&N Pro Series East starts in 2016 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Virginia (Danville, Va.) International Raceway and he was victorious in his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2016, winning with PIRTEK as a partner at Kentucky Speedway.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(1-12-2017)
LTi Printing grabs title sponsorship of Michigan truck race: Michigan International Speedway continues to partner with Michigan companies. The track announced the official name for the truck race on Aug. 12 will be called the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200. Last year, LTi was proud to sponsor Jordan Anderson during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The company saw immediate rewards by being involved in the sport and the platform that the track offered by being able to market to multiple businesses and industries in one location. When the Sturgis, Michigan family-owned business wanted to increase its involvement in NASCAR, it knew MIS was the perfect fit. LTi Printing quickly jumped at the opportunity to sponsor the truck race at the track located only an hour from its facility. As title sponsor, LTi Printing will utilize business-to-business opportunities created by its involvement in the sport to market its brand to other companies. Taking advantage of television, radio, print and social mediums LTi plans to create new relationships and business partnerships.(Michigan International Speedway)(1-11-2017)
Athenian shutdown? Social media posts popped up in early December that employees had been laid off from Athenian Motorsports. More posts circulated after the new year. It is unclear what the team plans are as of now; whether they will continue part-time or close completely. In 2016, the team entered races in ARCA and XFINITY, and ran the entire Truck Series schedule. John Wes Townley was the primary driver, but missed multiple races mid-season for a concussion, and ended the year on the sidelines after suffering a non-racing related ankle injury.(1-4-2017)
UPDATE: John Wes Townley will not race in 2017. A source says that the 27-year-old Watkinsville, Georgia native has decided to end his racing career and take some college courses. Townley also got engaged to girlfriend Laura Bird in the autumn of 2016 and his settling down includes not competing in NASCAR. Concord, North Carolina-based Athenian Motorsports, owned by Townley's father and Zaxby's co-founder Tony Townley, is also ceasing operations. The team had fielded entries for Townley in the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and ARCA Racing Series the past couple of seasons. Several drivers also filled-in for Townley in some respect for the team the past two seasons, due to either scheduling conflicts or injuries. Athenian Motorsports is in the process of selling its inventory.
Townley has raced since his childhood and has competed in NASCAR since he was 18. With Zaxby's sponsorship in almost every race, Townley was able to stay in NASCAR with first other teams and then his own. In 2015, Townley won his first-career NCWTS race - a fuel mileage gamble to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Townley also won the 2013 and 2016 season-opening Daytona International Speedway races in the ARCA Series. Townley had a down final season in 2016, despite his ARCA win. He missed two races mid-season with a concussion and the final three with an ankle injury. Townley did score two NCWTS poles, but had only two top 10 finishes in 18 races. His final race saw the #05 Chevy place 21st at Texas Motor Speedway. That race was fittingly right around the time that he got engaged. (WSB Radio Race Blog )(1-10-2017)
Friesen to run 2017 schedule for new team: Chris Larsen and Stewart Friesen have announced the formation of Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR). HFR will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) running a full schedule for 2017 with Friesen as the driver. Halmar International will serve as primary sponsor on the #52 Chevrolet Silverado. Managing the day-to-day operations of HFR will be NASCAR veteran Tommy Baldwin Jr. Friesen, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario, is a well decorated Modified and Sprint Car competitor. Making his NCWTS debut in 2016 at Eldora Speedway, Friesen ran a six-race schedule with a best finish of 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Friesen's crew chief will be Trip Bruce, who most recently worked with Baldwin in the K&N Pro Series East. Bruce has a championship with driver Johnny Benson and a total of ten wins in the NCWTS.(Halmar Friesen Racing)(1-9-2017)
Brown moving to XFINITY, to run select Truck races: Brandon Brown, one of NASCAR's young guns continues to climb the ranks with his family-owned team. Brown and Brandonbilt Motorsports will move up to the XFINITY Series for at least 10 races in 2017, the team has told Frontstretch, jumping to the higher division while focusing their funding on select events. The team is "90 percent sure" it will be at Daytona International Speedway to kickoff the season in February. Jerry Brown, owner of Brandonbilt Motorsports admitted they've got two chassis and are looking to purchase a used speedway car for the opening event. Either way, he's committed to upping the ante while transitioning into NASCAR's second-tier division. Adam Brenner, who has been with Brown since he debuted in the Truck Series in 2014, will lead the team atop the pit box. The team, while moving up the ladder is looking to sell their four truck chassis originally purchased from GMS Racing. However, Brown will still compete in four Camping World Truck Series races in 2017. He will pilot the #86 Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway (April 1), Charlotte (May 19), Eldora Speedway (July 19) and Martinsville (October 28).(Frontstretch)(1-5-2017)
Harvick to join Truck broadcasts UPDATE: Fox Sports will announce that NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick will call eight combined national series races for Fox this season as a guest analyst, as the 41-year-old driver starts to eye his post-racing career. Harvick will call five Xfinity and three Camping World Truck Series races, including the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 25. This will be the third season that Fox brings Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers into the booth, and Fox says it will soon announce other participating drivers in addition to Harvick.(Sports Business Daily)(1-4-2017)
UPDATE: Kevin Harvick is scheduled to return to the FOX NASCAR television booth as a race analyst for eight NASCAR events in 2017, beginning with the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season opener from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 25. Harvick also will contribute as an analyst on FS1's NASCAR RACE HUB, airing Monday through Thursday at 6:00pm/et during the racing season, joining a solid rotation of Cup drivers and crew chiefs. This marks the third consecutive year Harvick will be alongside Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip to call the Daytona season kickoff. He also is scheduled to be an analyst in the FOX Sports booth at Phoenix, Bristol, Talladega and Pocono, as well as Truck Series races at Kansas, Eldora and Talladega. Announcements regarding additional Cup Series drivers in the booth for the entirety of FOX Sports' 2017 NASCAR XFINITY season are forthcoming.(Fox)(1-4-2017)
Richmond joins KBM, rounds out crew chief lineup: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced the addition of Marcus Richmond to the team's crew chief lineup for the team's three-truck effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2017. Richmond will call the shots for the #18 Tundra that will be driven by Noah Gragson. Additionally, the team announced that three-time champion crew chief Rudy Fugle will be atop the pit box of the #4 Tundra team with Christopher Bell this season while Kevin "Bono" Manion will guide the #51 Tundra team with drivers Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch, Todd Gilliland and Myatt Snider.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(1-4-2017)
JRM confirms shutdown:After a two-year venture in the Camping World Truck Series, JR Motorsports will not field a team in the series this season. The team made it official with a tweet on Tuesday morning. JR Motorsports primarily fielded Cole Custer from 2015-16 in the No. 00 Chevrolet. Custer made 33 starts for the team, earning one win in 2015 at Gateway Motorsports Park. JRM also fielded Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Jeb Burton and Kasey Kahne in one race each. Kahne gave the team its only other win, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2015. JRM will devote its full attention to the Xfinity Series, where it will field five cars in 2017, including full-time rides for Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and William Byron. The fifth car will feature Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other drivers. Custer will compete in his rookie Xfinity season with Stewart-Haas Racing, which is racing in the Xfinity Series for the first time.(NBC Sports)(1-4-2017)
AND: See the 2017 Team Chart.(1-4-2017)
Abreu preps for Chili Bowl, says ThorSport return possible: Rico Abreu believes the odds are in his favor at the 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals. After all, Abreu won the last two Golden Drillers - the trophy awarded to the last driver standing after five furious days of racing among more than 350 entries. This year's field consists of the largest entry list yet, which is still growing as the event quickly approaches. Next month, Abreu returns to defend his title with Keith Kunz, the team owner who also supported Abreu's successful run to the 2014 USAC Midget Championship. Following the Chili Bowl (Jan. 10-14), Abreu will jet off to Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for six midget races. He'll compete with the same car he won with in the 2016 Chili Bowl. He also expects to run 10 additional races for Kunz in 2017.
As for a return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Abreu says he's still in negotiations with ThorSport Racing. Last year in his rookie season behind the wheel of the #98 truck, Abreu posted top-five finishes at both Eldora Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. He accumulated five top 10s in 23 starts. "We just have to figure it out," Abreu said.(Motorsport)(12-30-2016)
Rick Ware shutting down XFINITY program; moving to Trucks UPDATE: Rick Ware Racing will return to the Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2017, temporarily shutting down its XFINITY Series program. 21-year-old Cody Ware says he will pilot the team's full-time truck for approximately half of the 23-race schedule. The other driver will be announced at a later date. There has been talk within the team of possibly running a second part-time truck with various drivers filling the seat. The organization has purchased the #07 team's points, owned by Bobby Dotter and SS-Green Light Racing. That team competed in all 23 Truck Series races in 2016, finishing 25th in the owner's championship. Ware is coming off a season in which he competed in six XFINITY Series races, finishing a season-best 21st at Watkins Glen International. Rick Ware Racing has spent part of 12 years in the Truck Series since debuting in 1999. In 2001, Coy Gibbs finished an organization-high 10th in the standings, resulting in two top-5 finishes and seven top 10s. The organization is coming off a season that witnessed 22 different drivers compete between the team's two full-time XFINITY Series machines. But with the move to the Truck Series, RWR is leaving that merry-go-round and the sport's second-tier division behind. In addition to selling the points of the #25 car, the organization also sold some race equipment. It will keep the rest because the family-run organization is hopeful to make a future return to the XFINITY Series.(Frontstretch)(12-29-2016)
UPDATE: Spencer Boyd Racing and Rick Ware Racing announced today they will race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series together in 2017. With approximately half of the schedule locked in, the team will look to add as many races as possible in both Truck and Xfinity competition. Boyd drove for RWR in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Iowa earlier this year in addition to one other NXS start and three NCWTS starts in 2016. The relationship between the two dates back to 2012, when Spencer was running Legends Cars with Farbo Motorsports. He and Rick's son, Cody, were teammates and through much of that summer, roommates as well. The Ware and Boyd families envisioned a future where the two would work together again on a bigger stage. Although the truck number has yet to be determined, Rick Ware Racing will show up with a new Chevrolet Silverado truck for Boyd's Daytona debut. 2017 sponsors for Spencer Boyd and Rick Ware Racing will be announced at a later date including their anticipated race schedule. RWR is continuing to look for funding for the balance of the season.(Rick Ware Racing)(12-30-2016)
Snider rounds out KBM lineup: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that Myatt Snider will compete in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2017 with primary sponsorship from Southeastern Mills and its Louisiana Hot Sauce brand. Snider will make his KBM debut behind the wheel of the #51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra in the Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 24. The 22-year-old is also scheduled to compete at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth June 9 and Nov. 3, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta July 6, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sept. 15, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Sept. 30, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Oct. 14 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17. Snider put his name on the national motorsports map in May of 2016 when he led 35 laps en route to victory in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. The North Carolina native collected one win, 68 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.8 across nine ARCA starts this season. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut for AM Racing at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November where he started 19th and finished on the lead lap in the 17th spot.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(12-23-2016)
Burton added to 51 KBM team lineup: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that 16-year-old Harrison Burton will compete in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races behind the wheel of the #51 Tundra in 2017. Burton's six-race schedule begins April 1 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and also includes Dover (Del.) International Speedway June 2, Iowa Speedway in Newton June 23, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio July 19, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Aug. 16 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 28. The NASCAR Next product competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2016, earning one pole and a seventh-place finish in the final point standings as a rookie. Burton collected three Super Late Model victories this year, including a Southern Super Series victory at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., and also earned a third-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, made his Truck Series debut with KBM at Martinsville in October of 2016. After qualifying 17th, Burton methodically maneuvered his way through the field and was running in the ninth position just past the halfway mark of the event when he got spun from behind and ended up losing a lap while he was stuck on the curb. He ended the event with a 22nd-place finish, but earned the praise of KBM owner Kyle Busch. The talented youngster's list of racing accomplishments includes three Quarter Midget championships, winning the pole for a Pro Late Model race at the age of 11 and wining a race at the age of 12. In 2015, he became the youngest driver ever to compete in the K&N Pro Series West race (15 years, eight days old) and earned a sixth-place finish in the event. In 2014, he became the youngest winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history with a victory at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. An announcement of the final driver that will share driving duties behind the wheel of the #51 Tundra with Burton (six races), Busch (five races) and Todd Gilliland (four races) is forthcoming as well as an announcement on Burton's sponsors.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(12-22-2016)
Gilliland to drive 4 races for KBM: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland will compete in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2017 with primary sponsorship from Toyota - the world's top automaker. Gilliland, who competed in seven Super Late Model races for KBM in 2016, will make his Truck Series debut behind the wheel of the #51 Toyota Tundra June 17 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. The third-generation driver will also compete at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Sept. 3, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon Sept. 23 and Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway Nov. 10. With six victories this year in the K&N Pro Series West, the 16-year-old NASCAR Next product matched three other drivers for the series record for most wins in a single season and also collected six poles, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes en route to becoming the youngest champion in the history of any NASCAR national or touring series. The K&N West Series Rookie of the Year also competed in five K&N Pro Series East events in 2016, registering one win, one pole, three top-five and five top-10 finishes. Gilliland was victorious in his K&N Pro Series West debut at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November of 2015 and opened up the 2016 season with wins in both the East Series opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and the West Series opener at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. He followed it up with a win at Kern County Raceway Park in April, giving him wins in each of his first four K&N Starts which matched a 60-year-old record set by International Motorsports Hall of Famer Dan Gurney. In addition to his seven career K&N Pro Series victories, Gilliland made history in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway in May of 2015 when he became the youngest winner in series history just two days after his 15th birthday. He finished ninth in his only other ARCA start at Iowa Speedway in July of 2015. Gilliland joins owner-driver Busch (five races) as part of the multi-driver lineup that will compete behind the wheel of the #51 Tundra in 2017. Announcements for the drivers who will complete the remainder of the schedule are forthcoming.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(12-21-2016)
Ogata family's racing future in question following theft: Akinori Ogata, a part-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is proud of the fact that he came to America from Japan six years ago with literally nothing but a dream to race. But that dream is being put to a test now - as less than a week before Christmas, he had more than $80,000 of racing equipment stolen from his family home in Mooresville, North Carolina. According to a published report, Ogata's pickup truck and trailer with his son's Legends race car vanished from his garage in a matter of minutes around 1 a.m. last Monday.Ogata, 43, has made a total of five starts in the Truck Series over the last three seasons, with a best finish of 18th at New Hampshire in 2015. He made one start last season, finishing 31st in the 32-truck field at the same Loudon track. He told FOX 46 reporter Brett Baldeck that he wanted to pass along his racing aspirations to his son, so he purchased him a Legends car. With another racing season fast approaching, the Ogata family racing hopes are suddenly on hold. The Legends cars run at Charlotte Motor Speedway and other NASCAR venues, and often provide a training ground for future drivers in NASCAR's three national touring series. For now, though, Ogata told the television station that he isn't certain what will happen next. He simply is determined not to let this setback ruin his family's holiday or racing future.(FOX Sports)(12-21-2016)
Busch to run 5 races in 2017: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that owner-driver Kyle Busch will compete in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2017. Busch's #51 Tundra will carry primary sponsorship from Textron Aviation, an aircraft industry leader that provides its customers with the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world. KBM will promote Textron Aviation's Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft brands. Busch ranks second on the Truck Series All-time win list with 46. The Las Vegas native has been victorious in a remarkable 34.6 percent (46/133) of his starts since debuting in NASCAR's third division in 2001 and has finished first or second 52.67 (70/133) percent of the time. 'Rowdy' collected two wins and three top-five finishes across four Truck Series starts in 2016. His 170 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins rank second to NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (200). Busch will make his 2017 Truck Series debut Saturday March 4 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and will also race May 12 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, May 20 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, July 29 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Announcements for the rest of the driver lineup that will share driving duties behind the wheel of the #51 Tundra with Busch are forthcoming.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(12-20-2016)
Reddick gifted truck from BKR: Tyler Reddick isn't leaving Brad Keselowski Racing empty-handed. After spending the last two and a half years driving for Keselowski in the Truck Series, Reddick is headed to the Xfinity Series next year in a limited schedule for Chip Ganassi Racing. Friday night at the BKR company Christmas party, Keselowski presented Reddick his winning truck from Dover International Speedway in 2015. The win at Dover was the second of Reddick's career. He earned his third career win this past October at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An overjoyed Reddick revealed the truck was not only his favorite but also had a name. In addition to Reddick departing, Daniel Hemric is also headed for the Xfinity Series next season. Brad Keselowski Racing will continue to run two trucks in 2017 with Austin Cindric and a driver still to be announced.(NBC Sports)(12-20-2016)
Senica may run select races in 2017: Mike Senica, who finished 20th in ARCA Racing Series national points this year is in talks with a few Camping World Truck teams for 2017. Senica,who splits his time as a commercial pilot and a pro-wrestling manager, will be bringing his corporate sponsors Bell Plantation, Bolts Energy Chews and American Powerhouse with him into the truck series next year. In addition, he is in talks with a few other companies to come on board with him as well. He ran for Hixson Motorsports throughout the 2016 ARCA Racing Series and is planning to run the ARCA race in Daytona in 2017 with the Team Hixson. Senica operates Motorsport Concepts, a sports marketing company which specializes in corporate consulting and sponsorship implementation.(Senica Racing)(12-17-2016)
New shop for Hattori: Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) announced today that it has moved its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) headquarters to a new facility within Mooresville, N.C. The new shop is a state of the art facility that formerly housed Rusty Wallace Racing when the organization competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. HRE plans to race full-time out of the new shop in the NCWTS in 2017 with the driver and sponsor being announced at a later date. The move marks the first for HRE in nearly nine years.(Hattori Racing Enterprises)(12-15-2016)
Haley a 2017 roster addition at GMS: Two wins, 13 top-five finishes and 14 top-10 results in just 14 races. That is what it took for Justin Haley to claim the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) Championship. On Saturday night, the 17-year-old will accept his title in front of his family, teammates and competitors. He will be taking the next step in his career by joining GMS Racing for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. Haley, who has competed in a total of six NCWTS races over the past two seasons with one top-10 finish, will pilot the #24 Chevrolet Silverado beginning at Martinsville Speedway. Haley's rookie season will be directed by second-year crew chief Kevin Bellicourt. The Indiana native began his racing career in 2008, at the age of nine years old. He has earned wins in quarter midgets, micro sprints, the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, ARCA Racing Series, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In 2015, Haley completed his first full-time season in the NKNPSE with six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, and a ranking of sixth in the point standings. He followed that up in 2016 by earning his first NKNPSE win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway after starting from the second position and his second victory at Columbus Motor Speedway where he started from the pole position. With only one finish outside of the top five and no result worse than ninth, Haley claimed the NKNPSE title by a 22-point margin. Bellicourt joins GMS after completing his first year as a NCWTS crew chief with ThorSport Racing and driver Ben Rhodes, earning two top-five and five top-10 finishes. He also earned the 2015 NKNPSE Championship with driver William Byron. Additional details on sponsorship for all three drivers will be announced at a later date.(GMS Racing)(12-9-2016)
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)
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)
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)
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