Burton, ThorSport to run Martinsville: ThorSport Racing, the 2013 drivers' champion team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will field a #13 Toyota Tundra for Virginia favorite Jeb Burton in the March 29 Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. ThorSport hired Burton last month to drive at Speedweeks 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. In his 28th career Truck Series start, Burton had an impressive seventh-place finish in his debut run in a ThorSport Tundra but the team is still seeking sponsorship to continue the season with Burton.(ThorSport Racing)(3-6-2014)
Efland joins RCR as race engineer: Danny Efland posted on his Facebook page that he has joined Richard Childress Racing as an engineer."For those who didn't know, I am now working for Richard Childress Racing as the team 33 engineer. We are running a part-time Cup and Nationwide schedule. It was tough to commit to a position outside the driver seat but it's also a great opportunity to learn from and work with the best racers in the industry. I look forward to what's ahead of me and appreciate everyone's support thus far," he explained. Efland ran eight Camping World Truck Series races last season.(3-6-2014)
Phillips one win away from record: Eric Phillips stands on the verge of history. One more victory, and he'll be the all-time winningest crew chief in the 20-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Phillips called the shots for Kyle Busch's season-opening win at Daytona International Speedway to give him 28 for his career, tying Rick Ren for the most wins in series history. Eighteen of Phillips' 28 wins have come while working at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and his list of drivers who have won with him is quite impressive. Dennis Setzer picked up four of his 18 career wins with Phillips and former series champions Mike Skinner (3) and Travis Kvapil (2) have also scored wins with Phillips. Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott have each scored a NCWTS win with Phillips. Phillips' most prolific driver? Not surprisingly, it's Kyle Busch (15). Phillips will try and have the record all by himself when he leads Erik Jones in the #51 Toyota at Martinsville on March 29. If Jones can pick up his second win in as many starts, he would become the ninth different driver to win a race with Phillips on the pit box.(NASCAR)(3-4-2014)
NASCAR reinstates crew members: NASCAR has reinstated Ryan Hess, a former crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Curtis Martin Jr., a former crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, upon their successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. On June 18, 2013, Hess was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book. On Nov. 19, 2013, Martin also was found to have violated Sections 12-1 and 19.(NASCAR)(3-4-2014)
Camping World to extend title sponsorship UPDATE:
Camping World, which has sponsored NASCAR's truck series since 2009, will announce in about a month an extension to its original seven-year deal, company chairman Marcus Lemonis said Sunday. Lemonis, whose reality television show "The Profit" was the sponsor of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, revealed the plans when talking about the company's involvement in NASCAR. The original contract went through 2015."In about a month, we'll be announcing a significant extension to that contract," Lemonis said. "It's been great for us." Last year, Lemonis said he wanted to see how Fox Sports 1, the network rebranded from the former Speed network and the channel that now handles truck telecasts, treats the series. The network has more viewers but also more sports. "I'm happy enough with what I've seen and NASCAR has reassured me they're going to stay very involved in that process," Lemonis said. "Week 1 of ratings for the truck series down in Daytona were up 11 percent. "I was told it was going to be closer to 40-50 percent, so the jury is still out. But the coverage I thought was fantastic."(Sporting News)(3-2-2014)
UPDATE: "We are interested in extending our agreement with Camping World and we know the company is as well. While we don't have a signed agreement yet, we are very pleased with the direction in which our discussions are headed. We love our partnership with Camping World and as soon as we have news to share, we will let you know."(NASCAR)(3-2-2014)
Gallaher joins Wauters with plans to run trucks: Wauters Motorsports announced today that Will Gallaher will join Wauters Motorsports driver development program. Gallaher, a California native, will drive for Wauters in the Southern Super Late Model Series in 2014. Gallaher at age 18 began racing in F-1600 Formula Cars competing at tracks along the West Coast. He then moved into the United Auto Racing Association Series, as well as, making three starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Wauters Motorsports will focus on bringing Gallaher up through the Super Late Model racing series and then into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Will Gallaher is slated to make his first start later this spring in the Southern Super Late Model Series.(Wauters Motorsports)(2-26-2014)
NASCAR considers limiting drivers on "double duty": Kyle Busch's thrilling move in the final few hundred feet of the Truck Series season opener led to his 99th win outside NASCAR's top series. The victory infuriated many fans. NASCAR heard them loud and clear. NASCAR said Saturday it is looking at potentially limiting the number of second- and third-tier event Sprint Cup regulars can run during the season. Officials have already talked about a potential rules adjustments, and Busch's win Friday night surely will lead to more discussions. Maybe even a change. "We're definitely aware of the fan messaging we get," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations. "There's a balance, especially talking to the tracks, of having a Cup driver or two in the Trucks or Nationwide.We have had discussions with the race teams about ownership and should Cup drivers get points and we've looked at should they be limited in the number of races. It's something we are really studying." Busch has 63 wins in the Nationwide Series and 36 more in the Truck Series. Busch and fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski own Truck teams, and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns a Nationwide team. And with sponsorship key to funding those operations, corporations often agree to sponsorship deals with the guarantee that the driver/owners will get behind the wheel in a handful of races or more. Tracks, television rights holders and NASCAR also all benefit from the draw of racing's top drivers. Of course, that usually means young and upcoming drivers get overlooked or left out of the car.(Associated Press)(2-22-2014)
BKR sponsor Cooper Standard launches new venture :
Cooper Standard announced today that the company is building on its community involvement activities with the formation of the "Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans" program. The program will leverage Cooper Standard's partnership with Brad Keselowski and Brad Keselowski Racing throughout the 2014 NASCAR season. Novi, Michigan based Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, has been a primary partner of BKR since 2011. The BKR team, which fields multiple entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series including the #29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, is owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Keselowski. Cooper Standard originally partnered with Brad Keselowski based on his Michigan heritage (Rochester Hills, Michigan-native) and the shared interests in assisting military veterans returning to civilian life. Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation strives to support those who have sacrificed greatly including military members and veterans. The overall objective of the "Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans" program is to provide career opportunities for military veterans and those transitioning from active service. Keselowski, as well as Ryan Blaney, the driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, will help serve as spokesmen of the Cooper Standard program. The #29 BKR truck with Blaney at the wheel will feature a special "Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans" paint scheme that will take to the track at four races in 2014 - Daytona (February 21st), Charlotte (May 16th), Kentucky (June 26th) and Michigan (August 16th).(Brad Keselowski Racing)(2-20-2013)
Kvapil to run up to four races with MAKE:
Travis Kvapil, whose career had seemed stalled, will race Friday night in the Camping World Truck Series opener and plans to announce a Sprint Cup deal within the week. The Janesville native will drive for tiny MAKE Motorsports at Daytona, "run the first three, four, five races with them, whatever; just kind of take it from there," he said before practice Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.(Journal Sentinel)(2-20-2013)
Goodyear changes tire branding for trucks: After 10 years of branding its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tires with the "Wrangler" name, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has made a switch for the 2014 season. Responding to the changing tide of its passenger truck tire buyers, the Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker will now brand its truck series tires as "Eagle" to match how it identifies its products in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. "What we've found, as a company, is that more of our customers who buy tires for their street trucks are now buying 'Eagles,'" said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales. "While our 'Wrangler' line is still an extremely popular choice for those consumers that need a more rugged tire, the 'Eagle' brand is a performance tire, which goes along with today's changing demands. Since we have branded our Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires as 'Eagle' since 1980, race fans also identify that as our racing brand." The move is effective as of Daytona Speedweeks 2014, marking the first time Camping World Truck Series teams will have run Goodyear Eagles since the season ending race of 2003 (Nov. 14) at Homestead Miami Speedway.(Goodyear Racing)(2-19-2014)
NASCAR officially unveils new truck bodies: At an event today at the SPRINT Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officially unveiled newly designed bodies for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race trucks - set to debut on Friday night in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. The newly redesigned bodies will now match the look of their respective showroom counterparts. Today's introduction of the new truck bodies follows successful launches of race vehicles in NASCAR's other two national series - the Gen-6 car last year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the new models in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2010. "Each manufacturer has designed distinctly different trucks that they can use to promote their showroom models through their involvement with NASCAR racing," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development. "We have worked closely with all three manufacturers for the past several years, and we're excited to unveil a new truck body that will make one of NASCAR's most exciting series even better." Extensive research and testing went into the development of the new bodies, with the goal of continued close competition while allowing specific features from each model. The new trucks have a unique design that will make it easier for fans to recognize their favorite model. "The truck has a new look that fans can relate to with their own truck at home," said Chad Little, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director. "The competitors have been happy with the new trucks in testing in January and we expect to continue to have some of the best racing in NASCAR for our fans at Daytona."(NASCAR)(2-19-2014)
Paint Schemes: 2014 Camping World Truck Series paint schemes are rolling in. Check them out on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes page.(2-18-2014)
Bodine joins broadcast team: Two-time series champion Todd Bodine announced on his Twitter page that he would be joining the FOX Sports 1 broadcast team for the season-opening Camping World Truck Series race next week in Daytona. Bodine ran eight races in 2013 with a best finish of 11th. He assisted in the broadcast booth last summer, filling in for Michael Waltrip.(2-14-2014)
Cobb to run full season with new sponsor support: Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing is pleased to announce its sponsorship line-up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextERA Energy Resources 250 on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. Cobb is proud to be participating with the Used Truck Association, Wreaths Across America and Fans4Truckers to honor Arlington Cemetery's 150th Anniversary with a "Remember Them All" kickoff. Fans can visit www.uta.org/driven2honor and join Cobb in a fundraiser group to the public and sponsor a remembrance wreath for a fallen soldier at Arlington on "Wreaths Across America Day" this December 13th 2014. The campaign goal is to fund enough remembrance wreaths to be placed on all of the over 240,000 fallen veterans buried at Arlington. JJCR will also have co-primary sponsorship from Tyler, Texas-based Grimes Irrigation & Construction, Inc. With a surge of new sponsorship and returning support from Koma Unwind, Arrow Truck Sales, Horejsi Graphics and Waldo's Paint Supply Co., the team is slated to compete in all 22 race events on the schedule. Crew Chief, Steve Kuykendall will lead the team.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(2-13-2014)
Chastain joins Benton team, along with Ford, Bruce: Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises announced today the team is going back to its roots for the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The team has switched manufacturers for its BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/National Watermelon Association/Goodyear FleetHQ/Wynn's Truck Series entry and will be running Ford F-150's powered by Roush-Yates Engines beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway later this month. RBR Enterprises will also have a new driver behind the wheel in 2014. Ross Chastain, who had a break out year in 2013, will make the move from Brad Keselowski Racing to take over driving duties of the #92 Ford. The 21-year old Alva, Fla. native has competed in 41 Truck Series events with two poles and 231 laps led en route to five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Calling the shots for the #92 RBR Enterprises Ford is veteran crew chief Trip Bruce. Bruce has 13 wins as a crew chief and a NCWTS championship with driver Johnny Benson Jr. in 2008. The team plans to run 10-12 races, depending on sponsorship. Chastain and Bruce have worked together in the Truck Series previously. The duo paired up for three races in 2011. The #92 RBR Enterprises Ford will carry primary sponsorship from BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors and National Watermelon Association. Associate sponsors for the entry will be Goodyear, FleetHQ and Wynn's. The team plans to run 10 to 15 races in 2014, but the schedule could expand if additional sponsorship can be secured.(Ricky Benton Racing)(2-11-2014)
Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff partners with Sauter for six races: Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, America's original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand, will sponsor Johnny Sauter's #98 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, beginning with the series' second race, at Martinsville Speedway. Smokey Mountain will sponsor Sauter, who led Truck Series regulars in 2013 with three victories, in additional races at Gateway, Kentucky, Iowa, Martinsville and Texas in the fall.(ThorSport Racing)(2-10-2014)
Trucks to get two extra hours of practice at select events: Camping World Truck Series teams will receive two extra hours of practice at four events this season, during which they can use data acquisition: Martinsville, Charlotte, Gateway and New Hampshire.(NASCAR.com)(2-7-2014)
Gaulding, Newberry to run partial schedules, NTS teams full-time: NTS Motorsports announced the addition of 15 year-old NASCAR Next driver Gray Gaulding to their lineup in 2014. Gaulding will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in eight races and will compete alongside Brennan Newberry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East full-time. With primary sponsorship from Gemini Southern, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and TruMoo Chocolate Milk, Gaulding hopes to claim the NKNPSE championship and contend for victories in the NCWTS. As a NASCAR Next driver, Gaulding has claimed one win, 11 top-10's and five top-5's in 18 NKNPSE starts in 2013.
Dwayne Gaulding has moved into the role of Vice President of Operations at NTS Motorsports.
NTS Motorsports will compete full-time in the NCWTS with the #24 and #20 Chevy Silverado trucks. Newberry has been confirmed for 12 races, with the remaining 10 races to be filled by an unannounced driver. Gaulding will make his NCWTS debut at Martinsville Speedway on March 29th and will compete in an additional seven races in the series. The remaining fourteen races will be filled in by an additional driver to be announced.(NTS Motorsports)(See an image of the truck on the #20 paint schemes page)(2-7-2014)
AND: 2012 Daytona International Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner John King signs with NTS Motorsports to race the #20 Chevy Silverado in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. With sponsorship from GunBroker.com, Brennan Newberry will return to Daytona to defend his Keystone Light Pole Award from 2013 and race for his first NCWTS win. GunBroker.com has signed on to be the primary sponsor of NTS Motorsports for five races and Brennan Newberry in three NCWTS races in 2014 - beginning with Daytona along with Bristol and Homestead-Miami.(NTS Motorsports)(See an image of the truck on the #24 paint schemes page)(2-7-2014)
Burton joins ThorSport UPDATE: Jeb Burton, one of the most promising young drivers on the NASCAR horizon, has signed with ThorSport Racing to open the 2014 Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards seasons. Burton, 21, the son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and the fifth-place finisher in the 2013 Truck Series championship, will race ThorSport's #13 Toyotas in two events a week apart during Speedweeks 2014, Feb. 13-23, at Daytona International Speedway.The balance of Burton's 2014 program will be determined, in part by gaining additional sponsorship."The opportunity to come to ThorSport is a big deal for me, my career and my family," said Burton, who joins an organization that won 2013 championships in both NASCAR and ARCA. "It's an honor to me that Duke and Rhonda Thorson would make the call to put me in their vehicles - the best there is in both series. "Mr. Thorson has proven his commitment to the Truck Series -- he's a racer, that's what it's all about and it feels good to be here. I feel like it's a place where I can race, and win for many years." Burton joins a driver lineup that includes 2013 Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter, who finished fourth in the championship, one point ahead of Burton. Burton's first race with ThorSport, the Saturday, Feb. 15 Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real, will be driving a Toyota Camry for the team that won the 2013 ARCA drivers' and owners' championships and was a large part of Toyota winning last season's ARCA manufacturers' title, its first in that series. The following week, Burton will jump into the #13 Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra that pushed Sauter to the win and Crafton to ninth place before it finished 11th driven by Todd Bodine in the 2013 NextEra Energy Resources 250, which is scheduled on Friday, Feb. 21.(ThorSport Racing)(2-6-2014)
UPDATE: Dennis Connor, who served as crew chief during the second half of the 2013 season for Johnny Sauter, will serve as crew chief on Burton's #13 Toyota.(2-7-2014)
Empire to return with partial schedule: Sean Corr will sit in the driver's seat to pilot the newly fabricated Ford F150 for Empire Racing at the upcoming Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway in just two weeks. The truck tested overall seventh fastest during the off season test in Daytona just this past month in January. Empire is planning to run a partial NCWTS schedule this season, with the races to be announced as the season progresses.(Empire Racing)(2-7-2014)
Scott discusses team status: It's been a tumultuous week at Turner Scott Motorsports, with the signing of talented youngster Dylan Kwasniewski to a full-time Nationwide Series contract, and the loss of a full-time sponsor expected to back sophomore driver Jeb Burton in the Camping World Truck Series.
TSM co-owner Harry Scott, Jr. confirmed that Tayler Malsam could fill a Truck Series seat with the team this season, saying, "We've had discussions with Tayler. We don't have anything final yet, but I have pretty good confidence that we'll get something done with him to do a number of Truck races in a second truck."
He also revealed that talks are underway with former Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., to put Hornaday in a TSM entry this season, perhaps splitting time with youngster Brandon Jones. He said he has also spoken with former series champion Todd Bodine, who drove for the team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last fall.
"To be honest, we've gone down a list of all our former drivers - and some of our K&N drivers - who might be interested in doing some truck racing, to fill out a second truck, full-time," he said. "Just like there's nothing off the table for Jeb Burton, there's nothing off the table for that second truck, either."(Godfather Motorsports)(2-6-2014)
Benton to be inducted into The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame: The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame will stand at 40 members after the induction of four more in May. Race car developer Ricky Benton, former PGA golfer Bob Boyd, retired NFL tight end Alge Crumpler and former UNCW soccer and men's golf coach Calvin Lane will be enshrined this year at a ceremony May 4 at UNCW's Burney Center. Benton owns RBR Enterprises, based out of Columbus County, which has fielded cars in NASCAR and the late model stock tour. He's placed cars in the NASCAR Nationwide series and operates the #92 truck in the Camping World Truck Series.(Star News Online)(2-6-2014)
Sieg to return full-time: RSS Racing is pleased to announce that Ryan Sieg will compete full-time in the Camping World Truck Series in 2014. In addition to a full season racing trucks, Sieg and the RSS Racing team will also compete in at least the first five Nationwide Series races. The team is coming off their most successful season yet and is currently looking to secure sponsors for the upcoming season.(RSS Racing)(2-4-2014)
Enhancements To NASCAR Penalty Structure, Appeals Process Announced: As part of its wide-ranging initiatives to transform its competition model, NASCAR today announced enhancements to its penalty structure and appeals process beginning this season. In addition to these changes, NASCAR also announced the appointment of a Final Appeals Officer for the sport.
"NASCAR's Deterrence System is designed to help maintain the integrity and competitive balance of our sport while sending a clear message that rules violations will not be tolerated," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations. "This is a more transparent and effective model that specifically spells out that 'X' infraction equals 'X' penalty for technical infractions. At the same time, we believe the Appeals process allows a fair opportunity for our NASCAR Members to be heard, and have penalty disputes resolved by an impartial, relevant group of people with the ability to handle the complexities inherent in any appeal. This system has been tailored specifically to fit the needs of our sport."
Bryan Moss, former president at Gulfstream Aerospace, has been selected as the Final Appeals Officer. Moss will hear matters on appeal from the lower three-member Appeals Panel, and serve as the last decision on penalty disputes for the sport.
NASCAR's Deterrence System NASCAR's Deterrence System is easily understood and specifically lays out exactly what disciplinary action will be taken depending on the type of technical infraction listed from warnings to six penalty levels in ascending order.
The 2014 Rule Book will explain how and why NASCAR issues penalties as well as the factors considered when determining a penalty. The Rule Book also will detail the types of infractions that fall within each level by citing examples.
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel The new Appeals process continues to provide two tiers for resolving disputes. On the first level before a three-member Appeals Panel, NASCAR has the burden of showing that a penalty violation has occurred. On the second and final level, only a NASCAR Member is allowed to appeal and they have the burden of showing the Final Appeals Officer that the panel decision was incorrect.(NASCAR)(2-4-2014)
Young to run full season UPDATE:
Young's Motorsports announced today that Tyler Young will compete full-time in 2014 behind the wheel of the #02 Chevy Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series. Young, who made his Truck Series debut in 2012 and has 11 career starts in NASCAR's third division, will make his Daytona International Speedway debut in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday February 21, 2014. Young's 2014 season will be led by veteran crew chief, Bryan Berry. Berry, a Homestead, Fla. native, is an 11-year veteran of the NCWTS and has 178 starts to his resume, including eight top-five and 27 top-10 finishes.(Young's Motorsports)(1-27-2014)
UPDATE: Young's Motorsports is honored to announce the signing of Arthur Krenzel Lett Insurance Group as an associate sponsor for four races this season in the Camping World Truck Series. AKL Insurance Group is a risk management solutions firm specializing in auto, home, life, and commercial insurance products. AKL Insurance Group, with two branches located in Winfield, WV and Dublin, OH, will be displayed on the #02 Chevy Silverado driven by Tyler Young when he makes his first Daytona International Speedway start later this month, Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Bristol Motor Speedway in August, and Talladega Superspeedway in October.(See an image of the truck on the #02 paint schemes page)(Young's Motorsports)(2-4-2014)
Nemecheks to share driving duties: SWM-NEMCO Motorsports today announced unprecedented plans for father and son Joe and John Hunter Nemechek to share a tag-team single season of the Camping World Truck Series for 2014. This move allows the #8 truck, owned by SWM-NEMCO Racing, to run the whole season with John Hunter racing the 10 races at all the tracks that NASCAR allows at his age of 16. His dad, Joe will be mounting a campaign at racing the other 12. John Hunter will be running a combo of short track and one mile ovals, coupled with a road course and a dirt track. "Front Row Joe" will be taking the balance of the season at the larger tracks and super-speedways. In the elite club of a few drivers with more than 1000 starts, only seven of those starts have been in a truck, with a best finish of second place for the senior Nemechek. Sponsorship partners are in process for supporting the Father-Son #8 Camping World Truck entry along with primary principle supporter Pelletgrillusa.com.(SWM-NEMCO Motorsports)(2-3-2013)