Labonte considering Truck Series run: Bobby Labonte quietly bowed out of full-time Sprint Cup Series competition at the tail end of the 2013 season. No retirement tour, no gifts. Certainly no ponies. The 2000 premier series champion has selectively dabbled in the sport since, however, with a handful of unremarkable starts at Indianapolis and the restrictor plate tracks, knowing the pack racing may be his last remaining shot at picking up his first -- and likely final -- Cup victory in over a decade. Labonte is slated to run in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, his second of a scheduled four-race slate in 2016. While not sure if this same type of deal will continue to be available to him in future years, the brother of NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte hinted at an interestingly hush-hush opportunity that could be coming down the pipeline later on this season. But what does he have left to prove? What racing goals remain? One remaining goal is obvious: becoming NASCAR's first Triple Crown-winner by notching a championship at each of its three national series levels. Labonte has the two arguably tougher feats down, winning the XFINITY Series (then Busch Grand National) title by 74 points over Kenny Wallace in 1991, then taking his first and only Sprint Cup Series (then Winston Cup) title by a wide, 265-point margin over Dale Earnhardt in 2000. It's a long shot, and Labonte admits that "everything has to line up right," but he's at least considered the prospect of running for a Camping World Truck Series title. He has 10 career starts in the series, with one win (2005 at Martinsville).
"It is absolutely something that we have talked about and met with some people about," Labonte said. "I couldn't just make it happen by snapping my fingers and we couldn't quite get it all lined up. I definitely had it in my mind that it was something I really wanted to do. I would still entertain that but there is also a point where if you can chase the championship that is one thing, and you can do it in a lot of ways.
"When I started racing when I was little, the passion was to race and win and that is what you want to do. You want the chance to do that. We did it back then and I think the Truck Series is very appealing to me. I loved it when I did a few of them for a couple of guys and won a race and finished in the top five quite a bit. It is definitely a different level and the garage area is a lot calmer there than it is in the Sprint Cup Series and it kind of, at this point in time, is very appealing."(NASCAR.com)(4-30-2016)
Aspen Dental to sponsor Eldora race: A race that has made everyone smile since its inception in 2013 has earned an appropriate new supporter. Aspen Dental has signed on to become the title sponsor of the fourth annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event July 20 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The race will take place on a Wednesday night at the half-mile, clay oval. The Camping World Truck Series is the only national NASCAR series event contested on dirt, with the 150-lap feature broken into three segments of 40 laps, 50 laps and 60 laps. Five qualifying heat races set the 32-truck field, a nod to dirt-track tradition. Aspen Dental is one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the United States, with nearly 550 locations across 33 states.(Eldora Speedway)(4-29-2016)
New partner for Cobb in Kansas: Trinity Performance Wear, founded by 12-year old weightlifting phenom Abby Flickner, has teamed up with NASCAR driver/team owner Jennifer Jo Cobb for the Toyota Tundra 250 when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016. Cobb's #10 Mark One Electric Chevrolet Silverado will display the Trinity Performance Wear logo while racing around the 1.5 mile track at speeds over 170 mph. Flickner is a two-time national champion in Olympic-style weightlifting. She has set 14 Youth American Records, and twice has attended training camps at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She is currently in training for her fifth trip to nationals in late June. Cobb began her career at local tracks in the Kansas City area, and has climbed up through the ranks of auto racing to become a fixture in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. She holds the series record for most starts, highest finish in a race, and highest finish in the championship standings by a female driver. Although Flickner is not old enough to view Cobb's race from the team's pit stall, she will be on hand on race day prior to the green flag to visit the NASCAR garage to take photos with the race truck to promote her brand.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(4-29-2016)
BKR announces drivers for Dover, Charlotte: Brad Keselowski Racing announced its driver lineup today for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Austin Cindric will drive the team's #2 Ford F-150 in the Dover 200 on May 13 at Dover, while Austin Theriault will return to the driver's seat for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 20 at Charlotte. Cindric and Theriault will join BKR's full-time NCWTS contenders Daniel Hemric (#19) and Tyler Reddick (#29). Cindric, 17, made his NCWTS debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with BKR last October, where he qualified 14th and ran well before a late-race incident relegated him to a 25th-place finish. His second NCWTS start came at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway a few weeks later, where he scored a respectable 14th-place finish. Theriault, 22, who has 10 previous NCWTS starts with BKR, will be making his first appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His one previous Truck Series start in 2016 came with BKR in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, where he qualified fourth and led five times for a race-high 31 laps before a late-race accident left him with a 27th-place finish. In 2015, Theriault claimed two top fives (a fourth-place finish in his first-ever series start at Daytona and fifth-place finish at Texas) and four top-10 finishes in nine starts.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(4-28-2016)
Gas Buddy partners with MAKE: GasBuddy, the world's leading gas mobile app, joins MAKE Motorsports as the primary sponsor of the #50 Chevy Silverado driven by Travis Kvapil for multiple races in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, beginning with Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 6. With more than 56 million downloads and 15 million monthly active users, GasBuddy is home to the world's largest network of people working together daily to save money at the pump.(MAKE Motorsports)(4-26-2016)
Kennedy joins GMS UPDATE: Team officials announced that Ben Kennedy will join the GMS Racing stable for a multi-race deal with 10 races already confirmed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races, beginning May 6 at Kansas Speedway. Kennedy will pilot the #33 Chevy Silverado alongside teammates Johnny Sauter and Spencer Gallagher. Kennedy has 53 NCWTS starts under his belt and looks to claim his first victory in the series with GMS Racing. Jacob Companies, a first-year partner of Kennedy, plans to continue their support under the GMS Racing banner. Additional details on new partners and schedule will be released in the coming weeks.(GMS Racing)(4-25-2016)
UPDATE: With Kennedy taking over the #33, Grant Enfinger, who earned the 2015 ARCA championship for the team and began the season with a pole in the #33 entry, posted on his Facebook page that he would remain with the team for multiple truck starts."A lot of people have been asking about my racing plans lately so I am going to give an update as best I can. The only confirmed truck races that I will be in the seat of a GMS Racing truck as of now are Kentucky, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Talladega. There is still hope to add to that schedule, and everyone here at GMS Racing is working hard for that. I am still working here at GMS Racing everyday and the relationship continues to be great. I can't wait to get back in the truck, but when I'm not I will continue to help all of my teammates here at GMS Racing. I am proud of what we have accomplished to this point, and I'm grateful for the past, present, and future at GMS Racing." (4-26-2016)
Hemric to Promote Autism Awareness: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #19 Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and Autism Delaware are teaming up together to raise funds and awareness for autism. On Saturday, April 23, Hemric will take part in the Walk for Autism at Fox Point State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. Hemric will sign autographs and participate in a Guinness World Record attempt to create the longest double high five chain. There will also be a show truck on site for an up close and personal look inside of Hemric's Ford F-150. Three weeks later, Hemric's race truck will sport a hood decal promoting autism education and awareness in the NCWTS race at Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 13. In addition, Hemric has produced a PSA encouraging race fans to purchase tickets for the Dover race weekend, with a portion of each ticket price directly benefitting Autism Delaware. Hemric will be actively promoting autism awareness via social media throughout of the remainder of April, which is Autism Awareness Month. One in 68 kids in the United States are diagnosed with some form of autism. That's more than diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy and Downs syndrome combined. Autism Delaware provides vital programs and services for families and individuals affected by autism.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(4-21-2016)
Red Horse Racing and Ben Kennedy Part Ways UPDATE: Red Horse Racing announced that, effective immediately, it will part ways with driver Ben Kennedy. Kennedy and the team had an agreement through the first three races of 2016, but he will not continue in the #11 Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the season. "We wish Ben all the best in his career," said team owner Tom DeLoach. "Red Horse Racing will continue to focus on pursuing the championship with Timothy Peters and the #17. We expect to field two teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and we will announce further plans as they are confirmed."(Red Horse Racing)(4-15-2016)
UPDATE: Matt Tifft will pilot the #11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra starting at Kansas Speedway next weekend. Tifft has also signed on to drive for two following races at Dover and Charlotte Motor Speedway, the team has confirmed. Tifft, 19, competed in 12 races in the Camping World Truck Series last season and finished in the top 10 five times. This season, Tifft has three starts in the #24 JGL Racing Young Guns Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Hinckley, Ohio native has 15 starts in the truck series with six top 10s. His best result was eighth - four times. Scott Zipadelli will continue on as crew chief for the #11 Toyota. Most recently, Zipadelli worked with Ben Kennedy. Kennedy and Red Horse Racing parted ways last week. Kennedy is still looking to secure a full-time ride for the remainder of 2016.(Motorsport.com)(4-20-2016)
AND: Up-and-coming driver Matt Tifft will join the Red Horse Racing stable for several races beginning at Kansas Speedway. Nineteen-year-old Tifft has 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts under his belt, recording six top-10 finishes. He also has four NASCAR XFINITY Series starts with one top-10. Tifft will pilot the #11 Toyota Tundra at Kansas Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and possibly additional races with veteran crew chief Scott Zipadelli leading the team.(Red Horse Racing)(4-20-2016)
Kipor Power Equipment partners with MB: Kipor Power Equipment, Inc. (KPE), a leading manufacturer of Portable, Standby, and Prime power solutions, has partnered with MB Motorsports for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The North American Branch headquartered in Clackamas Oregon, Kipor Power Equipment has maintained continued sales increases and has expanded its market penetration into Outdoor Power Equipment, RV, Rental, Industrial, and Hardware markets since its establishment in 1998.(MB Motorsports)(4-20-2016)
MARADYNE Extends Partnership With MB Motorsports: MARADYNE High Performance Fans, a DCM Manufacturing brand, has extended its partnership with MB Motorsports, the sole surviving original team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. MARADYNE High Performance Fans is a brand name owned by DCM Manufacturing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dreison International, Inc. DCM Manufacturing manufactures and sells accessories and components serving the off-road equipment, agricultural machinery, heavy-duty truck, automotive, bus, RV, marine and military markets.(MB Motorsports)(4-18-2016)
Spec engines coming for Truck teams: Teams will be allowed to use a NASCAR spec engine at tracks 1.25 miles in length and shorter, and those races will start coming up in a couple of months. Kyle Busch, who gets significant support from Toyota, isn't likely to get one. Toyota wants a Toyota engine in its trucks. "We're leaving our game plan as it is with what we've got with the Toyota support and the Toyota engines that we run in the Truck Series and we'll see how it plays out with the other engines and see if it's a necessity that we need to look toward for next year," Busch said.(ESPN.com)(4-15-2016)
Gateway and GEICO offering 60% discount to military personnel for Truck race: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25 for the annual Drivin' For Linemen 200 and will be accompanied for the first time by the ARCA Short Track Series and USAC Silver Crown Series. Gateway Motorsports Park and GEICO are honoring the brave men and women who currently serve, or have served, in America's armed forces with a special offer for the exciting oval-track tripleheader. All current military members, veterans - and their families - will receive a 60% discount on all ticket packages offered by GMP courtesy of GEICO. Premium reserved tickets, originally $59, will be available for $24. Reserved tickets, normally $49, are available at $20. General admission seats which usually sell for $36 now are available to military and veterans for only $14. Each ticket purchased with the military/veterans discount also will include a food voucher for one free bottle of water and one complimentary sandwich (redeemable at any GMP concession stand on race day courtesy of GEICO). Each ticket purchased with this special offer also will include one "cold" pit pass and a discounted coupon that may be redeemed at the Gateway Kartplex. The Kartplex coupon may be used anytime throughout the year. For more information, please call GMP at (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com.(Gateway Motorsports Park)(4-12-2016)
Martinsville post-race penalties & warnings: #22-Austin Wayne Self was given a written warning following the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The #22 team truck trailing arms did not meet specifications. The infraction was caught in opening day inspection.(4-6-2016)
Champion Brands Partners With MB Motorsports For Rest Of 2016 Season: Champion Brands, LLC, a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years, has partnered with MB Motorsports, the sole surviving original NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, for the rest of the 2016 season. Founded by Ralph Lowe in 1956, Champion Brands has been a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion produces and blends more than 300 products including fuel, brake fluid, oil and engine additives and lubricants for the automotive, heavy truck, agricultural and specialty markets.(MB Motorsports)(4-5-2016)
Bobby Pierce driving for MB Motorsports in 3 races: Bobby Pierce, the 19 year-old dirt track phenom who impressed legions of NASCAR fans with his amazing performance at Eldora Speedway last season, has once again teamed up with MB Motorsports for 2016. The Oakwood, Illinois native will be behind the wheel of MB Motorsports' #63 Chevy Silverado for the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 6th, the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 13th and the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20th. Team owner Mike Mittler is enthused to be working with Pierce once again. Bobby has amassed a lengthy list of accomplishments for someone so young. Pierce is a two-time and defending DIRTcar UMP Late Model National Champion, as well as the 2015 DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals Champion, He has over 130 total career feature wins with various regional and national touring series, numerous track championships, as well as winning the 2013 Champion Spark Plugs Search for a Champion.(MB Motorsports)(4-4-2016)
Kyle Busch wins Truck Series Race at Martinsville: #18-Kyle Busch won the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. It is his 45th series win and his 1st at Martinsville. He led 123 of the 255 laps. The race was scheduled for 250 laps but went into overtime.
#8-John Hunter Nemechek finished second, followed by #9-William Byron, #24-Kyle Larson, #17-Timothy Peters, #23-SPencer Gallagher, #88-Matt Crafton, #92-Parker Kligerman, #13-Cameron Hayley, and #98-Rico Abreu.
Pole sitter #41-Ben Rhodes was caught in a late accident and finished 16th.
There were 11 cautions for 68 laps and 8 lead changes among 4 leaders. There were 2 red flags for track cleanup after the final 2 cautions.
The average speed was 61.811mph.
Complete results are on the Martinsville race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-2-2016)
Martinsville Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 18th Annual Alpha Energy Solutions 250, his 45th victory in 130 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Martinsville Speedway. It is also his first NASCAR national series win in 31 starts at Martinsville.
John H Nemechek (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second consecutive runner-up finish at Martinsville.
William Byron (third) posted his career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series top-10 finish.
John H Nemechek leads the point standings by 3 points over Parker Kligerman.
Truck Series Driver standings following Martinsville:
1) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 83
2) #92-Parker Kligerman, 80, -3
3) #17-Timothy Peters, 77, -6
4) #02-Tyler Young, 67, -16
5) #13-Cameron Hayley, 66, -17
6) #81-Ryan Truex, 66, -17
7) #19-Daniel Hemric, 65, -12
8) #86-Brandon Brown, 62, -21
9) #23-Spencer Gallagher, 62, -21
10) #41-Ben Rhodes, 61, -22
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-2-2016)
Ben Rhodes on Truck Series pole at Martinsville: #41-Ben Rhodes won the pole for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.322 mph. #18-Kyle Busch will start second, followed by #21-Johnny Sauter, #13-Cameron Hayley, #24-Kyle Larson, #51-Daniel Suarez, #9-William Byron, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #29-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, #23-Spencer Gallagher, and #00-Cole Custer.
Rhodes was also fastest in the second round with a speed of 96.073mph.
#24-Kyle Larson was fastest in the first round at 95.854mph.
#44-Tommy Jo Martins backed into the wall during the first session. He will go to a backup.
Did not qualify: #22-Austin Wayne Self, #66-Jordan Anderson, #50-Travis Kvapil, #6-Norm Benning, #78-Chris Fontaine, & #14-Natalie Decker.
See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(4-2-2016)
Gaulding to run limited XFINITY Series schedule: Though former Camping World Truck Series driver Gray Gaulding has not made a NASCAR-sanctioned start so far in 2016 there's plenty to be excited for in terms of his future career. Gaulding will announce his plans to run select XFINITY Series races this season "next week," saying he is excited to finally make the decision public. "[I'm] really looking forward to it," Gaulding told Frontstretch Friday at Martinsville. "I have some good tracks I'm going to go to and be able to run that I've ran before. I'm looking forward to announcing my team." A native of Virginia, Gaulding is a winner in the K&N Pro Series West Series and has 13 CWTS starts to his record, earning a best of fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in 2014. Making 38 starts in the K&N Pro Series East from 2013 to '15, Gaulding had three runner-up results.(Frontstretch)(4-2-2016)
New Truck team to debut at Martinsville UPDATE: Faith Motorsports has prepared to make their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway this coming weekend. The team will run the #62 Toyota with owner/driver Donnie Levister behind the wheel. Kansas City based real estate management company, Property Pro's will be the first primary sponsor on the #62. Property Pro's is owned and operated by Faith Motorsports team owner Shane Lamb. Another partner of Faith Motorsports will also be making their NASCAR in 2016. Shawn Magee Design (SMD) is the official graphics partner of Faith Motorsports and will serve as a primary sponsor in the upcoming racing season. The crew chief will be Matt Carter and engines are scheduled top be supplied by TRD. Faith Motorsports plans on attempting to run the remaining Camping World Truck Series races in 2016.(Faith Motorsports)(3-30-2016)
UPDATE: According to the teams Facebook page, they had trouble in pre-race inspection and were forced to withdraw.(4-1-2016)
Custer driving 5 XFINITY races for JR Motorsports: Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for JR Motorsports, will compete in five NASCAR Xfinity Series events this season. Haas Automation will sponsor Custer in four of the five races with Cessna receiving primary branding at Kentucky Speedway. The 18-year-old Californian will make his debut in the #5 Chevrolet next month at Richmond International Raceway (April 23) in a fourth entry for JRM. Custer then transitions to the #88 Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28) and Kentucky Speedway (July 8). He'll return to the seat of the #5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 7) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19). After spending 2015 competing part-time in the NCWTS with JRM, Custer embarked on his first full-time season in 2016. In 12 starts for the team, Custer has amassed one win (Gateway Motorsports Park), two top-five and four top-10 finishes, with one pole.(JR Motorsports)(3-29-2016)
Bisci joins Gateway Motorsports Park: Gateway Motorsports Park officials announced that 28-year motorsports veteran John Bisci has joined the staff of Gateway Motorsports Park in the new position of Media and Promotions Manager. With more than 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Bisci will be actively involved in the promotion of the NHRA-sanctioned Dragplex and Gateway Kartplex. Bisci brings event development experience that will be utilized for schedule expansion and racing diversity. Bisci's experience includes media relations for NHRA-sanctioned tracks, as a publicist for Mello Yello Drag Racing Series teams and representation for multiple NASCAR sponsors and drivers. Bisci joins the track's expanding public relations team and will be working closely with Susan Ryan, who has led the public and media relations efforts for Gateway Motorsports Park since its rebirth in 2011. "I am proud and excited to join the Gateway Motorsports Park team," Bisci said. "It is important to work for, and with, people who share my passion for the sport. This is an exciting time for Gateway Motorsports Park, and I am pleased to be a part of the continued growth of one of the fastest growing, up-and-coming motorsports facilities in the United States."(Gateway Motorsports Park)(3-26-2016)
Shane Lee running partial CWTS schedule for SS Green Light: Shane Lee will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway in the Alpha Energy 250 on April 2nd driving the #07 LeeBoy Toyota Tundra for Bobby Dotter and SS Green Light Racing. Shane Lee made his ARCA Racing Series debut last month in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway and continues to compete on local short tracks across North Carolina. Lee has competed full time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series for the past four seasons at tracks across the southeast picking up 18 wins along the way including two limited latemodel track championships at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2012 and 2013 along with the North Carolina rookie of the year in NASCAR Whelen All-American series in 2013. Veteran crew chief Jamie Jones will oversee the SS Green Light Racing entry for Shane Lee. Jones, Lee, and the SS Green Light Racing team will kick off their 2016 NCWTS racing season at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, followed by Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25, and Michigan International Raceway on August 27.(SS Green Light), see an image of the truck on the #07 team paint schemes page.(3-23-2016)
Harrison Burton to run fall Martinsville race for KBM: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that second-generation driver Harrison Burton will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut for the team driving the #18 DEX Imaging/Konica Minolta Tundra Oct. 29 in the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Burton, the son of 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner and current NBC Sports broadcaster Jeff Burton, is currently competing for Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The racing prodigy was a three-time USAC Quarter Midget national champion before moving into Late Models, where at the age of 11 he captured his first pole in the Limited Late Model division at Ace Speedway in Elon, N.C. At the age of 12, he graduated to Pro-Late Models and won two races at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway. At the age of 14, the talented teenager became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Whelen Super Late Model event when he visited victory lane twice during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) last February and in May he picked up his first Southern Super Series win at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway. Last October, at the age of 15 years and eight days, Burton became the youngest driver to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West when he raced in the series stop at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. Burton, who will be eligible to race at Martinsville after his 16th birthday on Oct. 9, joins a crop of talented young drivers already in the KBM stable. The team recently signed 15-year-old third-generation driver Todd Gilliland to a limited schedule for the team's Super Late Model program and boasts three Truck Series drivers that are 21 and younger; Christopher Bell (21), Cody Coughlin (20) and William Byron (18).(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(3-17-2016)
Derek Scott Jr. approved for NASCAR Trucks: Derek Scott Jr. has been approved by NASCAR to compete at several tracks. Scott Jr. is now eligible to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on tracks with a size of one mile and under with the exception of Dover. Scott Jr., who is a 16-year-old from Franklin, Texas, began his racing career by achieving numerous go kart wins and titles. He also has several starts in a Pro and Super Late Model, including two feature victories in the pro and numerous top-five finishes in both. "I am elated," Scott Jr. said. "I can't believe this opportunity arose so quickly in my career. I owe a lot of thanks to my parents, Alex Query Racing, my fans and of course my sponsors - Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr., Gary Hendrix and Derek Scott's Auto Park." Scott Jr. plans to continue to race pro late model and super late model events throughout the Southeast. News regarding his debut with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be released in the near future.(McCallister Precision Marketing)(3-11-2016)
Daytona schemes: Added images of all 43 trucks that attempted the Daytona race to the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes page.(2-24-2016)
NASCAR clarifies conduct policy: Effective immediately, NASCAR has implemented a new personal conduct policy for members in its three national series - Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Trucks - which more specifically spells out the penalties for behavioral infractions. The new policy puts the behavioral policy more in line with the penalty system for its technical infractions, which currently designated P1 through P6, which P6 being the most serious. No such designation will be used in the personal conduct policy but the series' rulebooks have been updated with a list of consequences for a series of different infractions. "This is not an effort to change the way the drivers race today," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations. "This is to provide the best level of transparency and clarity as we can to all those involved. "NASCAR is an aggressive sport. We understand the drivers are going to be aggressive in racing for position. That is not going to change. That's a very significant point but we also understand there will be a point and time when a competitor will cross the line and they should have a better understanding what exactly may transpire if they do cross the line." The consequences of personal conduct violations can range from mild to severe.(Motorsport.com)(2-20-2016)
RPM launches driver development partnership with Empire: Richard Petty Motorsports has announced a driver development partnership with Empire Racing Group for the 2016 season. Empire Racing Group will field a truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the iconic, stylized #43. The truck will run the colors of Petty's Garage as the primary sponsor in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 under the Friday night lights in Daytona. Austin Hill will be the first driver to pilot the #43 truck and a roster of various drivers will fill out the remainder of the schedule. The team will be led by Empire Racing Group Crew Chief Michael Cheek. The 2016 season will be the 20th anniversary of Cheek's first run with the #43 truck. After leading the team as crew chief for driver Rich Bickle as part of the Petty Enterprises stable, the Petty family and Cheek will once again team up to put the truck on track. The #43, made famous by "The King" Richard Petty, will adorn the side of the truck in the same style as it has appeared on the historic and current Richard Petty Motorsports race cars. This will be the first partnership in the Truck Series for Richard Petty Motorsports.(See an image of the truck on the #43 Team Paint Schemes page)(Richard Petty Motorsports)(2-17-2016)
Gogo joins BKR: Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, will serve as primary sponsor for the #2 Gogo Ford F-150 driven by Austin Theriault in the season-opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race February 19 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Gogo entered into a multi-faceted personal services partnership with NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in 2015. The company seized the opportunity to expand its relationship with Keselowski to include an on-truck branding component in the season-opening Truck Series race at Daytona. Additionally the Gogo company jet will be staged at SheltairFBO at Daytona Beach International Airport throughout race week to demonstrate its products and services. Gogo offers a complete suite of solutions including in-flight Internet, entertainment, text messaging and a host of other communications-related services to the commercial and business aviation markets, and is widely credited with many of the industry's most influential achievements.(Brad Keselowski Racing)(2-17-2016)
Safelite joins Abreu's rookie run: ThorSport Racing announced today that Safelite AutoGlass, the nation's largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, will be the primary sponsor of the #98 Toyota Tundra driven by Rico Abreu during his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2016. Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, open wheel standout, and back-to-back Chili Bowl Nationals winner, recently announced he would join the Sandusky, Ohio based team in 2016, piloting the #98 Toyota Tundra as he competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the 2016 NCWTS championship. With nearly 70 years of service, Safelite knows auto glass. Founded at a single location in Wichita, Kansas in 1947, the Columbus, Ohio based company has grown into the largest auto glass specialist in the United States, employing more than 12,000 people in all 50 states.(See an image of the truck on the #98 Team Paint Schemes page)(ThorSport Racing)(2-17-2016)
OneMain to sponsor for Custer for 3 races:Cole Custer's #00 Chevy Silverado will wear OneMain blue and white for three races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season, beginning at Ohio's Eldora Speedway (July 20). OneMain, which joined JR Motorsports as backer of the #1 OneMain Chevy Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Elliott Sadler, will also be on Custer's #0 entry at Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 22) and again the following week at Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 29). OneMain provides personal loans and one-on-one service from more than 1,100 branches across the nation. For more than 100 years, the company has worked with customers in local communities to find loan solutions that are best for their needs and budget. This season marks Custer's first full-time year in NCWTS competition. In 19 career starts, the 18-year-old Ladera Ranch, Calif. native amassed two wins, four top-five finishes and three pole awards.(JR Motorsports)(2-16-2016)
Nemechek partners with färbe technik: färbe technik, a leading global supplier of mobile product accessories, will join NEMCO Motorsports beginning with the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season when it will become a primary sponsor of driver John Hunter Nemechek and his #8 Chevy Silverado team at the Daytona International Speedway in the Nextera Energy Resources 250 on Friday, February 19. The new relationship will feature färbe technik as a primary sponsor at the Daytona International Speedway and as an associate-level partner in all other NEMCO Motorsports events. The agreement covers the 2016 and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based company will use the sponsorship in consumer promotions, product launches and business-to-business opportunities.(See an image of the truck on the #8 Team Paint Schemes page)(NEMCO Motorsports)(2-15-2016)
Smokey Mountain joins Sauter at GMS: Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff will sponsor Johnny Sauter's #21 Chevy Silverado for at least five races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), beginning with the season opener at Daytona (Fl.) International Speedway. Smokey Mountain is America's original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand. Appealing to adult smokeless tobacco consumers who are seeking tobacco-free and nicotine-free alternatives, Smokey Mountain is available in long cut and easy-to-use pouches. A seasoned NCWTS veteran, Sauter owns 175 starts, 10 wins, five poles, 63 top-five and 102 top-10 finishes over a 12-year NCWTS career. With the leadership of Marcus Richmond, Sauter is a top championship contender heading into his first season with GMS Racing.(GMS Racing)(2-15-2016)
New points structure for CWTS: In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series there will be a maximum 32-truck field. The race winner is awarded 32 points, 32nd place awarded one point. The new points system applies to driver, owner, and manufacturer championships. Existing 2015 Bonus points remain in place for 2016.(NASCAR)(2-11-2016)
Green-White-Checker finishes become "NASCAR Overtime" For all three NASCAR national series, a race may be concluded with overtime, consisting of a new procedure for a green-white-checkered flag finish featuring an "overtime line." The location of the overtime line will vary by track. After taking the green on the overtime restart, if the leader then passes the overtime line on the first lap under green before a caution comes out (a "clean restart"), it will be considered a valid green-white-checkered attempt. However, if a caution comes out before the leader passes the overtime line on the first lap under green, it will not be considered a valid attempt, and a subsequent attempt will be made. If necessary, multiple subsequent attempts will be made until a valid attempt occurs. Once a valid attempt is achieved (clean restart), it will become the only attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. If a caution comes out at any time during the valid green-white-checkered attempt, the field will be frozen and the checkered/yellow or checkered/red displayed to cars at the finish line.(NASCAR)(2-11-2016)
Reed, Forrister to run truck race for Lira UPDATE: Ryan Reed posted one of the most dramatic victories of the season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway in 2015. He will return to Speedweeks this season with a pair of opportunities to return to Victory Lane; competing in both the XFINITY Series race and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season openers. Reed will pilot the #58 Dexcom Ford F-150 with associate sponsor Aslan Cold Storage & Transportation, LLC in the Next Era Energy 250 at the famed 2.5-mile racetrack - known as the World Center of Racing. Lira Motorsports serves as a developmental team for Roush Fenway Racing and in addition to Reed's participation in the truck race at Daytona, the team plans to run Reed in selected ARCA races later this season, with the exact dates yet to be determined. Last season, Reed competed in three ARCA races with Lira Motorsports, recording wins at Chicagoland and Kentucky, and earning top-five finishes in all three events, while leading 102 laps. The race will mark Reed's second start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He finished 17th in his series debut in Las Vegas in 2012.(See an image of the truck on the #58 Team Paint Schemes page)(Lira Motorsports)(2-11-2016)
UPDATE: ESPN's Bob Pockrass posted on Twitter that Korbin Forrister, who drove for Bob Dotter last season, has also joined Lira and will drive the #59 for the team in Daytona.(See an image of the truck on the #59 Team Paint Schemes page)(2-11-2016)
AND: Lira Motorsports welcomes a new face to the 2016 season, a face that is recognizable in the Camping World Truck Series after his rookie debut and a top 20 finish in the season points last year. Korbin Forrister, a prodigy who started racing dirt tracks at a very young age, is up for the challenge of training with and competing against some of the biggest names in NASCAR. He is also extremely enthusiastic about all of the new opportunities that are coming his way. On January 29, Forrister made a powerful career move and signed on with Lira Motorsports. For Forrister to sit down with Carlos Lira and find they share a similar vision for the future made quite an impression on the young, motivated driver. He'll be running in the Camping World Truck Series in Daytona, Atlanta, and Martinsville to start off the season, followed by a race in the ARCA series at Talladega.(Lira Motorsports)(2-11-2016)
Austin Hill to run part-time: Austin Hill will compete in more than half the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. The 21-year-old driver, who finished third in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings, will kick-off his part-time Truck Series schedule at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCO Design/Build Ford F-150 for Empire Racing Group. He will then move over to his own race team - Austin Hill Racing - for the remainder of his season. Hill, a Winston, Ga. native, is set to enter the field at tracks including Atlanta, Dover, Kentucky, Bristol, Texas. Veteran crew chief Doug Chouinard, who previously partnered with Hill in the K&N Pro Series, will guide the rookie competitor in this next level of his career. Hill has competed in six NCWTS races over the past two years. In his first start, Hill led 21 of 200 laps at Martinsville in 2014.(Godfather Motorsports)(2-8-2016)
Jones to run truck races: Ranier Racing with MDM (RRMDM) will compete in a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series presented by Menards in 2016. Full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Brandon Jones and Jones' NXS crew chief, Mike Hillman, Jr., as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter Rick Carelli will support RRMDM for several races in both series. Jones, who turns 19 years old two days before competing in the Powershares QQQ 300 in Daytona Beach, Fla., will make his 2016 Truck Series debut on May 13 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. In 25 previous NCWTS starts, Jones scored two second-place finishes while racking up five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Additionally, after competing in 17 NCWTS races in 2015, Jones accumulated an 8.9 average starting position. Sponsorship for Jones' RRMDM NCWTS team will be announced in the upcoming weeks.(A2B Strategies)(2-6-2016)
Champion joins Enfinger in rookie effort: Champion Power Equipment (Champion) will expand their partnership with GMS Racing in 2016, as the primary sponsor of driver #33-Grant Enfinger for select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events. Champion, a leading supplier of durable engine products, will kick off the season with Enfinger at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway later this month. Champion has been a longstanding partner with the Statesville, N.C.-based team since the beginning of 2014. The 2015 season marked Champion's first primary sponsorship in the motorsports realm, seeing their notable yellow design adorn Enfinger's car while competing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway. Champion is a market leader in power generation equipment for work, recreation or home use. Champion has years of experience providing dependable and durable power products designed and engineered in the United States for the North American and world markets.(GMS Racing)(2-5-2016)
Hayley to return to ThorSport: Canadian racer Cameron Hayley will drive the #13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in 2016. The 19-year-old Calgary native, who is currently the only Canadian to compete full-time in NASCAR's top three tours, finished sixth in the Camping World Truck Series standings last season with four top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 11th. Hayley's best result came in the fall race at Martinsville Speedway where he started on the front row and finished a career-high of third. He made his truck series debut with Turner-Scott Motorsports in 2014. He posted two top-10 finishes in three starts and earned a remarkable average qualifying effort of 5.7. Hayley's return marks the first time the Sandusky, Ohio based-operation has campaigned four truck team's since its inception in 1996. ThorSport is the longest-running organization in the NCWTS and holds the series' record for competing at least one truck in the last 454 races. Hayley joins two-time Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton as we'll as newcomers Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu. Eddie Troconis, the former engineer on the #4 Toyota Tundra at Kyle Busch Motorsports, will serve as Hayley's crew chief. In addition to Hayley's experience in trucks, he ran two seasons in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2012-2013 and the 2014 season in the K&N Pro Series East where he finished second in the standings.(Motorsport)(2-3-2016)
AND: Calgary, Alberta, Canada native, Cameron Hayley, will return to ThorSport Racing and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2016, piloting the #13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra. Hayley, who competed for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, finished sixth in the championship point standings, amassing four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Hayley's 2016 campaign will be led by crew chief, Eddie Troconis. Troconis, who has an engineering background, spent the last three NCWTS seasons as a race engineer at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and called the shots for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Gray Gaulding and Matt Tift in 2015. In 12 NCWTS races, the San Antonio, Texas native, has collected one top-five and five top-10 finishes. Hayley will complete the roster for the Sandusky, Ohio-based team for the 2016 NCWTS season. Rounding out ThorSport Racing's stable of drivers will be Ben Rhodes, driver of the # 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra. Two-time NCWTS champion, Matt Crafton, who will pilot the #88 Menards Toyota Tundra, and Rico Abreu who will pilot the #98 CURB Records Toyota Tundra. As the longest tenured team in the NCWTS garage, ThorSport Racing will kick off its 21st season of competition in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 19.(ThorSport Racing)(2-3-2016)