NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Rumors
August 2012 Archives

    • Atlanta marks Sauter’s 100th series start: Atlanta Motor Speedway marks Johnny Sauter’s 100th Start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Sauter has raced 99 times since his series debut in 2003. In his fourth full season of racing in the series, he has amassed five wins, four poles, 36 top fives and 51 top tens. Heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 4th time in his career, Sauter and the #13 Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota Tundra are hoping for better luck than they have had in the past few races. Sauter currently sits in the 12th position in driver point standings.(ThorSport Racing PR)(8-30-2012)

    • Harraka & Wauters Motorsports part; Almirola in #5 at AMS: UPDATE Almirola picks up Atlanta sponsors; image added: During Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR RaceHub, it was announced that Paulie Harraka and Wauters Motorsports have parted ways, effective immediately. Aric Almirola has been tapped to drive the #5 Ford in Friday night’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200. Harraka has missed the last two races as Wauters Motorsports decided to regroup instead of traveling to Michigan and Bristol. Harraka’s rookie year has been a struggle up to this point. In 11 starts, Harraka’s best finishes have been a pair of 17ths at Dover and Kentucky. Crashes have plagued Harraka’s season as well, with all four of his DNF’s due to wrecks. In addition, Harraka was involved in wrecks in two additional races. These incidents, like the one at Pocono, have spoiled good runs. As a result, Harraka is currently 22nd in drivers points, while the No. 5 is 24th in owners’ points.(Frontstretch Newsletter)(8-30-2012)
      UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Aric Almirola will pilot the #5 Jordan Truck Sales – Courtesy Ford Wauters Motorsports F150 Friday night in the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Almirola has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins with Richie Wauters as the crew chief (Dover, Michigan 2010) and three previous starts at Atlanta’s tricky, high-speed quad-oval in the series, with a best finish of third-place position in 2010. Wauters, in his tenure as a crew chief, has had tremendous success at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, boasting four wins, five top-5, and seven top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the Hampton, Georgia track. Sponsors of the #5 Ford F150, Jordan Truck Sales & Courtesy Ford, are based in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Rimrock Design, Lake City, Florida and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center, Georgia will also be on the NASCAR truck for Friday nights event.(Wauters Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #5-Jordan Truck Sales/Courtesy Ford/Wauters Motorsports Ford is posted on the #5 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-30-2012)

    • New look for Lofton’s #6 at AMS: Justin Lofton’s #6 Chevrolet will have a new look this weekend with the colors and logos of J6INK–Lofton’s new business venture. Serving companies both in and out of the motorsports industry, J6INK is a vinyl and decal company specializing in custom designs and vinyl wraps. Lofton enters Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the fourth position, just 31 points out of the championship point lead, and six points behind third place.(Lofton/ESR PR) [Image of the #6 J6INK Chevrolet is posted on the #6 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-30-2012)

    • RHR owner DeLoach looking for “intermediate” win at home track: Not one but two coveted Daytona trophies? Check. Sitting atop the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points? Check. A victory in last week’s Truck Series race at Bristol? That too. On the surface, it seems Red Horse Racing co-owner Tom DeLoach has it all. So, what more could the Statesboro, Ga., native possibly want from Friday’s Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway… His first-ever win on an intermediate track. Red Horse Racing, winner of nine Truck Series races since its inception in 2005, surprisingly never has sealed the deal on a 1.5-mile speedway, but DeLoach is convinced his three-truck team is armed with its best-ever shot this weekend at Atlanta, located about three hours from his hometown. “Atlanta being a nice win for me would be an incredible understatement,” DeLoach said. “We can win on the superspeedways — we’ve got two Daytona wins. We’re really good on the short tracks, so it’s just a matter of that one little box (1.5-mile track) we need to check. With Todd (Bodine), Parker (Kligerman) and Timothy (Peters), we’ll get it this year. I have no doubt we’ll be there.” “While the mile-and-a-half tracks haven’t provided a win for Red Horse Racing, the organization takes a few secret weapons into Atlanta,” Krista Voda, host of NCWTS Setup, stated. “Todd Bodine. He’s the king of the mile-and-a-halfs. Parker Kligerman is driving with a renewed sense of hunger, and finally, as the points leader and most recent winner, Timothy Peters is riding a wave of momentum. It’s a triple-headed attack heading into Atlanta.”(

    • Iowa announces 2013 schedule: The 2013 Iowa Speedway schedule of events will highlight six major weekends, including feature racing events on four Saturdays and a Sunday afternoon. Date changes for the 2013 season include the first NASCAR Nationwide Series event, which is moving from the third weekend of May to Saturday, June 8, and the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, moving from a mid-September Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, September 8. The 2013 Iowa Speedway schedule will include the following Camping World Truck Series events: July 12-13 — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200 weekend; September 7-8 — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200 weekend.(Iowa Speedway PR)(8-29-2012)

    • Pocono announces 2013 race dates: Pocono Raceway announced its 2013 NASCAR events will be held on their traditional weekends and feature NASCAR’s premier series, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The June 9, Pocono 400 and the August 4, Pennsylvania 400 be the cornerstone for each race weekend. The Pocono 400 will kick-off “The Tricky Triangle’s” season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 7-9. NASCAR’s top touring series will be accompanied by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with the 27th running of the Pocono 200, set for Saturday, June 8th. On Sunday, June 9th, Joey Logano will look to repeat his 2012 winning performance in the 32nd running of the Pocono 400. The 40th annual Pennsylvania 400 takes over the spotlight for Pocono’s second NASCAR weekend, August 2-4. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rejoins the Sprint Cup Series and ARCA Series for a triple-header weekend of racing action. The Truck and ARCA Racing Series events are scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd.(Pocono Raceway PR)(8-29-2013)

    • Gale to run new scheme showcasing Ruud; image added: Cale Gale will debut a new paint scheme on the #33 Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway to showcase Ruud–a division of Rheem. Known for their reliability, which will be showcased on the truck with the tagline “Rely on Ruud,” Ruud produces products in the heating, cooling, and water heating categories. Gale will also pilot the #33 Ruud Chevrolet later this season at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. Gale will have the chance to showcase his skills in the backyard of his longtime sponsor, Rheem, on Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 will be held just 40 miles from Rheem’s Global Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Cale Gale will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time in his career on Friday, August 31st. Gale, who has scored three top-10 finishes this season, is ranked 13th in driver points and 15th in owner points.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR) [Image of the #33-Ruud Chevrolet is posted on the #33 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-29-2012)

    • Gresham returns with ESR at Atlanta: UPDATE image added: Max Gresham still considers his victory in the U.S. Legends International Young Lions race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway as one of his favorite moments in his young racing career. That all may change this Friday when he returns to his home track as the newest driver in Eddie Sharp Racing’s stable of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racers. Gresham will make his debut with ESR in the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grits Chips 200 aboard the #8 Made in the USA/BugBand Chevrolet. It’s the first of five selected races this season for the Griffin, Ga., native. Gresham’s limited schedule also will include starts at the Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 21, Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27, Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 2 and the season-finale race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.(Gresham/ESR PR)8-28-2012)
      UPDATE: Image of the #8 Made in USA-BugBand Chevrolet is posted on the #8 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-29-2012)

    • Holman plans to make first Atlanta start: Caleb Holman and the #75 Henderson Motorsports Chevrolet plan to make their seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200. Holman, who has never competed at Atlanta, has shown his consistency and unwavering efforts as a rookie in the Truck Series this season by finishing each race and keeping the Food Country USA Chevrolet intact. Henderson Motorsports will have veteran driver, Butch Miller, with them again this weekend at Atlanta to offer advice and guidance as they take on a new track. Miller is also a former driver at Henderson Motorsports. This week the Food Country USA Chevrolet will have an associate sponsor, Sunset Farm Foods, coming on board. Sunset Farm Foods is located in Valdosta, GA. and has been providing quality meat to the Southeast since 1918. They provide a variety of country favorites with their specialty being sausage.(Holman/Henderson Motorsports PR)(8-29-2012)

    • Dillon’s scheme to highlight new NRA Museum: Ty Dillon will pilot the #3 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet in this Friday’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is a brand new RCR Chevrolet and will be put through its first paces this weekend. This week’s 130-lap race marks Dillon’s first appearance at the Hampton, Ga.-based facility.The paint scheme on the #3 Chevrolet this weekend will highlight the new NRA Museum set to open at Bass Pro Shops’ flagship store in Springfield, Mo. in early 2013. The 7,000 square foot NRA Museum will house the finest firearms collection in the world and offer visitors the unique opportunity to view some of America’s most significant firearm treasures and learn historic facts about the NRA. Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings by 71 points ahead of driver Cale Gale.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(8-28-2012)

    • Central Wire sponsoring Buecher’s double-duty weekend at AMS; image added: James Buescher and the #31 team head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a Friday-night race under the lights. Turner Motorsports welcomes Central Wire to its roster of partners as they make their on-track debut in Atlanta. Central Wire manufactures quality stainless steel wire, nickel alloy wire, and related products in alloys tailored to meet specific customer requirements. This weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the #31 truck will also carry a very special message on its tonneau cover: “In Memory of Beau Slocumb.” Slocumb, a fabricator for Turner Motorsports and a native of Macon, Ga., lost his battle with cancer a little over a year ago. Buescher will also be driving the Turner Motorsports #30 Central Wire Chevrolet in Saturday’s Nationwide Series NRA American Warrior 300 at AMS.(Turner Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #31-Central Wire Chevrolet is posted on the #31 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-28-2012)

    • Hornaday to promote breast cancer awareness campaign at AMS: Ron Hornaday Jr., driver of the #9 AMFM-Energy/Anderson’s Maple Syrup for Joe Denette Motorsports, will once again team up with Chevrolet on Friday morning for their “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign. The effort focuses on promoting and supporting numerous events to build awareness. To kick off the event, Hornaday will give breast cancer survivors the thrill of a ride around the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway in specially-themed Camaro SS pink pace cars. In conjunction with the Advocare 500 on Sunday, Chevrolet will contribute $200 to MSABC for every lap that the Chevrolet pace car leads the field under caution. Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 270 communities to fund the fight. To find an event near you and sign-up, visit: In 11 previous starts at AMS, Hornaday has led 282 laps en route to two wins, three poles, five top-five and six top-10 finishes. Hornaday captured the Good Sam Club 200 victory at AMS last fall in the #33 Kevin Harvick, Inc Armour Chevrolet after qualifying 17th for the 100-lap event. The victory marked Hornaday’s second series win at the track after a triumph in the spring of 2005 World Financial Group 200.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(8-28-2012)

    • Blaney moves to BKR’s #29 for first Atlanta start: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard RAM, will make his second career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday night. Blaney will be making his first start at Atlanta; the #29 Brad Keselowski Racing RAM will feature Cooper Standard as its primary sponsor. The #29 team currently sits seventh in the owner point standings trailing leader Timothy Peters by 58 points.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(8-27-2012)

    • Kyle Busch returns to KBM’s #18 for Atlanta: Kyle Busch will return to the seat of his Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Dollar General Tundra for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. After making 16 starts in each of his team’s first two seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Busch will be making his first series start of 2012. Over his 32 starts in 2010 and 2011, the boss led KBM to 14 of its 16 victories, all eight poles and 24 top-five finishes. The Las Vegas native — who has been victorious in an amazing 29.7% (30 of 101) of the Truck Series races he has entered over his career — is a four-time winner at Atlanta, but will be looking to drive into victory lane for the first time in his own equipment. Busch won in each of his first three starts in NASCAR’s third division at the 1.54-mile Quad-oval and was victorious again in 2009. Since starting his own team, he has finished second and third, respectively in 2010 and 2011.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(8-27-2012)

    • Kurt Busch, Phoenix Racing team up with Ballew for Atlanta: After a nearly two year hiatus NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner Billy Ballew is making a return to truck series competition this Friday night in the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a collective effort with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Phoenix Racing. 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch and current Phoenix Racing driver will pilot the #51 Bill Holt Chevrolet. Phoenix Racing’s NSCS crew chief Nick Harrison will serve as Busch’s truck crew chief and the Phoenix Racing over the wall crew will pit The #51 NCWTS entry. “This is like going home for me,” said Ballew. “Atlanta Motor Speedway is a very special place for me. I grew up in the area and this was one of the first tracks that went to when I became involved in racing. To be honest with you, I have missed not being involved day to day with this sport and this series so to come back here and compete at Atlanta is very satisfying. Billy Ballew Motorsports has had some great success at this venue and we look to add to that Friday night. I can’t thank James Finch, Phoenix Racing and Kurt Busch enough for helping me return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.” Billy Ballew Motorsports has had tremendous success at Atlanta’s tricky, high-speed quad-oval. In 17 races at the Hampton, GA venue Ballew’s entries have posted four wins, 7 top-five and 9 top-10 finishes. “So many people have helped me with this effort I can’t possible thank them all. Bill Holt Chevrolet in Canton, GA, Bill and Steve Acor, Woodard Pools, Cardinal Waste Solutions and all pitched in to make sure we could put our best foot forward, “Ballew added. The Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA is slated for Friday August 31st at 8:00pm/et. (Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(8-27-2012)

    • Some series wives participating in ‘Racing for Awareness’ competition: Toyota Racing kicked off ‘Racing For Awareness’ last Friday, a friendly competition among women affiliated with the Toyota NASCAR program to design t-shirts that will support breast cancer awareness. Among the participants are Sara Peters, wife of driver Timothy Peters, Janet Bodine, wife of driver Todd Bodine, Cortney Sauter, wife of Johnny Sauter, and Samantha Busch wife of Kyle Busch . The winning design will be selected from fan votes and produced during the Charlotte race weekend in October, and Toyota will donate $500 in the name of each participant to Carolina Breast Friends in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Vote at Toyota Racing/ now through October. 4, 2012.(Toyota Racing PR)(8-27-2012)

    • Bristol images added: Added several images taken during the UNOH 200 event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Check them out via the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes page.(8-24-2012)

    • Texas announces 2013 race dates: Texas Motor Speedway announced its 2013 season schedule Tuesday and also unveiled its “No Limits” Wild Asphalt Circus marketing theme for next year. Despite speculation about its future at Texas Motor Speedway, the IZOD IndyCar Series will return for its 17th season with the Firestone 550 on Saturday, June 8. The event will be an INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader weekend as the IZOD IndyCar Series will be paired with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, a combination that has been together since the speedway opened in 1997. Qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400 will be held Thursday, June 6, while qualifying for the Firestone 550 will take place Friday, June 7. The Firestone 550 pole qualifying will be immediately followed by the running of the WinStar World Casino 400 that night, setting up an all-evening race weekend. The Texas Motor Speedway season closes with its busiest race week of the season as all three NASCAR series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series) visit Oct. 31-Nov. 3 for the AAA Texas 500 event. The race week opens with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions on Thursday, Oct. 31, and is followed with a day that features all three series on track. SportsDay Qualifying Days Powered by The Dallas Morning News for the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 and Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 will be held on Friday, Nov. 1. The day also will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series practices for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and culminate with the WinStar World Casino 350 being run that evening.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(8-21-2012)

    • NASCAR reinstates driver Aaron Fike: NASCAR has reinstated driver Aaron Fike upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. Fike had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR July 11, 2007 for actions detrimental to stock car racing.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications) [Original penalty note is posted on the 2007 NCWTS Penalties page.](8-21-2012)

    • Townley pulls double-duty with Zaxby’s onboard at BMS:RAB Racing’s Toyota Tundra will sport familiar colors this weekend when the red and yellow paint scheme of Zaxby’s adorns the #09 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night. The Athens, Ga.-based chain was the primary sponsor of Townley’s limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign in 2008. Townley will be pulling double-duty for RAB Racing this week at Bristol. In addition to their presence on the #09 Tundra this weekend, Zaxby’s will also serve as the primary sponsor of RAB Racing’s #99 Toyota Camry in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.(Rab Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Triple-duty for Keselowski at Bristol: In addition to his duties driving in both the NASCAR Cup Series [#2-Miller Lite Dodge] and the Nationwide Series [#22 Discount Tire Dodge], Keselowski will pilot his own #29 Reese Towpower Ram in Wednesday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at BMS. This is his sixth, and final, NCWTS start of 2012. (Penske Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Truck title hunt ratchets up heading to Bristol: Recent changes to the track surface at Bristol Motor Speedway are a question mark, but the uncertainties hold the promise of closer racing. If so, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings are on the same wavelength. The truck tour’s season-long points are as close as can be heading into Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 (8:00pm/et, SPEED) at Bristol, which celebrates its 20th year of racing on concrete this weekend. The concrete that greets drivers this weekend, however, will be different than the surface that last hosted races in March. With designs on spicing up the competition by making racing room harder to come by, track officials ground down a significant portion of the progressive banking from the top groove of the fast, .533-mile track. No one will know whether the desired effect is achieved until the trucks hit the track in large groups. The wild-card nature of the race could shuffle the ever-tightening points, which ended in a dead heat after last Saturday’s event at Michigan International Speedway. A sixth-place finish at Michigan helped top rookie Ty Dillon draw even atop the standings with Timothy Peters, who lost sole possession of the lead with a nondescript 13th-place run. For Dillon to lead the points by himself, he’ll have to be a quick study on a track where he’s only been as a spectator. “I’ve been to a lot of races there, but I’ve never actually gotten behind the wheel and raced at the famed half-mile,” Dillon said. “It will be great to be able to race back-to-back this week. It’s easier to keep the momentum going when there aren’t a few weekends off between races. I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun to race there, so I’m going to have as much fun as possible and learn everything I can during practice.” Peters, who has scored three of his four career trucks wins on short tracks, said he hopes to keep his Red Horse Racing truck out of trouble at a place where mayhem can happen in a hurry. Staying clean may be that much harder on the new configuration. “There’s still going to be great side-by-side racing but you’re not going to be able to go up to the wall like in the past there,” Peters said. “So I think whoever gets their truck working well on the bottom, it’s going to be just like the old Bristol and that’s going to be your winner.” If either of the co-leaders encounter trouble, there are plenty of rivals within striking distance. James Buescher, a three-time winner in the series this season, is just six points off the top with fourth-place Justin Lofton 17 points back. Parker Kligerman rounds out the logjam in the top five, which are separated by just 25 points.(NASCAR PR)(8-21-2012)

    • UNOH as associate sponsor for Dillon’s first trip to Bristol: This week’s 200-lap race marks Ty Dillon’s first appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway. Although the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has yet to make any laps at Bristol, Dillon has two previous starts on half-mile tracks this season, garnering one top-five and two top-10 finishes and led for two laps. Not only is the University of Northwestern Ohio the title sponsor of the 13th Camping World Truck Series race this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Lima, Ohio-based college is an associate sponsor on Dillon’s #3 Chevrolet. UNOH offers a unique curriculum to young people interested in professional motorsports competition as a career with associate degrees and diploma programs in High Performance Motorsports.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Ryan Blaney to BKR for select events: UPDATE Blaney to #19 for Bristol debut: Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that third-generation race car driver Ryan Blaney will pilot the BKR Cooper Standard / Draw-Tite / Reese Towpower entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for select races in 2012. Blaney’s first race with BKR will be at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd and he will compete in other select races during the duration of the 2012 Truck Series schedule as the BKR team pursues the Owners Championship. As previously announced, Brad Keselowski will drive the #29 BKR Cooper Standard RAM in the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 18th. Blaney, the 18-year-old son of current Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney, recently made his Nationwide Series debut for Penske Racing at Iowa Speedway where he finished 10th in the #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger. In addition to his driving for BKR this season, Blaney is currently scheduled to participate in select Nationwide Series races for the Penske organization in the #22 entry.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(8-9-2012)
      UPDATE: Ryan Blaney will make his first-career NCWTS start at Bristol in the #19 Cooper Standard RAM with crew chief Doug Randolph. Blaney scored asecond-place finish in the K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol in March, and has two top-10 finishes in five NNS races this season.(SRT Motorsports PR)(8-21-2012)

    • UNOH as associate sponsor for Dillon’s first trip to Bristol: This week’s 200-lap race marks Ty Dillon’s first appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway. Although the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has yet to make any laps at Bristol, Dillon has two previous starts on half-mile tracks this season, garnering one top-five and two top-10 finishes and led for two laps. Not only is the University of Northwestern Ohio the title sponsor of the 13th Camping World Truck Series race this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Lima, Ohio-based college is an associate sponsor on Dillon’s #3 Chevrolet. UNOH offers a unique curriculum to young people interested in professional motorsports competition as a career with associate degrees and diploma programs in High Performance Motorsports.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Gaughan returns to the #2 at Bristol: Gaughan returns to the driver’s seat of the #2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet this Wednesday evening for the UNOH 200, his fifth of eight scheduled appearances in the 2012 season. Thus far this season, the Las Vegas native has collected two top-five and two top-10 finishes, maintaining an average starting position of 8.5 and an average finishing position of 9.5.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Starr returns at Bristol; Chasco onboard: The Chasco Constructors sponsored NASCAR driver David Starr and the Arrington Racing team are headed to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Wednesday night UNOH 200 race. The veteran driver returns to the track this week sponsored by Chasco Constructors. Starr is currently 19th in points for the season and is excited to return to the Camping World Truck Series after withdrawing from the past two races. David Starr welcomes longtime supporter Chasco Constructors as the primary sponsor of the #81 Toyota Tundra truck for this Wednesday’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chasco Constructors is a General Contractor and Construction Management firm serving the Central Texas area in commercial construction since 1979. This week’s race truck also bears the name of top winners of the National Automotive ServiceTechnology and Carpentry competitions from SkillsUSA Champions at Work 2012. In cooperation with IRWIN Tools, and NCCER’s Build Your Future campaign, the winners names, Josh Myers (St. Louis, MO) and James Lassmann (League City, TX) in the Automotive Service Technology division, and Seth Miller (Litchfield, NH) and Brandon Hicks (Tiffin, OH) in the Carpentry category, will be featured on the deck lid of the race truck.(Starr/Arrington Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Crum to race for breast cancer awareness at Bristol; image added: When Jake Crum takes to the track at Bristol this Wednesday evening for the UNOH 200, he won’t just be driving for the checkered flag. Breast cancer will affect approximately 12 percent of women in the United States, and to help raise awareness and support for the early detection and treatment of this disease, Jake will be driving a special pink edition #01 Silverado for the race. Bristol will mark Jake’s fourth NASCAR start for the 2012 season, but this one is a bit more personal than most. He’ll be racing for breast cancer research, but he’ll also be racing for Joy Vance, his aunt who has been diagnosed with the disease. While Jake is turning laps at Bristol, Bandit’s hometown crowd will be cheering him on while supporting the cause. A special watch party is planned at Freddie’s Tavern in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with a portion of the evening’s proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Bandit has also pledged to match those proceeds dollar for dollar.(Bandit Industries PR) [Image of the Chevrolet is posted on the #01 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-21-2012)

    • Bristol Fast Facts – Matt Crafton: Matt Crafton and the #88 Great Lakes Wood Floors/Menards Toyota ThorSport Racing team head to Bristol, Tennessee for this Wednesday’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is Crafton’s 10th start at this venue racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. He has a total of 2 top-five and 4 top-ten finishes. Matt’s best finish was in 2009 with second. “Bristol is a great racetrack,” said Crafton. “I’ve had some really good finishes there in the past, including a second-place finish in 2009, but the key to Bristol is ultimately survival. It can be one of those wild card races where your destiny isn’t really in your hands. You can run great all night and someone else’s mistake can put you on the trailer.” Crafton currently ranks 6th in the NCWTS driver point standings.(ThorSport Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Armstrong makes first trip to Bristol: Dakoda Armstrong has never been to Bristol Motor Speedway, and with the newly refinished track, he knows that track position will be more important than ever. Armstrong and his #98 EverFi Toyota Tundra team have worked hard in preparing a truck for the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Although Armstrong has never run at Brisol, the truck has had success at there already with Dakoda’s teammate, Matt Crafton, behind the wheel. Dakoda hopes to follow up his 3rd place finish at Michigan International Speedway with yet another solid run and finish. Armstrong had his best career finish of third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan International Speedway this past Saturday.(Armstrong/ThorSport Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Cale Gale — Bristol News & Notes: Cale Gale [#33 Rheem Chevrolet] will return to Bristol Motor Speedway for the third time in his career on Wednesday, August 22. Gale has made one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and one NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile previously in his career. With each race resulting in a top-10 finish, he has completed every lap attempted at the fast track with an average start of eighth, and an average finish of 6.5. In his most recent event at Bristol Motor Speedway, Gale sat on the pole and drove to a fourth-place finish in the August 2008 NNS race. Last Wednesday [Aug 15th], Gale made a special trip to the tri-cities area to help promote the upcoming race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gale was joined by Daytona NCWTS winner John King on visits to Weber City Elementary School in Weber City, Va. and Lake Ridge Elementary School in Johnson City, Tenn. They spoke to approximately 600 students about staying in school, working hard and stressed safety while doing things such as riding a bike. They also reminded students that kids 15 and under are admitted free for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(8-21-2012)

    • Scott doubles up at Bristol; to drive #18 for KBM: Brian Scott will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports, driving the #18 Dollar General Tundra in Wednesday night’s UNOH 225 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Idaho native will be looking to give Dollar General two trips to victory lane this week at their home-state track. The nation’s largest small-box discount retailer, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., also serves as the full-time primary sponsor on Scott’s Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, which will compete in Friday night’s Food City 250. Scott will be looking to carry the momentum that KBM’s flagship Tundra has built over the last six races. The team has recorded six consecutive top-10 finishes, including a ninth-place result with Kurt Busch in last weekend’s VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(8-20-2012)

    • Anderson’s returns to sponsor Hornaday at BMS; image added: JDM would like to welcome loyal sponsor Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup back onboard Ron Hornaday Jr’s #9 Chevrolet as primary sponsor for this weekend’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. JDM would also like to welcome first-time associate sponsor Arthur Krenzel Lett (AKL) Insurance Group, a risk management solutions firm specializing in auto, home, life, and commercial insurance products, for their first of three races in the NCWTS with Hornaday. This weekend’s UNOH 200 will mark the 14th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at BMS. In 12 previous starts, Hornaday is the only active NCWTS driver that has been to victory lane in the “Thunder Valley” (1997, 1998). Terry “Richie” Snyder will continue to call the shots for Hornaday at BMS.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #9-Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup Chevrolet is posted on the #9 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-20-2012)

    • Enfinger & Allgaier Motorsports team up for Bristol; image added: Grant Enfinger will visit Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time as a competitor as he and Allgaier Motorsports have entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 8:00pm/et. Enfinger will be driving the #36 Wurth/Brandt Ram truck with Kelly Kovski as crew chief. Many partners on board; “We couldn’t have made this race without the support of our friends at Wurth USA, Brandt, BB&T Mortgage, Acme Dismantlers and Intimidator Charters in Orange Beach.” We hope they can be as proud of this team as they were of the Brandt sponsored Nationwide win by Justin Algaier a few days ago,” said Enfinger.(Grant Enfinger Racing PR) [Image of the #36-Allgaier Motorsports truck is posted on the #36 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-21-2012)

    • Exide to sponsor Buescher at Bristol: James Buescher and the #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team will sport the blue and black colors of Exide Batteries in Wednesday’s event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Exide Technologies, with operations in more than 80 countries, is one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries. Last Race Recap: Buescher scored his seventh top-five finish of 2012 at Michigan International Speedway, leading five laps and maintaining the third position in the NCWTS driver point standings, just six points outside of the lead.(Turner Motorsports PR)(8-20-2012)

    • Holman looks to make first truck start at home track: Caleb Holman and the #75 Henderson Motorsports team will attempt to make their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Worlds Fastest Half Mile Wednesday night in the UNOH 200. Holman is ranked as a rookie, being his first year in the Truck Series, but many would agree that the rookie status flies out the window when he takes to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. After several years of bad luck and heartbreak at BMS, Holman finally found victory lane in August of 2008 when he won the Hooters Pro Cup event. “I absolutely cannot wait to get on track at Bristol. We have not tested the truck there, but we should be in the ballpark. Plus we’ve got Butch Miller helping us this week. It’s always good to have someone who has been working in the series for the past few years, since we are still learning,” said Holman. This week will mark the teams sixth start in the Truck Series. “Of course we want to run good at Bristol, it’s our home. Our family, friends, employees and team have all been looking forward to this race in front of our home crowd,” said team owner, Don Henderson.(Holman/Henderson Motorsports PR)(8-20-2012)

    • Paludo runs special scheme to celebrate Oliver’s 1st birthday; image added: Just four days after the wave of the checkered flag at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take the green at Bristol Motor Speedway, the site of Miguel Paludo’s first race in one of NASCAR’s top-three series. Paludo made his NCWTS debut at the 0.533-mile bullring in 2010, earning an impressive ninth-place finish. In his 41-career starts in the series, Paludo has accrued three top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes, as well as one pole. Last year in Bristol, Paludo had something to celebrate before the engines were even fired for the 200-lap race: He and wife Patricia welcomed their first child, Oliver, just two days prior to the event. One year later, the Wednesday-night race falls on Oliver’s birthday, and the team will celebrate with a special tribute on the #32-Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet.(Turner Motorsports PR)[Rendering of the #32-Duroline Chevrolet is posted on the #32 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-20-2012)

    • RBR & McCumbee headed to Bristol: While there are few similarities between Chicagoland Speedway, where the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises team last raced, and Bristol Motor Speedway, where the #92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/ Chevrolet will be racing this week, driver Chad McCumbee feels the outing in Illinois is going to make the team much better on the Tennessee short track. “I think we learned a lot at Chicago primarily from a team chemistry standpoint,” said McCumbee. “I was very pleased with the communication between (crew chief Kevin) Cowboy (Starland) and I as we dialed in our truck there. Like all the other drivers and teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, McCumbee and the RBR Enterprises crew will be facing a whole new animal when they come to Bristol this week. After the spring Sprint Cup race, Speedway Motorsports, Incorporated, announced they would be reconfigured to bring back more of the racing that made Bristol famous.Regardless of the style of racing, McCumbee feels that Bristol will be another measuring stick for RBR as they finish out 2012 and look to the 2013 season. “This is our first short track outing and will give us a good idea of what direction we need to head with that part of our program,” McCumbee said.(Ricky Benton Racing PR)(8-20-2012)

    • Ramey Motors partners with JJCR for Bristol: Ramey Motors, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership with Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing in conjunction with Network West Virginia for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the famous Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Cobb will appear at both Ramey Chevrolet and Ramey Ford on Thursday [see Jayski Driver Appearances page for details.] The #10 Ramey Motors entry will mark Cobb’s 51st start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Her highest finish in the series is a historic sixth place at Daytona International Speedway. Cobb will also appear in commercials for the West Virginia dealerships on Network West Virginia. Network West Virginia has been a supporter of Cobb’s not-for-profit organization, Driven2Honor, which honors female members of the military at each NASCAR truck race throughout the year. The U.S. Army veteran who appears in the Driven2Honor Public Service Announcement with Cobb, Kristy Champion, will be in attendance at the Bristol night race.(JJCR PR)(8-20-2012)

    • New sponsors for Greenfield at Bristol: Clay Greenfield and his #68 Titan Tool PowrLiner/Star Road Guard RAM will be making their sixth start for the 2012 season. Greenfield has one previous start at Bristol Motor Speedway (2010) where he finished 16th. A Tennessee native, Greenfield works hard as the owner of an asphalt company, just so that he can make enough money in his “day job” to race in the NCWTS. Greenfield could never make his dreams come true if it was not for great partners off the track like Titan Tool and Star Road Guard who make it happen for him on-track. “I have a couple of key sponsors on board this week for me that I use everyday in my asphalt business that have partnered with me for this race,” said Greenfield. ” Titan Tool PowrLiner offers the highest quality paint sprayers available, I am proud to be partnering with them for the race at Bristol as well as using their equipment everyday in my asphalt business. My company has also been using Star Seal products for over 20 years. I want to thank them for using my race team to promote Star Road-Guard the newest line of their industry leading seal coating products. Clay Greenfield and his #68 Titan Tool PowrLiner/Star Road Guard Dodge will be featured this coming Wednesday August 22, 2012 on the pre-race Set Up show hosted by Krista Voda. This feature will enable fans to see just how Greenfield is able to make his dreams of being a NASCAR driver become reality as Rick Allen and Phil Parsons visit his shop in Clarksville, TN.(Clay Greenfield PR)(8-20-2012)

    • Monday Rundown — Racing Resources:
      *Nelson Piquet Jr. won the Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, his first career win in his 42nd start. He is the second foreign-born driver to win in the series (Ron Fellows).
      *Piquet is the fifth first-time winner of 2012 and the third first-time winner at Michigan overall. He is the 11th different winner at Michigan and the 10th different winner of 2012. Piquet led three times for 26 laps including the final 12. He pitted last on lap 57.
      *Piquet’s victory was the fifth career win for Turner Motorsports, all in 2012. It was the team’s first win at Michigan.
      *It was the eighth win of 2012 for Chevrolet and the manufacturer’s third at Michigan.
      *Jason White (finished second) had his best career finish in his 140th start.
      *Dakoda Armstrong (third) had his best career finish.
      *Parker Kligerman (fourth) earned his second best finish of 2012 in his first race with Red Horse Racing.
      *James Buescher (fifth) got his seventh top-5 of 2012, and is now just six points behind leader Timothy Peters.
      *Brad Keselowski (eighth) is still winless in the series, and had finished in the top three in the past three starts.
      *Ty Dillon (sixth) had his 13th career top-10 in his 15th start, and is tied for the points lead.
      *Kurt Busch finished ninth in his first series start since 2001.
      *Peters (13th) is still the points leader but tied in points with Dillon. His two worst finishes of 2012 were in the past two races.(

    • Kligerman featured on NCWTS setup: Prior to the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway this afternoon, the NCWTS Setup pre-race show will feature the #7 Red Horse Racing team and driver Parker Kligerman. SPEED Channel followed the team throughout their first day of practice together on Friday to put the “Spotlight” on the new team. The feature will include a behind the scenes look at what the team has done to prepare the #7 Toyota Tundra for 200 miles of racing, as well as in-depth interviews with Kligerman and crew chief Chad Kendrick. NCWTS Setup is scheduled to air at 12:00pm/et on SPEED Channel.(Red Horse Racing PR)(8-18-2012)

    • Riggs in #5 at Michigan: UPDATE: Harraka takes next two off: Of note: Scott Riggs is now listed as driver of the #5-Wauters Motorsports Ford [replacing Paulie Harraka] on the Preliminary Entry List for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway.(8-16-2012)
      UPDATE: Thus far 2012 has been a tremendous learning year for Paulie Harraka and Wauters Motorsports, both in their first year as a NASCAR Camping World Truck series driver and team owner, respectively. In his debut season, Harraka has experienced several of the most prominent tracks in the country, such as Daytona International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and others, for the first time in his career. During the first half of the season, Ted Musgrave joined the team to maximize Harraka’s learning on the track. Musgrave’s tutelage of Harraka has proven to be extremely valuable to his development. As Harraka and Musgrave analyze the experience gained from the first part of the season, Harraka has opted to skip the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Michigan International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. They are carefully evaluating which of the remaining races to participate in to optimize his continued development as a young driver. “Paulie is a true rookie in this series, having raced very minimally in 2011 while he finished his degree at Duke. This year was all about getting him to these tracks and getting him experience. He has shown that he has the speed, and has shown that he is able to learn. Now, we need to take these lessons, and continue to move forward in our plan for him,” Ted Musgrave said. Richie Wauters, Harraka’s truck owner and crew chief, is also dedicated to Harraka’s development. “Paulie has grown a tremendous amount as a racecar driver this season, without question. He has continually shown the work ethic and dedication to keep learning, and the halfway point in the season marks the perfect time to take a step back and analyze everything we’ve done together up to this point.” Harraka, having competed in 11 truck races thus far, looks forward to continuing to move forward. “This is the first time in my life that I’ve been able to be a full time racecar driver, having graduated from Duke this past May. Being able to put all of my time into being a true student of the sport has allowed me more time to watch race tapes, talk to other drivers, and analyze my development than ever before. It’s also the first time that I’ve had a mentor and coach like Ted to teach me things I may have otherwise missed. I’m excited about the opportunity to keep learning and growing this season, and I’m fortunate to have the sound backing of our PHLLC partners as I do that. (PH LLC)(8-16-2012)

    • Chastain to visit Children’s Hospital prior to MIS: Ross Chastain and the #08-SS Green Light Racing team will join thirty-five other competitors this weekend as the NCWTS begins the second half of the twenty-two race 2012 season. For the second straight race the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender will have backing from Melon 1, one of the largest shippers of fresh watermelon in the United States as the Florida teen looks for a second consecutive top-ten finish. “We’re real excited to have Melon 1 back on our Toyota again this weekend,” Ross said. “We’ll also have the Illiana Watermelon Association and Engine Parts Plus giving us a hand. We appreciate all the support that we have been getting this year.” Prior to the race, Ross will pay a visit to the University of Michigan’s C.S Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit with young patients at the Hospital to sign autographs and hand out watermelon coloring books and stickers to the children. “I went to the Children’s Hospital in Fort Meyers back home and it’s a real humbling experience that makes you appreciate your health. It means a lot to them to have visitors and I’m glad to be able to go.” Johnny Chapman is set to pilot the #07 for SS Green Light Racing.(SS Green Light Racing PR.(8-16-2012)

    • Still talk of Canadian road course race: This weekend’s annual Nationwide race in Montreal might be just a taste of what’s to come north of the border for NASCAR. Since 2007, the Nationwide Series has visited the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road circuit. Every year, rain or shine the event draws one of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of the entire season. The success of the race has sparked speculation more of NASCAR’s top divisions may compete in Canada in the not too distant future including the Sprint Cup Series. Ron Fellows is now co-owner of what was once known as Mosport International Raceway, a storied motorsports facility in Ontario that includes a 2.5-mile road circuit as well as a one mile oval track. Fellows has made it clear he would like nothing more than to bring a NASCAR Nationwide and/or Camping World Truck Series race to what’s now known as Canadian Tire Motorsports Park sooner rather than later.(CBS Sports) [Past news on possible road course events is posted on the Jayski NCWTS March Archive page.](8-15-2012)

    • Gresham & ESR for five races in the #8; first race Atlanta: Eddie Sharp always wanted three trucks on the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Max Gresham always wanted to return to a championship-caliber team. Gresham is last year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, NASCAR’s top development series. This year, both will get their wish with a selected five-race schedule agreement for the second half of the 2012 season. Gresham will drive the #8 Made In USA Brand Chevrolet for truck races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Chris Showalter will be his crew chief. Gresham’s debut with the team will come at his home track. He grew up in Griffin, Ga., just minutes from the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He started his career in the Bandolero Bandit Series in 2002 at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he was 8-years old. After advancing to the Legends Car Series he won the track championship in 2005. He also won the Legends Car Semi-Pro National Championship in 2006 at the age of 13. (Gresham/Eddie Sharp Racing PR) [Past news on Grehsam’s move to ESR is posted on the Jayski NCWTS July News Archive page.] (8-15-2012)

    • Gale making first Michigan truck start: Cale Gale will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon, August 18. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender currently has two NASCAR Nationwide Series and two ARCA Racing Series starts at the two-mile oval. Most recently, Gale competed in the ARCA Racing Series event at Michigan International Speedway in July 2011. After starting from the pole, the Mobile, Ala. native led 64 laps but suffered a flat tire with four laps remaining in the 100-lap event relegating him to a 19th-place finish. Gale picked up two positions in the NCWTS championship points battle following the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway earlier this month. With three top-10 finishes this season, Gale is solidly within the top 15 in drivers points, ranking 12th, ranks 14th in the owner points standings, and second in the Rookie of the Year standings.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(8-15-2012)

    • KBM announces changes to driver lineup for #18: UPDATE more on Kurt Busch at Michigan: Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today that the team has parted ways with Jason Leffler. Kurt Busch will be behind the wheel of the #18 Shore Lodge Tundra for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Aug. 18 and the driver lineup for the remaining races that Leffler was scheduled to drive this season will be determined at a later date. “How things have played out this season are not Jason’s fault — we’ve had some bad luck and a few other misfortunate happenings — but when it comes down to it, the #18 team has not performed to the standards we’ve become accustomed to and we owe it to our manufacturer and our sponsors to produce better results,” KBM owner Kyle Busch said. “Beginning to make these changes now, instead of waiting until the end of the season, it will allow us to evaluate where our program stands as we begin working towards becoming a championship-contending team once again in 2013. Jason represented KBM and all of our sponsors very well and we wish him the best of luck.” Brian Scott is scheduled to be behind the wheel of the #18 Tundra at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 24 and for three other races this season. Drew Herring will make his Truck Series debut in the September race at Iowa Speedway in Newton.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(8-14-2012)
      UPDATE: It’s been 11 years since Kurt Busch’s last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, but he’s hopeful that his return to NASCAR’s third division will be ‘like riding a bike. His bike for Saturday’s VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn will be the No. 18 Shore Lodge Tundra, fielded by his brother’s Kyle Busch Motorsports team. As a 21-year-old driver, making his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, Busch registered a second-place finish in the Truck Series opener at Daytona International Speedway. Busch collected four wins, four poles, 14 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes en route to a second-place finish in the final point standings and Rookie of the Year honors. Coincidentally, as Busch gets back to ‘riding a bike’ this weekend, a bike will be riding onboard the tailgate of his Shore Lodge Tundra. The tailgate will be promoting “Win Kyle’s Custom Made Chopper,” the latest Kyle Busch Foundation fundraising campaign. Deadwood Choppers, based in Middle Island, N.Y., designed and built a custom chopper that features the logos of the Kyle Busch Foundation’s largest supporters.(KBM PR) [More information is available on the Jayski Charities page.](8-15-2012)

    • Jason White — Michigan News & Notes: This will mark Jason White’s sixth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the track in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Jason has two Top-10 finishes at the track with a sixth place finish in last year’s event and seventh in the 2010 race. Jason White and the Ford team took part in the July 30th Goodyear tire test at Michigan International Speedway. As a follow up to the first event of the season on the newly re-paved track, the test served as an opportunity for Goodyear to confirm the new tire compound needed to handle the faster speeds on the 2-mile oval. “We were really fast at the tire test and there is no reason to believe that we won’t be when we go back this week for the race,” stated White. “There is a tremendous amount of grip on the track and with these trucks it is going to produce some awesome racing. I have been good at Michigan with top-10 finishes the last two races there and I think this is our time to challenge for a win.” White is currently in the 10th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers’ standings – only 16 points out of the ninth spot.(GB Racing PR)(8-15-2012)

    • Justin Lofton — Michigan Fast Facts: Racing at Michigan International Speedway… Justin Lofton will race at Michigan International Speedway for the third time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) career this weekend in the #6 Lofton Cattle Chevrolet Silverado. In addition to his NCWTS experience on the 2.0-mile oval, Lofton has one NASCAR Nationwide Series start and two starts in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series. Lofton has one pole (2009) and one race win (2008) at Michigan International Speedway in ARCA competition. In his NNS debut at the speedway, Lofton started 19th and raced to a 16th-place finish. With the 2012 NCWTS season just past the halfway point, Lofton continues to battle his competition for the championship. With 11 races complete and 11 races to go, Lofton currently ranks fourth in the NCWTS point standings, just three points behind third and 18 points out of the lead.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(8-15-2012)

    • Hensley new crew chief for Paludo: Turner Motorsports would like to welcome Jeff Hensley to the #32 Duroline team. Hensley, who most recently served as crew chief for four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday Jr., will take over as crew chief for Miguel Paludo and will lead the #32 team for the remainder of the 2012 season. Former #32 crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. will remain with Turner Motorsports to serve as crew chief for the team’s fourth NCWTS entry when it competes and will be involved in the organization’s other NCWTS and NNS efforts.(Turner Motorsports PR)(8-14-2012)
    • Snyder assumes crew chief role for Hornaday: Truck chief, Terry “Richie” Snyder will assume the position as crew chief the #9 Joe Denette Motorsports Chevrolet with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. for this weekend’s VFW 200 at MIS. Snyder was formerly the crew chief for Max Gresham and the #24 NCWTS entry for the first eight events on the 2012 NCWTS schedule. Most recently, the series veteran served as the truck chief for Hornaday in the last three events at Iowa Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Pocono Raceway.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(8-14-2012)

    • Piquet to pay tribute his father’s racing career at MIS: Nelson Piquet Jr’s father celebrates his 60th birthday this coming Friday, August the 17th. As a tribute to his father’s racing career success, Piquet Jr. is running a special image on his bed top of his father’s first racecar, a “Super V” he used to win his first National Championship. The #30 Autotrac Chevrolet Silverado team will bring chassis TMS-218 to Michigan International Speedway’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) VFW 200. This chassis is making a quick turnaround, after debuting at Pocono Raceway earlier this month. Piquet on returning to MIS; “Michigan International Raceway was one of the first tracks I drove on when I first started in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. My last race in Pocono was heartbreaking for me; I really thought it was going to be my first victory in the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado. We’re bringing the same truck this weekend, and my team built a fast one. Maybe this weekend I can finally get my team the win they deserve.”(Turner Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #30 Autotrac Chevrolet Piquet driving at Michigan is posted on the #30 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.] (8-14-2012)

    • Wolfpack Rentals on board with Buescher at MIS: Turner Motorsports welcomes back Wolfpack Rentals to the #31, truck with driver James Buescher, at Michigan International Speedway. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Wolfpack Rentals is a premier provider of oilfield services. Wolfpack Rentals, L.L.C., employs approximately 30 field, marketing and administrative personnel in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia. .The #31 Wolfpack Chevrolet Silverado team will bring chassis TMS-214 to Michigan. In only five uses, chassis TMS-214 has earned three wins (Kansas Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and Chicagoland Speedway) and a runner-up finish (Pocono Raceway) for the Turner Motorsports team.(Turner Motorsports PR)(8-14-2012)

    • Starr withdraws entry UPDATE to return at Bristol: Despite being 16th in Camping World Truck Series points, the #81 entry for David Starr has been withdrawn for the Pocono Mountains 125 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. “We have been very lucky this season with the partners that we have, Zachry, AdvoCare, and BYF to name a few, who have all gone above and beyond to support us this season,” Starr said. “But right now, we don’t have the money lined-up for a handful of races. We are fortunate and thankful to our partners this season and we’re looking forward returning strong with those same partners to our next race this season.”(David Starr PR)(7-31-2012)
      UPDATE: David Starr is not listed on the entry list for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway, and a representative confirmed that he will not be at this weekend’s event. Starr will be entering the UNOH 200 scheduled for Wednesday, August 22nd at Bristol Motor Speedway.(Nancy/Jayski)(8-14-2012)

    • Keselowski doubles up at Michigan: Brad Keselowski will take the wheel of the #29 Cooper Standard RAM at his home track, Michigan International Speedway for the VFW 200 on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Keselowski will be pulling double duty this weekend driving for his own Brad Keselowski Racing team entry in addition to the #2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing. The Rochester Hills, Michigan native is excited to be back in his home state representing Michigan-based partner Cooper Standard. The BKR / Cooper Standard partnership made its debut at Michigan International Speedway last year and has grown this year to include primary sponsorship for a number of races as well as a personal services relationship with Keselowski and a charitable component. BKR and MIS will welcome over 1,000 Cooper Standard guests for the race on Saturday. Keselowski has piloted the #19 BKR RAM in four races this season finishing in the top-three in his last three events. He is looking to make history at his home track and become the only father / son duo to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Bob Keselowski took the Mopar Performance Dodge to victory lane at Richmond International Raceway in 1997). The #29 BKR machine currently sits in sixth in the owner points standings only 35 points behind the current leader.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(8-14-2012)

    • Again at Michigan…Dillon former winner; first truck start: Ty Dillon will pilot the #3-Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s VFW 200. This week’s 100-lap race marks Dillon’s second appearance at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility. Although the RCR driver has yet to compete at the two-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, he’s no stranger to Victory Lane at the track. In the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event in June 2011, Dillon led for 22 circuits en route to the race win, marking one of his seven ARCA Racing Series wins last season. Dillon is second in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, eight points behind leader Timothy Peters. Of Note: Several RCR pit crew members, including members of the #3 Bass Pro Shops team, participated in a Feed the Children food distribution in conjunction with the Salvation Army in Lexington, N.C. on Tuesday, August 14. Feed the Children sponsored this year’s Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway and because the Dillon brothers finished in the top 10 in the race, they were each able to send a food truck containing $10,000 worth of food to the cities of their choice. Ty chose Lexington and Austin chose Joplin, Mo.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(8-14-2012)

    • JDM & Hornaday pick up new sponsorship for three races: Joe Denette Motorsports is honored to announce the signing of Arthur Krenzel Lett Insurance Group, a risk management solutions firm specializing in auto, home, life, and commercial insurance products, as an associate sponsor for three races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. AKL Insurance Group, with two branches located in Winfield, WV and Dublin, OH, will be displayed on the #9 Chevrolet Silverado driven by four-time NCWTS champion, Ron Hornaday at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, Kentucky Speedway on September 21 and Martinsville Speedway on October 27.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(8-13-2012)

    • VFW to salute America’s military heroes at MIS: As America’s oldest and largest major combat veterans’ organization, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is proud to announce their line-up of military support programs and activities for the VFW 200 NASCAR race weekend at Michigan International Speedway, August 16-19. This year marks the fourth year of the MIS-VFW partnership, including three years as the title sponsor of the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Among the activities…
      Hometown Hero: Specialist John Rendak, U.S. Army National Guard, and his wife Gina of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will attend the race weekend as special guests of the VFW. Specialist Rendak served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant from 1981 to 1987 with service in Germany and Honduras. Since 2009, Specialist Rendak has served the U.S. Army National Guard and has served tours in Iraq and Kuwait.
      Salute to Military Families: The VFW, along with supporting sponsor NSK Corporation, will honor over 400 local military guests at the Salute to Military Families hospitality event on Sunday, August 19, for the Pure Michigan 400.
      National Anthem performance by VFW National Home for Children Chorus: Members of the VFW National Home for Children Chorus will perform the National Anthem during pre-race ceremony for the VFW 200 Camping World Truck Series race. They will also receive complimentary tickets to enjoy the VFW 200 race at MIS.
      Honoring Our History traveling gallery: The VFW has partnered with Waddell & Reed to bring the Honoring Our History Tour to the New Holland Fan Plaza at MIS, August 17-19. The custom 18-wheel “big rig” truck has been transformed into a travelling World War I gallery. The unique exhibit offers a free, interactive and educational experience designed by the National World War I Museum – the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the artifacts, history and personal experiences of World War I. (For a complete rundown of activities, visit Michigan International

    • Bodine attended dedication at WG during off week; on to MIS: Todd Bodine joined brothers Brett and Geoff last Saturday during the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver’s meeting at Watkins Glen International to help celebrate the dedication of the Bodine Grandstands. The track renamed one of its grandstand sections in honor of the Bodine family during the off-season to recognize the family’s ties to the region, as well as their contributions to the track. Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine travels with his #11 Toyota Care Tundra team to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, where he has shown solid consistency at the 2-mile oval. In seven previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Bodine has produced five top-10 finishes, and has completed 100 percent of the laps in every event. For this Saturday’s VFW 200, crew chief Rick Gay has prepared one of the most consistent Tundras Bodine has driven all season, with hopes to get back to the front and rebound from a tough break at Pocono.(Red Horse Racing PR)(8-13-2012)

    • Kligerman out at BKR: UPDATE 3 Full schedule on tap at Michigan: Parker Kligerman has made his final start for the Brad Keselowski Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, and hopes to have a new ride in time for the series’ next race at Michigan International Speedway on August 18. BKR spokesman Tony Caponigro confirmed the change today, saying, “Parker will not be in the #29 Truck at Michigan. What happens beyond that is still being discussing internally, but my understanding is that he will probably be looking for a new ride going forward.” Kligerman finished seventh in Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway and is currently sixth in points, 35 behind leader Timothy Peters. He recently had his part-time schedule of Nationwide Series races trimmed by Penske Racing in favor of youngster Ryan Blaney, however, and said both he and Keselowski have been unhappy with the recent direction of the #29 team. He hinted that a change is imminent last weekend when he tweeted, “I’ve enjoyed the last year and a half. Things you’ll see soon, r 4 the better 4 everyone!” Kligerman said there is no truth to rumors that he was fired for talking to other teams. Kligerman said he appreciates everything Keselowski and Penske have done for him, and thanked them for their support. He also promised to be back on track with a new team at MIS in two weeks, saying, “I hope to have something to announce by the end of today, or tomorrow at the latest. I’m ready to move forward.”(
      UPDATE: Brad Keselowski Racing has elected to make a driver change for the Team’s #29 RAM in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series For the Series’ next race, scheduled for August 18, 2012 at Michigan International Speedway, Brad Keselowski will pilot the #29 BKR RAM. Driver information relating to BKR’s continued pursuit of the Series’ 2012 Owners Championship will be forthcoming.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(8-6-2012)
      UPDATE 2: Red Horse Racing announced Thursday morning the addition of Parker Kligerman to the organization’s driver lineup. Kligerman will make his first appearance in the #7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra next Saturday at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200. Since making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearance in 2010, Kligerman has posted six top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 37 career starts. The 22-year-old currently sits sixth in the NCWTS championship point standings, 35 markers behind leader and teammate, Timothy Peters. Chad Kendrick, who led the #7 Tundra team to victory in the season-opening NCWTS event at Daytona, will call the shots for Kligerman. Kendrick, in the midst of his fourth year in the crew chief position, first came to Red Horse Racing in 2009 with Timothy Peters and collected one win, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes that year. He returned to Red Horse at the beginning of 2012 and will travel with Kligerman to Michigan.(Red Horse Racing PR)(8-9-2012)
      UPDATE 3: Kligerman will have a full schedule behind the wheel ahead of him at Michigan this weekend as he makes his first start for Red Horse Racing. Aside from his inaugural run in the #7 Tundra for the NCWTS event, Kligerman will also fill in during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying in the #22 [Sam Hornish] Penske Racing machine. Kligerman was scheduled for this fill in position prior to signing with Red Horse this week. “I’ve done a lot of testing in the cup car before so it should be a seamless transition. Aside from having little time between practice sessions, there should be no issues with the schedule. I’m a professional race car driver and my job at the end of the day is just worry about driving as fast as possible, so that’s what I’m going to do,” said Kligerman.(RHR PR)(8-13-2012)

    • Points leader Peters brings new truck to Michigan: For the second time in as many races, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit a facility with a newly repaved surface as the teams and drivers head to Michigan International Speedway to compete in the VFW 200. Timothy Peters and the #17 Red Horse Racing team have prepared a brand-new Tundra for battle, hoping to increase their chances of finishing up front. Peters enters Michigan with an eight point lead over second place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings, and finished second at the 2-mile oval last season. Electing to utilize the newest chassis in the Red Horse Racing fleet for this weekend’s VFW 200, the #17 team will bring chassis number 004 to Michigan for competition. This particular Tundra will see its very first laps on the track with Peters behind the wheel.(Red Horse Racing PR)(8-13-2012)

    • Congrats to David & Kim Starr: Congratulations to David & Kim Starr on the birth of their son, Vance Vaden Starr, born August 8, 2012 at 7:12am; 7 lbs., 18 inches long. Mom and baby are perfect.(FB-David Starr)(8-8-2012)

    • Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips named title sponsor at Atlanta: Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips, a new product to debut in stores beginning mid-September, will serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 31, with the event named the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200. The chips will be found at Atlanta-area Kroger stores, and will eventually make their way to other Kroger divisions throughout the country. The chips will be available in four flavors: Original, Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar and Sweet Heat. The Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 will feature 130-laps around the 1.54-mile track under the lights of Atlanta Motor Speedway. With the Atlanta date marking nine events remaining in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series campaign, the 200-mile race at AMS will go a long way in determining who will battle down the stretch for the championship, as an already tight points race is taking place.(Atlanta Motor Speedway PR)(8-7-2012)

    • Dover announces 2013 race dates: Dover International Speedway officials today announced its 2013 NASCAR race dates. Two tripleheaders of racing action will return to the Monster Mile on May 31-June 2 and Sept. 27-29, 2013. New next season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying will return to its traditional Friday afternoon time on the schedule as it precedes that afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the spring and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in the fall. Both race weekends will again feature three days of action, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the spring; and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the fall.(Dover Int’t Speedway PR)(8-7-2012)

    • Monday Rundown — Racing Resources:
      *Joey Coulter won the Pocono 125 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday. It was his first career win in his 36th start. His previous-best finish was a third place at Texas in June.
      *Coulter is the fourth first-time winner in 2012. He is the ninth different winner this season.
      *Coulter led once for the final seven laps.
      *Richard Childress Racing posted its 26th career win in the Truck series but first at Pocono. RCR has two victories in 2012.
      *Chevrolet has won all three races at Pocono. The manufacturer has seven victories in 2012.
      *James Buescher (second) had his sixth top-3 finish of 2012.
      *Nelson Piquet Jr. (third) led 33 of the 50 laps en route to his career-best Pocono finish. It was his fifth top-3 finish of 2012.
      *Matt Crafton (fourth) posted his fifth consecutive top-5 finish. It was his second top-5 finish at Pocono in his third race there.
      *Denny Hamlin (fifth) made his first Truck series start of 2012.
      *Ty Dillon (sixth) had his 12th career top-10 finish in his 14th start.
      *Points leader Timothy Peters (22nd) had his worst finish of this season.(

    • Bodine / Piquet mince no words following Pocono wreck: Nelson Piquet Jr. survived a run-in [finishing third] with Todd Bodine, who surged forward after a restart on Lap 34 but turned across the nose of Piquet’s Chevrolet when he moved down the track into Piquet’s line. “I’ll take the blame for that whole thing just because I should have known better than to trust an idiot to do the right thing,” Bodine said. “I pulled down to draft off of James (Buescher) and I should have known that Nelson wasn’t smart enough to pull over with me and side-draft me. “If it was the last lap of the race, I could see that. He thinks he owes me one anyway from Kansas, I think it was, but it’s a shame.” Piquet dismissed Bodine’s suggestion. “It was right at the exit of the corner, James was to my outside, and they passed me to the outside, so I didn’t even have time to tuck behind (Bodine),” Piquet explained. “His spotter should have told him that I was beside him…”There’s nothing I could have done. I was never expecting something like that. The move he did was a bit inexperienced. You would expect somebody like me to do something like that. “It was after a corner, after a restart — everybody’s kind of chaotic over there. Not much to say. I couldn’t have done anything else.” [Bodine sustaand finished 26th.](NASCAR Wire)(8-5-2012)

    • Townley pulls double-duty at Pocono; making Cup debut: UPDATE: White replaces Townley in Cup race: John Wes Townley will pilot the #09 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra in Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. Townley is also scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut driving the #32 Zaxby’s-sponsored entry in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400. While Townley has not yet raced at Pocono Raceway in Camping World Truck Series competition, he has two previous ARCA starts. Townley has garnered one top-10 and two top-20 finishes, posting his track-best finish of ninth in 2008’s Pennsylvania ARCA 200. (RAB Racing PR)(7-31-2012)
      UPDATE: Jason White is in and John Wes Townley is out. Camping World Truck Series driver Jason White will replace Townley, who was planning to make his Cup debut in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 with sponsorship from this family-owned Zaxby’s fast-food chicken restaurant chain. But Townley, who did have a guaranteed starting spot in the field because of FAS Lane’s owner points situation, slapped the wall without ever completing a lap in the day’s first practice. That led the team to replace the inexperienced driver with White who will drive the car in addition to his Camping World Truck Series duties on Saturday’s.(

    • Lofton welcomes new sponsor for three: Justin Lofton, driver of the #6 Chevrolet Silverado for Eddie Sharp Racing will have a new sponsor on their hood this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Millennium VIP Group Private Jet Services, a premier charter service provider, will be featured on the hood of Lofton’s Chevrolet. Additionally, the Las Vegas-based company will serve as a secondary sponsor for Lofton at Michigan International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway later this month. As one of the leading organizations in their industry, Millennium VIP Group Private Jet Services recognized the opportunity to elevate their brand through a partnership with one of the top NCWTS drivers. Lofton is currently ranked third in the NCWTS championship points battle, just 30 points behind the current points leader, Timothy Peters. In his debut at Pocono Raceway, Lofton brought home a fifth-place finish and followed it up with a 16th-place finish in 2011.(Lofton/ESR PR)(8-2-2012)

    • Melon 1 on board with Chastain at Pocono: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reaches the halfway point in the 22-race season this Saturday in the Pocono Mountains 125 at the three-turn track know affectionately as the “Tricky Triangle.” Melon 1, one of the largest shippers of watermelons in the country will back Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ross Chastain and the SS Green Light Racing team for the Pocono Mountains 125 along with additional support from the South Carolina Watermelon Association. Pocono will be another new experience for the nineteen-year old from South Florida; the 2.5-mile track has three distinctly different corners all with different banking and three different length straightaway’s making it one of the most unique tracks that the truck series will visit this season. Melon 1, Inc is one of the largest watermelon shippers in the United States with three generations of growing, handling, and shipping experience.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(8-2-2012)

    • Paludo to run NNS race at Watkins Glen: Turner Motorsports announced today that Miguel Paludo will return to its NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) lineup at the upcoming event at Watkins Glen International. Paludo will get behind the wheel of the #30 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet Impala at the 2.54-mile road course for his second career NNS start. A two-time champion in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil, Paludo has extensive road racing experience, but has only one previous NNS start, which he made at Road America in June. Paludo led four laps and ran up front for much of the event, but was forced three laps down by a broken sway-bar arm in the closing laps, resulting in a 29th-place finish. Paludo also has one other start on a NASCAR road course circuit, which he made at Lime Rock Park in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2010. Paludo started and finished ninth in the event.(Turner Motorsports PR)(8-1-2012)

    • Crafton showcases JELD-WEN at Pocono race: Matt Crafton, driving the #88 JELD-WEN/ Menards Toyota Tundra, heads to Pocono Raceway Saturday August 4th. This will be Crafton’s 3rd start at this venue, including two top-ten finishes. Currently Matt is one point out of the top-five in the driver point standings. “This will be our third race at Pocono and I am excited to get back there”, said Crafton. “We ran a tire test here for Goodyear in April and were able to run on the new surface. The track was a lot smoother and it had a lot of grip. They did an awesome job with repaving. I am sure we will have a good run here.” The #88 will be utilizing chassis #36 at Pocono Raceway. This is the same chassis that won the pole at Kentucky, finished 2nd in Texas and 4th in Chicago.(ThorSport PR)[Image of the #88-JELD-WEN/ Menards Toyota is posted on the #88 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](8-1-2012)

    • First trip to Pocono for Gale: Cale Gale, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado for Eddie Sharp Racing, will make his first trip to the Pocono Raceway (“The Tricky Triangle”) this weekend for the Pocono Mountains 125. Brand new to the track, Gale has never even visited the Pocono Mountains and will turn his first career laps on The Tricky Triangle during Friday’s practice session. Gale continues to hold his ground in both the NCWTS championship points battle and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. With three top-10 finishes this season, Gale is solidly within the top 15 in drivers points, ranking 14th, and ranks 16th in the owner points standings. Currently second in the Rookie of the Year points, Gale is chasing down leader Ty Dillon. Gale was named the Sunoco Rookie of the Race for his sixth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(8-1-2012)

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