NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Rumors
December 2011 Archives

  • Congrats to John & Tami Fuller: Congratulations go out to Kyle Busch Motorsports CFO John Fuller and his wife Tami on the birth of their eight pound baby girl, Natalie Marie Fuller, born at 12:10pm on December 28, 2011. Both mother and daughter are doing fine.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(12-31-2011)

  • returning to Lofton, ESR in 2012: College Complete, a complementary education advising service for adult learners, is extremely proud to announce that it will continue its sponsorship of former ARCA Racing Series champion Justin Lofton for the full 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Since coming together and making the mid-season shift to Chevrolet the #6 Silverado came through with two top-10 finishes and seven top-15 finishes. The Eddie Sharp Racing team improved its performance at the end of the year through hard work, dedication and the purchase of the assets of Kevin Harvick, Inc.’s truck program. College Complete helps potential students understand all of their various school and program options, making sure that they’re choosing the right ones to help them achieve their personal and career goals. Joining on the #6 Chevrolet will be Advanced Payment Services. APS provides Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover merchant services. APS was a sponsor alongside throughout the 2011 season and will be taking on a larger presence in the 2012 season including some co-primary placements.(Justin Lofton/ESR PR)(12-30-2011)

  • Leffler candidate for KBM truck ride: Jason Leffler, who drove in the Nationwide Series in 2011 for Turner Motorsports, is the leading candidate to drive a full season for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series, multiple sources have confirmed. It appears owner Kyle Busch will drive few – if any – races for his own Truck or Nationwide teams next season.(Charlotte Observer)(12-28-2011)

  • Bass Pro/Tracker Boats to sponsor Dillons’ in 2012: Bass Pro Shops will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in 2012, serving as a primary sponsor of both Austin Dillon’s #3 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Ty Dillon’s #3 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats will be the primary sponsor throughout the year on the #3 truck during Ty Dillon’s first full season in the series. The #1 outdoor retailer leader will also be the primary sponsor for five races of Austin Dillon’s rookie season in the Nationwide Series and an associate sponsor throughout the season. The RCR/Bass Pro Shops partnership began in 1998 as an associate sponsor of RCR’s #3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo with legendary driver Dale Earnhardt. The relationship continued with Kevin Harvick and the No 29 Chevrolet and, in 2004, Kerry Earnhardt, Dale’s eldest son, drove RCR’s #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Monte Carlo in six Sprint Cup Series races. Austin Dillon picked up the mantle in 2010, earning two victories and the Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors before capturing the championship in just his second season in the series. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats also was a sponsor for Ty Dillon’s championship season in the 2011 ARCA Series presented by Menards. Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Springfield, Mo. The outdoor retail leader has 58 stores throughout the United States and Canada, serving over 112 million sportsmen a year.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(12-23-2011)

  • Red Horse Racing signs with JGR engine program: Red Horse Racing has signed an agreement to participate in Joe Gibbs Racing’s engine program for its NASCAR Truck Series teams beginning with the 2012 season. As part of the agreement JGR will also provide the Red Horse Racing program with additional technical support. JGR’s engine program provides engines for NASCAR Truck Series and Nationwide Series teams. JGR has been one of NASCAR’s most dominant teams in the Nationwide Series over the past four seasons with three owner’s championships to its credit (2008-2010). Over that four year span, JGR has won an amazing 59 races, with 143 top fives and 205 top-ten finishes. Red Horse Racing enters its eighth year of Truck Series competition in 2012. Thus far the team has amassed five wins, 46 top-five and 99 top-10 finishes. With their success Red Horse Racing with its drivers and team members have established themselves as one of the premier Truck Series operation in the garage area.(Red Horse Racing PR)(12-23-2011)

  • Baxter joins ESR as crew chief for Gale: Veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter will join Eddie Sharp Racing to compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with Cale Gale during the 2012 season. With 20 years of experience in the motorsports industry, the San Diego, Calif., native will lead the #33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado team. After spending the last few years working with young drivers helping to guide and develop their skills, Baxter will join Eddie Sharp Racing on January 1, 2012. Baxter was most recently at Michael Waltrip Racing where he worked with up-and-coming drivers before they reached the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ranks, including David Reutimann, Scott Speed, Trevor Bayne, and Ryan Truex.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(12-21-2011)

  • Bullins new crew chief for #22 Nationwide team; Kligerman to share ride: Penske Racing announced today that Jeremy Bullins has been named crew chief of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Bullins makes the move from Richard Childress Racing where he most recently served as race engineer for the #29 car entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Over the course of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the #22 Dodge has scored 12 wins with Brad Keselowski as its primary pilot. In its first season of existence, Keselowski led the #22 team to the 2010 NNS title, the first-ever NASCAR championship for Penske Racing. Keselowski will share the driving duties with Penske Racing development driver Parker Kligerman in the #22 car during the 2012 campaign.(Penske Racing PR)(12-21-2011)

  • Peck Motorsports returns to series in 2012: Peck Motorsports has announced its plans to return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2012. The Pennsylvania-based team made its NCWTS debut this past year running in three events with Todd Peck behind the wheel of the #96 Arthritis Foundation/Kids Get Arthritis Too Chevrolet Silverado. Although the team has yet to announce its race schedule, they plan to compete in 10 to12 events throughout the year. Driver Todd Peck, who earned a best finish of 27th place at O’Reilly Raceway Park in July, is excited to return and build upon the foundation the team established last season. Keith Wolfe will return as crew chief and general manager for the team. It will mark Wolfe’s seventh season with Peck Motorsports. The team again will collaborate with the Arthritis Foundation to bring awareness to the Foundation and also Juvenile Arthritis. Peck Motorsports continues to seek out companies interested in partnering with the team and the Foundation for a successful 2012 season.(Peck Motorsports PR)(12-19-2011)

  • Enfinger & BRG to run Daytona trucks & more in 2012; parts ways with Sinica: Grant Enfinger and Sinica Motorsports Inc. agreed to part ways earlier this week. The release of Enfinger was a mutual decision on behalf of the team and Enfinger. “I appreciate the opportunity that Sinica Motorsports Inc. has given me and I wish them success,” said Enfinger. “We made the decision to part ways when it became obvious that our long-term visions for the team were not inline. We felt that it would be beneficial for both parties to pursue other opportunities at this time.” Enfinger has not solidified his 2012 racing schedule. However, he is committed to several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races with BRG Motorsports. Enfinger looks forward to being in the #82 BRG Motorsports truck for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.(Grant Enfinger PR)(12-17-2011)

  • Gale & Coulter headed to Daytona ARCA test: Sixty-two drivers are entered to take laps in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test at Daytona International Speedway, Among the drivers scheduled to test are NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers, Cale Gale and Joey Coulter. Gale will be driving the #6-Chevrolet for Eddie Sharp Racing; Coulter will be in the #61 Chevrolet for Coulter Motorsports. Both drivers have filed entiries for the Daytona ARCA race. The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, and will open ARCA’s 60th Anniversary Season.(

  • Nickell resigns position as SPEED president: Hunter Nickell, President of SPEED, is leaving the network at years end. During Nickell’s tenure, SPEED reached several significant milestones, adding nearly 16 million homes to its current Nielsen Household reach of 84 million homes in North America. Nickell will finish several projects with SPEED over the next few months and continue to explore opportunities within the FOX Sports Media Group. An interim replacement will be named shortly.(Speedtv PR)(12-12-2011)

  • Armour brand to sponsor RCR teams: Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, a leading packaged foods company, and Richard Childress Racing have reached a partnership agreement for sponsorship of two of RCR’s teams for 2012. Pinnacle’s Armour brand will be the primary sponsor for three NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the #33 Chevrolet Impala when Kevin Harvick is the driver. The Truck Series team and race will be announced at a later date. Armour canned meats will also be an associate sponsor of the #33 Chevrolet Impala team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and one of RCR’s championship-caliber NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams. Pinnacle Foods is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, many of which have been trusted household names for decades. Armour is one of America’s favorite canned meat brands known for its Chili, Vienna Sausage, Hash, Stews and more. An associate sponsor of RCR’s #29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and driver Kevin Harvick in 2008, Armour has been a major associate of KHI, in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, since 2009.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(12-9-2011)

  • Gaughan to RCR part-time trucks & NNS: Veteran NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan will compete in ten races on the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, driving Richard Childress Racing’s #33 Chevrolet Impala, and in eight races on the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, driving RCR’s #2 Chevrolet Silverado. Gaughan’s Nationwide and Truck Series races will be sponsored by South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with the exception of two Nationwide Series events which will be sponsored by Menards. The Las Vegas native’s 18-race schedule will kick-off with the Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway and includes visits in both series to his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gaughan’s Nationwide Series events include races at Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway among others. His Truck Series line-up includes events at Texas Motor Speedway, where he is a four-time winner, Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and others, as well as the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The complete crew chief and remaining driver lineup for the #33 Nationwide Series team and the #2 Truck Series team will be announced at a later date.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(12-8-2011)

  • Gresham to JDM for 2012; ROTY candidate: Joe Denette Motorsports is pleased to announce that Max Gresham, the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) champion, will join the team’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series line-up for 2012. Gresham will pilot the #24 Chevrolet Silverado and contend for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Gresham, an 18-year-old Griffin, GA native, captured the 2011 NKNPSE title on the strength of two wins, four poles, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He was the only driver to complete all 1,705 laps contested in NKNPSE competition last season. The 2012 season will mark the rookie driver’s first full-time stint in the NCWTS; Gresham had three starts in the series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2011. A sponsorship announcement for Max Gresham and the #24 JDM entry will be forthcoming.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(12-7-2011)

  • George to run limited truck schedule for RCR: Richard Childress Racing driver Tim George Jr. will run 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2012 for the 14-time championship-winning organization, driving the #2 Chevrolet Silverado with sponsorship from the Potomac Family Dining Group. George, a New York, N.Y. native, is fresh off his best ARCA Racing Series run, finishing the 2011 season seventh in the final championship point standings on the strength of his first-career win at Pocono Raceway in June, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The 30-year-old driver made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in November 2009, one year after claiming victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. He began his racing career in 2005, driving in the Skip Barber Racing School Southern Series and finished second in his class the following year on the heels of five victories. Potomac Family Dining Group is the exclusive franchisee for the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding area. George’s race schedule and further additions to RCR’s competition department will be forthcoming.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(12-7-2011)

  • Lofton dominates en route to desert win: NASCAR driver Justin Lofton dominated the Class 1500 Buggy field over the weekend in the desert in Henderson, Nevada, earning the win in the Best in the Desert Racing Association’s season-ending TransWest Ford Henderson 250. Lofton started the weekend off by taking the top qualifying position for the event. With a new navigator along for the ride, he dominated the field through Saturday, as he never looked back from the top position. The Henderson 250 win adds to a storied list of off-road successes for the California native. In 2004, he earned the Rookie of the Years honors within the BITD, in addition to three Desert Buggy Class wins, and the Class 1000 championship.(Lofton Racing Inc. PR)(12-7-2011)

  • Austin Dillon named to 2011 All-America Team: The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) has announced its All-America Team for 2011, following a vote by the national motorsports professionals belonging to the organization. As it has done since 1970, the group elects teams of drivers to represent the broad spectrum of professional racing in the United States, then brings all the winners together in a gala diner where each is presented with the organization’s coveted “Horsepower” trophy, symbolizing outstanding performance in each category. Rising star Austin Dillon is on the All-America Team for his championship in the tough NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the youngest NASCAR titleholder at age 21. Just as they battled on the racetrack, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards are the two winners in Stock Car. Stewart earned his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title while Edwards finished second on a tie-breaker. The 42nd AARWBA All-America Team Banquet takes place on Sunday, January 8, 2012 in the beautiful Grand Hall at the Train Station of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.(

  • 2011 NCWTS Top Performances: Every season since 2004, the over-40 crowd has hogged the championship spotlight in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But in 2011, Austin Dillon changed all of that. At 21 years, six months and 22 days, Dillon became the youngest champion in the 17-year history of the series, signaling a possible changing of the guard. Dillon was not alone in the young gun discussion, with the likes of Johnny Sauter, James Buescher and Timothy Peters all making a charge at the championship title. Throw in the addition of one of the strongest rookie classes in series history, and the series’ future looks strong.There certainly were some outstanding performances that took place during the recently completed 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck season. For a look back at some of those standout performers and memorable races, as selected from discussions with the national series directors, competition department and NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications managers, see the 2011 NCWTS Top Performances page.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(12-05-2011)

  • NCWTS announcer Phil Parsons to host ARCA Banquet: SPEED television analyst and veteran NASCAR driver Phil Parsons will again be the Master of Ceremonies as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards celebrates another season at its annual Championship Awards Banquet. The gala will officially close the 59th season of ARCA competition, and is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati. Parsons, the younger brother of the late NASCAR and ARCA champion Benny Parsons, utilized the ARCA Racing Series as a stepping stone to launch a long career in NASCAR that included over 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, a Cup victory at Talladega, and more than 250 Nationwide Series starts. Parsons posted one ARCA victory at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1980 and a fourth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in 1981. Parsons currently provides color commentary for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series on SPEED. He has previously hosted the ARCA banquet twice, in 2009 and 2010.(

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