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  • Andrews joins MB Motorsports for five: UPDATE: SealWrap to sponsor five more: MB Motorsports will be joined by NASCAR Cup Series Champion Crew Chief Paul Andrews for five races this season, starting with the AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Andrews will serve as a consultant for MB Motorsports and the #63 SealWrap Ford driven by Jack Smith. The addition of Andrews is part of the teams’ continued effort to improve its performance. Team owner Mike Mittler is a long time associate of Andrews, as the two worked together on Rusty Wallace ASA Series team. Andrews later teamed with Alan Kulwicki for their legendary 1992 Winston Cup Championship. Andrews also served as crew chief for DEI, Penske Racing, Petty Enterprises and Roush Racing, scoring 12 wins and 30 poles in the process. Andrews is happy to be working with Mittler again after all these years. “Mike is a true racer. Working with him again is going to be both fun and rewarding. I look forward to helping Jack Smith and the MB Motorsports crew get the SealWrap Ford up front.”(MB Motorsports PR)(7-29-2011)
    UPDATE: MB Motorsports is proud to announce that marketing partner SealWrap has signed on for five more races for 2011. Smith, who has consistently run well with the MB Motorsports team, will be behind the wheel of the #63 SealWrap Ford for all five races. After Lucas Oil Raceway, the SealWrap Ford is scheduled to race at Atlanta (9/2), Chicagoland (9/16), Talladega (11/22) and Texas (11/4). SealWrap is a great product that everyone can use. SealWrap is a repair tape that you just stretch-n-wrap around whatever you need- no adhesives or glues are needed.(MB Motorsports PR)(7-29-2011)

  • Big Red/International Trucks onboard with Bodine: UPDATE set for remainder of season: It’s been nearly two months since a Big Red Tundra has roared in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last being Germain Racing’s Brendan Gaughan in June at Texas Motor Speedway. This Friday, for what many fear is the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the storied Indianapolis Raceway Park , Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine will wheel the No. 5 Big Red/International Trucks Tundra for Randy Moss Motorsports. Co-sponsoring Bodine is Big Red, Inc; one of the top 10 beverage companies in North America with a history dating back to 1937.(Germain Racing/RMM PR) [Rendering of the #5-Big Red/International Trucks Toyota is posted on the #5 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.](7-27-2011)
    UPDATE: With his Germain Racing team lacking sponsorship for eight of the 15 races that still remained, Bodine faced the grim reality of having to skip the July 16 event at Iowa Speedway, which would have marked the first time since 2004 that he had missed a Truck race. But two days before the Iowa race, Germain and Randy Moss Motorsports officials announced a “collaborative effort” to field a truck for Bodine in that weekend’s event. That truck — a No. 5 Toyota — is the one Bodine will drive in Friday night’s AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and for the rest of the season as Germain and Randy Moss Motorsports split the sponsorship load. Bodine will carry sponsorship from Big Red this weekend. The remaining races will be covered by Randy Moss team sponsor International Trucks/Monaco RVs, along with Germain sponsors Tire Kingdom/Service Central and Valvoline.(SceneDaily.com)(7-29-2011)

  • Fuel Doctor takes over primary sponsor role for Whitt: Turn One Racing’s No. 60 will have a new look at Lucas Oil Raceway, as Fuel Doctor takes primary branding on the truck for the remainder of the 2011 season. Red Bull moves to secondary placement. For the better part of 16 months, Whitt has been racing at tracks he’s never seen before. Not so this week, as Whitt heads to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Having competed in a handful of USAC midget races during his open-wheel days, the 20-year-old Whitt is quite familiar with .686-mile LOR. Following Nashville, Whitt dropped to fourth in the championship standings — 43 points behind leader Johnny Sauter but only one back of third-place James Buescher.(Red Bull Racing PR)(7-27-2011)

  • Special paint scheme for Gaughan at Indianapolis: UPDATE featuring Master Sergeant Phillip Freeman: Brendan Gaughan is paying tribute to a dear friend who’s retiring from the Air Force by running a special paint scheme at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Rendering of the No. 62 Air Force Combat Control Tundra is posted on the #62 NCWTS 2011 Paint Schemes page.(7-25-2011)
    UPDATE:Gaughan normally displays the black, red and gold colors of South Point Hotel & Casino on his No. 62 Toyota. For LOR, his truck will be low-profile in camouflage with a big, personal meaning. “Our paint scheme on the No. 62 Tundra this week is going to feature the Air Force Combat Control Team. Master Sergeant Phillip Freeman, whose call-sign is ‘PIMP,’ is retiring in early August after many years of active duty and many tours. I’m really excited to do this with him, and with the Combat Controllers. It’s a full-camo paint scheme. My dad, myself, the South Point Hotel & Casino—we all do a lot to be involved with the military. We appreciate the military. If we can get a ‘W’ with the special paint scheme we might have to run it more than once,” said Gaughan. Gaughan, or “BG62” as he is known to the troops, is the honorary commander of OL-B 720 OSS USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB NV. OL-B 720 OSS is the Center of Excellence of all Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) paving the way in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures. JTACs are the men who control airstrikes from the ground while attached to a large or small ground maneuver element. Brendan has also been unanimously voted in as the youngest civilian to become a member of the Combat Control Association which is quite an honor. The CCA is a brotherhood of all USAF Combat Controller Team members past and present.(Germain Racing PR)(7-27-2011)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes — Indianapolis: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Lucas Oil Raceway this week will run the same tire codes, though the Nationwide Series tires will be branded “Goodyear Eagle,” while the Camping World Truck Series tires will be branded “Goodyear Wrangler” . . . teams in both of these series have run this right-side tire code (D-4250) at Indianapolis since 2009 . . . and while this is the first time these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4416) at this track, they have run it at several other tracks earlier this season . . . Nationwide teams have run this left-side three times already — at Phoenix, Richmond and New Hampshire . . . Camping World Truck teams have run this left-side at Phoenix . . . compared to what was run at Indianapolis last season, this left-side tire features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is being run at other tracks . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Indianapolis.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Indianapolis Race Page.](7-27-2011)

  • First-time at LOR for Richards: Two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Josh Richards will make his debut at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and his third career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series . In Friday’s AAA Insurance 200 Richards will pilot the No. 18 Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra, fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports. This will be Richards’ first race at Lucas Oil Raceway although he did participate in a rain-shortened ARCA test at the 0.686-mile oval in June. KBM at Lucas Oil Raceway:Crew chief Eric Phillips called the shots in the last NCWTS race at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2010 when owner-driver Kyle Busch qualified second and finished second. KBM General Manager and Director of Competition, Rick Ren, called the shots for Ron Hornaday, Jr. when he went to Victory Lane in 2007 and 2009.(KBM/Joy Racing PR)(7-27-2011)

  • Sadler to JDM for select races: NASCAR Nationwide Series regular and Virginia native, Elliott Sadler, will make his debut for Joe Denette Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway (August) and Martinsville Speedway (November). The No. 24 will be a second entry for Joe Denette Motorsports. Over the past five years, Sadler has 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts where he’s earned one win (Pocono, 2010) after starting on the pole, along with four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Additionally, Sadler is one of only 22 drivers in NASCAR history to have recorded a win in all three of NASCAR’s elite divisions and is one of only 16 drivers in NASCAR history to have earned a pole award and win in all three of NASCAR’s elite divisions. Although Sadler has only one start at Bristol (2010) and one start at Martinsville (2003) in the NCWTS, he is looking forward to making his debut with the rookie team at two of his favorite short tracks. A sponsorship announcement for Elliott Sadler and the No. 24 Joe Denette Motorsports entry will be forthcoming in the following weeks.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(7-26-2011)
  • Stillman named crew chief for Armstrong: Dan Stillman Named Crew Chief for Armstrong: Team officials from ThorSport Racing announced Monday veteran crew chief Dan Stillman will join the No. 98 entry for Dakoda Armstrong, effective immediately. Stillman most recently served as crew chief for the No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before the team merged with Germain Racing. Prior to his tenure at RMM, Stillman had success with the likes of Carl Edwards at Roush Fenway Racing, Tayler Malsam at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and several drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with TRG Motorsports. Hailing from New Castle, Indiana, Dakoda Armstrong will compete at Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend with an extra boost of confidence from supportive family members. Armstrong has previous experience at the .686-mile oval in USAC competition, which he hopes to utilize during the ARCA and NCWTS events. The 20-year-old also tested his ARCA Racing Series machine at the Indiana short track in June to dial in the car and log more laps in a stock car.(Thorsport Racing PR)(7-26-2011)

  • Arpin returns to #32 at LOR: Steve Arpin is set to climb back into the seat of the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy this Friday evening at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. In his last appearance in the No. 32, Arpin brought home a top-15 finish at Iowa Speedway, continuing his solid NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut thus far in 2011. This weekend will mark the first time Arpin has competed at LORI in the NCWTS, but it isn’t the first time he has logged laps at the .686-mile track. Arpin competed in a USAC event in 2008, where he finished 16th on his way to earning the 2008 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors. Arpin has logged three starts and has earned two top-15 finishes, led six laps and holds an average starting spot of 10th and an average finish of 16th.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-26-2011)

  • Hometown ASI joins with Zachry to sponsor Starr: David Starr will have another hometown sponsor for Friday Night’s AAA Insurance 200 as building enclosure specialist ASI Limited will adorn the hood of the No. 81 Toyota. Zachry will provide associate sponsorship on the SS Green Light Racing No. 81. SS Green Light Racing driver David Starr has mixed emotions as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reaches the halfway point of the 2011 season; Starr is excited about the team’s turnaround over the last few races, a surge that has propelled him seven places in the point standings but he is disappointed with the news that the AAA Insurance 200 on Friday night will be the last at one of his favorite tracks. “What really hurts me is the recent announcement that this is going to be the last race for us at Lucas Oil Raceway is sad,” continued Starr. “I can’t imagine having the Brickyard 400 without having a truck race just down road there on Friday night so it’s a little bittersweet for me.” “It’s always a great race and a fun race so I’m just looking forward to getting there, it’s just really cool to go to Indy. I’m just sad that this is going to be the last time.” David has completed 96.2% of the laps in the eleven previous NCWTS races at the Lucas Oil Raceway with a best finish of fourth in 2006. He has three top-tens including back to back ninth place finishes the last two races with an average starting position of 16.1 and an average finish of 15.9.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(7-26-2011)

  • Back-to back double-duty weekend for Dillon: For the second week in a row, Austin Dillon will join the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. team as the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to the Hoosier State for a Saturday night showdown at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Behind the wheel of the Rheem/Menards Chevrolet, the 21-year-old driver will make his fourth and final start of the season with the KHI team. It will also be Dillon’s second start at the 0.686-mile track. In 2009, he started from the 26th position and drove to an 18th-place finish. [Dillon, fresh off a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Nashville Superspeedway, will first compete in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway driving the #3 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.](Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-25-2011)

  • Triple-duty for Buescher at LOR: James Buescher will be doing the triple this weekend at LORI. He will compete in Thursday night’s ARCA Series event in the No. 4 Great Clips Chevrolet. He will then turn his focus to Friday night’s 200-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in the No. 31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet Silverado team trying to reel in point leader Johnny Sauter. The 21-year-old driver will end his three night stretch behind the wheel of the No. 30 FOE Chevrolet for Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event. This will be the first time Buescher has attempted a triple-header weekend. After another solid effort last Friday night at Nashville Superspeedway, Buescher and the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado team moved up one spot to third in the championship point standings, only 42 points out of the championship lead. Buescher has been a roll since late April. In the last eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Buescher has picked up 17 spots in the championship point standings and has an average finishing position of 6.6. He and the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team have accumulated three top-five and eight top-10 results in addition to a pole position during this stretch.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-25-2011)

  • Hornaday all-time winner at LOR; Pinnacle Foods to sponsor: Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday will visit Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis this weekend as not only the defending race winner but as the series all-time race winner at the short track. Behind the wheel of the No. 33 Vlasic Pickles, Peppers & Relish/Kroger Chevrolet Silverado, the veteran driver will be making his 12th start at the track, which has been on the schedule since the inaugural 1995 season, and has a stout record which includes four wins (2010, 2009, 2007, and 1997), eight top-five and eight top-10 finishes and 505 laps led. Since 2005, Hornaday has captured an average starting position of fifth and an average finishing position of 1.83. The Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) driver also made the trip to victory lane in 2000 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.Long-time KHI partner Pinnacle Foods will be on board the No. 33 KHI Chevrolet at Lucas Oil Raceway. Pinnacle Foods has been a supporter of Ron Hornaday and KHI since 2009 and has chosen their Vlasic Pickles, Peppers & Relish brand in conjunction with Armour to be on board the Chevrolet this weekend.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-25-2011)

  • Sadler returns to #2; Hunt Brothers onboard: Elliott Sadler will climb into the driver’s seat of the No. 2 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Silverado for the AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Friday night. This will be Sadler’s second consecutive appearance in the No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. entry and his sixth appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2011 season. The Emporia, Va., native has yet to compete at the 0.686-mile facility in the Truck Series, but has three starts under his belt in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The veteran driver has earned two top-five and two top-10 finishes at the track and has led a total of 56 laps between those three events. Sadler will also turn around on Saturday for the Nationwide Series race in the No.2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-25-2011)

  • Drivers double-up at Indianapolis; to run ARCA event: Matt Crafton, James Buescher, Joey Coulter & Dakoda Armstrong are among the entries for Thursday’s Ansell Protective Gloves 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis the day prior to the Camping World Truck Series AAA Insurance 200 race on Friday, July 29, 2011. Listed among the entries are; #4-James Buescher, Great Clips Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports; #16-Joey Coulter, Rip It Energy Fuel-Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet for Coulter Motorsports; #22-Dakoda Armstrong, Cardinal Ethanol-ICM-Murex Dodge with owner Kerry Scherer; #88-Matt Crafton, Messina Wildlife Management-Menards Ford for Kimmel Racing.(ARCARacing.com)(7-25-2011)

  • Peck returns at Indianapolis for 2nd series start: After making their debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Iowa Speedway two weeks ago, Peck Motorsports returns to the series this weekend at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis during Friday night’s AAA Insurance 200. Rookie driver Todd Peck will once again be behind the No. 96 Arthritis Foundation “Kids get Arthritis too” Chevrolet promoting juvenile arthritis.(Peck Motorsports PR)(7-25-2011)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes – Nashville: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Nashville this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Nationwide tires will be branded “Goodyear Eagle,” while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded “Goodyear Wrangler” . . . teams in both of these series have already run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Nashville in April . . . Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams are very familiar with both of these Goodyear tire codes . . . in addition to Nashville, these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Chicagoland (Nationwide only), Darlington (both series) and Texas (both series); and this right-side tire code (D-4408) at Bristol (Nationwide only), California (Nationwide only) and Kansas (Camping World Truck only) earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Nashville . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Nashville Race Page.] (7-22-2011)

  • Good Sam to sponsor Cup & Trucks at Pocono: Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owners community, and Pocono International Raceway, announced the sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Series races at Pocono Raceway on August 6-7 , 2011. The Sprint Cup Series event will be titled the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 and the Camping World Truck Series event will be titled the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125. Founded in 1966, the Good Sam Club is loosely-based on the biblical Good Samaritan who offered to help a traveler in need. Good Sam’s now-iconic halo and wide grin still signify camaraderie among members and their willingness to offer aid to fellow RVers. Today, the Good Sam Club is offering benefits such as 10 percent discounts at thousands of Good Sam Parks nationwide. The Good Sam Parks are inspected and rated annually according to an exclusive Triple Rating System to ensure each park is clean, safe and comfortable plus meeting quality standards. The Good Sam Club also offers savings on RV insurance, road service, accessories, repairs, RV publications and more. New additional benefits are free camping certificates, the Golden Halo Savings program and additional Good Sam Parks across the country. The Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 will air live on SPEED at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. August 6, 2011. The Good Sam RV Insurance 500 will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 7, 2011.(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-21-2011)

  • Long returns at Nashville: Johanna Long and the No. 20 Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota Tundra team did not travel to Iowa Speedway for last week’s race but will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) action on Friday, July 22 in the Lucas Deep Clean 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. This will be Long’s third trip to Nashville Superspeedway, as she previously raced at the 1.33-mile oval in 2010 for Billy Ballew Motorsports and earlier this year for family-owned Panhandle Motorsports. Long will be racing chassis No. 04 at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday. The Panhandle Motorsports crew prepared this truck earlier this season, and Long last raced it at the Lebanon, Tenn. track in April.(Panhandle Motorsports PR)(7-21-2011)

  • Bodine returns to #5; Hillman as crew chief: The No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra team and driver Todd Bodine will race GR-018 in Friday’s 150-lap NCWTS race at Nashville Superspeedway. Chassis GR-018 is a brand new race truck from the Germain Racing stable. Mike Hillman, Jr., will be atop the pit box calling the shots for the defending series champion as this marks the second week of a collaborative effort between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports to field the No. 5 Tundra. Bodine Shines at Nashville… Bodine scored his 19th career Camping World Truck Series victory at Nashville Superspeedway last August, winning from the pole position (91 laps led). Besides completing every lap of competition in his eight previous starts at Nashville, Bodine has also accrued the most points of any driver (381) in the last three truck series races at Nashville Superspeedway. Bodine is also tied for the most top-fives (5) and poles (2) at Nashville Superspeedway in series history.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(7-21-2011)

  • Allegro returns as sponsor: UPDATE 200th consecutive for Starr: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce that Allegro Marinades, one of the nations leading providers of sauces and marinade has partnered with David Starr and the SS Green Light Racing team for several upcoming races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Allegro will be the primary sponsor on the SS Green Light Racing No. 81 Toyota Tundra at this week’s race at Nashville on July 22nd and later in the season at Kentucky on October 4th along with being an associate sponsor at Las Vegas on October 15th. Allegro Marinade was a family recipe for Dave and Betsy Wilcox who first marketed the original Allegro in their family restaurant in the 1970s. Today Allegro products are distributed through retailers all across the United States. .(SS Green Light Racing PR)(7-20-2011)
    UPDATE: The Lucas Deep Clean 200 is the 257th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 277th career start and 200th consecutive start for Starr in the Truck Series. David has accumulated four wins, 45 top-fives and 111 top-tens in his 14-year career. Zachry will also provide associate sponsorship on the No. 81 this weekend.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(7-21-2011)

  • Ross Chastain to make NASCAR debut in Indianapolis: Turn One Racing announced today that 18 year-old Southern Florida late model standout Ross Chastain has been selected to pilot the No. 66 Chevrolet in next Friday night’s 17th Annual AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The truck will carry sponsorship from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The organization, which is based in Orlando, Fla.represents 1,500 watermelon growers, shippers and importers. Although this will be the first start for Chastain in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it is not the first exposure to NASCAR for the NWPB. In 2009, the NWPB was thrilled at the opportunity to promote National Watermelon Month on Danny O’Quinn, Jr.’s car at the Indianapolis short track. In addition to sponsorship from the NWPB, Chastain’s Chevrolet will also carry the colors of Melon 1 and JDI Farms.(Turn One Racing PR)(7-20-2011)

  • RBR forgoing Nashville; focusing on LOR: RBR Enterprises’ No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com Camping World Truck Series entry will not be making the trip to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the Lucas Deep Clean 200 as the team has chosen to focus on the July 29 race at Lucas Oil Raceway and looks for additional sponsorship for the 2011 campaign. The team has entered and raced in all 11 races in the NCWTS 2011 season to date. Originally the team was scheduled to only run the first five races and compete in 15 races all year. Buoyed by strong runs, the team expanded its race schedule, but team owner Ricky Benton feels their efforts would be best expended by skipping Nashville in preparation of a strong run at the short track outside of Indianapolis. Most of the members of the team that travel to the races are Black’s Tire and Auto (the company that Benton owns) employees who volunteer to prepare and service the truck at the track. With a third-place finish in the season opener, Rogers left Daytona with the series points lead. The team reeled off six top-20 finishes in the first seven races of the season. Wrecks at Kansas and Texas led to 28th- and 25th-place finishes. The team then bounced back with 17th-place finishes at Kentucky and Iowa. Currently, Benton is 19th in the Truck Series owner’s points standings. Rogers is 17th in the driver’s points.(RBR Enterprises PR)(7-20-2011)

  • Piquet to run Legends Summer Shootout at CMS: Nelson Piquet Jr to Race Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout Double Next Week for Gaulding [07-19-11] Dwayne Gaulding, father of Legends Pro division driver Gray Gaulding, told LegendsNation.com on Tuesday night that former F1 driver and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racer Nelson Piquet, Jr. will drive Gaulding’s Legends Car at the final two Summer Shootout Series races on Monday and Tuesday, July 25th and 26th, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Gaulding family will be out of town on a vacation, and after a discussion with Piquet, they decided to put him in the car for the event. According to Gaulding, Piquet will also race in the Legends Million event August 1st and 2nd.(LegendsNation.com. [For more details, see the Jayski Appearances page.](7-20-2011)

  • Richards to make 2nd series start; Nashville debut: Two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Josh Richards will make his Nashville Superspeedway debut and his second career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Friday’s Lucas Deep Clean 200 in the No. 18 Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra. Richards is also making his debut in the No. 18 Toyota Tundra, fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports, having driven the No. 15 in his series debut at Kentucky Speedway. Joining forces with the reigning NCWTS owners’ champion, the 23-year-old West Virginia native is scheduled to compete in several races under the KBM and Joy Mining Machinery banners throughout the remainder of the 2011 NCWTS season.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-20-2011)

  • Artist Sam Bass returns to Nashville with famed trophy guitar art: Since 2002, Sam Bass has been the artist behind the designs that cover one of the most sought after trophies in NASCAR; The Gibson guitar trophy hailing from Nashville Superspeedway. Bass will reveal his latest unique guitar creation to the winners of the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series’ races. He also illustrated the cover for this weekend’s programs– a tradition that has been carried out over a 10 year time span. Bass has designed program covers for many racetracks across the country aside from Nashville, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway to name a few. The guitar trophy designs have been near to Sam’s heart, as he shares a passion for the music industry along with his art. A long labor of love went into the creation of the unique program and guitar designs for this weekend, as Bass spent approximately 150 combined hours to build and finish the guitar and paint the program cover art.”Being such a huge NASCAR fan and music enthusiast since I was a little kid, getting to design and paint the Nashville Superspeedway trophy guitar is just as cool as it gets for me. I marvel at the craftsmanship of the workers at Gibson, and I am so proud to partner with them and present the guitar trophy in victory lane to the race winner,” Bass explained.(Sam Bass PR)(7-20-2011)

  • Lofton, Sharp return to the #6: In 2009 driver Justin Lofton and team owner Eddie Sharp made history together. They earned the ARCA Racing Series championship in dominant fashion by claiming six race wins, 15 top-fives, and 19 top-10s. Two weeks ago, the Lofton/Sharp duo reunited in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This weekend, the two will revisit another aspect of their successful past by switching truck numbers on the CollegeComplete.com Toyota from 46 to the storied No. 6, which Lofton ran during his 2009 title season. Since returning to ESR two races ago, Lofton has finishes of 15th and 12th while behind the wheel of the No. 46 CollegeComplete.com Toyota. Following last week’s 12th place showing in Iowa, Lofton picked up a spot in the driver standings to 18th, and moved Sharp up two spots in the owner standings to 20th.(Lofton Racing/ESR PR)(7-19-2011)

  • Feese making 1st start for Turner; AccuDoc Solutions to sponsor: Turner Motorsports is proud to welcome Saybrook, Ill.-native Blake Feese as driver of the No. 32 Chevy Silverado for select races in 2011. Feese, who has been absent from the NASCAR scene for almost two years, will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) return this week at Nashville Superspeedway. AccuDoc Solutions will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 32 Chevy Silverado this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. AccuDoc Solutions is based in Morrisville, N.C. and provides billing- statement printing and processing to hospitals and hospital-based physicians. The Turner Motorsports marketing partner also adorns the hood of Jason Leffler’s No. 30 machine in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events in 2011. This weekend marks Feese’s return to Nashville Superspeedway, where he has an impressive track record. The Turner Motorsports driver has two ARCA Racing Series starts at the superspeedway, where has he notched one win (2004), one top-five and two top-10 finishes. Feese has a lone NCWTS Nashville start in 2009 where he started 18th and went on to finish 12th. He has a 100% career lap-completion rate at the 1.33-mile track. Crew Chief Doug George will be calling the shots for Feese on Friday evening.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-19-2011)

  • Sauter to visit sponsor’s Music Row home; artist Rodney Atkins featured on decklid: Returning to Nashville for the second time this year, Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records/Carrier Chevrolet Silverado, is at the top of the driver points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It is the sixth week out of twelve that the veteran driver has led the points, as well as the fourth week in a row. Sauter will visit the Curb Records studio on Music Row in Nashville on Thursday, July 21st with NASCAR’s First Officially Licensed Artist, Sam Bass to experience his first “jam session” with Curb artists Rodney Atkins and Tim Duggar. Atkins will be on the decklid of the No. 13 truck in Nashville in honor of Curb Records; Duggar will be the featured artist playing at the ThorSport Race Shop Grand Opening Celebration on August 17th in Sandusky.(ThorSport Racing PR)(7-19-2011)

  • Iowa images added: Some images from the Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee at Iowa Speedway have been added; #88-Matt Crafton, Menards/Ideal Door Chevrolet; #18-Brian Ickler, Toyota Tundra Toyota; #5-Todd Bodine, International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota; #31-James Buescher, Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet; #13-Johnny Sauter, Safe Auto/Curb Records/Karl Chevrolet Chevrolet; #32-Steve Arpin, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet; #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet; #46-Justin Lofton, CollegeComplete.com Toyota; #98-Dakoda Armstrong, Ferrellgas/Agrisure Chevrolet; #96-Todd Peck, National Arthritis Chevrolet; #63-Jack Smith, Seal Wrap Ford. Check them out via the 2011 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(7-19-2011)

  • Carmichael to feature Sudden Service: Ricky Carmichael will pilot the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet Silverado NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday night’s Lucas Deep Clean 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Sudden Service will be featured on the lower-rear quarter panels of the No. 4 Monster Energy Silverado this weekend in Nashville. Sudden Service is a family-owned chain of convenience stores based in Springfield, Tenn., with 48 stores located in middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-19-2011)

  • Dollar General to sponsor Buescher at NSS: The No. 31 Turner Motorsports team is pleased to announce that Dollar General will adorn the sheet metal of their machine for Friday night’s 150-lap event at Nashville Superspeedway. Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. With another strong performance on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, James Buescher and the No. 31 Dollar General Chevrolet Silverado team sit fourth in the point standings. The 21-year-old Texas native is only 36 points behind leader Johnny Sauter. Nice Stats… James Buescher leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in top-10 results with nine. According to NASCAR Statistical Services, Buescher has an average finish of 8.851 which ranks him third behind Austin Dillon and Johnny Sauter. He has a driver rating of 100.1 which also ranks third among his competitors.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-18-2011)

  • GoPro sponsorship of Marks to conclude; more needed to continue: GoPro, maker of the world’s best selling and highest performance wearable HD video cameras, will conclude its 12 race title sponsorship of Turn One Racing’s No. 66 Chevy Silverado driven by Justin Marks following the Lucas Deep Clean 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday, July 22. The successful partnership was GoPro’s first major venture into NASCAR. The company is now planning their next step in its commitment to the sport. “Having GoPro get behind me and this team for these first 12 races has been an awesome experience,” explained Marks. “Nick, Justin, and the entire GoPro team in California have been incredibly supportive of the program. The guys on the Turn One Racing team have done a fantastic job and we’ve had some great races in the first half of this season. I’m sad to see this program come to an end but I’m excited for having been a part of what’s been such a fun partnership. I wish the very best to Turn One Racing and the 66 team as well as Cole Whitt and the 60 team as they chase the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. GoPro is not leaving the sport and I look forward to the next step in bringing their exciting world to NASCAR fans.” Without additional sponsorship in place, Justin Marks – who made a splash in the series by winning this year’s pole award at Dover – may miss the AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway and other races this year. “GoPro has served as the primary sponsor on the No. 66 truck since the beginning of the year,” said Team Owner, Stacy Compton. “They have been an incredible company to work with, but our agreement was only for the first 12 races. We wish them all the best as they continue to build their brand and we hope to have the chance to work with them again in the future. We have a great race team in place and we’re working hard to find sponsorship that would allow the 66 team to stay together,” said Compton. “As much as we would love to find a sponsor that would allow Justin to remain in the seat all year, this may open up the door for one of the young driver’s that we have been talking too. We’re looking at every opportunity very closely. We may even consider putting a fresh, new face behind the wheel with adequate funding.”(Turn One Racing PR)(7-18-2011)
  • Matt Crafton Fast Facts – Nashville:
    *Crafton will be driving the No. 88 Menards / Goof Off Chevrolet Silverado
    *This weekend, Matt Crafton heads to Nashville Superspeedway to make his 13th start at the 1.333-mile D-shaped oval.
    *In 12 previous starts, Crafton has racked up seven top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place run when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited the track earlier this season.
    *In his most recent 10 starts, Crafton has completed 100% of all scheduled laps on the concrete track.
    Crafton has only one DNF at the facility [Nashville Superspeedway debut in 2001] when his engine expired after 59 laps.
    *Although he’s the first to admit that he prefers asphalt tracks, Crafton has a solid record on concrete surfaces in this season. Following up his sixth-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway in April, Crafton finished third at Dover International Speedway, giving him an average finish of 4.5 on concrete in 2011.
    *The No. 88 team will utilize chassis No. 35 this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. This race-winning chassis visited victory lane last weekend at Iowa Speedway, and is the same chassis that Crafton drove to a sixth-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway in April.(ThorSport Racing PR)(7-18-2011)

  • Sadler doubles up at Nashville; Bully Hill back onboard: Elliott Sadler will be back behind the wheel of the No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. entry for the Lucas Deep Clean 200 at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. Sadler will pilot the Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet Silverado around the 1.33-mile track during his fifth appearance for KHI in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The veteran driver made his debut at the superspeedway during the Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events back in April. Bully Hill Vineyards will rejoin KHI for their second race this season at Nashville Superspeedway sponsoring Sadler during the 150-lap event. The No. 2 Chevrolet will don the winery’s Sweet Walter Red variety, described as a “grapey,” rich and smooth red wine, great for after dinner sipping and conversation. KHI and Bully Hill Vineyards would like to remind you to please enjoy responsibly. For the fifth time this season, Sadler will log time in both the Truck Series and Nationwide Series this weekend. Sadler will be in the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet Impala for the Nationwide race on Saturday.(Kevin harvick Inc. PR)(7-18-2011)

  • Piquet returns to scene of best finish to-date: This weekend Nelson Piquet Jr. will return to Nashville Superspeedway driving KHI’s No. 8 Bozzano/Jontex Chevrolet Silverado for his second career start at the 1.33-mile track. The Brazilian native heads back to the facility where he and the No. 8 Kevin Harvick Inc. team earned their career-best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, coming in second during the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 on April 22. Piquet Jr. qualified the Chevrolet Silverado in the fourth position before wheeling his way to the runner-up finish, making him the first Brazilian driver to earn the honor in one of NASCAR’s top three series.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-18-2011)

  • Dillon returns to KHI for Nashville; double-duty weekend: Austin Dillon returns to the driver’s seat of No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Impala this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for his third start with the Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) team. Dillon made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the track and first start with the team in April. The young driver qualified the No. 33 Chevrolet in the third position and finished the day in seventh. In May, Dillon piloted the Rheem KHI entry at Iowa Speedway where he finished 10th after starting from the third position. [Dillon will also drive his full-time ride the #3 Bass Pro Shop / Tracker Boat Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing for Friday’s Lucas Deep Clean 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.](Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-18-2011)

  • Kroger back with Hornaday’s #33 for Nashville: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will travel back to the 1.333-mile track of Nashville Superspeedway for the Lucas Deep Clean 200 this Friday night. The series’ only four-time champion is excited to head back to the superspeedway. In April, Ron Hornaday and the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. team nearly clenched the victory in event but came in a close second after losing the lead in a tight battle to the checkered flag. KHI and Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Region continue to build a strong relationship both on and off the track in 2011. Kroger and their vendor partners have combined for six wins and 18 top-10 finishes since the beginning of their relationship in 2009. Their most recent victory came with Hornaday at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-18-2011)

  • Monday Rundown — Racing Resources:
    *Matt Crafton won the Coca-Cola 200 at Iowa Speedway. It was his second victory in his 258th start. He last won at Charlotte in May 2008, a winless streak of 79 races.
    *Crafton became the seventh different winner in 2011 and fourth different winner in the past four races.
    *It was Crafton’s first top-10 finish in the past five races.
    *Crafton led twice for 39 laps, including the final 12. He had led only 17 laps in 2011 entering the race.
    *ThorSport Racing posted its second win of 2011 and sixth Truck series victory overall.
    *Chevrolet posted its fourth win of 2011, sweeping the top eight positions at Iowa.
    *Austin Dillon (second) had his fifth top-10 finish of 2011. He led 127 laps and now is second in points, 22 behind Johnny Sauter.
    *David Mayhew (third) matched his career-best finish.
    *Sauter (fourth) had his fourth top-5 finish of 2011 but only his first since finishing second at Kansas four races ago.
    *Joey Coulter (fifth) has top-10 finishes in the past four races and top-5 finishes in three of the past four.
    *Cole Whitt (sixth) had his sixth top-10 finish of 2011 and first in the past four races.
    *James Buescher (seventh) has finished in the top 10 in seven straight races. He has top-10 finishes in nine of his 10 starts this season (DNQ at Phoenix).
    *Todd Bodine finished 10th in his first start in the No. 5 for Randy Moss Motorsports.(ESPN.com)(7-18-2011)

  • Smith returns with MB for Iowa race: MB Motorsports looks to continue the momentum they established with with new marketing partner, SealWrap, when they take to the track for the Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee at Iowa Speedway. Jack Smith, who has a history of strong runs at the speedway, will be behind the wheel of the No. 63 SealWrap Ford F-150 at “America’s Place To Race”. MB Motorsports has competed in every season since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debuted in 1995. Iowa will mark their fourth start of the season and second consecutive with SealWrap.(MB Motorsports PR)(7-15-2011)

  • Sponsorship woes likely to park Bodine for select races: UPDATE 2 RMM & Germain join forces: Todd Bodine, the defending Camping World Truck Series champion, likely will miss next week’s race at Iowa Speedway and several others this year because of a lack of sponsorship. It has already been a frustrating year for Bodine, who is 13th in the series standings. “To have a great race team and know that you can go out there every week and win the race – to not be able to go and have that opportunity, it’s frustrating,” Bodine said Thursday. “But this is also a business and you have to treat it as a business. If we don’t have the funding and it doesn’t make business sense to do it, we need to not go. The 30 truck has been Germain’s signature vehicle as it has been to every race since the start of 2004. Germain expanded from one full-time truck and one part-time truck to four full-time trucks at the start of this year, with the additions of Max Papis, Brendan Gaughan and Justin Lofton. Lofton and the team parted ways prior to this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, and that truck is no longer running. Hillman said having multiple programs has allowed him to keep engineering staff that might have been in jeopardy if the team relied on one truck. But the team won’t race unless it thinks it can win and run well, not only because that is the goal but also because strong performance is key in attracting sponsorship for 2012. ine could run some Nationwide Series races as Germain has three cars in its shop and some interested sponsors. As far as driving for another team, Bodine didn’t sound like a man searching for a ride. “I’m a Germain Racing driver and to drive for somebody else in the Truck Series wouldn’t be right,” Bodine said. “But if someone in a Toyota gave me a chance to run, we’d talk to it.”(SceneDaily.com)(7-7-2011)
    UPDATE We are hearing today that Germain Racing and reigning Truck Series champion Todd Bodine have secured sponsorship for this weekend at Iowa from International Trucks. Bodine will race on Saturday with Mike Hillman Jr. crew chiefing, but some details have yet to be worked out, including the truck’s number. After last Friday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway, Bodine told reporters that unless a deal was in place early this week, his team wouldn’t be racing in Iowa. The team has struggled to put together regular sponsorship for Bodine since Lumber Liquidators left following the 2008 season, and they were facing the reality of parking their #30 for multiple races through the end of this season. There is no word on if this deal with International is for the remainder of the season, or what it means for Randy Moss Motorsports, who’ve had the International sponsorship since last season.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)(7-13-2011)
    UPDATE 2: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing will join forces to put reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine in the #5 Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2011 season. Germain Racing owner Bob Germain confirmed the move today, saying, “We began talking with (RMM co-owner) David Dollar last weekend, and met this week about the possibility of combining their #5 and our #30 trucks for an unknown period of time; possibly the rest of the season. We compared sponsor commitments, and with 15 races left in the season, that’s about what we had in combined sponsorship. It made sense to talk, and while the deal is not completely done, we knew we had to make a decision on Iowa right away. We’ve told Todd that he will go to Iowa this weekend and drive the #5 Toyota with Mike Hillman, Jr. as crew chief and our pit crew. The move will leave former series champion Travis Kvapil without a ride, after he replaced Mike Skinner as driver of the #5 during the offseason. Kvapil currently stands 18th in Truck Series points, with a pair of tenth-place finishes the highlight of his year. It’s been a surprise to all of us that (Randy Moss Motorsports) hasn’t been more competitive this season,” said Germain. “The upside for them is better performance for the #5 truck and their sponsors.” He said it was “fair to assume” that Bodine will pilot trucks from the Germain Racing stable for the remainder of the season, re-numbered with RMM’s #5 and prepared and crewed by Germain. “I think we’re a little bit ahead of them on the superspeedways and 1.5-mile tracks,” he said, “so we will probably end up using our trucks.(Siriur Speedway PR)(7-13-2011)
    UPDATE 3: Randy Moss Motorsports and Germain Racing today announced a collaborative effort that will have Todd Bodine as the driver of the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway. Bodine, the two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will pilot the No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Tundra for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee with Germain Racing’s veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., leading the collaborative effort between fellow Toyota teams. Details of the driver lineup for the remainder of the season will be announced at a later date.(Germain Racing PR)(7-14-2011)

  • Gaughan making first Iowa truck start: NASCAR veteran Brendan Gaughan will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Gaughan has met the lively Iowa Speedway fans twice before, racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. However, this will be his first Truck Series event at the track built by longtime friend Rusty Wallace. Gaughan says he doesn’t dislike short tracks, on which he has collected one of his eight wins (Milwaukee), but he just feels more at home on the larger tracks. One part about Iowa that he knows he’s looking very forward to is the fan base. “Iowa race fans are great. That’s one thing I’ve learned about the racing fans is that in the Midwest , the fans they love their racing,” said Gaughan. Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 10th, 60 points behind the leader, in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings.(Germain Racing PR)(7-14-2011)

  • Goodyear tire notes — Iowa: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires NASCAR Nationwide teams ran at Iowa earlier this season . . . both of these tire codes are unique to this track . . . this combination of left- and right-side tires came out of a Goodyear tire test at Iowa in April . . . drivers participating in that test were Todd Bodine in a Camping World Truck and Reed Sorenson in a Nationwide car . . . compared to what truck teams ran at Iowa last season, this tire set-up features softer compounds on both sides . . . there is also a slight construction change to the right-side tire and a mold shape change to the left-side tire to help keep the stagger in line . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Iowa Race Page.](7-14-2011)

  • Coca-Cola new title sponsor for Talladega race: Coca-Cola is taking the driver’s seat as the new title sponsor of the Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, and fred’s Super Dollar is joining the ride. For the newly christened Coca-Cola 250 Powered By fred’s, racing fans can count on having plenty of ice cold Coca-Cola on hand as they enjoy the action on the track. The October 22 event marks the first time Coca-Cola will be the official sponsor of a race at Talladega. Earlier this season, fans were able to enjoy Coca-Cola at Talladega for the first time when the track hosted its season opening NASCAR Sprint Cup race on April 17. For the Coca-Cola 250 Powered By fred’s, shoppers at fred’s Super Dollar will have the chance to win one of 250 pairs of tickets to the race. In addition, 25 winners will also receive a VIP experience, including concession vouchers. Fans can enter the sweepstakes at their local fred’s Super Dollar or online from Aug. 8 to Oct. 9. NASCAR action returns to NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track with the Coca-Cola 250 Powered By fred’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Race Number Six in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Talladega 500, Oct. 21 – 23.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(7-12-2011)

  • Kentucky truck race keeps rating streak alive: According to Nielsen Media Research, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Kentucky on Thursday night on SPEED scored a Household Rating of .66, up 22 percent from last year’s race on the same weekend (Iowa, .54), marking the seventh consecutive NCWTS race to show a year-to-year ratings increase (Texas +9%, Kansas +28%, Martinsville +4%, Nashville +18%, Dover +26%, and Charlotte +42%). So far this season, The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is pacing up +6% in HHs (0.94 vs. 0.89) compared with events during equivalent dates last season.(Speedtv PR)(7-9-2011)

  • Armstrong debut truck image added: UPDATE 2 sponsor announcements: Rendering of ThorSport Racing’s #98-Ferrellgas / Agrisure/ DriveforSavings.com Chevrolet being driven by Dakoda Armstrong in his series debut at Iowa Speedway is posted on the #98 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(7-7-2011)
    UPDATE: Newly signed driver Dakoda Armstrong and his ThorSport Racing team held a press conference at Kentucky Speedway Thursday afternoon to unveil the paint scheme and sponsors that will decorate his No. 98 Chevy Silverado for seven races in 2011 and the full season in 2012. Ferrellgas and Agrisure Viptera will serve as the main sponsors of the truck, with Drive For Savings as an associate. The Indiana-native will attempt his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start next weekend at Iowa Speedway, where he’s had previous experience during his 2010 Rookie of the Year campaign in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Ferrellgas originated as a family-owned propane company, founded in 1939 in Atchison, Kansas. Now headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, Ferrellgas has grown through acquisitions and an unwavering dedication to customer service and safety, and is now the premier propane provider in the United States. Syngenta is the largest agribusiness in the world, with the widest portfolio of chemicals and seeds in the industry. Agrisure Viptera 3111 is a corn seed produced by Syngenta and controls 14 types of insects that cost the Amercian corn grower over $1.1 billion per year in lost yield and grain quality.(ThorSport Racing PR)(7-9-2011)
    UPDATE:Drive For Savings has announced that it has signed a sponsorship agreement with ThorSport Racing’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Dakoda Armstrong. Through this relationship,Drive For Savings will appear on the ThorSport Racing driver’s truck to enhance and promote the Drive For Savings brand throughout the United States. Drive For Savings, based in Middletown, Indiana, is a company that strives to raise money for non-for-profit organizations. They work with those organizations by customizing fundraising programs that meet their every need. There is a network of over 260,000 companies nation-wide that are in partnership with Drive For Savings in order to provide major discounts to those who purchase the discount cards available.(ThorSport Racing PR)(7-14-2011)

  • Congrats to Peck Motorsports’ Frank & Kathi Fuhrman: Peck Motorsports would like to introduce its newest member. Ajay Francis Fuhrman was born 7/11/11 at 11:47 am. He weighed 6 lb. 13 oz., and was 20 3/4 ” long. Ajay’s Parents are Frank and Kathi Fuhrman of York, PA. Frank is the rear tire changer for the NCWTS #96 Juvenile Arthritis Chevrolet. Ajay’s grandfather, Scot is the pit manager for the team and great-uncle Dennis is the team’s rear tire carrier. Ajay was delivered by Dr. Susan Peck, mother of NCWTS driver, Todd Peck.The #96 will make its NCWTS debut this wekend at Iowa.(Peck Motorsports PR)

  • Rogers pulling double-duty at Iowa: After a rough couple of races at Kansas and Texas and a nearly-month long layoff, Clay Rogers and the No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com Chevy Silverado team got just what the doctor ordered: a strong run at Kentucky Speedway and momentum heading to Iowa. Rogers will be pulling double-duty this weekend at Iowa. In addition to running the Camping World Truck Series race, he is entered in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Prairie Meadows 200 in the No. 42 Beard Oil-Conoco Philips Lubricants Chevrolet.(RBR Enterprises PR)(7-12-2011)

  • Ickler making second 2011 start for KBM at Iowa: Brian Ickler, set to make his second start of 2011 in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Tundra, is a seasoned veteran when it comes to racing at Iowa Speedway. Saturday’s Coca-Cola 200 will be Ickler’s ninth career start at the 7/8-mile tri-oval. His resume includes two previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, two each in the K&N Pro Series East and West, one in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and one in the ARCA Racing Series. The 25-year-old won the 2008 U.S. Cellular 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and has collected five career top-10 finishes at the asphalt track. In 19 career NCWTS starts has one pole (6/13/09 at Michigan International Speedway), five top 5’s and nine top 10’s (2009-2011).(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-12-2011)

  • Coulter making first Iowa truck start; says track a favorite: Joey Coulter [No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Silverado] will pilot chassis No. 020 from the Richard Childress Racing NCWTS stable in the Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee at Iowa Speedway. This is a brand new Chevrolet that will make its first competitive paces this weekend. Coulter has two previous starts at Iowa Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series, finishing third after earning the pole in 2009 and finishing 14th after starting fourth in 2010. He also has one USAR Pro Cup Series start at the track, finishing fourth after starting seventh and leading a lap in September 2008. “Iowa Speedway is my favorite race track of all time,” said Coulter. “The first time I raced there was in 2006 and I was driving a Hooters Pro Cup Car. Since then, I have always enjoyed racing there. I think the track is the perfect length. Its short enough to give drivers a short track feel and long enough to give drivers the sensation of a high speed intermediate track.”(Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-12-2011)

  • Dillion wins Southern Nationals race at Wythe Raceway: The 2011 version of the Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series started with a bang tonight [Monday] at the Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia, as NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Austin Dillon recorded his first series victory! Following a lengthy two-hour rain delay, Austin held off a hard-charging Chris Madden to pick up the $3,500 payday. Crossing the checkers behind Dillon and Madden were Dennis Franklin, Ty Dillon, and Tim Dohm.(SouthernNationalSeries.com) [Austin & Ty Dillon are also competing in the nextShaffer Oil Southern Nationals tonight at Carolina Speedway. For more details, see the Jayski Appearances page.] (7-12-2011)

  • Carmichael to feature Hy-Vee & QT Kitchens: Hy-Vee and QT Kitchens will be featured on the lower-rear quarter panels of the Turner Motorsports No. 4 Monster Energy Silverado with driver Ricky Carmichael this weekend in Iowa. With sales of more than $6.9 billion and more than 232 retail stores across eight Midwestern states, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 20 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Carmichael has a pair NCWTS starts to his credit at Iowa Speedway and calls a ninth-place finish a career-best at the seven-eighths-mile Newton, Iowa tri-oval and has completed 100 percent of the laps run over those two races.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-12-2011)

  • Mayhew returns to #2 for KHI; first Iowa truck start: The Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee may be the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appearance at Iowa Speedway for David Mayhew, but this talented driver is no stranger to the seven-eighths-mile tri-oval. Mayhew has made six starts at ‘America’s Place to Race’ in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West division. The Californina native has collected one pole, three wins, four top-five and five top-10 finishes at the track. He holds an average start of 3.2 and average finish of 6, and has also led a lotal 210 laps at the track. Mayhew will pilot the No. 2 MMI Serivce Chevrolet Silverado at Iowa Speedway, his second Truck Series appearance of the 2011 season with Kevin Harvick Inc. KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick chose his fellow Bakersfield, Calif., native initially to practice his NASCAR Nationwide Series cars in Iowa (2010) and Chicago (2011). Mayhew has also tested cars for the KHI stable during the off-season. Harvick was quickly impressed by Mayhew’s ability and knowledge, which has led to the driver being invited to pilot the No. 2 KHI Truck Series entry for two races during the 2011 racing season.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-11-2011)

  • Piquet set for first Iowa start: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie driver Nelson Piquet Jr. will head to the Hawkeye State this weekend for his first appearance at Iowa Speedway. The Brazilian driver will wheel the No. 8 Bozzano/Jontex Chevrolet Silverado around the .875-mile track during the Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee. Piquet Jr. has gained experience and shown great potential on the intermediate style tracks, but this will be his first time competing at a track under the one-mile length since he last raced at Martinsville Speedway back in April. Thoughts from Piquet — “With every race I’m gaining more and more confidence as I continue to learn, but I’m not sure what to expect heading into the race at Iowa. I’ve been told this track doesn’t compare to anything else. I have confidence in the team and the equipment that the guys at KHI bring to the track each week. I’m excited to see what this weekend will bring, and I hope I come out of this race learning something new.”(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-11-2011)

  • Karl Chevrolet returns to sponsor Sauter at Iowa; image added: ThorSport Racing announced today that Karl Chevrolet, the third largest Chevrolet dealership in the United States, has joined forces with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter to sponsor the No. 13 Chevrolet Silverado at Iowa Speedway on July 16th. “I’m looking forward to getting back on a short track,” said Sauter, who comes from a legendary short track racing family in Wisconsin. “Local sponsors fuel this sport, and it’s what we’re built on. I’m honored that Karl Chevrolet has come on board the No. 13 for this week. We’re focused on winning races every week, and we’ve been so close here the last few. It’s time to try to bring one home.” The Truck Series will return to Iowa Speedway on July 16th for the third time in the series’ 16-year history.(ThorSport Racing PR)[Image of the #13 Karl Chevrolet is posted on the #13 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.](7-11-2011)

  • Monday Rundown — Racing Resources:
    *Kyle Busch won the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. It was his 29th Truck victory in his 93rd race. He ranks second all time in series wins and third all time in NASCAR national series victories with 98.
    *Busch led twice for 61 laps. He led the most laps for the fourth time in 2011. He started from the rear after missing the drivers’ meeting.
    *Kyle Busch Motorsports posted its 14th Truck series victory and sixth win of 2011, leading all teams.
    *Toyota posted its seventh win of 2011, most of all makes, and fourth victory at Kentucky.
    *Parker Kligerman (second) scored his second straight second-place finish, matching his career best for the second time.
    *Brendan Gaughan (third) had his best finish since taking third at Charlotte in 2008.
    *Jason White (fourth) had his best finish of 2011 — his sixth career top-5 finish.
    *Joey Coulter (seventh) had his fourth top-10 finish in the past five races.(ESPN.com)(7-11-2011)

  • Janet Bodine, other Good Samaritans aid accident victims: Excepts from story about Janet Bodine: We often get caught up in the tabloid-type stories that take place off the track in NASCAR, most of them because of something controversial or what might be considered juicy. Well, here’s an off-the-track story that is neither controversial nor juicy, but is a story worth telling. It is a story about Janet Bodine, who on most weekends is known as the wife of Todd Bodine, a two-time Truck series champion nicknamed “The Onion” because of his bald head. It is the story of a Good Samaritan. We don’t hear enough about the good deeds people do, but last Saturday as Janet was driving on Interstate 77 near Mooresville, N.C., she witnessed an accident that ultimately resulted in the death of an 18-year-old woman. Janet was driving southbound and the pickup involved in the accident was going northbound when it reportedly swerved, hit a guardrail and flipped. Janet easily could have kept going as others did, particularly since she was going in the opposite direction and was separated by a median. She didn’t. She turned around and arrived on the scene in time to realize both girls were seriously injured and that the pickup was leaking fuel that could ignite at any moment. She didn’t worry about the danger she might be putting her life in. As a trained paramedic she quickly organized a plan, having a friend with her call 911 and ask for two helicopters or ambulances, a fire truck and police. She assessed the severity of the injuries and told others not trained what to do to keep Stephanie Cernuto stable while she tended to her more severely injured twin sister, Jennifer, who died at the scene.Because of what she loves to do, Janet has an uncontrollable urge to stop whenever she sees somebody in need on the side of the road. That’s why she stopped last Saturday when others kept going, despite the risks. “When you work in this business you really don’t look at it as putting your own life at risk,” Janet said. “You almost don’t even think about your own life. You worry about the risk of others. What I didn’t want was that vehicle to roll over and trap that girl in place.” It’s a story worth telling. It’s a Good Samaritan story.(ESPN.com)(7-11-2011)

  • Voting underway for Most Popular Driver: For the fourth consecutive year, fans can vote online for the 2011 Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Voting begins today and runs through Nov. 17, prior to the season-ending race for both national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. This year, fans have dedicated sites on NASCAR.com to vote. For the NASCAR Nationwide Series, fans can go to www.NASCAR.com/nnsmpd and to www.NASCAR.com/ncwtsmpd for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Fans may vote once per day leading up to the Nov. 17 deadline. To be eligible to receive votes, drivers must have selected either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to receive 2011 driver championship points. Additionally, drivers must have attempted at least half of each series’ races this season. The winners will be announced at the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet. The combined post-season gala will again take place in South Florida at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 21. With eligibility tied to their selected series for points, a new Most Popular Driver will be crowned in both series this year.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(7-7-2011)

  • NCWTS not returning to Lucas Oil Raceway in 2012: UPDATE Lucas Oil founder expects to renegotiate title sponsorship: Since 1982 the NASCAR Nationwide Series and starting in 1995, the Camping World Truck Series have thrilled fans of short track racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Tight finishes, bent fenders and hot tempers are to be expected when these two series take to the tight confines on the .686 mile oval on a sweltering summer night. Both of the series will once again return to the track on July 29th and 30th for two action packed days of racing at the historic facility. Fans of both series should get their tickets now for the 2011 Kroger SpeedFest events at Lucas Oil Raceway as it was announced today that the Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children and the AAA Insurance 200 will not return to Lucas Oil Raceway during the traditional late July early August date the for the 2012 season. “We are disappointed that the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series will not return to Lucas Oil Raceway on their customary race weekend. The Kroger 200 and the AAA Insurance 200 have long been one of the ‘can’t miss’ events for race fans in the Midwest,” said Wes Collier, general manager of Lucas Oil Raceway. “We want to use this coming Kroger SpeedFest weekend to celebrate the rich and dynamic history Lucas Oil Raceway has developed with both series and the past events by packing the stands with fans who crave thrilling race action.” The AAA Insurance 200 Camping World Truck Series race will take place on Friday, July 29th at 7:30pm/et.(Lucas Oil Raceway PR)(7-6-2011)
    UPDATE: Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas said today that he expects to renegotiate his title sponsorship deal with Lucas Oil Raceway. Lucas said a clause in the company’s contract with the raceway allowed Lucas Oil to renegotiate its sponsorship of the track. “It’s a shock, really,” Lucas said of losing NASCAR. “One of the reasons we did the sponsorship with the track was because of the NASCAR races. It was a big deal to us.” Lucas said he did not anticipate Lucas Oil removing its sponsorship from the track, which still hosts the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals annually on Labor Day weekend, but said it does change the relationship between Lucas Oil and the raceway. “We’re going to lose a lot of value at the track for us, but I also think this is a big loss for Indianapolis,” he said. “I think it was one of the best races in the country, but it’s not going to be the same at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”(IndyStar.com)(7-7-2011)

  • Peck Motorsports announces collaboration with Arthritis Fdn for debut at Iowa:Peck Motorsports announced today a collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation during the team’s five-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule this season to promote awareness of juvenile arthritis, the leading cause of childhood disability and one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses affecting 300,000 children. The announcement was made during Juvenile Arthritis Month in front of more than 1,000 children and their families attending the 2011 Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Washington D.C. Driver Todd Peck was on hand as the team unveiled its No. 96 Arthritis Foundation “Kids get Arthritis Too” paint scheme that will debut next weekend during the Iowa 200 at the Iowa Speedway. After the team makes its debut at Iowa, they will plan to host children and families at the AAA Insurance 200 at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. on July 29 and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24. The final two races on the team’s schedule will be the F.W. Babb 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24 and the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 29. The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.(Peck Motorsports PR) [Image of the #96 Arthritis Fdn Chevrolet is posted on the #96 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.](7-7-2011)

  • Compton building Turn One program on younger talent: Excerpts from Scene Daily article — Stacy Compton isn’t ready to say his days as a driver in NASCAR are over. But the owner of Turn One Racing will admit that he’s enjoying his new role, one that encompasses team ownership and beating the bushes in search of fresh, young talent. Turn One fields two trucks in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, one for 20-year-old driver Cole Whitt and one for 30-year-old Justin Marks. Heading into tomorrow night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, Whitt sits second in the points standings (he trails leader Johnny Sauter by 20 points), while Marks is currently 16th, 98 points behind the leader. Not bad for a team that is competing with as much as one-half the budget of some of the bigger, better-known teams in the series. Eventually, he said, he would like his organization to be a developmental team for Nationwide and Cup programs, where drivers can get acclimated to the series while getting seat time. I’d love to have been a development team for Red Bull, but with them getting out of the ownership side of it, obviously that’s not going to happen,” he said. “Maybe a Rick Hendrick or an Earnhardt Ganassi or a Tony Stewart deal … who knows? I’d love to be able to talk with some of these guys at some point and be that development team that can bring rookies along. But we’ll continue on. The way our budget is set now, we’re good through Daytona of next year if we don’t get one more penny. But we certainly are digging and scratching as hard as we can right now to make sure that we have two fulltime teams next year. If there’s a third team thrown in there or a Nationwide team, we’re certainly prepared and have the ability to do that as well.”(Read complete article at SceneDaily.com)(7-7-2011)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes – Kentucky: Teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will run a slightly different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Kentucky this week . . . while teams in all three series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440), Camping World Truck teams will run a slightly different left-side tire (D-4394) . . . truck teams have run this left-side code several times in the past — at Dover this season and at Dover, Michigan and Kentucky last season . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side code . . . compared to what these teams ran at Kentucky in 2010, this right-side features slight construction and compound changes . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Kentucky Race page](7-6-2011)

  • Starr makes 275th career start: Over the last fourteen seasons, David Starr has been become one of the most recognized and popular drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Thursday night the smiling Texan will reach a milestone in the NCWTS, as he will mark his 275th career start in the series, the sixth most in truck series history. AkzoNobel the largest global supplier of paints and coatings will be featured on the hood of Starr’s SS Green Light Racing No. 81 Toyota this week in the UNHO 225 at the Kentucky Speedway along with ASI Limited and associate sponsorship from Zachry. The veteran driver is also closing in on another milestone, as the mid-week affair at Kentucky is also the 198th consecutive start for Starr that dates back to July of 2003. Through his fourteen-year career in the NCWTS, Kentucky Speedway is one of the most successful tracks for David. He has nine starts including two top-fives and six top-tens including a fourteenth place finish last year in the SS Green Light Racing No. 81. He has with an average start of 17.0 and an average finish of 9.3. Perhaps the most telling statistic is his 99.9% lap completion percentage having completed 1353 of a possible 1354 laps at the mile-and a half racetrack.David has accumulated four wins, 45 top-fives and 109 top-tens in his 14-year career.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(7-6-2011)

  • Richards set for series debut at Kentucky: Two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Josh Richards will make his first career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this week in Thursday’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Joining forces with the reigning NCWTS owners’ champions, Richards will pilot the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 15 Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra in his debut in the series. The 23-year-old West Virginia native is scheduled to compete in several races under the Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joy Mining Machinery banners throughout the remainder of the 2011 NCWTS season. New to the NASCAR community, Joy Mining Machinery will also be making their debut in Thursday’s 150 lap NCWTS event. Joy Mining Machinery has over 90 years of experience as a global leader in the development, manufacture, distribution and service of underground mining machinery for the extraction of coal and other bedded materials. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, Joy Mining Machinery employs over 8,000 employees worldwide. Richards has one career start on Kentucky Speedway’s 1.5 mile oval in the ARCA Racing Series where he qualified fourth in 2009. Preparing for his NASCAR debut, the weekly dirt racer has made two pavement attempts this season in the ARCA Racing Series. Starting from the pole position, Richards finished third at Chicagoland in June before tallying a top-10 just two weeks later at Michigan after qualifying sixth.(Joy Racing/KBM PR)(7-6-2011)

  • RBR & Rogers both making first Kentucky start: Both RBR Enterprises and Clay Rogers will be making their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Kentucky Speedway in the UNOH 225. Rogers has one start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the track in 2001. Driver Clay Rogers and the RBR Enterprises BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com No. 92 Chevy Silverado team enter the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway in 15th place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standings following a 25th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10.(RBR Enterprises PR)(7-6-2011)

  • Bormann, Lofton reunite at ESR: UPDATE CMR & CollegeComplete.com form sponsorship alliance: Justin Lofton isn’t alone during his return to Eddie Sharp Racing. Not only will he have the familiar face of team owner Eddie Sharp leading the way, but he’ll also have the know-how in new crew chief Dan Bormann. Bormann, who served as the car chief on Lofton’s ARCA Racing Series entry en route to the 2009 championship, has been named crew chief on Lofton’s Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra. With the addition of Bormann, Trip Bruce will now serve as ESR’s competition director. He will also take the reigns on pending development programs within the team. Though this marks 33-year-old Bormann’s first go around as crew chief, he has a plethora of racing experience to his credit. A 13 year motorsports veteran, Bormann got his start at local short tracks in his native California. After learning the ropes in the K&N Pro Series West, he decided to move east, and relocated to North Carolina in 2005. In early 2009 Bormann moved to Eddie Sharp Racing where he spent the season as car chief on Lofton’s ARCA entry. Together, they earned six race wins, 15 top-fives and 19 top-10s en route to the title. Following the championship season in 2009, Bormann transitioned with Lofton to Camping World Truck Series competition, serving as his truck chief at Red Horse Racing. They earned a season best finish of third with four top-five and eight top-10 finishes through the year Bormann started the 2011 season at Turner Motorsports, where he served as truck chief for Ricky Carmichael until the call came that Lofton was returning to ESR.(Justin Lofton/ESR PR) [For past news on Lofton’s move to ESR, see the NCWTS June News Archives page.](7-5-2011)
    UPDATE:Chase Mattioli Racing and CollegeComplete.com have entered into a sponsorship alliance with Justin Lofton for the balance of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Beginning with the July 7th event at Kentucky Speedway, the No. 46 Lofton driven Toyota will showcase CMR’s primary sponsor, CollegeComplete.com (http://www.collegecomplete.com) as well as associate sponsors, including Anthem College Online (www.anthemcollege.edu), Grand Canyon University (www.gcu.edu), Advance Payment Services (www.joinAPS.com), Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 FM (www.whur.com) and Papillon & Moyer Construction (www.papillon-moyer.com).(Chase Mattioli Racing PR)(7-5-2011)

  • Dillon to feature NRA at Kentucky: RCR’s No. 3 entry will feature the colors and logo of the National Rifle Association at Kentucky Speedway. Widely recognized as a major political force and as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception in 1871, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. The NRA is headquartered in Fairfax, Va. Dillon was a rookie in last year’s NCWTS race at Kentucky Speedway, but he didn’t let a lack of experience hinder his progress. He earned the pole award, led nine laps and finished ninth in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Dillon also has one start at Kentucky in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, finishing 15th after starting 34th in 2009.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(7-5-2011)

  • Smith returns to series with MB at Kentucky: UPDATE NASCAR formal announcement on reinstatement: Jack Smith to make first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2011 at Kentucky Speedway. Buckeye State veteran, Jack Smith has been racing in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour during the 2011 racing season. In addition, he’s also made on appearance with the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series and all the while, the Medina, Ohio veteran has been focusing his efforts on the biggest race thus far of his 2011 campaign. Smith will climb behind the wheel of the #63 Seal Wrap Repair Tape / Mittler Brothers Tool & Machine / MB Motorsports Ford F-150 and race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, the UNOH 225 on Thursday, July 7th at the 1.5 mile semi-banked d-shaped paved oval of Kentucky Speedway. Smith’s #63 Ford F-150 will be sporting the colors of Seal Wrap Repair Tape, a big supporter of both the CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. This will be Smith’s first appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since his publicized suspension from NASCAR back in August 2010 for “Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing.” Since that time, the suspension has been lifted and Smith has been hard at work preparing for his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and that time has now come.(Jack Smith/MB Racing PR)(7-5-2011)
    UPDATE: NASCAR reinstates Smith following 2010 suspension:NASCAR has reinstated Jack Smith, a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Smith’s reinstatement comes following his Sept. 7, 2010 suspension for actions detrimental to stock car racing. Smith remains under NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(7-5-2011)

  • Paludo busy during off-weeks: In late June, Miguel Paludo and his wife Patricia traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to attend a day long diabetes camp. Paludo served as keynote speaker to approximately 30 children ranging in age from 5 to 18 about coping with diabetes. Paludo, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes seven years ago, is on a mission to educate children about diabetes and to send the message that even though a person has diabetes they can achieve any goal they may have. Following his eighth place run at Texas Motor Speedway, Paludo and the No. 7 team headed to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin to participate in a two day test session. Last week, Paludo traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida where he joined Juan Pablo Montoya and other NASCAR diversity drivers to film a commercial. The TV spot will air in key Hispanic markets across the United States in an effort to reach a broader spectrum of NASCAR fans. The piece is scheduled to air later this season. After two solid runs in the last two Truck Series events in 2011 at Kansas Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, Paludo and the No. 7 Stemco/Duroline Toyota team hope to continue their forward momentum as they head to Kentucky.(Red Horse Racing PR)(7-5-2011)

  • Hornaday to showcase Wisk colors at Kentucky: UPDATE 2 image added: Kevin Harvick Inc. proudly announces that Wisk Laundry Detergent will be on board the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 7. Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday will wheel the Wisk Laundry Detergent Chevrolet during the Thursday night showdown. The Kentucky race will mark Wisk’s, second venture into the NASCAR industry as primary sponsor, but their first in the Truck Series. Wisk, the ultimate stain fighter and first liquid laundry detergent launched fifty-five years ago in 1956. Rejuvenating their brand in 2010, the company is focusing on the Science of Stain Fighting, introducing their new Stain Spectrum technology, which is engineered to fight a full range of stains.(Kevin Harvick Inc PR)(6-21-2011)
    UPDATE: Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday will be racing for win number three at Kentucky Speedway this weekend in the No. 33 Wisk Laundry Detergent Chevrolet Silverado. Hornaday is credited with two victories at the D-shaped oval, one during the 2006 Truck Series season and the other during his 2009 championship run. In 2006 Hornaday led 47 of the 150-laps, battling from a 22nd-place starting position to bring home his second victory of the season. His 2009 win was the third win in a record breaking five-race win streak that steered him to his fourth championship title.(Kevin Harvick Inc PR)(7-4-2011)
    UPDATE 2:Rendering of the No. 33 Wisk Laundry Detergent Chevrolet Silverado is posted on the #33 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(7-5-2011)

  • Crafton and teammates, Sauter & Armstrong to visit Fort Knox: Matt Crafton and his ThorSport Racing teammates Johnny Sauter and Dakoda Armstrong are making a special stop during their trip to Kentucky. The three drivers are scheduled to visit Fort Knox for a hands-on day of training and meeting with military members at the U.S. Army post. “Our trip to Fort Knox is going to be great, I’m looking forward to that, without a doubt. You can’t thank those people in the military enough for what they do for us. Without them, we don’t have jobs and we don’t have a free country, so it’s always special to spend time with those people and show how grateful you are,” remarked Crafton. Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Menards/Tarkett Chevrolet Silverado, has a decade of experience and success at 1.5-mile track, earning three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 10 previous starts.(ThorSport Racing PR)(7-5-2011)

  • Exide back with Buescher along with F.O.E.: The No. 31 Exide Batteries/F.O.E team will bring chassis TMS-011 to the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway for Thursday night’s 150-lap event. TMS-011 last saw racing action at Kansas Speedway last month where James Buescher started in the sixth spot en route to a fourth-place result. Buescher and the No.31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team will sport the blue and black colors of Exide Batteries again on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. This will be the Georgia-based company’s fourth race as the primary partner on the No. 31 machine. In his three starts driving the blue No. 31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet, Buescher has two top-five and three top-10 results with an average finish of 5.66.Buescher and the No. 31 Turner Motorsports team will sport the colors of FOE on the hood for Thursday night’s race. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization, which unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. Presently F.O.E. membership is almost one million strong, with more than 1,700 local aeries in the U.S. and Canada.(Turner Motorsports PR)(7-4-2011)

  • Busch looking for Kentucky trifecta: Bush will begin his attempt at the Kentucky Speedway trifecta driving the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota in Thursday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225. The Las Vegas native, who figures to be one of the favorites in all three races this weekend, has visited victory lane at the 1.5-mile paved oval twice in his career, winning the ARCA Racing Series Channel 5 205 in 2004 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Meijer 250 in 2005. 6-year-old Bradley Bumpas from Elizabethtown, Ky. was recently selected as the winner of the “Riding Shotgun with Kyle Busch Motorsports” essay contest for Kentucky Speedway. Bumpas’ essay was chosen among submissions from children age 5-12 that live in areas surrounding Kentucky Speedway. The youngster’s name and picture will adorn the area above the passenger side window of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Dollar General Toyota for Thursday’s UNOH 225.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-4-2011)

  • Georgia Boot onboard with Bodine at KY: Germain Racing finally gets to show off the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fans on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. Todd Bodine, last year’s Kentucky Speedway race winner and the defending Truck Series champion will be behind the wheel of the Toyota which proudly bears the branding of America ‘s Hardest Working Boot. Announced earlier in the season, the Georgia Boot primary sponsorship event is finally here and everyone from Rocky Brands in Nelsonville, OH , is looking forward to Thursday. Being the defending race winner gives Bodine and the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra team some extra confidence heading into Kentucky. “It’s definitely a better state of mind heading to Kentucky Speedway after our win there last year. We know we can get it done. We already knew that because we’d always run well there in the past. But, getting the win last year proves it. We have high hopes for the Georgia Boot Tundra this week at Kentucky ,” said Bodine, who will race chassis GR-016 on Thursday.(Germain Racing PR) [Rendering of the #30 Georgia Boot Toyota is posted on the #30 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.](7-4-2011)

  • Fontaine has new sponsor for Kentucky race: A new sponsor joins Chris Fontaine for the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Fontaine will be driving the #84 Glenden Enterprises/Stingray Chevrolet Chevy for his first truck series race at Kentucky. He raced Late Models here in 2001 and 2002 in the NASCAR All Pro Series. “We want to thank Stingray Chevrolet in Plant City, FL for their support,” said Fontaine. “We look forward to continuing to build a relationship with them and representing them well.”(Chris Fontaine Inc. PR)(7-4-2011)

  • Double-duty for Sadler at Kentucky: Prior to the Nationwide Series race Friday night, Sadler will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the track Thursday night. Steering the No. 2 Hunt Bros. Pizza Chevrolet Silverado, Sadler will log time on the 1.5-mile track for the first time in a truck. This season, he has competed in three Truck Series events, including a second-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in February. Elliott Sadler is scheduled to participate in a special promotion for sponsor Hunt Brothers Pizza on Wednesday, July 6th in Sparta, Kentucky. Nine lucky race fans will be selected to participate in the July 6 event in Sparta, Ky., where they will race big wheels through a relay course of pizza eating, wing munching and Coca Cola drinking stations to win several great prizes. [See the Jayski Appearances page for more information and how to register.](Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-4-2011)

  • Kentucky Fast Facts — Jason White:
    *Although Jason White has five starts at Kentucky Speedway, the Virginia native will make his first start behind the wheel of a Chevrolet in Thursday night’s UNOH 225.
    *In each of White’s five starts at Kentucky Speedway, he has improved not only his starting position, but also his finishing position. White has earned one top-5 and one top-15 finish, scoring his best finish at the 1.5-mile oval in 2010, finishing fourth.
    *According to NASCAR’s loop data… White is scored second among closers at Kentucky Speedway behind Kyle Busch.
    *White will pilot chassis JDM06 from the Joe Denette Motorsports stable in the inaugural UNOH “225” on Thursday; previously driven at Kansas, Charlotte & Phoenix.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(7-4-2011)

  • Six-year-old riding “shotgun” with KBM at Kentucky: Kyle Busch Motorsports is pleased to announce that 6-year-old Bradley Bumpas from Elizabethtown, Ky. has been selected as the winner of the “Riding Shotgun with Kyle Busch Motorsports” essay contest for Kentucky Speedway. Bumpas’ name and picture will adorn the area above the passenger side window of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Dollar General Toyota for the UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Thursday, July 7. Bumpas, who recently completed the first grade, had his essay selected as the winner among submissions from children age 5-12 in Kentucky. The contest called for children to submit an essay of 150 words or less that described an experience and/or achievement that occurred within the past 12 months and affected their lives in a positive way.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(7-2-2011)

  • AkzoNobel to back SS Green Light Racing & Starr at Kentucky: SS Green Light Racing is proud to announce they have partnered with the largest global supplier of paints and coatings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 225 on July 7th at the Kentucky Speedway. David Starr and the SS Green Light Racing Team will feature AkzoNobel on the hood of the No. 81 Toyota Tundra on the Thursday evening race that kicks off the first-ever Sprint Cup race at the mile and a half speedway just outside of Cincinnati. AkzoNobel is the world’s largest paint and coatings manufacturer, based in the Netherlands is a multicultural organization-serving customer’s throughout the world. AkzoNobel employs nearly 60,000 people and conducts their activities in operating subsidiaries in more than eighty countries.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(7-1-2011)

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