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March 2012 Archives


  • Kahne annouces plans to run Rockingham truck race: UPDATE more info: Kasey Kahne, who drives the #5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, joined host Steve Byrnes on the set of NASCAR Race Hub for the first time in his career. The occasion: to announce that Kahne is set to pilot the #4 Turner Motorsports, Rockwell Tools-sponsored entry in the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, April 15, a race that can be seen live on SPEED starting with NCWTS Set Up at 12:30pm/et. When asked if this is a one-race deal, Kahne responded “(Steve Turner; team owner) is open to doing more races. But as of right now, it’s one race with Turner and Rockwell Tools. I’m racing the Great Clips car on Friday night (April 13) in Texas, the Farmers Insurance Car (April 14) on Saturday night in Texas, then fly to The Rock.(SPEEDtv.com)(3-30-2012)
    UPDATE: Rockingham Speedway and Positec Tool Corp., a global company that manufactures and markets power tools and lawn and garden equipment, announced today that Positec’s Rockwell Tools brand will serve as the “Official Power Tool” of Rockingham Speedway and as the primary sponsor of the #4 Turner Motorsports entry driven by Kasey Kahne for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on April 15 in Rockingham, N.C. “As soon as I heard that NASCAR was adding the Rockingham truck race to the schedule, I wanted to run it,” said Kahne, who will compete for his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in five career starts. “I think it is great for the sport and the fans that we are going back to Rockingham. I’m looking forward to having Rockwell Tools on board for their first NASCAR truck race. Hopefully we can put on a good show for the fans.” Like the speedway itself, which shut down operations for several years, Positec acquired the Rockwell brand for power tools after it was taken off of the market in the mid-1980’s and re-introduced it back into the market in 2005. Today, the Rockwell brand of power tools and accessories is available at thousands of home improvement retailers in the United States and Canada.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(3-30-2011)
  • Goodyear Tire Notes – Martinsville: Teams in both NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Martinsville this weekend, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded “Goodyear Eagle,” while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded “Goodyear Wrangler” . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both of these series ran at Martinsville last October . . . this right-side tire code (D-4468) is the same one Sprint Cup teams ran on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen in 2011 and will run at Infineon and Watkins Glen in 2012 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Martinsville Race Info page.](3-29-2012)
  • Reutimann ready to get on track at Martinsville: In the five weeks since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series left Daytona, crew chief Jason Overstreet and the Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ/QMI #92 Chevrolet Silverado team have been hard at work prepping for this weekend’s Kroger 250 from Martinsville Speedway. The team spent this past Tuesday shaking the truck down with driver David Reutimann at The Little Rock half-mile at Rockingham Speedway.”The truck is good,” said Reutimann. “We have been getting some good laps (at The Little Rock). We have been trying some different things and seeing how the truck reacts. The key to being fast at Martinsville is to make sure the truck can carry speed through the center of the turn and that’s what we’ve been working on. Both driver and crew chief are confident in the team’s progress as they move past Daytona.(RBR Enterprises PR)(3-28-2012)
  • Leffler aboard KBM’s #18 at Martinsville: Jason Leffler [#18 Dollar General Toyota] will climb aboard “007,” one of the most successful Tundras in KBM’s stable, at a track where the #18 team’s worst result in four starts is a third-place finish. This weekend will be Leffler’s first trip to “The Paperclip” since finishing eighth when the NASCAR Nationwide Series made a cameo appearance in 2006. The 36-year-old driver has three previous Truck Series starts at Martinsville, tallying a best finish of sixth in the April 2002 race, and three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including a 12th-place finish in the April 2005 race.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(3-28-2012)
  • Crum to pilot the #07 for SS Green Light at Martinsville: Jake Crum will pilot the #07 Bandit Chippers Chevrolet in Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Crum has an impressive history at Martinsville Speedway winning his first grandfather clock in one of the biggest wins of his career back in 2009 when he won the Bailey’s 300 to become the youngest driver in history to win one of the biggest late model races in the country. Butch Miller will be crew chief. Crum will also be raising awareness for the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund via Hope 4 Tiny Hearts. Hope 4 Tiny Hearts is a non-profit organization supporting efforts to defeat congenital heart defects. One out of every 85 children will be born this year with a heart defect.(Jake Crum Racing PR)(3-28-2012)
  • Jeb Burton set for debut at Martinsville: Following in both his father Ward Burton and his Uncle Jeff Burton’s footsteps in NASCAR, Jeb Burton will climb behind the wheel of his Hillman Racing #27 State Water Heater Chevy for the first time ever this weekend. “State Water Heaters and Ward Burton have been partners since 2007,” stated Jeff Storie, Senior Marketing Manager for State Water Heaters. “We realized early on that Ward has a natural connection with our wholesalers and contractors. Because of that connection, Ward is a great ambassador for the State brand. We’re thrilled that our 2012 partnership is moving back on the track with both Ward & Jeb. Crew chief Trip Bruce, who won the championship in the NCWTS in 2008 with driver Johnny Benson, will be atop the pit box as he was for Ward’s Daytona debut in the trucks and for the remaining five races that Jeb has slated to run with his sponsor State Water Heaters.(State Water Heaters PR)(3-28-2012)
  • Davis making second trip to Martinsville: NASCAR Camping World Series driver Dusty Davis will return to the Martinsville Speedway this weekend to race in the Kroger 250, where last year Davis ran as high as five place prior to a late race incident. Davis will once again pilot the #15 Arrington Racing/Thunder Exhaust Toyota Tundra. After a strong thirteenth place finish at Daytona, Davis is currently in third place in Rookie of the Year points. Davis hopes to be able to secure sponsorship enabling him to run a full season and contend for the Rookie of the Year Championship.(Arrington Racing PR) Paint scheme for Martinsville is posted on the #15 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](3-28-2012)
  • Double-duty for Harvick at Martinsville: In addition to driving the #29 Budweiser is Back Chevrolet in Sunday’s race, Harvick will pilot the #2 Tide/Kroger NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry for Richard Childress Racing in Saturday’s Kroger 250. SPEED will provide live race coverage starting with the NCWTS Setup show at 1:00pm/et. In 13 starts at the Martinsville, Va. Speedway, Harvick has earned two wins, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(3-27-2012)
  • Ty Dillon making first Martinsville truck start: Saturday’s 250-lap affair will mark Ty Dillon’s [#3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet] first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the half-mile speedway. The 20-year-old racer has one previous start at Martinsville Speedway. In 2010, the Dillon took the wheel of a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car for Team Dillon Racing where he started in the ninth position and finished 22nd. Dillon has participated in three test sessions with his #3 RCR team since Daytona. The group has traveled to Nashville Superspeedway, Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C., and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. With five weeks off between the season opener in Daytona and this weekend’s Kroger 250, Dillon found a way to keep his driving skills sharp by dirt racing. The Welcome, N.C., native competed in nine dirt races with Team Dillon Racing. He is slated to make numerous other appearances in the #41 car from the TDR camp throughout the season.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(3-27-2012)
  • Steak-umm on board with Coulter: Steak-umm Company is on board the #22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with driver, Joey Coulter for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Coulter has two previous starts at Martinsville Speedway. In the fall race last year at the half-mile race track, Coulter started 12th and finished fifth for his career-first top-five finish at the speedway. During the break between Speedweeks and this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway, Coulter has taken on a new hobby dirt racing. Coulter’s most recent escapade on dirt was at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. The 21-year-old won the Pro Late Model class in only his second-career dirt outing and his first at the Volunteer Speedway. Coulter drives the #2 Wolf-Pack Racing entry.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(3-27-2012)
  • Sauter heads to Martinsville as defending race winner: Johnny Sauter, driving the #13 Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota for ThorSport Racing, heads to Martinsville Speedway as the defending winner of the spring race at the 65-year old facility. Sauter had a perfect record in the March event in 2011, starting the race from the pole position before bringing home the famous grandfather clock trophy. In his eight previous starts at the 0.526-mile oval, Sauter has earned two top-five and two top-10 finishes. New Country Q 104.1 returns to the #13 as an associate sponsor this weekend in Martinsville. The Greensboro, N.C. country station was on board for last year’s win and will appear on the tonneau cover of the Hot Honeys Toyota Tundra for this year’s event.(ThorSport Racing PR)(3-27-2012)
  • Gale featured on NCWTS Setup at Martinsville: Cale Cale, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet for Eddie Sharp Racing, recently took the checkers to garner the hometown win for the inaugural Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile International Speedway. While in Mobile, Ala. for the event, Cale Gale showed the crew from SPEED’s NCWTS Setup show around his hometown as they filmed a rookie profile set to air prior to the Martinsville NCWTS race. With stops ranging from Gale’s alma mater, to a local race-parts store, to his former car owner and sponsor, a few funny tales about Gale’s past are sure to arise along with some great memories of growing up racing along the Gulf Coast. NCWTS setup airs at 1:00pm/et on Saturday, March 31.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(3-27-2012)
  • Paludo to help raise diabetes awareness: Miguel Paludo is one of 346 million people worldwide who suffer from diabetes. To help raise awareness about diabetes, Paludo will run a special Stop Diabetes decal on bedtop of his Turner Motorsporrts #32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway. To learn more about helping the cause visit Diabetes.org. Paludo’s finish at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opening event at Daytona International Speedway was not indicative of his night. The Brazilian driver captured his first career pole position in addition to leading over half of the event. In his first start for Turner Motorsports, Paludo led 56 laps, which more than doubles the number of laps he has led in his short NASCAR career. In his two starts at Martinsville Speedway, Paludo has completed 100% of the laps he has attempted. He has an average start of 19.0 and an average finish of 14.0.(Turner Motorsports PR)(3-27-2012)
  • Sad News – Marie Foster: Marie Ann Foster, 72, of Mooresville, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at Davis Regional Medical Center. She was born on February 2, 1940 in Akron, Ohio, to the late Jess and Elmira Miller Coffe. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who enjoyed time with her grandkids. She is survived by her husband, Bill Foster; daughters, Lindy Hornaday and husband, Ron Hornaday Jr., Alicia Dyer and husband, Dennis, Missy Foster; sister, Elmira Coffe; brothers, Jess Coffe, Bobby Chesebrough; grandchildren, Ronnie, Jeremy, Candice, Travis, Chris, J.D., Jesse, Amanda; and great grandchildren, Lacey, Viktoria, Slater, Lily, Maddie, Scarlett, and Violet. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 29 from 2:00-4:00 PM at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home located at 494 E. Plaza Drive, Mooresville, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salvation Army, 2318 Julia Ave, Charlotte, NC 28202.(3-27-2012)
  • QMI teaming up with RBR Enterprises for remainder of season: QMI, a leading manufacturing of automotive preventive maintenance products and equipment, is joining forces with the Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises #92 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado team and driver David Reutimann as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2012 season. QMI served as primary sponsor of the #92 entry at the fall 2011 Bristol race.(RBR Enterprises PR)(3-27-2012)
  • Harraka & Wauters Motorsports partner with MC10 for Martinsville: UPDATE image added: Paulie Harraka, 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and driver of the #5 Wauters Motorsports Ford F-150, partners with high tech sponsor MC10 for the Martinsville Speedway Kroger 250, March 31, 2012. MC10 reshapes electronics to create thin, conformal systems that flex, stretch, and bend seamlessly with the natural world. The company is currently developing products for the sports, military, and biomedical fields and has initial partners including Reebok and Massachusetts General Hospital. The Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is slated for Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:30pm ET. Harraka will also be featured on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pre-race Set-up show on SPEED beginning at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 31, 2012.(Wauters Motorsports PR)(3-23-2012)
    UPDATE: Rendering of the #5-MC10 Ford being driven by Paulie Harraka for his Martinsville debut is posted on the #5 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.(3-26-2012)
  • Musgrave spotter for Hornaday at Martinsville and more: Ron Hornaday Jr., driving the #9 Chevrolet for Joe Denette Motorsports, has a new spotter for Martinsville. Ted Musgrave, the 2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, will be Ron Hornaday’s “Eyes in the Sky” at Martinsville. Musgrave, now retired, has 17 series wins. Musgrave is scheduled to be Hornaday’s spotter for eight events including; Martinsville, Rockingham, Dover, Iowa, Chicago, Iowa, Vegas and Martinsville2. Hornaday has raced at 45 different tracks in the NCWTS. Of those tracks, the 54-year-old Truck Series veteran has made the most starts at Martinsville Speedway logging 19 starts and 4163 laps (2,189.7 miles). Some stats: Wins-1; Pole-1; Top 5-10; Top10-13; Laps led-311. Following a 14th place finish at Daytona, Hornaday is currently 13th in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(3-26-2012)
  • Henderson Motorsports & Holman set to make series debut at Martinsville: Henderson Motorsports and Caleb Holman [#75 Food Country USA Chevrolet] will make their debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 31. Henderson Motorsports will be working close with Mike Hillman Racing this season, who they bought their race trucks off of over the winter. Crew Chief, Kenny Hunley, will be calling the shots from atop the pit box this weekend. Holman and Hunley have been together since 2006 and have grown together as a team. As previously announced, Food Country USA will be the sponsor.(Henderson Motorsports/Caleb Homan PR)(3-26-2012)
  • Duck Head featured on the #60 truck for Turn One Racing: Turn One Racing announced today that Duck Head Apparel has signed on to be the team’s exclusive apparel provider for the 2012 NASCAR season. The iconic Duck Head will be featured on the #74 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car of Reed Sorenson as well as the #60 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet driven by JR Fitzpatrick. Team Owner Stacy Compton is happy to welcome Duck Head Apparel as the team’s newest sponsor. “Duck Head has a full line of apparel with everything from hats, tees, polos, socks, shoes, to the khakis pants that made the brand so famous. I’ve been wearing Duck Heads for years and am proud to be aligned with such a great company!”(Turn One Racing PR)(3-26-2012)
  • Bodine returns with RHR for Martinsville: Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Todd Bodine will once again climb behind the wheel of the #11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra for the Kroger 250 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. In the season opener, the two-time Truck Series champion started on the outside of the fifth row and used his veteran driving skills to bring home a sixth-place finish in his first outing with Red Horse Racing. Bodine currently sits in fifth place in the championship point standings, nine points behind leader and teammate John King. The NASCAR veteran has a total of 16 starts at the Virginia paperclip-shaped track, accumulating five top-five and eight top-10 finishes along with 158 laps led in his Truck Series career.(Red Horse Racing PR)(3-26-2012)
  • Several teams test at Motor Mile preparing for Martinsville: Ron Hornaday Jr.,Todd Bodine, as well as Ty Dillon, Timothy Peters & John King have been part of a record-setting number of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers who have opted to test at Motor Mile Speedway in anticipation of Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Since February, 14 race teams have chosen the New River Valley short track to log the crucial preliminary circuits in preparation for the spring race at Martinsville. Article chronicling some test sessions is posted on track site.(Motor Mile Speedway PR)(3-26-2011)
  • Martinsville hometown track for Peters: There isn’t a better feeling than that of your homecoming track. For Timothy Peters this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway will be just that. The Danville, Va. resident was victorious in October 2009 and feels confident that the #17 NTB/Service Central Toyota Tundra will be able to capitalize once more during the Kroger 250 on Saturday afternoon. “I grew up on short tracks, so I love coming back to Martinsville”, said Peters. TBC Retail Group is back on Red Horse Racing’s #17 Toyota Tundra this weekend at Martinsville. The family of automotive retail brands will be displayed once again with their red, white and blue Service Central Racing colors with retail brand NTB (National Tire and Battery) as primary sponsor.(Red Horse Racing PR)(3-26-202
  • NASCAR places Townley on probation for remainder of year: UPDATE: Townley to return at Martinsville: NASCAR announced today that it has placed John Wes Townley, driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, on probation until Dec. 31, 2012. Townley violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. The violation occurred Feb. 7. In addition to the steps already underway by his team RAB Racing, Townley will be evaluated by a certified substance abuse professional at NASCAR’s discretion and will be subject to random alcohol and drug testing.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-22-2012)
    UPDATE: RAB Racing with Brack Maggard announced today that John Wes Townley will return to the driver’s seat of their #09 Toyota Tundra in next weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway. Townley, 22, served an internally imposed one-race suspension following a violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. The violation occurred on Feb. 7. “We have stood by our commitment to John Wes Townley, and supported him as he has worked through fulfilling what sanctions we’ve placed on him internally, as well as the process that NASCAR has instituted that allows him first, to return to the seat of our Toyota Tundra, and second, to compete on a weekly basis,” said Robby Benton, owner of RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. “It was an unfortunate situation that occurred, and a mistake was made. We now look towards the future and building on a lesson learned. We will work closely with NASCAR and their programs as he returns to full-time competition in the Camping World Truck Series.” “I want to send my deepest apologies to NASCAR, RAB Racing, my fans, sponsors, family, and friends,” said Townley. “I made a terrible mistake, but I am now ready, having a renewed relationship with God in my life, to move forward making better decisions. Martinsville will be the start of a new chapter in my life, in more ways than one. My future actions will demonstrate where my heart is, and that I am on a mission.”(RAB Racing PR)(3-23-2012)
  • Jeb Burton to race at South Boston before Martinsville debut: Jeb Burton has landed a new sponsor for his continuing NASCAR late model effort. Cherokee Coffee has come on board to sponsor Burton’s late model efforts. Jeb Burton plans to compete at South Boston Speedway in a Jim Dean-H.C. Sellers-prepared car in late model action this weekend. Burton will be making his Truck Series debut at Martinsville, March 31. Burton plans to test for that race on Monday. “We don’t really have any set number planned this month. We’ll run between South Boston and Ace (Speedway). We;ll see how the Truck program progresses with sponsorship for that,” said W. Burton. Jeb Burton will be driving the #27 NASCAR late model this weekend at SBS. (SoVaNow.com)(3-22-2012)
  • Lofton heads to Mint 400 off-road event: The last time Justin Lofton was behind the wheel of a race vehicle, he scored an impressive third place finish at the Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener. Four weeks later, it’s time for Lofton to get back to business. Lofton will be racing his College Complete.com / General Tire #77 class 1500 unlimited buggy in the legendary General Tire Mint 400 off-road racing event in Jean, Nevada. Lofton will drive the rough and tough 92-mile course four times. Jorge Lameda will be along for the ride, serving as Lofton’s navigator. Fortunately for Lofton, with numerous breaks in the NASCAR Truck Series schedule this year, he was able to also add seven off-road events on his calendar, including this week’s run in Jean. Lofton’s General Tire Mint 400 run in the No. 77 Class 1500 unlimited buggy is set for this Saturday, March 24th.(Justin Lofton Racing PR)(3-22-2011)
  • Truck series drivers visit VA Museum of Natural History: John King has known since he was a toddler that Martinsville was the home of a world-famous race track. Until Tuesday the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver didn’t know the town also held a world-class museum. King, the rookie who won the season-opening truck race in Daytona, along with defending Kroger 250 champion Johnny Sauter and former Kroger 250 winner Timothy Peters spent a couple of hours Tuesday touring the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville. King, Peters and Sauter were in town to promote the March 31Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. One of the highlights of the day was the “Rocks to Racing” exhibit which traces the history of racing in the Commonwealth from the formation of limestone to today. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday March 24 and is a perfect attraction for race fans. [For more info on the exhibit, visit VMNH.net.] King, Peters and Sauter will be gunning for a win in the Kroger 250 on Saturday, March 31, the day before the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-20-2012)
  • Coulter scores first dirt late model win in second career start: Joey Coulter, piloting his #2 Wolf-Pack Racing Chevrolet Pro Dirt Late Model in the Fastrack Racing Series, captured his first career dirt late model victory Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway. Coulter overtook the lead on Lap 22 and never looked back. He crossed the finish line in his #2 Wolf-Pack Racing Chevrolet on Lap 30 to capture his first career victory in a dirt late model in only his second start.(Coulter Motorsports PR)(3-19-2012)
  • Gresham takes win in Mobile Pro Late Model race: Max Gresham took the lead late and then held on to win the 95KSJ Pro Late Model event at Mobile International Speedway Saturday. Gresham, who drives for Joe Denette Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, wheeled the #18 Ronnie Sanders Pro Late Model in the 95-lap event on the Mobile half-mile oval. Gresham started fifth for the 95-lap event and spent the first 70 laps riding there on the bottom of the racetrack. He then grabbed third on a restart and then inherited the lead on Lap 75 when the leaders wrecked in front of him. Gresham will next return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action and the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 31. Gresham and his #24 Made In USA Brand Chevrolet. The event will be telecast live on SPEED beginning at 1:00pm/et.(MaxGresham.com)(3-19-2012)
  • King honored with keys to the city during Bristol pre-race: It’s not every day that one is honored with the keys to the city of his hometown. However, today is different for Kingsport, Tenn., native John King. King captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Daytona International Speedway on February 24th during the NextEra Energy Resources 250. With his accomplishment, King will be granted the keys to his hometown city of Kingsport by Mayor Dennis Phillips. The presentation will take place on stage at Bristol Motor Speedway during pre-race ceremonies for the Sprint Cup Series Food City 500. The 23-year-old rookie collected his first Truck Series win during the 2012 season opener, and is the only Truck Series rookie to accomplish the feat. Additionally, the Kingsport native is also only one of three drivers that have earned their first win at the famed superspeedway. Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips is thrilled to honor King on his recent accomplishments on track and in the community. We don’t just give out keys to the city unless it’s a very special situation. This hometown boy has brought so much publicity and attention to Kingsport. It’s an honor for us to recognize him for his contribution to his hometown by winning the Truck Series season opener at Daytona. I hope John realizes how proud the citizens of Kingsport are of him.(Red Horse Racing PR)(3-19-2012)
  • Piquet wins K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol: Nelson Piquet Jr. became the first driver born outside the United States to claim a checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway after the Brazilian won Saturday evening’s Widow Wax 125 presented by Seal Wrap Repair Tape. Piquet Jr. won from the pole in a hotly contested affair for the K&N Pro Series East. Blaney finished second, while Ryan Gifford finished third. Andrew Smith and Derek Ramstrom rounded out the top-five. Ben Kennedy, Chad Finchum, Michael McGuire, Kyle Larson and Elliott completed the top-10. Piquet led several laps to begin the event, before being passed by Chase Elliott, son of 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Bill Elliott, before the halfway break. On lap 75, Elliott was spun from the lead by the son of another Cup Series driver, Ryan Blaney. Blaney finished second, while Ryan Gifford finished third. Andrew Smith and Derek Ramstrom rounded out the top-five. Ben Kennedy, Chad Finchum, Michael McGuire, Kyle Larson and Elliott completed the top-10.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(3-18-2012)
  • Tanner returns to Martinsvile with MB: Tyler Tanner makes his 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at legendary Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250 on March 31. Tanner will drive the #65 MB Motorsports Ford F-150 sponsored by EF-65 Hand Cleaner. Tanner, an Auburn High graduate and engineering student at Arizona State University, is the son of former Northwest circuit standout Kelly Tanner. Mentoring Tanner will be Mittler, the MB Motorsports owner who has been instrumental in the careers of Carl Edwards, Jamie Mc Murray, Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith and Justin Allgaier. Tanner enjoyed a successful short-track season locally in 2011. He posted seven pole positions, three victories and eight top-three finishes in his EF-65 Hand Cleaner-sponsored late model Chevrolet at Rochester’s South Sound Speedway. He also raced at Spokane County Raceway, Yakima Speedway and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.(Auburn-Reporter.com)(3-16-2012)
  • RCR to honor team member Frankie Allen: UPDATE memorial info: Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams will carry a special decal this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in honor of Frankie Allen, a valued employee and three-year veteran of the RCR team, who passed away earlier this week. Allen worked as the shock specialist on the #2 Camping World Truck Series entry with drivers Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and Tim George Jr. The Rock Hill, S.C., native served as the car chief for George Jr’s #31 ARCA Racing Series team for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In addition to running memorial decals on RCR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series cars this weekend, the three RCR Truck Series teams will carry the decal honoring Allen for the Kroger 250 race at Martinsville Speedway on March 31. “Frankie put in a lot of hard work and effort at RCR and truly became a friend to me and others at the shop,” said Mike Dillon, Vice President of Competition for RCR. “One of his favorite sayings was ‘hurry up’ so it seemed appropriate to have that phrase on the decals the cars will carry. He will definitely be missed at the shop and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this tough time.” Allen is survived by his wife Renee. Funeral arrangements are pending.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(3-15-2012)
    UPDATE: Memorials in Frankie Allen’s honor can be made to the Victory Junction Gang Attn: Nona Pryor, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317.(RCR PR)(3-16-2012)
  • Sauter to drive for HMR Cup debut at Martinsville: UPDATE Sauter deal not in place: Hamilton Means Racing will make its Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville Speedway in two weeks. Team co-owner Kelly Owen tells News/Talk WSB that Johnny Sauter will drive the #52 Toyota in HMR’s first few Sprint Cup races. Owen says the main factor delaying the team’s debut in the Cup Series is their delay in obtaining the proper equipment for the new NASCAR-mandated Electronic Fuel Injection systems. The components are in high demand, Owens says, that their order did not arrive until one week ago.(WSBRadio.com)(3-16-2012)
    UPDATE: Been told by team representative that Johnny Sauter does not have a deal in place to run Martinsville,with HMR and that he will not be running the Martinsville Cup race.
  • PlanItDIY.com to sponsor Kligerman at Chicagoland: PlanItDIY.com, the only website where consumers can receive practical how-to advice for their home improvement projects and connect with the independent, locally owned home improvement retailers in their area, has signed on to become a sponsor of the #29 RAM pickup in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. The #29 RAM is driven by one of NASCAR’s most popular up-and-coming stars, Parker Kligerman of Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), and the logo for PlanItDIY.com will be featured prominently on Parker’s truck as it races around the Chicagoland Speedway on July 21.(NRHA.org)(3-15-2012)
  • SMI tracks to host Global Rallycross with trucks at LVMS: Speedway Motorsports will play host to four Global Rallycross events in 2012. The series will run following the Nationwide Series event May 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, June 9 during the IndyCar race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, following the Nationwide race July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Sept. 29 during the Camping World Truck Series weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The four SMI events will make up the bulk of the six-race Global Rallycross schedule.(SceneDaily.com)(3-15-2012)
  • NCWTS drivers meeting to be open to fans at Rockingham: In addition to 200 laps of great racing, your ticket to the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine will also get you up close and personal with your favorite NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers. NASCAR and Rockingham Speedway are opening up the NCWTS drivers meeting for fans to come watch. The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 15 in the garage at the speedway. Fans are asked to enter the infield through the tunnel in turn four if they wish to take part in the drivers meeting. A ticket to the race serves as admission. “This event is going to be as fan-friendly as it can be,” Hillenburg said. “Leading up to the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine, the speedway has had an outpouring of support from fans from all over the country and we want to make sure that we do everything we can to repay that support. “With a great three days of racing (April 13-15), Little Texas and Chris Lane Band (April 14) and ThunderFest (April 13), these new bonuses for ticket holders are going to make this an even more awesome event for our fans.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(3-15-2012)
  • Piquet to make K&N debut at Bristol: Nelson Piquet Jr., a regular in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will make his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East when he joins Latin American-owned X Team Racing for the season-opening race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 17. Piquet, who led in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, will drive X Team Racing’s #14 Fox Sports Toyota at Bristol in a guest appearance alongside regular drivers Carlos Iaconelli, from Brazil, and Mexican Daniel Suarez. Piquet joined his two teammates for a K&N Pro Series open test at Bristol on Monday, February 27. The Brazilian’s best lap time of 15.97 seconds remained as fastest of the 32 participants who included X Games star Travis Pastrana and Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott. The K&N Pro Series Easat race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to start at 6:15pm/et on Saturday, March 17.(Nelson.Piquet.com)(3-15-2012)
  • Sather to debut with Make Motorsports at Martinsville: Natalie Sather, 27, experienced sprint car driver and up-and-coming stock car racer, will be joining MAKE Motorsports as a development driver for the 2012 season. Sather, a Fargo, ND, native will be piloting the #50 MAKE Motorsports entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for two scheduled events; the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 31 and the Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine at Rockingham Speedway on April 15. Sather is currently scheduled to make her debut in a MAKE Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series entry at Richmond. Additional races will be added as Sather and the team add partners and continue the development of their program.(MAKE Motorsports PR)(3-13-2012)
  • Crafton to mentor for Pastrana’s NASCAR return at Bristol: Travis Pastrana will make his long-awaited return to the NASCAR circuit Saturday night in the K&N Pro Series East season-opener at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 11-time X Games gold medalist expected to make his Nationwide debut last season at the July 30 race in Indianapolis. However, two nights before the race, Pastrana attempted the “TP Roll” which is a 720 on a motorcycle during the Best Trick Competition during the X Games. The landing didn’t go as planned and Pastrana shattered his right ankle and foot. The injury and surgeries forced the 28-year-old driver to miss his entire 2011 Nationwide schedule. The Maryland native’s Nationwide debut is now set for April 27 at Richmond. Pastrana plans to run seven Nationwide Series races as well as 11 K&N Pro Series races in 2012. Longtime NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton will be at Bristol as a tutor for Pastrana.(Pastrana 199 Racing PR)(3-13-2012)
  • Dugger partnering with JPO for six: Oklahoma-based Russ Dugger Racing team will compete at six of the most popular NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, with eyes on more. Russ Dugger Racing and JPO Absorbents are excited to announce a six-race partnership that will put Oklahoma driver Russ Dugger back in the #12 truck to compete in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events during the 2012 season. The agreement being announced today will place JPO absorbents.com front and center on the #12 Chevrolet Silverado as primary sponsor for Bristol, Talladega, Martinsville, Homestead, Kansas and Texas Motor Speedway. JPO Absorbents carries the best absorbent products in the marketplace, consisting of leading edge, environmentally friendly chemical absorbents used in 19 industries including automotive. The road back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Russ Dugger has been long and winding, but through faith and perseverance, he will take the wheel again at Kansas Speedway on April 21st, 2012 for the SFP 250. (Russ Dugger Racing PR)(3-12-2012)
  • Trucks to Road America in 2013? Canadian track also hoping to be in the mix: NASCAR is expected to announce soon that the Camping World Truck Series will return to road-course racing in the 2013 season and that is great news for Canada’s Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. A source close to Camping World loop told the Toronto Sun that negotiations are all but complete to add a race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for next season. That same source also said NASCAR would most certainly add a second road course so that it would make economic sense for the truck teams. “Teams would have to construct purpose built trucks for Road America so to keep those costs in line a second race just makes sense.” A truck race at CTMS–formerly Mosport–would be a prefect fit for the track’s new owners. Ron Fellows–and his partners Alan Boughton and Carlo Fidani–have been actively pursuing a top NASCAR touring series race. “I was on the phone June 1 (the day the group announced it had purchased the legendary Ontario track) with NASCAR officials telling them we wanted a race,” Fellows said in a phone interview from Toronto. “And we are continuing to seek a race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.” It will be at least mid to late summer before NASCAR bosses release their 2013 schedules but it is now a good bet that there will be two truck races turning left and right next season. Fellows said that the addition of Canadian Tire–a major NASCAR partner–as the name sponsor at CTMS will boost the track chances at getting the nod for a race.(TorontoSun.com)(3-11-2012)
  • Gale captures win in Mobile ARCA 200: The customary purple Hoosier band draped around his neck, the Mobile ARCA 200 winner paused for a moment on the frontstretch at Mobile International Speedway, waiting for a quieter moment to answer a question. That’s because the winner was Mobile’s own Cale Gale, and he was surrounded by excited, loud fans and friends from his hometown just minutes after holding off Chad Hackenbracht and taking the checkered flag for his second ARCA win. Gale #33 Rheem Chevrolet) led 76 of 203 laps, including the last 28, in a race extended by a green-white-checkered finish. Just days after celebrating his 27th birthday, Gale passed fellow Alabama driver Grant Enfinger on Lap 176 and held the advantage through four late caution periods and the subsequent restarts. A full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Gale now has 11 ARCA starts, and a second win to back up a 2006 triumph at Gateway. The win was the first for Eddie Sharp Racing since Craig Goess scored his only career ARCA victory at Pocono in 2010.(ARCARacing.com)(3-11-2012)
  • Rockingham hold tire test: UPDATE 2: Drivers comment following test: In advance of NASCAR’s return to the Rockingham Speedway, Goodyear will be holding tire tests for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series East on March 6-7 and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be on site on April 18. The grandstands will be open to fans free of charge on all three days. This is a great opportunity for race fans to come out and get a taste of what the racing action is going to be like for our two big race weekends this year,” said Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg. The Camping World Trucks make their debut at the famed one-mile oval on April 15, 2012 in the Good Sam Club Roadside Assistance Carolina 200, presented by Cheerwine.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(2-15-2012)
    UPDATE: Drivers who are scheduled to particpate in the tire test are; James Buescher (Turner Motorsports), Jason Leffler (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing).(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-4-2012)
    UPDATE 2: The Camping World Truck Series competitors took their first 2012 laps at Rockingham Speedway on Tuesday morning, providing feedback to Goodyear engineers about tire choices for the April 15 event. It’s the first NASCAR-sanctioned race at the mile oval since a Sprint Cup/Nationwide doubleheader more than eight years ago. The track has retained its trademark characteristic: a rapid decline in lap times. That harsh fact requires patience by the driver in order to save enough rubber for a charge to the checkered flag. After two days of practice and qualifying, the teams will probably only have one set of fresh, or “sticker,” tires left for the race. “It’s definitely fun when it puts it back in the driver’s seat,” said [Timothy] Peters, a three-time Truck race winner, including the 2010 season opener at Daytona Beach, Fla. “I like it when you try to get the best out of it and treat that gas pedal like an eggshell.” Of the drivers who tested Tuesday, Lefflerhas the most experience at Rockingham Speedway. He made two Sprint Cup starts at the track and competed in five Nationwide events, and he’s hoping to drive a Truck into Victory Lane next month for team owner Kyle Busch. To do so, Leffler knows he must commit to keeping the reins taut until the decisive moment. “When I started out in racing, my crew chief would always say, ‘Race the race track, don’t race everybody else,’ ” said Leffler, a Truck winner at Dover, Del., in 2003. “If you do that – if you just concentrate on racing the race track – you’ll probably have a pretty good day. You’ll have something to work with at the end of the day.” Buescher, who won the 2012 Nationwide Series opener at Daytona on Feb. 24, has run a CARS Pro Cup race at Rockingham, and tested here in three other types of racing vehicles. He said the track will provide multiple racing lines, and predicted that the requisite tire management should produce an exciting event. “I think with the tire fall-off, you’ll have some pit strategy to have the freshest tires at the end of the race,” the Plano, Texas, driver said. He added, “Tire fall-off is big. You have to manage them and keep them under for the end of the race. You’ll be able to pass, but won’t be able to run side by side, lap after lap, during the race . and keep up with the leaders.”(Fayetteville Observer)(3-7-2012)
  • Daytona Truck images added: Added 43 truck images taken during the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Check them all out via the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes page.(3-6-2012)
  • Little Texas to hold concert at Rockingham on April 14: Little Texas, best known for their hits “God Blessed Texas”, “What Might Have Been” and “Kick A Little”, will be rocking The Rock on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in advance of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on April 15. Little Texas will be performing a concert for race fans at Rockingham Speedway on April 14. The band will also be performing the National Anthem before the April 15 running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine. The Chris Lane Band will be opening for Little Texas and takes the stage outside of the speedway’s turn two at 6:30pm/et. April 14. Little Texas will perform at approximately 8:00pm/et. A ticket for either Saturday’s Frank Kimmel Street Nationals and UARA Late Model Series Twin 75’s and NCWTS qualifying or Sunday’s Good Sam Club Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine NCWTS race grants admission to the concert. Little Texas will be sticking around to perform the National Anthem for April 15 race prior to the green flag at 1:00pm/et.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(3-5-2012)
  • Gale to race in inaugural Mobile ARCA 200 UPDATE 2 Enfinger also headed to home track: Mobile’s rising star Cale Gale will return to his hometown to race in the Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The up-and-coming NASCAR driver will take a break from his first full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to pilot Eddie Sharp Racing’s ARCA #6 Rheem Chevrolet at his hometown track. The event will also mark the debut of ARCA Racing at MIS. To underscore the importance of this race and his love for his hometown, Gale jumped at the chance to support the event by becoming the first official entry in the race according to MIS track promoter, Rick Crawford. As a young racer in Mobile, Ala., Gale logged countless laps around the half-mile MIS track under the direction of his father and grandfather. Known for their success behind the wheel, the Gale family raced at tracks across the Southeast, and Cale became the third generation of the Gale family to find success at MIS. In fact, Gale’s father, Bubba, was a six-time track champion at MIS and achieved five championships in a row during the mid-1990s. However, by 2002, Cale was the one driving the family name further into the record books by becoming the first driver in MIS history to win both the track championship and the rookie of the year title in the same year. Gale will utilize the opportunity to pay tribute to all of his fans and loyal supporters that helped launch his career into the world of NASCAR, including his longtime sponsor, Rheem. Cale Gale will also unveil a special “Mobile Appreciation” message on the largest billboard at MIS that will remain in place throughout 2012. The Mobile ARCA 200 will take place at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, March 10.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(2-23-2012)
    UPDATE:Cale Gale will pilot the #33 Rheem Chevrolet for the inaugural Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, March 10th. Initially entered in the #6, Gale’s Eddie Sharp Racing entry will now match the #3 Rheem Chevrolet that he pilots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series both in look and number.(ESR Racing 3-2-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Fairhope, Alabama ‘s Grant Enfinger is returning to his racing roots for the ARCA- Mobile 200 on March 9th and 10th at Mobile International Speedway a Rick Crawford Performance Track. Engfinger is coming off of his most productive season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with a 4th place finish in the 2011 Championship standings piloting an Allgaier Motorsports effort.Enfinger’s was most recently behind the wheel of Helena, Mississippi’s, Josh and George Bragg’s #82 BRG Ford at Daytona in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The BRG #61 Ford Fusion will carry sponsorship from Breland Homes, Triple K Construction and Preble-Rish for ARCA’s first trip to Alabama’s Fastest Half Mile. And while it may be ARCA’s first trip, Enfinger and the BRG Team have thousands of laps at Mobile.(Grant Enfinger PR)(3-3-2012)

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