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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Rumors Archives
October 2010


  • Bell returns to MAKE Motorsports for Texas: MAKE Motorsports will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Texas Motor Speedway “under the lights” in the November 5th Winstar World Casino 350 with well-known driver TJ Bell. Continuing on the hood as Primary Sponsor is the nation’s largest tire recycling provider, Liberty Tire Recycling – who will be showcasing their line of eco-friendly Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for landscaping & playgrounds. The No.50 Liberty Tire Recycling Chevy Silverado first took to the track at Darlington Raceway back in August 2010; the Texas journey will make the second race for the growing partnership. Veteran crew chief Scott Weaver will also return with the team. In addition to the continued partnership with Liberty Tire Recycling, MAKE Motorsports also forged a technical partnership with esteemed NC-based MRD Motorsports for truck preparation. [Rendering of the Liberty Tire Recycling/Pinnacle Chevrolet is posted on the #50 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](MAKE Motorsports PR) (10-29-2010)

  • Enfinger set to make series debut at Talladega: UPDATE Beasley Allen to sponsor: Grant Enfinger, featured recently on ARCARacing.com, is listed as the driver of the No. 95 Team Gill Racing Ford [for the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled By Fred’s at Talladega Superspeedway]. Enfinger, 25 and a native of Fairhope, Ala., nearly scored his first ARCA Racing Series victory in his home state on the same track back in April, but finished sixth after leading at the white flag. [Enfinger will be making his first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Talladega].(ARCARacing.com)(10-27-2010)

    UPDATE: He’ll [Enfinger] be in the No. 95 Ford with his longtime sponsor, the Beasley Allen law firm, on the quarterpanels for Team Gill Racing out of Tennessee. Danny Gill, a veteran crew chief, will be calling the race for him. Enfinger said the deal is just for one race and then he’s done for the season. Enfinger plans to compete in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola in December, one of the bigger late model races in the country. But 2011 is still up in the air as he will have to find new sponsorship.(AL.com)(10-29-2010)

  • KHI, RCR create Nationwide alliance; both to continue truck teams: Kevin Harvick Inc. and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will no longer compete against each other in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning in 2011. KHI will field the Nationwide Series entries beginning with next year’s season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway with RCR providing chassis, engine and technical support. KHI will continue to use Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines in both their NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series programs in 2011. RCR will focus its development program through its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program with Austin Dillon and a second team to be named later. Since its inception in 2000, RCR’s Nationwide Series program has earned 56 victories and five championships: two overall championships (2001, 2006 with Kevin Harvick), two owners-only titles (2003 with Harvick and Johnny Sauter; 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer) and one driver-only title (2008 with Clint Bowyer). KHI will maintain its presence in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, fielding two fulltime teams, as well as continuing its customer support programs. Further announcements regarding KHI’s on-track plans for 2011 will be forthcoming. (Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-28-2010)

  • Eddie Sharp Racing, Team Gill Racing partner remainder of 2010: UPDATE image added: Eddie Sharp Racing and Team Gill Racing announced a partnership Tuesday for the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event to prepare for continued NCWTS competition in 2011. Craig Goess will pilot the #46 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota Tundra this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut. Jefferson Hodges will be the crew chief. The 29-year-old driver competed in the ARCA Racing Series in 2010 with Eddie Sharp Racing. He finished the season second in points with one win, three pole awards, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in 20 races.(Activ8/Eddie Sharp Racing PR) [For prior news on ESR and Craig Goess, see the October News Archives page.](10-26-2010)
    UPDATE: Rendering of the #46-Greenville Toyota of NC Toyota being driven by Craig Goess at Talladega is posted on the #46 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(10-28-2010)

  • Martinsville images added: Added a few images from Martinsville including:#33-Ron Hornaday Jr, Armour Vienna Sausage/Kroger Chevrolet; #23-Jason White, GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel Toyota; #01 & 6 Angela & Amber Cope, Odyssey Battery/Charter Dodges; #18-Kyle Busch, Toyota Tundra/Z-Line Designs Toyota; #17-Timothy Peters, Nelson Toyota/Red Horse Racing Toyota; #15-Jason Bowles, Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota; #47-C.E. Faulk, KidsEmbrace Chevrolet. Check them out via the NCWTS Paint Schemes pages.(10-28-2010)

  • Traxxas returns as sponsor for Busch: Traxxas will once again be the primary sponsor on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota. Traxxas, known as the “Fastest Name in Radio Control,” is located in Plano, Texas, and served as primary sponsor in August at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Busch led 121 of 154 laps en route to victory. Busch knows that Talladega will be key to his ability to obtain the Camping World Truck Series owners championship. The No. 18 Toyota is second in the owner standings, just 39 points behind the first-place No. 30 truck of Germain Racing, which is driven full-time by Todd Bodine. Busch is scheduled to drive the final four Truck Series events – Saturday at Talladega and then Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Nov. 12 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., and the season finale Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(10-28-2010)

  • FarmPaint.com back with Sauter at Talladega; image added: Johnny Sauter will be carrying the FarmPaint.com logos on the #13-ThorSport Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, but the colors will be much different than the last time the company was on board at Kentucky. Gone will be the predominantly white-and-black colors, replaced this weekend by a distinctive orange-and-black scheme. The colors serve two purposes, first it’s the team’s way of wishing the fans in the stands and watching live on SPEED a happy Halloween. Second, the neon orange will give the team’s spotter David Pepper a much better chance of seeing the truck clearly all the way around the mammoth 2.66-mile tri-oval. Johnny Sauter is set for his first crack at “restrictor plate” racing this season. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series started its season at Daytona International Speedway in February, and Sauter was in the field, but contact from another competitor on the opening lap sent Sauter into the outside wall and left him on the sidelines for the entirety of the event. Sauter was able to recover from the poor start to his season to win a race and currently sits third in the series standings.(ThorSport Racing PR) [Image of the #13-FarmPaint.com Chevrolet is posted on the #13 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](10-28-2010)

  • Australian Gold returns with Crafton at Talladega: Australian Gold back on the hood on Halloween: Australian Gold will be on the hood of the No. 88 Menards Chevy driven by Matt Crafton for the fifth time in 2010 at Talladega Superspeedway. For over 20 years, Australian Gold brand tanning lotions have produced superior bronzing power, advanced skin care, and unbeatable results. Crafton heads to Talladega riding a 12-race top-ten streak. Matt will drive ThorSport Racing Chassis No. 24 at Talladega; the same truck he piloted to a fifth-place finish at Daytona in February.(ThorSport Racing PR)(10-28-2010)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes — Talladega: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Talladega this weekend will run the same tire codes, 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 Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams ran at Talladega earlier this season . . . it is also the same tire set-up that teams in each of NASCAR’s top three divisions ran at the track in 2009 . . . this is the only track at which either of these two Goodyear tire codes will be run in 2010 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. [Complete tire specs are posted on the Talladega Race Page.](Goodyear PR) (10-28-2010)

  • Jeffrey Earnhardt returns to RWR: Rick Ware Racing’s Jeffrey Earnhardt has been looking forward to racing at the high banks of Talladega his entire life. That day has finally arrived, as the fourth generation Earnhardt will pilot his #6 Fuel Doctor/Firestop Chevy for the running of the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jeffrey will be making the final step in the approval process for 2010 to compete at all the tracks in 2011 for his Rookie of the Year campaign, but the youngster also knows that plenty of people will be watching other than NASCAR. “This whole month I have been in Alabama, working with kids at the local schools. Firestop, one of the sponsors this week, have been working closely with me and the fire departments to teach the students about fire safety. During this time I have gained a bunch of support from the kids, and I want to run well for them,” Jeffrey said.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(10-27-2010)

  • Exide returns to #5 for Talladega: Exide Batteries will return to the hood of the No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota Tundra with driver Mike Skinner this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the Georgia-based company’s second consecutive year partnering with the No. 5 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. Skinner is one of just eight drivers to race in all four NCWTS races at Talladega Superspeedway. At a track known for its unpredictable finishes and wildcard characteristics, Skinner has consistently been able to run up-front and finish races at the 2.66-mile track, completing 99.5% of all laps attempted.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(10-27-2010)
  • Lofton making 1st series start at Talladega: Justin Lofon, driver of the #7-VisitPit.com Toyota for Red Horse Racing, will be making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega Superspeedway. Though this will be Lofton’s first race in a truck, it is not his first time racing at the 2.66-mile track. He has raced there twice in ARCA competition, including a run in April of 2009, which resulted in the race win after leading 46 of the event’s 97 laps.(Red Horse Racing PR)(10-27-2010)

  • Jackson to make final 2010 start: 2010 has been a learning experience for Missouri native Tony Jackson Jr. in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Saturday he will make his seventh and final appearance for the SS Green Light Racing team in the No. 07 ASI Limited Chevy Silverado. Jackson will be paired with veteran Crew Chief Butch Miller again this weekend at Talladega. The Mountain Dew 250 is the 242nd consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and is the seventh and final race for Jackson with the SS Green Light No. 07. By running a seven-race schedule Jackson has retained his status for rookie of the year in 2011.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(10-27-2010)

  • White switches to Ford for Talladega: Jason White is pumped-up and ready to go. He’s ready to get to the Talladega Superspeedway and prove the strength of the speedway program the SS Green Light team showed at the season opener at Daytona. Back in February, White won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pole and finished fourth in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. The team is bringing the same truck to Talladega this week. Jason is ready to show the early-season run was no fluke and he plans to put the GunBroker.com/Pursuit Channel No. 23 Ford back up to the front of the field. (SS Green Light Racing PR)(10-27-2010)
  • Talladega Fast Facts — Todd Bodine: #30 Valvoline Tundra
    *Bodine has owned the lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points since Charlotte.
    *Point lead margin is a record-setting 282 points over second-place.
    *Chassis TRD-058 will race at Talladega. It is the only chassis Bodine has ever raced at Daytona or Talladega in the Truck Series.
    *Bodine has raced 21 NASCAR races at Talladega spanning each of NASCAR’s three national divisions.
    *Bodine has four wins this Truck Series season and two pole awards.
    *In four races at Talladega, Bodine has led laps in each event and finished fourth or better in each event.
    *Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive season-22 wins, nine pole awards, one championship *In five full-time seasons in the Truck Series, Bodine has scored championship finishes of fourth or better, including one championship title in 2006.(Germain Racing PR)(10-26-2010)

  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Talladega Superspeedway:
    *Justin Lofton was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the October 23 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Lofton scored a 13th-place finish and claimed top rookie honors for the sixth time this season.
    *Austin Dillon leads Lofton by 53 points (237-184) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 30 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
    *Dillon is fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, best of any Raybestos Rookie. He is 78 points behind third-place Johnny Sauter and 16 ahead of fifth-place Matt Crafton.
    *Dillon has racked up two victories this season, capturing the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speeday (race No. 10) and the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (race No. 20). He is the first Raybestos Rookie to win multiple races since Carl Edwards won three times in 2003.
    *Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2009 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega, scoring a 14th-place finish.
    *Colin Braun (2008) is the only first-year driver to score a top-five finish in four Talladega races. *The best qualifying effort by a Raybestos Rookie at Talladega is third-place by Colin Braun (2008).(Raybestos PR)(10-26-2010)

  • Kangaroo stores onboard with Carmichael: The Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting Kangaroo convenience stores on the rear quarter panels this weekend at Talladega. Fans can sample new Monster Energy products and get a first-hand look at the Monster Energy Chevrolet when the show truck appears at the Pantry convenience stores in Trussville & Oxford, AL [see Turner Motorsports website for details] Carmichael’s goal: “The goal this weekend for me is to finish the race! I’ve been there three times and was involved in a wreck each time, so just making it to the end will be an accomplishment for me. It’s nothing like Daytona as far as handling goes – it’s just hoping you’re in the right place at the right time and putting yourself in the right position to finish the race. The rest will take care of itself.”(Turner Motorsports PR)(10-26-2010)

  • TV ratings up for Martinsville: According to Nielsen Media Research, ratings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Martinsville were up 41 percent year-to-year, with Saturday’s live coverage on SPEED scoring a .69 (536,000 households) against last year’s .49 (365,000 households). The race, won by Ron Hornaday Jr., peaked at a .89 (690,000 households), up 53 percent from last year’s peak of .58 (429,000 households). After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical) put the series in a ratings hole, the Trucks continue to build momentum with viewers, scoring increases in six of the last nine events (Pocono up 78%, Darlington up 19%, Bristol up 3%, Kentucky 115% and Las Vegas 17%). Since July, NCWTS ratings are up 12 percent year-to-year. The Trucks return to SPEED on Oct. 30 from Talladega, with live coverage beginning with the pre-race show, NCWTS Setup, at 3:30 p.m. ET and race coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET.(SPEED PR)(10-26-2010)

  • Fontaine making first Talladega start: Chris Fontaine, driver of the #84 Glenden Enterprises Toyota, will be making his first start at Talladega Superspeedway in this weekend’s Mountain Dew 250. Fontaine has competed in six NCWTS races so far this year with his own team, at Atlanta, Nashville, Dover, Michigan, Pocono and Chicagoland. He finished 17th at Atlanta, Dover and Michigan. At Chicagoland, Fontaine equaled his career-best finish of 13th set last year at Gateway. On making his first NCWTS start at Talladega Superspeedway: “Everybody on the team is real excited about going to Talladega. We have a truck that has run very well there before, and we have spent a lot of time preparing the truck. We are going to try and get our best qualifying run and our best finish.”(Chris Fontaine PR)(10-26-2010)

  • Schrader making final 2010 KHI start: Ken Schrader will make his final start of 2010 for Kevin Harvick Inc. this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Although this will be his first Truck Series start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Schrader is no stranger to success at Talladega. He visited victory lane for the first time in his NASCAR career in the fall of 1988 in the Sprint Cup Series, and also has one Nationwide Series win (1994) at Talladega. Moore’s Marinade will partner up with Schrader and the No. 2 team for the second time this season at Talladega Superspeedway.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-25-2010)

  • E-Z-GO returns as sponsor for Hornaday: E-Z-GO will sponsor the #33 Chevrolet with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. for this weekend’s Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. E-Z-GO, a Textron Inc. company, is a leading manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles. Four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday has four starts at Talladega Superspeedway, but is still looking to score a win at a superspeedway. Hornaday came close in 2008 at Talladega when he finished second to Todd Bodine. Hornaday has completed 378 of the 380 laps attempted, giving him a 99.5% completion rating. On top of completing 99.5% of the laps attempted, Hornaday has spent 292 of those laps running in the top 15.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-25-2010)

  • Monday Rundown – Racing Resources:
    *Ron Hornaday Jr. won the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday driving for Kevin Harvick Inc. He led once for the final 11 laps. It was Hornaday’s series-leading 47th career victory in his 271st start and his first win at Martinsville in his 17th start. It also was Hornaday’s second win of 2010, as his first came at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday has won at 30 different tracks in the series. Hornaday moved from seventh to sixth in points, 40 out of fifth place.
    *Hornaday’s victory was the 32nd for Kevin Harvick Inc. It was the team’s sixth win in 2010. KHI has won three times at Martinsville with all of those coming in the past four races there.
    *This was the first time since 2008 that both Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were in the same race and one of them failed to win.
    *This was the ninth win of 2010 for Chevrolet. Toyota has won the 12 other races thus far. It was Chevy’s ninth win at Martinsville.
    *The top 10 consisted of six Toyotas and four Chevrolets.
    *Busch (finished second) earned his eighth top-two finish in 12 starts this season.
    *Todd Bodine (third) drove to his 15th top-5 finish this season and padded his championship lead by 20 points, raising it to 282. It is the largest points lead with four races to go in series history.
    *Jason White (fourth) tied his best finish of the season.
    *Aric Almirola (fifth), who is second in the standings, earned his ninth straight top-10 finish but has lost 133 points to Bodine during that stretch.
    *B.J. McLeod (17th), C.E. Falk (25th), Amber Cope (26th), Angela Cope (30th), Matt Lofton (31st) and Cody Cambensy (32nd) made their series debuts.
    *For the first time in NASCAR national series history, four women started a race. It was also the first time that sisters competed in a national series race.(ESPN.com)(10-25-2010)

  • Sad News – Carol June Bodine: Carol June Bodine, 85, of Pleasant Garden passed away Friday, October 22, 2010 in the Palliative Care unit at Wesley Long Memorial Hospital. Born May 1, 1925 in Elmira, New York, to Louise and Ronald Sechrist, Carol June was married in August 1943 to Eli Bodine. Together, while raising a family in rural Chemung, New York, they built their lives as prominent business owners. While their day to day lives revolved around operating one of the largest chicken farms in New York State, and the local ice creamery, weekends were dedicated to providing thrills and excitement to auto race fans at their ¼ mile dirt track, Chemung Speedrome.
    Her love of adventure, spurred by the love of family, took Carol June, along with Eli on the NASCAR circuit for over a decade traveling from track to track selling souvenirs for sons Geoffrey and Brett. Her passion and dedication continued through their racing careers, and into son Todd’s, in the Camping World Truck Series. From practice to qualifying to the final lap, Carol June reveled in her son’s accomplishments.
    The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel in Greensboro, NC. The service of celebration will be officiated by her nephew, Reverend Randall Stone, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. Please access the following link for service details and directions: www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 2800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.(10-25-2010)

  • Two more for Johanna Long; full-time in 2011? During the Kroger 200 Martinsivlle practice session broadcast on SPEEDtv, pit reporter Adam Alexander reported that Johanna Long plans to run two more races this season; Texas and Homestead. Long is hoping to be full-time next season and would then be eligible to run for Rookie of the Year.(10-22-2010)

  • Kennington set for Martinsville return: UPDATE driver change DJ Kennington, NASCAR’s newest National Champion in the Canadian Tire Series, will ride the high into Martinsville, VA with Rick Ware Racing in the #47 Kids Embrace Chevrolet for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 from the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. “Winning the championship in Canada has been a long road for me, and to finally have that moment, it’s indescribable. To have my crew and family there to celebrate the ultimate accomplishment and all those years of hard work is a memory I’ll never forget,” Kennington explained. Kennington drove for RWR at Martinsville in the spring of this year. “There is a lot in the mix for me in 2011 with Rick Ware Racing and Fuel Doctor. Winning the championship has opened doors for me to do more racing, both back home and in the US. I’m looking forward to running more truck series races and attacking the challenges that come with it. It all starts with a good run this weekend,” Kennington said.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(10-19-2010)
    UPDATE: 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion, DJ Kennington was scheduled to make his second career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville this weekend for RWR has substitute driver EC Falk taking his place. “Being a Champion has its benefits,” stated owner Rick Ware. “DJ had some sponsorship relations take place over the last part of the week. In the business, sponsors are first priority. His relationship with Castrol is the longest current relationship in NASCAR (18 years) and we respect that.” Kennington and RWR look forward to working together in the near future and we want him and his sponsor to continue to have success and that is what is most important.” EC Falk will take over the 47 Kids Embrace truck for the weekend.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(10-22-2010)

  • Sauter returns to ThorSport Racing for 2011: Johnny Sauter and ThorSport Racing will once again team up to run for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011. Sauter, the 2001 ASA Racing Series champion, winner of three Nationwide Series races, and a two-time NCWTS winner, signed an extension to continue driving the No. 13 Chevrolet last week. Since joining ThorSport Racing for the 2009 season, Sauter has won two Camping World Truck Series races (Las Vegas, September 2009 and Kansas, April 2010), collected 19 top-five finishes, 26 top-ten finishes, and won two poles. He finished sixth in the 2009 championship standings while winning the series’ Raybestos Rookie of the Year award, and currently sits third in the 2010 championship standings, just 38 points out of second.(ThorSport Racing PR)(10-21-2010)

  • Sauter returns to ThorSport Racing for 2011: UPDATE Martinsville sponsor: Johnny Sauter and ThorSport Racing will once again team up to run for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011. Sauter, the 2001 ASA Racing Series champion, winner of three Nationwide Series races, and a two-time NCWTS winner, signed an extension to continue driving the No. 13 Chevrolet last week. Since joining ThorSport Racing for the 2009 season, Sauter has won two Camping World Truck Series races (Las Vegas, September 2009 and Kansas, April 2010), collected 19 top-five finishes, 26 top-ten finishes, and won two poles. He finished sixth in the 2009 championship standings while winning the series’ Raybestos Rookie of the Year award, and currently sits third in the 2010 championship standings, just 38 points out of second.(ThorSport Racing PR)(10-21-2010)
    UPDATE: SealMaster, the worldwide leader in pavement maintenance products and equipment, will once again adorn the #13 ThorSport Chevrolet at Martinsville. SealMaster has a large franchise system covering many of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas; an existing franchise is immediately available in Oakland, California along with additional open territories including New England, Kansas City, and the Pacific Northwest.(ThorSport PR)(10-21-2010)

  • White set to make 100th start: Saturday’s Kroger 200 will be a very special race for Virginia native Jason White as the veteran driver will make his 100th career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Martinsville Speedway. In addition to breaking the century mark behind the wheel White will make NCWTS history by running his fourth different manufacturer in a single season. Popular cable network Pursuit Channel will join GunBroker.com on White’s No. 23 Toyota Tundra for the Kroger 200. White’s career in the NCWTS began in 2001 at the Mesa Marin Speedway completing all 250 laps and finished sixteenth. With five races remaining in the 2010 season, Jason is eleventh in the NCWTS standings just four points behind Justin Lofton for the tenth position.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(10-21-2010)

  • Tide onboard with Crafton at Martinsville: Matt Crafton heads into Martinsville with the longest top-ten finish streak of any driver in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. With eleven consecutive top-tens, six of which have been top-five finishes. Procter and Gamble’s Tide detergent will be on board the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet for the second and final time of the 2010 season at Martinsville. Crafton finished third at Pocono with the bright orange Tide hood earlier in the season.(ThorSport Racing PR)(10-21-2010)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes – Martinsville: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Martinsville this weekend will run the same tire codes, 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 these teams ran at Martinsville earlier this season . . . this is the only track at which either of these two Goodyear tire codes will be run in 2010 . . . 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 Page.](10-21-2010)

  • Busch in #18 for final five; Z-Line onboard at Martinsville: Kyle Busch is scheduled to drive the final five Truck Series events – Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, Oct. 30 at Talladega Superspeedway, Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Nov. 12 at Phoenix International Raceway and the season finale Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch’s Toyota Tundra will have a familiar look this weekend as it will be sporting a longtime sponsor of his from the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Z-Line Designs, the San Ramon, Calif.-based designer and import manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture, will adorn Busch’s No. 18 KBM Toyota Tundra this week at the .526-mile oval in southern Virginia. And if the past is any indication, Busch and Z-Line should be quite successful.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR
  • McLeod making series debut at Martinsville: B.J. McLeod, driving the #9-Boggy Creek Airboat Rides Chevrolet, is about to reach the goal of competing in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday October 23rd, at Martinsville Speedway. McLeod met local businessman, Chris Long following a late model race at New Smyrna, who subsequently helped provide equipment and team personal for future races. McLeod went on to win the 2010 World Series of Asphalt during NASCAR Speedweeks in February. “The week after the race, Chris (Long) told me we should consider buying a Camping World truck to race at Martinsville. I got on the phone immediately with suppliers. Two days later we agreed to build a truck from the ground up,” said McLeod. Since February I have met so many cool people in Mooresville who have helped me get this truck from parts lying on the floor to the most awesome looking truck you have ever seen. Everyone who has helped me get to the track does not want me to give them any credit, but I could not be here without their tireless effort and support.”(BJ McLeod PR)[Rendering of the #9-Boggy Creek Airboat Rides Chevrolet is posted on the #9 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](10-20-2010)

  • King to pilot third SS Green Light truck at Martinsville: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce that Virginia’s John King will pilot the Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac No. 07 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 23rd. King started his racing career driving Fastrak and StormPay.com Sanctioned Crate Late Models on dirt in 2006 and over the last two seasons has successfully transitioned to asphalt in Legends Cars and UARA-Stars Late Models. King ran two NCWTS races earlier in 2010 for Team Gill Racing, finishing an impressive fifteenth in his truck series debut at Bristol. Butch Miller will oversee King’s effort in the Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac No. 07 Chevrolet at Martinsville. In addition to Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, King will have support from Express Signs of Kingsport, TN and the Davis Love Foundation on the SS Green Light No. 07 at Martinsville.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(10-20-2010)

  • Kendrick & Turn One Racing part ways: UPDATE Kendrick to Germain? Hearing that crew chief Chad Kendrick & Turn One Racing have parted ways effective immediately. Also hearing that the #60-Chevrolet with driver Stacy Compton will reunite with last year’s crew chief Marcus Richmond.(10-19-2010)
    UPDATE: Hearing that Chad Kendrick left Turn One Racing to take a new position with Germain Racing as crew chief for the #9 GEICO Toyota driven by Max Papis.(10-20-2010)

  • Harvick makes final 2010 start in #2; Kroger/Tide onboard: Kevin Harvick Inc. co-owner Kevin Harvick will get behind the wheel of the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for the final time in 2010 at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Harvick has driven the No. 2 to victory lane three times this season, taking the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Gateway International Raceway. For the second time this season, the No. 2 will sport a bright orange and blue paint scheme at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick will hit the track with retail partner Kroger and sponsorship partner Procter & Gamble, highlighting their family of brands on the No. 2 Chevrolet. Tide will take the spotlight on the orange machine, featured on the Chevrolet Silverado’s hood and rear quarter panels. Harvick last ran Tide on the hood of the No. 2 in Martinsville earlier this season where he drove the truck to victory lane after leading 187 of 250 laps. There will be a new face on the pit box this weekend, as David Hyder will call the shots for the race in Martinsville following crew chief Butch Hylton’s move to the No. 33 truck of Ron Hornaday.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-19-2010)

  • Peters heads to home track as defending winner: Timothy Peters [#17-Toyota] heads to his home track this weekend as the defending race winner. Peters led 84 laps en route to his first career victory at the Virginia paperclip last fall. Martinsville Speedway is a track that Peters knows well. In nine previous starts, he has earned five top-10 and two top-five finishes including one trip to Victory Lane in 2009 and a fourth place finish earlier this spring. Peters is hungry for the win again this fall and knows just what it takes to get there.(Red Horse Racing PR)(10-19-2010)

  • Bodine goes “pink” to raise awareness: #30-Todd Bodine leads the Truck Series Championship battle by a 262-point margin; a record-setting point lead into Martinsville Speedway for Saturday’s Kroger 200. When Bodine says the Germain Racing team is heading to Martinsville Speedway to collect the team’s first short-track win, he’s serious. The team returns to the track with TRD-122, which ran at Martinsville in the spring, and has since been to Darlington’s winner’s circle. It also passed a recent testing session with flying colors. At Bodine’s insistence, the Germain Racing team took their typical effort to promote October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month a step further. In addition to sporting pink ribbons, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra will be very pink. “For a lot of reasons, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness has been an important mission for Germain Racing since our first year in the Trucks. All Germain Racing vehicles have pink ribbons in October. The Germain.com Tundra will be very pink at Martinsville. Everything on the truck that would normally be red is going to be pink. It’s going to look great. I can’t wait to see it,” said Bodine. [Rendering of the truck is posted in the right-hand column Paint Schemes module.](Germain Racing PR)(10-19-2010)

  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Martinsville:
    *Raybestos Rookie Austin Dillon won the September 25 Smith’s Food and Drug Stores 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, crossing the finish line 5.588 seconds ahead of second-place Johnny Sauter. Dillon won for the second time in 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and became the first Raybestos Rookie to win multiple races since Carl Edwards won three times in 2003. He claimed top rookie honors for the 14th time this season.
    *Dillon won the pole at Las Vegas at Las Vegas, his fifth of the season, the most ever by a Raybestos Rookie in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.
    *Dillon leads Justin Lofton by 54 points (236-182) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 23 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
    *James Buescher was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2009 Kroger 200 at Martinsville, scoring an 11th-place finish.
    *The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in six fall races at Martinsville is second-place by Travis Kvapil (2001), Carl Edwards (2003) and Todd Kluever (2005).
    Raybestos Rookies have won two pole positions in 23 previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville, both in the fall race: Greg Biffle (1998) and Carl Edwards (2003).(Raybestos PR)(10-19-2010)
  • Carmichael’s home showcased in magazine: Fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at Ricky Carmichael’s home in Tallahassee, Florida, by picking up the current issue of Architectural Digest magazine. The issue, on newsstands now, features the home’s interior design which was created by his wife Ursula’s interior design company, CDecor (www.cdecor.net). The article can also be viewed online at ArchitecturalDigest.com. The #4-Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting The Apple Mart and Kroger stores on the rear quarter panels for this weekend’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.Turner Motorsports PR)(10-19-2010)

  • Silly Season continues; Hornaday shopping? Roush returning? There have been rumors that Ron Hornaday may be shopping for a new ride for next season. Word is that he’s had conversations with a few teams about a possible seat for 2011. Hornaday’s performance has been off this season after winning two of the last three Truck Series titles. He currently sits seventh in the standings, and only has one win after winning six races in each of the last two years. Sponsorship has also been an issue this year, as Hornaday has had eight different companies on the hood in 20 races. The #33 team started 2010 sponsored by Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco, but KHI was another victim of the law banning tobacco advertising. The team lost Longhorn following the Michigan race in June. Some good news could be coming for Truck Series entry lists for 2011. Roush Fenway Racing is rumored to be putting their truck program back together after leaving the series a year ago. The team last competed in the CWTS in 2009 with Colin Braun, but ended their program after Ford pulled their factory support for the series. Word is RFR may run as many as two trucks next season.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)(10-18-2010)

  • Foyt to drive for DRM at Talladega: UPDATE image added: BeBevCo who has been building its brand KOMA UNWIND “Chillaxation Drink “with an entry in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series this season, will get a huge brand boost when Larry Foyt, the son of A.J. Foyt, one of the most recognized names in all of motorsports, takes the wheel of the KOMA UNWIND Chevy in the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Super Speedway on October 30, 2010. Foyt, who has been a fierce competitor in everything from NASCAR Trucks, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series, along with multiple Indy 500 starts, will trade in his full time job as General Manager of A.J. Foyt Racing, for his first start of 2010 in the Daisy Ramirez Motorsports KOMA UNWIND #01 entry.(MarketWatch.com)(10-18-2010)
    UPDATE: Rendering of the Daisy Ramirez Motorsports #01-Doug Hanson/Koma Unwind Chevy [depicted as Dodge, but changed to Chevy] is posted on the #01 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(10-18-2010)

  • Cambensy making series debut at Martinsville: UPDATE image added: Tucson, Arizona’s Cody Cambensy will be making his series debut in this weekend’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Cambensy will be driving the #24-Motor Whisky.com/MasterCraft Safety Ford F-150 for JJCR and UAR; over the past year Cambensy has competed in the USLMA/ASA series under the UAR/JPU Racing Banner with the help of Ron Norman, and recently finished second in a ASA series event at Tucson Raceway Park. Element7Graphics and Line X will also be on board for the event.(Upshaw Adams Racing PR)(10-18-2010)
    UPDATE: Image of the #24-Motor Whisky/MasterCraft Safety/Line-X Ford is posted on the #24 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(10-18-2010)

  • New sponsor for Hornaday at Martinsville: UPDATE Hylton as crew chief for remainder of season: Kevin Harvick Inc. announced today that Armour Canned Meats and Kroger Mid-Atlantic Food Stores have teamed up to sponsor four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday at Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 200 on October 23, 2010. Hornaday will make his 17th-career Truck Series start at Martinsville Speedway in October. The 0.526-mile track in Virginia is one of only nine tracks on the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule in which the four-time Truck Series champion has yet to record a win. “I think this year we might have a little magic with Armour Canned Meats and Kroger Mid-Atlantic Food Stores coming on board for a special paint scheme,” added Hornaday. “Every time the Armour paint scheme has been on the side of Kevin’s Nationwide Series car it has ended up in victory lane. We are hoping it brings us the same luck so we can collect the first Truck Series Grandfather Clock trophy from Martinsville.” Kroger Mid-Atlantic Food stores, a proud NASCAR and KHI supporter is pleased to team up with Armour Canned Meats to carry the camouflage color Vienna sausage can pack beginning in November in their Mid-Atlantic region.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-18-2010)
    UPDATE: Beginning this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Hornaday will hear a new voice from atop the pit box. Butch Hylton will move over to the No. 33 truck for the remainder of the 2010 season, calling the shots as crew chief for Hornaday. Hylton previously severed as crew chief for the No.2 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) Chevrolet. In his 13 years serving as a crew chief in NASCAR’s three elite series, Hylton has accumulated 10 wins and one Nationwide Series owner’s championship with Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter in 2003. In 2000, Hylton served as car chief for Bobby Labonte’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship season. Hylton also won the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona GT division race serving as crew chief.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(10-18-2010)

  • Bowles in the #15 at Martinsville: Billy Ballew Motorsports announced today that it has signed current NASCAR K&N West Series champion Jason Bowles to race the No.15 BBM Toyota Tundra at Martinsville this weekend. Bowles spent the last three seasons in the K&N West Series where he won nine races, ten poles, rookie-of-the-year, and last season captured the championship. His 4.2 average finish in 2009 is the best in series history since 1995 among drivers with 13 or more starts in a full season. Bowles made his Truck Series debut in Las Vegas finishing 16th for Germain Racing, with the goal of gaining experience, something he did running all night on the lead lap. This season Bowles has run in a variety of NASCAR races, most recently in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(10-18-2010)

  • UNC Charlotte to sponsor Wes Burton at Martinsville: UPDATE 2 additional sponsorship: UNC Charlotte alumni Wes Burton will join forces with the North Carolina Motorsports & Automotive Research Center (NCMARC) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 23rd. This event will be Burton’s first race back with the series since qualifying 21st for the May event at Charlotte Motor Speedway [#16-Chevy]. Martinsville will also be the third series start for Green Burton Motorsports, which is a new team looking to build for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. UNC Charlotte is located within 5 miles of Charlotte Motor Speedway and within 50 miles of approximately 90% of NASCAR Sprint Cup teams. The Motorsports Program offers engineering courses pertaining to vital elements of auto racing such as road vehicle dynamics, motorsports instrumentation, aerodynamics, automotive powerplants, and more. Students can also gain hands-on experience in the newly renamed Alan D. Kulwicki Motorsports Laboratory where students can work with various forms of racecars. Potential students who are visiting the Charlotte area for the NASCAR events are encouraged to stop by UNC Charlotte and learn about the elaborate program.(Green Burton Motorsports PR)(10-14-2010)
    UPDATE: Image of the #16-UNC Charlotte/NCMARC Chevrolet is posted on the #16 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(10-15-2010)
    UPDATE 2: Wes Burton and Green Burton Motorsports welcome Kleenoil Filtration and Power Up Lubricants to the race track at Martinsville on Oct. 23rd for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Kleenoil Filtration provides a bypass oil filtration system that will keep your oil clean and within operating specifications for up to 10 times its normal life. Power Up Lubricants reduces operating temperatures and energy consumption in engines and gearboxes of all sizes.(Green Burton Motorsports PR)(10-18-2010)

  • NASCAR to use E15 fuel in 2011: NASCAR announced it will race with E15 fuel in its three national touring series in 2011. Sunoco Green E15 is a 15 percent ethanol blend using American-made ethanol from corn grown by American farmers.”NASCAR is committed to being an environmental leader, and the sport has taken significant steps over the years toward conservation by introducing measurable, best-in-class initiatives in recycling, alternative energy, and carbon mitigation,” said Brian France, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASCAR. The transition to Sunoco Green E15 takes our long-term sustainability strategy to the next level. Sunoco Green E15 is good for racing, good for the environment and good for America. While fueling the same close, door-to-door racing that thrills our fans, American ethanol creates jobs in the United States, helps foster energy independence, and continues the greening of our sport.” Sunoco Green E15 will be blended at Sunoco’s fuel facility in Marcus Hook, Pa., which provides high-performance race fuel to NASCAR teams at no cost to them. The American-grown and American-made corn ethanol will come in part from Sunoco’s new ethanol plant in Fulton, N.Y. The new fuel will be pumped directly from tankers at the track, rather than from on-site underground storage tanks. NASCAR team engine builders have been testing the Sunoco Green E15 for several months, and reports have been very positive. In fact, many have reported achieving more horsepower with Sunoco Green E15.(NASCAR PR)(10-16-2010)

  • Hyder joins Kevin Harvick Inc: Former NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief David Hyder has taken a position with Kevin Harvick Inc. Hyder won over 100 races driving Late Models in the Southeast but most recently worked as a crew chief with the Wood Brothers on the No. 21 Cup car. Hyder is “shadowing us” this weekend, said KHI general manager Rick Carelli. “He’ll be working on special projects,” Carelli added. “He’ll also be Kevin’s crew chief at Martinsville (Speedway) on the No. 2 Tide truck.” While KHI’s final plans for 2011 have yet to be announced, Carelli said that Hyder will be the crew chief for Tony Stewart and the No. 4 Chevrolet when he attempts to win his fourth consecutive Daytona 300 Nationwide Series race next February.(FoxSports.com)(10-15-2010)

  • Bush hoping for best as KBM facility officially opens: Five months ago, Kyle Busch sat at a table in the front of the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway and lamented the fact that he ever got into the Camping World Truck Series as an owner. Thursday in the same setting, he celebrated the fact that his state-of-the-art Kyle Busch Motorsports shop finally opened in Mooresville, N.C. But when he finished talking about all the goods he sold in the KBM gift shop, he admitted times remain difficult for his fledgling truck operation — and that it still faces an uncertain future beyond this season. As far as what we can report now, as far as going forward, I have been successful in selling five races for next year in the Truck Series. I won’t announce who yet, but that will come probably in the next week or two,” Busch said. “We’re in contract mode, so that’s awesome. Nonetheless, Busch talks as if he plans to ride it out. He said he still has lofty hopes for KBM in the not-too-distant future. “I think the possibilities are endless at Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Busch said, citing the fact that he owns plenty of land around the new building that is LEED-certified — the first “green” building in the motorsports industry that he knows of. Busch said he uses fellow Cup driver Harvick’s operation as an example of what he would like KBM to become. “I know he’s kind of said that he would like or his goal in the next couple years is to see two trucks and two Nationwide teams. My goal at KBM is to try to get two truck teams going — if not for next year, for the following season,” Busch said. “And eventually we could be where it’s two Nationwide teams and a Truck team or a Nationwide team and two Truck teams.(NASCAR.com) [Previous news on this story is posted on the September Archives Page](10-15-2010)

  • Matt Lofton to make series debut at Martinsville: Matt Lofton will be making his series debut in next weekend’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Lofton will be driving the #97-Strutmasters.com Toyota for Matt Lofton Motorsports; crew chief is Blake Bainbridge. For the past three years Lofton has competed in the USAR Pro Cup Series, and recently finished thirteenth in the ARCA Kansas race.(Matt Lofton Motorsports) [Images of the #97 Strutmasters.com Toyota are posted on the #97 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](10-15-2010)

  • Malsam returns to RMM for final three; full-time 2011: Tayler Malsam will be back behind the wheel of the #25 Toyota Tundra for Randy Moss Motorsports for three races before the 2010 season comes to a close. The Seattle, Wash., native will pilot a second entry for Randy Moss Motorsports at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway before taking over the reins of the Randy Moss Motorsports-prepared Toyota Tundra for the entire 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign. The 21-year-old Seattle, Wash., native has made 26 starts for Randy Moss Motorsports throughout his career; the most recent being the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway just two weeks ago. He has recorded 10 top-10 finishes and a best finish of fifth at Gateway International Raceway in September 2009. Sponsorship announcements for Malsam’s No. 25 Toyota Tundra are forthcoming.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(10-14-2010)

  • Johanna Long to make first Martinville attempt; champions local Girl Scouts: Johanna Long, 18, fresh off a strong 3rd-place finish in the Pro Late Models Allen Turner Tune-Up 100, is setting her sights on competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ next race – the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Driving the #20 Panhandle Motorsports Toyota Tundra on the track, Johanna is also taking time to make the weekend special off the track for some inspirational young girls of the Girl Scouts Virginia Skyline Council. Several fun events are planned for the week with the regional council of the Girl Scouts – to include two Scouts as “honorary pit crew” members for the team at the Kroger 200, as well as a visit with the girls & their families at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville. Johanna will speak to the girls about finding their passion, hard work and determination in whatever they choose to do in life. She will also have her “honorary pit crew” members cross the stage with her at driver introductions. Long will make her fifth career NCWTS start at Martinsville, while juggling a career in Late Models & the upcoming legendary Snowball Derby. With two top-20 finishes, she’s confident that she’s achieving her goals for a NASCAR education in 2010.(Panhandle Motorsports PR)(10-13-2010)

  • Students read way to TV appearance at Martinsville: Reading pays big rewards in many different ways. Just ask any of the more than 2,000 elementary school students who participated in Martinsville Speedway’s Fifth Annual Read Your Way to the Race program. Two of the more than 400 classes that participated in the program will get to appear on national television as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on October 23 and the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on October 24. A third class will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with the winner of the Kroger 200. One student will get to stand on-stage for the Kroger 200 pre-race activities, another will ride along in the pace car for the start of the Kroger 200, and another will participate in Kroger 200 victory lane celebrations. Three more classes won the opportunity to have pizza parties at Martinsville Speedway after race weekend. This fall 405 classrooms in three school systems — Martinsville City Schools, Henry County Schools and Pittsylvania County Schools — participated. The goal was for each participating student to read either 15 chapters or 15 books, depending on individual reading levels. In the end, 2,022 students successfully completed the assignment. All students who reached their goal will be admitted to either the Kroger 200 or the TUMS Fast Relief 500 free.(Martinsville Daily)(10-13-2010)

  • Cobb signs on for new motorsports-themed TV series: As production for “The Ride” heads to the starting line, V1 Entertainment Films has announced that female race car owner/driver Jennifer Jo Cobb of the #10 Driven team will play a recurring role as herself and be a creative consultant for the motorsports-themed ensemble project, to be directed by acclaimed film and television actor/director Giancarlo Esposito of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” “The Ride” is a character-driven story targeted as a 2011 replacement series about the exploits of a tight-knit group of drivers from different worlds set in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina, north of Charlotte, often called Race City USA. Esposito will direct and is creatively involved in every detail from casting to soundtrack, while veteran WGA screenwriter Tony Sommo is – in true motorsports style – incorporating themes from advertiser/sponsors into the script. Cobb has agreed to make regular on-screen appearances as herself as well as provide insights from her life as a female racer in a traditionally male-dominated sport.(JJC Racing/PR.com)(10-12-2010)

  • Cope twins to race trucks at Martinsville: UPDATE more info: Stratus Racing Group development drivers Angela and Amber Cope will both be attemtping the Kroger 200 at Martinsville later this month. The two will be driving the #01 of Daisy Ramirez Motorsports and Rick Ware Racing’s #6 in an joint effort between those two operations and Stratus. The Cope twins each are seeking to make their Truck Series debuts, with their last national touring starts coming in the ARCA Racing Series in 2008.(Frontstretch.com)(9-29-2010)
    UPDATE: Daisy Ramirez Motorsports is proud to announce Angela Cope will join the proud lineup of drivers to drive for team DRM in next week’s events at the Martinsville Speedway. Angela along with twin sister Amber will make NASCAR history when the green flag drops as the first twins to compete on track at the same time. DRM in conjunction with Stratus Racing Group, Derrick Cope Racing have been able to work the deal out so Angela and Amber will drive identical painted #01 and the #6 from the Rick Ware Racing. ODYSSEY Battery by EnerSy will be Angela’s co-primary sponsor as KOMA UNWIND “Chillaxation Drink” will move to a major associate sponsor location. Odyssey Batteries will also sponsor Amber Cope.(Daisy Ramirez Motorsports PR)(10-12-2010)

  • Cobb focused on making next season full-time ride: Chances are good that Jennifer Jo Cobb won’t be taking much of a vacation when the season ends in November, since getting sponsorship money is paramount. Cobb purchased the Ford team from Tom Mitchell before the season, with the idea of making a go of it as the only full-time female owner/driver in any of NASCAR’s major national series. Between the sponsorship money, purse money, public speaking appearances and her clothing line, Cobb’s contribution to the team well exceeds the few dollars she gets back. But to her, it’s worth every dime. However, being responsible for generating cashflow has had a negative effect on her driving, Cobb said. “At the beginning of this season, I did have higher hopes,” Cobb said. “We’d start out top 20 and end of the year, look at top-10s. And we don’t seem to be getting closer and closer to that. Then I wanted to move to Nationwide next year. Then I wanted to dabble in Cup, eventually, in the next two or three years. “But I don’t see us strong enough to do that right now. So next year, I want to focus on the same thing, only better — a full season in the Camping World Truck Series and a few Nationwide races — until we start to get the results we want.” The biggest issue facing Cobb’s team is lack of funding. She admits finding someone to help pay expenses will be a critical component if the team returns to run a full schedule next season. “We’ve got to take a few weeks off, reorganize and get some money, get a game plan,” Cobb said. “But I believe what I’ve said all along, if we can’t make 2011 happen full-time, I at least want to make the first three to five races. If we do shut down, it will be after the first few races next season. “That means we gave it a hell of a fight, we went down swinging. It doesn’t mean any one of us will be out of the sport. It just means we may not be able to do it on our own.”(NASCAR.com)(10-8-2010)

  • Busch sets track record testing at Gresham: Kyle Busch posted a new NASCAR track record in testing at Gresham Motorsports Park Wednesday wheeling his No. 18 Toyota Tundra NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry to a lap of 16.992 seconds. The blazing lap marked the first time a full-size NASCAR vehicle turned a sub 17-second lap on the GMP half-mile oval. A video interview with Busch is posted on the YouTube section of the Gresham Motorsports Park website.(Gresham Motorsports Park PR)(10-7-2010)

  • Kyle Busch Motorsports Grand Opening set: Kyle Busch Motorsports, which recently moved into its newly completed corporate headquarters and race shop in Mooresville, invites race fans to its KBM Grand Opening and Fan Appreciation Day festivities on Thursday, Oct. 14. Among the events and fan attractions on tap for the event, which begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m., is a morning autograph session featuring KBM driver-owner Kyle Busch and Brian Ickler. Fans attending the Grand Opening and Fan Appreciation Day festivities can tour the high-tech and environmentally friendly 77,000-square-foot KBM facility, where the team builds and prepares its stable of Toyota Tundra racetrucks. [More details available on the Jayski Driver Appearances page.] Raffle tickets will also be available for a chance to win the grand prize in this year’s “Win Kyle’s Tundra” promotion, in which the winner receives a 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup, as well as round-trip airfare and accommodations for two to the Nov. 12-14 NASCAR race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Details about the promotion, which benefits the Kyle Busch Foundation, can be found at the WinKylesTundra.com website.( Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(10-6-2010)

  • Dillon set to help reopen Nashville Bass Pro Shop: It is no secret that when Austin Dillon is not at the race track piloting the famed black #3 he can be found fishing on the lake or enjoying the scenery from the deer stand – a perfect match for his sponsor, Bass Pro Shops. Later this month Dillon will have the opportunity to partner with his sponsor for the grand re-opening of the Bass Pro Shops located at Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, which received devastating damage due to a massive flood earlier this year. The Music City location has been closed for four months. “I always enjoy checking different Bass Pro Shops locations when I travel to races, so I am anxious to see how the Nashville store has changed since the remodeling,” said Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet). The flooding in Nashville was a pretty bad deal. Many people were affected, including race fans, so it’s neat to see some of the places devastated by the flood rebuilt.” The “re-grand” opening will take place on Thursday, Oct. 14. Dillon will be on site to help raise money for flood victims still recovering and sign autographs. [Full event details available at Bass Pro Shops, October 7th].(NASCAR PR)[For more open week News & Notes visit the Martinsville Race Page)(10-5-2010)

  • Benson picks up 1st supermodified win: Saturday, Oct. 2 was a day to help raise money to fight breast cancer, but it was also day of fulfillment of a dream at Seekonk Speedway. 2008 NASCAR truck champion Johnny Benson Jr. had successfully raced late models, trucks and more, but one of his goals in life was to also win a supermodified feature race. Supermodifieds were in his racing roots. His dad had raced them and for four years the Michigan native had raced with the Brad Lichty team when time allowed. He had even built his own super, then destroyed it in 2009 in an injurious crash. In 2010, he came back to run a few races for Lichty. Saturday night Benson took over the lead of 100-lap Racing Against Breast Cancer ISMA event on lap 28 from an ultra-quick Robbie Summers and continued on to his quest for victory.(ISMA.com)(10-4-2010)

  • Kennington returns to Martinsville; 2nd series start: NASCAR announced Friday its short-track racing showcase will return to Toyota Speedway in Irwindale on Jan. 28-29. [D.J.]Kennington, from St. Thomas, won the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and has a guaranteed starting spot. His next race is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville, Va., on Oct. 23. He was 17th out of 36 drivers in the March race at Martinsville, won by Kevin Harvick. [First Martinsville race, Kennington drove the #6-Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing.](London Free Press)(10-2-2010)


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