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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News Archive
September 2012


  • Pastrana to pull double-duty as he makes truck debut at Las Vegas: UPDATE more info; image added: Motorsports star and pop icon Travis Pastrana will compete in both the Smith’s 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Sylvania SilverStar zXe Global RallyCross Championship Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Sept. 29 Smith’s 350 will mark Pastrana’s first race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Pastrana, headlined in the recently-released Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D, is a star of the ESPN X Games and a champion motocross rider. He will pilot the #98 AM/PM Toyota in the Smith’s 350 and the Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart in the GRC event. Pastrana won the July 14 GRC race at Loudon, NH. Although a newcomer to the Camping World Truck Series, Pastrana has competed on a limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He made his stock car racing debut last year in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale, Calif.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(9-24-2012)
    UPDATE: Travis Pastrana will be piloting the #98 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra, sponsored by ampm convenience stores at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 29th. This will be the first start for Pastrana in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and with ThorSport Racing. The ampm brand was founded in 1978 in Southern California by ARCO. ampm convenience stores have been recognized in the October 2011 Franchise Times “Top 200” and the 2012 Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500.” ARCO-branded ampm stores are currently found in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Arizona.(ThorSport.com) [Image of the #98-ampm Toyota is posted on the #98 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](9-28-2012)

  • Las Vegas Tire Notes: This is the same combination of left-and right-side tires that teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series ran at Las Vegas in March . . . this is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4524), though they did run this right-side tire code (D-4528) at Michigan in August . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Las Vegas Race Info page.](9-27-2012)

  • NCWTS returns to “The Rock” in 2013: After staging the most talked-about event of the 2012 NASCAR season to date, Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg made it official today; confirming that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to “The Rock” on April 12-14, 2013. Kasey Kahne celebrates in victory lane after winning the inaugural NCWTS race at Rockingham last April. “We got our report card from NASCAR, and it looks like we got an A+,” said Hillenburg of NASCAR’s April return to Rockingham for the first time since 2004. Sprint Cup Series star Kasey Kahne topped an all-star field of Camping World Truck Series regulars to win the Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine, in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of race fans. “Fans, drivers, teams; everyone embraced our 2012 event,” said Hillenburg. “I’m happy to announce that with their help, we’ll do it again in 2013; bigger and better than ever before.” Tickets are already on sale, with adult tickets ranging from $20 to $35 and kids age 12 and under half-price.(Rockingham Speedway PR)(9-26-2012)

  • Imperial Valley Full Plate on board with Lofton; image added:. The #6 Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet will have a new look this weekend with the Imperial Valley Full Plate Group on the truck. The group is composed of several business owners from the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Looking for ways to promote their products and services, the group decided to utilize the national reach and fan power of NASCAR while supporting their local NASCAR talent-Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Lofton. With the donations and contributions of these local business owners and neighbors, Lofton will race the #6 Imperial Valley Full Plate Chevrolet this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Justin Lofton will make his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 29. Lofton has one top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile Nevada facility from September 2010. Eddie Troconis will call the shots as crew chief for the #6 Imperial Valley Full Plate Chevrolet this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Troconis joined ESR in January 2012 after spending nearly three years at Kevin Harvick Incorporated as the head engineer. This season, Troconis has served as the team engineer for Eddie Sharp Racing, acted as the crew chief for the #8 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway, and has been on top of the #6 pit box for the NCWTS events.(Lofton/Eddie Sharp Racing PR) [Image of the #6 Imperial Valley Full Plate Chevrolet is posted on the #6 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](9-26-2012)

  • MB & Lafferty team up for Las Vegas: MB Motorsports and Lafferty Motorsports will team up for the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chris Lafferty will make his 16th Nascar Camping World Truck Series start and first on the fast, mile and a half tri-oval, where the black #65 Chevy Silverado will feature the colors of SUPERSEAL Construction Products. Certified Power is also on onboard for this Saturday’s event at LVMS.(MB Motorsports PR)(9-26-2012)

  • Piquet to sport Breast Cancer Awareness scheme at Talladega; image added: Nelson Piquet Jr., driver of Turner Motorsports #30 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will carry a unique Breast Cancer Awareness paint scheme on October 6th as he takes on the rest of the NCWTS drivers at Talladega Superspeedway. The unique collaborative effort between Alpinestars and famed New York-based female graffiti artist Claw Money will emblazon Piquet Jr.’s truck with bold pink graphics referencing breast cancer awareness and Claw’s eponymousmark. Designed by Claudia Gold, AKA Claw Money, the paint scheme is a fusion of art, motorsports and charity designed to heighten awareness for breast cancer research and the quest for a cure. A custom Alpinestars race suit that will also feature elements of the pink claw design and Claw Money’s interpretation of the pink ribbon will accompany the truck paint scheme. Nelson Piquet Jr.’s #30 Chevy Silverado will carry the Alpinestars/Claw Money Breast Cancer Awareness paint scheme as it challenges the NCWTS field on Saturday October 6th at the Talladega Superspeedway. The truck’s hood, diecast model trucks and t-shirts will be available for auction shortly following the race through eBay Giving Works, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation..(Turner Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #30- Breast Cancer Awareness paint scheme is posted on the #30 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.(9-25-2012)

  • Hornaday defending race winner at LVMS: Ron Hornaday enters this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the defending race winner. Hornaday captured his record-breaking 51st series win in the 2011 edition of the 146-lap event and will be looking to record his 52nd, taking the Joe Denette Motorsports’ #9 team with him. JDM will welcome Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff back on board the #9 this weekend as primary sponsor for this Saturday’s event. In 11 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Hornaday has posted two poles and led 259 laps en route to six top-five and eight top-10 finishes, including one win at the track in 2011. The series all-time race winner has an average start of 8.5 coupled with an average finish of 7.4 and has completed 99.9 percent of laps attempted (1714 of 1715). The #9 JDM team will also participate in the Burn-Out Bowl-Off benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities on Thursday night at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa. Hosted by fellow NCWTS driver, Brendan Gaughan, this annual event is something the entire garage looks forward to when they come to Las Vegas. The team of Hornaday’s wife, Lindy, is the defending winner of this tournament. With bragging rights and a trophy on the line, Lindy looks to “cash in” Vegas style to defend the team’s title.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(9-25-2012)

  • Gaughan returns to the #2 at Las Vegas: Brendan Gaughan returns to the seat of the #2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gaugha will pilot Chassis No. 061 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable. Gaughan drove this Chevrolet Silverado to a second-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July after starting from the sixth position. In eleven Camping World Truck Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Gaughan has one victory, three top-10 and five top-20 finishes. This weekend’s Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway marks Gaughan’s fifth appearance behind the wheel of the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for RCR this season. After Saturday’s 146-lap affair, the 37-year-old driver is slated to compete in two more Camping World Truck Series races this season at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway in November.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(9-25-2012)

  • First trip to Las Vegas for Dillon: Ty Dillon, driver of #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, will make his first appearance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Although he has yet to make any laps at the speedway, Dillon has garnered one win, two pole awards, four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 12 career Camping World Truck Series starts on tracks 1.5-mile or larger. After his third-place finish last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon remains the leader of the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, leading by four points. He also leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over driver Cale Gale.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(9-25-2012)

  • Reed to make series debut at LVMS: Ryan Reed will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the #5 Racehard.com / RyansMission.org Wauters Motorsports Ford F150 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Reed, who has been a successful development driver for ARCA Racing Series team Venturini Motorsports, will be making his first start on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track. In 2012, with Venturini Motorsports, the Bakersfield, Calif. native posted one top-five and five top-10 finishes in 13 events. Ryan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in February 2011 and initially told by doctors his “racing career” was over. Armed with the passion and determination to fulfill his dreams, Reed shifted his focus and poured all his energy into managing his health and educating himself on the disease. He uses his racing platform and personal story to inspire others living with T1D to continue living life to its fullest through Ryan’s Mission. Reed’s off-track goodwill has made him a National Celebrity Advocate of JDRF, the world’s largest charitable funder of T1D research. Today, Reed is only one of three professional race car drivers in the world to compete at the highest levels of racing with T1D. Racehard.com will serve as the joint sponsor for the Smith’s 350, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event with RyansMission.org. RaceHard.com, “where racers shop,” outfits serious racers, professional pit crews and diehard fans, from head to toe. They have a huge selection of pit crew apparel, pit equipment and auto racing safety equipment.(Wauters Motorsports PR)(9-24-2012)

  • KBM announces driver lineup for next two races: UPDATE more info on Mayhew: David Mayhew will pilot the #18 Dollar General Tundra in the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 29, 2012 and Kurt Busch will make his second Truck Series start for Kyle Bushc Motorsports this season in the Coca-Cola 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 6, 2012.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(9-18-2012)
    UPDATE: As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Smith’s 350, Kyle Busch Motorsports will roll out its seventh different driver in the #18 Tundra this season. David Mayhew, will be making his 11th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, driving the Dollar General Toyota in Saturday’s 146-lap race. Mayhew, a four-time winner in NASCAR’s K&N Pro West Series has proven capable of running up front. In two starts for the Owner’s Championship-winning #2 truck last season, the California native captured a pole, led 21 laps and posted a pair of third-place finishes (Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth 6/6/11 and Iowa Speedway in Newton 9/16/11). While it will be the West Coast driver’s first time driving for KBM, it will not be his first time on the 1.5-mile tri-oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mayhew led three laps and finished 15th in 2010 and in 2011 he posted a 7th place finish. (Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(9-24-2012)

  • Great Clips sponsoring Buescher at Las Vegas: James Buescher and the #31 Great Clips Chevrolet Silverado returns to the desert for their yearly visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Buescher and the Turner Motorsports team is coming off a dominant win at Kentucky Speedway and the team’s fourth win on an intermediate 1.5-mile oval. Buescher has an average finish of 6.2 on 1.5-mile ovals in 2012. Turner Motorsports welcomes back long-time sponsor, Great Clips, back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For the first time this season, Great Clips will adorn the side of the #31 Chevrolet. Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Following Kentucky, Buescher closed the gap in the NCWTS championship point standings and now sits just four points behind the leader.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-24-2012)

  • Enfinger to pilot #29 for BKR at Las Vegas: UPDATE first trip to Vegas: Grant Enfinger will pilot the #29 Reese Towpower RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Smith’s 350. Blaney has a previous commitment to drive the #22 Discount Tire Dodge for Penske Racing in Dover, Delaware. He will then return to the #29 Draw-Tite RAM at Talladega Superspeedway, and finish out the remaining races of the NCWTS schedule for BKR. Race coverage for Las Vegas begins at 8:00pm/et on the SPEED Channel. Radio coverage can be found on MRN and Sirius XM Channel 90 beginning at 7:45pm/et.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(9-22-2012)
    UPDATE: Grant Enfinger, driver of the #29 Reese Towpower RAM, will make his first start for Brad Keselowski Racing and fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Smith’s 350. It will be his first start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Reese Towpower, the number one brand for hitches and towing products, is back on the track as the primary sponsor of the #29 BKR RAM. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity at BKR. It’s definitely a top notch organization with great equipment. Thanks to Brad Keselowski, General Manager Wayne Setterington, and Reese Towpower for making this possible. I’m looking forward to working on the truck with Doug Randolph and everyone at BKR and putting the Reese Towpower RAM up front where it belongs.” said Enfinger.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(9-24-2012)

  • Expect show-down, surprise winner or both at LVMS: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will present a doubleheader — the Smith’s 350 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, paired with Global RallyCross — on Saturday, Sept. 29. Over the years, the Camping World Truck Series races have earned a reputation of producing first-time winners and thrilling green-white-checkered finishes. Last year, Ron Hornaday Jr. held off a late-race challenge by Matt Crafton to take the victory — his only win ever at LVMS. Johnny Sauter won his first-ever NASCAR Truck Series race in the 2009 Smith’s 350. Todd Bodine grabbed the lead from Ted Musgrave on the final lap to win the 2005 Smith’s 350. This season is shaping up for more fireworks when the drivers get to Las Vegas. Four first-time winners have been crowned in the series’ past five races. Young Ryan Blaney was a surprise winner last week in Newton, Iowa. Ty Dillon scored his first NASCAR win in the Truck Series at Atlanta on Aug. 31 and Nelson Piquet Jr. did likewise in Michigan on Aug. 18. Joey Coulter started the run by winning his first NASCAR race on Aug. 4 at Pocono, Pa. Just 11 points separate the top three drivers in the series as the season winds down. Leader Ty Dillon is just eight points ahead of Timothy Peters. James Buescher is three points behind Peters — and all three are battling to win their first championship. In the 15 Smith’s 350s held at LVMS, only two repeat winners have emerged: Jack Sprague (1996, 1998) and Mike Skinner (2006, 2008).(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(9-24-2012)

  • Red Horse Racing Las Vegas preview — visit to Nellis included: The Red Horse Racing crew will visit Nellis Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon before heading to the track for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The visit will include a special meet and greet, along with demolition and heavy equipment demonstrations with the 820th Red Horse Airborne team that is based out of the Nellis Air Force Base. Timothy Peters has been improving on his race performance and finishes every year since his first start at the 1.5-mile track in 2005, Peters led several laps in 2011 en route to a track personal best third place finish. LVMS stats: 4 Starts; Top-five: 2; Top-10: 2. Parker Kligerman heads to Las Vegas on the heels of his second runner-up finish [Kentucky] since joining Red Horse Racing just five races ago. LVMS stats: 1 Start (2011); Start: P-3, Finish: P-10. Todd Bodine and the #11 Toyota Care Tundra team travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday for the Smith’s 350 with a brand new Tundra built specifically by his Red Horse Racing team to fit his driving style, Bodine will carry experience from victories in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series to the track this weekend. LVMS stats: 1 Win (2005), Top-five: 5, Top-ten: 6.(Red Horse Racing PR)(9-24-2012)

  • Monday Rundown — Racing Resources:
    *James Buescher won the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday. It was his fourth Truck series win in his 88th start — all four coming in 2012, a series best.
    *It was Buescher’s second win at Kentucky in his sixth start there. He joined Ron Hornaday Jr. as a repeat winner at Kentucky.
    *Buescher led three times for 64 laps, including the final 52.
    *Turner Motorsports posted its sixth career win, all in 2012, and second victory at Kentucky.
    *Chevrolet posted its 10th win of 2012 and its seventh at Kentucky, most by any manufacturer.
    *Parker Kligerman (second) matched his best finish for the fifth time.
    *Ty Dillon (third) has top-3 finishes in the past three races. He leads the points by four over Buescher.
    *Joey Coulter (fourth) has eight top-10s in the past 10 races.
    *Brian Scott (fifth) got his first top-10 finish this season in his third start.
    *Johnny Sauter (sixth) overcame heavy damage from a Lap 21 accident to post only his second top-10 in the past seven races.
    *Timothy Peters (21st) was involved in an accident on Lap 54 and has lost 51 points to Dillon in the past three races. He is now third, 26 back.(ESPN.com)(9-24-2012)

  • Mayhew to return to BKR’s #19 for two more: David Mayhew is scheduled to return to the #19 Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway this November.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(9-22-2012)

  • Blaney interested in BKR next season; no plans yet: During an open interview at Kentucky Speedway, Ryan Blaney [#29 Cooper Standard RAM] was asked the following question pertaining any plans for 2013. Q: WHAT WAS THE CONVERSASTION LIKE WHEN YOU FINALLY GOT TO TALK TO BRAD (KESELOWSKI) AND DOES WINNING LAST WEEK IMPACT WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING NEXT SEASON; DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING NEXT SEASON? Blaney: “The conversation with Brad was good.He called me Sunday before the Cup race and was really excited. He was really happy that BKR could finally get that first win. He has been trying hard to do that for a couple of years. He’s put a lot of time and effort into that program. It’s good to see it pay off for him. I think that kind of motivated him for Sunday to do as well as he did at Chicago. The victory, it doesn’t hurt next year; it definitely helps out. Nothing for next year has been discussed yet between anybody. I would like to stay where I’m at but it’s really up in the air right now.” (SRT Motorsports PR)(9-21-2012)

  • Coulter to return to series in 2013; which team, up in the air: During a recent race broadcast, Ray Dunlap reported that the deadline for Joey Coulter to resign with Richard Childress Racing had passed, however RCR is still an option. It was also reported that Coulter is looking at all options and has talked with both Kyle Busch Motorsports and Eddie Sharp Racing, and plans to spend one more year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the focus on winning the Championship.(9-21-2012)

  • Armstrong joins forces with Turner Motorsports: UPDATE: maybe one more race: Dakoda Armstrong has just announced that he will be joining forces with Turner Motorsports for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 201 Race at Kentucky Speedway. Armstrong hopes with the experience he has gained from his previous starts at Kentucky Speedway, he and his Mudd Advertising, Turner, Chevrolet Silverado team will be able to race their way to a strong finish. This will be Armstrong’s first time behind the wheel of a Turner Motorsports truck, and expectations run high. Armstrong hopes that in returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after a one-race hiatus, that he will be able to come back strong. After finding out he would not have enough sponsorship to finish out the year, Armstrong says he is relieved that Mudd Advertising was able to support him for the Kentucky 201, and he is thankful an opportunity arose to race for Turner. “Every track we go to, week in and week out, Turner is competitive. I am glad that I am able to step into one of their trucks for this race. I am so thankful to Mudd Advertising for sponsoring us for this week. Both Turner and Mudd are the reason that I am able to do what I love, and I have to thank them for that.” SPEED will be airing an Ethanol special on Dakoda Armstrong and his family farm during this weekend’s Setup. The special is scheduled to air on the SPEED NCWTS Setup at 7:00 pm/et. (Dakoda Armstrong PR)(9-19-2012)
    UPDATE: Engine woes caused Dakoda Armstrong to head to the garage just 16 laps into the race at Kentucky. Armstrong has stated that he is not able to continue running the truck series without additional sponsorship, and Kentucky was his “last straw” for the 2012 season. Because of the engine troubles, it was reported during the race broadcast that Steve Turner, owner of Turner Motorsports has offered Armstrong another opportunity to drive the #4 truck. No word on when or where that would be.(9-21-2012)

  • Chastain/SS Green Light Racing questionable for remainder of season: Rookie Ross Chastain and the SS Green Light Racing team has had a very impressive first two-thirds of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2012 season. The teen from Alva, FL has shown maturity both on and off the racetrack well beyond his age of nineteen while the team has made the most of the resources available to them including three top-ten finishes and an impressive third place run last month at Bristol. The SS Green Light Racing team has run with the support of the National Watermelon Promotions Board along with various State Watermelon Associations and Melon 1, the largest distributor of Watermelon on the East coast so far this season but with sixteen of the twenty-two races complete Chastain and the team find themselves in an unenviable position of pulling together additional resources to continue to run competitively for the rest of the year. “We have commitments from the Watermelon industry for three of the remaining seven races,” Dotter continued. “They have been great partners for Ross and our team all year; it has been very enjoyable working with them and we look forward to the upcoming races we have together. They have upheld our original agreement and we believe we have given back an incredible value with all exposure that Ross and the team has received; most notably the amount of on-screen time and mentions during the SPEED TV broadcasts each week.” We run a lean organization and that has allowed us to get as far as we have this year. It’s how we have survived for over eleven years in the Truck Series. Our guys work as hard as anyone in the garage and everyone wears multiple hats to make things happen. We don’t need the large complicated deals to make our partnerships work and give a return on investment.” “We are interested in both partners for Ross and for funded drivers for our second truck at select races yet this season,” Dotter concluded. “Right now both the #07 and #08 trucks are locked into the top twenty-five in owner points so we have guaranteed starting positions for both trucks.” The Kentucky 201 is the 286th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the twenty-first career start for Chastain in the Truck Series. Ross is fifteenth in the NCWTS point standings and has three top-ten finishes in 2012 including a career best third at Bristol on August 22nd.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-21-2012)

  • Talladega 2013 race date announced: The 2013 NASCAR season at Talladega Superspeedway will bring a few changes, but the crowd-pleasing excitement of side-by-side pack racing will stay the same. Before fans return next year to NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track, it is important that they know the new dates and mark their calendars. The Aaron’s Dream Weekend stays virtually unchanged from its 2012 date and will fall on May 3-5, 2013. The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 weekend will move back a few weeks deeper into the Chase, making it even more of a “wild card” in the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Scheduled for October 18-20, the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway will be a must see event. [NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013.](Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-21-2012)

  • Kansas announces 2013 race date: Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced Kansas Speedway’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule today. Kansas Speedway’s first race weekend will be April 19-21 and includes the SFP 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (April 20) and the STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (April 21).(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-21-2012)

  • Bristol announces 2013 race dates: Bristol Motor Speedway once again kicks off NASCAR’s 2013 short track season in mid-March and welcomes fans back for its second Sprint Cup event on the fourth Saturday in August. The main event in March, the Food City 500, which is the fourth Sprint Cup race of the year, takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The IRWIN Tools Night Race, the sport’s most popular event, is Aug. 24. NASCAR kicks off the BMS March race weekend with Ford Fan Friday March 15, followed by the Nationwide Series event March 16, and the Food City 500 Sprint Cup race March 17. August race week begins with the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series/Whelen Modified Series doubleheader Aug. 21. The Food City 250 Nationwide Series race is Aug. 23, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 24.(Bristol Motor Speedway)(9-20-2012)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes — Kentucky: While teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440), they will run distinct left-side codes at Kentucky this weekend . . . this is the same right-side tire code that Camping World Truck teams ran at Kentucky earlier this season, though this is a different left-side code (D-4556) . . . compared to what was run at Kentucky in June, this left-side features a construction change to give teams more grip while bringing into line with what is run at other speedways . . . truck series teams did run this exact combination of tires at Dover earlier this year . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the Kentucky Race Info page.](9-20-2012)

  • Congrats to Chris Eggleston: Congratulations go out to Winfield Motorsports driver, Chris Eggleston on his recent marriage to Katie Robertson on September 9, 2012. Eggleston’s last foray into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was Daytona in 2011. Prior to that, Eggleston drive the #21 for five races in 2010 with SS Green Light Racing. He is currently competing in Late Models at Colorado National Speedway.(9-20-2012)

  • Crawford & BRG team up for Talladega, maybe more: BRG Motorsports welcomes Rick Crawford to the helm of the #20 Toyota for the upcoming fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The team has changed manufacturer and engine program and will now utilize chassis’ from KBM, with engines from JGR. Josh Bragg will be the crew chief. Currently the team is scheduled to run Talladega and the 2013 season-opener at Daytona, and may possibly run two addtional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2012.(BRG Motorsports PR)(9-19-2012)
  • Jason White — Kentucky Fast Facts: This will mark Jason White’s ninth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Kentucky Speedway. His best finish was fourth during the 2010 season after starting in the 13th position. He also earned another top-five finish in the first of two races at the Kentucky track last year. Jason finished 11th in the race earlier this year at the Sparta, Kentucky track. Jason White and his GB Racing team once again battled the balance of their #23 GunBroker.com Ford as well as classic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. In the end, Jason came home with a battered #23 GunBroker.com Ford and a hard fought 12th-place finish. The finish moved Jason up into the ninth position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers’ standings – only 44 points out of the eighth spot.(GB Racing PR)(9-19-2012)

  • Michigan 2013 race schedule set: The high-paced action at Michigan International Speedway, the fastest racetrack in NASCAR, will continue in 2013 with two weekends of racing, June 14-16 and Aug. 16-18. MIS will be just one of 23 racetracks across the United State to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013, with dates set for June 16 and August 18. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will appear with NASCAR’s top series on June 15 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on August 17. The track will continue keeping ticket prices low for 2013. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $25, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families have a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. The speedway will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 16 and under are half price in reserve seats.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(9-19-2012)

  • Blaney doubles-up at Kentucky: Ryan Blaney returns to the #29 Cooper Standard RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing for this Friday’s Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway. This will be his first truck start at Kentucky; he has one previous Nationwide start [6-29-12] for Tommy Baldwin Racing where he finished 15th. Of note: At 18 years, 8 months, and 15 days old, Blaney became the youngest winner in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history last Saturday night in Iowa. Blaney’s third career start in the #29 Cooper Standard RAM resulted in Brad Keselowski Racing’s first series win after the team finished in second place on six different occasions. Blaney became the fifth different winner in the last five NCWTS races at Iowa Speedway.The #29 Brad Keselowski Racing team sits in fourth place of the owner point standings trailing the #3 entry of Richard Childress Racing by 42 points. Ryan Blaney is also scheduled to drive the #22-Discount Tire Dodge for Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series Kentucky 300.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Iowa truck images added: Added a few images from the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Check them out by clicking on the link or via the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Paint Schemes page. #29-Ryan Blaney, Cooper Standard RAM; #18-Drew Herring, Dollar General Toyota; #19-David Mayhew, Steak & Grapes/ MMI Wireless RAM; #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., Smokey Mountain Snuff Chevrolet; #17-Timothy Peters, Toyota/Red Horse Racing Toyota; #11-Todd Bodine, Toyota Care Toyota; #88-Matt Crafton, rip it Toyota; #13-Johnny Sauter, Hot Honey/Curb Records Toyota; #08-Ross Chastain, Watermelon.org Toyota.(9-18-2012)

  • Ty Dillon — Kentucky Fast Facts: This week’s 134-lap event marks Dillon’s third appearance at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility. In the June event at the track, the 20-year-old driver earned a third-place result after starting from the fourth position. Dillon made his first career Camping World Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track in September 2011 where he finished 18th after fuel system issues plagued the team in the later stages of the race. After his second-place finish last weekend at Iowa Speedway, Dillon leads the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings by eight points. He also leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 81 points ahead of driver Cale Gale. Stats: Dillon has earned impressive stats with 15 races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, Dillon leads the series in the Fasteston Restarts, Laps Run in the Top 15 (2,117) and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (97.03 percent) categories. He ranks second in the Fastest Driver Early in a Run and Average Running Position (8.044) categories. Dillon has the series’ third-highest Driver Rating (101.5), Green Flag Speed and the third Fastest Speed in Traffic.With 432 Quality Passes made over the first half of the season, Dillon ranks fifth amongst his competitors.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Mayhew makes second start for BKR; first at Kentucky: David Mayhew, driver of the #19 Steak and Grape / MMI Services RAM, will make his second career start for Brad Keselowski Racing on F, September 21 in Sparta, Kentucky during the Kentucky 201 For the second consecutive race, the #19 BKR RAM will feature Steak and Grapes and MMI Services as its primary co-sponsors. Mayhew will be making his first career start at Kentucky Speedway; Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz will be once again leading the team from the pit box.(Brad Keselowski Racing PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Daytona winner returns to series in Kentucky with Wauters Motorsports; image added: John King will make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kentucky Speedway piloting the #5 Wauters Motorsports Ford F150. King, the winner of the series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, participated in the first five 2012 Camping World Truck Series events. “I’m really looking forward to being back at the race track after a bit of a rollercoaster season since winning at Daytona in February,” John King said. “Richie Wauters is a veteran crew chief with the most sought after equipment and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to drive for him and Ford. Racing is what I love to do and I’m hoping to give Richie and the guys on the Wauters Motorsports team a solid finish in Kentucky.” Wauters Motorsports returns to the series for the first time since Atlanta Motor Speedway where the team posted their best finish in 2012 of fifth-place with Aric Almirola as the driver.(Wauters Motorsports PR) [Image of the #5-Fairway Ford / Food City Ford is posted on the #5 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](9-18-2012)

  • Scott returns to KBM’s #18 for Kentucky: Every driver has a race, or several, that in the back of their mind was one where they had a vehicle capable of winning if it wasn’t for a bad break. For Brian Scott, the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta is one of those races. The Idaho native will have another chance to visit victory lane at the 1.5-mile Tri-oval Friday night, driving the #18 Dollar General Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Kentucky 201, his first Truck Series start at the track since the 2009 race. Scott, who qualified second, had the dominant truck in the early stages of the race. He took the lead from pole-sitter Ron Hornaday Jr. on lap two and remained on point until lap 29. The young driver had settled into the second position until the right front tire on his Toyota blew out on lap 36 and catapulted the truck into the outside retaining wall. Despite substantial damage to the right front fender, Scott’s crew was able to make repairs and remain on the lead lap. By race’s end, he had battled back to earn a hard-fought sixth-place finish. In 59 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Scott has collected one win (Dover ’09), nine top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Daytona winner returns to series in Kentucky with Wauters Motorsports; image added: John King will make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kentucky Speedway piloting the #5 Wauters Motorsports Ford F150. King, the winner of the series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, participated in the first five 2012 Camping World Truck Series events. “I’m really looking forward to being back at the race track after a bit of a rollercoaster season since winning at Daytona in February,” John King said. “Richie Wauters is a veteran crew chief with the most sought after equipment and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to drive for him and Ford. Racing is what I love to do and I’m hoping to give Richie and the guys on the Wauters Motorsports team a solid finish in Kentucky.” Wauters Motorsports returns to the series for the first time since Atlanta Motor Speedway where the team posted their best finish in 2012 of fifth-place with Aric Almirola as the driver.(Wauters Motorsports PR) [Image of the #5-Fairway Ford / Food City Ford is posted on the #5 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](9-18-2012)

  • Scott returns to KBM’s #18 for Kentucky: Every driver has a race, or several, that in the back of their mind was one where they had a vehicle capable of winning if it wasn’t for a bad break. For Brian Scott, the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta is one of those races. The Idaho native will have another chance to visit victory lane at the 1.5-mile Tri-oval Friday night, driving the #18 Dollar General Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Kentucky 201, his first Truck Series start at the track since the 2009 race. Scott, who qualified second, had the dominant truck in the early stages of the race. He took the lead from pole-sitter Ron Hornaday Jr. on lap two and remained on point until lap 29. The young driver had settled into the second position until the right front tire on his Toyota blew out on lap 36 and catapulted the truck into the outside retaining wall. Despite substantial damage to the right front fender, Scott’s crew was able to make repairs and remain on the lead lap. By race’s end, he had battled back to earn a hard-fought sixth-place finish. In 59 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Scott has collected one win (Dover ’09), nine top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Hornaday, Kentucky defending race winner; promoting Chevy Truck Month: Ron Hornaday heads to Kentucky Speedway for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 201 as the defending race winner. Hornaday is the only repeat NCWTS winner at Kentucky Speedway and will be looking to keep his grasp on that record in Friday night’s 150-lap, 225-mile Kentucky 201. In 14 NCWTS starts at Kentucky Speedway, Hornaday is one of only three active drivers that have been to victory lane. As a proud owner of a Chevrolet Silverado and the driver of the #9 Chevrolet Silverado in the NCWTS, Hornaday is happy to help spread the word about one of Chevrolet’s biggest promotions, Chevy Truck Month. Hornaday will pilot chassis No. 11 from the Joe Denette Motorsports stables in the 16th event on the 2012 NCWTS schedule at Kentucky Speedway. Built new for the 2012 season, this is the same chassis Hornaday piloted to an eighth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Craven to give the green at Kentucky: Craven, the former driver of the #32 Tide NASCAR Sprint Cup Series machine, will send the 36-truck NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 201 field racing on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Gallatin Co., Ky., Judge Executive Ken McFarland will be the race grand marshal and deliver the command to start engines after Broshear, of Oxford, Ohio, performs “The Star Spangled Banner.” Craven became the 15th driver to earn a victory in each of NASCAR’s three national touring series when he claimed a 105-mile NCWTS race title at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 22, 2005. He also is the first driver to earn Rookie of the Year honors in each national NASCAR touring series. The 46-year-old from Newburgh, Maine took one of two closest race finishes in NSCS history by edging Kurt Busch by 0.002 of a second at the Darlington Raceway finish line on March 16, 2003. Jimmie Johnson matched Craven’s margin of victory on April 17, 2011 by inching below the Talladega Superspeedway checkered flag ahead of Clint Bowyer.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Gresham returns at Kentucky for second of five races with ESR: Although Friday’s Kentucky 201 will be just the second race for Max Gresham at Eddie Sharp Racing, the newly-formed relationship is hardly taking baby steps in the final three months of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The driver of the #8 Made In USA Brand Chevrolet Silverado confirmed that he already feels up to speed at ESR, and doesn’t consider the race at the Kentucky Speedway to be part of any learning curve. Gresham will make his second of five selected starts with ESR with this weekend’s race. The red, white, and blue team made its debut August 31 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 22nd-place finish. Gresham, the defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, has experience at Kentucky – both on the 1.5-mile quad-oval and on the quarter-mile. He started 19th and finished 30th with engine failure at Joe Dennette Racing on June 28. He also has three top-five finishes in a Bandolero Bandit in 2005 and four top-10s in the U.S. Legends Cars International (USLCI) series in 2006. Gresham will return in the #8 Made in USA Chevrolet for races at the Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27, Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 2 and the season-finale on Nov. 16 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(9-18-2012)

  • F.O.E. to sponsor Buescher at Kentucky: UPDATE double-duty weekend for Buescher: James Buescher and the #31 Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) Chevrolet Silverado returns to Kentucky Speedway for their second of two trips in the 2012 season. On Friday, Buescher and the team look to get back to their winning ways and sweep the season’s Kentucky races. Turner Motorsports welcomes back Fraternal Order of Eagles to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For the first time this season, F.O.E. will be featured on the #31 truck at Kentucky Speedway. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization, which unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. .The #31 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado team will unload chassis TMS-214. Buescher will pilot the chassis that has brought home three victories in 2012 as well as a second at Pocono Raceway.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-17-2012)
    UPDATE: James Buescher will also be behind the wheel of the Turner Motorsports #30 F.O.E. Chevrolet for the Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Monday Rundown – Racing Resources:
    * Ryan Blaney won the American Ethanol 200 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. He became the youngest winner in series history at 18 years, 8 months and 15 days. Kyle Busch had held the record at 20 years and 18 days after winning at Charlotte in 2005.
    * Blaney is the seventh driver to get his first Truck series win in 2012. He is the 12th different winner in 15 races this season.
    * Blaney led once for the final 50 laps.
    * Brad Keselowski Racing posted its first Truck series win. BKR had six second-place finishes prior to Saturday.
    * Dodge posted its first win at Iowa. It hadn’t won since Martinsville in March 2008.
    * Ty Dillon (second) had only his fourth top-5 of the season but took over the points lead for the first time in his career.
    * Todd Bodine (third) had his first finish better than 12th in the past nine races.
    * Johnny Sauter (fourth) has top-5 finishes in all five starts at Iowa.
    * Cale Gale (fifth) tied his best finish.
    * Drew Herring finished seventh in his first start.
    * Jeff Choquette (eighth) had his best finish.
    * Timothy Peters (19th) lost the points lead and now is in second.
    * Augie Grill (27th), Drew Herring (seventh), Ryan Lynch (29th) and Ben Reynolds (26th) made their series debuts.(ESPN.com)(9-17-2012)

  • Voting underway for 2012 NCWTS Most Popular Driver: Who’s your Most Popular Driver? For the fifth consecutive year, fans can vote online on NASCAR.COM for the 2012 Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Voting begins Sept. 21 and runs through Friday, Nov. 16, prior to the season finale for both national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Each series has a dedicated page on NASCAR.COM for voting. Fans can go to www.NASCAR.COM/ncwtsmpd for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and to www.NASCAR.COM/nnsmpd for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Fans are encouraged to vote once per day leading up to the Nov. 16 deadline. To be eligible to receive votes, drivers must have selected either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for their 2012 driver championship points. Additionally, drivers must have attempted at least half of each series’ races this season.(NASCAR)(9-20-2012)

  • Double-duty weekend for Choquette as he makes 2nd series start: Racing runs in Jeff Choquette’s family. His grandfather, Jack, competed in six Sprint Cup Series races. His dad, John, works on cars and raced when he was younger. His brother Corey races and works on Jeff’s crew. Choquette will first race tonight in the late-model 3M 150, then in Saturday’s American Ethanol 200 truck event, two chances to make his breakthrough in front of big-time racing teams. Choquette, who lives in The Acreage and works for his dad’s construction company, races for Adrian Carriers and Liz Girl Logistics. He’s been racing his whole life, but his return this weekend to Iowa is a special one. Not only are both races significant to his career, the 25-year-old also won his first ASA Midwest Tour event at the Newton, Iowa, racecourse last year. He just missed the top 10 in the Iowa Speedway’s July edition of the American Ethanol 200. He’s following in the footsteps of Jack Choquette, now 83, who in the 1950s raced against NASCAR legends Fireball Roberts and Lee Petty. Jack twice finished in the top 10, including second and ninth place in two races at Palm Beach International Raceway and a solid 12th-place spot at Daytona Beach over 1955 and 1956.(PalmBeachPost.com)(9-14-2012)

  • Crafton to Iowa as reigning 2011 race winner; image added: Matt Crafton and the #88 Rip It/Menards Toyota Tundra head to Iowa Speedway on Saturday as the returning winner of the summer 2011 race. Featured on the hood is Rip It energy drinks. “I love coming to Iowa, it is a very cool racetrack, especially since I have won there,” said Crafton. “The crew has been working hard on the race truck and practicing their pit stops. We are looking forward to getting back on track after the weekend off.” Saturdays start will be the fifth for Matt Crafton in Newton, IA. Past races include one win, three top-5’s and four top-10’s and has led a total of 56 laps.(ThorSport Racing PR) [Image of the #88-Rip it/Menards Toyota is posted on the #88 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](9-13-2012)

  • Grill to make series debut at Iowa: UPDATE 2: possibly more races: During an interview on Mobile’s Inside Alabama Racing on WNSP 105.5, Grand American Race Cars (GARC) Augie Grill reported that he will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Iowa Speedway in a Turner Motorsports entry.(8-30-2012)
    UPDATE: This weekend at Iowa Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have a new face in the garage as late-model veteran Augie Grill gets behind the wheel of the #4 Chevrolet Silverado for his NASCAR debut. Grill, the son of renowned Grand American Race Cars ate model chassis builder Frank Grill, has a rich heritage in late model racing and has experienced success in some of the sport’s most prestigious events. Grill, who has more than 60 career victories, was the back-to-back champion in the Snowball Derby in 2007 and 2008, won the 2007 and 2009 Rattler 250, and earned victories in the 2009 and 2011 Snowflake 100.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-11-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Quote from an AL.com article; “A good run could mean two or three or four more races this season.” [See complete story on AL.com.](9-13-2012)

  • Lynch to make series debut at Iowa: Ryan Lynch, a 26 year-old driver from New Boston, Texas, will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend driving the #27 BlankHood.com Chevrolet. Ryan will be mentored by Rick Crawford, a five-time winner and 16-year veteran of the truck series. Lynch is no stranger to the sport. He has been racing since he was 8 years old. He initially competed in karts on numerous dirt and asphalt tracks before progressing to the IMCA Limited Modified and US Legends Series. In 2010, Ryan took his late-model truck program to the road competing at short-tracks and superspeedways throughout the US and finished fifth in the United States Super Truck Series national circuit as a rookie. In early 2011, Ryan took on the challenge of testing with the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona. From there, he competed and earned a 16th-place finish in his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at South Boston Speedway. He then finished the year with a 13th-place finish at Salem Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series. Lynch will be pulling double duty this weekend by competing in the ASA Midwest Tour Series race on Friday for team owner Andy Ponstein, a former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, and then taking the wheel on Saturday as one of NASCAR’s newest Camping World Truck Series competitors.(MPM PR)(9-12-2012)

  • MB returns to Iowa with Jennings & LG Seeds: MB Motorsports and the #65 LG Seeds Ford is set to return to Iowa Speedway with Justin Jennings for the American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee on Saturday, September 15th. Jennings made his Nascar Camping World Truck Series debut at the .875 mile track last July. In the seasons’ first race at Iowa Speedway, Jennings and the MB Motorsports crew started 31st and brought the LG Seeds Ford home in 23rd place. They look to improve on that performance in the American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee. MB Motorsports is proud to announce that Certified Power of Missouri has signed on as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2012 Nascar Camping World Season. The Certified Power logo will first adorn the #65 MB Motorsports Ford as driver Justin Jennings makes his second series start at the .875 mile Iowa Speedway in Saturday’s American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee.(MB Motorsports PR)(9-12-2012)

  • ESR teammates visit Birmingham during off-week; now onto Iowa: Justin Lofton joined his Eddie Sharp Racing teammate Cale Gale on a trip to Birmingham last week to promote next month’s NCWTS race at Talladega Superspeedway. The teammates helped kick off the college football season with a tailgate party at WJOX-FM before visiting third-grade students at Moody Elementary School. The duo wrapped up their day at a private meet and greet with breast cancer survivors at America’s First Federal Credit Union in Trussville, Ala. The drivers surprised three ladies with autographs and free tickets for the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. With eight races scheduled over the next 10 weeks, the battle is on for the NCWTS championship. Cale Gale and the #33 Rheem team had a fast Chevrolet and a strong run during their last trip to Iowa Speedway. After practicing inside the top 10 and qualifying sixth, Gale maintained his position near the front of the field, but late-race contact on lap 182 ended his night and resulted in a 26th-place finish for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Justin Lofton and the #6 Lofton Cattle team will return to Iowa Speedway after finishing fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the 0.875-mile speedway just two months ago. Lofton enters the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in the fifth position, just 31 points out of the championship point lead, and six points behind third place.(Eddie Sharp Racing PR)(9-12-2012)

  • Reynolds to pilot #47 at Iowa: Ben Reynolds descends upon Newton, Iowa this week as he and his Reynolds Racing team prepare for their second run at the American Ethanol 200 on Saturday, September 15. Qualifying for the race begins at 6:00 p.m. EDT, with the race following at 8:00 p.m. The American Ethanol 200 will be televised on SPEED. Reynolds, 27, of Trumansburg, NY, attempted his first NASCAR Camping World Truck debut in the July 14th Iowa race but fell 0.3 seconds short of qualifying. “With July being our first Camping World Truck Series competition, it was a big learning curve for us.” said Reynolds. “We are dead set on qualifying this week; we’ve prepared the truck to be in all of the practice runs, and we will finish this race!” remarked Reynolds’ Crew Chief, Scott Coyle.(Reynolds Racing PR)(9-12-2012)

  • Turner Motorsports take on Paintball Pros prior to LVMS race: Turner Motorsports has announced that its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will be teaming up with paintball star Greg Hastings in Las Vegas for a head-to-head battle prior to the September 29th race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Miguel Paludo, Nelson Piquet Jr., James Buescher and wife Kris Buescher will join forces with SPEED on-air talent Ray Dunlap and Rick Allen to take on some of paintball’s most prestigious professional players including Hastings, Bea Youngs, Kat Secor and Sonny Lopez. The event, which will be held at Las Vegas Premier Paintball in Las Vegas Sports Park on Thursday, September 27th, is open to spectators and will feature a 30-minute autograph session with the Turner Motorsports drivers and paintball players. The autograph session will be followed by four to six combat-style games between the drivers, media and pros. [For more details, see the Jayski Driver Appearances page.] The Turner Motorsports drivers will hit the track for the NCWTS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 29th at 8:00pm/et Paludo will carry the latest release in Hastings’ video game franchise, Greg Hastings Paintball 2, on the truck bed of the #32 Duroline Brakes and Components Chevrolet in the race. The paintball game will air on SPEED’s NCWTS Setup prior to the race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 6th at 3:30pm/et.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-11-2012)

  • Sevey making first truck start at Iowa: Chris Sevey of Sevey Motorsports will be making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in this Saturday’s American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee at Iowa Speedway. Chris is a native of Hiawatha Iowa, and will be driving the #84 Chevrolet for Chris Fontaine Enterprises. The truck is being sponsored by ENSEVA Next Generation Data Centers, P3 Power Protection Systems, 3E Electrical Systems and Cline Tool. Sevey Based out of Waterloo, Iowa, Sevey has competed in the ASA Midwest Tour, ASA Sonoco, USST Truck Series and ASA Truck Series and has multiple feature wins at Hawkeye Downs Speedway located in Cedar Rapids Iowa. He also has five previous starts in other series at Iowa. Aaron Brown will be the crew chief at Iowa.(Chris Sevey PR)(9-11-2012)

  • Buescher sponsored by Wolfpack at Iowa: James Buescher and the #31 team return to Iowa Speedway for their second of two trips in the 2012 season. On Saturday night under the lights, Buescher and the crew look for redemption from their first trip to the Midwest track. After leading ninety-one laps, the right-front Goodyear Wrangler failed without notice on lap 135, sending Buescher into the outside wall, ending his dominating performance. Turner Motorsports welcomes back Wolfpack Rentals to the #31 truck at Iowa Speedway. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Wolfpack Rentals is a premier provider of oilfield services.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-11-2012)

  • Herring making first series start at Iowa; image added: 25-year-old Drew Herring – who in July of 2010 made his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway in Newton – returns to the .875-mile track this weekend, where he will be driving the #18 Toyota/Dollar General Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Saturday’s American Ethanol 200. The North Carolina native has finished in the top 15 in each of his three Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway. In two USARacing Pro Cup Series starts there, he collected two top-10 finishes, including capturing the pole and leading 128 laps en route to a runner-up finish in the 2009 race.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR) [ [Rendering of the #18 Dollar General Toyota is posted on the #18 NCWTS 2012 Paint Schemes page.](9-11-2012)

  • Peck Motorsports returns for first of four races: Heading to the Iowa Speedway, located in the city of Newton, Peck Motorsports will race their first of four scheduled races to close out their 2012 schedule. Driver Todd Peck and his #96 Stopain/Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet team are looking to build momentum over the next three months to carry into 2013.Stopain, an all-American company, will again be on the truck this weekend as the primary sponsor of Peck Motorsports. The company, along with the Arthritis Foundation, will host two families whose children suffer from juvenile arthritis. The families will be guests of the team Saturday at the track. It is part of the team’s continued goal to raise awareness of juvenile arthritis and the Arthritis Foundation’s “Kids Get Arthritis Too” platform.(Peck Motorsports PR)(9-11-2012)

  • Gale, Enfinger join Crawford for Mobile ARCA announcement: The ARCA Racing Series will return in 2013 to Mobile International Speedway, a Rick Crawford Performance Track. Crawford, the track’s manager and promoter, and Ron Drager, the president of ARCA, made the announcement that the series planned a second race at the Irvington oval during a press conference on Monday at Heroes Sports Bar and Grille USA. The race is scheduled for March 9. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Cale Gale provided a hometown victory in the March 10 [2012] ARCA race at MIS. The Mobilian held off Chad Hackenbracht of New Philadelphia, Ohio, in a green-white-checkered finish to win. Gale attended Monday’s announcement along with two other drivers who competed in the first MIS race — Fairhope’s Grant Enfinger and Mobile’s Thomas Praytor.(AL.com)(9-10-2012)

  • Mayhew making first start for BKR at Iowa: David Mayhew, driver of the #19 Steak and Grapes/MMI Services RAM, will make his first career start for Brad Keselowski Racing on Saturday night in Iowa during the American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee. Driving for KHI in 2011, Mayhew won the pole at Iowa, ending with a third place finish.Mayhew has found much success at Iowa Speedway including three NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victories. For Saturday’s American Ethanol 200 Presented by H-Vee, the #19 Brad Keselowski Racing RAM will feature Steak and Grapes and MMI Services as its primary co-sponsors.(BKR PR)(9-10-2012)

  • Hornaday picks up new sponsor; image added: Joe Denette Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of Smokey Mountain Snuff, America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand, to the Ron Hornaday-driven #9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry as both a primary and associate sponsor in selected events throughout the remainder of the 2012 NCWTS season. Smokey Mountain Snuff will debut as the primary sponsor on Hornaday’s Chevrolet Silverado in this weekend’s American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on September 15. They will rejoin the #9 entry as primary sponsor for the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 29 and the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16. Smokey Mountain Snuff will also join the lineup as an associate sponsor on Hornaday’s #9 Chevrolet Silverado for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2. Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest non-tobacco smokeless company, and the category innovator. Smokey Mountain invented tobacco-free snuff as a nicotine-free chewing tobacco option for adult consumers as well as an aid to help people quit chewing tobacco.(Joe Denette Motorsports PR) [Rendering of the #9 Smokey Mountain Snuff Chevrolet is posted on the #9 NCWTS 2012 Paint Scheme page.](9-10-2012)

  • Blaney making first Iowa truck start: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard RAM, will make his third career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on Saturday night in the American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee. Saturday night’s race will mark Blaney’s first start at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; he has four previous starts, one in Nationwide and three in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The #29 team sits seventh in the owner point standings trailing leader Timothy Peters by 56 points heading into race 15 of 22 in the 2012 season.(BKR PR)(9-10-2012)

  • Peters ready to return to site of first 2012 win: Returning to the site of his first win in 2012, Timothy Peters will pilot the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra this weekend at Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee. After sitting on the pole, leading nearly half of the laps and claiming the win in July, Peters is ready to re-visit the 0.875-mile oval and repeat history. “There have been several times this year where we’ve come so close to a win, and leading all the laps at Bristol was huge for us, but Iowa was special for me because it kind of reminded me of my late model days. We sat on the pole, I think our average running position was 1.5, we had a really good truck and we won the race,” Peters said. Peters has been atop the driver point standings for seven weeks in a row. He has four starts at Iowa with one win, one top-5, and two top-tens.(Red Horse Racing PR)(9-10-2012)

  • Martinsville announces 2013 race dates: The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule at Martinsville Speedway will have a familiar look with its traditional NASCAR Sprint Cup dates returning. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Martinsville will be April 5-7 while the fall event weekend is scheduled for October 25-27, which will again be the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. “We’ve got our traditional dates back again and we’re very pleased with that,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “The first weekend in April and the last weekend in October have worked very well for us. Everyone is just getting excited about the season in early April and in the fall we’re at a crucial point in The Chase.” Again in 2013, both of Martinsville’s Sprint Cup races will be accompanied by a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race [April 6th & October 26th].(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-18-2012)

  • Lofton 2013 sponsorship level may be impacted by election results: Justin Lofton has a good reason to keep an eye on the presidential election this year.Lofton The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver doesn’t have a full season locked down for 2013 at Eddie Sharp Racing yet — he said he has a verbal commitment for 10 races — but he might after the Nov. 6 election. But whether he has a full-time ride in 2013 depends on who wins the election, he said. If Republican nominee Mitt Romney wins, Lofton said, there is a sponsor ready to commit. Lofton earned his first career Truck Series win earlier this year at Charlotte. He is currently fifth in the points standings.(AL.com)(9-8-2012)

  • Armstrong & ThorSport Racing part ways: UPDATE formal announcement made: A team representative has confirmed that effective immediately, Dakoda Armstrong and ThorSport Racing have parted ways. The plan for the #98 truck is to continue to move forward and will compete at Iowa and beyond.(Nancy/Jayski)(9-7-2012)
    UPDATE: ThorSport Racing has parted ways with Dakoda Armstrong for the 2012 NCWTS Season due to lack of sponsorship funding. “We have been very lucky this season with the partners that the Armstrong’s have brought to the #98 truck,” said team spokesman Matt LaNeve. “However sponsorship funding was unable to be secured for the remaining eight races, resulting in ThorSport Racing having to part ways with Dakoda.” ThorSport Racing would like to thank Dakoda and Sponsors Everfi, Drive for Savings and Syngenta who have all gone above and beyond to support us this season. Armstrong said he appreciates everything ThorSport Racing, Toyota and Crew Chief Dan Stillman and crew has done for him, and thanked them for their support. ThorSport Racing will continue to run the #88 Menards Toyota Tundra; the #13 Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the NCWTS Season; and the #44 Ansell/Menards Toyota Camry for the remainder of the ARCA Season.(ThorSport Racing PR)(9-7-2012)

  • Fan appreciation highlights trucks race weekend at Iowa: UPDATE Rusty Wallace on hand for event: Iowa Speedway officials announced that the final race weekend of the 2012 season, Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, will have a ‘Fan Appreciation’ theme, offering race goers a rare glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ at a major motorsports event, among several new fan attractions. Special fan amenities, including access to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Meeting, conducted under the north grandstands on Saturday afternoon, and a random draw to send ten fans at each event to Victory Lane, and additional groups of ten on special garage tours, as well as ‘meet and greets’ with NASCAR and ASA officials — including NASCAR Truck Series Director Wayne Auton and ASA President Dennis Huth — will highlight the ‘Fan Appreciation’ weekend theme. Two concerts — post-race on Friday evening with Iowa rockers ‘Wikid Likir’, and pre-race on Saturday afternoon with the legendary country music band ‘The Lost Trailers’ — are also designed to enhance the overall fan experience. In addition, a special ‘Pigskin Pub’ tent will be set up near the concert stage, with big screen televisions to view the Iowa-Northern Iowa and Iowa State-Western Illinois games on Saturday afternoon and evening.(Iowa Speedway PR)(9-5-2012)
    UPDATE: is scheduled to be on hand at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, September 15. 2012 for a special fan tribute leading up to the track’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200-lap race. Wallace is scheduled to participate in several activities surrounding the race events.(Iowa Speedway PR) [For details, see the Jayski Driver Appearances page.](9-5-2012)

  • Dillon heads to Richmond for NNS event: Ty Dillon, driving the #51 WESCO Chevrolet, will make his third Nationwide Series start this weekend in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Most recently, Dillon competed in the inaugural Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July where he started third and finished in the third position. The 20-year-old driver made his Nationwide Series debut at Dover International Speedway in June, earning an eighth-place finish in the #33 Chevrolet after starting from the third position.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(9-4-2012)

  • Atlanta Rundown — Racing Resources:
    *Ty Dillon won the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday. It was his first career win in his 17th start. He is the sixth first-time winner of 2012. Dillon became the first driver to win his first race from the pole since brother Austin Dillon and Elliot Sadler both did it in 2010.
    *Dillon led five times for 40 laps, including the final six.
    *Richard Childress Racing posted its 27th career win but only its first victory at Atlanta. RCR has three wins in 2012.
    *Chevrolet posted its eighth Atlanta win, most by any manufacturer. It has a series-leading nine wins in 2012.
    *Kyle Busch (second) picked up his sixth top-2 finish in eight starts at Atlanta. He led 75 laps in his first series start of 2012.
    *James Buescher (third) has top-10 finishes in his past five races.
    *Parker Kligerman (fourth) got his sixth straight top-10 finish.
    *Aric Almirola (fifth) earned his second top-5 finish in three starts at Atlanta.
    *Kyle Larson (sixth) had his career-best finish. He has top-10 finishes in both series starts.
    *Timothy Peters (13th) leads the Truck series standings by six.(ESPN.com)(9-3-2012)

 



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